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Police: Man arrested for vandalism spray painted name on building

Police: Man arrested for vandalism spray painted name on building

The mystery of who caused an estimated $10,000 in damages to a prominent Hamilton building wasn’t too tough to solve. Hamilton police say the man responsible for the vandalism signed his name and birth date in black spray paint on the side of the Hamilton Masonic Lodge as a police officer watched. MORE: High Street Hamilton building vandalized Lamar King, 21, of Hamilton, has been arrested and...
Young students’ project has Hamilton rockin’ with positive messages

Young students’ project has Hamilton rockin’ with positive messages

You may find the class project from Fairwood Elementary students under your shoe soon so keep your eyes open for a ground-level, colorful, happy and even inspirational surprise. Fairwood fourth-grade teacher Robin Szary’s students are painting and decorating small rocks with motivational messages that will pick up the spirits of those in Hamilton’s north end community when they discover...
New sports grill in Liberty Twp. to open this summer

New sports grill in Liberty Twp. to open this summer

A new Shooters Sports Grill is set to open in Liberty Twp. in early this summer. Located along Ohio 747 about a mile north of Ohio 129 and in front of the Carriage Hill subdivision, the restaurant should be open by June, according to general manager Mike Helton. RELATED: Carriage Hill rezoning paves way for expansion Shooters will start hiring 50 employees approximately six to eight weeks in advance...
Storm damages a piece of the Ohio 4 skyline

Storm damages a piece of the Ohio 4 skyline

Overnight and early morning storms damaged a patriotic piece of the Ohio 4 skyline in the city. Fairfield police and fire officials said there had not been any reports of major damage around the city, but the 40-foot-by-80-foot American flag in front of Camping World of Cincinnati at 5300 Dixie Highway sustained a giant tear across the entirety of its blue field. MORE: High water causing issues on...

Middletown man pleads guilty to rape, child porn charges

A Middletown man has pleaded guilty to rape and multiple child pornography charges. Phillip Gregory Norman, 54, of Ottawa Street, was indicted in October on two counts of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition involving minor and 46 charges involving child pornography. Thursday Norman pleaded guilty in Butler County Common Pleas Court to rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering sexually oriented...
Hamilton’s newest park — ‘crown jewel’ of city — almost ready for opening

Hamilton’s newest park — ‘crown jewel’ of city — almost ready for opening

Marcum Park, which will serve as Hamilton’s new “living room” along the Great Miami River just north of the Courtyard by Marriott, is almost complete. Its ribbon cutting will happen May 6. “What we’re basically waiting for is the weather to break,” said Steve Timmer, executive director of the Hamilton Parks Conservancy. “We need a week of temperatures staying...
Butler County lawmaker re-introduces elder abuse bill

Butler County lawmaker re-introduces elder abuse bill

A Butler County lawmaker has renewed efforts aimed at curbing abuse of senior citizens, a measure that failed to pass last year after criticism that it added more workload without any funding support. Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford’s Elder Justice Act failed to get out of a Senate committee after seven hearings last year. The Elder Justice Act received support from the Ohio Attorney General&rsquo...
Weather warning siren test canceled today

Weather warning siren test canceled today

West Chester Twp. has canceled its monthly weather warning siren test for today because of continued inclement weather. MORE: Wind gusts up to 40 mph this afternoon The township routinely tests the sirens at noon on the first Wednesday of each month. Officials said with continued predictions of high winds and potential storms this afternoon, the test will be canceled to avoid potential confusion and...
Retailers react to Trump’s address to Congress

Retailers react to Trump’s address to Congress

The National Retail Federation pledged to continue to work with Congress under President Donald Trump. The federation released a statement encouraging economic growth and job creation in the retail sector following Trump’s address on Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress. He laid out his agenda for the coming months. Retail matters to the economic strength of the nation because...
Lakota Schools tries something new to attract new employees

