Butler County


Hamilton, Middletown populations barely budge, but leaders working to be competitive

Population in Butler County increased by an estimated 2,671 people, according to the latest the U.S. Census Bureau estimates. That rise between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, was mainly fueled by growth in West Chester, Liberty, Oxford, Lemon and Fairfield townships, as well as the cities of Monroe, Oxford and Trenton, the data shows. The counties two largest cities, Hamilton and Middletown, saw...


Yoga with kittens? Here’s where you can try it in June

Yoga with kittens? Here’s where you can try it in June

The Humane Association of Warren County will host a Kitten Yoga Class at 1:30 p.m. June 9 at the Humane Association of Warren County’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 230 Cook Road in Lebanon. This first-time event at the shelter is an hour-long, entry level yoga class with the added twist of adorable kitten interaction. MORE: Kroger just bought Home Chef: 5 other major changes to expect...
Butler County’s newest child support collection tool seeing success

Butler County’s newest child support collection tool seeing success

A pay-by-phone option for child support payments in Butler County is seeing success, according to the county’s Child Support Enforcement Agency. The Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency began accepting credit card payments by phone for the first time in early 2017. During the first quarter of 2017, the agency said it collected 115 phone payments totaling $74,677. By comparison...
Hamilton resident’s love of coaching baseball, softball enters 25th year

Hamilton resident’s love of coaching baseball, softball enters 25th year

Hamilton resident Virgil Cook has been coaching softball and baseball for so long that parents of current players sometimes introduce themselves and remind him he was their manager decades ago. Cook, who coached his three daughters, now in their 30s, in softball, now manages a coed T-ball team, the Maroon Minions. He coaches or just watches games involving his family’s youngest generation five...
Local woman wins $10,000 Sam Adams dream grant

Local woman wins $10,000 Sam Adams dream grant

For Isis Arrieta-Dennis, cooking arepas is not just a family tradition, its a budding business. She grew up in Colombia with her mother, who makes the dishes for her own restaurant, then crafted the dish herself for parties and gatherings in the United States for years as she considered starting her own restaurant. MORE: Celebrated Cincinnati chef opening new restaurant in Warren County Instead Arrieta-Dennis...
OVI checkpoint planned for Hamilton tonight

OVI checkpoint planned for Hamilton tonight

There will be an OVI checkpoint tonight in Hamilton along with saturation patrols in surrounding areas. The checkpoint will start at 10 p.m. on Pleasant Avenue (U.S. 127) at Hayes Avenue, according to the Butler County OVI Task Force. Both the northbound and southbound lanes will be checked. The checkpoint is scheduled to end no later than 2 a.m. MORE: Judge changes his mind: Woman who started fire...
2 West Chester trustees: Bike path money should come by tax levy so residents can decide if they want it

2 West Chester trustees: Bike path money should come by tax levy so residents can decide if they want it

Whether or not West Chester Twp. residents see a Smith Road bike path connector in the future will depend on whether the township is successful in its pursuit of federal grant money. Township trustees have voted 2 to 1 to send in a grant application to the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments. Trustee Ann Becker, who has opposed applying for the funds because “the federal...
Hamilton man says he intended to return items he stole from Fairfield Goodwill

Hamilton man says he intended to return items he stole from Fairfield Goodwill

A Hamilton man stole a mountain bike and a gas-powered leaf blower from Goodwill, but told police he was just borrowing the items. Jeffrey Morris, 47, of Hamilton, allegedly stole the bike just after 5 a.m. May 12 from the front of the Goodwill Industries building at 4605 Dixie Highway, according to police. He also allegedly took the leaf blower from the loading dock on the north side of the building...
19-year-old, who ‘didn’t appear she had planned on being in public,’ arrested for felony drug possession

19-year-old, who ‘didn’t appear she had planned on being in public,’ arrested for felony drug possession

A 19-year-old woman is facing a felony charge after police said she was found in possession of 93 sedative pills. A Fairfield police officer pulled a vehicle over on Pleasant Avenue near Hunter Road on May 23 for having no license plate lights. While approaching the vehicle, the officer said he saw the driver “stuffing a bag between her legs inside her pants.” The driver, Trinity Gilbert...
Want a T-bone for Memorial Day grill? It’s going to cost you

Want a T-bone for Memorial Day grill? It’s going to cost you

A majority of the meats you grill on the Memorial Day grill will be cheaper this year, but those who like a good T-bone steak will pay a little more compared to last year. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of grilling season and is a major holiday that drives sales, including meat sales at local grocery stores. MORE: The 4 best parts of the 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati — and some...
Judge changes his mind: Woman who started fire in jail cell will stay locked up

