Butler County


‘Why are you doing this to me?’: How this weekend’s 30-hour hostage standoff unfolded in Liberty Twp.

Multiple police agencies with hours of training came to the aid of a 10-year-old boy held hostage in his Liberty Twp. home. The 30-hour standoff began late Friday night. Donald Tobias Gazaway is accused of pulling a gun at a residence in the 700 block of East Hamilton Place, demanding thousands of dollars from the female resident and then using the boy as a human shield before surrendering Sunday...


7 things to know about the 30-hour hostage standoff in Liberty Twp.

7 things to know about the 30-hour hostage standoff in Liberty Twp.

A 10-year-old boy is reportedly safe after being held hostage in his own home in Liberty Twp. for nearly 30 hours this weekend. The suspect is in the Butler County Jail on charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic. The standoff with police began late Friday night and ended early Sunday. Here are key things to know about the incident: Who is the suspect? The suspect is Donald Tobias...
Man in 30-hour police standoff released from prison in July

Man in 30-hour police standoff released from prison in July

A heated late Friday night incident that boiled over into a nearly 30-hour standoff with SWAT ended early Sunday with the arrest of a man who held a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex in Liberty Twp.. That suspect, Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, surrendered at 6:36 a.m. Sunday morning in the 7000 block of East Hamilton Place in Liberty Twp., according to Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones...
Hospitalizations explode: Flu season may be worst in years

Hospitalizations explode: Flu season may be worst in years

A local 4-year-old’s death last week was a stark reminder about the dangers of the flu, which has quickly spread in Ohio as children returned to school and adults went back to work following the holiday break. Ohio had almost 1,750 new confirmed flu-related hospitalizations during the first week of January, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 3,854 for the entire flu season that...
Mason teacher who made ‘lynch’ comment to black student on administrative leave

Mason teacher who made ‘lynch’ comment to black student on administrative leave

A white Mason Middle School teacher who told an African-American student his classmates would “lynch” him if he didn’t do his school work has been placed on administrative leave. Mason Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline sent a message to “Mason City Schools Families” on Saturday with the subject line “Mason Schools Response to Teacher’s Comment&rdquo...
Suspect ID’d in Liberty Twp. standoff 

Suspect ID’d in Liberty Twp. standoff 

UPDATE @ 11:34 a.m: The suspect in the Liberty Twp. standoff where a 10-year-old boy was held hostage for nearly 30 hours has been identified as 31-year-old Donald Tobias Gazaway, according to Butler County law enforcement. According to our partners at WCPO, Gazaway was booked in Butler County Jail on charges of kidnapping, felenious assault, and inducing panic, per the online county records...
Before snow came, this West Chester fire closed part of U.S. 42

Before snow came, this West Chester fire closed part of U.S. 42

West Chester firefighters battled a fire this morning that caused a portion of U.S. 42 to close down as they put out the blaze. MORE: Weather cancels events across Butler County: See what’s affected Drew Reeder, West Chester Twp. spokesman, said the fire occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Friday at 9112 Cincinnati Columbus Rd. “A caller said that he needed help because there was a fire at that...
Hamilton coach accused of sexual contact worked for other schools

Hamilton coach accused of sexual contact worked for other schools

The teacher and volleyball coach accused of having sexual contact with a Hamilton Schools student worked less than a year with the Butler County district and previously worked in a Hamilton County high school and for a religious community center. That’s according to documents obtained through an Ohio Public Records request by this news organization. Suspended Hamilton High School teacher and...
Escaped inmate given a sweater by a stranger before being caught

Escaped inmate given a sweater by a stranger before being caught

A Fairfield man who had a short taste of freedom Wednesday after escaping from the Butler County Historic Court House is now facing an escape charge. David Z. Combs, 41, of 4987 Potomac Dr., was taken to a hearing on a theft charge in Area II Court located in the High Street building. Combs did not follow fellow inmates and ducked out a side door, which was alarmed but that alarm malfunctioned, according...
Downtown Middletown business to close storefront, shift focus

Downtown Middletown business to close storefront, shift focus

Flores Leather Works in downtown Middletown will close at 6 p.m. today. Owners Eber and Rebekah Flores started the business in a basement, then moved to a studio in the Pendleton Art Center before opening a storefront location at 1050 Central Ave. in 2015. The closure came as the business has shifted and picked up numerous manufacturing work and wholesale accounts. FROM 2015: Leather goods store opens...
Another company will add a location in Monroe, bringing jobs

Another company will add a location in Monroe, bringing jobs

A natural pet food company with a Monroe location just west of Interstate 75 will open a second location just east of the highway. Blue Buffalo plans to occupy a nearly 144,000-square-foot logistics building at 675 Gateway Blvd. in Monroe, in Warren County. The new building, which is scheduled to be operation by March, will be the second location in the city for the Connecticut-based company. It will...
Zac Brown Band announces 2018 show in Cincinnati

