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Missing Lakota 8th grader found hiding in apartment
 A Liberty Twp. eighth grader reported missing Thursday night has been found safe, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department. Laniya Johnson, 14, was found Tuesday afternoon hiding under a bed at a residence in Lakota Pointe apartments, said Lt. Rick Bucheit. MORE: Mother believes missing Lakota student is with boy from same...

Posted: 11 days ago

A Liberty Twp. eighth grader reported missing Thursday night has been found safe, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department. Laniya Johnson, 14, was found Tuesday afternoon hiding under a bed at a residence in Lakota Pointe apartments, said Lt. Rick Bucheit. MORE: Mother believes missing Lakota student is with boy from same...
Middletown man pleads guilty to shooting and killing his wife
 A Middletown man has admitted to the shooting death of his wife in April. Bobby Jo Nitz, 45, pleaded guilty today in Butler County Common Pleas Court to murder, avoiding a trial that was scheduled to begin Jan. 22. In exchange for the plea, a felonious assault charge was merged and a three year gun specification was dropped. By taking the...

Posted: 12 days ago

A Middletown man has admitted to the shooting death of his wife in April. Bobby Jo Nitz, 45, pleaded guilty today in Butler County Common Pleas Court to murder, avoiding a trial that was scheduled to begin Jan. 22. In exchange for the plea, a felonious assault charge was merged and a three year gun specification was dropped. By taking the...
Hamilton teacher and coach facing sex charges involving student
 A Hamilton High School teacher is charged with sex crimes involving a student. Hilary Dattilo, 30, a teacher and volleyball coach, was arraigned Tuesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court on one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first degree misdemeanor. The alleged...

Posted: 12 days ago

A Hamilton High School teacher is charged with sex crimes involving a student. Hilary Dattilo, 30, a teacher and volleyball coach, was arraigned Tuesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court on one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first degree misdemeanor. The alleged...
Man charged with dumping body of Middletown woman waives jury trial
 One of two people charged with dumping a woman’s body in the woods following her apparent overdose has waived his right to a jury trial. Joshua Swenson and Erica Robinson, both of 2912 Wilbraham Rd., were indicted in September for tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse, both felonies. MORE: Trial dates set for 2 charged...

Posted: 12 days ago

One of two people charged with dumping a woman’s body in the woods following her apparent overdose has waived his right to a jury trial. Joshua Swenson and Erica Robinson, both of 2912 Wilbraham Rd., were indicted in September for tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse, both felonies. MORE: Trial dates set for 2 charged...
Detectives investigating report of man shot while walking dog
 Detectives have few leads about the shooting of a 32-year-old man who says he was shot early Sunday morning while walking his dog in a Liberty Twp. mobile home park. Juvenal Galan showed up and Atrium Medical Center in Middletown early Sunday morning with a gunshot wound to the right side and had been released when deputies got to the hospital...

Posted: 12 days ago

Detectives have few leads about the shooting of a 32-year-old man who says he was shot early Sunday morning while walking his dog in a Liberty Twp. mobile home park. Juvenal Galan showed up and Atrium Medical Center in Middletown early Sunday morning with a gunshot wound to the right side and had been released when deputies got to the hospital...
Mother thinks missing Lakota 8th grader is with boy from same complex
 A Liberty Twp. eighth grader reported missing Thursday night has still not been found, despite officials searching a local home where she may be hiding. Rachel Johnson reported her daughter, Laniya Johnson, missing after she failed to return home while walking a short distance from a family friend’s house at Lakota Pointe apartments...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Liberty Twp. eighth grader reported missing Thursday night has still not been found, despite officials searching a local home where she may be hiding. Rachel Johnson reported her daughter, Laniya Johnson, missing after she failed to return home while walking a short distance from a family friend’s house at Lakota Pointe apartments...
Middletown man accused of rape at assisted care facility may be incompetent for trial
 A 71-year old man charged with rape in an incident at a Middletown assisted care facility will be in court later this month for a competency evaluation hearing. Gary Eugene Earls was arrested by police after the November incident at Close to Home on Roosevelt Boulevard. He was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on two counts of rape last...

