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Police: Two charged following fight and lockdown at Middletown High School
 Two Middletown High School students were charged with disorderly conduct after a disturbance Friday in the school that caused a lockdowns at multiple schools, Middletown police said. After the fight, someone in the crowd yelled: “He’s probably going to get a gun,” according to Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Two Middletown High School students were charged with disorderly conduct after a disturbance Friday in the school that caused a lockdowns at multiple schools, Middletown police said. After the fight, someone in the crowd yelled: “He’s probably going to get a gun,” according to Maj. Scott Reeve from the Middletown Division...
Police rarely called to Middletown bar where man was hit, later died
 Middletown police rarely respond to call for service at a Middletown bar where a man was punched and later died Saturday, according to police reports. Police have been called to Old Crow Bar, 1217 Jackson Lane, three times this year, for reports of a bad check, possible OVI arrest and for Saturday’s incident. RELATED: Police: Middletown...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Middletown police rarely respond to call for service at a Middletown bar where a man was punched and later died Saturday, according to police reports. Police have been called to Old Crow Bar, 1217 Jackson Lane, three times this year, for reports of a bad check, possible OVI arrest and for Saturday’s incident. RELATED: Police: Middletown...
Police: Middletown man died after being punched and falling off stage at bar
 The Middletown music community is mourning the loss of one of its members. John Fugate, 46, a musician who booked bands at the Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane, died Saturday morning after an incident in the bar, according to Middletown police and friends. Fugate allegedly was punched while he was standing on stage around 1 a.m. Saturday, said...

Posted: a day ago

The Middletown music community is mourning the loss of one of its members. John Fugate, 46, a musician who booked bands at the Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane, died Saturday morning after an incident in the bar, according to Middletown police and friends. Fugate allegedly was punched while he was standing on stage around 1 a.m. Saturday, said...
After Middletown kids test positive for meth, officials warn of access to drugs
 Every day, more than 300 children in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments, and two die as a result of being poisoned, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The causes include dangerous chemicals, prescribed medications and illegal drugs. Dr. Mark Gebhart, physician and assistant medical director of Atrium Medical...

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Every day, more than 300 children in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments, and two die as a result of being poisoned, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The causes include dangerous chemicals, prescribed medications and illegal drugs. Dr. Mark Gebhart, physician and assistant medical director of Atrium Medical...
Man killed in Middletown bar incident
 A bar fight here Friday night resulted in a fatality, Middletown police confirm.  Major Scott Reeve of Middletown police said Sunday that there was a punch thrown late Friday night at Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane.  Reeve reports that John Fugate died as a result.  Reeve said the bar incident is under police investigation. No...

Posted: 2 days ago

A bar fight here Friday night resulted in a fatality, Middletown police confirm.  Major Scott Reeve of Middletown police said Sunday that there was a punch thrown late Friday night at Old Crow Bar on Jackson Lane.  Reeve reports that John Fugate died as a result.  Reeve said the bar incident is under police investigation. No...
McCrabb: This Middletown sergeant is making history in his department
 The law enforcement diversity numbers don’t shock Earl Nelson. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. police departments are comprised of white, male officers while about 13 percent are African-Americans, according to the Bureau of Justice statistics. If anyone should understand the void of diversity in police departments, it’s Nelson, an...

Posted: 2 days ago

The law enforcement diversity numbers don’t shock Earl Nelson. Nearly 80 percent of U.S. police departments are comprised of white, male officers while about 13 percent are African-Americans, according to the Bureau of Justice statistics. If anyone should understand the void of diversity in police departments, it’s Nelson, an...
UPDATE: Lockdown lifted on Middletown schools after reported threat during fight
 UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m. Lockdowns at four Middletown Schools are now lifted by school officials, and a student is being questioned by police. According to Middletown Police a fight at Middletown High School led one male student to say he would go home and return with a gun. That alleged comment was reported by students to school officials...

