Butler County


After 73 years, World War II veteran receives medals

On Nov. 11, World War II veteran Earl Bailey received ribbons and medals he had earned during his service but never received. The long-overdue medals ceremony for Bailey took place at his church, Tri County Assembly Church in Fairfield, on Veterans Day. Bailey’s grandson and daughter concocted a surprise party with the help of a local lawmaker, who interceded to help get Bailey’s medals...


13 Butler County foster kids get forever families during Saturday ceremony

13 Butler County foster kids get forever families during Saturday ceremony

More than a dozen foster children were connected with forever families during a Saturday celebration for National Adoption Day at the Butler County historic courthouse, and officials said more families are needed. Among those at Saturday’s ceremony were Mandy and Alan Whiteside of Franklin, who adopted two children, Leland (7 years old) and Bronson (5). It already includes Amanda Tobian, 26...
Veteran of the Year supports Lakota students

Veteran of the Year supports Lakota students

Part of the reason West Chester Twp. veteran Jerry Nelson was chosen as one of Butler County’s two Veterans of the Year was his work with Lakota students on several programs the American Legion provides, some of which include college scholarships. The Butler County Veterans Service Commission picked Nelson and WWII prisoner of war Marvin Sizemore as their top veterans this year. RELATED: Butler...
Fairfield woman’s coffee business helps families fund adoptions

Fairfield woman’s coffee business helps families fund adoptions

Call it coffee for a cause. Based out of Debra Liston’s Fairfield home, Mwimbula Fresh Coffee • Fresh Bread donates a portion of proceeds to families seeking to adopt special needs children from parts of the world where they’d be thrown away or enslaved. “My husband convinced me that I should do and declare a cause,” said Liston, a Fairfield resident since 2012. &ldquo...
One driver arrested during Friday OVI checkpoint

One driver arrested during Friday OVI checkpoint

The Butler County OVI Task Force arrested one driver for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Monroe on Friday night. No further information was available about that driver. During the checkpoint staged on Cincinnati-Dayton Road at Todhunter Road, the task force checked 458 vehicles. One driver was diverted for further investigation and subsequently arrested, according to task force coordinator...
Middletown teens get rare, insider’s tour of AK Steel

Middletown teens get rare, insider’s tour of AK Steel

High school students in Middletown have either seen it, ridden around it, know someone who works in it or have at least heard of AK Steel, but on Friday some of them got a rare insider’s tour of the massive industrial complex. Students from Middletown’s private Marshall High School saw the inner workings of one of America’s largest steel plants, including near the searing blast furnace...
Body found on railroad tracks in Middletown

Body found on railroad tracks in Middletown

A body was found this afternoon along the railroad tracks on Vannest Avenue in Middletown, according to Police Sgt. Malcolm Tipton. MORE: Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial A man was found at about 4:20 p.m. behind the 3500 block of Vannest Avenue, Tipton said. The Butler County Coroner’s Office is responding to the scene. Tipton said at this point it does not appear...
Dining out at Kroger? Store renovations aimed at providing that option

Dining out at Kroger? Store renovations aimed at providing that option

Kroger’s renovated and remodeled storefront at 7300 Yankee Road in Liberty Twp. puts a strong emphasis on fast, fresh food. The nearly year-long renovation effort added three new dining options: pizza, chicken and barbecue fare, according to Erin Rolfes, a Kroger spokeswoman. Gone are the store’s clothing department, a Honey Baked Ham Company kiosk and its selection of housewares, with...
911 callers, including child, describe gunfire in Hamilton after 2 people shot

911 callers, including child, describe gunfire in Hamilton after 2 people shot

Dispatchers received nine frantic 911 calls Wednesday night by Hamilton residents who described lots of gunfire, including a crying child who said, “they shot my mom.” An argument broke out on Chestnut Street just before 9 p.m. resulting in Mario Ramirez, 60, and Elizabeth Palma-Duran, 35, both of Hamilton being wounded by a gunshots, according to police. Both victims were transported...
Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial

Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial

A judge has ruled a Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two woman will receive only one trial. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he was back in court Thursday for a hearing to separate the charges and allow two trials — one for each alleged killing. Geran killed his “business associate in criminal...
OVI checkpoint tonight in Butler County

OVI checkpoint tonight in Butler County

The Butler County OVI Task Force will be conducting an OVI checkpoint tonight, Nov. 16, in Monroe. The checkpoint will be located on Cincinnati-Dayton Road at Todhunter Road, according to the Task Force. The northbound lanes will be checked from 7 p.m. to about 10 p.m., according to the Task Force. In addition to the checkpoint, there will be saturation patrols in the area tonight.
Would adding hospital beds reduce East End development in Middletown?

