Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

Latest from Lawrence Budd

Heroin addiction at center of murder trial in Warren County
 Heroin is taking a central role in a murder trial in Warren County, one of four cases of deadly domestic violence there in the last half of 2016. Freddie Green is alleged to have injected heroin and cocaine after shooting his father, but before calling 911, in December during an argument at their home in Lebanon. A syringe containing the...

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Heroin is taking a central role in a murder trial in Warren County, one of four cases of deadly domestic violence there in the last half of 2016. Freddie Green is alleged to have injected heroin and cocaine after shooting his father, but before calling 911, in December during an argument at their home in Lebanon. A syringe containing the...
Son goes on trial for father’s murder in Lebanon
 A Lebanon man is to go on trial Monday on charges that he murdered his father in December in one of six deadly cases of domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County. Freddie Green, 42, has been in the Warren County Jail since early Dec. 7, about six hours after he was arrested following the fatal shooting of his father, Sidney...

Posted: a day ago

A Lebanon man is to go on trial Monday on charges that he murdered his father in December in one of six deadly cases of domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County. Freddie Green, 42, has been in the Warren County Jail since early Dec. 7, about six hours after he was arrested following the fatal shooting of his father, Sidney...
Local governments struggle with coming medical marijuana legalization
 What to do about legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio continues to be a topic of study, discussion and consideration by local governments around the area and state of Ohio. On Thursday, the Springboro City Council moved forward with a prohibition on cultivation, processing and distribution of marijuana for medical use to a second reading...

Posted: a day ago

What to do about legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio continues to be a topic of study, discussion and consideration by local governments around the area and state of Ohio. On Thursday, the Springboro City Council moved forward with a prohibition on cultivation, processing and distribution of marijuana for medical use to a second reading...
Austin Landing South development could spur $350 million in investment
 As much as $350 million could be invested in development of Austin Landing South, the project proposed in Springboro across Austin Boulevard from the existing mixed-use development, according to Springboro City Manager Christine Thompson. RELATED: Development to move across Austin Boulevard into Springboro That would be 10 times $35 million...

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As much as $350 million could be invested in development of Austin Landing South, the project proposed in Springboro across Austin Boulevard from the existing mixed-use development, according to Springboro City Manager Christine Thompson. RELATED: Development to move across Austin Boulevard into Springboro That would be 10 times $35 million...
Springboro moves forward with medical marijuana ban
 The Springboro City Council moved forward on Thursday with a prohibition on cultivation, processing and distribution to a second reading. RELATED: Communities approach medical pot in different ways The council held a first reading on the prohibition after a public hearing on the issue during which no one other than Dan Boron, the city&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Springboro City Council moved forward on Thursday with a prohibition on cultivation, processing and distribution to a second reading. RELATED: Communities approach medical pot in different ways The council held a first reading on the prohibition after a public hearing on the issue during which no one other than Dan Boron, the city&rsquo...
Cash reward offered in gun theft case in Springboro
 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation – the trade association for the firearms industry – are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Peabody Sports, a federal firearms licensee in Springboro. RELATED...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation – the trade association for the firearms industry – are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Peabody Sports, a federal firearms licensee in Springboro. RELATED...
Warren County man freed after third big drug bust in past 20 years
 A Lebanon man who was part of a Warren County drug ring taken down by federal authorities 20 years ago was free after posting bond on charges stemming from another big local drug bust. RELATED: Lebanon man indicted for meth, pot trafficking, gun
                possession James McCarty, 58, was freed from the Warren County Jail after posting...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Lebanon man who was part of a Warren County drug ring taken down by federal authorities 20 years ago was free after posting bond on charges stemming from another big local drug bust. RELATED: Lebanon man indicted for meth, pot trafficking, gun possession James McCarty, 58, was freed from the Warren County Jail after posting...
Springboro moving ahead with medical marijuana prohibition
 The Springboro City Council is expected to take another step on Thursday toward declaring a moratorium on cultivation, processing and distribution of medical marijuana. RELATED: Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio The prohibition would replace a moratorium in place since last August in Springboro. The prohibition...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Springboro City Council is expected to take another step on Thursday toward declaring a moratorium on cultivation, processing and distribution of medical marijuana. RELATED: Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio The prohibition would replace a moratorium in place since last August in Springboro. The prohibition...
Lebanon to vote on marijuana issue this week
 After hours of debate, Lebanon city council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to declare a moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation, processing or distribution within city limits. RELATED: Lebanon council, nation divided over marijuana legalization The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program recently revealed basic information about...

Posted: 14 days ago

After hours of debate, Lebanon city council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to declare a moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation, processing or distribution within city limits. RELATED: Lebanon council, nation divided over marijuana legalization The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program recently revealed basic information about...
Taxpayers get chance to weigh in on $50 million jail plan
 Warren County commissioners are scheduled Tuesday to hear from taxpayers about their plans to increase the county sales tax by 1/4 percent to pay for a $50 million jail. The first of two public hearings is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., as the commissioners continue to weigh which architects to hire to design the project. “We’re actually...

Posted: 16 days ago

Warren County commissioners are scheduled Tuesday to hear from taxpayers about their plans to increase the county sales tax by 1/4 percent to pay for a $50 million jail. The first of two public hearings is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., as the commissioners continue to weigh which architects to hire to design the project. “We’re actually...
Hamilton County couple dead in holiday homicides just moved into home
 The Hamilton County couple killed in separate incidents an hour and 60 miles apart over the July 4th holiday - ending with a fatal shooting by a state trooper in Vandalia - had just moved into a new home, police said Wednesday. Dana Dubose, 36, was free on parole, but had spent most of the past eight years in Ohio prisons leading up to 1...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Hamilton County couple killed in separate incidents an hour and 60 miles apart over the July 4th holiday - ending with a fatal shooting by a state trooper in Vandalia - had just moved into a new home, police said Wednesday. Dana Dubose, 36, was free on parole, but had spent most of the past eight years in Ohio prisons leading up to 1...