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Carlisle baby alive at birth, prosecutor says after teen mom in court
 An infant whose remains were found buried last week in a Carlisle backyard died more than two months ago but was alive at birth, not stillborn, court records and prosecutors revealed Friday. Brooke Skylar Richardson, the 18-year-old mother now charged with reckless homicide, spent just more than two minutes in a Warren County courtroom Friday...

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An infant whose remains were found buried last week in a Carlisle backyard died more than two months ago but was alive at birth, not stillborn, court records and prosecutors revealed Friday. Brooke Skylar Richardson, the 18-year-old mother now charged with reckless homicide, spent just more than two minutes in a Warren County courtroom Friday...
Middletown family wants more awareness about workplace safety
 The family of a Middletown man who died in a workplace accident last year protested workplace safety laws Thursday and sought to see them toughened by the state. “We’re here so that they don’t forget what happens to people and their families,” said Carrie Mullins, the mother of John Mullins. He died July 20, 2016,...

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The family of a Middletown man who died in a workplace accident last year protested workplace safety laws Thursday and sought to see them toughened by the state. “We’re here so that they don’t forget what happens to people and their families,” said Carrie Mullins, the mother of John Mullins. He died July 20, 2016,...
Opioid effect: Middletown police OT fund runs out of money, gets $30K more
 The region’s opioid crisis prompted Middletown City Council on Tuesday to approve a request from the Division of Police for an additional $30,000 to cover overtime costs for investigators. The criminal investigative unit overtime fund was budgeted at $92,424 for 2017. However, the increase in crime has necessitated an increasing the...

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The region’s opioid crisis prompted Middletown City Council on Tuesday to approve a request from the Division of Police for an additional $30,000 to cover overtime costs for investigators. The criminal investigative unit overtime fund was budgeted at $92,424 for 2017. However, the increase in crime has necessitated an increasing the...
Attention I-75 Internet buyers, sellers: Franklin police establish safety zone
 Starting July 24, Franklin police will offer a safe place for people to make Internet sales transactions. Police Chief Russ Whitman said the signs are up on Anderson Street between the police station and the Franklin Public Library and where people can complete their Internet purchases. Whitman said the project was on the department&rsquo...

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Starting July 24, Franklin police will offer a safe place for people to make Internet sales transactions. Police Chief Russ Whitman said the signs are up on Anderson Street between the police station and the Franklin Public Library and where people can complete their Internet purchases. Whitman said the project was on the department&rsquo...
Middletown councilman drops controversial ‘3-strike’ narcan proposal
 A Middletown councilman who proposed not sending EMS to revive repeat opioid OD victims formally dropped the matter and apologized to his fellow council members for creating the controversy. Councilman Dan Picard made his comments during Tuesday’s council meeting, and said he had met with City Manager Doug Adkins on Friday to discuss...

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A Middletown councilman who proposed not sending EMS to revive repeat opioid OD victims formally dropped the matter and apologized to his fellow council members for creating the controversy. Councilman Dan Picard made his comments during Tuesday’s council meeting, and said he had met with City Manager Doug Adkins on Friday to discuss...
Franklin law director leaving to take job in Xenia
 After 11 years, Franklin Law Director Donnette Fisher is moving on to Xenia. Fisher submitted her resignation on Friday following her appointment as Xenia’s law director on July 13. She will begin her new job on Aug. 14. MORE: Franklin to begin regulating donation boxes According to a news release from Xenia, Fisher signed a five-year...

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After 11 years, Franklin Law Director Donnette Fisher is moving on to Xenia. Fisher submitted her resignation on Friday following her appointment as Xenia’s law director on July 13. She will begin her new job on Aug. 14. MORE: Franklin to begin regulating donation boxes According to a news release from Xenia, Fisher signed a five-year...
Monroe gets $199K state grant to fix Salzman Road bridge
 Monroe accepted an emergency grant of $199,928 from the Ohio Public Works Commission to rehabilitate an existing bridge structure on South Salzman Road. City Council accepted the grant as an emergency resolution due to a requirement to do so within 10 days of award notification. Public Works Director Dan Arthur said the current bridge will...

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Monroe accepted an emergency grant of $199,928 from the Ohio Public Works Commission to rehabilitate an existing bridge structure on South Salzman Road. City Council accepted the grant as an emergency resolution due to a requirement to do so within 10 days of award notification. Public Works Director Dan Arthur said the current bridge will...
Carlisle Schools hosting bond investment seminar for new schools
 Carlisle Local Schools will host a bond investment seminar for community members interested in investing or purchasing bonds that will be sold for the district’s upcoming new building construction project. Superintendent Larry Hook said the meeting will be held at 5 p.m. today in the choir lecture room at Carlisle High School. He said...

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Carlisle Local Schools will host a bond investment seminar for community members interested in investing or purchasing bonds that will be sold for the district’s upcoming new building construction project. Superintendent Larry Hook said the meeting will be held at 5 p.m. today in the choir lecture room at Carlisle High School. He said...
‘Botness Monster’ adds twist to Butler County’s Crazy Cardboard Regatta
 This year’s Crazy Cardboard Regatta featured a new twist — the Botness Monster. The annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta at MetroParks’ Voice of America Park over the weekend featured 38 competing boats, which was more than the 23 boats that had registered for the event, according to Kelly Barkley, senior manager of community...

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This year’s Crazy Cardboard Regatta featured a new twist — the Botness Monster. The annual Crazy Cardboard Regatta at MetroParks’ Voice of America Park over the weekend featured 38 competing boats, which was more than the 23 boats that had registered for the event, according to Kelly Barkley, senior manager of community...
Sheriff’s decision to not allow officers to carry Narcan draws protest
 More than two dozen people participated in a protest Saturday against Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones’ refusal to allow deputies to use Narcan on overdose victims. But don’t look for the sheriff to change his mind anytime soon. The protest at the Hamilton City Building drew some honking of horns as the small group chanted...

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More than two dozen people participated in a protest Saturday against Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones’ refusal to allow deputies to use Narcan on overdose victims. But don’t look for the sheriff to change his mind anytime soon. The protest at the Hamilton City Building drew some honking of horns as the small group chanted...
2 arrested at Friday’s OVI checkpoint in Middletown
 Friday’s OVI checkpoint in Middletown netted two OVI arrests. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force coordinator, said three cars were diverted for further investigation from the checkpoint line in the northbound lanes of Ohio 122 (South University Boulevard) at First Avenue. MORE: Multi-state trooper project focuses on distracted...

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Friday’s OVI checkpoint in Middletown netted two OVI arrests. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force coordinator, said three cars were diverted for further investigation from the checkpoint line in the northbound lanes of Ohio 122 (South University Boulevard) at First Avenue. MORE: Multi-state trooper project focuses on distracted...
Middletown councilman withdraws ‘3 strikes’ proposal for overdoses
 The Middletown City Council member who asked last month if the city could stop responding to some overdose calls said Friday he’s withdrawing his proposal and request for a legal opinion. In an email to the Journal-News, Councilman Dan Picard said he would be making a statement at Tuesday’s city council meeting that his proposal...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Middletown City Council member who asked last month if the city could stop responding to some overdose calls said Friday he’s withdrawing his proposal and request for a legal opinion. In an email to the Journal-News, Councilman Dan Picard said he would be making a statement at Tuesday’s city council meeting that his proposal...
Middletown Fire Department’s future under review
 A group of community stakeholders recently participated in a brainstorming session about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges facing the Middletown Division of Fire in the future and have identified 13 goals to consider moving forward. The community stakeholders included nearly three dozen local business people, educators...

Posted: 8 days ago

A group of community stakeholders recently participated in a brainstorming session about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges facing the Middletown Division of Fire in the future and have identified 13 goals to consider moving forward. The community stakeholders included nearly three dozen local business people, educators...
Storms can’t stop Middletown volunteer projects
 This week’s severe thunderstorms didn’t slow efforts by nearly 400 volunteers completing home improvement projects in Middletown. The group work camp projects assist senior citizens, people with disabilities and other low-income residents who do not have the physical or monetary means to do home maintenance projects. MORE: Volunteers...

