Lauren Pack

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

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‘I do not want this monster to get out’: Families emotional as Middletown man sentenced to life for killing 2 women
 A Middletown man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing two women last summer before turning the gun on himself after a standoff in Trenton. James Geran, 46, pleaded guilty last month in Butler County Common Pleas Court to aggravated murder for shooting his girlfriend’s mother, Sharon McCleary, in the head on June 13...

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A Middletown man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing two women last summer before turning the gun on himself after a standoff in Trenton. James Geran, 46, pleaded guilty last month in Butler County Common Pleas Court to aggravated murder for shooting his girlfriend’s mother, Sharon McCleary, in the head on June 13...
Middletown man indicted on sex charges involving a minor allegedly starting when she was 10
 A Middletown man charged in the fall with sex crimes has been indicted on additional crimes involving a minor. William L. Powell, 69, of the 1300 block of Oxford State Road, was arrested Sept. 20 by Trenton police and charged with two counts of rape and gross sexual imposition. On Wednesday, a Butler County grand jury returned an indictment...

Posted: 14 hours ago

A Middletown man charged in the fall with sex crimes has been indicted on additional crimes involving a minor. William L. Powell, 69, of the 1300 block of Oxford State Road, was arrested Sept. 20 by Trenton police and charged with two counts of rape and gross sexual imposition. On Wednesday, a Butler County grand jury returned an indictment...
UPDATE: Man who killed 2 women last summer sentenced to life in prison without parole
 James Geran has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Geran pleaded guilty last month in Butler County Common Pleas Court to aggravated murder for shooting his girlfriend’s mother, Sharon McCleary, in the head on June 13 and murder for the fatal shooting of Megan Motter the day before. The...

Posted: 16 hours ago

James Geran has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Geran pleaded guilty last month in Butler County Common Pleas Court to aggravated murder for shooting his girlfriend’s mother, Sharon McCleary, in the head on June 13 and murder for the fatal shooting of Megan Motter the day before. The...
Hamilton student charged with bringing gun to school to remain in custody
 A Hamilton Freshman School student charged with bringing a loaded gun to school will remain incarcerated until his next court appearance later this month. The 16-year-old boy appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court on Wednesday on charges of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon at school and receiving stolen property, both fourth-degree...

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A Hamilton Freshman School student charged with bringing a loaded gun to school will remain incarcerated until his next court appearance later this month. The 16-year-old boy appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court on Wednesday on charges of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon at school and receiving stolen property, both fourth-degree...
Police seek help finding suspect who attempted to rob AmeriStop with gun
 Police are asking for help in identifying a suspect in an attempted robbery Tuesday night at a Woodridge Boulevard business in Fairfield. The suspect entered AmeriStop at about 10:15 p.m. with a wearing a hooded jacket with a scarf covering part of his face. He pointed a gun that was wrapped in some type of white cloth and demanded money...

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Police are asking for help in identifying a suspect in an attempted robbery Tuesday night at a Woodridge Boulevard business in Fairfield. The suspect entered AmeriStop at about 10:15 p.m. with a wearing a hooded jacket with a scarf covering part of his face. He pointed a gun that was wrapped in some type of white cloth and demanded money...
West Chester woman admits to sex charge involving a minor
 A West Chester Twp. woman has pleaded guilty to having sexual conduct with a juvenile. Beth Ann Manning, 39, of the 7900 block of Victory Court, was indicted in July on five counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony. Last week, Manning, who has been free on her own recognizance, entered the guilty plea in Butler County Common Pleas...

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A West Chester Twp. woman has pleaded guilty to having sexual conduct with a juvenile. Beth Ann Manning, 39, of the 7900 block of Victory Court, was indicted in July on five counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony. Last week, Manning, who has been free on her own recognizance, entered the guilty plea in Butler County Common Pleas...
Man arrested on underage sex charge after threats cause New Miami school lockdown
 An apparent social media threat that prompted a lockdown a New Miami High School on Monday led to the arrest of that suspect on a charge that he had sex with an underage girl, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. At about 2:30 p.m., two female students reported that a male made threats to the school and was en route to the...

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An apparent social media threat that prompted a lockdown a New Miami High School on Monday led to the arrest of that suspect on a charge that he had sex with an underage girl, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. At about 2:30 p.m., two female students reported that a male made threats to the school and was en route to the...
Trial date set for man charged in shooting death of 13-year-old Hamilton boy
 A trial date was set Tuesday for one of two Hamilton teens charged in the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. last summer. Kameron O. Tunstall, 18, is charged with murder, four counts of felonious assault, and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises for the shooting death that happened in August. MORE: Second arrest...

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A trial date was set Tuesday for one of two Hamilton teens charged in the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. last summer. Kameron O. Tunstall, 18, is charged with murder, four counts of felonious assault, and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises for the shooting death that happened in August. MORE: Second arrest...
Man charged in crash that killed Rumpke employee gets another court date
 A Middletown man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for a crash that killed a Rumpke employee last summer is scheduled to be back on court next month Brian Jankovich, 41, of Central Avenue, was arraigned in Butler County Common Pleas Court last month where Judge Greg Stephens released him on his own recognizance and ordered he wear...

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A Middletown man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for a crash that killed a Rumpke employee last summer is scheduled to be back on court next month Brian Jankovich, 41, of Central Avenue, was arraigned in Butler County Common Pleas Court last month where Judge Greg Stephens released him on his own recognizance and ordered he wear...
Trenton man convicted in crash that killed his wife
 A Trenton man has been convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide in an August crash that killed his wife. On Aug. 4, Kenneth Cyrek, 38, of Trenton, was driving a 1993 Honda Del Sol east on Canal Road in Fairfield Twp. when the vehicle veered right off the road and struck a metal utility pole. His wife of four months, Kyla Cyrek, 26, was...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Trenton man has been convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide in an August crash that killed his wife. On Aug. 4, Kenneth Cyrek, 38, of Trenton, was driving a 1993 Honda Del Sol east on Canal Road in Fairfield Twp. when the vehicle veered right off the road and struck a metal utility pole. His wife of four months, Kyla Cyrek, 26, was...
UPDATE: New Miami High School lockdown lifted after officials find no credible threat
 Butler County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said there does not appear to be a credible threat at New Miami High School, which was put on lockdown today. There were postings on Instagram that mentioned someone possibly making threats with a gun, but officials have not been able to find anyone on site at the school. The...

Posted: 3 days ago

Butler County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said there does not appear to be a credible threat at New Miami High School, which was put on lockdown today. There were postings on Instagram that mentioned someone possibly making threats with a gun, but officials have not been able to find anyone on site at the school. The...