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2 battles for first responders today: Fire and dangerous weather
 Middletown firefighters and police officers fought two battles Tuesday morning: A house fire at 1113 Young St. and the dangerous winter weather. Temperatures were near 5 degrees as firefighters fought a second-floor fire in a duplex. The temperatures and icy conditions made a “tough job tougher,” said Middletown Deputy Fire Chief...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Middletown firefighters and police officers fought two battles Tuesday morning: A house fire at 1113 Young St. and the dangerous winter weather. Temperatures were near 5 degrees as firefighters fought a second-floor fire in a duplex. The temperatures and icy conditions made a “tough job tougher,” said Middletown Deputy Fire Chief...
Dogs, cats rescued from burning Middletown duplex
 Steven Piersall, 33, of Middletown, said he was driving on Tuesday morning when he saw “a bunch of black smoke” coming from a Young Street residence.  He quickly pulled his car off the road and ran to the front door. He heard women screaming and called 911 to report someone may be trapped inside the burning home.  Instead...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Steven Piersall, 33, of Middletown, said he was driving on Tuesday morning when he saw “a bunch of black smoke” coming from a Young Street residence.  He quickly pulled his car off the road and ran to the front door. He heard women screaming and called 911 to report someone may be trapped inside the burning home.  Instead...
Barbers more like brothers than co-workers — for 50 years
 While the world around them has changed — from the city to Roosevelt Boulevard to the shopping center — life seems to have stood still inside the Squire Barber Shop. No one ever walked in and said: “I like what you guys have done with this place.” There are two leather green couches in the waiting area. They&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

While the world around them has changed — from the city to Roosevelt Boulevard to the shopping center — life seems to have stood still inside the Squire Barber Shop. No one ever walked in and said: “I like what you guys have done with this place.” There are two leather green couches in the waiting area. They&rsquo...
Bond set at $250,000 for robbery suspect who acted ‘strange’
 Bond was set at $250,000 for an Indiana man who faces up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for stealing $280 from a Middletown drug store. Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron set the bond that high because of the “serious nature” of the charges, he said this morning during the arraignment for Brenden Parker...

Posted: 4 days ago

Bond was set at $250,000 for an Indiana man who faces up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for stealing $280 from a Middletown drug store. Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron set the bond that high because of the “serious nature” of the charges, he said this morning during the arraignment for Brenden Parker...
$3K stolen when someone gets into night deposit box slot in Middletown
 More than $3,000 in money orders, checks and cash were reported stolen recently from the night deposit box at Shady Creek Apartments, 3910 Roosevelt Blvd. in Middletown, according to police. An office manager told police that the money orders were checked on Jan. 3, but when they returned the next morning, some of them were missing, according...

Posted: 4 days ago

More than $3,000 in money orders, checks and cash were reported stolen recently from the night deposit box at Shady Creek Apartments, 3910 Roosevelt Blvd. in Middletown, according to police. An office manager told police that the money orders were checked on Jan. 3, but when they returned the next morning, some of them were missing, according...
How you can get involved in recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day
 The region will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day throughout the weekend with a number of events. They include featured speakers and marches planned through Monday. MORE TRENDING NEWS:
            
               Kroger to celebrate Fiona the Hippo’s first birthday with special items Friday Tammy Kernodle will be the featured speaker...

Posted: 5 days ago

The region will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day throughout the weekend with a number of events. They include featured speakers and marches planned through Monday. MORE TRENDING NEWS: Kroger to celebrate Fiona the Hippo’s first birthday with special items Friday Tammy Kernodle will be the featured speaker...
How beet juice is helping road crews prepare for coming severe weather
 Road crews throughout the region are preparing for a potentially treacherous coating of ice and layer of snow that could impact power lines and make driving hazardous in the coming days. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 7 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday. » Winter storm timeline: When the storm will hit where you live Snow accumulations...

