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Middletown body dumped: Judge not pleased with request for lower bond
 A judge had stern words today for one of two people who allegedly dumped a Middletown woman’s body in woods following an apparent overdose. Erica Robinson, 32, and Joshua Swenson, 28, both of Middletown, waived their rights to preliminary hearings Monday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court and their cases were sent to the Butler...

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A judge had stern words today for one of two people who allegedly dumped a Middletown woman’s body in woods following an apparent overdose. Erica Robinson, 32, and Joshua Swenson, 28, both of Middletown, waived their rights to preliminary hearings Monday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court and their cases were sent to the Butler...
Signs in Franklin urge return of Confederate monument
 The site where a Confederate monument was located for 90 years is decorated today with Confederate and American flags, as well as a sign urging the large rock and plaque to be returned. MORE: The wild 24 hours of Franklin’s Robert E. Lee Confederate monument One sign at the corner of Dixie Highway and Hamilton Middletown Road reads...

Posted: 14 hours ago

The site where a Confederate monument was located for 90 years is decorated today with Confederate and American flags, as well as a sign urging the large rock and plaque to be returned. MORE: The wild 24 hours of Franklin’s Robert E. Lee Confederate monument One sign at the corner of Dixie Highway and Hamilton Middletown Road reads...
Report of shots fired in Middletown leads to several arrests
 Middletown police arrested three Middletown men with various crimes after police responded to the 500 block of Young Street on Wednesday on a report that shots were fired in the area. MORE: Fairfield police need help identifying theft suspect Jesse Lewis, 20, was charged with receiving stolen property and Keegan Payne, 19, was charged with...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Middletown police arrested three Middletown men with various crimes after police responded to the 500 block of Young Street on Wednesday on a report that shots were fired in the area. MORE: Fairfield police need help identifying theft suspect Jesse Lewis, 20, was charged with receiving stolen property and Keegan Payne, 19, was charged with...
Butler County residents rise up to take communities back from heroin
 Local residents, upset by the negative impact the “heroin epidemic” is having in their communities, are taking an active role in combating the issue, an initiative applauded by law enforcement. “It takes everyday people to do this,” said Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown’s police chief. “People say, ‘Where...

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Local residents, upset by the negative impact the “heroin epidemic” is having in their communities, are taking an active role in combating the issue, an initiative applauded by law enforcement. “It takes everyday people to do this,” said Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown’s police chief. “People say, ‘Where...
Middletown city manager: Superintendent ‘put on a clinic’
 Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins was impressed by new Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. during Friday’s back-to-school gathering on Miami University Middletown’s campus. RELATED: Middletown Schools leader: We will become one of Ohio’s best districts Adkins wrote on his blog that Styles “put on a clinic” Friday...

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Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins was impressed by new Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. during Friday’s back-to-school gathering on Miami University Middletown’s campus. RELATED: Middletown Schools leader: We will become one of Ohio’s best districts Adkins wrote on his blog that Styles “put on a clinic” Friday...
Flag-waving protesters upset Confederate monument removed
 The removal of a 90-year-old, little-known Confederate monument in Franklin  was “disgraceful,” and now some American history has been erased, said protesters who showed up in force Saturday afternoon.  On Wednesday, Franklin workers removed the plaque dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the corner of Dixie...

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The removal of a 90-year-old, little-known Confederate monument in Franklin was “disgraceful,” and now some American history has been erased, said protesters who showed up in force Saturday afternoon.  On Wednesday, Franklin workers removed the plaque dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the corner of Dixie...
An unlikely heroin fighter: Middletown mom in SUV
 For the past six years, Jeri Lewis has driven around Middletown’s Sherman Park neighborhood, checking on those who may be struggling with drug addiction, mental illness or prostitution. She calls those areas “darkness” and her goal is to shed light by pulling over and praying with people. “People who look like they...

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For the past six years, Jeri Lewis has driven around Middletown’s Sherman Park neighborhood, checking on those who may be struggling with drug addiction, mental illness or prostitution. She calls those areas “darkness” and her goal is to shed light by pulling over and praying with people. “People who look like they...
Football coach who came under fire for prayer finds home at new school
 Chris Wells, wearing camouflage shorts and a blue T-shirt, certainly didn’t look like a high school football coach as he sat in his Middletown living room. As Wells comforted his 18-month-old son, Gideon, who was fighting a cold, an open Bible, a football playbook and scribbled notes sat on his lap. Woody Hayes never was portrayed this...

