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Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

Latest from Lawrence Budd

Opposition cools talk of relocating new Warren County jail
 The new Warren County jail is expected to be built near the existing facilities in the county government complex in Lebanon, according to the county commissioners who are to make the decision. Talk of instead building a new jail off Ohio 63 and Markey Road on Lebanon’s west side at last Tuesday’s meeting prompted a backlash, according...

Posted: 7 days ago

The new Warren County jail is expected to be built near the existing facilities in the county government complex in Lebanon, according to the county commissioners who are to make the decision. Talk of instead building a new jail off Ohio 63 and Markey Road on Lebanon’s west side at last Tuesday’s meeting prompted a backlash, according...
School-threat investigation resulted in sexting case
 A 16-year-old former Springboro High School student is set to return to court this week to face sexting allegations. The boy, of Clearcreek Twp., is the same student who is facing charges after he allegedly sent a message on the social media platform Snapchat in which he made a comparison between a popular computer game and the number of...

Posted: 9 days ago

A 16-year-old former Springboro High School student is set to return to court this week to face sexting allegations. The boy, of Clearcreek Twp., is the same student who is facing charges after he allegedly sent a message on the social media platform Snapchat in which he made a comparison between a popular computer game and the number of...
Warren County wife’s sentencing sets stage for husband’s capital murder trial
 The wife of a South Lebanon man who could face the death penalty in connection with the beating death of his sister was sentenced on Thursday, setting the stage for a capital murder trial later this year. Judge Donald Oda II sentenced Jacqueline Kirby, 31, to three years on probation for her part in the case and ordered her to enter the Women&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

The wife of a South Lebanon man who could face the death penalty in connection with the beating death of his sister was sentenced on Thursday, setting the stage for a capital murder trial later this year. Judge Donald Oda II sentenced Jacqueline Kirby, 31, to three years on probation for her part in the case and ordered her to enter the Women&rsquo...
2nd Mason 13-year-old in week freed while facing school-threat charges
 For the second time this week, a 13-year-old Mason boy accused of making a school threat was released from the Warren County detention center and placed on house arrest. During a hearing in the case filed and heard Friday, Judge Joe Kirby ordered the child to be freed on electronic monitoring, provided he attends the school program and undergoes...

Posted: 11 days ago

For the second time this week, a 13-year-old Mason boy accused of making a school threat was released from the Warren County detention center and placed on house arrest. During a hearing in the case filed and heard Friday, Judge Joe Kirby ordered the child to be freed on electronic monitoring, provided he attends the school program and undergoes...
Wife gets treatment, probation in Warren County capital murder case
 The wife of a South Lebanon man facing the death penalty in connection with the beating death of his sister was sentenced on Thursday to three years on probation for her part in the case. Judge Donald Oda II also ordered Jacqueline Kirby, 31, to enter the Women’s Recovery Center, an outpatient substance abuse program in Xenia. Kirby...

Posted: 11 days ago

The wife of a South Lebanon man facing the death penalty in connection with the beating death of his sister was sentenced on Thursday to three years on probation for her part in the case. Judge Donald Oda II also ordered Jacqueline Kirby, 31, to enter the Women’s Recovery Center, an outpatient substance abuse program in Xenia. Kirby...
Republican commissioner says he’d back ex-Dayton stripper over Cordray for governor
 Larry Ealy, a Dayton Democrat running for Ohio governor for the second time, got encouragement on Tuesday from two Warren County commissioners. During brief comments at the weekly commission meeting, Ealy told commissioners Dave Young, Shannon Jones and Tom Grossmann, all Republicans, he had been an exotic dancer 25 years ago. “You...

Posted: 12 days ago

Larry Ealy, a Dayton Democrat running for Ohio governor for the second time, got encouragement on Tuesday from two Warren County commissioners. During brief comments at the weekly commission meeting, Ealy told commissioners Dave Young, Shannon Jones and Tom Grossmann, all Republicans, he had been an exotic dancer 25 years ago. “You...
Warren County looking at 6 designs, 2 locations for $50 million jail
 Warren County’s next jail could be replaced or expanded within the county complex in Lebanon or moved onto land on the edge of town. Gary McAnally, the principal architect on the project, unveiled a half dozen options this week for the Warren County commissioners. He then met with County Sheriff Larry Sims and a team assembled to recommend...

Posted: 12 days ago

Warren County’s next jail could be replaced or expanded within the county complex in Lebanon or moved onto land on the edge of town. Gary McAnally, the principal architect on the project, unveiled a half dozen options this week for the Warren County commissioners. He then met with County Sheriff Larry Sims and a team assembled to recommend...
Missing Warren County inmate found in Middletown, now back in jail
 A missing jail inmate wanted in Warren County was arrested in Middletown, according to authorities. Christopher Fraley, 31, “was located in the City of Middletown by Middletown Police Officers. He was transported to the Warren County Jail, where he is currently incarcerated,” Sgt. Brian Hounshell of the Warren County Sheriff&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

A missing jail inmate wanted in Warren County was arrested in Middletown, according to authorities. Christopher Fraley, 31, “was located in the City of Middletown by Middletown Police Officers. He was transported to the Warren County Jail, where he is currently incarcerated,” Sgt. Brian Hounshell of the Warren County Sheriff&rsquo...
13-year-old freed in latest Warren County school threat case
 A 13-year-old Warren County boy was released on house arrest after passing a polygraph test used to gauge the seriousness of a threat he allegedly made on Sunday against Mason Middle School on an online platform for the school district. MORE: Parkland color guard team returns to Dayton championships months after mass shooting The boy is accused...

Posted: 13 days ago

A 13-year-old Warren County boy was released on house arrest after passing a polygraph test used to gauge the seriousness of a threat he allegedly made on Sunday against Mason Middle School on an online platform for the school district. MORE: Parkland color guard team returns to Dayton championships months after mass shooting The boy is accused...
Warren County sheriff wants faster action on new jail building
 Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims expressed impatience today with efforts to build a new county jail. Sims called for quick action after listening to the architect hired to design the estimated $50 million facility lay out the options. Those still range from renovation and expansion, to replacement of the facility in the county government...

Posted: 14 days ago

Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims expressed impatience today with efforts to build a new county jail. Sims called for quick action after listening to the architect hired to design the estimated $50 million facility lay out the options. Those still range from renovation and expansion, to replacement of the facility in the county government...
Former student allegedly armed on day of national school walkout
 A 21-year-old Mason man has been indicted on charges alleging he was carrying a loaded gun in a school safety zone on the day of the national school walkouts and protests following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Robert T. Stoneman was indicted on charges of illegal possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in a school...

Posted: 14 days ago

A 21-year-old Mason man has been indicted on charges alleging he was carrying a loaded gun in a school safety zone on the day of the national school walkouts and protests following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Robert T. Stoneman was indicted on charges of illegal possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in a school...