Zac Brown Band announces 2018 show in Cincinnati

Zac Brown Band’s eighth headlining North American Concert Tour, kicks off June 8 -- and the popular band is making a stop in Cincinnati.  The 27-date tour, which will see more stadium shows than any of the group’s previous tours, begins with two concerts at Boston’s iconic Fenway Park, and concludes with two stadium performances with the Eagles at San Francisco’s...
Bond set at $250,000 for robbery suspect who acted ‘strange’

Bond set at $250,000 for robbery suspect who acted ‘strange’

Bond was set at $250,000 for an Indiana man who faces up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for stealing $280 from a Middletown drug store. Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron set the bond that high because of the “serious nature” of the charges, he said this morning during the arraignment for Brenden Parker, 27, of Aurora, Ind. Parker was appointed attorney James Calhoun...
Case of dogs found dead and neglected sent to grand jury

Case of dogs found dead and neglected sent to grand jury

A Butler County grand jury will now consider a case of a woman facing felony charges after three of her dogs were found dead due to neglect in the cold weather. Melissa Damico, 46, was arrested after a welfare check was conducted at 3700 Morganthaler Road in St. Clair Twp. by county humane officers, who found three dogs deceased due to neglect and cold weather, while four other dogs were found alive...
3-month-old found not breathing, later dies in Middletown

3-month-old found not breathing, later dies in Middletown

The death of a 3-month-old baby this morning in Middletown is not believed to be suspicious, according to police. A mother called 911 about 5:10 a.m. from a residence in the 2900 block of Lefferson Road after finding the baby girl not breathing, said Lt. Scott Reeve. MORE TRENDING NEWS » Butler County taxes are changing. Here’s how much, and why it’s not the same for everyone. »...
$3K stolen when someone gets into night deposit box slot in Middletown

$3K stolen when someone gets into night deposit box slot in Middletown

More than $3,000 in money orders, checks and cash were reported stolen recently from the night deposit box at Shady Creek Apartments, 3910 Roosevelt Blvd. in Middletown, according to police. An office manager told police that the money orders were checked on Jan. 3, but when they returned the next morning, some of them were missing, according to the police report. Two money orders were found on the...
Jungle Jim’s hosts Barrel Aged Beer Bash this Saturday

Jungle Jim’s hosts Barrel Aged Beer Bash this Saturday

Jungle Jim’s 2018 Barrel Aged Beer Bash is set for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday inside Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Highway, in Fairfield. “We’re going to have over 100 beers available to sample, some rare or hard to find, all of them exceptional,” said Jared Bowers, spokesman for Jungle Jim’s International Market, a Fairfield business that started as a roadside produce...
DETAILS: Teacher’s ‘lynch’ comment to black student earns reprimand

DETAILS: Teacher’s ‘lynch’ comment to black student earns reprimand

The white Mason Middle School teacher who told an African-American student his classmates would “lynch” him if he didn’t do his school work was reprimanded Thursday, ordered into cultural sensitivity training and may be fired if it happens again. According to documents released by Mason Schools, middle school teacher Renee Thole was told in a letter from district officials that &ldquo...
Hamilton man pleads guilty in St. Clair Twp. fatal shooting

Hamilton man pleads guilty in St. Clair Twp. fatal shooting

A Hamilton man admitted guilt today in the May shooting death of Maurice Chatman in St. Clair Twp. Eric Brown, 20, of the 900 block of South Second St. was charged with murder, tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability and scheduled to go to trial later this month. But Brown took a plea deal today in Butler County County Common Pleas Court, pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter...
Bond not revoked for Oxford taxi driver charged with rape

Bond not revoked for Oxford taxi driver charged with rape

A judge ruled today that an Oxford man accused of sexually assaulting two Miami University students in his vehicle that serves as a taxi service did not violate the terms of his bond, according to a judge. Sherman Jackson II, the owner and operator of Sherman’s Safe Ride, is charged with three counts of rape and three counts of sexual battery involving two women. Last month he pleaded not guilty...
Men sentenced for conspiring to rob Middletown pharmacy

Men sentenced for conspiring to rob Middletown pharmacy

Two Indianapolis men appeared in U.S. District Court today and received prison sentences for their part in a plan to rob a Middletown pharmacy of morphine and oxycodone on April 29, 2017, with the intent of selling the drugs on the street. MORE: Man admits guilt in his role of Middletown pharmacy robbery Eric Lamont Bates, 20, was sentenced to eight years in prison, and Yasar Jamal Burnett, 18, was...
How beet juice is helping road crews prepare for coming severe weather

