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Middletown to develop new city transportation plan

Another component in the development of Middletown’s new master plan will start in the coming weeks. Middletown City Council has approved a contract with WSP USA Inc., of Cincinnati, to create Middletown’s Transportation Plan for inclusion into the new City Master Plan under development. The contract is not exceed $72,000 and is currently funded in the 2018 city budget. A second phase...


Severe winds damage Light Up Middletown archway

Severe winds damage Light Up Middletown archway

Mother Nature was not kind to the Grandpa Gang’s efforts as Saturday’s severe winds damaged the Light Up Middletown entry archway tunnel at Smith Park. A group of the Grandpa Gang was already on the scene early Sunday afternoon taking apart sections of the 80-foot long archway tunnel which is the gateway to the annual holiday lighting event which features 50 to 60 lighted displays. MORE...
Ohio Issue 1 hot topic during Butler County budget talks

Ohio Issue 1 hot topic during Butler County budget talks

Talk turned to State Issue 1 on the November ballot several times while Butler County officials discussed 2019 spending plans last week. Voters on Nov. 6 will decide whether they want a constitutional amendment that makes possessing or using drugs like fentanyl, heroin, meth, cocaine, LSD and other controlled substances a misdemeanor rather than felony offense. Other provisions also make punishment...
Macaron, pastry franchise to open in Liberty Center

Macaron, pastry franchise to open in Liberty Center

Butler County is getting a French-inspired patisserie’s first Ohio location. Le Macaron French Pastries is slated to open this December on Bales Street at Liberty Center between Torrid and Lush and across the street from Forever 21. Although the business serves a wide array of gelato, cakes, specialty European-style coffees, classic French pastries and homemade candies, the macaron is Le Macaron&rsquo...
Lakota East seniors building prosthetic hand for 4-year-old girl

Lakota East seniors building prosthetic hand for 4-year-old girl

Four-year-old Hansika Hamre has a rare genetic condition that caused her to be born without a right hand. Now, four seniors from Lakota East High School are using advanced technology to give her a new one. MORE: This Lakota program is growing, and it’s helping students gain a huge variety of experiences According to her parents, Hansika is a very active little girl. “She climbs ladders...
Award-winning author visits Hamilton as part of One City One Book

Award-winning author visits Hamilton as part of One City One Book

The Lane Libraries and One City One Book welcome author Emily St. John Mandel on Oct. 22 for a discussion of this year’s One City One Book selection, “Station Eleven.” “Station Eleven,” which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, was chosen for the second installment of Hamilton’s month-long...
AK CARES, Grandpa Gang work to get Light Up Middletown ready

AK CARES, Grandpa Gang work to get Light Up Middletown ready

About 30 AK CARES volunteers recently teamed up with the 15-member Grandpa Gang to begin setting up some of the several dozen displays that are part of Light Up Middletown. Lisa Jester, AK Steel’s corporate manager for communications and public relations, said while AK Steel employees have always given back to the community for decades, the AK CARES employee volunteer program continues to encourage...
Wild Bistro returns after ownership change, shutdown

Wild Bistro returns after ownership change, shutdown

Wild Bistro restaurant has been a High Street fixture for a decade, but a change of ownership with a complete shutdown as a result made residents wonder about the return to business. There is no more wondering to be done. It is offering a menu of Asian favorites with an American touch in hopes of satisfying those of both continents. They were welcomed as the newest members of the Oxford Chamber of...
Ghost walks and more: 8 Butler County events to check out this week

Ghost walks and more: 8 Butler County events to check out this week

Here are 10 events to check out the week of Oct. 21-27: This educational, family-oriented Halloween event will feature an “autumn market,” with local artists, crafters, and vendors, live music by the Jericho Old Time Band, and an interactive “creepy creature” exhibit, featuring snakes, spiders, and rats courtesy of a local naturalist. Check it out at Oxford Community Arts Center...
2 Butler County agencies lauded for fiscal transformation

2 Butler County agencies lauded for fiscal transformation

The Butler County commissioners had high praise for two agencies that were floundering a few years ago and are now flourishing but frugal. During budget hearings last year Lisa Guliano warned commissioners the Board of Developmental Disabilities would be on the ballot with a levy question this year. Monday she announced the department is in sound financial shape and likely won’t need to seek...
Middletown buying more blighted properties for demolition

Middletown buying more blighted properties for demolition

Middletown on Tuesday approved an additional $150,000 to purchase blighted property for demolition as the deadline looms toward the possibility of losing federal funding. The Journal-News reported last week that Butler County has until mid-December to spend nearly $1 million tearing down eyesores in Hamilton and Middletown, or the federal funds will be lost. The county was awarded $4.3 million in...
New hotel planned at I-75 interchange in Monroe