Judge changes his mind: Woman who started fire in jail cell will stay locked up

A Middletown woman pleaded no contest to a lesser degree arson charge Friday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court. Last week, Georgia Osborne, 35, was charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she started a fire in her jail cell around 7 a.m. May 17. She used a lighter to catch a blanket on fire while she sat on the concrete floor, according to the police report. She sneaked the lighter...
Oxford sexual assault: Victim speaks in court as 3 men sent to prison

Oxford sexual assault: Victim speaks in court as 3 men sent to prison

Three men have been sent to prison for an incident involving the sexual assault of a woman who was visiting Oxford in February. MORE: Driver in fatal prom night crash on house arrest In April, Roger Richard Michael Simpson, 24, of Cincinnati, was found guilty of 23 felony crimes, including 10 counts of rape, sexual battery, complicity to rape and kidnapping after a four-day trial. On Friday, Butler...
WATCH: Middletown police seek dozens of people connected to drug investigations

WATCH: Middletown police seek dozens of people connected to drug investigations

Middletown police are searching for dozens of suspects as a result drug investigations throughout the year in cooperation with the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office. The following people are wanted for offenses ranging from possession of drugs to trafficking in drugs and having weapons under disability, according to police:Kennzah Johnson Travis Martin Jordan Brown Jared Patrick Joseph Wills...
Driver in fatal Monroe prom night crash on house arrest

Driver in fatal Monroe prom night crash on house arrest

The 17-year-old Monroe student, who was driving the car on prom night that killed a classmate, has been placed on house arrest, according to Butler County Juvenile Court records. Chynna Brandon, charged with aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of assault, also was ordered by the court not to have any contact with the victims and their families and she must surrender her driver’s license...
Game brings thousands to Butler County seeking doughnuts, adventure

Game brings thousands to Butler County seeking doughnuts, adventure

If you’re driving around Butler County and you see people staring at their GPS, don’t worry: They’re just looking for a doughnut and a cache. Thousands of people are in town this week as part of a geocaching event called GeoWoodstock the Queen City. MORE: National magazine recognizes Butler County for this delicious point of pride Geocaching is like a real-life treasure hunt where...
WATCH: This new $600M facility is Middletown’s largest project to date, and you need to see how MASSIVE it is

WATCH: This new $600M facility is Middletown’s largest project to date, and you need to see how MASSIVE it is

The ribbon was just cut for the new $600 million NTE Energy Middletown Energy Center on Oxford State road. The new electric generation plant stands in stark contrast the hulking steel plant across the road. The fuel to run this new plant does not need to be stored or processed on site, which allows for a much smaller foot print and much less infrastructure. The Middletown Energy Center is fueled...
Butler County’s next roundabout: Here’s where it’s at and when roads will close for construction

Butler County’s next roundabout: Here’s where it’s at and when roads will close for construction

Construction of Butler County’s 16th roundabout will close all four legs of the Millikin and Yankee roads intersection beginning Monday, June 4. The intersection is tentatively scheduled to reopen the week of Aug. 13, according to the Butler County Engineer’s Office. During the closure, local access will be maintained for residents, businesses, and emergency vehicles up to the project...
Hamilton unveils riverfront plan

Hamilton unveils riverfront plan

Ninety-eight years ago, city planner Harland Bartholomew wrote about Hamilton: “Too few cities are given riverfront opportunities such as the Great Miami River offers to Hamilton. It is veritably the front yard of the city, yet how shamefully it has been neglected.” That comment was part of The City Plan of Hamilton, in 1920. The new Hamilton River Plan, introduced Wednesday to Hamilton...
Celebrated Cincinnati chef opening new restaurant in Warren County

Celebrated Cincinnati chef opening new restaurant in Warren County

The second Frenchie Fresh restaurant in the region will open at Deerfield Towne Center this summer. MORE: 20 things to do, see, eat in Cincinnati  Local chef and restaurateur Jean-Robert de Cavel’s new fine, fast-casual dining concept, Frenchie Fresh, puts a French twist on American-inspired classics. Think mac ‘n’ cheese or build your own burger. The French-inspired...
Meet the 8 new vendors at Oxford Farmers Market

Meet the 8 new vendors at Oxford Farmers Market

Every May, Oxford sees the departure of Miami University students and the happy arrival of area growers. Oxford’s Farmers Market has resumed meeting every week, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, in Uptown Oxford. MORE: 2 farmers markets close in Butler County, but here are 4 others to visit Eight of the 43 vendors are new to this year’s Farmers Market. 7 Wonders Farm, in Somerville, was started...
Man arrested for OVI said he was being responsible by driving slower

