Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

Latest from Lawrence Budd

Grand jury next for Springboro arrest streamed live on Facebook
 A Warren County grand jury will review the case against Samuel Ronan, the former political candidate arrested earlier this month after a struggle with Springboro police. Judge Gary Loxley bound over the case against Ronan, 28, of Springboro, after ruling there was probable cause to indicate he obstructed justice on June 9. Loxley ruled immediately...

Posted: 22 hours ago

A Warren County grand jury will review the case against Samuel Ronan, the former political candidate arrested earlier this month after a struggle with Springboro police. Judge Gary Loxley bound over the case against Ronan, 28, of Springboro, after ruling there was probable cause to indicate he obstructed justice on June 9. Loxley ruled immediately...
Warren County drivers to pay $5 more for vehicle registration
 Warren County vehicle owners will pay another $5 for registration next year. This morning, the county commissioners approved the increase, which is expected to raise another $1.1 million a year for road and bridge projects. RELATED: Warren County to hold hearings on $5 motor vehicle license registration hike Revenue from the existing fee...

Posted: a day ago

Warren County vehicle owners will pay another $5 for registration next year. This morning, the county commissioners approved the increase, which is expected to raise another $1.1 million a year for road and bridge projects. RELATED: Warren County to hold hearings on $5 motor vehicle license registration hike Revenue from the existing fee...
Township trustees say Oda resignation leaves them with 30-day deadline
 The trustees of this growing township on the Montgomery-Warren county line moved quickly Monday to replace Fiscal Officer Linda Oda within the 30 days allowed by state law. The Clearcreek Twp. trustees said they were surprised by the timing of Oda’s resignation-retirement after what she described as 10 “bumpy” years. RELATED...

Posted: a day ago

The trustees of this growing township on the Montgomery-Warren county line moved quickly Monday to replace Fiscal Officer Linda Oda within the 30 days allowed by state law. The Clearcreek Twp. trustees said they were surprised by the timing of Oda’s resignation-retirement after what she described as 10 “bumpy” years. RELATED...
Township official steps downs after 10 “bumpy” years
 Linda Oda, fiscal officer in Clearcreek Twp. and county recorder in Warren County, is leaving her township post. Late Friday afternoon, the Clearcreek Township Board of Trustees announced a special meeting at 9 a.m. today at the township government center. “The purpose of this meeting is to formally accept the resignation of former...

Posted: 2 days ago

Linda Oda, fiscal officer in Clearcreek Twp. and county recorder in Warren County, is leaving her township post. Late Friday afternoon, the Clearcreek Township Board of Trustees announced a special meeting at 9 a.m. today at the township government center. “The purpose of this meeting is to formally accept the resignation of former...
Warren County has tried to start 2 major projects for years, but these problems are stopping them
 Warren County already is hard-pressed to come up with the money to pay for two construction projects that have been in the plans for years. Last week, however, county officials said the work is more difficult now because of rising construction costs. U.S. trade tariffs could worsen the problems for commercial construction in Warren County...

Posted: 3 days ago

Warren County already is hard-pressed to come up with the money to pay for two construction projects that have been in the plans for years. Last week, however, county officials said the work is more difficult now because of rising construction costs. U.S. trade tariffs could worsen the problems for commercial construction in Warren County...
Warren County judge takes away boy’s phone, games in school-threat case
 School is out, but Warren County authorities continue to deal with pending school-threat cases among close to 20 filed here since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. This week, Judge Joe Kirby ordered a 17-year-old boy to “surrender his cell phone and all gaming devices” after determining he violated the terms of his release...

Posted: 4 days ago

School is out, but Warren County authorities continue to deal with pending school-threat cases among close to 20 filed here since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. This week, Judge Joe Kirby ordered a 17-year-old boy to “surrender his cell phone and all gaming devices” after determining he violated the terms of his release...
Waynesville cafe moving forward with alcohol expansion
 A Waynesville cafe applied for a full liquor license this week and plans to serve a full range of alcoholic beverages with special dinners, according to owner Jeremy Green. On Tuesday, Green Family Concepts, doing business as the Cobblestone Cafe, applied for a liquor license permitting sale of beer, wine, liquor, according to this morning&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Waynesville cafe applied for a full liquor license this week and plans to serve a full range of alcoholic beverages with special dinners, according to owner Jeremy Green. On Tuesday, Green Family Concepts, doing business as the Cobblestone Cafe, applied for a liquor license permitting sale of beer, wine, liquor, according to this morning&rsquo...
CRUISER CAM: Lebanon police cruiser hit by motor home
 Lebanon police released two videos from cameras mounted on the dashes of two cruisers, including the one involved in a crash on Wednesday morning at the intersection of Cook Road and the Ohio 48 bypass. The first video shows the cruiser turning on sirens and flash lights as it approached the intersection eastbound on Cook Road. As the cruiser...

Posted: 6 days ago

Lebanon police released two videos from cameras mounted on the dashes of two cruisers, including the one involved in a crash on Wednesday morning at the intersection of Cook Road and the Ohio 48 bypass. The first video shows the cruiser turning on sirens and flash lights as it approached the intersection eastbound on Cook Road. As the cruiser...
Warren County woman convicted of porch thefts
 A Mason woman was found guilty of 12 counts of misdemeanor theft in a case built from surveillance video of her removing packages from porches of homes in neighborhoods along Butler-Warren Road, according to a release issued today. The sentencing of Melissa A. Bergman, 30, of Mason, is scheduled for June 26 in Mason Municipal Court. Bergman...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Mason woman was found guilty of 12 counts of misdemeanor theft in a case built from surveillance video of her removing packages from porches of homes in neighborhoods along Butler-Warren Road, according to a release issued today. The sentencing of Melissa A. Bergman, 30, of Mason, is scheduled for June 26 in Mason Municipal Court. Bergman...
Springboro car break-in surveillance videos show suspect
 Springboro police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in thefts from cars in the Settler’s Walk neighborhood. MORE: Springboro police investigate 2015 car break-ins On Friday, at about 2:35 a.m., a suspect is seen on video surveillance entering one of several vehicles that had been gone through overnight...

Posted: 6 days ago

Springboro police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in thefts from cars in the Settler’s Walk neighborhood. MORE: Springboro police investigate 2015 car break-ins On Friday, at about 2:35 a.m., a suspect is seen on video surveillance entering one of several vehicles that had been gone through overnight...
Warren County retirement community launches new identity
 A Warren County-based retirement community organization has a new name. The organization, formerly known as Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, announced today the launch of a new ministry-wide brand identity, logo and name, Otterbein SeniorLife. The new logo and website represent all Otterbein ministries and locations, including Otterbein...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Warren County-based retirement community organization has a new name. The organization, formerly known as Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices, announced today the launch of a new ministry-wide brand identity, logo and name, Otterbein SeniorLife. The new logo and website represent all Otterbein ministries and locations, including Otterbein...