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FDA, local schools take steps as teen e-cigarette use surges

FDA, local schools take steps as teen e-cigarette use surges

E-cigarette use by high schoolers increased 80 percent in the past year, prompting the Food and Drug Administration to propose new measures against flavored nicotine products that have spurred the rise. More than 3.6 million American middle and high school students admitted to being e-cigarettes users in 2018, up 1.5 million from last year, according to survey data from the Centers for Disease Control...
License plate light out leads to drug, gun charges

License plate light out leads to drug, gun charges

A burned out license plate light led Middletown police to pull over a man who was charged with two felonies, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of cocaine, according to a police report. William Fugate, 25, of Middletown, was pulled over at 11:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Breiel Boulevard after police noticed his rear license plate light was out, according to police...
Ex-Butler County corrections officer arrested for bribery

Ex-Butler County corrections officer arrested for bribery

A former Butler County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer was booked into he jail on Hanover Street today on felony charges for allegedly bringing illegal items into the correctional facility. Brandon Moore, 34, of Hamilton, has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury for bribery, a third-degree felony, and four counts of conveyance into a correctional facility, according to Butler County...
Man facing charges after tussle with police officer at McDonald’s

Man facing charges after tussle with police officer at McDonald’s

A Middletown man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted a police officer inside a Franklin McDonald’s. Chester R. Nichols, 39, of Wilbraham Road, was arraigned Tuesday in Franklin Municipal Court and was charged with assault on a safety officer, a fourth-degree felony; obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony; and possession of drug abuse instruments, a first-degree...
Smoking near cardboard sparked fire at Fairfield business

Smoking near cardboard sparked fire at Fairfield business

Tuesday’s early morning blaze at the Innomark Communications building was caused by somebody smoking near skids of cardboard, an investigation by Fairfield firefighters found. “They have determined it to be discarded smoking materials,” Deputy Fire Chief Tom Wagner told the Journal-News. “We think it was a cigarette that started that.” MORE: Madison chooses to forgo legal...
13-year-old boy charged with rape remains behind bars

13-year-old boy charged with rape remains behind bars

A 13-year-old Middletown boy charged with rape remains behind bars in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center. The boy and his father came into the police lobby at 3:45 a.m. Nov. 12, about two hours after the alleged incident. When the boy was questioned by police he said he thought his cousin was asleep when he put his hand down her pants and penetrated her vagina with his finger, according to...
Future of popular Middletown event topic of council meeting today

Future of popular Middletown event topic of council meeting today

Middletown City Council will be discussing various issues facing the annual Ohio Challenge hot air balloon competition at 5 p.m. today in the Council Chambers at the Middletown City Building. MORE: Talawanda drops Native American mascot in close vote Officials from the Ohio Challenge and council will be discussing recent changes at the Middletown Regional Airport concerning parking on the airport...
Talawanda drops Native American mascot in close vote

Talawanda drops Native American mascot in close vote

Talawanda Schools will no longer be represented by a Native American mascot. Not after a long school board meeting Monday evening and a close vote saw the Oxford-based school system switch its mascot name from the Talawanda Braves to Talawanda Brave. MORE: Public outcry on both sides as Talawanda Schools consider changing mascot The 3-2 vote by the Talawanda Board of Education came after months of...
20 indicted on drug charges in Middletown

20 indicted on drug charges in Middletown

A mass indictment of Middletown residents has resulted in nine arrests, and police are urging others to turn themselves in. Middletown Police, with the assistance of the Butler County Prosecutors Office, recently obtained indictments for numerous people for drug and weapons violations. MORE: Madison chooses to forgo legal action after regional football defeat The effort was part of investigations...
Monroe prom night crash: Parents of student killed file lawsuit

Monroe prom night crash: Parents of student killed file lawsuit

The parents of Kaylie Jackson, the Monroe High School student killed in a prom night car crash, have filed a lawsuit against the 17-year-old Tesla driver and her parents. The civil wrongful death lawsuit, seeking compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $25,000, was filed June 1, just about one month after the fatal crash that occurred on hilly Millikin Road in Liberty Twp. There is a status...
Gov. John Kasich threatens vetoes on abortion and gun bills

