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Fenwick AD: ‘Everyone knows that we got the bad end of the stick’

Fenwick AD: ‘Everyone knows that we got the bad end of the stick’

Fenwick High School’s boys basketball season ended with a 27-26 loss to Dunbar in a Division II sectional final March 7. Nothing is going to change that. » THE GAME: Dunbar 27, Fenwick 26 Dunbar was scheduled to play Fenwick, then the Ohio High School Athletic Association replaced the Wolverines with Thurgood Marshall in the tournament because of an ineligible player. Dayton Public Schools...
It’s National Pretzel Day: Here’s where to celebrate in Butler County and help kids at Cincinnati Children’s

It’s National Pretzel Day: Here’s where to celebrate in Butler County and help kids at Cincinnati Children’s

It’s National Pretzel Day and a local Auntie Anne’s is celebrating with a good cause in mind. Auntie Anne’s at Liberty Center is donating 100 percent of its pretzel and drink sales today, April 26, to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. MORE: Charming Charlie emerges from bankruptcy, but there’s a catch The celebration continues through 9 p.m. at Auntie Anne&rsquo...
Trump project inspires new Hamilton boutique hotel

Trump project inspires new Hamilton boutique hotel

The historic Champion Paper administration building, located across North B Street from the Black Street Bridge, likely will become a boutique hotel as part of the gigantic Spooky Nook sports complex. “That’ll likely be a boutique hotel,” said Sam Beiler, who created the original Spooky Nook facility in Manheim, Pa. “We’ll clean up the exterior of the building under historic...
Thunderbirds name new pilot, cancel more shows to prepare after crash

Thunderbirds name new pilot, cancel more shows to prepare after crash

The Air Force Thunderbirds canceled two more shows to allow a new pilot to qualify while the team prepares to resume the 2018 show season after a deadly training crash. Maj. Nick “Khan” Krajicek, who will fly the remainder of this season, was the No. 4 pilot the previous two show seasons. The team had suspended flights and canceled public performances since a tragic April 4 crash killed...
Jury considers life or death for convicted Hamilton man

Jury considers life or death for convicted Hamilton man

A Butler County jury’s decision today could mean a death sentence for a Hamilton man. Less than 24 hours after finding Michael Grevious II guilty of aggravated murder, jurors will return to a Butler County courtroom today for the sentencing phase of the trial. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, was found guilty at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night of aggravated murder for ordering a retaliation shooting...
Wright State to award more than 2,000 degrees at graduation Saturday

Wright State to award more than 2,000 degrees at graduation Saturday

More than 2,000 total students are expected to graduate from Wright State University this Saturday. The ceremony, which is a ticketed event, is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Nutter Center, according to the university. Wright State will award 1,429 bachelor’s degrees at the ceremony and 602 master’s degrees along with a number of associate degrees and certificates. This will be the first...
3 Middletown High School students arrested after social media threat

3 Middletown High School students arrested after social media threat

Three Middletown High School students were arrested and charged with inducing panic Wednesday night after they allegedly posted a video on Snapchat threatening school violence, said Maj. David Birk from the Middletown Division of Police.  He praised students for alerting school and police officials about the video. The district’s “See Something, Say Something” slogan is catching...
Middletown fire captain named First Responder of the Year

Middletown fire captain named First Responder of the Year

Middletown Division of Fire Captain David Von Bargen was named the First Responder of the Year by the Butler County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Services Board. Von Bargen received the award at the 12th annual Awards and Recognition Celebration on April 12 for his work responding to the opioid epidemic crisis in Middletown and the Butler County area. MORE: Butler County now has a way to track...
As nearby states battle hepatitis A outbreaks, is Ohio next?

As nearby states battle hepatitis A outbreaks, is Ohio next?

