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.

Power getting restored after strong storms pass through region

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 7:50 PM
Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 10:25 PM

Power outages continue to be reported as strong storms impact the region this weekend.

Dayton Power and Light outages @ 4:30 p.m. April 29

59: Montgomery

8: Darke

19: Preble

233: Greene

49: Warren

403: Clinton

2: Clark

Duke Energy outages @ 4:30 p.m. April 29

24: Butler

359: Warren

First Energy (Ohio Edison) outages @ 4:30 p.m. April 29

Fewer than 5: Clark

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Xenia shooting suspect has bond set in court

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:49 AM

UPDATE @ 8:49 a.m. (April 28):

A judge set the bond for a man accused in a February shooting in Xenia at $500,000.

Andrew Lott’s bond was set by a judge in Xenia Municipal Court.

UPDATE @ 2:16 p.m. 4-27-17:

Xenia police have arrested a suspect in the Feb. 22 shooting of man who was in his home on Vermont Drive Andrew R. Lott, 32, was taken into custody Thursday, April 27, for attempted murder. Police say additional arrests are possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jeff Moore at 937-376-7207.

FIRST REPORT 2-22-2017

XENIA — A Vermont Drive man was shot Wednesday morning after hearing a sound outside his home, according to city police. 

  • The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where he is in stable condition.
  • The victim was shot at least once, according to police. 
  • The victim’s wife and her baby were home at the time of the shooting. 

It’s unclear how many shots were fired.

Xenia Police Capt. Alonzo Wilson said the victim heard a noise outside the home and went to investigate. The victim was inside the home and was shot by an intruder outside, according to Wilson.

"There's nothing that we have right now to believe that there's someone walking around the neighborhood just randomly shooting people,” Wilson said. “That's not what we have here."

Police and emergency crews were dispatched to the 1900 block of Vermont Drive a little before 6:28 a.m. Wednesday. 

The victim’s wife called 9-1-1 after hearing a single gunshot. She witnessed blood on her husband before locking herself and her baby inside another room in the house, according to initial reports. 

Barn fire reported in Darke County

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 6:07 AM

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UNION CITY — A barn fire has been reported in the 5200 block of Palestine-Union City Road early Friday. 

Multiple fire departments are responding to the scene.

We are working to learn more about this fire. 

Wife in custody, accused of stabbing husband in Greenville fight

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 9:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.:

Greenville police have identified the woman arrested for allegedly stabbing her husband as Angela Danielle Bergman, 31. She is in jail charged with felony assault. There is no update available on her husband’s condition.

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UPDATE @ 11:41 a.m.:

A wife is in custody being questioned by police after they said she stabbed her husband multiple times in front of McMiller’s Carryout on Martin Street.

The wife’s husband was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where police said he was in critical condition.  

Police said they do expect charges to be pursued against the woman.

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UPDATE @ 10:05 a.m.:

A wife is accused of stabbing her husband multiple times in front of McMiller’s Carryout on Martin Street in Greenville this morning, officials said.

According to investigators, the wife was believed to have at least five kitchen knives at the time of the incident around 8:45 a.m.

The husband was taken to Wayne Health in Greenville, but was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries, authorities said.

The wife was taken to the hospital for treatment, but police don’t believe she was stabbed as initially reported.

There is crime scene tape up where the stabbing is believed to have taken place, and police have put up crime tape around the couple’s home, which is located across the street from McMiller’s.

INITIAL REPORT:

Two people were reportedly stabbed in the 600 block of Martin Street Thursday morning. 

Emergency crews were dispatched around 8:42 a.m. to McMiller’s Carryout. 

We are working to bring you more information about this incident and will update this page as additional details become available.