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Monroe Hires New Superintendent

(MONROE)--The Monroe School Board made it official Monday night, hiring a new superintendent, J. Robert Buskirk. The Lebanon man is currently serving as interim superintendent for Lebanon City Schools. Buskirk says he has spent the past 19 years as an administrator at Lebanon, working in every building in the district. He will succeed Kathy Demers, who is who is retiring and taking a position with the Buckeye Association of School Administrators in Columbus. Buskirk will begin his duties on August 1st, but he has also signed a 10 day consultant contract, which will allow him time to transition into his new role. Buskirk is a graduate of Miami University, where he received a Bachelor's and Master's degree.

 

Judge Finds Gosney Competent

(Hamilton)--A Middletown woman has been found competent to stand trial in the death of her 6 year old son.  The ruling was made by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers in the case of 29 year old Brittany Gosney. She's accused of killing her son James Hutchinson while trying to abandon him at a park in Preble County, and dumping his body in the Ohio River, with the help of her boyfriend James Hamilton. A May 24th hearing is scheduled to possibly set a new trial date, or enter a plea.

 

One Dead In North End Motorcycle Crash

(Hamilton)--Hamilton Police are investigating a deadly motorcycle crash in the North End. 46 year old Mark Kevin Young was operating his 2003 Harley-Davidson northbound on Martin Luther King Boulevard at Heaton Street when he lost control, hit a curb, and was thrown from his bike along with his passenger, 47 year old Susan Solomon. Young was pronounced dead at the scene, and Solomon was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital with serious injuries. Initial reports from first responders indicated speed may have been a factor in the crash. The intersection was the scene of a similar accident on March 29th, but the operator of the motorcycle that ran into a house was able to walk away on his own.

 

Grand Jury Clears SWAT Officer in Fatal Shooting

(HAMILTON)--A grand jury has cleared a SWAT team member in the shooting death of a suspect back in January. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser says the shooting happened at the end of a standoff in Liberty Township on January 11th. 31 year old Junius Thomas broke into a woman's apartment armed with a pistol. The woman was able to escape, and called 9-1-1.
The SWAT team surrounded the apartment, and tried to negotiate a surrender. Police say Thomas became agitated and irrational before he broke off contact. 
After a couple of attempts to deploy a robot, Thomas came to the door pointing a gun at SWAT team members, who fatally shot Thomas. A grand jury ruled the shooting was justified. Gmoser has a policy of bringing every police involved shooting to a grand jury for review.

Weigel Resigns From Hamilton School Board

The Hamilton City School District is looking for a new school board member. Rob Weigel resigned before last night's regular board meeting, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. The district is accepting applications for those interested in replacing Weigel through Friday May 7th at 4:00pm.  Interviews will be held from May 8th-May 12th. Those who have taken out petitions to possibly run in the November election include former board member Dave Davidson and former state champion basketball coach Larry Allen. The new board member will be named during the regular meeting on May 13th. Weigel served nearly 8 years on the school board. 

 

Major Roundabout Project Wraps Up

(MILFORD TOWNSHIP)--An intersection that was once the most dangerous in Butler County re-opened as a new roundabout Friday after a nine month construction project. The Ohio Department of Transportation says the intersection of State Route 73 and Jacksonburg Road should be much safer, since roundabouts greatly reduce the number and severity of accidents. The $2.9 million improvement was ordered after a string of serious vehicle crashes, some of which turned deadly. Poor sight lines were cited as the reason for the previous crashes. ODOT says crews will continue to put the finishing touches on the project, and should be completely finished by mid-summer.

 


 

(Photo Courtesy: ODOT)

Headlines For The Weekend April 16-18

(FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP)--Fairfield Township police say two women died in a wrong way head-on crash on Route 4 in front of Butler Tech late Friday morning. 67 year old Terri Alcorn of Cincinnati crossed the median and hit a northbound van driven by 65 year old Janice King of Monroe. Alcorn died at the scene, and King was flown to UC Clifton, where she died. King was a bus driver for the Hamilton City School District. The highway was shut down for several hours after the crash.

 

(CINCINNATI)--Hamilton County's Coroner says the Johnson and Johnson vaccine does not appear to have played a role in the death of 21 year old John Foley, a UC student from Columbus. He died Sunday, one day after getting the vaccine. 