The number of hepatitis A cases in Ohio and neighboring states has spiked since January, the Ohio Department of Health reported, concerning some local public health officials. There have been 47 cases across the state, the highest since 2015, according to the state. In comparison, there were five cases during the same period in 2017, two in 2016 and five in 2015. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable...
Charming Charlie emerges from bankruptcy, but there’s a catch

Charming Charlie emerges from bankruptcy, but there’s a catch

Charming Charlie is no longer bankrupt, but there’s a catch. The popular teen jewelry and accessories retail said it successfully completed its financial restructuring, emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. However, it closed around 100 stores in the process and reduced its corporate employee number, the chain announced. “Today marks a fresh start for Charming Charlie as we emerge as a...
45 people indicted in Butler and Warren counties

45 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...
Local school districts hire Vermont firm to scan social networks for threats

Local school districts hire Vermont firm to scan social networks for threats

Public schools in Montgomery and Warren counties have begun using a scanning tool to watch one billion social media posts and blog streams for “potential threats in the areas of security, public safety, harm, wellness or acts of violence,” according to a contract establishing the relationship in Warren County. The service is being provided by Social Sentinel, a Vermont-based software company...
Ex-Hamilton superintendent’s leadership style questioned in previous job

Ex-Hamilton superintendent’s leadership style questioned in previous job

The leadership style of former Hamilton City Schools superintendent Tony Orr was criticized at his previous job as head of another Ohio school system, according to documents obtained by the Journal-News. Orr, who resigned earlier this month after being the focus of a Hamilton Board of Education-ordered investigation into his conduct, was previously superintendent of Northwestern Schools in Clark County...
Son recalls another side of his mother, a Miami professor who traced corruption in Russia

Son recalls another side of his mother, a Miami professor who traced corruption in Russia

Karen Dawisha was an internationally-recognized authority and author on Russian politics and the first Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Miami University. To her son, Emile, she was mom. Karen Dawisha died April 11 of lung cancer, according to her family. She was 68. “I learned more about mom’s sphere of influence later in life...
Inspiring Middletown student ‘sees with her ears’

Inspiring Middletown student ‘sees with her ears’

Amanda Elementary student Breanah McNutt’s ears perked up, sizing up the empty classroom she had just entered. The third-grader then made her way gingerly, taking a comfortable seat. Soon after, a visitor walked into the Middletown school classroom. The woman wore jewelry bands on one wrist and they tinkled in barely audible fashion. “Are you wearing a bracelet?” Breanah asked. The...
Community reaction mixed after Madison Schools decides to arm staff

Community reaction mixed after Madison Schools decides to arm staff

Parents and former Madison students expressed mixed feelings about the district’s decision Tuesday night. But the Madison Local School District Board of Education was unanimous in its decision to approve a resolution to allow armed staff in the district. Madison school board president Dave French said the safety of every child in Madison Twp. has to be the “district’s highest priority...
Few showers possible Friday; warm-up begins next week

Few showers possible Friday; warm-up begins next week

Staying dry today A few showers possible Friday Warm up expected next week Today: Plenty of sunshine with a few clouds this afternoon. Temperatures will climb into the middle 60s which is right where we should be. Skies remain mainly clear tonight and cool with lows in the middle 40s. Perhaps a few areas of patchy fog by morning, but nothing significant expected. Friday: It will...
Miami students claim Snapchat accounts with racist comments don’t belong to them

Miami students claim Snapchat accounts with racist comments don’t belong to them

Three Miami University students say someone created fictitious Snapchat accounts in their names and then filled them with racist remarks. The students told police they became aware of the accounts and the posts after someone sent them a screenshot of the remarks, according to a police report. While the incident does not meet the standards for telecommunications harassment, the students wanted...
Jury finds Hamilton man guilty of aggravated murder

Jury finds Hamilton man guilty of aggravated murder

Michael Grevious II had been found guilty of aggravated murder by a jury that deliberated more than eight hours today. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, was found guilty of aggravated murder for ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people. He will face the death penalty. On the other charges — having weapons under disability and felonious...
Amber Alert for 3 Athens County children ends; Father is in custody, they’re safe

Amber Alert for 3 Athens County children ends; Father is in custody, they’re safe

