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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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Ex-Waynesville football player sentenced after bullying allegations
 A 19-year-old former Waynesville High School Spartans football player was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 days in the Warren County jail and 100 hours of community service. Hunter Brown also was ordered to write letters of apology to the team and a younger player on the team whom he allegedly mistreated during the 2016 season. Judge Timothy...

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A 19-year-old former Waynesville High School Spartans football player was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 days in the Warren County jail and 100 hours of community service. Hunter Brown also was ordered to write letters of apology to the team and a younger player on the team whom he allegedly mistreated during the 2016 season. Judge Timothy...
Ex-local football player sent to jail after bullying complaint
 A former Warren County high school football player will spend time in jail after allegations of mistreatment of a younger player in the 2016 season. Hunter Brown, 19, who played for the Waynesville High School Spartans, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in the Warren County Jail. He also must write apology letters to the victim and the team...

Posted: a day ago

A former Warren County high school football player will spend time in jail after allegations of mistreatment of a younger player in the 2016 season. Hunter Brown, 19, who played for the Waynesville High School Spartans, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in the Warren County Jail. He also must write apology letters to the victim and the team...
Proposed $34M development at Warren County factory site: 5 things to know
 A Kings Mills area along the Little Miami River has been targeted as a possible site for mixed-use development. The site includes the former Peters Cartridge Factory and a bridge over the Little Miami River. Here are five things to know about where the project stands: 1. Annexation holdup. Plans for more than $34 million in construction along...

Posted: a day ago

A Kings Mills area along the Little Miami River has been targeted as a possible site for mixed-use development. The site includes the former Peters Cartridge Factory and a bridge over the Little Miami River. Here are five things to know about where the project stands: 1. Annexation holdup. Plans for more than $34 million in construction along...
Teams named for 2018 World Flying Disc Championships in Warren County
 The list of teams from around the world competing in a world championship to be decided next year in Warren County has been announced, according to the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) Championships is to be be held at the Lebanon Sports Complex, as well as a handful of other facilities within...

Posted: a day ago

The list of teams from around the world competing in a world championship to be decided next year in Warren County has been announced, according to the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) Championships is to be be held at the Lebanon Sports Complex, as well as a handful of other facilities within...
4 years in prison for former deputy who assaulted wife, daughter
 A former Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for assaulting his wife and one of her daughters in February at their home in Warren County. Judge Timothy Tepe also ordered Douglas Gearhart, 44, to pay more than $5,000 in restitution and complete three years of parole or face more prison time...

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A former Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for assaulting his wife and one of her daughters in February at their home in Warren County. Judge Timothy Tepe also ordered Douglas Gearhart, 44, to pay more than $5,000 in restitution and complete three years of parole or face more prison time...
Cheetahs nixed in zoo plans for Warren County, official says
 The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has set aside plans to move its cheetah recovery center to Warren County, but is moving forward with improvements to a farm and wetlands area already operating here, according to the county’s chief zoning official. “They’re not going to build the cheetah breeding facility. That&rsquo...

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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has set aside plans to move its cheetah recovery center to Warren County, but is moving forward with improvements to a farm and wetlands area already operating here, according to the county’s chief zoning official. “They’re not going to build the cheetah breeding facility. That&rsquo...
Student sentenced for bringing knife to Lebanon High School
 A Lebanon school boy was sentenced today in Warren County Juvenile Court on charges stemming from an incident involving several students and knives brought to Lebanon High School in September. After the Sept. 15 incident, school officials reported finding multiple knives after students reported that they had either seen or heard about the...

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A Lebanon school boy was sentenced today in Warren County Juvenile Court on charges stemming from an incident involving several students and knives brought to Lebanon High School in September. After the Sept. 15 incident, school officials reported finding multiple knives after students reported that they had either seen or heard about the...
Springboro to annex land for Austin South development
 Springboro City Council is expected this week to approve annexation of 7.7 acres from Miami Twp. — another step toward development of the $380 million Austin South Springboro. The city and township have reached a tentative agreement, subject to approval by the council and township and board of trustees, through which the city will compensate...

Posted: 4 days ago

Springboro City Council is expected this week to approve annexation of 7.7 acres from Miami Twp. — another step toward development of the $380 million Austin South Springboro. The city and township have reached a tentative agreement, subject to approval by the council and township and board of trustees, through which the city will compensate...
60-year-old man gets 4 years for sex offenses with boy in Warren County
 A Butler County man was sentenced on Thursday to 4 ½ years in prison for unlawful sexual conduct with a boy less than a quarter his age and illegal use of the boy “in nudity oriented material” in Warren County. John Hopkins, 61, of West Chester Twp., was also classified a Tier II sex offender, required to register twice...

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A Butler County man was sentenced on Thursday to 4 ½ years in prison for unlawful sexual conduct with a boy less than a quarter his age and illegal use of the boy “in nudity oriented material” in Warren County. John Hopkins, 61, of West Chester Twp., was also classified a Tier II sex offender, required to register twice...
Accused Warren County murderer seeking access to wife while in jail
 A South Lebanon man facing the death penalty wants access to his wife, who is also charged in the case and held like him in the Warren County Jail. This morning, a lawyer representing Christopher Kirby pressed Judge Donald Oda II for direction on how to get Kirby access to his wife while they await trial, scheduled for Oct. 22, 2018. During...

Posted: 8 days ago

A South Lebanon man facing the death penalty wants access to his wife, who is also charged in the case and held like him in the Warren County Jail. This morning, a lawyer representing Christopher Kirby pressed Judge Donald Oda II for direction on how to get Kirby access to his wife while they await trial, scheduled for Oct. 22, 2018. During...
Springboro to unveil veterans memorial decades in the making
 The long-anticipated formal dedication of the Springboro Veterans Memorial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The dedication comes six months after it was originally planned and more than three decades after Springboro Mayor John Agenbroad and Eddie Lawson Jr., a local lawyer and veteran’s advocate, first pitched the idea...

Posted: 8 days ago

The long-anticipated formal dedication of the Springboro Veterans Memorial will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The dedication comes six months after it was originally planned and more than three decades after Springboro Mayor John Agenbroad and Eddie Lawson Jr., a local lawyer and veteran’s advocate, first pitched the idea...