New hotel planned at I-75 interchange in Monroe

A new 100-room hotel and retail center are the first phase of a firm’s plans to develop 40 acres for commercial use just off of Interstate 75’s Monroe exit. Cincinnati Commercial Contracting plans to bring a new, limited-service or extended-stay hotel to the area just north of the corner of Ohio 63 and Senate Drive in Monroe, about a half-mile from Cincinnati Premium Outlets. The hotel...
TODAY: Middletown ALDI reopening includes free samples, chance to win groceries

TODAY: Middletown ALDI reopening includes free samples, chance to win groceries

ALDI will reopen its Middletown location today, Oct. 19, with a new look and an opportunity to win free groceries. The store at 3634 S. Dixie Highway is offering shoppers a chance to win a year’s supply of ALDI produce and to sample ALDI exclusive brand products as part of its reopening festivities. The Middletown store first opened in May 2009. Its remodeling is part of the company’s...
Students warned of ‘digital tattoos’ that can ruin futures

Students warned of ‘digital tattoos’ that can ruin futures

Abusive or careless social media postings by teens can turn into harmful “digital tattoos,” warn local school officials. An inappropriate online posting — especially an abusive one — can be a self-mutilation of an otherwise pristine digital bio that could haunt students through adulthood. To combat this growing dilemma, recent months have seen school officials in Butler and...
Middletown plans slight increase in public safety budget

Middletown plans slight increase in public safety budget

Middletown’s public safety departments will see a slight funding increase in 2019 if the proposed budget is approved next month. MORE: Middletown unveils part of 2019 budget Finance Director Jake Burton said the 2019 public safety budget is about $22.42 million for 2019, about a 0.6 percent increase over the 2018 budget of $22.28 million. Broken down by divisions, the Division of Police is budgeted...
3 hiring events TODAY in Butler County

3 hiring events TODAY in Butler County

OhioMeansJobs-Butler County will hosts three hiring events today at its offices at 4631 Dixie Highway in Fairfield. MORE: Holiday job openings reach records as retailers anticipate increased sales Amazon’s hiring event is slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, and again during the same hours on Oct. 26. Amazon is accepting applications at www.amazon.com/cvgjobs. Walk-ins are welcome, but applicants...
Chief: Damages estimate $50K in garage fire at Springboro home 

Chief: Damages estimate $50K in garage fire at Springboro home 

UPDATE @ 3 a.m: Damage estimates are expected to be around $50,000 after a fire started in the garage at a Springboro home Friday morning. According to Chief Steve Agenbroad with the Clearcreek Twp. Fire District, residents at the home on Westchester Court say they plugged in remote control cars in the attached garage before going to bed around 11 p.m. and a few hours later were awoken by smoke...
Hurricane Michael: Xenia firefighter lands in Florida to help parents, others

Hurricane Michael: Xenia firefighter lands in Florida to help parents, others

Firefighter A.J. Smith left Friday morning and arrived in Florida early Saturday morning to help distribute donated items to Hurricane Michael victims. Those items were gone within 24 hours.  Smith talked to News Center 7’s James Buechele Sunday about how things were coming along down in Florida. “It’s slow going. Everybody’s out working. The fire department has a list...
Mother: Someone must speak up to solve teen daughter’s homicide

Mother: Someone must speak up to solve teen daughter’s homicide

Stephanie Garcia-Tovar remembers the last text she sent to her daughter Sydney on July 23, and the anguish minutes later of a message telling her the 16-year-old had been shot. The teen, who had just graduated from graduated from Hamilton City Schools’ Miami School as part of an independent learning program, was shot in the head while in the parking lot of Tyler’s Creek Apartments in Fairfield...
Funk music will get you moving at Fitton Center this weekend

Funk music will get you moving at Fitton Center this weekend

The Just Strange Brothers Band return to the Fitton Center for Creative Arts this weekend for Kickin’ Some Brass — a show that will feature a 12-piece band, including a five-piece horn section and singers.  The concert will pay tribute to bands like Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Sly & the Family Stone and more. Here’s what you can expect Saturday night: Music from some of the...
Stolen vehicle chase in Middletown ends with 2 arrests in Liberty Twp.

Stolen vehicle chase in Middletown ends with 2 arrests in Liberty Twp.

