Rick McCrabb

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

Latest from Rick McCrabb

Bengals players surprise Middletown teen in hospital
 Elley Ferrell’s 16th birthday party was delayed because of complications from a recent surgery, but she and other patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center were visited this week by members of the Cincinnati Bengals. MORE: The latest from Bengals practice this week Rookie center Billy Price, the Bengals first-round...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Elley Ferrell’s 16th birthday party was delayed because of complications from a recent surgery, but she and other patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center were visited this week by members of the Cincinnati Bengals. MORE: The latest from Bengals practice this week Rookie center Billy Price, the Bengals first-round...
Middletown High students allowed to return to school after threat
 Middletown High School students are being allowed back into the school building today to pick up items after classes were canceled Wednesday due to a “specific” threat, school officials said. MORE ON SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: Mental health symptoms parents can watch out for Wednesday was supposed to be the last day of classes at the high...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Middletown High School students are being allowed back into the school building today to pick up items after classes were canceled Wednesday due to a “specific” threat, school officials said. MORE ON SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: Mental health symptoms parents can watch out for Wednesday was supposed to be the last day of classes at the high...
Middletown restaurant robbery suspect caught in Atlanta
 A man who allegedly walked into a Middletown Subway restaurant with a gun and chased employees out the back door, has been indicted for aggravated robbery and robbery in Georgia. In March 2017, Deandre Yates, 21, of Cincinnati, allegedly entered the Subway restaurant on Verity Parkway with a gun to rob the business and employees. The suspect...

Posted: 19 hours ago

A man who allegedly walked into a Middletown Subway restaurant with a gun and chased employees out the back door, has been indicted for aggravated robbery and robbery in Georgia. In March 2017, Deandre Yates, 21, of Cincinnati, allegedly entered the Subway restaurant on Verity Parkway with a gun to rob the business and employees. The suspect...
Here’s how Luke Kennard is thanking his hometown for their support
 Luke Kennard is returning to the area this summer to pay back those who supported him throughout his illustrious basketball career at Franklin High School. After a press conference at Atrium Medical Center where it was announced that Premier Health is partnering with Kennard and Win The Next One to present the Luke Kennard Overnight Basketball...

Posted: a day ago

Luke Kennard is returning to the area this summer to pay back those who supported him throughout his illustrious basketball career at Franklin High School. After a press conference at Atrium Medical Center where it was announced that Premier Health is partnering with Kennard and Win The Next One to present the Luke Kennard Overnight Basketball...
Witness: Postal worker taken to hospital after being chased by dog
 A postal worker fell and injured his head in Middletown today while being chased by a dog, according to a witness at the scene. Paramedics responded to the 2100 block of Winton Street this afternoon and transported someone to Atrium Medical Center. MORE: Butler County officer dies after motorcycle accident Dispatchers said they couldn&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

A postal worker fell and injured his head in Middletown today while being chased by a dog, according to a witness at the scene. Paramedics responded to the 2100 block of Winton Street this afternoon and transported someone to Atrium Medical Center. MORE: Butler County officer dies after motorcycle accident Dispatchers said they couldn&rsquo...
Longtime Butler County law enforcement officer dies
 Harold May was “proud of being an officer,” said his daughter, Tari Clayton of Liberty Twp. For most of his professional life, May was dedicated to public safety. He died on May 13. He was 73. “He showed me the value of hard work,” Clayton said of her father. “He was a really good worker. He also showed me how...

Posted: 2 days ago

Harold May was “proud of being an officer,” said his daughter, Tari Clayton of Liberty Twp. For most of his professional life, May was dedicated to public safety. He died on May 13. He was 73. “He showed me the value of hard work,” Clayton said of her father. “He was a really good worker. He also showed me how...
WATCH: Demolition starts on downtown theater
 Ninety years of Middletown history isn’t standing a chance this afternoon. Large equipment from Vicker’s Demolition is knocking down the exterior brick walls of the former Studio Theater on Central Avenue. Motorists are being cautioned to slow down in the area. City leaders have said they’re unsure how long it may take to...

Posted: 3 days ago

Ninety years of Middletown history isn’t standing a chance this afternoon. Large equipment from Vicker’s Demolition is knocking down the exterior brick walls of the former Studio Theater on Central Avenue. Motorists are being cautioned to slow down in the area. City leaders have said they’re unsure how long it may take to...
Suspect’s wig may connect 2 area bank robberies, police say
 The person that Franklin police believe robbed a bank there May 18 may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before, officials said. Franklin and Troy police detectives believe the same man may be responsible for both robberies because of their similar descriptions, including a possible wig, Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman said. At...

Posted: 3 days ago

The person that Franklin police believe robbed a bank there May 18 may have also robbed a bank in Troy the day before, officials said. Franklin and Troy police detectives believe the same man may be responsible for both robberies because of their similar descriptions, including a possible wig, Franklin Police Chief Russell Whitman said. At...
Middletown graduation moves after parents shut out of last year’s ceremony
 One year after some Middletown High School parents were unable to see their children graduate, the district has moved high school graduation to a location that officials say should accommodate everyone who wants to attend. But with the ceremony planned outdoors, the district is now worried about inclement weather. Middletown’s Class...

Posted: 3 days ago

One year after some Middletown High School parents were unable to see their children graduate, the district has moved high school graduation to a location that officials say should accommodate everyone who wants to attend. But with the ceremony planned outdoors, the district is now worried about inclement weather. Middletown’s Class...
McCrabb: Principal says upbringing with abusive father ‘shapes me to this day’
 It was normal for Chuck Hall to be lying in bed, listening to his parents arguing. His father was an alcoholic and after a night in the bars, Fred Hall would come home and take out his frustrations on his wife, Connie. He would sometimes choke her, then release seconds before she passed out. It was a sick game he played But on this summer...

Posted: 4 days ago

It was normal for Chuck Hall to be lying in bed, listening to his parents arguing. His father was an alcoholic and after a night in the bars, Fred Hall would come home and take out his frustrations on his wife, Connie. He would sometimes choke her, then release seconds before she passed out. It was a sick game he played But on this summer...
Security guard facing charge after she let teen sleep in her car at work
 A security guard at AK Steel was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she allegedly allowed her cousin to sleep in her car at work. Middletown police received a call from the girl’s mother stating her 15-year-old daughter was not at school on Wednesday and she had left during the night, according to the police...

Posted: 5 days ago

A security guard at AK Steel was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she allegedly allowed her cousin to sleep in her car at work. Middletown police received a call from the girl’s mother stating her 15-year-old daughter was not at school on Wednesday and she had left during the night, according to the police...