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Police: Charges ‘forthcoming’ in crash that killed Middletown woman

Police: Charges ‘forthcoming’ in crash that killed Middletown woman

The investigation is continuing into a two-vehicle crash that killed a Middletown woman last week, but charges are forthcoming, according to Lt. Chuck O’Byron, post commander, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon post. Troopers are still gathering evidence and collecting statements in connection to the Sept. 18 crash that killed Betty Sandlin, 67, of Middletown, after a minivan went...
Should Ohio schools ban Indian nicknames? Group asks state for help.

Should Ohio schools ban Indian nicknames? Group asks state for help.

A half-dozen speakers urged the state board of education to ban the use of Native American nicknames, logos and mascots for school sports teams, citing negative stereotypes and derogatory images. Nineteen high schools in the region use Native American-related nicknames such as Braves, Indians and Warriors, most with an accompanying Indian-related logo. Three schools north of Dayton — St. Henry...
Time to downsize? Gas prices jump 70 cents from last year

Time to downsize? Gas prices jump 70 cents from last year

Motorists waiting for post-Labor Day gas prices to drop could be waiting awhile, according to some analysts who don’t foresee the cost of a fill-up decreasing any time soon among strong demand and short supply. Gas prices in the region averaged $2.86 today, up from about $2.74 a week ago and 73 cents higher than a year ago at this time, according to the website GasBuddy.com, which tracks U.S...
Middletown police investigating shots fired

Middletown police investigating shots fired

One man was grazed by a bullet when shots were fired Sunday night in Middletown, according to police. The incident remains under investigation, Middletown police Sgt. Malcolm Tipton said. MORE: One person dies in Butler County crash involving 2 cars, semi An unknown number of shots were fired around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 4700 block of Caprice Drive. The shots were fired in an apartment parking lot...
Steakhouse chain’s Middletown location abruptly closes

Steakhouse chain’s Middletown location abruptly closes

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.: A Middletown city official said she was unaware an East End restaurant was closing. Jennifer Ekey, director of economic development, said she’s “disappointed” whenever a Middletown business closes. She said the city is continuing its efforts in retail and restaurant recruitment in the area and has made “progress on a number of fronts.” FIRST REPORT...
Kings Island to close one of the park’s 16 roller coasters

Kings Island to close one of the park’s 16 roller coasters

Kings Island has announced plans to close one of its 16 roller coasters at the end of Halloween Haunt later this fall, the park said in a prepared statement. The amusement park did not release the name of the roller coaster that will be closing, however said it plans to reveal the coaster later this week.  Guests to the annual Halloween event on Friday were the first to see a new grave site in...
Bond lowered, then withdrawn for suspect in fatal Hamilton shooting

Bond lowered, then withdrawn for suspect in fatal Hamilton shooting

Bond for a Hamilton teen charged with murder in the shooting death of a 13-year-old last month changed twice Monday during two court hearings. Miquan Hubbard, 18, pleaded not guilty Monday morning to murder and felonious assault charges in the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. and injury of another teen Aug. 29 in Hamilton. Bond for Hubbard was previously set at $2 million, but his...
Deported Fairfield mom back with family after 17 months in Mexico

Deported Fairfield mom back with family after 17 months in Mexico

Maribel Trujillo Diaz, the Fairfield mother of four who was deported to Mexico 17 months ago, has been reunited with her family, her legal team announced Monday. She will be able to remain in the country until a hearing in Cleveland that likely will happen next summer. Maribel, who goes by Trujillo as a last name, was deported April 19, 2017, to Mexico City. She had lived illegally in this country...
Companies filling thousands of local holiday jobs: What you need to know

Companies filling thousands of local holiday jobs: What you need to know

Fighting low unemployment and stiff competition for workers, local companies are scrambling to hire thousands of seasonal workers before the biggest shopping season of the year. The hiring spree that spans several industries is happening earlier than most years and is requiring companies to offer incentives and flexible hours to entice job applicants for the mostly part-time work. Stores like Kohl&rsquo...
One person dies in Butler County crash involving two cars, semi

