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Two charged with cooking meth

By Kelly Cantwell Editor Benjamin Pancake, 41, and Erica Miller, 31, have been charged with multiple counts after allegedly cooking methamphetamine in front of their children at their residence in Amelia. Pancake is charged with one count of illegal manufacturing of drugs, a first degree felony, one count of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals [ Read More ]

Vandals strike Monroe Twp. park

By Megan Alley Sun staff Monroe Township officials are taking action after the men’s and women’s restrooms at Fair Oak Community Park were struck by vandals on Aug. 29. The unknown culprits smashed the porcelain sink off of the wall in the men’s restroom and plastered the walls of the women’s restroom with wet toilet [ Read More ]

Bethel police chief to receive award

By Megan Alley Sun staff The local chapter of Crime Stoppers will present village of Bethel Police Chief Mark Planck with a lifetime achievement award during its annual awards breakfast on Oct. 6. “Mark is a really good person, a good police officer and a great police chief,” said Chuck Kreimer, director of the chapter, [ Read More ]

Man charged with attempted murder

By Kelly Cantwell Editor A 60-year-old New Richmond man went before the Grand Jury of the Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 8 after allegedly seriously injuring his girlfriend. Kevin Skorupa allegedly attacked his long-time on and off girlfriend, who is 81 years old, on Aug. 14. She was taken to the hospital and needed [ Read More ]

Committee presents draft of economic plan

By Kelly Cantwell Editor Members of Pierce Township’s volunteer Economic Development Committee presented a draft economic plan at the Sept. 7 board of trustees meeting. Doug Thomson, one of the members, gave the trustees an overview. The goals of the plan include being consistent with the township’s vision and goals, punctuating the strengths of the [ Read More ]

Franklin Twp. Fire and EMS secures grant

By Megan Alley Sun staff The Franklin Township Fire and Emergency Services Department recently secured $132,953 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office announced the award, which comes from the Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program and is earmarked for operations and safety, in [ Read More ]

Schmogrow pleads not guilty

By Kelly Cantwell Editor The woman who was arrested at Monroe Elementary School on Aug. 16 pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity on Sept. 6. Alayne Schmogrow, 55, of Monroe Township, was taken into custody and charged with one count of weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony, and one count [ Read More ]

Historic Millcroft Inn purchased by investor

By Kelly Cantwell Editor LS Reddy Properties, LLC, located in Mason, recently purchased the property at 203 Mill Street in Milford, known as Millcroft Inn. The company purchased it for $390,500 from SonRise Bookstore, LLC, which purchased the building for $397,000 in 2001, according to the Clermont County Auditor’s website. LS Reddy Properties formed for [ Read More ]

School spotlight: Credit union branch opens in Amelia High

By Megan Alley Sun staff On Sept. 6, Classic Federal Credit Union held the grand opening of its new student-run branch, located inside Amelia High School. The Wolves Branch is a partnership between CFCU and the West Clermont Local School District; it’s named after the school district’s mascot. The program, which is 18 months in [ Read More ]

Piccadilly reopens as Stone Creek

By Kelly Cantwell Editor The once-troubled apartment complex called Piccadilly Apartments has recently reopened as Stone Creek Apartments after being purchased earlier this year and significantly renovated. The $6.1 million sale to Penklor and DMG closed in January. It was a difficult sale, because the 31 apartment buildings had 19 owners. However, vice president of [ Read More ]


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