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Court date delayed for Hamilton teen accused in father’s death

Court date delayed for Hamilton teen accused in father’s death

A juvenile court hearing for a 14-year-old girl charged with aggravated murder — accused of shooting her father to death —has been continued until later this summer. The teen was scheduled to appear before Butler County Juvenile Judge Kathleen Romans on Tuesday, but the pre-trial hearing has been moved to Aug. 3, according to Rob Clevenger, court administrator. MORE: ‘I just shot...
Middletown to rebuild destroyed storage building

Middletown to rebuild destroyed storage building

Middletown is planning to build a new storage building to replace one that was destroyed in a storm last year. City Council approved an emergency ordinance for $55,890 for the purchase and installation of a pole barn at Lefferson Park. MORE: Middletown council wants more spending for public safety, jobs City Manager Doug Adkins said plans are to replace the building on the same footprint and using...
Vectren Dayton Air Show: 5 things to know on Monday

Vectren Dayton Air Show: 5 things to know on Monday

After the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act, the Vectren Dayton Air Show saw a significant drop in spectator attendance compared to years past. While the Thunderbirds did not fly Sunday, the 2017 show featured 10 other performances, air show organizers said — drawing large crowds under cloudless, blue skies on both Saturday and Sunday. Here’s what to know today...
RANKING: Top 10 list of retailers includes 9 in this area

RANKING: Top 10 list of retailers includes 9 in this area

In a changing shopping landscape, retailers are fighting each other to stay relevant to consumers through shopping innovation — and 10 of them are doing it better than all the rest. The nation’s largest retailers have held onto their top spots by focusing on value and embracing new ways consumers are shopping, according to the annual Top 100 Retailers list released today by the National...
Hamilton police investigate shooting death

Hamilton police investigate shooting death

Hamilton police are investigating a shooting in the 500 block of Front Street that led to the death of man over the weekend. Sgt. Brian Robinson said the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning and that the shooting is still under investigation. “At about 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning, officers heard gunshots in the 500 block of South Front Street. Officers found the victim laying...
Fenwick Falcons name interim football coach

Fenwick Falcons name interim football coach

Fenwick High School has named John Aregood as its interim football coach. Aregood takes over for Joe Snivley, who resigned in May after at four seasons citing family reasons. “John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position,” Fenwick Athletic Director Michael Coleman said in an e-mail to parents. Aregood, a longtime area coach, has been a head coach at Franklin (16...
Professor fired after criticizing Warmbier and ‘white clueless males’

Professor fired after criticizing Warmbier and ‘white clueless males’

A Delaware adjunct college professor who said on social media that Otto Warmbier’s “cluelessness” got him killed found her remarks got her fired from her job. On her personal Facebook page, Kathy Dettwyler, a former adjunct professor at the University of Delaware, wrote that Warmbier situation was “typical of a mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueless males who...
Area best-selling author talks path from turbulent childhood to success with Megyn Kelly

Area best-selling author talks path from turbulent childhood to success with Megyn Kelly

J.D. Vance, the Middletown native who turned the story of his turbulent childhood and family dysfunction into a best-selling book, was near emotional collapse when his path out of the rust belt took him to Yale Law School, he said during a television interview broadcast over the weekend.  “I was ... as close to a nervous breakdown as I've ever had, just the stress of law school, mom had...
Middletown man pleads guilty in shooting death of wife

Middletown man pleads guilty in shooting death of wife

A Middletown man has admitted guilt in the shooting death of his wife just before Christmas and the day after his birthday. Gregory Orona Jr., 35, of Wilbraham Road, pleaded guilty this morning in Butler County Common Please Court to involuntary manslaughter with a gun specification a day before his trial was scheduled to begin in Judge Michael Oster’s Court room. MORE: 911 call: ‘My mom...
Cincinnati airport sets record in May for passenger traffic

Cincinnati airport sets record in May for passenger traffic

More passengers flew out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport last month than ever before. Local traffic was up more than 16 percent year-over-year with 323,049 originating passengers, compared to 278,344 in May 2016, representing 44,705 new travelers coming through CVG’s front door. That’s more than any other month in the airport’s 70-year history. The airport...
Middletown council wants more spending for public safety, jobs

Middletown council wants more spending for public safety, jobs

Middletown City Council members anonymously ranked 2018 spending priorities in 10 categories, then talked about them but made no changes to their private ratings. At a previous meeting, City Manager Doug Adkins asked each council member to rank 10 areas where they would prioritize spending in 2018 so that he could have a rough idea of where council stood. While none of the 10 areas received the support...
Ohio gas prices increase

Ohio gas prices increase

DAYTON —  Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have risen 9.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.18 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.25 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.  "As motorists...
Cooler than normal today, possible passing showers Monday evening

Cooler than normal today, possible passing showers Monday evening

Partly cloudy and cooler than normal today with highs in the lower 70s.   RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts  Chance of a few showers Monday evening Gradual warm up this week Few storms as we get closer to the weekend TODAY: Slight chance of a few passing showers Monday evening. Clouds break late and cool with lows falling into the lower 50s overnight. TUESDAY: More sunshine,...
What people are saying about Mike DeWine’s run for governor

What people are saying about Mike DeWine’s run for governor

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. He spoke as the DeWine Family Ice Cream Social. Here’s what some of the folks there had to say: “As far as his experience, as far as being able to address the needs of Ohio, everything from our children and education, which is so important to this state, to the opiate...
Depsite Thunderbirds cancellation, Dayton Air Show thrills crowd

Depsite Thunderbirds cancellation, Dayton Air Show thrills crowd

Spectators came out for the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show on Sunday, despite a performance schedule cut short after the cancellation of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds act. While the Thunderbirds did not fly Sunday, the 2017 show featured 10 other performances, air show organizers said — drawing large crowds under cloudless, blue skies on both Saturday and Sunday. Plans for a jam-packed schedule...
Middletown police hosting ‘racial intelligence’ training

Middletown police hosting ‘racial intelligence’ training

The Middletown Division of Police is hosting a two-day, Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement (RITE) for 20 officers around the state this week. The training will be held Wednesday and Thursday in the City Building, said Chief Rodney Muterspaw. He said two Middletown officers will attend and they will train other Middletown officers. Muterspaw called it “incredible training” and...

Car show, spaghetti dinner, raffle highlight Fenwick Festival

The 65th annual Fenwick Festival concludes its three-day run tonight. A Classic Car Cruise-In will be held from 3-6 p.m., $15 all-day ride bracelets are available from 4-10 p.m. and the Sons of Italy Spaghetti Dinner will be served from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The grand raffle winner will be announced at 9 p.m. The grand prize is $10,000 cash or free tuition for one Fenwick student. The festival...
Gov. John Kasich’s website hacked

Gov. John Kasich’s website hacked

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s website was hacked today by a group claiming to support the Islamic State. The Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was also hacked. A screen appeared saying: “Anti: Govt all word. You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people. For every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries. I love Islamic state.” According to a report on CNN...
Services set for Madison’s softball coach, whose death called ‘a shock’

Services set for Madison’s softball coach, whose death called ‘a shock’

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m. June 26: Services have been set after the sudden death of first-year Madison High School softball coach Doug Pemberton. Pemberton’s visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Preble Memorial Gardens, 3377 U.S. 35, West Alexandria. The funeral will follow. MORE: See recent stories from Rick McCrabb INITIAL REPORT, June 25: Doug Pemberton, who led the Mohawks deep into...
John Kasich against Senate health care plan; says don’t ‘rush’ it

John Kasich against Senate health care plan; says don’t ‘rush’ it

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday he is “against” the Senate Republican leadership health-care bill as written, although he said he is “encouraging” lawmakers to “fix it” and not “rush” into passing the measure this week. In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Kasich said the GOP bill does not include enough money to provide care for the...
Air Show thrills crowd despite Thunderbirds cancellation

Air Show thrills crowd despite Thunderbirds cancellation

Spectators came out in hoards for the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show on Sunday, despite a performance schedule cut short after the cancellation of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds act. While Thunderbirds did not fly Sunday, the 2017 show featured 10 other performances, air show organizers said — drawing large crowds under cloudless, blue skies on both Saturday and Sunday. Plans for a jam-packed...
Mike DeWine running for governor

Mike DeWine running for governor

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Sunday that he is running for Ohio governor, putting him in contention against two other statewide officials and a U.S. congressman seeking the Republican nomination in 2018. “When I am governor our state will be fundamentally different,” said DeWine. “I will be ready to go on day one. I will walk through the door with a plan and I will...
Misty Blues ready to ‘do something crazy’ at Dayton Air Show

Misty Blues ready to ‘do something crazy’ at Dayton Air Show

Bambi Knight jumps out of planes to get over her fear of heights. The Park City, Utah resident is a member of the Misty Blues all-women sky diving demonstration team set to perform this weekend at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. “I have a fear of heights so I went out to conquer my fear,” she said in an interview at Dayton International Airport, where the show will be staged. “It didn&rsquo...
Rain arrives Monday evening; more comes later in week

Rain arrives Monday evening; more comes later in week

More clearing is expected overnight. Lows will again be dipping into the middle 50s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Few passing showers Monday evening More dry time Tuesday and Wednesday Chance for storms heading into weekend Monday: Partly sunny skies are expected with the chance for a passing evening showers. Highs will be in the lower 70s. Tuesday: More sunshine...
Cincinnati bakery brings back Fiona cookie

