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WMOH Updates Archives for 2016-03

Local Agency Closing Adult Services, Layoffs Coming


(Hamilton)--Bad news for workers at a local agency. St. Aloysius has filed a WARN notice with the State of Ohio, saying they are going to close their adult programs by June 30th. The programs employ 27 workers on Dixie Highway in Hamilton and 11 more in Cincinnati. Services offered to adults at the agency include mental health outpatient counseling as well as reintegration for those who are released from jail.

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UPDATE: OVI Checkpoint Location Announced


(Hamilton)--AN OVI checkpoint is planned for Butler County tonight. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the federally funded checkpoint will be located on Symmes Road just west of By-Pass 4, starting at 10:00pm. The checkpoint is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. The patrol says 313 people were killed and more than 8,500 people were injured in drunk driving crashes in Ohio last year.


Robbery Suspect Sought


(Hamilton)--Police are looking for a man they believe robbed a west side drug store earlier this month. Warrants have been issued against 39 year old Edward McKnight, who allegedly held up the Walgreen's store at Main & Millville on March 15th at 6:32pm. Police say McKnight used a handgun during the heist, and got away with an undetermined amount of cash. McKnight is described as white, 5'8" tall, approximately 150 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes. His last known address is Sherman Avenue. Anyone who knows McKnight's whereabouts should call HPD at (513) 868-5811 x 2002, Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040, or call 911.


Update: Victim from Train Accident Identified


The Hamilton woman  who died after she was hit by a train at the Butler Street crossing downtown has been identified. The Butler County Coroner's Office says 50 year old Lisa Jean Zarobell died of multiple traumatic injuries when she was hit by the train early Wednesday. Police say Zarobell started walking across the tracks after a southbound train had cleared, but she apparently didn't see a northbound train coming at the same time. The accident left several downtown crossings blocked, but traffic was moving through the High Street underpass, and the Heaton Street crossing. The cause of death has been ruled an accident.


Fumes Force Evacuation At County Building


(Hamilton)--The Butler County Administrative building was evacuated after Carbon Minoxide fumes entered the building Tuesday morning. A crew was using a power washer on the roof of the six story building at 130 High Street, and exhaust from the gas powered motor got into the HVAC system. Several workers on the 6th floor started complaining about the fumes, and the Hamilton Fire Department was called to assess the situation. No serious illness was reported.

(Photo: Butler County workers stand outside during an evacuation at the County Administration Building in Downtown Hamilton Tuesday morning. Steve Vaughn photo)


Update: Weekend Shooting Victim Identified


(Hamilton)--Hamilton police are releasing more details from a weekend shooting that involved the same address where a homicide happened two weeks ago. 36 year old Jason Ayers was found with gunshot wounds to his abdomen at 329 Charles Street, the same address where 18 year old Jaylon Knight was gunned down in the car he was driving on March 11th. Sunday's shooting apparently happened on Washington Street, but police say the victim ran to the Charles Street home, where he was found around 3:25am. Ayres was taken to Fort Hamilton, then transferred to University Hospital by Air Care.

(Photo: Hamilton Police detectives and the Butler County Coroner's Office investigates the March 11th homicide of Jaylon Knight)


Fire Damages Fairfield Warehouse


(FAIRFIELD)--There's no word on dollar damage after a large warehouse fire in Fairfield early Friday. The blaze broke out around 3:11a.m. at 4777 Industry Drive. Fairfield Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from Hamilton and Fairfield Township fire departments. (Photos by Joey Mays)
 
 

 


Two Injured As Car Plows Into Tattoo Parlor


(HAMILTON)--Junior Guiterrez says his life flashed in front of his eyes when the car he was in crashed into the side of the Broken Needle Tattoo Parlor on Dixie Highway around 7:15pm Thursday. Guiterrez's two friends in the front seat of the vehicle had to be hospitalized for a variety of injuries, ranging from cuts and bruises to broken bones. The car was sideswiped from the right side by a large pickup truck that was changing lanes on southbound Route 4. The car crossed two lanes of traffic and jumped the curb before plowing into the left side of the building. The driver of the truck was cited for causing the accident. No one was in the building at the time of the crash.


School Based Health Center Opens In Hamilton


(HAMILTON)--Hamilton City Schools have cut the ribbon on their new School Based Health Center at Garfield Middle School. The partnership between the school district and Primary Health Solutions will ensure that students, family members, and school staff will have access to a variety of health care services, including primary medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health. The services will be offered regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The health center will be open year round, including summer, spring, and winter breaks.


Badin Legend Returns To Sidelines


(Hamilton)--Badin High School has a new basketball coach, but he's a familiar face on the New London Road campus. Gerry Weisgerber returns to lead the Rams. He served as coach from for 18 seasons from 1981-1999, and led the Rams to an undefeated season and the Division 3 State Championship in 1988. He served last season as an assistant for Coach Matt Thompson. Weisgerber also served as Athletic Director at Lakota West High School.


