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Prosecutor Defends Handling of Retherford Case

(Hamilton)---Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser is defending his handling of the OVI case against State Representative Wes Retherford. Gmoser, who worked with Retherford on a bill to crack down on elder abuse, stood alongside the lawmaker during a news conference with Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine on April 2, 2015. (Pictured)

At least three Butler County GOP leaders have privately told WMOH Radio they believe Gmoser should have recused himself from the case, and appointed a special prosecutor because of his professional and personal contacts with Retherford and his family. Gmoser issued a press release shortly after Retherford's indictment on a misdemeanor OVI charge was announced. Gmoser says he saw to it that Retherford did not receive special treatment. Retherford could have been expelled from his seat in the house if he was convicted of the felony charge, which was dropped by the grand jury.

Retherford Indicted On Misdemeanor OVI Charge

Butler County State Representative Wes Retherford will not face a felony weapons charge in his OVI case. A Butler County Grand Jury has certified Retherford's case back to Area Two court, and has dropped the weapons charge. The Butler County Sheriffs Office says Retherford was arrested in the drive thru of the McDonalds in Liberty Township March 12th, where he was found passed out in his Chevy Silverado with a loaded gun in the vehicle.

Drug Bust Uncovers MS-13 Ties

(Monroe)--A Dayton man and his female companion are facing drug charges after a bust at a hotel in Monroe. 26 year old William Bragg II and 27 year old Echo Seward were arrested after a search warrant was conducted at the Best Western hotel. The Butler County Sheriff's BURN Task Force found $4,000 in cash, drug paraphanalia, and a large amount of gang material. The sheriff's office says Bragg has ties to the MS-13 gang. He is facing two felony counts of possession.

Robbery Suspect Arrested

Hamilton police have arrested a man in connection with a bank robbery earlier this week. 33 year old Robert Cloninger is accused of entering the First Financial Bank at 970 Main Street, and handing a note to the teller on Monday. He did not display a weapon. Cloninger apparently has shaven his beard since the incident on Monday. He is due to appear in Hamilton Municipal Court on a robbery charge.

Retherford Case Bound Over

A Butler County Grand Jury now gets the case of 51st District State Representative Wes Retherford. The Republican lawmaker waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Area Two court Wednesday afternoon, and left the courthouse without comment. Retherford is accused of OVI and having a loaded gun in his pickup truck when he was arrested after he allegedly passed out in a McDonalds drive-thru in Liberty Township on March 12th.

Debris Clogs Interstate

I-75 Southbound was backed up from Tylersville Road to the Monroe exit after a semi lost a load of insulation and other debris on the highway. The trail of trash extended southbound from Tylersville to the Hamilton County line, according to Ohio State Patrol troopers on the scene. Traffic was gridlocked for over an hour.

Oxford Fire Destroys Rental Home

Oxford firefighters are trying to figure out what caused an early morning house fire at 115 Bishop Street. The student rental was destroyed by the flames that broke out around 2:44am. Mutual Aid was called from surrounding fire departments.Miami University is on spring break, so the students were not home at the time.

Retherford Hearing Scheduled

A preliminary hearing was scheduled Wednesday in Area Two Court for 51st District State Representative Wes Retherford. The Republican faces OVI and weapons charges after he was allegedly found passed out in his Chevy Silverado in the drive-thru of the McDonalds on Route 4 in Liberty Township. According to the official complaint, the arresting officer found a loaded handgun under the armrest. The gun had 15 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. Republican Party Officials have asked Retherford to resign.

Truck Crash Results In Grease Spill

Butler County Emergency Management as well as Monroe police, firefighters, and paramedics were on the scene of an overturned semi on the ramp from northbound State Route 4 to Oxford State Road
(OH-73). The driver was reportedly trapped in the wreckage when first responders arrived on the scene. The crash resulted in a large grease spill on the ramp, which was shut down for several hours after the crash. (Photo Courtesy: City of  Monroe Facebook Page)

Fire Damages West Chester Apartments

Three people were injured in a fire at the Meadow Ridge Apartment Complex in West Chester Monday. The blaze broke out around 2:38pm, with flames seen shooting through the roof when first responders arrived on the scene. The injured victims were taken to West Chester Hospital for treatment. The Red Cross was called to assist 39 people who were displaced by the blaze, which heavily damaged at least four apartments. No cause has been determined yet.

Hamilton Police Look For Robber

Hamilton police were looking for a suspect who robbed a bank on the west side Monday. Police say a white male (pictured) walked into the First Financial Bank at 970 Main Street at approximately 1:55pm, and handed a note to the teller. He did not display a weapon. The robber fled the scene on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. If you have any information, call Hamilton Police Detective Webb at
513-868-5811 ext. 1262.

