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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.

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Troy man who posed as Clark County firefighter sentenced to prison

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 8:26 AM


            Jeremy Aldrich was sentenced Feb. 21, 2018, for forgery after investigators said he posed as a firefighter. CONTRIBUTED.
Jeremy Aldrich was sentenced Feb. 21, 2018, for forgery after investigators said he posed as a firefighter. CONTRIBUTED.

TROY — A Troy man who police said posed as a firefighter using forged documents was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in prison on two felony forgery charges in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Jeremy Aldrich, 25, pleaded guilty to the charges in January.

Aldrich could be released early from prison if he stays out of trouble and provides a plan to address mental health issues, Judge Jeannine Pratt said.

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A Troy police officer reported he started checking into Aldrich when he saw a Ford Crown Victoria with red and white flashing lights on the roof while the officer was investigating a wreck on West Main Street near Interstate 75 in November. After more checks, the officer reported he was told by a police captain that firefighters had reported seeing the car show up at ambulance calls in town and that the driver claimed to be with the Springfield Twp. Fire Department in Clark County.

Additional checks found that the driver had said he worked for another department when police had contact with him during an incident at his place of employment earlier in 2017. Police said they were unable to verify any employment by Aldrich by a fire department or any required certifications.

Aldrich was arrested later in November. Police said they found a firefighter turnout coat, scanner, medical shears, handcuff case, vehicle lock out kit and a BB gun a among other items in his car. They said Aldrich admitted to forging the signature of a Clark County fire official to obtain the special license plates. The second forgery charge involved a fake ID. A charge of tampering with records was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Public defender Joe Fulker told Pratt that Aldrich made a “very bad decision” when forging the documents to pose as a firefighter.

Aldrich said he now realizes “what I did was wrong and selfish.” He said he hid his activity from family and friends. “I realize I don’t need a title to keep me happy,” he said.

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Pratt read Aldrich’s criminal record that included juvenile adjudications for domestic violence, theft, identify fraud and adult convictions for inducing panic - a bomb threat in Clark County - and making a false alarm.

“You have a course of conduct that is very concerning. The community around you could be at risk as well as the people around you,” Pratt said, telling Aldrich his mental health issues had to be addressed.

In a letter to the court in late November, Aldrich wrote he knew what he did was wrong. “I did it not to hurt people, but to help them. I would often stop on the highway to help someone who was broken down and I said I was on the department, show my ‘badge’ and ID so they knew was was there to help, which usually put them at ease,” he said.

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Springfield man accused of abduction, stomping on woman’s head

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:45 PM


            Jonathan J. Rockey
Jonathan J. Rockey

A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly abducted a woman he knows and stomped on her head in Pike Twp. last week.

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Jonathan J. Rockey, 36, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to one count each of domestic violence, abduction, disrupting public services, assault, menacing and unauthorized use of a vehicle in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning. Bond was set at $23,500.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the intersection of Studebaker Road and Ayers Pike for an active domestic violence dispute on Feb. 17. The victim and another man who stopped to help told deputies the suspect just drove off in a minivan towards Miami County, according to a police report.

A witness told deputies he was driving on Ayers Pike when he heard a woman calling for help. As he pulled up to the van, he allegedly saw Rockey stomping on a woman’s head. The witness told Rockey he had an active concealed carry permit, the report said. Rockey allegedly threatened the witness, he said.

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The victim told deputies she had just arrived home in New Carlisle when Rockey asked her to go on a car ride, the report said. Rockey allegedly had alcohol on his breath and threw the victim’s phone into the back of the car so she wouldn’t be able to reach it. Rockey drove to some woods the victim wasn’t familiar with and allegedly refused to take her home, the report said.

Rockey accused the woman of cheating on him and allegedly told her if she didn’t tell the truth she wouldn’t make it out of the woods alive, the report said. The victim began yelling for help and Rockey allegedly pulled her out of the vehicle and began stomping on her head and stomach until the witness arrived to help. The victim told deputies multiple times she believed he was going to kill her, it said.

Rockey was taken into custody by deputies on Monday evening in New Carlisle, according to jail records.

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Driver cited in ambulance crash in Warren County

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 4:20 PM


            The driver accused of causing this head-on crash with an ambulance in Warren County has been cited into court.
The driver accused of causing this head-on crash with an ambulance in Warren County has been cited into court.

The Lebanon man driving the truck that crashed head-on into an ambulance earlier this month, sending himself and three people to the hospital for treatment, is to appear in court Thursday on a misdemeanor charge.

Jesse C. Jones, 21, of Lebanon, was charged with “lanes of travel” on Tuesday in Warren County Court.

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On Feb. 9, Jones, two ambulance technicians and a woman they were transporting to a hospital after she suffered a stroke, were treated after the three-vehicle crash on Ohio 122 outside Red Lion in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County.

Jones and the ambulance techs were treated and released.

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Marjorie Bottorff, 52, the person being transported at the time of the crash, remained in serious condition on Wednesday at Miami Valley Hospital.

Jones is required to appear for his arraignment scheduled for 1:20 p.m. Thursday at the county court in Lebanon.

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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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