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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

 

 

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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.

Coronavirus: DeWine Threatens More Shutdowns

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is threatening to shut down restaurants, bars, and gyms again if the number of Coronavirus cases continue to surge. DeWine says hospital capacity is starting to become an issue, with nearly 3,000 patients hospitalized, and more than 700 people in ICU. Ohio set another single day COVID-19 record Thursday, with over 7,100 new cases reported. DeWine has signed a new health order forming a new compliance unit for Ohio businesses.

Election 2020: The Home Stretch

Long lines of early voters stood outside in chilly and windy conditions Sunday as the final hours of Election 2020 ticked away outside the Butler County Board of Elections. Voters tell WMOH they waited about an hour and a half to get through the line Sunday. Voters describe the process as very efficient, and COVID-19 compliant. The final hours of early voting will take place Monday from 8am-2pm at the Board of Elections office on Princeton Road. Election Day will run from 6:30am-7:30pm, at regular precinct locations.

Drop Box Wait Causes Traffic Nightmare

Voters are beginning to drop off their absentee ballots at the only drop box in Butler County--in front of the Board of Elections on Princeton Road--and it's causing traffic problems. Hamilton Councilwoman Susan Vaughn says a major traffic flow change has been made, effective last Wednesday afternoon. Northbound Hampshire Drive will be closed between Princeton Road and the Butler Regional Highway during early voting hours at the Board of Elections campus on Princeton Road. That means in order to get to the Board of Elections, you have to take By-Pass 4 to Princeton Road. Traffic was backing up on both directions of the Butler Regional Highway at Hampshire until the changes were made. 

 

Here are the hours for early voting, and the closure
of Northbound Hampshire Drive:

October 19 – October 25
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25

October 26 – November 1
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 (Saturday before Election Day)
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1 (Sunday before Election Day)

Week of Election Day: November 2 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2 (Monday before Election Day)

Detour:

Eastbound SR 129: Take Exit 18 onto Bypass 4. Turn left on Bypass 4. Turn left on Princeton Rd. The Board of Elections is located at the end of Princeton Rd.

Westbound SR 129: Take Exit 18 onto Bypass 4, Turn right on Bypass 4. Turn left on Princeton Rd. The Board of Elections is located at the end of Princeton Rd. Exiting: When leaving the Board of Elections southbound Hampshire is open to SR 129.

 

City Battles Lindenwald Odor

The City of Hamilton is working to eliminate a foul odor that's been roiling the neighborhood between the 600 and 800 blocks of Corwin Avenue in Lindenwald. City Manager Joshua Smith says they met with neighbors last week to update them on the situation. Among the solutions being tried is A Manhole Odor Eliminator
(better known as a MOE) which is being installed in eight manholes.They're also using biological tablets, placing monitors in manholes to check the levels of Hydrogen Sulfide, and testing the wastewater coming from businesses at Hamilton Enterprise Park.


(Image Courtesy: TV Hamilton)

Ground Broken On Saica Plant

Hamilton City Leaders and officials with Saica Group held groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the company's new facility at 2995 McBride Court in Hamilton Enterprise Park. The company is planning a 350,000 square foot facility where corrugated paper products will be made, marking a return of the paper industry to Hamilton. The $72 million facility is the first North American plant for the Spanish based company. Saica plans to employ 64 workers in Hamilton, including 27 skilled operators, 15 manufacturing, engineering, and supply chain professionals, 13 sales staff, and 9 office and management jobs. State and local tax credits helped secure the facility, which is expected to be completed by March of 2022.

(Image Courtesy: TV Hamilton)

Elections Trio Tests COVID-19 Positive

The Butler County Board of Elections says early voters have not been exposed to three workers who have tested positive for COVID-19. All staff members who came into contact with the trio have been notified. The area where the workers were located has been cleaned, according to guidelines from the Butler County Board of Health. The Board says they continue to require masks for all workers and have gloves and disinfectant materials available at the early voting site.

Two Hurt In Motorcycle Crash

Two people have been hospitalized after a motorcycle crash in Reily Township. The wreck was reported around 11:08am Tuesday on the 5700 block of Dunwoody Road near Gardner Road. The operator of the motorcycle was Air Cared to Univerwsity Hospital with a head injury, and a female passenger was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital with a leg injury.

