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SALUTE TO LEADERS B1 NORTH CLERMONT Your Community Press newspaper serving Goshen Township, Jackson Township, Newtonsville, Owensville, Stonelick Township, Wayne Township We d n e s d a y, M a r c h William and Liz Smith Vol. 31 No. 7 © 2011 The Community Press ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Music venue to open in Goshen Chuck Land and Lee Lewis have big plans for a vacant building on Ohio 28 in Goshen Township. This spring, the pair will open A Music Cafe, a music venue that will feature live bluegrass and blues music from local bands, a Cincinnati music museum, production studio and a video jukebox with more than 5,000 hours of video. FULL STORY, A2 County to handle Brown Co. planning Clermont County officials soon will handle emergency planning duties for Brown County. “It’s a Nevel partnership,” said Beth Nevel, is who emergency management director for Clermont County and will assume the same job for Brown County. FULL STORY, A2 Dancing with the Stars tickets on sale Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Clermont County “Dancing with the Stars” Extravaganza which takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Cincinnati Eastgate. FULL STORY, A3 It’s tourney time Check our sports pages for the latest on tournaments in all the winter sports SPORTS, A6 Ch@troom Many people answered our Ch@troom question about the Ohio legislature proposed elimination of collective bargaining. See what your neighbors are saying VIEWPOINTS, A8 To place an ad, call 242-4000. 2, 2011 Web site: B E C A U S E C O M M U N I T Y M AT T E R S 50¢ Owensville man indicted Johnson will face murder charge By Theresa L. Herron An Owensville man was indicted for murder last week in connection to the death of 3-year-old Brooklyn Upton of Goshen Township Jan. 27. The indictments were handed down by the Clermont County Grand Jury. Samuel L Johnson, 32, 288 Plum St. in Owensville, was indicted on nine counts Feb. 23, said Clermont County Prosecutor Donald White. Johnson faces one count of felony murder, which carries a sentence of 15 years to life if convicted. He also faces one count of second-degree child endangering, with a sentence of up to 8 years, White said. Johnson also was indicted on seven drug-related charges: Four for distribution of hydrocodone, two for trafficking in marijuana Prosecutor Donald White said the child endangering charge uses the word “restrained,” which lead to the murder charge. and one for possession of heroin. The heroin charge is a fifth-degree felony, while the others are fourth-degree felonies, White said. Johnson was allegedly in the home of the child’s mother, Erin Nicole Pappas, 30, the night the child died. Pappas is being held in jail on drug-relat- ed charges, White said. The child was found dead Jan. 27 at Pappas’ residence in the Lakeshore Estates Mobile Home Park on Ohio 28. White said the child endangering charge uses the word “restrained,” which lead to the murder charge. “It was a physical act,” White said. However, he would not say anything else about the case. A toxicology test on the child is still pending, he said. Goshen post office is not closing now By Mary Dannemiller Goshen Township residents worried about having to drive to Milford to send a package or buy stamps can relax. The township’s post office is not closing, but carriers will soon be moved to the Milford post office on Ohio 28, said U.S. Postal Service Spokesman David Walton. “The post office is not going to close,” he said. “It will remain open to retail services such as buying stamps, mailing packages and the P.O. boxes are still there. The only thing that will no longer be there is the carriers.” Walton said six carriers will be transferred to Milford, but no clerks or carriers will lose their jobs. Clerks will remain in Goshen for now, he said. “We’re working to determine if we’re going to move the clerks as well as where the clerks could move to,” Walton said. “It could be Milford or another nearby office. We’re working with several different unions here and must abide by contractual obligations.” The U.S. Postal Service does not receive federal funding and has suffered since more people started sending information electronically, Walton said. “In the last five years alone, we lost 43 billion pieces of mail and every time there’s a decline of 3 billion pieces, it equates to a $1 billion in lost revenue so we have to make these adjustments and changes,” he said. “The high cost of fuel also is forcing us to re-evaluate the number of stops our vehicles make.” Residents should not notice a change in their services aside from a possible slight change in mail delivery times, Walton said. “They’ll still get their mail,” he said. “Some might get it earlier, some might get it later, but they’ll still get mail delivery and be provided other services at the post office.” Goshen Township Administrator and Police Chief Ray Snyder said several people have asked him about the rumor that the post office will close. “The rumor was that it was going to be closed within 60 days and they were keeping the whole thing on the down low, but they have no intention to do that at this time,” he said. The Goshen post office is at 1978 Main St. and is open 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is open 9 a.m. through noon Saturday. Up and over TONY MEALE/STAFF CNE senior forward Jake Hogue, left, goes up for two points against Wyoming. For more, see Sports, A6. Firefighters nominated for heroism award By Mary Dannemiller A group of Goshen Township firefighter/paramedics who rescued two little boys from a creek last year have been nominated for a Syrian Shrine Firefighter Award. Firefighter/paramedic Bryan Broyles was the first to enter the water and was assisted by firefighters Anton Grismeyer, Nathan Crockett and Chuck Hyden as they set up safety lines and put life vests on the boys, Aaron Engel and Cody Stacey. The boys were rescued from the creek at Ohio 28 and Ohio 132 in Goshen Saturday, May 2. The group will be honored for their actions at a ceremony in March where they’ll be up against other local firefighter/paramedics for the Heroism Award, said Fire Chief Steve Pegram. “What we do every day has some inherent risk, but what those firefighters did on that particular day was above and beyond,” Pegram said. “They put themselves in an extremely hazardous situation, which was truly life or death. One of those children, if not both of them, would have been swept away.” When Broyles and the rest of the crew arrived on the scene, Stacey was clinging to a tree while Engel held on to his friend’s leg to keep from getting swept down the creek. “Fire and EMS personnel quickly set up rescue rope and sent firefighter/paramedic Bryan Broyles into the water to attempt a rescue as additional crews set up additional safety lines to catch anyone who may break loose and be swept down stream,” Pegram said. Both boys were rescued in under 12 minutes and after being examined by EMS personnel were released to their families unharmed, Pegram said. “They’re so dedicated, there’s no other word for it,” said Goshen Township Trustee Ray Autenrieb. Firefighters continued A2


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