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Lauren Pack

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Butler County government, sheriff's department and courts.

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Did you hear gunfire last night from a roaming pickup truck? Police are asking for help
 Ross Township police are asking for information about shots fired Tuesday night. At about 9 p.m., police received several calls from residents reporting gunfire in Ross and Hanover Townships, according to the department’s Facebook post. MORE: Prosecutor: Middletown bar death could be classic case of ‘one-punch homicide’...

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Ross Township police are asking for information about shots fired Tuesday night. At about 9 p.m., police received several calls from residents reporting gunfire in Ross and Hanover Townships, according to the department’s Facebook post. MORE: Prosecutor: Middletown bar death could be classic case of ‘one-punch homicide’...
Judge orders big jump in bond for Trenton man charged with child sex, pornography
 Bond was increased Tuesday for a Trenton man facing 25 felony charges including rape, voyeurism and possession of child pornography. Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, was taken into custody last week. He faces one count of kidnapping for sexual motivation, four counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity oriented...

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Bond was increased Tuesday for a Trenton man facing 25 felony charges including rape, voyeurism and possession of child pornography. Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, was taken into custody last week. He faces one count of kidnapping for sexual motivation, four counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity oriented...
Middletown woman charged with felony animal cruelty after dogs starve, with one decapitated
 A Middletown woman has been jailed and charged with felony animal cruelty after several dead animals were found in her backyard, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The county dog warden’s office received information last week advising that there were dead dogs in the yard at the residence in the 1300 block of Oxford...

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A Middletown woman has been jailed and charged with felony animal cruelty after several dead animals were found in her backyard, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The county dog warden’s office received information last week advising that there were dead dogs in the yard at the residence in the 1300 block of Oxford...
Hamilton student charged with school threat ordered to stay off social media
 A Hamilton High School student charged Friday for allegedly making threats on social media to do harm at school was arraigned today in Hamilton Municipal Court. Cortlin Barrett, 19, is charged with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. His attorney David Washington entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. Barrett is free on bond...

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A Hamilton High School student charged Friday for allegedly making threats on social media to do harm at school was arraigned today in Hamilton Municipal Court. Cortlin Barrett, 19, is charged with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. His attorney David Washington entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. Barrett is free on bond...
Carlisle buried baby case: Judge, attorneys to meet after strongly worded filings
 The judge and attorneys in the case of a Carlisle 18-year-old accused of killing her infant and then burning and burying the body in the backyard of her home are due in court today for a pre-trial conference following some strongly worded filings in the last month. Attorneys for Brooke Skylar Richardson filed a motion for change of venue...

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The judge and attorneys in the case of a Carlisle 18-year-old accused of killing her infant and then burning and burying the body in the backyard of her home are due in court today for a pre-trial conference following some strongly worded filings in the last month. Attorneys for Brooke Skylar Richardson filed a motion for change of venue...
These local law enforcement officials survived being shot. Here are their stories.
 Since January, 12 law enforcement officer across the county have been shot and killed, including two veteran officers killed in Westerville on Saturday while they responded to an apparent domestic situation. The events brought back chilling memories for officers in Butler County, where two shootings have occurred in recent history. Both law...

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Since January, 12 law enforcement officer across the county have been shot and killed, including two veteran officers killed in Westerville on Saturday while they responded to an apparent domestic situation. The events brought back chilling memories for officers in Butler County, where two shootings have occurred in recent history. Both law...
Ross High School student to stay incarcerated for alleged social media threat
 The Ross High School student who is facing a felony charge of inducing panic for an alleged social media post referencing the Florida school shooting will remain in juvenile detention until his next court hearing. The 14-year-old boy was arraigned in Butler County Juvenile Court on Friday, where a magistrate ordered he remain in juvenile...

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The Ross High School student who is facing a felony charge of inducing panic for an alleged social media post referencing the Florida school shooting will remain in juvenile detention until his next court hearing. The 14-year-old boy was arraigned in Butler County Juvenile Court on Friday, where a magistrate ordered he remain in juvenile...
Hamilton man accused of sexually assaulting a disabled person
 Bond was set today at $100,000 for a 69-year-old Hamilton man accused of sexually assaulting an intellectually challenged person. Leonard Harrison of Kahn Avenue was arraigned before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater on charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. The alleged crimes occurred between Dec. 1 and...

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Bond was set today at $100,000 for a 69-year-old Hamilton man accused of sexually assaulting an intellectually challenged person. Leonard Harrison of Kahn Avenue was arraigned before Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater on charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. The alleged crimes occurred between Dec. 1 and...
Not guilty pleas entered for Trenton man charged with child sex, pornography
 A Trenton man facing 25 felony charges including rape, voyeurism and possession of child pornography was arraigned in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Friday, and the judge entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, was taken into custody Tuesday night. He faces one count of kidnapping...

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A Trenton man facing 25 felony charges including rape, voyeurism and possession of child pornography was arraigned in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Friday, and the judge entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. Mickey R. Murrill, 30, of the first block of North Street, was taken into custody Tuesday night. He faces one count of kidnapping...
Mother emotionally addresses Middletown man as he is sentenced for dumping her daughter’s body
 A Middletown man received a prison sentence on Thursday for dumping a woman’s body in the woods following her overdose. Joshua Swenson and Erica Robinson, both of 2912 Wilbraham Rd., were indicted in September for tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse, both felonies. Swenson, 28, pleaded guilty last month to the tampering...

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A Middletown man received a prison sentence on Thursday for dumping a woman’s body in the woods following her overdose. Joshua Swenson and Erica Robinson, both of 2912 Wilbraham Rd., were indicted in September for tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse, both felonies. Swenson, 28, pleaded guilty last month to the tampering...