Butler County


Jewel thief steals thousands worth of gems, gold from Butler County home

Jewel thieves made off with almost $6,800 worth of gold and gems, including a $5,000 diamond wedding ring set, from a home in West Chester Twp. The jewelry, including the wedding set, two pairs of gold earrings, two necklaces and a gold and sapphire slide disappeared between June 30 at 8 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 1 in the 7500 block of Foxchase Drive. The case is still under police investigation.


Hamilton street may not be rerouted for sports complex 

Hamilton street may not be rerouted for sports complex 

There has been lots of talk, negotiating and calculations in the weeks since early July, when City Manager Joshua Smith abandoned the suggestion that Hamilton cut in half the income-tax credit received by Hamilton residents who work outside the city. That tax increase would have raised $1.5 million per year, half of which in early years would have gone toward street and sidewalk improvements to connect...
West Chester: 911 system in need of update

West Chester: 911 system in need of update

“I almost fell out of my seat,” West Chester Twp. Trustee Mark Welch said when he saw the $168,000 price tag for hiring a consultant to help find new emergency dispatching software. But the township will pay the fee in hopes of findng the best upgrade for its dispatching software for police and fire that is 18 years old. “I was shocked at how pieced together it really is,”...
Hamilton woman’s body found near I-275 in Colerain Twp.

Hamilton woman’s body found near I-275 in Colerain Twp.

Police are seeking information about a woman whose body was found off the side of Interstate 275 earlier this month. Officials identified the woman Thursday as 29-year-old Megan Anderson of Hamilton, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported. Workers mowing grass found her body Aug. 1 off I-275 near I-74. Colerain Twp. police are asking anyone who had contact with Anderson or who saw her between...
2 charged in Middletown pharmacy robbery after police chase

2 charged in Middletown pharmacy robbery after police chase

Two 19-year-olds have been charged in a robbery that occurred Friday afternoon at a Middletown pharmacy. Police say a black man wearing an orange hat, black jacket and gray sweatpants handed an employee of the Rite Aid pharmacy on Central Avenue a note stating, “This is a robbery” and listed what pills they were to give him. Another employee saw what was going on and called 911, police...
EXCLUSIVE: Giant Hamilton sports complex plans to break ground in September

EXCLUSIVE: Giant Hamilton sports complex plans to break ground in September

The owner of Spooky Nook Sports, the country’s largest indoor sports complex near Lancaster, Pa., hopes to break ground next month on its Hamilton counterpart at the former Champion Paper Mill. “I hope you start seeing movement there in September,” said Sam Beiler, who regularly makes the drive to Butler County with one to three other people, and has about a dozen people in this...
Kings Island’s antique car ride was first driving experience for many kids

Kings Island’s antique car ride was first driving experience for many kids

Starting in 2019, the antique cars will be motoring again at Kings Island. Renamed as Kings Mills Antique Autos, the family ride will return to the Mason amusement park in spring 2019, park officials announced Thursday. Guests will be able to drive the two-thirds scale of a 1911 Ford Model T around a scenic quarter-mile track equipped with a small rail to keep the car on path. The ride lasts about...
‘A complete miracle’: Injured local Marine takes first steps weeks after serious accident

‘A complete miracle’: Injured local Marine takes first steps weeks after serious accident

Lisa Laws could tell by the tone of the voice on the phone that something had happened to her son. It was 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 1 when Laws picked up her cell phone and recognized the voice of Brittany Lumpkin, one of her son’s close high school friends. Lumpkin didn’t sound like herself. “I said, ‘Hello’ and she didn’t say anything,” Laws explained. &ldquo...
Apartments for the homeless? That’s one idea to end tent living in Hamilton

Apartments for the homeless? That’s one idea to end tent living in Hamilton

Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller plans to convene another meeting soon to address the issue of homeless people who are living near the CSX railroad tracks and Ohio 4 in the Lindenwald area. One idea he supports: Perhaps churches, businesses — or friends of such organizations — can donate apartments, utilities and other needs to help house the people while they work to reorganize their lives...
Price estimates for new voting machines climb higher

Price estimates for new voting machines climb higher

Butler County will receive about $3.2 million in state funding for new voting machines that the county’s top elections official said will cost between $4 million to $6 million. Board of Elections Director Diane Noonan said prices of the new machines is still fluid, but she has increased the low end of the estimate by $1 million. “We’re all in a waiting position to see if the state...
Passing showers, storms expected into Saturday

Passing showers, storms expected into Saturday

Scattered storms push through this evening Storms gradually shift south of area Saturday  Break from the rain on Sunday  Overnight: Expect lots of clouds and the chance for passing showers and storms, mainly early in the night, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will drop into the upper 60s.  Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds is expected along...
Middletown police: Homeless man arrested in River Valley Credit Union robbery

