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Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

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Manager pleads guilty in Franklin strip club case
 The manager of a Franklin strip club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, two counts of permitting drug abuse, and illegally operating a sexually oriented business. Judge Timothy Tepe is to sentence Michael Reese, 37, of Miamisburg on March 9 in Warren County Common Pleas Court. In January 2017, Reese...

Posted: 6 hours ago

The manager of a Franklin strip club pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, two counts of permitting drug abuse, and illegally operating a sexually oriented business. Judge Timothy Tepe is to sentence Michael Reese, 37, of Miamisburg on March 9 in Warren County Common Pleas Court. In January 2017, Reese...
Waynesville moves toward 2nd street levy try
 The village council is meeting tonight to discuss - and possibly take a big step toward - asking voters for the second time to approve a street levy. In November, voters rejected, 427-361, a proposed 3-mill street levy on a ballot also featuring a local school bond issue and police levy. On the same ballots, voters approved, 427-361, a 7-mill...

Posted: 9 hours ago

The village council is meeting tonight to discuss - and possibly take a big step toward - asking voters for the second time to approve a street levy. In November, voters rejected, 427-361, a proposed 3-mill street levy on a ballot also featuring a local school bond issue and police levy. On the same ballots, voters approved, 427-361, a 7-mill...
Three fire departments put out Lebanon blaze
 Firefighters put out a fire on Tuesday afternoon in the home at 1138 Algonquin Dr. in Lebanon. No one was injured in the fire, reported as “heavy smoke showing” at 12:49 p.m. Crews from Deerfield and Union township aided the Lebanon Fire Department in confining the fire to the home in a neighborhood off Cook Road and the Ohio...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Firefighters put out a fire on Tuesday afternoon in the home at 1138 Algonquin Dr. in Lebanon. No one was injured in the fire, reported as “heavy smoke showing” at 12:49 p.m. Crews from Deerfield and Union township aided the Lebanon Fire Department in confining the fire to the home in a neighborhood off Cook Road and the Ohio...
Warren County’s Massie Twp. meeting tonight over fire department future
 The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department. Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer...

Posted: 13 hours ago

The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department. Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer...
Lebanon city council split in joining lawsuit against drug companies
 The Lebanon City Council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to join other local governments, including Dayton, and seven states in a “multi-district litigation” claiming drug manufacturers and distributors have contributed to the deadly national opioid epidemic. RELATED: Lebanon to vote on joining local governments suing drug companies Lebanon...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Lebanon City Council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to join other local governments, including Dayton, and seven states in a “multi-district litigation” claiming drug manufacturers and distributors have contributed to the deadly national opioid epidemic. RELATED: Lebanon to vote on joining local governments suing drug companies Lebanon...
Theft of 22 guns from Warren County shop prompts $10,000 reward offer
 Rewards worth up to $10,000 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the weekend burglary of a Mason gun shop. About 5 a.m. Saturday at the Firepower Arms & Supply, 732 Reading Road, had a theft in which an “unknown individual or individuals forcibly gained entry into the building...

Posted: 8 days ago

Rewards worth up to $10,000 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the weekend burglary of a Mason gun shop. About 5 a.m. Saturday at the Firepower Arms & Supply, 732 Reading Road, had a theft in which an “unknown individual or individuals forcibly gained entry into the building...
Warren County man classified lifetime child sex offender
 A Springboro man accused of abusing two young girls in incidents six years apart has been classified a sex offender for the rest of his life and is headed to prison for two years, according to Warren County court records. Last week, Brian M. Jones, 31, was classified a Tier III child sex offender and is required for the rest of his life to...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Springboro man accused of abusing two young girls in incidents six years apart has been classified a sex offender for the rest of his life and is headed to prison for two years, according to Warren County court records. Last week, Brian M. Jones, 31, was classified a Tier III child sex offender and is required for the rest of his life to...
Hearing set in March for Greenon teen charged in double fatal crash
 The next hearing in the case against Trey Blevins, charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of two Greenon school district students, is set to happen in March.  An 18-year-old Greenon High graduate who was driving during a crash last August that claimed the lives of two Greenon boys is scheduled for a pretrial...

Posted: 9 days ago

The next hearing in the case against Trey Blevins, charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of two Greenon school district students, is set to happen in March.  An 18-year-old Greenon High graduate who was driving during a crash last August that claimed the lives of two Greenon boys is scheduled for a pretrial...
Springboro man facing trial for child sex abuse headed to prison
 A Springboro man accused of abusing two young girls in incidents six years apart has entered a plea and is headed to prison, according to Warren County Jail records. Brian M. Jones, 31, was scheduled to begin trial on Monday in Warren County Common Pleas Court for attempted rape, sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition, according...

Posted: 9 days ago

A Springboro man accused of abusing two young girls in incidents six years apart has entered a plea and is headed to prison, according to Warren County Jail records. Brian M. Jones, 31, was scheduled to begin trial on Monday in Warren County Common Pleas Court for attempted rape, sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition, according...
Lebanon weighs joining Dayton, 60 others suing U.S. drug companies
 Lebanon is weighing whether to join other local governments, including Dayton, in seven states in a “multi-district litigation” claiming drug manufacturers and distributors have contributed to the deadly national opioid epidemic. Dayton is among more than 60 local governments in Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington...

Posted: 10 days ago

Lebanon is weighing whether to join other local governments, including Dayton, in seven states in a “multi-district litigation” claiming drug manufacturers and distributors have contributed to the deadly national opioid epidemic. Dayton is among more than 60 local governments in Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington...
Former Waynesville Homecoming King sentenced in sex case
 A former Waynesville High School Homecoming King was sentenced on Thursday to five years probation, fined $2,500 and classified as a sex offender for fondling four boys in 2016. Judge Timothy Tepe sentenced Cole A. Phillips, now 20, after hearing pleas for leniency and statements on behalf of the victims. “Mr. Phillips pursued my son...

Posted: 12 days ago

A former Waynesville High School Homecoming King was sentenced on Thursday to five years probation, fined $2,500 and classified as a sex offender for fondling four boys in 2016. Judge Timothy Tepe sentenced Cole A. Phillips, now 20, after hearing pleas for leniency and statements on behalf of the victims. “Mr. Phillips pursued my son...