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Lauren Pack

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

Latest from Lauren Pack

More juveniles charged with gun-related crimes
 In the past 15 months in Butler County, at least four juveniles — one only 10 years old — have been charged with serious crimes, including two gun-related cases. While the number of children convicted of serious felonies has remained steady the past five years, more are being charged with gun-related crimes —a “significant&rdquo...

Posted: 8 hours ago

In the past 15 months in Butler County, at least four juveniles — one only 10 years old — have been charged with serious crimes, including two gun-related cases. While the number of children convicted of serious felonies has remained steady the past five years, more are being charged with gun-related crimes —a “significant&rdquo...
Where to safely get rid of unwanted prescriptions in Butler County
 April 29 is Prescription Drug Take Back Day and there will be several locations throughout Butler County where residents can safely dispose of unwanted prescriptions. Local police will team up the Drug Enforcement Administration at drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Butler County drop-off locations are:
               Oxford...

Posted: a day ago

April 29 is Prescription Drug Take Back Day and there will be several locations throughout Butler County where residents can safely dispose of unwanted prescriptions. Local police will team up the Drug Enforcement Administration at drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Butler County drop-off locations are: Oxford...
Kids ordered to scrub Middletown park equipment after graffiti spree
 Three Middletown girls spent some time cleaning graffiti off playground equipment this week in Crawford Park. The girls, between ages 9 and 12, admitted to a police officer that they wrote profane words and degrading drawings about another girl, age 11, on the equipment, according to the police report. The officer spoke with the three girls...

Posted: 2 days ago

Three Middletown girls spent some time cleaning graffiti off playground equipment this week in Crawford Park. The girls, between ages 9 and 12, admitted to a police officer that they wrote profane words and degrading drawings about another girl, age 11, on the equipment, according to the police report. The officer spoke with the three girls...
2 indicted after drug bust in Middletown
 Two men arrested in February — allegedly with a pound of crystal methamphetamine — have been indicted on multiple felony charges. Frances Torres-Davila, 33, and Ramon Sanchez, 27,were taken into custody on Feb. 14 after officers observed what appeared to be a “drug transaction” in the parking lot of an Auto Zone located...

Posted: 3 days ago

Two men arrested in February — allegedly with a pound of crystal methamphetamine — have been indicted on multiple felony charges. Frances Torres-Davila, 33, and Ramon Sanchez, 27,were taken into custody on Feb. 14 after officers observed what appeared to be a “drug transaction” in the parking lot of an Auto Zone located...
95-year-old’s Butler County plant farm filled with unique blooms
 What was 95-year-old Mary Harrison doing on an early spring morning at her Hanover Twp. home? Pruning a rose bush and working with her daughter and granddaughter to get her plant farm ready for its 41st season. Dressed for the chilly wear with a favorite pair of gardening gloves and clippers, Harrison pruned at Mary’s Plant Farm & Landscaping...

Posted: 3 days ago

What was 95-year-old Mary Harrison doing on an early spring morning at her Hanover Twp. home? Pruning a rose bush and working with her daughter and granddaughter to get her plant farm ready for its 41st season. Dressed for the chilly wear with a favorite pair of gardening gloves and clippers, Harrison pruned at Mary’s Plant Farm & Landscaping...
911 caller lured Hamilton police with report of shooting
 A police officer was sent to a Hamilton apartment complex Saturday after a 911 caller painted a chaotic scene of a man waving a gun and then shooting someone. But police said they found no evidence of such a shooting when they arrived just after 3 p.m. at the Knollwood Crossing apartments. The man making that 911 call appears to be the same...

Posted: 4 days ago

A police officer was sent to a Hamilton apartment complex Saturday after a 911 caller painted a chaotic scene of a man waving a gun and then shooting someone. But police said they found no evidence of such a shooting when they arrived just after 3 p.m. at the Knollwood Crossing apartments. The man making that 911 call appears to be the same...
Officer, suspect in fatal Hamilton shooting identified
 The Butler County Coroner’s Office and the Hamilton Police Department on Monday released the names of the officer and the suspect involved in Saturday’s fatal shooting. Officer Steven McFall, 41, shot and killed Michael Wilson-Salzl, 24, at about 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Knollwood Crossing apartments, police said...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Butler County Coroner’s Office and the Hamilton Police Department on Monday released the names of the officer and the suspect involved in Saturday’s fatal shooting. Officer Steven McFall, 41, shot and killed Michael Wilson-Salzl, 24, at about 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Knollwood Crossing apartments, police said...
Attempt to move Hamilton firefighter death trial fails
 Two men charged in an arson that killed a Hamilton firefighter will have one trial and, for now, it will remain in Butler County. William “Billy” Tucker, 46, of Richmond, Ky., is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting a fire at his uncle’s Pater Avenue residence, where firefighter Patrick...

Posted: 5 days ago

Two men charged in an arson that killed a Hamilton firefighter will have one trial and, for now, it will remain in Butler County. William “Billy” Tucker, 46, of Richmond, Ky., is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting a fire at his uncle’s Pater Avenue residence, where firefighter Patrick...
Neighbor: Man lived in Hamilton complex where he was shot by police
 The man who was shot and killed Saturday by a Hamilton police officer was described as “not happy” by a woman who lives in the Knollwood Crossing apartments on Forest Park Drive. Andi Luttrell, who has lived in the complex for four years, wasn’t at home at 3 p.m. Saturday when her neighbor, who lived across the hall, was...

Posted: 6 days ago

The man who was shot and killed Saturday by a Hamilton police officer was described as “not happy” by a woman who lives in the Knollwood Crossing apartments on Forest Park Drive. Andi Luttrell, who has lived in the complex for four years, wasn’t at home at 3 p.m. Saturday when her neighbor, who lived across the hall, was...
Earth Day: 11-year-old Bryant says we ‘clean up the earth for everybody’
 Braving a chilly spring morning, volunteers throughout Middletown took to wide open spaces cleaning up for Earth Day. Working along the Great Miami River in Middletown today were five step-siblings and mother, Sara Hartbarger. The family signed up for the Earth Day cleanup at All About PetCare. After just a hour of work their big bags were...

Posted: 7 days ago

Braving a chilly spring morning, volunteers throughout Middletown took to wide open spaces cleaning up for Earth Day. Working along the Great Miami River in Middletown today were five step-siblings and mother, Sara Hartbarger. The family signed up for the Earth Day cleanup at All About PetCare. After just a hour of work their big bags were...
Hamilton police officer fatally shoots man holding ‘butcher knife’
 A Hamilton police officer shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation at an apartment complex Saturday, according to police. Police were called to a report of a shooting around 3 p.m. at the Knollwood Crossing apartments on Forest Park Drive, said Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit. When the officer arrived “he was immediately...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Hamilton police officer shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation at an apartment complex Saturday, according to police. Police were called to a report of a shooting around 3 p.m. at the Knollwood Crossing apartments on Forest Park Drive, said Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit. When the officer arrived “he was immediately...