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Fourth of July Parade/ Fireworks Information

The City of Hamilton's 4th of July Parade will begin at 10:00am.
The parade will start at the Butler County Fairgrounds and end at Main / N. F St. To insure the safety of those participating in and viewing the parade, there will be road closures and restricted parking along the parade route.


The following roadways will be closed from the times noted:
At 8am, Fair Ave. from Rt. 4 to Dayton St. will be closed for parade staging. Monument St. from
High St. to Ludlow will be closed.

Shortly before the parade begins, traffic flowing
east/westbound on Main St. and High St. will be closed. Vehicles travelling Westbound on High
St. will be diverted South on 7 th St. Vehicles travelling Eastbound on Main St. will be diverted at Eaton Ave. and Millville Ave.

At 10am the parade will begin and the following streets will be closed:
Fair Ave. between Rt. 4 and Dayton St.
Dayton St. between Fair Ave. and N. 7 th St.
N. 7 th St. between Dayton St. and High St.
High St. to the High / Main Bridge.
Main St. from B St to Eaton Ave.
F St. from B St. to Liberty.
Park Ave. from E St. to Eaton Ave.
Roadways will be reopened incrementally as the parade passes and safety dictates. There will be no parking permitted after 8am on any of the streets along the parade route. No parking signs will be posted and vehicles found parked on the route streets after 8am on Monday July 4 th , 2022 may be towed.

*During the parade duration, the Columbia Bridge and the Black St. Bridge will remain open.

**For the fireworks, S. B St. between the Columbia Bridge and Millikin St. will close during the display from approximately 10:00 PM until fireworks are completed.









West Chester firefighters are investigating a two alarm apartment fire on the 6600 block of Fountains Boulevard early Sunday. Several area fire departments responded for mutual aid. The fire was first reported around 1:00am. Township spokesperson Barb Wilson says there were eight units damaged in one building. No injuries were reported.


(Photo: Barb Wilson, West Chester Township)


(West Chester)--The Southwest Ohio leg of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will move through West Chester Wednesday morning. The route will begin at the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester on Cincinnati Dayton Road, and will proceed 3.1 miles to the West Chester Justice Center on Beckett Road, beginning at 11:00am. Motorists are being urged to be careful for the runners, who will be escorted by police vehicles. The final leg of the Torch Run will take place Friday evening, as the torch arrives at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State University campus for the Special Olympic games.


(Hamilton)---Badin High School has named a longtime Hamilton City School administrator as its first female dean of students. Mrs. Patty Gibbons has been named Assistant Principal/Dean of Students, while Ms. Sara Ransom will serve as Assistant Principal/Dean of Academics, according to a release from the Catholic high school on New London Road. Gibbons served 19 years as an assistant principal in the Hamilton City School District. She graduated from Hamilton High in 1994. Ransom has been a member of the Badin faculty for the past three years. Badin recently named Brian Pendergest the school's first president , with Patrick Keating taking over as principal.


(Photo: Badin High School Principal Patrick Keating has announced new assistant principals at the Catholic high school on New London Road in Hamilton. He is flanked by Mrs. Patty Gibbons, assistant principal/dean of students; and Ms. Sara Ransom, assistant principal/dean of academics. Badin will open its 57th school year on Wednesday, Aug. 17, with a student population of some 640 students from nearly 50 junior high schools and 30 zip codes.)


(Hamilton)--Hamilton police continue to investigate a train vs. pedestrian accident that happened Sunday afternoon near the downtown area. 27 year old Destiny Allison lost one of her arms and part of her foot when she was hit by the train on South Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pershing Avenue, near the historic train depot. Allen was taken to Kettering Health Hamilton, then transfered to UC Hospital by Med Flight helicopter.


(West Chester)--A sinkhole has forced the closure of a major east-west artery in West Chester Township. West Chester Road is closed between Cincinnati-Dayton Road and Barret Road until further notice. The township says access to the UDF store will be maintained. A notice posted on the township's Facebook page says the road could be closed awhile, so they're asking motorists to plan accordingly.


Butler County's most notorious killer is dead. James Ruppert, who killed 11 members of his family during an Easter Sunday massacre, passed away over the weekend. He was 88. Ruppert was serving life prison terms in connection with what was once the largest mass murder in american history. It happened at the Ruppert family home on Minor Avenue in Lindenwald. Today, the incident is listed as the 25th worst mass shooting in the U.S. Ruppert was being housed at the Corrections Medical Center at the time of his death. Ruppert was denied parole on three occasions, and was up for parole again in 2025, according to records from the Ohio Department of Corrections.


