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Chance for storms continues today

The chance for showers and storms continues today, some of which could be strong to severe with gusty winds, lightning and thunder, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Highs will be in the middle to upper 80s, with heat index values in the 90s. Few showers and storms today Some could be strong to severe More dry time expected this week Tonight: Dry weather conditions expected...


Butler Tech moves ahead with rapid expansion plan

Butler Tech moves ahead with rapid expansion plan

The big changes at one of Ohio’s largest career school systems keep coming. Though it’s less than two years old, Butler Tech’s leading edge Bioscience Center in West Chester Township is already expanding its classroom space for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. And school officials are moving on additional plans to add to the two-story building and adjacent class buildings to the...
New Dunkin’ Donuts debuts in Butler County

New Dunkin’ Donuts debuts in Butler County

Dunkin’ Donuts is now open at 1270 Hamilton-Lebanon Road in Monroe. The newly constructed restaurant is equipped with a drive-thru and free Wi-Fi and open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Menu items include donuts, bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, bakery sandwiches, wraps, coffee and lattes. FIRST COVERAGE: Dunkin’ Donuts, Popeyes coming to Monroe It is the 24th regional Dunkin&rsquo...
Carlisle baby alive at birth, prosecutor says after teen mom in court

Carlisle baby alive at birth, prosecutor says after teen mom in court

An infant whose remains were found buried last week in a Carlisle backyard died more than two months ago but was alive at birth, not stillborn, court records and prosecutors revealed Friday. Brooke Skylar Richardson, the 18-year-old mother now charged with reckless homicide, spent just more than two minutes in a Warren County courtroom Friday. On Friday evening, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell...
Stabbing victim, suspect both recorded deadly incident, police believe

Stabbing victim, suspect both recorded deadly incident, police believe

Middletown police have seized cell phones from the deceased and the accused in the latest Middletown homicide because both were allegedly filming events surrounding the fatal stabbing. Zachary Fields, 19, of Shafor Street, is charged with murder in the death of Nick Kriner, 34, early July 14, according to police and court records. He called 911 after the fatal stabbing and said to dispatchers that...
Demolition begins on Fairfield Freshman School

Demolition begins on Fairfield Freshman School

Fairfield Schools Superintendent Billy Smith stood across the road from his old freshman school and watched the claw of a giant earth excavator tear a jagged hole in its brick walls. “It’s always been a special building, and personally it’s special to me too because I attended classes here as a freshman,” said Smith on Thursday morning as he watched the demolition begin on...
Chief touts public’s help as 28 indicted on Middletown drug charges

Chief touts public’s help as 28 indicted on Middletown drug charges

More cooperation from community members and more coordination among law enforcement agencies helped lead to indictments of 28 people suspected in drug activity in Middletown, according to police. Middletown Lt. Jimmy Cunningham said about 12 of those indicted were arrested on Thursday when the sweep began about 8 a.m. “We want to make it exceedingly difficult to sell drugs in Middletown,&rdquo...
Bengals unveil 50th season sculptures, including one in Butler County

Bengals unveil 50th season sculptures, including one in Butler County

A Butler County retail and dining destination is playing host to one of the sculptures celebrating the Bengals 50th season. Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Twp., had a three-dimensional sculpture of the National Football League team’s 50th Season logo installed Wednesday. The sculpture is approximately eight-feet wide, five-feet tall and weighs more than 1,000 pounds. Other locations...
Kings Island’s Fan Appreciation Days feature FC Cincinnati today

Kings Island’s Fan Appreciation Days feature FC Cincinnati today

Kings Island’s Ohio Fan Appreciation Days kicks off today with special visits from local sports teams including FC Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Cyclones. FC Cincinnati forwards Omar Cummings and Danni Konig and midfielders Marco Dominguez, Paul Nicholson and Eric Stevenson are scheduled to stop by the amusement park at 3:30 p.m. today for a question-and-answer session with...
Thief smashes Fairfield pizza place’s door, steals cash drawer

Thief smashes Fairfield pizza place’s door, steals cash drawer

A breaking and entering report at Marco’s Pizza at 6330 Pleasant Ave. in Fairfield was posted on the City of Fairfield’s Facebook page Wednesday. The crime occurred around midnight on July 13, according to the city’s post. The person in the video smashed the door to the restaurant and stole the restaurant’s cash drawer before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. The city is asking...
Human-powered pedal cabs, smoking ban move forward in Hamilton

Human-powered pedal cabs, smoking ban move forward in Hamilton

Human-powered cabs, or pedicabs, are rolling toward reality in Hamilton, following a vote Wednesday to send legislation that regulates and accommodates the vehicles. Also moving to the council’s agenda is legislation that will ban smoking in parks and other city-owned property, following another vote by Hamilton’s Ordinance Review Committee, which is made up of council members and city...
Columbus Zoo welcomes 3 new tiger cubs

