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  • Willhoite, Dickow not guilty

    After six days of testimony, a Carroll County jury took just more than an hour to return a not guilty verdict on all charges for Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow.

    A jury of six women and six men found the officers not guilty of complicity to commit kidnapping, complicity to commit custodial interference and official misconduct.

  • Willhoite, Dickow take the stand

    Defendants Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow took the stand Monday, March 7, on day five of their trial. The officers face felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.

  • Commonwealth rests, defense begins on day four in Willhoite, Dickow trial

    The Commonwealth rested its case and the defense attorneys began theirs in day four of the Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow trial Friday, March 4.

    The officers are facing felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference, as well as a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. The charges stem from an incident April 23, 2015, involving Adam Horine, an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center, who was driven to Louisville and sent to Florida by bus.

  • Prosecutor presents more evidence in day three of Willhoite, Dickow trial

    The Commonwealth continued to build its case against Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow on the third day of the trial Thursday, March 3, calling 11 witnesses to testify.

    Willhoite and Dickow are charged with felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference, as well as a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. The charges stem from an incident April 23, 2015, involving Adam Horine, an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center, who was driven to Louisville and sent to Florida by bus.

  • Jury hears arguments in Willhoite, Dickow trial

    Jury selection and opening statements kicked off the trial Tuesday, March 1, of Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow. The pair face felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference, as well as a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. The charges stem from an incident April 23, 2015, involving Adam Horine, an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center, who was driven to Louisville and sent to Florida by bus.

  • Prosecution call witnesses in day two of Willhoite, Dickow trial

    By KRISTIN BECK

    The News-Democrat

    The Commonwealth called nine witnesses on day two of the trial Wednesday, March 2, for Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow.

  • Lawsuits filed against school district due seeking payments for middle school work

    Two subcontractors working on the Carroll County Middle School renovation and addition filed lawsuits against the Carroll County Board of Education in February.

    The lawsuits are demanding relief from non-payment for labor, services, goods and equipment totaling more than $300,000.

    Technicrete Corporation and Equipment Concepts, Inc. initially filed statements of liens on public funds and mechanic and materialsman’s lien against the board of education and Marrillia Design and Construction.

  • Kinman may win hearing in lieu of trial

    Special Circuit Judge Fred A. Stine will hold a hearing to determine whether to have an evidentiary hearing in the case of Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman on questions raised by the defense about the grand jury. A date and location had not been set as of Monday, Feb. 29.

  • Newspaper wins in statewide contest

    The News-Democrat won several advertising and news awards in the 2015 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers competition. The awards were announced at a banquet Feb. 25, held simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington and the Brown Badgett Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center at Madisonville Community College. The annual KPA Convention scheduled for Jan. 22, was canceled due to snow.

  • Life in Carrollton aids locals with substance abuse addiction

    Donnie Dawes and Matt Lipe made a presentation to fiscal court Feb. 22, about the Life in Carrollton Ministries.

    The program started in 2000 hosting substance abuse classes. In 2005, they started growing the program by adding anger management classes. By 2009, the program had obtained 501(c)3 status.

    The program changed somewhat in 2010 as Dawes went to China with Dow-Corning for a year. Dawes said the ministry took a hit while he was gone.