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Butler County man, now a D.C. cop, ready for inauguration duty
 A Fairfield High School graduate is among the thousands of law enforcement officers assigned to security details during today’s inauguration events for President-Elect Donald Trump. Police officers from throughout the nation are helping with security during inauguration events, but Officer Jon Riggs will be on his own turf as a member...

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A Fairfield High School graduate is among the thousands of law enforcement officers assigned to security details during today’s inauguration events for President-Elect Donald Trump. Police officers from throughout the nation are helping with security during inauguration events, but Officer Jon Riggs will be on his own turf as a member...
Second man charged in Hamilton firefighter’s death returns to area
 William “Billy” Tucker Jr., who is charged in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter, was back in Butler County the same day he waived extradition in a Kentucky courtroom. Tucker was transported to the Butler County Jail on Wednesday evening, but he will not stay there. Tucker, 46, will be housed in the Preble County...

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William “Billy” Tucker Jr., who is charged in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter, was back in Butler County the same day he waived extradition in a Kentucky courtroom. Tucker was transported to the Butler County Jail on Wednesday evening, but he will not stay there. Tucker, 46, will be housed in the Preble County...
Butler County woman admits to murder-for-hire plot
 A Madison Twp. woman has admitted guilt in a plot to have her estranged husband killed. Shelly Carter, 42, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. That is a lower degree charge than what she was originally charged with. MORE: Nasty divorce led woman to arrange murder-for-hire plot Police said Carter was...

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A Madison Twp. woman has admitted guilt in a plot to have her estranged husband killed. Shelly Carter, 42, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. That is a lower degree charge than what she was originally charged with. MORE: Nasty divorce led woman to arrange murder-for-hire plot Police said Carter was...
Driver in deadly church van, train crash pleads guilty
 A Middletown woman behind the wheel of a deadly train and church van crash in 2015 has pleaded guilty to felony charges. Judith Ashley, 65, was in Butler Common Pleas Court on Thursday, where she entered the guilty plea to aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of endangering children, and two counts of vehicular assault. She faces a maximum...

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A Middletown woman behind the wheel of a deadly train and church van crash in 2015 has pleaded guilty to felony charges. Judith Ashley, 65, was in Butler Common Pleas Court on Thursday, where she entered the guilty plea to aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of endangering children, and two counts of vehicular assault. She faces a maximum...
Second man charged in Hamilton firefighter’s death returning to Ohio
 William “Billy” Tucker Jr., the second man facing aggravated arson and murder charges in connection with a fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter will soon be back in Ohio to stand trial. Tucker, 46, waived extradition Wednesday morning in Madison County, Ky., where he was arrested on Jan. 6 following an indictment by a Butler...

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William “Billy” Tucker Jr., the second man facing aggravated arson and murder charges in connection with a fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter will soon be back in Ohio to stand trial. Tucker, 46, waived extradition Wednesday morning in Madison County, Ky., where he was arrested on Jan. 6 following an indictment by a Butler...
Butler County couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges
 Two people facing felony charges after the death of an emaciated dog in October have pleaded guilty to lesser charges Jessica North, 34, and her fiancé, Christopher Sears, 31, both of Hamilton, were indicted in November by a Butler County grand jury on a fifth-degree felony of cruelty to a companion animal after a dog in their care...

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Two people facing felony charges after the death of an emaciated dog in October have pleaded guilty to lesser charges Jessica North, 34, and her fiancé, Christopher Sears, 31, both of Hamilton, were indicted in November by a Butler County grand jury on a fifth-degree felony of cruelty to a companion animal after a dog in their care...
Hamilton County escapee arrested in Middletown
 A drug investigation in Middletown led to the arrest of a Hamilton County man who fled from court there last week. On Monday, the Middletown police special investigations unit conducted a drug trafficking operation at several hotels in Middletown, according to information on the department’s Facebook page. The team observed suspicious...

