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Residents who live near Middletown bar take safety precautions

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 2:05 PM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

They say drugs, prostitution common outside bar

Residents who live near a Middletown bar said they want the establishment closed permanently because of safety concerns that lower property values.

They may soon get their wish.

Middletown police and the State Investigative Unit conducted an investigation last week at Bar Boca, Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw told the Journal-News. He said the agencies found six liquor violations, including drug use that led to one arrest, at the downtown bar located at 124 Charles St.

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The bar owners, who live in Hamilton, were also cited for unsanitary conditions, he said.

Police have received complaints about the bar from residents and midnight patrol officers, the chief said.

“We’re working on getting it shut down,” Muterspaw said. “We don’t want it open. The community doesn’t want it open. It’s not fair to the residents who live there. It’s a bad place in that neighborhood. I know that sounds harsh, but I’m tired of being nice to people who don’t care about the city.”

After further investigation this week, Muterspaw said he anticipates additional violations with other agencies.

The owners of Bar Boca could not be reached for comment.

If Bar Boca is closed, it would be the second time a bar in that location was shut down by the city. Miller’s Lounge closed in 2014 after repeated nuisance violations, police said.

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The Ohio Liquor Control Commission upheld a decision by the Division of Liquor Control Commission that rejected the liquor renewal application from Miller’s Lounge.

About 65 residents and business owners in the area have signed a petition asking the city to close Bar Boca. The petition was started by Ronnie Perkins.

Perkins, who lives on Charles Street, said he wants Bar Boca closed permanently. He has installed surveillance cameras that point toward the bar, he said.

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After Bar Boca opened last fall, there was a shooting outside the bar 10 days later, Perkins said.

He said Bar Boca patrons gather outside the bar, attract prostitutes and commit violent crimes.

One female neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous because she fears for her safety, said after the shooting at the bar, she asked Perkins to install 2-by-4 wooden braces on her front and back doors.

Before she mows the back yard, she racks up used needles and discharged empty liquor bottles that she believes are tossed there by bar patrons, she said.

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“It’s just horrible over there,” said the woman who used to sit on her porch every night until Bar Boca opened.

Another woman who lives near the bar called it “a war zone” because of the violence and illegal activity.

“I’m petrified,” said the woman, who also asked to remain anonymous because she fears for her safety.

Warrants signed for 2 possibly connected to Middletown mom’s death

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:14 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

Middletown Police are looking for Keith Boyer (left) and Jim Boyer.
Middletown Police are looking for Keith Boyer (left) and Jim Boyer.

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.:

Middletown police have issued warrants for two Middletown men suspected to be possibly involved in the death of a Middletown mother of nine children.

Police are looking for Jim Boyer, 63, and Keith Boyer, 32.

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The two men are believed to be the last ones who saw the Middletown woman of the 1400 block of Yankee Road before she died Wednesday night.

The warrants are for nine counts of child endangering, one count of theft, one count of abuse of a corpse, and one count of tampering with evidence, police said.

Anyone with information about these men is asked to call Middletown police at 513-425-7700.

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INITIAL STORY:

Middletown police are searching for two “people of interest” in the death of a Middletown mother of nine.

Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve said officers are looking for two “people of interest” in the death of a 31-year-old mother who was found by her children lying on the kitchen floor late Wednesday night.

Reeve declined to name the “people of interest.”

Police are looking for two white males, possibly a father/son team. One man has gray hair and gray facial hair and was wearing a red and black coat. The other man was thin build and was wearing a brown jacket, the children told police.

The Butler County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death of the Middletown woman.

According to Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw, “known drug dealers” were in the house in the 1400 block of Yankee Road on Wednesday and they left the woman to die.

Police: Laid-off worker steals work truck from Vandalia business

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

DeAngelo Byrd/Staff
DeAngelo Byrd/Staff

A worker who was recently laid off stole a work truck from his former employer and was later arrested during a traffic stop, according to Vandalia police. 

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Officers responded to Jones & Frank at 7468 Webster Street in Vandalia around 11 a.m. Friday on reports of a work vehicle that was stolen. 

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The vehicle was followed by an officer from Montgomery County into Miami County, before it was stopped near New Carlisle, investigators said. 

The driver, who was not identified, was taken into custody. There were no injuries and the vehicle was not damaged, police said.

Additional details were not available. 

Police use Taser on Florida middle school student

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:34 AM

School Resource Officer Uses Taser On Female Student

A school resource officer in Florida used a Taser on a middle school student while trying to break up a fight between her and another female student on Thursday, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

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The fight occurred after school in the bus circle at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, the Pinellas Park Police Department said.

The officer tried to break up the fight but one of the students ignored him and resisted, police said. She then "verbally threatened the officer, and then attempted to run,” police said.

The officer then used his Taser to stun the student, the Times reported. She was treated for minor injuries, police said.

The other student involved in the fight boarded her school bus and left campus. School officials will determine what disciplinary action or charges that student could face, the Times reported.

Man with concealed weapon permit fatally shoots would-be robber in Target parking lot

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 11:49 AM

File photo. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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File photo. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)(Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

A man with a concealed weapon permit fatally shot a would-be robber Thursday evening, according to reports. 

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A 21-year-old man with gunshot wounds in his back and chest was found in the parking lot near a South Side Target, according to WMAQ. The man, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

A silver Nissan was seen leaving the area after shots were fired, according to the Chicago Tribune

The driver, who was not named, was stopped as he returned to the scene. Police found a semi-automatic gun, a revolver and spent casings in the car. 

The 27-year-old driver said he fired the semi-automatic gun after he was approached by the other man, who tried to rob him at gunpoint. 

He was returning to the scene to talk to police and was taken into custody.