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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...
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...

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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...
Beyond ‘he got killed by Aaron Burr’: Musical’s Cincinnati opening sparks interest in Hamilton’s namesake
 The smash hit musical, “Hamilton,” which opens today at the Aronoff Center for the Arts for a sold-out, three-week run, has given the namesake of the Butler County city some of the credit he deserves as one of the country’s key founding fathers and right-hand-man to Gen. George Washington during the American Revolution,...

Posted: 20 hours ago

The smash hit musical, “Hamilton,” which opens today at the Aronoff Center for the Arts for a sold-out, three-week run, has given the namesake of the Butler County city some of the credit he deserves as one of the country’s key founding fathers and right-hand-man to Gen. George Washington during the American Revolution,...
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 into her vehicle 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., on Thursday afternoon when the man offered to help. After assisting the woman, the man...

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A man helped an older woman load her groceries into her vehicle 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., on Thursday afternoon when the man offered to help. After assisting the woman, the man...
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...

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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...
Middletown adding 3 new dogs to K-9 unit, which chief says has helped reduce crime
 The Middletown Division of Police Department’s canine unit, which officials say has helped reduce crime in the city, will have five canine officers this summer. After the retirement of two canine officers, Middletown is picking up three dogs Friday from Pennsylvania, then police officers Gary Bender, Evan Mosley and Lindsey Schwarber...

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The Middletown Division of Police Department’s canine unit, which officials say has helped reduce crime in the city, will have five canine officers this summer. After the retirement of two canine officers, Middletown is picking up three dogs Friday from Pennsylvania, then police officers Gary Bender, Evan Mosley and Lindsey Schwarber...
Middletown hospital open, fully functional despite downed power line causing entrance closure
 Elizabeth Long, spokesperson for Kettering Health Network, said the entrance to Kettering Health Network Middletown is open off of Union Road. She said the hospital has electricity and is fully functional. A worker near the scene said it appears a vehicle struck the power line, pulling it down. At 12:45 p.m., he said he believed the line...

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Elizabeth Long, spokesperson for Kettering Health Network, said the entrance to Kettering Health Network Middletown is open off of Union Road. She said the hospital has electricity and is fully functional. A worker near the scene said it appears a vehicle struck the power line, pulling it down. At 12:45 p.m., he said he believed the line...
Problem bars and businesses that police have targeted in Middletown and Hamilton
 Nuisance properties are back in the news after the recent ownership and name change of a hotel that Middletown police had said was a problem area. In recent years, this news outlet studied the issue of bar closures after a series of problems. Here’s what we found in that report: Four Middletown businesses have either been closed or...

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Nuisance properties are back in the news after the recent ownership and name change of a hotel that Middletown police had said was a problem area. In recent years, this news outlet studied the issue of bar closures after a series of problems. Here’s what we found in that report: Four Middletown businesses have either been closed or...
In remembrance: Telling the stories of notable Butler County lives lost in 2019
 The Butler County region is remembering some of its notable lives lost in 2019.  Here are some of those stories> Dan Cox, a longtime freshman football coach at Badin High School, died suddenly of a heart attack Feb. 3 while exercising at his home. He was 57. Larry Cox remembers a conversation he had with his brother, who said the...

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The Butler County region is remembering some of its notable lives lost in 2019.  Here are some of those stories> Dan Cox, a longtime freshman football coach at Badin High School, died suddenly of a heart attack Feb. 3 while exercising at his home. He was 57. Larry Cox remembers a conversation he had with his brother, who said the...
Happy birthday, Middletown! 7 things to know about the city’s history for its 186th birthday
 Middletown’s incorporation date was Feb. 11, 1833, according to the note in this book about the 42nd General Assembly in Ohio. On its 186th birthday, here are seven things you should know about Middletown: Stephen Vail has been called the “Father of Middletown.” He was there when the first plat was recorded in November...

Posted: 9 days ago

Middletown’s incorporation date was Feb. 11, 1833, according to the note in this book about the 42nd General Assembly in Ohio. On its 186th birthday, here are seven things you should know about Middletown: Stephen Vail has been called the “Father of Middletown.” He was there when the first plat was recorded in November...
2 Butler County banks will merge: What does that mean for customers?
 Customers at two Butler County banks that are merging won’t see significant changes, according to their chief executive officers. Valley Central Bank, with a location in Liberty Twp., and American Savings Bank, with two Middletown locations, recently signed a definitive merger agreement, according to a news release. Based on financial...

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Customers at two Butler County banks that are merging won’t see significant changes, according to their chief executive officers. Valley Central Bank, with a location in Liberty Twp., and American Savings Bank, with two Middletown locations, recently signed a definitive merger agreement, according to a news release. Based on financial...
McCrabb: ‘Mom’ started working at this Middletown family-owned company 55 years ago, and she never left
 Fifty-six years ago — the year President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Pete Rose broke into the Major Leagues — Akers Packaging, a small, family-owned Middletown business, was founded and was looking for a billing clerk. Betty Yelton, who worked at Akers, called the Middletown Business College, located above the Gallagher...

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Fifty-six years ago — the year President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Pete Rose broke into the Major Leagues — Akers Packaging, a small, family-owned Middletown business, was founded and was looking for a billing clerk. Betty Yelton, who worked at Akers, called the Middletown Business College, located above the Gallagher...
Gala to recognize community work in Middletown and Hamilton, raise funds for pantry
 Individuals and agencies from Middletown and Hamilton will be recognized during the 6th annual Formal All-Black Attire Martin Luther King Gala that benefits a Middletown food pantry. Feed the Hungry Project was founded by Louella Thompson in 1987 and her vision was to create a “fortress that would become an embodiment of love, hope...

Posted: 10 days ago

Individuals and agencies from Middletown and Hamilton will be recognized during the 6th annual Formal All-Black Attire Martin Luther King Gala that benefits a Middletown food pantry. Feed the Hungry Project was founded by Louella Thompson in 1987 and her vision was to create a “fortress that would become an embodiment of love, hope...
Once-troubled Middletown hotel is latest business to change after battles with police
 Middletown officials are hoping the sale of a Middletown hotel, once labeled “notorious for drug activity,” will reduce the number of police calls to the business, allow law enforcement resources to be used elsewhere and clean up local neighborhoods. From 2011-16, Middletown police were called to the Parkway Inn, 2425 N. Verity...

Posted: 11 days ago

Middletown officials are hoping the sale of a Middletown hotel, once labeled “notorious for drug activity,” will reduce the number of police calls to the business, allow law enforcement resources to be used elsewhere and clean up local neighborhoods. From 2011-16, Middletown police were called to the Parkway Inn, 2425 N. Verity...
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