UPDATE @ 12:26 a.m. (April 26): The Amber Alert has ended. Authorities located and arrested Neil Perin in Cleveland, near Shaker Square. His three children have been found safe. An Amber Alert has been issued for three children from Athens, Ohio, authorities believe have been taken today by their father following a domestic dispute.  According to Athens police, the incident took place at a home...
Trump lawyer says he'll plead the Fifth in porn actress case

Trump lawyer says he'll plead the Fifth in porn actress case

President Donald Trump's personal attorney said Wednesday he will assert his constitutional right against self-incrimination in a civil case brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump. Michael Cohen has been asking a federal judge in Los Angeles to delay Stormy Daniels' case after FBI agents raided his home and office earlier this month, seeking records about a nondisclosure agreement...
Death penalty trial now in the hands of jury

Death penalty trial now in the hands of jury

The fate of Michael Grevious II is now in the hands of a jury. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people. He is also charged with having weapons under disability and felonious assault for gun violence that killed his relative during...
From musicians to medicine: AF Marathon recruiting army of volunteers

From musicians to medicine: AF Marathon recruiting army of volunteers

From musicians to people handing out medals, an army of volunteers run the Air Force Marathon. May 1 is the first day to register to join a horde of 2,400 volunteers needed to jump start the Sept. 15 event that may draw as many as 15,000 runners from all 50 states and around the world to run a 10K, half- and full-marathons at Wright-Patterson. The marathon’s 5K race is set for Sept. 14 at Wright...
Third man in Oxford sexual assault case admits guilt

Third man in Oxford sexual assault case admits guilt

The last of three men charged in connection with a February 2017 sexual assault in Oxford has admitted guilt. Rodney Adrian Louis Gibson II, 22, of Cincinnati, was scheduled to go to trial this week on 26 crimes, including two counts of rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and complicity to rape. Instead, Gibson accepted a plea deal on Friday, pleading guilty to complicity to kidnapping, a first-degree...
Lebanon’s Higgins set to be approved as Hamilton’s next basketball coach

Lebanon’s Higgins set to be approved as Hamilton’s next basketball coach

Kevin Higgins is on track to be Hamilton High School’s next head boys basketball coach. The Hamilton City School District has a special board meeting scheduled for Friday at 9:30 a.m., and the agenda released online by the district includes basketball and social studies teaching positions for Higgins, Lebanon’s head coach for the last four years. Hamilton athletic director Todd Grimm said...
Family, friends remember Middletown police chief as ‘a real showman’

Family, friends remember Middletown police chief as ‘a real showman’

There were two sides to Russell Dwyer. He was a cop and a comic. Dwyer, who served as Middletown’s police chief from 1975-87, died Monday night. He was 80. Longtime friend Ann Mort, who, along with her husband, Dick, frequently traveled with the Dwyers and other couples to Middletown basketball and football games, said he was “a real showman.” MORE: Read more local obituaries After...
Miami County man apparently strangled in Warren County cell

Miami County man apparently strangled in Warren County cell

A 40-year-old man serving an 18-month sentence for domestic violence in Miami County was apparently strangled to death in his cell at Lebanon Correctional Institution on Monday, according to authorities. Kevin Nill was found in his cell on Monday at the prison outside Lebanon, a rope around his neck, and pronounced dead at 9:43 a.m. Monday the Atrium Medical Center, according to Doyle Burke, chief...
Truck driver indicted for homicide following fiery fatal crash in Hamilton

Truck driver indicted for homicide following fiery fatal crash in Hamilton

The driver of a concrete bucket truck that crashed into an SUV, killing a Hamilton woman in October has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury. Tracy Moore, 45, of Frieda Drive in Fairfield, is facing a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, a fourth-degree felony and vehicular homicide, also a fourth-degree felony, according to the grand jury report released Wednesday. A warrant has been issued...
Monroe takes next step in allowing council to carry guns at meetings

Monroe takes next step in allowing council to carry guns at meetings

Monroe City Council Tuesday moved forward with a resolution that will enable its elected leaders to be the first in Butler County to carry guns at meetings. However, some council members had questions about the proposed resolution and wanted more information before taking a final vote. Council approved the first reading by a 5-2 vote with Council members Jason Frentzel and Anna Hale casting no votes...
CLOSER LOOK: Madison school district’s plan to arm teachers, staff

