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Part of Bypass Ohio 4 was slick and causing accidents. Here’s the fix.
 Motorists have noticed the rough road on Bypass Ohio 4 near the intersection of Symmes Road. That is due to the unexpected slickness of asphalt, said Fairfield Public Works Director Dave Butsch. The Bypass Ohio 4 widening and paving project — which encompassed multiple jurisdictions — was completed in 2012. MORE: 
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Posted: 6 days ago

Motorists have noticed the rough road on Bypass Ohio 4 near the intersection of Symmes Road. That is due to the unexpected slickness of asphalt, said Fairfield Public Works Director Dave Butsch. The Bypass Ohio 4 widening and paving project — which encompassed multiple jurisdictions — was completed in 2012. MORE: ...
Teenage driver found asleep in car while at stoplight
 An 18-year-old Fairfield Twp. man was found asleep behind the wheel in a left-turn lane, according to police. Marco Antonio Zendejas, 18, of Saratoga Drive in Fairfield Twp., also didn’t know who the car he was driving belonged to, according to a police report. Zendejas was stopped at 4:48 a.m. June 9 at a light on Tylersville Road...

Posted: 7 days ago

An 18-year-old Fairfield Twp. man was found asleep behind the wheel in a left-turn lane, according to police. Marco Antonio Zendejas, 18, of Saratoga Drive in Fairfield Twp., also didn’t know who the car he was driving belonged to, according to a police report. Zendejas was stopped at 4:48 a.m. June 9 at a light on Tylersville Road...
Girl, 11, charged after squirting glue on store floor, stealing bra
 An 11-year-old girl is charged with petty theft after attempting to steal a sports bra at Walmart, according to police. The girl, who lives in Hamilton, had concealed the sports bra at 10:45 p.m. on June 12 and “was squirting Elmers glue on the floor,” according to a police report. The girl was taken to the loss prevention office...

Posted: 7 days ago

An 11-year-old girl is charged with petty theft after attempting to steal a sports bra at Walmart, according to police. The girl, who lives in Hamilton, had concealed the sports bra at 10:45 p.m. on June 12 and “was squirting Elmers glue on the floor,” according to a police report. The girl was taken to the loss prevention office...
Butler County GOP elects leaders. What some are saying about the state of the Republican Party now.
 The Butler County Republican Party this week overwhelmingly re-elected its two leaders: Todd Hall as executive chair and Chris Wunnenberg as Central Committee chair. Hall was challenged by Jennifer Gross, of West Chester Twp., while Wunnenberg was challenged by Jeremiah York, of West Chester Twp. Hall received 123 votes to be re-elected for...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Butler County Republican Party this week overwhelmingly re-elected its two leaders: Todd Hall as executive chair and Chris Wunnenberg as Central Committee chair. Hall was challenged by Jennifer Gross, of West Chester Twp., while Wunnenberg was challenged by Jeremiah York, of West Chester Twp. Hall received 123 votes to be re-elected for...
‘Highly intoxicated’ contractor rips fire hydrant from the ground
 A fire hydrant was damaged after a “highly intoxicated” contractor disengaged a parked van that rolled over the hydrant, according to a report. At 7:21 p.m. June 3, officers responded to the 5800 block of Longbow Drive and saw a white van parked on top of the damaged fire hydrant. Terrance Tyler, of Camvic Terrace in Cincinnati...

Posted: 8 days ago

A fire hydrant was damaged after a “highly intoxicated” contractor disengaged a parked van that rolled over the hydrant, according to a report. At 7:21 p.m. June 3, officers responded to the 5800 block of Longbow Drive and saw a white van parked on top of the damaged fire hydrant. Terrance Tyler, of Camvic Terrace in Cincinnati...
Suspected Kohl’s thief eludes police through woods and then on stolen bicycle
 After stealing a pair of shoes and clothes from Kohl’s, an unknown man fled through the woods to a neighborhood, where he stole a bicycle from an open garage, according to police. Police officers were dispatched at 2:04 p.m. June 8 to Kohl’s on Princeton Road for a reported theft.  A Kohl’s loss prevention officer described...

