Rick McCrabb

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Middletown City Schools, Madison Local Schools, Carlisle Local School and Middletown non-profits

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Butler County homeless shelter expects ‘tremendous’ need this year
 One coordinator of a Middletown church-based homeless shelter said he expects the need for services to be “tremendous” this winter, one year after setting records for the number of clients served. Bill Fugate, from Serving Homeless with Alternate Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM), said he has been contacted by local agencies interested...

Posted: 18 hours ago

One coordinator of a Middletown church-based homeless shelter said he expects the need for services to be “tremendous” this winter, one year after setting records for the number of clients served. Bill Fugate, from Serving Homeless with Alternate Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM), said he has been contacted by local agencies interested...
Cat recovering after being shot with arrow in Middletown
 A female cat that was shot with an arrow is having surgery today at Monroe Family Pet Hospital, according to Meg Melampy, president of a Butler County animal rescue. Melampy said she was notified by a Middletown resident that a cat — later named Arrow — was shot and needed to be rescued. Since the arrow was about 12 inches long...

Posted: 3 days ago

A female cat that was shot with an arrow is having surgery today at Monroe Family Pet Hospital, according to Meg Melampy, president of a Butler County animal rescue. Melampy said she was notified by a Middletown resident that a cat — later named Arrow — was shot and needed to be rescued. Since the arrow was about 12 inches long...
Middletown YMCA celebrates 100th anniversary with ‘monumental event’
 One of the pillars of downtown Middletown recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a “monumental event,” said Angela Howard, executive director of the Middletown Area YMCA. On Saturday, there was a reunion for current and former members and directors, but most of all, as a fundraiser for the Urban Youth Endowment Fund, which...

Posted: 3 days ago

One of the pillars of downtown Middletown recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a “monumental event,” said Angela Howard, executive director of the Middletown Area YMCA. On Saturday, there was a reunion for current and former members and directors, but most of all, as a fundraiser for the Urban Youth Endowment Fund, which...
West Chester woman dedicates 20 years to counseling the grieving
 When you’ve accomplished what Sheila Munafo-Kanoza has for 20 years, people tend to notice. So it’s no surprise that her tiny office in the basement of a professional building on Cincinnati-Dayton Road is lined with awards and plaques. If you’re on a committee that recognizes a Woman of the Year, and you haven’t presented...

Posted: 4 days ago

When you’ve accomplished what Sheila Munafo-Kanoza has for 20 years, people tend to notice. So it’s no surprise that her tiny office in the basement of a professional building on Cincinnati-Dayton Road is lined with awards and plaques. If you’re on a committee that recognizes a Woman of the Year, and you haven’t presented...
3 groups spend $30,000 to improve Middletown’s Smith Park
 If cities want to “elevate their perceptions,” they must invest in their parks, said David Pearce, treasurer of the Ohio Balloon Challenge in Middletown. That’s exactly what three local organizations and the city of Middletown accomplished recently when a 41,000-square foot parking area at Smith Park was repaved. Light Up...

Posted: 4 days ago

If cities want to “elevate their perceptions,” they must invest in their parks, said David Pearce, treasurer of the Ohio Balloon Challenge in Middletown. That’s exactly what three local organizations and the city of Middletown accomplished recently when a 41,000-square foot parking area at Smith Park was repaved. Light Up...
Night of drinking leads to assault, OVI charges for Middletown man
 After a night of drinking, two men got into an argument that led to one of them to being charged with felonious assault and OVI, according to Middletown police. Austin Napier, 23, of Middletown was charged with the crimes Sunday morning and placed in Middletown City Jail, according to a police report. MORE: Middletown rescue: Dead animals...

Posted: 5 days ago

After a night of drinking, two men got into an argument that led to one of them to being charged with felonious assault and OVI, according to Middletown police. Austin Napier, 23, of Middletown was charged with the crimes Sunday morning and placed in Middletown City Jail, according to a police report. MORE: Middletown rescue: Dead animals...
Butler County Sports Hall of Fame inducts 11
 The 36th class to be inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame is “well rounded” and represents a diverse sports background, said Stu Eversole, chairman. He said the inductees played in a “broad spectrum” of sports and excelled as high school and college athletes or improved athletic complexes in Butler County...

Posted: 5 days ago

The 36th class to be inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame is “well rounded” and represents a diverse sports background, said Stu Eversole, chairman. He said the inductees played in a “broad spectrum” of sports and excelled as high school and college athletes or improved athletic complexes in Butler County...
Middletown rescue: Dead animals on tracks ‘makings of serial killer’
 The president of a Middletown animal rescue said it’s “disturbing” that someone may be killing animals and dumping them near railroad tracks. Meg Melampy of Joseph’s Legacy said neighbors along the train tracks near Vannest Avenue have reported finding animals, from cats to canines, dead along the tracks. Melampy doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

The president of a Middletown animal rescue said it’s “disturbing” that someone may be killing animals and dumping them near railroad tracks. Meg Melampy of Joseph’s Legacy said neighbors along the train tracks near Vannest Avenue have reported finding animals, from cats to canines, dead along the tracks. Melampy doesn&rsquo...
Middletown churches learn how to better secure their buildings
 Pastors said after meeting with representatives from the Middletown Division of Police they left better prepared in case an active shooter enters their church. The meeting between the police and church leaders was arranged by Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw on the heels of the Texas church shooting on Nov. 5 that left 26 people dead...

Posted: 10 days ago

Pastors said after meeting with representatives from the Middletown Division of Police they left better prepared in case an active shooter enters their church. The meeting between the police and church leaders was arranged by Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw on the heels of the Texas church shooting on Nov. 5 that left 26 people dead...
Middletown bridge reopens after crash between 2 semis
 The Ohio 122 bridge reopened at 11 a.m. today following a semi crash that closed the bridge between Middletown and Madison Twp. for most of the morning. Justin Hardesty, one of the drivers of a semi involved in this morning’s crash said he is “lucky to be alive.” Hardesty said he was driving over the bridge on Ohio 122 after...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Ohio 122 bridge reopened at 11 a.m. today following a semi crash that closed the bridge between Middletown and Madison Twp. for most of the morning. Justin Hardesty, one of the drivers of a semi involved in this morning’s crash said he is “lucky to be alive.” Hardesty said he was driving over the bridge on Ohio 122 after...
New details on Middletown man killed in wrong-way crash
 The Middletown man killed this week in a wrong-way crash died of multiple traumatic injuries and his death was ruled an accident, according to new information released today by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. The coroner’s office released its autopsy results today. Alex Johnson, 30, was driving a Pontiac G6 east — the...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Middletown man killed this week in a wrong-way crash died of multiple traumatic injuries and his death was ruled an accident, according to new information released today by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. The coroner’s office released its autopsy results today. Alex Johnson, 30, was driving a Pontiac G6 east — the...