Lauren Pack

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Butler County government, sheriff's department and courts.

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Arrests made after 2 people shot in Hamilton
 An argument in Hamilton on Wednesday night resulted in two people shot and two men in jail. The incident happened just before 9 p.m. in the 11oo block of Chestnut Street, where Mario Ramirez, 60, suffered a gunshot wound. Elizabeth Palma-Duran, 35, was also wounded by a gunshot, according to the police report. MORE: Hamilton moving forward...

Posted: 17 hours ago

An argument in Hamilton on Wednesday night resulted in two people shot and two men in jail. The incident happened just before 9 p.m. in the 11oo block of Chestnut Street, where Mario Ramirez, 60, suffered a gunshot wound. Elizabeth Palma-Duran, 35, was also wounded by a gunshot, according to the police report. MORE: Hamilton moving forward...
Power outage delays trial for teen driver in fatal Monroe prom crash
 UPDATE@9:30 a.m.: A bench trial in Butler County Juvenile Court for a 17-year-old Monroe student who was driving the car in a prom night crash that killed a classmate has been continued until next month. The trial was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. today, but icy weather knocked out power to parts of Hamilton, including the Butler County...

Posted: a day ago

UPDATE@9:30 a.m.: A bench trial in Butler County Juvenile Court for a 17-year-old Monroe student who was driving the car in a prom night crash that killed a classmate has been continued until next month. The trial was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. today, but icy weather knocked out power to parts of Hamilton, including the Butler County...
Could Pike County murder suspect be taken to Butler County Jail?
 According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, he was contacted by the Pike County Sheriff a couple days ago and asked if he could house George "Billy" Wagner III in the Butler County Jail in Hamilton. Jones told the sheriff that he would. “I have heard he has waived extradition, but I do not know for sure if he is coming...

Posted: a day ago

According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, he was contacted by the Pike County Sheriff a couple days ago and asked if he could house George "Billy" Wagner III in the Butler County Jail in Hamilton. Jones told the sheriff that he would. “I have heard he has waived extradition, but I do not know for sure if he is coming...
2 West Chester men charged in connection to drug overdose death
 Two West Chester Twp. men have been indicted by a Butler County grand jury involuntary manslaughter and drug charges. Gabriel Arlo Gordon, 32, and Kenneth R. Griffin, 59, both of West Chester Twp., are each charged with corrupting another with drugs and trafficking in heroin in addition to involuntary manslaughter, according to the Butler...

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Two West Chester Twp. men have been indicted by a Butler County grand jury involuntary manslaughter and drug charges. Gabriel Arlo Gordon, 32, and Kenneth R. Griffin, 59, both of West Chester Twp., are each charged with corrupting another with drugs and trafficking in heroin in addition to involuntary manslaughter, according to the Butler...
Man charged in deaths of 2 women wants 2 trials
 A Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two women during a standoff in Trenton wants two trials — one for each alleged murder. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he will be back in Judge Keith Spaeth’s courtroom Thursday for a motion asking...

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A Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two women during a standoff in Trenton wants two trials — one for each alleged murder. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he will be back in Judge Keith Spaeth’s courtroom Thursday for a motion asking...
What you’re saying: Hamilton moves Christmas tree lighting
 A decision to change the location of the Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays Christmas tree lighting event is drawing a strong response on social media. The Nov. 17 event will be held at the entrance to RiversEdge Amphitheatre in Marcum Park, organizers said. In past years the tree lighting has taken place on the lawn of the Butler County...

Posted: 2 days ago

A decision to change the location of the Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays Christmas tree lighting event is drawing a strong response on social media. The Nov. 17 event will be held at the entrance to RiversEdge Amphitheatre in Marcum Park, organizers said. In past years the tree lighting has taken place on the lawn of the Butler County...
Man going to trial for 2017 fatal Middletown bar shooting
 Defense attorneys and prosecutors said Tuesday both sides are ready for trial this month for a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar nearly 18 months ago. Malcolm Franklin, 28, formerly of Louisiana, is charged with murder as well as three counts of felonious assault for gun violence in 2017, at D&J Nite spot. MORE: Man...

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Defense attorneys and prosecutors said Tuesday both sides are ready for trial this month for a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar nearly 18 months ago. Malcolm Franklin, 28, formerly of Louisiana, is charged with murder as well as three counts of felonious assault for gun violence in 2017, at D&J Nite spot. MORE: Man...
Man accused of setting cat on fire found 6 months after skipping court
 A Middletown man facing a felony charge of animal cruelty for allegedly setting a cat on fire in 2017 has been found in a neighboring county jail about six months after he did not appear for a hearing for felony animal cruelty. Kevin L. Sullivan, 33, was scheduled to appear in Butler County Common Pleas Court in May, but when he was a no-show...

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A Middletown man facing a felony charge of animal cruelty for allegedly setting a cat on fire in 2017 has been found in a neighboring county jail about six months after he did not appear for a hearing for felony animal cruelty. Kevin L. Sullivan, 33, was scheduled to appear in Butler County Common Pleas Court in May, but when he was a no-show...
More funny money popping up at Butler County businesses
 Counterfeit bills have turned up in several Butler County cities in the past couple weeks, the latest in Hamilton. A person passed a counterfeit $20 bill Nov. 2 at McDonald’s on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Hamilton, according to a police report. In October, three Oxford businesses made reports to police over a six-day period of...

Posted: 3 days ago

Counterfeit bills have turned up in several Butler County cities in the past couple weeks, the latest in Hamilton. A person passed a counterfeit $20 bill Nov. 2 at McDonald’s on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Hamilton, according to a police report. In October, three Oxford businesses made reports to police over a six-day period of...
Burglar takes cash, jumps off balcony in Hamilton
 A burglar stole cash from a Hamilton residence minutes after a mother put her child on the school bus. The Gordon Smith Boulevard resident told police officers she put her child on the bus at about 8:30 a.m. last week then went to Speedway to get a drink. MORE: Middletown OVI checkpoint leads to 6 arrests over the weekend When she returned...

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A burglar stole cash from a Hamilton residence minutes after a mother put her child on the school bus. The Gordon Smith Boulevard resident told police officers she put her child on the bus at about 8:30 a.m. last week then went to Speedway to get a drink. MORE: Middletown OVI checkpoint leads to 6 arrests over the weekend When she returned...
1 teen charged after lockdown at Fairfield High School
 A Cincinnati teen is facing charges and two others may soon be as well after police say they were trespassing Friday at Fairfield High School, prompting a lockdown of the building and the nearby Fairfield Freshman School.  The thee male teens were let into the building by a student at about 11:35 a.m., along with two Fairfield High School...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Cincinnati teen is facing charges and two others may soon be as well after police say they were trespassing Friday at Fairfield High School, prompting a lockdown of the building and the nearby Fairfield Freshman School.  The thee male teens were let into the building by a student at about 11:35 a.m., along with two Fairfield High School...