Ed Richter

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Warren County school on lockdown during search for suspicious woman
 A Franklin Twp. school was placed on a short lockdown Thursday afternoon as police searched for a suspicious woman reportedly carrying an axe, knife and hatchet. Franklin and Springboro police officers were called after 2 p.m. to assist Warren County Sheriff’s deputies to search a woodline near a church in the area of Pennyroyal Road...

Posted: 6 hours ago

A Franklin Twp. school was placed on a short lockdown Thursday afternoon as police searched for a suspicious woman reportedly carrying an axe, knife and hatchet. Franklin and Springboro police officers were called after 2 p.m. to assist Warren County Sheriff’s deputies to search a woodline near a church in the area of Pennyroyal Road...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
The federal government calls this Middletown area an 'opportunity zone.' Here's what that may mean for development.
 The Census tract land on and near the Middletown Regional Airport has been accepted by the federal government as a Qualified Opportunity Zone. City officials said as part of the recently passed federal tax bill, states were allowed to identify up to 25 percent of low-income, high-poverty census tracts to the U.S. Treasury Department. A total...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Census tract land on and near the Middletown Regional Airport has been accepted by the federal government as a Qualified Opportunity Zone. City officials said as part of the recently passed federal tax bill, states were allowed to identify up to 25 percent of low-income, high-poverty census tracts to the U.S. Treasury Department. A total...
Monroe takes next step in allowing council members to carry guns at meetings
 Monroe may become the first community in Butler County to allow its elected leaders to carry guns at meetings. On Tuesday, council will hear a first reading to authorize its members with valid concealed carry permits to carry a concealed weapon during council meetings and other council committee meetings at specific city-owned facilities...

Posted: 3 days ago

Monroe may become the first community in Butler County to allow its elected leaders to carry guns at meetings. On Tuesday, council will hear a first reading to authorize its members with valid concealed carry permits to carry a concealed weapon during council meetings and other council committee meetings at specific city-owned facilities...
This new piece of artwork at Jungle Jim’s is made entirely from jelly beans
 Ten years in the making and it was so big it had to delivered by truck from California. To celebrate National Jelly Bean Day, there was a special unveiling of a very large jelly bean portrait of owner “Jungle Jim” Bonamino in the candy department of Jungle Jim’s International Market on Ohio 4 in Fairfield. After it was unveiled...

Posted: 5 days ago

Ten years in the making and it was so big it had to delivered by truck from California. To celebrate National Jelly Bean Day, there was a special unveiling of a very large jelly bean portrait of owner “Jungle Jim” Bonamino in the candy department of Jungle Jim’s International Market on Ohio 4 in Fairfield. After it was unveiled...
Hamilton boy’s selfless wish makes playground more inclusive for kids
 A large crowd turned out Saturday to watch Grayson Combs celebrate his birthday wish at Millikin Woods Park in Hamilton — a wheelchair accessible playground equipment that enables all children to have fun. Combs and his family cut the ribbon to open the inclusion wheel, which is a merry-go-round that can spin disabled children in wheelchairs...

Posted: 5 days ago

A large crowd turned out Saturday to watch Grayson Combs celebrate his birthday wish at Millikin Woods Park in Hamilton — a wheelchair accessible playground equipment that enables all children to have fun. Combs and his family cut the ribbon to open the inclusion wheel, which is a merry-go-round that can spin disabled children in wheelchairs...
Middletown’s largest park could be getting new playground equipment
 New playground equipment is being planned for Smith Park, and city officials are applying for state assistance for the project. Middletown plans to apply for a NatureWorks grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help fund part of the $85,000 project. MORE: ALDI just announced a new grocery store is coming to Butler County....

Posted: 5 days ago

New playground equipment is being planned for Smith Park, and city officials are applying for state assistance for the project. Middletown plans to apply for a NatureWorks grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help fund part of the $85,000 project. MORE: ALDI just announced a new grocery store is coming to Butler County....
Middletown property owners to get notices to sidewalk repairs
 As part of Middletown’s street paving program, property owners on some streets will be required to repair defective concrete sidewalks, curb and gutters, and driveway aprons. Notices are expected to be sent this week to the 149 property owners impacted.  If the repairs are not completed by a specified date, the city will make the...

Posted: 5 days ago

As part of Middletown’s street paving program, property owners on some streets will be required to repair defective concrete sidewalks, curb and gutters, and driveway aprons. Notices are expected to be sent this week to the 149 property owners impacted.  If the repairs are not completed by a specified date, the city will make the...
OVI checkpoint leads to multiple arrests and citations, including for marijuana and guns
 Several people were arrested Friday night during an OVI checkpoint in Fairfield. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force coordinator, said of the 304 vehicles checked between 11 p.m. and 1:40 a.m. at the checkpoint on Ohio 4 just north of Symmes Road, 11 vehicles were diverted for further investigation by Fairfield police, Butler County...

Posted: 6 days ago

Several people were arrested Friday night during an OVI checkpoint in Fairfield. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force coordinator, said of the 304 vehicles checked between 11 p.m. and 1:40 a.m. at the checkpoint on Ohio 4 just north of Symmes Road, 11 vehicles were diverted for further investigation by Fairfield police, Butler County...
Thousands of lacrosse players coming to Middletown this weekend
 More than 4,500 lacrosse players and their families and friends will be converging Saturday on Middletown’s Smith Park for the 2018 Steel City Shootout lacrosse tournament. MORE: OVI checkpoint tonight in Butler County The 13th annual one-day youth tournament will host 150 lacrosse teams from throughout southwestern Ohio and Kentucky...

Posted: 6 days ago

More than 4,500 lacrosse players and their families and friends will be converging Saturday on Middletown’s Smith Park for the 2018 Steel City Shootout lacrosse tournament. MORE: OVI checkpoint tonight in Butler County The 13th annual one-day youth tournament will host 150 lacrosse teams from throughout southwestern Ohio and Kentucky...