Ross Superintendent Retiring


(ROSS TOWNSHIP)--A local school district is looking for a new superintendent. Ross Local Schools have announced that Greg Young is retiring at the end of the school year after spending seven years on the job. Young is a Ross native, and has been employed by the school district since 1988. He started out as an assistant principal at Ross High School until his promotion to principal in 1992. Young was named assistant superintendent in 2001, then became the district's top educator in 2009. He briefly retired in 2013 in order to collect state benefits. Under his tutelage, Ross became the top rated district in the county, graduating 98.7% of its students, and meeting 32 out of 33 state indicators. The district is taking applications through April 8th. They hope to name Young's successor by May 6th. The new Superintendent would begin duties on June 15th.

 


Wind Advisory Issued For Region


(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory from 9am until 6pm. The agency says winds will pick up late this morning with gusts of up to 50mph. High profile vehicles could get tossed around a bit on the highway and there may be some tree or branch damage. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma says the area is also under a marginal chance for severe thunderstorms this afternoon.


BREAKING: Accused Madison School Shooter Indicted


(Hamilton)--A Butler County Grand Jury has indicted accused Madison School shooter James Hancock on four counts of attempted murder, four counts of felonious assault, and one count of inducing panic. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser says the 14 year old will remain in the juvenile court system, but he could recieve a blended sentence with adult jail time as a serious juvenile offender if he is convicted.


Update: Accused Killer's Case Bound Over


(Hamilton)--A Hamilton man's murder case was bound over to a Butler County Grand Jury after a preliminary hearing in Hamilton Municipal Court Wednesday. 28 year old Jonathon Day is charged with the stabbing death of his step father, 56 year old Clifford Wagers, near the corner of Mark Avenue and Crowthers Drive last Wednesday. Day was ordered held on $500,000 bond. He is being held in the Butler County Jail.


Three Arrested After Heroin Bust


(Fairfield)--Three people are facing charges after the Butler County Sheriff's BURN Unit made a drug bust in Fairfield. 58 year old Harold Chapman, 44 year old Sean Gray, and 53 year old Derrick Johnson, all from Cincinnati, were arrested after a traffic stop on Route 4. Taskforce members seized 2 ounces of heroin and $5000 in cash. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says the suspects have been on their radar for a while. He is once again encouraging drug dealers to turn in their competition.


Businessman Teams Up With City For Flint Water Drive


A local businessman has launched a bottled water drive to help those still being affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Michael Folkes with M.A. Folkes Company is teaming up with the City of Hamilton and other organizations to collect donations of water through the end of the month. Folkes and his team plans to deliver cases of water directly to locations in Flint next month. You can donate by dropping off cases of water at the M.A. Folkes company on McBride Court. You can also drop off donations at any Hamilton fire station.

 

Photo: Michael Folkes (center) stands with Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller (right) and representatives of Tedia Corporation in front of cases of water donated by Tedia last Friday at M.A. Folkes Co.


Talawanda Board Nixes Later Start Times


(Oxford)--Teens who attend Talawanda schools will not see a later start time, at least for now. The school board has determined that such a move would be logistically and financially impossible. The board says if the secondary schools went to a later start time, it would negatively impact elementary schools and after school programs. The board says if all schools went to a later start time, it would be more expensive, requiring the district to double the number of buses and drivers. The board says if enough parents favor a later start time, they could go to the voters with an operating levy.


Engineer Unveils Road Projects


(Hamilton)--The Butler County Engineer's Office is planning over $20.2 million worth of capital improvement projects this spring and summer. The largest bridge replacement begins one week from today when crews close the Bonham Road Bridge near Yager Stadium in Oxford. Engineer Greg Wilkens says they also plan to construct a new roundabout at Cincinnati-Dayton and Kyles Station Road in Liberty Township. He says roundabouts dramatically improve safety statistics at problem intersections. 


County Jobless Rate Recovering


(Columbus)--Butler County's unemployment rate recovered a bit in February. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says 4.9% of the county's workforce was unemployed, compared to 5.2% in January. The number of unemployed workers fell from 9,600 to 9,100 in that time frame. In the City of Hamilton, the unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 5.8%, with 100 more workers back on the job.


Hamilton Police Investigate Homicide


Hamilton police continue to investigate a deadly shooting that happened early Friday. 18 year old Jaylon Alexander Knight was found dead of gunshot wounds in a car that crashed into a house on the 300 block of Charles Street just before 6:00am Friday morning. Knight was a former football player at Fairfield High School, where he played cornerback. Police are offering a reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the suspect(s).


Trump Visits Butler County


Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a capacity crowd at West Chester's Savannah Center on Sunday, taking aim at Governor Kasich's support for international trade deals. Trump also criticized Kasich's Ohio tax cuts. Trump says income tax may have decreased for Ohioans, but he says property taxes have skyrocketed in the Buckeye State.The two candidates are locked in a close race as Tuesday's primary date approaches.



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