Ed Richter

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Franklin man bound over to Butler County grand jury on drug charge
 A Franklin man was recently bound over to a Butler County grand jury on a felony possession of methamphetamine charge. Jimmie Back, 40, appeared for a preliminary hearing Dec. 5 in Middletown Municipal Court on the felony drug charge, for not wearing a seat belt, and for outstanding warrants from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and...

Posted: 17 hours ago

A Franklin man was recently bound over to a Butler County grand jury on a felony possession of methamphetamine charge. Jimmie Back, 40, appeared for a preliminary hearing Dec. 5 in Middletown Municipal Court on the felony drug charge, for not wearing a seat belt, and for outstanding warrants from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and...
Franklin chase suspect appears in court for arraignment
 Bond was set at $25,000 for a Dayton man who remains in the Warren County Jail stemming from a police pursuit and foot chase early Monday that ended in Franklin. D’Vonte Barnes, 18, was arraigned Tuesday in Franklin Municipal Court. He will have his preliminary hearing Dec. 18 in Franklin. He and a 15-year-old boy were arrested following...

Posted: a day ago

Bond was set at $25,000 for a Dayton man who remains in the Warren County Jail stemming from a police pursuit and foot chase early Monday that ended in Franklin. D’Vonte Barnes, 18, was arraigned Tuesday in Franklin Municipal Court. He will have his preliminary hearing Dec. 18 in Franklin. He and a 15-year-old boy were arrested following...
Dayton groups brave freezing temperatures during Butler County human rights vigil
 The fight against human rights abuses came Monday night to Hamilton. More than 100 people from throughout Southwest Ohio attended a candlelight vigil raising awareness about human rights abuses committed in the name of immigration enforcement. The vigil, which lasted just over an hour, was held at the Butler County Jail which houses an ICE...

Posted: 2 days ago

The fight against human rights abuses came Monday night to Hamilton. More than 100 people from throughout Southwest Ohio attended a candlelight vigil raising awareness about human rights abuses committed in the name of immigration enforcement. The vigil, which lasted just over an hour, was held at the Butler County Jail which houses an ICE...
Police: Bullet holes found in Middletown restaurant’s front door
 A Middletown business owner contacted police last week after she found bullet holes in the front glass doors of her restaurant. Naiyozcsia Thomason told police Dec. 5 that she found bullet holes in the front glass door and that a couple of the bullets penetrated the second glass door of the business, Mz. Jade’s Soul Food, 3237 Yankee...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Middletown business owner contacted police last week after she found bullet holes in the front glass doors of her restaurant. Naiyozcsia Thomason told police Dec. 5 that she found bullet holes in the front glass door and that a couple of the bullets penetrated the second glass door of the business, Mz. Jade’s Soul Food, 3237 Yankee...
Middletown corrects error in length of tax abatement for Sorg Mansion
 An oversight on a Community Reinvestment Area tax abatement for the Sorg Mansion redevelopment was corrected this week by Middletown City Council. City officials said the original agreement was a 100 percent property tax abatement for 15 years when it was approved in December 2016. However, the Ohio Revised Code only allows for a 12-year...

Posted: 3 days ago

An oversight on a Community Reinvestment Area tax abatement for the Sorg Mansion redevelopment was corrected this week by Middletown City Council. City officials said the original agreement was a 100 percent property tax abatement for 15 years when it was approved in December 2016. However, the Ohio Revised Code only allows for a 12-year...
Middletown to partner with land bank; confirms new representative
 Middletown City Council has approved joining a partnership with Butler County and the city of Hamilton to staff operations at the Butler County Land Reutilization Board or the land bank. Middletown and Hamilton will pay 15 percent of the new land bank employee’s wages with the county responsible for 70 percent. MORE: Clock is ticking...

Posted: 5 days ago

Middletown City Council has approved joining a partnership with Butler County and the city of Hamilton to staff operations at the Butler County Land Reutilization Board or the land bank. Middletown and Hamilton will pay 15 percent of the new land bank employee’s wages with the county responsible for 70 percent. MORE: Clock is ticking...
Middletown attorney in contempt for not filing compliance affidavit
 A Middletown area lawyer was listed Tuesday among several suspended lawyers found in contempt for failing to submit an affidavit of compliance with the Ohio Supreme Court. William Matthew Tinch, a Franklin resident, formerly practiced law in Middletown and Springboro before being accused of more than a dozen allegations of misconduct that...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Middletown area lawyer was listed Tuesday among several suspended lawyers found in contempt for failing to submit an affidavit of compliance with the Ohio Supreme Court. William Matthew Tinch, a Franklin resident, formerly practiced law in Middletown and Springboro before being accused of more than a dozen allegations of misconduct that...
Fairfield man’s drug trafficking case is bound over to grand jury
 A Fairfield man arrested last week on felony drug charges waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Fairfield Municipal Court. A Butler County grand jury will review the case against Jeffrey Scott King, 48, who was charged last week with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, third-degree felonies. His $20,000 bond was continued....

Posted: 6 days ago

A Fairfield man arrested last week on felony drug charges waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Fairfield Municipal Court. A Butler County grand jury will review the case against Jeffrey Scott King, 48, who was charged last week with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, third-degree felonies. His $20,000 bond was continued....
Mom delivers baby in car on Interstate 75
 Ohio Highway Patrol troopers were busy Wednesday morning with a number of non-injury fender benders due to slick roads and cold weather. However, there was one call that was unexpected when a Monroe woman went into labor and delivered her daughter in a car this morning on Interstate 75 south near milepost 24 in Liberty Twp. MORE: Adopted...

Posted: 7 days ago

Ohio Highway Patrol troopers were busy Wednesday morning with a number of non-injury fender benders due to slick roads and cold weather. However, there was one call that was unexpected when a Monroe woman went into labor and delivered her daughter in a car this morning on Interstate 75 south near milepost 24 in Liberty Twp. MORE: Adopted...
Opioid overdoses trending down in Middletown

Posted: 7 days ago

Middletown is making progress in reducing the number of overdoses reported in the city. City officials Monday released the latest overdose statistics through Nov. 30, which show fatal and nonfatal overdoses down as much as 49 percent for 2018 compared to 2017. In November 2018, there were 17 opioid-related overdose incidents that included...
City’s offices to close Wednesday for National Day of Mourning
 The city of Franklin will close its government offices Wednesday for the National Day of Mourning in remembrance of President George H.W. Bush. Franklin Mayor Todd Hall made the announcement during Monday’s council meeting. Also closed on Wednesday are government offices in Franklin Twp., Madison Twp. and Hamilton Twp. No other government...

Posted: 8 days ago

The city of Franklin will close its government offices Wednesday for the National Day of Mourning in remembrance of President George H.W. Bush. Franklin Mayor Todd Hall made the announcement during Monday’s council meeting. Also closed on Wednesday are government offices in Franklin Twp., Madison Twp. and Hamilton Twp. No other government...