Butler County


Brent Spence Bridge lane closures coming to an end

Round-the-clock lane closures for Brent Spence Bridge maintenance are coming to an end on Monday morning for southbound lanes and on Aug. 25 for northbound lanes. All four northbound lanes on the bridge will be reopened by 5 a.m. Aug. 25. MORE: Majority support for Brent Spence tolls Crews will begin restoring the northbound (lower) deck of the Brent Spence Bridge back to a four-lane travel configuration...


New program offers ways to tackle parenting’s toughest issues

A program hosted by Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus aims to give answers to some of the toughest issues facing parents. Cincinnati Children’s Ages & Stages program is a monthly event series for parents, and some of the topics that will be featured later this year are the opioid epidemic and how it affects children, depression and anxiety, literacy, fitness and nutrition, and gaming...
Butler County residents rise up to take communities back from heroin

Butler County residents rise up to take communities back from heroin

Local residents, upset by the negative impact the “heroin epidemic” is having in their communities, are taking an active role in combating the issue, an initiative applauded by law enforcement. “It takes everyday people to do this,” said Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown’s police chief. “People say, ‘Where is the government and the police in all this?’ But...
New uses proposed for big — and mostly empty — Forest Fair Mall

New uses proposed for big — and mostly empty — Forest Fair Mall

What do Apple, Amazon and FC Cincinnati have in common? They’ve all been invited to be part of the future at the former Forest Fair Mall. A team of Cincinnati real estate brokers is turning every stone to find a new use for the region’s biggest white elephant. The 90-acre mega mall, now known as Forest Fair Village, was built in 1989 and sat mostly empty for more than a decade. But its...
Butler County child support offering amnesty program

Butler County child support offering amnesty program

The Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency is giving parents back their driving privileges during a temporary amnesty program through September. Parents whose driving rights were suspended for non-payment of support will be able to get their license reinstated through an amnesty program the agency is offering until Sept. 30. “Our ultimate goal is to get people back to work so they can...
Flag-waving protesters upset Confederate monument removed

Flag-waving protesters upset Confederate monument removed

The removal of a 90-year-old, little-known Confederate monument in Franklin was “disgraceful,” and now some American history has been erased, said protesters who showed up in force Saturday afternoon.  On Wednesday, Franklin workers removed the plaque dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the corner of Dixie Highway and Hamilton Middletown Road in Franklin. On Saturday...
5 things to know: ‘Middie Modernization Movement’

5 things to know: ‘Middie Modernization Movement’

The new leader of Middletown Schools introduced a campaign – the “Middie Modernization Movement” — during a back-to-school gathering Friday for about 600 of the district’s employees. “We are the movement,” Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. said during the event at Miami University Middletown’s campus. Here’s a closer look at what it may mean for...
An unlikely heroin fighter: Middletown mom in SUV

An unlikely heroin fighter: Middletown mom in SUV

For the past six years, Jeri Lewis has driven around Middletown’s Sherman Park neighborhood, checking on those who may be struggling with drug addiction, mental illness or prostitution. She calls those areas “darkness” and her goal is to shed light by pulling over and praying with people. “People who look like they need good conversation,” she said. She starts the talks...
Heat builds ahead of Monday’s solar eclipse

Heat builds ahead of Monday’s solar eclipse

An isolated shower can’t be ruled out this evening, but most will stay dry, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Overnight, clouds decrease and temperatures drop into the lower to middle 60s. Temperatures on the rise Sunday, Monday Chance for rain returns Tuesday Cooler, less humid Wednesday, Thursday Sunday: Mostly sunny skies are expected to start the day, with partly cloudy...
Franklin Twp., city still not talking about Confederate monument’s fate

Franklin Twp., city still not talking about Confederate monument’s fate

Local officials refused to talk Friday about the status — or even the current whereabouts — of the Confederate monument that was removed by Franklin city workers. The plaque dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and placed on a stone at Dixie Highway and Hamilton Middletown Road in Franklin was removed under cover of night. MORE: The wild 24 hours of Franklin’s Robert E. Lee...
Judge rules gag order to remain in Carlisle buried baby case

Judge rules gag order to remain in Carlisle buried baby case

Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II has ruled the gag order issued last week in the Brooke Skylar Richardson case will remain in place. The prosecution and defense in the case were in court Thursday for a hearing about the order. A Cincinnati media outlet opposed the order precluding several of those involved from making public statements about the case. MORE: Carlisle buried baby case...
5 places to watch the 2017 total solar eclipse around Cincinnati

