Greene County courts clerk retiring after 21 years

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 2:34 PM

            Greene County Clerk of Courts Terri A. Mazur, pictured here during a jury trial in February 2010, has announced she is retiring at the end of the year. STAFF PHOTO
Greene County Clerk of Courts Terri A. Mazur, pictured here during a jury trial in February 2010, has announced she is retiring at the end of the year. STAFF PHOTO

During her career directing the clerk of courts office in Greene County, Terri Mazur said she managed the implementation of technologies that led in part to reduced staff, cost savings and better access to public court records.

Mazur, who won six elections during her 21 years in office, has announced she is retiring at the end of the year.

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The 63-year-old said among other perks, she’s looking forward to being known by her married name as the wife of Judge Thomas Rose of the U.S. Federal Court Southern District of Ohio in Dayton. She said she continued to use her maiden name because it was more familiar to the voters.

Mazur said she originally planned to announce her retirement in late 2015 but decided to run for re-election the following year in light of four people in her office with retirement plans.

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“For the good of the office, I had worked too hard to have a great, efficient operation. I wasn’t willing to let that go down the tubes,” Mazur said.

Technology has played a major role in everyone’s lives the last two decades, and the county clerk’s office is no different.

When she was first elected to office in 1996, there were 25 full-time employees in the clerk of courts office. There are now 15, resulting in annual savings by Mazur’s estimates of about $500,000. Two branch offices, one in Fairborn and one in Beavercreek, were closed last year.

Mazur said the reductions were possible in part by working closely with the bureau of motor vehicles and upgrading the Automated Title Processing System, which has streamlined processing titles and enabled car dealers to e-file their title applications.

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The Greene County Clerk of Courts office processes about 50,000 titles a year.

Mazur said she is proud to have spearheaded the Inmate Collection Program, a process of collecting unpaid court costs and fines from convicted felons, a program now used statewide.

Mazur said the program was an indirect result of the 1993 Lucasville prison riot, after which prisoners, including four Greene County defendants, filed suit against the state and won a settlement. Mazur said she worked with then-Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery to track unpaid fees and garnish inmates’ accounts, if they owed the state money.

“As a brand new clerk, I asked, ‘why not do this as matter of procedure?,” she said. “Upon further investigation, anyone who is sent to prison, they receive a monthly stipend … We started setting up these garnishments, and many counties are now using the process and it’s become quite successful.”

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Close friend and colleague Judge Stephen Wolaver of Greene County Common Pleas Court said Mazur was a “strong advocate for the courts” who stayed informed about best practices and was always “very helpful in coming up with ideas.”

“She’s been very active in staying ahead of the game,” Wolaver said. “She’s been an incredibly positive force for our court here … when she takes a position that she thinks is right, she goes for it. You don’t always win battles, but you can hold your head high when you think you’re doing what’s best for your constituents.”

County commissioners and the Republican Party will need to appoint a temporary replacement to serve out the remainder of Mazur’s term. The interim clerk of courts will then be eligible to run for election next year.

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Little Caesars honoring bracket-busting win with free pizza

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:52 AM

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers celebrate after their stunning upset victory against top-seeded Virginia on Friday night.
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The University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers celebrate after their stunning upset victory against top-seeded Virginia on Friday night.(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

If you’re crying in your beer after the University of Maryland-Baltimore County became the ultimate bracket buster in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night, take heart. There is a free pizza waiting to ease your sorrow.

Little Caesars is honoring UMBC’s 74-54 victory against Virginia -- the first time a No. 16 seed has defeated a No. 1 seed -- with a free lunch combo on Monday, April 2.

The $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo will include four slices of pepperoni pizza and one 20-ounce Pepsi product per family, the company said in its promotional release. Orders must be made between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time. An important point: the order must be placed by 1 p.m. The rules in the promotion state that even if you were in line at 1 p.m., if the order has not been placed it will not be honored. In other words, arrive early. 

Here are the details of the deal. You can read the full terms and conditions here.

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Checkpoint leads to 17 citations issued in Washington Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:55 AM

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An OVI checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday in Washington Township.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force conducted the checkpoint.

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There were no OVI arrests made during the checkpoint that saw over 730 vehicles on State Route 725 near Paragon Road, according to a release.

One citation for improper registration display and one citation for driving under suspension was occurred as a result of the OVI checkpoint, the release stated.

Extra patrols in the area from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s and Ohio State Highway Patrol resulted in six citations for moving violations, five non-moving citations, three seat belt citations, one marked lanes citation, according to the release.

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Extra patrols will be out for the remainder of Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

Eleven alcohol involved crashes occurred around Saint Patrick’s Day in 2017, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Police encourage everyone to drink responsibly to keep roadways safe over the holiday weekend.

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Next few days ‘critical’ to survival of children injured in crash involving RTA bus

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:19 AM

'Critical' next few days for kids hurt in RTA crash

Two children injured after a crash Tuesday afternoon involving four vehicles and an RTA bus have been on ventilators since the crash, and family said the next few days are critical to their survival. 

The siblings, Emmanuel, 6, and Eric, 7, are best friends, according to family. The family said they've been told by doctors that Emmanuel, especially, may not survive.

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Both children are being watched for fevers and additional swelling on the brain after they sustained "horrific" injuries.

 “It breaks my heart, you know,” said Ryan Morgan, a police officer and the boys' uncle. "They're my nephews. I was there when both of them were born. I deal with this type of stuff all the time, but when it's your own family, it hits you especially hard." 

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Deputies said they believe the driver of the vehicle the boys were in was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Preliminary indicatations are that the two men in the Cadillac with the children are their father and uncle. 

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Both men remain hospitalized. Neither they nor the children were wearing safety belts, according to a traffic crash report. 

The Cadillac struck an RTA bus, setting off a chain reaction crash that ended in the parking lot of an Auto Zone on North Main Street. 

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Amber Alert: Boy, 4, found safe in Ohio thanks to vigilant motorist

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

An Amber Alert  in Ohio helped authorities find a missing 4-year-old boy.
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An Amber Alert in Ohio helped authorities find a missing 4-year-old boy.(Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

vigilant motorist helped authorities find a 4-year-old Ohio boy who was abducted hours earlier from his home in Sandusky and was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert.

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Police said Jennifer Hemcheck forcibly removed Q’Dai Hemcheck from a vehicle and sped away with him in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Florida license plates.

Shortly after a statewide Amber Alert was issued that described the vehicle, plate number and provided photos of the Hemchecks to mobile phones, a 911 caller reported spotting a car that matched the description.

“If it wasn’t for the fact that the caller, regular citizen with a cellphone, called in, we probably wouldn’t have been able to locate that car, if not as quick or at all, if we hadn’t had that help from that citizen,” Sgt. Tom Bloomberg of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

Jennifer Hemcheck was arrested after she was found at 8:30 p.m. riding in the car on southbound I-75 in Monroe in Warren County, police said. Another woman was driving the car, and she, too, was arrested.

Jennifer Hemcheck’s 12-year-old daughter also was in the car and was taken to the Lebanon Post to be reunited with her father, troopers said.

As for D’Quai, he has been taken to Erie County Children Services and his father has been notified, according to the highway patrol.

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