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Dayton terrorism suspect wants access to surveillance records

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

            Laith Waleed Alebbini
Laith Waleed Alebbini

The Dayton man accused of trying to fly to Syria to join ISIS has asked the government to provide any of his intercepted communications captured under authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), according to court records.

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Federal public defender Thomas Anderson filed a motion in Dayton’s U.S. District Court asking prosecutors to provide or at least confirm the existence of any recordings of Laith Waleed Alebbini during an already scheduled in-chambers March 15 hearing.

Alebbini, 27, was indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) after he tried in April 2017 to board a flight to Jordan from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

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“The flight was purchased with funds provided by the FBI and given to Laith by a Confidential Informant working for the FBI,” Anderson wrote in his motion. “To date there has been no indication that Laith had any communication, whatsoever, with anyone from ISIS or purporting to be in any way affiliated with ISIS.

“The government’s theory is not that Laith was plotting any type of terrorist attack either in America or abroad, but rather that he intended to ultimately make his way to join ISIS in Syria for the sole purpose of killing (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad.”

Prosecutors have invoked the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) in the Alebbini case to “protect classified information from disclosure.”

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First Assistant U.S. Attorney Vipal Patel filed an “ex parte, in camera, and under seal motion” on March 1 — the same day as Anderson’s filing. A U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said they are unable to comment about the defense motion but plan to file a response in court next week.

In January, U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice overruled a defense motion to revoke Alebbini’s detention order. Rice noted in that ruling that he’s concerned that Alebbini doesn’t have meaningful access to the “voluminous discovery,” much of which is on compact discs which require a computer to access them.

The charge Alebbini faces has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. In February, Alebbini was moved and booked into the Shelby County Jail.

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Anderson wrote that, at a minimum, the government should confirm or deny the existence of intercepted communications. Anderson wants to be included in any in-camera or in-chambers sessions involving classified material.

“It is hard to imagine anything more essential to a defense of an attempt crime than the actual recorded words of the defendant intercepted by the government,” the motion said.

“As is true with any attempt charge, the crime has not been completed, and here the government bears the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Laith specifically intended to place himself under the direction and control of ISIS before he took a substantial step towards committing the alleged crime,” the motion continued.

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Baby revived with Narcan: Parents have history of drug incidents, records show

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Baby revived with Narcan

Parents of a 10-month-old girl revived with Narcan had several other run-ins with police in previous months involving drugs.

Medics and police responded July 15, 2017, to a report of an unresponsive 10-month-old in the 200 block of Billwood Road in Dayton. They had to administer Narcan, an overdose reversal drug, to revive her.

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Police charged her parents with felony child endangering, after police say 27-year-old Carmen Lovely and 30-year-old Andrew Reboulet tested positive for fentanyl, a drug also found in the baby's system. It’s not clear how the baby came in contact with the deadly drug, but experts say even a tiny bit of powder on her skin could have been enough to put her in shock.

Dayton police records from 2017 alone show a history of drug-related incidents involving the girl’s parents.

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In January 2017, police used Narcan to revive Reboulet. The next month, they revived Lovely. After they found her battered and partially clothed, officers wrote: “It appeared as she had been thrown from a vehicle after overdosing.”

In mid-May both parents were with their children at an elementary school. Police arrested Reboulet after they say he drove under the influence with his kids in the car. Officers wrote that Reboulet “almost fell with the baby in his hands. Baby with possible injuries from being dropped on head. (Parents) are screaming at the little boy, like it was his fault that the baby is injured.”

Police took Reboulet to jail, and medics took the infant to the hospital. Less than two months later, medics had to revive the infant.

Carmen Lovely and Andrew Reboulet(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

When asked why the couple still had custody of the baby at the time she was exposed to fentanyl, a Montgomery County Children Services spokesperson could only say: “We do have a current open case in this matter.” Case workers were not able to say when the case was opened nor where the children are now.

Both parents pleaded guilty to child endangerment. Reboulet did not get time in prison but was sent to the alternative MonDay Program.

Lovely will be sentenced April 9.

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UD’s St. Patrick’s Day revelry moves indoors after officers in riot gear push back crowds

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:35 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:34 PM

Police tell students and others that they are issuing an order to disburse

UPDATE @ 7:34 p.m.

University of Dayton officials released a statement tonight regarding the decision to clear the large crowds in the student neighborhood.

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“University of Dayton police and Dayton police determined that a large crowd blocking Lowes Street, throwing objects at police and others and not responding to police commands, presented an extremely dangerous situation on Saturday afternoon. Police orders to clear the street were not successful and police were withdrawn for safety reasons. Additional UD and Dayton police officers were called and moved to clear the street about 6:30 p.m. The street was cleared in about a half hour without incident. No one was arrested during the dispersal. A strong police presence will be in the student neighborhood Saturday night and on Sunday and if a similar crowd gathers, it will be ordered to disperse.”

