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Lauren Pack

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Photos of Hamilton pharmacy robbery suspects released
 A Hamilton pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night, about one year after a robbery at the same location ended with the suspect being shot and killed by a police officer. Two men entered the Walgreens on High Street at about 10:20 p.m., demanded drugs from two female pharmacists, then restrained the women, according Sgt. Brian Robinson...

Posted: 15 hours ago

A Hamilton pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night, about one year after a robbery at the same location ended with the suspect being shot and killed by a police officer. Two men entered the Walgreens on High Street at about 10:20 p.m., demanded drugs from two female pharmacists, then restrained the women, according Sgt. Brian Robinson...
Franklin father’s 3rd trial for son’s scalding death comes to halt
 The first day of Robert Ritchie’s third trial came to an unresolved halt Monday when the defense moved for a mistrial after being provided the transcript of the wrong witness that was used to impeach a Franklin police lieutenant on the stand. Ritchie, 25, is charged with child endangering and involuntary manslaughter for allegedly not...

Posted: a day ago

The first day of Robert Ritchie’s third trial came to an unresolved halt Monday when the defense moved for a mistrial after being provided the transcript of the wrong witness that was used to impeach a Franklin police lieutenant on the stand. Ritchie, 25, is charged with child endangering and involuntary manslaughter for allegedly not...
Oxford man charged with officer impersonation
 An Oxford man is behind bars for allegedly impersonating a police officer Friday and attempting to talk with  a driver about at traffic violation. Jacob Staton, 21, of Oxford-Millville Avenue., is charged with using weapons while intoxicated, three counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and one count of impersonation...

Posted: a day ago

An Oxford man is behind bars for allegedly impersonating a police officer Friday and attempting to talk with  a driver about at traffic violation. Jacob Staton, 21, of Oxford-Millville Avenue., is charged with using weapons while intoxicated, three counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and one count of impersonation...
Fairfield police need help identifying theft suspect
 Fairfield are asking for help identifying a suspect in thefts this month from area stores. The composite photos shows what is believed to be the same man, who is a suspect in  several thefts of high dollar amounts from Meijer stores, including the one in Fairfield on South Gilmore Road. The photos show the man leaving stores on Aug. 1, Aug...

Posted: a day ago

Fairfield are asking for help identifying a suspect in thefts this month from area stores. The composite photos shows what is believed to be the same man, who is a suspect in several thefts of high dollar amounts from Meijer stores, including the one in Fairfield on South Gilmore Road. The photos show the man leaving stores on Aug. 1, Aug...
Judge rules gag order to remain in Carlisle buried baby case
 Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II has ruled the gag order issued last week in the Brooke Skylar Richardson case will remain in place. The prosecution and defense in the case were in court Thursday for a hearing about the order. A Cincinnati media outlet opposed the order precluding several of those involved from making public...

Posted: 3 days ago

Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II has ruled the gag order issued last week in the Brooke Skylar Richardson case will remain in place. The prosecution and defense in the case were in court Thursday for a hearing about the order. A Cincinnati media outlet opposed the order precluding several of those involved from making public...
Middletown man Tased after chase
 A Middletown man was Tased on Thursday night after officers responded to a disturbance on Burbank Avenue. Middletown Police Officer Luke Agee was dispatched to the 2800 block of Burbank at midnight on a report of a woman yelling at a man in an apartment. MORE: Woman killed in Ross Twp. crash identified The officer saw the man — later...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Middletown man was Tased on Thursday night after officers responded to a disturbance on Burbank Avenue. Middletown Police Officer Luke Agee was dispatched to the 2800 block of Burbank at midnight on a report of a woman yelling at a man in an apartment. MORE: Woman killed in Ross Twp. crash identified The officer saw the man — later...
Woman killed in Ross Twp. crash identified
 The woman killed Thursday morning in a Ross Twp. crash has been identified. Laura Cheek, 38, of Reily Twp., was the driver of a black Ford Mustang that was hit head-on along Ross-Millville Road at about 9:30 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Ross Twp. Police Capt. Jack Tremain. Larry Gray, 24, of Hamilton, was driving...

Posted: 3 days ago

The woman killed Thursday morning in a Ross Twp. crash has been identified. Laura Cheek, 38, of Reily Twp., was the driver of a black Ford Mustang that was hit head-on along Ross-Millville Road at about 9:30 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Ross Twp. Police Capt. Jack Tremain. Larry Gray, 24, of Hamilton, was driving...
Gag order opposed in Carlisle buried baby case; judge’s decision soon
 The prosecution and defense in the Brooke Skylar Richardson case were in court today for a hearing about a gag order issued by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II. A Cincinnati media outlet opposed the order Oda issued last week precluding several of those involved from making public statements about the case. Richardson was...

Posted: 4 days ago

The prosecution and defense in the Brooke Skylar Richardson case were in court today for a hearing about a gag order issued by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II. A Cincinnati media outlet opposed the order Oda issued last week precluding several of those involved from making public statements about the case. Richardson was...
2 charged in Lindenwald shots fired incident
 Two people involved in a June incident that led to gunshots fired on Corwin Avenue in Lindenwald are now facing felony charges. Owen Dawson, 18, of Hamilton, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury this week for carrying a concealed weapon, improperly furnishing a firearm to a minor and tampering with evidence for the incident caught on...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two people involved in a June incident that led to gunshots fired on Corwin Avenue in Lindenwald are now facing felony charges. Owen Dawson, 18, of Hamilton, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury this week for carrying a concealed weapon, improperly furnishing a firearm to a minor and tampering with evidence for the incident caught on...
Road reopened in Ross Twp. after woman killed in crash
 UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m.: A woman was killed this morning when her vehicle was struck head-on along Ross-Millville Road, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The crash happened at about 9:30 in the 13o0 block near the Ross Twp. fire department. Butler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Tanner said the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang...

Posted: 4 days ago

UPDATE @ 1:50 p.m.: A woman was killed this morning when her vehicle was struck head-on along Ross-Millville Road, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The crash happened at about 9:30 in the 13o0 block near the Ross Twp. fire department. Butler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Tanner said the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang...
2 charged with dumping Middletown woman’s body in woods
 Two people have been charged with moving a Middletown woman’s body and dumping it in the woods following an apparent overdose, according to police. Erica Robinson, 32, and Joshua Swenson, 28, both of 2912 Wilbraham Road, are each charged with tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, obstructing official business and permitting drug...

Posted: 5 days ago

Two people have been charged with moving a Middletown woman’s body and dumping it in the woods following an apparent overdose, according to police. Erica Robinson, 32, and Joshua Swenson, 28, both of 2912 Wilbraham Road, are each charged with tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, obstructing official business and permitting drug...