Posted: 5 days ago

Road crews throughout the region are preparing for a potentially treacherous coating of ice and layer of snow that could impact power lines and make driving hazardous in the coming days. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from 7 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday. » Winter storm timeline: When the storm will hit where you live Snow accumulations...
Indiana man arrested after K-9 pursuit for robbing Middletown pharmacy
 UPDATED@3:15 p.m.: The alleged robber pulled out a black handgun and told the female clerk: “Give me the money in the cash register and I will not harm you,” according to the Middletown police report. The cashier told the alleged thief she couldn’t do that and he repeated: “I do not want to hurt you. Give me the money...

Posted: 5 days ago

UPDATED@3:15 p.m.: The alleged robber pulled out a black handgun and told the female clerk: “Give me the money in the cash register and I will not harm you,” according to the Middletown police report. The cashier told the alleged thief she couldn’t do that and he repeated: “I do not want to hurt you. Give me the money...
'I don’t believe it myself': Ohio breast cancer survivor, former teacher turns 104
 To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.” Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, Ohio, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door...

Posted: 5 days ago

To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.” Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, Ohio, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door...
Thief steals cash, 2 beers, cigarettes, bong from Middletown carry-out
 A man allegedly broke into a Middletown carry-out and stole $2,000 in cash and checks, two beers, cigarettes and a bong, according to the Middletown police reports. The suspect broke out the front door glass at Max’s Mart, 2020 Tytus Ave., around 6:15 a.m. Saturday, the report said. Once inside the store, the thief, heavily dressed...

Posted: 7 days ago

A man allegedly broke into a Middletown carry-out and stole $2,000 in cash and checks, two beers, cigarettes and a bong, according to the Middletown police reports. The suspect broke out the front door glass at Max’s Mart, 2020 Tytus Ave., around 6:15 a.m. Saturday, the report said. Once inside the store, the thief, heavily dressed...
‘I don’t believe it myself’: Madison Twp. ‘survivor’ and former teacher turns 104
 To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.” Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door for 18 hours as...

Posted: 7 days ago

To celebrate being 104 years old, like Ruth Ann Slade did Tuesday afternoon, one must have good genes and what her friend called “inner strength.” Slade, who spent 37 years as a first- and second-grade teacher in Poasttown, has beaten breast cancer twice and persevered after her leg was pinned under a patio door for 18 hours as...
‘That was my everything’: Two taxi vans damaged by suspected arsonist
 Middletown police and fire officials are investigating a possible arson fire Monday morning that destroyed two taxi service vans. Police were called to the 3000 block of Seneca Street at 4:30 a.m. on a report that a van was on fire. While en route, firefighters were told two vans were on fire, and when they arrived, the vans were “fully...

Posted: 7 days ago

Middletown police and fire officials are investigating a possible arson fire Monday morning that destroyed two taxi service vans. Police were called to the 3000 block of Seneca Street at 4:30 a.m. on a report that a van was on fire. While en route, firefighters were told two vans were on fire, and when they arrived, the vans were “fully...
Homeless shelter busy as severe winter weather blankets the area
 A church-based homeless shelter in Middletown remains busy as 22 residents received assistance from the bitter cold temperatures and wintry mix on Sunday night. Serving Homeless Alternate Housing Of Middletown (SHALOM) just completed its sixth week of its 15-week schedule, said Bill Fugate, one of the coordinators. The agency has served 56...

Posted: 8 days ago

A church-based homeless shelter in Middletown remains busy as 22 residents received assistance from the bitter cold temperatures and wintry mix on Sunday night. Serving Homeless Alternate Housing Of Middletown (SHALOM) just completed its sixth week of its 15-week schedule, said Bill Fugate, one of the coordinators. The agency has served 56...
The must-dos of 2018: 20 amazing local things you should commit to doing this year
 Among your other New Year’s resolutions for 2018, don’t forget to live a little. Here are some very unique things you should commit to do this year in our region. 1. Eat through the donut trail. The Butler County Donut Trail highlights small, family-run doughnut shops. A Donut Trail passport is available for fans to log their...

