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Hamilton High Holds Graduation Ceremonies

(Hamilton)---More than 400 Seniors donned caps and gowns and marched to the sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance", as Hamilton High held commencement exercises for the Class of 2014 at Millett Hall in Oxford Tuesday night. A loud cheer arose from the crowd when School Board President Dr. Glen Stitsinger declared the group graduated.

Hamilton Police Investigate North End Murder

(Hamilton)---Hamilton Police are investigating a homicide that occured Tuesday evening in the North End. Police found 54 year old James Edward Williams bleeding from a stab wound in the back of his home at 328 North 6th Street. Williams was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police have arrested 44 year old Arthur Peter Smith (pictured) and charged him with Murder. Smith appeared in Hamilton Municipal Court this morning, where bond was set at $500,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for June 4th.

State Patrol: Fewer Fatalities, More Arrests During Memorial Day Holiday

(Columbus)---The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 13 people died on Buckeye roadways during the Memorial Day weekend, compared to 18 last year. The patrol says they made 757 OVI arrests, a 7% increase over 2013, and they cited 7,278 people for seat belt violations, a 19% increase over last year. The patrol was among the many agencies participating in the national "Click it or Ticket" crackdown on seat belt usage.

Hamilton High Graduation Tonight

(Oxford)----More than 400 students are expected to receive their diplomas during Hamilton High School's Commencement tonight at Millett Hall in Oxford. The ceremonies were due to get underway at 7:00pm. The district had held graduation in June during previous school years, but classes began in mid-August this year. The end of the school year was delayed about a week because of calamity days used during the harsh winter and the state legislature's foot dragging on finding a solution.

(Photo Courtesy: @Mr_Wilhelm_HHS on Twitter)

Storms, Power Lines Pop In Fairfield

(Fairfield)---A pop up thunderstorm dropped heavy rains along the I-275 corridor, and triggered a lightning strike that left more than 1,600 Duke Energy customers in the dark in Fairfield. Witnesses near the Olive Garden restaurant on Route 4 reported lightning hit a nearby transformer. Power was out along Ross Road, Boymel Drive, Mack Road, and the Wildwood area. No injuries were reported.

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Fire Destroys West Chester Home

(West Chester)---Firefighters continue to investigate a fire that broke out on the 8100 block of Timberjack Way in West Chester. Fire Chief Tony Goller says flames were coming from the second story and the roof area when first responders arrived, and they had to assume a defensive position to start. No one was home at the time of the blaze, although a dog was rescued by firefighters. Goller says the house is a total loss with the dollar amount approximately $130,000.

Brown: Don't Force Out Shinseki

(Washington, DC)---U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is not in favor of forcing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to resign over the growing scandal at VA hospitals. Up to 40 patients may have died as a result of scheduling delays at the VA health clinic in Phoenix, and there are growing concerns about problems at other VA facilities. Brown (D-Cleveland) says Congress had a role in causing the problems, because of cuts to VA benefits 10 years ago. He says the allegations must be investigated, but the agency must be allowed to focus on providing "good health care" to millions of veterans across the country.

Police Raid Bars In Gambling Probe

(Hamilton)----Hamilton Police and agents from the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Investigative Unit raided two bars in connection with an illegal gambling investigation this week. Search warrants were conducted at Alibi's on Harmon Avenue and P Dub's Cafe on Dayton Street. Police seized an electronic gambling device at each location, as well as $700 in currency at Alibi's, and $880 at P Dub's.
Criminal charges are pending in Hamilton Municipal Court. State agents filed administrative gambling charges against the establishments.

Man Injured After Falling Through Roof In Fairfield

(Fairfield)---Air Care was called after a worker fell through the roof of a vacant business in Fairfield. According to emergency radio broadcasts, the victim called 9-1-1 after the accident at 4820 Industry Drive, and told dispatchers he seriously injured his legs.There is no word on the man's condition, or what type of work he was performing on the roof.

Votto Placed On DL, Bruce Reinstated

(Washington, DC)---The Cincinnati Reds have announced that First Baseman Joey Votto has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 16th. Votto is trying to recover from a distal quad strain of his left knee. Outfielder Jay Bruce has been reinstated off of the DL after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Update: Hamilton Firefighters Battle Lindenwald Blaze

(Hamilton)---Hamilton firefighters are investigating a house fire that broke out in Lindenwald Wednesday morning. The blaze was reported at 6:36am at 4421 Pleasant Avenue. First responders reported fire in the basement. The resident was able to escape without injury. Damage is listed at $75,000. Mutual aid was called in from Hanover and Fairfield Townships. Pleasant Avenue was blocked between Andover and Symmes.

OHSAA Schools Approve Competitive Balance

(COLUMBUS)--The fourth time was the charm as member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association approved a competitive balance proposal. Schools will be placed into post season tournament divisions taking several modifying factors into consideration, including the size of the school's enrollment, where the student's parents reside, and the educational system history of the student. All schools will be subject to the formula, which will be used for football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball. The plan will become effective during the 2016-17 school year. The measure passed by 88 votes.

Sobriety Checkpoint Planned Tonight

(FAIRFIELD)--The Butler County OVI Task Force says they will hold a low manpower sobriety checkpoint tonight in Fairfield. The checkpoint will be located on U.S. 127 between the hours of 11:00pm and 3:00am. A release from the group says officers, deputies, and troopers will also hold saturation patrols in conjunction with the checkpoint.