Posted: 3 days ago

Chris Wells, wearing camouflage shorts and a blue T-shirt, certainly didn’t look like a high school football coach as he sat in his Middletown living room. As Wells comforted his 18-month-old son, Gideon, who was fighting a cold, an open Bible, a football playbook and scribbled notes sat on his lap. Woody Hayes never was portrayed this...
Police remove teen after mother can’t be found
 Middletown police removed a teen from his mother’s care and placed him with an aunt after his mother couldn’t be located, according to a police report. MORE: Two charged in Lindenwald shots fired incident Police were notified Wednesday by an Atrium Medical Center social worker that a 16-year-old boy in its psychiatric unit had...

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Middletown police removed a teen from his mother’s care and placed him with an aunt after his mother couldn’t be located, according to a police report. MORE: Two charged in Lindenwald shots fired incident Police were notified Wednesday by an Atrium Medical Center social worker that a 16-year-old boy in its psychiatric unit had...
Carlisle crematory where bodies not refrigerated: What we know now
 The future of a Carlisle crematory that had its license revoked earlier this month will be announced next week, this news outlet has just learned from state officials. MORE: 5 disturbing finds at Carlisle crematory where bodies not refrigerated Here’s what we know now: 1. State board’s decision expected Wednesday Representatives...

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The future of a Carlisle crematory that had its license revoked earlier this month will be announced next week, this news outlet has just learned from state officials. MORE: 5 disturbing finds at Carlisle crematory where bodies not refrigerated Here’s what we know now: 1. State board’s decision expected Wednesday Representatives...
Butler County Board of Elections to close for co-worker’s funeral
 The Butler County Board of Elections will be closed Friday so employees can attend a co-worker’s funeral services. RELATED: Butler County Board of Elections employee dies Executive assistant Donna DeFazio, who worked at the board for 10 years, died Monday, weeks after having cancer surgery. Her visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday...

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The Butler County Board of Elections will be closed Friday so employees can attend a co-worker’s funeral services. RELATED: Butler County Board of Elections employee dies Executive assistant Donna DeFazio, who worked at the board for 10 years, died Monday, weeks after having cancer surgery. Her visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday...
New exhibit chronicles Armco’s involvement in World War I
 A new exhibit at the MidPointe Library Middletown chronicles Armco’s involvement in World War I. The exhibit called “Middletown and the Great War” is timely because this is the 100th anniversary since the United States entered the war, said Cari Hillman, the library’s public relations manager. It chronicles how Armco...

Posted: 5 days ago

A new exhibit at the MidPointe Library Middletown chronicles Armco’s involvement in World War I. The exhibit called “Middletown and the Great War” is timely because this is the 100th anniversary since the United States entered the war, said Cari Hillman, the library’s public relations manager. It chronicles how Armco...
Break-ins have Middletown business owner considering move
 The owner of a downtown Middletown business said he is “99 percent” sure he will relocate his store after two break-ins in two days. Clarence Angel Jr. opened CJ’s Game Corner, 1326 Central Ave., in March because he was impressed by the revitalization he saw downtown. But after break-ins Saturday and Sunday morning...

Posted: 6 days ago

The owner of a downtown Middletown business said he is “99 percent” sure he will relocate his store after two break-ins in two days. Clarence Angel Jr. opened CJ’s Game Corner, 1326 Central Ave., in March because he was impressed by the revitalization he saw downtown. But after break-ins Saturday and Sunday morning...
Mom of Middletown woman found dead: Police must go after drug dealers
 The mother of a Middletown 20-year-old whose body was allegedly dumped in woods after she overdosed does not want her daughter to have died in vain. Leslie Dalton was found dead Sunday afternoon in a dry creek bed behind homes in the 2900 block of Wilbraham Road. Middletown police say her death is being investigated as an overdose, but other...

