Lawrence Budd

Covers Warren County, including Springboro, Lebanon and surrounding communities. He has worked as a reporter for 30 years, more than 20 years in Ohio. He has won two awards for investigative reporting from Ohio AP and one for community service from the Society of Professional Journalists of Ohio. He was a Kiplinger Fellow in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University in 1995-96.

Latest from Lawrence Budd

70-acre subdivision outside Lebanon approved despite resident opposition
 Warren County commissioners on Tuesday approved a planned residential development opposed by neighbors after rejecting claims the plan fell short on open-space requirements. The plan for 62 homes just north of Lebanon on the Meadow Lane Farm was approved 2-0 after Assistant County Prosecutor Bruce McGary rejected legal opinions expressed...

Posted: 3 days ago

Warren County commissioners on Tuesday approved a planned residential development opposed by neighbors after rejecting claims the plan fell short on open-space requirements. The plan for 62 homes just north of Lebanon on the Meadow Lane Farm was approved 2-0 after Assistant County Prosecutor Bruce McGary rejected legal opinions expressed...
Trustees reject Oberer farm rezoning for proposed subdivision
 The Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees voted unanimously to deny a rezoning and lot size change sought by Oberer Land Developers.  Ed Wade, board president, said Oberer can “get along with the current zoning and have a nice development there.”  Jeffrey Trick, one of the owners, said he was in favor of the proposed 85-home...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Clearcreek Twp. Board of Trustees voted unanimously to deny a rezoning and lot size change sought by Oberer Land Developers.  Ed Wade, board president, said Oberer can “get along with the current zoning and have a nice development there.”  Jeffrey Trick, one of the owners, said he was in favor of the proposed 85-home...
Lawyer: Warren County “double dipping” with open-space regulations
 A lawyer representing neighbors opposed to a proposed 60-home development just north of Lebanon claims Warren County is violating Ohio law by including land set aside for sewage treatment as open space required in planned-unit developments. The county commissioners delayed a decision on the development on the 70.4-acre Meadow Lane Farm on...

Posted: 5 days ago

A lawyer representing neighbors opposed to a proposed 60-home development just north of Lebanon claims Warren County is violating Ohio law by including land set aside for sewage treatment as open space required in planned-unit developments. The county commissioners delayed a decision on the development on the 70.4-acre Meadow Lane Farm on...
Old Lebanon church’s redevelopment plan split by city
 The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lebanon, badly damaged in a fire just before Christmas 2017, is to be rebuilt at a new location. But plans by the church leaders to oversee development of new homes around Pleasant Square Park, just north of downtown Lebanon, have been shelved, at least temporarily. RELATED: Redevelopment plan...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lebanon, badly damaged in a fire just before Christmas 2017, is to be rebuilt at a new location. But plans by the church leaders to oversee development of new homes around Pleasant Square Park, just north of downtown Lebanon, have been shelved, at least temporarily. RELATED: Redevelopment plan...
Man charged with trying sham to get girlfriend out of jail early
 A Wapakoneta man remained in the Warren County Jail on Wednesday after being accused of using a fake document to get his girlfriend released from jail in December. The indictment of Lance Stout, 38, was among those on a list released this week by the Warren County Prosecutor’s office. Stout was arrested on Jan. 10 by a Shelby County...

Posted: 9 days ago

A Wapakoneta man remained in the Warren County Jail on Wednesday after being accused of using a fake document to get his girlfriend released from jail in December. The indictment of Lance Stout, 38, was among those on a list released this week by the Warren County Prosecutor’s office. Stout was arrested on Jan. 10 by a Shelby County...
Warren County developer asks Ohio Supreme Court to block referendum
 A Warren County developer wants the Ohio Supreme Court to prevent a referendum from appearing on the May ballot that could stop him from breaking ground on a development planned outside Waynesville. The state’s highest court has agreed to consider an appeal filed by lawyers for John Federle. The appeal challenges the decision by the...

Posted: 11 days ago

A Warren County developer wants the Ohio Supreme Court to prevent a referendum from appearing on the May ballot that could stop him from breaking ground on a development planned outside Waynesville. The state’s highest court has agreed to consider an appeal filed by lawyers for John Federle. The appeal challenges the decision by the...
Dayton man indicted after high-speed chase ending in Franklin
 A Dayton man has been indicted in Warren County on charges stemming from a high-speed pursuit and foot chase on Dec. 10 that ended in Franklin. D’Vonte R. Barnes, 18, is charged with failure to comply with a police officer’s order, receiving stolen property and obstructing official business. RELATED: Two arrested in Franklin after...

Posted: 12 days ago

A Dayton man has been indicted in Warren County on charges stemming from a high-speed pursuit and foot chase on Dec. 10 that ended in Franklin. D’Vonte R. Barnes, 18, is charged with failure to comply with a police officer’s order, receiving stolen property and obstructing official business. RELATED: Two arrested in Franklin after...
Redevelopment plan includes historic Lebanon church damaged by fire
 A 150-year-old church, badly damaged by a fire just before Christmas 2017, would be rebuilt at a different location as part of a proposed community development in Lebanon. The new Bethel African American Methodist Church could be under construction later this year a few blocks away from its historic location, still on Cherry Street but near...

Posted: 12 days ago

A 150-year-old church, badly damaged by a fire just before Christmas 2017, would be rebuilt at a different location as part of a proposed community development in Lebanon. The new Bethel African American Methodist Church could be under construction later this year a few blocks away from its historic location, still on Cherry Street but near...
Bitter cold wreaks havoc in area, up to 4 inches of snow to follow
 A polar vortex brought the Dayton area weather conditions that sent people to hospitals, set records, closed schools and crowded homeless shelters Wednesday. The extreme wind chills created dangerous situations throughout the region. More frigid conditions are expected early today, followed by up to four inches of snow tonight and Friday...

Posted: 16 days ago

A polar vortex brought the Dayton area weather conditions that sent people to hospitals, set records, closed schools and crowded homeless shelters Wednesday. The extreme wind chills created dangerous situations throughout the region. More frigid conditions are expected early today, followed by up to four inches of snow tonight and Friday...
Ex-Springboro teacher guilty of permitting drug use, child endangering
 Long-time former Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca was found guilty of permitting drug abuse and endangering children on Tuesday in Warren County Common pleas Court. Panzeca was convicted of the charges after a two-day trial decided by Judge Donald Oda II. She and her juvenile son were both charged after a drug raid of their home in Springboro...

Posted: 18 days ago

Long-time former Springboro teacher Amy Panzeca was found guilty of permitting drug abuse and endangering children on Tuesday in Warren County Common pleas Court. Panzeca was convicted of the charges after a two-day trial decided by Judge Donald Oda II. She and her juvenile son were both charged after a drug raid of their home in Springboro...
$1 million bond for driver charged in off-duty police officer’s death
 For the second time in nearly eight months, the Clearcreek Twp. Police Department is mourning the loss of a fellow officer — this time in a head-on crash involving an alleged impaired driver. Officer Jerrid M. Lee, 27, of Bethel, was killed in a crash on Ohio 125 on Monday night, while off duty, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol...

Posted: 18 days ago

For the second time in nearly eight months, the Clearcreek Twp. Police Department is mourning the loss of a fellow officer — this time in a head-on crash involving an alleged impaired driver. Officer Jerrid M. Lee, 27, of Bethel, was killed in a crash on Ohio 125 on Monday night, while off duty, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol...