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7 more great Franklin High School athletes
 Franklin High School’s Luke Kennard, after two seasons at Duke University, is expected to be drafted tonight in the first round of the NBA draft. MORE: Franklin’s Luke Kennard likely a first-round NBA draft choice Here are 7 other great Franklin High School athletes, all members of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, in...

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Franklin High School’s Luke Kennard, after two seasons at Duke University, is expected to be drafted tonight in the first round of the NBA draft. MORE: Franklin’s Luke Kennard likely a first-round NBA draft choice Here are 7 other great Franklin High School athletes, all members of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, in...
Middletown bike robber who ‘preyed on elderly’ arrested
 A Middletown man has been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery after he allegedly robbed an elderly man while riding a bike, Middletown police said. MORE: Middletown bike bandit may have struck again Randy Scott Womack, 45, of Vannest Avenue, was arrested Wednesday morning after an investigation found he allegedly robbed an elderly...

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A Middletown man has been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery after he allegedly robbed an elderly man while riding a bike, Middletown police said. MORE: Middletown bike bandit may have struck again Randy Scott Womack, 45, of Vannest Avenue, was arrested Wednesday morning after an investigation found he allegedly robbed an elderly...
Veteran program ‘great way’ to honor late Middletown judge
 A longtime friend of the late Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark Wall hopes veterans throughout Butler County take advantage of a program that provides them with housing assistance. Carl Bergman, 74, who knew Wall for 53 years since they were students at Miami University, said Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is accepting applications...

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A longtime friend of the late Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark Wall hopes veterans throughout Butler County take advantage of a program that provides them with housing assistance. Carl Bergman, 74, who knew Wall for 53 years since they were students at Miami University, said Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is accepting applications...
Middletown woman charged in ex-husband’s murder testifies about abuse
 The Middletown woman charged with murder and felonious assault for allegedly killing her ex-husband testified Wednesday she doesn’t know why she never filed any police reports or told relatives about the alleged physical and verbal abuse she claimed to have received for years. Dawn Shearer, 48, of Ellis Way, is charged with the murder...

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The Middletown woman charged with murder and felonious assault for allegedly killing her ex-husband testified Wednesday she doesn’t know why she never filed any police reports or told relatives about the alleged physical and verbal abuse she claimed to have received for years. Dawn Shearer, 48, of Ellis Way, is charged with the murder...
Couple beats up man, steals wallet in Middletown
 A West Chester man told Middletown police he was offered a ride home Friday night, but instead, he was robbed of his wallet, $320 in cash, a credit card and identification. The man said a couple offered him a ride around 1 a.m. Friday from near Eastern Lanes Bowling Alley, and when he told them they were driving the wrong direction, the driver...

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A West Chester man told Middletown police he was offered a ride home Friday night, but instead, he was robbed of his wallet, $320 in cash, a credit card and identification. The man said a couple offered him a ride around 1 a.m. Friday from near Eastern Lanes Bowling Alley, and when he told them they were driving the wrong direction, the driver...
Middletown bike bandit may have struck again
 For at least the fourth time recently, a man on a bike allegedly robbed a person in Middletown, according to police. FIRST REPORT: Man, 83, knocked down by biker, robbed at Smith Park A Middletown man told police that he parked his car at Skateway, 2514 N. Verity Parkway, Sunday morning, then walked next door to look at cars at Bill Williams...

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For at least the fourth time recently, a man on a bike allegedly robbed a person in Middletown, according to police. FIRST REPORT: Man, 83, knocked down by biker, robbed at Smith Park A Middletown man told police that he parked his car at Skateway, 2514 N. Verity Parkway, Sunday morning, then walked next door to look at cars at Bill Williams...
Police: Death of Middletown man found in home appears to be accident
 UPDATED @ 10:30 a.m. today: Middletown police said the death of a Middletown man found alone in his home appears to be an accident, according to Lt. Scott Reeve. He declined to talk about specifics, pending the ruling from the Butler County Coroner’s Office. He confirmed the knife found in the back yard had nothing to do with the man&rsquo...

