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

Supporters push Dayton, Warren County sites for World Heritage status
 Supporters are trying to convince the Trump administration to nominate Dayton aviation history sites and Ohio American Indian sites, including the Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County, for World Heritage Site status, a move that many believe would boost the state’s tourism industry. The Ohio History Connection and other partners...

Posted: a day ago

Supporters are trying to convince the Trump administration to nominate Dayton aviation history sites and Ohio American Indian sites, including the Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County, for World Heritage Site status, a move that many believe would boost the state’s tourism industry. The Ohio History Connection and other partners...
Springboro to spend $200,000 on land for new park
 The Springboro City Council authorized the city manager to pay $190,000 for 5.8 acres of residential property on Lytle-Five Points Road and shift $200,000 in city funds to pay for the land. The votes during Thursday’s council meeting came on two legislative items added to the agenda and approved on first readings. Supporters say the...

Posted: a day ago

The Springboro City Council authorized the city manager to pay $190,000 for 5.8 acres of residential property on Lytle-Five Points Road and shift $200,000 in city funds to pay for the land. The votes during Thursday’s council meeting came on two legislative items added to the agenda and approved on first readings. Supporters say the...
Lebanon lawyer to get public reprimand in dispute over veteran’s estate
 The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced it has recommended that Dave Ernst, a long-time lawyer in Lebanon, receive a public reprimand. The board approved the agreement between Ernst and the Warren County Bar Association settling a disciplinary case stemming from his representation of the family of an Army veteran who committed...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced it has recommended that Dave Ernst, a long-time lawyer in Lebanon, receive a public reprimand. The board approved the agreement between Ernst and the Warren County Bar Association settling a disciplinary case stemming from his representation of the family of an Army veteran who committed...
Church struck by fire recognizes first responders, community
 The leaders of a 150-year-old Lebanon church badly damaged by a December fire this week recognized the workers who responded to the emergency and community members who have since allowed the church to continue its mission. On Wednesday, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church presented a resolution recognizing the “first responders&rdquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

The leaders of a 150-year-old Lebanon church badly damaged by a December fire this week recognized the workers who responded to the emergency and community members who have since allowed the church to continue its mission. On Wednesday, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church presented a resolution recognizing the “first responders&rdquo...
Trooper urges caution to drivers after 2nd deadly Warren County crash
 The state trooper investigating the second fatal crash in the past week in Warren County urged drivers to buckle up their seat belts and keep their eyes on the road. Fred Carmack, 74, of Morrow died Wednesday when another car at the intersection of Ohio 123 and Ohio 132 in Harlan Twp. driven by Danny Hiler, 71, of Georgetown ran a stop sign...

Posted: 2 days ago

The state trooper investigating the second fatal crash in the past week in Warren County urged drivers to buckle up their seat belts and keep their eyes on the road. Fred Carmack, 74, of Morrow died Wednesday when another car at the intersection of Ohio 123 and Ohio 132 in Harlan Twp. driven by Danny Hiler, 71, of Georgetown ran a stop sign...
Morrow man, 74, dies after crash in Warren County
 The Lebanon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash at 11:47 a.m today at the intersection of Ohio 123 and Ohio 132 in Harlan Township, Warren County. According to a press release issued Wednesday, preliminary investigation determined a black, 2006 Chevy Impala, operated by Fred Carmack Jr., 74, of Morrow...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Lebanon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash at 11:47 a.m today at the intersection of Ohio 123 and Ohio 132 in Harlan Township, Warren County. According to a press release issued Wednesday, preliminary investigation determined a black, 2006 Chevy Impala, operated by Fred Carmack Jr., 74, of Morrow...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: School, church mourn Warren County teen killed in crash
 The 16-year-old Warren County boy killed in a head-on crash while driving to school at the Dayton Christian High School on Tuesday was mourned at the school and in a statement issued by the Lebanon church where he was recently recognized for his service. “With great sadness we announce the passing of our parishioner, altar server, and...

Posted: 3 days ago

The 16-year-old Warren County boy killed in a head-on crash while driving to school at the Dayton Christian High School on Tuesday was mourned at the school and in a statement issued by the Lebanon church where he was recently recognized for his service. “With great sadness we announce the passing of our parishioner, altar server, and...
Teen in fatal Warren County crash ‘was just an all-around good kid’
 A 16-year-old boy died on Tuesday in the second head-on crash in the past five days resulting from a driver veering into the oncoming lane to avoid rear-ending another vehicle in his lane in this busy township in northern Warren County. Thomas Williamitis, age 16 of Oregonia, also was the second Dayton Christn School student killed in less...

Posted: 4 days ago

A 16-year-old boy died on Tuesday in the second head-on crash in the past five days resulting from a driver veering into the oncoming lane to avoid rear-ending another vehicle in his lane in this busy township in northern Warren County. Thomas Williamitis, age 16 of Oregonia, also was the second Dayton Christn School student killed in less...
Sex offender guilty of jogger assault avoids prison, gets treatment
 A Warren County man who pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in an attack on a jogger on the Little Miami Trail was ordered today to complete an in-patient sex offender treatment and stay away from the trail and vicinity of the July 2017 attack outside Morrow. Judge Donald Oda II told Barry Motz, 32, he was placing him on probation and...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Warren County man who pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in an attack on a jogger on the Little Miami Trail was ordered today to complete an in-patient sex offender treatment and stay away from the trail and vicinity of the July 2017 attack outside Morrow. Judge Donald Oda II told Barry Motz, 32, he was placing him on probation and...
Warren County teen admits to vehicular assault in hill-hopping crash
 A 17-year-old South Lebanon boy today admitted to two counts of vehicular assault in connection with the crash that sent four of his passengers to the hospital and triggered the extended closure of a road and bridge. The Shawhan Road bridge was closed after the crash involving five teens on Jan. 5. It isn’t expected to reopen until...

Posted: 5 days ago

A 17-year-old South Lebanon boy today admitted to two counts of vehicular assault in connection with the crash that sent four of his passengers to the hospital and triggered the extended closure of a road and bridge. The Shawhan Road bridge was closed after the crash involving five teens on Jan. 5. It isn’t expected to reopen until...
Former female prison worker accused of sex with inmate
 A former kitchen worker at Lebanon Correctional Institution is facing four counts of sexual battery alleging she engaged in sexual conduct with an inmate. Erica R. Douglas, 26, of Franklin allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with the unidentified inmate from November through December, according to a list of indictments issued Monday by Warren...

Posted: 5 days ago

A former kitchen worker at Lebanon Correctional Institution is facing four counts of sexual battery alleging she engaged in sexual conduct with an inmate. Erica R. Douglas, 26, of Franklin allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with the unidentified inmate from November through December, according to a list of indictments issued Monday by Warren...