Cincinnati bakery brings back Fiona cookie

Team Fiona cookies return Thursday, this time showing the popular baby hippo with her mother, Bibi. Busken Bakery, based in Cincinnati, will donate $1 from each cookie to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. While there are no Busken stores in the Dayton area, the products are available at UDF and some Kroger stores. The first batch of #TeamFiona cookies quickly sold out earlier this year, with...
Blue Jackets draft Miami RedHawk, Columbus native in NHL draft

Blue Jackets draft Miami RedHawk, Columbus native in NHL draft

The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Miami University men’s hockey standout Carson Meyer with their second  pick in the  sixth round of his weekend’s NHL draft. An excited Meyer tweeted about the pick on his personal Twitter account, including a photo of himself in his Blue Jackets junior team uniform. Meyer was raised in Columbus suburb Powell, before going to Miami. A sophomore...
Dayton Air Show: Thunderbirds crash investigation could take months

Dayton Air Show: Thunderbirds crash investigation could take months

The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the crash involving a Thunderbirds F-16 jet prior to the Vectren Dayton Air Show this past weekend, according to U.S. Air Force officials. According to the Air Force, it could take as many as 60 days before the investigation is complete into what caused the Thunderbird jet to flip onto its top Friday afternoon. NTSB is now in possession...
Butler County airport administrator to be terminated

Butler County airport administrator to be terminated

Citing continued financial difficulties with the Butler County Regional Airport, the commissioners are set to fire the administrator Ron Davis on Monday. At every budget hearing with Davis for the past several years the commissioners have shown frustration that Davis hasn’t been able to make the airport financially viable. County Administrator Charlie Young told the Journal-News when the tax...
Butler County dodged flooding bullet Friday

Butler County dodged flooding bullet Friday

Despite several flood warnings throughout the torrential storms Friday Butler County dispatchers are reporting there weren’t many flooding problems. Butler County dispatchers said they did get one call about a problem in the Hueston Woods area but when deputies arrived the water had receded. All other county dispatch centers say they did not get any weather-related calls Friday. James Gibson...
Dayton Air Show today: Here’s what we know

Dayton Air Show today: Here’s what we know

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is set to take off today with one a full line-up minus the headline act of the Air Force Thunderbirds. A two-seat F-16D Thunderbird fighter jet went off the runway Friday at Dayton International Airport and flipped onto a grassy area, trapping a pilot and a crew member inside until first responders could remove the two from the heavily damaged plane. RELATED: Thunderbird...
OSP: Man crashes into Middletown police cruiser, admits drug abuse

OSP: Man crashes into Middletown police cruiser, admits drug abuse

The Middletown Division of Police used social media today to say all of Middletown needs to take a stand against opioid abuse after an impaired driver crashed into a cruiser this morning. The officers in the cruiser were on their way to a report of an overdose when the crash happened. “Very definition of ironic. Thankful our two officers made it out safely after being hit by a person suspected...
Dry weather expected over the coming days

Dry weather expected over the coming days

We’ll see more clearing this evening and overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. It’ll be pleasant, but a notch cooler with temperatures dipping into the middle 50s overnight. More dry time to start the new week Pleasant weather starts the week Warmer with rain ends the week Sunday: More sunshine is expected with highs in the middle 70s. We’ll again see a few daytime...
Davidson: ‘I came here to solve problems and change laws’

Davidson: ‘I came here to solve problems and change laws’

Warren Davidson beat out a crowd of 15 fellow Republicans to take a job that it’s hard to imagine anyone would want: a U.S. congressman elected to fill the seat vacated by the former Speaker of the House John Boehner. But one year into his term as the congressman representing a great swath of southwest Ohio that includes Butler, Clark, Darke, Miami, Preble and a bit of Mercer counties &ndash...
Top 10 things to do this week

Top 10 things to do this week

Lady Antebellum This enormously popular pop country band stops frequently in Cincinnati. After a three-year hiatus from recording, they just released their seventh album, “Heart Break,” this month. See them at the Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32.75-$66.75. For more information, call (513) 232-6220 or visit www.riverbend.org...
Vectren Dayton Air Show weather forecast: Expect drier weekend

Vectren Dayton Air Show weather forecast: Expect drier weekend

After record-breaking rainfall Friday, a drier weekend is expected, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. SEE: Latest 5-day forecast   Although a few isolated showers may pass by Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the forecast appears to be decent enough to allow the planes to fly at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Both days will be cooler than normal, with temperatures in the...
Butler County sheriff warns of bond scam

Butler County sheriff warns of bond scam

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is warning the public that a scam artist is trying to trick people into paying a bond that they do not owe. Jones announced that a victim of a recent scam arrived at the sheriff’s office looking for Sgt. Owens and stated he had paid his fines and was there to meet him. “He indicated that he had received a phone call from ‘Sgt. Owens’ with...
Advocates want more from Hamilton solar power plan

Advocates want more from Hamilton solar power plan

Hamilton, which operates its own utilities, is moving toward buying electricity from residents who generate solar power on their properties, and this week held a public-input meeting to see what people think about the rules the city may implement. Those who attended the meeting said they were glad Hamilton will be buying the solar power, but expressed concerns that the rules that may be proposed to...
Who are the 2 Thunderbirds in Friday's Dayton Air Show crash?