How beet juice is helping road crews prepare for coming severe weather

Road crews throughout the region are preparing for a potentially treacherous coating of ice and layer of snow that could impact power lines and make driving hazardous in the coming days. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 7 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday. » Winter storm timeline: When the storm will hit where you live Snow accumulations of 2-4 inches are expected across the region with...
Mason Schools’ leader warns community of ‘uptick’ in racist comments

Mason Schools’ leader warns community of ‘uptick’ in racist comments

UPDATED at 2 p.m.: The leader of Mason Schools cites “uptick” of racist remarks in schools and community and warns they will not be tolerated. Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline sent an email message Thursday to school parents in Warren County’s largest school system in the aftermath of a district teacher using an insensitive and historically deadly racial remark with an African-American...
Butler County BOE official to be sworn in as state association president

Butler County BOE official to be sworn in as state association president

Butler County Board of Elections Deputy Director Jocelyn Bucaro will be sworn in as the Ohio Association of Election Officials president this morning at its annual conference. However, most all of the election office employees will attend the two-day conference in Columbus, leaving a skeleton crew to run the board of elections from until the rest of the staff returns for a half-day of work on Friday...
5 things to know about the Hamilton-connected businessman running for lieutenant governor

5 things to know about the Hamilton-connected businessman running for lieutenant governor

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor formally introduced Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth as her running mate in her bid for Ohio governor. Estruth, 50, was one month from celebrating 27 years with Procter & Gamble when he chose to retire Wednesday from the Cincinnati-based corporation. He was the CEO of P&G subsidiary iMFLUX, an injection molding technology company. Here are five things to know about Taylor&rsquo...
Crews battle barn engulfed in fire in Ross Twp.

Crews battle barn engulfed in fire in Ross Twp.

Firefighters are on the scene now of a fire that has engulfed a barn on Layhigh Road in Ross Twp. The fire in the 2000 block is close to a residence and propane tank, according to scanner traffic of firefighters at the scene. No word yet on injuries. » 37 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties
Indiana man arrested after K-9 pursuit for robbing Middletown pharmacy

Indiana man arrested after K-9 pursuit for robbing Middletown pharmacy

UPDATED@3:15 p.m.: The alleged robber pulled out a black handgun and told the female clerk: “Give me the money in the cash register and I will not harm you,” according to the Middletown police report. The cashier told the alleged thief she couldn’t do that and he repeated: “I do not want to hurt you. Give me the money.” The clerk handed Brenden Parker all the cash, and...
This former grocery store could become a police station in Monroe

This former grocery store could become a police station in Monroe

As Monroe begins planning a new police facility, city officials will be taking a look at one existing building to determine if that could be re-purposed. City Council on Monday approved an emergency resolution for a $25,300 contract with KZF Design Inc. for professional architectural services to determine if the former IGA grocery store at 601 S. Main St. could be re-purposed into the city’s...
Hamilton man indicted for fatal pedestrian crash that involved two women crossing the street

Hamilton man indicted for fatal pedestrian crash that involved two women crossing the street

The driver of a truck that police say hit two pedestrians in Hamilton, killing one, has been indicted on multiple felony charges including aggravated vehicular homicide. Steven James Rogers, 59, of Hamilton, who has been in the Butler County Jail since the fatal crash Nov. 9, is now facing charges of two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated vehicular assault, operating a vehicle under...
Worker injured at Amazon construction site, flown to Dayton hospital

Worker injured at Amazon construction site, flown to Dayton hospital

A construction worker was injured Wednesday afternoon at the Amazon construction site in Monroe. Monroe police said the incident was reported as a steel beam falling on a worker about 3:30 p.m. at the construction site at 700 Gateway Blvd. MORE: Middletown man admits to dumping overdosed woman’s body The worker was taken by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. No other information...
Taylor names Hamilton businessman as running mate in governor race

Taylor names Hamilton businessman as running mate in governor race

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor announced Wednesday that Hamilton businessman Nathan Estruth will join her gubernatorial campaign as candidate for lieutenant governor. Estruth, 50, retired Wednesday morning from his position as CEO of iMFLUX, a Procter & Gamble subsidiary, to join the campaign, an act that Taylor called “a big sacrifice.” Taylor said Wednesday “is an exciting day” as...
After some tense and raucous meetings, West Chester considers changes

After some tense and raucous meetings, West Chester considers changes

After almost two years of some tense and even raucous meetings, the West Chester Twp. trustee board is clarifying its meeting conduct rules. Dr. Mohammed Aziz’s drug rehab center brought people to meetings to protest. Then the “Right to Work” issue had people packing the township hall for months. Former Trustee Board President Mark Welch — Trustee Lee Wong will lead the meetings...
Missing Lakota 8th grader found hiding in apartment