Lakota Schools tries something new to attract new employees

Southwest Ohio’s largest suburban school system is trying something new to fill open jobs for next school year. Lakota Schools will hold its first job fair March 11 at Lakota West High School. MORE: How local districts prepared for wave of teacher retirements The unusual event is the latest visible sign of the growing competitiveness between public school systems when it comes to soliciting...
3 things to know about company Vice President Pence is visiting

3 things to know about company Vice President Pence is visiting

Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Southwestern Ohio Thursday for the first time since becoming vice president. He’ll visit a Springdale company in a private event, going there to talk about health care in an 11:45 a.m. visit, according to reports. Here are three things to know about that company, Frame USA Inc., and the planned visit. A visit to the picture frame company’s web ...
Another women’s retailer files bankruptcy, closes stores worldwide

Another women’s retailer files bankruptcy, closes stores worldwide

BCBG Max Azria Group announced the company has taken the next step in the restructuring of its brands. The company, which owns BCBGMAXAZRIA, said Wednesday it has filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The company has obtained a commitment of $45 million from loan lenders in new financing and filed its plan of reorganization. “The steps we...
Monroe OKs police request for armored vehicle

Monroe OKs police request for armored vehicle

Monroe has taken the next step to get on a waiting list for a military surplus armored vehicle. City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution to have the city manager request a surplus Mine Resistant Armor Protected Humvee armored vehicle through the Ohio Law Enforcement Support Office for Monroe police. MORE: Monroe police request for armored vehicle met with resistance...
West Chester hires new assistant fire chief

West Chester hires new assistant fire chief

The West Chester Twp. trustees welcomed the newest member of their staff Tuesday — Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Oughterson. Oughterson will be in charge of operations and will earn $88,000 a year. Oughterson is filling the position that was vacated when the trustees named Rick Prinz chief in December 2015. RELATED: West Chester picks new fire chief Oughterson hails from the city of Lebanon Fire...
High water causing issues on Butler County roads

High water causing issues on Butler County roads

The Butler County Emergency Management Agency is reporting the county fared better through the strong storms than some neighboring communities. Matt Haverkos, director of the EMA, said the county did see some hail generally of a quarter-inch size but there were some “clumps of about one inch” at the Voice of America Park in West Chester Twp. MORE: Wind gusts up to 40 mph this afternoon...
High winds this afternoon

High winds this afternoon

DAYTON —Severe storms tore through the Miami Valley overnight and into Wednesday morning, but we aren't completely done with the impactful weather just yet.  Winds will be picking up from the west for the afternoon and evening. Gusts could reach up to 40 mph and that can create issues on the roads.  Wind advisory has been issued for the entire Miami Valley from 12 p.m. Wednesday till...
First Democrat announces run for Ohio governor in 2018

First Democrat announces run for Ohio governor in 2018

Ohio Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) has announced a run for Governor of Ohio, according to an announcement made on Twitter. “I’m excited to announce my candidacy for Governor of the State of Ohio,” Schiavoni announced in a Tweet this morning.  “We need a new generation of leadership to move our state forward.” In 2013, Schiavoni was unanimously...
Liberty Center clothing store closes

Liberty Center clothing store closes

Vengeance, a boutique that offered urban clothing, recently closed its doors at Liberty Center. Located on the first floor of The Foundry, Liberty Center’s enclosed shopping mall, Vengeance was a seasonal store and its lease was up Feb. 1, according to Jackie Reau, spokeswoman for Liberty Center. Vengeance sells numerous brands including Robins, True Religion, Lacoste, Rock Revival, Timberland...
 Two tornadoes confirmed near Cincinnati

 Two tornadoes confirmed near Cincinnati

Two tornado touchdowns were just confirmed near Cincinnati by the National Weather Service in Wilmington. A tornado touchdown was confirmed in Hamilton Co. in Anderson Twp., according to a site survey team. A second team surveyed a damage site near Amelia, Ohio in Clermont County. Both damage sites are confirmed to be caused by tornadic activity. The path of damage in Anderson Twp. was measured at...
Hamilton school leader’s letter draws private schools’ ire

