Rick McCrabb

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Middletown City Schools, Madison Local Schools, Carlisle Local School and Middletown non-profits

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Where has the Middie Magic gone? Why Middletown High School’s marquee sports are struggling
 To be successful in high school sports, four criteria must be in place: Quality facilities, coaching consistency, talented athletes and a youth program. In Middletown, where the district renovated Barnitz Stadium and built a state-of-art Wade E. Miller Arena on the high school campus, facilities can’t be blamed for the two worst football...

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To be successful in high school sports, four criteria must be in place: Quality facilities, coaching consistency, talented athletes and a youth program. In Middletown, where the district renovated Barnitz Stadium and built a state-of-art Wade E. Miller Arena on the high school campus, facilities can’t be blamed for the two worst football...
A World Series champion will talk about his struggles with addiction at this Middletown event
 Darryl Strawberry, once a feared slugger for the New York Mets and Yankees before addictions derailed his 17-year Major League Baseball career, now is an evangelical born-again Christian who travels giving his testimony. Strawberry, 55, and his wife, Tracy, will be keynote speakers next month at Epidemic of Hope, an event planned in response...

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Darryl Strawberry, once a feared slugger for the New York Mets and Yankees before addictions derailed his 17-year Major League Baseball career, now is an evangelical born-again Christian who travels giving his testimony. Strawberry, 55, and his wife, Tracy, will be keynote speakers next month at Epidemic of Hope, an event planned in response...
Prosecutor: Middletown bar death could be classic case of ‘one-punch homicide’
 The person who allegedly hit a Middletown man, which caused him to fall off a stage and hit his dead before he later died, potentially could be involved in a classic case of “one-punch homicide,” according to Mike Gmoser, Butler County prosecutor. It doesn’t matter, Gmoser said, whether the person who allegedly punched John...

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The person who allegedly hit a Middletown man, which caused him to fall off a stage and hit his dead before he later died, potentially could be involved in a classic case of “one-punch homicide,” according to Mike Gmoser, Butler County prosecutor. It doesn’t matter, Gmoser said, whether the person who allegedly punched John...
Police: Two charged following fight and lockdown at Middletown High School
 Two Middletown High School students were charged with disorderly conduct after a disturbance Friday in the school that caused a lockdowns at multiple schools, Middletown police said. After the fight, someone in the crowd yelled: “He’s probably going to get a gun,” according to Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division...

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Two Middletown High School students were charged with disorderly conduct after a disturbance Friday in the school that caused a lockdowns at multiple schools, Middletown police said. After the fight, someone in the crowd yelled: “He’s probably going to get a gun,” according to Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division...
Police rarely called to Middletown bar where man was hit, later died
 Middletown police rarely respond to call for service at a Middletown bar where a man was punched and later died Saturday, according to police reports. Police have been called to Old Crow Bar, 1217 Jackson Lane, three times this year, for reports of a bad check, possible OVI arrest and for Saturday’s incident. RELATED: Police: Middletown...

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Middletown police rarely respond to call for service at a Middletown bar where a man was punched and later died Saturday, according to police reports. Police have been called to Old Crow Bar, 1217 Jackson Lane, three times this year, for reports of a bad check, possible OVI arrest and for Saturday’s incident. RELATED: Police: Middletown...
Police: Middletown man died after being punched and falling off stage at bar
 The Middletown music community is mourning the loss of one of its members. John Fugate, 46, a musician who booked bands at the Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane, died Saturday morning after an incident in the bar, according to Middletown police and friends. Fugate allegedly was punched while he was standing on stage around 1 a.m. Saturday, said...

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The Middletown music community is mourning the loss of one of its members. John Fugate, 46, a musician who booked bands at the Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane, died Saturday morning after an incident in the bar, according to Middletown police and friends. Fugate allegedly was punched while he was standing on stage around 1 a.m. Saturday, said...
After Middletown kids test positive for meth, officials warn of access to drugs
 Every day, more than 300 children in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments, and two die as a result of being poisoned, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The causes include dangerous chemicals, prescribed medications and illegal drugs. Dr. Mark Gebhart, physician and assistant medical director of Atrium Medical...

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Every day, more than 300 children in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments, and two die as a result of being poisoned, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The causes include dangerous chemicals, prescribed medications and illegal drugs. Dr. Mark Gebhart, physician and assistant medical director of Atrium Medical...
Man killed in Middletown bar incident
 A bar fight here Friday night resulted in a fatality, Middletown police confirm.  Major Scott Reeve of Middletown police said Sunday that there was a punch thrown late Friday night at Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane.  Reeve reports that John Fugate died as a result.  Reeve said the bar incident is under police investigation. No...

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A bar fight here Friday night resulted in a fatality, Middletown police confirm.  Major Scott Reeve of Middletown police said Sunday that there was a punch thrown late Friday night at Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane.  Reeve reports that John Fugate died as a result.  Reeve said the bar incident is under police investigation. No...
McCrabb: This Middletown sergeant is making history in his department
 The law enforcement diversity numbers don’t shock Earl Nelson. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. police departments are comprised of white, male officers while about 13 percent are African-Americans, according to the Bureau of Justice statistics. If anyone should understand the void of diversity in police departments, it’s Nelson, an...

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The law enforcement diversity numbers don’t shock Earl Nelson. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. police departments are comprised of white, male officers while about 13 percent are African-Americans, according to the Bureau of Justice statistics. If anyone should understand the void of diversity in police departments, it’s Nelson, an...
UPDATE: Lockdown lifted on Middletown schools after reported threat during fight
 UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m. Lockdowns at four Middletown Schools are now lifted by school officials, and a student is being questioned by police. According to Middletown Police a fight at Middletown High School led one male student to say he would go home and return with a gun. That alleged comment was reported by students to school officials...

Posted: 7 days ago

UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m. Lockdowns at four Middletown Schools are now lifted by school officials, and a student is being questioned by police. According to Middletown Police a fight at Middletown High School led one male student to say he would go home and return with a gun. That alleged comment was reported by students to school officials...
Middletown native, known for tackling the ‘thorniest issues of the day,’ wins national journalism award
 Middletown native Clarence Page keeps racking up the awards. Page, a 1965 Middletown High School graduate and syndicated columnist, was awarded the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism on Thursday night at the National Press Foundation’s annual journalism awards in Washington, D.C. RELATED: Columnist Page...

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Middletown native Clarence Page keeps racking up the awards. Page, a 1965 Middletown High School graduate and syndicated columnist, was awarded the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism on Thursday night at the National Press Foundation’s annual journalism awards in Washington, D.C. RELATED: Columnist Page...