Would adding hospital beds reduce East End development in Middletown?

If Middletown City Council agrees with the Middletown Planning Commission’s decision to allow Kettering Health Network to add overnight stays at its Middletown facility, it would be a game-changer for the city. But will the decision enhance the growth of Middletown’s East End or damage the city’s relationship with Atrium Medical Center, its top employer? Depends on who you believe...
Monroe to buy 2 armored vehicles ‘we hope we never have to use’

Monroe to buy 2 armored vehicles ‘we hope we never have to use’

The Monroe police department is nearing the acquisition of a pair of military surplus armored Humvee vehicles for tactical incidents. The city has been on a waiting list and is in the process of completing the final paperwork for two Mine Resistant Armor Protection (MRAP) vehicles — one for use by police and the other to be used for parts. City officials have discussed this opportunity since...
Amazon delivery service hiring in Butler County

Amazon delivery service hiring in Butler County

Amazon’s community of Delivery Service Partners are hiring hundreds of seasonal and full-time driver roles to deliver on behalf of Amazon in Butler County. Delivery Service Partners are small businesses that hire their own teams of drivers who earn competitive pay and benefits. Hiring events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at 4250 Port Union Road, Fairfield. Candidates...
With $2.5M investment, Butler County says Hamilton’s Spooky Nook will be boon for entire county

With $2.5M investment, Butler County says Hamilton’s Spooky Nook will be boon for entire county

Butler County officials say they are banking on the mega sports complex Spooky Nook being wildly successful, that’s why they are investing $2.5 million in the project. Butler County Administrator Charlie Young told a crowd at the commissioners’ meeting Thursday that Hamilton officials have assured him the project will be successful and county money is necessary to make Spooky Nook a reality...
Some Butler County votes won’t count after postmark issues

Some Butler County votes won’t count after postmark issues

More than 120 ballots have gone uncounted in Butler County elections this year because the United States Post Office did not stamp a post office mark on the envelopes received after Election Day. In fact, the post office didn’t include any type of marking on the 123 envelopes — 60 in the Nov. 7 election and 63 in the May 8 primary — said county election officials. Butler County Elections...
Arrests made after 2 people shot in Hamilton

Arrests made after 2 people shot in Hamilton

An argument in Hamilton on Wednesday night resulted in two people shot and two men in jail. The incident happened just before 9 p.m. in the 11oo block of Chestnut Street, where Mario Ramirez, 60, suffered a gunshot wound. Elizabeth Palma-Duran, 35, was also wounded by a gunshot, according to the police report. MORE: Hamilton moving forward with street repair levy Both victims were transported to West...
Kettering Health Network’s rezoning request in Middletown clears first hurdle

Kettering Health Network’s rezoning request in Middletown clears first hurdle

A vote by the Middletown Planning Commission has paved the way for Kettering Health Network to allow overnight stays at its new Middletown facility, something its competitor — Premier Health’s Atrium Medical Center — says can’t be successfully supported by the community. After close to four hours of presentations, testimony and discussion, the planning commission voted...
Middletown firefighter competes in ‘toughest two minutes in sports’

Middletown firefighter competes in ‘toughest two minutes in sports’

For the past 10 years, a Middletown firefighter/paramedic has been competing in what’s been described as “the toughest two minutes in sports.” Pawel Mieczykowski said he became interested in competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge about 10 years ago after he saw the event on ESPN. The challenge is an intensive, timed agility course that requires firefighters to perform a number...
Power outage delays trial for teen driver in fatal Monroe prom crash

Power outage delays trial for teen driver in fatal Monroe prom crash

UPDATE@9:30 a.m.: A bench trial in Butler County Juvenile Court for a 17-year-old Monroe student who was driving the car in a prom night crash that killed a classmate has been continued until next month. The trial was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. today, but icy weather knocked out power to parts of Hamilton, including the Butler County Juvenile Justice Center. The building is operating on back...
Request to rename street after Medal of Honor recipient sparks closer look at policy