CLOSER LOOK: Madison school district’s plan to arm teachers, staff

Madison residents and former students had mixed reactions to the Saying the safety of each and every child in Madison Twp. has to be the “district’s highest priority,” the Madison Local School District Board of Education approved a resolution Tuesday night to allow armed staff in the district. This resolution is part of the district’s participation in the FASTER Saves Lives...
Luxury accessories store opens TODAY at Monroe outlet mall

Luxury accessories store opens TODAY at Monroe outlet mall

The region’s first Shinola Outlet opens today among the mix of more than 100 stores at Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe. Founded in 2011, the Detroit, Mich.-based company offers a variety of watches, leather goods, bicycles, journals and accessories for men and women. The Shinola store will be joined at the outlet mall this summer by luxury brand Kate Spade. MORE: Kate Spade store to open...
Butler County unveils new tool to attack heroin

Butler County unveils new tool to attack heroin

Butler County’s new tool in fighting heron: An alert system that gives real time information about drug overdoses. This program has been in the works for about one year and went live Tuesday. There is very little heroin in heroin anymore, said Butler County Health Commissioner Jenny Bailer. The drug is often cut with fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than...
Confirmation hearing for VA secretary nominee under scrutiny postponed

Confirmation hearing for VA secretary nominee under scrutiny postponed

A Senate confirmation hearing for VA Secretary nominee Ronny Jackson was postponed while lawmakers scrutinize his background to manage the massive federal agency, reports say. Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, has served as the White House physician for President Donald Trump who nominated him for the high-level post last month. Former VA Secretary David Shulkin was fired after an ethics scandal and mounting...
Ohio Rep: ‘I’m asking all county sheriffs to completely ignore this executive order’

Ohio Rep: ‘I’m asking all county sheriffs to completely ignore this executive order’

A Butler County state lawmaker is asking county sheriffs “to completely ignore” Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s executive order signed Monday to get an update on weaknesses in the state’s gun background-check system. The order directs the Office of Criminal Justice Services to work with Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Ohio Supreme Court to update a 2015 study that found reporting...
A movie, popcorn and a drink for $10? Tuesday AMC deal is making it happen

A movie, popcorn and a drink for $10? Tuesday AMC deal is making it happen

Going to the movies is an expensive night out for many. But AMC is looking to fix that--at least on Tuesdays. Their $5 Ticket Tuesday deal that was initially only supposed to last a limited time will now be permanent. So, how does it work? AMC Stubs members can purchase a $5 movie ticket at any AMC, AMC CLASSIC or AMC DINE-IN location (or online) each Tuesday. They can also indulge in the $5...
5 things jurors in Hamilton death penalty trial will be without until they reach a verdict

5 things jurors in Hamilton death penalty trial will be without until they reach a verdict

Jurors in the Michael Grevious II death penalty trial arrived for court today with packed bags, ready for a hotel stay if needed. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people. He is also charged with having weapons under disability...
WOW air offering $69 flights to Iceland from Cincinnati this summer

WOW air offering $69 flights to Iceland from Cincinnati this summer

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air is offering $69 one-way fares from Cincinnati and 12 other cities to Iceland during the summer and the fall. The first introduced $69 one-way fares in 2017 and is excited to bring them back in time for summer and fall vacation planning. The discounted flights will be available from Baltimore/ Washington, D.C. (BWI), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Cincinnati (CVG)...
Madison Local Schools board votes to allow arming of teachers, staff

Madison Local Schools board votes to allow arming of teachers, staff

The Madison Local School District board voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow district teachers and staff to carry weapons to be "prepared and equipped to defend and to protect students," according to a resolution that passed.  According to the ordinance, any staff members who want to carry a deadly weapon must be approved and receive written authorization from the superintendent...
Middletown woman hailed ‘Everyday Hero’ for efforts to stop infant deaths

