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WMOH Updates Archives for 2021-11

Madison Township Man Dies In Apparent Fall

MADISON TOWNSHIP--A Madison Township man is dead after apparently falling out of a tree stand at his property Monday night. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says 63 year old Richard Munafo was located in a wooded area by his wife about a half mile from his Hetzler Road home. Madison Township firefighters immediately performed CPR on the victim, but it was too late. The Butler County Emergency Response Services team had to be called to the scene, where they provided ATV's and lighting used to extricate the victim from the woods. The Butler County Coroner's Office has yet to release a cause of death. There's no word on whether Munafo's death may be hunting related. Monday was the first day of deer gun hunting season in Ohio.

Badin Punches Ticket To Canton

LONDON, OH--Jack Walsh ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns as the Badin Rams defeated the Granville Blue Aces 14-0 to advance to the Division-III State Championship Game Friday in Canton. Badin's defense held Granville's rushing attack to only 2 yards, sacked the quarterback five times, and had two interceptions. Walsh scored both touchdowns in the 2nd Quarter, with a 3 yard run at the 7:31 mark, and a 22 yard run with just 34 seconds left in the first half. Badin's victory sets up a championship game with defending champion Chardon, who beat West Holmes 41-7. Chardon has been ranked at the top of Division-III all season long, while Badin has been ranked #2 for much of the season. Friday's game kicks off 3:00pm Friday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. 

OVI Checkpoint Coming To Fairfield Wednesday

The Butler County OVI Task Force has announced the location of a sobriety checkpoint that will kick off the Thanksgiving holiday for local law enforcement. Police will set up on the northbound lanes of Route 4 (4400 Dixie Highway) at Symmes Road in Fairfield between the hours of 11:00pm and 3:00am. The checkpoints, along with saturation patrols, are meant to cut down on the number of OVI related crashes that cause injuries and fatalities.

Holiday Travel Expected To be Heavy

More than 2.2 million Ohioans are planning to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday period, the highest single-year increase since 2005. That's according to the Ohio AAA, who says 53.4 million Americans are expected to travel during the five day holiday period, which begins Wednesday, and runs through Sunday. Spokesperson Kimberly Schwind says motorists should know their route ahead of time in order to avoid delays. She also says tracvelers should make sure their vehicles are "road trip ready" by checking thier tires, oil, batteries, windshield wipers and fluid. Schwind says her agency is expecting to help over 400,000 motorists who are predicted to break down on the highways. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 11 people died in traffic crashes during last year's Thanksgiving Day weekend. 
(Photo Credit: ODOT)


At least 13 residents of Hamilton's Henry Long Towers have been treated at the ER for respiratory illness, apparently due to black mold that has innundated the building. That claim was made this week by resident Paul Trinka, who told Hamilton City Council about the issue during their regular meeting. Henry Long Tower is a seven story, 129 unit public housing high rise on North B Street, overlooking the Great Miami River and downtown Hamilton. Trinka says the mold is coming from the heating and air conditioning units, and is spreading to the walls and ceilings of the apartments. Trinka also says there is a roach and bedbug infestation inside the building. Trinka told council the building's supervisors have been masking the problem by painting over the mold, and moving residents in the apartments most affected by the mold.


The Hamilton City School District announced Thursday that they will not impose a vaccine mandate for students or staff. Board of Education President Laurin Sprague says the board has no interest in mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for students or staff. He says the choice on whether to receive a vaccine is a parent, family, or individual decision. The announcement came as welcome news to parents who have clashed with the district over mask mandates. Jonetta Hughes-Deweese thanked the board, saying "God gave us our bodies, and it should be our choice what we put in them."


Grief counselors were on hand Friday at Wilson Middle School, where students, teachers, and staff were mourning the loss of science teacher Jennifer Williams. Principal Kristin Yordy released a statement confirming William's death, calling it a tragic passing. The statement says Ms. Williams has worked in the Hamilton City Schools for seven years, all at Wilson. The letter goes on to say that Williams has positively impacted thousands of students, and she will be sorely missed.


The Butler County Sheriff's Office says there will be no charges resulting from the drowning of a Middletown teen at a Madison Township water park. 14 year old Mykiara Jones went under water in the pond at the Land of Illusion Adventure Park on June 20th, and never came back up. She was not wearing a life jacket at the time. She was pulled from the water about a half hour after she went under. Jones was Care Flighted to Dayton Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She would have been a freshman at Middletown High School. The investigation is being described as thorough and in consultation with the Butler County Prosecutor's Office. Sheriff Richard Jones says the incident was tragic, and their continued thoughts are with the family.


