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West Chester to debate medical pot regulations

West Chester to debate medical pot regulations

West Chester Twp. could be the latest of a growing number of Butler County communities to put restrictions on the new medical marijuana businesses the state has sanctioned. The trustees plan to debate the issue tonight at their regular meeting. Trustee George Lang remains steadfast in his belief any action at this time is premature since the state has not yet released all the rules governing the cultivation...
Fairfield teacher trial: School security camera footage shown in court

Fairfield teacher trial: School security camera footage shown in court

Video from security cameras at Fairfield High School were played during the second day of a teacher’s trial for alleged sexual conduct with a teen student. Tyler Conrad, 27, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of sexual battery, sexual imposition and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bench trial began Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court. MORE: Teen testifies in trial...
Central State receives ‘retool your school’ funding from Home Depot

Central State receives ‘retool your school’ funding from Home Depot

Central State University won a $30,000 grant from Home Depot as part of a “retool your school” program. This year, 72 historically black colleges and universities competed for nine campus improvement grants from Home Depot, according to CSU. CSU was among the top vote-receivers, the school said in a press release today. Central State plans to use the funds to aid in making bathroom repairs...
Oxford police searching for burglary suspect

Oxford police searching for burglary suspect

Oxford police are advising residents to avoid the area around Erin Drive due to police activity. Butler County dispatchers said police are searching for a burglary suspect in that area. The suspect is a white male who has tattoos and was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. Download the free Journal-News app, Butler County’s #1 source for local news Dispatchers said a resident in...
Trump budget restores funds for Office of National Drug Control Policy

Trump budget restores funds for Office of National Drug Control Policy

A budget released by President Donald Trump Tuesday restores proposed cuts to the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy – a decision lauded by Ohio lawmakers who worried about reports that Trump planned to gut the office of the drug czar. The budget includes $91 million for Drug-Free Communities, a federal program that builds coalitions aimed at educating and fighting drug abuse in...
Monroe to hear additional details about proposed safety levy

Monroe to hear additional details about proposed safety levy

A presentation on a proposed safety services tax levy is the main topic for tonight’s Monroe City Council meeting. Council has heard previous presentations about the need for an additional $1.59 million in revenues to protect the area’s fastest growing community according to the U.S. Census. MORE: Monroe residents may see tax increase for safety services Additional information requested...
Sinclair to train industrial maintenance workers in Warren, Butler

Sinclair to train industrial maintenance workers in Warren, Butler

Sinclair Community College has been awarded a $21,000 grant from Duke Energy to train industrial maintenance technicians for companies in Warren County and Butler counties The training program will provide online and hands-on training for students looking to enter the high-demand field, according to Sinclair. Both Butler and Warren counties are expected to have a 19 percent increase in industrial...
Fairfield Kroger bagger’s kindness rewarded with key to the city

Fairfield Kroger bagger’s kindness rewarded with key to the city

On his day off from work at the Fairfield Kroger, Shawn Webb came to the store to pass out Mother’s Day cards. That’s not unexpected of the 38-year-old’s kindness, said his boss and Fairfield Kroger store director Ed Begley. “He’s the most kind, sweetest young man you’d ever meet,” he said. Webb, who is developmentally disabled, received a key to the city...
Ohio may legalize fireworks for private home use

Ohio may legalize fireworks for private home use

Roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets and other fireworks could be going off in your neighborhood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if pending legislation becomes law. State representatives are backing a bill to dramatically change Ohioans access to consumer-grade fireworks, starting July 1, 2020. House Bill 226, sponsored by state Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, and Martin Sweeney, D-Cleveland...
John Boehner among West Chester-Liberty chamber honorees

John Boehner among West Chester-Liberty chamber honorees

The sixth annual Everest Award will feature a former Speaker of the House, the chief executive officer of a senior community and the president of an auto group. MORE: 20 years of Union Centre interchange Organized by The West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance, the award honors leaders who have had a “significant, positive impact on business, the community and quality of life along the I-75 Growth...
Wilberforce U. announces layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs for employees