Gov. John Kasich threatens vetoes on abortion and gun bills

As John Kasich wraps up his eight year run as governor, he’s planning to go out of office fighting with his fellow Ohio Republicans over two controversial bills. This week, Kasich told reporters at the Ohio Statehouse that his opposition to the “heartbeat” abortion ban bill and the “stand your ground” gun legislation hasn’t changed. Two years ago, Kasich vetoed...
New Miami testing new technology to catch speeders

New Miami testing new technology to catch speeders

Drivers through New Miami may have noticed an unmanned vehicle snapping their picture. The vehicle is clocking their speed, but it isn’t tagging people for tickets — yet. The village is testing a new speed-enforcement vehicle. The new vehicle, which would require an officer be stationed wherever it is positioned, could replace hand-held speed cameras police have been using but that have...
New memorial honors Miami alumni in armed forces

New memorial honors Miami alumni in armed forces

A military three-volley gun salute echoed as the notes of “Taps” sounded Nov. 11 on the campus of Miami University, officially opening the new Alumni Veterans Tribute honoring Miami alumni who have served, are currently serving and will serve in the armed forces. The dedication drew a couple hundred people, mostly older veterans, but many were young women and men in uniform currently serving...
Hazmat drill today at Atrium Medical Center

Hazmat drill today at Atrium Medical Center

An event today at Atrium Medical Center will look and sound like a real emergency situation, but officials say it will only be a safety training drill. Atrium Medical Center will conduct a hazardous material decontamination training exercise from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. today, Nov. 20, according to a spokesperson for the Middletown hospital. “The safety training drill will appear and sound like a...
Middletown Schools’ first on-campus clinic now open to all students

Middletown Schools’ first on-campus clinic now open to all students

Middletown Schools opened the first, on-campus medical clinic in its history Monday and school officials said healthier students will help improve student learning. The 4,200-square-foot Primary Health Solutions health center — located on the backside of the recently renovated Middletown High School — will provide medical, dental, vision and behavioral care to all students in the Butler...
Yes, you can make turkey stuffing out of White Castle burgers. Here’s how.

Yes, you can make turkey stuffing out of White Castle burgers. Here’s how.

Yes, you read that right. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Well, according to food writer Mark Fisher’s tips and tricks for surviving Thanksgiving, it’s a pretty legit offbeat stuffing recipe. Oh, and it’s simple, too. Here’s how it’s done, according to White Castle: - 10 White Castle sliders, (no pickles) from either a restaurant or from the grocer’s frozen-foods...
Elwell: What we can learn from last week’s frustrating ice storm

Elwell: What we can learn from last week’s frustrating ice storm

With Thanksgiving week upon us, we must admit that one thing we should be thankful for is that we didn’t have last week’s ice storm at the same time this week. Can you even imagine the issues that could have caused as thousands of travelers hit the highways and airports to try to get to see family? After the ice storm ended, the National Weather Service in Wilmington released some data...
Fort Hamilton Hospital adding community physicians, expanding services

Fort Hamilton Hospital adding community physicians, expanding services

Fort Hamilton Hospital is targeting aggressive new growth by adding a slew of physicians in the community and expanding medical services. The hospital is going through “a major expansion” when it comes to recruiting and hiring primary care providers, according to Fort Hamilton Hospital President Ron Connovich, who started in the role last month. “Over the next 12 to 18 months you...
Family's 5 Butler County auto service locations to change names after being bought

Family's 5 Butler County auto service locations to change names after being bought

Monro Inc. recently acquired Jeff Pohlman Tire & Auto Service Inc., a five-store chain that has been serving the Butler County area since 1990. Locations includes Fairfield, Middletown and Oxford and two in Hamilton. Rochester, NY-based Monro is converting the Jeff Pohlman stores to different names, with the Fairfield one becoming a Mr. Tire and the remaining four becoming a Car-X Tire & Auto...
Andrew Allen, teen hit by multiple cars, undergoes 3 more surgeries