A stolen truck chase that began Sunday morning in Middletown ended in Liberty Twp. with two suspects located at a grocery store and a restaurant. Middletown Police Officer Holly Owens ran the plates of a Nissan Frontier at about 11 a.m. on South Verity Parkway near Lafayette Avenue. Information returned listed the truck as stolen from Blanchester. MORE: Butler County man killed in rush-hour crash...
17 Hamilton area educators each receive $1,000 grant

17 Hamilton area educators each receive $1,000 grant

A total of 17 educators will be recognized today, Oct. 18, when the 16th annual Harry T. Wilks Hamilton Celebrates Education event is celebrated. All 17 educators being honored will receive a $1,000 grant from the Hamilton Community Foundation for use in their classroom or school. Each school chose an Educator of Excellence to be recognized in 2018. The honorees are: • Bridget Adams, intervention...
5 reasons you can’t miss Pyramid Hill’s Zombie Ball

5 reasons you can’t miss Pyramid Hill’s Zombie Ball

Organizers of the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum like to say the annual Zombie Ball gives folks an opportunity to either see a different side of the park or just see it for the first time (the event naturally tends to attract younger visitors). Here are our top five reasons to attend the Zombie Ball on Saturday, Oct. 20: Want to arrive at the ball in style? Given the theme, it shouldn&rsquo...
3 Butler County courts start own probation operation

3 Butler County courts start own probation operation

The Butler County Area Court judges say a new probation department will stop “absconders” from skirting their responsibilities, free up jail space, and boost revenues. Saying the Butler County Common Pleas Court probation department wasn’t responsive to their needs, the Area Court judges explained to commissioners this week during budget hearings why they opened their own department...
Well-traveled preacher finds home in Butler County

Well-traveled preacher finds home in Butler County

While praying with a woman last year, the Rev. Wynston Dixon, a much-traveled United Methodist preacher, was told by her: “The Lord is showing me that you will be assigned to a church.” Even from God, that was as newsworthy as the Steelers beating the Bengals. Then she dropped this nugget: “This church sits on a little incline. But when you’re driving up to the church, there...
Talawanda mascot debate draws large, loud crowd

Talawanda mascot debate draws large, loud crowd

Public comments on keeping or changing the Braves mascot and logo dominated a Talawanda Board of Education meeting this week. Board members heard from more than 20 people during the public participation portion of the agenda — most from those wanting to keep the mascot, whose remarks were often punctuated by long, loud periods of applause. Talawanda Schools announced in August it was forming...
Longtime Middletown residents to chair Charity Ball

Longtime Middletown residents to chair Charity Ball

Last fall, when Tom Fisler was involved in a serious bike accident on the Little Miami Trail, he and his wife, Linda, received “much support” from the Middletown community as he faced a potentially lengthy rehabilitation. The Fislers are thankful for that assistance, and that’s one reason they decided to chair the 98th annual Charity Ball in Middletown, Linda Fisler said. &ldquo...
Water Tank of the Year? Yes, it’s a thing — and Butler County wants to win

Water Tank of the Year? Yes, it’s a thing — and Butler County wants to win

Like Butler County’s newly painted water tower? You can vote for it in a national contest. The Butler County Water and Sewer Department has been incorporating the county’s re-branding effort in regular tank maintenance and re-coating this year. Newly promoted Director Martha Shelby says water tanks are ideal for representing the local community’s identity, and she is hoping the county&rsquo...
65 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

65 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

Grand juries, which meet in secret, review criminal charges brought by police and prosecutors and investigate possible criminal behavior. The proceedings are usually one-sided, because the accused is not present and witnesses are not cross-examined. A grand jury may issue an indictment if it finds probable cause that a crime was committed and the accused person is responsible. An indictment is an...
Opioid crisis draws doctors, others who prescribe meds to Dayton conference

Opioid crisis draws doctors, others who prescribe meds to Dayton conference

Physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists and anyone else who is sanctioned to prescribe medications gathered Wednesday for the start of a two-night conference focused on navigating the opioid crisis. Prescribers, hospitals and medical facilities are partners with Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, said Barbara Marsh, assistant to the county health commissioner and co-lead of...
Butler County man killed in rush-hour crash on I-675 S in Miami Twp.

Butler County man killed in rush-hour crash on I-675 S in Miami Twp.

A Butler County man was killed in the crash that injured six others on southbound I-675 and shut down the highway for about six hours Wednesday. Kenneth Bourquein, 30, of Okeana died as a result from the crash, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy will be performed Thursday, according to the coroner’s office. One person was killed and six were injured in a crash...
Police investigate driver ‘impairment’ after car plunges off I-75 overpass in West Chester

Police investigate driver ‘impairment’ after car plunges off I-75 overpass in West Chester

A woman who knew the Middletown man killed this week in a crash said she is “devastated” to hear of his death. Martel Cecil Booker, 31, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am north on Interstate 75 just past Union Centre Boulevard around 1:10 p.m. Tuesday when the vehicle veered off the roadway into the grassy median and down an embankment before going airborne and slamming into a concrete...
Iconic Hamilton fountain, classic car both destroyed in crash

Iconic Hamilton fountain, classic car both destroyed in crash

An iconic fountain at a busy Hamilton intersection was destroyed Tuesday evening by a classic car, according to Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit. The crash happened at about 5:35 p.m. at High Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard and sent one motorist to the hospital with minor injuries, according police. “Sadly, 1800’s fountain, 1957 car both total losses,” Bucheit wrote in...
8th Congressional District debate at Miami-Hamilton this week: How to go