Wilberforce U. announces layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs for employees

Wilberforce University has implemented layoffs, furloughs and at least a 20 percent pay cut for employees, the school’s president told a group of alumni in Atlanta, Georgia on May 17. “These things are necessary,” president Herman Felton told alumni. “They’re unpopular but they are in the best interest of the institution. Felton also said that the university cut $750...
Funeral services for West Chester firefighter Tim Burns

Funeral services for West Chester firefighter Tim Burns

Family and community members gathered today for the funeral of a veteran West Chester Twp. firefighter. Tim Burns died last week after a lengthy battle with occupational renal (kidney) cancer, according to a news release from West Chester Fire Department. He was 47. Burns spent more than 30 years of his career in fire service, working in New Burlington, Springfield Twp., Colerain Twp., Springdale...
Terrorism expert calls Manchester attack the worst since 2005

Terrorism expert calls Manchester attack the worst since 2005

The explosion near Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom where an Ariana Grande concert on Monday is the second most significant attack in the country since 2005, according to Glen Duerr, a Cedarville University professor who has citizenship in the U.K., the United States and Canada. “The targets really being teenage girls in particular, pre-teen girls and younger kids, so really (it&rsquo...
Cincinnati State to tap beer brewing degree

Cincinnati State to tap beer brewing degree

Cincinnati State will announce the launch of the region’s first degree in brewing science today. Cincinnati State and leaders of the local craft beer and brewing industry will make the announcement at 10:30 a.m. today about the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Brewing degree. RELATED: New microbrewery, taproom coming to Butler County Employers in the fast-growing craft beer industry say...
Water advisory issued at Caesar Creek for E. coli contamination

Water advisory issued at Caesar Creek for E. coli contamination

A water advisory has been issued at Caesar Creek Lake for an E. coli contamination. The advisory was issued after samples were taken on Monday at 8 a.m. for Caesar Creek-South, according to the Ohio Health Department. The samples showed a result of 3840 cfu/100 ml, or colony forming units per 100 milliliters of water. That value exceeds the Ohio Water Quality recommendations for public beaches of...
Suspect, customer exchange shots during attempted bank robbery

Suspect, customer exchange shots during attempted bank robbery

Police said shots were exchanged between a bank robber and a customer inside Key Bank location north of Cincinnati on Monday.  Officers in Colerain Twp. were called to the bank around 11 a.m. Monday on Springdale Road, our news partner WCPO-TV reports. Employees told police the robber entered the bank wearing dark clothing and a black hat and demanded cash.  Police said at some point a customer...
OSHA: Hazardous condition alleged at AK Steel site ‘did not exist’

OSHA: Hazardous condition alleged at AK Steel site ‘did not exist’

An investigation into alleged hazards at AK Steel’s Middletown Works site was closed shortly after it was opened on the grounds the hazardous condition did not exist, according to documents obtained by this news outlet from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA, in a March 22 letter to AK Steel, detailed the complaint it received regarding the alleged hazards, including &ldquo...
Middletown police officer calls Officer of the Year ‘really special’

Middletown police officer calls Officer of the Year ‘really special’

Holly Owens believes she’s right where she belongs. After graduating from Middletown High School in 1993, Owens was hired as a dispatcher for the Middletown Division of Police the following year. She was in that position for three years, then was hired as a Middletown police officer in July 1997. Twenty years later, she’s still a police officer, while others hired during the same time...
Air Force veteran to serve as Hamilton’s Memorial Day Parade marshal

Air Force veteran to serve as Hamilton’s Memorial Day Parade marshal

Air Force veteran Tom Jeffers, who also has served on the Butler County Veterans Service Commission’s Board of Commissioners more than two years, will be parade marshal on Monday for Hamilton’s Memorial Day Parade. “I think that’s great, being able to do something for our Memorial Day, which is very special to our veterans,” said Jeffers, who served in the Air Force from...
Butler County GOP records flawed, audit shows

