Middletown Judge Mark W. Wall dies at 70

Published: Saturday, February 11, 2017 @ 10:32 PM

Longtime Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall was found dead in his home Saturday.

By Lauren Pack, Staff Writer

Longtime Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark W. Wall has died. 

“Tonight we lost a friend and mentor for many of us at the Division of Police and to all the City of Middletown in Judge Mark Wall. Our prayers go out to his family and friends. Rest in Peace your honor,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said in a Saturday social medial post. 

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Wall, 70, was appointed to the bench by Gov. George Voinovich to served the balance of Judge James Comb’s term and was elected to his first full six-year term in November 1995. 

A lifelong resident of the Middletown area, Wall graduated from Middletown’s Bishop Fenwick High School and from Miami University in 1968. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1973. 

During the Vietnam conflict, he served with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Army. He received several citations and awards, including the Bronze Star Medal. 

Wall began his practice in 1973 with the local firm of Wilmer and Wilmer. He was in general trial practice with federal, state and local courts along with probate and real estate law. 

Wall was active in community service and youth sports and served two terms as a Lemon Twp. trustee prior to his appointment.

Wall is survived by his wife, Linda, and two children. 

Muterpaw said Wall was found at home shortly before 6 p.m. and is believed to have died of natural causes. 

“He was a tremendous person in this community and was much bigger than a judge,” Muterspaw said. “He was a mentor to most of us when we were younger policemen first coming on and just a friend to those in need. Very selfless man with an incredibly big heart.”

Attorney Greg Howard — who will take the oath of office as Butler County Common Pleas judge next week following the death of Judge Craig Hedric in November — and his wife, attorney Melynda Cook, who served as visiting judge for wall said, “We are both devastated by this news. Our Middletown community lost a leader, we lost our judge and our friend. He saw good in those who came before him even when they were charged with crimes. He was well respected by attorneys, his staff and city prosecutors and those who appeared in front of him, many of whom called him ‘Judge Walls.’ We have both been privileged to sit in for him as acting judge.”

"Judge Wall was to swear me in on Friday afternoon. It is hard to comprehend he is gone,” Howard said.

Lisa Snead, Wall’s judicial assistant, said her heart splintered into pieces when she got the new of her boss’ death. 

“I don’t know how to voice my feelings for this man that I worked closely with day to day for more than 20 years. My heart is shattered,” Snead said.

She added that when Wall left work Friday he promised he would take care of himself and he would see her on Monday. “Now he is gone. A huge part of my life is no longer on this earth,” she said.

Butler County Assistant Prosecutor David Kash, who had known Wall since he began practicing law in 1979, said: “He was an honorable man, brilliant and insightful jurist. He will truly be missed.” 

Defense attorney Lawrence Hawkins III remembered Wall as a beloved judge. 

“He was a great man and and great judge. He appointed me on my first murder case. That led me to getting certified to do capital cases. He was one of he most respected and beloved judges,” Hawkins said.

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Dayton to host future International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 7:02 PM

Dayton was awarded the 2020 International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) Conference last June during the 2018 IPMBA event in St. Louis, MO.

The City of Dayton and the Dayton Police Department, in conjunction with the University of Dayton and Five Rivers Metro Parks, have announced that the Gem City will host the 30th Annual International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference in 2020, according to a release from Police Information Specialist Cara Zinski-Neace.

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This organization was created with assistance of retired Dayton Police Sergeant Allan Howard, and the a previous IPMBA conference was also held in Dayton in 2006.

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“We are honored to be able to once again host the International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference as it comes home to Dayton in 2020 for its 30th year,” said Chief Richard Biehl. “Our department takes great pride in our bike patrol and the fact that we have numerous officers who are also IPMBA instructors. This will be the second international policing conference Dayton has hosted in the past eight years. In 2013, we welcomed the International Problem Oriented Policing conference.”

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This conference is expected to bring at least 500 law enforcement officers from around the world to Dayton. 

“We’re excited that the International Police Mountain Bike Association chose our city to host their 2020 conference,” said Mayor Nan Whaley. “Dayton is a perfect fit for this event, with our rich history involving the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop, our bike-friendly downtown, and miles of bike paths throughout the region.”

Anyone with additional questions about the conference, please contact Sgt. Gordon Cairns at Gordon.Cairns@daytonohio.gov.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Funeral held today for boy who drowned, ‘We never know what he would grow up to be,’ cousin says

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 6:19 PM

NIguel Hamilton, 6
NIguel Hamilton, 6

A funeral was held Saturday afternoon for Niguel Hamilton, the six-year-old boy who was pulled from the bottom of a Dayton pool, at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church located at 4466 Free Pike.

Hamilton drowned at the Lohrey Recreation Center last Thursday, but was pronounced dead last Sunday.

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Keith Rippley, Hamilton’s older cousin, said today is a “celebration of a early life. We’re all mourning, but celebrating the best six years he lived.”

When describing Hamilton, Rippley said, “He was the life of the crowd of all the kids. He was the kid you seen either ahead of the pack or the loudest in the pack, but he was very respectful, very kind, loving, smart, very energetic.”

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“We never know what he would grow up to be,” said Rippley. “You never expect nothing like this, you gotta make everything count.”

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Part of road closes after car crash in Beavercreek

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

UPDATE @4:08 p.m.The middle lane is now open in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard after a two-vehicle accident in Beavercreek.

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The right lane and left turn lane remain closed at the intersection of Pentagon Boulevard and the entrance to The Mall at Fairfield Commons.

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Police on scene were unable to tell us what caused the crash.


A part of Pentagon Boulevard is closed after a vehicle crash in Beavercreek Saturday, according to Beavercreek dispatchers.

Emergency crews were called to the scene in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard around 3: 40 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate that at least two vehicles were involved and two people were transported to a hospital.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air force open after reported evacuation

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:51 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:02 PM


UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open after an evacuation earlier that day.

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No one from the museum able to comment on the incident was available. 

It’s unknown why the evacuation happened at this time.


We are working to learn more about a reported evacuation at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Saturday.

Witnesses are telling us the guests were evacuated around 12:40 p.m.

People were seen waiting outside while several left the museum completely.

We are working to learn more about why the evacuation happened. 

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