Green Beer Day Crackdown Results In Arrests

Oxford police say they cited 26 people for underaged drinking during Green Beer Day in Thursday. Police also arrested 5 people for disorderly conduct, and one person for having a fake ID. Police Chief John A. Jones (pictured) says 17 noise level citations were issued, 6 people were nabbed for littering, and one person was arrested for criminal trespass. The State Patrol is also out with stats from yesterday's OVI checkpoint in Oxford. Troopers say only one OVI arrest was made with nearly 700 vehicles checked out at North Main & Church Streets. Four more were arrested for OVI during nearby saturation patrols. At least one female was injured when she was hit by a vehicle around 6:45am at South Main & Spring Street near the uptown area. Several squad runs were also reported for sick or intoxicated individuals.


Couple Faces Charges In Missing Girl Case

A Middletown couple will appear in court later this month to face charges of Falsification, Obstruction of Official Business, and Interference with Custody. Lucinda and Robert Bryant are charged in connection with the disappearance of 17 year old Edgewood High School student Loretta Norvell, who was found hiding in a closet in the couple's Caprice Drive home two months after she was reported missing. A pre-trial hearing has been set for March 29th at 10:00am.

Retherford Asks For Privacy As Hearing Continued

Butler County State Representative Wes Retherford's OVI and weapons case has been continued until March 22nd at 1:00pm. Retherford issued a statement late this morning, saying he will miss this week's house sessions and committee meetings. He is also asking for space and privacy for his family. Retherford was arrested on a misdemeanor OVI charge and a felony weapons charge after he was allegedly found passed out in the drive-thru of the McDonalds on Route 4 in Liberty Township Sunday morning. A loaded glock handgun was found in Retherford's truck.


Listen to the 911 call from Retherford's arrest

Miami Gears Up For Green Beer Day

Miami University officials are hoping a proactive approach will help reduce problems during this year's Green Beer Day, which is scheduled for Thursday in uptown Oxford. The recent alcohol related death of a freshman student and a rash of alcohol related hospitalizations has leaders worried about the binge drinking problem. The university held a Green Beer Day forum at the Armstrong student center this week, and they are planning a morning and afternoon of alternative activities Thursday. Uptown establishments have also agreed to open fewer bars early in the morning Thursday, and promised restricted access to those 21 and older.

Oxford Apartment Fire Under Investigation

Oxford firefighters are investigating the cause of an apartment fire that left several residents homeless late Tuesday afternoon. The Red Cross had to be called to help over a half dozen people displaced by the blaze on the 600 block of McGuffey Drive.

State Rep Retherford Arrested After OVI Incident

Butler County State Representative Wes Retherford spent his Sunday in the Butler County jail after being arrested on charges of OVI and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. The incident took place at the McDonalds restaurant next to the Liberty Square Shopping Center on Route 4 in Liberty Township. Dispatchers received a call that a male was found passed out behind the wheel his vehicle in the drive-thru. Retherford was arrested on an OVI charge, and during the investigation, a loaded gun was found in a seat of the vehicle. Retherford was also charged with a felony weapons violation.

The Butler County Democratic party issued a news release saying the felony would mean Retherford's automatic expulsion from the Ohio House of Representatives. The party also said alcohol and guns are a reckless mix, and they are glad nobody was physically hurt as a result Retherford's actions. The party also said they were extremely disappointed in Retherford's actions and pray "he takes the opportunity to get the help he so obviously needs."

Compressor Tank Blasts Into House

Hamilton police say a demolition crew has fessed up to causing the launch of an air compressor tank that crashed into a house more than 1,400 feet away. The bizzare accident happened Sunday afternoon, while a crew was working at the former Beckett Paper Mill along Martin Luther King Boulevard. Police Chief Rick Bucheit says a worker was cutting up scrap metal and cut into the steel tank. The tank was pressurized, and it "launched like a missile" over roof tops more than two blocks away before it bounced off the street and crashed into 110 North 7th Street. Luckily, the occupant was not in the room where the tank landed. The demolition site has been shut down by city and state officials until safety measures can be reviewed. The company has promised to fix the damage.

Former Bengals Player Jailed

A former Cincinnati Bengals player is awaiting a court appearance after an incident in Ross Township. 26 year old Jerome Kyle Schaffer, also known as JK, allegedly attacked a man, then tried to break into a car and take off his clothes in the parking lot of a church on the 3400 block of Chapel Road. He is facing a felony charge of Breaking & Entering, and misdemeanor charges of Public Indecency and Assault. He was arrested at 7:30pm Sunday. He is set to appear in Area One Court in Oxford. Schaffer played high school football at LaSalle, and collegiate ball at the University of Cincinnati.

Dense Fog Advisory Issued

Butler County and much of Southwest Ohio was placed under a Dense Fog Advisory by the National Weather Service on President's Day. Visibility was reported near zero in parts of the region, especially low lying areas. At least one accident was reported early Monday morning, when a vehicle ran into a house on the 5300 block of Trenton-Franklin Road in Madison Township. The injuries from the crash are considered minor.

Trump Inaugurated as 45th President

Donald J. Trump became the nation's 45th President Friday, a peaceful transfer of power from Barack Obama's outgoing administration. Here is a text of Trump's Inaugural Address:


The Inaugural Address

Remarks of President Donald J.  Trump – As Prepared for Delivery

Inaugural Address

Friday, January 20, 2017

Washington, D.C.