Columbus Zoo welcomes 3 new tiger cubs

The baby fever that has overtaken the Cincinnati Zoo has now spread to Columbus with the addition of three new tiger cubs.   Columbus Zoo announced on Wednesday the birth of  three Amur tiger cubs. Two of the cubs were born on July 12, and the third was born the following day. According to the zoo’s website, the newborn cubs appear to be healthy and are nursing in a behind-the-scenes...
Carlisle schools once explored selling aquifer water to fund district

Carlisle schools once explored selling aquifer water to fund district

Years before Carlisle Schools tried the current strategy of selling bonds to residents to raise money for schools, they considered selling bottled water. RELATED: Carlisle Schools host investment public meeting And not just any bottled water, but the fresh, healthy fluids of the Great Miami Aquifer below the Warren County school system’s surface. RELATED: 5 things to know about the Great Miami...
Police: 20 shots heard fired in Middletown

Police: 20 shots heard fired in Middletown

Middletown police said they heard about 20 gun shots coming from the 3900 block of Bonita Drive on Tuesday morning, according to police reports. No one was injured during the gun fire, police said. RELATED: Police: Crime spree leads to arson, vandalism charges A woman who lives in the 4600 block of Bonita told police she was watering her flowers when she heard gun shots. She saw a man standing through...
Opioid effect: Middletown police OT fund runs out of money, gets $30K more

Opioid effect: Middletown police OT fund runs out of money, gets $30K more

The region’s opioid crisis prompted Middletown City Council on Tuesday to approve a request from the Division of Police for an additional $30,000 to cover overtime costs for investigators. The criminal investigative unit overtime fund was budgeted at $92,424 for 2017. However, the increase in crime has necessitated an increasing the number of detectives from four to eight to combat the opioid...
Attention I-75 Internet buyers, sellers: Franklin police establish safety zone

Attention I-75 Internet buyers, sellers: Franklin police establish safety zone

Starting July 24, Franklin police will offer a safe place for people to make Internet sales transactions. Police Chief Russ Whitman said the signs are up on Anderson Street between the police station and the Franklin Public Library and where people can complete their Internet purchases. Whitman said the project was on the department’s list and finally came to fruition. He said he approached...
Middletown councilman drops controversial ‘3-strike’ narcan proposal

Middletown councilman drops controversial ‘3-strike’ narcan proposal

A Middletown councilman who proposed not sending EMS to revive repeat opioid OD victims formally dropped the matter and apologized to his fellow council members for creating the controversy. Councilman Dan Picard made his comments during Tuesday’s council meeting, and said he had met with City Manager Doug Adkins on Friday to discuss the situation and how he was going to proceed. “I had...
Historic Hamilton building to be demolished but facade saved, stored

Historic Hamilton building to be demolished but facade saved, stored

Preservationists were disappointed with a board’s approval Tuesday evening allowing for the demolition of a historic building at 216 S. Third St. near Ludlow Street. In a compromise, however, CORE Fund Director Mike Dingeldein said that before the building is destroyed, a crew will take apart the stones that make up the front of the building and mark them, so the facade can be reassembled someday...
West Chester police get raises, but trustees unhappy with ruling

West Chester police get raises, but trustees unhappy with ruling

West Chester Twp. trustees think a labor ruling giving their police officers and supervisors what they wanted in a new contract failed to consider taxpayers. The officers’ union contract proposal called for a $1,000 addition to base pay, plus a 2.5-percent increase retroactive to 2016 and 3-percent hikes this year and in 2018, which is what the fact-finder found. The sergeants and lieutenants...
Beavercreek officer who shot John Crawford III back on ‘full duty’

Beavercreek officer who shot John Crawford III back on ‘full duty’

Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams — who shot and killed John Crawford III at a Walmart nearly three years ago — has returned to full duty. Williams had been on administrative desk duty from when he returned to work several months after the Aug. 5, 2014 incident, per a decision by Beavercreek police Chief Dennis Evers. Williams was cleared by a Greene County special grand jury in...
2 taken to hospitals from 4-vehicle crash on I-75 North near Franklin

2 taken to hospitals from 4-vehicle crash on I-75 North near Franklin

UPDATE @ 4:41 p.m.: Two people have been taken to hospitals from the four-vehicle crash on I-75 North near Franklin that left one of the vehicles on its top.  The injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, according to the fire/rescue crew on scene.  The accident involving two vehicles and two semitrailers was reported just before 4 p.m. Troopers are working to determine what led...
Man leading $80M Fairfield school building project retires, rehired

Man leading $80M Fairfield school building project retires, rehired

The project leader behind the largest school construction project in Fairfield Schools’ history retired last week but was immediately rehired to a one-year contract. STORY & VIDEO: 1st inside look at new Fairfield Freshman School Fairfield Schools’ Director of Business Operations Tom Weiser has coordinated almost all aspects of the Butler County’s planning and building of three new...
Speedway to hire more than 2,000 workers in 9 states, including Ohio