Middletown police: Homeless man arrested in River Valley Credit Union robbery

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: A 27-year-old homeless man is being booked into the city jail on a charge of robbery after police said he asked a teller at the River Valley Credit Union not to call police, Middletown police said.  Suspect Michael Adkins gave a teller a note asking that police not be called and was given an undisclosed amount of cash.  The dye pack included with the cash exploded after...
New attraction coming to Kings Island in 2019

New attraction coming to Kings Island in 2019

Kings Island officials announced Thursday that they will be bringing back the antique car attraction in spring of 2019. Park officials said the ride will be located in the Coney Mall alongside the famous Racer roller coaster.  The cars will be 1911 replicas of a Ford Model T. Officials made this announcement fourteen years to the day of the decision to remove the old antique car ride in 2004...
Dancing principal, pep rallies: Lakota takes pressure off first day of school

Dancing principal, pep rallies: Lakota takes pressure off first day of school

Southwest Ohio’s largest suburban school district opened today with adults high-fiving kids and a principal who danced with students. Welcome to Lakota Local Schools’ new kind of opening day. The 16,500-student school system, which is the eighth largest in Ohio, swung the doors open Thursday on its 23 schools throughout Butler County’s West Chester and Liberty townships. Lakota&rsquo...
Former Butler County deputy accused of trying to take photos up women’s dresses

Former Butler County deputy accused of trying to take photos up women’s dresses

A former Butler County Sheriff’s Office deputy with a criminal past is facing a new charge for allegedly trying to take photos up women’s dresses at a grocery store last month. Dennis James Schiavone Jr., 43, of Trenton, was served this week by sheriff’s deputies for attempted voyeurism in connection with a July 2 incident at the Kroger on Oxford State Road. The charge is a second-degree...
Middletown homeless shelter kicks off $1 million fundraising campaign

Middletown homeless shelter kicks off $1 million fundraising campaign

Hope House Mission has started a shelter and expansion campaign to fund the move of the homeless shelter from South Main Street to Grove Street. The homeless shelter has secured $9 million of the $10 million project and hopes to raise the remaining money through the campaign, said Tim Williams, executive director of operations at Hope House. MORE: Middletown homeless shelter to relocate after current...
It will cost you more to watch a GMC football, basketball game this season

It will cost you more to watch a GMC football, basketball game this season

Fans will pay more this season to watch Greater Miami Conference sports, but Steve Shuck, league commissioner, said the games are still a bargain. The price for an adult ticket is rising from $7 to $8 for football games and from $6 to $7 for basketball games, he said. The increase is needed to offset the pay raises for game officials, according to Shuck. Referees and others who officiate GMC sports...
Oxford native who lost random drawing for House seat promotes ‘every vote counts’

Oxford native who lost random drawing for House seat promotes ‘every vote counts’

Every vote counts was the message Shelly Simonds brought back to her hometown Tuesday when she spoke to a group about her election loss last fall for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Simonds’ opponent was declared the winner on election night. In a recount, however, she was declared the winner by one vote. The issue was taken before a panel of judges who allowed a questionable vote...
66 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

66 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...
Passing showers, storms continue

Passing showers, storms continue

Occasional ran and storms overnight Few strong storms possible Friday Locally heavy rain biggest concern Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast with still a chance of passing showers or storms. Some patchy fog also will be possible outside of any rain showers. Temperatures will drop to around 70 degrees by morning. Friday: Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast with occasional...
Defendant in string of Miami County burglaries could get 91 years in prison

Defendant in string of Miami County burglaries could get 91 years in prison

A 30-year-old Troy woman who accepted a plea deal to admit to her involvement in a 2017 burglary spree across Miami County could be sentenced to a maximum of 91.5 years in prison when she is sentenced in late September. Or, Angela Roberts could get 15 years -- as recommended to the court by county prosecutors. Roberts pleaded guilty Wednesday to 20 felony charges in exchange for the recommendation...
Balloon festival organizers, city talk through parking issues

Balloon festival organizers, city talk through parking issues

Ohio Challenge officials said a meeting with Middletown city officials went well and follow-up conversations are being planned to resolve the balloon festival’s parking dilemma. David Pearce, treasurer and one of the event’s organizers, was among those who met with Middletown Regional Airport officials Tuesday concerning event parking inside the airport’s fence line. Pearce previously...
Two 13-year-olds charged after BB gun shooting spree in Fairfield Twp.

Two 13-year-olds charged after BB gun shooting spree in Fairfield Twp.