5 places to watch the 2017 total solar eclipse around Cincinnati

Thousands of people may be flocking to Hopkinsville, Ky., on Monday to watch the solar eclipse. Cincinnati should have 93 percent visibility of the eclipse, according to Journal-News media partner WCPO, so you’re still in for a show if you opt to stay closer to home. MORE: Eclipse eye dangers: How Butler, Warren schools are preparing Here are some eclipse viewing events Monday in the Cincinnati...
Middletown Schools leader: We will become one of Ohio’s best districts

Middletown Schools leader: We will become one of Ohio’s best districts

The new leader of Middletown Schools told staffers Friday they are not just returning to work when classes start next week — they will be part of a “movement.” “We are the movement,” Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. told about 600 employees of Middletown Schools during a back-to-school gathering on Miami University Middletown’s campus. “I’m not speaking...
Football coach who came under fire for prayer finds home at new school

Football coach who came under fire for prayer finds home at new school

Chris Wells, wearing camouflage shorts and a blue T-shirt, certainly didn’t look like a high school football coach as he sat in his Middletown living room. As Wells comforted his 18-month-old son, Gideon, who was fighting a cold, an open Bible, a football playbook and scribbled notes sat on his lap. Woody Hayes never was portrayed this way. But the more you know about Wells, the more you realize...
Hamilton, Lebanon eateries among Ohio’s 10 Best Mom & Pop Restaurants

Hamilton, Lebanon eateries among Ohio’s 10 Best Mom & Pop Restaurants

A Hamilton eatery that has been family run for over 70 years has been named one of the 10 Best Mom & Pop Restaurants in Ohio. A home-cooked meal at Hyde’s Restaurant must be followed up with “a homemade pie and some of their legendary ice cream,” according to the website Best Things Ohio, which published the top 10 list. “Hyde’s Restaurant has been serving the community...
Woman killed in Ross Twp. crash identified

Woman killed in Ross Twp. crash identified

The woman killed Thursday morning in a Ross Twp. crash has been identified. Laura Cheek, 38, of Reily Twp., was the driver of a black Ford Mustang that was hit head-on along Ross-Millville Road at about 9:30 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Ross Twp. Police Capt. Jack Tremain. Larry Gray, 24, of Hamilton, was driving a yellow Ford Mustang that first sideswiped a Chevrolet Impala...
Butler County vigil to honor Charlottesville victims

Butler County vigil to honor Charlottesville victims

Butler County community leaders are holding a community candlelight vigil tonight to honor those killed and injured last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. One woman and two Virginia state troopers died, and 19 others were injured last weekend during a white nationalists’ rally and a gathering of counter protesters. MORE: Middletown lawmaker criticizes efforts to remove Confederate monuments The...
Second Ward turnout sparse in meetings to plan Hamilton’s future

Second Ward turnout sparse in meetings to plan Hamilton’s future

When residents participating in the Plan Hamilton effort to create a 10- to 15-year vision for the city’s future met in five areas of the city recently, they were asked to place dots on a city map to represent where they live. As a neighborhood leader of the Lindenwald neighborhood looked at that map on Wednesday, he noted dots were notably sparse in some of the poorest areas of the city, including...
Ohio lawmaker criticizes efforts to remove Confederate monuments

Ohio lawmaker criticizes efforts to remove Confederate monuments

Even as Republicans like John Kasich, Rob Portman and Mike Turner call on President Donald Trump to clearly denounce white supremacists, state Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, took to Facebook this week to criticize efforts to remove Confederate monuments. “There is a statue of Bill Clinton in Arkansas. A man who obviously glorified adultery and perjury,” she wrote. “Lenin&rsquo...
New Middletown Schools superintendent leads district’s digital push

New Middletown Schools superintendent leads district’s digital push

Middletown City Schools’ new leader paused during a recent tour of the district’s $96 million school construction site to do something no other superintendent of the Butler County district has ever done while on the scene: He tweeted a photo on Twitter. And then he posted it on Instagram. Meet Marlon Styles Jr. — the most active-on-social-media school leader this city has seen. WATCH...
Gag order opposed in Carlisle buried baby case; judge’s decision soon

Gag order opposed in Carlisle buried baby case; judge’s decision soon

The prosecution and defense in the Brooke Skylar Richardson case were in court today for a hearing about a gag order issued by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II. A Cincinnati media outlet opposed the order Oda issued last week precluding several of those involved from making public statements about the case. Richardson was in court today for the hearing with her parents. There was...
‘Limited’ damage after reports of smoke at Fairfield school