Hamilton school leader’s letter draws private schools’ ire

The leader of Hamilton’s public schools system implies local private schools fall short of his district’s quality in a recent letter sent to area Catholic and other non-public school families. Hamilton City Schools Superintendent Tony Orr’s letter touts his district in comparison to “some non-public schools” while contending — though not directly naming —...
Heavy rain, high winds impacting morning commute

Heavy rain, high winds impacting morning commute

Strong storms are expected to bring heavy rain and high winds that will impact the morning commute.  Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic . Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM. @8:19 a.m. I-675 North ramp to U.S. 35 West, Beavercreek crews responding to a crash at 8:18 a.m. @7...
Vice President Mike Pence coming to Springdale Thursday

Vice President Mike Pence coming to Springdale Thursday

Vice President Mike Pence is coming to the area Thursday for his first visit to southwest Ohio since becoming VP. RELATED: Highlights of President Trump’s address to Congress Pence will be at a private event in Springdale. As of now, no public events have been announced. The vice president is visiting Frame USA Thursday morning. The company was founded in 1982 in Maryland as a small art and...
Severe storms leave damage behind in Miami Valley

Severe storms leave damage behind in Miami Valley

Storms moving through the area are bringing down trees and causing power outages. RELATED: Tornado watch issued for entire region @1:15 p.m.: Lita Campbell lives on Oakridge Drive in Dayton and had a tree fall onto her SUV during the storms Wednesday morning. “I heard a big boom and I looked outside my window and the tree was laying on top of my truck.The home on Oakridge Drive was...
High Street Hamilton building vandalized

High Street Hamilton building vandalized

Police are investigating an act of vandalism that occurred Tuesday at the Hamilton Masonic Lodge on High Street. Lodge Master Seldon Brown told the Journal-News Tuesday night that 22 places around the entire building were damaged by black spray paint. “I had a police officer tell me that I needed to come and see the vandalism,” Brown said. “The temple had been tagged in 22 places...
Ohio officials react to President Donald Trump’s speech

Ohio officials react to President Donald Trump’s speech

Reaction to President Donald Trump’s address Tuesday night from Ohio senators and members of Congress: “As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I appreciate President Trump putting the issues that affect America’s 28 million small businesses front-and-center in his first address to Congress. Chief among those issues are the skyrocketing costs of Obamacare, which have fallen...
Late night severe threat for Miami Valley

Late night severe threat for Miami Valley

Severe thunderstorms developed Tuesday evening from Illinois down to Arkansas. Tornado watches were issued ahead of a strong storm system which was advancing from the Central Plains into the Great Lakes late in the afternoon.  Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell says the threat for severe storms will arrive in the Miami Valley as soon as midnight Wednesday morning with two rounds of...
Lightning hits Delta jetliner on approach to Dayton International Airport

Lightning hits Delta jetliner on approach to Dayton International Airport

DAYTON -- A Delta Air Lines jetliner was hit by lightning on its approach to Dayton from Atlanta on Tuesday morning and landed safely, a spokesman with the airline confirmed. "I can confirm Delta flight 1521 from Dayton to Atlanta was delayed following a lightning strike of the inbound aircraft," Michael Thomas, corporate communications, said Tuesday evening in an email.  "Delta...
Hamilton child’s death believed to be accident

Hamilton child’s death believed to be accident

On Tuesday morning, Hamilton police were called to North 6th Street about the death of a “very young child,” according to Hamilton police Sgt. Brian Robinson. An investigation into the child’s death is ongoing, he said, but at this point “it is believed to be either medical or an accident.” He declined to release more information about the incident or the child&rsquo...
Butler, Warren business leaders to advocate for region at Statehouse

Butler, Warren business leaders to advocate for region at Statehouse

Fifteen local chambers of commerce and more than 50 Greater Cincinnati business leaders will meet with state leaders today to address economic development, transportation projects and other issues that impact the region. Organized by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the inaugural Southwest Ohio Regional Advocacy Day will include these chambers of commerce from Butler and Warren counties: ...
Butler County man arrested, charged with sex crimes involving children

