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 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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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)
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.
(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.
(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.
(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)
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(Hamilton)--A babysitter accused of causing fatal injuries to a 3 year old girl is now facing more serious charges. 35 year old Lindsay Partin is accused of murder, involuntary manslaughter, and four counts of child endangering in the death of Hannah Wesche. The toddler passed away March 18th, 10 days after she was taken to the hospital from Partin's home on Shank Road.
(St. Leon, IN)--Indiana State Police are investigating a weather related weekend crash that killed a Hamilton man. 33 year old Kevin Gutzwiller was a passenger in a pickup truck that skidded westbound on I-74 in Ripley County, and rolled over several times. Gutzweiller was trapped under the vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, 22 year old Alyssa Tucker of Cincinnati, was taken to University Hospital, and is in critical condition. Tucker's 5 year old son was taken to Childrens Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck, 25 year old Hannah May of Okeana, was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Dearborn County Hospital. No charges have been filed yet, but police say the truck was traveling too fast for the weather.
(Wilmington)--We usher in the first night of spring with...snow.
A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 8:00 tonight. The National Weather Service says we could see anywhere from 2-to-5 inches of snow. Keep it tuned to WMOH News for the latest school delayts and closings.
(Hamilton)---We now know the substance found on some streets, lawns, and porches on Hamilton's west side the past couple of days. It was flour. Hamilton fire crews had the substance tested by West Chester's specialized haz-mat team. Police would still like to know who spread the flour and why. Firefighters were called to the Rhea/Ridgelawn/Cleveland Avenue areas where several residents found the powder this morning. There's is some speculation that it may have been spread by the Hash House Harriers, a running group.
Hamilton City School Superintendent Tony Orr has been placed on paid leave, effective immediately, while the district investigates allegations he violated school board policies. Business Manager Larry Knapp will serve as interim superintendent. Knapp is a 38-year educator, with 34 years in administration for several school districts. He has also served as a superintendent. The district sent a letter to parents saying the allegations do not involve students in any way.
COLD SNAP CONTINUES
(Wilmington)---Another Wind Chill Advisory is in effect between Midnight and 11am tomorrow morning. Today's wind chills were enough to shut down nearly every school building in the county, at least for academics. Athletics were still on tonight.
MANDEL DROPS OUT OF SENATE RACE
(Columbus)---The GOP Senate candidate who was expected to challenge Sherrod Brown again has dropped out of the race. Josh Mandel says there is an issue with his wife's health, and that's more important than the race. Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons is now the only GOP candidate, at least for now.
RED CROSS HELPING FAMILY AFTER FIRE
(Hamilton)---No injuries after a house fire this morning in Hamilton. The blaze broke out around 9:24am on the 1200 block of Campbell Avenue. The family reported smoke in the house, and there was apparently a fire inside a wall. The Red Cross is assisting family members with temporary housing.
CHRIST HOSPITAL'S NEW CAMPUS READY
(Liberty Township)---Christ Hospital's new sprawling campus in Liberty Township will open to the public on Monday. The 62 million dollar project is located just north of Cox Road and Liberty Way.
WIND CHILL FEARS CLOSE DOWN SCHOOLS
(Wilmington)---The National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Butler County and Southwest Ohio as low temperatures and increasing winds were expected to take wind chills to 10-15 below zero. Schools all over the region closed classes Friday in anticipation. The full list is up on our Operation Snowflake site.
HAMILTON FIRE RUNS SET A RECORD
(Hamilton)---Hamilton firefighters say they responded to a record number of calls in 2017. According to the IAFF Local 20 Facebook page, firefighters and paramedics were called to 14,546 runs last year, an increase of 1,500 calls over 2016. Most engine companies are making 2,800 runs a year, with the exception of the North End engine company on Erie Highway, who had 3,700 runs. Life squads are making between 3,800-4,200 runs each.
FAIRFIELD POLICE ASKING FOR HELP
(Fairfield)---Fairfield police are asking for assistance in solving a robbery and murder at the Jiffy Mart store on Route 4 a month ago today. They're looking for two black males who fatally shot employee Karunakar Karengle and left with an undetermined amount of money. Karengle died 4 days after the shooting.