‘Limited’ damage after reports of smoke at Fairfield school

Update @ 2:28 p.m.: Fairfield School officials report: “There was no active fire. School officials have been allowed to enter the building to assess damage. It appears that damage is limited to a very small area. Fairfield Fire Department still on scene.” INITIAL REPORT: Firefighters are on the scene after a report of smoke coming from the second floor of South Elementary in Fairfield...
Eclipse eye dangers: How Butler, Warren schools are preparing

Eclipse eye dangers: How Butler, Warren schools are preparing

For the eye health of Southwest Ohio’s next generation, Monday’s solar eclipse is the most dangerous school day afternoon since 1918 and area schools are scrambling to take safety precautions. When the moon begins to eclipse the sun Monday afternoon tens of thousands of school children in Butler and Warren counties will be watching. Almost all will do so with approved, protective eye wear...
2 charged in Lindenwald shots fired incident

2 charged in Lindenwald shots fired incident

Two people involved in a June incident that led to gunshots fired on Corwin Avenue in Lindenwald are now facing felony charges. Owen Dawson, 18, of Hamilton, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury this week for carrying a concealed weapon, improperly furnishing a firearm to a minor and tampering with evidence for the incident caught on video. A 15-year-old boy, also of Hamilton, is charged in...
Road reopened in Ross Twp. after woman killed in crash

Road reopened in Ross Twp. after woman killed in crash

UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m.: A woman was killed this morning when her vehicle was struck head-on along Ross-Millville Road, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The crash happened at about 9:30 in the 13o0 block near the Ross Twp. fire department. Butler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Tanner said the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang sideswiped a car, then hit a black Ford Mustang head-on....
Carlisle crematory where bodies not refrigerated: What we know now

Carlisle crematory where bodies not refrigerated: What we know now

The future of a Carlisle crematory that had its license revoked earlier this month will be announced next week, this news outlet has just learned from state officials. MORE: 5 disturbing finds at Carlisle crematory where bodies not refrigerated Here’s what we know now: 1. State board’s decision expected Wednesday Representatives from the Crematory Review Board met with William Liston,...
Passer-by snags makeshift sign placed at former Franklin Confederate monument

Passer-by snags makeshift sign placed at former Franklin Confederate monument

A makeshift sign placed where a controversial Confederate monument stood less than a day ago was snagged by a passer-by while News Center 7 crews were covering the story this afternoon. The man grabbed the sign and quickly left in a vehicle. A makeshift sign was placed on the site where a controversial Confederate monument was removed in Franklin. The sign reads, “We do not negotiate with...
You may recognize the setting of Hamilton author’s suspense novel

You may recognize the setting of Hamilton author’s suspense novel

For most of her life, Hamilton resident Mary Ferris felt she was called to be a writer. With the publishing of her first book, a suspense novel, that dream has now come true. And readers may notice some places that sound familiar in the book’s setting. Ferris’ book “Changing Seasons” takes place in a small fictional Midwest town called Arbor, Ohio, which is actually a combination...
Liberty Twp. and medical pot: Where the 3 trustees stand

Liberty Twp. and medical pot: Where the 3 trustees stand

Citing uncertainty about the state’s rules regarding medical marijuana, Liberty Twp. trustees have extended a moratorium for another six months. The year-long ban they instituted last September is set to expire, so trustees issued a new ending date of March 8. The state’s rule are set to come out next month and the cultivation, processing and retail establishments can open for business...
2 charged with dumping Middletown woman’s body in woods

2 charged with dumping Middletown woman’s body in woods

Two people have been charged with moving a Middletown woman’s body and dumping it in the woods following an apparent overdose, according to police. Erica Robinson, 32, and Joshua Swenson, 28, both of 2912 Wilbraham Road, are each charged with tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, obstructing official business and permitting drug abuse, all felonies, according to Middletown police Lt. Scott...
Confederate marker in Warren County will be removed

Confederate marker in Warren County will be removed

UPDATE @ 8:25 p.m.: Acting City Manager Jonathan Westendorf hopes to have the Confederate marker in Franklin moved to Franklin Twp. before the weekend, when a Dayton racial justice group is planning a demonstration. City crews will need to study the monument before relocating it. They will have to determine whether the memorial plaque is attached to the foundation, for one, and how large the rock...
Opiates found in dead Butler County baby’s system, father arrested

