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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

South Carolinian wants to grow medical marijuana in Warren County
 A South Carolina man plans to grow medical marijuana in Warren County. RELATED: Warren County anticipates medical marijuana cultivation action Anil Bhatara of Anderson, S.C., applied for a zoning permit to grow marijuana for medical use in a 3,500 square foot pole barn at 4258 Cox Smith Road, between Lebanon and Mason in Union Twp. SOCIAL...

Posted: 2 days ago

A South Carolina man plans to grow medical marijuana in Warren County. RELATED: Warren County anticipates medical marijuana cultivation action Anil Bhatara of Anderson, S.C., applied for a zoning permit to grow marijuana for medical use in a 3,500 square foot pole barn at 4258 Cox Smith Road, between Lebanon and Mason in Union Twp. SOCIAL...
Troopers: Fenwick HS student, 17, dies in crash with 15-year-old driver
 A Bishop Fenwick High School student died after he was ejected in a crash Thursday night just southeast of Springboro, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.   Noah J. Theiss, 17, of Franklin Twp., was a passenger in his parents’ car driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Washington Twp. in Montgomery County. The car crashed...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Bishop Fenwick High School student died after he was ejected in a crash Thursday night just southeast of Springboro, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.   Noah J. Theiss, 17, of Franklin Twp., was a passenger in his parents’ car driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Washington Twp. in Montgomery County. The car crashed...
‘Gray death’ making its way into Cincinnati suburbs
 Warren County authorities are holding one suspect in connection with an overdose death involving a drug mixture known as “gray death.” Detectives from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office investigating a heroin overdose found Joseph J. Krouse, 33, dead from an apparent overdose at 652 Quail Lake Drive in Deerfield Twp. After...

Posted: 4 days ago

Warren County authorities are holding one suspect in connection with an overdose death involving a drug mixture known as “gray death.” Detectives from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office investigating a heroin overdose found Joseph J. Krouse, 33, dead from an apparent overdose at 652 Quail Lake Drive in Deerfield Twp. After...
Warren County senior housing development pursuing another subsidy
 Hopkins Commons, the 160-unit, $22-million senior community under construction in Warren County, is being annexed by the Village of Mainevillle. The annexation, currently pending, will enable the project - which has already been granted $10 million in subsidies - to avoid payments to the local school district in lieu of taxes set aside to...

Posted: 8 days ago

Hopkins Commons, the 160-unit, $22-million senior community under construction in Warren County, is being annexed by the Village of Mainevillle. The annexation, currently pending, will enable the project - which has already been granted $10 million in subsidies - to avoid payments to the local school district in lieu of taxes set aside to...
What we know now about attempts to demolish the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge
 A section of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge carrying Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River was still standing this week, despite four sets of explosions detonated over the past month designed to bring it down. The final ensnarled piece of the steel structure for the old southbound span still rested on the cement pier from which it had...

Posted: 8 days ago

A section of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge carrying Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River was still standing this week, despite four sets of explosions detonated over the past month designed to bring it down. The final ensnarled piece of the steel structure for the old southbound span still rested on the cement pier from which it had...
Warren County expects to OK permit for medical marijuana farm
 Warren County expects to issue a permit, perhaps this week, to grow marijuana for medical use in a rural township in the county. The permit would be used to qualify for one of up to 24 medical marijuana cultivator licenses the Ohio Department of Commerce can issue “prior to” Sept. 9, 2018, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana...

Posted: 10 days ago

Warren County expects to issue a permit, perhaps this week, to grow marijuana for medical use in a rural township in the county. The permit would be used to qualify for one of up to 24 medical marijuana cultivator licenses the Ohio Department of Commerce can issue “prior to” Sept. 9, 2018, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana...
Three inmates indicted in “quite frightening” prison melee

Posted: 12 days ago

The Warren County prosecutor described as “quite frightening” the alleged assault of six guards at the Warren Correctional Institution on Dec. 13. Three inmates at the prison west of Lebanon were indicted Monday for assaulting the guards “locking down” an imate found with “hooch” in his cell. Before the...
I-71 back open, but work still needed to demolish old bridge 
 I-71 was shut down for a third time this morning to accommodate work to remove a stubborn portion of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, but more work is required, according to Matt Bruning, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The bridge was reopened to traffic before 11 a.m. after a planned five-hour shut down. Bruning said...

Posted: 15 days ago

I-71 was shut down for a third time this morning to accommodate work to remove a stubborn portion of the old Jeremiah Morrow Bridge, but more work is required, according to Matt Bruning, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The bridge was reopened to traffic before 11 a.m. after a planned five-hour shut down. Bruning said...
60-year-old man accused of sexual conduct with 13-year-old Lebanon boy

Posted: 16 days ago

A 60-year-old man is facing charges in Warren County alleging he twice engaged in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy and stored child pornography on his cellphone. John T. Hopkins was in the county jail on Thursday on charges of illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented display and criminal child enticement. Bond was set at $20,000....
Springboro staff to meet with developers of historic farm
 Springboro officials plan to meet with the developers of the historic 101-acre Easton Farm over the next week in hopes of completing the local government’s review of the plan and a request for rezoning. On Wednesday night, staff and the city’s planning commission told Hills Properties its submissions were still lacking, preventing...

Posted: 16 days ago

Springboro officials plan to meet with the developers of the historic 101-acre Easton Farm over the next week in hopes of completing the local government’s review of the plan and a request for rezoning. On Wednesday night, staff and the city’s planning commission told Hills Properties its submissions were still lacking, preventing...
Warren County ups lodgings tax to pay for $15 million sports complex
 A 1-percent lodgings tax hike approved Tuesday in Warren County is expected to finance a $15 million sports complex anchoring a 1,400-acre planned community. RELATED: 12,000 residents, $1.5B in investment expected at Union Village The Warren County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the tax hike. A vote was delayed in...

Posted: 18 days ago

A 1-percent lodgings tax hike approved Tuesday in Warren County is expected to finance a $15 million sports complex anchoring a 1,400-acre planned community. RELATED: 12,000 residents, $1.5B in investment expected at Union Village The Warren County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the tax hike. A vote was delayed in...