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This week’s severe thunderstorms didn’t slow efforts by nearly 400 volunteers completing home improvement projects in Middletown. The group work camp projects assist senior citizens, people with disabilities and other low-income residents who do not have the physical or monetary means to do home maintenance projects. MORE: Volunteers...
Dance studio students evacuated after heavy rain in Monroe
 UPDATE @ 4:04 p.m.: About 80 dance students and more than a dozen staff and parents had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon from the Z Company Dance Studio on Senate Drive due to flooding following heavy rainfall. MORE: Rounds of storms through afternoon, evening Zandra Thomas, who owns the dance studio, said the students for two ballet camps...

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UPDATE @ 4:04 p.m.: About 80 dance students and more than a dozen staff and parents had to be evacuated Thursday afternoon from the Z Company Dance Studio on Senate Drive due to flooding following heavy rainfall. MORE: Rounds of storms through afternoon, evening Zandra Thomas, who owns the dance studio, said the students for two ballet camps...
Family dog dies in Franklin house fire blamed on electrical appliance
 An appliance malfunction is believed to have caused a house fire in Franklin late Wednesday afternoon that left the family dog dead. Franklin firefighters were called to the 700 block of Forrest Avenue about 5:30 p.m., fire Lt. Kyle Lovelace said. He said the fire may have started in a microwave oven or coffee maker in the kitchen. He estimated...

Posted: 9 days ago

An appliance malfunction is believed to have caused a house fire in Franklin late Wednesday afternoon that left the family dog dead. Franklin firefighters were called to the 700 block of Forrest Avenue about 5:30 p.m., fire Lt. Kyle Lovelace said. He said the fire may have started in a microwave oven or coffee maker in the kitchen. He estimated...
Police response to fireworks upsets Monroe residents
 Monroe police say they will take a closer look at complaints from a group of residents who say they have been under a “fireworks siege.” A group of Monroe residents from Brookhurst Drive and Winding Brook Lane in the Reserves of Brittony Woods told city council this week that people in their neighborhood have been shooting off...

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Monroe police say they will take a closer look at complaints from a group of residents who say they have been under a “fireworks siege.” A group of Monroe residents from Brookhurst Drive and Winding Brook Lane in the Reserves of Brittony Woods told city council this week that people in their neighborhood have been shooting off...
Middletown seeking federal grant to hire 2 police officers
 Middletown has applied for federal COPS grant funding to cover the salary and benefits for two additional police officers. Monday was the deadline for the city to submit its application for a COPS Grant. The federal program has changed from recent years and only pays 75 percent of the costs while the city will be responsible for 25 percent...

Posted: 11 days ago

Middletown has applied for federal COPS grant funding to cover the salary and benefits for two additional police officers. Monday was the deadline for the city to submit its application for a COPS Grant. The federal program has changed from recent years and only pays 75 percent of the costs while the city will be responsible for 25 percent...
Monroe firefighters to be honored for heroics
 Five Monroe firefighters will be honored with their profession’s highest award this month for their actions during  a fire last summer at a local retirement complex. The Monroe firefighters’ actions will be recognized with the prestigious 2017 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)/Motorola Solutions Ben Franklin Award...

Posted: 11 days ago

Five Monroe firefighters will be honored with their profession’s highest award this month for their actions during a fire last summer at a local retirement complex. The Monroe firefighters’ actions will be recognized with the prestigious 2017 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)/Motorola Solutions Ben Franklin Award...
Indigent burials add to cost of overdose crisis in Middletown
 As local leaders lament about the costs to send an EMS unit to revive someone who overdosed on some type of opioid, there is another cost being paid by taxpayers for overdose deaths — indigent cremations. When a person dies without any assets to cover final expenses or when the family does not or are not willing to cover those costs...

Posted: 19 days ago

As local leaders lament about the costs to send an EMS unit to revive someone who overdosed on some type of opioid, there is another cost being paid by taxpayers for overdose deaths — indigent cremations. When a person dies without any assets to cover final expenses or when the family does not or are not willing to cover those costs...
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