Posted: 16 days ago

A 71-year old man charged with rape in an incident at a Middletown assisted care facility will be in court later this month for a competency evaluation hearing. Gary Eugene Earls was arrested by police after the November incident at Close to Home on Roosevelt Boulevard. He was indicted by a Butler County grand jury on two counts of rape last...
Suppression hearing for teen charged with killing her father continued
 A hearing to suppress statements made by a Hamilton teenager charged with allegedly shooting her father to death has been delayed until February. The teen, now 15, last appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court in October for a pretrial hearing. Her defense attorney, Matthew Fritsch, says the girl’s constitutional rights were violated...

Posted: 16 days ago

A hearing to suppress statements made by a Hamilton teenager charged with allegedly shooting her father to death has been delayed until February. The teen, now 15, last appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court in October for a pretrial hearing. Her defense attorney, Matthew Fritsch, says the girl’s constitutional rights were violated...
Attorney for murder suspect wants statements thrown out at trial
 An attorney for a Hamilton man scheduled to go to trial this month for the May shooting death of Maurice Chatman wants statements made to police thrown out. Eric Brown, 20, of the 900 block of South Second St. is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability. He was in Butler County Common Pleas Court on...

Posted: 16 days ago

An attorney for a Hamilton man scheduled to go to trial this month for the May shooting death of Maurice Chatman wants statements made to police thrown out. Eric Brown, 20, of the 900 block of South Second St. is charged with murder, tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability. He was in Butler County Common Pleas Court on...
Oxford taxi driver accused of rape back in jail
 An Oxford man accused of sexually assaulting two Miami University students in his vehicle that serves as a taxi service is back in the Butler County Jail after allegations he may have violated the terms of his bond. Sherman Jackson II, the owner and operator of Sherman’s Safe Ride, is charged with three counts of rape and three counts...

Posted: 16 days ago

An Oxford man accused of sexually assaulting two Miami University students in his vehicle that serves as a taxi service is back in the Butler County Jail after allegations he may have violated the terms of his bond. Sherman Jackson II, the owner and operator of Sherman’s Safe Ride, is charged with three counts of rape and three counts...
Owners to be charged after dog found frozen to death in Butler County
 By the end of today a St. Clair Twp. couple will face criminal charges for allegedly letting their healthy dog freeze to death in subzero weather. And it is not the first time neglect and frigid temperatures have claimed the lives of animals this winter. “We had at puppy found frozen last week in Middletown. It was in a carrier by a...

Posted: 17 days ago

By the end of today a St. Clair Twp. couple will face criminal charges for allegedly letting their healthy dog freeze to death in subzero weather. And it is not the first time neglect and frigid temperatures have claimed the lives of animals this winter. “We had at puppy found frozen last week in Middletown. It was in a carrier by a...
Case of suspect who allegedly robbed bank after buying engagement ring goes to grand jury
 A Butler County grand jury will now consider the case of a Trenton man charged with robbing a bank last month. Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, is charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with ring the next day. Police believe that could be a motive...

Posted: 17 days ago

A Butler County grand jury will now consider the case of a Trenton man charged with robbing a bank last month. Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, is charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with ring the next day. Police believe that could be a motive...
Middletown man sentenced for setting fire to apartment after argument
 A man was sentenced to community control on Wednesday for setting fire to his Middletown apartment in June. Bradley Bell, 23, formerly of Curtis Street, pleaded guilty in October to arson, a fourth-degree felony, for starting the fire in a second-floor apartment in the 200 block of Curtis Street. He was scheduled to be sentenced last month...

