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Sunset pool could open for summer swimmers

1:10 AM Tuesday, May. 04, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — One year after pulling the plug on Sunset Pool, Park Board members encouraged a local businesswoman to proceed with a proposal to operate the facility this summer. Board members unanimously voted to encourage Cathy Shepherd, who owns S & S Construction and Pools, to bring her plan to open and operate the pool before City...
Canal Museum gets a facelift

2:33 AM Monday, May. 03, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Between vandals and termites, volunteers have been battling both man and beast to clean up Middletown’s Canal Museum for summer visitors. Crews recently applied a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the historic museum, located at 1605 N. Verity Parkway, something members of the Middletown Historical Society&rsquo...
Madison fire levy back on ballot

5:55 AM Saturday, May. 01, 2010

MADISON TWP. — A 2-mill fire and emergency-services levy that failed last November on a narrow 26-vote margin will come before voters for a second time next week. Madison Twp. residents will vote Tuesday, May 4, whether to provide the department with an additional $394,000 in funding per year, just six months after an identical levy...
Victim fatally stabbed 3 times in knife fight outside bar, detective says

2:53 AM Thursday, Apr. 29, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Beneath a flickering light in the parking lot of the Take a Break Lounge on April 21, a 30-year-old man fatally stabbed another man in the heart with a large pocketknife, Middletown detectives said. Detective David Swartzel testified in Middletown Municipal Court on Wednesday, April 28, about security footage allegedly...
Man killed in SUV, semi crash

7:01 AM Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2010

MADISON TWP. — Two Butler County residents were killed Tuesday morning, April 27, in separate head-on crashes that involved semitrucks hitting vehicles that crossed the roadways’ center lines. Timothy R. Henry Sr., 34, of Middletown, was traveling east on Ohio 122 at about 10:30 a.m. in Madison Twp. when his 2002 Ford Escape crossed...
Parr nabs Clerk of the Year award

12:29 AM Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Clerk of Council Betsy Parr has been named Clerk of the Year through the Ohio Municipal Clerks Association. Parr, who has worked in Middletown’s City Council office for 20 years, was nominated for the second time this year. She was last up for the statewide honor in 2008. The award was presented during the OMCA&rsquo...
$18M facility could bring 69 jobs to Middletown

12:26 AM Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — A Houston-based metal coating and metal building component manufacturing company is looking at investing nearly $18 million to create a facility in Middletown. NCI Building Systems Inc. is considering repurposing a Yankee Road facility to house a local branch of their international manufacturing operation. The company appeared...
City upping recycling, document disposal efforts

12:23 AM Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — In the wake of confidential city documents turning up in a recycling Dumpster in Smith Park last month, city officials are stepping up efforts to be green while remaining mindful of sensitive information. City Manager Judy Gilleland said a plan to broaden Middletown’s recycling options has been “in the works...
City could face bankruptcy if public safety levy is not renewed

4:54 AM Sunday, Apr. 25, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Should the city be unable to renew its quarter-percent public safety levy in 2012, it could be bankrupt by the end of 2013. City Manager Judy Gilleland said Middletown has taken a double hit when it comes to funding public safety. Both the general fund income tax revenues and public safety levy revenues are down as a result...
Reference librarians stay busy even in age of Google

4:50 AM Sunday, Apr. 25, 2010

OXFORD — “Do you have the latest Danielle Steel book?” “Who is the district manager at Kroger?” “What is the weather like in New York?” No two questions are alike for a reference librarian, meaning each day on the job is a drastically different affair. Rebecca Smith, branch manager at the Oxford Lane...
Man accused of killing daughter 27 years ago arrested in area
 MIDDLETOWN — Local police played a role in ending a manhunt nearly three decades in the making. Middletown police arrested Charles Austin, 56, Wednesday evening, April 21, at Legends bar, 1234 Central Ave. He was wanted on suspicion of smothering his 5-year-old daughter 27 years ago in Southern California. The arrest came only one day...