8th Congressional District debate at Miami-Hamilton this week: How to go

Miami University Regionals and the Journal-News will host the 8th Congressional District debate this week in Hamilton. The representative to the 8th Congressional District will represent all of Butler, Clark, Darke, Miami and Preble counties, and the southernmost portion of Mercer County.  Here’s what you need to know if you go: Miami University and the Journal-News have partnered to present...
2 more hiring events are planned in the area this week

2 more hiring events are planned in the area this week

Two more hiring events this week are bringing hundreds of seasonal jobs to Southwest Ohio. A hiring event takes place this Thursday at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations across the United States and Canada, including at the Cabela’s at 7250 Cabela Drive, West Chester Twp., and the Bass Pro Shops location at 300 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Forest Park, inside the Forest Fair Village shopping...
Bond continued for man charged after dead cats found in freezer

Bond continued for man charged after dead cats found in freezer

Bond of $35,o000 was continued Tuesday for a Middletown man accused of killing cats and storing their bodies in a freezer. Edmund Cunningham, 24, of Roosevelt Boulevard, was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty in August when Middletown police found multiple dead cats in his home’s freezer, according to Middletown Police Maj. Scott Reeve. The charges are fifth-degree felonies. Earlier...
Freeze warning in effect overnight

Freeze warning in effect overnight

Freeze Warning from 2 to 10 a.m. Thursday Cool and dry through Thursday Gusty winds, chance for showers to start weekend  Overnight: A FREEZE WARNING is in effect from 2 to 10 a.m. Thursday with clear skies and cold temperatures expected. Lows will drop to near or just below freezing. Thursday: After a frosty start, sunshine is expected through the day with highs rebounding into the...
National ACT scores for Class of 2018 worst in decades, officials say

National ACT scores for Class of 2018 worst in decades, officials say

Officials with the ACT college entrance exam sounded an alarm Tuesday about declining scores in the United States, saying Class of 2018 graduates’ average ACT math score dropped to the lowest level in more than 20 years, at 20.5. Another measure, the percentage of students hitting ACT’s “college readiness benchmark” in math, hit its lowest mark in 14 years. Math readiness was...
Police: Middletown traffic stop leads to meth, gun being found

Police: Middletown traffic stop leads to meth, gun being found

A routine traffic stop led to Middletown police finding 21.09 grams of methamphetamine and a handgun in a car Friday night, according to a police report. Ronald Howard, 53, of Camden, was charged with drug abuse/methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, and fictitious registration, the report read. While on patrol in the area of Second Avenue and Main Street, police saw a white Pontiac SUV, and after...
Mega Millions jackpot leaps to record $868M after no Tuesday winner

Mega Millions jackpot leaps to record $868M after no Tuesday winner

3, 45, 49, 61, 69. The Mega Ball was 9. The Megaplier was 5x.  Those are the winning numbers drawn Tuesday night in the largest Mega Millions jackpot in the game's 16-year history and the third-biggest prize in U.S. lottery history.  No tickets matched all six numbers for what was a $667 million prize. Friday’s jackpot drawing has climbed to a record $868 million.  Friday&rsquo...
Man whose pacemaker data was used in his arrest ruled competent to stand trial

Man whose pacemaker data was used in his arrest ruled competent to stand trial

A Middletown man charged with allegedly setting fire to his home in 2016 has been ruled competent to stand trial following a psychological evaluation. Ross Compton, 60, was indicted in January for aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly setting fire to his Court Donegal house. The blaze caused nearly $400,000 in damages. Compton was arrested after the fire based in part from data taken...
Warren County man wanted in child rape case behind bars

Warren County man wanted in child rape case behind bars

A Franklin man wanted in a child rape case is now behind bars. Ronald Gene Long II, 34, was booked Tuesday morning into the Warren County Jail on suspicion of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition.  He is due in court Wednesday.  The Warren County Sheriff's Office last week asked for the public's help to find him, and on Tuesday he turned himself in, deputies said.
Hamilton superintendent says security levy would provide mental health counseling for students

Hamilton superintendent says security levy would provide mental health counseling for students

Hamilton schools already provide a range of services for its 10,000 students, but there remains a missing aspect – mental health counseling – that is key for making those schools safer, according to the district’s leader. Counseling to identify and help students with mental health issues is the main piece of Hamilton Schools’ campaign for a school security tax hike that is...
Possible entrapment crash reported in Butler County

Possible entrapment crash reported in Butler County

A vehicle crash with possible entrapment was reported in Hanover Twp.  Air Care is on their way to the scene on U.S. 27 and Stillwell Beckett Road, according to Butler County dispatch. The crash is believed to be one vehicle versus a deer. The incident was reported around 9:45 p.m.  We are working to learn more.
Historic Madison football team is respite from armed staffers battle

