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OSHA returns to site of fatal Franklin industrial accident

OSHA returns to site of fatal Franklin industrial accident

Investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are returning to the site of a fatal accident at a Franklin business, said Ken Montgomery, area director. Douglas Mescher, 28, of Lebanon, was killed Tuesday afternoon at Walther Engineering and Manufacturing Company in the 3500 block of Shotwell Drive. Mescher was a subcontractor and he worked for SK Rigging in Cincinnati. He was...
These Homearama homes were among crowd’s favorites

These Homearama homes were among crowd’s favorites

Wieland Builders’ Chatham Cottage claimed six of the eight first place Peoples’ Choice awards at this year’s Homearama, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. Top awards for overall favorite home, favorite landscaping, favorite decorating, favorite kitchen and favorite exterior were bestowed on Wieland Builders’ 5,309-square-foot Craftsman influenced...
Butler County father pleads not guilty in drug death of 1-year-old son

Butler County father pleads not guilty in drug death of 1-year-old son

A Trenton man charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of his son after toxic levels of drugs were found in the baby’s system pleaded not guilty this morning in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Dorrico Dawaun Brown, 32, of West State Street, was indicted last week by a grand jury for the death of his 1-year-old son, Dorrico Brown Jr., who was found dead in May. Brown’s attorney...
‘When that happened, I knew I was going to like living in Hamilton’

‘When that happened, I knew I was going to like living in Hamilton’

Adam Helms and his countless contributions have already had a tremendous impact on the City of Hamilton, most notably through his work with the RiversEdge Concert Series. ››RELATED: Fitton Center exec is a new U.S. citizen After working in Howard, Wis., for several years, Adam moved to the area in 2011 to become the performance and information services administrator for the...
WOW air adding discount flights in Cincinnati, Cleveland

WOW air adding discount flights in Cincinnati, Cleveland

Iceland’s WOW air is adding services in Cincinnati, but the low-cost carrier is also expanding in other Ohio cities. The low-cost transatlantic airline is announcing new international flight services from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Europe via Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. Service from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky will be available four days a week, the...
32 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

32 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

Grand juries, which meet in secret, review criminal charges brought by police and prosecutors and investigate possible criminal behavior. The proceedings are usually one-sided, because the accused is not present and witnesses are not cross-examined. PHOTOS: Look who’s been booked in the Butler County Jail A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable...
Car bursts into flames on Interstate 75 in Monroe

Car bursts into flames on Interstate 75 in Monroe

Ohio State Patrol in Hamilton dispatchers are reporting there were no injuries after a car burst into flames on southbound Interstate 75 near Ohio 129 this morning. The car was fully engulfed in flames when Monroe fire crews got to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. Monroe dispatchers said crews were still on the scene at 8:45 a.m. but the fire was out. No further details were immediately available.
Severe weather system at Middletown airport to be modernized

Severe weather system at Middletown airport to be modernized

A critical piece of safety equipment that officials say is needed to attract larger aviation companies to Middletown Regional Airport/Hook Field will be replaced. Middletown will spend $99,593 for a new Automated Weather Observation System. Without the system, the airport’s ability to accept aircraft during severe weather events is limited, according to city staff. MORE: Middletown students...
Movie chronicles 50 years of Miami Middletown’s impact

Movie chronicles 50 years of Miami Middletown’s impact

For the past 18 months, Miami University Middletown officials have interviewed more than 100 people about its 50th anniversary. Those more than 100 hours of raw video have been edited to two hours and will be shown during the Red Carpet Movie Premiere from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Dave Finkelman Auditorium on the Middletown campus. RELATED: Middletown students left wide-eyed by updates to high...
Find Jupiter, crescent moon this week

Find Jupiter, crescent moon this week

After everyone looked to the sky for the solar eclipse, there is another reason to look up that won't require any special glasses. This week on August 24 and especially August 25, there will be a brief window to find the thin waxing crescent moon and the planet Jupiter. Right after sunset which is around 8 p.m. and before the moon sets which is around 10 p.m., the moon will guide you to the evening...
A new airline is coming to Cincinnati’s airport: What we know now