Two Hamilton juveniles have been charged after police said they went on a shooting spree Wednesday with BB guns that started with the theft of the weapons and two bicycles. The 13-year-old boys skipped school, stole two bicycles and then peddled to the Walmart on Princeton Road in Fairfield Twp., where two BB guns were stolen, according to Fairfield Twp. Police Sgt. Jamison Mays. The BB guns were...
Butler County sheriff calls school security levy in 5 districts a ‘money grab’

Butler County sheriff calls school security levy in 5 districts a ‘money grab’

The campaign hasn’t officially started for five local school districts and their school security tax hikes on the fall ballot, but they are already facing opposition from the county’s top law enforcement officer. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said he opposes what he described as a “money grab” by local school officials, who back the proposed tax increase as helping to...
Lakota’s first 2 days of school ‘going to be very different this year’

Lakota’s first 2 days of school ‘going to be very different this year’

Southwest Ohio’s largest suburban school district opens its doors Thursday, Aug. 16, on a new school year and is doing so in a way never seen before. The 16,500-student Lakota Schools — the eighth largest school district in Ohio — will also be unveiling a series of changes affecting some of its 23 school buildings. Some of those transformations were unveiled during the Butler County...
Kings Island planning announcement Thursday

Kings Island planning announcement Thursday

Kings Island is expecting to make a 2019 season announcement Thursday. Details about the announcement are scarce, however a spokesperson said, “We can’t tell you much, but what we can tell you is that something old will be new again.” The announcement is expected to take place around 2 p.m. in the Kings Island Festhaus.
What you’re saying after Hamilton Schools decides not to arm teachers

What you’re saying after Hamilton Schools decides not to arm teachers

Hamilton school board members reversed their plans to arm school staffers Tuesday evening, saying they need more information and time to see the outcome of a November security tax levy. The move counters the previous public stance of the superintendent of the 10,000-student Hamilton Schools and has re-ignited friction between the city schools and the Butler County Sheriff on how best to protect the...
Artist looking for best historic barn in Butler County

Artist looking for best historic barn in Butler County

The Liberty Twp. Historical Society is vying for a local artist to choose one of 40 or so historic barns in the township, to represent Butler County in a project highlighting barns in all 88 counties. Historical society president and former township fire chief Paul Stumpf has been traveling the township snapping pictures of historic barns, ever since he learned about retired dentist/artist/author...
Company withdraws Ohio Challenge sponsorship due to airport dispute

Company withdraws Ohio Challenge sponsorship due to airport dispute

A Middletown business owner said he is withdrawing his company’s sponsorship of a major event in the city over complaints about the new manager of Middletown Regional Airport. John Hart II, owner of Selection.com and Start Skydiving, told the Journal-News he has notified Ohio Challenge officials that his company would be withdrawing its sponsorship. “However, that doesn’t mean we...
New buses for this Butler County school district include built-in child restraints

New buses for this Butler County school district include built-in child restraints

Talawanda Schools, which starts classes today, Aug. 15, is replacing five new buses in its transportation fleet with new vehicles that include enhanced safety features, according to the district. The new buses — three standard 72-passenger buses and two special education buses — include child restraint seats built into them. The new buses, which aren’t expected to be on the...
Psychological evaluation ordered for Middletown man charged in arson

Psychological evaluation ordered for Middletown man charged in arson

A Middletown man charged with allegedly setting fire to his home in 2016 says he will enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Ross Compton, 60, was indicted in January for aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly setting fire to his Court Donegal house. The blaze caused nearly $400,000 in damages. Compton was arrested after the fire based in part from data taken from his pacemaker...
Showers and storms return; isolated strong storms possible Thursday

Showers and storms return; isolated strong storms possible Thursday

Occasional rain and a few thunderstorms overnight Isolated strong storms possible Thursday Locally heavy rain possible Tonight: Expect mostly cloudy skies with occasional showers and passing thunderstorms. Temperatures will hold to around 70 degrees. Thursday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with occasional showers and storms. Some of the rain may be heavy at times and an isolated strong to...
Female prisoners given heroin from fellow inmate, police say

Female prisoners given heroin from fellow inmate, police say

An inmate in the Middletown City Jail is charged with drug abuse after she allegedly distributed heroin to other inmates in the jail, according to police. Chimere Smith, 32, in jail on assault and disorderly conduct, is charged with the fifth-degree felony after police found 1.18 grams of a substance believed to be heroin Sunday night in the jail, according to a police report. Police were called to...
Hamilton City Schools reverses on plan to arm staffers, draws sheriff’s ire

Hamilton City Schools reverses on plan to arm staffers, draws sheriff’s ire

Hamilton school officials reversed their plans to arm school staffers Tuesday evening, saying they need more information and time to see the outcome of a November security tax levy. The move counters the previous public stance of the leader of the 10,000-student Hamilton Schools and has re-ignited friction between the city schools and the Butler County Sheriff on how best to protect the schools. Sheriff...
Weekend assault in Hamilton turns deadly