Speedway to hire more than 2,000 workers in 9 states, including Ohio

Speedway is looking to hire more than 2,000 employees across nine states to fill existing and growth-related positions. The company, based in Enon in Clark County, is the nation’s second-largest chain of company-owned and -operated convenience stores. It has approximately 2,730 stores in 21 states. Speedway will hold open interviews from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 25 at every store in Ohio, Indiana...
Police: Cash, cigarettes stolen from Middletown market

Police: Cash, cigarettes stolen from Middletown market

A man allegedly broke into BJ’s Market, 427 Baltimore St., and stole $100 in cash and five cartons of cigarettes Sunday morning, according to police reports. When Middletown police officers arrived, they said the front glass to the door was pushed in and it was lying on the floor inside. Later, an employee was allowed to enter the store, and she told officers it appeared some cigarettes were...
More baby news at Cincinnati Zoo: Kendi the rhino arrives

More baby news at Cincinnati Zoo: Kendi the rhino arrives

Step aside Fiona, there is a new darling at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens now that Kendi, an eastern black rhino has arrived. Kendi’s mother, Seyia, gave birth to the calf at 5:05 a.m. Monday after a 15-month gestation period. Surveillance cameras inside the rhino barn recorded the birth and the mom and baby’s first moments. “Every rhino calf born is incredibly important...
Butler County brewery producing canned water for Red Cross relief

Butler County brewery producing canned water for Red Cross relief

One of Butler County’s largest employers is part of a new effort to provide clean drinking water to those affected by disasters. The partnership between the American Red Cross and Colorado-based MillerCoors will result in the creation of 2 million cans of drinking water to be distributed during disaster relief efforts. Cans will be produced and packaged over the next three years in Butler County...
How this local artist is transforming Hamilton, one mural at a time

How this local artist is transforming Hamilton, one mural at a time

Artist Nicole Trimble looks over the nearly five-story-high “canvass” of her latest painting and is pleased so far. Trimble’s standards are as high as her latest work, since she is an accomplished art instructor at Miami University Hamilton. But a big part of summer break is now being spent on scaffolding in downtown Hamilton to turn a giant, dreary cinder block wall of a parking...
Carlisle mom, 18, arrested, charged in Warren County baby-remains case

Carlisle mom, 18, arrested, charged in Warren County baby-remains case

UPDATE @ 9:03 p.m.:  An 18-year-old Carlisle woman is in jail, charged with one count of reckless homicide in the baby-remains case.  Brooke Richardson was arrested about 8 p.m. and taken to the Warren County Jail pending arraignment Friday morning in Franklin Municipal Court, according to a statement from the Warren County Sheriff's Office released minutes ago.  She is the mother,...
Bonds of $300K, $250K set for 3 charged in ‘brutal’ Oxford rape case

Bonds of $300K, $250K set for 3 charged in ‘brutal’ Oxford rape case

Three men charged with dozens of crimes were arraigned Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court for an alleged February sexual assault in Oxford. “This is a very brutal rape case,” Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said. “One of the worst this office has seen.” The allegations involve a single victim, a 19-year-old woman who was visiting Oxford on Feb. 11 and 12. The...
Car catches fire in Middletown restaurant parking lot

Car catches fire in Middletown restaurant parking lot

A car parked at Steak ‘N Shake, 3170 Towne Blvd., caught fire this morning, according to the Middletown Division of Fire. When firefighters arrived around 6:30 p.m.,, the 2000 Buick Park Avenue Ultra was unoccupied with heavy fire showing from the engine compartment, according to the fire report. Before the fire could be extinguished, it extended through the hood and front right tire, officials...
Fiona the hippo part of Graeter’s new zoo-inspired flavor

Fiona the hippo part of Graeter’s new zoo-inspired flavor

Graeter’s Ice Cream revealed a new flavor on Monday crafted specifically to celebrate the brand’s home city and one of Cincinnati’s favorite family-friendly attractions, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Inspired by the wildly popular and prematurely born baby hippo Fiona, Chunky Chunky Hippo will be available for ice cream fans in Graeter’s Cincinnati, Dayton and Oxford...
Fairfield’s training simulator readies officers for pressure scenarios

Fairfield’s training simulator readies officers for pressure scenarios

Saying there is “no room for error” when police officers are in high pressure situations, the Fairfield Police Department is investing drug forfeiture money into a training simulator. “Police officers are employed and trained to use exceptional judgment in high-risk, low-frequency encounters,” Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey said. “These decisions are often made in...
Martial arts business expands into Fairfield Twp.

Martial arts business expands into Fairfield Twp.

