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Hamilton man pleads guilty to killing woman in Ross Twp. crash

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 12:59 PM

1 dead after two-car crash in Ross Twp.

A Hamilton man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman in an August crash in Ross Twp.

Larry Gray, 24, admitted guilt Wednesday morning in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Gray pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and faces eight years in prison.

Laura Cheek, 38, of Reily Twp., was killed on Aug. 17 when her black Ford Mustang was hit head-on by Gray’s yellow Mustang on Ross-Millville Road.

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At the time of the crash, Gray was estimated to be traveling 79 mph and was impaired by fentanyl, according the Butler County Sheriff”s Office investigation, Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Dan Phillips said.

Gray’s plea was to a bill of information, which meant the case bypassed the grand jury process.

Judge Greg Howard set sentencing for March 21. Gray, who also faces a lifetime license suspension, was not taken into custody, but the judge suspended is driving privileges on the spot.

There were reports at the crash scene that Gray was driving erratically before the crash that happened at about 9:30 a.m. Police said he also sideswiped another vehicle before colliding with Cheek. The occupants of that car were not injured.

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Police: Suspected ice cream eating burglar causes Kettering school lockdown

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:52 PM

Suspected ice cream eating burglar causes Kettering school lockdown

A man who was suspected of breaking into a Kettering home early Thursday morning and eating the victims’ ice cream was later arrested after causing a school lockdown, according to police.

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Around 1 a.m. Thursday, Kettering police responded to a home in the first block of Abbott Drive after the occupants found a man inside their home, according to a police incident report. 

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“(The occupants) woke up to find (the) suspect in their residence eating ice cream, going through their personal items, and fled the scene, leaving his clothing behind,” the report said. 

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The man was able to flee on foot, taking a victim’s wallet, but left behind his shoes, jeans, and hat, police said. 

Around 9 a.m., administrators at Greenmont Elementary School in Kettering initiated a lockdown after receiving a report of a suspicious person on school property, a Kettering police spokesman said. 

“Officers responded and after a search of the area, located the subject near Smithville and Watervliet (roads),” the spokesman said. 

The man, later identified as Jonathan Jacob Hazelbaker, 23, was arrested for an outstanding warrant for his arrest and booked into the Kettering City Jail. 

The school returned to normal activities after Hazelbaker was taken into custody, police said. 

Hazelbaker, who hasn’t been charged in connection to the break-in, was later booked into the Greene County Jail, where he’s being held on $20,000 bond, online records show.

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Registered sex offenders get surprise visit from deputies

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:02 PM


            Butler County sheriff’s deputies spent Thursday verifying the addresses of registered sex offenders in the county.
Butler County sheriff’s deputies spent Thursday verifying the addresses of registered sex offenders in the county.

Butler County sheriff’s deputies spent Thursday verifying the addresses of registered sex offenders in the county.

Beginning at 9 a.m., 15 teams of deputies began the annual verification operation of nearly 500 registered sex offenders.

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Periodic spot checks of offenders are conducted throughout the year, but mass verification is conducted annually.

“This operation is vital to keep the people in this community safe by keeping track of where these sex offenders are. If they are not following the orders of the court, they go to jail. It’s that simple,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

For more information about Butler County registered sex offenders, log into www.butlersheriff.org and click “SORN” at the top of the page. You can check to see if any offenders are living near your residence as well as register to be notified if anyone moves near you.

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Marijuana seized in bust at Riverside Speedway station

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:24 AM

Robert Will
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Robert Will(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A 50-year-old man was arrested at Speedway on Burkhardt Road after police responded to the station and found a man unresponsive in a vehicle by the gas pumps and found suspected marijuana, police said.

Robert Will was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felony drug possession, according to Riverside police. 

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Officers responded to the station around 3:15 a.m. Thursday. 

When officers approached Will, they noticed the smell of alcohol and “the heavy smell of marijuana coming from the car,” according to a prepared statement from the department. 

Police seized more than 3,000 grams of marijuana, oils used for vaping and approximately $1,900 in cash, police said.

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Trotwood police seek help finding critical missing teen girl

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 6:57 PM

Taylor Waulk
Taylor Waulk

The Trotwood Police Department is seeking the public’s help to find a 16-year-old girl who they say may be in need of medical attention.

Taylor Waulk was last seen Tuesday, police said.

She stands 5 feet, 4 inches, weighs 177 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is urged to call the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center, 937-837-7777, or 937-225-HELP (4357).

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