Weekend assault in Hamilton turns deadly

A Hamilton man has been charged with murder after an assault that turned deadly over the weekend, according to police. Brandon Lee Mills, 40, of Parkamo Avenue, was arraigned today for murder in the death of Jeremy Combs on Saturday, according to police documents. MORE: Spider bite delays Middletown murder trial Combs, 41, of Hastings Avenue, was found unresponsive Saturday at a residence on Hampshire...
Drug use suspected in Middletown crash that killed Rumpke employee

Drug use suspected in Middletown crash that killed Rumpke employee

The driver who crashed into the back of a Rumpke truck in Middletown, killing a Rumpke worker, may have been under the influence of drugs at the time, according to a crash report released today by the Ohio Highway Patrol. Brian Jankovich, 41, of Middletown, was traveling eastbound on Central Avenue at about 42 mph in a 35 mph zone, when he struck David Evans, 52, who was collecting trash at the rear...
Spider bite delays Middletown murder trial

Spider bite delays Middletown murder trial

The trial of a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar will not begin Monday due to attorney illness. 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. Franklin was in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday with his attorneys Frank Schiavone III and Frank Schiavone IV for...
West Chester Police use lip sync challenge to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease 

West Chester Police use lip sync challenge to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease 

Dancing and singing in their S.W.A.T. gear, members of the West Chester Police Department have joined the nationwide lip sync challenge. The department’s lip sync challenge video features the S.W.A.T. team singing and dancing to the theme song of the Disney Junior animated series “Little Einsteins.” “We filmed the video in about one hour before a regularly scheduled S...
Project delay at Hamilton stadium forces football game location change

Project delay at Hamilton stadium forces football game location change

Classes for the new Hamilton school year may be off and running, but the school system’s premier sports stadium track has been stuck at the starting line. Classes opened last week for the 10,000-student school system. MORE: 2018 Prep Football Season Preview: Hamilton Big Blue But heavy rains during the summer break delayed the installation of the first new track at Hamilton High School in decades...
Fitton Center to celebrate 25th anniversary with free bash Friday

Fitton Center to celebrate 25th anniversary with free bash Friday

To launch its 25th anniversary season, the Fitton Center for Creative Arts is throwing a free party Friday evening. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., “we’ll be open from basement to ballroom,” said Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, executive director of the center. “Every part will be open and accessible — all our galleries, all our studios, all our event spaces, and there’ll be a fantastic...
Butler County company wins $80M Navy contract

Butler County company wins $80M Navy contract

A Butler County aircraft engine producer has been awarded a nearly $80 million contract to work for the U.S Navy and Australia. CFM International Inc., which has offices in West Chester Twp., has been awarded a $79,981,638 firm-fixed-price, contract for the procurement of five CFM56-7B27AE engines, four CFM56-7B27AE engine compressor cases and four associated kits for the Navy, the Department of Defense...
New Miami speed case decisions delayed

New Miami speed case decisions delayed

The estimated 33,000 speeders nabbed by New Miami’s old speed camera program will have to wait longer to see if they are still due a $3.2 million ticket fine refund. The village had asked Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster to reconsider the ruling by retired Michael Sage that the program violated the speeders’ due process rights, based on recent court rulings elsewhere in the...
Deputy talks suicidal teen off bridge

Deputy talks suicidal teen off bridge

A Butler County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol Thursday night quickly reacted to save a teen from taking her life, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputy William Brown Jr. was on patrol about 7:45 p.m. in St. Clair Twp. when he saw the woman hanging off the bridge at B Street and Sipps Lane, just outside of New Miami. The 20-year-veteran, with the assistance of the teen’s boyfriend...
Man charged after ‘tussle’ with Middletown police officer

Man charged after ‘tussle’ with Middletown police officer

A Middletown man faces several charges, including assault on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after he allegedly injured a Middletown officer Monday morning. Allante Simmons, 21, also was charged with assault, resisting arrest, unlawful restraint and criminal trespass during an altercation inside and outside a home in the 1000 block of Hughes Street, according to a police report. MORE: Former...
10 pounds of suspected fentanyl seized in Dayton bust

10 pounds of suspected fentanyl seized in Dayton bust

Two people were arrested after nearly 10 pounds of suspected fentanyl was seized in Dayton. Members of the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force and RANGE Task Force arrested Cesar Linares-Serrano, 34, of Aculco, Mexico, and David Price, 31, of Columbus on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Fentanyl, a news release read. Both men are in the Butler County Jail on a hold for...
Trenton wants new city manager to focus on attracting more food, entertainment businesses

Trenton wants new city manager to focus on attracting more food, entertainment businesses

John Jones has been steering the city of Trenton for 12 years as its manager, but this will be his last week on the job now that he has accepted a new position as city manager in Hamilton County’s Springdale. Jones said he wasn’t looking for a new job, but when a recruiter contacted him, he was intrigued. Springdale is of comparable size to Trenton — both about 12,000 residents &mdash...
Pocketbook issues, charter amendments set to be on November ballot