Budokai Taekwondo opened a second Butler County location to accommodate growth. The new location at 4103 Hamilton-Middletown Road in Fairfield Twp. is for Olympic taekwondo, cardio kickboxing, and Hapkido programs exclusively, as well as women’s self-defense programs, kid’s Grapple-Fit and bullying self defense. Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs are still offered at the original location...
West Chester police have new union contract

West Chester police have new union contract

The West Chester Twp. police officer union has new contract with the trustees that includes raises as decided by a state conciliator. The officers’ union contract not calls for a $1,000 addition to base pay, plus a 2.5 percent increase retroactive to 2016 and three percent hikes this year and in 2018, which is what the fact finder found. The trustees rejected the fact finder’s recommendation...
Panera Bread hiring at baking facility in West Chester

Panera Bread hiring at baking facility in West Chester

Panera Bread’s Butler County baking facility is preparing to expand its workforce. Panera opened the facility in West Chester in October 2015, said plant manager Patrick McCarron. The Fresh Dough Facility produces all the bread and bagels for 130 Panera cafés in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky, and is a seven-days-a-week, 363-days-per-year operation, McCarron said. “We...
Armor, tactical gear supplier liquidating store to move online

Armor, tactical gear supplier liquidating store to move online

Trenton Tactical, which started from the trunk of a car in 2012, has its own line of tactical gear and armor and is continuing to grow, according to owner Spencer Stewart. That growth, however, will occur solely online at www.trentontactical.com, Stewart said, as the business plans to close brick-and-mortar operations at 5573 Eureka Drive in Fairfield Twp. at the end of July. “Simply clicking...
5 things to know about the New Miami speed camera case

5 things to know about the New Miami speed camera case

The Village of New Miami is asking the 12th District Court of Appeals to let them off the hook for $3 million it owes to speeders it illegally fined. The village officially filed its appeal brief last week saying as a governmental entity it can’t be sued for damages. A class of speeders sued the tiny village in 2012 and a Butler County judge found the old program unconstitutional two years later...
Liberty Twp.’s Parks Passport goes digital

Liberty Twp.’s Parks Passport goes digital

Liberty Twp.’s Parks Passport, which is designed to encourage people to visit all of the community’s 11 parks, is now available online. Since the program began in 2006, families have had to pick up the passport packet from the Liberty Township Administration Office. Now, they only have to print out the packet and go to each park, where children rub an impression from a placard specific...
Alabama chicken chain to open restaurant in Butler County

Alabama chicken chain to open restaurant in Butler County

Guthrie’s Chicken Fingers will open its first Butler County location in Stockton Station, a $2 million project being built at 6775 Dixie Highway in Fairfield. Guthrie’s, an Alabama chicken chain started in 1965, has more than 27 locations around Alabama, as well as locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. MORE: Rapid Fired Pizza to open new location in Fairfield The...
Local educator’s many hats include principal, 2 school board seats

Local educator’s many hats include principal, 2 school board seats

When it comes to holding different school jobs in Butler County, Tom York may be running low on hats. The 65-year-old veteran school leader is unique among current Southwest Ohio school systems for working as a high school principal in one district and as an elected board member in another. And York is also a member of the governing board of Butler Tech — one of Ohio’s largest career school...
Husband, wife, infant rescued from Twin Creek sandbar in Warren Co.

Husband, wife, infant rescued from Twin Creek sandbar in Warren Co.

A husband, wife and 10-month-old baby who were canoeing were rescued Saturday night in Franklin Twp., Warren County Sheriff’s Lt. Shaun Embleton said Sunday morning. They beached their canoe on a Twin Creek sandbar after they missed their exit point on the creek in the area of Trenton Franklin Road, said Franklin Twp. Assistant Fire Chief John Daly. When they noticed they were getting close...
Fairfield business expands for second time since 2012

Fairfield business expands for second time since 2012

IntelliTrak just completed a 10,000-square-foot expansion in 2014, just two years after it relocated from Hamilton County. And just three years later, company president Tom Robertson said they need to expand once again — this time by 25,000 square feet. RELATED: Check out the latest Business News here Robertson, a 1985 Fairfield graduate said this year the company will do four times the revenue...
Sheriff’s decision to not allow officers to carry Narcan draws protest

Sheriff’s decision to not allow officers to carry Narcan draws protest

More than two dozen people participated in a protest Saturday against Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones’ refusal to allow deputies to use Narcan on overdose victims. But don’t look for the sheriff to change his mind anytime soon. The protest at the Hamilton City Building drew some honking of horns as the small group chanted and held signs to passing traffic at the intersection of High...

Oxford leads local cities, townships in recycling efforts

Oxford is Butler County’s champion in household recycling with a rate that’s double most other areas of the county. The Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District reported 18.4 percent of Oxford’s residential trash last year avoided going to the landfill because it was recycled. The 1,049 tons that households recycled represents 93.9 pounds per person in the city whose 2016...

