Butler County

  9-year-old Tri-State girl expected to die from unknown condition

Fluid spill causes SB I-75 traffic delays, lane closures in Butler County

  Inside Look: Lakota schools prepares for fall return of students with safety measures in place

  Video catches Hamilton thief make away with man’s car in under a minute

  Mason teen wins national service award for spreading acts of kindness through nonprofit

One airlifted to hospital from auto crash involving train in Butler County

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‘We’re beaten’ Butler County bar closes with 10 p.m. halt on liquor sales

  Business partners working to turn empty lots into backyard bar

Hamilton man indicted on charges of sex trafficking, exploiting teen

Woman indicted on charges connected to crash that hospitalized teenage girls

  Murdered Middletown man honored on 50th birthday

Man sentenced for animal cruelty described as ‘heinous act’ by sheriff

Woman dies days after officers pull her from burning home

The woman was pulled from the burning home by two officers who responded to the scene.

Lakota students will learn in-person, start date pushed back a week

The plan is subject to possible alteration due to the changing nature of coronavirus and/or health orders from state

  ‘Rally for RJ:’ Butler Co. community rallying around teen fighting brain cancer

It's been a tough year for 15-year-old RJ Almond, but the focus now is on hope and healing.

  Mason City Schools making adjustments to improve student safety

The changes encourage social distancing to keep kids safe.

Man pleads guilty to Miami University sexual assault

Butler County man pleads guilty to charges in connection with murder of Dayton police officer

West Chester trustees announce end to investigations into police chief complaints, reiterate support for him

  Middletown school leaders share details of remote learning plan

Young child burned, hospitalized in Hamilton apartment fire

  Investigation underway after Hamilton woman says 2 boys attacked her cat

  Middletown police officers hailed as heroes for ‘remarkable’ fire rescue

Even the chief of police was at a loss for words after what these officers did to save a woman's life on Saturday.

  Restrictions in place as Butler County Junior Fair begins

The Butler County Junior Fair allows kids and teens to show their livestock

Fitton Center postpones season until January due to coronavirus

This is the latest in a string of season postponements among theaters across the region

Butler County house fire hospitalizes 1

The cause remains under investigation

  Community blows past fundraising goal for Hamilton artisan bakery

“A wave of hope just came over me, because I know Hamilton just turns up.”

  Middletown schools reveal details of back-to-school plan

The Middletown School District said on Monday their plan to start the school year remains the same.

Miami to delay campus return, require students sign ‘health and safety pledge’

The university also says newly admitted students can postpone their enrollment for a semester or a year.

1 person killed, 5 others hospitalized after head-on crash, sheriff says

The passenger from one vehicle was killed while four people in the other vehicle were taken to the hospital, the sheriff says.

Several local Justice stores to close after parent company files bankruptcy

This is the latest major retailer to file for bankruptcy amid the coronavirus pandemic

Sheriff: Dog dies after being put into chokehold, man charged

A man has been charged after his 7-year-old pitbull died after being put into a chokehold, according to Sheriff Richard Jones.

2 arrested, drugs, guns and cash seized in Butler Co. drug bust

Two men were arrested following a drug bust in Butler County, according to the sheriff’s office.

  Owner of euthanized dog details incident that led to her injuries, death

The groomer refused payment but had plenty of excuses, according to owner Tina Brady.

  Dog euthanized, groomer charged, Butler County Sheriff’s Office says

The owner said she decided to euthanize Lacey due to the extent of injuries.

  Family of missing Middletown teen fears she may be in danger | Update: teen found safe

The family says Kimberly Gross left her house around noon Friday

  Local ice-cream man struggling after truck damaged in weekend theft

"They've basically taken everything I have. I have nothing left. I can't even fix my truck."

Middletown schools to begin year with full remote learning

The district voted on the remote-learning plan Monday.

  As Ohio moves forward with nursing home visits, some Tri-State facilities held back

“We’re running out of time. My mom could die tonight. She could die next week.”

West Chester police chief, captain put on performance improvement plans

The plans are the result of an investigation into complaints regarding workplace culture at the police department, according to a news release from the township.

Petition drive underway to remove West Chester’s police chief

'West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog has a history of making racist and sexist remarks,' the petition states

  Construction begins on roundabout at deadly Butler County intersection

Roundabouts can reduce crashes by 45% and fatal accidents by more than 70%, according to ODOT.

Coroner identifies construction worker killed in Hamilton workplace accident

Federal officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating

  Support for West Chester’s police chief: ‘He cares about us'

'He is the leader of the department and should be held to the highest standards'

West Chester police union: Officers’ complaints about chief ‘merit a full and fair investigation'

'This Lodge will always stand behind our members and their right to speak out on matters which undermine the professionalism and integrity of this Department.'

Large fire burns 3 houses in Warren County, pet lost

Hamilton Township Fire Rescue were on the scene Friday night and Saturday morning of a large fire that burned three houses.

