Man sentenced for role in large-scale heroin drug ring

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

            Erick Segura

TROY – A Tipp City man who pleaded guilty to 34 felonies including drug trafficking and money laundering in what prosecutors said was a large-scale operation bringing heroin and methamphetamines into the Dayton area was sentenced today to 10 years in prison.

Erick Segura, 24, pleaded guilty to the charges in March as part of a plea deal with Miami County prosecutors, who agreed to recommend the 10 years.

He could have received up to 109 years in prison after pleading to one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity; conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity; carrying a concealed weapon; possession of marijuana; possession of methamphetamines; two counts of possession of heroin; two counts of money laundering; and 25 counts of trafficking in heroin.

The sentence was imposed by Judge Jeannine Pratt in county Common Pleas Court.

Segura said he let his wife and children down and knew the day in court was coming since initial arrests in the investigation in 2013.

Erick Segura was among eight people indicted by a county grand jury last year and accused of smuggling large quantities of drugs in Miami and surrounding counties in 2013. Sheriff Dave Duchak said the investigation included execution of search warrants in Miami, Montgomery and Clark counties and examination of documents including bank records.

Four of those indicted were arrested and four remain at large.

Segura relatives – brother Mario Segura, 32, and Erick’s wife, Aleesha Segura, 22 – also were charged and remain in jail. They have pleaded not guilty. Jose Barajas, 34, formerly of Huber Heights, pleaded guilty to four felony charges March 21, as part of a plea deal in which three years in prison was recommended. He will be sentenced May 2.

Erick Segura also agreed to the forfeiture of two vehicles, allegedly purchased with proceeds from drug trafficking. They were a 2008 Chrysler 300 and a 2007 GMC Sierra. NANCY BOWMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Missing woman found in well hole in neighbor’s shed; man charged with kidnapping

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 3:19 PM

Police arrested a man Wednesday morning after authorities found a missing woman trapped inside his shed.

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Jennifer Elliot was reported missing just after midnight Wednesday and was found around 4 a.m. after residents heard her cries coming from a shed on Central Avenue in Blanchester. 

Police went to the 100 block of Central Avenue after a neighbor reported hearing screams coming from the property. Once authorities arrived, they entered a shed in the backyard and found a woman in a well hole covered by multiple objects.

Authorities arrested Dennis Dunn on kidnapping charges after a four-hour standoff with Blanchester police. He was taken to the Clinton County Jail. 

Elliot was taken to the hospital and has since been released. Police said officers saw no obvious signs of physical trauma to Elliott.

Police said Elliot had previously reported that Dunn harassed her. Elliott and Dunn live on the same street.

Elliot filed a report with police in October after she said she got harassing phone calls and texts from Dunn. Elliott declined to participate in any prosecution of Dunn in that case.

Police Chief Scott Reinbolt said Dunn has a history of mental illness.

Veteran, soldier boyfriend accused of shooting, killing therapy dog on video

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:16 AM

Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 25
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

A North Carolina Army veteran and her soldier boyfriend are facing animal cruelty charges after they allegedly tied her PTSD therapy dog to a tree and filmed themselves shooting and killing the animal.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jarren Heng, 25, laughed on video as they shot Rollins' dog, Cam, with a rifle, said Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves.

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Rollins shot Cam, previously named Huey, in the head before firing at him multiple times, the arrest warrant said. Heng also shot the dog on video, the Observer reported.

Rollins, who retired from the Army earlier this year for medical reasons, implied in an April 17 Facebook post that she had found a new home for Cam, the Observer reported.

"Sad he has to go, but he will be much happier where he is heading off to," she wrote, to which Heng replied, "He's gonna have such a great new life," according to the Observer.

Bail was set for $25,000 each for the pair.


Child dies every 9 days from being left alone, inside hot car

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 4:44 PM

A child dies alone in a hot car every 9 days according to April 26 is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day. STOCK PHOTO
Breaking News Staff

Summer hasn’t arrived yet in the United States and already 5 children have died if heatstroke after being left alone inside a hot car, according

A child dies every nine days from being left in a hot car, according to the organization that is trying to raise awareness and prevent more tragedy.

A boy died in Moraine  last summer after being found inside a car. 

April 26 is National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Awareness and Prevention Day. 

What parents may not realize is how fast temperatures can rise in a car on an average temperature day. For example, a 70-degree day outside can mean temperatures of 125-degrees inside a car.  Heatstroke can set in quickly in kids.


Steps to prevent leaving a child in a hot car: 

  • Put something in the back seat so you have to open the back door when leaving the vehicle - cellphone, employee badge, handbag, left shoe, etc. 
  • Every time you park your vehicle open the back door to make sure no one has been left behind. "Look Before You Lock." 
  • Ask your childcare provider or babysitter to call you within 10 minutes if your child hasn't arrived on time. 
  • Keep a stuffed animal in your child's car seat and move it to the front seat to remind you when your baby is in the back seat. 
  • Focus on driving and avoid cellphone calls and any other distractions while driving.  

>>RELATED: Atlanta dad going to prison after leaving son in hot car also encourages citizens to call 9-1-1 if they discover a child left alone in a car, and try to locate the driver. 

"If the child is in imminent danger, it may be necessary to break the window furthest away from the child to rescue them," stressed Janette Fennell, president and founder of

WATCH: Body camera captures cop saving man from jumping off 6-story building

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 2:39 PM

A police officer’s body camera captured his dramatic rescue of a man who tried to jump off a 6-story building. 

The Hamden, Connecticut officer chased the man up six flights of stairs after being called to the Whitney Center building to check on an emotionally disturbed man. 

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Almost immediately a chase began up six story staircase. 

The officer was able to grab the man and pull him back to safety as he tried to jump from terrace balcony. 

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Officer Justin Martin, who played basketball in college said he used his long reach to make the grab of his life. 

"Everybody got to go home safe and everything worked out well. I was able to help the community that day and I'm really glad it turned out that way," said Martin.