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UPDATED @ 10:30 a.m. today: Middletown police said the death of a Middletown man found alone in his home appears to be an accident, according to Lt. Scott Reeve. He declined to talk about specifics, pending the ruling from the Butler County Coroner’s Office. He confirmed the knife found in the back yard had nothing to do with the man&rsquo...
Middletown on pace to double drug overdoses from last year
 Two years ago, Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins told a group at the Heroin Summit that his goal was to reduce the “heroin epidemic” by the first half of 2016. On Monday, during the 10th Heroin Summit, Adkins said he had some “ugly” statistics to report as it appears heroin’s grip on the city and the region...

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Two years ago, Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins told a group at the Heroin Summit that his goal was to reduce the “heroin epidemic” by the first half of 2016. On Monday, during the 10th Heroin Summit, Adkins said he had some “ugly” statistics to report as it appears heroin’s grip on the city and the region...
Residents who live near Middletown bar take safety precautions
 Residents who live near a Middletown bar said they want the establishment closed permanently because of safety concerns that lower property values. They may soon get their wish. Middletown police and the State Investigative Unit conducted an investigation last week at Bar Boca, Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw told the Journal-News. He said...

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Residents who live near a Middletown bar said they want the establishment closed permanently because of safety concerns that lower property values. They may soon get their wish. Middletown police and the State Investigative Unit conducted an investigation last week at Bar Boca, Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw told the Journal-News. He said...
McCrabb: Artists bring Hamilton woman’s unfinished artwork to life
 While the artist has died, her work has new life thanks to those who share her passion. When Rhonda Gardner died on July 27, 2016, after suffering a series of strokes, the 53-year-old single mother left behind one daughter, seven rescue animals, and a trail of her trade: a pile of unfinished art work and boxes of art supplies. After Gardner&rsquo...

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While the artist has died, her work has new life thanks to those who share her passion. When Rhonda Gardner died on July 27, 2016, after suffering a series of strokes, the 53-year-old single mother left behind one daughter, seven rescue animals, and a trail of her trade: a pile of unfinished art work and boxes of art supplies. After Gardner&rsquo...
Middletown woman passes out on lawn, phone and computer stolen
 A Middletown woman told police that earlier this month when she arrived to her apartment in the 1300 block of Trinity Place, she passed out of the lawn outside the building. When the woman woke up, she realized her computer and phone had been stolen from the bag that was on the ground next to her.

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A Middletown woman told police that earlier this month when she arrived to her apartment in the 1300 block of Trinity Place, she passed out of the lawn outside the building. When the woman woke up, she realized her computer and phone had been stolen from the bag that was on the ground next to her.
‘Superman’ tries to break into Middletown skating rink
 A man wearing a Superman hat attempted to break into Skateway, 2514 N. Verity Parkway, Tuesday night, according to Middletown police. Three employees of the skating rink told police a man wearing a super hero hat, blue shirt with tattoos on his neck and arm, tried to break in by pulling the doors numerous times. SEE: Latest Butler County...

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A man wearing a Superman hat attempted to break into Skateway, 2514 N. Verity Parkway, Tuesday night, according to Middletown police. Three employees of the skating rink told police a man wearing a super hero hat, blue shirt with tattoos on his neck and arm, tried to break in by pulling the doors numerous times. SEE: Latest Butler County...
How much Butler County is making to house Hamilton County inmates
 Since jail space is at “a premium,” Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said housing inmates from neighboring counties comes with a price tag. He said Butler County is being reimbursed $75 a day for each of the 25 inmates it received Wednesday night from the overcrowded Hamilton County Jail. That $1,875-a-day in revenue, Jones...

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Since jail space is at “a premium,” Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said housing inmates from neighboring counties comes with a price tag. He said Butler County is being reimbursed $75 a day for each of the 25 inmates it received Wednesday night from the overcrowded Hamilton County Jail. That $1,875-a-day in revenue, Jones...
New Middletown pastor will take message to the streets
 The members at First Christian Church in Middletown better not get used to seeing their new pastor in her office. The Rev. Tracy A. Siegman, who was hired last month after the church was without a permanent pastor for two years, thinks her most important work should be done outside the walls of the church. “The church’s responsibility...

