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:

YWCA Hamilton receives $1M grant from billionaire MacKenzie Scott

YWCA Hamilton has received $1 million from billionaire MacKenzie Scott.

Scott, ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, the world’s wealthiest man who amassed most of his fortune through Amazon, this week announced another $4.2 billion of her fortune was going to hundreds of charities, particularly those that help women and minorities.

“This pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling. Economic losses and health outcomes alike have been worse for women, for people of color, and for people living in poverty,” Scott wrote. “Meanwhile, it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires.”


Woman charged with shooting death of 16-year-old in Hamilton

A 21-year-old woman has been charged with the death of a teenage boy this morning at a Hamilton residence.

Aerial Katelynn Brazzell, 21, is charged with reckless homicide in the shooting death of Bennie Shaun Boggs Jr., 16.

Boggs, of Campbell Drive, died after apparently being shot in the 200 block of Cereal Avenue at 1:20 a.m., police said.


911 caller: Man pretending to be police officer tried to rape me in West Chester

A woman who called West Chester police Wednesday morning claimed a man impersonating a police officer beat and tried to rape her after a traffic stop on Union Centre Boulevard.

“I was just on Union Centre Road and I was stopped by someone that had like police lights on, he said he was a police officer,” the female caller tearfully told the dispatcher. “He came into my car, hit me and then he tried to rape me.”

She started to tell the dispatcher the man said he would do something to her if she tried to call anyone, but the dispatcher interrupted her by asking where she had been on Union Centre. She said she was in the Auto Zone parking lot.


Middletown’s Manchester Hotel project awarded $4M in state historic tax credits

The Manchester Inn in Middletown has sat empty for years, but a long-awaited development could be on the horizon.

The Ohio Development Services Agency announced that the project, which also includes the adjacent Snider Ford/Sonshine building, was awarded a $4 million historic tax credit.

The agency awarded more than $26.5 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the rehabilitation of 51 historic buildings. Together, the projects are expected to leverage approximately $259 million in private investments in 11 communities, the agency said.


Liberty Center adding 3 tenants in 2021, including barbecue restaurant and Cinnabon

One of Butler County’s largest retail centers is adding three tenants to enhance the “merchandising mix,” according to the general manager.

Three tenants are scheduled to open next year at the Liberty Center, said John Taylor, general manager. He said the new leases are the result of “market-demand and bring something unique” to Liberty Center to make it a “better destination for all.”

McK’s BBQ will open its first Ohio location while Cinnabon and AKT Fitness, a cross-training fitness studio, are opening their first Liberty Twp. locations, Taylor said.


AND, for an extra sixth story of the day ...

Middletown girl, 9, who died from COVID-19 featured in ‘People’ magazine

A national magazine is featuring a Middletown girl who died from the coronavirus in this week’s edition that highlights one story from every state.

Dorielis Reyes, 9, a fourth-grader at Wildwood Elementary School, died Aug. 19 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her ailments were called a medical mystery by the doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and other physicians around the world were consulted.

She spent parts of four months in the hospital and tested positive for COVID-19 in June.