Man arrested for OVI said he was being responsible by driving slower

A Cincinnati man didn’t think he did anything wrong after being charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, according to police. A police officer pulled Alexander James Burge, 24, over on Grand Teton Court at 7:20 p.m. on Monday, May 21. The officer walked up to the driver’s side window and smelled a strong smell of alcohol and saw a Mike’s Hard Mango pint in the vehicle&rsquo...
Craigslist sale in West Chester turns into alleged robbery

Craigslist sale in West Chester turns into alleged robbery

A Craigslist sale went awry when a man was allegedly robbed at gunpoint after he met with a potential buyer in West Chester Twp. The alleged incident occurred near the Steak ‘n Shake and Verizon stores on Civic Centre Boulevard at 12:15 p.m. May 6. A man was trying to sell his iPhone X, valued at $1,149, to a buyer he met on Craigslist, according to West Chester Twp. spokeswoman Barb Wilson...
Air Pollution Advisory in effect today

Air Pollution Advisory in effect today

An Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties for smog. With temperatures expected in the upper 80s with abundant sunshine and light southerly winds, conditions will be conducive for the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog, and may lead to elevated air pollution levels, according to the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency. Children...
Registered sex offenders get surprise visit from deputies

Registered sex offenders get surprise visit from deputies

Butler County sheriff’s deputies spent Thursday verifying the addresses of registered sex offenders in the county. Beginning at 9 a.m., 15 teams of deputies began the annual verification operation of nearly 500 registered sex offenders. MORE: Man exposed himself at West Chester Kroger, police say Periodic spot checks of offenders are conducted throughout the year, but mass verification is conducted...
‘I hate you. You are a murderer’: Victim confronts driver during sentencing

‘I hate you. You are a murderer’: Victim confronts driver during sentencing

A Hamilton man has been sentenced to prison for striking two pedestrians, killing one, as they crossed Martin Luther King Boulevard last fall. Steven James Rogers, 59, who has been in the Butler County Jail since the fatal crash on Nov. 9, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. During an emotional hearing Thursday, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth...
Former Monroe strip club demolished. Here’s what will replace it.

Former Monroe strip club demolished. Here’s what will replace it.

A former strip club off the Interstate 75/Ohio 63 interchange in Monroe has been demolished. Demolition of the building, which had fallen into disrepair over the years, started Wednesday and continued Thursday. MORE: $1 million bond for suspect in fatal Hamilton shooting Monroe has taken various actions over the years to improve the community’s “front door” through landscaping and...
$1 million bond for suspect in fatal Hamilton shooting

$1 million bond for suspect in fatal Hamilton shooting

Bond was increased Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court for a Hamilton man who allegedly killed a man in his vehicle earlier this month. MORE: Hamilton man facing several charges from weekend shooting Broderick Malik Jones Roberts, 20, was indicted last week for aggravated robbery, felonious assault and having weapons under disability for allegedly shooting Jaspreet Singh, 32, of Monroe. Singh...
Monroe girl battling cancer gets big wish: A high school graduation

Monroe girl battling cancer gets big wish: A high school graduation

A Monroe girl who is battling cancer got her wish granted as Monroe school officials gave her a special high school graduation ceremony. Madison Smallwood, a fifth-grader in the city’s school district, had long wished to experience a high school graduation. The entire Monroe community rallied to make her dream come true Thursday. The emotional ceremony — attended by the entire fifth-grade...
Bengals players surprise Middletown teen in hospital

Bengals players surprise Middletown teen in hospital

Elley Ferrell’s 16th birthday party was delayed because of complications from a recent surgery, but she and other patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center were visited this week by members of the Cincinnati Bengals. MORE: The latest from Bengals practice this week Rookie center Billy Price, the Bengals first-round pick from Ohio State University, spent time Wednesday in...
Middletown High students allowed to return to school after threat

Middletown High students allowed to return to school after threat

Middletown High School students are being allowed back into the school building today to pick up items after classes were canceled Wednesday due to a “specific” threat, school officials said. MORE ON SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: Mental health symptoms parents can watch out for Wednesday was supposed to be the last day of classes at the high school for the school year. Students are allowed to pick...
WATCH: U.S. Marshals surround Warren County house; take man into custody

WATCH: U.S. Marshals surround Warren County house; take man into custody

A man has been taken into custody without incident at the Franklin Twp. home. U.S. Marshals and Warren County law enforcement are at a Franklin Twp. residence this morning for a person who reportedly is not coming out for warrant service, according to police scanner traffic. At about 9:50 a.m. the Marshals were at a residence in the 3600 block of Wilson Farms Boulevard to serve a warrant for escape...
NEW DETAILS: Cabela’s rifle thief may be connected to other crimes

