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Girl Arrested For Role In Hotel Shooting

Fairfield police have arrested a 16 year old West Chester girl on juvenile murder, robbery, and burglary charges in connection with the October 2nd shooting death of 18 year old Kaaree Hipsher-Burton at the Holiday Inn Express on Route 4.
The girl allegedly told Hipsher-Burton the room number and how many people were inside the room. Police say the pair were plotting to steal a gun from the room.


(Photo Courtesy: Google Maps)

Holiday Travel Period Begins

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says they will be "highly visible" over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, looking for speeders, impaired drivers, and those who are driving districted through 11:59pm Sunday night. Last year, 17 people were killed in 14 accidents across the Buckeye State. Half of the crashes involved alcohol and/or drugs.
The patrol made 305 arrests for impaired driving last year.

County Jobless Rate Increases

Butler County's unemployment rate increased in October. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the county's unemployment rate was 3.7%, compared to 3.4% in September. The agency says 7,100 workers were unemployed in October, compared to 6,600 in September. 


(Photo Courtesy: Ohio Department of Job & Family Services)

Playoff Friday Marred By Crash

Three school busses transporting the Colerain High School football team to its Friday playoff game in Mason Friday were involved in a chain reaction crash on Northbound I-75. The accident sent 7 students and one coach to area hospitals with minor injuries. The crash was reported at 5:23pm near the Cincinnati Dayton Road exit, according to Lt. Matthew Keener with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Keener says the lead bus from the Northwest Local School District stopped abruptly when it came upon stopped traffic. The ensuing chain reaction caught up the other two busses, as well as a pickup truck. West Chester and other EMS squads took the victims to UC West Chester and Childrens Hospital's Liberty Campus. None of the injuries were life threatening. The game was delayed for an hour to give Colerain time to warm up. The Cardinals fell to Mason 14-7.

Double Homicide Victims Identified

The Butler County Coroner's Office has identified two men who were gunned down in Hamilton Tuesday night near Bailey Square. 22 year old Dariel Perez was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the gunfire erupted on the 700 block of South Second Street, around 7:05pm.  29 year old Jonathan Terrell Jones was rushed to Fort Hamilton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:18pm. Injured in the shooting was 23 year old Anthony Rippey, and 3 year old Saviyah Bryant, who was hit by a bullet fragment, according to police spokesman Sgt. Brian Ungerbuehler. Police are asking for anyone who has information about the shooting to call the Investigations Division at (513) 868-5811 ext. 2002.

Swimming Suspect Captured

A burglary suspect who allegedly jumped into a large pond to avoid capture was arrested Friday by Butler County Sheriff's deputies. 40 year old Mathias Jones of New Miami was arrested on a warrant of Breaking and Entering, a 5th degree felony, according to Detective Janee Lambert. She says Jones was observed fleeing the scene of a business alarm at the old VFW site on the 4000 block of Trenton Road. Deputies chased the suspect, who jumped into the pond, and started swimming. Deputies did not see Jones come out on the other side, triggering a search by the sheriff's Emergency Response Services team, who used boats, sonar, and drones in a day long search. Sheriff Richard Jones is quoted as saying "Great job by all, he should have left the swimming to the muskrats."

Murder/Suicide Names Released In Hamilton

(Hamilton)--The Butler County Coroners Office has released the identifications of two people found shot to death in Hamilton Saturday morning. Police believe 31 year old Pedro Corcino shot 30 year old Samantha Bowling,
then turned the gun on himself. It happened

at 676 Rockford Drive. 9-1-1 calls reviewed by WMOH News indicate the bodies were found by Samantha Bowling's father.

Original Story:

Hamilton police are investigating a reported murder/suicide on the West Side. Officers were called to 676 Rockford Drive on a report of two people shot at that location. They arrived to find two victims dead at the scene. Police say the investigation is ongoing, and no other suspects are being sought. The identities of the victims have not been released, pending notification of relatives.

Man Shot Dead In West Chester

West Chester police are investigating a deadly shooting Thursday at an apartment complex on the 5000 block of Aster Park Drive. Police were called around 5:21pm, and found the victim, 22 year old Keshon Sanders, inside a car suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to UC-West Chester Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses who called 9-1-1 reported hearing up to six shots. No arrests have been announced. 