Butler County GOP records flawed, audit shows

Tens of thousands of dollars invested by the Butler County Republican Party into helping Donald Trump win Butler County and Ohio in the presidential election were not properly reported to the Federal Elections Commission, according to a recent audit. Audits recently completed by the Butler County Board of Elections turned up missing pages of campaign finance reports, laxed record-keeping, and more...
Mild today, rain returns Wednesday

Mild today, rain returns Wednesday

Thin clouds across the Miami Valley early this morning. Temperatures are cool again, and will start in the low 50s and upper 40s.  Temperatures in the 70s Tuesday Cooler midweek with rounds of rain  Weekend looks warm but unsettled TODAY: Clouds increase through the day and warm with highs into the middle 70s. A stray sprinkle is possible, but most will remain dry. Cloudy and mild tonight...
Hit-and-run driver admits heroin use before fatally striking bicyclist

Hit-and-run driver admits heroin use before fatally striking bicyclist

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, who later admitted to using heroin before getting behind the wheel near Cincinnati on Monday. The victim, 61-year-old William Rust III, of Cincinnati, was riding his bike along the shoulder of U.S. 52 in Anderson Twp., just east of Cincinnati Monday afternoon, our news partner WCPO-TV reports.  A car, driven by Steven Sickle, 33...
Manchester attack: 2 backup dancers from Ohio, 2 Ohio State students safe

Manchester attack: 2 backup dancers from Ohio, 2 Ohio State students safe

Two of Ariana Grande’s backup dancers from Strongsville, Ohio are safe following a deadly attack at a concert in Manchester, U.K. on Monday. Also, two Ohio State University students currently studying in Manchester are also safe, school officials told CBS affiliate WOIO-TV in Cleveland.   Family members said in a Facebook post the dancers, Brian and Scott Nicholson, checked in with their...
Trump budget plan calls for $3.6T in spending cuts; boost for defense

Trump budget plan calls for $3.6T in spending cuts; boost for defense

President Donald Trump will release a budget plan Tuesday calling for $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade and a 10 percent increase in defense spending. The budget plan presumes a 3 percent annual growth rate to the economy and, if its assumptions are correct, would balance the budget within the next decade. Trump is proposing $3.6 trillion worth of cuts over the next decade &ndash...
Middletown picks top Lakota official as new superintendent

Middletown picks top Lakota official as new superintendent

One of the rising stars of Lakota Local Schools will become the new leader of Middletown City Schools, the Journal-News was the first to report Monday. Marlon Styles Jr., the executive director of curriculum and instruction for Lakota, was chosen through unanimous vote by the Middletown Board of Education on Monday evening as the district’s next superintendent. MORE: 3 finalists for Middletown...
Indianapolis 500 drivers robbed at Taco Bell

Indianapolis 500 drivers robbed at Taco Bell

Indianapolis 500 drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint while in a Taco Bell Drive Thru late Monday night, according to WTTV the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis. Also in the car was Dixon’s wife and all three were unharmed.  Authorities report the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. and that two younger men approached Dixon’s car demanding his wallet and...
Butler County Coroner needs help finding family of Hamilton man

Butler County Coroner needs help finding family of Hamilton man

Ever since Gerald E. “Steven” Scales, 67, was found dead May 11, the Butler County Coroner’s Office has hit “a brick wall” trying to locate his family, said Martin Schneider, administrator of the office. Anyone who knows Scales, who died in his Hamilton home, is asked the Butler County Coroner’s Office at 513-785-5860. MORE: Success rate high in Butler County for...
Battle over drug pricing comes to Ohio with costly campaign, TV ads

