Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

Latest from Lawrence Budd

Lebanon teen sentenced to 40 hours community service for inducing panic
 A 17-year-old in Lebanon was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and placed on probation for inducing panic on Sept. 5 at Lebanon High School, according to court records. On Monday, during a hearing to the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center, Magistrate Andrew Sievers also suspended 10 days in detention, with credit for...

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A 17-year-old in Lebanon was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and placed on probation for inducing panic on Sept. 5 at Lebanon High School, according to court records. On Monday, during a hearing to the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center, Magistrate Andrew Sievers also suspended 10 days in detention, with credit for...
3 judges to decide death penalty trial in Warren County
 Three judges, rather than a jury, will decide whether a Warren County man will be convicted and possibly sentenced to death for the death of his adoptive sister in September 2017. On Monday, Judge Donald Oda II cleared up remaining issues leading up to the trial of Christopher Kirby, 38, of South Lebanon. Oda, along with Judges Joe Kirby...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Three judges, rather than a jury, will decide whether a Warren County man will be convicted and possibly sentenced to death for the death of his adoptive sister in September 2017. On Monday, Judge Donald Oda II cleared up remaining issues leading up to the trial of Christopher Kirby, 38, of South Lebanon. Oda, along with Judges Joe Kirby...
Woman accused of embezzling $180K from youth sports group gets jail furlough
 The former treasurer of the Springboro Clearcreek Baseball Association (SCBA) was granted a furlough this morning from the Warren County Jail. Renee K. Nichols, 46, is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday in Warren County Common Pleas Court. Nichols was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Monday at her home by Springboro Detective Terry Dunkel, according...

Posted: 7 hours ago

The former treasurer of the Springboro Clearcreek Baseball Association (SCBA) was granted a furlough this morning from the Warren County Jail. Renee K. Nichols, 46, is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday in Warren County Common Pleas Court. Nichols was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Monday at her home by Springboro Detective Terry Dunkel, according...
Warren County inmate facing death penalty in case of dead cellmate
 An inmate accused of strangling his cellmate to death on April 23 at the Lebanon Correctional Institution is facing the death penalty. Jack Welninski, 33, was indicted for aggravated murder, along with two capital specifications, and a repeat violent offender specification by a Warren County grand jury. Welninski is incarcerated at the Ohio...

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An inmate accused of strangling his cellmate to death on April 23 at the Lebanon Correctional Institution is facing the death penalty. Jack Welninski, 33, was indicted for aggravated murder, along with two capital specifications, and a repeat violent offender specification by a Warren County grand jury. Welninski is incarcerated at the Ohio...
Former Warren County factory site receives multi-million dollar grant
 An award of nearly $6 million is the latest boost for a project expected to transform an area of southwest Warren County with a new bridge, trail connector and millions more in development on a former factory site. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) last week announced the award of $5.7 million in federal funds...

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An award of nearly $6 million is the latest boost for a project expected to transform an area of southwest Warren County with a new bridge, trail connector and millions more in development on a former factory site. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) last week announced the award of $5.7 million in federal funds...
Changes are coming to Springboro this week to make room for its performing arts center
 The Springboro site of a future performing arts center that will anchor a commercial redevelopment will see big changes beginning Monday, as demolitions clear the way for construction to begin soon. “We’ve been anxious to get started,” said Jerad M. Barnett, president and CEO of Mills-Barnett, the company collaborating with...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Springboro site of a future performing arts center that will anchor a commercial redevelopment will see big changes beginning Monday, as demolitions clear the way for construction to begin soon. “We’ve been anxious to get started,” said Jerad M. Barnett, president and CEO of Mills-Barnett, the company collaborating with...
Group of regional mayors and city managers comes out against Issue 1
 A group of Dayton area officials has joined opponents of Issue 1 on November election ballots. This week, the Greater Dayton Mayors Ohio Municipal and Managers Association announced opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment. The regional organization, including elected and staff leaders from Beavercreek, Oakwood, Troy and Kettering...

Posted: 3 days ago

A group of Dayton area officials has joined opponents of Issue 1 on November election ballots. This week, the Greater Dayton Mayors Ohio Municipal and Managers Association announced opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment. The regional organization, including elected and staff leaders from Beavercreek, Oakwood, Troy and Kettering...
Key moments during President Trump’s rally in Lebanon last night
 President Donald Trump’s rally in Lebanon on Friday included a full day of action along the city’s main drag fronting the Warren County Fairgrounds as well as under the roof of the cattle barn where he spoke.  Here are some key moments and quotes during the event. Toward the end of his hour-long  speech, Trump recalled...

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President Donald Trump’s rally in Lebanon on Friday included a full day of action along the city’s main drag fronting the Warren County Fairgrounds as well as under the roof of the cattle barn where he spoke.  Here are some key moments and quotes during the event. Toward the end of his hour-long  speech, Trump recalled...
$40M Warren County bridge and development project gets new funding boost
 The developers of the former Peters Cartridge Factory in Warren County received approval for a new injection of funds today. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments announced the award of $5.7 million in federal funds for the Warren County-King Avenue Bridge over Little Miami River. About $40 million is to be spent on the...

Posted: 5 days ago

The developers of the former Peters Cartridge Factory in Warren County received approval for a new injection of funds today. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments announced the award of $5.7 million in federal funds for the Warren County-King Avenue Bridge over Little Miami River. About $40 million is to be spent on the...
Multiple Warren County officials announce their opposition to Issue 1
 Warren County elected officials declared their opposition to Issue 1, citing what they believe would be the negative effects from their various positions. Issue 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment on November election ballots that would change sentencing guidelines for some drug crimes and affect other aspects of those crimes. Recorder...

Posted: 5 days ago

Warren County elected officials declared their opposition to Issue 1, citing what they believe would be the negative effects from their various positions. Issue 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment on November election ballots that would change sentencing guidelines for some drug crimes and affect other aspects of those crimes. Recorder...
Sheriff offers advice for President Trump’s Warren County rally
 The Warren County Sheriff’s Office today explained some of the rules for the public concerning President Donald Trump’s rally Friday evening at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon. “For those planning to attend, please know the Fairgrounds will not be open to the public before 2 p.m. on Friday. If you arrive early,...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office today explained some of the rules for the public concerning President Donald Trump’s rally Friday evening at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon. “For those planning to attend, please know the Fairgrounds will not be open to the public before 2 p.m. on Friday. If you arrive early,...