Lauren Pack

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Butler County government, sheriff's department and courts.

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Middletown cracks down on speeding in school zones
 Middletown Schools have been in session for a few weeks, but drivers apparently are still speeding through school zones like it’s summer. “We get so many complaints about speeding in school zones,” said Middletown Police Major David Birk. “This year we are being proactive with enforcement.” In the past week,...

Posted: 2 days ago

Middletown Schools have been in session for a few weeks, but drivers apparently are still speeding through school zones like it’s summer. “We get so many complaints about speeding in school zones,” said Middletown Police Major David Birk. “This year we are being proactive with enforcement.” In the past week,...
Teen sentenced to prison for Fairfield Twp. parking lot shooting
 A teen boy has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting another teen in the parking lot of a Fairfield Twp. Walmart. Now, a judge will decide if the case should stay in juvenile court. John Robbins, now 17, entered a guilty plea to felonious assault with a gun specification last month in Butler County Common...

Posted: 2 days ago

A teen boy has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting another teen in the parking lot of a Fairfield Twp. Walmart. Now, a judge will decide if the case should stay in juvenile court. John Robbins, now 17, entered a guilty plea to felonious assault with a gun specification last month in Butler County Common...
Police: Woman with gun in downtown Hamilton not breaking any laws
 Police responded downtown this morning after a report of a woman walking around with a firearm. Dispatchers received a call at 9:43 a.m. for a report of a woman on the corner of Maple Avenue and Witt Way reportedly with an assault rifle over her shoulder and a handgun in her possession. Police stopped the woman nearby at the southeast corner...

Posted: 2 days ago

Police responded downtown this morning after a report of a woman walking around with a firearm. Dispatchers received a call at 9:43 a.m. for a report of a woman on the corner of Maple Avenue and Witt Way reportedly with an assault rifle over her shoulder and a handgun in her possession. Police stopped the woman nearby at the southeast corner...
Fairfield stabbing death: Girlfriend’s competency questioned
 Attorneys for a woman accused of killing her boyfriend at a Fairfield residence are questioning her competency to stand trial. Stephanie Gabbard, 33, was indicted last week for murder after David Mitchell, 41, was found dead Sept. 4 in an apartment on Eastgate Drive that he shared with Gabbard. Butler County Judge Michael Oster set bond at...

Posted: 3 days ago

Attorneys for a woman accused of killing her boyfriend at a Fairfield residence are questioning her competency to stand trial. Stephanie Gabbard, 33, was indicted last week for murder after David Mitchell, 41, was found dead Sept. 4 in an apartment on Eastgate Drive that he shared with Gabbard. Butler County Judge Michael Oster set bond at...
1 person taken to hospital after truck overturns
 UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.: The injured person has been freed from an over-turned truck that landed in a ditch, according to Butler County dispatchers. The person is being taken to an area hospital by Indiana medics. Dispatchers said the accident actually occurred just inside Franklin County, Ind. The initial report said the crash occurred at the...

Posted: 3 days ago

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.: The injured person has been freed from an over-turned truck that landed in a ditch, according to Butler County dispatchers. The person is being taken to an area hospital by Indiana medics. Dispatchers said the accident actually occurred just inside Franklin County, Ind. The initial report said the crash occurred at the...
Ross Twp. teen pleads guilty in fatal shooting of fellow student
 A Ross High School student pleaded guilty Tuesday to the robbery and shooting death of a fellow student in January. Zachary Welsh, 17, who was to be tried as an adult for killing fellow student Austin Hensley, pleaded guilty today to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence...

Posted: 12 days ago

A Ross High School student pleaded guilty Tuesday to the robbery and shooting death of a fellow student in January. Zachary Welsh, 17, who was to be tried as an adult for killing fellow student Austin Hensley, pleaded guilty today to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery and two counts of tampering with evidence...
Carlisle teen told doctor she had no intention of having baby, prosecutor says
 Brooke Skylar Richardson told her doctor that she had no intention of having her baby, a Warren County prosecutor said Tuesday at an appeals hearing. The Carlisle teen is charged with killing her newborn and then burying the newborn girl's remains in her parent’s backyard last summer.  Both the defense and prosecution are...

Posted: 12 days ago

Brooke Skylar Richardson told her doctor that she had no intention of having her baby, a Warren County prosecutor said Tuesday at an appeals hearing. The Carlisle teen is charged with killing her newborn and then burying the newborn girl's remains in her parent’s backyard last summer.  Both the defense and prosecution are...
Middletown woman with decapitated dog pleads guilty
 A Middletown woman’s guilty plea Monday to felony animal cruelty charges marked the first felony conviction in Butler County since a 2016 law change. Tina Marie Jackson, 40, was charged with the fifth-degree felonies in February after several dead dogs were found in the backyard of her home.  Jackson’s guilty plea Monday...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Middletown woman’s guilty plea Monday to felony animal cruelty charges marked the first felony conviction in Butler County since a 2016 law change. Tina Marie Jackson, 40, was charged with the fifth-degree felonies in February after several dead dogs were found in the backyard of her home.  Jackson’s guilty plea Monday...
Second arrest made in shooting death of Hamilton 13-year-old
 A second Hamilton teen has been charged in the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. A Butler County grand jury indictment was unsealed today charging Kameron O. Tunstall with murder, four counts of felonious assault and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises. Tunstall, 18, was booked into the Butler County Jail...

Posted: 13 days ago

A second Hamilton teen has been charged in the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. A Butler County grand jury indictment was unsealed today charging Kameron O. Tunstall with murder, four counts of felonious assault and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises. Tunstall, 18, was booked into the Butler County Jail...
Hamilton teen indicted for murder in 13-year-old’s shooting death
 A Hamilton teen has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury for the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. and injuring another. Miquan Hubbard, 18, of 223 Village Street, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury for murder, four counts of felonious assault and discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises. All...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Hamilton teen has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury for the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. and injuring another. Miquan Hubbard, 18, of 223 Village Street, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury for murder, four counts of felonious assault and discharge of a firearm on or near a prohibited premises. All...
Fall trial date set for man charged after fiery fatal Hamilton crash
 A trial has been set for a Fairfield man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for an October 2017 crash  that killed a woman. Tracy Moore, 45, was indicted in April by a Butler County grand jury on the second-degree felony charge as well as a lower felony charge of vehicular homicide. His case has been continued several times, but last...

Posted: 15 days ago

A trial has been set for a Fairfield man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for an October 2017 crash that killed a woman. Tracy Moore, 45, was indicted in April by a Butler County grand jury on the second-degree felony charge as well as a lower felony charge of vehicular homicide. His case has been continued several times, but last...