FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chief Deputy Chris Stratton
Sunday, October 20, 2019 (513)732-7648
On Sunday, October 20, at 12:10 pm, the Clermont County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting that a man was stuck by a falling tree limb while operating machinery near the 900 block of Hopewell Rd. in Franklin Township.
Sheriff’s deputies and Felicity EMS responded to the scene. Two men were clearing trees away from a field when a male identified as 50-year-old Matthew Crozier was accidentally hit by a falling limb as he was pushing the tree with a tractor.
Efforts to resuscitate Mr. Crozier were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:16 pm by Clermont County Coroner Brian Treon.
The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit responded to the scene to investigate and interview witnesses. There is no foul play suspected, incident is considered to be accidental. The body of Matthew Crozier was released to the McIntyre Funeral Home.
Any further inquiries about this incident are directed to the Clermont County Coroner’s Office.
Clermont County man charged for trafficking in LSD
A Batavia Township man has been arrested by the Clermont County Narcotics Task Force for his involvement in the trafficking of LSD.
Joshua Schroth, age 38, has been charged with 1 count of trafficking in LSD, a felony of the first degree.
On March 25, 2019, the Clermont County Narcotics Task Force worked in conjunction with the Warren County Narcotics Task Force and identified Schroth as a supplier of LSD to Clermont County. Narcotics agents executed a search warrant today at Schroth’s residence located in the 100 block of Forest Meadow Dr. in Batavia Twp., At the onset of the search warrant, agents located a device which appeared to be a pipe bomb. Agents stopped the search and called the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad who responded along with the ATF to the scene. Bomb Squad technicians x-rayed the device and found it to be empty, declaring the scene safe. Agents resumed the search at 7:35pm.
This investigation is ongoing at this time.
This investigation will be reviewed in its entirety with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office and presented to the Grand Jury for consideration of additional charges.
Schroth is currently being held in the Clermont County Jail without bond. Schroth will appear for his bond on Tuesday March 26th , 2019 at 10am in Clermont County Municipal Court.