Butler County man arrested, charged with sex crimes involving children

Police have arrested a Butler County man accused of more than a dozen sex crimes dating back to 1997. Terry D. Lewis, 47, of Hamilton, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury last week on seven counts of rape, four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery. Lewis was arrested Monday at the Hamilton Inn. He now faces 13 felony charges involving sex...
Driver in deadly Middletown church van, train crash sent to prison

Driver in deadly Middletown church van, train crash sent to prison

A Middletown woman behind the wheel of a deadly train and church van crash in 2015 has been sentenced to 54 months in prison. Judith Ashley, 65, pleaded guilty in January to aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of endangering children, and two counts of vehicular assault. She faced 168 months in prison. Ashley was the driver of a Church of Mayfield van on July 28, 2015, when it collided...
Fixes continue after road collapses in Middletown

Fixes continue after road collapses in Middletown

Middletown has requested heavy equipment from the Butler County Engineer’s Office to help repair a 16-foot sinkhole at the intersection of Crawford Street and Logan Avenue. The sinkhole was created after the top of a 42-inch sanitary sewer line collapsed, creating a void in the ground above that caused a nearby 6-inch water line to break, according to Middletown Public Works Director Scott Tadych...
Warren suspect says he stepped on, submerged infant girl in shower

Warren suspect says he stepped on, submerged infant girl in shower

A Warren County man told a detective he stepped on and submerged his girlfriend’s 1-year-old daughter while trying to rinse conditioner from his hair during a shower, then struck her head on a door knob while carrying the infant to her mother, according to testimony on Tuesday in Warren County Court. RELATED: Warren County man accused of assaulting 1-year-old Detective Brandi Carter testified...
Land purchase may bring new hospital option to Middletown

Land purchase may bring new hospital option to Middletown

A piece of prime real estate in Middletown has been purchased by Kettering Health Network, which operates eight hospitals throughout the region, including Fort Hamilton Hospital. Kettering Health Network has purchased 15.5 acres at the site of the former Reyton Inn, which overlooks the Interstate 75/Ohio 122 interchange. Kettering Health Network officials told the Journal-News that it plans to provide...
$1.7M contract for job assistance in Butler County gets closer look

$1.7M contract for job assistance in Butler County gets closer look

Butler County will investigate employment assistant needs locally before committing to a new contract with Community Behavioral Health. Butler County entered an agreement with the mental health agency several years ago because of significant barriers — mental health issues chief among them — to successful employment for many of the county’s public assistance clients. When presented...
West Chester offers program on coyotes, other wildlife

West Chester offers program on coyotes, other wildlife

With spring nearly sprung, West Chester Twp. is hosting a program on cohabitating with wildlife like coyotes and other animals that populate the area. Brett Beatty, a wildlife expert with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will discuss how humans and animals can co-exist in the environment at 7 p.m. March 15 at MidPointe Library West Chester, 9363 Centre Pointe Drive. RELATED: Bobcat sightings...
TriHealth plans $430 million in financing for area hospital projects

TriHealth plans $430 million in financing for area hospital projects

TriHealth plans to use $430 million in bonds to improve and refinance hospital facilities in Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties. According to TriHealth, the plan calls for: • Refinancing approximately $150 million in existing debt through Catholic Health Initiatives, one of TriHealth’s sponsors. • Buying out capitalized leases of nearly $200 million. • Investing approximately...
Fairfield police investigating death of 1-month-old infant

Fairfield police investigating death of 1-month-old infant

Fairfield police and the Butler County coroner are investigating the death of an infant early Tuesday. The one-month-old boy was found not breathing in an apartment in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive at 4:34 a.m., Fairfield Police Officer Doug Day said. The infant was transported to Mercy Hospital-Fairfield, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. MORE: Hamilton child’s death believed...
5 Butler County leaders, students to be honored as ‘Heroes of Character’