 

(West Chester)--A Deerfield Township man faces the possibility of life in prison after pleading guilty to child rape. 47 year old Rodrigo Medina admitted to raping a 9 year old girl and three other juveniles. He will be sentenced May 17th.

 

(Hamilton)--City of Hamilton Health Commissioner Kay Farrar is trying to figure out why Lindenwald residents aren't getting their COVID-19 vaccines like the city's other neighborhoods. The 45015 zip code shows only 21% have received their vaccine, compared to the
45011 and 45013 zip codes, where 31% have been vaccinated.

 

(Cincinnati)--Tri-Staters are gearing up for the return of Brood-X, also known as the 17 year cicadas. Many residents are reporting mud mounds popping up in their yards. That's the cicadas getting ready to burrow out of the ground, beginning the three week process of mating, dying, and their larve falling back to the ground, where they will re-appear in 2038. The noise from the cicadas is so loud, it can marvel a lawn mower.

 

 

(West Chester)--It's that time of year again. Social media posts and local residents report Nerf Wars have started in several locations, including Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester. Some neighbors say cars have been speeding up and down their streets and teenagers
have been running around buck naked to avoid being shot. Police say if the kids are caught tresspassing, or in a state of indecency, they could face arrest.

Headlines For Wednesday April 14, 2021

(Washington)--8th District Congressman Warren Davidson is reacting favorably to news that President Biden plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Davidson says he's glad Biden agrees with former President Trump and the American people that great nations don't fight endless wars.

 

(Hamilton)--A Clermont County man has been told to stay away from social media as he awaits trial on an importuning charge. 41 year old Ronald Holland is accused of trying to arrange sex with a teenaged boy in Hamilton. Turns out Holland was communicating with a female detective for the Butler County Sheriff's Office. Bond was set at $10,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 21st.

 

(Hamilton)--More sex charges have been filed against Dr. Stephen Boyd. A Butler County Grand Jury has indicted Boyd on two additional counts after another alleged victim came forward, claiming they were sexually abused by the suspended chiropractor.

 

(West Chester)--A missing child case ends with good news in West Chester. The nine year old boy was found two hours after he left his home on Triangle Drive. Police had set up a command post at the IKEA parking lot, and a state patrol helicopter was en route from Columbus when the child was found at his home. He was checked out by paramedics at the scene. 

 

(Liberty Township)--A growing Information Technology company in West Chester is planning to move their headquarters a few miles to the north. ATC has announced plans to move into 7,000 square feet of office space at Liberty Center. The move should be completed by August.

 

(Fairfield)--A HyperShine car wash franchise has withdrawn plans to build a new location in the parking lot of the Meijers store off Gilmore Road in Fairfield. The city's planning commission recently rejected the proposal, and Councilman Mark Sharringhausen says the area, which is the city's gateway off I-275, needs a better look than the car wash would have provided. 

 


 

 

Headlines for Tuesday April 13,2021

(LIBERTY TOWNSHIP)--A group of parents showed up at the Lakota School Board meeting Monday, concerned about some of the lessons being taught to their children. One middle school parent says her 8th grader was given material in language arts class on LGBT issues, gender pronouns, Black Lives Matter, and claiming that Christians and parents are homophobic. Superintendent Matt Miller says he will meet with the parents about their concerns.

 

(MIDDLETOWN)--A tragic end to a missing person case in Middletown. The body of 72 year old Deborah Reily was found in the Great Miami River Monday, nearly two days after she was reported missing. She was listed as an endangered missing case because she suffered from dementia. Her body was found near the shore line off 9th Avenue and Maple Street.

 

(FAIRFIELD)--There's no word on the severity of injuries to the driver of a vehicle that hit a pole on the 3700 block of Mack Road in Fairfield Monday. The victim, in his early 20's, was flown to UC-Clifton by Air Care. Power was out to over a thousand Duke Energy customers in the neighborhood.

 

(COLUMBUS)--Governor DeWine has ordered vaccine clinics in the state to pause their use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine because of reports that six women have developed dangerous blood clots. One of the six women later died.

 

(CLEVELAND)--Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons has thrown his hat in the ring to run for the GOP senatorial primary in 2022. He also ran in 2018, losing to Jim Rennaci, who's also considering a run for statewide office. 

