Kenton County Police Department

  • Agency: Kenton County Police Department
  • Address: 11777 Madison Pike, Independence, 41051 KY
  • Chief: Ed Butler (Chief of Police)
Phone: 859.392.1940 859.392.1940 859-392-1940
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Kenton County Police Department is located at 11777 Madison Pike, Independence, 41051 KY. The Chief of Police of the department is Ed Butler. The Kenton County Police Department phone number is 859.392.1940 859.392.1940 859-392-1940.

Kenton County Police Department News

The Kenton County Police Department needs your assistance in locating a missing suicidal juvenile William Littleton of Independence, Kentucky. William Littleton was last seen at Simon Kenton High School on November 9, 2018. William Littleton has made suicial threats in the last 24 hours. William Littleton is a white male, 5’4” 120 pounds, with brown eyes, and brown hair. If anyone has information on the location of William Littleton please contact the Kenton County Police Department at 859-356-3191.

We are proud of Officer Charles Duncan and his commitment to the citizens of Kenton County and of the United States! “We are truly a product of everything around us,” he said. “I look back and question, like anybody does, ‘What if?’ And I always come back to ground zero that I am on the path that was destined for me. It has given me what I have right now. If I were to change anything, I would lose three (which equates to seven) of the most important things in my life. My wife, my two children and my four grandchildren."

On October 6th at approximately 10:47 p.m. we were dispatched to the Tic Toc Food Mart in Independence, Kentucky for a report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, it was determined that a masked individual entered the convenience store, displayed a large knife, and demanded cash from the register. After taking money from the store, the suspect fled on foot. The suspect appears to be a white male between the ages of 20-30 years old and of medium build. We are asking that anyone who might be able to help identify the suspect contact Detective Jones at (859) 392-1952 or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. Thank you for your help!

On September 23, our officers were on patrol in the 6000 block of Clubhouse Drive in Latonia Lakes when they observed Nathaniel Spencer, who was known to have a felony warrant, walk out of a residence and flee back inside when he saw them. During a subsequent investigation, officers located Nathaniel Spencer and Maegan Warren inside of the residence, both with felony warrants. Officers also located approximately 80 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, a handgun, evidence of drug trafficking, and five suspected counterfeit twenty dollar bills. Nathaniel Spencer and Maegan Warren were both charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree over 2 grams of methamphetamine, criminal possession of a forged instrument 1st degree, felon in possession of a handgun. Thank you to the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force and the Fort Mitchell Police Department for their assistance during the narcotics investigation.

On September 6, 2018 our Internet Crimes Against Children’s Taskforce executed an arrest warrant on Michael B. Clark of Independence, Kentucky on four counts of Possession/View of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a minor and four counts of Distribution of Matter Portraying Sexual Performance by a minor (1st offense). An arrest warrant was approved after a sixteen month investigation into Michael B. Clark by our department in collaboration with the Campbell County Police Department, Kentucky Attorney General’s Officer, and Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. This case remains under investigation by our Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

CRIME ALERT: We need your help! On August 20, we began an investigation of an attempted burglary/criminal mischief and we are looking for anyone who may have any information on this individual. He was walking in the area between Nicholson and Piner and was seen carrying his shoes. Unfortunately the photo below is the best we can provide in helping identify the individual. He is an African American, probably early to mid-20's with a thin build. We are looking for anyone who may have had contact with him, saw where he was going or if he was picked up. Please give us a call at 859.392.1940 and ask for Detective Anderson. Thank you!

In a collaboration with the Kenton County School District, County Administrator Joe Shriver swore in three new School Resource Officers for our department. Help us welcome Michael Thatcher, Steve Benner and Bill Conrad! These three will join our current School Resource Officer Gary Kiser, stationed at Twenhofel Middle School, in enhancing safety within Ryland Heights Elementary School, White’s Tower Elementary School, and Piner Elementary School. Several other schools within the district have partnerships with other local police agencies.