As Prepared for Delivery –

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.

Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.

Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.

Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. 

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. 

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.

These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation – and their pain is our pain.  Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success.  We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;

Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;

We've defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;

And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.  Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.

I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.  We will bring back our wealth.  And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over.

Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done.  No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.

We Will Make America Wealthy Again.

We Will Make America Proud Again.

We Will Make America Safe Again.

And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.


Icefest Begins

Hamilton's Icefest celebration is underway downtown. Organizers had to implement contingency plans because of the warm temperatures and rain, including putting half of the ice sculptures out Friday night and the other half on Saturday. Here are the official Icefest events:


Special events

  • Children’s area (open Friday night & Saturday morning): The Children's Area at Journal Square includes putt-putt, an ice throne for photo ops, and a children’s snow sculpting activity facilitated by the Fitton Center.

  • Showcase Carver Greg Butauski (Friday morning & afternoon) - Before IceFest officially begins at 5pm on Friday, the 2014 National Ice Carving Champion Greg Butauski will be carving a 12 block showcase piece in front of the Government Services Building that will remain on display throughout the event. Come to 345 High Street any time Friday morning or afternoon to see a nationally recognized ice carver at work!

  • The Technicolor Ice Walk (Friday from sundown to 9pm) - Ice carvings along the Butler County Court House Lawn are lit up for the first night of IceFest for a unique night-time ice viewing experience!

  • Fire & Ice (Friday at 7pm): Live large sculpture carving which will feature fire as a design element. This event will take place near the Butler County Courthouse lawn close to 2nd street. The sculpture will be lit on fire once it is completed between 8-9pm.

  • Competition Alley (Saturday from 10am - 2pm) Ten or more ice carvers from around the nation will be competing to create ice sculptures along 2nd Street. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite sculpture, and the carver with the most votes will win the 2017 People's Choice Award.

  • Soap Carving Contest Awards (Saturday at 12pm) - Awards for the Meijer Soap Carving Competition will be presented at Courthouse Gazebo.

  • Human Sled Race (Saturday at 2pm) - Teams will race down Court Street in this endurance challenge and compete for first place.

  • Speed Carving (Saturday at 3pm) Carvers from Competition Alley will get 5 to 15 minutes to create an ice sculpture in front of an audience; some carvers will take audience suggestions, and others will encourage audience members to guess what is being carved while they are in the process of creating the piece.


Events by the Lane Public Libraries

  • Minecraft Snowball Fight (Saturday 10am to 2pm) - Stop in to the Lane Library Community Technology Center during IceFest to join an epic minecraft snowball fight. Pick a team, create and throw Minecraft snowballs, and avoid letting your opponents connect!

  • Lane Tech Center Craft & Hot Chocolate (Saturday 10am to 2pm) - Warm up during IceFest with a fun craft and hot chocolate at the Lane Library Community Technology Center in Journal Square.

  • Meet a Penguin at IceFest (Saturday 12pm to 2pm) - The Newport Aquarium’s Wave Foundation presents interesting facts about African Penguins followed by a meet and greet with a live penguin at Miami University Hamilton Downtown.


Ongoing events at IceFest

  • Soap Carving - The winners of the soap carving contest will be on display in the Greater Hamilton Visitor’s Bureau.

  • Artfest - Get out of the cold by checking out Artfest, which will be held in the lobby of the Government Services Center while IceFest is ongoing.

  • Amateur Photo Contest - Barclaycard is sponsoring a photo contest for amateur photographers attending IceFest.

  • Sponsored Ice Sculptures - Ice sculptures sponsored by local businesses will be on display along High Street from MLK Blvd. to Front St.


Vehicle Takes Out Fire Hydrant, Repair Work Saturday

Hamilton city officials say New London Road at South Washington Boulevard will be subject to lane shifts from 7:30am to 2:30pm Saturday, as crews repair a fire hydrant that was taken out by a vehicle involved in an accident Wednesday morning. Water from the damaged hydrant gushed high into the air, and flooded New London Road all the way down the hill to B Street, according to eyewitness Nicci Meece. The crash left at least one person injured, but those injuries were not serious.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From Your Friends at WMOH Radio

Chris Theiss and Steve Vaughn will return to the Morning Show on January 2nd, 2017. The staff at WMOH Radio wishes you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Fairfield Coach Faces Sex Charges

(Fairfield)---An assistant football coach and teacher at Fairfield High School has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury on sex charges. 26 year old Tyler Conrad allegedly had sexual contact with a 16 year old female student. He is facing two counts of sexual battery, one count of sexual imposition, and a count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He will be arraigned Wednesday morning in front of Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth.


World Series Hero Returns Home

(Middletown)---A World Series hero will mark his return to Butler County Tuesday. Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber will hold a community meet and greet with fans and well wishers at the Pendleton Arts Center on Central Avenue in Downtown Middletown. The event will take place from 4:00-6:00pm. Organizers say you need to be in line no later than 5:50pm. Schwarber spent the 2016 regular season on the disabled list, but came back in time to play in the World Series. He had three hits and a stolen base in the Cub’s game seven win over the Cleveland Indians.