Opiates found in dead Butler County baby’s system, father arrested

Dorrico Dawaun Brown, the Trenton man charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of his son after toxic levels of drug were found in the 1-year-old’s system, will be arraigned next week.  Brown, 32, of West State Street, was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury and taken into custody early Thursday morning and booked into the Butler County Jail. He will be arraigned Wednesday in...
New exhibit chronicles Armco’s involvement in World War I

New exhibit chronicles Armco’s involvement in World War I

A new exhibit at the MidPointe Library Middletown chronicles Armco’s involvement in World War I. The exhibit called “Middletown and the Great War” is timely because this is the 100th anniversary since the United States entered the war, said Cari Hillman, the library’s public relations manager. It chronicles how Armco, now AK Steel, sent employees to serve in the Armco Ambulance...
Franklin father charged in son’s scalding death will get 3rd trial

Franklin father charged in son’s scalding death will get 3rd trial

The third trial of Robert Ritchie, the Franklin father charged in connection with his 4-year-old’s scalding death, is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 21. Richie was in Warren County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday for a final pretrial hearing in Judge Robert Peeler’s courtroom. Defense attorney Frank Schivanone IV said after, “We are proceeding to trial.” MORE: Mistrial declared...
5 ways to protect yourself from credit card skimmers at gas pumps

5 ways to protect yourself from credit card skimmers at gas pumps

Three more illegal credit card skimmers have been found at Butler County gas stations, according to the auditor’s office. MORE: 3 credit card skimmers found at Butler County gas stations this month During weekly sweeps, inspectors found two of the credit card copying devices on Friday and another on Monday, bringing the latest skimmer intercepts to five since July 13. WATCH: Hidden camera catches...
Talawanda Schools: 5 things to know for back to school

Talawanda Schools: 5 things to know for back to school

Here are 5 things to know as Talawanda Local Schools starts a new school year Wednesday, Aug. 16: 1. Mark these important upcoming dates: Wednesday, Aug. 16: First day of school Friday, Sept. 1: First home football game, Badin at Talawanda, 7 p.m. at Talawanda High School, 5301 University Park Blvd. Saturday, Sept. 26: Community Advisory Meeting...
Sip your wine in a gorgeous setting at this weekend’s wine festival

Sip your wine in a gorgeous setting at this weekend’s wine festival

Festival goers and wine lover’s from across Butler County and beyond will enjoy wine tastings, food, live music and more during the Hanover Winery Wine Festival on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19. Hanover Winery owners Eddie and Elizabeth McDonald started the festival in 2010 as an anniversary celebration and a customer appreciation event. Every year since, they have continued the tradition...
5 reasons not to miss this real-life Thomas train ride

5 reasons not to miss this real-life Thomas train ride

Thomas the Tank Engine will return to the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad (LM&M Railroad) for two consecutive weekends for a “Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017” on Aug. 19-20 and Aug. 25-27. “We’ve hosted a ‘Day Out with Thomas’ for over 10 years now. It varies between either being our most popular event, or our second-most popular event in line with Christmas...
Must-try Ohio beers at Jungle Jim’s Buckeye Beer Bash

Must-try Ohio beers at Jungle Jim’s Buckeye Beer Bash

The Buckeye Beer Bash, a craft beer tasting devoted solely to Ohio breweries, debuted one year ago. Now an official, annual event, the second Bash will naturally feature more breweries and more brews, approximately 20 and 75, respectively. The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 19, from 7-11 p.m. at the Jungle Jim’s Fairfield location. According to Jared Bowers, the social media and contact...
Drivers beware: Butler County’s biggest day for back-to-school is here

Drivers beware: Butler County’s biggest day for back-to-school is here

The busiest day of back-to-school season is today, Aug. 16, as six of Butler County’s 10 public school districts begin welcoming students to their first day of classes. School districts starting classes today are: Lakota, Monroe, Talawanda, New Miami, Ross, and Madison’s Junior/Senior High School. Edgewood Schools will welcome students back to school Thursday. Hamilton Schools started...
Break-ins have Middletown business owner considering move

Break-ins have Middletown business owner considering move

The owner of a downtown Middletown business said he is “99 percent” sure he will relocate his store after two break-ins in two days. Clarence Angel Jr. opened CJ’s Game Corner, 1326 Central Ave., in March because he was impressed by the revitalization he saw downtown. But after break-ins Saturday and Sunday morning, he told this newspaper he is looking at moving his store out...
Mom of Middletown woman found dead: Police must go after drug dealers

