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McCrabb: Black-owned towing business started in 1928 in Middletown
 Right where his grandfather died nearly 55 years ago, Ken Meadows Moore is living out his dream. His grandfather Zeb Moore, who in 1928 founded Moore’s Towing, believed to be the oldest black-owned business in Middletown, died on Sept. 13, 1963 of a heart attack while standing inside a salvage yard on Yankee Road with his son, Kenneth...

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Right where his grandfather died nearly 55 years ago, Ken Meadows Moore is living out his dream. His grandfather Zeb Moore, who in 1928 founded Moore’s Towing, believed to be the oldest black-owned business in Middletown, died on Sept. 13, 1963 of a heart attack while standing inside a salvage yard on Yankee Road with his son, Kenneth...
Middletown man charged with drug trafficking in court
 The case of one man charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs was bound over to the Butler County Grand Jury on Wednesday night. MORE: $36,000 worth of meth found in vehicle in Middletown Ramon Sanchez-Reyes, 27, speaking through an interpretor, told visiting Judge Thomas Hanna in Middletown Municipal Court that he waived...

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The case of one man charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs was bound over to the Butler County Grand Jury on Wednesday night. MORE: $36,000 worth of meth found in vehicle in Middletown Ramon Sanchez-Reyes, 27, speaking through an interpretor, told visiting Judge Thomas Hanna in Middletown Municipal Court that he waived...
Charge against Middletown man dropped when state can’t produce document
 The most serious charge against a Middletown man was dropped when the state couldn’t produce certified documents that showed his previous felony convictions, visiting Judge Thomas Hanna ruled Wednesday in Middletown Municipal Court. Jamie Banks, 36, of the 6900 block of Lesley Lane, was charged with discharging weapons under disability...

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The most serious charge against a Middletown man was dropped when the state couldn’t produce certified documents that showed his previous felony convictions, visiting Judge Thomas Hanna ruled Wednesday in Middletown Municipal Court. Jamie Banks, 36, of the 6900 block of Lesley Lane, was charged with discharging weapons under disability...
Hearing set for woman who passed out, flipped off police
 UPDATED @ 1:30 p.m. (Feb. 22): A pre-trial hearing for a Monroe woman charged with OVI after she passed out in her vehicle on Feb. 11 has been set for next month in Middletown Municipal Court. Carmen Statzer, 35, was charged with OVI and driving under suspension, according to the police report. INITIAL REPORT (Feb. 14): A Monroe woman was...

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UPDATED @ 1:30 p.m. (Feb. 22): A pre-trial hearing for a Monroe woman charged with OVI after she passed out in her vehicle on Feb. 11 has been set for next month in Middletown Municipal Court. Carmen Statzer, 35, was charged with OVI and driving under suspension, according to the police report. INITIAL REPORT (Feb. 14): A Monroe woman was...
Woman says she was threatened by neighbor after court appearance
 A Middletown woman told police her life was threatened by a female neighbor outside the City Building following a Middletown Municipal Court appearance on Feb. 17. She told police her court case against her neighbor was continued for the second time. When court ended, her neighbor met her outside the building and told her: “You and...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Middletown woman told police her life was threatened by a female neighbor outside the City Building following a Middletown Municipal Court appearance on Feb. 17. She told police her court case against her neighbor was continued for the second time. When court ended, her neighbor met her outside the building and told her: “You and...
Mardi Gras set for Saturday at Pendleton
 The second floor on the Pendleton Art Center has been transformed into Bourbon Street, complete with everything but the smells, said Sue Wittman, director of the Art Central Foundation. On Saturday night, the 10th annual Art Central Foundation’s Mardi Gras Celebration will be held in the Pendleton, 1105 Central Ave., and Wittman said...

Posted: 5 days ago

The second floor on the Pendleton Art Center has been transformed into Bourbon Street, complete with everything but the smells, said Sue Wittman, director of the Art Central Foundation. On Saturday night, the 10th annual Art Central Foundation’s Mardi Gras Celebration will be held in the Pendleton, 1105 Central Ave., and Wittman said...
1 of 9 arrested after assault posted to Facebook
 UPDATED @ 4:30 p.m. (Feb. 22) Middletown police said they have been told that several of the women charged with felonious assault are hiring attorneys and plan to turn themselves into police Friday, said Lt. Jimmy Cunningham. He said police searched a home in the 500 block of 15th Avenue Tuesday night and found Cheri Jackson and her boyfriend...

