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Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Centers employee Jody Elder (left) and Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Warren County member Pat Clark examine drug paraphernalia during an Operation Street Smart training session. CONTRIBUTED

Casey Hippenhammer, coordinator, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

LEBANON – The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Warren County is on a mission to transforms communities.To this end, the coalition recently held Operation Street Smart, a free training session facilitated by two undercover detectives from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. That department developed the program to provide current and ...

Fairfield’s Red, White & Kaboom unique among fireworks shows

For Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, Fairfield’s Red, White & Kaboom isn’t just another fireworks show. It’s one of the more unique ones the nationally known company creates, according to one of its technicians. About a half-dozen workers for the Loveland-based company were setting up Thursday for Fairfield’s show at the summit ...

Residents of Butler and Warren counties have a number of options available when planning a Fourth of July celebration.

A guide to Fourth of July events in Butler and Warren counties

Residents of Butler and Warren counties have a number of options available when planning a Fourth of July celebration. Here’s a listing of some of the area’s Fourth of July events:Butler CountyHamiltonHamilton’s 53nd Annual Fourth of July Parade themed “Celebrating Hamilton’s History - The Great Miami River” will be held ...

Schappacher farm market closed in dispute

The Schappacher Farm Market has closed amid a dispute between family members.“It is certainly the end of an era for the Schappacher family, but as you know, this family has farmed in this community for decades. That will continue. Mrs. Schappacher looks forward to the next chapter,” lawyer Benjamin Helwig ...

More recent photo has been released of Savannah Swartz (Contributed)

 Missing Bellbrook girl in custody in Illinois

UPDATE @ 11 a.m. (July 2): Bellbrook Police Det. Tony Vetter confirms that Savannah Swartz is suspected of being involved in other criminal activity in the Quincy area, though it is unknown at this time if she is a victim or a suspect. Bellbrook Police said they are pursuing an ...

A driver, who police have not yet identified, was heading south on Ohio 741 at about 7:30 a.m. today when he had some sort of medical emergency, according to police.

Man dies after truck veers into Mason pond

An employee of Warren County has died after an accident on Ohio 741 this morning, according to the Mason Police Department.The man, who police have not yet identified, was heading south on Ohio 741 at about 7:30 a.m. when he had some sort of medical emergency, police said. He drove ...

Matthew Sawyer

Serial gas station robber sentenced

UPDATE @ 4 p.m. July 1: Matthew Sawyer was sentenced to 30 months in jail Wednesday, with 77 days of credit. He’s also been ordered to pay $1,592 in restitution for the crimes committed in Montgomery County.Sawyer is awaiting sentencing in a Greene County case, to be handed down on ...

Keeya Estell and Dawnesha Sims hold hands as they are wed by Middletown attorney Matthew Dixon at Middletown Municipal Court on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Christopher Brown (back left), Dawnesha Sims’ father, was a witness for the ceremony, which was the first same-sex wedding in Butler County since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote last week that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage in Ohio and 12 other states.

Butler County’s first same-sex wedding bonds two women

In about one minute — in a ceremony that started with the two women holding right hands and ended with a quick kiss — Butler County’s first same-sex couple wedding was held Tuesday in Middletown Municipal Court. Keeya Estell, 26, and Dawnesha Sims, 23, who started dating seven years ago, ...

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown

Mason company’s technology being used by VA medical centers

In less than a year, Assurex Health has nearly doubled the number of people using the company’s genetic testing product aimed at helping doctors make better medication decisions for patients with conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.Assurex Health’s president and CEO, Virginia Drosos, announced Tuesday the company will reach ...

Are you prepared for tonight’s ‘leap second?’

Something that has only happened 25 times since 1972 will once again happen tonight. A “leap second” is similar to a leap year, but on a smaller scale. With a leap year, a whole day is added to the calendar, whereas with a leap second, one second is added to ...