Gas prices continued to skyrocket around the country this week, with no end seemingly in sight. For the first time ever, the average price per gallon surged over the $5.00/gallon mark in Greater Cincinnati Wednesday. Gas Buddy says regular unleaded is averaging $5.09 a gallon, up 31 cents over last week, and up 95 cents over the past month. You are paying $1.96 more at the pump than you did one year ago.


Accused Walmart shooter/killer Anthony Brown was arraigned in Butler County Common Pleas Court last week. He is facing a five count aggravated murder indictment in the shooting death of 35yo shopper Adam Black and the wounding of a Walmart employee. Brown was allegedly trying to steal a cellphone when he shot Black and the employee during his getaway. If convicted, Brown faces life in prison. Brown's attorney has filed a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. A competency hearing has been set for late July. Judge Daniel Haughey ordered bond set at $900,000, lower than the original $5 million set after Brown's first appearance in Area II Court.

Woman Killed In Bus Collision

A woman killed when her car slammed into a bus Monday has been identified. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says 61yo Debra Halsey of Forest Park died when her EB Chevy Cruse went left of center and smashed head-on into a WB Lakota school bus that was empty, except for the driver. It happened on Millikin Road at Fieldstone Farms Blvd around 10:45am. There's no indication why Halsey's vehicle went left of center.

Stabbing Victim Identified

The Butler County Coroner's Office has identified the man stabbed to death during an attack on a quinceañera party at the Hamilton FOP Lodge 38 Event Hall Saturday night. 20 year old Ivan Israel Diaz of Hamilton died from a stab wound, and the cause of death was a homicide, according to a report from the coroner's office. Three other men were also wounded in the attack. Police are looking for two men described as persons of interest in the case. If you know the whereabouts of Juan Flores and Jose Flores, you are being urged to call Detective Tony Kiep at (513) 868-5811, extension 1261. FOP Lodge 38 leadership will meet soon to respond to the weekend events.

Gas Prices Shoot Up

Gas prices in Greater Cincinnati took a huge jump over the past week. Gas Buddy says regular unleaded is averaging $4.14 a gallon, which is up 25 cents over last week. The price of diesel is $5.58 a gallon on average in greater Cincinnati. The lowest prices can be found at several stations in the Middletown area, where unleaded is going for $3.95 a gallon.


Two Sought In FOP Shooting

Hamilton's FOP Lodge 38 is calling this weekend's deadly incident at their event hall "absolutely abhorrent." One man was shot to death, and three others were injured after trouble erupted around 10:30 Saturday night. Police are looking for two men described as persons of interest. If you know the whereabouts of Juan Flores and Jose Flores, you are being urged to call Detective Tony Kiep at (513) 868-5811, extension 1261. FOP Lodge 38 leadership will meet soon to respond to the weekend events.


Biden Visits Hamilton

President Joe Biden stopped in Hamilton Friday to promote his so-called Bipartisan Innovation Act. Biden was joined by U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown during the appearance at United Performance Metals on Symmes Road.  Biden toured the facility, getting a look at 3D printing technology before his speech. Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller told WMOH "it's exciting when any president visits Hamilton, Ohio.  The fact that he's here about advanced manufacturing makes all of us proud, because we have have quite a bit of advanced manufacturing here, and it's just great to be able to show off what we have here. We make a lot of things here, and President Biden knows that."


SMITH: Big Projects Coming

Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith delivered his very first mid term State of the City address Thursday. Smith gave a peek into the future for the area across the river from Spooky Nook, which is being vacated by Cohen Recycling. Smith says a company is proposing a $350 million development that includes hotels, residential and office space, as well as a grocery store anchor. Smith also unveiled plans for another brewery. Third Eye will open a $3.1 million location in Hamilton, at the old Pepsi Cola bottling plant on Route 4.


(Photo Courtesy: TV Hamilton)


Trenton Teen Dies In Crash

Edgewood High School is mourning the death of a student in a car crash Tuesday evening. 15 year old Hallie Deaton was a passenger in a Mustang that turned into the path of a Silverado pickup truck on State Route 73 and Wehr Road. Three other teens were hospitalized, including the 16 year old male driver of the car. No one in the truck was seriously hurt. The school is off for spring break this week, but counselors will be available Thursday 1pm-3pm. Hallie's friends and family have set up a Go Fund Me to help the family with expenses. 


