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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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: 6 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: 7 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...
Proposal for new Dollar General in Middletown unanimously denied
 Middletown City Council has unanimously denied a rezoning request that would have led to the construction of a Dollar General store in a residential district. The store had been proposed for the southwest corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Bonita Drive. But retail sales and service are prohibited in the property’s current zoning district...

Posted: 7 days ago

Middletown City Council has unanimously denied a rezoning request that would have led to the construction of a Dollar General store in a residential district. The store had been proposed for the southwest corner of Roosevelt Boulevard and Bonita Drive. But retail sales and service are prohibited in the property’s current zoning district...
Power tools worth hundreds of dollars stolen from garage
 Four power tools valued at close to $1,500 were taken during an overnight break-in of a residential garage July 25. A resident in the 400 block of The Alameda reported someone cut the padlock to the door of his detached garage and stole tools he uses for his construction business. The missing items include a Hitachi miter saw valued at $600...

Posted: 7 days ago

Four power tools valued at close to $1,500 were taken during an overnight break-in of a residential garage July 25. A resident in the 400 block of The Alameda reported someone cut the padlock to the door of his detached garage and stole tools he uses for his construction business. The missing items include a Hitachi miter saw valued at $600...
Army recruiter rescues residents from burning apartment building
 Army Sgt. Antonio Adams said he was just following his instincts when he helped several of his neighbors out of a burning building at Village East Apartments. Adams, an Army recruiter in Middletown, was at home on July 28 when a neighbor banged on his door and told him something was burning. A native of Eden, N.C., and the father of three...

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Army Sgt. Antonio Adams said he was just following his instincts when he helped several of his neighbors out of a burning building at Village East Apartments. Adams, an Army recruiter in Middletown, was at home on July 28 when a neighbor banged on his door and told him something was burning. A native of Eden, N.C., and the father of three...
Franklin Twp. selects local resident as new fire chief

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Franklin Twp. trustees have opted to select a veteran firefighter and a local resident as its new fire chief. Township Trustees announced at its Wednesday meeting they plan to hire Thomas Snively to lead the township fire department. He was selected from a field of 29 applicants. “I am excited about this opportunity to serve the community...
OVI checkpoint planned in Middletown tonight
 The Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct an OVI checkpoint tonight in Middletown. The checkpoint will be in the 3200-block of Roosevelt Boulevard (State Route 122), between Jackson Lane and Orchard Street. Both directions are scheduled to be checked and last from 11 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. Officers, Butler County Sheriff’s deputies...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Butler County OVI Task Force will conduct an OVI checkpoint tonight in Middletown. The checkpoint will be in the 3200-block of Roosevelt Boulevard (State Route 122), between Jackson Lane and Orchard Street. Both directions are scheduled to be checked and last from 11 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. Officers, Butler County Sheriff’s deputies...
City board agrees with residents and denies addict recovery home
 A proposed home for recovering addicts won’t be coming to a Middletown neighborhood after the city’s planning commission agreed with concerns raised by some residents. Dr. Quinton Moss was seeking a conditional use permit to open a housing facility for as many as 30 addicts recovering from substance abuse at the Yankee Road Church...

Posted: 9 days ago

A proposed home for recovering addicts won’t be coming to a Middletown neighborhood after the city’s planning commission agreed with concerns raised by some residents. Dr. Quinton Moss was seeking a conditional use permit to open a housing facility for as many as 30 addicts recovering from substance abuse at the Yankee Road Church...
Repairs finished at Middletown splash pad
 The Smith Park splash pad returned to operation Wednesday night after closing Monday for repairs, according to the city. MORE: Road troubles not going away, mayor says after tax levy proposal stalls The Smith Park splash pad was closed due to a power supply connectivity issue, city officials previously told the Journal-News. The splash pads...

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The Smith Park splash pad returned to operation Wednesday night after closing Monday for repairs, according to the city. MORE: Road troubles not going away, mayor says after tax levy proposal stalls The Smith Park splash pad was closed due to a power supply connectivity issue, city officials previously told the Journal-News. The splash pads...
UPDATE: Dozens of traffic stops made since residents complained about speeders
 Police have issued more than two dozen warnings and citations in less than one month since residents who live along Beal Road complained to city council about speeding. The Franklin Police Department set up a speed trailer along the road to warn drivers by flashing their rate of speed as well as collect speed data. At Monday’s council...

Posted: 9 days ago

Police have issued more than two dozen warnings and citations in less than one month since residents who live along Beal Road complained to city council about speeding. The Franklin Police Department set up a speed trailer along the road to warn drivers by flashing their rate of speed as well as collect speed data. At Monday’s council...
Road troubles not going away, mayor says after tax levy proposal stalls
 A proposed income tax levy was pulled from Tuesday’s Middletown City Council agenda, but the member who proposed it warned the city’s road issues won’t be going away. Council had given the proposed ordinance a first reading that would have placed the tax increase on the November ballot, and needed to adopt the proposed ordinance...

Posted: 10 days ago

A proposed income tax levy was pulled from Tuesday’s Middletown City Council agenda, but the member who proposed it warned the city’s road issues won’t be going away. Council had given the proposed ordinance a first reading that would have placed the tax increase on the November ballot, and needed to adopt the proposed ordinance...
‘American Ninja Warrior’ competitor part of Franklin ‘Night Out’ event tonight
 Franklin and Carlisle will be hosting National Night Out events tonight. National Night Out is meant to enhance the relationship between police departments and their neighborhoods. According to the National Night Out website, 122 locations in Ohio are registered to participate this year. MORE: Nearly $12,000 in meth seized after traffic stop...

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Franklin and Carlisle will be hosting National Night Out events tonight. National Night Out is meant to enhance the relationship between police departments and their neighborhoods. According to the National Night Out website, 122 locations in Ohio are registered to participate this year. MORE: Nearly $12,000 in meth seized after traffic stop...
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