Historic Madison football team is respite from armed staffers battle

A Butler County school district marked by months of division about school security issues is welcoming some fun diversion courtesy of a history-making football squad. Madison Schools officials have been entangled in controversy since last spring when its school board decided to move ahead on a plan to arm some trained school staffers to better protect the schools. The decision – and a subsequent...
Man found hiding in home’s closet charged with burglary

Man found hiding in home’s closet charged with burglary

A Franklin man was charged with burglary after he allegedly was found hiding in a closet and he told police he was there because he was being chased by people who wanted to kill him. MORE: One brother arrested for OVI, the other for forgery David P. Johnson, 36, was charged with burglary, a first-degree felony, because on Wednesday night he entered a home in the 1900 block of Monarch Drive, according...
One brother arrested for OVI, the other for forgery

One brother arrested for OVI, the other for forgery

Two brothers were arrested earlier this month, one for driving while under the influence and the other for forgery. A Fairfield Twp. police officer arrested 26-year-old Julio Cesar Perez Cruz around 1 a.m. Oct. 7 on suspicion of operating a vehicle while impaired at Buster’s Bar on Tylersville Road. The officer activated his overhead lights just prior to the intersection of Tylersville Road...
Trenton man gets 25 years to life for child sex and pornography conviction

Trenton man gets 25 years to life for child sex and pornography conviction

A Trenton man could spend the rest of his life in prison for child sex crimes involving six known victims. Mickey R. Murrill, 31, of the first block of North Street, was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater. He faced a total of 43 years to life. Murrill was indicted by a grand jury in February on 25 charges, including one count of kidnapping for sexual...
Middletown woman sentenced for animal cruelty after first county conviction under new state law

Middletown woman sentenced for animal cruelty after first county conviction under new state law

A Middletown woman is in jail after admitting to three felony charges of animal cruelty, but she avoided a longer prison sentence. Tina Marie Jackson, 40, was charged with the fifth-degree felonies in February after several dead dogs were found in the backyard of her home. Last month, Jackson pleaded guilty to three of those charges, marking the first felony conviction in Butler County since a 2016...
Conference unites students, employers to highlight in-demand careers

Conference unites students, employers to highlight in-demand careers

A daylong event at Miami University Middletown on Friday aimed to expose eighth-graders from nearly all Butler County schools to careers in several fast-growing fields. Butler County Educational Service Center’s fourth annual Discover STEM Conference aimed to spark student interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students heard from 30 presenters from...
Commissioners have rare disagreement on insurance provider

Commissioners have rare disagreement on insurance provider

For the first in a long time, the Butler County commissioners were at odds when they voted this week to replace the county’s health insurance provider to avoid a sizeable rate hike. The three commissioners, who have served together since Commissioner T.C. Rogers was elected in 2012, are often in accord. This time, the vote was 2-1 to hire Medical Mutual of Ohio (MMO), the cheapest bidder at...
Why aren’t some local candidates debating this fall? Here’s what they had to say

Why aren’t some local candidates debating this fall? Here’s what they had to say

To debate, or not to debate, that is the question. Some of our federal, state and local politicians have chosen to debate their political opponents while others have declined. Both decisions are part of perceived political strategies, said Cedarville University political science professor Mark C. Smith. “Candidates debate because it is in their interest to do so,” he said. “They...
The ‘tempo has picked up dramatically’ for locals responding in aftermath of Hurricane Michael

The ‘tempo has picked up dramatically’ for locals responding in aftermath of Hurricane Michael

The Butler County emergency responders on the ground and working around the clock in Bay County Florida said the “tempo has picked up dramatically” on their relief efforts. EMA Director Matt Haverkos told this news organization the team of 11 has been tasked with supporting the human services coordinator at the county emergency command center on the Florida Gulf. “Members were plugged...
Police: Walmart employee steals $9,000 worth of cellphones

Police: Walmart employee steals $9,000 worth of cellphones

A Walmart employee told Middletown police that he stole about $9,000 in cellphones because he was “in need of funds,” according to a police report. Austin Fink, 25, of Middletown, was charged with theft, a fourth-degree felony, and transported to the Middletown City Jail. His preliminary hearing is set for Monday in Middletown Municipal Court. Bond set for couple in Middletown road rage...
Clock is ticking on $1 million Butler County has to raze eyesores

Clock is ticking on $1 million Butler County has to raze eyesores

Butler County has until mid-December to spend nearly $1 million tearing down eyesores in Hamilton and Middletown, or the federal funds will be lost. Butler County was awarded $4.3 million in Neighborhood Initiative Program, monies, a Hardest Hit Fund program designed to help prevent foreclosures and stabilize local property values through the demolition of vacant and blighted homes across the state...
Butler County emergency crews deploying to Florida ahead of Hurricane Michael

