Issuu on Google+ CMYK CMYK THE BROWN COUNTY PRESS Serving Brown County, Ohio since 1973 Vol. 38 No. 46 Sunday, June 26, 2011 Bennett busted by Kentucky SWAT team A man accused of being the leader of a local Heroin ring has been caught after a month on the run. Jonathan Bennett was arrested June 17 in Lexington, Kentucky, by city police. Brown County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy John Schadle said that his office received a tip that Bennett was in Dade County, Florida area on June 15. Schadle contacted the Fugitive Task Force in the Dade County area and asked them to find him. The Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency organization made up of members of the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Secret Service, among others. They tracked Bennett’s movements from Dade County to Lexington. The Lexington Police Department was actually notified of Bennett’s whereabouts in the city by the Secret Service. Schadle expressed his gratitude to the Fugitive Task Force and the Lexington Police Department for finding and capturing Bennett. In May, Schadle referred to Bennett as a “ringleader in local Heroin trafficking”, saying that he and his associates were responsible for distributing thousands of doses of the drug within the local area in just a two month period. Before returning to Brown County, Bennett will be returned to Mason County in Kentucky to face drug charges there. Once his case is concluded, he will be brought to Brown County to stand trial on felony Heroin Trafficking charges as well as Conspiracy to Traffick in Drugs and Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity charges. Bennett and his wife, Kelly Henderson Bennett, were indicted on those charges back in May. Henderson Bennett was arrested a short time later and remains in the Brown County Detention Center. Investigators believe Bennett left the area sometime in May to elude authorities. Maysville Police Detective Sergeant Jared Muse said he busted Bennett in an undercover drug buy on April 19 of this year. Muse said Bennett indicated he would cooperate with the drug investigation by providing information and he was released. Muse said Bennett disappeared after being let go. He is facing felony Heroin Trafficking charges in Mason County as well as Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia possession charges. “Jon Bennett is a high level narcotics dealer in Kentucky and Ohio and I’m glad he’s off the streets”, Muse said. Muse said he expected Bennett to return to Mason County by today. The Brown County Press/SUBMITTED John Bennett Monday Wreck stalls traffic on SR 32 The Brown County Press/WAYNE GATES Participants in the emergency drill discuss response plans during the table top exercise. Disaster drill helps local responders sharpen skills BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press What if a normal work day at a local manufacturer suddenly turned deadly? That’s the question that the emergency response community of Brown County tried to answer on June 22. The scenario was how to respond to an acid spill inside the Mac Tools facility in Georgetown. Members of the Georgetown, Ripley and Mt. Orab Fire Departments, the Sheriff’s office and the 9-1-1 Communications Center were among the group planning out the response. Other participants included representatives from the Brown County Health Department, Mac Tools and the nearby Southern Hills Vocational and Technical Center. Brown County Commissioners Ralph Jennings, Bill Geschwind and Rick Eagan also observed. That plan was discussed under the watchful eye of evaluators Jim Lyle of the Highland County Emergency Agency and Fred Shutts, a member of the Fire and Hazmat team from Martinsville. “The most important reason to do this is to be better prepared”, said Keven Clouse of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 The Brown County Press/WAYNE GATES Members of the Sardinia Fire Department work to contain a Nitrogen solution spill on State Route 32 near Schweighart Road on June 20. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol driver pulling onto the highway hit the trailer, causing it to overturn. Thursday crash on SR 32 Rescue workers assist at the scene of a head-on crash at State Route 32 and Sardinia-Mowrystown Road on June 24. The Ohio Highway Patrol said 76 year old Ruth Sutton of Hillsboro ran the stop sign and struck the car of Peggy Baker of West Union. Sutton and Baker were airlifted to University Hospital. A passenger in Baker’s car, Michelle Brewer, was taken by ambulance to Mt. Orab Mercy. Discussions are continuing between the Brown County Humane Society and Brown County Commissioners over the society taking over operation of the Brown County Animal Shelter. The two sides met June 20 to talk about the issue and address concerns either side had regarding the proposal. The commissioners and Brown County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Little are currently studying a draft proposal submitted by the society. It is based on a similar model currently followed in Clermont County, where the humane society there operates the animal shelter. Under the proposed agreement, the humane society agrees to perform all of the functions required of the animal shelter by the Ohio Revised Code. Those duties include hiring and supervising Dog Wardens and Deputy Dog Wardens, “humane euthanasia and disposal of any dog if euthanasia is required” and “day to day custodial care of the Brown County Animal Shelter.” Longtime humane society member Lois Snider summarized the feelings of the 16 people in the room by telling commissioners “Give us a chance and we’ll show you what we can do.” Brown County Commission President Ralph Jennings said he has an open mind about the idea, but that discussions were “still very much in the preliminary stages”. “We’re going to have to take a good hard look at this idea”, Jennings said. Commissioner Bill Geschwind also said he had not made up his mind on the proposal. “I need to look at the facts here and consider all the factors before I can make an informed decision”, Geschwind said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 CMYK Index Ripley Principal Unemployment numbers flat mourned at meeting BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press The May jobless numbers for Brown County and the surrounding area were basically unchanged from April. The unemployment rate for Brown County dropped .1 percent in May to 10.3 percent. That is within one tenth of a point from the two and a half year low for the county, set last October at 10.2 percent. The jobless numbers have not been below 10.2 percent in Brown County since December of 2008. In Adams County, the unemployment rate dropped .2 percent to 12.0 percent in May. Highland and Clermont counties numbers were unchanged from April to May, with Highland County staying at 12.8 percent and Clermont County remaining at 8.4 percent. Clinton County saw its jobless rate rise .1 percent to 13.2 percent. Adams and Brown were the only counties in the region that saw their jobless numbers drop on paper. The actual number of people seeking employment in the two counties remained unchanged. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services calculates the unemployment rate by comparing the number of people employed to what it calls the Civilian Labor Force, or people who are actively working or seeking work. In April and May, ODJFS said 2200 people were seeking CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 O D D Animal Shelter takeover discussed BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press The Brown County Press/MARTHA JACOB B R O A D S H E E T By Martha Jacob The Brown County Press A dark cloud seemed to hover over board members and visitors at the meeting of the RULH School Board meeting, June 21, but it wasn’t caused by the rainstorm going on outside. Following the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, board member Robert Carpenter asked for a moment of silence to honor Susan Owens, who lost her battle with breast cancer on June 17. Owens accepted the position of principal of RULH Elementary School in 2010 after serving five years as the business and computer technology teacher at RipleyUnion-Lewis-Huntington Jr/Sr High School. Susan Skinner, principal at RULH High School knew Owens very well and commented on her many accomplishments in the district. “She truly was a great leader for this district,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 Classifieds Pages 220, 21 Court News......Page 17 Death Notices.........Page 7 Education ...Pages 8, 9, 15 Opinion ..............Page 4 Social..................Page 8 Sports ........Pages 13-14 Where to find us Phone (937) 444-3441 Fax (937) 444-2652 219 South High St. Mt. Orab, OH 45154 Sun Group NEWSPAPERS CMYK BY Wayne Gates The Brown County Press

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