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A drug investigation in Middletown led to the arrest of a Hamilton County man who fled from court there last week. On Monday, the Middletown police special investigations unit conducted a drug trafficking operation at several hotels in Middletown, according to information on the department’s Facebook page. The team observed suspicious...
2 men accused in firefighter’s death aren’t in Butler County Jail
 Uncle and nephew co-defendants facing charges for allegedly causing a fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter will both eventually be in Butler County courtrooms, but they will likely never be housed in the Butler County Jail. Lester Parker, 66, owner of the Pater Avenue house where firefighter Patrick Wolterman died in December 2015, is...

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Uncle and nephew co-defendants facing charges for allegedly causing a fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter will both eventually be in Butler County courtrooms, but they will likely never be housed in the Butler County Jail. Lester Parker, 66, owner of the Pater Avenue house where firefighter Patrick Wolterman died in December 2015, is...
Woman robbed in Middletown apartment parking lot
 Middletown police are continuing to investigate an alleged robbery Thursday night that left a woman with minor injuries.  A 35-year old woman was knocked down in the parking lot of her apartment complex at 3920 Roosevelt Blvd. at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday by two robbers, according to police. A man grabbed her laptop as she walked toward...

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Middletown police are continuing to investigate an alleged robbery Thursday night that left a woman with minor injuries.  A 35-year old woman was knocked down in the parking lot of her apartment complex at 3920 Roosevelt Blvd. at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday by two robbers, according to police. A man grabbed her laptop as she walked toward...
Man, previously deported, arrested on drug charges
 A man who officials say was deported more than once from the United States was arrested Wednesday on drug charges and child endangering, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Julio Cesar Ledesma-Sanchez, 30, is charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, first-degree felonies; failure to comply with order or...

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A man who officials say was deported more than once from the United States was arrested Wednesday on drug charges and child endangering, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Julio Cesar Ledesma-Sanchez, 30, is charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, first-degree felonies; failure to comply with order or...
Note found in bathroom prompted lockdown at Talawanda
 UPDATE @ 4:23 p.m.: A bomb threat found in a bathroom of Talawanda High School in Oxford prompted a precautionary lockdown while four bomb-detecting dogs swept the school but found nothing, according to school and Oxford police officials. “The response went well and parents were very cooperative,” Oxford Police Chief John Jones...

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UPDATE @ 4:23 p.m.: A bomb threat found in a bathroom of Talawanda High School in Oxford prompted a precautionary lockdown while four bomb-detecting dogs swept the school but found nothing, according to school and Oxford police officials. “The response went well and parents were very cooperative,” Oxford Police Chief John Jones...
Ohio couple charged with animal cruelty after pit bull dies
 An Ohio couple was facing a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a dog in their care died, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, Joseph’s Legacy Rescue contacted the Butler County Sheriff’s Dog Warden office about a dog, believed to be a pit bull, in “deplorable” condition. Rosemary...

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An Ohio couple was facing a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a dog in their care died, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, Joseph’s Legacy Rescue contacted the Butler County Sheriff’s Dog Warden office about a dog, believed to be a pit bull, in “deplorable” condition. Rosemary...
Mom asks for acts of kindness on anniversary of son’s murder
 Rebecca Sandle stood this week in Greenwood Cemetery, holding birthday balloons for her son Christopher “C.J.” Sandle Jr. “We shouldn’t be here,” she said to about 15 friends huddled against Tuesday’s strong winds. “You guys should be planning something naughty and mischievous to do tonight,&rdquo...

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Rebecca Sandle stood this week in Greenwood Cemetery, holding birthday balloons for her son Christopher “C.J.” Sandle Jr. “We shouldn’t be here,” she said to about 15 friends huddled against Tuesday’s strong winds. “You guys should be planning something naughty and mischievous to do tonight,&rdquo...
Evidence questioned in Fairfield teacher’s alleged sex crime
 A Fairfield teacher facing criminal charges for alleged sexual activity with a student was in court today with a new attorney for a pre-trial hearing. 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 misdemeanor; and contributing...