A Hamilton man was killed and two other people were injured in a shooting at a Fairfield bar early Sunday. Police say a man identified as 20 year old Miguel Galliher of Hamilton (pictured) got into an argument with 44 year old Robert C. Strong, and opened fire inside of Lug Nutz Bar & Grill on Donald Drive. Strong was taken to University Hospital in Cincinnati, where he was pronounced dead. Also injured in the shooting was 21 year old Hailey Vierling and 30 year old Jerome Golston. Their injuries were not considered life threatening. Police say Galliher fled in a car and crashed after a short police pursuit. He was arraigned on a murder charge in Fairfield Municipal Court, and has been ordered held without bond until a preliminary hearing next week.


A longtime political icon in Butler County has passed away. Mary C. Law served as Butler County's treasurer from 1981 until 2001. She was nicknamed "The Velvet Steamroller" for her penchant to solve tough problems with a smile and kind demeanor. The Butler County Republican Party says she suffered a fall at her home last week, and died in hospice care on Monday. She was 90. Law's husband Richard, a former chairman of the Butler County GOP, passed away back in March. Mary Law's family is planning a memorial service for March 13th.


"There is a plaque on the wall outside the Butler County Treasurer’s office in honor of Mary C. Law, which lists her accomplishments. She was named “Outstanding Woman of Community Achievement in Butler County” in 1988. She was the first woman to serve as the United Way Campaign Chair and was a founding member of the Congressional Awards Council. Mary was nominated as Hamilton’s Citizen of the Year in 1989. The Hamilton Journal News named Mary, “One of the Most Influential Persons in Butler County” from 1983 through 1985. A born-again Christian, Mary was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and everyone’s friend."

Statement from Nancy Nix, Butler County Treasurer



Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday afternoon on the new Freedom Pointe development off I-75 and the Butler Regional Highway extension to Cox Road. The 88 acre, $133 million project will be anchored by the Southwest Ohio region's largest COSTCO Warehouse, which will span 160,529 square feet, and should be opened by late 2022.  Plans also call for over 400 luxury apartments and condos built and maintained by Hills Properties, which will be called Relay 129, with a planned opening by 2023. Hills has built several communities in Greater Cincinnati, including the award-winning Palmera Apartments in Deerfield Township, and Savoy at the Streets of West Chester. Developers also plan a hotel, professional office space, and restaurants at the Freedom Pointe site.



(Fairfield)--We now know who is replacing Steve Miller as Fairfield's mayor. Mitch Rhodus won the hard fought mayor's race over Debbie Pennington, who had led after the counting of early voting ballots. Miller is term limited from running again.

(West Chester)--Two candidates endorsed by the Butler County Republican Party won the top two spots in the Lakota School Board race. Isaac Adi and Darby Boddi were the top vote getters, followed by current board president Kelly Casper. Adi and Boddi campaigned against Critical Race Theory, as well as mask mandates.

(Hamilton)--Hamilton is getting a new city council member. Badin High School Assistant Football Coach Joel Lauer finished third in the field of five in Tuesday's city council race. Michael Ryan was the top vote getter, and he will become the new vice-mayor.  Tim Naab was also re-elected to council, finishing second.

(Middletown)--Middletown's former police chief is the top vote getter in the city council race. Rodney Muterspaw picked up 36% of the vote. Zack Ferrell came in second with 24% of thevote.

(Hamilton)--Butler County voters approved all but one issue that was on the fall ballot. Voters in College Corner as well as Mogan and Ross Townships voted yes on fire levies. New Miami voters rejected a police levy. A countywide MetroParks levy passed.


(Hamilton)--The Butler County Board of Elections says 19.5% of registered voters cast a ballot in yesterday's election, amounting to just under 50,000 votes. 


Today is Election Day in Butler County. The polls opened at 6:30am, and close at 7:30pm. Some of the big races are for school board in the Lakota and Edgewood school districts, where 8 candidates are running for three open seats. Talawanda has five people running for two seats on the school board. The Hamilton City Council race has two incumbents, Timothy Naab and Michael Ryan running for three seats. The others are Badin Assistant Football Coach William Joel Lauer, Danny Ivers, and Kristina Latta-Landefeld. Fairfield has a mayor’s race between Debbie Pennington and Mitch Rhodus. In Middletown, Vice Mayor Joe Mulligan and former Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw are among five candidates running for two seats on city council. As far as issues go, Butler County Metroparks has a point-7 mill replacement levy on the ballot. Fire renewal levies are on the ballot in College Corner, as well as Hanover and Ross Townships. A five mill police levy is on the ballot in New Miami, and in Monroe, voters are deciding a charter amendment which would change the process of selecting a mayor and vice mayor. WMOH will have election updates during the Miami-Ohio U. game as well as after the game. We will also post results on our Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as WMOH.COM.


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