One person dies in Butler County crash involving two cars, semi

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m.: A 2013 Nissan was traveling southwest on Ohio 128 (Hamilton Cleves Road) when it went left of center and struck a Hyundai 4-door traveling northeast on Ohio 128, according to the Fairfield Twp. Police Department. The Nissan then continued and struck a semitrailer also heading northeast on Ohio 128 and then came to stop after striking a guardrail.   The driver of...
Hamilton neighbors meet on High-Main Bridge for unique event

Hamilton neighbors meet on High-Main Bridge for unique event

For one evening, the Great Miami River didn’t divide Hamilton’s residents, thus fueling the East Side vs. West Side debate. Instead, the bridge over the water was a connector. Hundreds of residents — representing Hamilton’s 17 neighborhoods — gathered on the city’s High/Main Bridge as a way to show unity. It was as if the bridge was a symbolic structure to bring...
Spooky Nook to include second-largest convention space in region

Spooky Nook to include second-largest convention space in region

People shouldn’t think of the proposed Spooky Nook at Champion Mill gigantic indoor sports complex as only an athletic facility, City Manager Joshua Smith told an audience Thursday at his ninth annual State of the City speech. Here’s another way to view it, he suggested: When completed in 2021, it will contain the region’s second-largest convention space, behind only the Duke Energy...
Oxford considers measures to preserve and protect trees

Oxford considers measures to preserve and protect trees

Measures to preserve and protect trees are the focus of an ordinance proposed by the city’s Environmental Commission and discussed by City Council at a Tuesday work session prior to their regular meeting. The Environmental Commission had submitted its proposed ordinance to Planning Commission in January of this year and that commission reviewed it and recommended amendments. For purposes of...
Suspect in deadly Miami Twp. police chase indicted on charges connected to theft of vehicle

Suspect in deadly Miami Twp. police chase indicted on charges connected to theft of vehicle

A Dayton woman suspected of stealing a Jeep and prompting a high-speed Moraine police chase resulting in the death of area Realtor was indicted on charges related to the theft of the vehicle involved in the chase. Alyssa Irwin Debraux, 18, has been in the Montgomery County Jail since Sept. 11, when she was booked on suspicion of grand theft after the fatal collision that night on Ohio 741 in Miami...
7 Butler County road closings that may impact your drive this week

7 Butler County road closings that may impact your drive this week

Several road closings this week in Butler County may impact your commute. They include: Starting Monday, Butler-Warren Road in Monroe will be closed for pavement resurfacing, according to the city.   Weather permitting, the pavement on Butler-Warren Road will be resurfaced between Mason Road to the city’s corporation limits just south of Nickel Road.   Detours will be posted...
Showers linger today, strong storms possible tomorrow

Showers linger today, strong storms possible tomorrow

Soggy night ahead Threat for strong storms Tuesday Turning cooler again midweek THIS EVENING:  Rain will be likely through the evening hours with temperatures hovering in the upper 60s. TONIGHT:  Expect cloudy skies with occasional rain will continue into the night. Temperatures will hold in the upper 60s overnight. TOMORROW:  Skies will be mostly cloudy with occasional...
Middletown police use taser twice on ‘argumentative’ suspect

Middletown police use taser twice on ‘argumentative’ suspect

Middletown police deployed a taser twice on a suspect who was “argumentative” and tried to escape, according to a police report. Daniel Johnson, 32, of Middletown, was charged with drug abuse/methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony; obstructing official business, and an open flask, the report read. Police were called Sept. 16 to the 3100 block of Wilbraham Road on a report of a passed...
Homearama announces 2019 location

Homearama announces 2019 location

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the 56th Homearama will be held 10 a.m. Oct. 9 at Deerfield Twp.’s Kensington community, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. Homearama 2019 will be held June 8-23. It will mark the 18th time Homearama is being held in Warren County. Developed by Erbeck Development Co., Kensington is an English garden-inspired community, with...
Merged Baptist church celebrating 55 years