A new airline is coming to Cincinnati’s airport: What we know now

International discount carrier WOW air will begin nonstop service at CVG on May 9, 2018 to Iceland for $99. Iceland’s WOW air is adding services in Cincinnati, but the low-cost carrier is also expanding in other Ohio cities. The low-cost transatlantic airline is announcing new international flight services from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Europe via Keflavik International...
5 reasons to check out the Cincy Brew Ha-Ha

5 reasons to check out the Cincy Brew Ha-Ha

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha, the largest craft beer and stand-up comedy festival in America, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend. Patrons can choose from over 80 comedians on four stages while sampling from over 110 craft beers, ciders and wines. While the lineup of beer and comedy changes every year, here are five reasons to attend this year’s festival. This year, the Cincy Brew Ha-Ha has...
Powerball: 5 things to know about tonight’s $700 million jackpot

Powerball: 5 things to know about tonight’s $700 million jackpot

Tonight’s Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $700 million, making it the second-largest in U.S. history. Here are 5 things to know about the Powerball jackpot: 1. Odds of winning The odds of winning the big prize are 1 in 292.2 million with a single $2 ticket, according to Ohio Lottery officials. 2. Powerball played in 44 states Ohio is one of 44 states, as well as the District of...
Changes welcome Wright State students back to school

Changes welcome Wright State students back to school

Around 2,500 students are expected to arrive on Wright State University’s campus over the next few days. On Thursday more than 1,300 students, mostly freshmen, will move into campus apartments and dorms and on Saturday around 1,200 upperclassmen will follow New Wright State president Cheryl Schrader will be there to meet students. Schrader, who took over as the school’s new president in...
Cooler, not humid remainder of the week

Cooler, not humid remainder of the week

Winds have shifted and are now out of the northwest. This has already brought relief to the heat and humidity, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Temperatures about 10 degrees below normal this week Plenty of sunshine Weed pollen might stay high TODAY: You might want a sweater if you are out early, but you won't need it this afternoon.  Highs in the upper 70s. Sunshine especially...
Trump’s Afghanistan plan won’t lead to early exit

Trump’s Afghanistan plan won’t lead to early exit

As the United States prepares to send more troops to Afghanistan within days or weeks, a former top U.S. commander says Americans should not expect an early exit “The option of pulling out of Afghanistan was the worst of all options,” retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen, a former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in a conference call Tuesday with reporters. President Donald Trump outlined...
Subcontract worker killed in industrial accident at Franklin vehicle parts maker

Subcontract worker killed in industrial accident at Franklin vehicle parts maker

Douglas Mescher has been identified as the subcontractor killed when he was crushed by a heavy piece of equipment at Walther Engineering and Manufacturing Company in Franklin, a Warren County Coroner’s Office investigator said. The body of the 28-year-old Lebanon resident has been removed to the coroner’s office. The investigator said Mescher was a subcontract worker at Walther,...
Miamisburg company creates technology to enhance college recruitment

Miamisburg company creates technology to enhance college recruitment

Miamisburg company Think Patented is expanding to add a new division focused on the higher education marketplace. The graphic communication and printing company has established a new division called Quanta, which will be an automated communications platform developed for admissions recruitment and alumni fundraising and event promotion. Quanta’s communications platform helps clients reach the...
Hamilton man dies in boating accident on Lake Cumberland

Hamilton man dies in boating accident on Lake Cumberland

A Hamilton resident died Monday in an apparent boating accident on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky, according to the Russell County Coroner’s Office. Kenneth Ducklo, 70, died from “multiple blunt force trauma” as a result of a boating accident that occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, a spokesperson with the coroner’s office told this news outlet. MORE: Intoxicated man impersonating...
Middletown students left wide-eyed by updates to high school

