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Man, wanted for felony warrant, charged with eluding Middletown police

Man, wanted for felony warrant, charged with eluding Middletown police

A Franklin man, wanted for a felony warrant, was charged with eluding, driving under suspension, red light violation and two holders, according to Middletown police. Patrick Stotler, 33, was charged after police saw him July 15 driving a car registered to Ashley Rowe, 35, of Middletown, and police knew Stotler was driving with a suspended license and had an active warrant for his arrest, the report...
2 businesses granted request to become part of Middletown

2 businesses granted request to become part of Middletown

Middletown grew by about three acres Tuesday after City Council approved an annexation request. Council approved an emergency ordinance to approve the annexation request of property owners Crown East Ltd. and DKD LLC for about 3.089 acres in Franklin Twp., located near 4501 South Dixie Highway, 6962 Coles Road, and Talton Driv. A gas station/convenience store and the Crown Palaza Banquet Center are...
Recent rains expected to keep cooler temps for Butler County Fair

Recent rains expected to keep cooler temps for Butler County Fair

While the recent rain showers over the past few days wreaked havoc for the Ohio Balloon Challenge in Middletown over the weekend, Butler County Fair officials believe it will help keep temperatures cooler this year. “Rain isn’t a bad thing,” said Doug Turner, Butler County Fair Board president. “It cooled things off and this is the best Sunday crowd we’ve had in a while...
Fairfield’s Sunbonnet Days ‘like a walk in the past’

Fairfield’s Sunbonnet Days ‘like a walk in the past’

Fairfield’s Sunbonnet Heritage Days on Aug. 4 will allow the few hundred people that attend to reflect on what the area was like in the first century of Butler County’s founding. The event is sponsored by the Fairfield Historical Society and the Four Seasons Garden Club to present exhibits and events focusing on life as it was in the 1800s and early 1900s. “It allows you to reflect...
Lakota offering tip-line to report suspicious activity

Lakota offering tip-line to report suspicious activity

Lakota Local Schools is taking additional measures to further boost safety in its schools throughout West Chester and Liberty townships. MORE: Lakota nixes school security tax, but other Butler County districts are in The school system — the largest district in Butler County and the biggest suburban district in Southwest Ohio — is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education and the...
Attendance down at Middletown balloon event due to rainy weather

Attendance down at Middletown balloon event due to rainy weather

Stormy weather dampened the annual Ohio Balloon Challenge hot-air balloon event for a second day as no balloons were able to fly in the competition and kept thousands of people away. Kathy Stites, Ohio Balloon Challenge event manager, said attendance “was down big-time” because of the strong storms that came in on Friday and again on Saturday. “We normally have 40,000 to 60,000 visit...
Two ejected, one dead after vehicle crash in Clinton Co.

Two ejected, one dead after vehicle crash in Clinton Co.

One person was killed after a vehicle crash Sunday morning on Airborne Road near State Route 134 in Clinton County, according a release from Lt. Stanley Jordan. A 2003 Mercury Mountaineer operated by Angela Nace of Wilmington, 47, was traveling northeast on Airborne Road. Her vehicle was also occupied by Janson Nace of Wilmington, 27, Olivia Murray of Clarksville, 26, and three juveniles from Wilmington...
Ohio lawmakers support renaming portion of Ohio 4 for Patrick Wolterman

Ohio lawmakers support renaming portion of Ohio 4 for Patrick Wolterman

It’s taken a few detours, but “Firefighter and Paramedic Patrick Wolterman Memorial Highway” will be a reality. Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, introduced a bill earlier this year to rename a portion of Ohio 4 — from North Fair Avenue to High Street — for the Hamilton firefighter who died in the line of duty in December 2015. The bill was added to Senate Bill 86...
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...
Golden Lamb restaurant to add outdoor dining area

Golden Lamb restaurant to add outdoor dining area

Expansion plans by the owners of the Golden Lamb Inn are only the latest for the iconic hotel, restaurant and bar’s more than two centuries of existence. Last week, the Lebanon Planning Commission approved a plan expected to cost more than $1 million and add a veranda for outdoor dining and interior improvements on the non-original, south side of the building, which is on the National Register...
Butler County Fair rides: How safe are they?

Butler County Fair rides: How safe are they?

