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At 128 years old, Middletown’s Sorg Opera House is getting more upgrades this month
 The Sorg Opera Revitalization Group is continuing to make improvements at the 128-year-old theater. For the past few weeks, crews have been making upgrades to the theater’s HVAC and electric systems, which will continue through February, said Chuck Miller, Sorg executive director. Miller said this is one of the biggest projects in the...

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The Sorg Opera Revitalization Group is continuing to make improvements at the 128-year-old theater. For the past few weeks, crews have been making upgrades to the theater’s HVAC and electric systems, which will continue through February, said Chuck Miller, Sorg executive director. Miller said this is one of the biggest projects in the...
‘He was a fireman’s fireman’: Former Franklin fire chief dies at 82
 Hugh DePew, a 35-year career firefighter and served as Franklin’s fire chief from 1992 to 2000, died Monday. He was 82. DePew was part of a group of retired men who would go to breakfast each Tuesday and afterward go with his older brother to local grocery stores to pick up surplus groceries for the Franklin Food Pantry. Wilburn DePew...

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Hugh DePew, a 35-year career firefighter and served as Franklin’s fire chief from 1992 to 2000, died Monday. He was 82. DePew was part of a group of retired men who would go to breakfast each Tuesday and afterward go with his older brother to local grocery stores to pick up surplus groceries for the Franklin Food Pantry. Wilburn DePew...
Middletown approves tax breaks for developer renovating multiple downtown buildings
 Middletown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved granting eight Community Revitalization Area tax abatements for a Springfield man who is renovating and updating several residential and retail properties in downtown Middletown However, some council members questioned if an unfair advantage would be created by approving the request...

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Middletown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved granting eight Community Revitalization Area tax abatements for a Springfield man who is renovating and updating several residential and retail properties in downtown Middletown However, some council members questioned if an unfair advantage would be created by approving the request...
A new company has transformed a former Middletown fire station as its home
 Proclaim Billing Services is already operating inside the former Tytus Avenue fire house in Middletown. Jennifer Minor said the company specializes in billing services for prostetics and orthotics providers. She said it has one major client, Cornerstone Prostetics and Orthotics, which is based in northwest Washington state. “We&rsquo...

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Proclaim Billing Services is already operating inside the former Tytus Avenue fire house in Middletown. Jennifer Minor said the company specializes in billing services for prostetics and orthotics providers. She said it has one major client, Cornerstone Prostetics and Orthotics, which is based in northwest Washington state. “We&rsquo...
Man suspected in Franklin shooting arrested in separate incident
 Police arrested a 39-year-old man in connection to a shooting earlier this week at the Franklin Commons Apartment complex. Police were dispatched around 9 p.m. Wednesday to 613 Spring Ave. on a report of an assault allegedly involving Jesse James of Franklin. James fled the scene, so several Warren County agencies were called in to set up...

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Police arrested a 39-year-old man in connection to a shooting earlier this week at the Franklin Commons Apartment complex. Police were dispatched around 9 p.m. Wednesday to 613 Spring Ave. on a report of an assault allegedly involving Jesse James of Franklin. James fled the scene, so several Warren County agencies were called in to set up...
Why the Middletown City Jail topic will remain highly debated until at least 2020
 Municipal Court Judge James Sherron told Middletown City Council that closing the Middletown City Jail would have a “profound and catastrophic impact” on the community. He presented his case at council’s meeting Tuesday before a large audience of court personnel, city and county officials, former police chiefs, police officers...

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Municipal Court Judge James Sherron told Middletown City Council that closing the Middletown City Jail would have a “profound and catastrophic impact” on the community. He presented his case at council’s meeting Tuesday before a large audience of court personnel, city and county officials, former police chiefs, police officers...
Franklin man sentenced to 35 years for recording child pornography on cellphone
 A Franklin man was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in federal prison following his conviction in a child pornography production case. Jason Fletcher, 41, of Franklin, was found guilty of conspiracy to produce and production of child pornography following a June 2018 bench trial in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. Fletcher and Ciera Richter...

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A Franklin man was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in federal prison following his conviction in a child pornography production case. Jason Fletcher, 41, of Franklin, was found guilty of conspiracy to produce and production of child pornography following a June 2018 bench trial in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. Fletcher and Ciera Richter...
Large crowd hears judge issue dire warnings about impact of closing Middletown jail
 Municipal Court Judge James Sherron told Middletown City Council that closing the city jail would have a “profound and catastrophic impact” on the community. Sherron presented his case at council’s meeting Tuesday before a large audience of court personnel, city officials, former police chiefs, police officers and residents...

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Municipal Court Judge James Sherron told Middletown City Council that closing the city jail would have a “profound and catastrophic impact” on the community. Sherron presented his case at council’s meeting Tuesday before a large audience of court personnel, city officials, former police chiefs, police officers and residents...
Judge: Closure of Middletown City Jail would have ‘catastrophic impact’ on community
 A local judge will be making his case for keeping the Middletown City Jail open as a full-service jail during a meeting today. Middletown Municipal Judge James Sherron is on today’s council agenda to present his side of the issue. The possible jail closure is also opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36, the union that represents...

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A local judge will be making his case for keeping the Middletown City Jail open as a full-service jail during a meeting today. Middletown Municipal Judge James Sherron is on today’s council agenda to present his side of the issue. The possible jail closure is also opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36, the union that represents...
What the new Middletown Chipotle means for the future of the Towne Mall area
 The new Chipotle coming to Middletown will go into an area that has seen activity near the Towne Mall, which officials hope to revive in the coming years. The Middletown Planning Commission last week approved the final development plan for a proposed 2,400-square-foot restaurant on the northeast corner of the Gabe’s store parking lot...