Posted: 17 days ago

A man was sentenced to community control on Wednesday for setting fire to his Middletown apartment in June. Bradley Bell, 23, formerly of Curtis Street, pleaded guilty in October to arson, a fourth-degree felony, for starting the fire in a second-floor apartment in the 200 block of Curtis Street. He was scheduled to be sentenced last month...
Last of 3 ‘Cincinnati White Boys’ gang members sentenced in crime spree
 The last of three men charged in a Middletown crime spree in the fall of 2016 that ended in the slaying of two people has been sent to prison. Charles Ray Graham, 28, of 2002 Pearl St., pleaded guilty in November to being part of a criminal gang in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Graham was one of three men indicted for crimes in late October...

Posted: 18 days ago

The last of three men charged in a Middletown crime spree in the fall of 2016 that ended in the slaying of two people has been sent to prison. Charles Ray Graham, 28, of 2002 Pearl St., pleaded guilty in November to being part of a criminal gang in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Graham was one of three men indicted for crimes in late October...
Crews stay overnight at scene of West Chester house fire
 West Chester Twp. firefighters remain on the scene today of a fire that destroyed a house on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The blaze began about 6:30 p.m. Saturday at a residence in the 7400 block of Cincinnati-Dayton. Ammunition exploded in the basement, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Barb Wilson, township...

Posted: 21 days ago

West Chester Twp. firefighters remain on the scene today of a fire that destroyed a house on Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The blaze began about 6:30 p.m. Saturday at a residence in the 7400 block of Cincinnati-Dayton. Ammunition exploded in the basement, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Barb Wilson, township...
Hearing continued after Trenton bank robbery suspect retains attorney
 A hearing for a Trenten man charged with robbing a bank has been continued. Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, is charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with ring the next day. Police believe that could be a motive to the robbery. Pedersen was scheduled...

Posted: 22 days ago

A hearing for a Trenten man charged with robbing a bank has been continued. Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, is charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with ring the next day. Police believe that could be a motive to the robbery. Pedersen was scheduled...
Year in review: Top crime stories that impacted the community in 2017
 Butler County and the region experienced some tragic, shocking and impactful crime stories throughout this year. Here, a look at the top crime stories in the region from 2017: Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, is charged with aggravated murder and several other felonies in a case that captivated the community this year when the teen was arrested...

Posted: 23 days ago

Butler County and the region experienced some tragic, shocking and impactful crime stories throughout this year. Here, a look at the top crime stories in the region from 2017: Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, is charged with aggravated murder and several other felonies in a case that captivated the community this year when the teen was arrested...
Escaped teen who made threats on Facebook in custody in Middletown
 A 16-year-old boy who police say was posting threats to go on a “murder spree” was taken into custody without incident Wednesday night, according to Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve. The teen was on a two-day home pass from Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center for Christmas, but ran away, failing to return to the Hamilton...

Posted: 24 days ago

A 16-year-old boy who police say was posting threats to go on a “murder spree” was taken into custody without incident Wednesday night, according to Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve. The teen was on a two-day home pass from Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center for Christmas, but ran away, failing to return to the Hamilton...
Men connected to death of mother of 9 released from jail
 The two men allegedly connected to the overdose death to a Middletown mother of nine were released from the Middletown City Jail on Wednesday. Jim Boyer, 63, and his son, Keith Boyer, 32, were given an OR bond and told to report to Hope House, a downtown homeless shelter. They also must pass periodical drug tests and stay in contact with...

Posted: 24 days ago

The two men allegedly connected to the overdose death to a Middletown mother of nine were released from the Middletown City Jail on Wednesday. Jim Boyer, 63, and his son, Keith Boyer, 32, were given an OR bond and told to report to Hope House, a downtown homeless shelter. They also must pass periodical drug tests and stay in contact with...
Engagement ring may be motive for 2 area bank robberies
 An engagement ring may be the motive behind one of two recent Butler County bank robberies. Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, is charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with ring the next day. West Chester police have also issued a warrant Pedersen&rsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

An engagement ring may be the motive behind one of two recent Butler County bank robberies. Dustin F. Pedersen, 36, is charged with aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing the Fifth Third Bank on Dec. 16. According to Trenton police, he presented his girlfriend with ring the next day. West Chester police have also issued a warrant Pedersen&rsquo...
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