Ed Richter

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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: 2 days 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...
Fairfield tax preparer caught filing tax returns for illegal immigrants
 A Fairfield woman who prepared tax returns for illegal immigrants and filed her own false tax returns will pay the IRS more than $260,000 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Janet Benitez, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to filing a false income tax return with the IRS. She has agreed to pay $265,839 in restitution...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Fairfield woman who prepared tax returns for illegal immigrants and filed her own false tax returns will pay the IRS more than $260,000 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Janet Benitez, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to filing a false income tax return with the IRS. She has agreed to pay $265,839 in restitution...
Kings Island’s antique car ride was first driving experience for many kids
 Starting in 2019, the antique cars will be motoring again at Kings Island. Renamed as Kings Mills Antique Autos, the family ride will return to the Mason amusement park in spring 2019, park officials announced Thursday. Guests will be able to drive the two-thirds scale of a 1911 Ford Model T around a scenic quarter-mile track equipped with...

Posted: 2 days ago

Starting in 2019, the antique cars will be motoring again at Kings Island. Renamed as Kings Mills Antique Autos, the family ride will return to the Mason amusement park in spring 2019, park officials announced Thursday. Guests will be able to drive the two-thirds scale of a 1911 Ford Model T around a scenic quarter-mile track equipped with...
Balloon festival organizers, city talk through parking issues
 Ohio Challenge officials said a meeting with Middletown city officials went well and follow-up conversations are being planned to resolve the balloon festival’s parking dilemma. David Pearce, treasurer and one of the event’s organizers, was among those who met with Middletown Regional Airport officials Tuesday concerning event...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio Challenge officials said a meeting with Middletown city officials went well and follow-up conversations are being planned to resolve the balloon festival’s parking dilemma. David Pearce, treasurer and one of the event’s organizers, was among those who met with Middletown Regional Airport officials Tuesday concerning event...
Company withdraws Ohio Challenge sponsorship due to airport dispute
 A Middletown business owner said he is withdrawing his company’s sponsorship of a major event in the city over complaints about the new manager of Middletown Regional Airport. John Hart II, owner of Selection.com and Start Skydiving, told the Journal-News he has notified Ohio Challenge officials that his company would be withdrawing...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Middletown business owner said he is withdrawing his company’s sponsorship of a major event in the city over complaints about the new manager of Middletown Regional Airport. John Hart II, owner of Selection.com and Start Skydiving, told the Journal-News he has notified Ohio Challenge officials that his company would be withdrawing...
Drug use suspected in Middletown crash that killed Rumpke employee
 The driver who crashed into the back of a Rumpke truck in Middletown, killing a Rumpke worker, may have been under the influence of drugs at the time, according to a crash report released today by the Ohio Highway Patrol. Brian Jankovich, 41, of Middletown, was traveling eastbound on Central Avenue at about 42 mph in a 35 mph zone, when he...

Posted: 5 days ago

The driver who crashed into the back of a Rumpke truck in Middletown, killing a Rumpke worker, may have been under the influence of drugs at the time, according to a crash report released today by the Ohio Highway Patrol. Brian Jankovich, 41, of Middletown, was traveling eastbound on Central Avenue at about 42 mph in a 35 mph zone, when he...
Franklin trash, recycling collection rates going up Oct. 1
 Franklin residents will see their trash, yard waste and recycling collection rates go up starting Oct. 1. The increase is a result of the second one-year renewal to the original three-year contract approved in 2014. The three one-year renewals were part of the original contract, city officials said. Residents will see a 46-cent increase to...

Posted: 7 days ago

Franklin residents will see their trash, yard waste and recycling collection rates go up starting Oct. 1. The increase is a result of the second one-year renewal to the original three-year contract approved in 2014. The three one-year renewals were part of the original contract, city officials said. Residents will see a 46-cent increase to...
Middletown police hope this federal grant improves training, equipment
 Middletown will be applying for a federal grant for new technology and training. Maj. Scott Reeve said the department will apply for a $26,608 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Justice Department. The Justice Assistance Grant is awarded annually to cities based on their crime rate and the amount of available money, Reeve said. The grant...

Posted: 7 days ago

Middletown will be applying for a federal grant for new technology and training. Maj. Scott Reeve said the department will apply for a $26,608 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Justice Department. The Justice Assistance Grant is awarded annually to cities based on their crime rate and the amount of available money, Reeve said. The grant...
Beer and planes combine for a new fundraiser in Middletown
 A new craft beer event is taking flight from a local airport. The first Hops in the Hangar will blend craft beer fans and aviation enthusiasts in a hangar at the Middletown Regional Airport as a fundraiser in support of the revitalization of downtown Middletown, said Susie Hatton, one of several event sponsors. MORE: There’s lots to...

Posted: 7 days ago

A new craft beer event is taking flight from a local airport. The first Hops in the Hangar will blend craft beer fans and aviation enthusiasts in a hangar at the Middletown Regional Airport as a fundraiser in support of the revitalization of downtown Middletown, said Susie Hatton, one of several event sponsors. MORE: There’s lots to...
Officials announce results of Butler County OVI checkpoint last night
 A Butler County OVI checkpoint netted one citation Friday night. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force coordinator, said 368 vehicles were checked in both directions at the sobriety checkpoint between 11 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday in the 3200-block of Roosevelt Boulevard in Middletown. MORE: Man charged with assaulting Middletown...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Butler County OVI checkpoint netted one citation Friday night. Pete Reising, Butler County OVI Task Force coordinator, said 368 vehicles were checked in both directions at the sobriety checkpoint between 11 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday in the 3200-block of Roosevelt Boulevard in Middletown. MORE: Man charged with assaulting Middletown...