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

Restaurant manager catches employee stealing from safe
 A fast-food restaurant manager told Middletown police that after  bank deposits were “coming up short” she checked the business’s surveillance video and saw an employee allegedly stealing money from a safe. The manager at Steak ‘n Shake, 3170 Towne Blvd., told police that after watching the video, she saw an employee...

Posted: 5 hours ago

A fast-food restaurant manager told Middletown police that after bank deposits were “coming up short” she checked the business’s surveillance video and saw an employee allegedly stealing money from a safe. The manager at Steak ‘n Shake, 3170 Towne Blvd., told police that after watching the video, she saw an employee...
‘A complete miracle’: Injured local Marine takes first steps weeks after serious accident
 Lisa Laws could tell by the tone of the voice on the phone that something had happened to her son. It was 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 1 when Laws picked up her cell phone and recognized the voice of Brittany Lumpkin, one of her son’s close high school friends. Lumpkin didn’t sound like herself. “I said, ‘Hello&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Lisa Laws could tell by the tone of the voice on the phone that something had happened to her son. It was 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 1 when Laws picked up her cell phone and recognized the voice of Brittany Lumpkin, one of her son’s close high school friends. Lumpkin didn’t sound like herself. “I said, ‘Hello&rsquo...
Man charged after ‘tussle’ with Middletown police officer
 A Middletown man faces several charges, including assault on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after he allegedly injured a Middletown officer Monday morning. Allante Simmons, 21, also was charged with assault, resisting arrest, unlawful restraint and criminal trespass during an altercation inside and outside a home in the 1000 block...

Posted: a day ago

A Middletown man faces several charges, including assault on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, after he allegedly injured a Middletown officer Monday morning. Allante Simmons, 21, also was charged with assault, resisting arrest, unlawful restraint and criminal trespass during an altercation inside and outside a home in the 1000 block...
Middletown police: Homeless man arrested in River Valley Credit Union robbery
 UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: A 27-year-old homeless man is being booked into the city jail on a charge of robbery after police said he asked a teller at the River Valley Credit Union not to call police, Middletown police said.  Suspect Michael Adkins gave a teller a note asking that police not be called and was given an undisclosed amount of...

Posted: a day ago

UPDATE @ 4:55 p.m.: A 27-year-old homeless man is being booked into the city jail on a charge of robbery after police said he asked a teller at the River Valley Credit Union not to call police, Middletown police said.  Suspect Michael Adkins gave a teller a note asking that police not be called and was given an undisclosed amount of...
Middletown homeless shelter kicks off $1 million fundraising campaign
 Hope House Mission has started a shelter and expansion campaign to fund the move of the homeless shelter from South Main Street to Grove Street. The homeless shelter has secured $9 million of the $10 million project and hopes to raise the remaining money through the campaign, said Tim Williams, executive director of operations at Hope House...

Posted: a day ago

Hope House Mission has started a shelter and expansion campaign to fund the move of the homeless shelter from South Main Street to Grove Street. The homeless shelter has secured $9 million of the $10 million project and hopes to raise the remaining money through the campaign, said Tim Williams, executive director of operations at Hope House...
It will cost you more to watch a GMC football, basketball game this season
 Fans will pay more this season to watch Greater Miami Conference sports, but Steve Shuck, league commissioner, said the games are still a bargain. The price for an adult ticket is rising from $7 to $8 for football games and from $6 to $7 for basketball games, he said. The increase is needed to offset the pay raises for game officials, according...

Posted: 2 days ago

Fans will pay more this season to watch Greater Miami Conference sports, but Steve Shuck, league commissioner, said the games are still a bargain. The price for an adult ticket is rising from $7 to $8 for football games and from $6 to $7 for basketball games, he said. The increase is needed to offset the pay raises for game officials, according...
Hamilton native scores 1,000th win as horse trainer
 It’s symbolic the horse that gave trainer Mike Lauer his 1,000th career win recently is named Miracles Take Time. Lauer, 67, a Hamilton native, has been in the horse racing business for most of his life since his father, also a trainer, introduced him to the sport. So after nearly 50 years around horses, Lauer won his 1,000th career...

Posted: 2 days ago

It’s symbolic the horse that gave trainer Mike Lauer his 1,000th career win recently is named Miracles Take Time. Lauer, 67, a Hamilton native, has been in the horse racing business for most of his life since his father, also a trainer, introduced him to the sport. So after nearly 50 years around horses, Lauer won his 1,000th career...
Female prisoners given heroin from fellow inmate, police say
 An inmate in the Middletown City Jail is charged with drug abuse after she allegedly distributed heroin to other inmates in the jail, according to police. Chimere Smith, 32, in jail on assault and disorderly conduct, is charged with the fifth-degree felony after police found 1.18 grams of a substance believed to be heroin Sunday night in...

Posted: 3 days ago

An inmate in the Middletown City Jail is charged with drug abuse after she allegedly distributed heroin to other inmates in the jail, according to police. Chimere Smith, 32, in jail on assault and disorderly conduct, is charged with the fifth-degree felony after police found 1.18 grams of a substance believed to be heroin Sunday night in...
Woman charged after she injures man repossessing her car
 A Middletown woman was charged with assault after she allegedly injured a tow truck driver who was repossessing her car last month in Middletown. Johnnetta McGuire, 39, was charged after she allegedly jumped into her 2006 Hyundai Sonata that was being repossessed and she put it in reverse while it was being loaded on the tow truck, according...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Middletown woman was charged with assault after she allegedly injured a tow truck driver who was repossessing her car last month in Middletown. Johnnetta McGuire, 39, was charged after she allegedly jumped into her 2006 Hyundai Sonata that was being repossessed and she put it in reverse while it was being loaded on the tow truck, according...
Middletown doctor’s ‘true partner’ dies
 The wife of a former Middletown doctor is being remembered for her unwavering love and dedication to her husband. Mary Lou Roehll, wife of Dr. Walter Roehll, who practiced at Middletown Regional Hospital and Atrium Medical Center before his retirement, died Aug. 6 near their home in South Carolina. She was 90. MORE: Atrium Medical Center&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

The wife of a former Middletown doctor is being remembered for her unwavering love and dedication to her husband. Mary Lou Roehll, wife of Dr. Walter Roehll, who practiced at Middletown Regional Hospital and Atrium Medical Center before his retirement, died Aug. 6 near their home in South Carolina. She was 90. MORE: Atrium Medical Center&rsquo...