(Hamilton)--It's been a busy year so far for the Butler County BURN Task Force. The agency says they have executed 73 search warrants the first half of the year, resulting in 64 arrests and 53 felony indictments. The unit has seized over 4900 grams of meth, 5100 grams of cocaine, and 900 grams of fentanyl/heroin. They have also taken 24 guns off the street, and recovered over $231,000 in cash.
(Wayne Twp)--Crews from several Butler County fire departments were on the scene of an early morning barn fire at 4050 Somerville-Jacksonburg Road. Tankers from several jurisdictions have been hauling water used to battle the flames. The blaze broke out around 2:00am, and first responders reported the barn was fully engulfed when they arrived on the scene.
(Dayton)-Police in Dayton continue to investigate the crash that killed 2 children and injured several other victims in front of the library in downtown Dayton. A suspect had stolen a Riverside police cruiser, and crashed into several vehicles in front of the library. Eleanor McBride and Penelope Jasko, both 6 years old, died at the hospital, and nearly a dozen others were injured, including the suspect.
(Hamilton)--It was all a hoax. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says the good Samaritan who brought Dani the dog to a veterinarian is actually the canine's owner, who made up the story about finding the dog, because they couldn't afford treatment for injuries suffered when Dani became caught in a barbed wire fence.
(Ross Twp)--The Ross Local School District is waiting for the next state report card, but they already know one stat. The graduation rate for Ross High School is expected to be 99.5%, which is the highest in school history. Principal Brian Martin says even though they're obviously pleased, it's not 100%, so they still have some work to do.
(Lebanon)--Warren County officials broke ground on their new county jail this morning. The facility will have nearly 500 beds, and is expected to meet capacity needs for 15-20 years. The project is expected to cost $57 million.
(Sharonville)--A Sharonville police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting of a Hamilton man. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says Officer Sean Grogan was justified when he shot 53 year old Duane Harrison during a SWAT standoff at the Sonesta Suites on East Kemper Road. Police say Harrison was holding his daughter hostage, and fired a shot at officers when he left the room. Harrison is in stable condition and is facing an array of charges, including Attempted Murder on a Police Officer, and Felony Assault.
(Columbus)--Governor DeWine will lead his first business development mission overseas next month. DeWine will head up a delegation traveling to Japan. The nation is Ohio's top international investor, with over 72,000 employees at 852 Japanese owned businesses across the Buckeye State. Japan is also Ohio's 5th largest export market, with over $1.6 billion in products sent to the Land of the Rising Sun.
(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says there is a chance for cold air funnel clouds to develop in the region this afternoon. Those funnels rarely touch down, and cause very little damage if they do. There is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms in the area.
(Hamilton)--The family of 59 year old Ronald Boyd, a former Green Beret killed in a motorcycle crash last week, is asking local motorcyclists to ride in his funeral procession tomorrow. Services will be held 11am at the Webster Funeral Home in Fairfield. The procession will head to the Dayton National Cemetery.
(Fairfield)--A Fairfield woman is facing a negligent homicide charge after the shooting death of her husband. 57 year old Tika Katel died of his injuries two days after he was Air Cared from his home on Sigmon Way. His 43 year old wife Subha was arraigned in Fairfield Municipal Court yesterday. She is under house arrest until her next court appearance on August 21st at 1pm.
(Hamilton)--A Liberty Township firefighter has been given the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Saved By The Belt award. William Devore was wearing his seat belt when his fire truck was hit by a semi driver on I-75 during the early morning hours on July 9th.
Devore was hospitalized after the crash. The trucker was reportedly driving while fatigued.
(Mason)--The Western & Southern Open continues at the Lindner Tennis Center in Mason. In second round action Wednesday, Ashleigh Barty defeated Maria Sharapova
6-4, 6-1. Simona Halep won a three set battle against
Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
(Washington, DC)--New Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer was the scheduled starter as the Reds wrap up their 3 game series with the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the Nats.
The Reds lost 3-1 Tuesday.
(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says Butler County is under an upgraded risk for severe thunderstorms overnight. Damaging winds are the primary risk. The storms are expecteds to move through between 1 and 3am.
(Trenton)--Three people are being treated for serious injuries after an early morning residential fire in Trenton. The blaze broke out around 3:30am on the 400 block of East State Street. First responders were met with heavy smoke and three victims who had climbed out of a front window. One juvenile had to be flown to Dayton Children's Hospital by Care Flight. Another child and an adult were taken to Atrium Medical Center. No cause has been listed yet. Trenton firefighters recieved mutual aid from Madison and St. Clair Township firefighters, as well as the City of Monroe.