Butler County emergency crews deploying to Florida ahead of Hurricane Michael

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.: A member of Butler County’s Incident Response Team says the group will likely be deployed to Florida’s hardest hit areas. Ross Twp. Fire Chief Steve Miller is part of the 11-man team headed south today to help with the aftermath of the Category 4 storm barreling toward the Gulf Coast. Miller has been in this situation before, and he told the Journal-News...
Medical helicopter called to Butler County crash

Medical helicopter called to Butler County crash

Butler County Sheriff’s deputies along with a CareFlight medical helicopter are responding to a two-vehicle crash north of Seven Mile. The crash was reported at 4:12 p.m. Tuesday at U.S. 127 and Ohio 73 in Wayne Twp., and at least one person was suffered a head injury, according to dispatchers. MORE: Court hearing continued for Hamilton councilman charged with domestic violence We will update...
Ross Twp. police chief who has cheated death twice is getting kidney transplant

Ross Twp. police chief who has cheated death twice is getting kidney transplant

The day is almost here when Ross Twp. Police Chief Darryl Haussler will be freed from the chains of dialysis after the person he describes as a “blessing” donates one of her kidneys. Haussler, 53, suffers from a rare, painful and incurable disease called scleroderma, and soon his three-times-a week dialysis appointments will be a thing of his past. That’s because Maria Wessel &mdash...
Those still in Hamilton homeless camp today face arrest

Those still in Hamilton homeless camp today face arrest

The remaining people living in a homeless tent camp behind Hamilton Plaza said they were told Sunday to be out by the end of the night or plan to be taken away in handcuffs early Monday morning. Many of the people living at the edge of woods behind the CSX railroad tracks behind the plaza already had left in recent days. Those who remained said they didn’t know where they would go. They lamented...
24-year-old dies after motorcycle crash in Middletown

24-year-old dies after motorcycle crash in Middletown

A fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle occurred Friday evening at 4:16 p.m. on Pershing Avenue near Morgan Street in Butler County, according to a release. A 2005 Honda CBR600 motorcycle was traveling east on Pershing Avenue when the driver lost control, drove off the left side of the roadway, and overturned. The driver was thrown from the motorcycle before it struck a tree. Brandon Steward...
Commission candidates differ on Butler County’s biggest challenge

Commission candidates differ on Butler County’s biggest challenge

The candidates running for Butler County Commission had differing opinions on the biggest challenges facing the county in the future. Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter, the incumbent Republican seeking re-election, and challenger Dora Bronston, a former Middletown vice mayor and Democrat, debated Thursday evening in downtown Hamilton. They are competing for the lone county commission seat...
Bicyclist: Pants where drugs found not mine

Bicyclist: Pants where drugs found not mine

A Middletown bicyclist was charged with drug abuse and drug possession after he was stopped Monday morning near a downtown business. MORE: Police cracked down on speeding in school zones. The number of tickets issued surprised even them. Police said Thomas Helsley, 48, was riding a bike and pulling an empty bike behind him at 1 a.m. Monday, cutting in front of Advanced Auto Parts, 65 N. University...
Butler County honoring those who help mentally ill, addicts

Butler County honoring those who help mentally ill, addicts

Criminal justice professionals and mental health and addiction agencies who have been working to help rather than incarcerate those with mental illness and addiction issues will be honored today in Butler County. The first-time ceremony will recognize a number of people through Butler County’s Stepping Up Initiative, a collaborative effort to keep non-violent offenders out of the criminal...
Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate campaigns in Butler County

Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate campaigns in Butler County

The latest message from the Ohio Democratic gubernatorial ticket is that Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine isn’t fighting for middle-class families, and they’re citing a 2016 multi-state lawsuit that includes Ohio. Ohio Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Betty Sutton, gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray’s running mate, told Butler County Democrats at a rally Friday that the...
Man killed in Butler County crash

Man killed in Butler County crash

A Cincinnati man died Monday night in a two-vehicle crash in Reily Twp., according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. in the 3400 block of Millville-Oxford Road. A preliminary investigation indicates Troy Roberts, 37, was driving a Kia that went left of center and struck a Chevrolet truck driven by a 17-year-old, according to the sheriff’s office...
Tests may determine if alcohol, drugs played role in motorcyclist’s death

Tests may determine if alcohol, drugs played role in motorcyclist’s death

It is not yet known whether drug or alcohol use was a factor in a recent fatal motorcycle crash in Monroe. According to the crash report released Friday by Monroe police, a blood test was conducted on Gage M. Neanover, 23, to determine whether there was any drug or alcohol use prior to the crash. The report did not identify any other contributing conditions or factors that may have caused the crash...
Sheriff, coroner: Issue 1 will empty jails and fill morgues

