Rick McCrabb

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Middletown City Schools, Madison Local Schools, Carlisle Local School and Middletown non-profits

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area police briefs

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Police K-9 catches alleged criminal in creek after officer injured Chase, a Middletown canine officer, certainly earned his name after his partner was injured. Middletown police officer Ryan Morgan and his canine captured Matthew Kincaid in a Madison Twp. creek Sunday morning after a pursuit that began in Middletown following a traffic stop...
7 men from Butler County are on Ohio’s Death Row. Here’s what they did.
 Of the 137 Ohio prison inmates sentenced to death for convictions of aggravated murder, seven are connected to Butler County. On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said...

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Of the 137 Ohio prison inmates sentenced to death for convictions of aggravated murder, seven are connected to Butler County. On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he is halting executions until the state devises a new lethal injection protocol that overcomes any court challenges. He did not issue a formal stay of all executions but said...
Why is the city of Hamilton named for Alexander Hamilton, anyway?
 With “Hamilton,” one of the hottest musicals on Broadway, opening this week at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, we’ve heard from some people who wonder: Why is Hamilton named for Alexander Hamilton? Hamilton is the story of the Founding Father Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington&rsquo...

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With “Hamilton,” one of the hottest musicals on Broadway, opening this week at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, we’ve heard from some people who wonder: Why is Hamilton named for Alexander Hamilton? Hamilton is the story of the Founding Father Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington&rsquo...
Police: Burglary suspects shot at apartment residents who followed them
 Two residents of an apartment in the 900 block of North University Boulevard said their vehicle was shot several times by people who allegedly stole from their apartment several weeks ago. They told Middletown police when they came home at 2:50 a.m. Sunday, they noticed a car in the parking lot and two people were inside the car. They told...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Two residents of an apartment in the 900 block of North University Boulevard said their vehicle was shot several times by people who allegedly stole from their apartment several weeks ago. They told Middletown police when they came home at 2:50 a.m. Sunday, they noticed a car in the parking lot and two people were inside the car. They told...
8 unsolved cases that continue to haunt Butler County families
 There are numerous notable unsolved cases in the region. The Journal-News will continue following these cases when new information becomes available. Here is a sampling of notable cases: Nancy Abrams was working on March 10, 1985, at one of the few businesses open overnight in Middletown. A newspaper delivery woman saw the 33-year-old mother...

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There are numerous notable unsolved cases in the region. The Journal-News will continue following these cases when new information becomes available. Here is a sampling of notable cases: Nancy Abrams was working on March 10, 1985, at one of the few businesses open overnight in Middletown. A newspaper delivery woman saw the 33-year-old mother...
Police: Couple asked to use dentist office’s phone, stole man’s keys from hanging jacket
 A Middletown couple was charged with grand auto theft, a fourth-degree felony, after they allegedly entered a dentist’s office and stole a patient’s keys and his car, according to police. Logan Warman, 26, and Brandie Kidwell, 28, of North Highview, were charged after they allegedly used the phone at the Clemmons Dentist Office...

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A Middletown couple was charged with grand auto theft, a fourth-degree felony, after they allegedly entered a dentist’s office and stole a patient’s keys and his car, according to police. Logan Warman, 26, and Brandie Kidwell, 28, of North Highview, were charged after they allegedly used the phone at the Clemmons Dentist Office...
Navy vet and longtime businessman who had ‘a great love of Hamilton’ dies at 87
 A man who had “a great love of Hamilton,” and lived his life that way, has died. Richard “Dick” Haid, who joined the Hamilton Rotary 50 years ago, died Feb. 9 at Berkeley Square in Hamilton. He was 87. Haid was a businessman and community servant. John Haid, the oldest of his four children, said his father was &ldquo...

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A man who had “a great love of Hamilton,” and lived his life that way, has died. Richard “Dick” Haid, who joined the Hamilton Rotary 50 years ago, died Feb. 9 at Berkeley Square in Hamilton. He was 87. Haid was a businessman and community servant. John Haid, the oldest of his four children, said his father was &ldquo...
Police: Man offered to help older woman with groceries before stealing from her trunk
 A man helped an older woman load her groceries before stealing her purse out of her trunk, according to Middletown police. The 86-year-old woman told police she was loading her groceries at Needler’s Market, 621 N. University Blvd., Thursday afternoon when a man offered to help. After assisting the woman, the man reached into her trunk...

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A man helped an older woman load her groceries before stealing her purse out of her trunk, according to Middletown police. The 86-year-old woman told police she was loading her groceries at Needler’s Market, 621 N. University Blvd., Thursday afternoon when a man offered to help. After assisting the woman, the man reached into her trunk...
7 beloved restaurants that are missed in Butler County
 We decided to remember some popular places that have closed. Here are seven of them: Manchester Inn, Middletown: This hotel and restaurant was a favorite choice for Middletown residents because of its soup and salad bar lunches, prime rib dinners and Sunday brunches. The Manchester Inn abruptly closed on Jan. 3, 2011. Capozzi’s, Middletown...

Posted: 2 days ago

We decided to remember some popular places that have closed. Here are seven of them: Manchester Inn, Middletown: This hotel and restaurant was a favorite choice for Middletown residents because of its soup and salad bar lunches, prime rib dinners and Sunday brunches. The Manchester Inn abruptly closed on Jan. 3, 2011. Capozzi’s, Middletown...