Posted: 8 days ago

After stealing a pair of shoes and clothes from Kohl’s, an unknown man fled through the woods to a neighborhood, where he stole a bicycle from an open garage, according to police. Police officers were dispatched at 2:04 p.m. June 8 to Kohl’s on Princeton Road for a reported theft.  A Kohl’s loss prevention officer described...
Police find man dancing by Dumpster after he allegedly jumped in front of cars
 A West Chester Twp. man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he allegedly was jumping in front of cars and repeatedly slammed a door at a gas station, according to police. Police responded at 10:18 p.m. June 2 to the gas station at 2607 Tylersville Road to find Joseph Doane, 31, of Heron Drive, “dancing by the Dumpster,”...

Posted: 9 days ago

A West Chester Twp. man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he allegedly was jumping in front of cars and repeatedly slammed a door at a gas station, according to police. Police responded at 10:18 p.m. June 2 to the gas station at 2607 Tylersville Road to find Joseph Doane, 31, of Heron Drive, “dancing by the Dumpster,”...
Dad admits it was ‘bad idea’ to let 10-year-old son drive
 A neighbor thought the loud bang she heard outside was one of her dogs playing. Instead, a van had crashed into her garage that was driven by a 10-year-old boy, according to police. David Inman, 48, of Hickory Trail Place, said his son lost control of the vehicle when driving it just after 9 p.m. June 7. The van went across the street and...

Posted: 9 days ago

A neighbor thought the loud bang she heard outside was one of her dogs playing. Instead, a van had crashed into her garage that was driven by a 10-year-old boy, according to police. David Inman, 48, of Hickory Trail Place, said his son lost control of the vehicle when driving it just after 9 p.m. June 7. The van went across the street and...
More than 200 people apply for 2 top Fairfield positions
 Two high-profile management jobs with the city of Fairfield are attracting hundreds of applicants. Fairfield City Manager Mark Wendling said 124 people are seeking to be Fairfield’s next assistant city manager, and around 100 more are hoping to become the city’s next parks director. FAIRFIELD NEWS: He’s had a historic run...

Posted: 10 days ago

Two high-profile management jobs with the city of Fairfield are attracting hundreds of applicants. Fairfield City Manager Mark Wendling said 124 people are seeking to be Fairfield’s next assistant city manager, and around 100 more are hoping to become the city’s next parks director. FAIRFIELD NEWS: He’s had a historic run...
Fairfield Police Department to make more changes near the top
 Three Fairfield police officers will no longer be part of a collective bargaining unit if the State Employee Relations Board approves a reclassification change. City Council unanimously approved to reclassify the three lieutenant positions as major and designate Lt. Greg Valandingham, Lt. Ken Gerald and Lt. Amy Mays as deputy police chief...

Posted: 11 days ago

Three Fairfield police officers will no longer be part of a collective bargaining unit if the State Employee Relations Board approves a reclassification change. City Council unanimously approved to reclassify the three lieutenant positions as major and designate Lt. Greg Valandingham, Lt. Ken Gerald and Lt. Amy Mays as deputy police chief...
This is where you’re most likely to get arrested for OVI in Butler County
 Drunk drivers are more likely to get arrested in Fairfield than most other communities in the county, according to data analyzed by the Journal-News. Fairfield police officers arrested 291 people in 2017, which is nearly twice the number of impaired drivers arrested by Hamilton officers (157) and by Butler County Sheriff’s deputies...

Posted: 13 days ago

Drunk drivers are more likely to get arrested in Fairfield than most other communities in the county, according to data analyzed by the Journal-News. Fairfield police officers arrested 291 people in 2017, which is nearly twice the number of impaired drivers arrested by Hamilton officers (157) and by Butler County Sheriff’s deputies...
Hamilton woman gives cops 2 fake names before being charged with possessing drug pipes, identity fraud
 During a traffic stop, a Hamilton woman gave two fake names to police officers and was eventually arrested for possessing a pair of pipes used for marijuana and methamphetamine. Diamond Rae Cox, 18, was driving just after 1 a.m. May 29 in a vehicle a Fairfield police officer ordered to pull over after failing to stop behind the stop bar on...

