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Headlines for Wednesday August 14

(Sharonville)--A Sharonville police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of a Hamilton man. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says Officer Sean Grogan was justified when he shot 53 year old Duane Harrison during a SWAT standoff at the Sonesta Suites on East Kemper Road. Police say Harrison was holding his daughter hostage, and fired a shot at officers when he left the room. Harrison is in stable condition and is facing an array of charges, including Attempted Murder on a Police Officer, and Felony Assault.

(Columbus)--Governor DeWine will lead his first business development mission overseas next month. DeWine will head up a delegation traveling to Japan. The nation is Ohio's top international investor, with over 72,000 employees at 852 Japanese owned businesses across the Buckeye State. Japan is also Ohio's 5th largest export market, with over $1.6 billion in products sent to the Land of the Rising Sun.

(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says there is a chance for cold air funnel clouds to develop in the region this afternoon.  Those funnels rarely touch down, and cause very little damage if they do. There is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms in the area.

(Hamilton)--The family of 59 year old Ronald Boyd, a former Green Beret killed in a motorcycle crash last week, is asking local motorcyclists to ride in his funeral procession tomorrow. Services will be held 11am at the Webster Funeral Home in Fairfield. The procession will head to the Dayton National Cemetery.

(Fairfield)--A Fairfield woman is facing a negligent homicide charge after the shooting death of her husband. 57 year old Tika Katel died of his injuries two days after he was Air Cared from his home on Sigmon Way. His 43 year old wife Subha was arraigned in Fairfield Municipal Court yesterday. She is under house arrest until her next court appearance on August 21st at 1pm.

(Hamilton)--A Liberty Township firefighter has been given the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Saved By The Belt award. William Devore was wearing his seat belt when his fire truck was hit by a semi driver on I-75 during the early morning hours on July 9th.
Devore was hospitalized after the crash. The trucker was reportedly driving while fatigued.




(Mason)--The Western & Southern Open continues at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason. In second round action Wednesday, Ashleigh Barty defeated Maria Sharapova
6-4, 6-1. Simona Halep won a three set battle against 
Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.


(Washington, DC)--New Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer was the scheduled starter as the Reds wrap up their 3 game series with the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the Nats. 
The Reds lost 3-1 Tuesday.

Headlines For Monday August 12th

(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says Butler County is under an upgraded risk for severe thunderstorms overnight. Damaging winds are the primary risk. The storms are expecteds to move through between 1 and 3am.

(Trenton)--Three people are being treated for serious injuries after an early morning residential fire in Trenton. The blaze broke out around 3:30am on the 400 block of East State Street. First responders were met with heavy smoke and three victims who had climbed out of a front window. One juvenile had to be flown to Dayton Children's Hospital by Care Flight. Another child and an adult were taken to Atrium Medical Center. No cause has been listed yet. Trenton firefighters recieved mutual aid from Madison and St. Clair Township firefighters, as well as the City of Monroe.

(Middletown)--Middletown will be looking for a new police chief.  The city has announced that current chief Rodney Muterspaw will retire in January after a 30 year career in law enforcement. Muterspaw became chief in 2014, and agreed to serve 5 years. He was won numerous awards, especially in his efforts to bridge the gap between the black community and law enforcement. The city says they will test internally before announcing the new chief later this year.

(Hamilton)--It's the first day of school in the Hamilton City School District. Close to 10,000 students started classes, kicking off the 2019-2020 school year. Motorists should be careful, especially around school zones, bus stops, and crosswalks.

(Cincinnati)--Gas prices are trending downward to begin your work week. Gas Buddy says the price of regular unleaded is down 25 cents from last week. The average price is $2.51/gallon, with the lowest price at $2.18/gallon at the UDF in Trenton.



(Cincinnati)--The Reds will open the 2020 season vs. the Cardinals on Thursday, March 26th. They will play at Toronto March 30-April 1st. They will host the Rays, Orioles, and the Red Sox in inter-league series games.