(Photo Credit: Facebook, Go Fund Me)


I-75 Crash Kills Indiana Trucker

The Butler County Coroner's Office says the trucker killed in a crash on northbound I-75 Tuesday was from Indiana. 43 year old James Barnett III was heading northbound when he swerved to avoid a semi that had slowed down in front of him. He clipped the back of the other truck, and overturned into a concrete median. Barnett died of multiple traumatic injuries when he was ejected from the cab. The truck also lost its load of steel coils, and there was also a fuel leak from the damaged truck. Northbound 75 near the Monroe rest area and a couple of southbound lanes were closed for several hours as the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, ODOT, and the Ohio EPA investigated the crash and cleaned up the scene. Barnett was from Sellersburg, Indiana, which is just north of Louisville, Kentucky.


Activity Center Sold

West Chester Trustees have agreed to sell the former senior activity center building at 7900 Cox Road. RS Professionals, LLC of West Chester has offered $1.9 million for the property behind the Tylersville Road Kroger store. Kroger had planned to purchase the land for an expansion, but that project was later scrapped. RS Professionals plans to rennovate the building for use as office space. The sales agreement includes a 30 day inspection period and 60 days to finalize payment. The deal was approved during an emergency board of trustees meeting Wednesday.

RTA Drops Mask Mandate

Masks are now optional on Butler County Regional Transit Authority buses, as well as other vehicles and the agency's indoor spaces. The policy change was announced Tuesday, one day after a federal judge overturned the Biden Administration's mask mandate. The RTA says masks will remain optional as the administration reviews the judge's ruling. The Transportation Security Administration announced they were suspending enforcement of the nationwide mandate.

Happy Opening Day!

Tuesday is the Reds home opener at Great American Ballpark, so it is being treated as Opening Day. Barry Larkin will be the Grand Marshal of the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade. Hamilton's West Side Little League All-Stars, the Little League World Series runners-up, will have their own float. Bengals QB Joe Burrow will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Head Coach Zac Taylor. Wide Reciever Rookie of the Year Ja'Marr Chase will help present the NL Rookie of the Year award to Jonathan India in pregame ceremonies. Tyler Mahle will deliver the first pitch at 4:10pm against the Cleveland Guardians.


HPD Investigates Shooting

A Hamilton man is recovering from a shooting Monday morning. 51 year old Thomas Cooley drove himself to the Hamilton Police 
Department headquarters on South Front Street, where he was found with gunshot wounds by Sergeant Rich Burkhardt and Officer Kristy Collins. He was taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital for treatment. Cooley told police he was shot on the 100 block of Wilson Street. There's no word on what led up to the shooting, and no arrest has been reported.


Longtime Trustee Willsey Dies

Longtime Ross Township Trustee Tom Willsey passed away Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 74. He had been a trustee in Ross since 1986. He was a fireman, and past president of the Ohio Township Association. Visitation is Friday from 4-8pm at the Charles C. Young Funeral Home in Ross. Funeral services are Saturday at 11am.


Tom Willsey's Obituary


Boyd Sentenced To Prison

Former Hamilton chiropractor Stephen Boyd was in the Butler County Jail Monday morning, awaiting his transfer to state prison. Boyd was sentenced Friday to 11 years and 9 months behind bars after pleading guilty to sex crimes involving former patients and employees. In a sentencing memorandum filed with the court, assistant county prosecutor Stephen Wagner called Boyd's actions reprehensible. He says Boyd groomed the nine victims, convincing them his groping and touching was part of their treatment. 

Gmoser: Officers Acted Reasonably

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser met with reporters for an hour Tuesday, explaining step-by-step how a grand jury chose not to charge five Monroe police officers with the February 11th shooting death of 35 year old Dustin Booth. Gmoser says Booth stood up and pointed a large .45 caliber handgun at officers after they tried to take him into custody during a traffic stop. Gmoser says police also acted reasonably in the events leading up to the shooting, and he says he had no bias as he presented the case to the grand jury. Booth's family is planning a lawsuit against Monroe police.


(Photo: Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser holds up the gun that Dustin Booth allegedly pointed at Monroe police officers before he was shot)


Early Voting Continues

Early voting continues at the Butler County Board of Elections, 1802 Princeton Road, for the May 3rd primary. The Board of Elections will be open the following hours until Election Day:

M-F 8a-5p April 11-22

M-F 8a-7p April 25-29
SAT 8a-4p April 30
SUN 1p-5p May 1
MON 8a-2p May 2


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