Locally owned and operated Triple Treat is returning for its 20th year of overseeing the amusement rides at the Butler County Fair, according to Doug Turner, president of the fair board. Turner said he and inspectors from the Ohio Department of Agriculture will inspect the rides this morning before the fair opens. The rides will also be inspected by Triple Treat employees every morning during the...
Self-neglected seniors: Some ‘passed away without anybody realizing it’

Self-neglected seniors: Some ‘passed away without anybody realizing it’

The recent discovery that a Kettering man was living alone in failing health as another man’s body lie in the house for years is an extreme example but illustrates how older Americans sometimes become invisible within plain sight of neighbors and away from families. “Good or bad, one of the realities is that as someone ages, your circle of friends tends to shrink. And we’re seeing...
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....
Rain chances continue into the work-week

Rain chances continue into the work-week

Few isolated showers this evening Chance of rain to start the work-week Warmer temperatures return later this week Today: Mainly scattered showers with an isolated downpour possible in the afternoon and early evening. Temperatures only climbing to about 77 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Tonight: Clouds will stay with us this evening and overnight as a few isolated showers continue to...
West Chester man arrested after standoff with police

West Chester man arrested after standoff with police

A West Chester Twp. man barricaded himself in his home briefly before he was arrested on weapons and domestic violence changes. Rahoul Jones, 38, was arrested at his home on Crescentville Road at around 4:30 a.m. July 15. Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said Jones was alone in the house when police arrived, but he did have weapons. “They initially called SWAT out for the call but a negotiator...
Teen charged with murder ruled competent to stand trial

Teen charged with murder ruled competent to stand trial

A Middletown teen charged with aggravated murder has been declared competent to stand trial, according to Butler County Court records. Paul Dillon Craft, 16, will have a jury trial starting on Aug. 27 in Judge Jennifer McElfresh’s courtroom. Craft is being held on $1.275 million bond awaiting trial for an alleged robbery gone bad that resulted in the death of a Loveland man in December. ...
Cruiser cams, new firearms among changes implemented by Fairfield Twp. police chief

Cruiser cams, new firearms among changes implemented by Fairfield Twp. police chief

It’s not quite a night and day difference since Fairfield Twp. Police chief Robert Chabali took over, but it’s headed that way, he said. Chabali, who retired in 2015 as the Dayton Police Department’s assistant chief, was sworn in as the township’s police chief in July 2017 — and since that time he’s begun implementing “a culture change.” “Sometimes...
Middletown crash causes car to flip, injures 2 occupants

Middletown crash causes car to flip, injures 2 occupants

Two people were injured this afternoon in a single-car crash on North University near Ellen Drive in Middletown. The car flipped on its side because of the crash around 4 p.m. today. The occupants were entrapped before being freed by firefighters. We’ll update this story as we learn more about the conditions of those injured.
Ohio 4 milling, paving work in Fairfield to start Sunday

Ohio 4 milling, paving work in Fairfield to start Sunday

Paving on Ohio 4 is set to soon begin, but crews will first mill the roadway along the northern corporation line with the Hamilton. Fairfield City Engineer Ben Mann said while this project is coming toward its end — and expected to be wrapped up by Aug. 20 in time for the start of school — “there’s still tons of asphalt to be put down.” RELATED: One of the country&rsquo...
Mason family pleads guilty to lying about 400-pound relative on life insurance application

Mason family pleads guilty to lying about 400-pound relative on life insurance application

Three members of a Mason family have pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder nearly $3 million in proceeds from two fraudulently purchased life insurance policies, which were taken out on another relative. Patricia Stevenson, 57, and her daughter Candace G. Stevenson, 30, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Thursday money laundering conspiracy. Mitch G. Stevenson, 53, pleaded guilty on June 28....
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...
Colorful murals fill windows of vacant Oxford buildings

Colorful murals fill windows of vacant Oxford buildings

Strolling through Uptown this summer reveals an artistic touch added to some of the windows of unoccupied storefronts thanks to a mural project initiated by Enjoy Oxford. Artists were invited in May to submit ideas for the windows, and six were chosen to turn their ideas into public art pieces to liven up what would otherwise be boring windows with nothing behind them. Alyse Capaccio is a 2012 Miami...
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. FIRST REPORT : House fire reported in Liberty Twp. “The occupant was...
A first-of-its-kind Ohio program offers thousands of free training courses from libraries

A first-of-its-kind Ohio program offers thousands of free training courses from libraries

Ohio will be the first state to expand its online library learning program statewide, allowing any Ohioan with a valid library card to take thousands of small, free online courses, whether for fun or to bolster a work resume. While some of the software tutorials and job interviewing videos take a matter of minutes, the system also offers numerous structured learning paths for those who want to take...
County fairs are seeing a bump in attendance. Butler County hopes to continue the trend

County fairs are seeing a bump in attendance. Butler County hopes to continue the trend

The president of the Butler County Fair Board hopes a recent trend of higher county fair attendance around the region continues locally this week. Doug Turner, in his fourth year as president, noted that the Montgomery County Fair recorded higher attendance this year, and Warren County officials told him they were seeing an attendance increase during last week’s fair in Lebanon. The Montgomery...
Historic, beloved Hamilton tree becoming a public sculpture