Posted: 4 days ago

UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m. Lockdowns at four Middletown Schools are now lifted by school officials, and a student is being questioned by police. According to Middletown Police a fight at Middletown High School led one male student to say he would go home and return with a gun. That alleged comment was reported by students to school officials...
Middletown native, known for tackling the ‘thorniest issues of the day,’ wins national journalism award
 Middletown native Clarence Page keeps racking up the awards. Page, a 1965 Middletown High School graduate and syndicated columnist, was awarded the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism on Thursday night at the National Press Foundation’s annual journalism awards in Washington, D.C. RELATED: Columnist Page...

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Middletown native Clarence Page keeps racking up the awards. Page, a 1965 Middletown High School graduate and syndicated columnist, was awarded the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism on Thursday night at the National Press Foundation’s annual journalism awards in Washington, D.C. RELATED: Columnist Page...
Middletown police chief writes strong message after Florida school shootings
 Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said politicians need to put their differences aside and take immediate action to better protect residents and reduce the chance of more killings. “I’m so tired of ‘thoughts and prayers,’” he said. “Action needs to be taken right now.” On Thursday, one day...

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Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said politicians need to put their differences aside and take immediate action to better protect residents and reduce the chance of more killings. “I’m so tired of ‘thoughts and prayers,’” he said. “Action needs to be taken right now.” On Thursday, one day...
Middletown mother in jail after two children test positive for meth
 A Middletown mother is in the City Jail after two of her children, 3 years old and 16 months, tested positive for methamphetamine. Sarah Ramsey, 25, appeared in Middletown Municipal Court recently after she was charged with two counts of child endangering, permitting drug abuse and for probation violation. She pleaded guilty to child endangering...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Middletown mother is in the City Jail after two of her children, 3 years old and 16 months, tested positive for methamphetamine. Sarah Ramsey, 25, appeared in Middletown Municipal Court recently after she was charged with two counts of child endangering, permitting drug abuse and for probation violation. She pleaded guilty to child endangering...
5 reasons Judge Mark Wall was one of the most beloved members of the Middletown community
 Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark Wall. We talked with members of the community to get their memories of Wall. They talked about his laugh, and they talked about his compassion. Here are five things we learned about why Wall was a beloved member of the community: 1. His laugh. ...

Posted: 8 days ago

Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark Wall. We talked with members of the community to get their memories of Wall. They talked about his laugh, and they talked about his compassion. Here are five things we learned about why Wall was a beloved member of the community: 1. His laugh. ...
Meet a man who has been important for local Catholic education for decades
 The priest who has helped “strengthen and solidify” Catholic education for families and their children in the Middletown community recently was honored. Father John Civille, 77, who this summer will begin his 25th year in Middletown and 52nd in the priesthood, was recognized during the national celebration of Catholic Schools...

Posted: 9 days ago

The priest who has helped “strengthen and solidify” Catholic education for families and their children in the Middletown community recently was honored. Father John Civille, 77, who this summer will begin his 25th year in Middletown and 52nd in the priesthood, was recognized during the national celebration of Catholic Schools...
A beloved judge’s death started a ‘chaotic’ time. One year later, it still resonates.
 One year later, they can still hear his infectious laugh. No one liked to laugh more than Judge Mark Wall, they say. For those who knew Wall — as Middletown’s Municipal Court judge, Vietnam veteran, practical joker or the guy in the grocery store — remembering his laughter brought tears one year ago today. On that day, Feb...

Posted: 9 days ago

One year later, they can still hear his infectious laugh. No one liked to laugh more than Judge Mark Wall, they say. For those who knew Wall — as Middletown’s Municipal Court judge, Vietnam veteran, practical joker or the guy in the grocery store — remembering his laughter brought tears one year ago today. On that day, Feb...
For this Blizzard Baby, life had an amazing beginning and took him across the globe
 The Blizzard Baby is all grown up. He’s now Missionary Man. Timothy Downing, who was born 40 years ago at Middletown Hospital during The Blizzard of 1978 — the worst winter storm in Ohio’s history — lives in Ecuador with his family and works as a missionary for Global Strategy. RELATED: Meet the people who braved the...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Blizzard Baby is all grown up. He’s now Missionary Man. Timothy Downing, who was born 40 years ago at Middletown Hospital during The Blizzard of 1978 — the worst winter storm in Ohio’s history — lives in Ecuador with his family and works as a missionary for Global Strategy. RELATED: Meet the people who braved the...
6 problem bars that officials have shut down in Middletown and Hamilton
 Nuisance properties are back in the news after this week’s demolition work on Bar Boca in Middletown, which officials had called a trouble spot. In the summer of 2017, this news outlet studied the issue of bar closures after a series of problems. Here’s what we found in that report: Middletown Police Lt. Jimmy Cunningham said...