Middletown students left wide-eyed by updates to high school

The most common facial expression on the first day of classes among returning Middletown High School students was a wide-eyed look. Many of the school’s more than 1,500 students saw for the first time Tuesday the radical renovations of the school, including new, high-tech classrooms and learning areas and an expanded cafeteria. “It’s a whole bunch of changes with big open spaces...
5 things you need to know about Walmart’s new partnership with Uber

5 things you need to know about Walmart’s new partnership with Uber

Walmart and ride-sharing powerhouse Uber are teaming up to bring customers a new kind of grocery home delivery service. Walmart began testing grocery delivery through crowd-sourced services like Uber last year. Now, the chain retailer is expanding its grocery delivery pilot in two more markets — Orlando, Fla. and Dallas, Texas. Here’s what to know about the expanding services: 1. ORDER...
WSU trustees to consider property sale or purchase in closed-door meeting

WSU trustees to consider property sale or purchase in closed-door meeting

Wright State University’s board of trustees will hold a special executive session this evening to discuss the purchase or sale of real estate. The lone reason for the meeting was revealed in the board’s agenda posted online. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Wright Brothers Room of the WSU student union, according to the agenda. The agenda did not reveal any further details...
Jobless rate in Butler County ticks up

Jobless rate in Butler County ticks up

Unemployment rates in Butler County and Hamilton edged up in July 2017 compared to last July, according to new state numbers released Tuesday. Butler County’s unemployment rate of 4.9 percent was just a fraction higher than the 4.6 percent recorded last July, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Hamilton, the unemployment rate of 5.1 percentwas slightly higher than...
Police: Gender reveal party shooting linked to drug rings

Police: Gender reveal party shooting linked to drug rings

A mass shooting at a gender reveal party near Cincinnati last month was not random and is believed to be linked to three different drug rings, according to a report from WCPO-TV. A spokesperson for the Colerain Twp. Police Department said several people at the party had connections to the drug ring and they don’t believe the public is in any danger. Police told WCPO the investigation will be...
Ex-magistrate counters dismissal request in discrimination lawsuit

Ex-magistrate counters dismissal request in discrimination lawsuit

The former Butler County magistrate who claims she was fired for being Jewish has asked the federal court to preserve her case against Judge Greg Stephens and Prosecutor Michael Gmoser. Kimberly Edelstein filed a $1 million lawsuit against Stephens, Gmoser and Assistant Prosecutor Dan Ferguson in May, claiming Stephens fired her for wanting to take off eight high holy days and that all three men bad-mouthed...
Mistrial denied: Franklin dad’s trial goes on despite clerical mix-up

Mistrial denied: Franklin dad’s trial goes on despite clerical mix-up

A Warren County judge ruled Tuesday that Robert Ritchie’s third trial would continue, despite issues with testimony after a clerical mix-up and objections by the defense.. Ritchie, 32, is charged with child endangering and involuntary manslaughter for allegedly not checking on Austin Cooper after the boy was severely burned by his stepmother, Anna Ritchie. MORE: Franklin woman admits guilt in...
No major eye injuries reported following eclipse; damage could linger

No major eye injuries reported following eclipse; damage could linger

There have been no significant reporting of people with major eye injuries following Monday’s solar eclipse. Doctors warned local residents prior the the eclipse to fight the temptation to directly watch the first full solar eclipse in 99 years, because even staring at the sun for a few seconds could cause damage to the retina. A spokeswoman for Kettering Health Network said as of about 11 a...
West Chester police investigating rape allegation

West Chester police investigating rape allegation

West Chester Twp. police are investigating a reported rape that allegedly occurred near The Show on 42 bar. Police reports indicated a woman reported she was sexually assaulted in the area of 9933 Cincinnati Columbus Road at 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 11. MORE: Judge has stern words for woman charged with dumping Middletown body Township spokesman Andrew Reeder said police hope to have the case closed soon...
Here’s who is on the November ballot in Franklin, Carlisle