 

(West Chester)--Former 8th District Congressman and House Speaker John Boehner releases his new book today. The book entitled "On The House, A Washington Memoir" takes aim at fellow Republicans like former President Trump, Congressman Jim Jordan, and Senator Ted Cruz.

 

(Cincinnati)--It's costing you less at the pump as you begin the new work week. Gas Buddy says the average price of regular unleaded fell to $2.74 a gallon, six cents lower than last week. According to our Gas Buddy widget on WMOH.COM, the lowest prices are in the Bond Hill and Norwood areas, where it's $2.48 a gallon at the Thornton's at Reading and Tennessee, and the UDF at Dale Road & Carthage.

 

(West Chester)--ODOT begins work on a signalization project in West Chester Township that will require some lane restrictions.  Single lane closures will take place on State Route 747 and Mulhauser as well as 747 and Port Union Road. There will also be shoulder restrictions. The work will continue through the end of the week.

 

(Hamilton)--The Butler County OVI Task Force says they will conduct a checkpoint on Saturday. The time and location will be announced the morning of the operation.

 

(ROSS TOWNSHIP)--Retired New England Patriot Wide Reciever and former Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman didn't always think he was going to have an NFL career.  In fact, the Kent State grad once checked out the possibility of becoming a firefighter in Ross Township back in 2009. The department has the story on their Facebook page.

 

 

 

Headlines For Friday April 9, 2021

(Hamilton)--Drug overdose deaths took a turn for the worse in Butler County as the pandemic raged during 2020. County Coroner Lisa Mannix says they investigated 177 drug overdose deaths out of a total of 406 cases. That's an 11% increase over 2019. Overdose deaths had been decreasing for two straight years. Fentanyl was involved in 87% of the overdose deaths, and meth was found in 35% of the cases. 49 deaths investigated by the coroner's office involved both drugs.

 

(Cincinnati)--Southwest Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup is leading a congressional delegation touring three migrant holding facilities in Texas. The members specialize in health care and national security matters. Wenstrup will investigate what the facilities in Brownsville, McAllen, and Donna Texas are doing to stop the spread of COVID-19 among the migrants heading for the border, especially children.

 

(Oxford)--There's a change in leadership over Miami University's regional campuses. Cathy Bishop-Clark is stepping down as dean of the college of Liberal Arts and Applied Science, also known as CLAAS. She will return to the classroom teaching computer and information technology. She will be succeeded by Dr. Ande Durojaiye, who comes from Northern Kentucky University, where he has been serving as interim provost and executive Vice President for academic affairs.

Headlines For Thursday April 8, 2021

Headlines for Thursday April 8, 2021


(West Union)--The man arrested for an Adams County murder in Trenton this week is actually from Trenton. 32 year old Zackary Phillips is charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Anthony Storer.


(Hamilton)--Hamilton police have arrested a suspect from a couple of recent arsons. 24 year old Bryan Gibson is accused of starting fires at the McDulin parking garage and RiversEdge amphitheater downtown. Gibson told investigators he set the fires because he was trying to keep warm. 

 

(Oxford)--A new dean will lead Miami University's regional campuses starting in July. Dr. Ande Durojaiye has been named dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science. Durojaiye has been serving as interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Northern Kentucky University. He succeeds Cathy Bishop-Clark, who will return to teaching in the department of computer and information technology.

 

(Cincinnati)--You don't run into this every day on the beat. Cincinnati police were investigating reports of up to five monkeys on the loose in Price Hill. The primates were seen swinging from trees at St. Joseph Cemetary. Police called the Cincinnati Zoo for help rounding them up when they are found. The monkeys are believed to be privately owned.

 

(Columbus)--The Ohio State Patrol has unveiled their new OVI Dashboard. You can log on to ovidashboard.ohio.gov and get daily numbers on arrests and crashes involving impaired driving. You can also get a look at dash cam footage of OVI arrests.

 

(West Chester)--Butler County State Representative Jennifer Gross has introduced House Bill 248, the Vaccine Choice and Anti-Discrimination Act. She says it would protect those who decline to take the COVID vaccine from segregation and discrimination.

 

(Cincinnati)--The Cincinnati Bengals have announced they are finally starting a Ring of Honor at Paul Brown Stadium. The first two inductees are Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz and team founder Paul Brown.