Posted: 10 days ago

Nuisance properties are back in the news after this week’s demolition work on Bar Boca in Middletown, which officials had called a trouble spot. In the summer of 2017, this news outlet studied the issue of bar closures after a series of problems. Here’s what we found in that report: Middletown Police Lt. Jimmy Cunningham said...
Woman tells Middletown police that man apologized, but still took $40 from her at gunpoint
 A Middletown woman said a robber “apologized for the situation,” then took $40 from her at gunpoint, according to the police reports. The woman said that while she was parked in the 1000 block of Park Lane on Tuesday morning, a man opened her car door and displayed a black revolver. He demanded everything in the woman’s...

Posted: 12 days ago

A Middletown woman said a robber “apologized for the situation,” then took $40 from her at gunpoint, according to the police reports. The woman said that while she was parked in the 1000 block of Park Lane on Tuesday morning, a man opened her car door and displayed a black revolver. He demanded everything in the woman’s...
Happy birthday, Middletown! 7 things to know about the city’s history for its 185th birthday
 Middletown’s incorporation date was Feb. 11, 1833, according to the note in this book about the 42nd General Assembly in Ohio. On its 185th birthday, here are seven things you should know about Middletown: Stephen Vail has been called the “Father of Middletown.” He was there when the first plat was recorded in November...

Posted: 11 days ago

Middletown’s incorporation date was Feb. 11, 1833, according to the note in this book about the 42nd General Assembly in Ohio. On its 185th birthday, here are seven things you should know about Middletown: Stephen Vail has been called the “Father of Middletown.” He was there when the first plat was recorded in November...
The recent ‘unprecedented’ 116-gun seizure is the latest big bust in Butler County. Here are others.
 A two-year investigation into suspected drug dealing in Cincinnati led to the arrest of a West Chester Twp. man and the confiscation of an arsenal of firearms this month. It was the latest big bust by Butler County officials. Here are six recent examples of busts in the region: Cincinnati police, with assistance from the Butler County Sheriff&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

A two-year investigation into suspected drug dealing in Cincinnati led to the arrest of a West Chester Twp. man and the confiscation of an arsenal of firearms this month. It was the latest big bust by Butler County officials. Here are six recent examples of busts in the region: Cincinnati police, with assistance from the Butler County Sheriff&rsquo...
Monroe officials investigating fire in Family Dollar shopping center
 UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m.: Most of the businesses in a Family Dollar shopping center on Cincinnati-Dayton Road are closed this morning because of smoke damage from a fire, according to Monroe fire officials. Lt. Matt Grubbs said when an employee at the Family Dollar arrived to work this morning, that employee noticed smoke in the store. Fire officials...

Posted: 13 days ago

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m.: Most of the businesses in a Family Dollar shopping center on Cincinnati-Dayton Road are closed this morning because of smoke damage from a fire, according to Monroe fire officials. Lt. Matt Grubbs said when an employee at the Family Dollar arrived to work this morning, that employee noticed smoke in the store. Fire officials...
What 15 area projects are doing for the community that just earned them cash awards
 Fifteen area charitable organizations will receive nearly $88,000 in funding from the Middletown Community Foundation’s quarterly grants cycle, the nonprofit agency announced this week. RELATED: CEO of Middletown Community Foundation resigns The largest grant of 2018’s first cycle was to Dayton Children’s Hospital for $15...

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Fifteen area charitable organizations will receive nearly $88,000 in funding from the Middletown Community Foundation’s quarterly grants cycle, the nonprofit agency announced this week. RELATED: CEO of Middletown Community Foundation resigns The largest grant of 2018’s first cycle was to Dayton Children’s Hospital for $15...
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