Request to rename street after Medal of Honor recipient sparks closer look at policy

A veteran and former police officer advocating that Middletown’s only Medal of Honor winner be recognized by naming a park or street named after him continues his efforts as the city considers its policy on such efforts. MORE: Middletown may rename street, park after city’s only Medal of Honor recipient Last month, David Shortt and Deb Morrison went to the city Park Board with the request...
DP&L: Only 40 customers without power from Thursday ice storms

DP&L: Only 40 customers without power from Thursday ice storms

Only 40 DP&L customers remain without power after Thursdays ice storm, according to the outage map. There are currently 252 DP&L customers remaining without power after Thursdays ice storm, according to the outage map. Those outages include: Greene County - 86 Montgomery County - 148 Preble County - 3 Miami County - 2  There are currently 188 Duke Energy customers remaining without...
Weather-related crashes, downed trees and wires reported throughout the region

Weather-related crashes, downed trees and wires reported throughout the region

Multiple crashes are being reported throughout the Miami Valley Thursday morning. Weather and wet roads have been confirmed as contributing factors in some of the crashes.  An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for all of the Miami Valley until noon. A Significant amount of ice accumulation will make road conditions dangerous, or impossible. A Winter Weather Advisory is in...
Monroe selects site for new police facility

Monroe selects site for new police facility

Monroe City Council reached a consensus Tuesday to locate the new police station on city-owned property at Community Park. In his report, City Manager Bill Brock told council that the difference in costs between that location and a proposed site on Yankee Road on property currently owned by the Monroe School District was about $260,000. He said all necessary site costs, except water and sewer were...
2 West Chester men charged in connection to drug overdose death

2 West Chester men charged in connection to drug overdose death

Two West Chester Twp. men have been indicted by a Butler County grand jury involuntary manslaughter and drug charges. Gabriel Arlo Gordon, 32, and Kenneth R. Griffin, 59, both of West Chester Twp., are each charged with corrupting another with drugs and trafficking in heroin in addition to involuntary manslaughter, according to the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office. MORE: Man charged in the...
Man charged in deaths of 2 women wants 2 trials

Man charged in deaths of 2 women wants 2 trials

A Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two women during a standoff in Trenton wants two trials — one for each alleged murder. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he will be back in Judge Keith Spaeth’s courtroom Thursday for a motion asking for the the charges to be severed. Geran killed his “business...
740 Atrium staff, supporters sign petition opposing Kettering Health’s request to expand

740 Atrium staff, supporters sign petition opposing Kettering Health’s request to expand

About 740 Atrium Medical Center staff, physicians, board members, volunteers and community supporters have sent a petition to the Middletown Planning Commission opposing the proposed rezoning request by Kettering Health Network to provide an expanded scope of medical services including overnight patient stays. City officials received the 62-page letter and petition on Tuesday, the day before the Planning...
Safety of Butler County residents challenged again with radio issues

Safety of Butler County residents challenged again with radio issues

The potential for “critical failures” with obsolete Motorola emergency responder radios is prompting some Butler County jurisdictions to do an about-face on the bulk replacement before the county discount expires. The West Chester Twp. trustees were poised to approve an $800,000-plus agreement to replace 235 emergency radios Tuesday, and Fairfield is searching for $600,000 in its budget...
Middletown arson dog finds evidence that leads to arrest of GE contractor

Middletown arson dog finds evidence that leads to arrest of GE contractor

Middletown’s arson canine and his handler were recognized Tuesday for their efforts in the March 1 investigation of a fire at General Electric’s Evendale campus. 859 Board Up is a disaster cleanup and assistance company in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky that assists property owners with the havoc raised when facing a fire. The company has a Hometown Hero program in which Fire Investigator...
Efforts to help smokers quit takes on greater emphasis in Butler County

Efforts to help smokers quit takes on greater emphasis in Butler County

Thursday is the 43rd annual Great American Smokeout, the day each year the American Cancer Society encourages tobacco users to stop smoking and using other forms of tobacco for at least one day, with hopes it will continue longer. Quitting smoking is especially a concern in Butler County, which has experienced some of Ohio’s highest infant mortality rates, with smoking by mothers during and...
Winter Weather Advisory, Ice Storm Warning in effect; wintry mix, slick morning commute expected

