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Mom’s boyfriend charged after student brings gun to Middletown school
 The boyfriend of a Middletown third-grader’s mother has been charged after the boy, 9, brought a loaded gun to school Monday, police said. The third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police. MORE: Middletown boy, 9, in juvenile...

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The boyfriend of a Middletown third-grader’s mother has been charged after the boy, 9, brought a loaded gun to school Monday, police said. The third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police. MORE: Middletown boy, 9, in juvenile...
Middletown boy, 9, in juvenile detention after bringing gun to school
 A 9-year-old Middletown boy who told police he what going to show a loaded gun he brought to school to a boy who had beat him up will remain in juvenile detention until next week. The third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police...

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A 9-year-old Middletown boy who told police he what going to show a loaded gun he brought to school to a boy who had beat him up will remain in juvenile detention until next week. The third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police...
Middletown police release description of diamond ring thief
 Middletown police are looking for a man who stole two diamond rings from the Rogers Jewelers store inside Towne Mall Galleria. FIRST REPORT: Thousands in jewelry stolen from Middletown store A man walked into the store about 7:55 p.m. Wednesday and told employees he wanted to upgrade his girlfriend’s ring. The suspect, described at...

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Middletown police are looking for a man who stole two diamond rings from the Rogers Jewelers store inside Towne Mall Galleria. FIRST REPORT: Thousands in jewelry stolen from Middletown store A man walked into the store about 7:55 p.m. Wednesday and told employees he wanted to upgrade his girlfriend’s ring. The suspect, described at...
Police: 9-year-old boy brings loaded handgun to Middletown school
 A 9-year-old boy who said he was being picked on brought a loaded handgun to school. A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Monday morning noticed a bulge in the boy’s pants pocket. When she reached for it, the third-grader grabbed her arm, Middletown police Lt. David Birk said. “The teacher confiscated the gun, gave it...

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A 9-year-old boy who said he was being picked on brought a loaded handgun to school. A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Monday morning noticed a bulge in the boy’s pants pocket. When she reached for it, the third-grader grabbed her arm, Middletown police Lt. David Birk said. “The teacher confiscated the gun, gave it...
Attorney: Butler County child’s overdose death a tragic accident
 An attorney for a Trenton man charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of his son after toxic levels of drugs were found in the baby’s system is working toward a plea resolution in the case that he says was a tragic accident. Dorrico Dawaun Brown, 32, of West State Street, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony...

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An attorney for a Trenton man charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of his son after toxic levels of drugs were found in the baby’s system is working toward a plea resolution in the case that he says was a tragic accident. Dorrico Dawaun Brown, 32, of West State Street, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony...
Middletown man charged for allegedly dumping body after overdose
 A Middletown man is facing felony charges after he allegedly dragged a deceased man out of his apartment and dumped the body in bushes. Police were dispatched to the 100 block of North Leibee Street on Saturday morning on a report of a body in the bushes. Witnesses said they observed a man carrying the body out of an apartment. Brian Porter...

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A Middletown man is facing felony charges after he allegedly dragged a deceased man out of his apartment and dumped the body in bushes. Police were dispatched to the 100 block of North Leibee Street on Saturday morning on a report of a body in the bushes. Witnesses said they observed a man carrying the body out of an apartment. Brian Porter...
Middletown Municipal Court candidates talk opioid epidemic, jail space
 Three Middletown attorneys are vying for election to the unexpired term of the late Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall. Melynda Cook Howard, James Sherron and Beth Yauch-Joseph are seeking election to the term that ends Dec. 31, 2019. Wall died in February. In May, Ohio Gov. John Kasich appointed Cook Howard to the bench to fill...

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Three Middletown attorneys are vying for election to the unexpired term of the late Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall. Melynda Cook Howard, James Sherron and Beth Yauch-Joseph are seeking election to the term that ends Dec. 31, 2019. Wall died in February. In May, Ohio Gov. John Kasich appointed Cook Howard to the bench to fill...
Investigation continues in fatal shooting at Monroe outlet mall
 Monroe police and the Warren County Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate the death of a 21-year-old man from a gunshot wound Sunday in the parking lot of Cincinnati Premium Outlets. Monroe police officer Josh King said the investigation will likely be completed Wednesday. The results of the autopsy of the man will not be released...

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Monroe police and the Warren County Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate the death of a 21-year-old man from a gunshot wound Sunday in the parking lot of Cincinnati Premium Outlets. Monroe police officer Josh King said the investigation will likely be completed Wednesday. The results of the autopsy of the man will not be released...
Plea rejected for Middletown man charged with shooting wife
 There will be no plea deal for a Middletown man charged with murder and felonious assault in the shooting death of his wife. Bobby Jo Nitz, 45, appeared Tuesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court for a final hearing before his trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 6. Nitz offered to plead guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter...

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There will be no plea deal for a Middletown man charged with murder and felonious assault in the shooting death of his wife. Bobby Jo Nitz, 45, appeared Tuesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court for a final hearing before his trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 6. Nitz offered to plead guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter...
Motorcyclist injured in Madison Twp. crash
 UPDATE @ 3:15 p.m.: One person was transported by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton following a crash today in Madison Twp. MORE: Man dies after suffering gunshot wound at Monroe outlet mall The motorcycle versus car crash occurred about 1 p.m. at the intersection of Ohio 122 and Oxford-Middletown Road, according to Butler...

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UPDATE @ 3:15 p.m.: One person was transported by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton following a crash today in Madison Twp. MORE: Man dies after suffering gunshot wound at Monroe outlet mall The motorcycle versus car crash occurred about 1 p.m. at the intersection of Ohio 122 and Oxford-Middletown Road, according to Butler...
911 call: Man shot himself in the chest at Monroe outlet mall
 UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: The results of an autopsy of a 21-year-old man who died after suffering a gunshot wound in the parking lot of Monroe Premium Outlets have not been released by the Warren County Coroner’s Office, but a 911 call indicates the gunshot may have been self-inflicted. The Fairfield man was found outside his car, according...

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UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: The results of an autopsy of a 21-year-old man who died after suffering a gunshot wound in the parking lot of Monroe Premium Outlets have not been released by the Warren County Coroner’s Office, but a 911 call indicates the gunshot may have been self-inflicted. The Fairfield man was found outside his car, according...