Posted: 13 days ago

During a traffic stop, a Hamilton woman gave two fake names to police officers and was eventually arrested for possessing a pair of pipes used for marijuana and methamphetamine. Diamond Rae Cox, 18, was driving just after 1 a.m. May 29 in a vehicle a Fairfield police officer ordered to pull over after failing to stop behind the stop bar on...
North Gilmore Road, the road in front of the new Fairfield Freshman School, to be upgraded
 Before the end of the month, anyone who regularly travels North Gilmore Road will need to find a new route for a few weeks. North Gilmore Road will eventually be closed to through traffic for a road widening project, but first a storm sewer that crosses Holden Boulevard needs to be replaced, according to Fairfield City Engineer Ben Mann....

Posted: 14 days ago

Before the end of the month, anyone who regularly travels North Gilmore Road will need to find a new route for a few weeks. North Gilmore Road will eventually be closed to through traffic for a road widening project, but first a storm sewer that crosses Holden Boulevard needs to be replaced, according to Fairfield City Engineer Ben Mann....
Butler County Democrats elect new party leader following a close vote
 The Butler County Democratic Party has a new executive director, and he says the party is “on a path to fight back, to organize and yes, to win.” In a close vote — 57-55 — Brian Hester beat out Ronnie Wardrup to succeed Jocelyn Bucaro as the party’s top Democrat. RELATED: A leading voice in Butler County politics...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Butler County Democratic Party has a new executive director, and he says the party is “on a path to fight back, to organize and yes, to win.” In a close vote — 57-55 — Brian Hester beat out Ronnie Wardrup to succeed Jocelyn Bucaro as the party’s top Democrat. RELATED: A leading voice in Butler County politics...
Hamilton man admits to stealing hundreds of dollars’ worth of steak
 A Hamilton man tried to steal hundreds of dollars’ worth of steak “to sell and to eat,” according to police. Roger Dale French, 45, of Brough Avenue, was arrested at 1:42 p.m. on Nilles Road after he stole nearly $580 worth of food — mainly steak — and general merchandise from the Fairfield Kroger, 560 Wessel...

Posted: 15 days ago

A Hamilton man tried to steal hundreds of dollars’ worth of steak “to sell and to eat,” according to police. Roger Dale French, 45, of Brough Avenue, was arrested at 1:42 p.m. on Nilles Road after he stole nearly $580 worth of food — mainly steak — and general merchandise from the Fairfield Kroger, 560 Wessel...
Butler, Warren could collectively receive $5M from state for new voting equipment
 A plan to give $114.5 million in state funds to counties to purchase new voting machines cleared the Ohio House on a unanimous vote on Thursday. The money will be distributed to counties based in part on the number of registered voters they have. RELATED: ‘On its last legs’: Why election boards are seeking new voting machines...

Posted: 16 days ago

A plan to give $114.5 million in state funds to counties to purchase new voting machines cleared the Ohio House on a unanimous vote on Thursday. The money will be distributed to counties based in part on the number of registered voters they have. RELATED: ‘On its last legs’: Why election boards are seeking new voting machines...
Sheriff Jones: ‘I’ve encouraged them to do the raids’ in Butler County
 Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones wants to see the federal government raid businesses in Butler County just as immigration officers arrested more than 100 workers at a northern Ohio gardening and greenhouse company on Tuesday. Some 200 federal officers carried out one of the largest workplace immigration raids in recent years when...

Posted: 17 days ago

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones wants to see the federal government raid businesses in Butler County just as immigration officers arrested more than 100 workers at a northern Ohio gardening and greenhouse company on Tuesday. Some 200 federal officers carried out one of the largest workplace immigration raids in recent years when...
Butler County continues to attract movie makers
 A Hamilton bridge closed this past weekend for crews to film a movie, marking the 12th time the city has been the backdrop for film crews since Ohio film tax credits took effect in 2009. Ohio is one of 34 states to offer some type of incentive — either in the form of a tax credit, rebate or grant — for movie makers and TV...

Posted: 19 days ago

A Hamilton bridge closed this past weekend for crews to film a movie, marking the 12th time the city has been the backdrop for film crews since Ohio film tax credits took effect in 2009. Ohio is one of 34 states to offer some type of incentive — either in the form of a tax credit, rebate or grant — for movie makers and TV...
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