Missing Lakota 8th grader found hiding in apartment

A Liberty Twp. eighth grader reported missing Thursday night has been found safe, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department. Laniya Johnson, 14, was found Tuesday afternoon hiding under a bed at a residence in Lakota Pointe apartments, said Lt. Rick Bucheit. MORE: Mother believes missing Lakota student is with boy from same complex Rachel Johnson reported her daughter, Laniya Johnson...
Butler County sheriff makes decision on possible U.S. Senate run

Butler County sheriff makes decision on possible U.S. Senate run

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says he has his “dream job” and will not trade it in for a possible chance at a U.S. Senate seat. Jones said he was asked to run for U.S. Senate in the hopes he’d win the GOP primary and run against incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, after Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropped out of the race last week, citing his wife’s health issues...
UPDATE: School board member resigns over controversial jersey names with racial slurs

UPDATE: School board member resigns over controversial jersey names with racial slurs

Jerseys with thinly veiled racial slurs worn by a recreational basketball team that included Kings Local School District students have caused the team to be thrown out of the league, according to reports from our media partner WCPO-TV. A Kings school board member, whose son was among those involved in a racist jersey incident, says he will resign from the board. Kerry McKiernan told his fellow members...
Thief steals cash, 2 beers, cigarettes, bong from Middletown carry-out

Thief steals cash, 2 beers, cigarettes, bong from Middletown carry-out

A man allegedly broke into a Middletown carry-out and stole $2,000 in cash and checks, two beers, cigarettes and a bong, according to the Middletown police reports. The suspect broke out the front door glass at Max’s Mart, 2020 Tytus Ave., around 6:15 a.m. Saturday, the report said. Once inside the store, the thief, heavily dressed in dark pants, boots and coat, went to the cooler area and stole...
The area’s NEWEST brewery has announced its plans, and they include renovating a downtown building

The area’s NEWEST brewery has announced its plans, and they include renovating a downtown building

The region’s beer scene is about to get a new player. Specialty nanobrewery/taproom The Common Beer Company plans to open this summer at 126 E. Main St. in downtown Mason next to Comets Pizza and The Mason Grill. The two-story building will include 1,400 square feet of indoor retail space and a fully functional brewery, with future plans to provide an outside area. The neighborhood-based brewery...
Don’t forget rights of heterosexual students, parents tell Lakota school board

Don’t forget rights of heterosexual students, parents tell Lakota school board

In the aftermath of Lakota school officials announcing the creation of a new department to address transgender student rights, some concerned school parents told the school board Tuesday evening to not forget about the rights of the heterosexual majority. More than a dozen residents attended Lakota school board’s first meeting of the new year, with about half speaking against last month&rsquo...
‘I don’t believe it myself’: Madison Twp. ‘survivor’ and former teacher turns 104

‘I don’t believe it myself’: Madison Twp. ‘survivor’ and former teacher turns 104

To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.” Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door for 18 hours as her body temperatures fell to dangerous levels. “I see...
Franklin student hurt in fall is stable, moved to Dayton hospital

Franklin student hurt in fall is stable, moved to Dayton hospital

UPDATE @ 3:49 p.m. Superintendent Michael Sander said it appears the student who fell over a railing on the third floor of a stairwell at Franklin Junior High School was the only one involved in the incident. Sander said the boy fell over the third floor railing to the first floor. MORE: Hamilton teacher and coach facing sex charges involving student He said the student has been transferred from Atrium...
Report: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author Vance courted for U.S. Senate bid; Sheriff Jones to decide tomorrow

Report: ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author Vance courted for U.S. Senate bid; Sheriff Jones to decide tomorrow

Middletown native and “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance told The Atlantic in September he was not going to seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate race in Ohio against Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, in November 2018. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has spoken with Vance, who voted for Evan McMullin over Donald Trump in November 2016, about a...
Flu cases rampant in Ohio: 5 things you need to know

Flu cases rampant in Ohio: 5 things you need to know

Flu cases are continuing to increase at area hospitals and are widespread around Ohio. The virus each year leads to missed work and school, hospitalizations and even death. The start of flu season in Ohio changes each year. Last year, cases started to spike in December and peaked in February, with a total 8,661 hospitalizations within the state during the flu season. As the virus continues to spread...
Middletown man pleads guilty to shooting and killing his wife

Middletown man pleads guilty to shooting and killing his wife

A Middletown man has admitted to the shooting death of his wife in April. Bobby Jo Nitz, 45, pleaded guilty today in Butler County Common Pleas Court to murder, avoiding a trial that was scheduled to begin Jan. 22. In exchange for the plea, a felonious assault charge was merged and a three year gun specification was dropped. By taking the plea, Nitz decreased his sentence by three years. The murder...
Freezing rain causing hazardous road conditions in Butler County