Pocketbook issues, charter amendments set to be on November ballot

Voters in Butler County won’t just be deciding the fate of a new school security tax in November. This past Wednesday marked the filing deadline for all issues and two judicial candidates in Butler County. All levy and issues, and the two Area Court judicial candidates will be up for certification at the Aug. 20 Butler County Board of Elections meeting. RELATED: It’s official: Voters in...
Paper ballots may replace touchscreen voting for Butler County voters

Paper ballots may replace touchscreen voting for Butler County voters

A new generation of voting machines may soon be on the way thanks to a bill signed by Gov. John Kasich, which will allow $114.5 million to be distributed among Ohio’s 88 counties. “New” generation, however, may mean taking a step back in time. Voters in 41 counties, including Butler, Montgomery and Greene, have been using direct-recording electronic voting machines, or DREs, which...
Teen killed in Reily Twp. after car collides with road equipment

Teen killed in Reily Twp. after car collides with road equipment

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.: The preliminary investigation of the fatal crash that killed a Harrison teen indicates she pulled in front of the machinery operated by a Butler County Engineer’s Office employee, according to the sheriff’s office. Preliminary investigation indicates that Kayla Duerler, 16, was driving a 2013 Toyota when she pulled out in front of a Gradeall truck driven by Joshua Allen...
Cigarettes and soda: Defense questions interrogation of teen accused of murder

Cigarettes and soda: Defense questions interrogation of teen accused of murder

A Ross High School student charged with murder will be back in court Friday for a hearing to throw out statements he made to detectives. Zachary Welsh, 17, who is being tried as an adult for allegedly fatally shooting fellow student Austin Hensley, was declared competent to stand trial in June after two psychological evaluations, but his attorney Richard Hyde then filed a motion to suppress the teen&rsquo...
Butler County gets $830K to fight opioid epidemic

Butler County gets $830K to fight opioid epidemic

U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, announced today that Butler County will received more than $830,000 in federal opioid funding through the 21st Century CURES law. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services disbursed $26 million through local Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health boards and statewide initiatives. This is the second consecutive year Ohio has received opioid funding...
New Miami wants 10 years to repay speeders caught by now-defunct camera

New Miami wants 10 years to repay speeders caught by now-defunct camera

The Butler County judge refereeing the dispute between speeders and the village of New Miami heard arguments Thursday over whether a financial watchdog is required to safeguard a potential $3 million judgment. RELATED: New Miami asks judge to reconsider $3 million decision in speed camera case The two sides in the case with a potential payout to speeders argued for about three hours before Butler...
1 dead in Butler County crash

1 dead in Butler County crash

UPDATE @ 3:05 p.m.: The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash on Reily-Millville Road. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. No further information was immediately released, pending family notification, according to the sheriff’s office. The Butler County Coroner&rsquo...
Judge: No evidence errant gunshot came from Butler County gun range

Judge: No evidence errant gunshot came from Butler County gun range

A Butler County judge has found no evidence a bullet that landed inside a woman’s St. Clair Twp. home came from a shooting range one mile away. After a bullet allegedly flew five feet from Berneice Wright’s face while she was watching television in her living room, the township passed an emergency resolution to temporarily shut down the shooting range at Lake Bailee Recreational Park &...
Nearly $12,000 in meth seized after traffic stop on I-75 in Butler County

Nearly $12,000 in meth seized after traffic stop on I-75 in Butler County

A man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 114 grams of methamphetamine valued at $11,514 during a traffic stop in Butler County. Troopers stopped a 2017 Jeep Cherokee with Ohio registration for a license plate violation at at 4:33 p.m. Aug. 1 on Interstate 75 south near the rest area in Monroe. After a drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle, a probable...
St. Clair Twp. shooting range battle enters round two

St. Clair Twp. shooting range battle enters round two

A court hearing this week may determine if a Butler County shooting range is temporarily closed. St. Clair Twp. trustees are trying to temporarily shut down the shooting range at Lake Bailee Recreational Park and Gun Range after safety concerns were raised by some residents. After a bullet allegedly flew five feet from Berneice Wright’s face while she was watching television in her living room...
Cincinnati-based automotive tire and service business hiring to meet expansion demands

Cincinnati-based automotive tire and service business hiring to meet expansion demands

A nationally known, family-owned automotive tire and service business headquartered in Cincinnati is looking to hire new employees. Tire Discounters, which was established in 1976 with a single bay store on Wooster Pike, has grown to more than 45 locations in the Cincinnati-Dayton region with additional stores totaling more than 110 locations across Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and...
Middletown man charged with double murder faces more felonies

