Rick McCrabb, Dayton Daily News

Rick McCrabb

Dayton Daily News

Middletown, OH, United States

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Recent articles by Rick:

Downtown Middletown security contract not renewed; council didn’t have time to vote before deadline

The company that provided downtown security services the last six months in Middletown won’t be back in 2022. → Read More

Crash involving flipped car on I-75 near Middletown remains under investigation

A two-vehicle crash closed three lanes of I-75 on Friday night causing lengthy delays and sending two people to a Middletown hospital. → Read More

No charges filed in drowning at Land of Illusion Adventure Park

Following an investigation into the drowning of a 14-year-old Middletown High School incoming freshman this summer, no criminal charges are being filed against the water park where it occurred, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. → Read More

Middletown Works decision part of several recent moves by Cleveland-Cliffs: What we know

Cleveland-Cliffs has idled the coke oven at Middletown Works and spent $775 million buying a scrap business, according to the company and union officials. → Read More

Coke oven at Middletown Works idle, may be torn down; no layoffs planned, according to union

The coke oven at Middletown Works has been idled and may be torn down, according to Neil Douglas, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1943. → Read More

Middletown plans ‘Hollywoodland,’ a $1.3B riverfront destination

The proposed "Hollywoodland" development in downtown Middletown would bring $1.3 billion in investment and thousands of jobs to the city, officials said. → Read More

Land of Illusion death: ‘Loophole’ keeps site of possible teen drowning from being regulated or inspected

Aqua Adventures has been scrutinized, even criticized, by the public after 14-year-old Mykiara Jones apparently drowned there July 20 while swimming without a life jacket. Her body was found in the murky water 30 minutes after she was last seen that evening. Jones, an incoming freshman at Middletown High School, was flown by CareFlight to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where she died. The… → Read More

Sheriff’s office to investigate complaints about Land of Illusion water park after teen’s death

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has been “inundated with complaints” toward the Land of Illusion Aqua Adventure Park since the death of a teen whose body was recovered Tuesday night after she was under water for 30 minutes. → Read More

Chief: Teen who died in Land of Illusion incident wasn’t found for 30 minutes because water like ‘a pond’

A local school district is mourning the loss of one of its students as the sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the deadly incident. → Read More

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author announces bid for U.S. Senate in hometown of Middletown

J.D. Vance announced he will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, in front of an overflow crowd July 1, 2021, at Middletown Tube Works in his hometown of Middletown. → Read More

J.D. Vance rally highlights second-generation manufacturer: Meet Middletown Tube Works

The owner of Middletown Tube Works Inc. described the rise in material costs, a drop in product demand and the need for employees “the perfect storm.” → Read More

Victim ID’d in fatal pedestrian strike in Butler County

A Dayton man has been identified as the pedestrian who was struck and killed Saturday morning on Ohio 4 in Butler County. → Read More

Mother of Mason graduate ‘looking for answers’ after her daughter’s illness and death

Last month Simone Scott, with assistance from her father and stepfather, flew home from college and surprised her mom on Mother’s Day. → Read More

‘Bright, talented and ambitious’: Mason graduate, Northwestern freshman dies after heart transplant

Communities in Mason and Chicago are mourning the loss of a student who was “poised for some really amazing things.” → Read More

DeWine visits Middletown to sign affordable internet access bill

With strokes from 10 commemorative pens and one from his suit coat pocket, Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 2 this morning in Middletown. → Read More

Area mayor injured in skydiving incident; credited for quick actions that saved two lives

The quick actions of the Middletown mayor are being credited for saving two lives: hers and her teammate’s. → Read More

10-year-old girl, described as ‘full of life’ by friends, dies in ATV crash with father in Fairfield

Emergency personnel attempted life-saving measures, however, the injuries were too severe and she died Tuesday night at Mercy Hospital, police said. She died from head trauma and her death was ruled an accident, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Brad Vanoss sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is being treated at an area hospital, according to police. Rhodus said Brad and… → Read More

Area homeowners spend thousands replacing siding, but then are told they’re violating ordinance

A Butler County couple that recently received a notice they were in violation of the city’s vinyl siding ordinance wrote a letter to Monroe City Council addressing their concerns. → Read More

Spring has sprung with 7 new Dayton-area restaurants opening and 2 more on the way

A look at Dayton-area restaurant openings and closings during March 2021. → Read More

Brother of local boy allegedly thrown into Ohio River continues as area student, could be adopted

Neko Lattimore was watching TV in December when he heard his brother was reportedly missing and possibly thrown alive into the Ohio River in Cincinnati. → Read More