Mistrial Declared In Singh case

A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder trial of 40 year old Gurpreet Singh. A jury failed to agree on a verdict after two days of deliberations. The West Chester man faced the possibility of the death penalty if convicted of killing his wife,
his in laws, and his aunt at their Wyndtree Drive apartment on April 28, 2019. Singh told police he found his family shot to death, and he didn't know who did it or why. A hearing in the case has been set for November 1st.


Hamilton Police Officer Fired

Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit has announced the firing of a police officer who faces vandalism and OVI charges after a crash on Cincinnati-Brookville Road in Morgan Township on September 16th. Sergeant Casey Johnson allegedly kicked and damaged the inside door of a police cruiser, and refused an alcohol test. Hamilton police say he was also involved in an altercation in the parking lot during the Ross vs. Badin game that night. Bucheit calls the allegations undisputed and deeply troubling, despite an exemplary career of 18 years. The 40 year old officer was recently promoted to sergeant. 

Daughter Of Hamilton Legend Wins WNBA Title

Butler County has a connection to the WNBA championship. The Las Vegas Aces beat the Connecticut Sun 78-71 Sunday, to win the best of five series 3 games to one. Aces starting Center Kiah Stokes is the daughter of Hamilton High basketball legend Greg Stokes. She scored 2 points and grabbed five rebounds in the winning effort. Stokes has won 3 championships at all levels. A high school state title in Iowa, three (3) NCAA National Championships at UCONN, and now a world championship with the Aces. Kiah wears number 41, the same number worn by her father at Hamilton High School and the University of Iowa.


(Photo Courtesy: Provided by Greg Stokes)

Four Children Hospitalized After Fire

Four children remained in critical condition after an apartment fire in West Chester Saturday afternoon. Police started getting calls from neighbors around 12:17pm at 5259 Aster Park Drive. Firefighters arrived on the scene, and rescued four children, ages 5 months, 1 year, 5 years, and 8 years old. They were taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital's Liberty campus, then transferred to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. The Ohio Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the blaze.


Wounded Police Officer Dies

Sad news out of Richmond, Indiana. Police Officer Seara Burton has passed away from injuries suffered when she was shot during a traffic stop on August 10th. She died at 9:59pm Sunday at Reid Health. She was surrounded by her family when she passed. A procession Monday afternoon brought Officer Burton back home to Richmond. Funeral arrangements are pending.
(Photo: Richmond, Indiana Police Department)


Second Suspect In 2018 Killing Arrested

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 16 year old Hamilton girl four years ago. 18 year old Jordan Spain was taken into custody by Miami Township police in Clermont County Tuesday night on warrants filed September 2nd, charging him in connection with the murder of 16 year old Sydney Garcia-Tovar. The shooting occured at the Tyler's Creek Townhomes on Wildbranch Road in Fairfield Township on July 23, 2018. Spain was 14 at the time of the homicide, so his case is being heard in Butler County Juvenile Court. 23 year old Markeylnd Townsend is awaiting a September 19th trial on murder and felony assault charges for his role in the killing.

(Photo: Miami Township PD on Twitter)

Fairfield Home Builder Killed In Upstate Crash

The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a weekend crash that killed a well known home builder from Fairfield. 64 year
old Joseph "Jo Jo" Schwartz was riding in the back seat of an SUV that was one of eight vehicles rear-ended by a tractor trailer in stopped traffic on I-75 near Lima. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 10 people were taken to area hospitals and 11 were treated at the scene. Schwartz and his father Joe owned J-II Homes, and developed Fairfield's Village Green area. The driver of the truck has been identified as 75 year old Dale Anglin of Vermilion, Ohio.

(Photo Courtesy: Lima, Ohio Fire Department on Facebook)


Fentanyl, Weapons Seized In Drug Raid

A drug raid in Butler County has recovered a large amount of pressed fentanyl, and a stash of weapons. Sheriff Richard Jones says the BURN Task Force, Cincinnati DEA, and Middletown Police executed a search warrant on the 400 block of Cribbs Avenue Thursday, and found 25,000 pressed fentanyl pills, several loaded firearms, and a digital scale. The value of the pills was estimated at $750,000. Agents arrested Mainer Feliz of Middletown, Reinaldo Gomez-Cruz of New Jersey, and Emanuel Ortega-Moran of Pennsylvania. Jones was quoted as saying "If you bring your poison to Butler County, you're going to jail."

