Suspect arrested in fatal Hamilton shooting

Published: Monday, December 31, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Updated: Monday, December 31, 2013 @ 8:48 PM

A man wanted by police in connection a slaying early Friday morning in the parking lot of a Hamilton bar is behind bars.

Myron Lamar “Cowboy” Doby turned himself at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office late this afternoon.

Doby, 54, of Hamilton, is charged with murder for the fatal shooting of Donnell Holland about 1:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Grub Pub and Patio on Hancock Avenue, according to Hamilton Police. He was also arrested on an unrelated warrant for trafficking in drugs.

The homicide remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Hamilton Police Department detective section at (513) 868-5811 ext 2002 or case investigator Detective Patrick Erb II. at (513) 868-5811 ext. 1284.

Burger King owner buys Popeyes restaurants

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 8:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 9:01 AM


            Burger King owner buys Popeyes restaurants

The owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons restaurants has purchased Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, according to the company’s website.

Restaurant Brands International paid $1.8 billion for  Popeyes, according to a press release. Popeyes is known for its Louisiana-style offerings, particularly chicken and red beans and rice.

Daniel Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RBI, said in a statement, "Popeyes is a powerful brand with a rich Louisiana heritage that resonates with guests around the world. With this transaction, RBI is adding a brand that has a distinctive position within a compelling segment and strong U.S. and international prospects for growth."

According to RBI, Popeyes will continue to be managed independently in the United States. Popeyes began 45 years ago as a Southern-themed "Chicken on the Run" restaurant in a New Orleans suburb. It has since expanded to 1,600 restaurants in the United States and more than 400 abroad. 

Potential wet evening commute, storms ahead this week

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:21 AM

Warmer weather Tuesday morning with temperatures in the 40s. No fog to worry about for the morning commute.

  • Potential showers/drizzle on Tuesday
  • Highs reach up into the 70s this week
  • Storms expected on Friday

TODAY: Clouds thicken quickly. A weak front will pass through, but little moisture will be associated with it. A stray shower will be possible in the afternoon or evening. Southern Miami Valley has the best chance for actual showers. There will be a lot of dry time though today just not much sunshine. Highs climb to the mid to upper 60s. Patchy fog possible overnight.

WEDNESDAY: Mild morning with some patchy fog which could develop early. Clouds break for some peaks of sunshine. Highs back to the upper 60s. The record for the day is 69. Clouds increase at night and a few light showers are possible towards Thursday morning.

THURSDAY: Warm temperatures again with highs in the middle 60s. Breezy through the day. Isolated showers or thundershowers possible into the night as a warm front lifts north.

FRIDAY: Warm and breezy day with highs soaring to 70s which will likely break the record of 67 degrees for the day. Dry time ahead of the cold front. As that front pushes through into the evening and overnight, storms are expected to develop. These may organize and become strong.

SATURDAY: Colder air arrives behind the system. Some rain shower and gusty winds as well. Highs climb to the low to mid 40s.  A few flurries may mix in as temperatures become cooler.

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Trustees find setting tax levies can be tricky

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:26 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 8:53 AM


            Trustees find setting tax levies can be tricky

Nobody likes taxes, but local officials in Liberty and Ross townships say they are crucial to the operation of safety services, so they need to get the ballot timing and dollar amount just right for new levy requests, to protect their funding streams.

Ross Twp. Trustee Board President Ray Wurzelbacher says he and his fellow trustees almost need to be “wizards” while figuring out when to ask their residents for another police levy and in figuring out how much the taxpayers can bear.

“It’s getting harder and harder to pass levies…,” Wurzelbacher said. “You’re supposed to be a wizard, you’re supposed to figure out what people think, to me I can’t do that.”

The township passed its first ever police levy by a vote of 1,470 to 648 in 2013 — after several failed attempts — and the trustees are considering whether to ask taxpayers in November for more money for police services or simply to renew the 2.5 mill levy.

Township Administrator Bob Bass said the levy will continue to bring in about $500,000 annually through 2018. Bass said he will likely recommend a renewal to support the department that has one full-time employee, Capt. Jack Tremain — who is acting chief while Chief of Police Darryl Haussler battles a rare and painful disease — and 10 part-time people.

RELATED: Ross chief fighting rare disease

“My suggestion to them would be to do it in ‘17 simply because, renewals don’t typically fail, but you never know,” he said. “But if it fails in ‘17 you still have ‘18 to try to get it renewed. But if you wait until ‘18 then you have no options and you’re out of money.”