(Cincinnati)--Cincinnati Reds rookie sensation Aristides Aquino has been named the National League Player of the Week. Aquino batted .500 (11-for-22) hitting six home runs, and driving in 11 RBI. Aquino hit 3 home runs Saturday night against the Cubs.

(Washington, DC)--The Reds will begin a three game series with the Washington Nationals tonight. Anthony DeSclafani will take the mound for the Reds against Erick Fedde. 

Headlines for Thursday August 8

(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says Butler County is under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The greatest threat is damaging winds and large hail. Most of the activity is expected between Interstate 70 and the Ohio River.

(Hamilton)--The investigation continues into a fatal motorcycle crash in the city of Hamilton. The accident was reported around 12:24pm Wednesday on South Erie Boulevard between Hanover and the underpass. Police say the motorcycle was traveling southbound when it rear ended a southbound SUV, and veered into the path of a semi truck, also heading southbound. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Madison Township)--The animal cruelty case against a Madison Township man has been upgraded to a felony. 60 year old Charles Miller was led away in handcuffs from his home on Elk Creek Road Wednesday. He was booked on a 5th degree felony charge of cruelty to a companion animal. Miller is accused of attacking his neighbor's 8 month old German Shepherd with a baseball bat, resulting in fatal head injuries. Miller said the dog was on his property, but the dog's owner says Miller let Ruger out of his back yard.

(Hamilton)--The Hamilton Parks Conservancy says the splash pad at Crawford Woods is closed until further notice. Vandals apparently hit the park overnight.

(Hamilton)--Three local tax issues will be on the November ballot in Butler County. Liberty Township has a 3 mill renewable fire levy for five years, and Ross has a 2.75 mill renewable fire levy, also for five years.  The City of Trenton has a 3.9 mill additional levy for roads.


WMOH Headlines for Wednesday, August 7th

(Madison Township)--A Madison Township man is facing animal cruelty charges for beating his neighbor's dog with a baseball bat. The dog, an 8 month old german shepherd named Ruger, had to be euthanized because of serious head injuries. Charles Miller of 4497 Elk Creek Road told officers he was trying to protect himself from the dog, but the dog's owners say Ruger wouldn't hurt anyone, and believes Miller let the dog out of their yard before the beating. A crowd of angry protesters gathered on Elk Creek Road to support Ruger's family, and to protest Miller. Sheriff Richard Jones called the attack on the dog intolerable. The charge against Miller is currently a first degree misdemeanor.

(Whitewater Township)--A young man from Preble County is dead after a head-on crash late last night in Whitewater Township. 18 year old Austin Bruner of Eldorado, Ohio was heading northbound in his pickup truck when he went left of center and hit a semi truck driven by 43 year old Richard Reilmann of Sunman, Indiana. Bruner was pronounced dead at the scene, and Reilmann was taken to UC Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Bruner was not wearing his seat belt. Speed or impairment are not believed to be factors in the crash.

(Westfield, IN)--West Side Little League's run in the Great Lakes Regional tournament is over. They fell to River Forest, Illinois 6-3 in the elimination bracket. Hamilton scored three times in the bottom of the 4th inning, but Illinois answered with three runs in both the 5th and 6th innings to take the wins. Connor Cuozzo had two hits to lead the west siders.


Lang Enters Senate Race

HAMILTON--West Chester State Representative George Lang has thrown his hat in the ring for the 4th District Ohio Senate race next year. Lang will be joined in the GOP primary by West Chester Trustee Lee Wong and Middletown area State Representative Candice Keller. Lang says he will run on a pro-business platform. He says Ohio has lost congressional representation and electoral votes since 1970, due to passage of a state income tax, as well as numerous taxes and regulations imposed on businesses. Lang has already received endorsements from several Republican county office holders.