EVERY VOTE COUNTS
(Columbus)---Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says every vote counts. Husted has released a new study that says 29 local elections and issues were decided by a single vote statewide in November. Husted says 141 races and issues have been decided by one vote over the past five years. Control of the Virginia legislature was decided by a tiebreaking lottery.
COLD SNAP CONTINUES
(Wilmington)---It was another frigid night in the region, with the temperature hitting 8 below zero overnight at the Butler County Regional Airport. There was only one school delay. Middletown Christian School announced a two hour delay for students.
DOG FREEZES TO DEATH, OWNER CHARGED
(St. Clair Township)---The Butler County Dog Warden says they will provide straw at no cost for pets who are left in outside kennels. A dog was found frozen to death inside a St. Clair Township dog house that was poorly insultated. The owners will be charged with Cruelty to a Companion Animal.
RASH OF ACCIDENTS MAR MORNING RUSH HOUR
(Hamilton)---A late morning rash of vehicle accidents sent at least three people to the hospital this morning. A woman recieved minor injuries in a four vehicle pile up at By-Pass 4 and Tylersville Road. Moments later, a car plowed into a utility pole on EB-129 east of the By-Pass, injuring at least one occupant. A crash in front of Wilson Middle School on Eaton Avenue resulted in at least one reported injury.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL SAFER
(Columbus)---The Ohio State Patrol says the number of fatalities during the holiday period declined from last year. 5 people were killed during the Christmas weekend, compared to 14 last year.
Three people died during the New Year's break, which was a 50% decline from last year's six fatalities.
MACY'S CLOSING DOWNTOWN CINCY STORE
(Cincinnati)---Macy's says they will close their downtown Cincinnati store by mid March. More than 50 workers are employed at the store near Fountain Square. They will be offered jobs at other locations in the region.
CARS STOLEN DURING WARMUP
(Cincinnati)---Cincinnati police say a grand total of ten cars were stolen while the cars were running with keys in the ignition on Tuesday. Police are urging people to stay in their cars while they are warming up.
BUTLER COUNTY CREWS HELP WITH INDIANA FIRE
(College Corner)---Fire crews from College Corner and Oxford were called to assist with battling a structure fire on the 1100 block of Oxford Pike in Franklin County, Indiana.
LEWIS EXTENSION POLLS LOW
(Cincinnati)---The move to give Marvin Lewis a 2 year contract extension isn't sitting well with fans. 85% of the respondents in our Twitter poll disagree with the decision, compared to just 15% in favor.
(Cincinnati)---Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is returning to coach at least two more years. The team has announced a contract extension which will take Lewis through the 2019 season. Lewis is the winningest coach in Bengals history with 125 wins, but the team has missed the playoffs the last two seasons, and have never won a post season game under Lewis.
(Wilmington)---We begin 2018 in the deep freezer. Both Cincinnati and Dayton broke record low temperatures overnight with the low reaching 5 below at CVG and 13 below in Dayton. The low at the Butler County Regional Airport hit 10 below zero. A Wind Chil Advisory is in effect between 7pm tonight and Noon tomorrow.
(Fairfield)---Fairfield City School officials decided not to delay or close school Tuesday as they became the first district in the county to return from winter break. School resumes tomorrow in Hamilton and Thursday in the Lakota school district.
(Hamilton)---Hamilton firefighters were called to a haz-mat incident at Bethesda Hospital's Butler County Campus on Hamilton Mason Road. A gallon or so of formaldehyde spilled on the floor of an enclosed office inside the hospital. No injuries were reported.
(Cincinnati)---The Queen City has its first homicide of the new year. 25 year old Thomas Rainey was found shot on the 2000 block of Colerain Avenue. He later died at University Hospital. Police have not yet released suspect information.
(Cincinnati)---You begin the work week paying more for gas. Regular unleaded is averaging $2.52/gallon in Greater Cincinnati. That's 15 cents higher than the week following Christmas, according to the experts at Gas Buddy.
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(Hamilton)---A Butler County jury has convicted a Hamilton man and his nephew on arson and murder charges in connection with the death of a Hamilton firefighter nearly two years ago. Lester Parker was found guilty of hiring William Tucker to torch his Pater Avenue home while he was on a trip to Las Vegas. The blaze in December of 2015 killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman. Judge Greg Stephens sentenced both men to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. Tony Harris, President of Hamilton Professional Firefighters Local 20, says justice for Patrick is what they have hoped for over the past 23 months, and today justice was served.