Last Wednesday at the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) Banquet, our department was presented with our Four Year Accreditation Certificate. This accreditation shows that we have fulfilled all standards established by KACP and the certificate is valid for a four year period. We are honored to serve the citizens of Kenton County and continue our tradition of excellence!

We need your help! Last weekend, a Bobcat skit steer was stolen from the Piner/Crittenden area. This piece of equipment is rather large and requires a heavy truck and trailer to move it. The suspects would have possibly traveled through the Piner/Crittenden/Morningview area. It is our suspicion that the equipment was loaded in the road, blocking the entire traveled portion. We are looking for anyone with information or anyone who observed a skid steer (similar to the below pictures) being hauled between Friday night, July 27th and Saturday morning, July 28th in the Piner/Crittenden/Morningview area. Please give us a call at 859.392.1940 and ask for Detective Anderson.

Update: Earlier today, we posted about a missing person. Kearstin Sparks was located and is SAFE! We are extremely appreciative of the help from our community. Thank you for your help by sharing and raising awareness.

UPDATE 07/20/2018 AT 11:20 P.M. KEARSTIN SPARKS HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS SAFE! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR SHARING AND HELPING! —————————————————— We need your help! Kearstin Sparks of Morning View, Kenton County, Kentucky has been missing since July 13, 2018 when she ran away from her residence. Kearstin Sparks is a 16 year old white female with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5'01" and weighs approximately 110 pounds. She may have a hoop or stud nose ring. Kearstin Sparks was most recently in the Ft. Mitchell area but she is also known to frequent the Alexandria and Florence, Kentucky areas. If you have seen Kearstin Sparks, or know where she is, please contact the Kenton County Emergency Communications Center at 859-356-3191 or Detective Paul Anderson.

We are accepting applications for School Resource Officers. This is specialized and responsible work in the prevention of criminal activity; protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. An employee in this class is responsible for specialized work in the prevention of criminal acts and other police related activities in school environment and settings. Anyone wishing to apply for this position should contact the Human Resource Office by application and resume by 4:00 PM on Friday, July 27, 2018. Learn more on our website: http://bit.ly/KentonCoJobs

UPDATE: 07/06/2018 As a result of his injuries sustained in the collision and resulting fire, David Harris, Jr. (51, male) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, passed away on July 5, 2018, at 10:28 P.M. at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Last night at 9:23 P.M., officers from our department, Boone County Sheriff's Office, KY, Kentucky State Police, and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources were dispatched to a single vehicle collision on northbound Interstate 75 in the area of the 168.7 mile marker. It was further reported the operator of the vehicle was entrapped and the vehicle was on fire. Preliminary investigation indicates David Harris Jr. (51, male) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was operating a 2005 Nissan Altima on northbound Interstate 75 between Crittenden and Walton when the vehicle exited the right side of the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle continued to travel in a northern direction until striking the overpass abutment at Eads Road. This collision entrapped Mr. Harris inside the vehicle and caused a fire to the engine compartment. Officers from the four police agencies and passersby attempted to suppress the fire and free Mr. Harris from the wreckage. The fire was ultimately controlled by the Walton Fire Protection District and he was extricated from the vehicle. Mr. Harris was transported by medical helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with significant injuries from both the collision and the resulting fire. Our Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating this case.

Happy Independence Day, Kenton County! As always, please be safe.

There are sixteen pill drop box locations in Northern Kentucky that are managed by the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, including one in our lobby. We encourage you to go through your medicine drawers to dispose of unwanted, unneeded, expired and potentially dangerous medication. Please, no needles, liquids or vitamins. Find the pill drop box location nearest you: http://bit.ly/NKYPillDropBox

Our department had a very special visitor. Johnny Redden of Independence came by for a tour of our department. He got to spend time with several of our officers, including Captain Johnson and Detective Benner. We hope he had as much fun as we did!

