Butler County

  West Chester Hospital’s frontline healthcare workers grateful for anonymous ‘thank you’ notes

“The level of just selflessness, like, ‘Hey we’re thinking of you,’ or, ‘Hey we thank you,’ ...It means so much.”

  Restaurants seeing an early wave of Valentine’s Day reservations

West Chester dog with spina bifida gets worldwide support after not being adopted

  83-year-old great-grandma takes up boxing classes to stay fit

Ohio reports more than 4,000 new cases, 57 deaths from COVID-19

  No charges for driver who hit pedestrian, left him to die, family says

  ‘Amazing’ wife, mother killed by accused drunk driver in Butler Co.

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  Woman charged with OVI after hit-skip crash kills pedestrian, police say

  Man indicted on rape charges involving 15-year-old Butler County girl

  Police investigating after Hamilton store robbed at gunpoint

  Check before throwing away: Some stimulus payments mailed out mistaken for junk

  Seeing grandkids, getting haircuts: Vaccinated Ohioans ready for normalcy

Pedestrian struck, killed in Hamilton

‘Intolerable’: Second West Chester police captain who complained about chief leaves

Captain Joe Gutman describes the working environment 'intolerable'

Ohio surpasses 10,000 total deaths from COVID-19

More than 10,000 Ohioans have now died from COVID-19.

  Hundreds of Ohioans with developmental disabilities receive COVID-19 vaccine

Those who got vaccinated Thursday will receive the second dose in four weeks.

  Hamilton Co. elevated to highest spread, exposure level on state’s COVID-19 alert map

The highest level indicates severe exposure and spread of COVID-19.

  Hamilton police announce they know who murdered CJ Sandle

  Friend, witness offers first-hand account of Middletown drive-by shooting

Trial delayed for West Chester quadruple homicide suspect

Female injured in Middletown shooting, police say

  Great Miami River rowing club looking for missing boat

  Gov. Mike DeWine updates Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

  Man killed in Butler County SWAT standoff identified

The sheriff said he considers the shooting to be justified because the man pointed a deadly weapon at the deputy.

  Armed school staff: Butler County district’s policy goes before Ohio Supreme Court

How many hours should school staff train with guns before being permitted to take them into classrooms?

Judge stops Cincinnati-area school district from arming staff

The decision comes on the eve of oral arguments at the Ohio Supreme Court over the policy at Madison City Schools

  1 airlifted to hospital after Middletown house explosion

Authorities are advising people to stay out of the area and find alternative routes.

  ‘How to step away:’ Local teen engaging peers, parents on healthy social media use

Sarah Abudaker is working to create a Cincinnati chapter of the LogOff Movement, a global nonprofit taking on social media habits and harms.

  Newly released dash camera video shows police chase through Butler and Warren County

Police say they got a call about two people sleeping in a car outside a Middletown business.

  Gov. DeWine details next phases of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Around 221,000 people in Ohio have received the first dose of the vaccine, Gov. DeWine says.

  Mason City Councilman attended violent US Capitol protest: ‘Very disheartening because it was such a great event’

The protest left a woman dead and sent shockwaves through the American political system.

  Driver flown to hospital after truck crashes into building

Police said the road is still open.

Butler County man accused of setting house fire with family inside

According to Middletown police records, Maston Murphy admitted to it

Crews battle Butler County house fire

No injuries were reported

  Family of Middletown woman murdered in 2017 pleading for information

Middletown police have said the 26-year-old was innocent and was not the intended target.

  Butler Co. auditor appeals state decision on property values again

Amid a pandemic when budgets are already tight for many, this could cost homeowners more.

  Statewide curfew extended, Gov. DeWine announces

The curfew is being extended for several more weeks, the governor announced.

  Butler County Sheriff’s Office computer network hacked, key systems down since Christmas Eve

The sheriff says all essential services are now operating, though not all systems are back to normal.

Girl Scouts cookie sales begin this week in Ohio, Kentucky

Girl Scouts cookie season is almost here.

  Hamilton Fire Department remembers fallen firefighter 5 years later

Patrick Wolterman, 28, died while on duty in December 2015.

  Tri-State father mourns teenage son killed in ‘accidental’ shooting

“I do forgive her,” he said. “I have to forgive her for myself.”

Police search Butler County lake for missing man

Michael McKenney was last seen Memorial Day

  2020 in Review: The stories that shaped the Tri-State

Here's a look at the stories from the past year that impacted the Tri-State.

  Next groups eligible for COVID-19 vaccine announced by Gov. DeWine

The hope is to begin this next phase of vaccinations by mid-January, Gov. Mike DeWine said.

2 displaced in Butler County house fire

The American Red Cross is assisting the residents, dispatchers say

  2 people arrested after multi-county chase

The two people had warrants out for their arrest, according to police.

