2 break-ins in Sidney lead to pursuit, crash and 4 arrests 

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

Shelby County deputies say a group of one adult and three juveniles broke into two cell phone stores before leading deputies in a chase that ended when the suspects crashed.

A 20-year-old woman and three teens, all from Dayton, are in custody in connection to two cellphone store break-ins in Sidney early this morning followed by a pursuit that ended in a crash.

Rikki E. Nooks is in the Shelby County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond pending her arraignment Monday in Sidney Municipal Court. The three juvenile boys are in the West Central Juvenile Detention Center. They will appear at a later date in Shelby County Juvenile Court, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

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The four were in a car being pursued that crashed around 3:30 a.m. on state Route 705 at Patterson Halpin Road. All four ran from the vehicle. They eventually were captured after an extensive search in the area, deputies said.

An Ohio CCW holder held the last suspect, a juvenile, at gunpoint at his grandmother’s house. The boy was taken into custody around 9:30 a.m. after he arrived at the woman’s home and asked to use her phone to call for a ride, authorities said.

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Stolen cellphones and other evidence was recovered following the pursuit and arrests, deputies said.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 

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Dayton thief drops T-bone steaks down his shorts

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 4:37 AM

Police are searching for a man who dropped three T-Bone steaks down his shorts.

Officers were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. Friday to Groceryland, 1451 Troy St. in Dayton to a report of a theft.

The store manager told police he was walking down the meat aisle when he became suspicious by the behavior of a man talking to another customer. The manager later saw the man run out the front entrance. He ran after him, but lost sight of him after he went behind the store, according to a Dayton police report.

The manager showed police surveillance video footage, which shows the thief grab three T-bone steaks, which each cost between $10 and $20. Then, in a different aisle, the suspect places the steaks down his shorts, the report stated.

No arrests have been made.

Police: Man steals ambulance with medic, patient inside

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 3:10 AM

Jeffrey Lamar Brown
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Jeffrey Lamar Brown(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A 44-year-old Dayton man is accused of stealing an ambulance with a medic and patient in back.

Within an hour of driving off with the Dayton Fire Department life squad the suspect — identified by police as Jeffrey Lamar Brown — was behind bars.

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The ambulance was taken around 6:30 p.m. after medics responded to a call in the 400 block of Salem Avenue. The keys were in the ignition when the suspect took off, according to a Dayton police report.

Dayton police finally were able to stop the ambulance in the 2100 block of West Riverview Avenue, about a mile and a half from where it was stolen.

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Brown was arrested at 7 p.m. and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of robbery and two counts of kidnapping, all felonies. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, online jail records show.

Flames shoot from vacant house in Dayton

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:54 PM

VIDEO: Flames shoot from vacant house in Dayton

Flames shooting from a vacant house ablaze late Friday night could be seen by motorists traveling along U.S. 35 in Dayton.

Crews were called around 11:20 p.m. to the abandoned two-story house at 808 Linden Ave.

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When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed.

According to initial reports, there were no utilities connected to the house.

Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

This undated photo released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, shows Randall Drake in Fla. Sheriff's deputies conducting a child porn raid on Drake's Florida home found an arsenal of guns and explosives and a homemade silencer, along with a note promising
This undated photo released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, shows Randall Drake in Fla. Sheriff's deputies conducting a child porn raid on Drake's Florida home found an arsenal of guns and explosives and a homemade silencer, along with a note promising "bloody revenge."(Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom. 

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation.

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During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported.

The weapons included the following:

  • An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip
  • A .308-caliber rifle
  • A .50-caliber pistol
  • A 12-gauge shotgun
  • Numerous other handguns
  • About 15 knives
  • A baseball bat with protruding nails in it 
  • A crossbow
  • Brass knuckles
  • A container of gunpowder
  • More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition
  • Three incendiary devices
  • A homemade silencer
  • Tactical vests

Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered.

In this undated photo released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a weapons cache is shown in the home of Randall Drake.(Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP/AP)

Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them.

Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.