Andrew Allen, teen hit by multiple cars, undergoes 3 more surgeries

Andrew Allen, who was hit by multiple cars less than two weeks after his 2-year-old brother's funeral, will be transferred to a rehabilitation facility, even though he has not yet regained consciousness, according to his family. "Today we are no longer talking about IF he will survive the night," his father, Todd Allen, wrote last week on Facebook. "Today we are making arrangements...
Blood donations needed as busy holiday season begins: 5 places you can donate this month

Blood donations needed as busy holiday season begins: 5 places you can donate this month

Thanksgiving week begins the holiday season, which is a challenging time for maintaining the area blood supply, according to officials with the Community Blood Center. Several area blood drives are planned: MIDDLETOWN: Atrium Medical Center will host its monthly community blood drive from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, in the Atrium Café Courtyard Dining Room, 1 Medical Center Drive, Middletown...
Quiet and cold overnight, rain chances return later in week

Quiet and cold overnight, rain chances return later in week

Quiet and cold night Rain returns Friday night Brief warm-up this weekend Overnight: Some clearing continues tonight and cold with lows in the upper 20s. A light breeze will remain through the night giving wind chills in the lower 20s, perhaps upper teens, by daybreak. Wednesday: Morning sun gives way to afternoon clouds with breezy conditions. It will remain chilly with highs in the lower...
Officials: Cause of fire at Innomark Communications in Fairfield under investigation

Officials: Cause of fire at Innomark Communications in Fairfield under investigation

UPDATE @ 4 a.m: Fire investigators are working to learn what caused skids of cardboards to catch fire inside the Innomark Communications building Tuesday morning, per our media partners at WCPO-TV. According to Fairfield fire officials, multiple agencies were called to the 400 block of Distribution Drive on a working fire with visible smoke and flames around 1:20 a.m. The cardboard on fire inside...
Police: 2 businesses, including candy store, busted for making, selling heroin

Police: 2 businesses, including candy store, busted for making, selling heroin

Police say they found large amounts of drugs inside two North College Hill businesses. The two businesses — Pure Quality Media Center and a candy store next to it at 1833 West Galbraith Road —were recently accused of making and selling heroin, our news partner WCPO reported. Police said they found large amounts of the drug inside during a search Friday, Nov. 16. Police said the search...
Madison chooses to forgo legal action after regional football defeat

Madison chooses to forgo legal action after regional football defeat

MADISON TWP. — Madison High School’s football season is over. That was the reluctant message from Madison superintendent Lisa Tuttle-Huff on Monday after the school district scrapped its plans to pursue legal action in the wake of Saturday’s Division V, Region 20 playoff loss to defending state champion Wheelersburg at Hilliard Darby. The issue in question involved a man on the Madison...
2 killed in Richmond apartment fire, smoking materials blamed

2 killed in Richmond apartment fire, smoking materials blamed

Investigators said smoking materials sparked an apartment complex fire Monday evening that killed two people and injured six others, including two firefighters. “Today the state fire marshal will be in along with our investigators,” said Richmond Fire Chief Jerry Purcell. “We’re looking for cause and origins of the fire.” They’ll also be making sure that Interfaith...
Kroger’s robot-powered warehouse to create over 400 jobs in Monroe

Kroger’s robot-powered warehouse to create over 400 jobs in Monroe

Kroger announced today that Monroe is its choice for America’s first automated warehouse. The $55 million robot-powered project, Kroger’s first customer fulfillment center, is expected to generate at least 410 new jobs. Known as a “shed,” the 335,000-square-foot facility with digital and robotic capabilities will be designed by British online grocer Ocado. Its construction...
Warren County man gets 6 years in prison for sexual assaults on juveniles

Warren County man gets 6 years in prison for sexual assaults on juveniles

A Carlisle man has been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of sexual assault charges. In addition to the jail term, Orland Helton, 39, was also ordered to register as Tier II sex offender, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. MORE: Woman who stole from youth sports group will spend Christmas in jail Helton was found guilty by a Warren County jury of two felony...
Witnesses: Fight led to fatal stabbing in Middletown

