5 local men face federal drug charges in alleged prison drug ring

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:38 PM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

            U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman. CONTRIBUTED
U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman. CONTRIBUTED

Seven men — including five with ties to the Dayton area — face federal charges related to distribution of methamphetamine, said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin Glassman.

The Sept. 28 indictment unsealed this week alleges the men, including a corrections officer, attempted to deliver methamphetamine to the Chillicothe Correctional Institute for distribution within the state prison.

The indictment charged the following men with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine:

• James Barlage, Jr., 31, of Chillicothe

• Mario Evans, 40, formerly of Dayton

• Edward E. Bellman, 45, formerly of Miamisburg

• Moses M. Stevens, 53, formerly of Xenia

• Jon Christopher Birt, 50, of Dayton

• Jamie L. Naegele, 47, of Brookville

• Anthony Scott Blankenship, 32, of Columbus

Barlage and Blankenship are also charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to Glassman. Conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine are each crimes punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The indictment alleges that Barlage was employed as a corrections officer at Chillicothe Correctional Institute in June and July 2017, according to the press release. At the same time, Evans, Bellman and Stevens were inmates at the prison, Glassman said.

Glassman said Birt would obtain the drugs from his suppliers and he and Naegele would arrange for the delivery of the methamphetamine to the prison.

“The defendants allegedly used at least one unauthorized cell phone within the prison to coordinate payment for the drugs and exchange of the drugs for transportation to CCI,” Glassman said in a press release. “They also allegedly used Western Union to transfer funds for the drugs.”

Glassman said Birt, Barlage and Naegele have been arrested and have made their initial appearances. Arrest warrants were issued for the remaining defendants, Glassman said.

Evans was incarcerated in 1995 after an aggravated robbery, felonious assault, theft and weapons under disability conviction, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records. Dayton Daily News archives show the man, then 18, pleaded guilty to the charges in connection with shooting a Dayton police officer.

Bellman entered prison in November after a weapons under disability and possession of drugs conviction in Montgomery County, according to prison records. He was also convicted of breaking and entering in Greene County, according to the records.

Stevens is serving time after a 2009 conviction on possession of criminal tools, aggravated robbery and weapon under disability charges, according to prison records.

Florida woman gets injured in robbery, threatens to sue homeowner

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 3:36 PM

Pasco County Sheriff's Office
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A woman in the Tampa area allegedly stole items from a home on Sunday and then threatened to sue the owner when she got hurt. 

Pasco County Sheriff deputies said Julie Upright stole 42 loading decorative blocks that were in the yard of the home, Bay News 9 reports.

The victim said the stolen blocks were worth $10 each and part of a remodeling project, according to Bay News 9. He caught Upright taking the blocks in the front yard. 

Upright told deputies that she thought the blocks were “trash” and threatened to sue the owner because she hurt her back while loading them into her car. 

Deputies took her to the local jail on charges of grand theft. 

Read more at baynews9.com

Moraine officer-involved shooting: 5 questions we’re asking

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:15 PM

Sky 7 footage of the Signal 99 in Moraine

Two Moraine police officers fired their weapons at a 23-year-old man Friday, killing him on scene, police said.

Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson said the man — identified by the Montgomery County Coroner as Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton — pointed a gun at officers, who were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Pinnacle Park Drive.

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The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will conduct an independent investigation into the shooting, a BCI spokeswoman told this news organization.

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Richardson said the Moraine department will have more information in a later press conference.

Here are five outstanding questions about this morning’s shooting in Moraine:

1. What type of gun did the man shot have? Moraine police said that “the officers located the suspect in the vehicle, the suspect pointed a handgun at the officers and two Moraine police officers responded with gunfire.” Police have not said what type of handgun McShann had.

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2. What warnings, if any, were officers able to give the suspect? We do not know if officers were able to warn the man to drop the gun before shooting him.

3. Who are the officers who fired at the man? This newsroom has asked for more information about the officers who fired at McShann. Specifically, we’ve asked for their personnel files and whether they are still on-duty. Typically after an officer-involved shooting, the officer will go on an administrative leave during the investigation.

4. When was Moraine’s last officer-involved shooting? The Dayton Daily News I-Team’s database of officer involved shootings does not list any Moraine police shootings. Using news coverage and other records, the I-Team’s database keeps a tally of all known area officer-involved shootings since 1995.

5. What is McShann’s background? We are seeking more information about the man shot to death.

Thief unwittingly leaves wallet, photo ID at crime scene

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

A thief unwittingly turned himself in after leaving his wallet behind after leaving a Dayton store.

Police said they were dispatched to Dollar General on 2312 N. Main St. in Dayton around 8 a.m. Saturday, and found a wallet left behind by one of the suspects. Police found several items with the suspect’s name on them, including a photo ID. 

The second suspect was identified as a heavyset man between 30 and 40, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. The suspect ran away on foot south through the nearby alley, appearing to have several items hidden under his sweatshirt. 

According to reports, police found hangers with five children’s outfits near the wallet, as well as three packs of Ivory soap and a Halloween mask.

Dayton K-9 unit searching for armed robbery suspect

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

UPDATE @ 10:32 a.m.

Police continue to search for the suspect in a reported armed robbery at a Dayton Dollar General Saturday morning.

Dispatchers said police have yet to find a person matching the description of the suspect.


Dayton police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed a South Gettysburg business at gunpoint Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. 

Crews were dispatched to the Dollar General at 888 South Gettysburg Avenue around 9:12 on a reported armed robbery. 

Initial reports indicate a man in a black ball cap robbed the store and left on foot in an unknown direction. 

Dispatchers reported police are using a K-9 unit to search for the suspect in the area. 

We will continue to follow updates in this developing story.

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