Middletown man charged with double murder faces more felonies

A Middletown man charged in a Trenton standoff after allegedly killing two woman — who also turned the gun on himself — was back in court this week to answer for new charges handed down just days after that incident. James Edward Geran, 45, is being held on a $4 million bond for allegedly killing his “business associate in criminal activity” and dumped her body on the side...
Sheriff Jones’ endorsement for U.S. House speaker remains unknown

Sheriff Jones’ endorsement for U.S. House speaker remains unknown

In past elections, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones’ endorsement has been courted by presidential, gubernatorial, congressional and local candidates. The sheriff was an early supporter of President Donald Trump, and made appearances for then-candidate Trump during his Cincinnati campaign stops in 2016. Jones also supported Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine during the May 2018 gubernatorial...
Open Class results from the 2018 Butler County Fair

Open Class results from the 2018 Butler County Fair

Open Class results from the 2018 Butler County Fair: DEPARTMENT 14 - ARTS & CRAFTS - HOUSEHOLD SECTION 1 - QUILTS/BED COVERINGS Class 1 - Applique or pieced quilt (Old) First: Carla Hale, Hamilton Second: Jason Hale, Hamilton Fourth: Joyce Patrick, Trenton Class 2 - Applique Quilt ...
Results from the 2018 Butler County Junior Fair

Results from the 2018 Butler County Junior Fair

Results from the 2018 Butler County Junior Fair. 2018 JR. FAIR KING & QUEEN CONTEST Jr. Fair King: Dalton Norris, Madison Mini Farmers Jr. Fair Queen: Micayla McClure, Ross Ranchers DEPARTMENT QUEENS Pork Queen - Micayla McClure, Ross Ranchers ...
Butler County fair board may get financial help to finish building

Butler County fair board may get financial help to finish building

The $1.7 million debt on the unfinished all-season building at the Butler County Fairgrounds has been a burden to the fair board, but they were given hope during the fair last week the building will be turned into a successful revenue generator at last. Butler County Commissioner Don Dixon handed over the county’s $2,400 stipend to Fair Board President Doug Turner during the annual meeting at...
Butler County National Night Out events start today

Butler County National Night Out events start today

Monroe police will host its annual National Night Out tonight, Aug. 2. Started by the National Association of Town Watch, the National Night Out is meant to enhance the relationship between police departments and their neighborhoods. According to the National Night Out website, 122 locations in Ohio are registered to participate this year. Officer Josh King said Monroe’s event will take place...
New Miami — again — asks court to toss the speed case lawsuit

New Miami — again — asks court to toss the speed case lawsuit

New Miami is asking a judge to reconsider the constitutionality of its old speed camera program, or at least reduce its liability to $1.8 million instead of $3-plus million. On the eve of a hearing with Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Oster next week, the tiny village is asking the judge to consider or reconsider several things, all designed to forestall financial ruin. “Ohio...
Former Hamilton County cop charged with teen sex crime faces a new charge

Former Hamilton County cop charged with teen sex crime faces a new charge

A Liberty Twp. resident who was a Colerain Twp. police officer when indicted by grand jury on sex charges involving a teen girl is now facing a new charge. Robert Brinkman, 31, of the 4400 block of Squaw Valley Drive, was indicted earlier this month by a Butler County grand jury for importuning, a fifth-degree felony, and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child, a first-degree misdemeanor...
A new state law regarding inmates will cost Butler County more money. Here’s why.

A new state law regarding inmates will cost Butler County more money. Here’s why.

For the past month, large counties like Butler County have been forced to house low-level felony offenders locally rather than shipping them off to prison.At least part of the $600,000 appropriation that county commissioners approved this week is for the new, unfunded state mandate. A new state law took effect July 1 that requires Ohio’s 10 largest counties — Butler County is No. 7 &mdash...
Job fair TODAY to include hundreds of job openings

Job fair TODAY to include hundreds of job openings

OhioMeansJobs-Butler County is scheduled will hold a job fair for hundreds of job openings from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at its office at 4631 Dixie Highway in Fairfield. The job fair will have 30 employers in attendance with a variety of open positions. MORE POPULAR STORIES: Ford accepting applications for jobs at area plant Melissa O’Brien, business services manager of OhioMeansJobs-Butler County...
New trial date set for Butler County babysitter accused in toddler’s death

New trial date set for Butler County babysitter accused in toddler’s death

A new trial date has been set for a Hanover Twp. woman accused of fatally assaulting a toddler in her care. Lindsay Partin, who is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering, appeared today in Butler County Common Pleas Court, where Judge Greg Stephens set her trial for Dec. 10. Partin’s trial was originally set to begin Oct. 2, but the prosecution asked for a continuance...
Here’s the status of major Butler County road projects