Here’s who is on the November ballot in Franklin, Carlisle

In Warren County, only one race is uncontested for local village and city councils, school boards and the judgeship in Franklin Twp. All three incumbents on Franklin City Council will be running unopposed, Denny Centers, Carl Bray and Michael Aldridge. MORE: Franklin Twp. placing fire levy on November ballot Among the contested races are: Franklin Municipal Court This is an open seat being vacated...
Warren County’s most expensive home valued at more than $2.1 million

Warren County’s most expensive home valued at more than $2.1 million

Warren County’s most valuable home features more than 8,500 square feet of living space on just under 0.8 acres in the Long Cove development in Deerfield Twp., where five of the county’s highest valued homes are located, according to the Warren County Auditor’s Office. There were 95 homes valued at $1 million or more listed by the auditor in response to a public-records request....
Warren County selects builder for new event center

Warren County selects builder for new event center

Warren County has selected Conger Construction Group to design a $3 million event center at the county fairgrounds. This morning, the county commissioners authorized Administrator Tiffany Zindel to negotiate a construction contract with Lebanon-based Conger on the project. RELATED: County inks $19 million racino development deal The fairgrounds is undergoing a major makeover, prompted by the end of...
Liberty Twp. names first new fire chief in over 30 years

Liberty Twp. names first new fire chief in over 30 years

Liberty Twp. has named its first new fire chief in more than 30 years. Ethan Klussman, a former battalion chief with the Kettering Fire Department, will be only the second full time fire chief to serve the township after current Fire Chief Paul Stumpf retires next month. His salary will be $108,000. MORE: 7 Butler County firefighters apply to be next Liberty Twp. fire chief “You talk about somebody...
Target to introduce 3 new brands in August, September

Target to introduce 3 new brands in August, September

Target is launching three new brands in August and September, including two new clothing lines and a home decor brand. The Minneapolis-based retailer is looking to bump up sales by introducing new brands that can’t be found on competing online stores. A New Day, a women’s clothing brand, and the new men’s brand Goodfellow & Co. will both arrive in stores on Aug. 27. Project 62, a...
Middletown tightening taxi-cab ordinance

Middletown tightening taxi-cab ordinance

Concerns about the existing standards for taxi-cabs from Middletown police and some taxi-cab companies in the city has resulted in a proposed, more stringent ordinance. City Law Director Les Landen said the re-write of the taxi-cab ordinance, “was prompted that the standards for drivers were not well developed.” “As taxi-cabs have resurfaced in town, there has been discussion for...
3 ways residents can get involved in Plan Hamilton going forward

3 ways residents can get involved in Plan Hamilton going forward

Now that Hamilton has completed the first phase of its Plan Hamilton comprehensive planning effort, there are other steps residents can take to get involved moving forward. RELATED: 11 areas where Hamilton residents want to see change, through Plan Hamilton There will be at least four meetings between now and early October, plus the opportunity to volunteer for focus groups on specific topics. The...
Middletown Schools: 5 things to know for the new school year

Middletown Schools: 5 things to know for the new school year

Here are 5 things to know as Middletown City Schools starts a new school year Tuesday, Aug. 22: 1. Mark these important upcoming dates: Tuesday, Aug. 22: First day of school Friday, Aug. 25: Home football game/Hall of Fame night, Lima Sr. at Middletown, 7 p.m. at Barnitz Stadium, 1211 S. Main St. MORE: Middies eager to move forward after 0-10 season 2. New...
Shop owner lauded as Hamilton’s Small Business Person of the Year

Shop owner lauded as Hamilton’s Small Business Person of the Year

The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year is a woman who helped pave the way for economic growth and promote revitalization in downtown Hamilton, nominators say. Sara Vallandingham, owner of Sara’s House, started the business in 2012 at Bridgewater Falls in Fairfield Twp., then moved it to High Street in downtown Hamilton just two years later, growing...
Rain moves out of the region, cooler air moves in

Rain moves out of the region, cooler air moves in

Clouds are expected to linger through the evening with a slight chance for a passing shower, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Showers exiting the Miami Valley Cooler, less humid air arrives overnight Unseasonably cool the rest of the week TONIGHT: Lots of clouds will linger with a slight chance for a passing showers early as a cold front crosses the region. Temperatures...
6 candidate petitions rejected by Butler County elections board

