Top local news for Monday, Jan. 10, 2022

Here is a look at five big Butler County stories today to catch up on the news.

Cincinnati man charged after Hamilton man stabbed in throat

A man is recovering from a stabbing to the throat and another is behind bars charged in a recent incident at a Hamilton residence.

Police were called to a residence in the 1200 block of Chestnut Street about 3 p.m. Jan. 7 on a report of a stabbing. They found Timothy Wyatt, 50, with the stab wound.

Wyatt told police, the suspect “slit his throat” and ran back inside, according to the Hamilton Police report.


Upgrades to ‘stone age’ parking garage at government building get the green light

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

It has been seven years since the Government Services Center parking garage was dubbed a “Stone Age” structure but within months drivers will be able to use it 24/7 and pay with cash or credit cards.

During budget hearings in 2015, Commissioner Cindy Carpenter dubbed the five-story structure at the corner of Court Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard their “stone age” garage, but it has still taken several years to get the wheels turning on automating it, in part because of the cost.

Now, Carpenter is calling it their “new age” garage since she and her fellow commissioners gave the green light to spend $200,000 to fully automate the garage that will be open 24/7 and drivers can use cash or credit to pay. The project, that means more revenues can be generated, should be completed by the end of this quarter.


Second gas station at busy Middletown intersection gets approval

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

A new gas station is coming to Middletown after all.

In June 2021, the planning commission unanimously approved the request to allow a gas station to be built at the southwest corner of Manchester Road and Dixie Highway, across the street from Speedway. Then in August, city council went against the commission and denied the request.

The owners of the property, Healing Word Church, asked council to reconsider its decision, though the language remained the same. Council heard the first reading on Dec. 21, then voted on the second reading last week when two new members, Zack Ferrell and Rodney Muterspaw, were on council.


Miami Valley Gaming making changes, upgrades after learning lessons from COVID-19

Miami Valley Gaming and Racing continues to make changes and upgrades after learning from COVID-19 the last 22 months, said Craig Robinson, president and general manager.

In 2019, months before COVID-19 changed how business is conducted, the racino, located east of Interstate 75/Ohio 63 interchange in Turtlecreek Twp., proposed adding a hotel, restaurant, parking garage and more gaming machines as part of a $100 million expansion.

Building a hotel has been delayed indefinitely, as the management team waits to see how the hospitality industry changes after COVID-19. What customers expect now may be different in a few years, he said.


Hamilton woman charged in assault at Fairfield bowling alley

Fairfield police arrested an 18-year-old woman for assaulting a juvenile at a bowling alley right before the new year.

Emily Villa, of Kahn Avenue in Hamilton, was arrested around 11 p.m. Jan. 5, and was issued a summons to be arraigned at the Fairfield Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19, according to court records. She’s charged with assault, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Police said Villa allegedly assaulted a juvenile at Rollhouse Entertainment, a bowling alley at 5181 Dixie Highway. The incident happened just after 11 p.m. on Dec. 29 and was reported to police by a bowling alley employee.


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