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Kids ordered to scrub Middletown park equipment after graffiti spree

Kids ordered to scrub Middletown park equipment after graffiti spree

Four Middletown girls spent some time cleaning graffiti off playground equipment this week in Crawford Park. The girls, between ages 9 and 12, admitted to a police officer that they wrote profane words and degrading drawings about another girl, age 11, on the equipment, according to the police report. The officer spoke with the three girls, who initially denied any involvement in the vandalism. MORE...
Celebrate Astronomy Day this weekend

Celebrate Astronomy Day this weekend

This weekend is Astronomy Day it is celebrated twice a year around the world on April 29.  You can learn more about astronomy at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. They have an event from noon until 4 p.m. where experienced astronomers will talk about the Sun, moon, and all the night sky has to hold.  Astronomy Day will also be celebrated on September 30 this fall.  Astronomy Day was created...
Butler County morgue running out of space for bodies

Butler County morgue running out of space for bodies

The growing number of overdose deaths has strained space at the Butler County morgue, and the coroner’s office has accepted a donation of cots to keep bodies awaiting autopsy. The cots take up less room than the rolling tables used to move bodies around the morgue, Martin Schneider, Butler County Coroner’s Office Administrator, told the Journal-News. The city of Fairfield on Monday said...
Dayton man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria

Dayton man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria

A Dayton man is in federal custody, facing charges related to attempting to provide material support to terrorist group ISIS. Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, arrested Wednesday at Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport Federal FBI agents learned 3 days ago of flight to Middle East Alebbini was on his way to Syria to join ISIS fighters, FBI alleges On April 26, 2017, Alebbini and a confidential source...
5 things to know about Meijer home delivery

5 things to know about Meijer home delivery

Meijer’s home delivery starts today in the Miami Valley, allowing customers to shop for more than 55,000 items online. The service will cover 2,100 square miles including Miamisburg, Middletown, Lebanon, Huber Heights, Englewood, Springfield and Troy, acccording to the company. That’s more than 415,000 houses that can be serviced by Meijer’s home delivery. Here’s what to know...
UPDATE: 1 of Lakota East’s celebrated quadruplets picks college

UPDATE: 1 of Lakota East’s celebrated quadruplets picks college

One of the famous Wade quadruplets from Lakota East High School has publicly announced his college choice. Lakota East High School Principal Suzanna Davis revealed Nigel Wade’s choice — he has accepted an offer from Yale University — during the annual academic signing day ceremony at the Butler County school. The four brothers — Nick, Zach, Aaron and Nigel — drew international...
Monroe sees spike in heroin overdoses

Monroe sees spike in heroin overdoses

Monroe, like nearly every other Butler County community, reports it is already seeing a large increase in heroin overdoses this year. The number of overdoses that firefighters have responded to from Jan. 1 through Tuesday was up 161.5 percent, which is more double over the same time period in 2016, according to Monroe Fire Chief John Centers. Firefighters, he said, have responded to 34 overdose calls...
Booted from a Delta flight? You could get $10,000 as payment

Booted from a Delta flight? You could get $10,000 as payment

Delta is now letting employees offer customers almost $10,000 in compensation if passengers give up their seats on overbooked flights. The decision comes after a disastrous month for United Airlines when a passenger was dragged off of an overbooked flight. The passenger, David Dao, was left bloodied and injured after being forcibly removed. Several videos shared by fellow passengers went viral...
First Financial bank relocating in Oxford

First Financial bank relocating in Oxford

A regional bank headquartered in Cincinnati plans to bring a new location to a new retail center in Oxford. First Financial will be opening a branch in the new Bishop Square mixed use development at 419 Locust Street this fall, according to the leasing agent for the project. FIRST REPORT: New restaurants, retail shops coming to Oxford Tenants already disclosed for the 50,000-square-foot Bishop Square...
Hamilton sidewalks will be open during Robert Redford movie shoot

Hamilton sidewalks will be open during Robert Redford movie shoot

Sidewalks along High Street in Hamilton will remain open during the filming of “The Old Man and the Gun” today and Friday, City Manager Joshua Smith said. “If you want to go to High Street Cafe and have lunch (Thursday) or Friday, you certainly can take the sidewalk and do that,” he said. ROAD CLOSURES: Here’s what you need to know to get around town this week &ldquo...
Highs in the 70s today, storms ahead this weekend

Highs in the 70s today, storms ahead this weekend

Scattered showers in Indiana will move in for the morning through early afternoon on Thursday. An isolated storm during that time frame is also possible.   Showers move in Thursday morning Showers and storms through Monday morning Low severe weather threat for the weekend RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts  TODAY: If a storm does develop, it may bring isolated strong wind gusts . Outside...
3 things to know as Robert Redford movie filming closes Hamilton streets

3 things to know as Robert Redford movie filming closes Hamilton streets

“The Old Man and the Gun,” a movie being produced by and starring Robert Redford, is filming scenes in downtown Hamilton. Here are 3 things to know: 1. Plan an alternate driving route A stretch of High Street — from 2nd Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard — is closed today and Friday. There will also be intermittent closures of the High Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard intersection...
Drugged car deaths on the rise, report says

Drugged car deaths on the rise, report says

DAYTON — A new Governor’s Highway Safety Association report shows drugged driving has now surpassed drunken driving as a factor in fatal crashes. Statistics show drugs were present in 43 percent of drivers in crash fatalities.  The majority of Ohio motorists now view people driving after using illegal drugs as a bigger threat to their personal safety than those driving after using...
More active weather develops through Thursday, the weekend

More active weather develops through Thursday, the weekend

DAYTON — A cold front will pass during the first half of Thursday, but the impacts of showers or storms will be minimal. Gusty winds through the day may slow some drivers down with high profile vehicles like trucks or semi-trucks.  A bigger punch will come from the showers and storms that become widespread Friday night and early Saturday morning.  The Storm Prediction Center said severe...
Ol’ Lefthander Joe Nuxhall to be featured on newest Hamilton mural

Ol’ Lefthander Joe Nuxhall to be featured on newest Hamilton mural

Homegrown baseball hero Joe Nuxhall will be the subject of a mural to be painted on the side of a Hamilton sporting goods store this summer. Nuxhall, known as the “Ol’ Lefthander,” the beloved Cincinnati Reds pitcher and later radio announcer for the team, became the youngest player in modern Major League Baseball history at age 15 in 1944. He died in 2007 at age 79, but remains...
Longtime Middletown business continues to grow

Longtime Middletown business continues to grow

A Middletown business continues to blossom as it branches out into its seventh decade. Berns Garden Center grows the bulk of its inventory at production greenhouses on the site where co-owners Al and Cherie Berns first founded the business in 1956. “That’s what sets us apart from other companies,” said co-owner and daughter-in-law Jane Berns, the center’s office manager. &ldquo...
Fairfield hospital performs first surgery with new robot device

Fairfield hospital performs first surgery with new robot device

A new medical technology designed to make surgery an easier experience this month made its Butler County debut. Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital used a new da Vinci Xi Surgical System for the first time on April 17. Designed for minimally-invasive surgery for many complex conditions, the Xi model offers more range of motion than the previous Si model the hospital has used since 2012, Mercy Health surgeon...
Wright-Patterson preparing for government shutdown

Wright-Patterson preparing for government shutdown

Thousands of federal workers in the Miami Valley have high stakes in congressional lawmakers’ attempts to reach a budget deal to avert a partial federal government shutdown at midnight Friday. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base spokesman Daryl Mayer said the Air Force has started to prepare for the possibility of a government shutdown, but no details were immediately available Wednesday. The National...
New Obamacare overhaul plan gets support from Jordan, Freedom Caucus