Middletown woman hailed ‘Everyday Hero’ for efforts to stop infant deaths

A Middletown woman has been recognized as an “Everyday Hero” for her work to strengthen families and prevent infant mortality. Ruth Kelly, director and administrator of Families First, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving babies in Middletown, was recognized as the award recipient for southwest Ohio. She was honored this month at the Ohio Statehouse Ohio Children’s Trust...
LaRosa’s to close Butler County location — before new restaurant opens nearby

LaRosa’s to close Butler County location — before new restaurant opens nearby

A longtime delivery and carry out pizzeria in West Chester Twp. will close on Friday and be replaced with a bigger location with more options. LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria, which has been providing delivery/carry out to the Lakota/West Chester area since 1992 at at 6875 Fountains Blvd., will be replaced next month by a newly constructed full-service family pizzeria across the street at 8178 Highland...
Old Navy to open 60 new stores, remodel 150

Old Navy to open 60 new stores, remodel 150

The parent company of Old Navy is planning to open 60 more stores this year. Gap Inc., which operates the discount apparel brand, told CNBC it will also be remodeling about 150 Old Navy stores over the next few months. Most of those remodels will include upgrades to fitting rooms, bathrooms and check out areas and around 10 percent of those stores will be a full makeover. The new stores will...
Looking to turn in unused prescription drugs? Here’s how

Looking to turn in unused prescription drugs? Here’s how

If you have unused or expired prescription drugs, this Saturday you can safely turn them in at dozens of area sites. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prescription drugs can be disposed at drop-off sites to reduce the risk of the prescriptions being abused. RELATED: Opioid prescribing sharply declines in Ohio Liquids, needles or sharps cannot be accepted...
Month of roadwork to close lanes along High Street in Hamilton

Month of roadwork to close lanes along High Street in Hamilton

High Street (State Route 129) between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Seventh Street in Hamilton will see a month of lane closures during roadwork that starts today. Lanes will be reduced nightly from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Wednesday, April 25, for approximately one month, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Concrete sealing requires various lane closures in both directions...
Former Hamilton school board candidate blasts board over superintendent investigation report

Former Hamilton school board candidate blasts board over superintendent investigation report

The Hamilton school board still wasn’t talking during their Tuesday meeting about the circumstances around the recent resignation of Superintendent Tony Orr, but a former board candidate — who claims his campaign last fall was sabotaged by Orr — was. Hamilton Board of Education President Steve Isgro re-iterated before the public comment portion of the meeting that district officials...
Butler County’s highest-paid employees in 2017: I-Team Payroll Project

Butler County’s highest-paid employees in 2017: I-Team Payroll Project

Editor’s note: The Dayton Daily News I-Team is gathering payroll data for local governments across our region, as well as state government and higher education, as part of our Payroll Project. You can search Payroll Project data here. We are gathering payroll data for 2017 and will add it to the database as it is collected. If you have a suggestion for our Payroll Project, email I-Team...
Patchy fog again possible tonight 

Patchy fog again possible tonight 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST Skies clearing tonight Patchy fog possible late Cooler but dry for the weekend This evening:  Skies will continue to clear with temperatures dropping back into the 50s Tonight: Just a few clouds lingering with patchy areas of fog possible late. Temperatures will fall into the lower 40s Thursday: After some morning fog, expect lots of sunshine and milder...
Middletown student, 15, threatens to ‘shoot the place up’

Middletown student, 15, threatens to ‘shoot the place up’

A 15-year-old Middletown Middle School student was charged with one count of aggravated menacing after he allegedly posted an online video threatening school violence. The boy allegedly said on Monday he was going to come back to school and “shoot the place up,” the report said. The boy’s demeanor on the video was described as “belligerent” in the police report. Police...
Convicted Warren County child rapist gets 15 years to life in prison

Convicted Warren County child rapist gets 15 years to life in prison

David Randall King, 58, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with parole eligibility after 15 years in a child rape case where he was the caretaker.  King, of Pleasant Plain, in the Warren County village of Harlan Twp., was convicted by a county jury in March on two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition. Both are felonies.  County Prosecutor David Fornshell, in a prepared...
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