Lauren Pack

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

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Altercation may have preceded Butler County jail suicide death
 The Butler County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the suicide death of a Cincinnati woman found hanging in the county jail on Tuesday. Samantha Young, 21, who was in jail for a probation violation, died from hanging in the Hanover Street facility, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Her death was ruled a...

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The Butler County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the suicide death of a Cincinnati woman found hanging in the county jail on Tuesday. Samantha Young, 21, who was in jail for a probation violation, died from hanging in the Hanover Street facility, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Her death was ruled a...
Competency hearing rescheduled for rape suspect
 A competency evaluation hearing for a 71-year-old man charged with rape in an incident at a Middletown assisted care facility was pushed back to next month. Gary Eugene Earls was arrested by police after the November incident at Close to Home on Roosevelt Boulevard. He was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on two counts of rape last...

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A competency evaluation hearing for a 71-year-old man charged with rape in an incident at a Middletown assisted care facility was pushed back to next month. Gary Eugene Earls was arrested by police after the November incident at Close to Home on Roosevelt Boulevard. He was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on two counts of rape last...
Death in Butler County Jail ruled suicide
 UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m.: A Cincinnati woman’s death in the county jail has been ruled a suicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Samantha Young, 21, died from hanging on Tuesday in the Hanover Street facility, according to coroner’s office release. The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office....

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UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m.: A Cincinnati woman’s death in the county jail has been ruled a suicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Samantha Young, 21, died from hanging on Tuesday in the Hanover Street facility, according to coroner’s office release. The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office....
No indictment for man accused of retaliation against judge
 A man charged with allegedly threatening former Middletown Municipal Court Judge Melynda Cook Howard was not indicted by a grand jury. Timothy Wayne Abney, 41, of the 2300 block of Waneta Street, was charged with retaliation, a third-degree felony, in December for words he allegedly uttered after a hearing. FIRST REPORT: Bond set for man...

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A man charged with allegedly threatening former Middletown Municipal Court Judge Melynda Cook Howard was not indicted by a grand jury. Timothy Wayne Abney, 41, of the 2300 block of Waneta Street, was charged with retaliation, a third-degree felony, in December for words he allegedly uttered after a hearing. FIRST REPORT: Bond set for man...
Hamilton man pleads not guilty in fatal pedestrian crash
 A Hamilton man who was the driver of a truck that police say hit two pedestrians in Hamilton, killing one, pleaded not guilty today to multiple felony charges including aggravated vehicular homicide. Steven James Rogers, 59, who has been in the Butler County Jail since the fatal crash Nov. 9, is facing two counts of aggravated possession...

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A Hamilton man who was the driver of a truck that police say hit two pedestrians in Hamilton, killing one, pleaded not guilty today to multiple felony charges including aggravated vehicular homicide. Steven James Rogers, 59, who has been in the Butler County Jail since the fatal crash Nov. 9, is facing two counts of aggravated possession...
Why did standoff suspect surrender? Police were ‘driving him crazy’
 Donald Tobias Gazaway told Butler County Sheriff’s detectives after a 30-hour standoff in which he allegedly held a 10-year-old hostage that he surrendered because he was tired of dealing with law enforcement. “He said he was done and we were driving him crazy,” Detective Joe Nerlinger said in an interview after Gazaway&rsquo...

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Donald Tobias Gazaway told Butler County Sheriff’s detectives after a 30-hour standoff in which he allegedly held a 10-year-old hostage that he surrendered because he was tired of dealing with law enforcement. “He said he was done and we were driving him crazy,” Detective Joe Nerlinger said in an interview after Gazaway&rsquo...
Standoff suspect served 4 years for firing gun into a crowd of 30
 A 31-year-old Cincinnati man facing multiple felony charges from a 30-hour standoff at a Liberty Twp. apartment complex last weekend has been involved with the court system before. Donald T. Gazaway, 31, of the 1600 block of Cedar Avenue, was let into a residence in 700 block of East Hamilton Place late Friday night, according to detectives...

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A 31-year-old Cincinnati man facing multiple felony charges from a 30-hour standoff at a Liberty Twp. apartment complex last weekend has been involved with the court system before. Donald T. Gazaway, 31, of the 1600 block of Cedar Avenue, was let into a residence in 700 block of East Hamilton Place late Friday night, according to detectives...
New trial denied for ex-Fairfield teacher convicted of sex crime
 A new trial has been denied for a former Fairfield High School teacher found guilty of a sex crime involving a student. Tyler Conrad, 27, was convicted in May of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor, during a bench trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court...

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A new trial has been denied for a former Fairfield High School teacher found guilty of a sex crime involving a student. Tyler Conrad, 27, was convicted in May of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor, during a bench trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court...
‘Why are you doing this to me?’: How this weekend’s 30-hour hostage standoff unfolded in Liberty Twp.
 Multiple police agencies with hours of training came to the aid of a 10-year-old boy held hostage in his Liberty Twp. home. The 30-hour standoff began late Friday night. Donald Tobias Gazaway is accused of pulling a gun at a residence in the 700 block of East Hamilton Place, demanding thousands of dollars from the female resident and then...

Posted: 4 days ago

Multiple police agencies with hours of training came to the aid of a 10-year-old boy held hostage in his Liberty Twp. home. The 30-hour standoff began late Friday night. Donald Tobias Gazaway is accused of pulling a gun at a residence in the 700 block of East Hamilton Place, demanding thousands of dollars from the female resident and then...
$1 million-plus bond set for standoff suspect
 Bond was set at $1 million-plus today for a Cincinnati man charged in a 30-hour standoff involving a 10-year-old boy at a Liberty Twp apartment complex. Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, of Cedar Avenue in Cincinnati, was video arraigned in Butler County Area II Court on felony charges of felonious assault, kidnapping and a misdemeanor charge of...

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Bond was set at $1 million-plus today for a Cincinnati man charged in a 30-hour standoff involving a 10-year-old boy at a Liberty Twp apartment complex. Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, of Cedar Avenue in Cincinnati, was video arraigned in Butler County Area II Court on felony charges of felonious assault, kidnapping and a misdemeanor charge of...
Suspect in 30-hour Liberty Twp. standoff demanded ‘thousands’ in cash from 10-year-old boy’s mother
 A 30-hour standoff that involved a 10-year-old boy being held against his will at an apartment complex in Liberty Twp. began with the door being opened for the suspect. Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, was let into the apartment late Friday night by residents of the apartment in the 700 block of East Hamilton Place, according to Butler County Sheriff...

Posted: 4 days ago

A 30-hour standoff that involved a 10-year-old boy being held against his will at an apartment complex in Liberty Twp. began with the door being opened for the suspect. Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, was let into the apartment late Friday night by residents of the apartment in the 700 block of East Hamilton Place, according to Butler County Sheriff...