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Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

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Accused Warren County deputy shooter faces trial Monday
 Deputy Katie Barnes’ bloodied undershirt will not be among the evidence presented during the trial to begin Monday of the man charged in a shooting case in Warren County. RELATED: Who is Warren County sheriff’s deputy Katie Barnes? But Judge Timothy Tepe otherwise ruled prosecutors will be able to use a wide range of photos, some...

Posted: an hour ago

Deputy Katie Barnes’ bloodied undershirt will not be among the evidence presented during the trial to begin Monday of the man charged in a shooting case in Warren County. RELATED: Who is Warren County sheriff’s deputy Katie Barnes? But Judge Timothy Tepe otherwise ruled prosecutors will be able to use a wide range of photos, some...
Union Village authority formed in Warren County
 The Warren County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution on Tuesday supporting the creation of a new community authority for the 1,200-acre Union Village development. More than 12,000 people are expected to eventually live in the residential sections of the development, planned on land owned by Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices. &ldquo...

Posted: a day ago

The Warren County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution on Tuesday supporting the creation of a new community authority for the 1,200-acre Union Village development. More than 12,000 people are expected to eventually live in the residential sections of the development, planned on land owned by Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices. &ldquo...
2 boys sentenced for school bomb threats
 Two more Warren County students were sentenced on Monday for making threats against their schools. The boys, 12 and 14, were charged in two of the most recent threats this school year at schools in Warren County. They spent a total of 19 days in the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC). “If students continue to make these threats, they are...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two more Warren County students were sentenced on Monday for making threats against their schools. The boys, 12 and 14, were charged in two of the most recent threats this school year at schools in Warren County. They spent a total of 19 days in the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC). “If students continue to make these threats, they are...
Warren County wants land for sports complex
 Warren County officials are frustrated with Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices’ unwillingness to turn over almost 94 acres for a $10 to $15 million sports complex at the 
               proposed Union Village development
            , until tax- and revenue-sharing agreements are in place for the entire project. The county is anxious...

Posted: 11 days ago

Warren County officials are frustrated with Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices’ unwillingness to turn over almost 94 acres for a $10 to $15 million sports complex at the proposed Union Village development , until tax- and revenue-sharing agreements are in place for the entire project. The county is anxious...
Man in Springboro child enticement case found not guilty
 Anthony Ward, the tattoo-faced man accused of trying to lure an 11-year-old Springboro girl from her home in December, was found not guilty on Friday. Ward, 44, of Lebanon, shook hands with lawyer Tom Diehl, even before the jury returned with its verdict. Jurors deliberated about 30 minutes. Despite the verdict, he was expected to remain...

Posted: 12 days ago

Anthony Ward, the tattoo-faced man accused of trying to lure an 11-year-old Springboro girl from her home in December, was found not guilty on Friday. Ward, 44, of Lebanon, shook hands with lawyer Tom Diehl, even before the jury returned with its verdict. Jurors deliberated about 30 minutes. Despite the verdict, he was expected to remain...
Easton Farm developer seeking approval in Springboro
 The builder planning to turn a historic Springboro farm into a community of almost 500 homes, an assisted city living center and retail development said he anticipates working with city staff to iron out remaining wrinkles. “We’re happy making progress. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the city to bring this...

Posted: 13 days ago

The builder planning to turn a historic Springboro farm into a community of almost 500 homes, an assisted city living center and retail development said he anticipates working with city staff to iron out remaining wrinkles. “We’re happy making progress. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the city to bring this...
Springboro girl, 11, to testify against tattoo-faced defendant
 An 11-year-old Springboro girl is among the witnesses scheduled to testify on Friday in a child enticement case in Warren County Court. The girl is the alleged victim in the case against Anthony Ward, 44, of Lebanon, a tattoo-faced man accused of trying to lure her from her home into a truck in December. On Wednesday, Judge Gary Loxley...

Posted: 14 days ago

An 11-year-old Springboro girl is among the witnesses scheduled to testify on Friday in a child enticement case in Warren County Court. The girl is the alleged victim in the case against Anthony Ward, 44, of Lebanon, a tattoo-faced man accused of trying to lure her from her home into a truck in December. On Wednesday, Judge Gary Loxley...
Architects picked for Warren County Fairgrounds redevelopment
 Warren County is taking another step forward with plans to develop its fairgrounds. Architects have been tentatively selected to design the event center expected to replace the grandstand at the Warren County Fairgrounds. On Tuesday, the county commissioners and agricultural society agreed to work out the final details of a contract with...

Posted: 15 days ago

Warren County is taking another step forward with plans to develop its fairgrounds. Architects have been tentatively selected to design the event center expected to replace the grandstand at the Warren County Fairgrounds. On Tuesday, the county commissioners and agricultural society agreed to work out the final details of a contract with...
Lebanon land buy first step toward $1 million sewer upgrade
 Lebanon City Council has been asked to approve the purchase of almost an acre of land for a new $1 million pump station. Tonight, the council is expected to consider the land acquisition, the first step toward spending an estimated $1 million for a new pump station to serve undeveloped land at and around the Lebanon Commerce Park, as well...

Posted: 16 days ago

Lebanon City Council has been asked to approve the purchase of almost an acre of land for a new $1 million pump station. Tonight, the council is expected to consider the land acquisition, the first step toward spending an estimated $1 million for a new pump station to serve undeveloped land at and around the Lebanon Commerce Park, as well...
Preserves protect most of 90 miles of Little Miami River corridor
 Ten acres along the Little Miami River in Warren County comprise the 109th river preserve established by the Little Miami Conservancy along the nation’s first scenic river designated by both the state and federal governments. The preserves — along with other property controlled by the conservancy and the Ohio Department...

Posted: 18 days ago

Ten acres along the Little Miami River in Warren County comprise the 109th river preserve established by the Little Miami Conservancy along the nation’s first scenic river designated by both the state and federal governments. The preserves — along with other property controlled by the conservancy and the Ohio Department...
New plan for development of historic Springboro farm
 Developers of a historic Springboro farm have submitted new plans for hundreds of homes and answering questions raised in the first go-round with residents and the city’s planning commission. But Hills Properties still needs to make changes to satisfy the staff who work with the commission before any ground can be broken at the 101-acre...

Posted: 19 days ago

Developers of a historic Springboro farm have submitted new plans for hundreds of homes and answering questions raised in the first go-round with residents and the city’s planning commission. But Hills Properties still needs to make changes to satisfy the staff who work with the commission before any ground can be broken at the 101-acre...