Historic, beloved Hamilton tree becoming a public sculpture

The ancient Northern Red Oak that stood until last July near the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers monument in Hamilton along the Great Miami River will be more than a memory: It’s being carved into a sculpture with a bench that will stand at the same site. The oak was cut down last July after a large limb fell from it, leaving tree experts to conclude it was beyond saving and a potential safety...
Cincinnati airport tickets nearly $80 cheaper than Dayton

Cincinnati airport tickets nearly $80 cheaper than Dayton

Dayton International Airport’s ticket costs remain about 17 percent higher than the national average, but the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport saw drastically lower fares at the beginning of this year. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport’s efforts to bring on more low-cost carriers over the past several years seems to be paying off. Since Frontier Airlines joined...
Hamilton’s water power attracting companies — much like it did for Henry Ford 100 years ago

Hamilton’s water power attracting companies — much like it did for Henry Ford 100 years ago

Automaker Henry Ford arrived in Hamilton one century ago this month, thanks to some forward-thinking businessmen seven decades earlier, and the ability of the Great Miami River to produce electricity. MORE: Hamilton creating energy through power of moving water The industrialist’s Ford & Son Co. bought the hydroelectric plant, which had opened in the mid-1840s, during July 1918, according to...
More rain expected to end the weekend

More rain expected to end the weekend

Rain chances stay with us for the next few days More dry time later this coming week Warmer temperatures build back in Today: Showers and storms are expected to pop up in the afternoon and into the evening hours. Temperatures will hold in the upper 70s. Tonight: A few lingering spotty showers will continue to be possible overnight, but overall more dry time is expected. Temperatures will...
Middletown police help horse ‘Utah’ whose trailer flipped on its side

Middletown police help horse ‘Utah’ whose trailer flipped on its side

From Middletown Division of Police Facebook page: “It's not often we get distress calls for a horse but we got one early this morning at Central and Main. It seems Utah had flipped in his trailer and was in a predicament. Officers Deaton, Schwarber and Ramirez and our fire department were all on scene to lend a helping hand but Utah was able to free himself and is going to be just fine! ...
No arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Butler County

No arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Butler County

No arrests were made during an OVI checkpoint Saturday night in Fairfield. 98 cars passed through the checkpoint between 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., and was conducted in the northbound lane of U.S. 127 at Pleasant Avenue and Symmes Road, according to Butler County OVI Task Force Coordinator Pete Reising. Five cars were diverted for further investigation, but there were no arrests. Checkpoints and saturation...
LOCAL CRIME ALERT: Car break-ins reported at West Chester soccer fields

LOCAL CRIME ALERT: Car break-ins reported at West Chester soccer fields

Thieves broke into three vehicles and took $1,600 worth of purses, credit and gift cards and other items while the cars were parked at the Voice Of America soccer fields last weekend in West Chester Twp. A Louis Vuitton purse valued at $600 was reported stolen as well as three gift cards totaling $362. The cars were parked in the lot at the Voice of America MetroPark soccer fields between 5:30 and...
Have you seen missing Preble County woman?

Have you seen missing Preble County woman?

The Preble County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a West Alexandria woman reported missing. Laura Patterson, 52, left her home on foot sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday. It appears she took nothing with her, according to the sheriff’s office. Patterson works in the Monroe area, but her employer has not heard from her. She is considered an endangered...
House fire reported in Liberty Twp.

House fire reported in Liberty Twp.

Liberty Twp. firefighters are responding to a house fire in 5400 block of Walkers Court. Preliminary reports have said there was a working fire in the attic of the two-story dwelling. MORE: Severe weather may impact balloon flights at Ohio Challenge in Middletown The fire was reported at 3:20 p.m. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Tax-free weekend explained: Your guide to back-to-school shopping

Tax-free weekend explained: Your guide to back-to-school shopping

With Ohio’s tax-free weekend arriving in two weeks, teachers, parents and students are getting their back-to-school shopping lists ready. Ohio’s tax-free weekend, which begins at 12 a.m. on Aug. 3 and lasts through 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 5, is one way shoppers will take advantage of back-to-school shopping, which is expected to be one of the three highest years on record with $82.8 billion...
TORNADO WATCH: Butler County in path of severe weather

TORNADO WATCH: Butler County in path of severe weather

A tornado watch is no longer in effect for Butler and Preble counties. A Tornado Watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for Butler and Preble counties. Butler and Preble counties are under a “moderate” risk for severe storms and Warren an “enhanced” risk, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Severe weather potential is high, especially the further south and west...
More than 100 former Ohio State students report sexual misconduct by doctor