Posted: 8 days ago

Among your other New Year’s resolutions for 2018, don’t forget to live a little. Here are some very unique things you should commit to do this year in our region. 1. Eat through the donut trail. The Butler County Donut Trail highlights small, family-run doughnut shops. A Donut Trail passport is available for fans to log their...
These 10 people were the most intriguing in the area in 2017 — and their stories are amazing
 Readers often ask why I have stayed at the Journal-News for 30 years. It’s a simple answer: The people. Whether it was 1987 when I started at the Middletown Journal as a sports reporter, my years as a feature writer or now my time as a columnist and Middletown reporter, I have always enjoyed writing about people. Every year, I read...

Posted: 11 days ago

Readers often ask why I have stayed at the Journal-News for 30 years. It’s a simple answer: The people. Whether it was 1987 when I started at the Middletown Journal as a sports reporter, my years as a feature writer or now my time as a columnist and Middletown reporter, I have always enjoyed writing about people. Every year, I read...
Driver: Someone shot at my car in Middletown
 Two people called Middletown police this morning and said someone fired at least one shot at their car in the area of Mohawk Street and Waneta Avenue, though police were unable to find any shell casings or damage to the car. MORE TRENDING NEWS » Oxford taxi driver accused of rape back in jail » Owners to be charged after dog found...

Posted: 12 days ago

Two people called Middletown police this morning and said someone fired at least one shot at their car in the area of Mohawk Street and Waneta Avenue, though police were unable to find any shell casings or damage to the car. MORE TRENDING NEWS » Oxford taxi driver accused of rape back in jail » Owners to be charged after dog found...
Police remove woman, dog from ‘unlivable’ home in Middletown
 Middletown police contacted Social Services and removed a dog after they found that a Middletown woman was residing in an “unlivable” home in the 4200 block of Vannest Avenue. A complainant contacted police and said she was concerned for the 77-year-old woman and her dog, according to the police report. When police went to the...

Posted: 13 days ago

Middletown police contacted Social Services and removed a dog after they found that a Middletown woman was residing in an “unlivable” home in the 4200 block of Vannest Avenue. A complainant contacted police and said she was concerned for the 77-year-old woman and her dog, according to the police report. When police went to the...
New Year’s Eve gunpoint robbery one of two investigated in Middletown
 Thieves stole $3,250 during two recent robberies in Middletown, according to police reports. A man who lives in the 500 block of Baltimore Street told police that two men robbed him of $2,500 at gunpoint at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. RELATED: Crime news impacted the Butler County community in 2017 He told police that as he was walking...

Posted: 14 days ago

Thieves stole $3,250 during two recent robberies in Middletown, according to police reports. A man who lives in the 500 block of Baltimore Street told police that two men robbed him of $2,500 at gunpoint at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. RELATED: Crime news impacted the Butler County community in 2017 He told police that as he was walking...
Homeless shelter gets heartwarming donation from famous Middletown family
 Bill Fugate, a coordinator at the Middletown church-based shelter, said a generous donation from the Schwarber family was “a real blessing” and it illustrated how they wanted to help others this holiday season. Kyle Schwarber, a Middletown native who plays for the Chicago Cubs delivered a truckload of goods on Dec. 26 to the office...

Posted: 14 days ago

Bill Fugate, a coordinator at the Middletown church-based shelter, said a generous donation from the Schwarber family was “a real blessing” and it illustrated how they wanted to help others this holiday season. Kyle Schwarber, a Middletown native who plays for the Chicago Cubs delivered a truckload of goods on Dec. 26 to the office...
Fiscal officer says she’s ‘ready’ to replace longtime predecessor in Fairfield Twp. job
 Shelly Schultz understands the challenges facing her as she takes over as fiscal officer in Fairfield Twp., replacing Nancy Bock, who died on Nov. 29, 2017. Bock served as fiscal officer since 1999, and Schultz said Bock understandably ran the finance office a certain way. Schultz eventually hopes to streamline the accounting process and...

Posted: 14 days ago

Shelly Schultz understands the challenges facing her as she takes over as fiscal officer in Fairfield Twp., replacing Nancy Bock, who died on Nov. 29, 2017. Bock served as fiscal officer since 1999, and Schultz said Bock understandably ran the finance office a certain way. Schultz eventually hopes to streamline the accounting process and...
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