Lauren Pack

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

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Hamilton union criticizes report on fire that killed firefighter in 2015
 An internal report on the arson fire that killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman on Dec. 28, 2015, ignores some factors and was flawed in its development, according to the firefighter union. In early 2016, the department created a committee to investigate the factors that contributed to the death of Wolterman. A draft internal report...

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An internal report on the arson fire that killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman on Dec. 28, 2015, ignores some factors and was flawed in its development, according to the firefighter union. In early 2016, the department created a committee to investigate the factors that contributed to the death of Wolterman. A draft internal report...
Man who allegedly stole Middletown cruiser tells judge he would live with girlfriend who called police if released on bond
 Bond was set at $250,000 for a Middletown man who has been indicted on multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly stealing a police cruiser and then purposely crashing into another cruiser. Jason Cooper was indicted earlier this month by a Butler County grand jury for two counts of felonious assault, aggravated robbery, grand theft...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Bond was set at $250,000 for a Middletown man who has been indicted on multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly stealing a police cruiser and then purposely crashing into another cruiser. Jason Cooper was indicted earlier this month by a Butler County grand jury for two counts of felonious assault, aggravated robbery, grand theft...
Investigation: Hamilton firefighter’s device was turned off when he entered arson fire that killed him
 The Hamilton Fire Department released an internal report Monday about the death of firefighter Patrick Wolterman during an arson fire in December 2015. Wolterman died Dec. 28, 2015 while fighting a fire at 1310 Pater Ave. The fire was intentionally set by homeowner Lester Parker and his nephew, William Tucker of Richmond, Ky. Parker and Tucker...

Posted: 10 hours ago

The Hamilton Fire Department released an internal report Monday about the death of firefighter Patrick Wolterman during an arson fire in December 2015. Wolterman died Dec. 28, 2015 while fighting a fire at 1310 Pater Ave. The fire was intentionally set by homeowner Lester Parker and his nephew, William Tucker of Richmond, Ky. Parker and Tucker...
Clyde Barrow, of Bonnie and Clyde fame, was arrested in Middletown 89 years ago today. Here’s what he did.
 Today marks the 89th anniversary of the arrest of Clyde Barrow by Middletown police. In a Facebook post, police shared the young Barrow’s booking photo and other jail records that are on display in the lobby about the March 18, 1930 incident. Barrow — the most feared outlaw of his time and later part of Bonnie and Clyde &mdash...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Today marks the 89th anniversary of the arrest of Clyde Barrow by Middletown police. In a Facebook post, police shared the young Barrow’s booking photo and other jail records that are on display in the lobby about the March 18, 1930 incident. Barrow — the most feared outlaw of his time and later part of Bonnie and Clyde &mdash...
How police are using the rise in home surveillance systems to quickly solve cases
 Middletown and West Chester police are using smart technology doorbells and outdoor video systems to catch criminals, and they hope residents in their communities will expand the effort. West Chester police last week asked people in the township with a security camera or a doorbell camera, such as Ring, Nest or Blink, to fill out a questionnaire...

Posted: a day ago

Middletown and West Chester police are using smart technology doorbells and outdoor video systems to catch criminals, and they hope residents in their communities will expand the effort. West Chester police last week asked people in the township with a security camera or a doorbell camera, such as Ring, Nest or Blink, to fill out a questionnaire...
Sentence upheld for man convicted in fire that killed Hamilton firefighter
 The conviction of one of two men for arson and murder in the 2015 death of Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman has been upheld by an appeals court. Follow a seven-day trial, Lester Parker, 68, and his nephew William Tucker, 51, of Richmond, Ky., were convicted of the felony charges in November 2017 for the fire at Parker’s Pater...

Posted: a day ago

The conviction of one of two men for arson and murder in the 2015 death of Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman has been upheld by an appeals court. Follow a seven-day trial, Lester Parker, 68, and his nephew William Tucker, 51, of Richmond, Ky., were convicted of the felony charges in November 2017 for the fire at Parker’s Pater...
Middletown seeks install their own doorbell cameras in problem areas
 Middletown police say they not only applaud a neighboring agency’s effort use smart technology doorbells and outdoor video systems to catch criminals, they are doing the same. Earlier this week, West Chester police announced an effort asking people in the township with a security camera or a doorbell camera, such as Ring, Nest or Blink...

Posted: 4 days ago

Middletown police say they not only applaud a neighboring agency’s effort use smart technology doorbells and outdoor video systems to catch criminals, they are doing the same. Earlier this week, West Chester police announced an effort asking people in the township with a security camera or a doorbell camera, such as Ring, Nest or Blink...
Butler County sheriff issues message on animal abuse: ‘We are not going to tolerate it’
 Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has released a video showing some of the past cases of animal abuse his dog warden’s office has investigated. Jones, who is serves as the dog warden in the county, says while holding a puppy at Animal Friend Humane Society, “For someone to abuse it. We are not going to tolerate it, we are not...

Posted: 4 days ago

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones has released a video showing some of the past cases of animal abuse his dog warden’s office has investigated. Jones, who is serves as the dog warden in the county, says while holding a puppy at Animal Friend Humane Society, “For someone to abuse it. We are not going to tolerate it, we are not...
Hamilton mother charged in death of infant cries throughout hearing as judge sets bond
 Bond was set today for a 25-year-old Hamilton woman charged in the death of her infant daughter last October. Saralin April Walden of the 100 block of Jeff Scott Lane was indicted last week by a Butler County grand jury for involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and child endangering, a third degree felony. Walden’s 3-month-old...

Posted: 5 days ago

Bond was set today for a 25-year-old Hamilton woman charged in the death of her infant daughter last October. Saralin April Walden of the 100 block of Jeff Scott Lane was indicted last week by a Butler County grand jury for involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and child endangering, a third degree felony. Walden’s 3-month-old...
Police: Hamilton teen wanted to harm another student with gun found at middle school
 Two teens are charged with felonies after a gun was found at Wilson Middle School on Monday remain incarcerated. A 13-year-old boy is charged in Butler County Juvenile Court with illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon onto school grounds, and a 14-year-old boy is charged with complicity to illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon onto school...

Posted: 5 days ago

Two teens are charged with felonies after a gun was found at Wilson Middle School on Monday remain incarcerated. A 13-year-old boy is charged in Butler County Juvenile Court with illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon onto school grounds, and a 14-year-old boy is charged with complicity to illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon onto school...
Undercover deputy saves 2 from burning vehicle in Butler County
 A Butler County Sheriff’s deputy is being credited with pulling two people from a vehicle following a Hanover Twp. crash Sunday morning. At about 5 a.m., a call came in reporting a vehicle into a pole and engulfed in flames in front of 1590 Hamilton Richmond Road, according to the sheriff’s office. The first person on the scene...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Butler County Sheriff’s deputy is being credited with pulling two people from a vehicle following a Hanover Twp. crash Sunday morning. At about 5 a.m., a call came in reporting a vehicle into a pole and engulfed in flames in front of 1590 Hamilton Richmond Road, according to the sheriff’s office. The first person on the scene...