UPDATE @ 7 p.m.

Police turned out in riot gear to disperse the St. Patrick’s Day revelry in the streets of the University of Dayton student neighborhood after students started throwing bottles and rocks at them, police said.

As police in crowd control gear were getting ready to walk down the street, a huge cheer went out for a Domino’s pizza delivery driver who brought a couple pies to a house nearby.

Other students started yelling at an officer who got out of the back of a SWAT vehicle. The officer said he’d rather be celebrating himself or at home watching NCAA tournament games.

With the streets clear and most students inside their homes, police were walking the streets, ordering stragglers who remained in yards and porches to go inside.

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.

Police cleared the streets of people in the student neighborhood, which were filled with a couple thousand students celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Officers in crowd-control gear were walking the streets, ordering students who remain outside to go indoors and lock their doors.

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Thousands of students are in the streets and front yards this afternoon, defying orders to leave or go inside.

The University of Dayton students, most wearing green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, took to the student neighborhood mostly in the Kiefaber Street area.

Dayton and University of Dayton officers in riot gear with shields in front blocked the street, using a loudspeaker to order students to return to their homes or leave the area.


There were earlier reports of students throwing bottles, rocks and firecrackers, with some hitting officers according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Vehicles were getting damaged, and some students had on football padding.

Around 5:30 p.m., there were 26 Dayton police cruisers with numerous Dayton police in riot gear. This was in addition to campus police on scene. There also were reports that police may be readying gas masks, possibly to deploy tear gas, according to scanner traffic.

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Amber Alert: 2 women in Warren County Jail; 4-year-old Sandusky boy found safe

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 8:26 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:33 AM

Left: Jennifer Hemchak, 35 Right: Tamara Montalvo, 37
Left: Jennifer Hemchak, 35 Right: Tamara Montalvo, 37

UPDATE @ 3:10 a.m. (March 17)

Jennifer Hemchak, 35, and Tamara Montalvo, 37, were arrested in connection to the abduction of a 4-year-old boy in Sandusky that prompted a statewide Amber Alert Friday night.

The women are currently in custody in Warren County Jail.

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Hamchak is the non-custodial parent of the boy, who was found safe.


A vigilant motorist helped authorities find a 4-year-old boy Friday night who was abducted Friday afternoon in Sandusky and was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert.

Police there said Jennifer Hemchak forcibly removed Q’Duai Hemchak from a car and sped away with him in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Florida license plates.

Shortly after a statewide Amber Alert was issued tonight that described the vehicle, plate number and provided photos of the Hemchaks to mobile phones, a 911 caller reported spotting a car that matched the description on southbound Interstate 75. Troopers pulled over that car in Monroe in Warren County.

“If it wasn’t for the fact that the caller, regular citizen with a cellphone, called in, we probably wouldn’t have been able to locate that car, if not as quick or at all, if we hadn’t had that help from that citizen,” Sgt. Tom Bloomberg of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

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Jennifer Hemchak was arrested after she was found at 8:30 p.m. riding in the car. Another woman was driving the car, and she, too, was arrested.

Hemchak’s 12-year-old daughter also was in the car and was taken to the Lebanon Post to be reunited with her father, troopers said.

As for D’Quai, he was taken to Erie County Children Services and his father has been notified, according to the highway patrol.


An Amber Alert is in effect across Ohio after a 4-year-old boy was abducted Friday afternoon in Sandusky.

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D’Quai Hemchak was “forcibly removed from a vehicle by Jennifer Ann Hemchak, a non-custodial parent.” The suspect then sped away in her car heading east, and the young boy is believed to be in “imminent danger.”

They are believed to be riding in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Florida license plate IWU-M23 and police say she could be headed to Florida.

D’Qai is described as 3 feet tall, weighing 30 to 35 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

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Police: Explosive devices discovered in Florida man's pickup truck at Sonny's BBQ

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

Hargis Johnson
Lake County Jail
Hargis Johnson(Lake County Jail)

A 46-year-old man was arrested Friday in Florida after explosive devices were discovered in his pickup truck in the parking lot of a Sonny's BBQ restaurant, police said.

Police were called to the restaurant and encountered Hargis Johnson, Clermont police Officer Erin Razo told WFTV.

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"In the bed of the truck were several 5-gallon buckets filled with bottles of gasoline," Razo said. "The bottles had rags sticking out of them."

The restaurant was evacuated and a highway was closed temporarily, police said.

"The Lake County Sheriff's Office bomb squad responded to the scene in reference to the multiple explosive devices located in the suspect vehicle," Razo said. "Officers also located a 'zip gun' inside the vehicle."

Investigators said the devices were deemed safe by the bomb squad and the roads were reopened, WFTV reported. No one was injured.

Razo said police don’t know what Johnson had planned.

Johnson was booked into the Lake County Jail on two counts of making/possessing a destructive device and one count of carrying a concealed firearm.

The incident remains under investigation.

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