 

Remembering Joe Morgan

Cincinnati Reds fans are remembering Big Red Machine member Joe Morgan, who passed away Sunday at the age of 77. The second baseman was traded to the Reds in a 7 player deal that sent Lee May to the Houston Astros in 1971. Joe went on to win two World Series with the Reds in 1975 and 1976. He was also the National League Most Valuable Player both seasons. After his retirement, Morgan started a career in broadcasting, calling TV games for the Reds. Morgan eventually landed on ESPN, where he spent two decades calling Sunday Night Baseball broadcasts with Jon Miller. Morgan served as a consultant to the Reds, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. Morgan owned a Honda dealership in Monroe, which opened in 2011.

Middletown Shooting Victim Identified

Middletown police are investigating a deadly shooting early Sunday morning. Police were called to the 513 Lounge around 12:49am, and found a male victim with a gunshot wound to his chest, hip, and leg behind 601 N. Verity Blvd. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after medics arrived on the scene. The Butler County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as 36 year old Brandon Frank Nathaniel Moneyham, Sr. Moneyham's death has been ruled a homicide.  Police say anyone with information on the shooting should call (513) 425-7733.

Hamilton Pain Doctor Sentenced

The former owner of a Hamilton pain clinic was sentenced to spend a decade in prison for illegally prescribing opioids and committing health care fraud. 55 year old Nilesh Jobalia of Cincinnati ran the Cincinnati Centers for Pain Relief office in Hamilton from March of 2013 through December of 2017. He pleaded guilty to charges that he wrote perscriptions for fentanyl, oxycodone, methadone, morphine, and other medicines, sometimes without a doctors visit. Jobalia helped patients file over two million dollars in false claims with the Bureau of Worker's Compensation. He also recieved over $100,000 for participating in phony speaking engagements about a fentanyl spray. Jobalia was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution to Medicaid, Medicare, and the Bureau of Worker's Comp.

Local Schools Get Million Mask Windfall

Representatives from government agencies in nine counties gathered at the Butler County Fairgrounds Tuesday morning, where Ohio Emergency Management Agency officials and the Department of Homeland Security helped distribute more than one million N-95 and cloth masks to be used at Southwest Ohio school districts. The Butler County Educational Services Center facilitated the distribution.

 

Smith: Next Decade To Bring Neighborhood Focus

HAMILTON-Despite a year of economic struggles due to Coronavirus, Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith was upbeat during his recent State of The City Address.
Smith pointed to the $145 million Spooky Nook mixed development under construction at the former Champion Paper site, 80 Acres Farm's new 70,000 square foot facility at Hamilton Enterprise Park, and the upcoming groundbreaking of Saica Group's first North American corrugated paper plant as a reason for optimism. Smith pointed out that the city jumped in to help local restaurants and small business impacted by Coronavirus, and nearly all of them have been able to survive. Smith has been with the city for a decade, and he says the next ten years will be spent on improving the city's 17 neighborhoods, including beautification and blight removal.

 

(Photo Courtesy: TV Hamilton)

Little Miami Superintendent Doubles Down

The superintendent of the Little Miami school district says he and the school board stand behind their decision to punish two Little Miami High School football players who carried thin blue line and thin red line flags through the entrance tunnel in honor of police and firefighters on the 19th anniversary of 9/11.  In a video released Thursday, a visibly angry Greg Power says the district has received hateful and threatening messages as a result of publicity from the event. The district eventually lifted the player's suspension from athletics, but maintains they were right to punish the boys because of their "insubordination."
Brady Williams and Jarad Bently say they only wanted to pay tribute to first responders on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Power is demanding an end to the threats and hateful messages being sent to the district.

Miami University: 800+ COVID-19 Cases

Miami University and the Butler County General Health District are asking students to avoid travel and large gatherings during the Labor Day weekend. The latest dashboard report shows more than 800 cases of COVID-19 have been reported on the Oxford campus over the last couple of weeks. The outbreak started when several athletes attended an off-campus party. Miami will make a decision by Wednesday on whether students should return to classes or continue with distance learning.

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