New Obamacare overhaul plan gets support from Jordan, Freedom Caucus

Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana and other House GOP conservatives said they will back a revised health bill aimed at scrapping major sections of the 2010 health law known as Obamacare. The conservatives, who this March scuttled a health care overhaul bill backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., today rallied behind a compromise that would allow states to opt out of some of Obamacare’s mandates...
Columbus Zoo mourns loss of Nanuq, his polar bear cubs still need names

Columbus Zoo mourns loss of Nanuq, his polar bear cubs still need names

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced today the death of Nanuq, a 29-year-old male polar bear who sired four litters at the zoo. Nanuq, who surpassed a typical zoo-kept polar bear’s lifespan by more than eight years, suffered from liver cancer and was euthanized this morning, according to the zoo’s release. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf said in a prepared statement...
It’s raining in Hamilton?! Yes, but just for a movie

It’s raining in Hamilton?! Yes, but just for a movie

Rain was falling in Hamilton this afternoon — but only as part of movie-making special effects. “The Old Man and the Gun,” a movie being produced by and starring Robert Redford is filming scenes in downtown Hamilton. In addition to Redford, the movie will also star Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Casey Affleck. According to IMDB, the movie tells the story of an elderly bank robber...
2 indicted after drug bust in Middletown

2 indicted after drug bust in Middletown

Two men arrested in February — allegedly with a pound of crystal methamphetamine — have been indicted on multiple felony charges. Frances Torres-Davila, 33, and Ramon Sanchez, 27,were taken into custody on Feb. 14 after officers observed what appeared to be a “drug transaction” in the parking lot of an Auto Zone located at the corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Marshall Road...
Mason makes new marching band director official

Mason makes new marching band director official

A new leader for Mason High School’s nationally lauded marching band has been officially hired. Johnnie Green of Lehman High School in Texas will take over the Marching Comets next school year.o Green, who will earn an annual salary of $65,781, is the second candidate to be offered the job. The Journal-News reported Monday that the district’s first choice had backed out of the position...
Experts weigh in on heroin epidemic at West Chester event

Experts weigh in on heroin epidemic at West Chester event

A panel of experts from West Chester Twp. will talk about the impact addiction has on the community and education and prevention efforts during an event tonight. Heroin: A Community Conversation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the West Chester Activity Center, 7900 Cox Road. Speakers scheduled to appear include: Sgt. James Brenner, Special Investigations Unit with the West...
Brood X cicadas set to land early in Southwest Ohio

Brood X cicadas set to land early in Southwest Ohio

A loud, obnoxious brood of cicadas is due to arrive this year in Southwest Ohio, four years ahead of their predicted return of 2021. Citing a Mount Saint Joseph University study, some of the offspring of Brood X, the batch of cicadas that hatch every 17 years, will emerge from their earthbound burrows and take to the air this summer, according to a report from our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch...
Chipotle investigating credit card data breach

Chipotle investigating credit card data breach

Chipotle Mexican Grill is investigating a data breach in its payment processing system, after reporting a sharp increase in sales. The fast-casual restaurant said it recently detected unauthorized activity on its network that supports the payment system. Chipotle said the transactions occurred between March 24 and April 18, and the company believes it took the proper precautions to stop the breach...
RETAIL APOCALYPSE: More than 8,600 stores could close in 2017

RETAIL APOCALYPSE: More than 8,600 stores could close in 2017

More than 8,600 stores could close in 2017, a record estimate of closures compared to recent years. A new research report from brokerage firm Credit Suisse estimated that more than 8,600 stores will close this year, up from the 2,065 that closed last year and the 5,077 store closures in 2015. Major retailers across the country have taken a hit as consumers shift their spending habits online....
Police find woman held in shed, man arrested after standoff

Police find woman held in shed, man arrested after standoff

A Clinton County man was charged with kidnapping after being accused of holding a neighbor woman in a pit beneath a shed in his yard Wednesday.  The victim was released after treatment at a local hospital, according to reports.  The suspect, Dennis C. Dunn, 45, of Blanchester, is scheduled for a court hearing Thursday in Clinton County.  He is accused of concealing the woman in a shallow...
95-year-old’s Butler County plant farm filled with unique blooms