Battle over drug pricing comes to Ohio with costly campaign, TV ads

The first volley of TV ads are launching this week in the campaign to convince Ohioans how to vote on a controversial drug pricing law that will be on the November ballot. The fight over the ‘Ohio Drug Price Relief Act’ is expected to be costly and contentious. A similar measure in California last year drew a record $128 million in campaign spending. If Ohio voters approve it, the citizen-initiated...
Teen testifies in trial of Fairfield teacher accused of sex crimes

Teen testifies in trial of Fairfield teacher accused of sex crimes

A 16-year-old Fairfield High School student testified Monday for more than 90 minutes that teacher Tyler Conrad touched her inappropriately in his classroom and at a Ross Twp. home. Conrad, 27, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of sexual battery, sexual imposition and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bench trial began Monday. Conrad and the girl exchanged more than 2,000 text...
Butler County-run nursing home sees $1M in cost savings, revenues

Butler County-run nursing home sees $1M in cost savings, revenues

Changes at the Butler County Care Facility are bringing about cost savings and increased revenues of almost $1 million, according to a county official. In December, commissioners had to loan another $225,000 to the facility so payroll could be met through the end of 2016. That brought the Care Facility’s outstanding bill up to $750,000, just below a previous loan amount of $1.1 million. MORE...
Ex-WSU administrator testifies he did not break any laws at the school

Ex-WSU administrator testifies he did not break any laws at the school

A Wright State University administrator fired amid an ongoing criminal probe of WSU’s use of a work visa program said in court today he had broken no laws, and the university’s former president admitted he personally had no evidence to the contrary. The hearing was in the civil lawsuit brought by Ryan Fendley alleging Wright State failed to provide him a required nine months of notice...
School board to consider member’s resignation, new teacher contract

School board to consider member’s resignation, new teacher contract

Just weeks after voters approved a bond issue to build a new K-12 building, the Carlisle Board of Education will consider the resignation of a board member as well as a new contract for teachers at tonight’s meeting. Board member David Clay submitted his resignation over the weekend, Superintendent Larry Hook confirmed with this news outlet. MORE: Majority of Carlisle voters back bond issue...
Couple who shot dog in Oxford won’t face additional charges

Couple who shot dog in Oxford won’t face additional charges

There will be no additional charges against a couple who shot a dog multiple times while euthanizing it, according to Oxford Police Chief John Jones. FIRST REPORT: Dead dog found by Oxford police responding to shots fired The city’s animal control officer did investigate the incident, Jones told this news outlet, and there will be no additional charges filed. “It seems like the owners...
Witnesses: Ex-Monroe cop naked, intoxicated when arrested

Witnesses: Ex-Monroe cop naked, intoxicated when arrested

A report of a suicidal male firing a handgun in his yard led to the arrest of a former Monroe police officer, according to documents obtained by this news outlet. Bobby Sparks, 60, is free on $13,000 bond pending his hearing on charges of using weapons while intoxicated, discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, and inducing panic, all misdemeanors, as well as having weapons while under...
Ohio ranks low in U.S. for military retirees, report shows

Ohio ranks low in U.S. for military retirees, report shows

Ohio ranks 35th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the best places for military retirees to live, the website WalletHub has determined. In a report released Monday, WalletHub cited three main areas it ranked to reach the conclusion: economic environment, quality of life and health care. RELATED: Best and worst states for veterans The ranking was a slight nudge upward for Ohio, which...
Nathan’s Hot Dog recall: What you need to know

Nathan’s Hot Dog recall: What you need to know

A Cincinnati-based company has recalled more than 200,000 pounds of hot dogs that could be contaminated with metal. John Morrell and Co. recalled 210,606 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with metal materials, according to a recall notice. Here’s what you need to know: The beef franks items were produced on January 26, 2017. The following products are subject to...
Despite some clouds, here’s how to find Mercury, Venus

