By Denise G. Callahan, Staff Writer BUTLER COUNTY — For the past month, large counties like Butler County have been forced to house low-level felony offenders locally rather than shipping them off to prison.At least part of the $600,000 appropriation that county commissioners approved this week is for the new, unfunded state mandate.A new state law took effect July 1 that requires Ohio’s 10 largest counties — Butler County is No. 7 — to stop sending non-violent felony offenders who commit low-level crimes to prison, with the belief that lasting rehabilitation is more likely to happen at the local level than in state prisons. The law was also aimed at lowering prison populations, a state expense-saving measure. Butler County judges sentenced 15 such offenders to the jail in the first month under the new law. RELATED: Butler County reopens shuttered jail to prepare for new law The county commissioner-approved budget addition of $600,270 is … [Read more...] about A new state law regarding inmates will cost Butler County more money. Here’s why.
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By Denise G. Callahan, Staff Writer BUTLER COUNTY — Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix has dubbed the opioid epidemic a “big beast,” but there are nuances to the problem that are taxing both budgets and techniques for grappling with it.Mannix’s $1.1 million budget for this year represented a mere 0.26 percent of the entire $432 million Butler County budget for this year, but as the county tries to keep spending in check, the coroner’s is one office that has little or no control over some of her expenses. MORE: Butler County doubles funding for opioid fight Take toxicology testing, which every overdose death requires to determine the exact cause of death. The office spent just shy of $30,000 on those tests through June, compared to $37,723 for all of 2014. Nearly daily a new strain of the drugs are infiltrating the county and that requires more testing, according to coroner’s office administrator Martin Schneider.“While … [Read more...] about Butler County’s increase in drug overdose deaths strains coroner’s office
By Eric Schwartzberg, Staff Writer REILY TWP. — Federal work safety officials have launched an investigation into the death of a Cincinnati man working on a new home construction job in Reily Twp. FIRST REPORT: Man dies after being electrocuted in Reily Twp. That man is 60-year-old Ramon P. Rangel-Luna, of Cincinnati, according to an autopsy report released Friday by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.A preliminary cause of death and manner of death are pending, according to the report.Information obtained by the Journal-News on Friday indicates Rangel-Luna was working as a rigger for a roofing project in the 300 block of Gates Road around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.Rangel-Luna had both hands on the load line and was electrocuted when the load line from the crane came in contact with an overhead power line, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, which has opened an investigation into the … [Read more...] about OSHA investigates after construction worker killed in Butler County
Fox19 Published 9:29 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) – A construction worker died Thursday after an electrical incident in Butler County, fire officials said. A crew building a home at 390 Gates Road was setting trusses when a crane somehow got into electric wires, said Chief Dennis Conrad, with the Reily Township Volunteer Fire Department. Conrad said the crane was remote controlled. He said the male victim was found on the ground. The coroner was called to the scene. Butler County deputies and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating. Enquirer media partner Fox19 provided this report. … [Read more...] about Officials: Construction worker dead after electrical incident in Butler County
By Michael D. Pitman, Staff Writer BUTLER COUNTY — The number of drug overdose deaths in Butler County nearly doubled from 2013 to 2017.Most of the 868 people that died of an overdose in that five-year period had either heroin or fentanyl — the lion’s share of those people had both drugs — in their system. RELATED: Butler County unveils new tool to attack heroin This comes from a new Butler County Health Department report released this past week. The report is the first time that shows data points about overdose deaths, emergency room visits, a rise in diseases and city-specific overdose death reports in one document, said Health Commissioner Jenny Bailer.“I think that this helps in planning where to focus resources and time in terms of interventions,” she said. “The part that interests me the most is the geospatial kinds of things, so where things are happening at rates much higher than other places. And that will tell … [Read more...] about NEW DATA: A look at drug overdose deaths by Butler County community