West Chester Officer Attacked

(West Chester)---A man is being held at the Butler County jail after allegedly attacking a police officer in West Chester. Police say Damien Anderson was trying to cash a phony check at the Fifth Third branch located inside the Kingsgate Kroger on Tylersville Road. Anderson got into a tussle with police officer Matthew Young, which resulted in Young suffering injuries. A citizen assisted the officer, and Anderson was taken into custody. He is charged with assault, resisting arrest, and forgery.


Two Girls Killed In Ross Township Crash

(Ross Township)---The Butler County Coroner’s Office has released the names of two teenaged girls who died in a car crash on Saturday. 17 year old Laura Estes of Ross and 18 year old Dulce Rosa Avila of Harrison were killed when their car collided with a truck on Hamilton-Cleves Road in front of Watson Sand and Gravel. Estes was a senior at Ross High School and the Butler Tech School of the Arts, where a private memorial service was held in her honor Monday.

(Photo Credit: Roger Dunn)


HPD Officer Recovering From Crash

HAMILTON---A Hamilton police officer is recovering from injuries she received in a crash in the North End Wednesday. 30 year old Katherine Giesting was driving her cruiser northbound on North 7th Street around 10:19am, when she was hit by an SUV that ran a stop sign while heading westbound on Dayton Street.Giesting suffered a leg injury, and was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital for treatment. The driver of the SUV, 52 year old William Crawford, told police he had spilled coffee on his lap, causing him to run the light. Police also tell WMOH Crawford was cited for driving without a license. He refused treatment at the scene.

Fire Hits Hamilton Plaza

HAMILTON--An early morning fire destroyed one store and damaged two others at the Hamilton Plaza Shopping Center on 2524 Dixie Highway Tuesday. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Gassert tells WMOH Radio the call came in just before 2:00am. Police officers arrived just before firefighters, and warned that flames were coming from the Rent-A-Center store. First responders arrived, and quickly attacked the blaze, keeping it from spreading to the rest of the shopping center. Gassert says Rent-A-Center was destroyed, causing $300,000-$400,000 worth of damageto the building and contents. Gassert says The Family Dollar Store suffered smoke damage, and may lose food and other inventory, after an inspection from the City of Hamilton Health Department. The blaze also caused a window to break at A Chatti Hair Salon. No injuries were reported, and investigators are looking for a cause.


Audio: Deputy Fire Chief Larry Gassert describes the damage


Audio: Deputy Fire Chief Larry Gassert describes what first responders encountered

BREAKING: Another Homicide in Hamilton

(Hamilton)---Hamilton police are investigating another homicide.

37 year old Calvin Simmons Jr. was found shot in the stomach at his home on 2204 University Boulevard around 3:45am. He was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police believe this was not a random case, and that Simmons was targeted.

Boehner Named To Tobacco Company Board

(Winston-Salem, NC)--Former local congressman and house speaker John Boehner has been named to the board of directors for Reynolds American, a North Carolina based tobacco company. Reynolds makes Newport, Camel, and Pall Mall cigarettes. Boehner was known as a chain smoker when he was in congress, and Camels were his favorite brand.

City To Hold Flood Forum

(Hamilton)--The City of Hamilton will be holding a public information meeting over recent flooding issues. City Manager Joshua Smith says the forum will be held on Wednesday, September 21st from 6pm to 8pm at the Hamilton High School auditorium. Homes and businesses that were flooded back in June also experienced high water on Thursday and Saturday after 3-to-4 inches of rain fell onto the area. The city has already been doing smoke and dye testing on homes in Highland Park. City leaders are also looking into a plan to have the city pay for check valve installations to keep sewage from backing up into homes.

Brown To NCAA: Bring Events To Ohio

(Washington)--U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown wasted no time trying to get the NCAA to bring at least some of the seven tournament events that were taken away from North Carolina to Ohio. Brown says the Buckeye State has successfully hosted tournaments in the past, including UD Arena. North Carolina lost the events because of their so-called bathroom law.

Trump Surges To Ohio Lead

(Columbus)---A new poll is out in the presidential race. The Bloomberg survey shows Donald Trump surging to a five point lead in Ohio. Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton 48%-43% in a head-to-head matchup. The lead remains five points in a four way race between Trump, Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein. The poll also has good news for U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who leads Ted Strickland

53-36%, a whopping 17 point lead.

A (Not So) Hard Fought Victory

(Hamilton)---The Democrats have their guy. Steve Fought was the only name listed on the ballot in a special election Tuesday to find their nominee for the 8th District congressional race. 613 Democrats cast a ballot in Butler County  yesterday, accounting for 0.28% of registered voters. Fought will face Republican congressman Warren Davidson in November.