 

Voice Of America Museum Plans For Growth

WEST CHESTER--The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting will add new space, and will allow groups and organizations to hold meetings and events at the historic site in the near future. Executive Director James Dominic told West Chester Trustees this week the museum will re-open in early April for weekend tours.
The VOA site has been closed because of COVID-19.
Dominic says a major grant from the late Elliott Block will result in a pavillion named in his honor. A new 2200 square foot multi-purpose hall will be added, along with a catering prep area, and ADA compliant restrooms. The museum will also provide a barrier-free entrance in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Dominic says they also plan to expand the number of hours and days the museum will open. 

(Photo Credit: National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting)

Superintendent: Prom and Graduation On At Hamilton High

HAMILTON--Hamilton City School Superintendent Michael Holbrook finally had some good news for the school board during Thursday night's meeting. Holbrook says prom and graduation will take place for seniors this spring. Last year's class missed out on prom, and had to settle for a virtual commencement ceremony at the Holiday Auto Theatre. With district staff now vaccinated, and COVID cases dropping, Holbrook is confident the spring traditions can resume, with social distancing protocols being observed. Holbrook says the graduation ceremony will be held outdoors at Virgil Schwarm Stadium in late May. Previous ceremonies were held at Miami University's Millett Hall. Holbrook joked they will be praying for good weather, but an alternative date will be selected just in case.

 

(Photo Courtesy: TV Hamilton)

Coronavirus: One Year Later

HAMILTON--It has been a year since the Coronavirus was declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. Hamilton City Health Commissioner Kay Farrar gave an update to Hamilton City Council during their regular meeting Wednesday night. Farrar says Butler County has reported 35,972 cases of COVID-19 over the past year, with 535 deaths. The City of Hamilton accounts for 5,227 of those cases, with 133 deaths. Farrar told council the city is averaging 50 new cases per week, compared to 90 new cases a few weeks ago. The city has vaccinated 3,717 residents since December, and that number increases to 6,446 when the vaccine clinics for school workers are figured in. Thursday was the beginning of Phase 2-B for Ohio's vaccine program.
Those eligible for vaccines now include people over 50, those suffering from Type 2 diabetes, and end stage renal disease. You can sign up for vaccines on the new state portal at https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/

Man Arrested In Two Hamilton Rape Cases

(Hamilton)--Hamilton Police have arrested a Franklin man in connection with the rapes of two women in Hamilton. An incident involving a 26 year old victim occurred in September of 2019, and a second incident occurred in August of 2020, involving a 39 year old victim.  Hamilton Municipal Judge Daniel Gattermeyer has ordered 30 year old Taranpreet Singh held under $600,000 bond until a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday afternoon. If Singh does make bond, he has been ordered to stay away from the victims, and he is not allowed to leave the state.

 

Butler County Braces For Winter Storm

Butler County was bracing for a winter storm late Sunday, with forecasters predicting as much as a foot of snow in some areas. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning early Sunday, saying the first wave of accumulating snow would hit early Monday, dumping

1-3 inches of snow on the county. After a midday lull, the snow would return, dropping an additional 4-8 inches during the evening rush hour, and into the morning hours on Tuesday.  (Photo Credit: ODOT)

Hamilton AD Resigns Amid Transfer Violations

HAMILTON--Hamilton High School's basketball program is reeling after being notified by the Ohio High School Athletic Association that they violated student athlete transfer rules. Hamilton has to forfeit all eight wins this season, and Athletic Director Bill Stewart has resigned.


Hamilton City School Statement

 

 

**************PRESS RELEASE*************** 

 

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) notified the Hamilton City School District and Hamilton High School Athletic Department on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, of a possible rules violation regarding the student/athlete transfer rule. After receiving the news, the district immediately started an internal investigation regarding its procedures and protocols. During the investigation, it was discovered the Hamilton High School Athletic Department and Hamilton High School Athletic Director violated the procedure required by the OHSAA regarding the district residency of a student-athlete. As a result of this violation, the Hamilton High School Varsity Boys Basketball team must forfeit all victories (eight) from the current 2020-21 basketball season. Hamilton High School is a proud member of the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) and takes student eligibility matters seriously. After receiving this information, Hamilton City Schools has accepted the Hamilton High School Athletic Director’s resignation. The district will begin the process to hire the next Hamilton High School Athletic Director immediately. Moving forward, the traits of sportsmanship, integrity, and character remain the core values of Hamilton City Schools and will not be compromised.

