Afternoon catchup: 5 Butler County stories you need to know today

Here’s a look at five big Butler County stories today to catch up on the news:

Woman killed in hit-and-run crash after leaving Middletown bar

Middletown police are investigating the death of a woman that happened Thursday night after a hit and run crash.

The victim was found dead in the middle of North Verity Parkway near Access 3 Road at about 10:31 p.m., according to Shelby Quinlivan, the city spokeswoman.

Police believe the woman was leaving Billy T’s bar on Tytus Avenue when the crash happened, according to Quinlivan.


Nationals trade Middletown’s Schwarber to Red Sox

Credit: Alex Brandon

Credit: Alex Brandon

Middletown’s Kyle Schwarber will play in the American League for the first time after a trade late Thursday night.

The Washington Nationals dealt Schwarber, 28, to the Boston Red Sox for minor league right-handed pitcher Aldo Ramirez, Boston’s eighth-ranked prospect, according to

Boston will be Schwarber’s third big-league team. He played for the Chicago Cubs from 2015-20 and then signed as a free agent with the Nationals in January.


Hamilton woman wants bond reduced while awaiting grand jury consideration in fatal pedestrian crash

An attorney for a woman who allegedly hit and killed a boy in Hamilton’s Lindenwald neighborhood in May has again requested a bond modification while the case awaits grand jury consideration.

Nolen Scott Jones, 6, of Hamilton, died of head injuries sustained when he was struck by a car while crossing Pleasant Avenue about 6:45 p.m. May 11. His 11-year-old brother, Logan Watson, was also injured.

The alleged driver of the car, Elizabeth Ann Marie Mehl, 30, of Corwin Avenue in Hamilton, was originally charged with OVI and child endangering, both misdemeanors, and felony drug abuse. There were two children, ages 10 and 3, in the car at the time of the crash, according to the Hamilton police.


Northern Ohio man indicted in rape of Miami University student

A Butler County grand jury handed down a 10-count indictment Thursday against a northern Ohio man in the rape last weekend of a Miami University student.

Zachary Michael Frankart, 21, is charged with four counts of rape, three counts of sexual battery; two counts of attempted rape; and one count of gross sexual imposition, all felony charges, for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman early Saturday after giving her a ride from a bar.

Oxford police responded around 1:20 a.m. to North College Avenue after a passerby called 911 who reported he found a crying woman lying in a front yard who said she had been raped.


Man accused of murder for incident outside Middletown bar hires new attorney

Two weeks after firing his attorney, which came days before his trial was scheduled to begin, a man accused in a fatal assault at a Middletown bar was back in court with a new counsel and got a new trial date this week.

On July 15, Brian Ingram was in Butler County Common Pleas Judge Keith Spaeth’s courtroom for a final hearing ahead of his trial that was scheduled for July 19.

That’s when Ingram said he didn’t want to be represented by defense attorney Frank Schiavone III and that he wanted to hire a new attorney. On Thursday, Ingram was in court with newly hired defense attorney Muhammad Hamidullah.


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PHOTOS: Views from the Butler County Fair on Thursday

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Scenes from the Butler County Fair Thursday, July 29, 2021 in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF