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Teen pleads guilty to reduced charge in robbery turned murder
 A Middletown teen will spend more time in prison than he has been alive. Paul Dillon Craft, 17, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to a murder charge and was sentenced to a mandatory 18 years to life in prison for his involvement in an alleged robbery gone bad that resulted in the death of a Loveland man in December 2017. Craft, originally charged...

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A Middletown teen will spend more time in prison than he has been alive. Paul Dillon Craft, 17, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to a murder charge and was sentenced to a mandatory 18 years to life in prison for his involvement in an alleged robbery gone bad that resulted in the death of a Loveland man in December 2017. Craft, originally charged...
Meth falls out of woman’s shirt while she’s being booked into jail
 A traffic stop Friday night led police to charge a Middletown woman with more than a traffic violation. Maghen Reek, 30, is charged with drug abuse, conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, driving under suspension, falsification, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug abuse instruments, failure to signal turn within 100...

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A traffic stop Friday night led police to charge a Middletown woman with more than a traffic violation. Maghen Reek, 30, is charged with drug abuse, conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, driving under suspension, falsification, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug abuse instruments, failure to signal turn within 100...
New system gives Butler County dispatchers critical information
 A new system designed to make it easier for first responders to find you and help you in an emergency will be a “game changer” for 911 operators, said Shelly Meehan, communication supervisor for the Middletown Police Department. Smart911 is new software being used by Butler County law enforcement agencies. Once people register...

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A new system designed to make it easier for first responders to find you and help you in an emergency will be a “game changer” for 911 operators, said Shelly Meehan, communication supervisor for the Middletown Police Department. Smart911 is new software being used by Butler County law enforcement agencies. Once people register...
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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: 5 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...

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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...

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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: 7 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...
Police: Woman’s vehicle stolen twice
 For the second time in two months, a Middletown woman reported the same vehicle stolen. The woman told police her 2015 Chrysler 200 was stolen Aug. 8 while it was parked in front of her house on Elk Creek Road. Her purse, Ohio ID and credit cards also were stolen, according to the report. She told police about two months ago, the same car...

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For the second time in two months, a Middletown woman reported the same vehicle stolen. The woman told police her 2015 Chrysler 200 was stolen Aug. 8 while it was parked in front of her house on Elk Creek Road. Her purse, Ohio ID and credit cards also were stolen, according to the report. She told police about two months ago, the same car...
Female juvenile charged with assault after baseball bat beating
 A Middletown juvenile was charged with assault and complicity to felonious assault after she got into a fight with another female and two male passengers beat up two boys with baseball bats. Police were called to the 1300 block of Woodlawn Avenue on Aug. 3 and found that two boys had been struck by baseball bats during a fight. The police...

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A Middletown juvenile was charged with assault and complicity to felonious assault after she got into a fight with another female and two male passengers beat up two boys with baseball bats. Police were called to the 1300 block of Woodlawn Avenue on Aug. 3 and found that two boys had been struck by baseball bats during a fight. The police...
911 caller describes finding 2 bodies behind vacant restaurant
 Robert Childers, 45, and Destiny Williams, 24, have been identified by police as the people found Saturday behind a vacant restaurant in Middletown. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, possibly from an alleged drug overdose, according to police. Results of her autopsy have not yet been released. Childers was transported to Atrium Medical...

Posted: 10 days ago

Robert Childers, 45, and Destiny Williams, 24, have been identified by police as the people found Saturday behind a vacant restaurant in Middletown. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, possibly from an alleged drug overdose, according to police. Results of her autopsy have not yet been released. Childers was transported to Atrium Medical...
Passport mistake denies Butler County newlyweds their honeymoon
 This wasn’t the honeymoon Justin and Samantha Kornhaus were eagerly anticipating. After 10 months of planning a wedding — the culmination of six years of dating — they were excited about spending a relaxing week at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. No more tedious wedding details to decide. Their biggest decision while...

Posted: 11 days ago

This wasn’t the honeymoon Justin and Samantha Kornhaus were eagerly anticipating. After 10 months of planning a wedding — the culmination of six years of dating — they were excited about spending a relaxing week at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. No more tedious wedding details to decide. Their biggest decision while...
National Night Out helps remove ‘stigma’ surrounding police
 Barney Riesbeck, a State Farm agent, set up a booth Tuesday night at Middletown’s National Night Out. It was his first time attending the event, and it didn’t take him long to understand the purpose of the night that was held at Lefferson Park and Berachah Church. “The whole message is: You don’t want to be afraid...

Posted: 12 days ago

Barney Riesbeck, a State Farm agent, set up a booth Tuesday night at Middletown’s National Night Out. It was his first time attending the event, and it didn’t take him long to understand the purpose of the night that was held at Lefferson Park and Berachah Church. “The whole message is: You don’t want to be afraid...
Traffic stop in Middletown leads to drug charges
 A Middletown man was charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs after he allegedly had about 270 grams of methamphetamine in his car. A vehicle driven by Eric Egelston was stopped Tuesday morning at Germantown Road and Wilbraham Road, according to police. The stop was made after a drug investigation by the Middletown Special...

Posted: 12 days ago

A Middletown man was charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs after he allegedly had about 270 grams of methamphetamine in his car. A vehicle driven by Eric Egelston was stopped Tuesday morning at Germantown Road and Wilbraham Road, according to police. The stop was made after a drug investigation by the Middletown Special...
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