Trustee Ellen Yordy said the department would like additional funds for equipment, like their own LEADS background check equipment — they currently travel to the sheriff’s office to perform those duties — but she said they need to weigh the need against what taxpayers can afford.

“You can’t keep going to the people and asking them for more and more money,” Yordy said. “Sometimes you just have to live within your means like most people do themselves.”

Wurzelbacher said this is the first time the police department has been fully self sufficient and they could continue on that path without asking voters for an increase, especially if Haussler remains on a part-time status. The chief is home from the hospital but Bass said it remains to be seen if the chemo-type treatments will be successful.

“With Darryl if he comes back full time that will be fantastic, but if he doesn’t that saves us a pretty good chunk of money,” Wurzelbacher said. “I’m hoping that he does come back full time, but there are all ways to look at these things.”

Liberty Twp. has held back from pulling the trigger on a fire levy a couple times, mainly to capture new growth, but the fire and EMS funds will move into the red zone by about $120,000 next year.

RELATED: Township still mulling timing of fire levy

The township has quadrupled in two decades, now standing at about 40,000 residents and home to Liberty Center, the huge new $350 million mixed-use development.

The trustees started talking levy last June and did get information from the county auditor’s office on how much a 3, 3.5 and 4 mill levy would collect and cost the owner of a $100,000 home.

Numbers from the auditor’s office revealed a 3-mill levy would garner $1.7 million in additional funds and cost $105; 3.5 mills would pull in $2.9 million and cost $122; and a 4-mill levy would result in $3.4 million in new money and cost $140.

The township pulled back from putting a levy request on the Nov. 8 ballot because they said they needed to do their due diligence with numbers from the auditor. The auditor’s office says Liberty is the fasted growing entity in the county and as more properties come on line, people pay fewer taxes individually. Unless an entity asks for a tax increase, a given levy will bring in the same amount of money no matter how many people are paying into it.

Trustee Tom Farrell agreed with Wurzelbacher that setting tax levies is a complicated process that requires consideration of a host of issues.

“Nobody ever wants them (taxes) but obviously they are necessary so it becomes an issue, don’t put them on until we have to, make sure we get the amount right,” Farrell said. “As I have said before, we really wish these were done based upon the population rather than based upon the fixed amount. Because then as residency increases your dollar value would go up, as residency decreases your dollar value would go down. But that’s just not the way it is.”

Liberty’s finance committee is taking another look at figures from the auditor with the goal of helping trustees decide when they should go to the ballot. Farrell wants to delay a levy request until next year so the new fire chief can weigh in on his future budget.

Fire Chief Paul Stumpf announced his retirement in September and gave the township a year to find his replacement. Farrell said they hope to have the new chief on-board by July so that person can learn the ropes from Stumpf.

MORE: Liberty fire chief to retire

The finance committee should have a recommendation in about a month, according to Farrell and then the trustees can decide when to ask voters for more money. Farrell said the auditor’s office said if they pass a levy in May 2018 the funds would be available in January 2019. He said he is not sure the same would be true if they waited until November 2018.

For his part, there is no imminent drop dead deadline for setting the levy, because they can borrow money from other funds to stave off deficits. But any money borrowed would have to be paid back once a levy passes.

“Money could be taken out of the general fund or roads funds, things can be moved because obviously safety is our number one concern,” Farrell said. “We are not putting the residents safety in jeopardy, period, end of story. We will have a fire department fully staffed and in place at all times, it’s just where is the money coming from.”

Buffalo Wings & Rings building new Butler County location

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 8:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 8:50 AM


            Buffalo Wings & Rings building new Butler County location

Buffalo Wings & Rings is building and opening a new 6,083-square-foot restaurant here just off Ohio 747, according to township officials.

Located at 4782 Plum Square in the Hutzelman Square development, the new eatery will be part of what is billed as “the ultimate sports restaurant franchise” with a menu that includes “fresh-never-frozen” wings, burgers and more.

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Founded in Cincinnati in 1984, Buffalo Wings & Rings operates more than 70 restaurants, including locations in Monroe, Fairfield, Deerfield Twp. and one that opened at 6963 South Liberty Drive in Liberty Twp. in December.

Locations typically employ around 65 people.

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