Merged Baptist church celebrating 55 years

Fifty-five years ago, three Middletown churches merged to form one church, United Missionary Baptist Church. The late Rev. James Holloman was named pastor of the newly-formed church in 1963, and since then, 11 full-time and interim pastors have served the church. For the last 25 years, the Rev. Gregory Tyus has led the congregation. That history will be celebrated during a two-day affair, Sept. 29-30...
Middletown girl appears in new movie

Middletown girl appears in new movie

A local girl appeared in several scenes in a new movie that debuted Sept. 7 at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival. However, because of the dark nature of the film “Donnybrook,” she did not get to view it due to language and some nudity said Betsy Hanavan, the mother of Rhyan Hanavan, 9. Rhyan is one of two children in the movie whose father is being played by Jamie Bell. The...
Reach Out Lakota changes theme for fundraiser, plans new program

Reach Out Lakota changes theme for fundraiser, plans new program

Reach Out Lakota is switching things up for its seventh annual celebration event and fundraiser. The event’s theme has been changed from the Celebrity Waiter Dinner platform to “Reach Out Rocks: featuring Blessid Union of Souls.” The event takes place starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Savannah Center in West Chester Twp. It will still include up to eight celebrity waiters to help...
Cincinnati police investigating double homicide 

Cincinnati police investigating double homicide 

The Cincinnati Police Department Homicide Unit is investigating a double homicide that took place in the 1100 block of W. Galbraith Road early Sunday morning. District 5 officers responded to the reported shooting at approximately 1:27 a.m. and found the two victims dead at the scene, according to a press release.  The victims have been identified as 29-year-old Nathaniel Davis and 28-year old...
Not just a gym, not just a smoothie shop: House of Health is a community

Not just a gym, not just a smoothie shop: House of Health is a community

The House of Health, a new business in the Shoppes of Tylersville West, is about community and giving back — lessons owner Christina Shteiwi said she learned from her parents, who died in a car accident in April 2016. A team of nearly a dozen people who run the gym facility are helping Shteiwi continue her parents’ “giving and loving nature,” she said. “The team I have...
Election profile: Down in the polls, Renacci’s colleagues say he’s used to uphill battles

Election profile: Down in the polls, Renacci’s colleagues say he’s used to uphill battles

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci arrived in Congress in 2010 with a goal: He wanted to get on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the nation’s tax laws. One of the few CPAs in Congress, he felt he had the expertise. But he was told he was too new, to let it go. He couldn’t. So every week, Renacci, now Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Republican opponent for Senate, sent a letter and...
Election profile:  Sen. Brown uses connections to win over those who think he’s ‘ruthless’ progressive

Election profile:  Sen. Brown uses connections to win over those who think he’s ‘ruthless’ progressive

After a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball, a reporter asked Sen. Sherrod Brown about a Mediterranean restaurant in Dayton. Brown reached for his IPhone and left Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley a voice mail: “Why haven’t you ever told me about this great restaurant?” Acquaintances say that is vintage Brown: scribbling notes, calling people, emailing and staying in touch with both...
Niederman Family Farm celebrates 70th birthday — and you can get free homemade ice cream today

Niederman Family Farm celebrates 70th birthday — and you can get free homemade ice cream today

The Niederman Family Farm will celebrate its 70th birthday during its annual Fall Festival. The family purchased the farm in 1948. “This year is our 70th birthday, so the maze itself is cut in the shape of birthday cake and a party hat. When you come into the Fall Festival, you pay one price for an admission wrist band, and then everything is included except for pumpkins and food,” said...
Local events: 10 things to do this week

Local events: 10 things to do this week

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ying Yang Twins, Lil’ Flip The Turnt Up Tour features the hip-hop acts, Bone Thugs N Harmony and the Ying Yang Twins, and the rapper, Lil’ Flip. See them at the Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39-$55. For more information, call 859-491-2444 or visit www.madisontheateronline.com. 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince...
Criminals to be put on alert by October walk through Lindenwald

Criminals to be put on alert by October walk through Lindenwald

The afternoon of Oct. 6, a Saturday, Roger Hougland hopes 100 or more people will walk together through parts of Hamilton’s Lindenwald neighborhood, symbolically reclaiming the streets from drug dealers and other criminals who, he said, think nobody is watching them. His organization, Take Back The Wald, wants to encourage people to sit out on their front porches again, and make a point of walking...
Endangered missing child advisory canceled for Hamilton County 4-year-old