Here’s the status of major Butler County road projects

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens says many major construction projects will be completed next month and everything is spot-on budget-wise. Wilkens’ capital project list totalled $34.4 million this year and one of the bigger projects, the $7 million widening of Ohio 747, should be complete in September. Drivers will however need to steer clear of Princeton Road now because that project is...
Monroe, Atrium partner to curb hospital readmissions

Monroe, Atrium partner to curb hospital readmissions

Monroe’s year-old community paramedicine program will be partnering with Atrium Medical Center to help keep newly discharged residents from having to be re-admitted. Monroe City Council approved an emergency resolution to enter a Paramedicine Grant and Pilot Agreement between the city and the Atrium Medical Center Foundation which will provide $37,500 over two years to cover the cost of telemedicine...
School security needs to be a local decision, Congressman says

School security needs to be a local decision, Congressman says

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson said constituents in the 8th Congressional District don’t want a one-size-fits all federal solution to school safety. RELATED: Butler County school officials already touting new security tax hike “(Constituents) also don’t want a state solution, and quite frankly they don’t want a countywide solution,” Davidson, R-Troy, said. “They want...
Six young Monroe inventors compete at Ohio State Fair

Six young Monroe inventors compete at Ohio State Fair

A no-mess S’mores maker, a highlighting eraser, a heated hoodie with pillow and a soccer ball with a touch/dribble tracking device all sound like things that might be on a late-night infomercial . However, these are the creations by Monroe Elementary School students that will be part of a competition this weekend at the Ohio State Fair. Cari Hillman, public relations manager for the MidPointe...
2018 Butler County Fair results: Fine Arts

2018 Butler County Fair results: Fine Arts

Fine Arts results from the Open Class at the 2018 Butler County Fair DEPARTMENT 15 - FINE ARTS - AMATEUR SECTION 1 - PAINTINGS/DRAWINGS-ADULT Class 1 - Adult Oil First: Doreen Barrow, Hamilton Second: Donna Idle, Middletown Third: Sabrina Barnett, Hamilton Class 2 - Adult Watercolor First: Shirley Burgher, Hamilton...
2018 Butler County Fair results: Culinary

2018 Butler County Fair results: Culinary

Open culinary results from the 2018 Butler County Fair. DEPARTMENT 11 - CULINARY SECTION 1 - DECORATED CAKES Class 6 - Fancy Flowered/Junior First: Meghan Cromer, Hamilton Class 7 - Novelty/Junior First: Madilynn Richardson, Hamilton, Casual Kids Second: Sadie M Abbitt, Oxford...
2018 Butler County Fair results: Sheep, dairy and hogs

2018 Butler County Fair results: Sheep, dairy and hogs

Butler County Fair Open Class results in the sheep, dairy and hog categories for the 2018 fair. DEPARTMENT 4 - SHEEP - OPEN SECTION 1 - SINGLE MARKET LAMB Class 1 - Single Market Lamb First: Kara Burton, Camden, First: Kara Burton, Camden First: Kara Burton, Camden ...
2018 Butler County Fair results: 4-H Special Interest

2018 Butler County Fair results: 4-H Special Interest

SPECIAL INTEREST JUDGING RESULTS *Denotes State Fair winner 091 – Discovering 4-H Juniors First: Jayden Scicluna, Union Busy Fingers Second: Ashton Withrow, Mystical Makers Third: Kameron Commins, Kickin’ Country Kids Fourth: Hunter Meyer, 4-H City Slickers 244 – From Airedales to Zebras: Level 1 Juniors *First...
2018 Butler County Fair results: 4-H Family & Consumer Sciences

2018 Butler County Fair results: 4-H Family & Consumer Sciences

4-H FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES JUDGING RESULTS *Denotes State Fair winner 405 – The Laundry Project Juniors *First: Tifani Smallwood, Wayne Town & Country Second: Madison Gronas, Wayne Town & Country 406 – Clothes for High School & College Seniors *First: Molly Hudson, Fairfield Busy Bunch Second: Wanda Lanthorne, Wayne Town &...
2018 Butler County Fair results: Shop, Crop and Arts Judging

2018 Butler County Fair results: Shop, Crop and Arts Judging

SHOP, CROP & ARTS JUDGING RESULTS GARDEN PRODUCE CLASS 1100 – Tomatoes First: Rachel Newport, Reily 4-Hers Second: Branden Minges, Kickin Country Kids/Ross FFA 1103 – Green Beans – 5 Uniform First: Rachel Newport, Reily 4-Hers Second: Quinn Kolb, 4-H City Slickers Third: Jude Kolb...
Butler County’s top sharp shooters honored at fair

Butler County’s top sharp shooters honored at fair

SHOOTING SPORTS JUDGING RESULTS *Denotes State Fair winner 365.30 – Crossbow – Juniors First: Abby Wagner, Butler County Sharpshooters Second: Ian Scharfenberg, Butler County Sharpshooters 365.30 – Crossbow – Seniors First: Mariah Bowling, Butler County Sharpshooters – High Test Score 750 – Rifle...
Butler County’s best crafters honored at the fair