Freezing rain causing hazardous road conditions in Butler County

The transition from rain to freezing ice conditions on the roads in Butler County has started this afternoon and salt trucks are out on the highways looking to make it safer for motorists. MORE: Winter storm: Here’s what Butler and Warren counties can expect Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens said plow drivers will be out in force ready “to treat high-volume, well traveled roads,&rdquo...
Butler County sheriff endorses DeWine for governor, and they talked about ... something

Butler County sheriff endorses DeWine for governor, and they talked about ... something

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones, who has been rumored as a candidate to replace Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in the race for the U.S. Senate, has supported Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in the race for Ohio governor. Jones said he felt DeWine and his running mate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, have the best chance to win in November. “I talked with DeWine twice today (Monday)...
Detectives investigating report of man shot while walking dog

Detectives investigating report of man shot while walking dog

Detectives have few leads about the shooting of a 32-year-old man who says he was shot early Sunday morning while walking his dog in a Liberty Twp. mobile home park. Juvenal Galan showed up and Atrium Medical Center in Middletown early Sunday morning with a gunshot wound to the right side and had been released when deputies got to the hospital. MORE: Mother thinks missing daughter is with boy from...
3 dogs dead, 4 malnourished lead to charges for Butler County woman

3 dogs dead, 4 malnourished lead to charges for Butler County woman

A Butler County woman is facing several felony charges after three of her dogs were found dead due to neglect in the cold weather. Butler County Dog Warden Kurt Merbs said that a welfare check on seven dogs on the property of St. Clair Twp. resident, Melissa Damico, 3700 Morganthaler Rd., was conducted Monday and three dogs were found deceased due to neglect and cold weather, while four other dogs...
Mother thinks missing Lakota 8th grader is with boy from same complex

Mother thinks missing Lakota 8th grader is with boy from same complex

A Liberty Twp. eighth grader reported missing Thursday night has still not been found, despite officials searching a local home where she may be hiding. Rachel Johnson reported her daughter, Laniya Johnson, missing after she failed to return home while walking a short distance from a family friend’s house at Lakota Pointe apartments to her own residence in the same complex. MORE: Springboro...
Butler County sheriff on possible Senate bid: ‘I’m not ruling anything out’

Butler County sheriff on possible Senate bid: ‘I’m not ruling anything out’

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is non-committal about his possible future as a Republican U.S. Senate candidate as rumors spread about him replacing Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who dropped out of the race to unseat U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Friday. Jones wrote on Twitter, “It’s good people want me for that job. Makes me proud” while also posting screenshots of reports that...
Attorney for murder suspect wants statements thrown out at trial

Attorney for murder suspect wants statements thrown out at trial

An attorney for a Hamilton man scheduled to go to trial this month for the May shooting death of Maurice Chatman wants statements made to police thrown out. Eric Brown, 20, of the 900 block of South Second St. is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability. He was in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Thursday for a suppression hearing. His trial is scheduled...
Zac Efron movie about serial killer Ted Bundy filming locally looking for extras

Zac Efron movie about serial killer Ted Bundy filming locally looking for extras

Interested in being in a movie about a serial killer? The casting call has been put out for a movie about serial killer Ted Bundy titled “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” that will shoot in the region beginning this month. The movie about Bundy will star Zac Efron in the title role and has cast actress Lily Collins as Bundy’s girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer. Several Butler...
Dog found frozen to death in outdoor dog house in Butler County

Dog found frozen to death in outdoor dog house in Butler County

A dog was discovered frozen to death in an outdoor dog house in St. Clair Twp. on Wednesday, renewing a call from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office to care for pets in extreme weather. The dog’s owners, who were not named, will be charged with cruelty to a companion animal, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The Butler County Dog Warden responded a St. Clair...
Case of suspect who allegedly robbed bank after buying engagement ring goes to grand jury

Case of suspect who allegedly robbed bank after buying engagement ring goes to grand jury

A Butler County grand jury will now consider the case of a Trenton man charged with robbing a bank last month. Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, is charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with ring the next day. Police believe that could be a motive for the robbery. Pedersen was in court today for a preliminary...
Longtime Monroe council member resigns, council seeks new member

Longtime Monroe council member resigns, council seeks new member

Monroe is seeking candidates to replace a city council member who resigned last month. At council’s Dec. 19 meeting, Councilwoman Suzi Rubin submitted her resignation, effective Dec. 31. Officials said that Rubin is planning to move out of state after her husband retires. “It seemed like a good time to step down because it would give a new council member time to learn the job before the...
6 ways you should be protecting your body in sub-freezing temperatures

