Lauren Pack

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Butler County government, sheriff's department and courts.

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What you’re saying: Hamilton moves Christmas tree lighting
 A decision to change the location of the Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays Christmas tree lighting event is drawing a strong response on social media. The Nov. 17 event will be held at the entrance to RiversEdge Amphitheatre in Marcum Park, organizers said. In past years the tree lighting has taken place on the lawn of the Butler County...

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A decision to change the location of the Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays Christmas tree lighting event is drawing a strong response on social media. The Nov. 17 event will be held at the entrance to RiversEdge Amphitheatre in Marcum Park, organizers said. In past years the tree lighting has taken place on the lawn of the Butler County...
Man going to trial for 2017 fatal Middletown bar shooting
 Defense attorneys and prosecutors said Tuesday both sides are ready for trial this month for a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar nearly 18 months ago. Malcolm Franklin, 28, formerly of Louisiana, is charged with murder as well as three counts of felonious assault for gun violence in 2017, at D&J Nite spot. MORE: Man...

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Defense attorneys and prosecutors said Tuesday both sides are ready for trial this month for a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar nearly 18 months ago. Malcolm Franklin, 28, formerly of Louisiana, is charged with murder as well as three counts of felonious assault for gun violence in 2017, at D&J Nite spot. MORE: Man...
Man accused of setting cat on fire found 6 months after skipping court
 A Middletown man facing a felony charge of animal cruelty for allegedly setting a cat on fire in 2017 has been found in a neighboring county jail about six months after he did not appear for a hearing for felony animal cruelty. Kevin L. Sullivan, 33, was scheduled to appear in Butler County Common Pleas Court in May, but when he was a no-show...

Posted: 6 hours ago

A Middletown man facing a felony charge of animal cruelty for allegedly setting a cat on fire in 2017 has been found in a neighboring county jail about six months after he did not appear for a hearing for felony animal cruelty. Kevin L. Sullivan, 33, was scheduled to appear in Butler County Common Pleas Court in May, but when he was a no-show...
More funny money popping up at Butler County businesses
 Counterfeit bills have turned up in several Butler County cities in the past couple weeks, the latest in Hamilton. A person passed a counterfeit $20 bill Nov. 2 at McDonald’s on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Hamilton, according to a police report. In October, three Oxford businesses made reports to police over a six-day period of...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Counterfeit bills have turned up in several Butler County cities in the past couple weeks, the latest in Hamilton. A person passed a counterfeit $20 bill Nov. 2 at McDonald’s on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Hamilton, according to a police report. In October, three Oxford businesses made reports to police over a six-day period of...
Burglar takes cash, jumps off balcony in Hamilton
 A burglar stole cash from a Hamilton residence minutes after a mother put her child on the school bus. The Gordon Smith Boulevard resident told police officers she put her child on the bus at about 8:30 a.m. last week then went to Speedway to get a drink. MORE: Middletown OVI checkpoint leads to 6 arrests over the weekend When she returned...

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A burglar stole cash from a Hamilton residence minutes after a mother put her child on the school bus. The Gordon Smith Boulevard resident told police officers she put her child on the bus at about 8:30 a.m. last week then went to Speedway to get a drink. MORE: Middletown OVI checkpoint leads to 6 arrests over the weekend When she returned...
1 teen charged after lockdown at Fairfield High School
 A Cincinnati teen is facing charges and two others may soon be as well after police say they were trespassing Friday at Fairfield High School, prompting a lockdown of the building and the nearby Fairfield Freshman School.  The thee male teens were let into the building by a student at about 11:35 a.m., along with two Fairfield High School...

Posted: a day ago

A Cincinnati teen is facing charges and two others may soon be as well after police say they were trespassing Friday at Fairfield High School, prompting a lockdown of the building and the nearby Fairfield Freshman School.  The thee male teens were let into the building by a student at about 11:35 a.m., along with two Fairfield High School...
Hamilton’s annual holiday tree lighting moves to new location
 The Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays Christmas tree lighting event has been moved to a new location this year. The Nov. 17 event to welcome the holidays will be held at the entrance to RiversEdge Amphitheatre in Marcum Park, organizers said. In past years the tree lighting has taken place on the lawn of the Butler County Historic Courthouse...

Posted: a day ago

The Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays Christmas tree lighting event has been moved to a new location this year. The Nov. 17 event to welcome the holidays will be held at the entrance to RiversEdge Amphitheatre in Marcum Park, organizers said. In past years the tree lighting has taken place on the lawn of the Butler County Historic Courthouse...
Double homicide haunts family, police 33 years later
 Nancy Abrams was working on March 10, 1985, at one of the few businesses open overnight in Middletown. >> Read more trending news  A newspaper delivery woman saw the 33-year-old mother at the King Kwick gas station on Breiel Boulevard as she made her early morning drop-off. But a short time later, the Madison Twp. native who enjoyed...

Posted: a day ago

Nancy Abrams was working on March 10, 1985, at one of the few businesses open overnight in Middletown. >> Read more trending news  A newspaper delivery woman saw the 33-year-old mother at the King Kwick gas station on Breiel Boulevard as she made her early morning drop-off. But a short time later, the Madison Twp. native who enjoyed...
Middletown double homicide haunts family, police 33 years later
 Nancy Abrams was working on March 10, 1985, at one of the few businesses open overnight in Middletown. A newspaper delivery woman saw the 33-year-old mother at the King Kwick gas station on Breiel Boulevard as she made her early morning drop-off. But a short time later, the Madison Twp. native who enjoyed bowling and bicycling was found dead...

Posted: 3 days ago

Nancy Abrams was working on March 10, 1985, at one of the few businesses open overnight in Middletown. A newspaper delivery woman saw the 33-year-old mother at the King Kwick gas station on Breiel Boulevard as she made her early morning drop-off. But a short time later, the Madison Twp. native who enjoyed bowling and bicycling was found dead...
2 charged after hit-and-run accident that led to foot chase with police
 Two people who ran from the scene of a hit-and-run accident Thursday afternoon have been charged with numerous crimes, according to a Middletown police report. MORE: Fairfield High School lockdown lifted after 2 men chased from school grounds Travis Cowgill, 27, of Middletown, was charged with burglary, attempted burglary, and resisting arrest...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two people who ran from the scene of a hit-and-run accident Thursday afternoon have been charged with numerous crimes, according to a Middletown police report. MORE: Fairfield High School lockdown lifted after 2 men chased from school grounds Travis Cowgill, 27, of Middletown, was charged with burglary, attempted burglary, and resisting arrest...
Investigation continues after man shot in leg in Middletown
 Middletown police are continuing to investigate the shooting of a man Wednesday on Forest Avenue. At about 1:30 p.m., dispatchers received a call from an man screaming in pain and saying he had been “shot or something” in the leg. When officers arrived they found a 31-year-old man lying on the floor of an upstairs apartment, according...

Posted: 5 days ago

Middletown police are continuing to investigate the shooting of a man Wednesday on Forest Avenue. At about 1:30 p.m., dispatchers received a call from an man screaming in pain and saying he had been “shot or something” in the leg. When officers arrived they found a 31-year-old man lying on the floor of an upstairs apartment, according...