Witnesses: Fight led to fatal stabbing in Middletown

A $1 million bond was set Monday morning in Middletown Municipal Court for a man charged with murder in the death of Chicago man found dead in the road early Sunday morning. FIRST REPORT: Police investigate body found in roadway as homicide Lawrence Kinzel, 46, of Chicago, was found dead after suffering from an apparent stab wound at about 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lefferson Road and Sheffield...
Lebanon schools close to settling teacher contract

Lebanon schools close to settling teacher contract

The Lebanon Board of Education is close to settling an expired contract with teachers, including raises of 5.25 percent over two years. If the contract is ratified by the union, the district’s 300-plus teachers should get extra pay retroactive to the beginning of the current school year “by the first checks in December 2018,” according to a tentative agreement signed by school officials...
Woman who stole from youth sports group will spend Christmas in jail

Woman who stole from youth sports group will spend Christmas in jail

A Middletown woman will spend Christmas in jail after pleading guilty to taking money from a youth sports group. Danielle Lucas, 38, of Inland Drive, was indicted in April by a Butler County grand jury on two counts of felony theft for allegedly misappropriating money from the Middletown Youth Football and Cheer League. MORE: Man charged with murder after stabbing victim found in Middletown road In...
Cohen Recycling to move Franklin operations to Middletown

Cohen Recycling to move Franklin operations to Middletown

Starting next spring, two eyesores in Franklin — the former Mindlin Recycling and the former Franklin Boxboard plant — will be demolished to make way for a new development opportunity in the city. Cohen Recycling will close its fiber processing operations and customer drop-off at 666 Riley Blvd. in Franklin on Nov. 30, shifting those operations and six employees to its Middletown recycling...
Identity of man found dead on Middletown train tracks still a mystery

Identity of man found dead on Middletown train tracks still a mystery

Officials are still working to identify a man found dead Friday afternoon on railroad tracks behind Vannest Avenue, according to Martin Schneider, office administrator for the Butler County coroner. A man was found dead at about 4:20 p.m. behind the 3500 block of Vannest Avenue, according to Middletown police. Identification found on the man returned to a Trenton resident. MORE: Man charged with murder...
Woman shopping for Thanksgiving dinner when alleged murder suspect steals her car

Woman shopping for Thanksgiving dinner when alleged murder suspect steals her car

An alleged murder suspect picked the wrong car to steal Sunday morning. James Ray Carroll, 39, allegedly stabbed Lawrence Kinzel, 46, of Chicago, to death Sunday morning in Middletown, according to police. When Carroll was evading Middletown police officers he allegedly stole a car in the parking lot of Save-A-Lot on Roosevelt Boulevard. RELATED: Man charged with murder after stabbing victim found...
Pizza franchise closes Middletown location

Pizza franchise closes Middletown location

A Marco’s Pizza in Middletown has shut its doors as it looks for a new home. “Our lease has ended so we are forced to close and relocate,” reads a sign posted on the door to the restaurant at 1300 S. Breiel Boulevard. “Until then please visit one of our other 40 Cincinnati and Dayton area locations. Visit www.marcos.com for the closest store to you.” MORE: Middletown...
Thanksgiving weather: Here’s what to expect if you plan to travel

Thanksgiving weather: Here’s what to expect if you plan to travel

A quieter pattern looks to set up heading toward Thanksgiving Day.  Dry and cool weather will dominate the forecast Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The mornings will be cold and the afternoons will sit in the 40s each day.  If your Thanksgiving plans take you out of the Miami Valley, here is what you need to know: Wednesday looks mostly sunny and cool with highs in the 40s.  Thanksgiving...
Pike County murders: Billy Wagner booked in the Butler County Jail

Pike County murders: Billy Wagner booked in the Butler County Jail

One of four charged in the Pike County multiple homicides is now housed in the Butler County Jail, according to Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer. George “Billy” Wagner III was transported to the county jail on Hanover Street today and booked in at about 5:45 a.m. According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, he was contacted by the Pike County Sheriff last week and asked if he could house...
3-vehicle crash injures one, shuts down Ohio 129 in Liberty Twp.

