EXCLUSIVE: Zoning permits approved for Methadone Clinic in Covington

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - In an exclusive FOX19 News report, zoning permits have been approved by the City of Covington to put a Methadone Clinic at 1717 Madison Avenue in the former Sav-A-Lot grocery store building. A homeless shelter will be located next door.

Documents uncovered by FOX19 News show that the permits have been issued to NKY Med LLC, a corporation owned by Ronald Washington and Gary Shearer, MD. The application asked for a zoning permit to operate "a medical office/clinic specializing in addiction medicine. Also a restaurant will be used in a separate location in the building." The permit was applied for March 27 and approved two days later.

Washington is a former Chief Deputy in the Kenton County Sheriff's Office and a former Supervisor with the Florence Police Department. Shearer is a Florence physician with an office on Turfway Road. His office was the subject of a raid by the FBI and DEA Tuesday. Executing a Federal search warrant, agents seized dozens of boxes of documents, files and medical records. No arrest has been made and no one has been charged.

Speaking from out of town, Washington told FOX19 News that Shearer is an investor in the clinic but not the doctor assigned to work at it. He said psychiatrist Stephen Lamb will be the doctor on site. Washington, Shearer and Lamb were involved in trying to get a methadone clinic in South Covington in the summer of 2010 but neighbors complained and eventually stopped the process. There are not any methadone clinics in Northern Kentucky. The closest one is in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

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