Member of alleged heroin, meth drug ring pleads guilty

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:46 PM

Jose Barajas

One of eight people indicted last summer by a Miami County grand jury as part of an alleged drug ring that law enforcement officials said imported large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine into the area pleaded guilty Monday, March 20, to four felony charges.

As part of a plea deal, a three-year prison term will be recommended for Jose Barajas, 37, whose address has been listed as both Huber Heights and Dayton. 

Four of those indicted were arrested in August while four others remain at large. The three others arrested along with Barajas are scheduled to enter pleas in their cases in county Common Pleas Court in the next two weeks.

Barajas pleaded guilty to one felony count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt of activity and two counts of aggravated financing of drug trafficking in incidents during 2013.

Judge Jeannine Pratt told Barajas she could sentence him to something other than the sentence recommended by prosecutors and the defense. With the charges involved, Barajas could face up to 41 years in prison and fines totaling $75,000 at sentencing May 2.

Defense lawyer Jack Hemm said he would file an affidavit of indigency for Barajas for waiver of the fines. Pratt also told Barajas that because he was not a United States citizen he could face deportation.

County Prosecutor Tony Kendell said following the hearing that he could not comment on the case until the charges against other defendants are resolved.

Hay bails on trailer ignite in Darke County

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 9:53 PM

Crews were called Sunday evening to a report of large hay bails on fire on a moving truck near Jaysville St. John and Sebring Warner roads in Greenville Twp.

Crews were called to extinguish large hay bails that caught fire this evening on the trailer of a moving truck in Darke County.

The fire crews reached the truck near Jaysville St. John and Sebring Warner roads, our media partner BlueBag Media reported.

The fire activity was reported in Greenville Twp. in the 5200 block of Folkerth Road, which was blocked due to the large bails of hay that were burning.

No injuries were reported, and it’s not clear what started the fire.

Centerville police investigate shots fired at Iron Horse Park

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 5:32 PM

Centerville police are investigating a report of shots fired at a local park.

The incident was reported at 3:35 p.m. at the Iron Horse Park, 6161 Millshire Drive. Yellow police tape is blocking a portion of the park grounds.

Centerville police dispatch says no medics were called to the scene and there were no reports of injuries.

A park visitor said she and her husband heard the shots and saw suspects come out of the woods.

Police at the scene said no arrests have been made.

1 killed, several injured in 2-car crash in Sidney

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m. (June 25)

Police in Sidney continue to investigate a deadly crash that sent several people to the hospital Saturday night.

West Court Steet and Royan Avenue are back open to traffic after police finished their on-scene investigation.

The two-vehicle collision left one dead and several people from both vehicles were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police tell us further details about what happened, including the fatal victim’s identity, will be released Monday.

UPDATE @ 1:02 a.m. (June 25)

One person is dead following a crash in Sidney Saturday night, according to a release from Sidney police. 

Police and medics were sent to the 900 block of West Court Street after two cars collided at the intersection of Royan Avenue and West Court Street. 

According to the release, multiple people were in both cars and all were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital. 

The coroner has been contacted for one person dead at the scene, according to police. 

Crews remain in the area and a traffic reconstructionist is currently investigating.


Crews were called tonight to a report of a serious injury crash in Sidney.

The two-vehicle crash was reported around 11:15 p.m. in the 900 block of West Court Street.

According to initial reports, there were multiple injuries with CPR performed on one person. A crash reconstructionist was called to the scene.

We’re working to learn the severity of injuries, and what led to the crash.

VIDEO: Cruiser rolls away from Miami County deputy during traffic stop

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:04 PM

A Miami County Sheriff’s deputy was in pursuit of his cruiser Saturday morning after it got away during a traffic stop. 

The cruiser traveled backward around 11 a.m. on Ohio 718 and into the intersection with South Dorset Road in Concord Twp. near Troy. 

The deputy sprinted and was able to hop into the moving vehicle and stop the cruiser before it hit anyone or anything. 

The sheriff’s office said they were aware of the incident, but the deputy’s name and whether he will face disciplinary action was not released.

An iWitness7 viewer shared a video of the incident. The video shot by Brenden Besecker shows the cruiser rolling backwards into the South Dorset Road intersection.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office said they were aware of the incident, but we’re still working to learn the deputy’s name and whether he will face any disciplinary action.