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Middletown man sent to prison for sex with teen
 A Middletown man was sentenced to prison today for rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor involving a Trenton teen. David Cross, 29, of Wayne Avenue, was indicted in November by a Butler County grand jury for rape and five other felony counts. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to the two charges that said the crimes occurred in...

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A Middletown man was sentenced to prison today for rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor involving a Trenton teen. David Cross, 29, of Wayne Avenue, was indicted in November by a Butler County grand jury for rape and five other felony counts. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to the two charges that said the crimes occurred in...
20 years in prison for Middletown man on rape, child porn
 A Middletown man was sent to prison today for rape and multiple child pornography charges. Phillip Gregory Norman, 54, of Ottawa Street, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers. On March 1, Norman pleaded guilty to rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor...

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A Middletown man was sent to prison today for rape and multiple child pornography charges. Phillip Gregory Norman, 54, of Ottawa Street, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers. On March 1, Norman pleaded guilty to rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor...
Middletown murder-for-hire plot lands 3 in prison
 Three people who pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire plot that was hatched from a contentious divorce were sentenced to prison Thursday. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth called the case “depraved, disturbing and despicable” before sentencing the three, who stood together in the middle of the courtroom. Spaeth first...

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Three people who pleaded guilty to a murder-for-hire plot that was hatched from a contentious divorce were sentenced to prison Thursday. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth called the case “depraved, disturbing and despicable” before sentencing the three, who stood together in the middle of the courtroom. Spaeth first...
Oxford doctor pleads in drug trafficking case
 An Oxford doctor has admitted to being less than truthful with state medical board agents as part of a plea deal reached Thursday. Dr. Rick Bucher pleaded guilty to obstruction of official business, a misdemeanor. Bucher, 60, was charged with seven counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and two courts of trafficking in drugs for allegedly...

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An Oxford doctor has admitted to being less than truthful with state medical board agents as part of a plea deal reached Thursday. Dr. Rick Bucher pleaded guilty to obstruction of official business, a misdemeanor. Bucher, 60, was charged with seven counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and two courts of trafficking in drugs for allegedly...
Man who stole Fairfield Twp. police cruiser indicted for crime spree
 A Hamilton man arrested after an alleged crime spree last month that included the theft of a Fairfield Twp. police cruiser has been indicted on multiple charges. MORE: Crime spree began at Target, ended with stolen police car A Butler County grand jury handed down an indictment today against Kevin Gabbard, 37, of Dorsey Road, for three counts...

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A Hamilton man arrested after an alleged crime spree last month that included the theft of a Fairfield Twp. police cruiser has been indicted on multiple charges. MORE: Crime spree began at Target, ended with stolen police car A Butler County grand jury handed down an indictment today against Kevin Gabbard, 37, of Dorsey Road, for three counts...
State Rep. Wes Retherford’s case will head to grand jury
 State Rep. Wes Retherford appeared in court today, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His case will now be sent to a Butler County grand jury for consideration. Retherford was arrested March 12, when he was allegedly found passed out in his Chevy Silverado in the drive-thru lane of a Liberty Twp. McDonald’s. Retherford...

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State Rep. Wes Retherford appeared in court today, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His case will now be sent to a Butler County grand jury for consideration. Retherford was arrested March 12, when he was allegedly found passed out in his Chevy Silverado in the drive-thru lane of a Liberty Twp. McDonald’s. Retherford...
Oxford doctor takes the stand in his own defense
 Dr. Rick Bucher, who is charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking, took the stand Wednesday in his own defense on the second day of trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Bucher, 60, is charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking for allegedly selling more than 700 Oxycodone pills and other drugs to a person who worked at...

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Dr. Rick Bucher, who is charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking, took the stand Wednesday in his own defense on the second day of trial in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Bucher, 60, is charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking for allegedly selling more than 700 Oxycodone pills and other drugs to a person who worked at...
Employee testifies in trial of Oxford doctor
 A woman who worked in an Oxford doctor’s office testified he wrote her prescriptions for Oxycodone and other controlled substances without first assessing her pain level or medical history. Dr. Rick Bucher, who is charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking, is facing a jury this week in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Bucher...

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A woman who worked in an Oxford doctor’s office testified he wrote her prescriptions for Oxycodone and other controlled substances without first assessing her pain level or medical history. Dr. Rick Bucher, who is charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking, is facing a jury this week in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Bucher...
Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford allegedly passed out in McDonald’s drive-thru
 Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) was arrested in Butler County this morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and improper handling of firearms.
               Before his arrest Sunday morning, Wes Retherford attended the Butler County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner
               The third-term state lawmaker was booked into the Butler...

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Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) was arrested in Butler County this morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and improper handling of firearms. Before his arrest Sunday morning, Wes Retherford attended the Butler County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner The third-term state lawmaker was booked into the Butler...
Father out of hospital after courtroom illness causes mistrial
 The Franklin father who became ill in court this past week, forcing a mistrial in his son’s scalding death, has been released from the hospital. Robert Ritchie, 31, became ill and vomited into a trash can an hour into the second day of his trial while autopsy photos were shown of his 4-year-old son, Austin Cooper. WATCH: Defendant taken...

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The Franklin father who became ill in court this past week, forcing a mistrial in his son’s scalding death, has been released from the hospital. Robert Ritchie, 31, became ill and vomited into a trash can an hour into the second day of his trial while autopsy photos were shown of his 4-year-old son, Austin Cooper. WATCH: Defendant taken...
After bones found in woods, Butler County mom gets call from police
 A Butler County mother received a call from the sheriff’s office this week after human remains were found in a wooded area near New Miami. “They told me they didn’t think it was Billy. But my anxiety level went up,” Debbie Winkler Estes said. Estes has been searching for her missing son, Billy DiSilvestro, since February...

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A Butler County mother received a call from the sheriff’s office this week after human remains were found in a wooded area near New Miami. “They told me they didn’t think it was Billy. But my anxiety level went up,” Debbie Winkler Estes said. Estes has been searching for her missing son, Billy DiSilvestro, since February...
Trial date set for Hamilton firefighter charged with forgery, theft
 A trial date has been set for a Hamilton firefighter facing multiple felony charges for allegedly submitting forged medical documents. Anthony Houston, 46, of Cincinnati, will go on trial June 19. MORE: Hamilton firefighter placed on leave Prosecutors say Houston, a 22-year veteran of the department, forged medical documents and, as a result...

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A trial date has been set for a Hamilton firefighter facing multiple felony charges for allegedly submitting forged medical documents. Anthony Houston, 46, of Cincinnati, will go on trial June 19. MORE: Hamilton firefighter placed on leave Prosecutors say Houston, a 22-year veteran of the department, forged medical documents and, as a result...
Woman’s identity still unknown 2 years after skull found by kids
 The coroner’s office was able to quickly identify remains found earlier this week in Butler County woods near New Miami, but that is not always the case. On March 9, 2015, children found a skull in the woods behind their Gregory Creek Lane home in West Chester Twp. “They say a picture is worth a thousand words,” Butler...

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The coroner’s office was able to quickly identify remains found earlier this week in Butler County woods near New Miami, but that is not always the case. On March 9, 2015, children found a skull in the woods behind their Gregory Creek Lane home in West Chester Twp. “They say a picture is worth a thousand words,” Butler...
‘Cheated out of years,’ says family of man whose remains found in woods
 While the past year has been difficult not knowing what happened to her brother, notification of his death doesn’t bring Natasha Bach much closure. The Butler County Coroner’s Office on Thursday identified human remains found in a wooded area along Sipps Lane near New Miami as those of David ‘Bub’ Eversole, Bach&rsquo...