5 Butler County leaders, students to be honored as ‘Heroes of Character’

Ten people, including several from Butler County, will be honored in March by groups that promote and encourage good character. The sixth annual Heroes of Character event will take place in Hamilton and will honor five local students and five adult leaders. The event is a joint effort between the Hamilton City of Character Committee and the Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky...
I-Team analysis: Deportations dropped in Ohio under Obama; here’s why

I-Team analysis: Deportations dropped in Ohio under Obama; here’s why

Deportations of illegal immigrants rose nationwide during the Obama administration but plummeted in Ohio as packed court dockets kept many individuals waiting years for their cases to be processed, an I-Team analysis found. All immigration cases in Ohio are handled by the federal court in Cleveland, which saw both deportations and asylum actions drop dramatically during the eight-year tenure of President...
New doughnut shop planned in Fairfield

New doughnut shop planned in Fairfield

Renovation plans at a Shell gas station at the corner of Ohio 4 and Crescentville Road in Fairfield include a new Dunkin’ Donuts. Owners of the building at 7504 Dixie Highway plan to invest just under $2 million in a new convenient store that includes the doughnut store with a drive-through window. RELATED: Dunkin’ Donuts unveils new coffee, breakfast items The upgrades would also add...
7 ways to prevent thefts from vehicles

7 ways to prevent thefts from vehicles

Thefts from vehicles, which are described as a crime of opportunity, can be easily prevented, according to police and insurance agencies. RELATED: Fairfield investigates recent thefts from vehicles Here are tips to prevent would-be thieves from stealing valuables from your vehicle: Don’t leave your car unlocked, even when driving Don’t leave valuable personal...
Residents raising funds to stop golf course development

Residents raising funds to stop golf course development

A group of Deerfield Twp. residents opposing the proposed development of the former Kingswood Golf Course will hold a “yoga for healing” fundraiser this weekend. Tara Scarborough is leading the donation-based class “for healing of the land and yourself” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the park located off Irwin Simpson Road. All donations will go to the Keep...
STORE CLOSURES: 9 retailers closing stores nationwide this year

STORE CLOSURES: 9 retailers closing stores nationwide this year

It’s been a tumultuous start of 2017 for several retailers, which have announced the closures of hundreds of stores across the nation. Several of these stores will close locations in Ohio, and across the Midwest. These nine retailers are downsizing their brick-and-mortar locations in the coming months: 9 RETAILERS CLOSING STORES HERE
Lakota’s new leader meets district staffers, residents at meeting

Lakota’s new leader meets district staffers, residents at meeting

It was a meet and greet for Lakota Schools’ new leader Monday evening. Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller made the trip down from his current, northern Ohio school job to attend an informal reception for him to mingle with Lakota staffers prior to the board meeting. MORE: 5 Questions with Matt Miller Miller will start part-time as head of the 16,500-student district in June and full-time on Aug...
Madison schools, community ‘move on’ one year after shooting

Madison schools, community ‘move on’ one year after shooting

Troy Wilson’s house on West Alexandria Road overlooks Madison Jr./Sr. High School’s facilities and parking lot. If anything happens over the hill, the Wilson family has the perfect view. But on Feb. 29, 2016, it took a phone call from his grandson, then a sophomore at Madison, to alert him to the chaos that had just occurred inside the school cafeteria. “There has been a shooting...
Wind gusts up to 50 mph this afternoon, evening

Wind gusts up to 50 mph this afternoon, evening

Wind advisory in effect from noon to 1 a.m. Thursday for Miami Valley and Southwest Ohio Flash Flood Warning: Butler and Hamilton counties until 10 a.m.; Warren County until 11:15 a.m. Flood Warning: Butler County until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Flash Flood Watch: Clinton and Warren counties till 11:15 a.m.; Butler, Greene, Montgomery and Preble counties until 4 p.m. Wednesday The National Weather Service...
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