Winter Weather Advisory, Ice Storm Warning in effect; wintry mix, slick morning commute expected

An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for southern Miami Valley until noon. Counties include: Butler, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren. Significant amount of ice accumulation will make road conditions dangerous, or impossible. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire Miami Valley until noon Thursday; the advisory for Randolph County is in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday...
Warren County deputy involved in crash on Ohio 48 at I-71

Warren County deputy involved in crash on Ohio 48 at I-71

A Warren County deputy only suffered minor injuries in a crash that happened after another driver turned in front of him. The crash happened around 6:20 p.m. on Ohio 48, just north of the Interstate 71 overpass, said Sgt. Jacques Illanz of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash. The deputy, whose name was not released, was traveling south when another vehicle in the opposite...
Man going to trial for 2017 fatal Middletown bar shooting

Man going to trial for 2017 fatal Middletown bar shooting

Defense attorneys and prosecutors said Tuesday both sides are ready for trial this month for a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar nearly 18 months ago. Malcolm Franklin, 28, formerly of Louisiana, is charged with murder as well as three counts of felonious assault for gun violence in 2017, at D&J Nite spot. MORE: Man accused of setting cat on fire found 6 months after skipping...
Miami professor’s book captured Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee

Miami professor’s book captured Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee

A Miami University professor has a special place in the Marvel comic universe thanks to his recent book on its legendary founder Stan Lee. The iconic Lee, who died Monday at age 95, was the widely credited genius behind Marvel Comics’ “Golden Age” in the 1960s, leading to the visionary foundation that decades later were used as a launching pad for the wildly popular Marvel superhero...
Firefighter union contract: City rejects recommendation on salary, benefits

Firefighter union contract: City rejects recommendation on salary, benefits

Fairfield City Council rejected a fact finder’s recommendation on proposed wage increases for two years of the firefighter union’s three-year contract. The fact finder suggested the city pay members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4010 a 2.5 percent increase in 2018 (retroactive to April 1) and 2019. In addition, the recommendation also called for a 1 percent increase...
Man accused of setting cat on fire found 6 months after skipping court

Man accused of setting cat on fire found 6 months after skipping court

A Middletown man facing a felony charge of animal cruelty for allegedly setting a cat on fire in 2017 has been found in a neighboring county jail about six months after he did not appear for a hearing for felony animal cruelty. Kevin L. Sullivan, 33, was scheduled to appear in Butler County Common Pleas Court in May, but when he was a no-show, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest by Judge Charles...
2 arrested after fleeing stolen car in Middletown

2 arrested after fleeing stolen car in Middletown

An 18-year-old Dayton man was charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police and child endangering after he allegedly fled from a stolen car Tuesday morning in Middletown. Andre Durr ran from the car that quit running on Ohio 122, just off Interstate 75, said Lt. Clint Arnold, commander of the Hamilton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Durr and another man in the car were...
Police: Gun pulled with the threat ‘I’ll kill you, old man’

Police: Gun pulled with the threat ‘I’ll kill you, old man’

A Middletown man was charged with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly pulled a pistol and said: “I’ll kill you, old man,” according to a Middletown police report. Isaac Frazier, 21, told police he didn’t have a pistol on him during the alleged altercation Friday morning, but he had a weapon inside his apartment in the 2900 block of Wilbraham...
Butler County honors 2 as Veterans of the Year, including World War II POW

Butler County honors 2 as Veterans of the Year, including World War II POW

Butler County honored two veterans Monday holding the dual title of Veteran of the Year — one man was a prisoner of war during Wold War II, the other is a West Chester Twp. resident who has worked to help fellow veterans and young people. Marvin Sizemore enlisted in the Navy in 1940 and was a prisoner of war in Rangoon during World War II. He was forced to work on the Burma/Thai railway, also...
2 children removed from Middletown home after woman overdoses

2 children removed from Middletown home after woman overdoses

A Middletown woman is facing several charges after she allegedly overdosed in a home where two children lived, according to police. Officers were called to a residence in the 3400 block of Glencoe Avenue on Nov. 6 on a report of an overdose. There, they found Lindsey Floyd, 35, near the home’s entrance and being held by a man who appeared to be trying to open her airway, according to a report...
Middletown OVI checkpoint leads to 6 arrests over weekend

