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WMOH Updates Archives for 2023-05

Roundabout Project Set To Begin

(West Chester)--The Butler County Engineer's Office says the long awaited roundabout project at the intersection of Tylersville Road and Beckett Road in West Chester will begin on Tuesday, May 30th. The roads will be closed to all through traffic, but local traffic will be maintained up to the construction zone. A temporary road will be installed east of the Lakota West Freshman campus inorder to provide access for staff as well as summer activities. The $1.87 million project is expected to be completed by August 11th.

 

Link: Butler County Engineer's Office info
          for Tylersville/Beckett Roundabout

Unemployment Rate Falls

(Hamilton)--Butler County's unemployment rate took a big dive in April. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the county's jobless rate was 2.7%, down from 3.4% in March. The number of workers receiving jobless benefits fell to 5,500 compared to 6,900 in March, a drop of 1,400 workers. The agency says 196,700 people were employed during the month of April, up from 194,500 in March, a difference of 2,200 workers.

Feds Approve Runway Work

(Hamilton)--It should make for smoother takeoffs and landings at Hogan Field. Butler County Commissioners are asking for bids on the Runway Pavement Rehabilitation and Marking Project at the Butler County Regional Airport. County Administrator Judy Boyko told commissioners Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration has earmarked $2 million for the improvements.  The bids will be opened on June 20th at 10:30am. Boyko says the work will have to be completed first before the FAA reimburses the county.
 

Trustees Reject Car Wash For Liberty Pointe

(Liberty Township)--Liberty Township Trustees have rejected plans to add a Mike's Car Wash to the Liberty Pointe development, which is anchored by the new COSTCO. Trustees overturned a zoning commission ruling approving the car wash and a retail/ restaurant building, saying it strays too far from original plans for the 88 acre, $133 million site. Developers verbally expressed their displeasure with the trustees after the vote, saying they have done everything they've been asked to do by the township, including requests to add three roundabouts on the site.

 

(Photo: The COSTCO warehouse anchoring the 88 acre, $133 million site)

 

Man Indicted In Burning Woman Case

(Hamilton)--A Fairfield Township man is facing a five count indictment for allegedly beating his father's girlfriend and setting her on fire. 23 year old Robbi Davon Robinson is facing one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder, two counts of Aggravated Arson, and two counts of Felonious Assault. Robinson is set to be arraigned in front of Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth Friday at 10:00am. He is currently being held in the Butler County Jail under $200,000 bond. The victim, 50 year old Brenda Scott of Liberty Township, remains in critical condition at University Hospital.

 

County Sites Get Major Arts Funding

Three arts organizations in Butler County have been awarded an economic relief grant from the state. The Fitton Center (pictured) will get over $134,000, the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park will get $125,000, and the Sorg Opera House in Middletown will be awarded over $46,000 as part of the first round of funding totaling $23 million statewide. The funding was the result of a bill introduced by Butler County State Senator George Lang. A total of $50 million dollars is available through the program. The second round of funding is expected within weeks.

 

Cattle on the Mooove In Fairfield Township

Three longhorn cattle are on the loose after
escaping what had been their new home on Morris Road in Fairfield Township. Police have been trying to round them up since Sunday night. They've been running through the woods near Cincinnati Christian School. Monroe pastor/cowboy Lawrence
Bishop has offered assistance from his L-B Ranch in steering the cattle in the right direction.

 

(Photo Courtesy: Fairfield Township Police)

 

Woman Set On Fire Identified

Fairfield Township police are releasing the name of the woman set on fire during an incident last week on Arroyo Ridge Court. 50 year old Brenda Scott of Liberty Township remains in critical condition at University Hospital. 23 year old Robbi Davon Robinson remains held under $200,000 bond in the Butler County Jail on charges of Aggravated Arson and Felonious Assault. Robinson allegedly punched Scott, knocking out two teeth before dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. His preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Area Two Court.
 

(Photo by: Doug Crawford)

Body Found In River

The Butler County Coroner's Office is working to identify a body found in the Great Miami River Thursday afternoon. The corpse was discovered near the Columbia Bridge, and was recovered by Hamilton firefighters. The discovery came hours after officials suspended the search for a man who jumped into the river after a vehicle crash near the Black Street Bridge Saturday night. The Butler County Emergency Response Services, the Butler County Sheriff's helicopter, and Midwest Eqqusearch were among the agencies searching the river.

Splash Pad Coming To West Chester

West Chester Township is celebrating its bicentennial this year, and we now know of at least one legacy project township residents will be able to enjoy, starting next year. Township Trustees have voted to build a one and a half million dollar splash pad on the west side of Beckett Park. The contract to design and install the water slides and play area will go to Landscape Structures. The project should be completed by 2025

 

Man Arrested After Shots Fired

A Fairfield man has been ordered held under $250,000 bond for allegedly firing shots at an apartment building next door. 49 year old Walter DeLong made his first appearance in Fairfield Municipal Court Thursday. Fairfield police say DeLong fired several rounds into an apartment building on the 1500 block of Sherwood Drive. He was arrested by a SWAT team without incident. Judge Joyce Campbell set a preliminary hearing for May 11th at 1:00pm. He was also ordered to hire an attorney before a May 9th status hearing.

 

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