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Emilie Olsen

Police reports shed more light on Fairfield teen’s death

As Emilie Olsen’s parents prepare to lay her to rest Friday, police reports related to the 13-year-old’s passing revealed more details about the tragedy.The Journal-News requested all Fairfield Twp. police reports relating to the investigation of Emilie’s death. The reports indicate that she had tried to harm herself in the ...

Fairfield Twp. to name new trustee this month

Fairfield Twp. will name its new trustee at a special meeting to be held next week, according to the trustee board president.Shannon Hartkemeyer said Thursday an announcement will be made at an as-yet unscheduled meeting next week. The trustees held their final regular meeting of the year Wednesday. However, trustees ...

Hostage situation at gas station is false alarm

A report of a hostage situation this morning at a gas station turned out to be a false alarm, according to the Fairfield Twp. police chief.Initial dispatch reports at about 9:30 a.m. indicated someone told a clerk at the Speedway on 3088 Creekside Drive that the passenger in her vehicle ...

Capt. Craig Bucheit

Hamilton names new police chief

Effective Jan. 2, Hamilton Police Captain Craig Bucheit will be promoted to police chief, as current chief Scott Scrimizzi moves to his new role as city public safety director on Jan. 5. Bucheit received the top score on the police chief exam taken on Nov. 4, and learned of his ...

Emilie Olsen

Conflicting reports on bullying emerging

A father’s claims that his 13-year-old daughter took her own life because she was being bullied are proving hard to validate with few witnesses cooperating, according to police.Emilie Olsen died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Dec. 11 at her Fairfield Twp. home, according to police. The Fairfield ...

Hamilton’s Highland Park neighborhood is embraced by its residents for its safe streets, family atmosphere, and houses with history and character. Pictured is a house on Dick Avenue. (DAVE DURICY / CONTRIBUTED)

Highland Park: The place to raise a family

Highland Park resident Cris Crowthers is excited to revive the neighborhood tradition of Christmas Eve luminarias glowing throughout the neighborhood on Hamilton’s west side.Hamilton residents visited Highland Park annually for years to see the visual path of glowing candles in white paper bags that covered the whole neighborhood, but luminarias ...

Mercy Health recently opened its first completely bilingual medical practice in Springdale. The family practice office is led by Dr. Karla Ramirez and her staff, including Jocelyn Santana, LPN MA, Carrie Bright, Office Manager, and Darlene Catanzaro, MA.

Mercy opens first bilingual medical office

A new bilingual medical practice has opened for residents of Butler and Hamilton counties.The primary care office of Dr. Karla Ramirez, located at 129 West Kemper Road, Springdale, is the first completely bilingual medical practice for Mercy Health Physicians.“As more and more Spanish-speaking residents call the Cincinnati region home, Mercy ...

Middletown woman’s death ruled homicide

The longer she didn’t answer the repeated text messages, the more her cell phone went immediately to voice mail, the more Seletta Wilson became concerned for her 20-year-old daughter, De’Asia Sims. “Something was very, very wrong,” Wilson said. “I could just feel it in my heart.” On Tuesday, four days ...

Vapor shops block minors, but internet doesn’t, owners say

The owners of two area “vapor” shops say they strictly enforce Ohio law banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, even as the government’s annual drug use survey found that e-cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens. Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, ...

The Joslin Diabetes Centers at Fort Hamilton Hospital is slated to open next July on the first floor of the former Elder-Beerman building at 150 High St.

Full-service diabetes center to open in Hamilton

A brand name in comprehensive diabetes care is coming to Hamilton.The Joslin Diabetes Centers at Fort Hamilton Hospital is slated to open next July on the first floor of the former Elder-Beerman building at 150 High St., said Melody Johnson, diabetes outpatient director for Kettering Health Network.“This week we’re finalizing ...

Father claims daughter’s death result of bullying

The father of a Fairfield Middle School seventh-grader said his daughter was the victim of repeated bullying, which led her to take her own life last week. Emilie Grace Olsen, 13, died Dec. 11 at her Fairfield Twp. home. Her father, Marc Olsen, told the Journal-News that Emilie endured both ...

Middletown woman’s body found in Fairfield

Hamilton County park rangers found the dead body of a Middletown woman in Fairfield on Sunday, police said.The county told police Sunday night that the woman was found near an entrance to the Bolton Water Works Plant off Lick Road. This area is within the city of Fairfield near the ...

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Sheriff’s deputy injured after crash with alleged drunk driver

A Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy suffered minor injuries Saturday after a suspected drunk driver allegedly crashed into the deputy’s cruiser, according to a statement from the agency. Deputy Art Brickles was transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries to his hands and neck Saturday after Oscar Mendoza, 24, allegedly ...

Homeless families an ‘underserved’ population

Officials at Butler County homeless agencies say while it’s common to think of the single men and women who find themselves on the streets, not enough consideration is given to homeless children in local school districts.Homeless children and families are considered one of the most underserved homeless populations, according to ...

Harriet Petti stands with about a group of protesters, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Cleveland. On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department released findings from a nearly two-year investigation of Cleveland police, which found its officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Minorities underrepresented in local police agencies

Namron Bush’s young, black face stood out among the crowd of white students who were repeating a police officer’s oath on stage. Bush, along with 20 others, was about to graduate from a peace officer training academy at Sinclair Community College in Dayton on Tuesday and go on to seek ...

Crawford family to join DC protest march

The parents of John Crawford III will be among those heading to Washington, D.C., on Saturday to participate in a march arising from the recent incidents of police-involved fatalities involving black men. “The Justice For All March against Police Violence,” as it is being called by organizers, scheduled to occur ...

Private donor to fund next phase at RiversEdge Park

Thanks to a yet-to-be-named private donor, the city of Hamilton will receive funding to develop the next phase of the RiversEdge Park and Amphitheater next year, according to city officials. City Manager Joshua Smith announced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting that an individual, who at the moment wishes to remain ...

Fairfield’s $71M budget includes several spending increases

Fairfield expects to spend $70.6 million for its 2015 budget, while revenues are expected to be $73.3 million, thanks partly to income tax funds returning to pre-recession levels, according to the city’s finance director. The budget, passed Monday by council, has spending increases in most departments.The police budget will increase ...

Flu season’s start hits local schools

School officials are already seeing attendance numbers drop as respiratory flu season comes into full swing, and one school has closed already due to increased illnesses. St. Peter in Chains School, 451 Ridgelawn Ave. in Hamilton, canceled Wednesday’s classes after about 20 percent of its student population was out sick ...

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Fundraiser for family of man who died at bowling alley

Matthew Beckman never knew the family of David Geiger, the Cincinnati man who died in an accident at a Fairfield bowling alley in November. But that hasn’t stopped him from organizing a fundraiser for the family.The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the ...

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