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

Springboro police chief serves as chaplain during hurricane recovery
 For two weeks, Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff offered a sympathetic ear and other assistance to first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. More than 80 people died and countless injuries reported as Harvey flooded and leveled coastal and inland communities after making landfall with winds of 130 mph at Rockport, Texas...

Posted: a day ago

For two weeks, Springboro Police Chief Jeff Kruithoff offered a sympathetic ear and other assistance to first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. More than 80 people died and countless injuries reported as Harvey flooded and leveled coastal and inland communities after making landfall with winds of 130 mph at Rockport, Texas...
Hurricane response stalls central Springboro crossroads construction
 On Monday Duke Energy contractors are expected to be back at work related to a $10 million intersection project in Springboro after two weeks assisting recovery from Hurricane Irma in Florida. “Crews expect to complete the second half of utility work on the project in about two weeks,” Sally Thelen, Duke Energy spokesperson, said...

Posted: 2 days ago

On Monday Duke Energy contractors are expected to be back at work related to a $10 million intersection project in Springboro after two weeks assisting recovery from Hurricane Irma in Florida. “Crews expect to complete the second half of utility work on the project in about two weeks,” Sally Thelen, Duke Energy spokesperson, said...
Surviving victim to undergo surgery after deadly heroin-related attack
 The surviving victim of last Friday’s alleged armed robbery in South Lebanon is expected to undergo surgery for head injuries sustained in the attack, a prosecutor said. Ronnie Power remained in critical condition and is to undergo surgery for what Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell referred to as a “major, major head injury...

Posted: 2 days ago

The surviving victim of last Friday’s alleged armed robbery in South Lebanon is expected to undergo surgery for head injuries sustained in the attack, a prosecutor said. Ronnie Power remained in critical condition and is to undergo surgery for what Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell referred to as a “major, major head injury...
Mason hot-car death: Ohio has no law against leaving kids in car
 Nineteen states have laws making it illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle, but Ohio does not, according to KidsAndCars.org, a child safety nonprofit. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell announced Wednesday no charges will be pursued against Karen Osorio-Martinez, the mother who left her daughter in a vehicle at the Procter...

Posted: 4 days ago

Nineteen states have laws making it illegal to leave a child unattended in a vehicle, but Ohio does not, according to KidsAndCars.org, a child safety nonprofit. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell announced Wednesday no charges will be pursued against Karen Osorio-Martinez, the mother who left her daughter in a vehicle at the Procter...
Lebanon student detained after knife incident at high school
 A 15-year-old Lebanon High School student is in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center, charged with illegal possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone. The student, a resident of Clearcreek Twp., “did possess a knife and threaten other students at school” on Sept. 15 at Lebanon High School, according to a complaint...

Posted: 4 days ago

A 15-year-old Lebanon High School student is in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center, charged with illegal possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone. The student, a resident of Clearcreek Twp., “did possess a knife and threaten other students at school” on Sept. 15 at Lebanon High School, according to a complaint...
No charges in Mason hot car baby death: Mom ‘made a horrible mistake’
 No criminal charges will be filed in connection with Sofia Aveiro’s death on Aug. 23 after the 14-month-old girl was left for nine hours in her mother’s car in the parking lot of the P&G Mason Business Center. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said he didn’t believe the potential charges matched the legal standard...

Posted: 4 days ago

No criminal charges will be filed in connection with Sofia Aveiro’s death on Aug. 23 after the 14-month-old girl was left for nine hours in her mother’s car in the parking lot of the P&G Mason Business Center. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said he didn’t believe the potential charges matched the legal standard...
Brother is one of two charged in South Lebanon homicide
 A Warren County couple remained in the Warren County Jail on Tuesday, charged with murder in the killing of a relative Friday in South Lebanon. Christopher Kirby and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, who are married,  are charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery. Deborah Power, 63, of South Lebanon was found under...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Warren County couple remained in the Warren County Jail on Tuesday, charged with murder in the killing of a relative Friday in South Lebanon. Christopher Kirby and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, who are married, are charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery. Deborah Power, 63, of South Lebanon was found under...
Warren County lodging tax to finance $15M sports complex
 The lodging tax that funds the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be pledged to pay off debt on a $15 million sports complex to be built west of Lebanon. This morning, the county commissioners agreed to pledge the 3 percent lodgings tax, as well as 1 percent recently added, to fund the Warren County Sports Park at Union Village...

Posted: 5 days ago

The lodging tax that funds the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be pledged to pay off debt on a $15 million sports complex to be built west of Lebanon. This morning, the county commissioners agreed to pledge the 3 percent lodgings tax, as well as 1 percent recently added, to fund the Warren County Sports Park at Union Village...
Lebanon lawyer accused of misconduct in handling veteran’s estate
 A long-time Lebanon lawyer has been accused of misconduct in his representation of the family of an Army veteran who committed suicide after the attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct on Monday announced David Ernst would face formal disciplinary proceedings in the case filed by the Warren...

Posted: 6 days ago

A long-time Lebanon lawyer has been accused of misconduct in his representation of the family of an Army veteran who committed suicide after the attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct on Monday announced David Ernst would face formal disciplinary proceedings in the case filed by the Warren...
Warren County couple being held on bond in woman’s slaying
 A Warren County couple has been arraigned in connection with the killing of a South Lebanon woman on Friday. Bond for Christopher G. Kirby, 38, and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, was set at $250,000 during hearings Tuesday in Warren County Court. They are both charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery. The deceased...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Warren County couple has been arraigned in connection with the killing of a South Lebanon woman on Friday. Bond for Christopher G. Kirby, 38, and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, was set at $250,000 during hearings Tuesday in Warren County Court. They are both charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery. The deceased...
Judge halts murder trial in Warren County Christmas Day killing
 A murder trial already in the jury selection phase was postponed Monday because of questions about a defense attorney’s ability to represent his client. Judge Robert Peeler continued the trial after calling the lawyers and Zackary Lee Wilson back into the courtroom during a break in jury selection. Wilson is accused of murdering Jeremy...

Posted: 6 days ago

A murder trial already in the jury selection phase was postponed Monday because of questions about a defense attorney’s ability to represent his client. Judge Robert Peeler continued the trial after calling the lawyers and Zackary Lee Wilson back into the courtroom during a break in jury selection. Wilson is accused of murdering Jeremy...