6 ways you should be protecting your body in sub-freezing temperatures

As residents in the greater Cincinnati area deal with record low temperatures ranging from minus-5 to minus-10, those who work outside or anyone heading outdoors needs to take extra precautions with their body and clothing, according to medical expert from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. The record for the coldest temperature on Jan. 2 is minus-5 degrees, according to meteorologists...
Crews stay overnight at scene of West Chester house fire

Crews stay overnight at scene of West Chester house fire

West Chester Twp. firefighters remain on the scene today of a fire that destroyed a house on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The blaze began about 6:30 p.m. Saturday at a residence in the 7400 block of Cincinnati-Dayton. Ammunition exploded in the basement, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Barb Wilson, township spokeswoman. The house is a total loss. A resident and dogs...
Hearing continued after Trenton bank robbery suspect retains attorney

Hearing continued after Trenton bank robbery suspect retains attorney

A hearing for a Trenten man charged with robbing a bank has been continued. Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, is charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with ring the next day. Police believe that could be a motive to the robbery. Pedersen was scheduled to appear in Middletown Municipal Court today for a...
Car crashes into West Chester salon, injuring two

Car crashes into West Chester salon, injuring two

Police are still investigating an accident that occurred Thursday afternoon at the L Salon, 9303 Cincinnati Columbus Rd., that left two people transported to the hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. TRENDING NEWS One dead after trench collapse in Warren County A 13-cent gift to a police officer might be the most emotional part of this community story According to West...
This Kings Island coaster is up for BEST NEW attraction nationally

This Kings Island coaster is up for BEST NEW attraction nationally

Mystic Timbers, the new roller coaster introduced this year at Kings Island, has been nominated for the “Best New Amusement Park Attraction” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards contest. The online voting poll which ends Jan. 1 has placed Mystic Timbers in second place since the second day of voting, according to Chad Showalter, director of communication for...
Dogs that killed Butler County mini horses have been put down

Dogs that killed Butler County mini horses have been put down

Two dogs that were part of a pack the killed miniature horses in St. Clair Twp. have been put down, according to Butler County Deputy Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs. Last week, Merbs was looking for two dogs that were part of an attack on pet horses the week before. Merbs said today that sheriff’s office detectives questioned a suspected owner of the dogs and he confessed the animals where...
Trenton bank robbery suspect now charged with 2nd area robbery

Trenton bank robbery suspect now charged with 2nd area robbery

UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m. Dustin F. Pederson, charged with robbing a Trenton bank, is also a suspect in Friday’s robbery of a West Chester Twp. bank. West Chester Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Dustin F. Pedersen in connection with the Dec. 22 aggravated robbery of US Bank in West Chester. Pedersen is currently incarcerated at the Middletown Jail for his arrest in Trenton on a similar...
Director of Butler County’s drug-free coalition leaving post

Director of Butler County’s drug-free coalition leaving post

A key figure in helping to combat the abuse of drugs and alcohol in Butler County has decided to step down from the non-profit she directed for nearly three years. Lauren Marsh, 55, has announced that she is resigning as director of the Butler County Coalition for Healthy, Safe & Drug-free Communities (BCC) effective Dec. 29. MORE: In Butler County, officials promote progress in opioid fight BCC&rsquo...
A paralyzed local boy asked for help decorating his room. Then he got 50,000 Christmas cards. 

A paralyzed local boy asked for help decorating his room. Then he got 50,000 Christmas cards. 

Andrew Little, the Fairfield Twp. boy who last year wished for enough Christmas Cards to decorate his room and received an estimated 50,000 of them, is enjoying many happy returns. So are his cousins. “He is doing great. He is doing very well,” his grandmother, Alyson Little, said. “He’s a thriving 9-year-old, and very inquisitive.” Little lives at St. Joseph Home in...
Butler County will no longer ask for levy to fund opioid fight

Butler County will no longer ask for levy to fund opioid fight

The Butler County mental health and addiction services board had intended on asking voters to approve a combined tax levy that includes addiction services in May, but now it says there is no need. When the mental health and addiction boards merged several years ago, they were told they could not use mental health levy funds to support addition services. A second look at the issue by the county prosecutor...
Dogs kill 3 miniature horses in Butler County

Dogs kill 3 miniature horses in Butler County

Butler County deputy dog wardens are still looking for two dogs that St. Clair Twp. residents say were part of a pack that killed three miniature horses last week. A trio of dogs, described as either pit bulls or a pit bull mixed breed, attacked and killed one horse and mortally maimed another horse Friday at Mike Powell’s farm in the 1900 block of West Elkton Road, according to Butler County...
Butler County set to pass structurally balanced $97.9M budget