Middletown and Hamilton road closures to affect traffic

Hamilton and Middletown city officials have announced street closures for the upcoming week due to repair projects. In Hamilton, water main replacement projects will cause several locations to have lane restrictions beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, July 24 until 6 p.m. Friday, July 28. Each day, North Erie Boulevard between Dayton Street and Elm Street, South Front Street between Pershing Avenue and Chestnut...
Butler County seeks creative ways to get people off public assistance

Butler County seeks creative ways to get people off public assistance

New efforts to move residents off public assistance and into jobs they can keep drew praise from Butler County commissioners on Thursday. “It’s refreshing to hear that we are challenging the status quo,” Commissioner Don Dixon said. Bill Morrison, who was recently promoted to executive director of Job and Family Services, is seeking innovative proposals from community partners. One...

Tensing decision will be a challenge for community, experts say

Two area experts agreed with the decision by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters this week to not pursue a new trial against former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing. Deters said it was his decision alone not to try Tensing again after two hung juries on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges for killing black motorist Sam Dubose, 43, who was stopped for missing a front license plate...
Animal festival Saturday in Monroe to raise funds for PAWS

Animal festival Saturday in Monroe to raise funds for PAWS

Pets and humans unite this weekend for PAWS-A-PALOOZA, a festival for animal lovers to raise funds for a good cause. The family and pet friendly festival is in its fifth year raising funds for PAWS, a no-kill, non-profit animal shelter located on Crossings Boulevard in Monroe. For the first two years the event was located in Middletown, where it outgrew the space. This will be the first year the festival...
Butler, Warren air quality advisory issued for Thursday

Butler, Warren air quality advisory issued for Thursday

Because of expected “unhealthy” levels of ozone, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has issued an advisory for Thursday in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio and Boon, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky. The Air Quality Advisory is because the ozone level in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range on the Air Quality Index. RELATED: 5 ways to...
5 ways to stay safe as Butler County temperatures rise

5 ways to stay safe as Butler County temperatures rise

Hot and humid conditions are in the forecast for this week and the weekend for Butler County with temperatures that haven’t been seen since last year. Temperatures are expected to reach around 90 degrees with the humidity index reaching into the 60s and low 70s and the UV Index reading at very high. Those conditions can cause the weather to feel like it’s the upper 90s and create dangerous...
Prosecutor won’t try ex-officer Tensing third time, family angered

Prosecutor won’t try ex-officer Tensing third time, family angered

Hamilton County’s prosecutor said he believed in his case against a white former police officer accused in the shooting death of a black motorist, but he also believed he had “zero chance” of winning a third trial. Prosecutor Joe Deters — in an emotionally charged press conference Tuesday afternoon — announced that he will not pursue a new trial against Ray Tensing. Hung...
Dayton could help FC Cincinnati’s bid to join Major League Soccer

Dayton could help FC Cincinnati’s bid to join Major League Soccer

FC Cincinnati, the second-year United Soccer League team, has a secret weapon it hopes will help it elevate to the country’s top professional rung, Major League Soccer: Dayton. FC Cincinnati has set attendance records for the USL and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in which it already upset two MLS teams, the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire. An esteemed arena architect also has created plans for an...
5 things to know about Colerain gender reveal mass shooting

5 things to know about Colerain gender reveal mass shooting

Colerain Twp. police said Monday investigators now believe that a woman shot at a gender reveal party on July 8 lied about being pregnant and losing her unborn child. RELATED: Police say Colerain mass shooting victim lied about being pregnant The unsolved mass shooting in the 9900 block of Capstan Drive left one woman dead and eight others injured, including three children. Here are five things to...
Police say Colerain mass shooting victim lied about being pregnant

Police say Colerain mass shooting victim lied about being pregnant

Colerain Twp. police now believe that that a female shooting victim at a gender reveal party on July 8 lied about losing her unborn child. The unsolved mass shooting left one woman dead and eight others injured, including three children. Jim Love of the Colerain Twp. Police Dept. said detectives have been busy developing leads and following up on evidence that has been collected in the shooting in...
Actor from Miami Valley lands major role in new film

Actor from Miami Valley lands major role in new film

Come late next year, Dayton will be able to watch one of their very own on the big screen. Chase Crawford, a 2014 graduate of Butler Tech and Monroe High School, has landed a major role in the new JM Productions film, Stronger Than Pretty.  The film, set to premiere in late 2018, is one mother’s unfiltered, true account of how she escaped domestic abuse.  “It&rsquo...
Top 10 things to do this week

Top 10 things to do this week

“The Magic Flute” This re-imagined version of Mozart’s classic opera includes video projections that depict the action as if it were a silent movie. See it at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on through July 23. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $45 and up. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit...
Butler County sheriff, ‘Harry Potter’ star working on documentary

Butler County sheriff, ‘Harry Potter’ star working on documentary

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has been hanging out with Professor Sprout from the “Harry Potter” film series in recent days. Actress Miriam Margolyes has been in Butler County filming a documentary that will include the outspoken sheriff. Today, the two had lunch at Jones’ Butler County home. Margolyes is a “very fun” lady, the sheriff said. MORE: ‘We&rsquo...
Butler County bond refinancing to net $800,000-plus savings

