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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
Middletown theater receives largest grant in time for 40th year
 The timing couldn’t have been better for the Middletown Lyric Theatre. On the heels of its 40th anniversary, MLT was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Middletown Community Foundation, the largest of the 10 grants from the second cycle of awards. The grant to the theater will help sponsor eight productions that will make up the 40th Birthday...

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The timing couldn’t have been better for the Middletown Lyric Theatre. On the heels of its 40th anniversary, MLT was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Middletown Community Foundation, the largest of the 10 grants from the second cycle of awards. The grant to the theater will help sponsor eight productions that will make up the 40th Birthday...
WWII Navy veteran had ‘a zest for life’
 Growing up during the Great Depression and the youngest of 10 children, Harold “Scotty” McGraw learned one lesson quick: Never be late for dinner. “Food never was wasted,” said Michael McGraw, one of his sons. “There wasn’t much food around and what you had, you ate.” McGraw later served in the U...

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Growing up during the Great Depression and the youngest of 10 children, Harold “Scotty” McGraw learned one lesson quick: Never be late for dinner. “Food never was wasted,” said Michael McGraw, one of his sons. “There wasn’t much food around and what you had, you ate.” McGraw later served in the U...
Can you help identify this Franklin bank robbery suspect?
 A Franklin bank was robbed today, and police are looking for help in identifying the suspect. At 3:04 p.m. the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets was robbed by a man, according to police. MORE: One dead after crash in Fairfield Franklin, Carlisle and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies “swarmed” the area, but...

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A Franklin bank was robbed today, and police are looking for help in identifying the suspect. At 3:04 p.m. the Union Savings Bank at Second and Millard streets was robbed by a man, according to police. MORE: One dead after crash in Fairfield Franklin, Carlisle and Warren County Sheriff’s deputies “swarmed” the area, but...
Report: Woman started fire in jail cell when wait for ‘hygiene products’ took too long
 An inmate in the Middletown City Jail is charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she allegedly started a fire in her cell around 7 a.m. Thursday. Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, was charged after she allegedly used a lighter to catch a blanket on fire while she sat on the concrete floor, according to the police report. MORE...

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An inmate in the Middletown City Jail is charged with arson, a fourth-degree felony, after she allegedly started a fire in her cell around 7 a.m. Thursday. Georgia Osborne, 35, of Middletown, was charged after she allegedly used a lighter to catch a blanket on fire while she sat on the concrete floor, according to the police report. MORE...
Let Imagination Bloom luncheon set records
 The Let Imagination Bloom luncheon, organized by Women Enriching Lives and supporting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, raised a record $37,100 this year, the committee recently announced. The event was held last month at Majors Event Barn in Monroe and more than 230 people attended, the largest since the initial luncheon nine years ago...

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The Let Imagination Bloom luncheon, organized by Women Enriching Lives and supporting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, raised a record $37,100 this year, the committee recently announced. The event was held last month at Majors Event Barn in Monroe and more than 230 people attended, the largest since the initial luncheon nine years ago...
Oxford community advocate ‘lived life to the fullest’
 John “Jack” Beaton, well-known in the Oxford community, died last week in Oxford. He was 89. He graduated from Miami University and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was the second-generation owner of Beaton Insurance Agency until 1991 when his son Jim, who later died, became owner. Beaton continued working with the agency...

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John “Jack” Beaton, well-known in the Oxford community, died last week in Oxford. He was 89. He graduated from Miami University and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was the second-generation owner of Beaton Insurance Agency until 1991 when his son Jim, who later died, became owner. Beaton continued working with the agency...
Fatal Monroe prom night crash: What we know now
 Here is the latest information about a Monroe High School prom night crash on April 27 that killed one student: Monroe senior Chynna Brandon, 17, is charged with aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of vehicular assault. She is scheduled to be in Butler County Juvenile Court for an initial appearance before a magistrate on May...

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Here is the latest information about a Monroe High School prom night crash on April 27 that killed one student: Monroe senior Chynna Brandon, 17, is charged with aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of vehicular assault. She is scheduled to be in Butler County Juvenile Court for an initial appearance before a magistrate on May...
Remains of WWII sailor coming home to Butler County nearly 75 years after his death
 A Butler County sailor who was killed nearly 75 years ago during World War II will be buried on Memorial Day in Hamilton’s Greenwood Cemetery. MORE: 5 local veterans whose amazing stories of war have inspired us Thomas J. Murphy, who was Navy pharmacist mate assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine...

