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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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Babysitter charged after 2 children found in neighborhood at night
 Two children were returned to their home after a woman said they showed up at her front door, according to Middletown, Ohio, police. The children, ages 1 and 2, were found at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, not properly clothed and barefoot, when the temperature was about 50 degrees and windy, according to a police report. >> Read...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Two children were returned to their home after a woman said they showed up at her front door, according to Middletown, Ohio, police. The children, ages 1 and 2, were found at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, not properly clothed and barefoot, when the temperature was about 50 degrees and windy, according to a police report. >> Read...
Police: Hamilton man refuses commands, grabs gun from car’s glove box
 A routine traffic stop led to a Hamilton man being charged with improper handling of a firearm and obstructing official business after he allegedly refused Middletown police commands and grabbed a gun in his vehicle. Chaz Frazier, 31, also was charged with display of license plate and window tint, according to a police report. MORE: Someone...

Posted: 15 hours ago

A routine traffic stop led to a Hamilton man being charged with improper handling of a firearm and obstructing official business after he allegedly refused Middletown police commands and grabbed a gun in his vehicle. Chaz Frazier, 31, also was charged with display of license plate and window tint, according to a police report. MORE: Someone...
Well-traveled preacher finds home in Butler County
 While praying with a woman last year, the Rev. Wynston Dixon, a much-traveled United Methodist preacher, was told by her: “The Lord is showing me that you will be assigned to a church.” Even from God, that was as newsworthy as the Steelers beating the Bengals. Then she dropped this nugget: “This church sits on a little incline...

Posted: 22 hours ago

While praying with a woman last year, the Rev. Wynston Dixon, a much-traveled United Methodist preacher, was told by her: “The Lord is showing me that you will be assigned to a church.” Even from God, that was as newsworthy as the Steelers beating the Bengals. Then she dropped this nugget: “This church sits on a little incline...
Longtime Middletown residents to chair Charity Ball
 Last fall, when Tom Fisler was involved in a serious bike accident on the Little Miami Trail, he and his wife, Linda, received “much support” from the Middletown community as he faced a potentially lengthy rehabilitation. The Fislers are thankful for that assistance, and that’s one reason they decided to chair the 98th annual...

Posted: a day ago

Last fall, when Tom Fisler was involved in a serious bike accident on the Little Miami Trail, he and his wife, Linda, received “much support” from the Middletown community as he faced a potentially lengthy rehabilitation. The Fislers are thankful for that assistance, and that’s one reason they decided to chair the 98th annual...
Police investigate driver ‘impairment’ after car plunges off I-75 overpass in West Chester
 A woman who knew the Middletown man killed this week in a crash said she is “devastated” to hear of his death. Martel Cecil Booker, 31, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am north on Interstate 75 just past Union Centre Boulevard around 1:10 p.m. Tuesday when the vehicle veered off the roadway into the grassy median and down an...

Posted: a day ago

A woman who knew the Middletown man killed this week in a crash said she is “devastated” to hear of his death. Martel Cecil Booker, 31, was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am north on Interstate 75 just past Union Centre Boulevard around 1:10 p.m. Tuesday when the vehicle veered off the roadway into the grassy median and down an...
Police: Middletown traffic stop leads to meth, gun being found
 A routine traffic stop led to Middletown police finding 21.09 grams of methamphetamine and a handgun in a car Friday night, according to a police report. Ronald Howard, 53, of Camden, was charged with drug abuse/methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, and fictitious registration, the report read. While on patrol in the area of Second Avenue...

Posted: 2 days ago

A routine traffic stop led to Middletown police finding 21.09 grams of methamphetamine and a handgun in a car Friday night, according to a police report. Ronald Howard, 53, of Camden, was charged with drug abuse/methamphetamine, a second-degree felony, and fictitious registration, the report read. While on patrol in the area of Second Avenue...
Middletown man arrested for sleeping in two cars, in the same lot, minutes apart
 A Middletown man was arrested twice on the same night after he was found sleeping in a different vehicle minutes after he was told to leave Mid-Western Auto Sales, 720 S. Verity Parkway. Kenton Ricke, 55, was found sleeping at 11 p.m. Oct. 7 by Middletown police in a car, according to a police report. The car lot owner told police Ricke,...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Middletown man was arrested twice on the same night after he was found sleeping in a different vehicle minutes after he was told to leave Mid-Western Auto Sales, 720 S. Verity Parkway. Kenton Ricke, 55, was found sleeping at 11 p.m. Oct. 7 by Middletown police in a car, according to a police report. The car lot owner told police Ricke,...
Powerful art exhibit addresses ‘emotional subject matter’
 These are a few of the powerful, yet hateful, words written on tattered pieces of paper that are part of Maura Lisa’s artwork entitled “Bully Me Not.” Her work is one of 42 from Pendleton Art Center artists or invited guests that hangs in the second floor of the downtown center. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 27, is...

Posted: 7 days ago

These are a few of the powerful, yet hateful, words written on tattered pieces of paper that are part of Maura Lisa’s artwork entitled “Bully Me Not.” Her work is one of 42 from Pendleton Art Center artists or invited guests that hangs in the second floor of the downtown center. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 27, is...
Passed-out driver in bait shop parking lot tells police she doesn’t drink alcohol
 A Monroe woman, found passed out in her running car, was charged with OVI after she told Middletown police she doesn’t drink alcohol and the empty brandy bottle in her car belonged to her mother. Freddrekka Bonds, 22, was charged with OVI, her first offense within six years; driving under suspension, possession of marijuana and open...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Monroe woman, found passed out in her running car, was charged with OVI after she told Middletown police she doesn’t drink alcohol and the empty brandy bottle in her car belonged to her mother. Freddrekka Bonds, 22, was charged with OVI, her first offense within six years; driving under suspension, possession of marijuana and open...
Police: Walmart employee steals $9,000 worth of cellphones
 A Walmart employee told Middletown police that he stole about $9,000 in cellphones because he was “in need of funds,” according to a police report. Austin Fink, 25, of Middletown, was charged with theft, a fourth-degree felony, and transported to the Middletown City Jail. His preliminary hearing is set for Monday in Middletown...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Walmart employee told Middletown police that he stole about $9,000 in cellphones because he was “in need of funds,” according to a police report. Austin Fink, 25, of Middletown, was charged with theft, a fourth-degree felony, and transported to the Middletown City Jail. His preliminary hearing is set for Monday in Middletown...
Longtime Butler County deputy, Hamilton police officer dies at age 57
 When David Fant began his law enforcement career 34 years ago in Butler County, his newlywed wife, Cindy, would sit at home, nervously listening to the police scanner. Sometimes, after hearing a potentially dangerous call, she’d call her husband to see if he was safe. After several late-night calls, Fant told his wife the scanner was...

Posted: 8 days ago

When David Fant began his law enforcement career 34 years ago in Butler County, his newlywed wife, Cindy, would sit at home, nervously listening to the police scanner. Sometimes, after hearing a potentially dangerous call, she’d call her husband to see if he was safe. After several late-night calls, Fant told his wife the scanner was...