Butler County bond refinancing to net $800,000-plus savings

Butler County stands to save $831,074 in interest by refinancing $11.8 million in water and general purpose bonds. The commissioners on Thursday agreed to refinance bonds that were originally issued in 2002 and refinanced in 2007. The water bonds total almost $8 million and general purpose bonds are about $4 million. Kent Cashell, the Ohio manager for the county’s underwriting firm RBC Capital...
County fair-goers warned after reports of swine flu in Ohio

County fair-goers warned after reports of swine flu in Ohio

As Ohio’s fair season is underway across the state, the Ohio departments of Agriculture and Health are reminding fair-goers to practice good hygiene when visiting livestock exhibits. There have been cases of swine flu reported in the state, which is considered highly contagious. “Ohio’s fairs are great places to enjoy some summer fun, but visitors should remember some illnesses can...
New motorcycle shop opens in Monroe

New motorcycle shop opens in Monroe

A new Butler County business is revving up for a weekend celebration filled with motorcycles and music. Sparky’s American Motorcycles is set to open Saturday, July 15, in a 12,00o-square-foot facility at 316 N. Main St. in Monroe, just north of Ohio 63. The business offers late model, pre-owned Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales and service, V-Twin parts and accessories, and a wide array of lifestyle...
Butler County commissioners approve 2018 tax budget

Butler County commissioners approve 2018 tax budget

Butler County’s finance director is warning office holders and department heads the budget for 2018 is going to be challenging, but the tax budget commissioners approved for next year is structurally balanced. The general fund is sitting at $96 million and it includes across-the-board, two percent raises, since Finance Director Tawana Keels erased non-contractual increases some plugged in the...
1 arrest from Butler County OVI checkpoint

1 arrest from Butler County OVI checkpoint

One person was arrested and charged with OVI after a checkpoint July 7 in Fairfield. The checkpoint was held on northbound Ohio 4 (4400 Dixie Hwy.) near Symmes Road, and resulted in one arrest, according to Pete Reising of the Butler County OVI Task Force. MORE: Can you ID these 2 women suspected of stealing $6,000 of underwear? There were 293 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint, he said....
Dance studio students evacuated after heavy rain in Monroe

Dance studio students evacuated after heavy rain in Monroe

UPDATE @ 4:04 p.m.: About 80 dance students and more than a dozen staff and parents had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon from the Z Company Dance Studio on Senate Drive due to flooding following heavy rainfall. MORE: Rounds of storms through afternoon, evening Zandra Thomas, who owns the dance studio, said the students for two ballet camps were evacuated and then shuttled to a nearby Chipotle restarant...
Butler County approves executive promotions

Butler County approves executive promotions

The “interim” in front of Bill Morrison’s title as executive director of Job and Family Services, Children Services and Child Support Enforcement disappeared Thursday after the Butler County commissioners approved the promotion. Morrison has been serving as head of the three agencies since former executive director Ray Pater went on leave last December and resigned in February. His...
CLOSER LOOK: Most Butler County police officers don’t carry Narcan

CLOSER LOOK: Most Butler County police officers don’t carry Narcan

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones’ comments that deputies would not carry Narcan have been drawing a lot of attention, including inspiring groups to plan protests. “Basically, we’re not going to use Narcan,” Jones told Ashleigh Banfield on HLN’s “Primetime Justice.” But the fact is Jones’ deputies are not unique among the county’s law enforcement...
5 things to know about the Great Miami Aquifer

5 things to know about the Great Miami Aquifer

As the summer temperatures rise in Butler County so does the buried water from the Great Miami Aquifer. The underground reservoir is one of America’s largest aquifers and it provides naturally purified water for thousands of households in Butler County and other parts of the Southwest and Western Ohio region. RELATED: What makes Hamilton’s tap water world’s best-tasting? The aquifer&rsquo...
5 things to know about Butler County Children Services levy

5 things to know about Butler County Children Services levy

The Butler County commissioners have approved placing a 2.0 mill renewal levy on the Nov. 7 ballot for Children Services. Here are five things you need to know about the ballot question: 1. The levy will not increase your taxes Interim Butler County Job and Family Services Executive Director Bill Morrison says a renewal of the 2-mill levy that brings in about $13 million is all that is necessary,...
Judge: Pacemaker data can be used in Middletown arson trial

Judge: Pacemaker data can be used in Middletown arson trial

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind to use data from a beating heart as evidence, a Butler County judge ruled Tuesday that evidence from a pacemaker used to get a Middletown man indicted for arson can be presented at trial. Ross Compton, 59, was indicted in January on felony charges of aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly starting a fire in September 2016 at his Court...
Indivisible, Our Revolution to protest Sheriff Jones’ Narcan stance