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The new Chipotle coming to Middletown will go into an area that has seen activity near the Towne Mall, which officials hope to revive in the coming years. The Middletown Planning Commission last week approved the final development plan for a proposed 2,400-square-foot restaurant on the northeast corner of the Gabe’s store parking lot...
Developer targets fall opening for Middletown Chipotle after final approval
 Developers of a new Chipotle restaurant are moving forward in Middletown. The Middletown Planning Commission recently approved the final development plan for a proposed 2,400-square-foot restaurant on the northeast corner of the Gabe’s store parking lot at Towne Boulevard and Pendleton Circle. Orlando, Fla.-based Byblos Development...

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Developers of a new Chipotle restaurant are moving forward in Middletown. The Middletown Planning Commission recently approved the final development plan for a proposed 2,400-square-foot restaurant on the northeast corner of the Gabe’s store parking lot at Towne Boulevard and Pendleton Circle. Orlando, Fla.-based Byblos Development...
Movie featuring Middletown girl will play in the region this week
 A movie that was filmed partially in Middletown and features a local girl will be shown this week at the Neon Theater in Dayton after its initial release didn’t include any theaters in the region. Jonathan McNeal, manager of The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., said “DOnnybrook” will screen Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon and...

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A movie that was filmed partially in Middletown and features a local girl will be shown this week at the Neon Theater in Dayton after its initial release didn’t include any theaters in the region. Jonathan McNeal, manager of The Neon, 130 E. Fifth St., said “DOnnybrook” will screen Friday, Saturday and Sunday at noon and...
2 NEW Chipotles are coming to Butler County, and residents are rejoicing
 Chipotle is planning to build new locations in both Hamilton and Middletown, the company and city officials confirmed recently.  Pending approval of its final development plan by the Middletown Planning Commission on Wednesday, construction of the new restaurant could begin in June, and it could be open for business sometime this fall...

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Chipotle is planning to build new locations in both Hamilton and Middletown, the company and city officials confirmed recently.  Pending approval of its final development plan by the Middletown Planning Commission on Wednesday, construction of the new restaurant could begin in June, and it could be open for business sometime this fall...
Bomb-making allegations tied to this Franklin home highlight local police concerns
 The unsealing of a federal indictment and the arrest of two regional militia members accused of making an explosive device and conspiring to possess such a device brought to light the hazards of homemade explosives and the needed attention by law enforcement because of their extreme danger to others, officials said. A federal grand jury indicted...

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The unsealing of a federal indictment and the arrest of two regional militia members accused of making an explosive device and conspiring to possess such a device brought to light the hazards of homemade explosives and the needed attention by law enforcement because of their extreme danger to others, officials said. A federal grand jury indicted...
Court documents detail investigations into southern Ohio militia members
 More information about two members of a regional militia were disclosed following a detention hearing this week in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. A federal grand jury indicted Ryan D. King, 37, of Franklin, and Randy D. Goodman, 53, of Ripley, on charges of possessing unregistered explosives and conspiring to possess a destructive device...

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More information about two members of a regional militia were disclosed following a detention hearing this week in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati. A federal grand jury indicted Ryan D. King, 37, of Franklin, and Randy D. Goodman, 53, of Ripley, on charges of possessing unregistered explosives and conspiring to possess a destructive device...
Carlisle turns to a longtime assistant as new football coach
 A longtime assistant high school football coach will have a chance this fall to prowl the sidelines as Carlisle’s new football coach. The Board of Education Monday approved the hiring of T.J. Smart as the new football coach. It will be the first time in his coaching career that Smart has been a head high school football coach. Superintendent...

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A longtime assistant high school football coach will have a chance this fall to prowl the sidelines as Carlisle’s new football coach. The Board of Education Monday approved the hiring of T.J. Smart as the new football coach. It will be the first time in his coaching career that Smart has been a head high school football coach. Superintendent...
Movie filmed in Butler County, featuring Middletown girl releasing today
 A movie filmed last year in Middletown, southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky that was one of the recent examples of films’ economic impact in the region will have a limited national release on Friday and no area screenings. “Donnybrook” will play in theaters in Columbus, Cleveland, Solon and St. Clairsville, according to...

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A movie filmed last year in Middletown, southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky that was one of the recent examples of films’ economic impact in the region will have a limited national release on Friday and no area screenings. “Donnybrook” will play in theaters in Columbus, Cleveland, Solon and St. Clairsville, according to...
Police: Apartment maintenance man stole from residents, sold some items
 Middletown police have arrested a maintenance man at an apartment complex for several alleged burglaries and thefts. Police said they have been investigating multiple thefts and burglaries reported at the Nicholas Place Apartments, 2747 S. Towne Blvd. Since October, there have been eight burglaries at the complex with no sign of forced entry...

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Middletown police have arrested a maintenance man at an apartment complex for several alleged burglaries and thefts. Police said they have been investigating multiple thefts and burglaries reported at the Nicholas Place Apartments, 2747 S. Towne Blvd. Since October, there have been eight burglaries at the complex with no sign of forced entry...
Butler County detectives honored for busting would-be scammers of older residents
 Two Butler County detectives were recognized this week for their for their “exceptional investigative work and devotion to solving cases specifically involving crimes against the elderly.” In his second annual Prosecutor’s Meritorious Service Award presentation, Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser recognized Middletown...

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Two Butler County detectives were recognized this week for their for their “exceptional investigative work and devotion to solving cases specifically involving crimes against the elderly.” In his second annual Prosecutor’s Meritorious Service Award presentation, Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser recognized Middletown...
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