Endangered missing child advisory canceled for Hamilton County 4-year-old

The endangered missing child advisory issued for four-year-old Syiaer Domineack out of Hamilton County has been canceled. Domineack has been found safe, according to a release. An endangered missing child advisory has been issued for a four-year-old boy out of Hamilton County. Syiaer Domineack, 4, was last seen at his grandparent’s home, who have emergency custody of Syiaer. The child was taken...
Showers and storms return

Showers and storms return

Staying clear this evening Clouds and showers roll in from the south overnight Chance for stronger storms arrives on Tuesday Tonight: Clouds expected to roll in overnight along with the chance for showers increasing by tomorrow morning. Temperatures hold steady near 60 degrees with cooler temperatures to the north and warmer temperaturest o the south.  Monday: Cloudy skies with showers...
Computer fix scam costs woman $3,300

Computer fix scam costs woman $3,300

A 66-year-old West Chester Twp. woman is out about $3,300 after someone claiming to be a Microsoft representative allegedly took over her computer, caused a problem and charged her to fix it. Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson explained how the scam worked. “It appears as if the victim bought something off the Internet which was not a legitimate Microsoft product,” Wilson said. “From...
Lawmakers: More to be done in addressing opioid crisis

Lawmakers: More to be done in addressing opioid crisis

Ohio is arguably one of the hardest-hit states in the country when it comes to the opioid crisis, and Butler County is one of the hardest-hit in Ohio. The state is second only to West Virginia when it comes to drug overdose rates, and Butler County has the fifth-most number of unintentional overdose deaths in the state, according to the Ohio Department of Health. “You have to understand the...
Carlisle appoints former candidate to vacant council seat

Carlisle appoints former candidate to vacant council seat

The second time was the charm as a Carlisle resident was appointed to a vacant seat on Village Council. Nicholas Lamb was selected by council from a field of seven applicants to complete the unexpired term of former councilman Jonathan McEldowney, which ends on Dec. 31, 2019. Last December, Lamb unsuccessfully applied to complete the final two years of former councilman James Lickliter’s term...
InsideOut artists, accountants team to beautify Hamilton offices

InsideOut artists, accountants team to beautify Hamilton offices

When employees of the Kirsch CPA Group look at the large artwork on a wall of the company’s new offices in downtown Hamilton, they can say, “I did that.” Employees of the accounting company, including those in its Oxford office and those who work remotely, recently teamed with artists who have disabilities to design and produce a 54-piece artwork that occupies most of a large, multi-story...
The large Lakota school system is trying to stay connected with parents in these new events

The large Lakota school system is trying to stay connected with parents in these new events

The latest version of Lakota Schools’ outreach to school parents saw more than two dozen attend a Saturday conference at Miami University’s West Chester Township campus. Lakota officials used the Miami Voice of America Learning Center campus to launch the district’s first “Family & Parent CommUnity University.” The goal, said school officials, is to empower parents to...
New distillery opening in Middletown

New distillery opening in Middletown

Mike Dramschak is only a few weeks away from his dream of opening his own distillery. Dramschak and his wife, Debbie, purchased the portion of Liberty Spirits distillery on Central Avenue in May from Mike Robinette, who will continue distilling and operating a tasting room in a nearby building. “I’ve been wanting to start a distillery for 10 years,” Mike Dramschak said. “This...
Man who got gift as child in Africa spreads word about Operation Christmas Child

Man who got gift as child in Africa spreads word about Operation Christmas Child

When Désiré Nana was 8, living in poverty in Burkina Faso, West Africa, he received an unexpected gift — his first present ever. Now 25 years old and a college student in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Nana is in Ohio this week, spreading the word about the Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift he received that changed his life. “Growing up in a poor family, I did not have access to toys...
Year 1 look back: Fairfield’s 3 new schools are winners