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The members at First Christian Church in Middletown better not get used to seeing their new pastor in her office. The Rev. Tracy A. Siegman, who was hired last month after the church was without a permanent pastor for two years, thinks her most important work should be done outside the walls of the church. “The church’s responsibility...
McCrabb: Will ferrets be Middletown’s version of flying pigs?
 Adriane Scherrer’s mind knows no neutral. When the Scherrers vacation at their lake house, a 4½-hour trip from Middletown, her husband drives and she sits in the passenger seat, her thoughts racing in the fast lane. Even though her husband already knows the answer, he sometimes asks Adriane what she’s doing. Thinking. Of...

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Adriane Scherrer’s mind knows no neutral. When the Scherrers vacation at their lake house, a 4½-hour trip from Middletown, her husband drives and she sits in the passenger seat, her thoughts racing in the fast lane. Even though her husband already knows the answer, he sometimes asks Adriane what she’s doing. Thinking. Of...
No injuries after cooking fire at Madison Twp. home
 Fire crews put out “a few hot spots” once they arrived on the scene, according to Madison Twp. Fire Department Lt. Jordan Peters. The resident did a good job of extinguishing the fire before crews arrived, he said. The resident had been cooking food on the stove when she walked outside for a minute, according to Peters. When she...

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Fire crews put out “a few hot spots” once they arrived on the scene, according to Madison Twp. Fire Department Lt. Jordan Peters. The resident did a good job of extinguishing the fire before crews arrived, he said. The resident had been cooking food on the stove when she walked outside for a minute, according to Peters. When she...
Robber on bicycle strikes for third time in Middletown
 For at least the third time in recent days, Middletown police are searching for a man on a bicycle who allegedly robbed or attempted to rob people. On Thursday, a Middletown woman told police a man on a bicycle stole her wallet while she was leaving Marsh’s Supermarket, 621 N. University Blvd. FIRST REPORT: Man, 83, knocked down by...

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For at least the third time in recent days, Middletown police are searching for a man on a bicycle who allegedly robbed or attempted to rob people. On Thursday, a Middletown woman told police a man on a bicycle stole her wallet while she was leaving Marsh’s Supermarket, 621 N. University Blvd. FIRST REPORT: Man, 83, knocked down by...
Witnesses: Explosions then fire at Butler County garage
 Christopher Wilson feared the worst when he saw the thick, black smoke, then heard several explosions. Wilson said he was planting flowers at his girlfriend’s house on Oxford-Middletown Road on Monday morning when he saw neighbors all looking at a building several homes away. After seeing the smoke, Wilson said he heard small explosions...

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Christopher Wilson feared the worst when he saw the thick, black smoke, then heard several explosions. Wilson said he was planting flowers at his girlfriend’s house on Oxford-Middletown Road on Monday morning when he saw neighbors all looking at a building several homes away. After seeing the smoke, Wilson said he heard small explosions...
Hamilton teen charged in dad’s murder won’t be tried as adult
 The case of a 14-year-old Hamilton girl charged with aggravated murder for allegedly shooting her father to death in February will remain in juvenile court. The girl’s attorney, Matthew Fritsch, said he and his client were certainly “pleased” with Judge Kathleen Romans’s decision. “With a client and a family...

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The case of a 14-year-old Hamilton girl charged with aggravated murder for allegedly shooting her father to death in February will remain in juvenile court. The girl’s attorney, Matthew Fritsch, said he and his client were certainly “pleased” with Judge Kathleen Romans’s decision. “With a client and a family...
Middletown night club shooting suspect jailed in March on gun charges
 Middletown police say the suspect from a fatal night club shooting has been in the area for at least a couple weeks because he was arrested in March with a gun and a silencer in his pants pocket. Malcolm Franklin, 27, formerly of Baton Rouge, La., was charged with aggravated murder and three counts of felonious assault for his alleged involvement...

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Middletown police say the suspect from a fatal night club shooting has been in the area for at least a couple weeks because he was arrested in March with a gun and a silencer in his pants pocket. Malcolm Franklin, 27, formerly of Baton Rouge, La., was charged with aggravated murder and three counts of felonious assault for his alleged involvement...
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