(Photo Courtesy: Butler County Sheriff's Office)

Patrols Focus On Imapired Driving For Labor Day Weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says their troopers will concentrate on getting impaired drivers off the state's roadways during the four day Labor Day weekend. The reporting period started at 12:00am Friday morning and will end at 11:59pm Monday night. Last year, 17 people were killed in 16 crashes during the Labor Day holiday, with eight of the incidents involving impaired drivers. Troopers arrested 515 drivers for OVI during the 2021 holiday. The Butler County OVI Task Force announced a checkpoint for Friday night from 11:00pm-3:00am on southbound Route 4 near Woodridge Boulevard.  The Hamilton County task force announced an OVI checkpoint on the 6900 block of Wooster Pike (US-50) in Mariemont between 8:00pm and midnight.

Man Shot Near Collinsville

A man is recovering from a gunshot wound suffered near Collinsville earlier this week. Aaron Michael Williams told deputies he and a friend had just practiced shooting in the woods near the 5100 block of Hamilton Eaton Road around 12:22pm Wednesday. Williams says he was trying to holster his 9mm pistol when it accidentially discharged, striking him in the stomach. Williams was Care Flighted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton for treatment of a gunshot wound. Detectives were sent to the scene to interview the two witnesses, and the handgun was recovered.


Local College Football Player Dies In Crash

He had just completed his first week in college, and was just a couple of weeks away from suiting up for his first game. 2022 Lakota East High School graduate and football star Caleb VanHooser was one of three people who died in a fiery car crash near Terre Haute Indiana. VanHooser was a Freshman defensive back for the Indiana State Sycamores, who posted news of the crash on their website. He played defensive back and wide receiver for Lakota East, scoring six touchdowns last year. Grief counselors will be at the school today.


Two Arrested After SWAT Raid

A Fairfield Township man is facing charges after a SWAT team served a search warrant in a Friday night raid. Several people were removed from the home on the 6700 block of Lester Avenue, including 41 year old Jason Yancey, who was arrested on multiple counts of having weapons under disability, and a charge of receiving stolen property. Police say they found numerous firearms, some of which were modified and stolen. Also arrested in the raid was 22 year old Diamond Cox, who was taken in on an active felony warrant.

Diamond Cox

Three Arrested in Drug Raids

Three people are facing drug charges after a joint operation by the Butler County BURN Taskforce, the Drug Abuse Reduction Taskforce, and Hamilton Police. Two homes were raided on Marlou Drive in Hamilton and Rutherford Court in Colerain Township. There was also a traffic stop on I-75.  Agents seized 84 pounds of marijuana and over $86,000 in cash. 21 year old Kameron Kenny of Hamilton, 19 year old Camryn Ditmyer of Fairfield, and 31 year old Chris Grebe of Middletown were arrested.

Riley One Step Away From HOF

Cincinnati Bengals great Ken Riley is one of three finalists being considered by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Seniors Committee for induction into next year's Hall of Fame class in Canton. Riley, Chuck Howley, and Joe Klecko emerged from a group of 12 finalists that also included former Bengals Quarterback Ken Anderson. The full selection committee will meet in January to choose the 2023 class among the three seniors and 15 modern era players and coaches. Riley played his entire career in Cincinnati from 1969-1983. The safety intercepted 65 passes during his 15 year career, the 5th highest in NFL history. Riley passed away in 2020 at the age of 72.

Accused Killer Arraigned

A Middletown man made his first court appearance Tuesday after his indictment on murder charges. 22 year old Denzel Fuller
is charged with the shooting death of his uncle, 42 year old Terry Fuller, on Grand Avenue last week. Fuller was ordered held on $850,000 bond until a pre-trial hearing September 20th.


Woman Air Cared From I-75 Crash

A woman was flown to the hospital after a crash on Northbound I-75 at the Ohio-129 overpass in Liberty Township. The victim rolled her vehicle which came to rest on a bridge support in the median. I-75 was shut down as Air Care landed and took the victim to UC Hospital in Clifton. There's no word on her condition.


Former Animal Shelter Volunteer Sentenced

A former volunteer with the Animal Friends Humane Society in Butler County will spend the next three years in jail after admitting he stole more than $730,000 from the shelter. Prosecutors say 48 year old Jeremy Taylor used the money to for pay for credit card debt, vacations, concert tickets, and farm expenses. He pleaded guilty to theft charges back in June, as was given the maximum sentence by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Stephens.


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