 

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Pro-Life March Sunday

HAMILTON--Today (Friday) marks the 48th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Butler County Right to Life usually marches around the county courthouse seven times on that night, but this year, the observance is being held on Sunday at 2:00pm in the afternoon. The march will follow a short prayer service on the north steps.

 

Ross To Add Intermediate School, Full Time Kindergarten

ROSS--A couple of major changes are coming to the Ross Local School District next year. Superintendent Chad Konkle announced a new intermediate school will be located in the current administration building at 3371 Hamilton-Cleves Road. More than four hundred 4th and 5th graders will be housed in one wing of the building, with administrative offices located in the other wing. The move is being made to alleviate overcrowding at the middle school. The district will also offer tuition-based, full time Kindergarten at Elda and Morgan elementary schools. Sign-ups will begin on a first come, first served basis, starting February 1st. 

 

(Photo: Google Maps)

Woman Charged In Fatal Pedestrian Strike

Bond has been set at $200,000 for a Hamilton woman charged with a deadly hit-skip car vs. pedestrian accident. 62 year old Karen Riegert of Curtis Drive is charged with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, OVI, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Police say Riegart admitted she was drinking and smoking marijuana before she hit and killed 28 year old Miranda Perry as she was weaving on and off the road while driving on the 1300 block of Millville Avenue Wednesday afternoon. Hamilton Municipal Judge Daniel Gattermeyer has set a January 29th preliminary hearing in the case.

 

Lakota Board Extends Superintendent's Contract

The Lakota School Board awarded Superintendent Matt Miller with a five year contract extension Monday.

Miller has been with the district since 2017, and board members say he has launched a number of successful  programs and initiatives. "Not only has he done some phenominal work within our district, in moving our student's education and our teacher's professional growth forward," said Board President Brad Lovell "he's also been recognized at the state and national levels."
Under the new deal, Miller will make a baseline salary of $192,000/yr with a 1.9% raise over each of the five years.

Miller will also make a $30,000 performance annuity, among other benefits. The extension will take effect January 1st.

Boyd Appears In Court as Judge Sets 200K Bond

Dr. Stephen Boyd made his first court appearance Friday morning on rape and sex related charges in Butler County Common Pleas Court. The longtime Hamilton chiropractor is accused of sexually abusing several ex-patients between November of 1998- July of 2017. Bond was set at 200-thousand dollars, and Boyd has been ordered to stay away from his alleged victims, and anyone between the ages of 10 and 18. Hamilton police believe there could be more victims in the case, and they've set up a special hotline at (513) 868-5811 extension 1009. 

A pre-trial hearing has been set for January 12th at 1pm.

 

Coronavirus: The '011 Is Number One, and That's Not Good

A local zip code remains on top of the state when it comes to the number of new Coronavirus cases over the past two weeks. The Ohio Department of Health says 45011, which includes downtown Hamilton. Fairfield and Liberty Townships, St. Clair Township and past Seven Mile, is reporting 659 cases over the past 14 days. The second highest zip code, 43701, covers part of Muskingum County. They have 605 new cases. The third highest is 43123 with 505 new cases. That zip code covers southwestern Columbus and Grove City. Hamilton City Health Commissioner Kay Farrar told City Council last week "We don't want to be number one in this, so let's get down to it, and bring us down a few notches."

Dewine Curfew Begins

Governor DeWine's COVID-19 curfew went into effect at 10:00pm Thursday night, amid much criticism from members of his own party. The order from the governor intends to cut down on the rising number of Coronavirus cases in Ohio. A recent surge of the virus has been setting records on an almost daily basis. The curfew runs nightly from 10pm-5am for 21 days. It excludes restaurant drive-thrus, grocery stores, and medical facilities. A bill passed in the Ohio House last week would result in all businesses being declared essential, as long as they follow COVID-19 protocols. DeWine has threatened to veto the legislation.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones told Fox and Friends Thursday that he will not enforce the curfew, and he believes the governor has gone too far. Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-08) has also been critical of the governor's mandates.

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