Lauren Pack

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

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Former Middletown police chief dies at age 80
 A former Middletown police chief has died. Russell Dwyer, who served as police chief from 1975-87, died Monday night. He was 80. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin St. Burial in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. MORE: Read more...

Posted: 6 hours ago

A former Middletown police chief has died. Russell Dwyer, who served as police chief from 1975-87, died Monday night. He was 80. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday at Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin St. Burial in Springboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. MORE: Read more...
Internet searches, cell phone videos questioned in death penalty trial
 The prosecution continued its case against Michael Grevious II on Tuesday with the lead detective in the retaliation shooting, Hamilton Detective Mel Gray, taking the stand. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge...

Posted: 9 hours ago

The prosecution continued its case against Michael Grevious II on Tuesday with the lead detective in the retaliation shooting, Hamilton Detective Mel Gray, taking the stand. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge...
Juror dismissed in Hamilton death penalty trial
 The sixth day of the Michael Grevious II death penalty trial in Hamilton began with the replacement of a juror. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people. He is also charged...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The sixth day of the Michael Grevious II death penalty trial in Hamilton began with the replacement of a juror. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting at Central Avenue and Knightsbridge on Aug. 3, 2016 that killed two people. He is also charged...
Brooke Richardson off house arrest, but judge imposes other restrictions
 A Warren County judge has modified the house arrest restriction placed on a Carlisle teen awaiting trial on aggravated murder charges. Brooke Skylar Richardson’s trial was scheduled to begin April 16, but was cancelled while the 12th District Court of Appeals considers a ruling about medical records. It could take months for that decision...

Posted: a day ago

A Warren County judge has modified the house arrest restriction placed on a Carlisle teen awaiting trial on aggravated murder charges. Brooke Skylar Richardson’s trial was scheduled to begin April 16, but was cancelled while the 12th District Court of Appeals considers a ruling about medical records. It could take months for that decision...
Hamilton driver admits guilt in pedestrian strike that killed teen
 A Hamilton man who struck two pedestrians with his truck, killing one, has admitted guilt in the crash. Steven James Rogers, 59, who has been in the Butler County Jail since the fatal crash on Nov. 9, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Six other charges related to the incident were dismissed: aggravated...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Hamilton man who struck two pedestrians with his truck, killing one, has admitted guilt in the crash. Steven James Rogers, 59, who has been in the Butler County Jail since the fatal crash on Nov. 9, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Six other charges related to the incident were dismissed: aggravated...
Hamilton death penalty trial: Text messages shown, reluctant witnesses take stand
 Hundreds of phone calls and text messages as well as the testimony of reluctant witnesses marked the second day of testimony in the death penalty trial of Michael Grevious II. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting in August 2016. He is also...

Posted: 5 days ago

Hundreds of phone calls and text messages as well as the testimony of reluctant witnesses marked the second day of testimony in the death penalty trial of Michael Grevious II. Grevious, 25, of Hamilton, is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for allegedly ordering a retaliation shooting in August 2016. He is also...
Prosecutors: Hamilton man ‘set on revenge’ ordered retaliation shooting from jail cell
 Michael Grevious II was “set on revenge” after a fatal shootout at a bar and orchestrated, from his jail cell, a hit on a man involved in the gun violence, according to prosecutors. The jury heard opening statements and testimony Wednesday in the death penalty trial of Grevious. The 25-year-old Hamilton man is facing the death...

Posted: 6 days ago

Michael Grevious II was “set on revenge” after a fatal shootout at a bar and orchestrated, from his jail cell, a hit on a man involved in the gun violence, according to prosecutors. The jury heard opening statements and testimony Wednesday in the death penalty trial of Grevious. The 25-year-old Hamilton man is facing the death...
Hamilton death penalty trial: Witnesses fear for their safety
 As jury selection in the death penalty trial stemming from a 2016 shooting entered its second day, police officers were still looking for two witnesses who did not show up. A jury was selected late Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Michael Grevious II, who is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for the retaliation...

Posted: 6 days ago

As jury selection in the death penalty trial stemming from a 2016 shooting entered its second day, police officers were still looking for two witnesses who did not show up. A jury was selected late Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Michael Grevious II, who is facing the death penalty if found guilty of aggravated murder for the retaliation...
Hamilton drive-thru robbery suspect: ‘You’ve got 30 seconds to give me the money’
 A man robbed a Hamilton business Monday afternoon, pulling a gun on the owner. Shortly after 2 p.m., the suspect wearing a hood and a partial mask walked into Shorty’s Drive-Thru on Laurel Avenue in Lindenwald and demanded money, said store owner Steve Pfirrman. MORE: Middletown High School locked down after knife incident “He...

Posted: 7 days ago

A man robbed a Hamilton business Monday afternoon, pulling a gun on the owner. Shortly after 2 p.m., the suspect wearing a hood and a partial mask walked into Shorty’s Drive-Thru on Laurel Avenue in Lindenwald and demanded money, said store owner Steve Pfirrman. MORE: Middletown High School locked down after knife incident “He...
Defense wants house arrest lifted for Brooke Skylar Richardson
 UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. April 17: Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell has filed a written response opposing Brooke Skylar Richardson’s release from house arrest, which has been requested by defense attorneys. Fornshell said the house arrest restriction is necessary to assure Richardson’s appearance in court and for public safety...

Posted: 7 days ago

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. April 17: Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell has filed a written response opposing Brooke Skylar Richardson’s release from house arrest, which has been requested by defense attorneys. Fornshell said the house arrest restriction is necessary to assure Richardson’s appearance in court and for public safety...