6 candidate petitions rejected by Butler County elections board

Six candidates were not certified Monday by the Butler County Board of Elections. RELATED: Error boots Butler County community’s fire, EMS levies off ballot They include: Joseph P. Ebbing, candidate for Fairfield Twp. Trustee The race for Fairfield Twp. Trustee requires 25 valid signatures on the petition for candidacy, but only 22 of the 26 submitted were valid. Chris Cavens...
City wrong to remove monument, many Franklin residents say

City wrong to remove monument, many Franklin residents say

UPDATE @ 11 P.M.: For more than an hour Monday, Franklin City Council faced more than 80 people who filled council chambers to make it clear they want a 90-year-old monument honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Dixie Highway returned to the spot from where it was moved. They want the monument back in its place on Hamilton Middletown Road at Dixie Highway and felt the city should not have...
Sinclair’s new $31.5M health sciences center opens for first classes

Sinclair’s new $31.5M health sciences center opens for first classes

The new $31.5 million Sifferlen Health Sciences Center that opened Monday to Sinclair Community College students is part of the the school’s plan to improve swaths of its downtown campus. The remodeled 141,000-square-foot health sciences center opened to students even though parts of the building are still under construction. The new center brings together all of the community college&rsquo...
Middletown body dumped: Judge not pleased with request for lower bond

Middletown body dumped: Judge not pleased with request for lower bond

A judge had stern words today for one of two people who allegedly dumped a Middletown woman’s body in woods following an apparent overdose. Erica Robinson, 32, and Joshua Swenson, 28, both of Middletown, waived their rights to preliminary hearings Monday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court and their cases were sent to the Butler County Grand Jury. Both are charged with tampering with evidence...
Lakota students thrill at watching sun disappear

Lakota students thrill at watching sun disappear

For a couple of hours Monday afternoon almost every school child in Butler County studied that exact same thing — a historic, near total eclipse of the sun. Clear weather and protective glasses allowed thousands of local students to view the celestial event that hasn’t been seen to this extent in Southwest Ohio since 1918. Nearly all of the 735 students at Lakota Local Schools’ Endeavor...
Eye damage from eclipse can show later: What you need to know

Eye damage from eclipse can show later: What you need to know

If you damaged your eyes during the eclipse it might take a while before you see symptoms. The first full solar eclipse in 99 years happened this afternoon, and residents across the Dayton region came out to watch the event. Those who didn’t use certified eclipse viewing glasses or alternative methods like a pinhole projector risked injuring their eyes and possible permanent damage. But it might...
Butler County’s haunted elementary attracts new TV ghost hunters

Butler County’s haunted elementary attracts new TV ghost hunters

Reports of paranormal activity at a former Butler County school have captured the interest of another television program. “There’s so much evidence of paranormal activity here,” said Madison Twp. resident Darrell Whisman, who purchased the former Poasttown Elementary School in 2004 and now calls it home. PHOTOS: Look inside Butler County’s haunted former school These reports...
New Kettering office to offer substance abuse services

New Kettering office to offer substance abuse services

A Xenia-based behavioral health group is opening a Kettering location to expand its mental health and substance abuse treatment services into Montgomery County. TCN Behavioral Health, which has 13 locations in the region, plans to open an office at 3085 Woodman Drive on Sept. 11. The nonprofit cited the nearly 400 overdoses in Montgomery County as of May in a statement announcing its decision to open...
Call about unconscious woman leads to Warren County drug charges

Call about unconscious woman leads to Warren County drug charges

Two men arrested in July after police were called about an unconscious woman being dragged to a residence in Warren County have been indicted on multiple charges. Jose Hortillosa, 20, faces 11 felony charges ranging from trafficking in cocaine, hashish and marijuana to possession of criminal tools. MORE: Warren County man in third big drug bust in past 20 years John C. Francis, 20, is charged with...
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