3-vehicle crash injures one, shuts down Ohio 129 in Liberty Twp.

A 3-vehicle crash involving an injury briefly shut down eastbound Ohio 129 this morning. Dispatchers received calls regarding the incident and emergency crews responded to the scene just east of the Cincinnati-Dayton Road exit. One person was taken to West Chester Hospital, according to dispatchers. Traffic was briefly shut down on the roadway as crews responded to the scene, then was limited to one...
Man charged with murder after stabbing victim found in Middletown road

Man charged with murder after stabbing victim found in Middletown road

A $1 million bond was set this morning in Middletown Municipal Court for a man charged with murder in the death of man found dead in the road early Sunday morning. Lawrence Kinzel, 46, of Chicago, was found dead suffering from an apparent stab wound at about 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lefferson Road and Sheffield Street, according to police. FIRST REPORT: Police investigating body found in...
Black Friday shopping still holds importance: Here’s what you need to know

Black Friday shopping still holds importance: Here’s what you need to know

Despite holiday sales starting earlier each year and shifting shopping habits, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping aren’t losing their importance, retail leaders said. Millions of consumers will hit the stores and their computers this week as retailers debut deep discounts for hopeful holiday shoppers on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and into next week on Cyber Monday. But many...
Here’s when stores will open for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping

Here’s when stores will open for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving and Black Friday ads are surfacing quickly. Here’s when stores plan to open this year: Kohl’s will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving and remain open through Black Friday. The store is offering its well-known deal of $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent. The ad also features a 15 percent off coupon. Sales will begin at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving...
How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio

How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio

Amazon is growing at breakneck speed across the nation and in Ohio, where it has created 6,000 jobs in the past seven years and has commitments to add 5,500 more employees. Last week, the online giant said it would open a package-sorting “air gateway” at Wilmington Air Park, an airport 40 minutes southeast of Dayton that was decimated in the past decade when cargo carrier DHL announced...
Free dinner ‘not a handout, it’s a family Thanksgiving’

Free dinner ‘not a handout, it’s a family Thanksgiving’

Since the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Dinner is held on the holiday, that means the more than 100 volunteers have to switch their schedules and some move their own family dinners to different days. “That’s pretty awesome,” said Jeri Lewis, director of community development at Kingswell Ministries and organizer of the Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner will be held from noon to...
Teens take over Hamilton city council, school board as mayor watches

Teens take over Hamilton city council, school board as mayor watches

A recent educational coup swept over Hamilton city leadership and the victors of the friendly takeover were students from Hamilton and Badin high schools. Students from the two schools conducted mock Hamilton City Council and Hamilton Board of Education public meetings in the city’s council chambers downtown. And dozens of their classmates joined in as the audience for Civics Day event designed...
Land of Illusion expands vision with second annual Christmas Glow — and it’s just a little different from the rest

Land of Illusion expands vision with second annual Christmas Glow — and it’s just a little different from the rest

For many Halloweens now, Land of Illusion has been the premiere haunted house destination, with its state-of-the-art, theme-based attractions, haunted trail, and zombie patrol. However, the proprietors of Land of Illusion, located in Butler County’s Madison Twp., have long harbored greater ambitions. After an underwhelming attempt to introduce a Christmas attraction in 2004, they went all in...
Work session guides future development, operations at Middletown airport

Work session guides future development, operations at Middletown airport

Middletown City Council met in a work session for three hours last week to discuss future development of the Middletown Regional Airport. Council heard presentations on the airport’s history as well various infrastructure improvements. More than 30 people attended the Nov. 15 work session that heard from representatives from Start Skydiving and from an airport planner. The work session was to...
Cold overnight with lingering clouds; flurries early Tuesday

Cold overnight with lingering clouds; flurries early Tuesday

Clouds linger and cold overnight Flurries or snow shower early Tuesday Rain returns this week >> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar Overnight: Clouds will linger through the night and it’ll be cold with lows near 30 degrees by daybreak. A weak front will swing through, bringing the chance of a few flurries or snow showers by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall...
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