An up-and-coming local photography artist is sharing his work with the public during January at the Riverside Coffee Mill, located 177 S. Riverside Drive, in Batavia. Justin Burwinkel, 19, of Owensville, got started with photography when his older brother was in high school and he discovered that he truly enjoyed taking photographs.
Williamsburg High School students participated in their third blood drive of the school year on Tuesday, Jan. 6. The Hoxworth Bloodmobile was parked in front of the school and technicians directed students through the process of blood donation. Gary Woebkenberg, a recruiter with Hoxworth, said that teacher and librarian Lynnett Lonaker was instrumental in coordinating the blood drive. Students who are 16 are required to bring a permission slip from their parents.
On Dec. 22, Union Township plain clothes police officers Chad Lutson and Chad Bullock responded to Walmart after receiving a call from an officer with Walmart loss prevention. He reported that a man wearing camouflage overalls and a black jacket left the store on foot after shoplifting items from the store.
An Amelia clerk was robbed Friday, Dec. 19. An employee at Advance America, located 1218 State Route 125, in Amelia, was closing the store just before 7 p.m. when a man entered through the front door and demanded money, according to Clermont County Sheriff A. J. “Tim” Rodenberg.
A significant number of whooping cough (pertussis) cases are being reported across Clermont County. While the cases are being reported in various age groups, most are in children between the ages of seven and 11.
More than 30,000 people in the United States die by suicide each year, averaging 82 per day and 1,200 Ohioans die by suicide each year. There are almost twice as many suicides as there are homicides.
The flu season is upon us and the Clermont County Health Department reminds those who have not yet received a flu shot that it is not too late to do so. With a good supply of vaccine this year, the shots will be available well into January.
Police are looking for a Clermont County man in connection with a possible case of child pornography. A computer repair shop contacted Bethel Police when they found images on a computer belonging to John Kopkowski. The computer was brought to the shop by Kopkowski.
Ohio’s roadways are safer this year because of the diligence of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement officers, but the holiday period that spans from the day before Thanksgiving to Jan. 2, is typically when officers see the most crashes as a result of individuals operating vehicles while impaired.
Residents in the Village of Owensville are dealing with the loss of their police chief of 17 years. Chief Paul Sturgill, 55, was killed Tuesday, Dec. 23, as a result of a crash at the interchange of I-75 and I-64 in Lexington, Ky. Sturgill was returning home from Tennessee where he had picked up his mother, Alma Sturgill, to spend the holidays with his family.