Our Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce detectives were notified about a subject uploading child pornography to Facebook. On June 7, 2018 our ICAC taskforce detectives, with the assistance of the Elsmere Police and the Kenton County Regional SWAT Team, executed a search warrant in the 4400 block of Maple Ave in Elsmere. While executing of the search warrant, detectives located an indoor marijuana grow operation and contacted the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force (NKDSF) to further investigate. Based on the joint investigations, our ICAC taskforce detectives arrested Larryn Montgomery 21, for possession/viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor (a class D felony) and distribution of matter portraying sex performance by a minor, 1st offense (a class D felony). The NKDSF arrested Edward Bustle, 46 with cultivation of marijuana (5 plants or more) 1st offense (a Class D felony) and Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (a Class D felony). Both Larryn Montgomery and Edward Bustle’s next court appearance will be held on June 14, 2018 at 1:30pm at the Kenton County Justice Center. Thank you to all entities involved in this investigation including Elsmere Police, Covington Police Department, Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, and the Kenton County Regional SWAT Team.

To kick of the past holiday weekend, members of the Kenton County Police FOP 44 dropped off a little gift for Brother Byron at the Lighthouse. The Kenton County Police FOP 44 is comprised of active and retired police officers from our department. This lodge improves the community through various outreach programs including Shop-With-A-Cop and College Scholarships.

Last Friday, Sergeant Gary Helton and Detective Steve Benner spent the day with students from Dixie Heights High School’s Forensic Science Classes. They showed the students how to properly process a crime scene with tools from our Evidence Collection Van in order to help prepare them for their final practical exams this week. Thanks for letting our team come in and speak. Good luck to all of the students!

Update: On Friday, we posted about a missing person. Tonight, Kearstin Sparks was located and is SAFE! We are extremely appreciative of the help from our community. Thank you for your help by sharing and raising awareness.

UPDATE 05/19/2018: KEARSTIN SPARKS HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS SAFE! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR SHARING AND HELPING! -------------------------------------------------------------------------- We need your help! Kearstin Sparks of Morning View, Kenton County, Kentucky has been missing since May 12, 2018 when she ran away from her residence. Kearstin Sparks is a 16 year old white female with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5'01" and weighs approximately 110 pounds. Kearstin Sparks is known to frequent the Alexandira and Florence Kentucky areas. If you have seen Kearstin Sparks, or know where she is, please contact the Kenton County Emergency Communications Center at 859-356-3191.

On June 27, 2016, the Fort Wright Police Department was notified of a sexual assault in which a 12 year old female was raped by an unknown male subject- only known by his online persona, Matt C. Percin. They consulted with our Investigative Unit on the case and ultimately requested we adopt the case for investigation. Within hours of receiving the information, this online persona of Matt C. Percin was linked to Matthew Ryan Bucher and search warrants were obtained for his vehicle and residence. The Fort Wright Police Department remained involved in the case by assisting in execution of these warrants and subsequent arrest. Within 12 hours of learning of the crime, the suspect, initially known only as an online persona, was identified and in custody. During the execution of these search warrants, various items of electronic evidence were collected. In the nearly two years since Mr. Bucher's arrest, Kenton County Police Sergeant Chris Pittaluga and Detective Jay Downs have poured over this evidence, uncovering at least three additional victims who have been identified. Mr. Bucher has been indicted on various charges related to these additional victims as well. Yesterday’s conviction is a testament to the hard work and diligence of not only Sergeant Pittaluga and Detective Downs, but also of Assistant Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Emily Arnzen. Her attention to detail during the last two years leading up to this trail and her seamless presentation of evidence ensured the jury would find the justice this 12 year old victim deserved.

In case you missed it, at the last Fiscal Court Meeting Officer Johnson was promoted to the rank of Captain! Captain Johnson has been an officer for twenty-three years, seventeen of those with our department. He has served as a Field Training Officer, Detective, Sergeant, and as a member of our Honor Guard. Prior to our department, he served with the Georgetown Police Department in the accident investigation unit and a member of their Honor Guard. He was also part of the community resource unit and on SWAT with the City of Florence Police Department. His favorite color is blue. Supervisory and management roles within our department include four patrol sergeants, one investigations sergeant, two captains, an assistant chief and a chief. Congratulations Captain Johnson!