Hamilton police continue their investigation into a deadly rear-end collision that claimed the life of a woman Friday. The accident happened on westbound Ohio 129 just east of Fair Avenue when a Jeep Liberty was hit in the rear by a concrete bucket truck. The Jeep burst into flames, and the driver, who was trapped inside, could not escape the fire. The Butler County Coroner’s Office pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The crash shut down the highway for several hours, tying up downtown traffic during the evening rush hour. Police have not yet identified the victim, or the driver of the truck. Smoke from the vehicle fire could be seen for miles around. A yellow cross with pink, yellow, and white flowers was placed in the median where the crash occurred. It was surrounded by charred grass and concrete.
Hamilton police have arrested three men in connection with a recent rash of bank robberies. 40 year old Lester Burns, 33 year old Brian James Lyons, and 24 year old Steve Lyons were taken into custody Friday, one day after the Union Savings Bank at 1225 Main Street was robbed. The trio are also facing charges from the September 21st robbery at the Fifth Third Bank on 902 NW Washington Boulevard, and the U.S. Bank at 540 Main Street. Fairfield Township police were also looking into a possible connection to the recent robbery of the Huntington Bank branch at Bridgewater Falls. Burns is facing three counts of robbery, Brian Lyons is facing two counts of robbery, and Steve Lyons has been charged with a single count of robbery. The trio are due to be arraigned in Hamilton Municipal Court on Monday.
The State of Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved plans for a new Amazon fulfillment center at the Park North industrial complex in Monroe. The project is expected to create 1,000 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of $26.7 million. The company was awarded a 1.391% tax credit over 10 years to come to Warren County.
As part of the agreement, Amazon must maintain operations at the facility for at least 13 years. Amazon expects to be at full employment at Monroe by December 31, 2020. The company has promised to hire over 100,000 workers, and build fulfillment centers across the country as they take aim at brick and mortar stores. Amazon already has warehouses in Hebron, Kentucky near the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, as well as the Columbus area. Four days ago, the company also announced plans to build an 855,000 square foot facility which would employ 2,000 workers in North Randall, Ohio near Cleveland, which was also approved by the tax board this morning.
The National Weather Service office in Wilmington issued a Dense Fog Advisory until 10:00am on Tuesday morning. Visibilities were reportedly a less than a quarter mile in low lying areas. Motorists should use extra caution. Slow down, use low-beam headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you as objects on and near roadways will be seen only at close range due to low visibilities.
Hundreds or even thousands of jobs may be on the way to the City of Monroe. The State of Ohio Tax Credit Authority was set to consider a tax break for Amazon.Com. The company has promised to hire over 100,000 workers, and build fulfillment centers across the country as they take aim at brick and mortar stores. Amazon already has warehouses in Hebron, Kentucky near the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, as well as the Columbus area. Four days ago, the company also announced plans to build an 855,000 square foot facility which would employ 2,000 workers in North Randall, Ohio near Cleveland. The meeting takes place at 10am Wednesday morning. According to the agenda, the project would be located in Warren County, which would place it at or near the Park North industrial development.
?Note: The story was changed to reflect the meeting is Wednesday instead of today.
The owners of Fort Hamilton Hospital are planning to build another medical facility on the west side of Hamilton. Kettering Health Network announced Monday they plan to include physician offices and outpatient services on land they recently purchased at 1391 Main Street, which is a former roller skating rink. The news release says plans are still being finalized for the facility.
Today marks the first day of classes at Miami University's campuses in Oxford, Hamilton, Middletown, and Voice of America. There are over 3,800 members of the class of 2021 spending their first days of college. The incoming freshman class has an average ACT score of 28.3. More than half of first-year students are Ohio residents, though 43 states and 18 countries are represented.
(Wilmington)---The National Weather Service says there is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening in the Butler County area. The greatest theats will be damaging winds and hail, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
(Fairfield)---The Butler County OVI Task Force has released the location of their planned checkpoint tonight. Troopers, deputies, and police officers will set up on northbound Route 4 near Symmes Road in Fairfield from 11:00pm until 3:00am.
