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UPDATE: Arrangements Announced for Coach Reed


Funeral arrangements have been announced for local coaching legend Timothy Reed. The Talawanda High School baseball coach died of a massive heart attack yesterday. Visitation will be held at Garfield Middle School from 
5-8 pm Thursday. Funeral Services will be held Friday 2:30pm at the Laurel Avenue Church of Christ. He leaves behind a wife, three kids, and a granddaughter. Reed was 57. 
 

Longtime Coaching Legend Passes


The local athletic community is remembering Hamilton coaching legend Tim Reed. The Talawanda High School baseball coach and longtime Hamilton assistant died after suffering a heart attack at the UDF at Main & Brookwood Monday. He was 57. Reed was inducted into the Hamilton High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
Funeral arrangements are pending. Reed also served as Talawanda's head basketball coach last season. Reed taught 30 years in the Hamilton City School District, coaching soccer for three years, football for 13 seasons, baseball for 26 years and basketball for 29 years.

 


Kroger Plans Innovative Fulfillment Center in Monroe


(Monroe)--Big economic news for Butler County. Kroger has chosen Monroe as the location for a new $55 million warehouse and fulfillment center which will be known as the Kroger Shed. Kroger is teaming up with online grocer Ocado to create the first fully automated warehouse in the country. More than 400 jobs will be creatred. The company is waiting on state and local tax breaks before work begins on the 335,000 square foot project

Former Jailer Arrested


(Hamilton)--A former Butler County corrections officer has been charged with bribery. 34 year old Brandon Moore is accused of smuggling contraband like cellphones, protein powder, and tools to inmates in exchange for money. The investigation was launched when a mobile phone was found during a routine cell inspection. Moore is now on the other side of the jail bars at his former workplace. 

Sobriety Checkpoint Wednesday


(Fairfield)--The Butler County OVI Task Force will hold a Thanksgiving Eve checkpoint Wednesday night. The operation will be held on the 4400 block of Dixie Highway (Route 4) northbound, just north of Symmes Road, between the hours of 11:00pm and 3:00am.The task force says the  checkpoints, along with saturation patrols, are part of a continuing effort to reduce the number of OVI related accidents and deaths.

Talawanda Board Nixes Mascot


(Oxford)--The Talawanda School Board has voted to get rid of their Native American mascot. It was a 3-2 vote with board members Mike Crowder, Chris Otto, and Pat Meade voting to change the nickname from the Braves to the Brave...with no s. The ruling also does away with Native American imagery used in district logos. The vote came after a long and emotionally charged meeting Monday night.

Cross Display Damaged


(Oxford)--For the second year in a row, a pro-life display has been vandalized at Miami University, this time on the Oxford Campus. The white crosses and signs have been damaged at least three times since the group Miami University Students for Life America put the display up on Monday. No arrests have been made yet by campus police. On Wednesday, a counter display mocking the pro-life message was placed nearby. (Photo from Miami University Students for Life America)

Ice Storm Hits County Hard


Duke Energy crews continue their efforts to restore power to thousands of customers in Greater Cincinnati who were still off-line as a result of Thursday morning's ice storm. More than 100,000 customers lost power during the height of the storm, with 14,000 of the outages reported in Butler County. 

Two Arrested In Hamilton Shooting


Two people are recovering from injuries after a shooting on the 1100 block of Chestnut Street last night. 60 year old Mario Ramirez and 35 year old Elizabeth Palma-Duran were taken to West Chester Hospital. Two men were later arrested and charged with Felonious Assault.The suspects are identified as 18 year old Francisco Alejandro Prado and 29 year old Edward Mario Ramirez. The incident was reported just before 9:00pm Wednesday. 

Flames Heavily Damage Fairfield Skyline


Fairfield firefighters are looking for the cause of a blaze that heavily damaged the Skyline restaurant at Route 4 and Hicks Boulevard early Wednesday morning. A police officer reported the flames at 2:25am, and immediately, extra help was called in from Hamilton and Fairfield Township fire departments, as well as Forest Park from Hamilton County. First responders reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the building. No injuries were reported. Route 4 was shut down due to fire hose being laid across the highway, but it was re-opened just before the morning rush hour. 
(Photo: City of Fairfield Facebook)

West Chester Makes Money Mag's Top 50 List


West Chester is once again one of the best places to live in the country, according to Money Magazine. The township is ranked 38th on Money's 50 Best Places to Live. Money cites outstanding schools, modest costs and short commutes to work. The township is also home  to several large employers like GE Aviation, the Lakota Local School District, Trade Global, and West Chester Hospital. West Chester is the only Ohio area to make the list.

Five Points Roundabout Meeting Wednesday


Plans to put a roundabout at the Five Points intersection will be the topic of a public meeting at Crawford Woods Elementary School Wednesday from 6:30pm-8:30pm. It will be a casual open house type format with maps, photos, and other materials which are meant to solicit input from the public. The project, which would link Hamilton-Mason Road, Hancock Avenue, Tylersville Road, Grand Boulevard, and Tuley Road, is expected to begin in 2021.

HHS Student Arrested For Knife Threat


A Hamilton High School student, 18 year old John Hammons, has been arrested for allegedly pulling a knife and threatening another male student during an incident at the school on Friday. Police say the victim said "Hi' to the suspect, who allegedly told him not to talk to him, and that he was going to stab him. Hammons then allegedly displayed the knife, and jumped on a table. He was arrested by School Resource Officer Ernie Huff. Hammons is facing charges of Aggravated Menacing, and Illegal Conveyance or Possession of a Deadly Weapon on School Premises. Hammons was arraigned on the charges in Hamilton Municipal Court yesterday. Bond was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing was set for Friday on the weapons charge. The menacing charge was put on hold for now.

