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

Brother is one of two charged in South Lebanon homicide
 A Warren County couple remained in the Warren County Jail on Tuesday, charged with murder in the killing of a relative Friday in South Lebanon. Christopher Kirby and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, who are married,  are charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery. Deborah Power, 63, of South Lebanon was found under...

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A Warren County couple remained in the Warren County Jail on Tuesday, charged with murder in the killing of a relative Friday in South Lebanon. Christopher Kirby and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, who are married, are charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery. Deborah Power, 63, of South Lebanon was found under...
Warren County lodging tax to finance $15M sports complex
 The lodging tax that funds the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be pledged to pay off debt on a $15 million sports complex to be built west of Lebanon. This morning, the county commissioners agreed to pledge the 3 percent lodgings tax, as well as 1 percent recently added, to fund the Warren County Sports Park at Union Village...

Posted: 9 hours ago

The lodging tax that funds the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be pledged to pay off debt on a $15 million sports complex to be built west of Lebanon. This morning, the county commissioners agreed to pledge the 3 percent lodgings tax, as well as 1 percent recently added, to fund the Warren County Sports Park at Union Village...
Lebanon lawyer accused of misconduct in handling veteran’s estate
 A long-time Lebanon lawyer has been accused of misconduct in his representation of the family of an Army veteran who committed suicide after the attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct on Monday announced David Ernst would face formal disciplinary proceedings in the case filed by the Warren...

Posted: a day ago

A long-time Lebanon lawyer has been accused of misconduct in his representation of the family of an Army veteran who committed suicide after the attack on soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct on Monday announced David Ernst would face formal disciplinary proceedings in the case filed by the Warren...
Warren County couple being held on bond in woman’s slaying
 A Warren County couple has been arraigned in connection with the killing of a South Lebanon woman on Friday. Bond for Christopher G. Kirby, 38, and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, was set at $250,000 during hearings Tuesday in Warren County Court. They are both charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery. The deceased...

Posted: a day ago

A Warren County couple has been arraigned in connection with the killing of a South Lebanon woman on Friday. Bond for Christopher G. Kirby, 38, and Jaqueline R. Kirby, 30, was set at $250,000 during hearings Tuesday in Warren County Court. They are both charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of aggravated robbery. The deceased...
Judge halts murder trial in Warren County Christmas Day killing
 A murder trial already in the jury selection phase was postponed Monday because of questions about a defense attorney’s ability to represent his client. Judge Robert Peeler continued the trial after calling the lawyers and Zackary Lee Wilson back into the courtroom during a break in jury selection. Wilson is accused of murdering Jeremy...

Posted: a day ago

A murder trial already in the jury selection phase was postponed Monday because of questions about a defense attorney’s ability to represent his client. Judge Robert Peeler continued the trial after calling the lawyers and Zackary Lee Wilson back into the courtroom during a break in jury selection. Wilson is accused of murdering Jeremy...
Residents join those questioning First Amendment on Facebook
 A group of Warren County residents is testing the legal boundaries of the First Amendment on Facebook. A lawyer has filed a federal lawsuit against one of their local elected officials, Hamilton Twp. Trustee David Wallace Jr., claiming he violated their First Amendment rights by preventing them from commenting on his Hamilton Twp. Trustee...

Posted: 2 days ago

A group of Warren County residents is testing the legal boundaries of the First Amendment on Facebook. A lawyer has filed a federal lawsuit against one of their local elected officials, Hamilton Twp. Trustee David Wallace Jr., claiming he violated their First Amendment rights by preventing them from commenting on his Hamilton Twp. Trustee...
Warren County wants to preserve old jail, sheriff’s quarters
 Warren County is trying to preserve its 120-year-old jail, sheriff’s office and living quarters, while moving ahead with plans to build a new $50 million facility. The historic jail, sheriff’s office and living quarters at 312 E. Silver St. in Lebanon is part of the East End Historic District in Lebanon, but has fallen into disrepair...

Posted: 2 days ago

Warren County is trying to preserve its 120-year-old jail, sheriff’s office and living quarters, while moving ahead with plans to build a new $50 million facility. The historic jail, sheriff’s office and living quarters at 312 E. Silver St. in Lebanon is part of the East End Historic District in Lebanon, but has fallen into disrepair...
$5.1 million for trail, road projects in Butler, Warren counties
 The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments has awarded more than $36 million for regional transportation projects, including more than $5.1 million for projects in Lebanon, Mason and Oxford. More than $2.7 million in federal highway funds were designated for two roundabouts on US 42 in Mason. The projects will convert existing...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments has awarded more than $36 million for regional transportation projects, including more than $5.1 million for projects in Lebanon, Mason and Oxford. More than $2.7 million in federal highway funds were designated for two roundabouts on US 42 in Mason. The projects will convert existing...
Warren County man accused of fondling 4 boys makes bail
 The 19-year-old Wayne Twp. man accused of fondling four Waynesville-area boys has been released after a $25,000 bond was posted in his case. Cole A. Phillips was indicted on seven counts of gross sexual imposition, according to a list issued Monday by Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell’s office. RELATED: 19-year-old man indicted...

Posted: 6 days ago

The 19-year-old Wayne Twp. man accused of fondling four Waynesville-area boys has been released after a $25,000 bond was posted in his case. Cole A. Phillips was indicted on seven counts of gross sexual imposition, according to a list issued Monday by Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell’s office. RELATED: 19-year-old man indicted...
Residents claim First Amendment violations on trustee’s Facebook page
 A township trustee running for re-election in Warren County has unblocked Facebook critics since the filing of a federal lawsuit claiming he prevented residents from commenting on his trustee site on the social network. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of five Hamilton Township residents who claim David Wallace Jr. violated the First Amendment...

Posted: 6 days ago

A township trustee running for re-election in Warren County has unblocked Facebook critics since the filing of a federal lawsuit claiming he prevented residents from commenting on his trustee site on the social network. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of five Hamilton Township residents who claim David Wallace Jr. violated the First Amendment...
Lebanon wants to open up creekside to public
 The city is planning to purchase a commercial property that’s eroding into a creek flowing through downtown, a move called a step toward opening up this section of Turtle Creek for public use. “This would be the beginning of really starting to open up the waterways in the city,” Councilman Jeff Aylor said during a Sept....

Posted: 7 days ago

The city is planning to purchase a commercial property that’s eroding into a creek flowing through downtown, a move called a step toward opening up this section of Turtle Creek for public use. “This would be the beginning of really starting to open up the waterways in the city,” Councilman Jeff Aylor said during a Sept....