NEW DETAILS: Cabela’s rifle thief may be connected to other crimes

West Chester Police have released additional photos of a suspect in a recent rifle theft from Cabela’s as well as thefts from a store in a neighboring township. FIRST REPORT: Do you recognize this suspect from Cabela’s gun theft A man allegedly concealed a Savage model B22 .22 caliber rifle under his clothing and walked out of Cabela’s, 7250 Cabela Drive, on April 24, according to...
The 4 best parts of the 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati — and some have nothing to do with the food

The 4 best parts of the 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati — and some have nothing to do with the food

As the Taste of Cincinnati enters its 40th year, organizers work per usual to keep the event new while also retaining those popular elements that keep hungry Cincinnatians returning. See below for what’s new at the Taste along with reassurances that your favorite parts aren’t going anywhere. Apparently, 45 live musical acts on five stages is not enough. To ensure Taste-goers have more...
44 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

44 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...
Doing business with Butler County goes from paper to screen

Doing business with Butler County goes from paper to screen

Butler County will use a $100,000 grant to create an electric court record system, just one of several initiatives to save taxpayer dollars and make government more efficient. If someone currently has to do business with Butler County Common Pleas Court, it takes a visit to the Government Services Center in downtown Hamilton. Once the new initiative is in place, it will just take a key stroke and...
Air Quality Advisory today in Butler County

Air Quality Advisory today in Butler County

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Thursday, May 24, for Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties.  The agency expects to see levels of ozone in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range on the Air Quality Index, according to a statement. Here are actions the agency suggests residents takes on Air Quality Advisory days: Take...
Rib restaurant returns to Butler County with new location

Rib restaurant returns to Butler County with new location

Rib City is back in Butler County following a May 22 opening of its new location on Hamilton’s West Side. MORE: 7 things to know about Hamilton’s downtown The former Fairfield business got its start in 2006 and moved to Springdale in 2011, but its run there ended in February. The new location at 746 NW Washington Blvd., the former location of Walt’s Barbeque, is a restaurant with...
Middletown restaurant robbery suspect caught in Atlanta

Middletown restaurant robbery suspect caught in Atlanta

A man who allegedly walked into a Middletown Subway restaurant with a gun and chased employees out the back door, has been indicted for aggravated robbery and robbery in Georgia. In March 2017, Deandre Yates, 21, of Cincinnati, allegedly entered the Subway restaurant on Verity Parkway with a gun to rob the business and employees. The suspect fled after several employees ran out of the restaurant and...
Butler County Memorial Day parades, events

Butler County Memorial Day parades, events

Memorial Day events throughout Butler County will honor those who died during active military service.  Here are planned events: Middletown’s parade will start at 10 a.m. Monday at Smith Park and will travel Verity Parkway to Woodside Cemetery, where the memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m.   Grand marshal of the parade will be Ginger Bruggeman whose late son Scott served...
Hamilton man cited for hitting house with car

Hamilton man cited for hitting house with car

A Hamilton man was cited for a traffic charge after hitting a Hamilton residence Friday. Shamar Alonmdo Chapman of the 500 block of Seventh Street struck the residence and porch on Seventh Street at about 10:48 a.m. May 18. Chapman was turning right from Caldwell Street to northbound South Seventh Street when he lost control, went off the road, hit a curb and then the porch of 221 Seventh St. with...
Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties

Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties

An Air Quality Advisory will be in effect today for Butler and Warren counties. The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency issued the advisory in anticipation of high ozone levels. It also includes Clermont and Hamilton counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion...
Carlisle man arraigned for alleged sex acts with children

Carlisle man arraigned for alleged sex acts with children

Young alleged victims and their family members filled a Warren County courtroom Wednesday for the arraignment of a 68-year-old man accused of having sexual contact with three young girls. The courtroom was filled on one side with alleged victims and their family members as Ronald Rowland, who was initially charged in March after an investigation by Carlisle police, walked in alone. Rowland, of Judy...
Xenia, Middletown buildings top 2 vote-getters in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest

Xenia, Middletown buildings top 2 vote-getters in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest

Photos showcasing empty buildings in Xenia and Middletown are leading the four finalists in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest. Voting continues until May 29 to choose a winner among the four, which are featured on Heritage Ohio’s website. The page has garnered more than 25,000 views since it was launched. To cast your vote, visit the photo contest page.  The Xenia entry features the Eavey...
Sheriff to school boards on security: What are you waiting for?

Sheriff to school boards on security: What are you waiting for?

