Bob Ratterman

Bob Ratterman grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Miami University in 1971. He has worked at the The Oxford Press since that time as a reporter covering city, Talawanda school board, Miami University and sports news and was named editor in 1989.

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Driver hands police officer marijuana joint
 A vehicle driving above the posted speed limit drew the attention of three police officers standing in front of the police station on South Poplar Street. Police followed the vehicle at 2:05 a.m. June 10 until it stopped in a parking lot. The officer who approached reported a strong odor of marijuana, both burnt and raw, coming from the vehicle...

Posted: 12 hours ago

A vehicle driving above the posted speed limit drew the attention of three police officers standing in front of the police station on South Poplar Street. Police followed the vehicle at 2:05 a.m. June 10 until it stopped in a parking lot. The officer who approached reported a strong odor of marijuana, both burnt and raw, coming from the vehicle...
Things to do with Dad that may make him actually like you
Elle Leonard and her grandfather, Mark Messer, pose with the tandem bike they rode together in this year s Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure during the layover day in Oxford Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED/BOB RATTERMAN

Posted: 4 days ago

Elle Leonard and her grandfather, Mark Messer, pose with the tandem bike they rode together in this year s Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure during the layover day in Oxford Tuesday. CONTRIBUTED/BOB RATTERMAN
Police bust juvenile breaking into cars
 Reports of several thefts from vehicles brought additional police patrols to the area of Applewood Circle in Oxford. And those efforts paid off at 2:40 a.m. June 8 when an officer received a report of a theft in progress. Several vehicles on the street were found to have their dome lights illuminated, indicating doors were ajar. The officer...

Posted: 5 days ago

Reports of several thefts from vehicles brought additional police patrols to the area of Applewood Circle in Oxford. And those efforts paid off at 2:40 a.m. June 8 when an officer received a report of a theft in progress. Several vehicles on the street were found to have their dome lights illuminated, indicating doors were ajar. The officer...
Butler County school district calls countywide school security tax unnecessary, counterproductive
 School districts throughout Butler County have been discussing the possibility of a county-wide levy to fund the cost of school safety, but Talawanda leaders said they see it as unnecessary and even counterproductive for their district. School districts in Butler County recently met to discuss a 1.5-mill tax levy to fund school safety support...

Posted: 7 days ago

School districts throughout Butler County have been discussing the possibility of a county-wide levy to fund the cost of school safety, but Talawanda leaders said they see it as unnecessary and even counterproductive for their district. School districts in Butler County recently met to discuss a 1.5-mill tax levy to fund school safety support...
Woman dealing with phony company scammed out of thousands of dollars
 A woman reported to police May 29 she believed she had been the victim of a scam in which she had paid several thousand dollars to protect her computer. It turned out she was dealing with a phony company when she thought she was dealing with Mac Tech Support. The sequence of events started May 28, 2017, when she was told the company had installed...

Posted: 7 days ago

A woman reported to police May 29 she believed she had been the victim of a scam in which she had paid several thousand dollars to protect her computer. It turned out she was dealing with a phony company when she thought she was dealing with Mac Tech Support. The sequence of events started May 28, 2017, when she was told the company had installed...
Police find woman hiding in closet with items reported stolen
 A woman has been charged after she allegedly stole several items from her neighbor at a Hester Road apartment building. The report was made at approximately 10:56 p.m. May 26 after the resident came home from work and discovered missing items that included a laptop, cell phone, iPad, shoes and designer purse. The resident said she had a friend...

Posted: 14 days ago

A woman has been charged after she allegedly stole several items from her neighbor at a Hester Road apartment building. The report was made at approximately 10:56 p.m. May 26 after the resident came home from work and discovered missing items that included a laptop, cell phone, iPad, shoes and designer purse. The resident said she had a friend...
Talawanda hires more police officers, adds social workers in elementaries
 The Talawanda Board of Education has approved two personnel proposals to deal with school safety both from a prevention standpoint as well as reaction. Hiring school resource officers for each district building and social workers in each elementary were approved at the Talawanda Board of Education work session May 17. MORE: Butler County...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Talawanda Board of Education has approved two personnel proposals to deal with school safety both from a prevention standpoint as well as reaction. Hiring school resource officers for each district building and social workers in each elementary were approved at the Talawanda Board of Education work session May 17. MORE: Butler County...
One of Butler County’s last remaining public pools opens for its final season
 The first day of the last season for the Oxford Municipal Pool at the TRI Complex started off with a splash. The pool will be replaced for 2019 with a new aquatic center to be built at Oxford Community Park. Groundbreaking for that new facility is expected in August with opening planned for Memorial Day weekend next year. HISTORICAL PHOTOS...

Posted: 17 days ago

The first day of the last season for the Oxford Municipal Pool at the TRI Complex started off with a splash. The pool will be replaced for 2019 with a new aquatic center to be built at Oxford Community Park. Groundbreaking for that new facility is expected in August with opening planned for Memorial Day weekend next year. HISTORICAL PHOTOS...
Woman charged after dog found locked in car during graduation ceremony
 A woman was charged with animal cruelty after a passerby noticed a small dog locked in her car at 10:25 a.m. May 26. The car was parked in the Millett Hall parking lot, near University Avenue. The passerby called police, saying she feared for the dog’s safety, according to a police report. A Miami University police officer responded...

Posted: 18 days ago

A woman was charged with animal cruelty after a passerby noticed a small dog locked in her car at 10:25 a.m. May 26. The car was parked in the Millett Hall parking lot, near University Avenue. The passerby called police, saying she feared for the dog’s safety, according to a police report. A Miami University police officer responded...
Oxford government officials now in new home
 Moving day is always difficult, but city staff members opened for business May 21 in a new building after closing the previous Friday in the building that had been the center of municipal government since the 1930s. Packing up had been largely completed in the previous couple weeks but the goal was to keep the doors open until Friday at 5...

Posted: 21 days ago

Moving day is always difficult, but city staff members opened for business May 21 in a new building after closing the previous Friday in the building that had been the center of municipal government since the 1930s. Packing up had been largely completed in the previous couple weeks but the goal was to keep the doors open until Friday at 5...
Sister returns home to find stranger asleep in her car
 Police were called to a residence in the 400 block of South Poplar Street at 1:35 a.m. May 19 on a report by two sisters who said they had returned from Uptown to find property outside the apartment and a man asleep in the vehicle of the sister who was visiting. Officers opened the doors of the vehicle and the man woke up but appeared groggy...

Posted: 22 days ago

Police were called to a residence in the 400 block of South Poplar Street at 1:35 a.m. May 19 on a report by two sisters who said they had returned from Uptown to find property outside the apartment and a man asleep in the vehicle of the sister who was visiting. Officers opened the doors of the vehicle and the man woke up but appeared groggy...