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VIDEO: Dayton sergeant finds 6 of 7 robbers hiding in Huber Heights shed 

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 6:44 PM

WATCH: Police chase after alleged robbers; suspects captured in Huber Heights

UPDATE @ 4:56 p.m. (Feb. 12):

Cruiser camera from the Dayton sergeant who discovered six of the seven suspects hiding in a shed following a robbery at AT&T in Huber Heights has been released.

The video shows officers responding to the shed.


Six of the seven suspects apprehended after an armed robbery at a Huber Heights cellphone store picked the wrong place to hide while fleeing police. 

The six were apprehended by Dayton police Sgt. Ryan Halburnt, who first heard a “Signal 99,” a call that officers need assistance. 

>> Huber Heights robbery, manhunt: ‘They threatened to kill us all;’ 7 in custody

“As I was heading that way the dispatcher said approximately seven people just robbed a bank and were possibly armed with assault rifles,” he said. 

>>PHOTOS: Suspects storm into store

It turned out to be an armed robbery reported shortly after 2 p.m. at the AT&T store, 8245 Old Troy Pike.

Soon after, Halburnt heard the search was zeroing in on a creek parallel to Claybeck Drive, where he played as a kid. 

On a hunch he made his way along the creek and into the backyard of a house where he noticed a latch swung open on a shed. 


“I opened the door and saw five individuals standing in the shed,” Halburnt said. “At that point I drew my weapon and ordered them all to the ground.” 

The five complied as he called for help, and additional crews arrived within 45 seconds. 

It just so happened that all of Huber Heights’ administrative officers, detectives and street crews were in the vicinity as well as a large contingent from other departments taking part in special weapons and tactics training.

“They all showed up and we took them into custody without incident,” Halburnt said.

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Illegal immigrants dealt kilos of fentanyl in Miami County, feds say

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

            Nabor Zapeda-Ibarria
Nabor Zapeda-Ibarria

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico have been charged with intent to distribute several kilograms worth of fentanyl in Miami County, according to court documents.

Nabor Zapeda-Ibarria, 23, and Jesus Mayorga Gonzalez, 40, have been charged with possession and intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

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A magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that both would remain detained during their case. Both are scheduled for a March 2 preliminary hearing.

Confidential sources told law enforcement that a residence at 5545 County Road 25A in Tipp City was being used by a drug trafficking organization with ties to Mexico, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit written by a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) special agent.

In January, Mayorga Gonzalez was stopped for speeding on Interstate 75 and provided false names for both defendants, according to the complaint.

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The special agent wrote that, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detective assigned to a Homeland Security task force, Mayorga Gonzalez was the subject of a November 2016 seizure of nine kilograms (19.84 pounds) of heroin and $400,000.

“Specifically, during the prior investigation a cooperating witness stated that Mayorga Gonzalez was a coordinator f0r large amounts of heroin coming into the Dayton area and was also involved with the collection of large amounts of drug proceeds,” the special agent wrote. A prosecutor and defense attorney both said Tuesday that Mayorga Gonzalez was not arrested the 2016 case.

The affidavit said that the DEA obtained a search warrant earlier this month for the “target residence”and located Zapeda-Ibarria inside along with evidence.

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The evidence mentioned included a hydraulic press, Tyvek suits, face masks and more than $150,000 cash, three kilograms of suspected fentanyl in the attic floor, a loaded handgun, scales and suspected drug cutting agents.

Mayorga Gonzalez was found with a key to the residence, according to the complaint, which stated that both men admitted to being in the country illegally.

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No phones, social media ordered for middle school students facing felony charges for nude photos and video

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:24 PM


Two Wilson Middle School students will be back in court next month to appear before a juvenile judge on felony charges involving nude photos and video.

The 12-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl who are students in the Hamilton school were arrested earlier this month and charged with illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

According to police reports, the male student obtained pictures and a video of the female performing sex acts on herself. The male student then sent the material to other students via his cell phone.

FIRST REPORT: 2 Hamilton middle school student charged with felonies related to explicit photos, videos

The 12-year-olds were arraigned on Wednesday before a Butler County juvenile court magistrate, where no plea was entered, according to Rob Clevenger, court administrator. A pre-trial hearing before county juvenile court Judge Ronald Craft is scheduled for March 26.

At Wednesday’s hearing, the two defendants were ordered to be under supervision of court monitoring, have no cell phone or access to social media and use the internet for school purposes only.

Hamilton Sgt. Brian Robinson compared the charges the duo are facing to possessing or distributing child pornography.

“There is a big difference between this and sexting,” he said.

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Did you hear gunfire last night from a roaming pickup truck? Police are asking for help

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:30 AM


Ross Township police are asking for information about shots fired Tuesday night.

At about 9 p.m., police received several calls from residents reporting gunfire in Ross and Hanover Townships, according to the department’s Facebook post.

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Witnesses reported the gunshots were originating from a large, loud, black pickup truck roaming the area. Officers investigating the shots fired recovered several shell casings. No property damage has been reported and the truck was not located.

If anyone has any information concerning the truck or occupants, please contact the Ross Township Police Department at 513-863-2337.

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Sentencing for man who killed mother with child in car delayed

Published: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 3:54 PM
Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 3:30 AM

Brandon Carr
Brandon Carr

UPDATE @ 9:05 a.m. (Feb. 21):

Sentencing for Brandon Carr has been delayed until Mar. 8 at 9 a.m.

UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m. (Feb. 6):

Brandon Carr, 36, was found guilty Tuesday in the shooting death of Brittany Russell, prosecutor’s said.

Prosecutor’s said Carr was found guilty as charged.  His sentencing is set for Feb. 21 at 9:45 a.m.


The man accused of shooting a Middletown mother to death in a car, where her 6-month-old daughter was discovered unharmed, is set for trial today.

Brandon Carr, 36, of Hamilton is charged with aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, endangering children and having weapons under disability in connection to the killing of Brittany Russell, 29, of Middletown.

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Russell’s body was found inside a vehicle in an apartment parking lot off Free Pike in Dayton in early February 2016.

Russell’s 6-month-old daughter was in the backseat of the vehicle, but was not harmed, authorities said.

The U.S. Marshal’s Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team arrested Carr on March 14, 2017, at an address on Cornell Drive in Dayton.

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