February 6, 2019

Clermont County courts, other offices to close Friday for detective’s services

Detective Bill Brewer

BATAVIA, Ohio (Feb. 6, 2019) – All Clermont County courts and many county offices will be closed Friday, Feb. 8, to allow employees to attend, view or participate in services for Sheriff’s Detective Bill Brewer, who lost his life in the line of duty on Feb. 2.


Sheriff’s Office: Administrative offices close at noon Thursday and all day Friday.

Common Pleas Court: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. This also includes Probation, Law Library, and Court Services.

Juvenile Court/Probate Court: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday.

Prosecutor’s Office: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday.

Domestic Relations Court: Closes at 2 p.m. Thursday and all day Friday. All hearings will be scheduled to the next available time.

Board of County Commissioners’ office, and departments including Water Resources Administration Building, Building Inspection, Permit Central, Job & Family Services, OhioMeansJobs/Clermont County, and Department of Community & Economic Development: Closed Friday.

Municipal Court: Closed Friday. Those who have an arraignment scheduled for Friday will be sent a new court date. They can also check the Clermontclerk.org website for updated information.

Common Pleas Clerk’s Office, Domestic Relations Clerk and all auto title offices: Closed Friday.

Public Defender’s Office: Closed Friday.

Auditor’s Office: Closed Friday.

Recorder’s Office: Closed Friday.

Engineer’s Office: Closed Friday.

Public Health: Closed Friday.

Coroner’s Office: Closed Friday; on call at 513.543.0129.


Some county offices will be open, including the Treasurer’s Office, which is accepting payments for first-half property taxes, which are due Feb. 13. The Municipal Clerk of Court Office will be open Friday. The Board of Elections office will be open Friday.

Bus service in Clermont County, including Dial-A-Ride, will operate normally.

The county website, www.clermontcountyohio.gov, has separate pages for each county office, including how to contact them. Check there if you have questions on whether an office is open or closed.

Services for Detective Brewer are as follows:

Family and friends are invited to a public visitation from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at Mount Carmel Christian Church, 4110 Bach Buxton Rd, Batavia, OH 45103, under the direction of E.C. Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will follow at Pierce Township Cemetery.

April 18, 2016

Drug Take-Back Day is April 30

BATAVIA, Ohio (April 12, 2016) – Law enforcement agencies throughout Clermont County will hold a Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 at the following locations: Amelia Police Department, 44 West Main St.; Felicity Police Department, 415 West Walnut Lane; Goshen Police Department, 6757 Goshen Road; and Pierce Township Police Department, 950 Locust Corner Road. Milford police will collect at Milford Walmart, 2011 Chamber Drive, and Union Township police will collect at Furniture Fair, 4363 Eastgate Square Drive.

All non-liquid prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Needles cannot be accepted.

Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is held throughout the United States.


November 10, 2015

Stephen Haynes Named Director of Public Defender Office

Stephen HaynesBATAVIA, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2015) – Stephen Haynes, formerly a partner with Haynes & Snyder, was recently named Director of the Public Defender’s Office for Clermont County.

Haynes, who has worked on a part-time basis with the Public Defender’s Office since 1984, replaced R. Daniel Hannon, who retired in October.

He supervises a staff of 17 assistant public defenders who handle a caseload of approximately 8,000 cases a year.

The Public Defender’s Office represents those who cannot afford to hire an attorney and are charged with offenses that could result in them being incarcerated, said Haynes.  Generally, these are criminal offenses (including Operating a Vehicle While Impaired and other traffic charges that carry a potential jail or prison sentence), juvenile delinquency, child support contempt and appeals of those matters.

Haynes was selected by the Clermont County Public Defender Commission, which is composed of five members appointed by Clermont County Common Pleas judges and County Commissioners. His position is full time.

“I strongly believe in the right to counsel and principles established by the U.S. Supreme Court in  Gideon v. Wainright, and that without effective defense counsel our system of justice does not work, resulting in injustices,” Haynes said.  “I’ve been a criminal defense lawyer my entire practice and also was a part-time assistant public defender and want to ensure the office fulfills its mission to provide a good defense for those who can’t afford an attorney. “

Haynes, who has practiced law for 31 years, received his law degree from Ohio State University in 1983. He lives in Batavia with his wife, Terrell Snyder, until recently his law partner. Their son, Campbell, recently graduated from Batavia High School and is a freshman in college. #####