Ohio to receive more than 150,000 additional COVID-19 vaccines this week

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be included in the next shipments.

  Facebook Portals donated to help hospital patients see families for the holidays

It seems like a simple gift, but Atrium Medical Center says this will do much more for their patients than you may think.

Butler County groomer sentenced after dog had to be euthanized

Tina Brady says she told the sheriff’s office she had to euthanize her 15-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Lacy, after a grooming session in July

Ohio trooper’s coat drive keeps kids warm during winter

The trooper connected with Fairfield City Schools to determine the need in the district’s six elementary schools

  West Chester police impersonator ‘tried to rape me,’ woman says on 911 call

She also told police the man said he would arrest her if she called anyone, the 911 call shows

  Woman playing with gun fatally shoots teen in Butler County, police say

Officers responded to reports of a teen shot in the head about 1:30 a.m.

  Warning issued after police impersonator pulls woman’s vehicle over in West Chester

West Chester police say the suspect approached the victim’s car, acting as if he was a law enforcement officer.

  Boy with Down syndrome gets early Christmas gift with community’s help

The parents say the 17-year-old will be taking jump shots on the new court come Saturday if all goes according to plan.

Lakota Schools push back in-person return to avoid COVID-19 holiday surge

The district will learn remotely for two weeks following the start of school in January.

  Ohio to have 420,000 COVID-19 vaccines by Christmas, DeWine says

Ohio will have 420,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Gov. Mike DeWine said.

West Chester police ask public to help locate missing teen

The West Chester Police Department is trying to locate a missing 15-year-old girl.

  Lawsuit claims physical abuse against detained refugees at Butler County Jail

“It’s vitally important that these human rights violations are thoroughly investigated.”

  Bond set for Hamilton doctor accused of rape, sexual battery after patient complaints

Dr. Stephen Boyd is accused of inappropriately touching patients and engaged in misconduct for decades, Hamilton police say

  $75K, drugs, guns and more seized during Butler County drug bust

Sheriff Richard Jones said drug dealing will not be tolerated in Butler County.

  Butler Co. doctor indicted in sex crimes investigation spanning decades

Hamilton police have set up a dedicated phone line for additional victims in the wake of the doctor’s arrest.

  Hamilton group knits, gives out winter clothes to the needy

“When we’re all in our warm homes, we don’t always think about all the people that might not have the luxuries we have."

  Ohio’s COVID-19 curfew order will be extended, Gov. DeWine says

The new COVID-19 cases reported Monday are the sixth-highest number of daily reported cases, the governor said.

Man killed in Fairfield house fire identified

Firefighters say they were dispatched around 12:45 a.m. Saturday to the 5200 block of Chateau Way

Newly announced projects expected to create 100+ plus jobs in southwest Ohio

The two projects will create around 50 jobs in each county.

Coroner identifies victim of Hamilton house fire

The cause of the fire has yet to be released.

  Middletown High School shifts to remote learning

The move is due to a "high number of student and staff COVID-19 quarantines."

  ‘So she’s never forgotten:’ Donation drive held for local girl who died fighting cancer

Madison Smallwood was known to spread love and kindness to others. Now her mother is continuing that spirit with a fundraiser.

Ohio averaged more than 8K new COVID-19 cases per day last three weeks

Ohio reported more than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

  Police issue arrest warrant for man accused of scamming people in Butler County

The 28-year-old man is facing a felony theft charge, according to police.

  Family seeks kidney match for Middletown father-of-five

The family also needs help covering the cost of an expensive, potentially life-saving medication.

Butler County to limit COVID-19 contact tracing to those at high risk

Officials say the move comes in the wake of an “unprecedented volume of cases”

More than 9K new COVID-19 cases reported in Ohio despite ‘incomplete’ data, state says

Officials say the incomplete data is due to “unprecedented volume” and “thousands of reports are pending review.”

Woman indicted in crash that seriously injured 2 Butler County high-school girls

The two-vehicle crash happened in May at Ohio 4 and Symmes Road in Fairfield.

Butler, Clermont jails suspended from transferring inmates to state prisons due to COVID-19

Ohio ranks third in the country with the most deaths in prison during the coronavirus pandemic

Police trying to identify 3 suspects in connection with West Chester shooting

The shooting happened in early November outside a West Chester bar.

  Butler County road reopens hours after train derailment

No injuries were reported.

Officer nearly struck, Butler County police chase ends in Hamilton County

One person was taken to Mercy Hospital Fairfield, dispatchers say

Fairfield fire displaces 18, cause under investigation

The cause remains under investigation

  ‘It’s vital:’ Middletown Community Thanksgiving pressing forward with pandemic safeguards

“I think just by showing your neighbors some kindness, checking on them, giving them a meal goes a long way.”

  Ohio reports record 11K new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations continue to rise

Ohio has seen a 59% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last two weeks.