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Lauren Pack

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New system gives Butler County dispatchers critical information
 A new system designed to make it easier for first responders to find you and help you in an emergency will be a “game changer” for 911 operators, said Shelly Meehan, communication supervisor for the Middletown Police Department. Smart911 is new software being used by Butler County law enforcement agencies. Once people register...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A new system designed to make it easier for first responders to find you and help you in an emergency will be a “game changer” for 911 operators, said Shelly Meehan, communication supervisor for the Middletown Police Department. Smart911 is new software being used by Butler County law enforcement agencies. Once people register...
Deputy talks suicidal teen off bridge
 A Butler County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol Thursday night quickly reacted to save a teen from taking her life, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputy William Brown Jr. was on patrol about 7:45 p.m. in St. Clair Twp. when he saw the woman hanging off the bridge at B Street and Sipps Lane, just outside of New Miami. The 20-year-veteran...

Posted: a day ago

A Butler County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol Thursday night quickly reacted to save a teen from taking her life, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputy William Brown Jr. was on patrol about 7:45 p.m. in St. Clair Twp. when he saw the woman hanging off the bridge at B Street and Sipps Lane, just outside of New Miami. The 20-year-veteran...
2 charged in Middletown pharmacy robbery after police chase
 Two 19-year-olds have been charged in a robbery that occurred Friday afternoon at a Middletown pharmacy. Police say a black man wearing an orange hat, black jacket and gray sweatpants handed an employee of the Rite Aid pharmacy on Central Avenue a note stating, “This is a robbery” and listed what pills they were to give him. Another...

Posted: a day ago

Two 19-year-olds have been charged in a robbery that occurred Friday afternoon at a Middletown pharmacy. Police say a black man wearing an orange hat, black jacket and gray sweatpants handed an employee of the Rite Aid pharmacy on Central Avenue a note stating, “This is a robbery” and listed what pills they were to give him. Another...
Former Butler County deputy accused of trying to take photos up women’s dresses
 A former Butler County Sheriff’s Office deputy with a criminal past is facing a new charge for allegedly trying to take photos up women’s dresses at a grocery store last month. Dennis James Schiavone Jr., 43, of Trenton, was served this week by sheriff’s deputies for attempted voyeurism in connection with a July 2 incident...

Posted: 2 days ago

A former Butler County Sheriff’s Office deputy with a criminal past is facing a new charge for allegedly trying to take photos up women’s dresses at a grocery store last month. Dennis James Schiavone Jr., 43, of Trenton, was served this week by sheriff’s deputies for attempted voyeurism in connection with a July 2 incident...
Two 13-year-olds charged after BB gun shooting spree in Fairfield Twp.
 Two Hamilton juveniles have been charged after police said they went on a shooting spree Wednesday with BB guns that started with the theft of the weapons and two bicycles. The 13-year-old boys skipped school, stole two bicycles and then peddled to the Walmart on Princeton Road in Fairfield Twp., where two BB guns were stolen, according to...

Posted: 3 days ago

Two Hamilton juveniles have been charged after police said they went on a shooting spree Wednesday with BB guns that started with the theft of the weapons and two bicycles. The 13-year-old boys skipped school, stole two bicycles and then peddled to the Walmart on Princeton Road in Fairfield Twp., where two BB guns were stolen, according to...
Psychological evaluation ordered for Middletown man charged in arson
 A Middletown man charged with allegedly setting fire to his home in 2016 says he will enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Ross Compton, 60, was indicted in January for aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly setting fire to his Court Donegal house. The blaze caused nearly $400,000 in damages. Compton was arrested...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Middletown man charged with allegedly setting fire to his home in 2016 says he will enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Ross Compton, 60, was indicted in January for aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly setting fire to his Court Donegal house. The blaze caused nearly $400,000 in damages. Compton was arrested...
Weekend assault in Hamilton turns deadly
 A Hamilton man has been charged with murder after an assault that turned deadly over the weekend, according to police. Brandon Lee Mills, 40, of Parkamo Avenue, was arraigned today for murder in the death of Jeremy Combs on Saturday, according to police documents. MORE: Spider bite delays Middletown murder trial Combs, 41, of Hastings Avenue...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Hamilton man has been charged with murder after an assault that turned deadly over the weekend, according to police. Brandon Lee Mills, 40, of Parkamo Avenue, was arraigned today for murder in the death of Jeremy Combs on Saturday, according to police documents. MORE: Spider bite delays Middletown murder trial Combs, 41, of Hastings Avenue...
Spider bite delays Middletown murder trial
 The trial of a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar will not begin Monday due to attorney illness. 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. Franklin was in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday with...

Posted: 4 days ago

The trial of a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar will not begin Monday due to attorney illness. 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. Franklin was in Butler County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday with...
Alleged tool thief tries to ram victim’s SUV in chase
 Hamilton police are looking for the driver of a stolen vehicle who allegedly attempted to steal tools and then rammed the victim’s vehicle when he gave chase. A man reported someone attempted to gain entry into his vehicle to steal tools in the 1600 block of Woodview Lane on July 23. The victim began chasing the suspect, who jumped...

Posted: 7 days ago

Hamilton police are looking for the driver of a stolen vehicle who allegedly attempted to steal tools and then rammed the victim’s vehicle when he gave chase. A man reported someone attempted to gain entry into his vehicle to steal tools in the 1600 block of Woodview Lane on July 23. The victim began chasing the suspect, who jumped...