Middletown OVI checkpoint leads to 6 arrests over weekend

This weekend’s stops checking for drunk drivers in Middletown produced six arrests. MORE: Middletown boy, 13, charged with rape An OVI checkpoint on northbound University Boulevard saw law enforcement officers check 153 cars from 11 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday. Of the 153 cars checked, seven were diverted for further investigation, said Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force Coordinator...
Man’s remains found in Warren County

Man’s remains found in Warren County

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of death of a 43-year-old Columbus man whose remains were found on Nov. 3 off Clarksville Road, according to authorities. Jerold Haas, 43, of Grant Ave. in Columbus, was reported missing on Sept. 15 to Columbus police, according to Doyle Burke, chief investigator for the Warren County Coroner’s Office. Burke said there was no...
Kettering Health’s bid for overnight stays at Middletown facility continues to stir debate

Kettering Health’s bid for overnight stays at Middletown facility continues to stir debate

Saying they “do not fear competition,” Premier Health and Atrium Medical Center officials are again opposing the proposed rezoning of two parcels requested by Kettering Health Network to expand operations to include overnight stays at their newly opened Middletown facility. The Middletown Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Middletown City Building...
OSP cruiser hit on slick I-75 in Butler County

OSP cruiser hit on slick I-75 in Butler County

A trooper who stopped to respond to a crash Wednesday night was inside his cruiser when it was struck on Interstate 75. The right two southbound lanes were shut down following the crash reported around 10:15 p.m. near the Cincinnati-Dayton Road exit in West Chester Twp. The trooper and a passenger were in the cruiser when it was rear-ended, but both are OK, according to a dispatcher with the Ohio...
Middletown boy, 13, charged with rape sent back to detention center

Middletown boy, 13, charged with rape sent back to detention center

UPDATE @ 10 a.m. Nov. 13: A 13-year-old Middletown boy didn’t enter a plea this morning in Butler County Juvenile Court and he was remanded to Butler County Detention Center, court officials said. MORE: 2 in custody after fleeing from stolen car in Middletown He will be appointed an attorney it was announced during his detention hearing. The teen will have another hearing Nov. 19 before Judge...
Madison Schools parents want judge to pause gun program

Madison Schools parents want judge to pause gun program

The parents who sued Madison Local Schools over arming teachers and staff want the judge to order a preliminary injunction so the district’s gun program will pause while the lawsuit is pending. A group of parents sued the Board of Education and superintendent in September, alleging the board’s April resolution authorizing armed staff in schools violates an Ohio law requiring that armed...
Brother of Brody Allen who died of brain cancer in critical condition

Brother of Brody Allen who died of brain cancer in critical condition

The family of 2-year-old Brody Allen, who died in October of brain cancer, is pleading for prayers, but this time for Brody’s older brother, Andrew “Drew” Allen. Andrew Allen was crossing Springdale Road near Niagra Street on Monday night when he was struck by at least one vehicle in the dark close to his home. Multiple vehicles were involved, and police are investigating what happened...
Local man goes from expected to die at birth to turning 104 on Veterans Day

Local man goes from expected to die at birth to turning 104 on Veterans Day

It’s hard to tell what’s more impressive: the fact Robert “Tony” Masters survived infancy or that he lived through World War II. Masters, an Army veteran, turns 104 Sunday, which is appropriate since it’s Veterans Day and he served more than two years, mostly in New Guinea. Veterans Day 2018 certainly is a holiday his family and physicians never thought he’d experience...
3 Butler County communities will keep fire departments after levies pass

3 Butler County communities will keep fire departments after levies pass

Some of Butler County’s smallest communities say the fire levies approved Tuesday by voters will help supplement department funds that have been pinched through state budget cuts. Voters approved fire levies in the village of Millville, as well as in St. Clair Twp., where two passed, and Wayne Twp., according to unofficial final results from the Butler County Board of Elections. COMPLETE ELECTION...
Land of Illusion loses vote for Sunday alcohol sales

