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Middletown murder trial to focus on battered person’s syndrome
 Two forensic physiologists will be permitted to interview a Middletown woman accused of killing her ex-husband in preparation for next month’s trial in which battered person’s syndrome will be the defense. Dawn Shearer, 48, of Ellis Way, is charged with murder and felonious assault for allegedly shooting Anthony “Tony&rdquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

Two forensic physiologists will be permitted to interview a Middletown woman accused of killing her ex-husband in preparation for next month’s trial in which battered person’s syndrome will be the defense. Dawn Shearer, 48, of Ellis Way, is charged with murder and felonious assault for allegedly shooting Anthony “Tony&rdquo...
Portrait of Butler County judge who died in 2016 unveiled
 The former courtroom of the late Judge Craig Hedric was packed this morning with friends, family and members of the bar as a portrait of the Butler County Common Pleas judge was unveiled. Hedric, a native of Oxford and a proud Miami University graduate, died at his Liberty Twp. home in November. He was 55. Judge Greg Howard, who now sits...

Posted: 14 days ago

The former courtroom of the late Judge Craig Hedric was packed this morning with friends, family and members of the bar as a portrait of the Butler County Common Pleas judge was unveiled. Hedric, a native of Oxford and a proud Miami University graduate, died at his Liberty Twp. home in November. He was 55. Judge Greg Howard, who now sits...
Bond for Butler County murder suspect set at over $1M
 A man arrested last month in California in connection with the fatal shooting of a St. Clair Twp. man is back in Butler County to stand trial. William D. Harris, 26, was arraigned Thursday for murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault and having weapons under disability. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth set bond for Harris...

Posted: 14 days ago

A man arrested last month in California in connection with the fatal shooting of a St. Clair Twp. man is back in Butler County to stand trial. William D. Harris, 26, was arraigned Thursday for murder, aggravated robbery, felonious assault and having weapons under disability. Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth set bond for Harris...
Bond set for Hamilton birthday homicide suspect
 Bond has been set at $750,000 for a Hamilton man accused in a fatal shooting in March. Marquis Hunter, 30, of Short Street, was arrested last month in Atlanta for murder and having weapons under disability. INITIAL REPORT: Birthday homicide suspect caught in Atlanta Police say Hunter was responsible for shooting Jaylen Kinney to death on...

Posted: 15 days ago

Bond has been set at $750,000 for a Hamilton man accused in a fatal shooting in March. Marquis Hunter, 30, of Short Street, was arrested last month in Atlanta for murder and having weapons under disability. INITIAL REPORT: Birthday homicide suspect caught in Atlanta Police say Hunter was responsible for shooting Jaylen Kinney to death on...
Pregnant mom pleads guilty to Percocet robbery at Middletown CVS
 A Middletown woman has admitted guilt in the January robbery of a CVS pharmacy, where she got away with 2,000 Percocet pills. Bethany Scott, 26, of the 200 block of Woodlawn Avenue, pleaded guilty Thursday to robbery and aggravated possession of drugs in Butler County Common Pleas Court. She faces up to 11 years in prison. Judge Jennifer...

Posted: 15 days ago

A Middletown woman has admitted guilt in the January robbery of a CVS pharmacy, where she got away with 2,000 Percocet pills. Bethany Scott, 26, of the 200 block of Woodlawn Avenue, pleaded guilty Thursday to robbery and aggravated possession of drugs in Butler County Common Pleas Court. She faces up to 11 years in prison. Judge Jennifer...
Mother of Hamilton man in suicide by cop feared such an incident
 A note found on Michael Wilson-Salzl after he was fatally shot by a Hamilton police officer said “bye, bey.” When the 24-year-old’s mother was told of her son’s death, she said she wasn’t surprised, Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said during a press conference one day after a grand jury returned no indictment...