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A Butler County sailor who was killed nearly 75 years ago during World War II will be buried on Memorial Day in Hamilton’s Greenwood Cemetery. MORE: 5 local veterans whose amazing stories of war have inspired us Thomas J. Murphy, who was Navy pharmacist mate assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine...
Man shot twice with taser before leading police on foot chase
 A Middletown man was shot with a taser twice by police after he refused to obey their commands and he was “playing with a needle in his hand,” according to the police report. Grayson Lawson, 37, was charged with drug abuse (needle), obstructing official business and resisting arrest Friday afternoon after a foot chase. Middletown...

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A Middletown man was shot with a taser twice by police after he refused to obey their commands and he was “playing with a needle in his hand,” according to the police report. Grayson Lawson, 37, was charged with drug abuse (needle), obstructing official business and resisting arrest Friday afternoon after a foot chase. Middletown...
Official: Pilot attempted emergency landing at Butler County airport when plane ‘quit’ just after takeoff
 Many questions remain unanswered after a single-engine plane crashed Tuesday morning about 100 yards from the runway at Butler County Regional Airport.   The pilot’s name and his destination were not reported when Hamilton Fire Department Chief Mark Mercer held a press conference about 90 minutes after the crash that was reported...

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Many questions remain unanswered after a single-engine plane crashed Tuesday morning about 100 yards from the runway at Butler County Regional Airport.   The pilot’s name and his destination were not reported when Hamilton Fire Department Chief Mark Mercer held a press conference about 90 minutes after the crash that was reported...
Middletown demolishing 12 more vacant, dilapidated homes
 Middletown is demolishing 12 more homes during the second round of the Neighborhood Initiative Program, city officials said. A crew from Vickers was cleaning up debris Monday afternoon from a home that was leveled in the 400 block of Yankee Road across the street from South Park. The goal, city leaders said, is to demolish “vacant and...

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Middletown is demolishing 12 more homes during the second round of the Neighborhood Initiative Program, city officials said. A crew from Vickers was cleaning up debris Monday afternoon from a home that was leveled in the 400 block of Yankee Road across the street from South Park. The goal, city leaders said, is to demolish “vacant and...
Police: $250 in change stolen from store’s soda machine
 A surveillance video in a Kroger employee break room showed a man breaking into a soda machine and stealing about $250 in change. The Kroger assistant manager called Middletown police Friday afternoon after he noticed the machine had been emptied, according to the police report. A video showed an older man walking into the break room Thursday...

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A surveillance video in a Kroger employee break room showed a man breaking into a soda machine and stealing about $250 in change. The Kroger assistant manager called Middletown police Friday afternoon after he noticed the machine had been emptied, according to the police report. A video showed an older man walking into the break room Thursday...
Franklin soldier who marched under Gen. George Patton dies
 A local member of the U.S. Army who fought during the Battle of the Bulge has died. Donald Bishop, of Franklin, who served during World War II, died Saturday at Hospice of Butler-Warren Counties. He was 92. MORE: Read or listen to local obituaries and leave condolences Bishop marched one day under Gen. George Patton and was on the &ldquo...

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A local member of the U.S. Army who fought during the Battle of the Bulge has died. Donald Bishop, of Franklin, who served during World War II, died Saturday at Hospice of Butler-Warren Counties. He was 92. MORE: Read or listen to local obituaries and leave condolences Bishop marched one day under Gen. George Patton and was on the &ldquo...
Butler County crime: An update on 3 local court cases
 Several court cases were continued last week, including: The case involving Lindsay Partin, 36, of Hanover Twp. — who is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and four counts of felony endangering children — has been continued until June 18, according to court records. Partin was scheduled to appear May 7 before...

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Several court cases were continued last week, including: The case involving Lindsay Partin, 36, of Hanover Twp. — who is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and four counts of felony endangering children — has been continued until June 18, according to court records. Partin was scheduled to appear May 7 before...
McCrabb: Extreme makeover mom of 5 ‘not perfect by any means’
 Arlene Williams became detoured by drugs and her addiction was her Atlas. She wanted to quit using, she honestly did, but each attempt ended with heroin up her nose. “When you have a problem like that, you do it once and it just…it’s like a snowfall,” Williams said. “You think, ‘Oh just one more time.&rsquo...

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Arlene Williams became detoured by drugs and her addiction was her Atlas. She wanted to quit using, she honestly did, but each attempt ended with heroin up her nose. “When you have a problem like that, you do it once and it just…it’s like a snowfall,” Williams said. “You think, ‘Oh just one more time.&rsquo...
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