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Would adding hospital beds reduce East End development in Middletown?
 If Middletown City Council agrees with the Middletown Planning Commission’s decision to allow Kettering Health Network to add overnight stays at its Middletown facility, it would be a game-changer for the city. But will the decision enhance the growth of Middletown’s East End or damage the city’s relationship with Atrium...

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If Middletown City Council agrees with the Middletown Planning Commission’s decision to allow Kettering Health Network to add overnight stays at its Middletown facility, it would be a game-changer for the city. But will the decision enhance the growth of Middletown’s East End or damage the city’s relationship with Atrium...
Power outages part of ice storm’s aftermath
 The season’s first ice storm that hit the area this week was linked to widespread power outages — including at some schools and government offices. At one time, more than 15,000 Duke Energy customers in Butler County and more than 29,000 in Hamilton County were reportedly without power Thursday. In Hamilton, crews worked to clear...

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The season’s first ice storm that hit the area this week was linked to widespread power outages — including at some schools and government offices. At one time, more than 15,000 Duke Energy customers in Butler County and more than 29,000 in Hamilton County were reportedly without power Thursday. In Hamilton, crews worked to clear...
After drugs found, man tells police: Pants belong to my cousin
 After a man was found to have a warrant through the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, drugs allegedly were located in his pants Friday night and he told police those pants belonged to his cousin, according to a Middletown police report. Kyle Mobley, 23, had warrants for aggravated assault and he was transported to Middletown City Jail...

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After a man was found to have a warrant through the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, drugs allegedly were located in his pants Friday night and he told police those pants belonged to his cousin, according to a Middletown police report. Kyle Mobley, 23, had warrants for aggravated assault and he was transported to Middletown City Jail...
2 arrested after fleeing stolen car in Middletown
 An 18-year-old Dayton man was charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police and child endangering after he allegedly fled from a stolen car Tuesday morning in Middletown. Andre Durr ran from the car that quit running on Ohio 122, just off Interstate 75, said Lt. Clint Arnold, commander of the Hamilton Post of the Ohio...

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An 18-year-old Dayton man was charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding police and child endangering after he allegedly fled from a stolen car Tuesday morning in Middletown. Andre Durr ran from the car that quit running on Ohio 122, just off Interstate 75, said Lt. Clint Arnold, commander of the Hamilton Post of the Ohio...
Police: Gun pulled with the threat ‘I’ll kill you, old man’
 A Middletown man was charged with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly pulled a pistol and said: “I’ll kill you, old man,” according to a Middletown police report. Isaac Frazier, 21, told police he didn’t have a pistol on him during the alleged altercation Friday morning, but he had a...

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A Middletown man was charged with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he allegedly pulled a pistol and said: “I’ll kill you, old man,” according to a Middletown police report. Isaac Frazier, 21, told police he didn’t have a pistol on him during the alleged altercation Friday morning, but he had a...
2 children removed from Middletown home after woman overdoses
 A Middletown woman is facing several charges after she allegedly overdosed in a home where two children lived, according to police. Officers were called to a residence in the 3400 block of Glencoe Avenue on Nov. 6 on a report of an overdose. There, they found Lindsey Floyd, 35, near the home’s entrance and being held by a man who appeared...

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A Middletown woman is facing several charges after she allegedly overdosed in a home where two children lived, according to police. Officers were called to a residence in the 3400 block of Glencoe Avenue on Nov. 6 on a report of an overdose. There, they found Lindsey Floyd, 35, near the home’s entrance and being held by a man who appeared...
Middletown boy, 13, charged with rape sent back to detention center
 UPDATE @ 10 a.m. Nov. 13: A 13-year-old Middletown boy didn’t enter a plea this morning in Butler County Juvenile Court and he was remanded to Butler County Detention Center, court officials said. MORE: 2 in custody after fleeing from stolen car in Middletown He will be appointed an attorney it was announced during his detention hearing...

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UPDATE @ 10 a.m. Nov. 13: A 13-year-old Middletown boy didn’t enter a plea this morning in Butler County Juvenile Court and he was remanded to Butler County Detention Center, court officials said. MORE: 2 in custody after fleeing from stolen car in Middletown He will be appointed an attorney it was announced during his detention hearing...
2 charged after hit-and-run accident that led to foot chase with police
 Two people who ran from the scene of a hit-and-run accident Thursday afternoon have been charged with numerous crimes, according to a Middletown police report. MORE: Fairfield High School lockdown lifted after 2 men chased from school grounds Travis Cowgill, 27, of Middletown, was charged with burglary, attempted burglary, and resisting arrest...

