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Published: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 2:27 PM
MIDDLETOWN — There are now four candidates for Middletown Municipal Court judge for this November.
Middletown attorney Terri King withdrew from the race Wednesday after submitting a letter to the Butler County Board of Elections.
The letter, which was also addressed to Butler County GOP Executive Chairman Todd Hall, did not provide a reason:
“I, Terri S. King, hereby respectfully submit my Letter of Withdrawal from the Middletown Municipal Court Judicial race effective immediately, and request that my name be removed from the November 2017 ballot,” the letter stated.
The Journal-News has reached out to King for additional comment.
On Friday, attorney Melynda Cook Howard will be sworn in as Middletown Municipal Court judge, succeeding the late Judge Mark Wall, who died in February. She was appointed by Gov. John Kasich in May, but it’s only temporary.
Wall died three years before his term on the bench expires, and by state law an election must be held for a person to serve out the remaining two years.
King, who ran for the 8th Congressional District seat in 2016, was certified on the November ballot.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:25 AM
MIDDLETOWN — There have been numerous reports of several loud explosions Saturday night at AK Steel Corp.
Middletown dispatch confirmed they received reports of a possible explosion, but said they are not aware of the cause of the noise reported, nor where it may have occurred.
Witnesses said the blasts happened sometime around 11:20 p.m.
We are working to learn more about what happened, and whether there were any injuries.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:07 PM
LOGAN COUNTY, Kentucky — A woman was killed and her husband injured Saturday afternoon when a possible tornado struck their home on Dot Road in southern Logan County, WHOP AM/FM radio in Hopkinsville, Ky., reported.
The tornado entered Logan County around 3:45 p.m. from Robertson County, Tennessee.
The woman’s name was not released. Her death marks the first of 2018 during a tornado.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:23 PM
— The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released the Democrats’ rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging the FBI and Department of Justice engaged in questionable tactics in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
Some time ago, Republicans on our committee released a declassified memo that omitted and distorted key facts in order to mislead the public and impugn the integrity of the FBI.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 24, 2018
We can now tell you what they left out: https://t.co/jeVCVTBUBZ
The 10-page memo, released two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked it and after wrangling between Democrats and DOJ officials, was authored by ranking Intelligence Committee Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) in response to one by House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and disputes allegations that illegal tactics were used to get warrants to surveil a former Trump campaign aide.
“The Democratic response memo released today should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC. Our extensive review of the initial FISA application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and instead revealed that both the FBI and DOJ made extensive showings to justify all four requests,” Schiff said in a statement Saturday after the release of the memo.
Trump tweeted a response to Schiff’s document release Saturday, calling the Democrats’ memo “a total political and legal bust.” He also repeated his claims that special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign is a “witch hunt.”
The Democrat memo response on government surveillance abuses is a total political and legal BUST. Just confirms all of the terrible things that were done. SO ILLEGAL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2018
Dem Memo: FBI did not disclose who the clients were - the Clinton Campaign and the DNC. Wow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2018
“Russians had no compromising information on Donald Trump” @FoxNews Of course not, because there is none, and never was. This whole Witch Hunt is an illegal disgrace...and Obama did nothing about Russia!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2018
The president released the Nunes memo last month, which contained information purporting to show that the FBI and DOJ did not provide complete information when requesting a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to watch one-time Trump campaign member and foreign policy advisor Carter Page.
The release of both memos came over the objections of investigators in the intelligence communities.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:26 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:52 AM
— A 17-year-old male accused of fatally shooting a Dayton mother in front of two young children will remain in custody following a detention hearing Saturday morning.
The teen, who was arrested and placed in detention Friday, is suspected of killing 22-year-old Keyona Murray, who was shot in the head in a home on the 100 block of Lorenz Ave. in Dayton on Feb. 16.
Neighbors and a 911 caller who reported Murray’s shooting said the gunfire came from outside the home, in a back alley.
Murray, who died at Miami Valley Hospital, was shot in front of her 2-year-old child and her 2-year-old nephew. A candlelight vigil was held for her earlier this week outside the home where she was wounded.
On Saturday, the teen suspect denied a charge of murder and felony burglary at hearing in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.
The teen will appear in court for a preliminary conference on the morning of March 9 before Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi. Police said the suspect was taken into custody after being found at a residence on Gard Avenue in Dayton.
The suspect has a fairly lengthy criminal record , according to juvenile court officials.
The suspect successfully completed about three months of probation on about Jan. 25 related to a misdemeanor theft charge in Greene County, juvenile court officials said.
Court officials previously said he had been in trouble before on charges that include delinquency by reason of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
He served probation in 2013 related to an attempted burglary charge. In 2015, he was given probation again, with a suspended commitment to the state juvenile correctional system, after another burglary charge. Both charges were felonies.
In addition to the murder charge, the suspect faces a pending felony-level burglary charge.
Janice Meadows, who has lived on Lorenz Avenue for 30 years, called 911 on Feb. 16 after hearing gunshots outside.
“I knew the gunshots were close from how loud it was,” she said. “I thought someone was shooting toward my house — it sounded that close.”
Meadows lives a couple doors down from where Murray was shot. Murray moved into the rental home around the end of summer, she said.
“We’re really sorry we didn’t have time to get to know them,” she said. “It’s such a tragedy.”
Meadows says it’s a safe neighborhood because the residents know each other and most have lived there for many years.
Sometimes, she said, small groups of people hang out on the streets or corners, but neighbors will call the police if there’s too much activity.