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Mother: Someone must speak up to solve teen daughter’s homicide
 Stephanie Garcia-Tovar remembers the last text she sent to her daughter Sydney on July 23, and the anguish minutes later of a message telling her the 16-year-old had been shot. The teen, who had just graduated from graduated from Hamilton City Schools’ Miami School as part of an independent learning program, was shot in the head while...

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Stephanie Garcia-Tovar remembers the last text she sent to her daughter Sydney on July 23, and the anguish minutes later of a message telling her the 16-year-old had been shot. The teen, who had just graduated from graduated from Hamilton City Schools’ Miami School as part of an independent learning program, was shot in the head while...
Stolen vehicle chase in Middletown ends with 2 arrests in Liberty Twp.
 A stolen truck chase that began Sunday morning in Middletown ended in Liberty Twp. with two suspects located at a grocery store and a restaurant. Middletown Police Officer Holly Owens ran the plates of a Nissan Frontier at about 11 a.m. on South Verity Parkway near Lafayette Avenue. Information returned listed the truck as stolen from Blanchester...

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A stolen truck chase that began Sunday morning in Middletown ended in Liberty Twp. with two suspects located at a grocery store and a restaurant. Middletown Police Officer Holly Owens ran the plates of a Nissan Frontier at about 11 a.m. on South Verity Parkway near Lafayette Avenue. Information returned listed the truck as stolen from Blanchester...
Iconic Hamilton fountain, classic car both destroyed in crash
 An iconic fountain at a busy Hamilton intersection was destroyed Tuesday evening by a classic car, according to Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit. The crash happened at about 5:35 p.m. at High Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard and sent one motorist to the hospital with minor injuries, according police. “Sadly, 1800’s fountain...

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An iconic fountain at a busy Hamilton intersection was destroyed Tuesday evening by a classic car, according to Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit. The crash happened at about 5:35 p.m. at High Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard and sent one motorist to the hospital with minor injuries, according police. “Sadly, 1800’s fountain...
Trial delayed until next year for man charged in fatal Hamilton crash
 A trial scheduled to begin today for a Fairfield man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for an October 2017 crash that killed a woman has been moved to next year. PREVIOUS REPORT: Truck driver indicted for homicide following fiery fatal crash in Hamilton Tracy Moore, 45, was indicted in April by a Butler County grand jury on the second-degree...

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A trial scheduled to begin today for a Fairfield man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for an October 2017 crash that killed a woman has been moved to next year. PREVIOUS REPORT: Truck driver indicted for homicide following fiery fatal crash in Hamilton Tracy Moore, 45, was indicted in April by a Butler County grand jury on the second-degree...
Suspect in Hamilton teen’s shooting appears in court again without attorney
 The second Hamilton teen charged in the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. was back in court Thursday, again without an attorney. Kameron O. Tunstall, 18, was indicted last month for murder, four counts of felonious assault, and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises. Tunstall was arraigned Sept. 18 in Butler...

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The second Hamilton teen charged in the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. was back in court Thursday, again without an attorney. Kameron O. Tunstall, 18, was indicted last month for murder, four counts of felonious assault, and discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises. Tunstall was arraigned Sept. 18 in Butler...
Bond continued for man charged after dead cats found in freezer
 Bond of $35,o000 was continued Tuesday for a Middletown man accused of killing cats and storing their bodies in a freezer. Edmund Cunningham, 24, of Roosevelt Boulevard, was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty in August when Middletown police found multiple dead cats in his home’s freezer, according to Middletown Police Maj...

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Bond of $35,o000 was continued Tuesday for a Middletown man accused of killing cats and storing their bodies in a freezer. Edmund Cunningham, 24, of Roosevelt Boulevard, was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty in August when Middletown police found multiple dead cats in his home’s freezer, according to Middletown Police Maj...
Man whose pacemaker data was used in his arrest ruled competent to stand trial
 A Middletown man charged with allegedly setting fire to his home in 2016 has been ruled competent to stand trial following a psychological evaluation. Ross Compton, 60, was indicted in January for aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly setting fire to his Court Donegal house. The blaze caused nearly $400,000 in damages. Compton...

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A Middletown man charged with allegedly setting fire to his home in 2016 has been ruled competent to stand trial following a psychological evaluation. Ross Compton, 60, was indicted in January for aggravated arson and insurance fraud for allegedly setting fire to his Court Donegal house. The blaze caused nearly $400,000 in damages. Compton...
Trenton man gets 25 years to life for child sex and pornography conviction
 A Trenton man could spend the rest of his life in prison for child sex crimes involving six known victims. Mickey R. Murrill, 31, of the first block of North Street, was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater. He faced a total of 43 years to life. Murrill was indicted by a grand jury in February...

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A Trenton man could spend the rest of his life in prison for child sex crimes involving six known victims. Mickey R. Murrill, 31, of the first block of North Street, was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater. He faced a total of 43 years to life. Murrill was indicted by a grand jury in February...
Middletown woman sentenced for animal cruelty after first county conviction under new state law
 A Middletown woman is in jail after admitting to three felony charges of animal cruelty, but she avoided a longer prison sentence. 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. Last month, Jackson pleaded guilty to three of those charges, marking...

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A Middletown woman is in jail after admitting to three felony charges of animal cruelty, but she avoided a longer prison sentence. 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. Last month, Jackson pleaded guilty to three of those charges, marking...
Defense: Prosecution claims in Carlisle buried baby case are simply ‘click-bait’
 A claim by prosecutors in the case of a Carlisle teenage accused of killing her newborn has caused a strong response from her defense team. During oral arguments last month at the 12th District Court of Appeals, a Warren County prosecutor said Brooke Skylar Richardson had no intention of having her baby. That brought a reaction from the teen&rsquo...