(Columbus)---It was a deadly 4th of July weekend on Ohio roadways. The State Patrol says 17 people were killed in crashes during the four day period that ended Tuesday. Troopers stopped 43,000 cars, arresting over 900 people on OVI charges.
(Hamilton)---Former Fairfield High School teacher and assistant football coach Tyler Conrad will spend the rest of the year behind bars. Conrad was sentenced to 6 months in jail for having sexual contact with a 15 year old student. He will also have to register as a sex offender and give up his teaching license.
(Columbus)---The Ohio House has voted to override 11 Medicaid related vetos by Governor Kasich, but the most controversial veto will remain in effect---at least for now. The governor's veto of a freeze on Medicaid expansions will remain in effect, but lawmakers can bring it back up at any time.
(Denver, CO)---Adam Duvall hit his 20th home run and Sal Romano picked up his first major league win as the Reds beat the Rockies 6-3 at Coors Field.
(Hamilton)---The District Nine Little League tournament continues tonight at West Side. Lebanon will take on the West Siders at 6:30pm for a berth in Sunday's championship round.
Mason Little League will take on Miami Little League at 8:30pm. The winner will play the loser of tonight's West Side/Lebanon game.
Last night's scores...
Mason beat Loveland 5-4
Miami Little League in Oxford eliminates Hamilton-Fairfield 9-6.
(Hamilton)--A possible homicide investigation is underway by Hamilton police detectives. A man was found shot early Sunday on the front steps of an apartment building at 503 South Front Street. The victim was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been reported, and no ID on the victim has been released. Police are asking the public for more information on the shooting. You can call the detective bureau at 868-5811, extension 2002.
(Hamilton)--The director of the Butler County Regional Airport is officially looking for a new job. County Commissioners voted unanimously to fire Ronald Davis during their meeting this morning. The dismissal becomes effective on Friday.
(Cedarville)--Another hat in the ring for the upcoming governor's race. Attorney General Mike DeWine announcing he's in during his annual ice cream social at his Cedarville home.
(Middletown)--OVI and other charges are expected to be filed against Adam Danner. The Middletown man allegedly blew through a red light, plowing into a police cruiser and a pickup truck at Breiel and Grand. Two officers and the pickup driver were treated at the scene. Danner was taken to Atrium Medical Center.
(Cincinnati)--You are paying more at the pump to begin the work week. Gas Buddy says regular unleaded is averaging $2.23 a gallon in Greater Cincinnati, more than 13 cents higher than it was this time last week.
(Orlando, FL)--Call them national champions! The Liberty Junior School Catapult Team took first place at the National Student Technology competition in Orlando Florida. It was part of a STEM conference this past week.
(Washington, DC)--Scooter Gennett went 4-for-4 with a homer as the Reds beat the Nationals 6-2. Scott Feldman pitched seven innings of two-run ball. The Reds will be in St. Louis tonight for a make-up game. Brandon Finnegan will make his first start since April 15th.
(St. Clair Township)---Family members say 32 year old Jacob Faulkner was an Afghanistan war veteran who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The former marine was shot to death after he pointed a gun at Butler County Sheriff's Deputy Taylor Henson Tuesday evening. Sheriff Richard Jones says the shooting came after Faulkner refused several orders to drop his gun.
(Wyoming, Ohio)---Funeral services were held this morning for Otto Warmbier. Among the capacity crowd gathered at Wyoming High School was U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who is calling on the Senate to condemn North Korea for their treatment of the former captive, who died just days after he was freed and brought home to Cincinnati.
(Cincinnati)---The jury is back at it for a 4th day as deliberations continue in the Samuel Dubose murder trial. The former UC police officer is charged with the shooting death of motorist Samuel Dubose.
(West Chester)---The Torch Run For Special Olympics has been making its way through Butler County the last couple of days. Yesterday, the southwest leg was in West Chester, and today the run continued through Middletown. The Special Olympics will be held at Ohio Stadium beginning Friday.
(Tampa, FL)---The Reds fell to the Rays 8-3 at Tropicana Field. Tim Adelman's record fell to 4-4 on the season. He gave up three runs on 7 hits through 5 innings pitched. Manager Bryan Price was concerned that Adelman ran his pitch count to 95 during those five frames. The Reds are off today, and they begin a series with the Nationals in Washington tomorrow.
FLASH FLOOD WATCH 2AM FRIDAY
THROUGH 2AM SATURDAY...
(Wilmington, OH)--Tropical Depression Cindy will begin effecting the Butler County area tonight, as showers and thunderstorms begin moving in after 4pm. Friday will be rainy all day, with up to three inches of rain predicted to fall during thunderstorms between now and Saturday. This afternoon's high is forecast to hit the mid 80's, and the rest of the weekend will see highs in the mid to upper 70's.
(Hamilton)---The Butler County Sheriff's Office is planning a news conference this afternoon to talk about the police involved shooting death of a man in St. Clair Township. The incident happened in the Overpeck area around 5:30pm. The man was apparently an active shooter, who had fired into a moving train.
(Liberty Township)---The Butler County Engineer's Office is ready to begin a major road project in Liberty Township. Yankee Road will be widened between Dutchland Parkway and Princeton Road. The project also calls for a roundabout at Yankee and Princeton. Construction will last through next summer, with a 4 million dollar pricetag.
(Cincinnati)---A third day of deliberations are getting underway in Cincinnati, as a jury decides the fate of Raymond Tensing. The former UC police officer is charged with the shooting death of motorist Samuel Dubose.
(Hamilton)---The cleanup is underway in Butler County, where a round of thunderstorms dropped four and a half inches of rain on the area. Hamilton firefighters had to rescue a female who was trapped in her car surrounded by flood waters on Tabor Lane near Cleveland Avenue. Several homes were also flooded on Joshua Court, which is off Cleveland. In Seven Mile, at least five families had to be assisted by the Red Cross after floods damaged their homes on Ritter Street. U.S. 127 was shut down between New Miami and Seven Mile after Seven Mile Creek came out of its banks. Fear Not Mills Road was also closed between Route 127 and Mellwood Drive, as Norfolk Southern repaired damage from washed out rails. In Madison Township, more than a dozen people had to be led to safety from the Weatherwax Golf Course and Sebald Park.
(Photo by Reid Ruhl)
(West Chester)---Friends and family are saying goodbye to West Chester Firefighter Tim Burns. Burns, a 19 year veteran of the department, died last week of occupational renal cancer. He was 48. Visitation was held at the Springdale Church of the Nazarene. Funeral Services will be held at 10am this morning at the church. A 26 mile funeral procession will kick off at 8:00am this morning, passing by Burns' home station on Beckett Road, as well as WCFD headquarters on Cincinnati-Dayton Road prior to the service.
(Hamilton)--A trial begins today for a former Fairfield High School teacher accused of having sexual relations with a 16 year old student. 27 year old Tyler Conrad of Hamilton was also an assistant football coach. Judge Keith Spaeth will preside over the bench trial.
(COLUMBUS)---Ohio's unemployment rate dipped slightly in April. The Department of Job and Family Services says 5% of Ohio workers were jobless, compared to 5.1% in March. Despite the improving percentage, the state saw a decrease of 5,700 non-farm jobs over that month.
(Oxford)---Hamilton High School is preparing to bid farewell to the Class of 2017 during graduation ceremonies Wednesday at Millett Hall on the campus of Miami University. Attendees were told to arrive early in order to avoid long lines caused by construction, especially on US 27 just south of Oxford. On Tuesday, the Hamilton Community Foundation awarded scholarships to dozens of students from Hamilton, Badin, Fairfield, and other surrounding school districts during an event at Hamilton High School. The ceremony was attended by scholarship donors or their representatives.
(Cincinnati)---The return of the Brood X cicadas is underway in Greater Cincinnati. The Mount St. Joseph University Cicada Website says they have received over 150 reports of emerging cicadas the past 24 hours.
The arrival of Brood X is four years early. The 17 year cicadas last innundated neighborhoods in the region back in 2004. Among the areas reporting cicadas so far: Cincinnati, Green Township, Finneytown, North College Hill, Springfield Township, and the City of Hamilton, where Traci Phillips Kinsey snapped a photo of a newly hatched adult cicada and three larvae shells. (Pictured)
(Monroe)---A Butler County hospital has announced plans for a new medical office building in Monroe. Atrium Medical Center and its parent company Premier Health Systems plans a 19,000 square foot facility on the northwest corner of Cincinnati-Dayton Road and State Route 63. The building will house a primary care practice, specialty physicians, and other services. The project is expected to be ready to go by 2018.
(St. Clair Township)---St. Clair Township fire fighters are investigating the cause of a large plastics fire at the Advanced Drainage Systems facility on U.S. 127 between New Miami and Seven Mile. Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles. Fire Chief Larry Anglin was the first to arrive on the scene, and he discovered dozens of skids of plastic pipe fittings fully involved in flames. Dozens of firefighters from several area departments were called to the scene, along with the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, The EPA, and the Red Cross. No injuries were reported, and no contamination was found.
(Photo Courtesy of St. Clair Township Fire Department Facebook)
(Hamilton)---A Hamilton man charged with sex crimes involving juveniles under the age of 13 has pleaded guilty in Butler County Common Pleas Court. 46 year old Terry Lewis pleaded guilty to one count of Rape and one count of Gross Sexual Imposition. Eleven other counts were dismissed by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Howard. The rapes happened between November of 1994 and November of 1996. The gross sexual imposition occurred between November of 1997 through November of 2000. Judge Howard scheduled sentencing for 8:30am on June 15th. Lewis faces 10 years to life in prison on the rape conviction and 5 years for gross sexual imposition. Fines in the case could total $30,000.
(Hamilton)---Your chance to make a difference in the battle against hunger takes place this weekend. The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold their 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday. All you need to do is leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mail box Saturday morning, and your letter carrier will pick it up while delivering the mail. All donations made in Butler County will go to help the Shared Harvest Food Bank in Fairfield.
(Hamilton)---The City of Hamilton is remembering former fire chief Don Lickert, who passed away Monday at the age of 82. Lickert served as the city's fire chief from 1983 until his retirement in 1991. The Korean War veteran is credited with helping to form the Hamilton chapter of the Inernational Association of Firefighters Local 20.Visitation is 2-5pm Sunday at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral Services are Monday 10am at Weigel. A military burial service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery.
(Hamilton)---Hamilton police say three juvenile suspects are facing charges after a disturbance and assault that involved gunfire on the 800 block of Greenwood Avenue Wednesday evening. A 14 year old boy was treated for broken bones and a broken nose. One person fired a shot into the air during the incident. At least one of the suspects was arrested by police at gunpoint on Fairgrove Avenue. (Pictured)
Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-08) joined Steve Vaughn on The Morning Show Monday to talk about last week's passage of the GOP health care plan. He pushed back on Democrat's claims that the bill will hurt those with pre-existing conditions.
Listen to the entire interview here.
The Ol' Lefthander Joe Nuxhall will be honored with a mural this summer on the wall of the Clark's Sporting Goods building at 15 South B Street. Plans were unveiled to City Council this week for three murals, including one on the McDulin parking garage next to the Artspace Lofts, overlooking the new pocket park. The third mural will be located at 212 Main Street. The city's StreetSpark program says work on the murals should begin in May or June. The Nuxhall mural depicts a younger Joe pitching for the Cincinnati Reds next to an older Joe who broadcast Reds games on the radio. Nuxhall started his radio career on WMOH, calling Miami University athletic events.
(Liberty Township)---The Ohio State Patrol will hold a drunk driving checkpoint tonight in Liberty Township. The operation will begin at 9:00pm on Route Four near Kyles Station Road. There's no word when the checkpoint will end. There is also another OVI checkpoint scheduled next week, according to a release by the Butler County OVI Task Force.
(Hamilton)---Filming continued in downtown Hamilton Friday for the Robert Redford movie "Old Man and the Gun". The film also co-stars Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, and Sissy Spacek. The story revolves around an elderly bank robber (Redford) and the detective (Affleck) who is trailing him. High Street remained shut down between North 2nd Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, causing long delays for traffic crossing the Great Miami River over the Columbia and Black Street bridges.
(Photo By: Shawn Stidham)
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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)
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.