Davidson Congressional VA Health Care Bill Introduced

(Washington)--A local congressman is introducing a bill which would require members of congress and their staff to get their health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Republican Warren Davidson says the bill would make sure members of congress have a stake in reforming the agency.

Death Sentence Upheld

By a 4-2 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a former Fairfield man. 39 year old Calvin McKelton was convicted of killing his girlfriend Missy Allen in 2008 and friend Germaine Evans in 2009. An execution date of November 18, 2020 was set.

Local Governments Get Money Back

Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds says he has now saved local governments over 10 million dollars since he took office eight years ago. This year's disbursement of surplus real estate fund money is a record 2 million dollars. The Lakota School District is getting the largest cut, a 462-thousand dollar windfall. Reynolds says his office has always done more with less in order to allow local cities, villages, townships, and school districts the opportunity to use the money for much needed projects.

County To Distribute Narcan

(Hamilton)---The Butler County Health Department is trying to cut down on the number of overdoses involving heroin and other opiates. They are giving away free Narcan kits to family and friends of those at risk of overdose. The department requires them to come in for training on how to spot an overdose, and how to administer the nasal spray. Two doses of Narcan are included in the kits, along with two face shields.

To become a registered Project DAWN overdose responder, you can contact the health department at 513-887-5237.


Two Roofers Shocked In Darrtown

(Darrtown)---OSHA is trying to determine what went wrong when a couple of roofers where badly injured by an electrical shock Tuesday. The incident happened at the Darrtown United Methodist Church, when the worker's ladder touched a power line. One man was airlifted directly to University Hospital by Air Care, and the second victim was taken to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, then later transferred to UC by Air Care. No condition has been released on the victims.

Hamilton Police Release Video

Hamilton Police released video of the August 22nd robbery at the Walgreens on High Street that led to the officer involved shooting death of accused robber 34 year old Kelley Brandon Forte. A Butler County grand jury cleared two Hamilton police officers for their role in the shooting. Police say the video shows Forte holding a knife to the pharmacist before police arrived and engaged the suspect. WARNING: Images are disturbing.



Hamilton Police Video: Walgreens Robbery


Grand Jury: Shooting Justified

A Butler County grand jury says an officer involved shooting in Hamilton last week was justified. Police officers Kevin Ruhl and Danielle Sorber were cleared of any wrongdoing by the grand jury after they reviewed a videotape of the incident, which showed 34 year old Brandon Kelley Forte holding a knife to the neck of a pharmacist at the Walgreen's on High Street. When the officers arrived in the Pharmacy, the video shows Forte ran at Officer Ruhl, who fired three shots at the suspect, killing him. Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit says Ruhl and Sorber are heroes.

Women Arrested In Crystal Meth Bust

(Fairfield)--The Butler County Sheriff's BURN Unit has arrested two women who were allegedly bringing crystal meth into the county.
45 year old Lori Strasser and 52 year old Brenda Dungan were stopped on Pleasant Avenue in Fairfield. Agents found over a quarter pound of crystal meth and a thousand dollars in cash. The sheriff's office says the drugs were hidden in snack bags. Both women were charged with trafficking and possession. The drugs had a street value of 30-thousand dollars and were apparently coming from Georgia.

Update: Officers In Fatal Shooting Identified

(Hamilton)--Hamilton police have released the name of the officers involved in Monday morning's fatal shooting of alleged Walgreens robber, 34 year old Kelley Brandon Forte. 33 year old Officer Kevin Ruhl shot Forte as he reportedly held a knife to the throat of a pharmacist working the overnight shift. Ruhl has scored above satisfactory in his recent evaluations, and was commended for capturing the Colours Salon robber in 2013. Also on the call was officer Danielle Sorber, who has been with the department for just over a year. Both are on paid leave as a grand jury investigates the shooting.

Train Accident Under Investigation In West Chester

(West Chester)--West Chester police are investigating a train vs. SUV crash on State Route 747 between Union Centre Boulevard and Port Union Roads. The incident happened around 1:30pm Tuesday. There was a report of a possible ejection, and one victim was taken to West Chester Hospital with critical injuries. Princeton-Glendale Road was shut down between Union Centre Boulevard and Port Union Road as police investigated the crash.

Robbery Suspect Shot Dead By Police

Hamilton police have identified the man shot to death during an armed robbery during the early morning hours on Monday. 34 year old Kelley Brandon Forte allegedly jumped the pharmacy counter at the Walgreen's store on High Street around 2:30am Monday. Police say they arrived to find Forte holding a knife to the neck of the female pharmacist. Police ordered Forte to put down the knife, but according to Police Cheif Craig Bucheit, he refused. One of the officers, a 33 year old who has been with the department for nine years, opened fire, killing Forte. The police officers and pharmacist involoved in the incident were not hurt. Bucheit is promising a thorough, fair, and unbiased investigation. The case will automatically be reviewed by a Butler County Grand Jury, which is policy for any police involved shooting in the county. The officers involved were placed on paid leave.