Indivisible, Our Revolution to protest Sheriff Jones’ Narcan stance

UPDATE @ 1:07 p.m.: The protest has been moved due to the threat of thunderstorms today, according to an organizer. The protest has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, according to Noah Daughhetee with Indivisible OH 8. INITIAL REPORT: A local left-leaning organization is planning to protest Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones’ refusal to use Narcan on overdose victims. Indivisible OH 8 &ldquo...
Monroe firefighters to be honored for heroics

Monroe firefighters to be honored for heroics

Five Monroe firefighters will be honored with their profession’s highest award this month for their actions during a fire last summer at a local retirement complex. The Monroe firefighters’ actions will be recognized with the prestigious 2017 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)/Motorola Solutions Ben Franklin Award for Valor. This award recognizes firefighters around the world...
Democrats have plan to make Butler County blue again

Democrats have plan to make Butler County blue again

Less than 200,000 people lived in Butler County when it was last a political stronghold for Democrats. But as the 1960s ended, so did the party’s political grip on the county. Some 40 years after that political change, Democrats are hoping to make Butler County blue again, though party leaders know that could take years to happen. RELATED: Butler County Democratic Party endorses 4 That starts...
Heavy winds, fallen trees cause power outages in Butler County

Heavy winds, fallen trees cause power outages in Butler County

Friday evening’s inclement weather, which produced heavy winds and rain along with a tornado warning in Butler County, left several residents without power due to downed trees. Hamilton was hit hard by the storm as residents in Fordson Heights and surrounding areas were without power shortly after 6 p.m. for about two hours as crew worked on clearing trees that had struck power lines. Tom Adams...
Land bank, Oxford to receive Ohio Auditor award for bookkeeping

Land bank, Oxford to receive Ohio Auditor award for bookkeeping

The city of Oxford and the Butler County Land Reutilization Corporation will both once again receive the Auditor of State award. Ohio Auditor David Yost’s office released this week the most recent audit reports, and the two Butler County entities are among the dozen-plus entities that will receive the Auditor of State Award, which is earned for having a “clean” audit report. The...
Butler County Board of DD hit with audit findings

Butler County Board of DD hit with audit findings

The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities received a few recommendations from the Ohio Auditor’s office to improve its bookkeeping in the future. The audit of the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years shows a handful of issues, including inaccurate transportation records and inaccuracies in transportation costs. Both are contracted. RELATED: Butler County Board of DD closing 3 offices Recommendations...
Nail traps showing up on Butler County roads

Nail traps showing up on Butler County roads

Residents along Ohio 177 near Darrtown are concerned about nail devices placed in the road in an apparent attempt to pop vehicle tires. In less than one week, four pieces of wood with long nails protruding have been found, including near the residence of Dawn and Scotty King. Dawn King said a neighboring farmer first spotted one of the devices while on his tractor on Ohio 177, then her cousin also...
Warren Davidson continues push to reform welfare programs

Warren Davidson continues push to reform welfare programs

Congressman Warren Davidson said the country cannot combat a so-called war on poverty by spending more money. So, the Troy Republican wants states to collect data on if individuals who participated in various entitlement programs still need other forms of federal or state assistance. This is part of his overall push on welfare reform. RELATED: Warren Davidson wants to battle poverty with fewer programs...
Butler County starts its July 4th fireworks celebrations on Monday

Butler County starts its July 4th fireworks celebrations on Monday

It took two days but Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks crews has Fairfield’s Red, White & Kaboom display loaded and ready to fire Monday night. The fireworks display will be launched from Harbin Park at 10 p.m. for the annual Independence Day celebration. RELATED: Fourth of July events in Butler, Warren counties The four city-sponsored viewing locations include: Fairfield Aquatic Center, Harbin...
Beekeeping one of Butler County prosecutor’s many hobbies

Beekeeping one of Butler County prosecutor’s many hobbies

Veteran county prosecutors overwhelmingly tend to be a tough, no-nonsense bunch and there are certain words rarely, if ever, attached to them or their actions. Words like “honey” or “sweet.” But they apply to Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser’s beloved hobby when he dons his full body, protective suit and hood to tend to his beloved honey bee hives. A recent afternoon...
Butler County worries about state cuts to Job and Family Services

Butler County worries about state cuts to Job and Family Services

Butler County Job and Family Services is bracing for a potential $720,000 cut to their annual funding from the state. The possible reduction has Interim JFS Executive Director Bill Morrison evaluating whether to fill vacancies and searching for services that could be cut, even though they have not yet received official notification from the state. The cut would equal 3 percent of the department&rsquo...
Butler County politicians again back local father’s anti-heroin mission

