Here are 5 Butler County crime stories you may have missed this week:
1. 2 possible arson fires investigated in Middletown
Middletown fire and police investigators are determining whether people who allegedly started a house fire and poured lighter fluid on a car should be charged, according to police reports.
Police and fire were called Sunday morning to a residence in the 1700 block of Church Avenue on a report of a house fire. There were numerous people standing outside the residence, and two juveniles told police they saw a man enter the residence with a red gas can.
On Tuesday, police and fire officials responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Hill Avenue and a female told police that her husband was trying to light her car on fire.
2. Hamilton man indicted for allegedly setting fires in his neighborhood
A Hamilton man is facing six felony charges for allegedly lighting a series of fires during the summer.
James Agee, 35, of the 600 block of North D Street, was indicted Wednesday by a Butler County grand jury on four counts of arson, a fourth-degree felony, and and two counts of aggravated arson, a second-degree felony.
Agee is accused of setting fires in the neighborhood where he lives on May 2, May 8, June 20, July 7, July 13 and July 20, according to the indictment.
3. Family members found overdosed at Middletown ‘problem house,’ police say
Middletown police investigated an alleged overdose late Wednesday night at a home where officers say they have responded more than 40 times in recent months.
Marie Mullins, 29, was found inside a car in the 100 block of Red Bud Drive. Officers believed she had overdosed, according to the police report.
Inside the house, officers found Marie Mullins’ mother, Darla, 53, and brother, David Jr. Both were also unresponsive, according to police.
The mother, daughter and son refused treatment by Middletown paramedics.
Middletown police Lt. Jimmy Cunningham said officers have been to the residence 42 times since February and it is a “problem house,” where drug users gather.
4. State to look at cases of 6 missing women, including 4 from Middletown
Police are taking a closer look at the cases of six women, including four from Middletown, who have been reported missing in the past year.
“We are going to ask (the Bureau of Criminal Investigation) to come in and take a look, do some analysis to see if there is any connection at least in the Middletown women,” Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve told this news outlet.
5. Butler County woman accused of reporting false kidnapping out of jail
A Lemon Twp. woman charged for allegedly making up a story that she was being held against her will and posting a video on social media is out of jail.
Thelma Williams, 38, of South Verity Parkway, was in Middletown Municipal Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing on a charge of making false alarms. But she waived her right to a hearing and the case was sent directly to a Butler County grand jury for consideration.
Judge Melynda Cook Howard set bond for Williams at $10,000 last week, but after questioning her about her ties to the city, released her on her own recognizance.