Lauren Pack

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

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Police investigating body found in roadway as homicide
 Middletown police are investigating the death of a man found in the roadway early this morning as a homicide, according to Lt. Scott Reeve. The man was found dead about 12:30 a.m. in a residential community at Lefferson Road and Sheffield Street. There are no arrests, according to Reeve, who declined to release more details. Identification...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Middletown police are investigating the death of a man found in the roadway early this morning as a homicide, according to Lt. Scott Reeve. The man was found dead about 12:30 a.m. in a residential community at Lefferson Road and Sheffield Street. There are no arrests, according to Reeve, who declined to release more details. Identification...
Body found on railroad tracks in Middletown
 A body was found this afternoon along the railroad tracks on Vannest Avenue in Middletown, according to Police Sgt. Malcolm Tipton. MORE: Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial A man was found at about 4:20 p.m. behind the 3500 block of Vannest Avenue, Tipton said. The Butler County Coroner’s Office is responding...

Posted: a day ago

A body was found this afternoon along the railroad tracks on Vannest Avenue in Middletown, according to Police Sgt. Malcolm Tipton. MORE: Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial A man was found at about 4:20 p.m. behind the 3500 block of Vannest Avenue, Tipton said. The Butler County Coroner’s Office is responding...
911 callers, including child, describe gunfire in Hamilton after 2 people shot
 Dispatchers received nine frantic 911 calls Wednesday night by Hamilton residents who described lots of gunfire, including a crying child who said, “they shot my mom.” An argument broke out on Chestnut Street just before 9 p.m. resulting in Mario Ramirez, 60, and Elizabeth Palma-Duran, 35, both of Hamilton being wounded by a gunshots...

Posted: 2 days ago

Dispatchers received nine frantic 911 calls Wednesday night by Hamilton residents who described lots of gunfire, including a crying child who said, “they shot my mom.” An argument broke out on Chestnut Street just before 9 p.m. resulting in Mario Ramirez, 60, and Elizabeth Palma-Duran, 35, both of Hamilton being wounded by a gunshots...
Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial
 A judge has ruled a Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two woman will receive only one trial. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he was back in court Thursday for a hearing to separate the charges and allow two trials — one for each alleged killing...

Posted: 2 days ago

A judge has ruled a Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two woman will receive only one trial. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he was back in court Thursday for a hearing to separate the charges and allow two trials — one for each alleged killing...
Arrests made after 2 people shot in Hamilton
 An argument in Hamilton on Wednesday night resulted in two people shot and two men in jail. The incident happened just before 9 p.m. in the 11oo block of Chestnut Street, where Mario Ramirez, 60, suffered a gunshot wound. Elizabeth Palma-Duran, 35, was also wounded by a gunshot, according to the police report. MORE: Hamilton moving forward...

Posted: 3 days ago

An argument in Hamilton on Wednesday night resulted in two people shot and two men in jail. The incident happened just before 9 p.m. in the 11oo block of Chestnut Street, where Mario Ramirez, 60, suffered a gunshot wound. Elizabeth Palma-Duran, 35, was also wounded by a gunshot, according to the police report. MORE: Hamilton moving forward...
Power outage delays trial for teen driver in fatal Monroe prom crash
 UPDATE@9:30 a.m.: A bench trial in Butler County Juvenile Court for a 17-year-old Monroe student who was driving the car in a prom night crash that killed a classmate has been continued until next month. The trial was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. today, but icy weather knocked out power to parts of Hamilton, including the Butler County...

Posted: 3 days ago

UPDATE@9:30 a.m.: A bench trial in Butler County Juvenile Court for a 17-year-old Monroe student who was driving the car in a prom night crash that killed a classmate has been continued until next month. The trial was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. today, but icy weather knocked out power to parts of Hamilton, including the Butler County...
Could Pike County murder suspect be taken to Butler County Jail?
 According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, he was contacted by the Pike County Sheriff a couple days ago and asked if he could house George "Billy" Wagner III in the Butler County Jail in Hamilton. Jones told the sheriff that he would. “I have heard he has waived extradition, but I do not know for sure if he is coming...

Posted: 4 days ago

According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, he was contacted by the Pike County Sheriff a couple days ago and asked if he could house George "Billy" Wagner III in the Butler County Jail in Hamilton. Jones told the sheriff that he would. “I have heard he has waived extradition, but I do not know for sure if he is coming...
2 West Chester men charged in connection to drug overdose death
 Two West Chester Twp. men have been indicted by a Butler County grand jury involuntary manslaughter and drug charges. Gabriel Arlo Gordon, 32, and Kenneth R. Griffin, 59, both of West Chester Twp., are each charged with corrupting another with drugs and trafficking in heroin in addition to involuntary manslaughter, according to the Butler...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two West Chester Twp. men have been indicted by a Butler County grand jury involuntary manslaughter and drug charges. Gabriel Arlo Gordon, 32, and Kenneth R. Griffin, 59, both of West Chester Twp., are each charged with corrupting another with drugs and trafficking in heroin in addition to involuntary manslaughter, according to the Butler...
Man charged in deaths of 2 women wants 2 trials
 A Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two women during a standoff in Trenton wants two trials — one for each alleged murder. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he will be back in Judge Keith Spaeth’s courtroom Thursday for a motion asking...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two women during a standoff in Trenton wants two trials — one for each alleged murder. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he will be back in Judge Keith Spaeth’s courtroom Thursday for a motion asking...
What you’re saying: Hamilton moves Christmas tree lighting
 A decision to change the location of the Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays Christmas tree lighting event is drawing a strong response on social media. The Nov. 17 event will be held at the entrance to RiversEdge Amphitheatre in Marcum Park, organizers said. In past years the tree lighting has taken place on the lawn of the Butler County...

Posted: 4 days ago

A decision to change the location of the Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays Christmas tree lighting event is drawing a strong response on social media. The Nov. 17 event will be held at the entrance to RiversEdge Amphitheatre in Marcum Park, organizers said. In past years the tree lighting has taken place on the lawn of the Butler County...
Man going to trial for 2017 fatal Middletown bar shooting
 Defense attorneys and prosecutors said Tuesday both sides are ready for trial this month for a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar nearly 18 months ago. Malcolm Franklin, 28, formerly of Louisiana, is charged with murder as well as three counts of felonious assault for gun violence in 2017, at D&J Nite spot. MORE: Man...

Posted: 5 days ago

Defense attorneys and prosecutors said Tuesday both sides are ready for trial this month for a man charged in a fatal shooting outside a Middletown bar nearly 18 months ago. Malcolm Franklin, 28, formerly of Louisiana, is charged with murder as well as three counts of felonious assault for gun violence in 2017, at D&J Nite spot. MORE: Man...