Posted: 6 days ago

The mother of a Middletown 20-year-old whose body was allegedly dumped in woods after she overdosed does not want her daughter to have died in vain. Leslie Dalton was found dead Sunday afternoon in a dry creek bed behind homes in the 2900 block of Wilbraham Road. Middletown police say her death is being investigated as an overdose, but other...
Police: 2 people dumped Middletown woman’s body in woods
 Middletown police say they will be filing charges against people who allegedly moved Leslie Dalton’s body after the 20-year-old overdosed last week in a Wilbraham Road house. Dalton’s body was found Sunday afternoon in a dry creek bed behind homes in the 2900 block of Wilbraham Road. Middletown police say her death is being investigated...

Posted: 6 days ago

Middletown police say they will be filing charges against people who allegedly moved Leslie Dalton’s body after the 20-year-old overdosed last week in a Wilbraham Road house. Dalton’s body was found Sunday afternoon in a dry creek bed behind homes in the 2900 block of Wilbraham Road. Middletown police say her death is being investigated...
Steel Magnolia Award focuses on women who have overcome obstacles
 The deadline is approaching for Middletown and West Chester Twp. residents to be considered for the ninth annual Steel Magnolia Award. Women who have overcome obstacles to positively impact the Middletown or West Chester communities have the opportunity to earn recognition as Steel Magnolia Award recipients in the program funded by the AK...

Posted: 6 days ago

The deadline is approaching for Middletown and West Chester Twp. residents to be considered for the ninth annual Steel Magnolia Award. Women who have overcome obstacles to positively impact the Middletown or West Chester communities have the opportunity to earn recognition as Steel Magnolia Award recipients in the program funded by the AK...
Butler County Board of Elections employee dies
 The “glue that held the pieces together” at the Butler County Board of Elections has died, confirmed Diane Noonan, the board’s director, to this news outlet. Donna Defazio, of Hamilton, who served as Noonan’s executive assistant, died Monday night at West Chester Hospital, two weeks after cancer surgery, according...

Posted: 6 days ago

The “glue that held the pieces together” at the Butler County Board of Elections has died, confirmed Diane Noonan, the board’s director, to this news outlet. Donna Defazio, of Hamilton, who served as Noonan’s executive assistant, died Monday night at West Chester Hospital, two weeks after cancer surgery, according...
Woman’s body found in Middletown; death investigation underway
 Police found the body of a woman Sunday afternoon in a wooded area near Wilbraham Road in Middletown. Her family, who reported her missing a few days ago, has been notified, but Chief Rodney Muterspaw said his department would not be releasing her name at this time. The chief did not say who alerted them to the woman’s body. The Butler...

Posted: 8 days ago

Police found the body of a woman Sunday afternoon in a wooded area near Wilbraham Road in Middletown. Her family, who reported her missing a few days ago, has been notified, but Chief Rodney Muterspaw said his department would not be releasing her name at this time. The chief did not say who alerted them to the woman’s body. The Butler...
Family files civil lawsuit against Carlisle crematory
 A Dayton-area law firm has filed a civil lawsuit in Montgomery County Court against a Carlisle crematory and hopes the Warren County prosecutor’s office criminally charges the business. RELATED: Carlisle crematory’s license revoked after inspection finds bodies not refrigerated Richard Schulte, an attorney with Wright & Schulte...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Dayton-area law firm has filed a civil lawsuit in Montgomery County Court against a Carlisle crematory and hopes the Warren County prosecutor’s office criminally charges the business. RELATED: Carlisle crematory’s license revoked after inspection finds bodies not refrigerated Richard Schulte, an attorney with Wright & Schulte...
500 Women March Against Heroin coming to Middletown
 She was nervously sitting in the Atrium Medical Center emergency room with her ill husband when she saw a flurry of activity outside. A steady stream of ambulances — with their lights and sirens activated — sped into the hospital parking lot. “I watched them come through like it was a McDonald’s,” Pat Herndon...

Posted: 10 days ago

She was nervously sitting in the Atrium Medical Center emergency room with her ill husband when she saw a flurry of activity outside. A steady stream of ambulances — with their lights and sirens activated — sped into the hospital parking lot. “I watched them come through like it was a McDonald’s,” Pat Herndon...
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