More than 100 former Ohio State students report sexual misconduct by doctor

Ohio State University announced today that more than 100 former students have reported first-hand accounts of sexual misconduct by former school physician Richard Strauss. Strauss worked at OSU from the mid-1970s to the 1990s and died in 2005. In total, the university’s independent investigators have interviewed more than 200 former students and staff with information about Strauss. Investigators...
Injuries reported after 2-car accident in Middletown

Injuries reported after 2-car accident in Middletown

A two-car crash was reported just before 1 p.m. today in Middletown at the corner of Central Avenue and Verity Parkway, according to dispatchers. Unknown injuries were reported in the two-car accident. The roads have been reopened, according to witnesses at the scene.
Giant Jenga, life-size chess part of new green space at Monroe outlet mall

Giant Jenga, life-size chess part of new green space at Monroe outlet mall

Cincinnati Premium Outlets will open a newly designed green space at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23. Families may start using the 800-square-foot space, which boasts interactive games such as giant Jenga, life-size chess and cornhole as well as an updated open-seating plan, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. MORE: Need back-to-school immunizations? Walmart is holding an event this weekend to help...
Need back-to-school immunizations? Walmart is holding an event this weekend to help

Need back-to-school immunizations? Walmart is holding an event this weekend to help

Walmart will offer low-cost immunizations and free screenings for the back-to-school season on Saturday. Available at every Walmart store with a pharmacy across the nation, the company’s Wellness Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will focus on immunizations. »RELATED: Back-to-school sales starting early as first day approaches Meningititis and tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) immunizations...
UPDATE: Balloon glow, flights canceled Friday night at Ohio Challenge in Middletown

UPDATE: Balloon glow, flights canceled Friday night at Ohio Challenge in Middletown

Friday night’s balloon glow and balloon flights have been canceled due to weather conditions, according to Ohio Challenge balloon pilot Sean Askren. Saturday’s events are expected to take place as scheduled. Balloon pilot Sean Askren said “everything is a go” for tonight’s Ohio Challenge, but he warned that could change because of inclement weather.  He said hot...
Boy, 17, struck by stray bullet in Middletown

Boy, 17, struck by stray bullet in Middletown

A Middletown boy was shot in the foot Thursday night by a stray bullet while standing on a home’s front porch, according to police. Middletown police responded at 11:50 p.m. on a report of shots fired in the 800 block of 11th Avenue, according to a police report. MORE: Thieves nab $12,000 in checks from unlocked car Three people said they were on the home’s front porch when one of them...
New gated townhouse development planned for Middletown

New gated townhouse development planned for Middletown

An estimated $2 million housing development is planned for downtown Middletown. Oakley Property Group LLC plans to build 16 townhouses as well as rehabilitate two existing homes as part of a gated development on 1.3 acres it owns in an area bounded by Clark Street, Plum Street and Reinartz Boulevard. MORE: Take a tour through extravagant Homearama in Warren County “We’re trying to bring...
Ebay to lay off more than 200 workers

Ebay to lay off more than 200 workers

Ebay will permanently lay off 274 workers, according to plans filed with the State of California Employment Development Department. While Ebay reported a 9 percent increase in revenue this quarter, the business also saw a rise in operating expenses. GAAP operating margin in the quarter fell to 15.4 percent, compared to 19.8 percent for the same period last year, and non-GAAP operating margin fell...
Up for auction: Crime evidence, unclaimed lost items from West Chester’s police property room

Up for auction: Crime evidence, unclaimed lost items from West Chester’s police property room

A hodgepodge of property that was either evidence in a crime or found on the streets of West Chester Twp. will soon be available for purchase in an online auction. And starting prices are one cent. A growing number of police departments, including West Chester, are selling evidence from criminal cases where the appeals have been exhausted as well as other unclaimed property. The sales dosn’t...
Full circle: Man spending retirement where he once lived as an orphan

Full circle: Man spending retirement where he once lived as an orphan

The way Lynn Weber maneuvers his motorized wheelchair around the Otterbein Senior Life campus, stopping just long enough to greet every resident and staff member, you get the feeling he’s right at home. He should be. His residence has come full circle. He’s like a NASCAR driver who kept turning left until he ended up right where he started. In 1959, Weber, then 11, moved with his brother...
Retailer at The Greene warns customers about credit card processing issue

Retailer at The Greene warns customers about credit card processing issue

A retailer at The Greene Town Center alerted customers about an issue with transactions being processed correctly at its store. Jake’s Toggery, a clothing retailer, sent an email to customers alerting them about an issue with their credit card processor. NCR Merchant Solutions told the retailer that transactions made at two locations of Jake’s Toggery did not process correctly. The two...
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