Two Batavia Township residents were robbed at gunpoint during a home invasion March 25. At approximately 10:30 p.m., the Clermont County communications center received a 911 call from Erica Collins on Pochard Drive.
To raise funds for the American Breast Cancer Foundation, and to promote the early detection of breast cancer, the Auxier Gas Company in Batavia has recently purchased a pink delivery truck. The ABCF, which is celebrating 10 years, contracted with Auxier Gas for the new truck; it is the only one of its kind in southwest Ohio, Sears said.
The Pierce Township Police Department has received a grant from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) to assist in the fight against prescription drug abuse. The $25,000 grant (the funds were provided by Abbott Laboratories) will allow a Pierce Township police officer to be assigned full-time to the county’s narcotic unit to investigate and divert pharmaceutical related crimes and other issues as needed.
Lance Corporal Steward Paul Moss III was honored at a recognition ceremony by the Clermont County Board of Commissioners March 26. Eastgate resident Moss, 22 (he goes by Paul), deploys to Iraq in mid-April for his first seven-month tour of duty. Born in Chicago and raised in the Eastgate area, Moss, a 2004 Glen Este High School graduate, enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 2007.
The Batavia Ford Motor transmission plant will halt production and close at the end of May, 2008. Last week, Ford announced to its more than 750 employees and concerned county officials that the plant will indeed close, a predicted announcement that has been expected since the winter of 2006.
It wasn’t the news that Clermont County had hoped and prayed for, but local soldier Matt Maupin is finally coming home. The remains of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin have now been found and identified in Iraq. The sad news comes three years and 11 months after Maupin’s fuel convoy was ambushed near the Baghdad International Airport and he was captured in April 2004.
Natalie Fossier may have only been nine years old when she was tragically killed, but her too short life will now continue to inspire and help others forever. David and Melissa Fossier, in conjunction with the Clermont Community Fund and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, have created a fund in the memory of their daughter Natalie, who was killed by a falling ice-covered tree branch in Miami Township as she walked her dog Angel in Feb. 2007.
John Abegglen, assistant superintendent for personnel and administration for the West Clermont Local School District, has died at the age of 63. The school district has released a statement saying that the administrator suffered from what appears to be a heart attack and died Monday, March 24. West Clermont communications director Sharon Oakes said that Abegglen was at work when the incident occurred.
The Union Township Board of Trustees are designating April 9, 2008, as Matt Maupin Day in Union Township. The proclamation will be made at the trustees’ regular board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Township Hall, Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.
Bethel resident Randy Valentine was seriously injured when his high-powered, modified go-cart overturned and crashed on Airport Road at 6 p.m. March 22. Valentine, who was not wearing a helmet when his go-cart slid sideways and flipped over, was flown to the University Hospital where, as of press time, he remains in critical condition.