Who are the 2 Thunderbirds in Friday's Dayton Air Show crash?

A U.S. Air Force pilot and tactical aircraft maintainer sustained injuries in a plane crash Friday at the Dayton Air Show. The pilot, Capt. Erik Gonsalves, is the advance pilot/narrator for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, flying the No. 8 jet, according to an Air Force biography. Gonsalves entered the Air Force in 2008 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado...
Franklin to begin regulating donation boxes

Franklin to begin regulating donation boxes

Starting next month, nonprofit and other organizations will need an annual permit to place a donation box in Franklin. City Council Monday approved an ordinance that would regulate where donation boxes could be placed as well as maintenance requirements and when these collection boxes should be emptied. City Manager Sonny Lewis said the there have been a number of issues with the placement and maintenance...
Flooding closes Wayne County 4H Fair amid travel advisory

Flooding closes Wayne County 4H Fair amid travel advisory

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.: The temporary closing of the Wayne County 4H Fair because of flooding occurred not long after a Level 1 travel advisory was issued for Wayne County roads and streets in Richmond and Centerville.  The advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday (June 24), according to the county highway department and the street departments for Richmond and Centerville.  Motorists may...
Hamilton council members want more attractive Ohio 4

Hamilton council members want more attractive Ohio 4

Now that Hamilton’s main corridor through downtown — Ohio 129, also known as High and Main streets — has received a significant visual upgrade, a majority of Hamilton City Council recently voiced support for studying how to beautify another major entry corridor: Ohio 4. Vice Mayor Carla Fiehrer has advocated for a Route 4 Master Plan several times since early 2016, and was joined...
‘Endangered’ missing teen with mental disability found

‘Endangered’ missing teen with mental disability found

UPDATE, 7 p.m.: The Oxford Police Department reports that the teen has been found safe. INITIAL REPORT: Butler County sheriff’s deputies are searching for an “endangered missing child.” Jacquez Lopez Hernandez Bailey, 17, has a mental disability and authorities are concerned for his safety, they said. MORE: Butler County shooting shows some battles for veterans fought at home Jacquez...
Sam DuBose’s family calls for peaceful protests after Tensing mistrial

Sam DuBose’s family calls for peaceful protests after Tensing mistrial

For a second time, the family of Sam DuBose saw Ray Tensing walk free when jurors failed to agree on a conviction, resulting in a mistrial. “The family commends the prosecutors for their strong presentation in this case, but we are outraged that a second jury has now failed to convict Ray Tensing for the murder of our beloved Sam DuBose,” the family said in a statement distributed by their...
Middletown woman convicted of murder in ex-husband’s death

Middletown woman convicted of murder in ex-husband’s death

A jury rejected a Middletown woman’s claim of self-defense and found her guilty of murder in the Feb. 6 fatal shooting of her ex-husband. Dawn Shearer, 48, of Ellis Way, was convicted Friday of murder and felonious assault for killing Anthony “Tony” Shearer at their home. The jury deliberated just under two hours after a five-day trial. Shearer was sentenced after the verdict to...
School’s out, but not for some Butler County teachers

School’s out, but not for some Butler County teachers

It’s an old joke among the teaching profession but the hundreds of area instructors spending their summer break learning new classroom techniques at Miami University’s West Chester Twp. campus still don’t think it’s funny. “What are the three best things about teaching?” goes the joke. Answer: “June, July and August.” But it doesn’t apply to them...
Portrait of late judge hangs in Middletown courtroom

Portrait of late judge hangs in Middletown courtroom

A color portrait of a late Middletown Municipal Court judge now hangs in the courtroom. RELATED: ‘He was always fair’: Community remembers Judge Mark Wall A picture of Judge Mark Wall has been added to the other six of former Middletown judges that line two walls in the courtroom. The other six judges, in order they served: Harrison L. Dell, William H. Todhunter, Edward H. Dell, Alton...
Butler County shooting shows some battles for veterans fought at home

Butler County shooting shows some battles for veterans fought at home

The most dangerous battles veterans sometimes face occur back home, a world away from the violence of war. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can be triggered years after the soldiers are discharged and by the simplest of actions: a loud noise, a distinct smell or weather conditions, experts said. MORE: Mom before son fatally shot by deputy: ‘It is like he is at war’ Veteran suicides...
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