95-year-old’s Butler County plant farm filled with unique blooms

What was 95-year-old Mary Harrison doing on an early spring morning at her Hanover Twp. home? Pruning a rose bush and working with her daughter and granddaughter to get her plant farm ready for its 41st season. Dressed for the chilly wear with a favorite pair of gardening gloves and clippers, Harrison pruned at Mary’s Plant Farm & Landscaping, her three-acre showcase filled with thousands of...
WATCH: Amazon’s new shopping concept means never waiting in lines

WATCH: Amazon’s new shopping concept means never waiting in lines

Amazon is launching a new kind of brick-and-mortar store that means never having to wait in a line again. The new concept Amazon Go will give consumers “the world’s most advanced shopping technology so you never have to wait in line,” according to the online retail giant. Some industry experts are calling the concept the future of brick-and-mortar retail. So, how does it work? Consumers...
Butler County Veterans Board protests attempt to allow non-veterans

Butler County Veterans Board protests attempt to allow non-veterans

The Butler County Veterans Service Commission is protesting a move by the state that would try to wrest some control over hiring and funding of local veterans’ groups and boards. The board sent a letter to all of the state senators and representatives from Butler County asking them to stop a move by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services that aims to allow non-veterans to be service officers...
No more cookies: Kroger’s offering free piece of fruit for kids

No more cookies: Kroger’s offering free piece of fruit for kids

Kroger is promoting healthy living through a new initiative that gives kids free fruit to munch on while their parents do the grocery shopping. The Cincinnati-based grocery retailer piloted its “Free Fruit for Kids” program in several stores starting last year. Parents can grab a piece of fruit for their children to eat from the produce section. The program has already expanded to some...
Monroe wants apology from ‘The Great American’ on gang remark

Monroe wants apology from ‘The Great American’ on gang remark

Comments made by a Cincinnati radio personality that Monroe has a gang problem have raised the ire of one city council member. Monroe Councilman Todd Hickman called out the comments made by conservative 700 WLW radio talk show host Bill Cunningham during a national television program. Cunningham appeared Sunday on “This Week” with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos about President Trump&rsquo...
Longtime Warren County restaurant closes

Longtime Warren County restaurant closes

A longtime Deerfield Twp. restaurant has closed its doors. A message on the website for Toot’s, 12191 Montgomery Road, said the location was shutting down “due to health issues with its owners.” “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of this growing community and we’d like to thank all of our loyal customers for your continued support over the last 22 years,”...
Hamilton body shop celebrates 80 years in business

Hamilton body shop celebrates 80 years in business

In the 80 years since George Ritzi and Charlie Hogan founded Ritzi Body Shop near the corner of Main and E streets, a lot has changed. The cars are very different, and the business now is in the hands of the Ritzi family’s third and fourth generations. And certainly the feel of Main Street has changed since 1937. The business passed from George Ritzi to his son, Paul Ritzi Sr.; and then his...
How to view planet Venus 

How to view planet Venus 

DAYTON —This past month you may have noticed something bright in the sky that shows up before the sun rises.  That bright object is actually the planet Venus. If you wake up early head outside and look to the east, Venus will be shining brightly before sunrise all the way through mid-May. You will know it is a planet because it will shine bright and steady unlike twinkling like a star....
Air Care called to motorcycle crash in Ross Twp.

Air Care called to motorcycle crash in Ross Twp.

