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Former Bengal arrested for assault, public indecency
 A former University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bengals player is in the Butler County jail facing several charges for an incident Sunday. Jerome Kyle “J.K.” Schaffer, 26, was taken into about 10:15 a.m. at a church in Chapel Road in Morgan Twp., according to the sheriff’s office. He is charged with assault, breaking and...

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A former University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Bengals player is in the Butler County jail facing several charges for an incident Sunday. Jerome Kyle “J.K.” Schaffer, 26, was taken into about 10:15 a.m. at a church in Chapel Road in Morgan Twp., according to the sheriff’s office. He is charged with assault, breaking and...
Progress continues in probe of Middletown Jan. 1 fatal shooting
 Middletown detectives are continuing to make progress to find the killer of a woman gunned down while a passenger in a car early Jan. 1. Teresa Shields, 26, of Middletown, was one of two people killed during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day after incidents outside the 513 Lounge and a shooting at Roosevelt Boulevard and Wicoff...

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Middletown detectives are continuing to make progress to find the killer of a woman gunned down while a passenger in a car early Jan. 1. Teresa Shields, 26, of Middletown, was one of two people killed during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day after incidents outside the 513 Lounge and a shooting at Roosevelt Boulevard and Wicoff...
Family of man shot by ex-wife shocked by abuse allegation
 Anthony “Tony” Shearer was a hard-working man who loved his nieces and nephews and wanted to make everyone laugh, according to his family. Shearer, 45, was shot at his Ellis Way home allegedly by his ex-wife, Dawn, who called 911 and confessed she shot him in the head. Tony Shearer was found in the living room of the residence...

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Anthony “Tony” Shearer was a hard-working man who loved his nieces and nephews and wanted to make everyone laugh, according to his family. Shearer, 45, was shot at his Ellis Way home allegedly by his ex-wife, Dawn, who called 911 and confessed she shot him in the head. Tony Shearer was found in the living room of the residence...
Middletown man wanted in several crimes flees court
 Middletown police are asking for help in locating a man who skipped out on court Wednesday and is charged with several drug violations. On Friday morning, Cameron Robinson, 32, was stopped by police in the area of South University Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue for tinted plates and dark-tinted windows. The officers detected an odor of marijuana...

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Middletown police are asking for help in locating a man who skipped out on court Wednesday and is charged with several drug violations. On Friday morning, Cameron Robinson, 32, was stopped by police in the area of South University Boulevard and Woodlawn Avenue for tinted plates and dark-tinted windows. The officers detected an odor of marijuana...
Man fatally shot after argument inside Middletown recording studio
 UPDATE @11:30 a.m. (Feb. 17): Police say Boyd shot Willis during an argument into a business at 2014 Tytus Ave. that was being used as a recording studio. “Willie James Boyd Jr. fired three rounds from a .380 caliber handgun, one of which struck Jamelle C. Willis in the shoulder causing his death. A .380 caliber handgun was located...

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UPDATE @11:30 a.m. (Feb. 17): Police say Boyd shot Willis during an argument into a business at 2014 Tytus Ave. that was being used as a recording studio. “Willie James Boyd Jr. fired three rounds from a .380 caliber handgun, one of which struck Jamelle C. Willis in the shoulder causing his death. A .380 caliber handgun was located...
New Miami Schools close for crews to repair gas line 
 UPDATE @ 12 p.m.: New Miami Schools closed today after a gas line issue this morning. The incident in St. Clair Twp. turned out not to be a gas leak, according to Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen. Some gas had been released into the air by a pressure valve, which is done to alert crews a repair is needed. “It is an automated...

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UPDATE @ 12 p.m.: New Miami Schools closed today after a gas line issue this morning. The incident in St. Clair Twp. turned out not to be a gas leak, according to Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen. Some gas had been released into the air by a pressure valve, which is done to alert crews a repair is needed. “It is an automated...
‘She got to gun first’: Lawyer claims struggle before fatal shooting
 A chaotic, confusing scene was painted by both police and the defense attorney for a woman who was arrested last week after calling 911 and saying she had shot her ex-husband. Dawn Schearer told police she and her ex-husband, Anthony “Tony” Schearer, had been arguing and she “made a decision that was not wise,” Middletown...

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A chaotic, confusing scene was painted by both police and the defense attorney for a woman who was arrested last week after calling 911 and saying she had shot her ex-husband. Dawn Schearer told police she and her ex-husband, Anthony “Tony” Schearer, had been arguing and she “made a decision that was not wise,” Middletown...
Last of 3 in murder-for-hire plot admits guilt
 The last of three people charged in a murder-for-hire plot has admitted guilt in a plan hatched from a nasty divorce. Sarah Fryman, 21, and her husband, Casey Fryman, both of Riverview Avenue in Middletown, were arrested in September when a plot was uncovered for Shelly Carter to have her estranged husband killed. MORE DETAILS: Nasty divorce...

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The last of three people charged in a murder-for-hire plot has admitted guilt in a plan hatched from a nasty divorce. Sarah Fryman, 21, and her husband, Casey Fryman, both of Riverview Avenue in Middletown, were arrested in September when a plot was uncovered for Shelly Carter to have her estranged husband killed. MORE DETAILS: Nasty divorce...
Middletown man indicted for murder in wife’s death
 A Middletown man has been indicted for murder in the December shooting death of his wife. The indictment was handed down this morning by a Butler County grand jury against Gregory Orona Jr, 35, of Wilbraham Road. Orona was arrested on Dec. 19 by Middletown police after allegedly shooting and killing his wife on Dec, 17. MORE: Woman &lsquo...

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A Middletown man has been indicted for murder in the December shooting death of his wife. The indictment was handed down this morning by a Butler County grand jury against Gregory Orona Jr, 35, of Wilbraham Road. Orona was arrested on Dec. 19 by Middletown police after allegedly shooting and killing his wife on Dec, 17. MORE: Woman &lsquo...
Middletown woman charged with murder of ex-husband in court today
 A Middletown woman charged with murder in the shooting death of her ex-husband is scheduled to be in court today for a preliminary hearing. Dawn Rachel Schearer, 46, of the 3600 block of Ellis Way, was arrested by Middletown police on Feb. 6 after she called dispatchers and said she shot her ex-husband Anthony “Tony” Shearer....

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A Middletown woman charged with murder in the shooting death of her ex-husband is scheduled to be in court today for a preliminary hearing. Dawn Rachel Schearer, 46, of the 3600 block of Ellis Way, was arrested by Middletown police on Feb. 6 after she called dispatchers and said she shot her ex-husband Anthony “Tony” Shearer....
Miami officials troubled by spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations
 A spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations last weekend is particularly troubling to Miami University officials given the recent death of a student that was reported to be tied to alcohol. From Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 21 college-aged people were transported to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital-TriHealth for alcohol-related reasons, according...

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A spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations last weekend is particularly troubling to Miami University officials given the recent death of a student that was reported to be tied to alcohol. From Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 21 college-aged people were transported to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital-TriHealth for alcohol-related reasons, according...
Police officer charged with OVI after multi-vehicle crash
 A part-time Monroe police officer is charged with OVI and other traffic violations after a multi-vehicle crash in Lemon Twp., according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. At about 9 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to an accident on Hamilton-Lebanon Road near Yankee Road. Bobby Sparks, 59, of the 300 block of Yankee Road, was cited...

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A part-time Monroe police officer is charged with OVI and other traffic violations after a multi-vehicle crash in Lemon Twp., according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. At about 9 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to an accident on Hamilton-Lebanon Road near Yankee Road. Bobby Sparks, 59, of the 300 block of Yankee Road, was cited...
More Butler County officials support changes at disaster agency
 Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has renewed his effort to manage the county Emergency Management Agency. Jones submitted 29 letters of support, including some from township officials, to Butler County commissioners on Monday. The letters give support for having the sheriff supervise EMA operations. MORE: Combining sheriff’s office...

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Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has renewed his effort to manage the county Emergency Management Agency. Jones submitted 29 letters of support, including some from township officials, to Butler County commissioners on Monday. The letters give support for having the sheriff supervise EMA operations. MORE: Combining sheriff’s office...
‘He was always fair’: Community remembers Judge Mark Wall
 Eventually, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will make an appointment to fill the unexpired seat of Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall, who died Saturday night of a cardiovascular event in his home. On Monday, the first day court was held since the 70-year-old judge died, the mood inside the Middletown City Building was somber as employees...