(Middletown)--Middletown will be looking for a new police chief. The city has announced that current chief Rodney Muterspaw will retire in January after a 30 year career in law enforcement. Muterspaw became chief in 2014, and agreed to serve 5 years. He was won numerous awards, especially in his efforts to bridge the gap between the black community and law enforcement. The city says they will test internally before announcing the new chief later this year.
(Hamilton)--It's the first day of school in the Hamilton City School District. Close to 10,000 students started classes, kicking off the 2019-2020 school year. Motorists should be careful, especially around school zones, bus stops, and crosswalks.
(Cincinnati)--Gas prices are trending downward to begin your work week. Gas Buddy says the price of regular unleaded is down 25 cents from last week. The average price is $2.51/gallon, with the lowest price at $2.18/gallon at the UDF in Trenton.
(Cincinnati)--The Reds will open the 2020 season vs. the Cardinals on Thursday, March 26th. They will play at Toronto March 30-April 1st. They will host the Rays, Orioles, and the Red Sox in inter-league series games.
(Cincinnati)--Cincinnati Reds rookie sensation Aristides Aquino has been named the National League Player of the Week. Aquino batted .500 (11-for-22) hitting six home runs, and driving in 11 RBI. Aquino hit 3 home runs Saturday night against the Cubs.
(Washington, DC)--The Reds will begin a three game series with the Washington Nationals tonight. Anthony DeSclafani will take the mound for the Reds against Erick Fedde.
(Wilmington)--The National Weather Service says Butler County is under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The greatest threat is damaging winds and large hail. Most of the activity is expected between Interstate 70 and the Ohio River.
(Hamilton)--The investigation continues into a fatal motorcycle crash in the city of Hamilton. The accident was reported around 12:24pm Wednesday on South Erie Boulevard between Hanover and the underpass. Police say the motorcycle was traveling southbound when it rear ended a southbound SUV, and veered into the path of a semi truck, also heading southbound. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
(Madison Township)--The animal cruelty case against a Madison Township man has been upgraded to a felony. 60 year old Charles Miller was led away in handcuffs from his home on Elk Creek Road Wednesday. He was booked on a 5th degree felony charge of cruelty to a companion animal. Miller is accused of attacking his neighbor's 8 month old German Shepherd with a baseball bat, resulting in fatal head injuries. Miller said the dog was on his property, but the dog's owner says Miller let Ruger out of his back yard.
(Hamilton)--The Hamilton Parks Conservancy says the splash pad at Crawford Woods is closed until further notice. Vandals apparently hit the park overnight.
(Hamilton)--Three local tax issues will be on the November ballot in Butler County. Liberty Township has a 3 mill renewable fire levy for five years, and Ross has a 2.75 mill renewable fire levy, also for five years. The City of Trenton has a 3.9 mill additional levy for roads.
(Madison Township)--A Madison Township man is facing animal cruelty charges for beating his neighbor's dog with a baseball bat. The dog, an 8 month old german shepherd named Ruger, had to be euthanized because of serious head injuries. Charles Miller of 4497 Elk Creek Road told officers he was trying to protect himself from the dog, but the dog's owners say Ruger wouldn't hurt anyone, and believes Miller let the dog out of their yard before the beating. A crowd of angry protesters gathered on Elk Creek Road to support Ruger's family, and to protest Miller. Sheriff Richard Jones called the attack on the dog intolerable. The charge against Miller is currently a first degree misdemeanor.
(Whitewater Township)--A young man from Preble County is dead after a head-on crash late last night in Whitewater Township. 18 year old Austin Bruner of Eldorado, Ohio was heading northbound in his pickup truck when he went left of center and hit a semi truck driven by 43 year old Richard Reilmann of Sunman, Indiana. Bruner was pronounced dead at the scene, and Reilmann was taken to UC Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Bruner was not wearing his seat belt. Speed or impairment are not believed to be factors in the crash.
(Westfield, IN)--West Side Little League's run in the Great Lakes Regional tournament is over. They fell to River Forest, Illinois 6-3 in the elimination bracket. Hamilton scored three times in the bottom of the 4th inning, but Illinois answered with three runs in both the 5th and 6th innings to take the wins. Connor Cuozzo had two hits to lead the west siders.