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A claim by prosecutors in the case of a Carlisle teenage accused of killing her newborn has caused a strong response from her defense team. During oral arguments last month at the 12th District Court of Appeals, a Warren County prosecutor said Brooke Skylar Richardson had no intention of having her baby. That brought a reaction from the teen&rsquo...
No grant money to replace Hamilton Fire Safety House
 The Hamilton Fire Department received some bad news last week — it was not awarded a grant to replace its much-used, aging safety house. For the past 25 years, the Fire Safety House, built in-house by firefighters, has been used to provide first-hand training to children on what to do when in case of a fire. The training was ramped...

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The Hamilton Fire Department received some bad news last week — it was not awarded a grant to replace its much-used, aging safety house. For the past 25 years, the Fire Safety House, built in-house by firefighters, has been used to provide first-hand training to children on what to do when in case of a fire. The training was ramped...
Mason dad who wanted a son pleads guilty to endangering infant daughter
 A Mason father pleaded guilty today in Warren County Common Pleas Court to child endangering for abusing his three-month-old daughter, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. Jason Bittner, 33, was indicted earlier this year for child endangering and felonious assault after the infant’s injuries were discovered. The...

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A Mason father pleaded guilty today in Warren County Common Pleas Court to child endangering for abusing his three-month-old daughter, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. Jason Bittner, 33, was indicted earlier this year for child endangering and felonious assault after the infant’s injuries were discovered. The...
Bond set for couple in Middletown road rage, shooting incident
 A Middletown couple remain behind bars following arraignment on felony charges stemming from a road rage incident that resulted in a shooting in the parking lot of a local restaurant. Jessica Payne and Chase Harris appeared Wednesday in Middletown Municipal Court, where Judge James Sherron set bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing for...

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A Middletown couple remain behind bars following arraignment on felony charges stemming from a road rage incident that resulted in a shooting in the parking lot of a local restaurant. Jessica Payne and Chase Harris appeared Wednesday in Middletown Municipal Court, where Judge James Sherron set bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing for...
Driver transported by medical helicopter after crash in Fairfield
 UPDATE @ 12:02 p.m.: A  Pontiac G6 went off the left side of Seward Road and into a ditch before becoming airborne and hitting a patch of trees, according to Fairfield Deputy Fire Chief Tom Wagner.   The driver, a man who was the only person in the car, was alert when transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center by...

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UPDATE @ 12:02 p.m.: A Pontiac G6 went off the left side of Seward Road and into a ditch before becoming airborne and hitting a patch of trees, according to Fairfield Deputy Fire Chief Tom Wagner.   The driver, a man who was the only person in the car, was alert when transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center by...
West Chester resident sent to prison for defrauding elderly man of $91,000
 A 75-year-old West Chester Twp. man has been sent to prison for securities fraud, according to the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office. Ronald Lee Jennings, of West Hartford Court, was given a two-year prison sentence Monday by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $40,000. Jennings...

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A 75-year-old West Chester Twp. man has been sent to prison for securities fraud, according to the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office. Ronald Lee Jennings, of West Hartford Court, was given a two-year prison sentence Monday by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $40,000. Jennings...
Court hearing continued for Hamilton councilman charged with domestic violence
 A hearing for a Hamilton City Council member charged with misdemeanor domestic violence involving his wife has been continued until later in the month. Matthew Von Stein, 41, of Glenway Drive, was in Hamilton Municipal Court on Tuesday, but the hearing was rescheduled to Oct. 31 at the request of his attorney, Matthew Fritsch, according to...

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A hearing for a Hamilton City Council member charged with misdemeanor domestic violence involving his wife has been continued until later in the month. Matthew Von Stein, 41, of Glenway Drive, was in Hamilton Municipal Court on Tuesday, but the hearing was rescheduled to Oct. 31 at the request of his attorney, Matthew Fritsch, according to...
VIDEO: Road rage leads to shooting in Middletown parking lot
 A road rage incident late Monday night resulted in a shooting in the parking lot of a local restaurant, with children in the car, according to police. A Middletown couple is behind bars charged with felonies for the incident. Officers were called to the 3500 block of Dixie Highway, at about 9:40 p.m. for a large disturbance and reports of...

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A road rage incident late Monday night resulted in a shooting in the parking lot of a local restaurant, with children in the car, according to police. A Middletown couple is behind bars charged with felonies for the incident. Officers were called to the 3500 block of Dixie Highway, at about 9:40 p.m. for a large disturbance and reports of...
Detective testifies about alleged Middletown murder-for-hire plot
 A Middletown woman charged with plotting to kill an acquaintance shook her head and mouthed the word “no” Monday as a Middletown police detective testified that she wanted the alleged intended target “out of the way” so she could leave the country with her daughter. Jody Back, 49, of the 800 block of Fifth Avenue,...

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A Middletown woman charged with plotting to kill an acquaintance shook her head and mouthed the word “no” Monday as a Middletown police detective testified that she wanted the alleged intended target “out of the way” so she could leave the country with her daughter. Jody Back, 49, of the 800 block of Fifth Avenue,...
$1.5 million bond for Hamilton man in shooting death of teen
 Bond was set at more than $1 million today for a Hamilton teen charged with murder in the August shooting of a 13-year-old boy. Since his arrest Sept. 1 for murder and felonious assault, bond had been set and changed three times for Miquan Hubbard, who is accused in the shooting death of Jaraius Gilbert Jr., a Wilson Middle School student...

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Bond was set at more than $1 million today for a Hamilton teen charged with murder in the August shooting of a 13-year-old boy. Since his arrest Sept. 1 for murder and felonious assault, bond had been set and changed three times for Miquan Hubbard, who is accused in the shooting death of Jaraius Gilbert Jr., a Wilson Middle School student...
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