Air Care medical helicopter has been called to respond to a motorcycle crash that has traffic slowed on Ohio 126 in Ross Twp. The crash was reported between a motorcycle and a truck at 6:30 a.m. on the state route near Jennifer Drive. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.
Spring in Hamilton, and food trucks are popping up

Spring in Hamilton, and food trucks are popping up

It’s springtime in Hamilton, and food trucks are beginning to appear. That’s just what city officials hoped would happen in April of 2016 when they approved an ordinance allowing the vehicles to park and set up shop. “It’s something different,” said Gina Hudson of Hamilton as she waited for freshly made delicacies at The Dapper Doughnut. “We don’t have a lot...
New Middletown emergency department designed with seniors in mind

New Middletown emergency department designed with seniors in mind

Atrium Medical Center’s new Senior Emergency Center is a concept that, if successful, could spread to the remainder of the Premier Health network. A goal of the eight-bed, senior-friendly geriatric unit within Atrium’s Emergency Trauma Center is to help seniors navigate the “complex and labyrinthine” health care environment and to help the success of patients upon their discharge...
Stormy weather returns to the region

Stormy weather returns to the region

Increasing clouds, mild tonight Scattered showers, storms early Thursday   More storms return late Friday, some strong This Evening: Mostly clear skies will stick around through sunset with some increase in clouds by late evening. Temperatures will remain warm, generally in the 70s. Tonight: Clouds will be on the increase through the night with a chance for some showers or storms toward...
Ohio launches ‘Purple Star’ to recognize military-friendly schools

Ohio launches ‘Purple Star’ to recognize military-friendly schools

The state has launched a Purple Star Award to recognize military-friendly schools in Ohio, school and military leaders say. In an announcement Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, officials pointed to the challenges children in military families face as many transfer to multiple schools during a parent’s career in uniform and deal with fitting in to a new culture or a parent...
Wright State could lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State could lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State University may lay off up to 120 people in order to regain its financial footing. The university is considering laying off between 80 and 120 people to save between $6 million and $8 million, according to a board of trustees finance committee report. Layoffs have long been expected but officials have not said how many people could lose their jobs before now. Wright State employs more...
911 caller lured Hamilton police with report of shooting

911 caller lured Hamilton police with report of shooting

A police officer was sent to a Hamilton apartment complex Saturday after a 911 caller painted a chaotic scene of a man waving a gun and then shooting someone. But police said they found no evidence of such a shooting when they arrived just after 3 p.m. at the Knollwood Crossing apartments. The man making that 911 call appears to be the same person later shot by the Hamilton police officer who responded...
I-71 closed in Warren County again to finish Morrow bridge demolition

I-71 closed in Warren County again to finish Morrow bridge demolition

Interstate 71 will be closed to traffic again for demolition of the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge in Warren County. I-71 will be closed between the Ohio 73 and Ohio 48 exits from 5 a.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday, April 30. The interstate is being closed again to ensure motorists’ safety while the remaining southbound span of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge is imploded. Last Sunday, four spans were to be...
Wright State may lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State may lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State University may lay off up to 120 people in order to regain its financial footing, a board of trustees finance committee report shows. The university is considering laying off between 80 and 120 people to save between $6 million and $8 million, according to a board of trustees finance committee report. Layoffs have long been expected but officials have not said how many people could lose...
2 charged with assault after fight with two-by-fours

2 charged with assault after fight with two-by-fours

Two people were charged with assault following a fight with two-by-four pieces of wood Monday night, Middletown police said. Police were called to the 2300 block of Sutphin Street on a report that someone had a gun. But when they arrived, they were told that Tyler Powell, 23, of Hamilton, and Ryan Powell, 25, of Middletown, had assaulted two people in the residence. One man had a “visible gash&rdquo...
Downtown Hamilton transforms for Robert Redford, Casey Affleck movie

Downtown Hamilton transforms for Robert Redford, Casey Affleck movie

Downtown Hamilton is starting to transform for this week’s filming of a movie that includes an Academy Award-winning cast. “The Old Man and the Gun,” a movie being produced by and starring Robert Redford will film scenes in Hamilton on Thursday and Friday. Today, a portion of S. 3rd Street was blocked as crews began to create sets for the film. In addition to Redford, the movie will...
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