Here are 5 Butler County crime stories you may have missed over the Labor day holiday weekend:
1. Arson Task Force investigating after SUV found in flames
An investigation is continuing after a Sept. 1 fire that damaged a Middletown house and garage and left an SUV a total loss.
When police and fire crews arrived just after 6 p.m. to the 2900 block of Inland Drive, they found a 2002 Ford Explorer engulfed in flames. The home and garage were damaged, as well as a neighboring house.
2. No ID of man found dead in Mason motel
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office on Monday still was not releasing the name of an out-of-town man who was found dead in a room at the Mason Inn on Mason-Montgomery Road after his brother called police to report him missing.
Deputies found the man at about 9 p.m. Thursday and are treating this as a death investigation.
3. Man hit by gunfire in Middletown bar parking lot
One person as well as several cars and a house were hit by gunfire late Saturday outside a Middletown bar, according to police.
Multiple shots rang out at about 11:40 p.m. outside the Third Base Cafe, 911 Crawford St., after a fight in the bar, according to Middletown Police Lt. Jimmy Cunningham.
Detectives have been unable to find the shooting victim, police said.
4. Mother joins efforts to solve Butler County homicides
Hope Dudley, whose son was killed in a drive-by shooting in Hamilton County 10 years ago, is developing a poster for Butler County featuring unsolved homicides.
The poster features six cases: Jaylon Knight killed March 11, 2016 in Hamilton; Christopher “CJ” Sandle killed Jan. 13, 2016 in Hamilton; Calvin Simmons Jr. killed Sept. 16, 2016 in Hamilton; Chelsea Johnson killed April 15, 2012 in Fairfield; Eric “Josh” Bruce killed April 22, 1997 in Hamilton; and William “Billy” DiSilvestro who vanished from Hamilton on Feb. 7, 2011.
5. Citation after 1,000 people at ‘nuisance party’ in Oxford
A crowd estimated at 1,000 people drew the attention of Oxford police and resulted in a citation under the city’s nuisance party regulations.
Police responded to a house in the 200 block of South Main Street just before 4 p.m. Aug. 26 and reported the noise level violated the city’s noise ordinance and the back yard was covered with beer cans and party trash.