Man Arrested In OSP Meth Bust


(Hamilton)--A Clermont County man is facing charges after a routine traffic stop uncovered over $11,000 worth of methamphetamine. The incident happened last Wednesday at the southbound rest area on I-75 south of Monroe. 28 year old Thomas Williams of Felicity was pulled over for a license plate violation on his Jeep Cherokee. A drug sniffing canine led troopers to the stash. Williams is charged with drug possession and trafficking, and faces 16 years in prison and a $30,000 fine if convicted.


Trenton Woman Killed In Fairfield Township Crash


(Fairfield Township)--The investigation continues into a deadly crash in Fairfield Township. 38 year old Kenneth Cyrek was driving a 1993 Honda Del Sol that went off the right side of the road and hit a metal utility pole on the 2300 block of Canal Road Saturday evening. Cyrek's wife, 26 year old Kayla Cyrek, was pronounced dead at the scene. Kenneth Cyrek was taken to West Chester Hospital, where he is expected to recover.


School Board Safety Meeting Tonight


(Hamilton)--Hamilton School Board members and police officials will hear from the public during a town hall meeting tonight. School safety will be the topic of the meeting, specifically whether staff members should be allowed to carry concealed weapons. Other safety improvements will be discussed during the 7:00 meeting at the board officies on Dayton Street.


Crews Search For Drowning Victim


Search crews returned to the Great Miami River near Downtown Hamilton Monday, where one of two kayakers is believed to have drowned after falling out of a boat. It happened yesterday afternoon under the High/Main Bridge. The other kayaker was rescued by a passerby on a jet ski. Hamilton and Butler County's Water Rescue Team, Task Force One, worked late into the night trying to recover the body. They will be back at the river today. (Photo By Fiona Casey)


Hamilton Icon Carruthers Dies


The City of Hamilton is remembering a longtime philanthropist who passed away Sunday. Ralph "Pat" Carruthers' name is synonymous with giving back to the community. He and his late wife Donna gave millions to a number of charities and causes, including Fort Hamilton Hospital, the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts, Miami University, the Hamilton School District, and scholarships for the Hamilton Community Foundation. Carruthers was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hamilton City Character Foundation. Carruther's daughter Sara says he passed away Sunday around 9:45am. He was 88.


Former Coach Due in Court


(Hamilton)--A former Hamilton High School assistant volleyball coach was due back in court Tuesday for an arraignment on sex charges. A Butler County grand jury recently re-indicted 30 year old Hilary Dattilo on charges of sexual battery and contributing to the unruliness of a minor. She's accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.


Shooting Reported in Hamilton


(Hamilton)--Hamilton police are investigating an early morning shooting. An 18 year old man was shot in the forearm on the 800 block of South 4th Street around 12:47am. The unidentified suspect had fled by the time police and first responders arrived on the scene. The victim was treated for a minor injury.


Fire Heavily Damages West Side Home


(Hamilton)--Firefighters from three jurisdictions were battling a house fire at 489 Beeler Boulevard on the west side of Hamilton Friday afternoon. Smoke could be seen for miles and the upper floor of the house appeared to be gutted. The cause remains under investigation by Hamilton firefighters. A family member tells WMOH everyone was able to escape, including the family dogs. Crews from Hamilton, Fairfield, and Ross Township were on the scene.

 

(Photo Courtesy: Linda DiBennedetto)


Board Hears Transparency Complaints


Former Hamilton School administrator and school board candidate Chris Mate criticized board members for keeping the investigative report into allegations against former Superintendent Tony Orr secret. He says it conflicts with promises of transparency during the campaign. Orr resigned amid allegations of misconduct.


Lawyer: Decision On Orr Coming In Weeks, Not Days


(Hamilton)--A Hamilton School Board attorney says it will be “the next few weeks, not a few days” before the Tony Orr situation is resolved. William Deters made the statement after a three hour executive session at the board offices on Dayton Street. Deters says the board realizes there is some impatience for the case to come to a conclusion, and they appreciate the patience that people are exercising. He says they would rather be thorough and right than quick. Orr has been on paid leave since early February on unnamed allegations.


Racial Slur Brings Protests To Miami


(Oxford, Ohio)--A race related controversy is brewing on Miami University's Oxford campus. Protesters are demanding a student's expulsion for allegedly writing a racial slur in a group text, and later bragging about it in a Tinder post over spring break. President Gregory Crawford has taken notice, saying he is saddened and frustrated. He says once again words and symbols of hate and intolerance have been directed at members of the Miami community. A group of students held a demonstration at the Armstrong Student Center yesterday, and today they gathered with signs at the Farmer School of Business.
 

 


Dog Owner Arraigned On Cruelty Charges


(Hamilton)--A Hamilton man appeared in Municipal Court to face charges of cruelty to a companion animal. 42 year old Brian Scott Trauthwein was arrested after two dogs, a black pit bull, and a brown female boxer were found emaciated on Franklin Street last Thursday. The pit bull named Chloe appeared to be recovering well, but the boxer named Porsche was seriously malnourished and was near death. The Animal Friends Humane Association is trying to nurse the Porsche back to health, but they admit she has a long road ahead. She did make some progress over the weekend, according to the Butler County Dog Warden's Office. Trauthwein was ordered held on $7,500 bond, and will return to court April 2nd.



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