Lauren Pack

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

Latest from Lauren Pack

Man indicted for 29-mile chase that started in Middletown
 A grand jury has returned indictments against a man who allegedly led Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers on a 29-mile chase in three counties before ramming a cruiser at a Sharonville business in December 2018. Richard Todd, 38, of Summerfield, Fla., was arrested on multiple charges and outstanding warrants on Dec. 9 after leading troopers...

Posted: 11 hours ago

A grand jury has returned indictments against a man who allegedly led Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers on a 29-mile chase in three counties before ramming a cruiser at a Sharonville business in December 2018. Richard Todd, 38, of Summerfield, Fla., was arrested on multiple charges and outstanding warrants on Dec. 9 after leading troopers...
Investigation: Suspended Butler County sergeant, union president made comments ‘perceived as sexual’
 A Butler County Sheriff’s sergeant who received a two-week suspension this week for violating workplace harassment policies was involved in eight incidents with dispatch employees, according to personnel records reviewed by the Journal-News. The disciplinary action was taken Tuesday against Sgt. Jeff Gebhart, who is also the Fraternal...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A Butler County Sheriff’s sergeant who received a two-week suspension this week for violating workplace harassment policies was involved in eight incidents with dispatch employees, according to personnel records reviewed by the Journal-News. The disciplinary action was taken Tuesday against Sgt. Jeff Gebhart, who is also the Fraternal...
Trial date set for Middletown man charged with child rape of girl over 8-year period
 A summer trial date has been set for a Middletown man charged with sex crimes involving a minor. William L. Powell, 69, of the 1300 block of Oxford State Road, was arrested Sept. 20, 2018 by Trenton police and charged with two counts of rape and gross sexual imposition. Last Monday a Butler County grand jury returned an indictment against...

Posted: 23 hours ago

A summer trial date has been set for a Middletown man charged with sex crimes involving a minor. William L. Powell, 69, of the 1300 block of Oxford State Road, was arrested Sept. 20, 2018 by Trenton police and charged with two counts of rape and gross sexual imposition. Last Monday a Butler County grand jury returned an indictment against...
Sheriff: Massage, comments led to suspension for sergeant and union president
 A Butler County Sheriff’s Office sergeant will serve a two-week suspension for violating workplace harassment policies, according to Sheriff Richard K. Jones. The disciplinary action was taken Tuesday against Sgt Jeff Gebhart, who is also the FOP union president. The action came after multiple complaints of actions and comments, according...

Posted: a day ago

A Butler County Sheriff’s Office sergeant will serve a two-week suspension for violating workplace harassment policies, according to Sheriff Richard K. Jones. The disciplinary action was taken Tuesday against Sgt Jeff Gebhart, who is also the FOP union president. The action came after multiple complaints of actions and comments, according...
Monroe man accused of slitting his dog’s throat indicted in Butler County
 A Monroe man has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury for felony animal cruelty after allegedly slitting the throat of his 7-year-old dog. Michael Kelley, 62, is charged with cruelty to companion animal, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly killing his Yorkipoo on Nov. 2 at his residence in the 3300 block of Carol Ann Lane. The grand...

Posted: a day ago

A Monroe man has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury for felony animal cruelty after allegedly slitting the throat of his 7-year-old dog. Michael Kelley, 62, is charged with cruelty to companion animal, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly killing his Yorkipoo on Nov. 2 at his residence in the 3300 block of Carol Ann Lane. The grand...
Former Fairfield coach, counselor convicted of sex crime withdraws request for early release
 A request for early release of a former Fairfield High School guidance counselor and coach serving a prison sentence for having sex with a student was withdrawn by his defense team. Craig Harden, 44, of Liberty Twp., pleaded guilty to sexual battery, a third-degree felony, in November 2017, days after his arrest. On Jan. 24, 2018, Butler...

Posted: 2 days ago

A request for early release of a former Fairfield High School guidance counselor and coach serving a prison sentence for having sex with a student was withdrawn by his defense team. Craig Harden, 44, of Liberty Twp., pleaded guilty to sexual battery, a third-degree felony, in November 2017, days after his arrest. On Jan. 24, 2018, Butler...
Sheriff’s sergeant, head of union suspended for ‘inappropriate comments’
 A Butler County Sheriff’s Office sergeant will serve a two-week suspension for violating workplace harassment policies, according to Sheriff Richard K. Jones. The disciplinary action was taken Tuesday against Sgt. Jeff Gebhart, who is also the FOP union president. The action came “after some co-workers complained that he made...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Butler County Sheriff’s Office sergeant will serve a two-week suspension for violating workplace harassment policies, according to Sheriff Richard K. Jones. The disciplinary action was taken Tuesday against Sgt. Jeff Gebhart, who is also the FOP union president. The action came “after some co-workers complained that he made...
Cincinnati man indicted for crash that killed Middletown motorcyclist
 A Cincinnati man has been indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide for an October crash on Interstate 75 that killed a Middletown motorcyclist. Anthony Dwuan Howard, 35, was charged on Oct. 22, hours after the crash in West Chester Twp. In addition to the aggravated vehicular homicide charge, he was indicted for operating a vehicle under...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Cincinnati man has been indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide for an October crash on Interstate 75 that killed a Middletown motorcyclist. Anthony Dwuan Howard, 35, was charged on Oct. 22, hours after the crash in West Chester Twp. In addition to the aggravated vehicular homicide charge, he was indicted for operating a vehicle under...
Problem bars and businesses that police have targeted in Middletown and Hamilton
 Nuisance properties are back in the news after the recent ownership and name change of a hotel that Middletown police had said was a problem area. In recent years, this news outlet studied the issue of bar closures after a series of problems. Here’s what we found in that report: Four Middletown businesses have either been closed or...

Posted: 2 days ago

Nuisance properties are back in the news after the recent ownership and name change of a hotel that Middletown police had said was a problem area. In recent years, this news outlet studied the issue of bar closures after a series of problems. Here’s what we found in that report: Four Middletown businesses have either been closed or...
Victim’s mother has strong response to former Fairfield coach’s request for early release from prison
 A former Fairfield High School guidance counselor and coach serving a prison sentence for having sex with a student is asking for early release. Craig Harden, 44, of Liberty Twp., pleaded guilty to sexual battery, a third-degree felony, in November 2017, days after his arrest. On Jan. 24, 2018, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Howard...

Posted: 2 days ago

A former Fairfield High School guidance counselor and coach serving a prison sentence for having sex with a student is asking for early release. Craig Harden, 44, of Liberty Twp., pleaded guilty to sexual battery, a third-degree felony, in November 2017, days after his arrest. On Jan. 24, 2018, Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Howard...
Police: Nanny cam video shows Middletown woman ‘appearing to strike’ 10-month-old
 A Middletown woman is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly abusing a 10-month-old baby in actions that were caught on video has been released from jail. Alyson Tester, 21, of Kensington Street, was arraigned today for child endangering Butler County Juvenile Court, where Magistrate Dianna Songer released her on her own recognizance and...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Middletown woman is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly abusing a 10-month-old baby in actions that were caught on video has been released from jail. Alyson Tester, 21, of Kensington Street, was arraigned today for child endangering Butler County Juvenile Court, where Magistrate Dianna Songer released her on her own recognizance and...