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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
Police turn to cameras to monitor Middletown park
 Citing complaints and disturbances in past seasons, Middletown police are installing video security cameras at Goldman Park in time for Middletown Youth Softball’s opening day. “Over the past few years we have encountered quite a few complaints at Goldman Park during the Middletown Youth Softball season. We receive quite a number...

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Citing complaints and disturbances in past seasons, Middletown police are installing video security cameras at Goldman Park in time for Middletown Youth Softball’s opening day. “Over the past few years we have encountered quite a few complaints at Goldman Park during the Middletown Youth Softball season. We receive quite a number...
Walkers turn out for first Walk4Hunger in Middletown
 About 60 people spent Saturday morning raising money and and hunger awareness in the inaugural Walk4Hunger in Middletown. The event, held among the flowering beds and historical grave sites of Woodside Cemetery & Arboretum, was hosted by Family Service of Middletown, an agency that provides emergency services to the community. Proceeds will...

Posted: 7 days ago

About 60 people spent Saturday morning raising money and and hunger awareness in the inaugural Walk4Hunger in Middletown. The event, held among the flowering beds and historical grave sites of Woodside Cemetery & Arboretum, was hosted by Family Service of Middletown, an agency that provides emergency services to the community. Proceeds will...
Trial rescheduled for Middletown woman charged in murder of ex-husband
 A trial scheduled to begin Monday for a Middletown woman accused of killing her ex-husband has been continued until June. Dawn Shearer, 48, of Ellis Way, is charged with murder and felonious assault for allegedly fatally shooting Anthony “Tony” Shearer on Feb. 6. ‘SHE GOT TO THE GUN FIRST’: Lawyer claims struggle before...

Posted: 8 days ago

A trial scheduled to begin Monday for a Middletown woman accused of killing her ex-husband has been continued until June. Dawn Shearer, 48, of Ellis Way, is charged with murder and felonious assault for allegedly fatally shooting Anthony “Tony” Shearer on Feb. 6. ‘SHE GOT TO THE GUN FIRST’: Lawyer claims struggle before...
Masked thieves steal thousands in cash from Butler County restaurant
 Police are looking for two masked thieves who broke into a Ross Twp. restaurant, ransacked the inside, and took thousands of dollars. The break-in at Big Buls Roadhouse happened at 3:15 a.m. Monday, and the masked suspects were in the building for two hours smashing anything that might contain money, including a jukebox, games, an ATM, cash...

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Police are looking for two masked thieves who broke into a Ross Twp. restaurant, ransacked the inside, and took thousands of dollars. The break-in at Big Buls Roadhouse happened at 3:15 a.m. Monday, and the masked suspects were in the building for two hours smashing anything that might contain money, including a jukebox, games, an ATM, cash...
Man, girlfriend face new charges in Butler County shooting death
 A Cincinnati man and his girlfriend, taken into custody last week for the fatal shooting in St. Clair Twp., were arraigned Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court on new charges. Keith D. Harris Jr., 27, and Diamond Reid, 18, who were arrested as they left a Hamilton County motel, now both face murder charges for the death of Trey Shepard...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Cincinnati man and his girlfriend, taken into custody last week for the fatal shooting in St. Clair Twp., were arraigned Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court on new charges. Keith D. Harris Jr., 27, and Diamond Reid, 18, who were arrested as they left a Hamilton County motel, now both face murder charges for the death of Trey Shepard...
Court date set for State Rep. Wes Retherford on OVI charge
 A May court date has been set for State Rep. Wes Retherford on a misdemeanor OVI charge. On Monday a Butler County grand jury declined to indict Retherford, 33, on a felony weapons charge that could have automatically ousted him from office if convicted. He was indicted for the OVI charge, and the case was sent back to county Area II Court...

Posted: 9 days ago

A May court date has been set for State Rep. Wes Retherford on a misdemeanor OVI charge. On Monday a Butler County grand jury declined to indict Retherford, 33, on a felony weapons charge that could have automatically ousted him from office if convicted. He was indicted for the OVI charge, and the case was sent back to county Area II Court...
Police: Several groups targeting pharmacies in robberies
 The arrest of two men following a robbery at a Middletown pharmacy Wednesday apparently hasn’t deterred other attempts at the same store. An armed security guard at the CVS on South Breiel Boulevard confronted a man who employees suspected was going to rob the pharmacy last night, Lt. Scott Reeve told this news outlet. The man ran away...

Posted: 9 days ago

The arrest of two men following a robbery at a Middletown pharmacy Wednesday apparently hasn’t deterred other attempts at the same store. An armed security guard at the CVS on South Breiel Boulevard confronted a man who employees suspected was going to rob the pharmacy last night, Lt. Scott Reeve told this news outlet. The man ran away...
Crashes reported in Liberty Twp.
 Emergency units and Butler County Sheriff’s deputies are responding to a couple crashes this morning on Cincinnati-Dayton Road, according to dispatchers. The crashes occurred about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Bethany Road. There is no information yet on injuries. Download the free Journal-News app for local traffic alerts

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Emergency units and Butler County Sheriff’s deputies are responding to a couple crashes this morning on Cincinnati-Dayton Road, according to dispatchers. The crashes occurred about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Bethany Road. There is no information yet on injuries. Download the free Journal-News app for local traffic alerts
Trial set for Fairfield teacher accused of sex with student
 A Hamilton man facing felony charges for alleged sexual activity with a student while he was a Fairfield teacher will stand trial next month in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Tyler Conrad, 26, of Victor Court in Hamilton, was indicted in November on two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony; sexual imposition, a third-degree...

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A Hamilton man facing felony charges for alleged sexual activity with a student while he was a Fairfield teacher will stand trial next month in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Tyler Conrad, 26, of Victor Court in Hamilton, was indicted in November on two counts of sexual battery, a third-degree felony; sexual imposition, a third-degree...
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