Despite some clouds, here’s how to find Mercury, Venus

DAYTON — Some lingering clouds may block the view for some Tuesday morning, but it is still worth it to head outside before dawn to see Mercury and Venus.  Sunrise in Dayton will be around 6:16 a.m. Tuesday. About an hour before, look to the east.  Right along the horizon you should easily find the waning crescent moon — the phase before a new moon. It will look like a thin...
Warren County man charged in ‘gray death’ overdose case

Warren County man charged in ‘gray death’ overdose case

Warren County authorities are holding one suspect in connection with an overdose death involving a drug mixture known as“‘gray death.” On Saturday, detectives from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a heroin overdose from earlier that morning. MORE: Drug raid Saturday in Springboro At 4:11 a.m., deputies found Joseph J. Krouse, 33, dead from an apparent overdose...
City recognizes officers in Trenton teen runaway case

City recognizes officers in Trenton teen runaway case

The two Trenton police officers who were instrumental in finding 17-year-old runaway Loretta Norvell were honored last week for their “outstanding job performance.” RELATED: Many man hours used to find Trenton teen runaway Norvell, the 17-year-old runaway, went missing in January and Trenton Police Chief Arthur Scott said Detective Sean Gill and Sergeant Jamy Chaney spent “countless...
5 stories to get you caught up from the weekend

5 stories to get you caught up from the weekend

Here are 5 stories you may have missed this weekend: Hamilton to clamp down on chronic nuisance properties: Hamilton officials are moving toward approving chronic nuisance legislation that would allow them to fine owners of properties where police and fire calls are too common, and where criminal activity lowers quality of life for the neighborhood. MORE: The list of what can trigger a chronic nuisance...
Middletown streets to be paved in project’s first phase

Middletown streets to be paved in project’s first phase

Several streets have been identified for the first part of Middletown’s 2017 Local Street Improvement Program. MORE: Middletown greenlights next phase of Yankee Road project The streets are: Minnesota Street between Pinta and Buena avenues Carolina Street between Burbank Street and Roosevelt Boulevard El Camino Drive Ocala Drive ...
AK Steel gets $1.8M award to develop next generation electrical steels

AK Steel gets $1.8M award to develop next generation electrical steels

AK Steel has accepted an award of up to $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Next Generation Electric Machines program to develop the next generation of advanced, non-oriented electrical steels (NOES) for motors used in a wide variety of industrial and automotive applications, including hybrid electric vehicles. MORE: AK Steel CEO named Steelmaker...
Trial begins today for Fairfield teacher accused of sex with student

Trial begins today for Fairfield teacher accused of sex with student

The trial of a Hamilton man facing felony charges for alleged sexual activity with a student while he was a Fairfield High School teacher will begin this morning with testimony from prosecution witnesses. Tyler Conrad, 27, of Victor Court in Hamilton, was indicted in November on two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony; sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor; and contributing to...
Crude oil price surge drives gasoline price increase

Crude oil price surge drives gasoline price increase

DAYTON — Gas prices in the Dayton area, along with gasoline prices nationwide, have increased over the last week, according to GasBuddy.com Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have risen 12.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.38 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton. This compares with the national average that has increased...
Fairfield farmers market’s new location ‘more communal, friendlier’

Fairfield farmers market’s new location ‘more communal, friendlier’

The Village Green Farmers Market is back in Fairfield for a second season in a new, larger location. Instead of being in the parking lot next to Lane Library, the market is now in the park itself. “We made this move because Village Green is such an attractive, easy to access park with nearly limitless space for booths and entertainment,” said Fairfield spokeswoman Jenny Dexter. &ldquo...
Cooler temps, rain expected later this week

Cooler temps, rain expected later this week

Skies will become mostly clear with temperatures slowly dropping through the 60s. Dry and cool tonight  Some sun, seasonable Tuesday Stormy pattern develops midweek Tonight: Mainly clear skies are expected with some increase in clouds toward morning. Temperatures will fall into the lower 50s. Tuesday: Sunshine will start the day with increasing clouds. Highs will rebound into the middle...
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