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Springfield teen defendants in robbery case to be sentenced today



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

Warren County OVI checkpoint Friday night
 The Ohio Highway patrol continued to roll out clues about an upcoming OVI checkpoint in Warren County. RELATED: Highway patrol announces checkpoint this week This morning, the patrol revealed the checkpoint, staffed by troopers and officers from local departments, will be tomorrow night. MORE: Butler County OVI checkpoint results “The...

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The Ohio Highway patrol continued to roll out clues about an upcoming OVI checkpoint in Warren County. RELATED: Highway patrol announces checkpoint this week This morning, the patrol revealed the checkpoint, staffed by troopers and officers from local departments, will be tomorrow night. MORE: Butler County OVI checkpoint results “The...
Warren County families want quick action on transgender name changes
 Lawyers for transgender juveniles blocked by a Warren County judge from changing their names want a federal judge to make it happen by the end of the year. A teleconference has been scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. by U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman to determine the status of the case filed earlier this month in federal court in Cincinnati...

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Lawyers for transgender juveniles blocked by a Warren County judge from changing their names want a federal judge to make it happen by the end of the year. A teleconference has been scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. by U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman to determine the status of the case filed earlier this month in federal court in Cincinnati...
Lawyer: Warren County father not guilty of arson with children at home
 The lawyer for Timothy Hartwig, the Warren County man accused of setting his house on fire with his children inside to collect an insurance payment, issued a statement declaring Hartwig is not guilty of aggravated arson and endangering children charges and asking that the family’s privacy be respected. “My client and I find ourselves...

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The lawyer for Timothy Hartwig, the Warren County man accused of setting his house on fire with his children inside to collect an insurance payment, issued a statement declaring Hartwig is not guilty of aggravated arson and endangering children charges and asking that the family’s privacy be respected. “My client and I find ourselves...
Warren County man allegedly threatened to post teen sex video
 A 20-year-old Warren County man has been accused of threatening for 10 months to spread a video of a juvenile “engaging in sexual activity.” Rondell D. Thomas was indicted on charges of extortion and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor from Oct 2017 to July 2018, according to a list of indictments released this...

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A 20-year-old Warren County man has been accused of threatening for 10 months to spread a video of a juvenile “engaging in sexual activity.” Rondell D. Thomas was indicted on charges of extortion and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor from Oct 2017 to July 2018, according to a list of indictments released this...
Highway patrol to set up OVI checkpoint in Warren County this week
 The Lebanon Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol announced that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint this week. The announcement sent Monday morning said the purpose was “to deter and intercept impaired drivers,” but provided no further information about the checkpoint. RELATED: Troopers plan checkpoint Friday night in Warren County...

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The Lebanon Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol announced that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint this week. The announcement sent Monday morning said the purpose was “to deter and intercept impaired drivers,” but provided no further information about the checkpoint. RELATED: Troopers plan checkpoint Friday night in Warren County...
19,000 Warren County voters will have a new polling place in November
 More than 19,000 Warren County voters will be sent to a different polling place in November. The moves, in 18 precincts from Mason to Springboro, mark the third time in four years that the Warren County Board of Elections has moved polling places. Several moves are being made because the existing polling place asked to no longer participate...

Posted: 3 days ago

More than 19,000 Warren County voters will be sent to a different polling place in November. The moves, in 18 precincts from Mason to Springboro, mark the third time in four years that the Warren County Board of Elections has moved polling places. Several moves are being made because the existing polling place asked to no longer participate...
Prosecutor: Warren County man charged with arson, children in home
 A Warren County man has been charged with endangering his children by setting their house on fire in April. Timothy Hartwig, 46, is accused of setting the fire on April 5 at his home on Honeysuckle Lane in Hamilton Twp., according to a press release issued by Hamilton Twp. Police Chief Scott Hughes. Hartwig, in “severe financial distress...

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A Warren County man has been charged with endangering his children by setting their house on fire in April. Timothy Hartwig, 46, is accused of setting the fire on April 5 at his home on Honeysuckle Lane in Hamilton Twp., according to a press release issued by Hamilton Twp. Police Chief Scott Hughes. Hartwig, in “severe financial distress...
$1M for Springboro park for father-daughter plane crash victims
 A new park will be built in Springboro in honor of the victims of a 2010 plane crash. Members of the Hausfeld family are donating a total of $1 million over five years toward the park, Springboro City Manager Chris Pozzuto said in an email. Tom Hausfeld, 50, and his daughter Kacie, 21, were killed April 1, 2010, when the plane he was piloting...

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A new park will be built in Springboro in honor of the victims of a 2010 plane crash. Members of the Hausfeld family are donating a total of $1 million over five years toward the park, Springboro City Manager Chris Pozzuto said in an email. Tom Hausfeld, 50, and his daughter Kacie, 21, were killed April 1, 2010, when the plane he was piloting...
Warren County officials again avoid challenges in fall election
 Warren County elected officials on the November ballot once again avoided challenges in the November election. Commissioner Tom Grossmann, Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II and Auditor Matt Nolan, all Republicans, are unopposed by Democrats in the Nov. 6 election, according to the county board of elections. Judge Robert Fischer, also a registered...

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Warren County elected officials on the November ballot once again avoided challenges in the November election. Commissioner Tom Grossmann, Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda II and Auditor Matt Nolan, all Republicans, are unopposed by Democrats in the Nov. 6 election, according to the county board of elections. Judge Robert Fischer, also a registered...
Prosecutors to turn over texts in Springboro teacher case today
 A judge instructed prosecutors to provide, by noon today, text messages gathered during the undercover investigation of a Springboro teacher that culminated in a raid of her home in May 2017. Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Donald Oda gave prosecutors until then to produce text messages gathered by the lead detective in the case. The...

Posted: 8 days ago

A judge instructed prosecutors to provide, by noon today, text messages gathered during the undercover investigation of a Springboro teacher that culminated in a raid of her home in May 2017. Warren County Common Pleas Court Judge Donald Oda gave prosecutors until then to produce text messages gathered by the lead detective in the case. The...
Warren County man arraigned in girlfriend’s fatal shooting
 A Hamilton Twp. man was arraigned this morning for reckless homicide in a case stemming from the fatal shooting of his girlfriend last weekend at his home. During a hearing in Warren County court, Judge Gary Loxley set bond for Christopher Timmons, 35, at $100,000 cash or surety, provided Timmons also pays for electronic monitoring while...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Hamilton Twp. man was arraigned this morning for reckless homicide in a case stemming from the fatal shooting of his girlfriend last weekend at his home. During a hearing in Warren County court, Judge Gary Loxley set bond for Christopher Timmons, 35, at $100,000 cash or surety, provided Timmons also pays for electronic monitoring while...