Bethel police report that their search for John Kopkowski, of Batavia, has ended with his arrest Friday, Feb. 6 in San Diego, Calif. Kopkowski was indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury on Wednesday, Feb. 4, on 50 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.
As the Amelia Village Council meeting opened on Monday, Feb. 2, Mayor Leroy Ellington read two letters from Clermont County residents who had nominated Pastor David Curington for Citizen of the Year. Ellington read the letters to a large audience of community members.
Batavia Township Trustees Archie Wilson and Lee Cornett came to an agreement on a replacement for trustee Deborah Clepper at a special meeting on Friday, Jan. 30. Clepper gave up her position as trustee after being voted into office as Clermont County Recorder in November 2008. Her term is set to expire Dec. 30, 2009.
Clermont County 20/20 Leaders spent part of their day with Pierce Township canine officer Jay Shaw and his partner, Razec, Thursday, Feb. 5. Pierce Township Police Chief Jim Smith gave the group an overview of the drug problem in Clermont County as an introduction to the canine program.
Clermont County Commissioners welcomed Colonel Danny Bubp to their meeting on Monday, Feb. 9 and presented him with a certificate of appreciation. Bubp, who serves as a state representative for the 88th District, served with the Marine Corps in Iraq from January to November 2008.
A fire which destroyed the Horn residence in Miami Township on Thursday, Feb. 5, has left the family of eight with nothing. Two teenage boys were trapped in the second story bedroom when they made the call to 911.
The Batavia Board of Trustees has set up a temporary drop-off point for storm related debris from the recent high winds and icy conditions. The drop-off site is located at the rear of the Township Maintenance Facility, located at 2401 Old State Route 32.
A special Valentine gift is being offered to residents in need by Amelia dentist Neil Blackburn. He and his staff will be offering a day of free emergency dental service and cleaning 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.
The Clermont County Safe Communities program reports an increase in traffic deaths in 2008, with 27 traffic deaths and 23 fatal crashes within the county. This compares with 11 traffic deaths and 10 fatal crashes in 2007. A summary of the 2008 crashes includes the following information from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Batavia Village Council has decided to lower the village administrator’s pay. A motion to reduce Village Administrator Bob Stewart’s pay to $25,000 per year was made by councilwoman Kathy Turner at council’s Feb. 2 meeting. Turner cited the village’s tight budget and overtime expenses due to the recent snow storms before making the motion.