Butler County set to pass structurally balanced $97.9M budget

Despite several outside influences putting pressure on finances, Butler County commissioners are poised to pass a structurally balanced $97.9 million budget for 2018. Among those challenges, according to Butler County Finance Director Tawana Keels is a loss of $3.2 million in Medicaid managed care sales tax. Sales taxes have been increasing in the seven percent to nine percent range since 2012, but...
Want help starting a new business? Butler County course may be for you

Want help starting a new business? Butler County course may be for you

Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF) has won a $35,000 grant from the Ohio Community Development Corporation Association’s Ohio Microbusiness Development Program. Through SELF’s efforts, 62 local businesses have been launched — with 47 still in business — and nearly $100,000 in microloans has been awarded since the Butler County program began in 2011, according...
Longtime politician Greg Jolivette to challenge Retherford

Longtime politician Greg Jolivette to challenge Retherford

Longtime Butler County politician Greg Jolivette has has announced he will run for the 51st Ohio House seat in the November 2018 general election. Jolivette — a former state representative, county commissioner and Hamilton mayor — announced his run for the seat currently held by Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford on Monday and introduced his “we can do better” campaign theme. &ldquo...
Half-price emergency radios available, but will Butler County jurisdictions buy?

Half-price emergency radios available, but will Butler County jurisdictions buy?

The availability of half-price Motorola public safety radios have some Butler County jurisdictions taking a harder look at replacing the radios their police and fire officials use. Butler County commissioners last week set a deal on a $10 million contract with Motorola to replace the communications system and radios. The deal — originally estimated at $19.2 million for about 3,100 radios and...
5 more favorite cookie recipes from Journal-News holiday contest

5 more favorite cookie recipes from Journal-News holiday contest

We’ve already shared with you the top three entries from this year’s annual Journal-News Holiday Cookie Contest. MORE: The top 3 cookie recipes in the 2017 Journal-News Holiday Cookie Contest But there were so many yummy entries, we want to pass along the recipes for a few more that stood out. Enjoy! — — — RASPBERRY ALMOND SHORTBREAD THUMBPRINT COOKIES Contributed by...
After experiencing kindness of community, woman glad to give back

After experiencing kindness of community, woman glad to give back

As a single mother, Traci knows well the struggle to keep a family fed, even a cozy family of two. And having experienced the kindness of the community, she is glad to give back by volunteering her time to The New Path, a ministry of the Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church. The New Path offers a choice food pantry and other services for the needy in Miami County, one of five counties served by Shared...
Hamilton business owner, Edgewood special needs students team up

Hamilton business owner, Edgewood special needs students team up

Holly Dainton’s students have won the heart and support of a local business woman and artisan. Venita Allen, the owner of lahVdah in Hamilton, has teamed up with special education students at Edgewood High School to sell their crafts in her store. Edgewood Schools outlines 5 key strategies to guide district Allen and her team developed a plan this past spring to allow the special needs students...
Trenton police still searching for Fifth Third Bank robber

Trenton police still searching for Fifth Third Bank robber

UPDATE @ 8:15 a.m. (Dec. 17) Trenton police say they are still searching for the man who allegedly robbed the Fifth Third Bank on State Street Saturday morning. Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the Trenton Police Department at 513-988-6341 or call Detective Sean Gill at 513-428-0129. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. EARLIER REPORT (Dec. 16)...
Toys for kids in need collected in remembrance of slain Madison Twp. toddler Kinsley Kinner

Toys for kids in need collected in remembrance of slain Madison Twp. toddler Kinsley Kinner

A toy drive for abused and neglected children in the area has been resurrected this year in memory of Madison Twp. toddler Kinsley Kinner, who was killed in December 2015. Derrick Burton, a friend of Kinsley’s father, Scott Senft, was touched by the outpouring of support from the community two years ago when those attending the two year old’s funeral were asked to bring a toy for donation...
Longtime Butler County veterans board member steps down on record note

Longtime Butler County veterans board member steps down on record note

Lowell Stewart has been a Butler County veterans service commissioner for 22 years, and his final meeting follows a record-breaking month for the number of veterans served by the commission. The agency reported assisting 614 veterans in November. Stewart said that made for an awesome send off for him. “It feels real good, it’s nice to see (the numbers) up there,” he said. &ldquo...
Butler County elections board member to resign

Butler County elections board member to resign

The Butler County Board of Elections will look for a new Democratic member after Kathy Wyenandt steps down Monday after serving only half of her four-year term. Wyenandt will also resign as Central Committee chair with the Butler County Democratic Party, and both resignations are because of plans to pursue another opportunity, which she declined to talk about further. RELATED: Democrats have a plan...
Fire claims male’s life in New Miami

