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Rick McCrabb

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Middletown City Schools, Madison Local Schools, Carlisle Local School and Middletown non-profits

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Witness: Postal worker taken to hospital after being chased by dog
 A postal worker fell and injured his head in Middletown today while being chased by a dog, according to a witness at the scene. Paramedics responded to the 2100 block of Winton Street this afternoon and transported someone to Atrium Medical Center. MORE: Butler County officer dies after motorcycle accident Dispatchers said they couldn&rsquo...

Posted: 14 hours ago

A postal worker fell and injured his head in Middletown today while being chased by a dog, according to a witness at the scene. Paramedics responded to the 2100 block of Winton Street this afternoon and transported someone to Atrium Medical Center. MORE: Butler County officer dies after motorcycle accident Dispatchers said they couldn&rsquo...
Longtime Butler County law enforcement officer dies
 Harold May was “proud of being an officer,” said his daughter, Tari Clayton of Liberty Twp. For most of his professional life, May was dedicated to public safety. He died on May 13. He was 73. “He showed me the value of hard work,” Clayton said of her father. “He was a really good worker. He also showed me how...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Harold May was “proud of being an officer,” said his daughter, Tari Clayton of Liberty Twp. For most of his professional life, May was dedicated to public safety. He died on May 13. He was 73. “He showed me the value of hard work,” Clayton said of her father. “He was a really good worker. He also showed me how...
WATCH: Demolition starts on downtown theater
 Ninety years of Middletown history isn’t standing a chance this afternoon. Large equipment from Vicker’s Demolition is knocking down the exterior brick walls of the former Studio Theater on Central Avenue. Motorists are being cautioned to slow down in the area. City leaders have said they’re unsure how long it may take to...

Posted: a day ago

Ninety years of Middletown history isn’t standing a chance this afternoon. Large equipment from Vicker’s Demolition is knocking down the exterior brick walls of the former Studio Theater on Central Avenue. Motorists are being cautioned to slow down in the area. City leaders have said they’re unsure how long it may take to...
Suspect’s wig may connect 2 area bank robberies, police say
 The person that Franklin police believe robbed a bank there May 18 may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before, officials said. Franklin and Troy police detectives believe the same man may be responsible for both robberies because of their similar descriptions, including a possible wig, Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman said. At...

Posted: a day ago

The person that Franklin police believe robbed a bank there May 18 may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before, officials said. Franklin and Troy police detectives believe the same man may be responsible for both robberies because of their similar descriptions, including a possible wig, Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman said. At...
Middletown graduation moves after parents shut out of last year’s ceremony
 One year after some Middletown High School parents were unable to see their children graduate, the district has moved high school graduation to a location that officials say should accommodate everyone who wants to attend. But with the ceremony planned outdoors, the district is now worried about inclement weather. Middletown’s Class...

Posted: a day ago

One year after some Middletown High School parents were unable to see their children graduate, the district has moved high school graduation to a location that officials say should accommodate everyone who wants to attend. But with the ceremony planned outdoors, the district is now worried about inclement weather. Middletown’s Class...
McCrabb: Principal says upbringing with abusive father ‘shapes me to this day’
 It was normal for Chuck Hall to be lying in bed, listening to his parents arguing. His father was an alcoholic and after a night in the bars, Fred Hall would come home and take out his frustrations on his wife, Connie. He would sometimes choke her, then release seconds before she passed out. It was a sick game he played But on this summer...

Posted: 2 days ago

It was normal for Chuck Hall to be lying in bed, listening to his parents arguing. His father was an alcoholic and after a night in the bars, Fred Hall would come home and take out his frustrations on his wife, Connie. He would sometimes choke her, then release seconds before she passed out. It was a sick game he played But on this summer...
Security guard facing charge after she let teen sleep in her car at work
 A security guard at AK Steel was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she allegedly allowed her cousin to sleep in her car at work. Middletown police received a call from the girl’s mother stating her 15-year-old daughter was not at school on Wednesday and she had left during the night, according to the police...

Posted: 3 days ago

A security guard at AK Steel was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she allegedly allowed her cousin to sleep in her car at work. Middletown police received a call from the girl’s mother stating her 15-year-old daughter was not at school on Wednesday and she had left during the night, according to the police...
Middletown theater receives largest grant in time for 40th year
 The timing couldn’t have been better for the Middletown Lyric Theatre. On the heels of its 40th anniversary, MLT was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Middletown Community Foundation, the largest of the 10 grants from the second cycle of awards. The grant to the theater will help sponsor eight productions that will make up the 40th Birthday...

Posted: 3 days ago

The timing couldn’t have been better for the Middletown Lyric Theatre. On the heels of its 40th anniversary, MLT was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Middletown Community Foundation, the largest of the 10 grants from the second cycle of awards. The grant to the theater will help sponsor eight productions that will make up the 40th Birthday...
WWII Navy veteran had ‘a zest for life’
 Growing up during the Great Depression and the youngest of 10 children, Harold “Scotty” McGraw learned one lesson quick: Never be late for dinner. “Food never was wasted,” said Michael McGraw, one of his sons. “There wasn’t much food around and what you had, you ate.” McGraw later served in the U...

Posted: 4 days ago

Growing up during the Great Depression and the youngest of 10 children, Harold “Scotty” McGraw learned one lesson quick: Never be late for dinner. “Food never was wasted,” said Michael McGraw, one of his sons. “There wasn’t much food around and what you had, you ate.” McGraw later served in the U...
Can you help identify this Franklin bank robbery suspect?
 A Franklin bank was robbed today, and police are looking for help in identifying the suspect. At 3:04 p.m. the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets was robbed by a man, according to police. MORE: One dead after crash in Fairfield Franklin, Carlisle and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies “swarmed” the area, but...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Franklin bank was robbed today, and police are looking for help in identifying the suspect. At 3:04 p.m. the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets was robbed by a man, according to police. MORE: One dead after crash in Fairfield Franklin, Carlisle and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies “swarmed” the area, but...