Butler County politicians again back local father’s anti-heroin mission

After the death of his 53-year-old son Charles Michael “Mike” Niles to a heroin overdose in 2015, Charles Niles Jr. decided he wanted to prevent other families from suffering the same grief. MORE: Hamilton family shares experience of losing loved one to drugs Niles Jr., 83, passed out 3,000 water bottles with anti-heroin messages like “Heroin kills you” and “Be Smart...
Restorer finds family surprise inside iconic Butler County monument

Restorer finds family surprise inside iconic Butler County monument

World War II Navy veteran Robert E. Sackenheim has been deceased three decades, but that didn’t stop the good-natured sailor with the wry smile from being part of a happy surprise for his son. Hamilton native Dave Sackenheim, owner of GDS general contracting services, one of the companies restoring the county’s iconic Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers monument, was sizing up the interior...
Thinking about running for local office? Deadlines near

Thinking about running for local office? Deadlines near

Residents who want to have a say about a street project or a new park development face upcoming filing deadlines to be on this November’s ballot for councils, school boards and other local offices. There’s less than six weeks remaining for most people to file petitions. The filing deadline for all Butler County communities, except for Middletown and Hamilton, is Aug. 9. Middletown and...
Summer time becomes learning time as schools cut field trips

Summer time becomes learning time as schools cut field trips

Summer time is learning time for many area families with school-age children whose districts have cut back on field trips. In recent years, the school year calendar’s state-mandated testing — combined with school budget cuts and the expansion of virtual field trips via the Internet — have generally reduced the number of field trips for Butler County students. MORE: Local school leaders...
Butler Co. OVI task force to conduct sobriety checkpoint

Butler Co. OVI task force to conduct sobriety checkpoint

Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on the weekend of July 7.  The time and location will be released on the day of the checkpoint.  Butler County OVI Task Force is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Drug overdoses lead Butler County deaths in 2017

Drug overdoses lead Butler County deaths in 2017

More people are dying from drug overdoses than any other cause in Butler County, according to new data from the coroner. During the first four months of 2017, the coroner investigated 175 deaths in Butler County, according to a statement from Dr. Lisa Mannix’s office. Of those 175 deaths, 96 were fatal drug overdoses. MORE: What you’re saying: Middletown councilman proposes no overdose...
Fairfield boy bringing Wounded Warrior softball team to Butler County

Fairfield boy bringing Wounded Warrior softball team to Butler County

Austin Osner was born without most of his right arm, but the 11-year-old Fairfield resident won’t let that stop him from getting the most out of life. Osner and his mother, Kristin McGinn, are planning a special event designed to bring some joy to others who have experienced what he has gone through. The mother and son duo have arranged for the nationally lauded Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball...
Warren Davidson: Senate version of health care bill needs work

Warren Davidson: Senate version of health care bill needs work

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson said if the Senate’s version of its health care bill is to make it through the House, there will need to be “at least one amendment, maybe more” in order for it to pass. “There’s a lot of concern,” Davidson said before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the vote would be delayed until after the July recess. MORE: ...
No indictment for Butler County deputy who fatally shot veteran

No indictment for Butler County deputy who fatally shot veteran

A Butler County grand jury has returned no indictment in the officer-involved shooting death of a St. Clair Twp. man last week, according to Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser. Deputy Taylor Henson, a six-year veteran of the force, fired the shots on June 20 that killed Jacob Faulkner, 32. Henson has since returned to work, according to Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer. MORE: Mom before son was shot...
Butler County’s new family drug court begins today

Butler County’s new family drug court begins today

The first official day for Butler County’s new Family Treatment Drug Court is today, and juvenile court officials say they also plan to open a Juvenile Drug Court next year. With the number of Children Services cases involving addicted parents on the rise, the juvenile court, Children Services and the mental health board banded together to resurrect the family drug court. MORE: Opioid crisis...
Monroe income tax increase: 3 things you need to know

Monroe income tax increase: 3 things you need to know

Monroe City Council approved Tuesday placing a levy to raise the city’s income/earnings tax by 0.5 percent on November’s ballot. If approved by voters on Nov. 7, the funds would be earmarked for public safety services and capital improvement projects. MORE: Monroe Schools considers tax hike for new building Here’s what you need to know about the possible increase in Monroe&rsquo...
Training for Butler County police focuses on communicating with public

Training for Butler County police focuses on communicating with public

About one week after a Butler County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man in St. Clair Twp., several officers received training in how to engage with the communities they work in. Middletown police hosted the two-day training focusing on racial intelligence and engagement of officers. About 20 officers from across the state, — including Fairfield, Oxford, the Butler County Sheriff&rsquo...
Butler County programs in danger due to Medicaid cuts

Butler County programs in danger due to Medicaid cuts

The state of the Medicaid system is currently in flux at both the state and local levels. Butler County is bracing for the possibility several programs are in peril. RELATED: State legislators fine-tuning budget Medicaid expansion that passed in the state in 2013 provided coverage to many more people in the state. The federal government is debating cuts to the system and the state is wrangling over...
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