Butler County judge, ex-police chief now part of Rittgers & Rittgers law

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

            Butler County Area III Court Judge Daniel Haughey.
Butler County Area III Court Judge Daniel Haughey.

Rittgers & Rittgers has acquired the firm of Haughey & Niehaus LLC in a move that gives the combined firm, which will operate under the Rittgers & Rittgers name, a physical presence in Warren, Butler, and Hamilton counties.

The firm now boasts 16 attorneys across multiple practice areas, according to a press release.

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Along with acquiring a physical presence in Butler County via the Haughey & Niehaus Oxford location, Rittgers & Rittgers has acquired the expertise of attorneys Daniel Haughey, Erik Niehaus, Neal Schuett and Gus Lazares.

Haughey has practiced in Butler County as a defense attorney, prosecuting attorney and labor negotiator. He also currently serves as the judge of the Butler County Area III Court in West Chester Twp.

Niehaus has also practiced as both a criminal defense attorney and as a prosecutor, along with maintaining a domestic relations practice. He is the former chief of police in West Chester Twp.

Schuett and Lazares will continue to practice primarily out of the Oxford office near Miami University. They represent students facing all manner of criminal and university sanctions, and also coach the Miami University Mock Trial Team.

“We are excited to have Dan, Erik, Neal, and Gus on the Rittgers team,” Charlie M. Rittgers said of the acquisition, which occurred on Sept. 9. “Their experience, success and entrenchment in Butler County is unsurpassed.”

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Woman killed, 2 infants and a man critically hurt after SUV hits buggy in Shelby Co.

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:50 PM


UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.


The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.

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None of the victims’ names have been released.

The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.

“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”

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The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.

The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.

The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.


Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.

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Local students, politicians rally against gun violence

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Students at Oakwood High School walk out to honor the victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

More than 200 people joined a student-led rally in Kettering on Friday, opposing school violence and supporting stronger gun laws, as young organizers tried to retain the momentum of nationwide rallies earlier this year.

The speakers were local high school students who walked out during the school day, as well as political candidates, and the message was mixed as well. There were pleas for school safety and a silent remembrance of the Columbine school shooting exactly 19 years previous. But there were also aggressive calls to vote out NRA-supported legislators who might stand in the way of stronger gun laws.

“The right to keep and bear arms is 226 years old. It was created when slavery was legal and when Ohio didn’t exist as a state. It has not changed enough with the times, but it needs to, now,” said Oakwood High School student Ella Jones. “Not when Congresspeople can function without NRA support; now. Not when Americans finally understand the dangers of our lack of gun control; Now.”

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Jones and several others said they were not calling for a repeal of the second amendment, but for what they called “common-sense reforms” such as banning assault weapons and stronger background check rules.

Two students who organized the rally — Oakwood’s Sammy Caruso and Fairmont’s Meigan Karolak — had been involved in March school safety rallies on the heels of the Parkland, Fla., shooting that killed 17 people. Caruso said he was happy with the turnout and energy, but was already focused on the next steps of getting students to stay involved, by volunteering for political campaigns and gun law campaigns.

“A year from now we’d have success if we have (tighter gun) legislation passed and we see, statistically, less shootings than we’re seeing right now,” Caruso said.

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Democratic and Independent candidates for Congress, lieutenant governor, state house and common pleas judge addressed the crowd, with several of them stating opposition to arming teachers.

Congressional candidate Theresa Gasper, who attended Catholic schools, joked with students that nobody wanted to see a “nuns with guns” approach. State house candidate John McManus said he is a gun owner and repeatedly stressed a call for better regulation, not taking away people’s guns. Lieutenant governor candidate Tara Samples, running with Dennis Kucinich, said gun safety is not a Republican or Democratic issue, but needs to be treated with urgency by both parties.

But the students were the focus of the day — both for and against the message of the rally.

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Three Fairmont students attended the rally to support gun rights. Gradon Weimer wore a “Ban idiots, not guns” sweatshirt, and had discussions with several people at the rally. Weimer said he has sympathy for victims of gun violence, but said “I think we’re taking this to a level where it doesn’t need to be.”

Fairmont sophomore Molly Campbell and Miami Valley School student Jack Butler both said it was important for their generation to be the one to stop gun violence. Butler said current students have always lived with the fear of a school shooting. One student called it “time for our own revolution,” urging students to have the courage to work for the cause.

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E. coli outbreak: CDC warns to ‘avoid all types of romaine lettuce’

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:42 PM

E. Coli Outbreak: 'Avoid All Types Of Lettuce' CDC Warns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded its warning to include all types of romaine lettuce. The warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

The CDC also asks consumers to “not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.”

Additionally, the CDC suggests that consumers throw away any romaine lettuce in the home, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

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At least 31 people have been hospitalized, including three who developed a type of kidney failure, according to the CDC.

The affected states include

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Washington

No deaths related to the outbreak have been reported.

The CDC has not yet identified the grower or a common brand, and is urging people not to eat chopped lettuce from the Yuma area.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection vary, but often include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Most people get better in five to seven days. Infections can be mild, but can also be severe and even life-threatening.

If you think you have E. coli, the CDC says to talk to your health care provider or public health department and write down what you ate in the week before you got sick.

People started reporting illnesses that are part of the outbreak between March 22 and March 31.

DNA fingerprinting is being used to identify illnesses that are part of the same outbreak. Some people might not be included in the CDC’s case count if officials weren’t able to get bacteria strains needed for DNA fingerprinting to link them to the outbreak.

To reduce your risk of an E. coli infection, you can:

  • Wash your hands. Wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food and after contact with animals.
  • Cook meats thoroughly to kill harmful germs.
  • Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards and utensils after they touch raw meat.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
  • Avoid raw milk, other unpasteurized dairy products and unpasteurized juices.
  • Don’t prepare food or drink for others when you are sick.

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Frost Advisory for parts of the region overnight

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:40 PM

Great weather continues through the weekend.

Mainly clear skies will remain with chilly conditions overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures drop into the middle 30s. Some patchy frost will be possible, especially east.


  • Clear and chilly overnight
  • Frost Advisory from 2 to 9 a.m. Saturday for Clinton, Greene and Warren counties
  • Lyrid meteor showers peak late Saturday night

>> Live Dopper 7 Interactive Radar


Saturday: Expect high clouds to allow for filtered sunshine. Temperatures will continue to climb with highs near 60 degrees.

>> WHIO Weather App

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Sunday: A mix of sun and clouds will end the weekend with near seasonable temperatures in the lower 60s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Monday: Partly cloudy skies will start the workweek. Highs will reach into the middle 60s.

Tuesday: Skies will become mostly cloudy with a chance for showers. Highs will drop back into the upper 50s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with a high near 60 degrees.

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