Butler County’s top law officer continued his public pressure campaign against some local school boards Tuesday by calling for them to install metal detectors, reduce fire drills and add armed officers to schools. Sheriff Richard Jones released a letter on social media — prompted in part by last week’s shooting massacre at Santa Fe High School in Texas — that he said had been...
Butler County officer dies after motorcycle accident

Butler County officer dies after motorcycle accident

A Butler County corrections officer has died following a motorcycle accident earlier this month, according to the sheriff’s office. FIRST REPORT: Medical helicopter called to motorcycle crash in Preble County Corrections Sgt. Carol Seals, 54, died from injuries as a result of the accident, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said today. The accident occurred on May 12 along Gettysburg Drake...
Ross Twp. to ask voters for more police funds

Ross Twp. to ask voters for more police funds

Hoping to halt the revolving door at the Ross Twp. police department, the majority of trustees voted to ask taxpayers for more money in November to hire three full-time police officers and bring a detective on full-time. MORE: Butler County police, fire face staffing shortages Trustees approved a ballot question last week — by a vote of 2 to 1 — that if successful, will bring in a total...
Blind horse rescued from well thanks to this team’s specialized training

Blind horse rescued from well thanks to this team’s specialized training

A scared horse in a tight spot was rescued Sunday afternoon with the help of specially trained Butler County emergency personnel. The Reily Township Fire and EMS was called to Kiefer Road in Germantown shortly afternoon Sunday to rescue a horse that was trapped in a well. MORE: Suspect’s wig may connect 2 area bank robberies The blind horse apparently got spooked and backed into the well that...
Number of Butler County veterans needing assistance rises

Number of Butler County veterans needing assistance rises

Budget increases are generally frowned upon in government circles, but officials with the Butler County Veterans Service Commission say a bigger budget spells success for their organization and the people it helps. With the number of Butler County veterans needing emergency cash and other assistance up 12 percent in the first quarter this year, the veterans board this week approved a 10.6 percent...
2 fallen Monroe students, including victim of prom night car crash, honored during graduation

2 fallen Monroe students, including victim of prom night car crash, honored during graduation

There were 180 seniors who walked across the stage during the annual Monroe High School graduation ceremonies on Saturday. The memories of two fallen class members were also also present during the ceremonies. At each end of the stage at Princeton Pike Church of God, there was a memorial graduation gown hanging over a chair and a small pillar with their graduation cap, photograph and diploma cover...
NEW DETAILS: How Monroe plans to use old Americana rides into new park

NEW DETAILS: How Monroe plans to use old Americana rides into new park

Monroe will “combine the old with the new” in developing the former LeSourdsville Lake/Americana amusement park property along Ohio Route 4 just south of the Ohio 63 interchange as Monroe Bicentennial Commons park. But with many buildings in various states of disrepair, cleanup costs will be part of the project’s estimated $9.7 million price tag, officials said. The rides and equipment...
Emergency crews respond to two-car crash in Hanover Twp.

Emergency crews respond to two-car crash in Hanover Twp.

Emergency crews are on the scene this morning of a two-car crash in Hanover Twp. with possible entrapment. Butler County dispatchers confirm the crash occurred just before 8 a.m. near the intersection of Stillwell Beckett and Lanes Mill roads. MORE: Scattered showers, storms to develop by late morning There was no information immediately available on possible injuries.
Driver in fatal prom night crash waives court appearance

Driver in fatal prom night crash waives court appearance

Attorneys for Monroe senior Chynna Brandon, charged with aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of assault in a fatal prom night crash, have waived her arraignment and her court date has been moved to the summer. MORE: Liberty Twp. woman died ‘serving others’ at Butler-Warren crash scene Brandon was scheduled to appear for arraignment before a Butler County Juvenile Court magistrate...
Police fill courtroom for sentencing of ex-corrections officer who had sex with inmate

Police fill courtroom for sentencing of ex-corrections officer who had sex with inmate

A former Butler County corrections officer will serve a two-year prison sentence for having sex with an inmate in the Butler County Jail. Nakisha Newell, 29, faced a maximum five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in March to sexual battery, a third-degree felony. MORE: Former corrections officer pleads guilty to having sex with inmate The courtroom was ringed Thursday with deputes and court...
Father sent to prison for son’s drug death

Father sent to prison for son’s drug death

A Trenton man has been sent to prison for the death of his son after toxic levels of drugs were found in the 1-year-old’s system. PREVIOUS REPORT: Butler County dad pleads guilty in 1-year-old son’s drug death Dorrico Dawaun Brown, 34, pleaded guilty to corrupting another with drugs and reckless homicide last month. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Howard sentenced him Wednesday to...
Sample 16 food trucks THURSDAY at one Butler County event