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UPDATED @ 4:30 p.m. (Feb. 22) Middletown police said they have been told that several of the women charged with felonious assault are hiring attorneys and plan to turn themselves into police Friday, said Lt. Jimmy Cunningham. He said police searched a home in the 500 block of 15th Avenue Tuesday night and found Cheri Jackson and her boyfriend...
Hotel clerk hides in office during attempted robbery
 A clerk at a Middletown hotel ran into an office and locked the door when an armed man jumped over the front desk counter last week, according to Middletown police. The clerk at the Days Inn, 3458 Commerce Drive, told police a man wearing a mask over part of his face walked toward the front counter and displayed a handgun. That’s when...

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A clerk at a Middletown hotel ran into an office and locked the door when an armed man jumped over the front desk counter last week, according to Middletown police. The clerk at the Days Inn, 3458 Commerce Drive, told police a man wearing a mask over part of his face walked toward the front counter and displayed a handgun. That’s when...
Homeless shelter sets record this winter
 A Middletown church-based homeless shelter has served a record number of clients this winter, organizers said. So far this winter, 111 homeless people have stayed with Serving the Homeless with Alternate Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM), said Bill Fugate, one of the coordinators. The previous record of 89 was set last year, he said. SHALOM...

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A Middletown church-based homeless shelter has served a record number of clients this winter, organizers said. So far this winter, 111 homeless people have stayed with Serving the Homeless with Alternate Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM), said Bill Fugate, one of the coordinators. The previous record of 89 was set last year, he said. SHALOM...
Hamilton demo company takes responsibility for sending tank into house
 UPDATED @ 4:24 p.m. (Monday): The compressed air cylinder that crashed into a Hamilton home Sunday afternoon was described as a “high velocity missile,” by Sgt. Brian Robinson of the Hamilton Police Department. He said the canister was traced back to the demolition site of the former Mohawk Paper Co. on Martin Luther King Boulevard...

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UPDATED @ 4:24 p.m. (Monday): The compressed air cylinder that crashed into a Hamilton home Sunday afternoon was described as a “high velocity missile,” by Sgt. Brian Robinson of the Hamilton Police Department. He said the canister was traced back to the demolition site of the former Mohawk Paper Co. on Martin Luther King Boulevard...
Hamilton crews search for answers to large hole in side of house
 Larry Gassert, deputy fire chief of the Hamilton Fire Department, called it the “craziest thing” he had seen in his 30-year career.  A compressed air cylinder shot over two-story homes on North Seventh Street around 3 p.m. Sunday, bounced off the pavement and landed in a second-floor bedroom of a home in the 100 block of...

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Larry Gassert, deputy fire chief of the Hamilton Fire Department, called it the “craziest thing” he had seen in his 30-year career.  A compressed air cylinder shot over two-story homes on North Seventh Street around 3 p.m. Sunday, bounced off the pavement and landed in a second-floor bedroom of a home in the 100 block of...
Rollover crash in Fairfield
 Fairfield police and paramedics are responding at 2:30 p.m. today to a report of a rollover accident at Dixie Highway and Symmes Road. One person reportedly is trapped. This story will be updated when information becomes available.

Posted: 7 days ago

Fairfield police and paramedics are responding at 2:30 p.m. today to a report of a rollover accident at Dixie Highway and Symmes Road. One person reportedly is trapped. This story will be updated when information becomes available.
McCrabb: Middletown judge lived an ‘adventurous’ life
 Look at your hand and count your fingers. If you’re fortunate, five is the number of good friends — ones who won’t leave your side regardless of the circumstances — you will have in a lifetime. Last week, Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall, 70, died in his home and his longtime friend Carl Bergman feels...