Land of Illusion loses vote for Sunday alcohol sales

Only one of the four local liquor options on Tuesday’s ballot in Butler County failed. Land of Illusion owners had been hoping to get a liquor option approved by Madison Twp. voters, one that would allow its Voodoo Lounge, its full bar with 12 beers on tap, to sell alcohol on Sundays. COMPLETE ELECTION RESULTS: Ohio and local races, issues The measure failed 59 percent to 41 percent, according...
Ross Schools vote leaves district leaders stunned

Ross Schools vote leaves district leaders stunned

Voters in Ross Schools rejected a hike in the district’s earned income tax, leaving school officials surprised by the loss. It was the first time in nearly two decades voters did not approve an increase in the earned income tax that funds the rural Butler County school system. Voters Tuesday rejected a 0.5 percent hike to the existing .75 percent income tax by a 53 to 47 percent margin, according...
4 Butler County fire levies win voter approval

4 Butler County fire levies win voter approval

Voters approved fire levies in the village of Millville, as well as in St. Clair Twp., where two passed, and Wayne Twp., according to unofficial final results from the Butler County Board of Elections. COMPLETE ELECTION RESULTS: Ohio and Butler County Very early in the evening, Millville’s levy was behind, but only by two votes, 20-18. But when all votes were tallied, Millville’s levy...
Davidson secures re-election bid; turns focus to immigration reform

Davidson secures re-election bid; turns focus to immigration reform

Congressman Warren Davidson said one of the “toughest challenges politically” in the next congressional session will be immigration. “We need a solution there,” said Davidson, who won re-election to a second term Tuesday night. “Border security is national security. I think that’s going to come out in this election and my hope is that we got close in June &mdash...
Ross Twp. police department avoids takeover by sheriff’s office

Ross Twp. police department avoids takeover by sheriff’s office

Ross Twp. will continue to have its own police department now that voters have approved an increase that will bring in almost $800,000 to add full-time officers. With 100 percent of precincts reporting voters passed the levy 62 percent to 38 percent, according to final unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections. Ross Twp. Administrator Bob Bass said officials are very pleased they...
Ross shooter warned after his words during statement from victim’s mother

Ross shooter warned after his words during statement from victim’s mother

A Ross Twp. teen will be nearly 50 years old when he is released from prison for the shooting death of a fellow high school student in January. Zachary Welsh, now 18, who was to be tried as an adult for killing Ross High School student Austin Hensley, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence for the fatal shooting...
2 graduate Butler County’s new Veterans Treatment Court

2 graduate Butler County’s new Veterans Treatment Court

“Real heroes don’t wear capes, they wear camo,” Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster told supporters gathered in his courtroom to celebrate the first graduations for Butler County’s Veterans Treatment Court. The court has been operating for about two years and was certified as a specialty court by the Ohio Supreme Court earlier this year. Roger Caldwell and Matthew...
Man leaves gun in restaurant bathroom; returns and it’s gone

Man leaves gun in restaurant bathroom; returns and it’s gone

A Middletown man, who has a CCW permit, said he left his gun in a local restaurant’s restroom, and when he returned, it was missing, according to a police report. The man said on Thursday night he went into the restroom at Bob Evans, 3260 Village Drive, took off his Taurus 9 mm gun and holster on his right hip. He exited his restroom and returned to his seat. He finished eating, paid and left...
13 groups will split nearly $100,000 from Middletown Community Foundation

13 groups will split nearly $100,000 from Middletown Community Foundation

The Middletown Area United Way will receive $20,000 from the Middletown Community Foundation to support its Ready Schools program. The funding was the largest grant approved by the MCF board as part of its quarterly grants cycle. Thirteen area charitable organizations will receive a combined $93,930 in funding from the MCF, it was announced this week. The MCF and United Way have been jointly funding...
New restaurant, ice cream parlor opening in Monroe

New restaurant, ice cream parlor opening in Monroe

Jacquelyn and Josh VanLieu plan to open Fantasy Diner & Ice Cream Parlor on Monday at 5837 Hamilton Middletown Road in Monroe. The new business gets its name from the Fantasy Farm amusement park that was once operated on the property and the building was the home of the man who owned the amusement park, said the VanLieus, who live in neighboring Fairfield Twp. The site was purchased Feb. 12 and the...
Fairfield man admits to skirting income taxes to buy a gas station