Posted: 7 days ago

Eventually, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will make an appointment to fill the unexpired seat of Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall, who died Saturday night of a cardiovascular event in his home. On Monday, the first day court was held since the 70-year-old judge died, the mood inside the Middletown City Building was somber as employees...
Middletown judge’s death ruled accidental; cardiovascular event
 UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m.: Judge Mark Wall’s death has been ruled accidental and it was caused by a cardiovascular event and fall with head trauma, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy was performed today. He died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday. UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.: The Ohio Supreme Court has appointed three retired judges...

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UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m.: Judge Mark Wall’s death has been ruled accidental and it was caused by a cardiovascular event and fall with head trauma, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy was performed today. He died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday. UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.: The Ohio Supreme Court has appointed three retired judges...
Man charged in connection with Middletown homicide waives speedy trial
 One of three men charged in connection with two Middletown homicides was back in court today and waived his right to a speedy trial. Charles Ray Graham, 27, of 2002 Pearl St., was indicted last month for attempted burglary and participating in a criminal gang. Two others who are also charge with participating in a criminal gang as well as...

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One of three men charged in connection with two Middletown homicides was back in court today and waived his right to a speedy trial. Charles Ray Graham, 27, of 2002 Pearl St., was indicted last month for attempted burglary and participating in a criminal gang. Two others who are also charge with participating in a criminal gang as well as...
Hearing delayed for 2 charged in firefighter’s death
 Two men charged in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter were scheduled to be back in Butler County Common Pleas Court today for a pretrial hearing, but that hearing will not happen. Lester Parker, 66, the owner of the Pater Avenue residence where firefighter Patrick Wolterman died in December 2015, is charged with two counts...

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Two men charged in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter were scheduled to be back in Butler County Common Pleas Court today for a pretrial hearing, but that hearing will not happen. Lester Parker, 66, the owner of the Pater Avenue residence where firefighter Patrick Wolterman died in December 2015, is charged with two counts...
Man shot in leg won’t cooperate with detectives, police say
 A Middletown man was shot Thursday night apparently outside a Sutphin Street residence, but police have little more information about the incident because they say the victim will not cooperate. Officers were called to 104 Sutphin St. on a report of a shot fired at about 6:20 p.m. Residents reported hearing a gunshot, and a man walking his...

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A Middletown man was shot Thursday night apparently outside a Sutphin Street residence, but police have little more information about the incident because they say the victim will not cooperate. Officers were called to 104 Sutphin St. on a report of a shot fired at about 6:20 p.m. Residents reported hearing a gunshot, and a man walking his...
Man charged in Fairfield murder enters insanity plea
 A Cincinnati man facing a murder charge in a Fairfield shooting last April has been declared competent to stand trial after five months of treatment. Adam Armstrong, 27, shot and killed Sylvester T. Gibson Sears, a 27-year-old from Chicago, according to prosecutors. He also shot Cedric D. Moore, 33, of Cincinnati, in the area of Nilles and...

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A Cincinnati man facing a murder charge in a Fairfield shooting last April has been declared competent to stand trial after five months of treatment. Adam Armstrong, 27, shot and killed Sylvester T. Gibson Sears, a 27-year-old from Chicago, according to prosecutors. He also shot Cedric D. Moore, 33, of Cincinnati, in the area of Nilles and...
Accident at Middletown school construction site sends 2 to hospital
 Two men were seriously injured today at the Middletown Middle School construction site, according to Middletown police and fire officials. Reggie Simmons and Urban Lanser fell from scaffolding, possibly 25 foot high, according to a police report. The incident happened about 1 p.m. Simmons and Lanser were on two boards being held by an outstretched...

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Two men were seriously injured today at the Middletown Middle School construction site, according to Middletown police and fire officials. Reggie Simmons and Urban Lanser fell from scaffolding, possibly 25 foot high, according to a police report. The incident happened about 1 p.m. Simmons and Lanser were on two boards being held by an outstretched...
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