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...
Assault police charge sent to a grand jury
 Three felony charges against a Middletown man were bound over to a Butler County grand jury during his preliminary hearing Monday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court. Judge James Sherron decided there was sufficient evidence to bind the case over to the grand jury. Matthew Kincaid, 39, of Middletown, was charged with assault on a police...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Three felony charges against a Middletown man were bound over to a Butler County grand jury during his preliminary hearing Monday afternoon in Middletown Municipal Court. Judge James Sherron decided there was sufficient evidence to bind the case over to the grand jury. Matthew Kincaid, 39, of Middletown, was charged with assault on a police...
Police: 4 enter closed Middletown hotel looking for ‘ghosts’
 Middletown police said they found four people, including two juveniles, leaving a closed downtown hotel. They told officers they were looking for ghosts. Police were called to the former Manchester Inn, 1027 Manchester Road, last week after the owner William Grau said he noticed someone had cut the bolts and possibly entered the building...

Posted: 5 days ago

Middletown police said they found four people, including two juveniles, leaving a closed downtown hotel. They told officers they were looking for ghosts. Police were called to the former Manchester Inn, 1027 Manchester Road, last week after the owner William Grau said he noticed someone had cut the bolts and possibly entered the building...
Adopted Fairfield firefighter ‘one of those guys who make you smile’
 Every Saturday morning during the spring and summer, Fairfield firefighters help local Special Olympic athletes train for about an hour. It’s a way for them to give back. Through that community service — that began more than 20 years ago behind the leadership of Capt. Jim Howell — a special bond has been born with one athlete...

Posted: 7 days ago

Every Saturday morning during the spring and summer, Fairfield firefighters help local Special Olympic athletes train for about an hour. It’s a way for them to give back. Through that community service — that began more than 20 years ago behind the leadership of Capt. Jim Howell — a special bond has been born with one athlete...
Police K-9 catches alleged criminal in creek after officer injured
 Chase, a Middletown K-9 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, according to a Middletown police report. After Kincaid was stopped...

Posted: 7 days ago

Chase, a Middletown K-9 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, according to a Middletown police report. After Kincaid was stopped...
Longtime school volunteer wins ‘I Love Middletown’ award
 Beverly Howard said she didn’t know Mary Jane Palmer Nunlist personally. Now the two women are linked forever. Howard received the Mary Jane Palmer Nunlist “I Love Middletown” Award recently at the Middletown Community Foundation dinner for her many years of service to the community, namely her volunteer work at Rosa Parks...

Posted: 7 days ago

Beverly Howard said she didn’t know Mary Jane Palmer Nunlist personally. Now the two women are linked forever. Howard received the Mary Jane Palmer Nunlist “I Love Middletown” Award recently at the Middletown Community Foundation dinner for her many years of service to the community, namely her volunteer work at Rosa Parks...
‘Toxic relationship’ divides Butler County homeless agencies
 A Middletown church-based homeless shelter has “disassociated” itself from the city’s homeless shelter and Access Counseling because of a “toxic relationship.” Bill Fugate, volunteer director of Serving Homeless Alternate Lodging Of Middletown, said Hope House and Access Counseling “do not have the same...

Posted: 9 days ago

A Middletown church-based homeless shelter has “disassociated” itself from the city’s homeless shelter and Access Counseling because of a “toxic relationship.” Bill Fugate, volunteer director of Serving Homeless Alternate Lodging Of Middletown, said Hope House and Access Counseling “do not have the same...
Competency hearing set for boy, 10, charged after allegedly chasing sister with knife
 A competency hearing was ordered for a 10-year-old charged with domestic violence after he allegedly chased his sister with a knife. FIRST REPORT: Boy, 10, charged after allegedly chasing sister with knife The boy appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court last week and Magistrate Patricia Wilkerson ordered the hearing and released him from...

Posted: 9 days ago

A competency hearing was ordered for a 10-year-old charged with domestic violence after he allegedly chased his sister with a knife. FIRST REPORT: Boy, 10, charged after allegedly chasing sister with knife The boy appeared in Butler County Juvenile Court last week and Magistrate Patricia Wilkerson ordered the hearing and released him from...
Police investigating whether cashier conspired in counterfeit money exchange
 Police are investigating whether a fast-food cashier knowingly gave change for two counterfeit $100 bills, according to a report. Middletown police were called Friday night to Lee’s Famous Recipe, 604 S. Breiel Blvd., after a manager found two $100 counterfeit bills in the register. The manager reviewed surveillance footage and noticed...

Posted: 9 days ago

Police are investigating whether a fast-food cashier knowingly gave change for two counterfeit $100 bills, according to a report. Middletown police were called Friday night to Lee’s Famous Recipe, 604 S. Breiel Blvd., after a manager found two $100 counterfeit bills in the register. The manager reviewed surveillance footage and noticed...
Thieves steal soldier’s keepsakes from mother’s home
 Army Lt. Col. Joe Jackson had spent nine months in Afghanistan, his fourth tour of duty during the past 5½ years. Since he’s stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and he doesn’t want his personal valuables stored in a long-term unit, he keeps them in his mother’s house in Middletown. “For safe keeping,” said...

Posted: 13 days ago

Army Lt. Col. Joe Jackson had spent nine months in Afghanistan, his fourth tour of duty during the past 5½ years. Since he’s stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and he doesn’t want his personal valuables stored in a long-term unit, he keeps them in his mother’s house in Middletown. “For safe keeping,” said...
‘Everyone wants to see a castle’: Sorg Mansion open for tours this weekend
 A “work of art” will be showcased this weekend in Middletown. The Sorg Mansion, built in 1887 by Paul J. Sorg, one of Middletown’s first industrialists and first multimillionaires, will be one of the 14 historic buildings featured Sunday during the 2018 South Main Historic District Candlelight Tour of Homes. Jeremy Loukinas...

Posted: 13 days ago

A “work of art” will be showcased this weekend in Middletown. The Sorg Mansion, built in 1887 by Paul J. Sorg, one of Middletown’s first industrialists and first multimillionaires, will be one of the 14 historic buildings featured Sunday during the 2018 South Main Historic District Candlelight Tour of Homes. Jeremy Loukinas...