  West Chester police captain who quit ‘made false or misleading’ statements about ‘cronyism’ Facebook post, probe says

'This is a continuation of the sham paper trail the Chief has been trying to build on Captain Hensley as punishment for speaking up,' the captain's attorney says

Police ID crash fatality in Thursday’s Middletown motorcycle chase

The chase happened after police got word the driver was involved in drug trafficking.

  West Chester police file complaints alleging chief told them not to arrest other cops suspected of OVI

'Chief Joel Herzog said he did not want the media attention associated with it'

Woman charged in horse-cruelty case in Madison Township

Three horses were found enclosed in a barn with no air circulation and no access to food or water.

  NAACP, CAIR Ohio call on feds to investigate complaints about West Chester’s police chief

'With a third complaint coming forth, and with a fourth complaint being withheld from the public, everyone is not submitting false accusations'

1 dead in Butler Co. police chase of suspected drug trafficker

OSP is investigating the crash.

  Who will enforce the mask mandate in Butler County?

The new mask mandate is now in effect in Butler County, but there may not be anyone to enforce it.

  Ohio AG: Situation at West Chester Police Department ‘appears to be toxic stew of personality conflicts'

The AG’s office, however “does not have independent investigative authority to review this matter,” said the agency’s spokesman, Steve Irwin.

  Fourth officer files complaint about West Chester police chief: ‘I was humiliated’

'He is a poor example of a leader by showing favoritism to certain officers, racial insensitivity as well as sexual jokes and comments'

  Thousands of masks to be handed out to Butler Co. residents later this week

The masks will be available later this week at select locations throughout Butler County, officials said.

  Mask mandate for Butler, Hamilton counties goes into effect Wednesday

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued this order after the governor spoke with county and city health commissioners in the seven red level risk counties.

  Mother says 11-year-old victim of West Chester window-peeper

The suspect was caught on the woman’s Ring camera, where you can see him looking around.

  Investigation is over into complaints about West Chester’s police chief: Read it here

An outside investigator reviewed complaints filed by two captains, including one who has since quit

  Long recovery for motorcyclist hit by pickup that fled Butler Co. crash scene

The couple want help finding whoever smashed into their motorcycles in June.

  Butler County Sheriff: ‘I am not going to be the mask police’

"We’re not going to enforce this edict from the governor on wearing masks, period,” Jones said.

  Butler Co. mother of six fears for family after fire destroys home

Rebecca Sims has two special-needs children. She says she doesn't know where the family is going to go next.

Grand jury adds murder charge to third suspect in Riah Milton case

Two teens allegedly lured Milton to Liberty Township in early June to steal her car. She ended up dead from gunshot wounds.

Coroner’s office identifies 2 dead in Butler Co. crash

The crash was a head-on collision in Madison Township Sunday evening.

West Chester police union leaders reject special meeting request for no-confidence vote in chief

'A rush to judgement is not in the best interests of this organization or its members'

2 dead in Butler County head-on crash, sheriff’s office says

The crash occurred at the intersection of Middletown Eaton Road and Elk Creek Road.

Some West Chester police call for ‘no confidence’ vote in police chief; third complaint filed

One of the allegations in this latest complaint against West Chester's top police official is he referred to two officers named Mike as “White Mike” and “Brown Mike."

  Dick’s employee fired after Black man says he was denied entry to Deerfield Twp. store

Regis Hearn says he tried to pick up a bicycle he'd already bought, but the store manager wouldn't let him inside.

  To save Ohio’s ash trees, local study pins hopes on Asian wasps

A study backed by the USDA and Miami University is underway to see if these little critters can save ash trees in Ohio — and across the nation.

Another member of West Chester police comes forward with complaint about chief

'I guess after the holiday weekend we will be able to get a fresh look at it'

UC police officer convicted of OVI quits amid termination recommendation

Andrew Mueller’s arrest was the third time in seven months he came under investigation for incidents reported while he was accused of drinking alcohol, according to his employment records.

  Miami student urging school to address alleged use of n-word by fellow student

"The university put me in this position and now they are trying to punish me for it"

Butler County to offer pop-up COVID-19 testing Thursday

No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to individuals

  Christmas in July brings winter wonderland during summer

Santa is doing mid-term checks to see which boys and girls will be on the naughty or nice list for this Christmas.

Woman’s body found in barrel behind Middletown home

The body was found in the 3200 block of Yankee Road Tuesday.

  Lakota Local School District unveils plan for fall classes

There is a virtual option for families who don’t want their children to attend school in person.

Family asking for justice after paraplegic man murdered in Butler Co.

“I want closure. I want to know why"

Police identify Hamilton shooting victim

Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 500 block of N. Ninth Street shortly before 5 a.m.

  Investigator’s report on allegations against West Chester police chief coming next week, trustee says

'We are just putting the final touches on it,' Trustee Mark Welch says

Ross Township police identify motorcycle driver found dead Thursday

The police chief says the man was found about 500-feet into a wooded area after going off the road.