Lauren Pack

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

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Prosecution opposes trial relocation in Carlisle dead baby case
 Prosecutors are asking Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II to overrule a request for change of venue for the trial of a Carlise teen accused of killing her infant, then burning and burying the body in the backyard of her home. In the response filed late Thursday, Assistant Warren County Prosecutor Steven Knippen said the request...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Prosecutors are asking Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II to overrule a request for change of venue for the trial of a Carlise teen accused of killing her infant, then burning and burying the body in the backyard of her home. In the response filed late Thursday, Assistant Warren County Prosecutor Steven Knippen said the request...
Police investigating attempted robbery in Middletown
 Police are investigating an apparent attempted robbery of a Middletown store this morning. Several men in a vehicle stolen from Englewood pulled in and backed up several times about 9:55 a.m. in the parking lot of AT&T on Towne Boulevard, according to Middletown Maj. David Birk. “Four of them got out and pulled their shirts over their...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Police are investigating an apparent attempted robbery of a Middletown store this morning. Several men in a vehicle stolen from Englewood pulled in and backed up several times about 9:55 a.m. in the parking lot of AT&T on Towne Boulevard, according to Middletown Maj. David Birk. “Four of them got out and pulled their shirts over their...
Police: No threat today at Fenwick High School
 UPDATE @1:15 P.M.: There was no threat at Fenwick High School this morning, Middletown police have determined. A former student entered the Ohio 122 school building to visit former teachers and was walking through the school at some point by himself, said Middletown Maj. David Birk. “Some people who were unfamiliar with the former student...

Posted: 14 hours ago

UPDATE @1:15 P.M.: There was no threat at Fenwick High School this morning, Middletown police have determined. A former student entered the Ohio 122 school building to visit former teachers and was walking through the school at some point by himself, said Middletown Maj. David Birk. “Some people who were unfamiliar with the former student...
Pedestrian killed in West Chester Twp. identified
 A man struck and killed Tuesday night while walking in West Chester Twp. has been identified by the coroner’s office. Hororio Lopez-Morales, 36, of West Chester Twp., died of multiple traumatic injuries, according to a Butler County Coroner’s Office release. FIRST REPORT: Pedestrian struck and killed in West Chester overnight...

Posted: a day ago

A man struck and killed Tuesday night while walking in West Chester Twp. has been identified by the coroner’s office. Hororio Lopez-Morales, 36, of West Chester Twp., died of multiple traumatic injuries, according to a Butler County Coroner’s Office release. FIRST REPORT: Pedestrian struck and killed in West Chester overnight...
Woman convicted of misdemeanor charge for false kidnapping
 A former Lemon Twp. woman has been found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of making false alarms after making up a story that she was being held against her will and posting a video on social media. Thelma Williams, 38, formerly of South Verity Parkway and now of Hamilton, was charged with a felony count of making false alarms following an...

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A former Lemon Twp. woman has been found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of making false alarms after making up a story that she was being held against her will and posting a video on social media. Thelma Williams, 38, formerly of South Verity Parkway and now of Hamilton, was charged with a felony count of making false alarms following an...
Middletown woman pleads guilty to taking thousands of dollars
 A Middletown woman has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a state nursing organization over a period of years. Frances Neu, also known as Frances Shull, took $267,780 from the Ohio Organization of Practical Nurse Educators from 2008 to 2016, according to Butler County Common Pleas court records. Neu, 72, of the...

Posted: a day ago

A Middletown woman has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a state nursing organization over a period of years. Frances Neu, also known as Frances Shull, took $267,780 from the Ohio Organization of Practical Nurse Educators from 2008 to 2016, according to Butler County Common Pleas court records. Neu, 72, of the...
3 felony animal cruelty cases showcase more serious charges available in Ohio
 A Middletown woman jailed and charged with felony animal cruelty after several dead animals were found in her backyard is the third person in five months charged with felony animal cruelty in Butler County. The county dog warden’s office received information last week advising that there were dead dogs in the yard at the residence in...

Posted: a day ago

A Middletown woman jailed and charged with felony animal cruelty after several dead animals were found in her backyard is the third person in five months charged with felony animal cruelty in Butler County. The county dog warden’s office received information last week advising that there were dead dogs in the yard at the residence in...
Man injured cleaning a gun
 A man cleaning a gun Wednesday night at his Hampshire Drive accidentally shot himself in the hand, according to Hamilton police.  Police were called to an apartment in the Princeton Square Apartments about 5:30 p.m. The man said after injuring his hand, he threw the gun in the river.  The man was transported to West Chester Hospital...

Posted: 2 days ago

A man cleaning a gun Wednesday night at his Hampshire Drive accidentally shot himself in the hand, according to Hamilton police.  Police were called to an apartment in the Princeton Square Apartments about 5:30 p.m. The man said after injuring his hand, he threw the gun in the river.  The man was transported to West Chester Hospital...
No phones, social media ordered for middle school students facing felony charges for nude photos and video
 Two Wilson Middle School students will be back in court next month to appear before a juvenile judge on felony charges involving nude photos and video. The 12-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl who are students in the Hamilton school were arrested earlier this month and charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. According...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two Wilson Middle School students will be back in court next month to appear before a juvenile judge on felony charges involving nude photos and video. The 12-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl who are students in the Hamilton school were arrested earlier this month and charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. According...
Ohio woman charged with felony animal cruelty after one dog decapitated, others starved 
 A Middletown woman has been jailed and charged with felony animal cruelty after several dead dogs were found in her backyard, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The county dog warden’s office received information last week advising that there were dead dogs in the yard at the residence in the 1300 block of Oxford...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Middletown woman has been jailed and charged with felony animal cruelty after several dead dogs were found in her backyard, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The county dog warden’s office received information last week advising that there were dead dogs in the yard at the residence in the 1300 block of Oxford...