Year 1 look back: Fairfield’s 3 new schools are winners

The chronological odometers on Fairfield’s three new schools has reached year one, and district officials say the buildings are performing better than anticipated. Last year Fairfield created a historic first for the Butler County district when it opened three new schools simultaneously to kick off the 2017-2018 school year. STORY & VIDEO: A historic 1st for Fairfield as 3 new schools open on...
Cooler, fall-like weekend

Cooler, fall-like weekend

Sunshine emerges tomorrow along with comfortable temperatures Rain rolls in from the south by Monday morning Chance for stronger storms arrives Tuesday Tonight: Clouds recede towards the south with chilly air creeping in from the north. Some location towards the north could dip into the mid to upper 40s. The low for Dayton is right around 50 degrees. Sunday: A chilly start but overall nice...
Hurricane relief donation collection at Company 7 BBQ in Englewood

Hurricane relief donation collection at Company 7 BBQ in Englewood

Hurricane relief donations are being collected in the Dayton area on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Ohio Senior Resources, in collaboration with God’s Grace Food Pantry, will be in the back parking lot of Company 7 BBQ, 1001 S. Main Street, to collect toiletries and essential items for hurricane relief in North Carolina, according to a release. The items...
Engine separates from vehicle after crash in Butler County

Engine separates from vehicle after crash in Butler County

A single-vehicle crash occurred early Saturday morning on Trenton Franklin Road in Madison Twp. The male driver was alert and taken by ambulance, according to firefighters at the scene. A Volkswagen Jetta Wagon struck a tree off the left side of the road causing the engine to completely separate from the vehicle. The engine was sitting in the middle of the road. The crash remains under investigation...
Endangered missing adult alert for Lebanon woman has been canceled

Endangered missing adult alert for Lebanon woman has been canceled

The endangered missing adult alert for Lebanon woman, Anna Reynolds, 68, has been canceled. Authorities are seeking the public’s help to find a 68-year-old Lebanon woman who suffers from dementia. Anna Reynolds stands 5 feet and weighs 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen at 11 a.m. Friday after she left her residence but did not return. She drives a silver 2012 Silver...
Franklin police to step up traffic, impaired enforcement with grants

Franklin police to step up traffic, impaired enforcement with grants

Franklin police has received a pair of traffic enforcement grants that will begin in the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Police Chief Russell Whitman said the purpose of these one-year grants is to aggressively enforce selected traffic offenses in the city of Franklin. The first traffic enforcement grant is a part of Ohio’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Program. The grant will reimburse up to...
Middletown cracks down on speeding in school zones

Middletown cracks down on speeding in school zones

Middletown Schools have been in session for a few weeks, but drivers apparently are still speeding through school zones like it’s summer. “We get so many complaints about speeding in school zones,” said Middletown Police Major David Birk. “This year we are being proactive with enforcement.” In the past week, officers have been stationed in 13 school zones throughout the...
Marijuana interests raise nearly $58K for State Auditor David Yost while he was auditing Ohio pot plan

Marijuana interests raise nearly $58K for State Auditor David Yost while he was auditing Ohio pot plan

Ohioans trying to crack into the new medical marijuana industry raised $57,870 for Republican Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s campaign for attorney general at the same time Yost was auditing the state’s marijuana program, records show. “It certainly raises questions about the appearance of: Is there a quid pro quo going on here? Are these contributors giving money in the hopes of an outcome...
Teen sentenced to prison for Fairfield Twp. parking lot shooting

Teen sentenced to prison for Fairfield Twp. parking lot shooting

A teen boy has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting another teen in the parking lot of a Fairfield Twp. Walmart. Now, a judge will decide if the case should stay in juvenile court. John Robbins, now 17, entered a guilty plea to felonious assault with a gun specification last month in Butler County Common Pleas Court for a Jan. 20 incident in the Walmart parking...
Recalls: Children’s clothing, fitness products and more

Recalls: Children’s clothing, fitness products and more

Parents, fitness buffs and those prone to bug bites should check to see if they have the potentially dangerous products being recalled this week. Infant and toddler coveralls sold under the name ED by Ellen DeGeneres are under recall because the bunny applique can come off and pose a choking hazard for your child, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. One person reported a child putting...
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