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Settlement Possible in Newberry Zoning Case


As a court date looms for McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry regarding allegations of zoning misconduct, Commonwealth's Attorney G.L. Ovey says there is potential for a settlement.

“Nothing has been ruled in or ruled out as far as I know,” Ovey said. “This case, I look at it just like any other case. Does it have settlement potential or are the defendants willing to enter into negotiations to resolve the case? Obviously, if the defense is unwilling to do this then we will have a trial.”

Newberry and Deputy Judge Executive Doug Harnice are accused of tampering with public records in connection with unauthorized zoning changes. Ovey said he hopes to meet with defense counsel next week ahead of Newberry’s next hearing, slated for the morning of May 30.

Newberry, meanwhile, has expressed interest in seeking re-election as an independent, but won't have to contend in tomorrow’s primary.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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