Kroger Breaks Ground On Monroe Facility

MONROE--A Cincinnati based grocer has broken ground on their new e-commerce center in Butler County. Kroger is teaming up with online grocer Ocado to build America's first fully automated customer fulfillment center, known as a shed. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday at the 335,000 square foot site in Monroe. The $55 million warehouse will use digital technology and robotics to store and deliver groceries. The facility is expected to generate 400 new jobs. "Ohio is a premier destination for businesses to grow, and I welcome Kroger and Ocado's decision to choose  the Cincinnati region for this exciting project," said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. "This is a state-of-the-art facility that represents the intersection of Ohio's budding tech and food sectors and the next step in advancing Kroger customers' shopping experiences."

"The Kroger-Ocado partnership brings advanced technology to Monroealong with the Kroger grocery name that our residents recognize," said William Brock, Monroe City Manager. "This facility reinforces that Monroecan provide workforce solutions to meet the needs of an innovative company, and we appreciate the investment in our community."

OVI Checkpoint Tonight In Hamilton

HAMILTON--The Butler County OVI Task Force will be holding a checkpoint in Hamilton tonight (Friday). The operation will run from 10pm through 2am on Martin Luther King Boulevard near Walnut Street, next to Downtown Hamilton. Only the northbound lanes will be checked, although saturation patrols will be held in the area.

Hamilton Planning To Extend Bike Trail

HAMILTON--The City of Hamilton is planning an expansion of the Miami 2 Miami bike trail linking the Great Miami and Little Miami rivers. Under a plan in front of City Council tonight, the city would team up with Butler County MetroParks to construct an extension of the trail from By-Pass Four to the Gilmore Ponds area. The cost of the section of trail is expected to be $637,580, but the OKI Regional Council of Governments has provided $510,064 worth of grants, which dropped the local share to $127,516.

Council To Consider Hamilton Caster Grant

HAMILTON--Hamilton City Council will consider approving a $200,000 grant for Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Company during their meeting tonight. The company is planning a $7.3 million dollar expansion at their facility on the 1600 block of Dixie Highway. They plan to build an extension into the former Hamilton Inn property which was recently demolished. The company promises to have 89 full time workers on site within the next three years as part of the agreement. The grant is recoverable if the terms are not met.

Celebrating 75 years Since Nuxy's MLB Debut

HAMILTON--Today marks a big anniversary for the sports world.
75 years ago today, Hamilton's own Joe Nuxhall made his major league debut at the age of 15. He was signed out of Wilson Junior High School after major league rosters were depleted by players fighting in World War II. Nuxhall's record as the youngest major league player stands to this day. Nuxhall's hometown will celebrate Joe Nuxhall Day on Saturday at L.J. Smith Park in Hamilton's North End. The event runs from 10:00am-2:30pm, with the fields being dedicated in honor of the Ol' Left Hander. There will also be free food, displays, and pickup baseball games. Organizer Tom Spoonster says he is trying to raise the money to put up an historical marker at the park by 2020. Saturday is also Hamilton Night at Great American Ballpark, where the Reds are taking on the Texas Rangers. 

Butler County Jail Gets Special Delivery

HAMILTON--The Butler County Jail resembled a maternity ward this morning when a female inmate went into labor as deputies were getting ready to take her to a medical facility. 
Corrections Officer Benjamin Stultz and jail medic Brandy Browder worked together to deliver a baby girl. “This is the 3rd full delivery in the last 5 years at the Butler County Jail," said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones. "It’s sad that children are being born in a correctional environment. We have a problem in this Country where children are often being born from addicted Mothers. Today we are pleased Mother and daughter are safe and getting the care they need.”

Man Found Dead In River Identified

HAMILTON--The man found dead in the Great Miami River this morning has been identified. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says the victim is 35 year old Nathan Durbin of Fairfield. 
Durbin's body was spotted by a man walking to work on the Black Street Bridge. Detectives say nothing appears suspicious about the case, but an investigation is underway into how the death occurred.

Tornado Update

(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service has added nine more tornadoes to the list of storms that hit the Dayton region Monday night. That brings the total to 17 tornadoes in the Wilmington forecast area. Here is the link to the list from the National Weather Service.