Sheriff, coroner: Issue 1 will empty jails and fill morgues

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones and Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix are not mincing words to make it clear they oppose Issue 1 on the November ballot. “(Issue 1) is not going to empty the prisons out, it is not going to empty the jails out. What it is going to do is kill more people,” Jones said during a recent press conference with the coroner. The proposed constitutional amendment, which...
Coroner: Numbers don’t tell whole story of opioid epidemic

Coroner: Numbers don’t tell whole story of opioid epidemic

Last year Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix and the mental health and addiction and health boards teamed up to use data to create a daily snapshot of the overdose landscape in the county. The data allows Butler County police, fire and emergency rooms to be prepared and the public notified if there is a particularly virulent threat. Total number of overdose deaths listed on the tool Tuesday were...
Area hospitals join opioid epidemic battle

Area hospitals join opioid epidemic battle

Area hospitals are battling back to the opioid epidemic in a variety of ways: creating community education programs, partnering with the departments of health to increase education around and delivery of Narcan, operating opiate-free emergency departments/physician practices and installing medication drop boxes in emergency departments. They’re also developing standard educational programs for...

State grant to pay for new shelter at Monroe park

Monroe’s efforts to improve the city’s park system will get a boost thanks to a state grant. The city received a $165,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a new shelter/restroom building at Monroe Crossings Park. The facility was among the features requested by users of the park located off Ohio 63. MORE: City seeks $600K for Monroe Bicentennial Park, Monroe Crossing...
Parents have many questions after son’s motorcycle death

Parents have many questions after son’s motorcycle death

Parents Brian and Sharon Neanover are searching for answers. All their sentences end with question marks. Why did their son die? How did he die? Why didn’t he see that parked car? Here’s one thing they know: Their lives changed forever in the early morning hours of Sept. 14 when their son, Gage, 23, a 2014 Edgewood High School graduate, crashed his motorcycle into the back of a parked...
Woman facing OVI charge after fleeing scene of crash

Woman facing OVI charge after fleeing scene of crash

Police were called to a crash scene at Chestnut and Beech streets at 9:44 p.m. Sept. 17 in which the driver of one of the vehicles said his car was hit by another which crossed the center line. He said the woman driving the other vehicle had left the scene on foot and he believed she was intoxicated. The woman was found lying in some brush in a nearby tree line and was told several times to come out...
Madison Schools plan to arm school staffers draws crowd to meeting

Madison Schools plan to arm school staffers draws crowd to meeting

There was a lot of talking about arming school staffers at Madison’s school board meeting Wednesday evening, but the board gave no sign of walking away from their stance. Despite going into executive session toward the end of the three-hour meeting to privately discuss security issues, the board emerged as they had entered: Not commenting about their previously stated position to be one of the...
Butler County in line for $1.5 million emergency radio refund

Butler County in line for $1.5 million emergency radio refund

Butler County taxpayers are due an estimated $1.5 million refund from Motorola for extra emergency responder radios, and local jurisdictions are hoping to get a federal grant to cover the cost of their radio replacements. Last summer, the county faced a $19.2 million bill to replace the obsolete public safety communications system and about 3,000 radios that sheriff’s deputies, police, firefighters...
Middletown woman wins car on ‘The Price is Right’

Middletown woman wins car on ‘The Price is Right’

A Middletown woman never will forget her favorite number. Aunjanna Million, with only $1 left to guess the price of a car on today’s “The Price is Right,” guessed nine, her favorite number, she told host Drew Carey. The last number was nine. So Million won the $17,689 Hyundai car. After being told the first digit was 1 in the Lucky Seven game, Million guessed the second number...
Woman receives probation in animal cruelty case of dogs abandoned in the cold

Woman receives probation in animal cruelty case of dogs abandoned in the cold

A St. Clair Twp. woman who pleaded guilty to multiple misdemeanor charges was sentenced to five years probation Tuesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Melissa Damico was indicted in February on three felony counts of cruelty to companion animals and four misdemeanor charges of the same crime. She pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty in August. The charges carried a maximum...
Middletown teen charged with heroin abuse

Middletown teen charged with heroin abuse

A 16-year-old Middletown girl was charged with drug abuse/heroin, a fifth-degree felony, after she allegedly was found with the drug during a traffic stop in Middletown, according to police. The teen, a front-seat passenger in the vehicle, allegedly placed her hand underneath her buttocks, then threw a plastic baggie containing an unknown brownish substance as she was getting out of the car, the report...
Mercy Health hiring for 350-plus positions, including in Butler County

Mercy Health hiring for 350-plus positions, including in Butler County

Mercy Health-Cincinnati plans to host a career fair to fill more than 350 new and open positions throughout Cincinnati. The fair takes place from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Sept. 25, at Mercy Health’s home office in Bond Hill, located at 1701 Mercy Health Place, Cincinnati. Mercy Health is the largest health system in Ohio and one that is consistently ranked as one of the top health systems in...
Seven Mile sets limitations, license fees for medical marijuana emporium

