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 underpaid school districts $3.1 million in tax money
 The City of Lebanon underpaid two local school districts $3.1 million in property taxes collected through taxing districts established to help pay for roads and other improvements in the city’s industrial parks, according to a press release issued Friday by the city. Over 20 years, the city underpaid both the Lebanon City Schools and...

Posted: a day ago

The City of Lebanon underpaid two local school districts $3.1 million in property taxes collected through taxing districts established to help pay for roads and other improvements in the city’s industrial parks, according to a press release issued Friday by the city. Over 20 years, the city underpaid both the Lebanon City Schools and...
Warren County septic struggle moves to Ohio Supreme Court
 The process used to permit a septic tank cleaning business to operate in a rural Warren County neighborhood undermines “the transparency and legitimacy of units of government throughout Ohio,” according to the lawyer taking the case to the Ohio Supreme Court. Lawyer Roger Eckert, who lives on Beal Road near the Septek home office...

Posted: a day ago

The process used to permit a septic tank cleaning business to operate in a rural Warren County neighborhood undermines “the transparency and legitimacy of units of government throughout Ohio,” according to the lawyer taking the case to the Ohio Supreme Court. Lawyer Roger Eckert, who lives on Beal Road near the Septek home office...
Mason lawyer could regain license lost after misconduct in Lebanon case
 The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct is recommending a Warren County lawyer get his license back, provided he complete counseling and treatment, and make restitution to his client in a case in Lebanon Municipal Court. Andrew J. Brenner also is required to complete one year of monitored probation and pay court costs, according to case filings...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct is recommending a Warren County lawyer get his license back, provided he complete counseling and treatment, and make restitution to his client in a case in Lebanon Municipal Court. Andrew J. Brenner also is required to complete one year of monitored probation and pay court costs, according to case filings...
Advocates: Warren County widow’s case a big win for Ohio seniors
 An 81-year-old Warren County widow’s win in the Ohio Supreme Court will have far-reaching implications for other surviving spouses facing bills for the care of loved ones who die, advocates for seniors said. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of Cora Bell in a lawsuit filed in June 2015 against her in Franklin Municipal...

Posted: 2 days ago

An 81-year-old Warren County widow’s win in the Ohio Supreme Court will have far-reaching implications for other surviving spouses facing bills for the care of loved ones who die, advocates for seniors said. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of Cora Bell in a lawsuit filed in June 2015 against her in Franklin Municipal...
Warren County widow wins nursing home fight over dead spouse’s bills
 The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-2 today that a Carlisle nursing home was required to file a claim with the estate of Robert Bell before it could pursue payment for his care from his widow, under Ohio’s “necessaries statute.” The ruling came out of a lawsuit filed against an 80-year-old Franklin Twp. woman, Cora Bell, in Franklin...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 5-2 today that a Carlisle nursing home was required to file a claim with the estate of Robert Bell before it could pursue payment for his care from his widow, under Ohio’s “necessaries statute.” The ruling came out of a lawsuit filed against an 80-year-old Franklin Twp. woman, Cora Bell, in Franklin...
State money an alternative to selling farm for housing developments
 The Ohio Department of Agriculture set aside almost $8.5 million next year for farmers in 36 counties, including fast-growing Warren County, who want to preserve their land against commercial development. So far, 449 family farms in 59 counties covering more than 73,500 acres, and the agricultural production on them, have been...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Ohio Department of Agriculture set aside almost $8.5 million next year for farmers in 36 counties, including fast-growing Warren County, who want to preserve their land against commercial development. So far, 449 family farms in 59 counties covering more than 73,500 acres, and the agricultural production on them, have been...
Centerville man wants teen crash victim’s medical records
 Lawyers for a Centerville man facing an aggravated vehicular homicide charge in connection with a Thanksgiving 2017 fatal crash with a teen walking along a road outside Springboro are pressing for more information. Robert C. Pietrantonio’s lawyers want to obtain medical and mental health records of the person killed, Skyler P. Ludington...

Posted: 4 days ago

Lawyers for a Centerville man facing an aggravated vehicular homicide charge in connection with a Thanksgiving 2017 fatal crash with a teen walking along a road outside Springboro are pressing for more information. Robert C. Pietrantonio’s lawyers want to obtain medical and mental health records of the person killed, Skyler P. Ludington...
6 people indicted in Warren County meth case
 Six Warren County residents have been charged with participating in the production or sale of methamphetamines. James W. Lamb Jr., 33, was indicted on 12 felonies, including illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and tampering with evidence from August 2017 to June 2018. Lamb...

Posted: 5 days ago

Six Warren County residents have been charged with participating in the production or sale of methamphetamines. James W. Lamb Jr., 33, was indicted on 12 felonies, including illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and tampering with evidence from August 2017 to June 2018. Lamb...
Can a small-town sex assault victim force her attacker to move? A recent area case tested that
 The 64-year-old jogger who was attacked on the Little Miami Trail last year can’t understand why she has to keep seeing her attacker in the small town where they live just 1.7 miles apart. “This is in my face every day of my life,” the victim said during a hearing two weeks ago in Warren County Common Pleas Court. &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

The 64-year-old jogger who was attacked on the Little Miami Trail last year can’t understand why she has to keep seeing her attacker in the small town where they live just 1.7 miles apart. “This is in my face every day of my life,” the victim said during a hearing two weeks ago in Warren County Common Pleas Court. &ldquo...
Man questioned on solicitations in Lebanon released from Dayton jail
 The Dayton man booked into the Montgomery County Jail late last month after questions were raised about charitable solicitations made in Lebanon has been released, according to records. Joseph E. Steward, 50, of Dayton, was released from the jail earlier this week after pleading guilty to obstructing official business and possession of drug...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Dayton man booked into the Montgomery County Jail late last month after questions were raised about charitable solicitations made in Lebanon has been released, according to records. Joseph E. Steward, 50, of Dayton, was released from the jail earlier this week after pleading guilty to obstructing official business and possession of drug...
$650K trail to connect residents with coming developments in Lebanon
 The city of Lebanon is planning to spend $650,000 to extend a recreational trail through downtown to the north side of the city, part of the area’s effort to connect the public with coming developments. The trail would follow roads through downtown onto the Aylor-Cook Nature Trail before connecting back onto Broadway up to Lebanon Junior...

Posted: 9 days ago

The city of Lebanon is planning to spend $650,000 to extend a recreational trail through downtown to the north side of the city, part of the area’s effort to connect the public with coming developments. The trail would follow roads through downtown onto the Aylor-Cook Nature Trail before connecting back onto Broadway up to Lebanon Junior...