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Look at your hand and count your fingers. If you’re fortunate, five is the number of good friends — ones who won’t leave your side regardless of the circumstances — you will have in a lifetime. Last week, Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall, 70, died in his home and his longtime friend Carl Bergman feels...
Drug overdose deaths hit double-digits early into 2017
 The “heroin epidemic” continues to hold a strong grip on Butler and Warren counties, according to the coroner offices. More than 30 people in Butler and Warren counties have died from drug overdoses so far this year. MORE: 5 big developments in Butler County’s war on heroin There have been 14 drug overdoses in Butler County...

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The “heroin epidemic” continues to hold a strong grip on Butler and Warren counties, according to the coroner offices. More than 30 people in Butler and Warren counties have died from drug overdoses so far this year. MORE: 5 big developments in Butler County’s war on heroin There have been 14 drug overdoses in Butler County...
Middletown Judge Mark Wall remembered for compassion, fairness
 Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall was remembered Thursday for being firm, but fair, during his 23-year career. And by the size of the crowds at his visitation Wednesday night and his funeral Thursday morning, the judge touched the lives of people from a wide range of economic and social backgrounds. Some people said they couldn&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall was remembered Thursday for being firm, but fair, during his 23-year career. And by the size of the crowds at his visitation Wednesday night and his funeral Thursday morning, the judge touched the lives of people from a wide range of economic and social backgrounds. Some people said they couldn&rsquo...
Middletown, state patrol partnering in battle against meth, heroin
 Saying he wants the drugs and “bad guys” out of Middletown, Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw announced Wednesday an enhanced partnership between his department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The two agencies have partnered since 2015, when the state patrol provided mutual response to traffic crashes. Last year, the two teamed...

Posted: 10 days ago

Saying he wants the drugs and “bad guys” out of Middletown, Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw announced Wednesday an enhanced partnership between his department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The two agencies have partnered since 2015, when the state patrol provided mutual response to traffic crashes. Last year, the two teamed...
Judge Wall was respected by peers, criminals alike
 Those who stood for more than an hour to pay their respects to Judge Mark W. Wall as well as the pictures that flashed on the screen at the funeral home Wednesday night showed the diversity of the fallen Middletown Municipal Court judge. Fellow judges, attorneys, business leaders, family and friends and criminals stood side by side during...

Posted: 11 days ago

Those who stood for more than an hour to pay their respects to Judge Mark W. Wall as well as the pictures that flashed on the screen at the funeral home Wednesday night showed the diversity of the fallen Middletown Municipal Court judge. Fellow judges, attorneys, business leaders, family and friends and criminals stood side by side during...
Middletown church hopes food, fellowship breaks down walls
 A Middletown downtown church is taking its ministry outside its walls. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 212 S. Broad St., started serving food and fellowship to local residents during what it calls Second Saturday Supper several years ago, and recently built a Tiny Pantry House that’s stocked with free winter items, said Pastor Michelle Terry...

Posted: 11 days ago

A Middletown downtown church is taking its ministry outside its walls. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 212 S. Broad St., started serving food and fellowship to local residents during what it calls Second Saturday Supper several years ago, and recently built a Tiny Pantry House that’s stocked with free winter items, said Pastor Michelle Terry...
Woman a no-show in court after shots allegedly fired at pit bulls
 Two people arrested earlier this week at a Middletown home where shots were fired appeared in court, but the third suspect was a no-show. Two of the three appeared Wednesday morning before visiting Middletown Municipal Court Judge Robert Messham Jr., a retired Miamisburg judge. MORE: Man fired shots at fighting pit bulls, police say Jamie...

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Two people arrested earlier this week at a Middletown home where shots were fired appeared in court, but the third suspect was a no-show. Two of the three appeared Wednesday morning before visiting Middletown Municipal Court Judge Robert Messham Jr., a retired Miamisburg judge. MORE: Man fired shots at fighting pit bulls, police say Jamie...
2 arrested after officers see alleged ‘drug transaction’ in parking lot
 Members of the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce (B.U.R.N.) arrested two Middletown men Tuesday night and charged them with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, methamphetamine, first-degree felonies. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said officers seized a pound of crystal methamphetamine after observing...

Posted: 11 days ago

Members of the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce (B.U.R.N.) arrested two Middletown men Tuesday night and charged them with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, methamphetamine, first-degree felonies. Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said officers seized a pound of crystal methamphetamine after observing...
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