Bella Vino Wine Merchant & Bar in Springboro. Staff photo by Rich Gillette

Wine bar calls it quits after 17 years

The owners of a West Chester Twp. wine shop and bar have closed their Warren County location.Bella Vino Wine Merchant & Bar at 495 N. Main St. (Ohio 741) in Springboro has shut down.The Bella Vino’s West Chester location, which opened in 2013, remains open.Owners of the wine shop and ...

Missing in America Project at the Dayton National Cemetery June 30, 2015. (Jarod Thrush/Staff) 

‘Forgotten veterans’ interred today at Dayton National Cemetery

A motorcade of Dayton and Columbus police this morning escorted the cremains of veterans to be interred during a special ceremony at the Dayton National Cemetery. The procession and service is part of the Missing in America Project, which works to find and identify unclaimed cremains of veterans to provide ...

Rain not expected to let up

Don’t wait until the Fourth of July holiday to restock those umbrellas and ponchos — there will be plenty of need for them leading up to the weekend.It’s rained 15 days in June, and will continue into July, said Alec Butner, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wilmington.About 5.11 ...

Severe storms moved through the area Friday, June 29, causing major damage and power outages. A tree and light pole were blown over near Patterson Blvd.

3 years ago today was costly ‘derecho’ weather event

Today is the third anniversary of a massive wind storm, known as a derecho, that hit the Miami Valley and Southwest Ohio. According to the National Weather Service, a derecho is a widespread and fast-moving storm that produces damaging straight-line winds that span over a hundred miles. The 2012 derecho ...

Rainfall graphic by StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

Storms bring another round of heavy rains

Friday evening and early Saturday we saw another round of strong showers and thunderstorms, some of which gave way to some localized flooding.StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar reports there were even a handful of storm damage reports in parts of Butler County and Clinton County.Along with the storm reports, we ...

The Catalina Trailer Park in Madison Twp. reportedly had two feet of water. The Red Cross was called out to assist at least four families, according to Butler County dispatch. A Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy said a tree crashed into one of the trailer homes. JIM NOELKER / STAFF

Fenwick Festival kicks off today after weather delays

Things were almost back to normal Saturday after severe storms in the area Friday postponed the popular Fenwick Festival, downed trees and wires in the Catalina Trailer Park and did minor damage at the Middletown airport.The downpours that forced Fenwick to cancel the first day of the annual festival likely ...

Mourners leave the Cintas Center on Xavier University’s campus after a funeral service for Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim.

Sights, sounds from Cincinnati police officer’s funeral

Those who couldn’t attend Sonny Kim’s funeral service lined the streets from the Cintas Center to the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery. Some stood on Montgomery Road for more than an hour, waving American flags, holding up homemade signs, thanking Kim for his 27 years on the Cincinnati police force.They ...

Police line up outside Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim’s visitation Thursday, June 25. (TOM MCKEE/WCPO)

Brother’s euology moving for Officer Sonny Kim

Mickey Kim wasn’t even one of the seven speakers scheduled to address the crowd at his brother’s funeral Friday morning at the Cintas Center.But by the time Kim opened up about his brother, Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim, 48 — a husband and father of three, who was killed last ...

Hundreds line streets for Sonny Kim funeral procession

3:30 p.m.: The caisson carrying the casket of Kim is making its way to the burial site. Behind the caisson is a police honor guard. Walking behind the police honor guard is Kim’s family. Rain is steadily falling at the cemetery. Kim’s sons are pushing their mother in a wheelchair ...

The badge of a Cincinnati Police officer is covered in black during a vigil Friday, June 19, in Madisonville. Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim was killed in a shoot-out with Trepierre Hummons, who was also killed in the incident. (Gary Landers/WCPO)

Thousands expected to line streets to mourn Cincinnati police officer

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets Friday to pay their respects to fallen Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim.Authorities expect thousands to turn out for Friday’s funeral and the procession, with hundreds of police vehicles from around the country participatingHere are details on today’s visitation and Friday’s funeral:VISITATIONWHEN: ...

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