Local Firefighters Help With Storm Relief

(Madison Township)--Butler Countians who would like to help tornado victims can bring their items by Madison Township fire house 153 on Mosman Road

Madison Township Firefighter/Paramedic Joe Perkins says you can bring items like bottled water, personal hygine items, and non-perishable canned goods. The donations will be taken until 8:30am Saturday, when they will be delivered to the Red Cross by firefighters.

Holiday Fatalities Down

(Columbus)--The Ohio State Patrol says 12 people died in vehicle crashes over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That's the fewest number of fatalities in four years. The Patrol says the lack of seat belts resulted in two deaths, one was OVI related, one wasn't wearing a motorcycle helmet, and two of the victims were pedestrians. Last year, 18 people died on Ohio roadways.

Ohio Supreme Court Won't Hear Killer's Appeal

(Columbus)---The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a confessed killer from Butler County. 22 year old Justin Koch pleaded guilty to his role in the 2016 home invasion robbery in West Chester that led to the shooting death of 18 year old Tyler Kassow. Three others were also convicted in the botched robbery. The 12th District Court of Appeals rejected Koch's claims that his lawyers shouldn't have allowed him to give a statement to police. Koch was the driver of the getaway car used in the robbery.

Train Track Trespassers Beware!

(Hamilton)---Hamilton police are teaming up with Norfolk Southern to crack down on trespassing on the railroad tracks that run through the city, especially the downtown area. Last year, 276 people recieved warnings, and 19 people were arrested for trespassing on the tracks between Bobmeyer Road and High Street. Police and railroad officials plan to speak with residents and business owners near the tracks, to warn them about the trespassing laws.
  • In 2018, Ohio ranked 7th nationwide in trespasser casualties, with 20 fatalities and 15 injuries; 14 fatalities occurred on NS tracks. Through February of 2019, four people in Ohio have been struck by trains, two of them fatally.

Man Arrested After Alleged Theater Threats

WMOH News has learned that a Middletown man, 21 year old Justin Pickron, has been arrested on a charge of Making Terroristic Threats. He allegedly talked to a co-worker at Cobb Theater in Liberty Center about bringing a gun to work and shooting people in the theater last Thursday. Pickron was arrested at his apartment on the 6300 block of Mount Vernon Street in Middletown around 12:30 this morning. He is being held without bond until his initial appearance in Area Two Court.

Saluting Our Butler County Heroes: P.O. 1st Class Puma Franklin

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Erica Gardner, Navy Office of Community Outreach 

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jackson G. Brown 



NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN – Petty Officer 1st Class Puma Franklin, a Hamilton, Ohio, native, wanted to join the Navy to challenge herself.
Now, eight years later and half a world away at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Franklin serves at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) / U.S. 5th fleet. 

“Every day there's something different, and I love that challenge,” said Franklin. “I love that variety, because it keeps me on my toes and I don't become complacent.” 

Franklin, a 2008 graduate of Hamilton High School, is a yeoman at U.S. 5th Fleet, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain. 

“I process administrative work for all aspects of U.S. 5th fleet, and I process travel for sailors' families,” said Franklin. “Without yeomans like me, nothing would get done in the Navy. We're there to take care of sailors' issues, and people depend on us when they're unsure of procedures.” 
Franklin credits success at U.S. 5th Fleet, and in the Navy, to many of the lessons learned in Hamilton.“The community I came from really prepared me mentally for the Navy,” said Franklin. “I really learned how to work and interact with all kinds of people, and that’s been big for me in the Navy.” 

U.S. 5th Fleet directs naval operations to ensure maritime security and stability in the Central Region, which connects the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean through the western Indian Ocean. They work with partner nations to ensure freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in international waterways. 

The Navy’s U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of ocean, and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 20 countries, includes three critical choke points; the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. 