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Two people who ran from the scene of a hit-and-run accident Thursday afternoon have been charged with numerous crimes, according to a Middletown police report. MORE: Fairfield High School lockdown lifted after 2 men chased from school grounds Travis Cowgill, 27, of Middletown, was charged with burglary, attempted burglary, and resisting arrest...
Local man goes from expected to die at birth to turning 104 on Veterans Day
 It’s hard to tell what’s more impressive: the fact Robert “Tony” Masters survived infancy or that he lived through World War II. Masters, an Army veteran, turns 104 Sunday, which is appropriate since it’s Veterans Day and he served more than two years, mostly in New Guinea. Veterans Day 2018 certainly is a holiday...

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It’s hard to tell what’s more impressive: the fact Robert “Tony” Masters survived infancy or that he lived through World War II. Masters, an Army veteran, turns 104 Sunday, which is appropriate since it’s Veterans Day and he served more than two years, mostly in New Guinea. Veterans Day 2018 certainly is a holiday...
McCrabb: Thankfully our opinions of Vietnam veterans have changed
 Kenny Baldwin always wanted to be a Marine for two reasons. He dreamed of proudly wearing the “best looking uniform,” and he had always heard about the Marine mystique. “If you want to be the best,” he said, “go with the best. So I did.” None of that mattered in 1970, nearly 50 years ago. That’s when...

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Kenny Baldwin always wanted to be a Marine for two reasons. He dreamed of proudly wearing the “best looking uniform,” and he had always heard about the Marine mystique. “If you want to be the best,” he said, “go with the best. So I did.” None of that mattered in 1970, nearly 50 years ago. That’s when...
Middletown to showcase its ‘crown jewel’ in football regional semifinals
 The ripple effect of Middletown hosting an Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoff game extends beyond the flat fee it receives from the association. Middletown High School Athletic Director Aaron Zupka said when a Division III Regional Semifinal is played Friday night at Barnitz Stadium, the district will receive $4,000 from...

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The ripple effect of Middletown hosting an Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoff game extends beyond the flat fee it receives from the association. Middletown High School Athletic Director Aaron Zupka said when a Division III Regional Semifinal is played Friday night at Barnitz Stadium, the district will receive $4,000 from...
Alleged shoplifter gives police her sister’s name
 A Middletown woman was charged with falsification and petty theft after she allegedly stole clothes from Kohl’s, then, once she was questioned by police, gave police officers her sister’s name, according to a police report. Fallon Reed, 31, was charged after she allegedly stole $310 worth of items Friday night from Kohl&rsquo...

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A Middletown woman was charged with falsification and petty theft after she allegedly stole clothes from Kohl’s, then, once she was questioned by police, gave police officers her sister’s name, according to a police report. Fallon Reed, 31, was charged after she allegedly stole $310 worth of items Friday night from Kohl&rsquo...
McDonald’s customer ‘abrasive and upset’ when counterfeit $100 bill is denied
 A man tried to pay for his $8 order at McDonald’s with a counterfeit $100 bill, according to a Middletown police report. But the bill was “easily noticeable” that it was counterfeit because there was Chinese writing on both sides of it, the report read. Police were called at 6 a.m. Friday to the McDonald’s, 2351 N...

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A man tried to pay for his $8 order at McDonald’s with a counterfeit $100 bill, according to a Middletown police report. But the bill was “easily noticeable” that it was counterfeit because there was Chinese writing on both sides of it, the report read. Police were called at 6 a.m. Friday to the McDonald’s, 2351 N...
International ‘First Lady of Piano’ to perform locally
 Bethlehem Lutheran Church is “really tickled” to be hosting an international pianist for a concert Sunday afternoon. Teresa Walters, known as The International First Lady of Piano, will perform a classical piano concert Sunday at the downtown church. Kitty Blattner, treasurer of the church, said Walters typically plays larger...