Fire claims male’s life in New Miami

A frantic call was placed today by the niece of a man killed in a house fire this morning stating her was disabled in inside the ranch home. “The house across the street is on fire,” the woman told 911 0perators. When the dispatcher asked if anyone was inside, she replied, ” Yeah, my uncle … he is disabled, he only has one leg.” The woman said her uncle was in the bedroom...
Retherford says bill will prevent ‘re-victimizing’ of crime victims

Retherford says bill will prevent ‘re-victimizing’ of crime victims

Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, has introduced a bill that would prevent photos, videos and images of a victim of a sexually oriented crime from being accessed via a public records request. The bill, called the Victim’s Protection and Privacy Act, was prompted after a conversation Retherford said he had with a Hamilton police detective. MORE: Heartbeat abortion bill passes Ohio House committee...
Arbitrator: Shuttered Tylersville Sunoco worth $1.5M

Arbitrator: Shuttered Tylersville Sunoco worth $1.5M

An arbitrator has determined the Butler County Engineer’s Office must pay the owners of the former Sunoco gas station on Tylersville Road $1.5 million for a widening project. The $1.8 million — construction costs only — project has been delayed and will now not start until 2019. That project entails adding a westbound lane from the interstate to Cox Road. Obtaining right-of-way has...
Black ice warning issued in Butler County

Black ice warning issued in Butler County

The Butler County Engineer’s Office is warning drivers that roads could get icy later today as temperatures drop and snow returns. Snow plow drivers salted all 15 Butler County routes this morning and no incidents were reported, according to the Butler County Engineer’s Office, but the picture may be a little different later today. “With the temperatures falling as they are predicted...
The face of homelessness is changing in Butler County

The face of homelessness is changing in Butler County

She has been clean — off heroin for 2½ years — but still Holly Behrens finds herself homeless, one of the 26 residents living in the Hope House Women’s Center in Middletown. She is 37, the mother of three children, and searching for answers. “Never thought I’d be homeless,” Behrens said while sitting in the homeless shelter. “That comes along with my...
10 stories that illuminated the crazy holiday shopping season

10 stories that illuminated the crazy holiday shopping season

Consumers started early this year on holiday shopping, crowding local malls and shopping centers. Holiday spending in Ohio is expected to grow 2 percent this year compared to 2016, bringing in an estimated $24.1 billion statewide — and people in the Dayton region are expected to spend more than last year. NRF projects that holiday retail sales in November and December this year will be up between...
Top 10 things to do the week of Dec. 10 in Cincinnati, Butler County

Top 10 things to do the week of Dec. 10 in Cincinnati, Butler County

Here are 10 of the best local events happening the week of Dec. 10-16 in Cincinnati and Butler County: 1. Enjoy a beer with Santa at Rivertown Brewery in Monroe If you’re frustrated about the kids hogging Santa all season long, it might be refreshing to know that the big guy enjoys a craft beer with the grown-ups on occasion, too. Bring the family, a camera and a package of diapers or wipes...
Updated: 2 inches of snow falls in parts of region

Updated: 2 inches of snow falls in parts of region

A clipper brought snow showers throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, measuring as much as 2 inches in Piqua to ½ inch in Lebanon. Most spots reached about 1 inch. In all areas, the snowfall led to numerous crashes and slide-offs as roadways became slick. Following are snowfall totals reported as of 11 a.m., Dec. 10, by the National Weather Service in Wilmington: 2 inches Piqua (Miami County)...
Monroe Local Schools decides location for new building

Monroe Local Schools decides location for new building

At the conclusion of a Nov. 27 special board of education meeting, the Monroe Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to use the 29 acres that the district owns between Macready Avenue and Elm Street for the potential construction of a new school building. MORE: Monroe Schools considers tax hike for new building Grade level configuration has not been determined at this time, according to district...
Strangers help make construction of new $1M Monroe church a reality

Strangers help make construction of new $1M Monroe church a reality

For 25 years, the Monroe Nazarene Church knew it needed a new building. The church has spent the past seven years fund-raising for the new $1 million, 10,000-square-foot multipurpose building at 400 Macready Ave., according to Senior Pastor Steve Grooms. Construction started last January and was completed in late November. The church received large donations from people who were not members or had...
2017 Journal-News Holiday Cookie Contest: The top 3 cookie recipes

2017 Journal-News Holiday Cookie Contest: The top 3 cookie recipes

Debbie Senger’s winning entry from the Butler County Fair also won the 2017 Journal-News Holiday Cookie Contest. Senger, of Liberty Twp., entered her White Chocolate Orange Cookies, which were a hit among this year’s judges — a newsroom full of hungry Journal-News reporters. The White Chocolate Orange Cookies are a proven winning recipe for Senger. “I entered the Butler County...
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