South Hamilton Crossing Work Begins

Ceremonies marking the start of construction on the South Hamilton Crossing were held at Miami University's Hamilton campus last week. The $29 million project has been over a century in the making. Grand Boulevard will be extended to University Boulevard with a railroad overpass. The work is epected to be completed in 2018. Hamilton city leaders were joined by 8th District Congressman Warren Davidson and State Representative Wes Retherford.

WMOH To Broadcast WSLL Tournament Games

WMOH will follow the West Side Little League All-Stars during the Great Lakes Regional tournament in Indianapolis next week. We will broadcast all of the games involving WSLL, who will try to punch their ticket to a 5th appearance in the Little League World Series in Williamsport.  Steve Vaughn and Bill Douglas will bring you all of the action on WMOH and WMOH.COM, beginning with Sunday's 7pm game against Michigan.


Here is the schedule for the Great Lakes/ Midwest Regionals in Indianapolis.

Chief: Cooperation "Shameful" in Shooting Case

Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit says the cooperation from witnesses to Sunday morning's shootout at Doubles nightclub is shameful. Bucheit says 100 to 200 people were inside the bar when gunfire erupted around 1:45am Sunday morning. One man was killed and seven people were wounded in the shooting. Police are asking anyone with information to call the Hamilton Police Department's Investigation Section at (513) 868-5811 ext. 2002.

Man Arrested For Mass Shooting

A brother of the victim who was killed in Sunday morning's mass shooting at Doubles bar has been arrested for his role in the incident. 21 year old Mondale Goens faces one count of Murder and two counts of Felonious Assault. Eight people were injured in the shootout. Goens appeared in Hamilton Municipal Court Monday, and was ordered held on $2 million cash bond until his preliminary hearing August 1st. Goens was the brother of 22 year old Kalif Goens, who died in the hail of gunfire.

Air Quality Advisory Issued

(Cincinnati)--The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency has issued an Air Quality Advisory for the Greater Cincinnati area today. The agency expects ozone levels to be in the "unhealthy to sensitive groups" range. They are recommending you car pool or take the bus to work. They say you can also help by waiting until after 8:00pm to gas up the vehicle, and wait another day before using gas powered lawn equipment or using a fire pit.

Hamilton Police Investigate Double Stabbing

(Hamilton)--Hamilton police are investigating an early morning double stabbing Monday. It happened at the Hamiton Inn at 1717 Dixie Highway. Police were initially called on a report of a shooting around Midnight, but found two men who had been stabbed. Both victims were taken to the hospital by helicopter.

Hamilton Teen Remembered

(Hamilton)--A Hamilton High School graduate who died in a car crash Sunday will be remembered Tuesday night at the school. A vigil is being held at Virgil Schwarm Stadium for 18 year old Daniel Accorinti, who lost his life in a single vehicle rollover on State Route 129 in Reily Township Sunday evening. Accorinti was a passenger in a Chevy Camaro driven by 18 year old Travis Owens, who lost control of his car and flipped it several times on Hamilton-Scipio Road near Chapel Road. Accorinti was pronounced dead at the scene, and Owens was Air Cared to University Hospital with serious injuries. A juvenile female was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Butler County Sheriff's Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team.

Rose Inducted Into Reds Hall of Fame

The Cincinnati Reds inducted Pete Rose into the team's Hall of Fame over the weekend. Rose seemed genuinely moved during the ceremonies held at Great American Ballpark. On Saturday, pre-game induction ceremonies were held for the hit king, who was surrounded by several former teammates and players who had already been enshrined into the hall. Rose's iconic number 14 was retired before Sunday's game.


Listen: Pete Rose talks about great players from Cincinnati.


Listen: Johnny Bench describes playing with Rose.

Wild Winds Whip The Wald

A severe thunderstorm toppled dozens of trees in Lindenwald Wednesday, damaging homes and vehicles, and prompting the sounding of the county's tornado warning sirens. The National Weather Service toured the damage zone (pictured) and after a survey, they determined the storm was a microburst with straight line winds of 85mph. The hardest hit area appeared to be Hooven Avenue, just to the east of Benninghofen Avenue, where a giant tree was knocked down, tearing up concrete and breaking a water main. Another tree up the street fell on a pickup truck and car belonging to the Parker family, who now find themselves without transportation. It could take several days to clean up the debris. Butler County Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Matt Haverkos says the sirens were sounded when a Butler County Sheriff's Deputy reported tornadic activity in Lindenwald.


Here is the National Weather Service's page dedicated to the Hamilton Microburst



Davidson Takes Office Today

(Washington, DC)--Eighth District Congressman-elect Warren Davidson takes office today, two days after winning a special election to fill out the remaining term of former House Speaker John Boehner, who resigned in October. The former Army ranger, with his wife Lisa by his side (pictured) told supporters in Middletown that heading to congress is like going on active duty again. Davidson will run again in November against Fairfield Democrat Cory Foister.


Audio: Congressman-elect Warren Davidson talks to WMOH about the first bill he plans to introduce in the House of Representatives.

Madison School Shooter Sentenced

(Hamilton)--Butler County Juvenile Judge Ronald Craft said something has to be done to stop the onslaught of school shootings before sentencing Madison school shooter James Austin Hancock for the February 29th incident at Madison Jr/Sr. High School that injured four students. One of the victims testified before the sentencing that he forgives Hancock, but still questions why he did it. Craft ordered Hancock to spend the next six years in the custody of the Ohio Department of Youth Services. If he misbehaves, Hancock could face additional time in adult prison. 

Rape Suspect Captured

Update: West Chester police say Camron Victor Wohl was captured without incident at 2:15pm this afternoon in Carrolton, Kentucky.


West Chester Police have identified a man suspected of raping and robbing an elderly woman earlier this week. Warrants for Rape, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, and Kidnapping have been filed against Camron Victor Wohl. He is thought to be driving a stolen silver 2004 Chevy 2500 Duramax pick-up truck with Kentucky license plates of 595 MFS. Police say if you see Wohl or the truck, or know his whereabouts, you should call 911. Wohl should be considered armed and dangerous.

Freak Storm Floods West Side

A freak thunderstorm that churned over Hamilton's west side Thursday dumped over four inches of rain on the area, flooding streets, homes, and businesses from Highland Park to New London Hills. A Flash Flood Warning was issued at 2:19 p.m. by the National Weather Service. Water covered Main Street near Lawn Avenue, flooding Michael's Designer Salon at 937 Main Street, where workers waded barefoot through the waters (pictured) while taking photos and videos of the flooding. The Hamilton Fire Department responded to nearly a dozen calls of flooded homes and basements from 2:18pm-6:48pm. Areas affected included Western Avenue, Millikin Street, Ross Avenue, South Washington Boulevard, Carmen Avenue, and Highland Avenue. The City of Hamilton issued a news release saying they were dealing with a number of issues, such as debris on the streets, missing manhole covers, plugged catch basins, and sanitary and storm sewer pipes.



(Photo Credit: Leanne Bekemeier Spivey)

Hamilton Gas Customers Avoid Sales Tax Increase

(Columbus)--Hamilton City utility customers will not see an increase in their natural gas bills after the state legislature passed HB 390, State Representative Wes Retherford's bill stopping the collection of the sales tax. Retherford reminded lawmakers they wouldn't be back until November, so they needed to pass the bill Wednesday. Customers would have seen a 10% increase on their gas bills. The legislation now goes to Governor Kasich's desk for his signature.

Another Skimmer Found in Butler County

(Fairfield)--Another credit card skimmer has been found at a Butler County gas station. The device was discovered during a routine inspection by the Butler County Auditor's Office at the Marathon on the 6100 block of Dixie Highway in Fairfield. It's the 4th skimmer found in the County over the past 6 months. Auditor Roger Reynolds hosted a skimmer summit for local gas station owners and other stakeholders last week. The Following tips are courtesy of the Butler County Auditor's Office:


Tips for Stations

* Activity at gas stations should be closely and securely monitored by station managers and attendants.

* Gas pumps should be opened up and the internal mechanisms examined regularly by station staff.

* The most effective way to stop these scams is to install better, more secure locks on every pump. Better locks will prohibit unauthorized access to a gas pump’s interior components.


Tips for Consumers

* NEVER use a debit card when paying for gas at the pump. Thieves can steal PIN numbers.

* Report any unusual activity or anything that looks out of place.

* Monitor monthly bank and credit card statements for fraudulent charges.

* Use cash to pay for purchases whenever possible.

* If you believe you have been a victim of a skimmer scam, notify local law enforcement and your credit card issuer immediately.


Rumpke Spring Cleanup Saturday For West Siders

(Hamilton)--If you're looking to do some spring cleaning, the City of Hamilton is teaming up with Rumpke the next couple of weeks to offer a cleanup day. Saturday will be cleanup day for west side residents and next Saturday is for the east side. City Manager Joshua Smith says you need to have your items out on the curb Friday Night. He says Rumpke will collect large furniture, and other items left by the curb. According to a city news release, there are limitations.


The following items will not be collected by Rumpke during the city-wide cleanup:
  • Overloaded and/or wet boxes.
  • Barrels or drums
  • Waste oil
  • Construction and/or remodeling materials
  • Electronic appliances
  • Items containing chlorofluorocarbons (any item with a coolant in it, refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, etc.)
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Paint
  • Hazardous materials
  • Yard Waste
  • Weekly household garbage
    • Clearing out debris and clutter and placing in a can or cart at the curb is permissible, but please put your normal household garbage at the curb on your regular collection day.


Council Approves Knightsbridge Development

(Hamilton)--Hamilton City Council has approved plans for a 5,900 square foot development at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Knightsbridge Drive. Owner Frank Pfirman says he's looking to build four businesses, one of which would include a drive-thru. Pfirman says the project is needed to serve a growing workforce in the area, including Barclaycard, Vora Tech, and Miami University's Hamilton campus.  Pfirman says they will have a better idea what businesses would move into the complex after a meeting next month. The vote to approve the development was unanimous. City Manager Joshua Smith thought it might be better to move the building closer to the curb and move parking to the side and back, but Pfirman says the type of businesses involved work better with up front parking.

Skimmer Summit Held In Butler County

(Hamilton)--Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds hosted a credit card skimmer summit last week to educate gas station owners and other retailers about the growing problem. Skimmers are placed on gas pumps and ATM machines by scam artists looking to steal credit card information. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith told the crowd Ohio has been hit hard by the skimmers over the past six months.Keith says gas station owners are becoming more aware of the problem, making daily inspections of their gas pumps.

Dad Charged In Scalding Case

(Lebanon)--A Warren County Grand Jury has indicted the father of 4 year old Austin Cooper. Robert Ritchie is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Child Endangering. He allegedly failed to get medical help for Austin after his wife Anna put the child in scalding water, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell (pictured). The boy later died of his injuries. Anna Ritchie is already jailed on an array of charges, including murder.

Sheriff Deploying Drone

(Hamilton)--The Butler County Sheriff's Office will add another weapon to it's aviation fleet. Prosecutor Mike Gmoser (pictured) is cutting through some FAA red tape to get approval for a drone. He says there will be a number of uses, including missing person and criminal searches, as well as documenting crime and accident scenes. Gmoser says county commissioners had to agree to become the official operators of the drone, although the rotorcraft will be controlled by the sheriff's helicopter pilots.

Tennessee Murder Suspect Arrested in Hamilton

A Sevier County, Tennessee man was arrested by a fugitive apprehension team in Hamilton Monday. 68 year old Nicholas Taylor was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and the Butler County Sheriff's Office at an address on Douglas Lane, a source familiar with the arrest told WMOH. Taylor was wanted for the 2014 murder of his girlfriend, 72 year old Susan Kokenge. Taylor is awaiting an extradition hearing in the Butler County Jail.

Pair Charged With Bloody Home Invasion

Two men are facing a laundry list of charges after a home invasion robbery in Oxford Township early Monday. 46 year old Fred Lee Gaston and 29 year old Ryan Isaacs are accused of entering a home on Morning Sun Road, and holding a knife to the neck of a 48 year old woman. The victim's face was cut several times during the attack. The pair fled the home with several items, but were caught by Hamilton police a short while later, and the items were recovered. The pair are due to appear in Area One Court on Friday.

Click It Or Ticket Campaign Begins

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies to kick off the Click It or Ticket campaign. Starting May 23rd and running through June 5th, officers will step up enforcement of traffic laws, and will take a zero tolerance policy when it comes to seat belt usage. Lt. Clint Arnold, the commander of the patrol's Hamilton post, says 13 of the 29 fatalities reported in Butler County last year were not using seat belts.

Explosion Destroys North End Home

Hamilton firefighters are investigating the cause of an explosion that destroyed a North End home Friday afternoon. The blast blew open the side of the red brick home at Oak & Hudson Streets just before 2:30pm Friday. A man and woman were transported to the hospital for apparent non life threatening injuries. A fire that broke out after the explosion caused so much damage, the house had to be razed after the flames were extinguished. The man told investigators he was inside the darkened home when he flicked open a cigarette lighter, triggering the massive explosion.

Tri-Health Announces Liberty Township Outpatient Center

Eastern Butler County is getting another medical facility after Tri-Health announced plans for an ambulatory care center at the corner of Liberty Way and Cox Road in Liberty Township. The organization announced a deal to purchase 33 acres of land on the 8000 block of Liberty Way. Details about the new care center will be announced at a later date. The group is partnering with Miller-Valentine developers on the project, and they hope to close on the land by early 2017.

Barclaycard Opens Hamilton Call Center

(Hamilton)--Ohio's two U.S. Senators, Lieutenant Governor, and the President of the Ohio Senate all came to Hamilton Monday to help cut the ribbon on the new Barclaycard call center at the Vora Tech center in Knightsbridge. The company plans to employ 250 people by the end of 2016, and 1,500 when the building is fully operational.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown congratulated the company on their investment and for providing higher wages and benefits than similar call center jobs.

Murder Suspect Arrested

(Hamilton)--Hamilton police have arrested a man charged in connection with the shooting death of a man back in December.

33 year old Jamell Cavanaugh was indicted on charges of Murder and Weapons Under Disability for the shooting death of 29 year old Billy Joe Sickler at 423 East Avenue on December 16th. Cavanaugh is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in front of Judge Keith Spaeth.


Kinner Sentenced In Child Abuse Case

(Hamilton)--A Madison Township woman who admitted to doing nothing to stop her boyfriend from allegedly killing her 2 year old daughter was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Judge Keith Spaeth also ordered five years probation when Rebekah Kinner is released from prison. Kinner's boyfriend, Bradley Young, is facing murder charges in the beating death of 2 year old Kinsley Kinner. Family members of Kinner testified that she was a good mother, but was in a bad situation. Kinner tearfully told the judge she loved her daughter and lost everything that was important to her when Kinsley died.

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