Mom of Middletown woman found dead: Police must go after drug dealers

The mother of a Middletown 20-year-old whose body was allegedly dumped in woods after she overdosed does not want her daughter to have died in vain. Leslie Dalton was found dead Sunday afternoon in a dry creek bed behind homes in the 2900 block of Wilbraham Road. Middletown police say her death is being investigated as an overdose, but other crimes were committed because her body was moved. &ldquo...
Hamilton school district uses lockdown plan for second time in 2 days

Hamilton school district uses lockdown plan for second time in 2 days

Butler County school districts have lockdown procedures in place, and Hamilton Schools has needed those plans twice in the first two days of the new school year. Hamilton’s Ridgeway Elementary, 267 Wasserman Road, was placed on lockdown briefly Tuesday morning after a blown electrical transformer in the area. “A transformer blew out in that area around 9:15 a.m. and school officials heard...
Butler County Board of Elections to close for co-worker’s funeral

Butler County Board of Elections to close for co-worker’s funeral

The Butler County Board of Elections will be closed Friday so employees can attend a co-worker’s funeral services. RELATED: Butler County Board of Elections employee dies Executive assistant Donna DeFazio, who worked at the board for 10 years, died Monday, weeks after having cancer surgery. Her visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, followed by her funeral at Hamilton Christian Center...
Monroe Schools: 5 things to know for back to school

Monroe Schools: 5 things to know for back to school

Here are 5 things to know as Monroe Local Schools starts a new school year Wednesday, Aug. 16: 1. Mark these important upcoming dates: Wednesday, Aug. 16: First day of school Friday, Sept. 1: First home football game, Madison at Monroe, 7 p.m. at 220 Yankee Road Friday, Sept. 15: No school for students (teacher work day) MORE: 5 things to know about Monroe Local Schools...
3 more credit card skimmers found at Butler County gas stations

3 more credit card skimmers found at Butler County gas stations

Three more illegal credit card skimmers have been found at Butler County gas stations, according to the auditor’s office. During weekly sweeps, inspectors found two of the credit card copying devices on Friday and another on Monday, bringing the latest skimmer intercepts to five since July 13. WATCH: Hidden camera catches possible skimmer criminal in Butler County The last skimmer was found...
Butler County Board of Elections employee dies

Butler County Board of Elections employee dies

The “glue that held the pieces together” at the Butler County Board of Elections has died, confirmed Diane Noonan, the board’s director, to this news outlet. Donna Defazio, of Hamilton, who served as Noonan’s executive assistant, died Monday night at West Chester Hospital, two weeks after cancer surgery, according to Noonan, who said a blood clot was found in Defazio&rsquo...
Butler County job fair today includes dozens of employers

Butler County job fair today includes dozens of employers

OhioMeansJobs-Butler County will host a job fair today featuring more than 30 employers. The Butler County job fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. today, Aug. 15, at OhioMeansJobs-Butler County, 4631 Dixie Hwy. in Fairfield. MORE: Local employers desperate for drug-free workers who show up on time Those looking for work should bring multiple copies of their resume and “dress to impress,&rdquo...
Butler County child support offering amnesty program

Butler County child support offering amnesty program

The Butler County Child Support Enforcement Agency giving parents back their driving priviledges during a temporary amnesty program through September. Parents whose driving rights were suspended for non-payment of support will be able to get their license reinstated through an amnesty program the agency is offering until Sept. 30. “Our ultimate goal is to get people back to work so they can...
Retiring Monroe Schools superintendent blasts education officials

Retiring Monroe Schools superintendent blasts education officials

Monroe Superintendent Phil Cagwin, one of Butler County’s most veteran school district leaders, is retiring, the Journal-News reported earlier today. Cagwin, who began his career in public education in 1975, will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. MORE: Monroe Schools superintendent leaving And the top official isn’t going out quietly, blasting both state and federal education...
Monroe Schools superintendent leaving

Monroe Schools superintendent leaving

One of Butler County’s most veteran school district leaders is retiring, the Journal-News learned exclusively Monday. Monroe Superintendent Phil Cagwin, who began his career in public education in 1975, will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. MORE: 5 things to know about Monroe Schools Monroe starts classes Wednesday. A decade-long superintendent for Talawanda Schools before retiring...
Butler County approves almost $300,000 in raises

Butler County approves almost $300,000 in raises

The Butler County commissioners have authorized an almost $300,000 appropriation for the first half of merit increases for non-contractual employees. The county instituted a new pay-for-performance plan that provides for a two percent pool of money that increases base pay and another two percent to be doled out in lump sum amounts for deserving employees. The county budgeted $1.1 million for raises...
Woman’s body found in Middletown; death investigation underway

Woman’s body found in Middletown; death investigation underway

Police found the body of a woman Sunday afternoon in a wooded area near Wilbraham Road in Middletown. Her family, who reported her missing a few days ago, has been notified, but Chief Rodney Muterspaw said his department would not be releasing her name at this time. The chief did not say who alerted them to the woman’s body. The Butler County Coroner’s Office will determine the woman&rsquo...
Butler County plans to negotiate price of $19.2M safety equipment bill

Butler County plans to negotiate price of $19.2M safety equipment bill

Butler County officials say there is room for negotiation with Motorola on the $19.2 million safety equipment upgrade and radio replacement. Some local officials were taken by surprise at news of a huge replacement bill looming. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said they shouldn’t have been. “We’ve known it was coming, we’ve been talking with the police and fire for a...
Why Butler County groups are educating moms on breastfeeding

Why Butler County groups are educating moms on breastfeeding

August is National Breastfeeding Month in Ohio, and two local organizations are ramping up efforts to discuss the practice with mothers and to bring awareness about how it can help reduce infant death rates. The Butler County Breastfeeding Coalition and Butler County WIC Program are hoping to bring more attention to the subject, not just this month, but year-round, according to Cindy Meale, director...
Butler County in need of 500 more poll workers for Election Day

Butler County in need of 500 more poll workers for Election Day

At least 500 additional poll workers are needed for the Nov. 7 General Election, according to the Butler County Board of Elections. Workers are needed throughout the county, with particular need in the Middletown and Oxford areas, officials said. “Our poll workers serve on a team on Election Day to check in voters and make sure every eligible voter’s vote counts,” said Diane Noonan...
Uncontested local elections a growing norm in Butler County

Uncontested local elections a growing norm in Butler County

There are 23 potential contested local races in Butler County this November, pending certification of candidates later this month. A nearly 10-race decline from the 2009 local election year. The downward trend of contested national and local races have been evident in the past several years, said University of Cincinnati political science professor David Niven. RELATED: Butler County shaping up to...
Here’s who is on the ballot in Butler County school board races

Here’s who is on the ballot in Butler County school board races

The filing deadline for the November 2017 ballot has passed for most city council races and all village council, township trustee and local school board races. All candidates for local races except for Hamilton and Middletown city council and mayoral races had to file by 4 p.m. Wednesday to file petitions for office. MORE: Butler County’s November ballot shaping...
Monroe fatal shooting: Son called 911 saying father made threats

Monroe fatal shooting: Son called 911 saying father made threats

Colin Bailey called 911 during the early morning hours of Aug. 5 and told Monroe dispatchers that he had shot his father who had been making threats, according to 911 calls obtained by this newspaper. Christopher Bailey, 46, was killed in the disturbance on Teil Tree Court. Monroe police say the preliminary investigation indicates his 19-year-old son acted in self-defense and he has not been charged...
Some Monroe residents to be without water Saturday during repair work

Some Monroe residents to be without water Saturday during repair work

Some Monroe residents may be without water for several hours today while work is being completed by the city water department. The water department will be replacing a valve cluster in the southeast corner of the intersection of Reed Road and Garver Road on Saturday morning, Aug. 12, beginning around 7 a.m., according to the city. Property owners in the affected area may be without water for up to...
Butler County’s new family drug court delayed

Butler County’s new family drug court delayed

Butler County’s family drug court was slated to begin at the end of June, but Ohio Supreme Court intervention delayed the start. Juvenile Court Magistrate Pat Wilkerson said the new docket was expected to open on June 29 but the high court said they needed their pre-certification first. Wilkerson said the Supreme Court contacted the family drug court and they “frowned upon us starting&rdquo...
Monroe police: Son shot dad in self-defense

Monroe police: Son shot dad in self-defense

Monroe police say a fatal shooting last weekend appears to have been done in self-defense. “Based on all the information gathered to this point it appears that Colin Bailey acted in self-defense. No charges are pending against Colin Bailey and he is not in custody,” said Monroe police Officer Josh King in a statement. Bailey, 19, allegedly shot and killed his father Aug. 5 during a domestic...
Hunt back on to fill one of Butler County’s top jobs