Butler County’s best crafters honored at the fair

Arts and Craft results from the open class at the 2018 Butler County Fair. Class 1 — Applique or pieced quilt (Old)First: Carla Hale, Hamilton Second: Jason Hale, Hamilton Class 2 — Applique QuiltFirst: Dominique Parrillo, Hamilton Second: Sandra Tipton, Hamilton Third: Pat Bishop, Trenton Class 3 — Pieced QuiltFirst: Angela Weske, Hamilton Second: Jerri Steigerwald, West Chester...
2018 Butler County Fair results: Beef cattle

2018 Butler County Fair results: Beef cattle

Beef results from the Open Class of the 2018 Butler County Fair. FIRSTHerbie J Summe, Hamilton, Butler County Blue Ribbon Kids Henry J Summe, Hamilton, Butler County Blue Ribbon Kids Autumn M Roemer, Hamilton, Ross Ranchers Drew B Vocke, Oxford, Butler County Blue Ribbon Kids Jarrett S Faris, Trenton, Barnyard Rebels Leah M Moorhead, Okeana, Reily 4-Her’s Rylie Abrams, Hamilton, Wayne Livestock...
Scene cleared on I-75 at Ohio 129 after truck fire

Scene cleared on I-75 at Ohio 129 after truck fire

Crews got the fire under control and the scene has been cleared. All lanes have reopened. A truck is on fire on southbound Interstate 75, just north of Ohio 129, and two fire crews from Monroe are on scene. The truck caught fire at around 7:20 a.m. today in the southbound lanes of I-75, according to Monroe dispatchers. Dispatchers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the vehicle had a gas leak...
Fair offers huge outreach opportunity for Butler County Veterans Service Commission

Fair offers huge outreach opportunity for Butler County Veterans Service Commission

Veterans get into the Butler County Fair free on Wednesday, and the local veterans board will be on hand to help answer benefits questions for those who have served in the military. The annual county fair is the biggest outreach opportunity for the county’s Veterans Service Commission all year, officials with the agency said. MORE: Number of Butler County veterans needing assistance rises &ldquo...
Ford accepting applications for jobs at area plant

Ford accepting applications for jobs at area plant

Ford is accepting applications for jobs that will eventually be created at its Sharonville Transmission Plant, which is close to Butler County’s border with Hamilton County. MORE: New job shuttle linking Butler County to Dayton and Cincinnati could start in September Employees at the 182-acre site make the transmission for the F-Series Super Duty Truck and gear sets...
Ross Schools to seek tax hike for security, busing

Ross Schools to seek tax hike for security, busing

With the help of voters, officials at Ross Schools have decided to try and go their own way to upgrade school security by seeking a rarely used school levy ballot option. The Ross Board of Education unanimously voted Thursday to place a 0.5 percent earned income tax on the November ballot. Days earlier, the board reversed the Butler County district’s earlier decision to join five other area...
No arrests made at latest Butler County OVI checkpoint

No arrests made at latest Butler County OVI checkpoint

An OVI checkpoint Saturday night in Fairfield netted no arrests. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force Coordinator, said 98 cars passed throught the checkpoint conducted in the northbound lane of U.S. 127 at Pleasant Avenue and Symmes Road between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. as heavy rain was moving in. MOVE: Ohio 4 milling, paving work in Fairfield to start Sunday Reising said there were five cars diverted...
New Butler County service detects possible mortgage fraud

New Butler County service detects possible mortgage fraud

There haven’t been a rash of fraudulent property record breaches in Butler County and county Recorder Danny Crank wants to keep it that way, so his office is offering residents a new anti-fraud service. Crank recently introduced FraudSleuth, a computer program that allows property owners to search records to make sure somebody hasn’t filed a lien or fraudulent documents on their home....
Weather again delays major Middletown hot air balloon event

Weather again delays major Middletown hot air balloon event

Weather is not cooperating this weekend for hot air balloon enthusiasts wanting to take to the skies in Middletown. The Ohio Challenge competition and glow was cancelled Friday night when strong storms moved through the area. The weather kept pilots from launching again this morning. The festival portion of the Ohio Challenge is still scheduled for today, and organizers are hopeful current rain will...
Resident escapes Liberty Twp. house fire caused by lightning strike

Resident escapes Liberty Twp. house fire caused by lightning strike

A resident escaped from a Liberty Twp. house Friday after it was struck by lightning as storms pounded the the area, according to to the Liberty Twp. Fire Department. The two-story house was hit about 3:20 p.m., which ignited an attic fire at the residence in the 5400 block of Walkers Court, said Battalion Chief Chad Canupp. “The occupant was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors,” Canupp...
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