Posted: 24 days ago

A note found on Michael Wilson-Salzl after he was fatally shot by a Hamilton police officer said “bye, bey.” When the 24-year-old’s mother was told of her son’s death, she said she wasn’t surprised, Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said during a press conference one day after a grand jury returned no indictment...
Man charged with killing wife booked into Middletown jail
 Bobby Jo Nitz, the Middletown man charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife to death Sunday night at their Short Street home, is in the city jail awaiting arraignment. Middletown police were called to the couple’s home after being alerted by Crista Nitz’s 11-year-old daughter crying saying that her mother was dead. Crista...

Posted: 24 days ago

Bobby Jo Nitz, the Middletown man charged with murder for allegedly shooting his wife to death Sunday night at their Short Street home, is in the city jail awaiting arraignment. Middletown police were called to the couple’s home after being alerted by Crista Nitz’s 11-year-old daughter crying saying that her mother was dead. Crista...
Woman wakes up to find man with gun standing over her
 A man is in the Butler County Jail after allegedly breaking into an Oxford residence early Saturday morning. An officer was dispatched about 3:45 a.m. to the 100 block of West Church Street on a reported burglary, according to the Oxford Police Department. The victim told police she woke up to a man with a gun standing over her, watching...

Posted: 24 days ago

A man is in the Butler County Jail after allegedly breaking into an Oxford residence early Saturday morning. An officer was dispatched about 3:45 a.m. to the 100 block of West Church Street on a reported burglary, according to the Oxford Police Department. The victim told police she woke up to a man with a gun standing over her, watching...
Oxford doctor sentenced to 1 year of probation
 An Oxford doctor who pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor charge for being less than truthful with state board agents during an investigation was sentenced to probation Monday. Dr. Rick Bucher pleaded guilty to obstruction of official business in March, halfway through his trial on nine counts of drug trafficking in Butler County Common...

Posted: 25 days ago

An Oxford doctor who pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor charge for being less than truthful with state board agents during an investigation was sentenced to probation Monday. Dr. Rick Bucher pleaded guilty to obstruction of official business in March, halfway through his trial on nine counts of drug trafficking in Butler County Common...
Police: Man who allegedly shot and killed wife had no criminal past
 Bobby and Crista Nitz had been married for seven months on Sunday, and a domestic incident at their home on Short Street “came out of the blue,” according to Middletown police. Middletown police had never been called to the couple’s home until Sunday night, when there was a reported fatal shooting. Bobby Nitz, 45, who was...

Posted: 25 days ago

Bobby and Crista Nitz had been married for seven months on Sunday, and a domestic incident at their home on Short Street “came out of the blue,” according to Middletown police. Middletown police had never been called to the couple’s home until Sunday night, when there was a reported fatal shooting. Bobby Nitz, 45, who was...
Hamilton man sentenced to prison for October stabbing death
 The family of a man found stabbed to death inside his Hamilton home last fall said his killer “got what he deserved” when he was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Donald Moss Jr., 30, of Webster Street, entered a guilty plea Monday to murder in the stabbing death of Joshua Combs on the same day his trial was scheduled...

Posted: 25 days ago

The family of a man found stabbed to death inside his Hamilton home last fall said his killer “got what he deserved” when he was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Donald Moss Jr., 30, of Webster Street, entered a guilty plea Monday to murder in the stabbing death of Joshua Combs on the same day his trial was scheduled...
Man fatally shot by Hamilton police officer ‘mentally disturbed’
 Statements from witnesses, a 911 call and evidence recovered at the scene all led a grand jury to return a “no indictment” decision in the case in which a Hamilton Police officer fatally shot a man police said confronted the officer with a knife. Officer Steven McFall, 41, shot and killed Michael Anthony Wilson-Salzl, 24, at about...

Posted: 25 days ago

Statements from witnesses, a 911 call and evidence recovered at the scene all led a grand jury to return a “no indictment” decision in the case in which a Hamilton Police officer fatally shot a man police said confronted the officer with a knife. Officer Steven McFall, 41, shot and killed Michael Anthony Wilson-Salzl, 24, at about...
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: 27 days 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: 28 days 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: 29 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...

5:17 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017

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...

3:02 PM Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2017

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...

8:26 PM Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

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...

6:49 PM Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

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...

5:51 PM Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

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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