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Bethlehem Lutheran Church is “really tickled” to be hosting an international pianist for a concert Sunday afternoon. Teresa Walters, known as The International First Lady of Piano, will perform a classical piano concert Sunday at the downtown church. Kitty Blattner, treasurer of the church, said Walters typically plays larger...
Man leaves gun in restaurant bathroom; returns and it’s gone
 A Middletown man, who has a CCW permit, said he left his gun in a local restaurant’s restroom, and when he returned, it was missing, according to a police report. The man said on Thursday night he went into the restroom at Bob Evans, 3260 Village Drive, took off his Taurus 9 mm gun and holster on his right hip. He exited his restroom...

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A Middletown man, who has a CCW permit, said he left his gun in a local restaurant’s restroom, and when he returned, it was missing, according to a police report. The man said on Thursday night he went into the restroom at Bob Evans, 3260 Village Drive, took off his Taurus 9 mm gun and holster on his right hip. He exited his restroom...
13 groups will split nearly $100,000 from Middletown Community Foundation
 The Middletown Area United Way will receive $20,000 from the Middletown Community Foundation to support its Ready Schools program. The funding was the largest grant approved by the MCF board as part of its quarterly grants cycle. Thirteen area charitable organizations will receive a combined $93,930 in funding from the MCF, it was announced...

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The Middletown Area United Way will receive $20,000 from the Middletown Community Foundation to support its Ready Schools program. The funding was the largest grant approved by the MCF board as part of its quarterly grants cycle. Thirteen area charitable organizations will receive a combined $93,930 in funding from the MCF, it was announced...
1 driver cited in accident that pinned car under semi on I-75
 UPDATE @4:15 p.m.: One driver was cited in an accident this afternoon that slowed traffic along Interstate 75, according to the state highway patrol. Lleyton VanHoose, 19, of Cincinnati, was cited for failure to control after his Honda Civic hydroplaned on the wet interstate and crashed into a semi, pinning the car under the truck. No one...

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UPDATE @4:15 p.m.: One driver was cited in an accident this afternoon that slowed traffic along Interstate 75, according to the state highway patrol. Lleyton VanHoose, 19, of Cincinnati, was cited for failure to control after his Honda Civic hydroplaned on the wet interstate and crashed into a semi, pinning the car under the truck. No one...
Edgewood High grad completes bicycle ride across America
 Hours before Earl McDaniel embarked on the challenge of a lifetime — a 3,642-mile bike ride across America — guilt and doubt filled his mind. The 1985 Edgewood High School graduate and his wife, Kristine, had saved enough money to cover the monthly living expenses since he was going to miss weeks of work. But as McDaniel laid...

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Hours before Earl McDaniel embarked on the challenge of a lifetime — a 3,642-mile bike ride across America — guilt and doubt filled his mind. The 1985 Edgewood High School graduate and his wife, Kristine, had saved enough money to cover the monthly living expenses since he was going to miss weeks of work. But as McDaniel laid...
Family synonymous with Middletown to be Charity Ball’s honorary chairs
 A family synonymous with Middletown and the Charity Ball has been named honorary chairs of this year’s event. The Thatcher Family – Sheree Thatcher Trent, Matt and Kathie Wassenich and Jennifer Thatcher — will serve as honorary chairs of the 98th annual Charity Ball when it takes place Dec. 1 at Miami University Middletown...

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A family synonymous with Middletown and the Charity Ball has been named honorary chairs of this year’s event. The Thatcher Family – Sheree Thatcher Trent, Matt and Kathie Wassenich and Jennifer Thatcher — will serve as honorary chairs of the 98th annual Charity Ball when it takes place Dec. 1 at Miami University Middletown...
Police investigating 2 shootings in Middletown
 Middletown police are trying to determine if two recent shootings are connected, said Sgt. Malcolm Tipton. There were reports of shots fired Sunday night at a home in the 2100 block of Hill Street, then again Monday night at a home in the 2200 block of Queen Street, Tipton said. MORE: $10,000 reward offered after classic car stolen from dealership...

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Middletown police are trying to determine if two recent shootings are connected, said Sgt. Malcolm Tipton. There were reports of shots fired Sunday night at a home in the 2100 block of Hill Street, then again Monday night at a home in the 2200 block of Queen Street, Tipton said. MORE: $10,000 reward offered after classic car stolen from dealership...
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