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Michael D. Pitman

Michael D. Pitman covers political news in Butler County, as well as state and national issues that may have an impact on the community. In addition to his award-winning journalism skills, Pitman has developed into a reliable staff photographer. He also enjoys telling features about people, and the interesting lives they have led. He was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area. Pitman graduated from Wyoming High School and earned his B.A. from the College of Mount St. Joseph. He also has a Masters in Sport Administration from Xavier. He has a twin brother, an older brother and older sister. He lives on the Westside of Cincinnati with his wife, Christy, and daughters, Emma and Sophia. He's taken an interest in fiction writing. He is always trying to learn something new in his craft, and has a desire to be constantly learning new things.

Latest from Michael D. Pitman

Butler County collects old, unused prescription medicine
 Jim Mitrione handed over a small baggie of prescription pills Saturday afternoon to Hamilton police that once belonged to his brother-in-law, who died a few months ago. He gave them to Hamilton Police Sgt. Brian Robinson so they would not “get into the wrong hands.” MORE: In pain? Many doctors say opioids are not the answer Prescription...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Jim Mitrione handed over a small baggie of prescription pills Saturday afternoon to Hamilton police that once belonged to his brother-in-law, who died a few months ago. He gave them to Hamilton Police Sgt. Brian Robinson so they would not “get into the wrong hands.” MORE: In pain? Many doctors say opioids are not the answer Prescription...
Have you seen this woman?
 Fairfield police want to know if you know this woman. Investigators are looking for this woman after she stole a credit card accidentally left in a ATM and then used it in Fairfield and Hamilton. Police have not released information on this theft, or which community the debit card was stolen. The Journal-News has reached out to both the Fairfield...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Fairfield police want to know if you know this woman. Investigators are looking for this woman after she stole a credit card accidentally left in a ATM and then used it in Fairfield and Hamilton. Police have not released information on this theft, or which community the debit card was stolen. The Journal-News has reached out to both the Fairfield...
Fairfield completes negotiations with third union
 Three union contracts down, two to negotiate for the Fairfield administration. City Council earlier this week approved the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3646, which follows the same format as the contracts approved by the International Association of Firefighters Local 4010 and the International Union...

Posted: a day ago

Three union contracts down, two to negotiate for the Fairfield administration. City Council earlier this week approved the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3646, which follows the same format as the contracts approved by the International Association of Firefighters Local 4010 and the International Union...
Fairfield’s efforts to improve urban forest recognized statewide
 The city of Fairfield is in exclusive company. That exclusivity is not because the city earned its 22nd consecutive Tree City USA designation this spring. But it’s the first Butler County community and fifth in Southwest Ohio to earn the Sterling Tree City USA designation for earning 10 consecutive growth awards through the Arbor Day...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of Fairfield is in exclusive company. That exclusivity is not because the city earned its 22nd consecutive Tree City USA designation this spring. But it’s the first Butler County community and fifth in Southwest Ohio to earn the Sterling Tree City USA designation for earning 10 consecutive growth awards through the Arbor Day...
Sherron recommended for Middletown judgeship by GOP
 The Middletown region of the Butler County GOP Central Committee has recommended local attorney James Sherron to Ohio Gov. John Kasich to serve on the Middletown Municipal Court bench. Though Sherron is the recommended candidate, GOP officials say the names of all four attorneys — who include Melynda Cook Howard, Jeff Milbauer and Terri...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Middletown region of the Butler County GOP Central Committee has recommended local attorney James Sherron to Ohio Gov. John Kasich to serve on the Middletown Municipal Court bench. Though Sherron is the recommended candidate, GOP officials say the names of all four attorneys — who include Melynda Cook Howard, Jeff Milbauer and Terri...
2nd Butler County city bans selling of medical marijuana
 The city of Fairfield has become the second Butler County municipality to ban cultivation, production and selling of medical marijuana. However, the legislation, which passed by a 6-0 vote, does not ban the laboratory testing of medical marijuana. FIRST REPORT: 
            
            
               City Council debates medical marijuana...

Posted: 5 days ago

The city of Fairfield has become the second Butler County municipality to ban cultivation, production and selling of medical marijuana. However, the legislation, which passed by a 6-0 vote, does not ban the laboratory testing of medical marijuana. FIRST REPORT: City Council debates medical marijuana...
Democratic leader’s comments rile Butler County prosecutor
 The Butler County prosecutor wants an apology from the county’s Democratic Party chairwoman for comments she made after a state lawmaker was arrested. THE LATEST: Career-ending felony dropped against Wes Retherford Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chairwoman Jocelyn Bucaro told the Journal-News last month the county GOP was...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Butler County prosecutor wants an apology from the county’s Democratic Party chairwoman for comments she made after a state lawmaker was arrested. THE LATEST: Career-ending felony dropped against Wes Retherford Butler County Democratic Party Executive Chairwoman Jocelyn Bucaro told the Journal-News last month the county GOP was...
Davidson to wrap up Butler County tour on Monday

Posted: 8 days ago

Congressman Warren Davidson wraps up his tour of Butler County on Monday. He’ll have non-public events in Fairfield and Cincinnati — touring businesses in each community — and deliver a speech Monday afternoon at the groundbreaking for Marcum Apartments across from the Courtyard by Marriott and the new Marcum Park. RELATED...
Vinnedge Avenue project set for this summer in Fairfield
 An overdue road improvement project to be done later this year will shore-up some local roads for at least another 20 years, said Fairfield’s Public Works director. City Council is set to approve a contract by next month with Adleta Construction for the Vinnedge Avenue Vicinity Improvements Project, which includes improving Vinnedge...

Posted: 8 days ago

An overdue road improvement project to be done later this year will shore-up some local roads for at least another 20 years, said Fairfield’s Public Works director. City Council is set to approve a contract by next month with Adleta Construction for the Vinnedge Avenue Vicinity Improvements Project, which includes improving Vinnedge...
Fairfield Twp. looking for its own postal identity
 Linda Selkirk’s rental cabin in Sevierville, Tennessee was one of the hundreds of properties lost in the November 2016 Gatlinburg fires that started at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The Fairfield Twp. woman and her husband were recently in the process of obtaining a construction loan to rebuild the cabin when the lack of...

Posted: 9 days ago

Linda Selkirk’s rental cabin in Sevierville, Tennessee was one of the hundreds of properties lost in the November 2016 Gatlinburg fires that started at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The Fairfield Twp. woman and her husband were recently in the process of obtaining a construction loan to rebuild the cabin when the lack of...
Trees added to Fairfield park in honor of Earth Day
 Three more trees were planted Thursday in Fairfield’s Huffman Park because of a Duke Energy grant in celebration of Earth Day. This makes the third year Duke has given a grant to the city to purchase trees for the park off John Gray Road just outside the city’s Fairfield Greens golf courses. There are about 10 new trees planted...

Posted: 9 days ago

Three more trees were planted Thursday in Fairfield’s Huffman Park because of a Duke Energy grant in celebration of Earth Day. This makes the third year Duke has given a grant to the city to purchase trees for the park off John Gray Road just outside the city’s Fairfield Greens golf courses. There are about 10 new trees planted...