Hunt back on to fill one of Butler County’s top jobs

Butler County is back on the hunt for a new assistant county administrator since their interim person is returning to the Water and Sewer Department. The commissioners made Sue Vance their interim county administrator three months ago, but with Water and Sewer Director Bob Leventry retiring at the end of the month, they need her at the helm there as acting director. She was the assistant director...
December trial set for man charged in fatal St. Clair Twp. shooting

December trial set for man charged in fatal St. Clair Twp. shooting

A trial date has been set for a Hamilton man charged with murder and other felonies in the fatal shooting of Maurice Chatman in May. Eric Brown, 19, of the 900 block of South Second Street, is charged with murder, having weapons under disability and tampering with evidence for allegedly fatally shooting Chatman on May 29 in St. Clair Twp. WATCH: Man talks about holding teen suspects at gunpoint Brown...
OVI checkpoint Friday in Butler County

OVI checkpoint Friday in Butler County

An OVI checkpoint will be held in Butler County on Friday night, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today. The exact location and time of the checkpoint will be announced Friday, according to the OSHP. MORE: 5 can’t-miss local events happening this weekend The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers, according to OSHP. In 2016, there...
Butler County November ballot shaping up to have few contested races

Butler County November ballot shaping up to have few contested races

The number of contested local races continues its downward trend in this November’s election, something Butler County has seen since 2009 and is mirrored across the state and nation, according to some political experts. RELATED: 11 Butler County Republicans and their campaign funds Wednesday was the filing deadline for local elections, except for Hamilton and Middletown city council and Hamilton...
Prosecutor: Son who allegedly shot dad in Monroe not a threat to public

Prosecutor: Son who allegedly shot dad in Monroe not a threat to public

An incident of a 19-year-son who allegedly shot and killed his father during a domestic disturbance in Monroe will be presented to a grand jury, according to Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser. Christopher Bailey, 46, was shot once by Colin Bailey at about 12:19 a.m. Saturday at their Teil Tree Court home, according to Monroe police. Colin Bailey has not been arrested nor is he in custody at...
Butler County commissioners: No new taxes for safety equipment

Butler County commissioners: No new taxes for safety equipment

Butler County commissioners say the $19.2 million bill for replacing emergency response equipment will not alter debt elimination plan for 2020. County officials learned recently Motorola is requiring a communications system upgrade and has stopped making radios used by all law enforcement and firefighters countywide. The company will stop servicing the equipment in 2019. MORE: Butler County officials...
Financing an option for $19.2 million Butler County equipment bill

Financing an option for $19.2 million Butler County equipment bill

There are options for financing the replacement of $19.2 million worth of emergency response equipment for Butler County and its various police and fire jurisdictions. County Administrator Charlie Young told the Journal-News he asked the sheriff’s department to hold off as long as possible on the infrastructure upgrade and replacing aging radios all police, firefighters and others carry. About...
Butler County home sales hold steady through first half of 2017

Butler County home sales hold steady through first half of 2017

Home sales in Butler County and throughout the region are holding steady through the first half of the year. Butler County has seen 2,490 sales so far in 2017, compared to a nearly identical amount — 2,489 — in the first half of 2016. The average home sold in Butler County for $179,406 in the first half of 2017, up from an average of $175,417 in the first half of 2016. PHOTOS: Take a tour...
Election filing deadline for most Butler County races this week

Election filing deadline for most Butler County races this week

The election filing deadline to run for office for all but two communities in Butler County is 4 p.m. Wednesday. And if all who have pulled petitions to run for elected office file and are certified to be on the ballot, there will be 25 contested races. The charters in Hamilton and Middletown call for a later filing deadline, which is Aug. 24. MORE: Here’s what 11 Butler County Republicans have...
Butler County road projects starting Monday may impact your commute

Butler County road projects starting Monday may impact your commute

Butler County road projects starting Monday may impact your commute — some for the next few weeks. Here’s what you need to know: FAIRFIELD Seward Road will be closed to through traffic between Union Centre Boulevard/Symmes Road and Tylersville Road starting Monday, Aug. 7. The closure is for work being performed next to the bike trail and just south of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks...
Butler County Democratic Party breaks fundraising records

Butler County Democratic Party breaks fundraising records

The Butler County Democratic Party has raised more than $33,500 in the first six months of the year, its best fundraising effort since 2011, according to the party. Party officials say a growing base fueled by small donations are helping close the gap with the more dominant Butler County Republican Party. Though the Republicans out-raised the Democrats by $50,000 within the first six months of 2017...
Teacher’s visit to Holocaust sites will impact Butler County classrooms

