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.

Fire in vacant Dayton dwelling ‘suspicious in nature,’ district chief says

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m.: The fire in a vacant dwelling in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue is being investigated as “suspicious in nature,” Dayton Fire District Chief Tim Rose said. 

The building, at Parkhill Drive, was boarded up and 30 firefighters successfully prevented flames from damaging two adjacent properties, Rose said. 

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An investigator was called because witnesses told fire crews that people were seen in the area of the dwelling. 

There were no injuries, Rose said. "We sent nobody in the building." 

He estimated damage to the structure at $40,000.


An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

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Dayton crews were dispatched just before 6 p.m. on a report that flames were said to be showing from a two-story dwelling. 

We're hearing that crews went to a defensive posture, allowing the structure to burn, because it was vacant. 

We will update this report as information becomes available. 

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Report: thousands in jewelry stolen from Rogers Jewelers in Middletown

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen tonight from Rogers Jewelers at the Towne Mall.

The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. at the store, 3461 Towne Blvd., according to Middletown police dispatch.

>>Police: 9-year-old boy brings loaded gun to school

According to initial reports, about $20,000 in jewelry was taken; however, police could not confirm the amount.

Police: 9-year-old boy brings loaded handgun to Middletown school

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:14 PM

A 9-year-old boy who said he was being picked on brought a loaded handgun to school.

A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Monday morning noticed a bulge in the boy’s pants pocket. When she reached for it, the boy grabbed her arm, Middletown police Lt. David Birk said. The teacher had to get assistance from another teacher to get the loaded Luger from the student.

The incident happened at 10:40 a.m. inside a classroom at the school, 2210 Verity Parkway, Middletown.

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The boy was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Justice Center, where he is being held on suspicion of felonious assault, conveyance of a weapon into the school and carrying a concealed weapon, Birk said.

The boyfriend of the boy's mother also was arrested on suspicion of child endangering, according to a Middletown police report. Jerron Dean, 29, had his arraignment continued to Nov. 1, according to online Middletown Municipal Court records.

Former jail medical director admits to stealing drugs

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:21 PM

            Brenda Ellis
Brenda Ellis

The former top medical officer at the Montgomery County Jail was booked into the jail in August and later agreed to treatment in lieu of conviction on charges of theft and theft of drugs.

Dr. Brenda Ellis was booked on Aug. 24 and accepted into a diversion program on Aug. 29, according to a prosecutor’s office spokesman.

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Ellis was the medical administrator at the jail and worked for the company NaphCare, which provides inmate medical services at the jail through a contract with the county. Under the current NaphCare contract, the county will pay the company up to $3.55 million a year through 2019.

Contacted this week, Ellis declined to comment.

The allegations against her followed a State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy investigation into improper handling of controlled substances at the jail from 2011 to 2015.

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In July, the state pharmacy board reached a settlement agreement with NaphCare that called for the company to pay the board $7,000, provide more staff training and remove Ellis as the person responsible for compliance with the jail’s pharmacy license.

“NaphCare agrees to never use Dr. Ellis as a Responsible Person on any of its Ohio licenses,” the agreement states.

As part of the agreement, the company neither admitted nor denied fault.

Bradley Cain, spokesman and general counsel of Alabama-based NaphCare, said in an interview Wednesday that the company was unaware of the allegations against Ellis but that changes were made to address the issues identified by the pharmacy board.

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“We have made implementation of changes based on the settlement agreement we entered into with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy,” Cain said. “Everything outlined in that agreement we’re in compliance with today.”

Cain said the company has contracts with jails in Montgomery, Franklin and Hamilton counties and has had no problems at other facilities.

Ellis resigned from NaphCare on July 31 and is no longer allowed access to the jail, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office officials.

No formal action has been taken against Ellis’ medical license, according to the State Medical Board of Ohio. Medical board records say she has had a license since 1989 and has specialties in general practice and pediatrics.


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