Sample 16 food trucks THURSDAY at one Butler County event

Food options abound Thursday, May 17, at the Spring Monroe Food Truck Fare. Presented by the city of Monroe and Monroe Police Department, the event takes places from 5 to 9 p.m. at Monroe Community Park, 500 South Main St. and feature 16 food trucks. MORE: New restaurant opens at former Red Onion location in Monroe The list includes Bone Brothers Wings, The Cheesecakery, Rovey’s Turkey Burgers...
Insanity plea for Trenton man charged with child sex abuse, porn

Insanity plea for Trenton man charged with child sex abuse, porn

A Trenton man facing 25 felony charges, including rape, voyeurism and possession of child pornography, has entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea. Mickey R. Murrill, 30, was found competent to stand trial Tuesday by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater following a psychological evaluation ordered by the court. But Murrill’s defense attorney Ramona Daniels, who has filed a...
Fatal prom night crash: Phone messages sent just before crash, court docs show

Fatal prom night crash: Phone messages sent just before crash, court docs show

Text messages about “possible speed and reckless driving” were sent just prior to a fatal crash that killed one student on her way to prom, according court documents. The 17-year-old driver of the 2013 Tesla, Chynna Brandon, of Monroe, is charged with aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of vehicular assault in Butler County Juvenile Court. Brandon lost control of the car she was...
Franklin soldier who marched under Gen. George Patton dies

Franklin soldier who marched under Gen. George Patton dies

A local member of the U.S. Army who fought during the Battle of the Bulge has died. Donald Bishop, of Franklin, who served during World War II, died Saturday at Hospice of Butler-Warren Counties. He was 92. MORE: Read or listen to local obituaries and leave condolences Bishop marched one day under Gen. George Patton and was on the “front lines” for 30 days, said Janese Griffin, one of...
Plans unveiled for 3 Monroe parks, including former Americana property

Plans unveiled for 3 Monroe parks, including former Americana property

Monroe City Council heard a presentation on a draft master plan for Baker and Community Parks as well as the Monroe Bicentennial Commons, formerly known as Americana/LeSourdsville Lake amusement park. These individual park master plans were the next step following the completion of the Monroe Parks and Recreation Master Plan in April 2016. Patrick Hoagland of Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., presented...
Butler County RV dealer hiring for new Trenton location

Butler County RV dealer hiring for new Trenton location

Jeff Couch’s RV Nation opened in 2005 and has grown to be the nation’s second largest single store dealership of towables, including campers, travel trailers and fifth wheels, as well as providing RV service and parts The business, which sells RVs nationwide and worldwide, employs about 40 people. It is looking to hire not only service technicians for its current operations at 2122 Hamilton...
McCrabb: Extreme makeover mom of 5 ‘not perfect by any means’

McCrabb: Extreme makeover mom of 5 ‘not perfect by any means’

Arlene Williams became detoured by drugs and her addiction was her Atlas. She wanted to quit using, she honestly did, but each attempt ended with heroin up her nose. “When you have a problem like that, you do it once and it just…it’s like a snowfall,” Williams said. “You think, ‘Oh just one more time.’ One more time never comes.” But for Williams, thankfully...
No arrests in OVI checkpoint

No arrests in OVI checkpoint

There were no arrests during Friday night’s OVI checkpoint in West Chester Twp., according to police. “There were a lot of traffic stops but no arrests,” said West Chester Police Sgt. Michael McCalla. The Butler County OVI Task Force conducted the checkpoint 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., on northbound Ohio 747 (Princeton-Glendale Road) at Peters Place. MORE: Driver hands Middletown officer marijuana...
Butler County voter turnout: ‘There’s just no enthusiasm,’ expert says

Butler County voter turnout: ‘There’s just no enthusiasm,’ expert says

Voter turnout in Butler County was anemic. The 15.08 percent voter turnout — pending the calculation of the few hundred provisional and yet-to-be-counted absentee ballots — was the lowest in a gubernatorial primary in at least 28 years, according to historical county election results. The closest lowest gubernatorial primary election regarding turnout was in 2006 when it was 15.67 percent...
Postal carriers to collect food at mailboxes Saturday: Here’s how to donate

Postal carriers to collect food at mailboxes Saturday: Here’s how to donate

Last year in Butler County, postal workers gathered 36,500 pounds of non-perishable foods for local food banks. Since the program started locally, Butler County letter carriers have collected about 1.3 million pounds that people left next to their mailboxes. The collections will happen again on Saturday. Residents leave donations for their letter carrier to pick up as part of the 26th annual Stamp...
School safety: Could taxpayers soon fund a school security tax?

School safety: Could taxpayers soon fund a school security tax?

