Lauren Pack

Cox Media Group Ohio reporter covering Butler County government, sheriff's department and courts.

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A credit card skimmer found Wednesday, May 25, in a gas pump in Fairfield. A few days later, a similar device was found inside a gas pump in West Chester.

Extra inspectors added after credit card skimmer found in West Chester

The Butler County Auditor’s Office will add extra inspectors after a credit card skimmer was found for the second time in three days inside a gas pump at a Butler County gas station.An inspector discovered a skimmer Friday at the Marathon station at 7809 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in West Chester Twp.On ...

Julia Still

Tip leads to arrest of 2 alleged drug traffickers

Two people are in the Butler County Jail after being stopped this morning with heroin thanks to a tip received by the sheriff’office, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce received information that a person was traveling on a Greyhound bus from Atlanta ...

Roadside memorials: A place to grieve or safety concern?

Township officials here are concerned a roadside memorial that has been up for more than a year may be a distraction in a high-traffic area that is home to a growing number of new developments. Amber Rooks was one of five utility workers injured April 22, 2015, when a vehicle ...

Jonathon Day appeared Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court, where he was declared incompetent to stand trial for murder in the stabbing death of his stepfather.

Hamilton man incompetent to stand trial for murder

A Hamilton man facing a murder charge and other felonies in connection with the March stabbing death of his stepfather has been declared incompetent to stand trial.Jonathon Day, 28, of Crowthers Drive, appeared Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court, where Judge Noah Powers II declared him incompetent based on ...

Lindsay Bogan

Remains found are not missing Middletown woman

Skeletal remains found in Greene County on May 1 are not that of a missing Middletown mother, police learned Thursday.Police were awaiting lab tests to determine the identity of the human remains found in Spring Valley. Investigators wondered if the remains could be Lindsay Bogan, a 30-year-old mother who has ...

Judith Ashley, who is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, child endangering and vehicular assault for last summer’s train-church van crash, with her attorney Jerry Bryant during her arraignment today.

Middletown woman in train-van crash out on bond

Judith Ashley, the Middletown woman behind the wheel in a deadly train-church van crash in Middletown last summer, was arraigned Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court and released on her own recognizance.Ashley, 63, was the driver of a Church of Mayfield van on July 28 when it collided with ...

 Justin Koch, 19, pleaded guilty plea to murder May 25 in Butler County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced to a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison for the death of Tyler Kassow.

One of four charged in West Chester murder pleads guilty

The first of four Cincinnati men scheduled to stand trial this summer for the January fatal shooting of a West Chester Twp. man has entered a guilty plea.Justin Koch, 19, pleaded guilty plea to murder Wednesday and was sentenced by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth to a mandatory ...

Middletown woman charged with felonies in deadly train-van crash

The woman behind the wheel in a deadly train-church van crash in Middletown last summer is now charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and two other felonies.Judith Ashley, 63, was the driver of a Church of Mayfield van on July 28 when it collided with a CSX train on 14th Avenue, ...

Bond set at $250,000 for father of son dead after scalding

Bond was set at $250,000 Wednesday for a Franklin man facing charges related to the scalding death of his 4-year-old son.Robert L. Ritchie, 31, was indicted Monday by a grand jury on charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony child endangering for allegedly failing to obtain medical treatment for Austin Cooper. ...

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser

6 judges recuse themselves from deputy vs. prosecutor case

Most of the common pleas judges in Butler County have recused themselves from a defamation lawsuit filed by a Butler County sheriff’s deputy against county Prosecutor Michael Gmoser, leaving Judge Keith Spaeth with the assignment.Deputy Jasen Hatfield filed the suit seeking in excess of $25,000 for compensatory damages on May ...

 
 

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