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A Fairfield teacher facing criminal charges for alleged sexual activity with a student was in court today with a new attorney for a pre-trial hearing. 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 misdemeanor; and contributing...
Man won’t waive extradition in arson that killed Hamilton firefighter
 A second man charged in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter has requested an extradition hearing in Richmond, Ky., where he was arrested Friday. William “Billy” Tucker, 46, of Keri Ann Drive, Richmond, had a video court appearance Wednesday morning at the Madison County Hall of Justice, where he declined to waive...

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A second man charged in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter has requested an extradition hearing in Richmond, Ky., where he was arrested Friday. William “Billy” Tucker, 46, of Keri Ann Drive, Richmond, had a video court appearance Wednesday morning at the Madison County Hall of Justice, where he declined to waive...
Hamilton man indicted in arson at city businesses
 A Hamilton man has been indicted been indicted by a grand jury on several felony charges for allegedly setting fire to businesses in November. Jason L. Bryant, 43, of Hampshire Drive, was indicted today on two counts of arson one count of vandalism for allegedly setting fires that caused major damage to three businesses in Hamilton Plaza...

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A Hamilton man has been indicted been indicted by a grand jury on several felony charges for allegedly setting fire to businesses in November. Jason L. Bryant, 43, of Hampshire Drive, was indicted today on two counts of arson one count of vandalism for allegedly setting fires that caused major damage to three businesses in Hamilton Plaza...
Third person pleads in deadly Hamilton bar shooting
 A third man charged in a deadly Hamilton bar shooting last summer has entered a guilty plea. Cory Cook II, 23, of 9th Street in Hamilton, was scheduled to be in Butler County Common Pleas Court today for a pre-trial hearing but that changed when he accepted a plea deal. Cook was one of four people charged in the gun violence outside...

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A third man charged in a deadly Hamilton bar shooting last summer has entered a guilty plea. Cory Cook II, 23, of 9th Street in Hamilton, was scheduled to be in Butler County Common Pleas Court today for a pre-trial hearing but that changed when he accepted a plea deal. Cook was one of four people charged in the gun violence outside...
Miami football player gets probation for assault at bar
 A Miami University student and football player who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge after an incident in an Oxford bar has been given a suspended sentence. Zachary Smierciak, 22 of Aurora, Ohio, pleaded guilty in November to the lesser charge. He had been charged with felonious assault after an incident at the Brick Street Bar...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Miami University student and football player who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge after an incident in an Oxford bar has been given a suspended sentence. Zachary Smierciak, 22 of Aurora, Ohio, pleaded guilty in November to the lesser charge. He had been charged with felonious assault after an incident at the Brick Street Bar...
Butler County couple charged with animal cruelty after dog dies
 A Lemon Twp. couple has been charged with a misdemeanor of animal cruelty after a dog in their care died, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, Joseph’s Legacy Rescue contacted the Butler County Sheriff’s Dog Warden office about a dog, believed to be a pit bull, in “deplorable” condition...

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A Lemon Twp. couple has been charged with a misdemeanor of animal cruelty after a dog in their care died, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, Joseph’s Legacy Rescue contacted the Butler County Sheriff’s Dog Warden office about a dog, believed to be a pit bull, in “deplorable” condition...
Second arrest made in death of Hamilton firefighter
 A second arrest has been made in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter. William “Billy” Tucker, 46, was arrested Friday in Richmond, Ky., on an indictment from Butler County for aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting the fire that killed firefighter Patrick Wolterman in December 2015. Butler County...

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A second arrest has been made in the arson fire that killed a Hamilton firefighter. William “Billy” Tucker, 46, was arrested Friday in Richmond, Ky., on an indictment from Butler County for aggravated arson and murder for allegedly starting the fire that killed firefighter Patrick Wolterman in December 2015. Butler County...
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