Fairfield man admits to skirting income taxes to buy a gas station

A 47-year-old Fairfield man admitted to using money he owed the IRS for delinquent income taxes to buy a gas station. Peter N. Kungu pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false income tax return or other document and the willful failure to pay tax, according to a news release the IRS Criminal Investigation. According to court documents, Kungu since...
Driver of Butler County school bus that went up in flames called a hero

Driver of Butler County school bus that went up in flames called a hero

The first signs of potentially deadly trouble popped up as a simple overheating alert on the dash board of a Madison Schools bus that within minutes would be engulfed in flames. The driver, who is being hailed as a hero for her clear-headed reaction, radioed in the problem with the bus engine and the dispatcher at the Butler County school district’s transportation office answered back with a...
Madison student suspended after talk of gun

Madison student suspended after talk of gun

A Madison Schools student was detained at the start of school Thursday after a tip alerted officials the teenage girl had mentioned getting a gun. In a note sent out to school parents in the Butler County school district, Madison officials said the junior high student had been detained and questioned by school security before classes began. No gun was found, according to district officials. In the...
Employment expert shares how to make a seasonal job permanent

Employment expert shares how to make a seasonal job permanent

Retailers like Macy’s, Kohl’s and more have started hiring for what is predicted to be a considerable surge in shopping this holiday season. The Journal-News spoke with Melissa O’Brien, business service manager for OhioMeansJobs-Butler County, to get a grasp on the best way for job seekers to not only score a seasonal job, but also the efforts necessary to make a good enough impression...
Butler County elected officials and Issue 1 supporters debate

Butler County elected officials and Issue 1 supporters debate

Miami University students earlier this week had an opportunity to learn more about the only state issue on this year’s general election ballot from a pair of supporters and a trio of dissenters. Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would convert some lower-level drug felonies — felony 4 and felony 5 charges —to misdemeanors. The issue also dictates that...
Butler County-run nursing home gets $100,000 loan

Butler County-run nursing home gets $100,000 loan

What has become an annual loan from the general fund to the county-run nursing home is lower this year but still necessary, officials say. The Butler County commissioners recently approved a $100,000 general fund transfer to the Care Facility, but County Administrator Charlie Young said additional money will likely be needed before year’s end. “I expect we’ll have to move some more...
School bus fire 911 calls: ‘There are flames shooting all over the place’

School bus fire 911 calls: ‘There are flames shooting all over the place’

Rolling flames and a plume of smoke coming from a bus carrying Madison Schools students Tuesday afternoon sent calls to Butler County dispatchers. “We have got a bus that they say is on fire out on Middletown-Germantown Road,” Larry Osborne of the Madison Schools transportation department told 911 operators in a call placed at 3 p.m. “The bus overheated and the driver just called...
Hearing continued for man charged in fatal crash

Hearing continued for man charged in fatal crash

A preliminary hearing scheduled for a Cincinnati man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in a crash last week on Interstate 75 that killed a Middletown motorcyclist was continued today. Anthony Dwuan Howard, 35, was charged on Oct. 22, hours after the crash in West Chester Twp. At his court appearance today in Butler County Area III Court, Judge Dan Haughey said more evidence may be forthcoming...
U.S. Service Academies applications due Wednesday

U.S. Service Academies applications due Wednesday

Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, is asking students interested in 2019 admission to one of the country’s military academies to apply for a congressional nomination. Those who live within the 8th Congressional District — which includes Butler, Clark, Darke, Miami and Preble counties, and the southernmost portion of Mercer County — should apply to Davidson’s office. Davidson...
Butler County insurance negotiations may save $4 million

Butler County insurance negotiations may save $4 million

Butler County Commissioners unanimously agreed Monday to rescind the recently approved deal with Medical Mutual of Ohio (MMO) and authorize the county administrator to begin negotiating with United Healthcare, saving taxpayers a potential $4 million in added risk. RELATED: Butler County health insurance saga continues County Administrator Charlie Young said when he started digging into the numbers...
Monroe’s 2019 budget focuses on parks, new police HQ

