Accused drug dealers using parking lots around mall, police say

Published: Monday, April 01, 2013 @ 4:36 PM
Updated: Monday, April 01, 2013 @ 4:36 PM

The four men arrested last week after a four-month drug investigation had no set place of business, no drug house, but instead used ever-shifting locations — mostly parking lots around the Dayton Mall — to meet their customers, police say.

“The drug problem is everywhere,” said Miami Twp. Chief Chris Krug. “We’re seeing a lot more drug deals that are taking place in open space.”

It’s yet another aspect to the technological revolution. Drug users can text their dealers, then agree to meet them in a parking lot. They’re together for less than a few minutes, and its harder for police to know where to set up surveillance.

The four arrested are Edward Jemison, 21, of West Carrollton; Trae A. Griffith, 25, of Moraine; Charles Wiggins, 22, of West Carrollton; and Jamal Whatley, 19, of Dayton. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Brem, assigned to the county’s R.A.N.G.E. Task Force, said the four were making deals with 50 to 100 customers daily, bringing drug users from across Montgomery County and beyond to the businesses around the mall.

“In a sense, the businesses are victims, too,” Sheriff Phil Plummer said. “It was good for the business community around the mall to get them off the street.”

Investigators seized hundreds of gellcaps of heroin and cocaine plus about $20,000 in cash Thursday from a room at the Fairfield Inn, 8035 Washington Drive, Washington Twp. Earlier that evening, they executed a search warrant Thursday at an apartment at 2149 Sidneywood Road, West Carrollton. Court records list that address as the home of Wiggins and Jemison.

Miamisburg Captain Tom Thompson said police had received several complaints from area businesses.

“It was 100 percent on our radar,” Thompson said.

Krug said the township saw a 10 percent drop in major crimes between 2011 and 2012. Drug arrests are up 29 percent, but that is usually due to officers finding drugs on suspects they are arresting for another offense, Krug said.

No violence was reported concerning the dealers’ activities, but police were still concerned, Thompson said.

“What comes with narcotics is potentially violent crime,” Thompson said. “It’s just a very public area, with lots of kids, lots of families.”

The four men all remained in the Montgomery County Jail on Monday afternoon. All four have been charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison. Griffith also is charged with six counts of trafficking heroin and one count of drug possession. Wiggins also is charged with three counts of trafficking heroin. Whatley is charged with two counts of trafficking heroin and one count of drug possession. All of these charges are felonies.

Man accused of killing dog to avenge pet cat's death

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

            Man accused of killing dog to avenge pet cat's death

Police arrested an Oklahoma man Friday after he allegedly killed a dog in retaliation for the death of his cat.

Officers say Darren White, 36, ran over a dog with his truck and then beat it with a baseball bat in north Tulsa Friday afternoon.

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Witnesses say White went after a second dog in his truck and even tried to beat the dead dog again with the bat before he was stopped.

White was charged with cruelty to animals and released on a $2,000 bond. He is scheduled for a March 3 court date.

Florida teen accused of fatally shooting friend while playing with gun

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:35 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:35 PM

            Florida teen accused of fatally shooting friend while playing with gun

Three young men were hanging out when one accidentally shot another, according to WPLG

WFOR reported that Brandon Velez, 19, and Bobby Duverny, 20, were in a friend’s bedroom when they got their hands on a gun. 

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According to police, Velez was allegedly pointing the gun at Duverny, who grabbed the barrel, which caused the gun to discharge. 

The third friend called 911, but Duverny died at the scene.

Velez was found at his house where he admitted to trying to burn the clothes he had been wearing and dispose of the gun. He confessed to the shooting and is now facing charges of manslaughter with deadly weapon. 

WPLG reported Velez was out of jail on bond for other charges before the incident.

Georgia man dies after deputy shocks him with Taser

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:02 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:02 PM

            Georgia man dies after deputy shocks him with Taser

A suspect has died after he was shocked with a Taser by deputies executing a search warrant. 

Butts County deputies executed a narcotics and meth search warrant around 5 a.m. Friday at a home near Jackson, Georgia.

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There was an altercation between deputies and the suspect, Douglas Tanner, 53. 

A deputy shocked Tanner with a Taser. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. 

Neighbor Ronald Ball told WSB-TV he had no idea there was a suspected meth lab just a few doors down. 

"I'm just totally surprised. Wow," he said. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident. 

Deputies injured while arresting drug suspect

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:29 PM

Deputies injured while arresting drug suspect

An individual is in jail and sheriff’s deputies were treated after being injured in the man’s arrest. 

Around 11:45 a.m. Friday, Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies from the Jefferson Twp. substation were called to the area of Rossiter Drive and Dayton-Liberty Road for an illegal drug transaction.

Deputies in the area found an individual that matched the suspect’s description. The man fled on foot and a short pursuit ensued.

The suspect, who has not been identified, reportedly ran into a house on Hagen Avenue, and when deputies followed him inside, he assaulted the deputies, according to a media release.

During the investigation, deputies found illegal narcotics and a large amount of cash on the subject.

“During a search of the residence, a large amount of U.S. currency was located along with a gun, additional narcotics and drug paraphernalia,” according to a release written by Sgt. Papanek. “The suspect was charged with numerous felony violations and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.”

The arresting deputies were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.