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.

Latest from Lawrence Budd

Austin Landing South development could spur $350 million in investment
 As much as $350 million could be invested in development of Austin Landing South, the project proposed in Springboro across Austin Boulevard from the existing mixed-use development, according to Springboro City Manager Christine Thompson. RELATED: Development to move across Austin Boulevard into Springboro That would be 10 times $35 million...

Posted: 19 hours ago

As much as $350 million could be invested in development of Austin Landing South, the project proposed in Springboro across Austin Boulevard from the existing mixed-use development, according to Springboro City Manager Christine Thompson. RELATED: Development to move across Austin Boulevard into Springboro That would be 10 times $35 million...
Springboro moves forward with medical marijuana ban
 The Springboro City Council moved forward on Thursday with a prohibition on cultivation, processing and distribution to a second reading. RELATED: Communities approach medical pot in different ways The council held a first reading on the prohibition after a public hearing on the issue during which no one other than Dan Boron, the city&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

The Springboro City Council moved forward on Thursday with a prohibition on cultivation, processing and distribution to a second reading. RELATED: Communities approach medical pot in different ways The council held a first reading on the prohibition after a public hearing on the issue during which no one other than Dan Boron, the city&rsquo...
Cash reward offered in gun theft case in Springboro
 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation – the trade association for the firearms industry – are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Peabody Sports, a federal firearms licensee in Springboro. RELATED...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation – the trade association for the firearms industry – are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Peabody Sports, a federal firearms licensee in Springboro. RELATED...
Warren County man freed after third big drug bust in past 20 years
 A Lebanon man who was part of a Warren County drug ring taken down by federal authorities 20 years ago was free after posting bond on charges stemming from another big local drug bust. RELATED: Lebanon man indicted for meth, pot trafficking, gun
                possession James McCarty, 58, was freed from the Warren County Jail after posting...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Lebanon man who was part of a Warren County drug ring taken down by federal authorities 20 years ago was free after posting bond on charges stemming from another big local drug bust. RELATED: Lebanon man indicted for meth, pot trafficking, gun possession James McCarty, 58, was freed from the Warren County Jail after posting...
Springboro moving ahead with medical marijuana prohibition
 The Springboro City Council is expected to take another step on Thursday toward declaring a moratorium on cultivation, processing and distribution of medical marijuana. RELATED: Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio The prohibition would replace a moratorium in place since last August in Springboro. The prohibition...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Springboro City Council is expected to take another step on Thursday toward declaring a moratorium on cultivation, processing and distribution of medical marijuana. RELATED: Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio The prohibition would replace a moratorium in place since last August in Springboro. The prohibition...
Lebanon to vote on marijuana issue this week
 After hours of debate, Lebanon city council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to declare a moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation, processing or distribution within city limits. RELATED: Lebanon council, nation divided over marijuana legalization The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program recently revealed basic information about...

Posted: 11 days ago

After hours of debate, Lebanon city council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to declare a moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation, processing or distribution within city limits. RELATED: Lebanon council, nation divided over marijuana legalization The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program recently revealed basic information about...
Taxpayers get chance to weigh in on $50 million jail plan
 Warren County commissioners are scheduled Tuesday to hear from taxpayers about their plans to increase the county sales tax by 1/4 percent to pay for a $50 million jail. The first of two public hearings is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., as the commissioners continue to weigh which architects to hire to design the project. “We’re actually...

Posted: 14 days ago

Warren County commissioners are scheduled Tuesday to hear from taxpayers about their plans to increase the county sales tax by 1/4 percent to pay for a $50 million jail. The first of two public hearings is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., as the commissioners continue to weigh which architects to hire to design the project. “We’re actually...
Hamilton County couple dead in holiday homicides just moved into home
 The Hamilton County couple killed in separate incidents an hour and 60 miles apart over the July 4th holiday - ending with a fatal shooting by a state trooper in Vandalia - had just moved into a new home, police said Wednesday. Dana Dubose, 36, was free on parole, but had spent most of the past eight years in Ohio prisons leading up to 1...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Hamilton County couple killed in separate incidents an hour and 60 miles apart over the July 4th holiday - ending with a fatal shooting by a state trooper in Vandalia - had just moved into a new home, police said Wednesday. Dana Dubose, 36, was free on parole, but had spent most of the past eight years in Ohio prisons leading up to 1...
Lebanon city manager leaving after 16 years, to get $200K in used time
 Lebanon City Manager Pat Clements — credited with bringing stability to the community — will retire after 16 years with the city, and his deputy is expected to replace him. Clements’ retirement is projected to reduce Lebanon’s annual payroll by $20,000, but the city also will incur a one-time expense of nearly $200...

Posted: 18 days ago

Lebanon City Manager Pat Clements — credited with bringing stability to the community — will retire after 16 years with the city, and his deputy is expected to replace him. Clements’ retirement is projected to reduce Lebanon’s annual payroll by $20,000, but the city also will incur a one-time expense of nearly $200...
Lebanon split over medical marijuana response
 In the seat of Warren County — known as one of the most conservative counties in Ohio — Lebanon City Council is split about declaring a moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation, processing or distribution. Recreational marijuana, legalized in eight states and Washington D.C., is still illegal in Ohio. However, medical marijuana...

Posted: 20 days ago

In the seat of Warren County — known as one of the most conservative counties in Ohio — Lebanon City Council is split about declaring a moratorium on medical marijuana cultivation, processing or distribution. Recreational marijuana, legalized in eight states and Washington D.C., is still illegal in Ohio. However, medical marijuana...
Ex-wife accused of killing husband will write to kids as trial nears
 A woman facing 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murdering her ex-husband will write letters from jail to their children while awaiting trial in Warren County. On Tuesday, Judge Robert Peeler ruled Mercedes Robb would be permitted to write letters to her two children with Jason Robb. Before being shared with the children, the letters...

Posted: 24 days ago

A woman facing 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murdering her ex-husband will write letters from jail to their children while awaiting trial in Warren County. On Tuesday, Judge Robert Peeler ruled Mercedes Robb would be permitted to write letters to her two children with Jason Robb. Before being shared with the children, the letters...