Monroe’s 2019 budget focuses on parks, new police HQ

Monroe Council got a preview of the city’s 2019 general fund budget. City Manager Bill Brock gave a quick overview that noted the city’s budget priorities: parks, facility planning, comprehensive planning process and personnel. According to Monroe’s five-year forecast, the city is estimating a carry-over of $4.74 million from the 2018 budget. It is projecting 2019 revenues at $17...
Butler County health insurance saga continues

Butler County health insurance saga continues

The Butler County commissioners are poised to do an about-face on their $20 million health insurance provider and the company they plan to oust has scathing words for the proposed action. On the agenda for the Monday commissioner meeting is an item rescinding the recently approved deal with Medical Mutual of Ohio (MMO) and another action authorizing the county administrator to negotiate with United...
4 companies looking to hire in Butler, Warren counties

4 companies looking to hire in Butler, Warren counties

A number of companies are looking to expand their existing workorce, adding hundreds of new jobs to the region. Here’s a sample of companies and health systems we’ve profiled in this space in recent weeks in an effort to keep job seekers informed about what companies are looking for and how many they are hiring. Mercy Health-Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio, plans to fill...
Butler County officials say low wages driving away good employees

Butler County officials say low wages driving away good employees

A common lament during Butler County budget hearings this month has been office holders claiming they are not able to attract and then retain professionals because wages aren’t competitive. The Butler County commissioners asked all department leaders to keep salary increases to the two percent target, but several went above that amount saying they are in a tough spot. The Domestic Relations...
Police looking for suspect in fender-bender that turned into robbery

Police looking for suspect in fender-bender that turned into robbery

A 20-year-old Trenton woman said after her car was rear-ended Wednesday night in Middletown, the man who hit her said: “Give me all your money or I will kill you.” She handed her wallet to the alleged robber and after he saw there was no cash inside, he told her: “I should just shoot you now and kill you.” The woman told Middletown police when she stopped her car at 10:30 p...
Ross chief and his kidney donor on the mend

Ross chief and his kidney donor on the mend

For Ross Twp. Police Chief Darryl Haussler and his kidney donor Maria Wessel, the worst is over. Now the chief said the best thing he can do is take good care of her “gift.” “It’s a tremendous gift and I’ll always be indebted to her, just for that mere fact alone,” Haussler told the Journal-News. “I’m going to do the best I can to take care of this kidney...
Butler County speed camera case: Judge orders 10-year repayment of $3.2 million

Butler County speed camera case: Judge orders 10-year repayment of $3.2 million

A Butler County judge has ruled New Miami can repay about 33,000 speeders approximately $3.2 million over time, and he also settled the judgment interest matter. The case of New Miami’s speed camera — which has been playing out in courtrooms for five years — will proceed to a final judgment now that Judge Michael Oster has ruled the cash-strapped village can pay out the estimated...
Butler County emergency team witnesses Hurricane Michael’s destruction

Butler County emergency team witnesses Hurricane Michael’s destruction

The Butler County emergency responders on the ground and working around the clock in Bay County, Florida, are headed home. Butler County Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Haverkos told the Journal-News about one week ago — the team deployed Oct. 10 — the team of 11 was tasked with supporting the human services coordinator at the county emergency command center on the Florida Gulf...
Butler County police chief’s kidney transplant a success, family says

Butler County police chief’s kidney transplant a success, family says

Haussler, 53, suffers from a rare, painful and incurable disease called scleroderma, and now his three-times-a week dialysis appointments appear to be a thing of his past. That’s because Wessel — who works with Haussler’s wife at US Bank and goes to their church in Cleves — donated one of her kidneys to the police chief. The surgery was at the University of Cincinnati Medical...
$2,600, including school fundraiser money, stolen from home

$2,600, including school fundraiser money, stolen from home

Middletown police are investigating a burglary at a home in the 4100 block of Bonita Drive, where more than $2,600 in cash, including a student’s money from a candy fundraiser, was stolen. Police went to the home Saturday night after a family got home and saw that furniture had been moved and a window was open, and discovered money was missing, according to a police report. MORE: After Hamilton...
Congressional debate gets contentious on immigration discussion

Congressional debate gets contentious on immigration discussion

There wasn’t much the two candidates for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District agreed on during a debate Thursday, especially the topic of immigration. Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, and West Chester Twp. Democrat Vanessa Enoch are seeking a two-year term to represent the congressional district seat that was once held by former speaker John Boehner, who resigned in October 2015. That...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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