St. Clair Township Placed Under Fiscal Emergency

(ST. CLAIR TOWNSHIP)--The Ohio State Auditor's Office has placed St. Clair Township under a state of fiscal emergency. Auditor Dave Yost (pictured) says significant deficits the past two years prompted his office to take action. The deficit for 2012 was $24,914 and for 2013 it was $190,159. The township will now come under the oversight of a financial planning and supewrvision commission. Trustees must come up with a financial plan to solve the crisis within 120 days of the commission's first meeting.

Prosecutor Wants To Talk To Addicts

(HAMILTON)--Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser is asking for help...from current or former heroin addicts. Gmoser says he wants to get to the root of how their addiction started. Gmoser says he will meet with volunteers away from the office, because he is not looking to prosecute anyone who participates. Anyone who is interested in volunteering should call 1-888-662-3673.

SUV Runs Into Auto Parts Store

(Fairfield)--Police in Fairfield are investigating what caused an SUV to run into the rear of the Savage KOI Auto Supply store at Route 4 and Winton Road. No serious injuries were reported at the scene, however a building inspector was called in and workers had to clean up glass left behind when a back window was shattered by the impact.

Update: Cedarville Tornado Ruled EF-3

(Cedarville)--The National Weather Service says Wednesday's tornado measured an EF-3, with 145 MPH winds. The tornado traveled 9 miles with a width of 400 yards. The storm destroyed a couple of farm houses, and two people were slightly hurt. Fire crews rescued seven people from the basement of a home that was flattened. Residents reported seeing debris swirling around and heard a loud noise as the storm blew through Greene County. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter @MarkBiddinger)

Kasich Opens Up Big Lead Over Fitzgerald

(Quinnipiac, PA)-Governor John Kasich has opened up a big lead over his Democratic challenger in the latest statewide poll released Wednesday morning. According to the Quinnipiac Poll of 1,174 registered voters, Kasich leads Ed Fitzgerald 50-35%. Kasich has gained 7 points and Fitzgerald has lost 3 points since a February survey. Voters give Kasich a 56% job approval rating, his best since taking office in 2010. The poll shows Fitzgerald still has some work to do when it comes to introducing himself to voters. The poll says 63% of voters do not know enough about Fitzgerald to form an opinion.

Hey Mom! Bring The Heroin!

(Hamilton)-Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says an inmate being released from the county jail asked his mother to bring heroin, and she did. She ended up spending Mother's Day behind bars.
24 year old William Hoadley (pictured above) and his mother, 54 year old Robin Kelley (pictured below) were arrested less than two minutes after his release from jail. Both were charged with Felony Possession of Drugs. The sheriff's office says jailers seized 1 gram of heroin, a syringe, and other paraphanalia during last Thursday's incident. The arrests marked the end of a busy day for the sheriff's Undercover Regional Narcotics (BURN) Task Force. BURN agents arrested 35 year old Keith Goldsmith after finding crack cocaine and heroin at his Gordon Smith Boulevard apartment. The task force also reported finding ICE (methamphetamine) during a raid on Harvard Street. 31 year old Shawna Mason is facing multiple drug charges.

Hamilton Police Search for Missing Teen

(Hamilton)--Hamilton police are asking for help in locating a missing teen. 18 year old Todd Mathis was last seen at his Schuler Avenue home on April 1st. Police say he has gone missing on a couple of occasions in the past, and he suffers from personal and medical issues that may have led to the latest disappearance. Last week, family members held a rally at the Butler County Courthouse to draw attention to the case. 

Update: Middletown Fire Ruled Arson

(Middletown)--Firefighters say an early morning house fire Tuesday was intentionally set. The house at the corner of Moore Street and Roosevelt Boulevard was fully engulfed when first responders arrived on the scene. One firefighter had to be taken to Atrium Medical Center for smoke inhalation. The woman who lived at the home says she was being threatened by neighborhood teens hours before the flames broke out. She says she and her two young children left the home in fear for their lives. (Photo courtesy of IAFF Local 336)

Man Charged in Boys & Girls Club Shooting

(HAMILTON)-Police say they have filed a charge of Attempted Murder against an Illinois man. 21 year old Marcus Williams of East St. Louis is accused of firing shots at Torriano Ross on East Avenue April 9th. Bullets from the shooting hit the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton, but nobody inside was injured. Police are still looking for a second suspect. Williams is being held in an Illinois jail on an unrelated charge. He is currently awaiting extradition back to Hamilton.

Badin Unveils New Logos

(HAMILTON)--Badin High School has unveiled a new set of logos as part of a new branding initiative. The school's main logo (pictured) is a shield with a hand holding a cross. Changes have also been made to the block "B" which is used on football helmets and uniforms, and the Ram's head which is now a frontal view.

Hamilton Named A Tree City Again

(HAMILTON)-The National Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Hamilton a Tree City USA Community. This is the 10th consecutive year the city has received the award. Tree City communities must have a designated tree board, pass a tree ordinance, have an active forestry program in place, and host an Arbor Day celebration. The Hamilton Tree Advisory Board was also honored with its fourth growth award for going above and beyond the original requirements.

Letter Carriers Food Drive Saturday

(HAMILTON)-The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 10th.
To participate, simply leave bags of non-perishable food items in a bag or box, and your letter carrier will pick them up when they deliver the mail. All donations will go to the Shared Harvest Food Bank, who will deliver the items to local food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters this summer. Saturday will mark the 20th year Butler County has participated in the event. Carriers have collected 1.2 million pounds of food since 1995. Last year, more than 49,000 pounds of food was collected throughout the county.


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