Middletown man recently released from prison arrested for three robberies on the same day

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 7:53 AM

            Andre Pruden
Andre Pruden

A Middletown man who had been out of prison for a few weeks was arrested Saturday for committing three robberies on the same day.

Andre Pruden, 25, is scheduled to appear for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. today in Middletown Municipal Court on three counts of aggravated robbery, which are first-degree felonies. Police filed the aggravated robbery charges on Monday, according to court records. He is being held in the Middletown City Jail.

Police said Pruden allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint about 7 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of Vancouver Street.

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Less than an hour later, in the 1800 block of Casper Street, two people had just arrived home when Pruden allegedly came to a stop in his pickup truck next to their vehicle. Police said Pruden, who was wearing a mask, got out of his truck and followed the people into their front yard, where he demanded money.

When one of the residents said he did not have any money on him, Pruden allegedly pulled out a gun and put it into his chest. The resident pulled out his wallet to show that he did not have any money, and Pruden then turned the gun at the other person and demanded the she give him all of her money, police said. When she said she didn’t have any money, Pruden got back into his truck and headed east on Casper Street toward Charles Street. Police arrived but could not locate Pruden’s truck.

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Later in the evening, another robbery was reported on Stanley Street.

“By the third robbery, officers already had a good idea of his description, truck and gun and were looking for him,” said Police Maj. Scott Reeve. “All of the robberies were random. It’s rare for a guy to do three robberies in a row on the same day.”

When Pruden was arrested, he was found with a 9mm handgun with an extended magazine holding 30 rounds and cocaine, police said.

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In addition to the aggravated robbery charges, Pruden has also been charged with having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, having a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony and drug abuse/cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20 for preliminary hearings on those charges.

Reeve said that Pruden was convicted of aggravated robbery in 2010 and that a family member said he had been out for just a few weeks.

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Move to Hamilton, get a “scholarship”: New program gets the city’s endorsement

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:21 PM

Stunning aerial view of downtown Hamilton

Hamilton lent its endorsement last week to a program that will pay down the student loans of recent college or trade-school graduates who move into the city.

Hamilton City Council’s 7-0 approval of the program does not authorize the city to administer or spend money on the program, which instead will be run by the Hamilton Community Foundation using money it has or donations for the program. But while the city isn’t participating in the program, leaders are thankful for the community foundation’s efforts, which are expected to draw young, educated people to the city.

The “Talent Attraction Program Scholarships” are competitive.

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“Definitely, we want to make sure our area colleges are aware of this, so we’ll be communicating with them,” Katie Braswell, vice president of the foundation, told this media outlet.

Applicants cannot live in Hamilton at the time of the application process, which starts March 5.

They must have graduated within the past seven years from a “STEAM” program, meaning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. They must have at least $5,000 in outstanding student debt.

They also must move into Hamilton’s urban core, which includes the specific neighborhoods of Downtown/Central Business District, Riverview, German Village, Dayton Lane or Rossville.

Glenn Holmes, a recent employee in Hamilton’s fellowship program, last year told City Council, “Less than two decades ago, at the turn of the century, our poverty rate was only 13 percent. Today more than one in five Hamiltonians live in poverty.”

The solution, he said, is a better-educated population.

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City Manager Joshua Smith before the vote thanked the community foundation, as well as Jim Cohen of Blue Ash-based CMC Properties, developer of The Marcum project downtown of apartments and businesses, “for really pushing the idea in front of us, to explore further. But without the Hamilton Community Foundation, this would never have happened.”

“Obviously, they’re administering the program, paying for the program, so a huge thank-you to them.”

The program has received wide praise throughout the city’s administration.

“It’s being so popularly received by the entire region,” said Mayor Pat Moeller. “What a great assist by the foundation.”

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Paul Manafort, Rick Gates face new charges: report

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:06 PM

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Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and Rick Gates, who served as a campaign aide, are facing new charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal case against the pair, Politico reported Wednesday.

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Rounds of rain, dropping temperatures expected today

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Several rounds of rain may lead to flooding problems this week.

>> Record-breaking warmth this week 


  • Rain likely today
  • Several rounds of rain continue into weekend
  • Flood threat lingers 

>> 5-Day Forecast


5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

TODAY: Rain continues through the afternoon, a bit breezy along with falling temperatures. By the end of the afternoon most will be in the upper 30s to low 40s. Drivers should slow down and watch for pockets of heavy rain that could drop visibility. More rain into the evening and overnight. As temperatures fall into the 30s overnight, a few elevated surfaces may become slick by morning. Areas north of I-70 are in the best position to see any slick spots early Thursday as temperatures fall close to freezing. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Temperatures, especially in the northern Miami Valey, should reach the low to mid 40s. Scattered rain showers in the morning will mix with freezing rain in some spots, however, temperatures will quickly climb to above freezing, limiting any major impact. Road temperature may also stay warm enough to limit problems, but conditions could get slick briefly in some areas. The rest of the day will be dry in most cities as highs reach the upper 40s. 

FRIDAY: Another wave of energy will bring widespread showers back to the Miami Valley. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Rain may fall heavy in some spots, keeping the flood threat elevated for low lying cities, creeks, and streams. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: We’ll see scattered showers at times, especially in the afternoon. A breezy day with highs in the upper 50s. 

SUNDAY: Morning showers come to an end with it being windy and cooler at times as highs peak in the low 50s. These temperatures will drop quickly into the evening. 

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Local pastor reacts to death of Rev. Billy Graham

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:34 AM

NEW YORK - JUNE 21:  The Rev. Billy Graham speaks at a news conference about the upcoming Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade June 21, 2005, in New York City. The crusade will most likely be Graham's last mass event in the United States and will be held Friday to Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - JUNE 21: The Rev. Billy Graham speaks at a news conference about the upcoming Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade June 21, 2005, in New York City. The crusade will most likely be Graham's last mass event in the United States and will be held Friday to Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A Springboro pastor called Rev. Billy Graham a “Godly man” and remembered being a part of a crusade in St. Louis.

“I had the privilege of being a part of his crusade in St. Louis in 1999,” said Mark Goins, associate pastor at Newspring Chruch in Springboro. “Always appreciated the fact he lived what he preached.”

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Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina at the age of 99, according to the Associated Press.
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Graham preached to millions across the globe and counseled several presidents during his life.

“He didn’t confine his ministry to just local,” Goins said.  “He had a voice to speak into the lives of leaders.”

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