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While the past year has been difficult not knowing what happened to her brother, notification of his death doesn’t bring Natasha Bach much closure. The Butler County Coroner’s Office on Thursday identified human remains found in a wooded area along Sipps Lane near New Miami as those of David ‘Bub’ Eversole, Bach&rsquo...
Foul play ruled out after remains found in Butler County woods
 The Butler County Coroner’s Office has identified the human remains found Tuesday in New Miami. The remains found in a wooded area along Sipps Lane are those of David ‘Bub’ Eversole, according to the coroner’s office. MORE: Man describes finding ‘half a body’ in Butler County woods Butler County Sheriff...

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The Butler County Coroner’s Office has identified the human remains found Tuesday in New Miami. The remains found in a wooded area along Sipps Lane are those of David ‘Bub’ Eversole, according to the coroner’s office. MORE: Man describes finding ‘half a body’ in Butler County woods Butler County Sheriff...
Man describes finding 'half a body' in Ohio woods
 A couple hiking Tuesday afternoon along Seven Mile Creek in Butler County, Ohio, made a gruesome discovery. "I have found a human skull, a dead body," a man said in a 911 call. The skeletal remains were found along Sipps Lane near New Miami, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office. Sipps Lane runs along Seven Mile Creek...

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A couple hiking Tuesday afternoon along Seven Mile Creek in Butler County, Ohio, made a gruesome discovery. "I have found a human skull, a dead body," a man said in a 911 call. The skeletal remains were found along Sipps Lane near New Miami, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office. Sipps Lane runs along Seven Mile Creek...
Man describes finding ‘half a body’ in Butler County woods
 A couple hiking Tuesday afternoon along Seven Mile Creek in Butler County made a gruesome discovery. “I have found a human skull, a dead body,” a man said in a 911 call. The skeletal remains were found along Sipps Lane near New Miami, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Sipps Lane runs along Seven Mile Creek...

Posted: 15 days ago

A couple hiking Tuesday afternoon along Seven Mile Creek in Butler County made a gruesome discovery. “I have found a human skull, a dead body,” a man said in a 911 call. The skeletal remains were found along Sipps Lane near New Miami, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Sipps Lane runs along Seven Mile Creek...
Doctor’s evaluation complete on teen accused in Middletown church arson
 A 16-year-old teen accused of setting fire to a Middletown church has been found competent to stand trial. The teen was in Butler County Juvenile Court today where Judge Ronald Craft said a competency evaluation conducted by a doctor determined the boy is capable of understanding the proceedings against him. Greg Beane, attorney for the 16-year-old...

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A 16-year-old teen accused of setting fire to a Middletown church has been found competent to stand trial. The teen was in Butler County Juvenile Court today where Judge Ronald Craft said a competency evaluation conducted by a doctor determined the boy is capable of understanding the proceedings against him. Greg Beane, attorney for the 16-year-old...
Here’s how 600 pounds of marijuana was hidden by smugglers
 Hundreds of pounds of marijuana seized in Fairfield and Cincinnati this week likely wasn’t the first act in the area by a drug cartel, according to law enforcement. Six people were arrested as part of the month-long investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce...

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Hundreds of pounds of marijuana seized in Fairfield and Cincinnati this week likely wasn’t the first act in the area by a drug cartel, according to law enforcement. Six people were arrested as part of the month-long investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce...
Mistrial declared after dad in child scalding death gets sick in court
 A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the second trial of Robert Ritchie, the Franklin father charged in connection with his 4-year-old son’s scalding death. Just an hour into the second day of testimony in Warren County Common Pleas Court, Ritchie became ill during testimony of Dr. Christopher Kiefer, who performed the boy’s autopsy...

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A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the second trial of Robert Ritchie, the Franklin father charged in connection with his 4-year-old son’s scalding death. Just an hour into the second day of testimony in Warren County Common Pleas Court, Ritchie became ill during testimony of Dr. Christopher Kiefer, who performed the boy’s autopsy...
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