5 Stories From Butler County You Need To Know For April 16, 2021

A 2003 Toyota Corolla was traveling south on Ohio 4 / Hamilton-Middletown Road and was being driven by Terri Alcorn, 67, of Cincinnati when he crossed the middle of the street and met a 2002 Toyota Sienna heading north Said Fairfield Twp. Police Sgt.Brandon McCroskey. The Sienna was driven by Janice King from Monroe.

Emergency teams were dispatched to Ohio 4 at 9:56 a.m. outside Butler Tech in Fairfield Twp.

King was flown to the university hospital in Cincinnati in a medical helicopter, McCroskey said. She died in the hospital. Alcorn died at the scene of the accident.

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Hamilton City Council approves the debated registration of vacant apartments over the objections of the owners

A block of Greenwood Avenue alone has been the site of several fires in recent years, and the risk of fire in empty buildings led the Hamilton City Council to require the registration of homes that have been vacant for more than 120 days. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Encouraged by the fire chief’s description of how vacant homes can cause significant damage to urban areas, Hamilton City Council voted Wednesday to require owners to register vacant homes and pay annual fees that grow the longer their properties remain vacant.

The Council unanimously approved the objection regulation from property owners who claimed they had little time to raise objections. A change was made prior to approval: buildings do not need to be registered as empty until they have been empty for four months instead of two.

For a home that has been abandoned for five years or more, the annual registration fee is $ 3,200, with the fee starting at $ 200 for the first year and doubling by the fifth year.

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New $ 27 million campsite complex near Kings Island nearing completion: here’s the newest

Kings Island Camp Cedar Luxury Outdoor Resort is under construction and will open in June 2021.  The resort has RV parks and two types of cottages for up to 8 people, two pools, a lodge, a restaurant and much more.  NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Kings Island Camp Cedar Luxury Outdoor Resort is under construction and will open in June 2021. The resort has RV parks and two types of cottages for up to 8 people, two pools, a lodge, a restaurant and much more. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Photo credit: Nick Graham

Photo credit: Nick Graham

Construction workers are working on the new $ 27 million Camp Cedar complex about a mile from the Kings Island gates.

The new luxury outdoor resort in Mason is expected to open in mid-June to welcome visitors arriving by motorhome or in one of the 73 cottages that can accommodate up to eight people with a fully equipped holiday home. Kitchen, bath and shower, ceiling fans and a 50 inch television. The resort has 184 back-in or pull-through full-service RV sites and bathhouses for these travelers.

General Manager Terrie Zajo said the hybrid resort and camping area will have Wi-Fi, five different types of cottages, bathhouses, a bark park, laundry facilities, heated pools for adults and leisure, poolside cabanas, huge family activity areas, a hiking trail, a gym , a food truck-inspired food court serving American, Mexican, and casual dining with a seasonal outdoor patio. She said visitors can also rent golf carts to get around the 52-acre site.

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The judge refuses to reschedule the trial of the four-time murder suspect in West Chester

Gurpreet Singh, a man accused of four members of his family in West Chester Twp.  Having killed appeared in Hamilton on Friday March 6, 2020 for a hearing on multiple motions in Butler County's Common Pleas Court.  NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Gurpreet Singh, a man accused of four members of his family in West Chester Twp. Having killed appeared in Hamilton on Friday March 6, 2020 for a hearing on multiple motions in Butler County’s Common Pleas Court. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

A request to continue the October process for a West Chester Twp. A man charged with the murder of four family members in 2019 has been dismissed by Judge Greg Howard of Butler County Common Pleas.

Gurpreet Singh, 38, is charged with four serious murders for the April 28, 2019 murders. Mandated to use a firearm and kill two or more people, Singh faces the death penalty if convicted.

The defense team called for a continuation, citing travel restrictions and communication issues that affect their ability to represent him adequately.

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Records: Middletown could pay the Manchester Inn owner a $ 161,000 settlement in order to get the property back

City officials recently inspected the 99-year-old Manchester Inn after tiles fell from the building onto the sidewalk and street.  The city council will vote Tuesday on whether to pay the owner of two downtown properties a settlement of $ 161,000.  NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

City officials recently inspected the 99-year-old Manchester Inn after tiles fell from the building onto the sidewalk and street. The city council will vote Tuesday on whether to pay the owner of two downtown properties a settlement of $ 161,000. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

The City of Middletown can again own two downtown properties if the City Council approves a settlement agreement with the owner, based on the District Court and city documents reviewed by Journal-News.

The city council is expected to vote at its next session Tuesday on whether to authorize city administrator Jim Palenick to conclude a settlement agreement under the decision of Butler County’s Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Oster Jr. Close Snider Building.

If the emergency legislation is passed, the city will pay owner William Grau $ 161,824.60, which according to city documents represents a reimbursement of the cost of his eight year ownership of the buildings.

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AND for an additional sixth story of the day …

David Kern, 32 years old Liberty Twp. Trustee and businessman, dies at the age of 79

David Kern is pictured in June 2010 after he was elected chairman of the Butler County Republican Party.  Kern also served two 16-year-olds - which ended in 2016 - as a Liberty Twp Trustee.  Kern died in his home on Tuesday after a long illness.  Local officials remembered him as a powerful but courteous foundation for Liberty's booming growth over the past few decades.  (File Photo  Journal News)

David Kern is pictured in June 2010 after he was elected chairman of the Butler County Republican Party. Kern also served two 16-year-olds – which ended in 2016 – as a Liberty Twp Trustee. Kern died in his home on Tuesday after a long illness. Local officials remembered him as a powerful but courteous foundation for Liberty’s booming growth over the past few decades. (File Photo Journal News)

David Kern’s long civil service legacy – intertwined with Liberty Twp. and Butler County Politics – ended this week with the death of the former public official, businessman, and community icon.

Kern died on his Liberty Twp. According to his family, on Tuesday after a long battle with lung and pancreatic cancer at home. He was 79 years old.

His public service and personal contributions began early with a career as a volunteer firefighter in the 1950s when he also helped run his family’s nursery business.

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