The leaders of Butler County’s public school districts are learning more about a new taxing method that would spread the costs of security through a collective approach involving other school systems. The new Ohio school tax law went into effect in March, and it has already captured the interest of some local school officials as a possible way to share the often daunting costs of improving school...
Monroe approves reconstruction for Butler Warren Road

Monroe approves reconstruction for Butler Warren Road

The Butler Warren Road reconstruction and overlay project is moving forward after Monroe City Council on Tuesday approved entering a contract with Barrett Paving Materials. The city received four bids on the project, with Barrett Paving Materials being the apparent low bidder with a bid of $122,851, according to City Manager William Brock. The project includes the full depth reclamation of the portion...
$4 beer dings Butler County Visitors Bureau in state audit

$4 beer dings Butler County Visitors Bureau in state audit

Paying attention to detail is what state auditors do when they audit a local governmental agency’s books. The Butler County Convention and Visitors Bureau found that out when they were listed for a finding of recovery. MORE: Monroe driver in fatal prom night crash won’t be tried as adult A finding of recovery is when a governmental agency improperly spends taxpayer dollars in violation...
Why Butler County is preparing for an influx of inmates

Why Butler County is preparing for an influx of inmates

Soon Butler County judges must keep felony five offenders in the local jail rather than send them to a state prison, but what appeared to be a major unfunded mandate from the state might not be. From the monetary standpoint Common Pleas Court Administrator Wayne Gilkison said the original $2.6 million to $4 million annual estimate it will take to keep low level, non-violent criminals here —...
Why Tuesday’s election wins were historic in Butler County

Why Tuesday’s election wins were historic in Butler County

Women dominated Butler County politics in Tuesday night’s primary election. The primary victories by Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter, Statehouse candidate Sara Carruthers and congressional candidate Vanessa Enoch were dominate, according to board of elections data. MORE: Political rookie Sara Carruthers beats incumbent Wes Retherford in Statehouse primary Tuesday night set up November...
Monroe makes decision on council members carrying guns in meetings

Monroe makes decision on council members carrying guns in meetings

Monroe City Council voted 4-2 against giving its members with valid concealed carry permits the option to carry a firearm at meetings or other specific city-owned properties. Vice Mayor Dan Clark who presided over Tuesday’s meeting in Mayor Robert Routson’s absence had suggested tabling the proposed resolution for another two weeks so that Routson could be in attendance and also provide...
Warren Davidson’s Democratic challenger will be Butler County’s Vanessa Enoch

Warren Davidson’s Democratic challenger will be Butler County’s Vanessa Enoch

A Butler County business owner will face U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, for the 8th Congressional District seat in November. ELECTION RESULTS: Find out who won and who lost in Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley Vanessa Enoch, of West Chester Twp., won Tuesday’s democratic primary with nearly 58 percent of the vote, according to final, unofficial election results. She bested Ted Jones, of...
Incumbent Cindy Carpenter will face Middletown resident in November Butler County commission race

Incumbent Cindy Carpenter will face Middletown resident in November Butler County commission race

Cindy Carpenter has won her seventh countywide race for the Republican nomination for a new four-year term as a Butler County commissioner. Carpenter defeated West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong by a margin of 59 percent to nearly 41 percent in Tuesday’s GOP primary election, according to final, unofficial, results from the Butler County Board of Elections. Carpenter, of Oxford, will now face...
Tax levies pass in Oxford, Milford Twp., Morgan Twp.

Tax levies pass in Oxford, Milford Twp., Morgan Twp.

Levies to improve infrastructure, fire protection or recreational services in Milford and Morgan townships and the city of Oxford won by 62 percent or better at the polls on Tuesday, according to final, unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections. MORE: Mike DeWine easily defeats Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in GOP governor race Here’s a look at results: Oxford: A 10-year, 3.25-mill...

Monroe council members carrying guns in meetings: What we know now

Monroe City Council is set to decide if it will permit its members to carry concealed weapons into meetings. MORE: Some Butler County leaders want option to carry guns at council meetings Here’s what we know now: 1. A decision is expected today The resolution is slated for a second reading and possible adoption at today’s council meeting. Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the Monroe...
Voter turnout in Butler County expected to match 2006’s gubernatorial election: under 16 percent

Voter turnout in Butler County expected to match 2006’s gubernatorial election: under 16 percent

UPDATE @9:05 p.m. Voter turnout is on pace with recent gubernatorial primary: pretty low. “It looks like it’s going to be roughly what we saw in 2006, a little less in 2014,” said In the 2014 gubernatorial primary, voter turnout in Butler County was at 17.63 percent while it was at 15.42 percent in the 2006 gubernatorial election “We thought with contested primaries on both...
Attorney wants second opinion regarding Ross student charged with murder

Attorney wants second opinion regarding Ross student charged with murder

The attorney for a Ross High School student charged with murder has asked for a second opinion regarding the competency of his client. Zachary Welsh, 17, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the fatal shooting of a fellow student, Austin Hensley. RELATED: Ross Twp. teen charged in fatal shooting pleads insanity Defense attorney Richard Hyde asked for a “second opinion” this...
Butler County family drug court triples its docket

Butler County family drug court triples its docket

The Butler County Family Treatment Drug Court has tripled its docket in less than one year, helping more addicts reunite with their families while they work through addiction issues. The court was resurrected last summer to help combat the opiate epidemic that is impacting families. When it opened in the Historic Courthouse in August there were five clients — they aren’t called defendants...
Butler County has lost another top official; brings total to 8 in past 2 years

Butler County has lost another top official; brings total to 8 in past 2 years

Butler County has lost another top official with the resignation of acting Water & Sewer Department Director Sue Vance. Vance’s resignation means the county has lost eight top officials in less than two years. Vance is now heading up the Southwest Regional Water District, that provides water to parts of Oxford, jurisdictions on the western edges of the county not served by the county’s...
Miami Regionals program gets student veterans talking about their experiences

Miami Regionals program gets student veterans talking about their experiences

A new program at Miami University Regionals is giving veterans an opportunity to share their experiences. Miami Regionals recently was awarded an $89,000 federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to facilitate its 2018-2019 project “From War Zone to Home: A Humanities Dialogue.” RELATED: From war zone to classroom: Army veteran helps Butler County soldiers start next...
McCrabb: For parents, no better sound than child’s car pulling into the driveway

McCrabb: For parents, no better sound than child’s car pulling into the driveway

They were driving to dinner in Mason, another memorable stop on the way to Monroe High School’s 2018 prom. Four seniors about to celebrate a milestone before — in less than two weeks — they graduated from high school and began the next chapter in their lives. It was 6:14 p.m. April 27 and there were two friends in the front seat and two in the back. You can almost hear the laughter...
Close calls prompt Butler County official to propose gun law changes

Close calls prompt Butler County official to propose gun law changes

Incidents of bullets whizzing past people’s heads in parks and projectiles smashing into living rooms have one Butler County official asking state legislators to give townships more power to regulate firearm use. There have been 924 “shots fired” complaints from township residents to law enforcement since the beginning of 2014. Michaux Merhout was one of those callers, after she...
Today’s lesson at Butler Tech: Pepper spray to the face

Today’s lesson at Butler Tech: Pepper spray to the face

Jocelyn Binkley started her class day like most Friday at Butler Tech. She arrived early, started taking in the lessons of her instructors. But today included a painful twist as she joined classmates outside the career school building to take a blast of pepper spray straight in the face. The noxious chemical bathed her face in a chemical burn, forcing an eruption of tears. But Binkley’s &ldquo...
Here’s where tonight’s OVI checkpoint will be in Butler County

Here’s where tonight’s OVI checkpoint will be in Butler County

There will be an OVI checkpoint tonight along Ohio 128 in Ross Twp. along with saturation patrols in surrounding areas. The checkpoint will start at 9 p.m. on Ohio 128 near the intersection of Ross-Millville Road, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Members of the Butler County OVI Tasks Force, Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the state patrol will staff the checkpoint as well as have...
9 places to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Butler County

9 places to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Butler County

Cinco De Mayo (Saturday, May 5) is a great opportunity to get out and savor Mexican cuisine, beverages and culture. Here are nine spots around Butler County to grab a bite to eat, down a drink and party like there’s no mañana. Mexican-food franchise El Rancho Nuevo has three locations in West Chester Twp., one in Liberty Twp. and a new one that recently opened in Fairfield Twp. with outdoor...
OVI checkpoint Friday night in Butler County

OVI checkpoint Friday night in Butler County

An OVI checkpoint will be held Friday night in Butler County. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will announce the exact location Friday. In 2017, there were 14,481 OVI-related crashes in which 405 people were killed and 8,848 people were injured in Ohio, according to the state patrol. “State Troopers have made 27,345 OVI arrests last year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers,” Lieutenant...
Sheriff’s office: ‘Outcome would have been different’ in prom night crash with seat belt use

Sheriff’s office: ‘Outcome would have been different’ in prom night crash with seat belt use

Seat belts played a role in the outcome of a crash that killed one Monroe High School student and injured three others on their way to prom last week, according to an official with the sheriff’s department. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation of the April 27 crash near the intersection of Butler Warren and Millikin roads. “If they had all been wearing...
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