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WMOH Updates Archives for 2015-05

Liberty Center Announces Partnership

(Liberty Township)---The developers of the Liberty Center project announced their first community partner during a news conference at the construction site Thursday. Yaromir Steiner with Steiner + Associates says Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center has signed on to sponsor The Discovery Zone, an interactive children's play area. The hospital will also collaberate on the creation of a community and event center on the $350 million development.

Liberty Center officials also unveiled the street names that pay tribute to several civic leaders including:


Niederman Way: Pays tribute to Bob and Janet Niederman

                            of Niederman Farms.


Taylor Street: In honor of former Fire Chief Henry Taylor.


Haskell Street: In honor of former Fire Chief Lawrence Haskell.


Maus Lane: In honor of the first Fire Chief Frank Maus.


Wyle Street: Named after former Bethany store owner J. Wyle.


Wissman Court: Named after educator Harold Wissman.


Liberty Center is scheduled to hold its Grand Opening on October 8th. It features retail space, office space, restaurants, 240 apartments, a movie theatre, and a 130 room AC Marriott hotel.



Former Local Choir Director Mentored Idol Runner-Up

(Cleveland, TN)---A former local choir director will have a new set of wheels after an appearance on Fox's American Idol. Jim Phillips (pictured with wife Johnna) is currently the Campus Choir director at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, but he spent 30 years as music pastor at the Princeton Pike Church of God in Liberty Township. Phillips mentored Idol finalist and campus choir alumnus Clark Beckham, who invited him to Wednesday's season finale. Beckham finished second in the competition, but host Ryan Seacrest surprised Phillips with a set of keys to a new Ford Focus to honor his work with Beckham.

(Photo courtesy of Johnna Phillips' Facebook)

UPDATE: Couple Charged In Meth Lab Bust

(Hamilton)---A Lindenwald couple was facing a court appearance after a meth lab was found at their Williams Avenue home. The Butler County BURN Unit arrested 28 year old Kenneth Raybourne and 22 year old Destiny Raybourne on charges involving drugs and endangering children. The Butler County Sheriff's Office, Hamilton Police and Hamilton firefighters were on the scene for several hours. Nearby homes were evacuated and the area cordoned off when the lab was discovered at 443 Williams Avenue. Haz-mat crews set up a decontamination area for those going inside the house.

Breaking: Possible Meth Lab in Lindenwald

(Hamilton)---Hamilton police, firefighters and Haz-mat crews were on the scene of a possible meth lab in Lindenwald. The fire department was called to 443 Williams Avenue on a report of a meth lab inside the home. Police officers were already on the scene. A decontamination site was being set up, and neighboring homes were reportedly being evacuated.

Hamilton Gets Top Water Honors Tonight

(Hamilton)---The City of Hamilton will officially recieve their award for having the best municipal tap water in the world. A representative from the Berkeley Springs International Water Festival in West Virginia is due to appear at tonight's city council meeting to give the honor to city. This isn't the first time Hamilton's water has been named the best. The city took top honors at the Berkeley Springs festival in 2009, and in 2010. Tonight's meeting gets underway at 6:00pm.

Crash Under Investigation in Random Hills

(Hamilton)---Hamilton Police are investigating an accident that woke up parts of a neighborhood in Random Hills overnight. A vehicle crashed into a mailbox and a tree on the 500 block of Beeler Boulevard around 1:43am Wednesday. It's not clear whether anyone was in the vehicle when paramedics arrived, but about 15 minutes later a male was found with an injured leg in the backyard of a home a couple of blocks away on the 700 block of Beeler. The downed tree and debris from the car still littered the yard in front of 561 Beeler Wednesday afternoon.

Storms Prompt Warning, Power Outages

(Hamilton)---Butler County was under a Tornado Watch and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning on Monday, as a cold front moved through the area. There were two waves of storms, the first causing wires to arch near the Goggin Ice Center on Miami University's campus, and the second causing lightning strikes and a power outage in Fairfield Township. A transformer blew in the area of Route 4 and Greentree, and live power lines caught a nearby tree on fire. Storms with high winds knocked over two semi rigs on I-70 near Richmond, Indiana.

One Air Cared From Crash

(Fairfield Township)---One person was Air Cared and two others taken to the hospital by life squad after a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Northbound Route 4 at Headgates Road. The wreck happened just before 7:30am near the entrance to the Walden Ponds golfing community. One of the cars ended up in a ditch, while at least two other cars sustained heavy damage. Route 4 was blocked for nearly an hour, with traffic being detoured through Walden Ponds.


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