1:15 AM Saturday, Apr. 24, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Local police played a role in ending a manhunt nearly three decades in the making. Middletown police arrested Charles Austin, 56, Wednesday evening, April 21, at Legends bar, 1234 Central Ave. He was wanted on suspicion of smothering his 5-year-old daughter 27 years ago in Southern California. The arrest came only one day...
Accused kitten killer denied reduction in bond

1:07 AM Saturday, Apr. 24, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — A 61-year-old charged with killing his ex-girlfriend’s kitten with a knife and baseball bat was in court Friday, April 23, for a pretrial hearing. Ernest Burton, a resident of Curtis Street, asked Judge Mark Wall to reduce the $8,000 bond keeping him in jail and allow him to pay his rent and seek medical attention...
Verbal spat preceded fatal stabbing
 MIDDLETOWN — The fatal stabbing outside of a Middletown bar Wednesday was likely the result of “mouthing off,” according to police. Det. David Swartzel said investigation is ongoing in the stabbing death of 21-year-old Deionte Robinson, but police believe the incident stemmed from a verbal altercation between Robinson and...

2:15 AM Friday, Apr. 23, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — The fatal stabbing outside of a Middletown bar Wednesday was likely the result of “mouthing off,” according to police. Det. David Swartzel said investigation is ongoing in the stabbing death of 21-year-old Deionte Robinson, but police believe the incident stemmed from a verbal altercation between Robinson and...
City rings in Earth Day with Douglass Park renovations

10:01 PM Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — After more than six months, city officials and volunteers gathered in the newly-renovated Douglass Park to celebrate Earth Day. Steve Lewis, owner of Lewis Horticulture and field coordinator for the revitalization effort, said the original concept was to get members of the greens business in the local community to &ldquo...
Man died of stabbed wounds, coroner says
 MIDDLETOWN — Deionte Robinson, 21, of Middletown, died of multiple stab wounds, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office this morning, April 22. Robinson was allegedly stabbed by Clem Howard, 30, of Middletown, Wednesday, April 21 outside of a Jackson Lane bar. Howard is accused of fatally stabbing Robinson during an altercation...

2:33 PM Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Deionte Robinson, 21, of Middletown, died of multiple stab wounds, according to the Warren County Coroner’s Office this morning, April 22. Robinson was allegedly stabbed by Clem Howard, 30, of Middletown, Wednesday, April 21 outside of a Jackson Lane bar. Howard is accused of fatally stabbing Robinson during an altercation...
Driver strikes baby stroller at intersection

11:31 PM Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2010

OXFORD — Lindsay Swift was preparing to push a stroller carrying her 1-year-old daughter Makayla across the intersection of Chestnut and Locust streets when she “felt like somebody punched me in the stomach.” A sedan driven by an unidentified Miami University sophomore collided hit her stroller in the midst of executing...
Council lays down plan to fill Armbruster's 1st Ward seat

2:19 AM Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — The process is officially under way to fill the vacant 1st Ward seat on Middletown City Council. Mayor Larry Mulligan announced Tuesday night, April 20, the application process “will begin immediately,” encouraging those interested to submit an application for the seat, a cover letter and a resume to the city&rsquo...
Woman with parrot perched on face arrested after throwing inhaler

1:00 PM Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — A 49-year-old woman was arrested as police claim she nearly struck an officer with a thrown inhaler. Janice McCoy-Nuttle, of the 900 block of Beech Street, was laying in a bed surrounded by as many as seven Chihuahaus and 10 cages filled with birds. Police report a white parrot was standing on her forehead at the time,...
$1M to demolish buildings? Council members question decision
 MIDDLETOWN — Council members not in office when the group declared its intent to raze the downtown parking garage seem unsure about supporting the project. A pair of ordinances securing nearly $1 million in financing and authorizing the demolition of the parking garage and construction of a new surface lot will come before council for...

2:13 AM Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — Council members not in office when the group declared its intent to raze the downtown parking garage seem unsure about supporting the project. A pair of ordinances securing nearly $1 million in financing and authorizing the demolition of the parking garage and construction of a new surface lot will come before council for...
Police seizing more cars

2:05 AM Monday, Apr. 19, 2010

MIDDLETOWN — The city is looking to convert the former Orman building site into an impound lot, using the additional space to offset more stringent driving laws. City Manager Judy Gilleland said police have been taking possession of and towing an increased number of vehicles as a result of new driving under the influence and driving...
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