“The culture and the people here are like nothing I've ever been around before,” said Franklin. “The people are very welcoming of us and I really enjoy being stationed here.” 

Serving in the Navy means Franklin is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. 

A key element of the Navy is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea. 

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.” 

Though there are many ways for Sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Franklin is most proud of becoming a sexual assault prevention advocate. 

“To be able to make an impact on people's lives in the Navy has been incredibly rewarding,” said Franklin. 

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Franklin and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes contributing to the Navy the nation needs. 

“I'm just here to do my part for people back home, and around the world, and the Navy gives me different opportunities to grow,” said Franklin. 


Four Found Murdered In West Chester

West Chester police continue to investigate the murders of four family members at an apartment complex on Wyndtree Drive late Sunday night. Police Chief Joel Herzog says officers were called to 4562 Wyndtree Drive, Apartment 154, on a report of four people down and bleeding. When officers arrived, they found three females and one male dead of gunshot wounds. The victims were discovered by a fifth family member who lived in the apartment, according to a frantic 911 call released by police. Herzog says they have not come up with a suspect in the case. The victims have not yet been identified, although they worshiped at a nearby Sikh temple.

Emaciated Dog Passes Away

A Reily Township man will appear in court later this week to face animal cruelty charges. 36 year old David Neanover allegedly let his 2 year old doberman pinscher "Lou" starve at his home on the 6500 block of Main Street. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says the dog was severely emaciated after being left without food or water. The dog was also covered in open sores all over his body, and he had an ulcer on his tounge which made it tough for him to eat. Lou was also so hungry, he resorted to eating rocks. The Animal Friends Humane Society valiantly tried to save the dog, but he passed away over the weekend. Animal rights activists plan to protest before Neanover's appearance in Area One Court in Oxford on Thursday at 10:00am.

Severe Storms Cause Damage, Knock Out Power

Power is being restored to parts of Butler County after a severe thunderstorm moved through the area this morning. More than 1,400 Duke Energy customers were knocked off line when winds estimated at 60 mph snapped trees and power lines. Hamilton city leaders said nearly the entire west side was without power due to damage to transmission lines, but power was quickly restored by city crews. An injury crash involving a Hamilton school bus this morning was apparently storm related, because the traffic light was out at Eaton and Rhea Avenues. District spokesperson Joni Copas says 13 Wilson Middle School students were checked out by paramedics at the scene, and again by school nurses after they arrived at the Wilson. Both drivers were taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital.


Justice For Trooper

(Hamilton)--The Butler County Dog Warden has charged a 17 year old boy who admitted to abandoning two 3 month old puppies in a Lindenwald park on March 13th. A short time later, one of the dogs was hit by a train. The puppy survived the incident, but lost two back legs and a left eye. The puppy, which has been named Trooper, continues to undergo rehab, and is expected to be adopted soon. The boy is facing juvenile charges of animal cruelty and abandonment. Trooper's sibling has been located in Fairfield.

Man Seriously Injured In Overnight Shooting

(Hamilton)--Hamilton police continue to investigate a shooting that occurred just before midnight Friday. 51 year old Anthony Carter was found in the parking lot of an apartment building at 511 South Front Street. He was lying down by the passenger door of a running SUV with a gunshot wound to the pelvic area.  Carter was taken to the Butler County Regional Airport where he was placed on Air Care and flown to University Hospital for treatment. No arrests have been announced yet.

Crash Kills Trenton Restaurant Owner

The Trenton community is mourning the death of a well known restaurant owner. 39 year old Fai "Peter" Ni was killed when his SUV accidentally hit the rear end of a semi parked on the exit ramp to the Northbound Rest Area on I-75 Wednesday morning. Ni was pronounced dead at the scene. He owned the Dragon China restaurant on East State Streein Trenton. The driver of the semi involved, 36 year old Michael Vosburg of Lawrence, Michigan, was sleeping in the cab at the time of the crash. Vosburg was cited for parking in a no-parking zone.

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