Teacher’s visit to Holocaust sites will impact Butler County classrooms

One local educator has gone farther than most for her students — literally. This summer, Heather Campbell-Lieberman traveled halfway around the world to study the Holocaust and improve her curriculum on the subject. Campbell-Lieberman used to teach ninth grade English and Connections (a class on life and work skills for at-risk students) at the Lakota East Freshman School and is now an instructional...
Man fatally shot during disturbance in Monroe

Man fatally shot during disturbance in Monroe

Police questioned witnesses early Saturday after a man was shot and killed during a disturbance.  Police were called around 12:20 a.m. to the area of Teil Tree Court and Easton Manor Drive in Monroe.  When crews arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to the Monroe Police Department...
Local history: FBI agent killed in shootout with moonshiner

Local history: FBI agent killed in shootout with moonshiner

If the name Nelson Klein is not familiar to you, it is understandable. He died in 1935. A book and a history marker, however, are part of an effort to rectify his lack of name recognition. Nelson B. Klein was the first FBI agent killed in the line of duty and it happened in nearby College Corner, Ind., on Aug. 16, 1935. Retired FBI Agent William E. Plunkett became familiar with Klein’s name...
Traffic snarled at West Chester Twp. event

Traffic snarled at West Chester Twp. event

Saturday’s opening of the USA Triathlon Youth and Junior National Championship at Voice of America Park featuring young triathletes from across the country has caused traffic problems in West Chester Twp. The Journal-News announced road closures including parts of Cox Road and Liberty Way that will be closed today and Sunday, Aug. 5-6, to accommodate the event. Road closures will be in effect...
2 Butler County officials balk at tax hike to buy new emergency radios

2 Butler County officials balk at tax hike to buy new emergency radios

Should taxpayers in Butler County have to foot a $19.2 million bill to upgrade emergency communications equipment that was purchased for $37 million just nine years ago? In 2005, Butler County voters approved a temporary sales tax levy to upgrade the county’s communications system. But now Motorola, the provider of Butler County’s equipment, doesn’t make the radios anymore and beginning...
St. Clair Twp. Fire Department to receive $31K in federal funds

St. Clair Twp. Fire Department to receive $31K in federal funds

The St. Clair Twp. Fire Department has received a $31,429 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for operations and safety. The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. RELATED: Fairfield awarded $810K grant to hire firefighters “Ohio firefighters and first-responders work every day to protect our families,” said U...
Have you tried these 12 new restaurants in Butler County?

Have you tried these 12 new restaurants in Butler County?

Looking for a new place for lunch or dinner this weekend? Butler County has plenty of them. Here are a few new restaurants that have opened in recent months — and one longtime eatery with a revamped menu: All the items on the menu at Fireside Cafe are prepared from scratch by owner/chef Bruno Bas and his crew and focus on a mix of American and Italian cuisine. Located at 6752 Cincinnati-Dayton...
Butler County cities react to $12M cost to replace fire, police radios

Butler County cities react to $12M cost to replace fire, police radios

Butler County is still determining how to pay for $19.2 million in upgraded infrastructure and replacement radios that police and firefighters use, equipment that is about to become extinct, according to some officials. Motorola, the provider of Butler County’s equipment, doesn’t make the radios anymore and beginning in 2019 won’t service them. Local jurisdictions are responsible...
$19M equipment upgrade takes some Butler County officials by surprise

$19M equipment upgrade takes some Butler County officials by surprise

Some government officials in Butler County were taken by surprise when they learned it will cost $19.2 million to replace some emergency communication equipment. The 800 MHz radio system cost $37 million to implement in 2009, and now Motorola has stopped making the radios and will stop servicing the devices in 2019. It will cost the county and local jurisdictions $12.5 million to replace the radios...
Hidden camera catches possible skimmer criminal in Butler County

Hidden camera catches possible skimmer criminal in Butler County

A man who officials say went to retrieve an illegal credit card skimmer on a Butler County gas pump was recorded on a security camera. Butler County Auditor inspectors placed a security camera inside a gas pump where a skimmer was recently found. A few days later the camera recorded a man illegally accessing the pump in what appears to be an effort to retrieve the skimmer. Now, the auditor’s...
Abused children in Butler County now have 8 more advocates

Abused children in Butler County now have 8 more advocates

PARACHUTE: Butler County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recently held its 52nd swearing-in ceremony, which marked the completed training of eight new community volunteers. These community volunteers will provide advocacy for Butler County children who are under the Butler County Juvenile Court’s protection. The children are victims of physical abuse, sexual assault, neglect, domestic...
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