Seven Mile sets limitations, license fees for medical marijuana emporium

The village of Seven Mile recently voted to lift its temporary ban on medical marijuana sales and put in place rules to regulate a marijuana dispensary that has been approved for the tiny hamlet. If the state-approved medical pot emporium 127 OH LLC comes to town, it will cost $500 for the license application, $15,000 for the license itself and there is a $250 renewal fee, according to the new regulations...
Davidson plans legislation to regulate cryptocurrency businesses

Davidson plans legislation to regulate cryptocurrency businesses

Congressman Warren Davidson said he wants to see “regulatory clarity” in the cryptocurrency market after a discussion with industry experts and lawmakers. Davidson, R-Troy, indends to introduce a House bill that would offer what he calls a “light-touch” regulation of the burgeoning and complex cryptocurrency market, which he discussed at Tuesday’s “Legislating Certainty...
Lawmakers: More to be done in addressing opioid crisis

Lawmakers: More to be done in addressing opioid crisis

Ohio is arguably one of the hardest-hit states in the country when it comes to the opioid crisis, and Butler County is one of the hardest-hit in Ohio. The state is second only to West Virginia when it comes to drug overdose rates, and Butler County has the fifth-most number of unintentional overdose deaths in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Health. “You have to understand the...
Engine separates from vehicle after crash in Butler County

Engine separates from vehicle after crash in Butler County

A single-vehicle crash occurred early Saturday morning on Trenton Franklin Road in Madison Twp. The male driver was alert and taken by ambulance, according to firefighters at the scene. A Volkswagen Jetta Wagon struck a tree off the left side of the road causing the engine to completely separate from the vehicle. The engine was sitting in the middle of the road. The crash remains under investigation...
Police: More victims likely after Butler County man charged with rape

Police: More victims likely after Butler County man charged with rape

A former Trenton resident has been charged with two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition involving a minor, according to police. William L. Powell, 69, of Middletown, was arrested Thursday by Trenton police. Detective Sean Gill said Powell agreed to meet a Butler County Sheriff deputy Thursday to receive a copy of a protection order and when he arrived, he was arrested in Lemon...
1 person taken to hospital after truck overturns

1 person taken to hospital after truck overturns

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.: The injured person has been freed from an over-turned truck that landed in a ditch, according to Butler County dispatchers. The person is being taken to an area hospital by Indiana medics. Dispatchers said the accident actually occurred just inside Franklin County, Ind. The initial report said the crash occurred at the Hamilton-Scipio Road and Cincinnati-Brookville Road intersection...
Butler County village removes medical marijuana ban

Butler County village removes medical marijuana ban

The village of Seven Mile recently voted to lift its temporary ban on medical marijuana and put in place rules to regulate a marijuana dispensary that has been approved for the tiny hamlet. The village’s attorney Kyle Rapier said the council enacted a nine-month moratorium in June after it learned 127 OH, LLC was state-approved to locate a facility there. “We didn’t want a dispensary...
As more veterans seek help, Butler County board passes 16% budget increase

As more veterans seek help, Butler County board passes 16% budget increase

The Butler County veteran board’s goal is unlike any other county office, rather than cutting costs they want to spend as much money as possible helping veterans, hence a 16 percent budget increase to almost $3 million for next year. Since 2016, when the board started advertising its services, the number of veterans served has skyrocketed. The board has helped almost 1,000 more veterans so far...
2 bar fights reported in Middletown

2 bar fights reported in Middletown

A beer bottle, wooden baton and knife were used as weapons in two bar fights over the weekend in Middletown. MORE: Middletown woman dies in two-vehicle crash On Saturday night, Middletown police responded to the Toddle Inn on Cincinnati-Dayton Road, where a man said he got into an altercation while playing pool, according to a police report. The fight spilled out into the parking lot, and the man...
Trial set in lawsuit by fired Butler County airport manager

Trial set in lawsuit by fired Butler County airport manager

A jury trial has been scheduled for next September in the lawsuit by fired Butler County airport manager Ron Davis, who wants his $94,000 job back. Davis, who worked for Butler County for 18 years, sued in April, saying he was terminated from his $93,710 job because he complained about alleged Federal Aviation Administration rules violations. He says the sheriff is impermissably using a warehouse...
Rate hikes may force a Butler County health insurance switch

Rate hikes may force a Butler County health insurance switch

A 24 percent health insurance hike and employee frustration with the health insurance carrier may prompt Butler County commissioners to switch providers and avoid the $4.1 million added expense. The county went shopping for a new health insurance carrier after they were warned high claims could push their premiums over 10 percent. Rate increases in requests for proposals from eight companies ranged...
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