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2 gunpoint robberies of Dollar General stores in Dayton, Harrison Twp.

Published: Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 7:31 PM
Updated: Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Two Dollar Generals robbed at gunpoint in Mont. Co.

UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m.

Two gunpoint robberies of Dollar General stores within a half hour tonight may have been committed by the same suspect.

Dayton police were called around 7:20 p.m. to the store at 2228 N. Gettysburg Ave. There were five customers inside the store when the suspect -- described as a 5-foot-6 man with glasses wearing all dark clothing -- pointed a gun at a clerk before fleeing on foot, Dayton police Sgt. Ryan Halburnt said. It is unknown whether the suspect later got into a car, he said.

At 7:50 p.m., Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies were called to 4580 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp. for an armed robbery. The suspect fled on foot behind the business, but a K-9 track did not lead to the suspect, Sgt. Janice Whittaker stated in a release.

Halburnt said detectives from both jurisdictions would work together to see whether the suspect is the same man.

Anyone with information is urged to call 937-333-STOP(7867).

UPDATE @ 8 p.m.

A second Dollar General store was robbed at gunpoint tonight, this one in Harrison Twp.

Deputies were called shortly before 8 p.m. to 4580 N. Main St. after a suspect pointed a gun at a cashier and fled with an unknown amount of money on foot. There may be a gold or tan vehicle connected to the suspect, according to initial reports.

The suspect is described as a man in his 20s wearing glasses and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

That is the same description of the suspect in the gunpoint robbery tonight at a Dollar General on North Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton.

FIRST REPORT

Police were called tonight to Dollar General in Dayton after it was robbed at gunpoint.

The call came in around 7:20 p.m. at the store, 2228 N. Gettysburg Ave.

According to initial reports, the suspect showed a gun and was wearing glasses and a black hooded sweatshirt.

Crime tape surrounds Lev’s Pawn Shop; coroner’s office on scene

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 1:02 PM

Salem Ave Police Shootout

Yellow crime scene tape surrounded Lev’s Pawn Shop this afternoon as law enforcement agencies investigated a fatal incident.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office was on scene for at least one person killed, and two people were seen in the back of a police cruiser.

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Officers were called at 10:47 p.m. by Riverside police to the pawn shop, 3551 Salem Ave., in Harrison Twp., according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. No information was available on what led police there.

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A witness at the scene told our crew on scene that the incident began as a robbery, but dispatch did not confirm that report.

We are on scene and will update this report as we learn details.

Deputies: Florida man tries to order burrito from bank, gets charged with DUI

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:28 PM

Florida Man Charged With DUI After Ordering Burrito From Bank

Police in Florida arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after authorities said he attempted to order a burrito from a Bank of America after confusing it for a Taco Bell, according to multiple reports.

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Records from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office show authorities arrested Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, on Wednesday.

The manager of the Bank of America branch on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill, Martin Claussen, called authorities Wednesday afternoon after he said he found a blue Hyundai in the bank’s drive-up bank lane with a man who appeared to be passed out inside, WTSP reported.

Claussen said he had to bang on the car window several times before Francisco awoke, according to the Tampa Bay Times. When Francisco saw the bank manager, deputies said he tried to order a burrito.

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Claussen told Francisco that he was not at a Taco Bell and Francisco drove the Hyundai to the bank’s front parking lot, according to the Times. Deputies said he was in the front parking lot, the car still idling, when authorities arrived.

In an arrest report, a deputy wrote that Francisco “made several statements that were differing from reality” and denied asking Claussen for a burrito. Deputies said his responses during a field sobriety test “were slow in a way that was consistent with someone on prescription narcotics,” WTSP reported. He was given a drug test, the results of which were pending.

During a search of the Hyundai, deputies said they found prescription medication that had been made out in Francisco’s name, according to the Times.

Jail records show Francisco was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and released Thursday afternoon on a $500 bond.

Area law enforcement using hotel guest lists to track drug dealers 

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:57 PM

Area law enforcement using hotel guest lists to track drug dealers

In an effort to combat drugs coming into the area, local law enforcement agencies have started asking hotels to hand over guest lists so they can conduct background searches.
Although the move raises privacy concerns, law enforcement officials said it’s necessary, given the area’s drug epidemic, said Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Brem, commander of the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force.

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His unit looks to stop the flow of drugs into the area and the flow of money out of the area. They check bus hubs, package delivery services, highways, and yes, hotels. 

In 2017 Montgomery County had 500 drug deaths and 3,000 overdoses, and Brem said his unit’s determined reverse that trend while respecting people’s rights and privacy. 

“We have someone bringing enough drugs to kill a lot of people, we have to make sure that stops,” he said. “We talk to the clerk, we followed this guy here, so we talk to that clerk, that manager of the hotel.”

Deputies don’t review and do background searches on entire guest lists when they get them, Brem said. They already know who they are looking for, so they run only those names. 

Miller lane in the Butler Twp. area and Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. are two areas with high concentrations of temporary residents who investigators check.

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Some hotel staffers this news organization contacted for comments declined to speak on the record. But one said federal law enforcement agencies, including Homeland Security, also ask for guest lists. 

Jeffery Wallace, a New York resident who was a guest in an area hotel Friday, said he has no issues with hotels giving law enforcement his name.

“That’s their job, they’re supposed to, if I was an officer, I’d do it,” he said. 

Man caught entering Manchester Inn by K-9s training fined $100

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:43 PM


            Nicholas Tsakeris, 18, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and was fined $100 and court costs Friday morning in Middletown Municipal Court.
Nicholas Tsakeris, 18, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and was fined $100 and court costs Friday morning in Middletown Municipal Court.

A Middletown man pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and was fined $100 and court costs for breaking and entering a closed downtown hotel.

Nicholas Tsakeris, 18, also was told Friday morning to stay away from the Manchester Inn, which closed seven years ago, by Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron.

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Tsakeris and a 17-year-old boy allegedly entered the Manchester Inn on Wednesday afternoon. They were seen entering the hotel by Middletown’s police chief and two new city council members who were having lunch Wednesday on the fourth floor of the City Building.

Chief Rodney Muterspaw, who was meeting with council members Joe Mulligan and Ami Vitori, called police dispatch to report the suspicious activity at the hotel.

As the two suspects, Tsakeris and a juvenile, were illegally trying to enter the Manchester Inn, the police department’s K-9 team was training along with eight agencies of the Southwest Regional K-9 Training Team at the city’s K-9 training center near the Middletown Regional Airport.

“Bad timing,” Muterspaw said with a laugh. “Real bad.”

Middletown’s K-9 officers Bear, Chase and Koda, along with dogs from the other police agencies, entered the building, said officer Ryan Morgan, Chase’s handler. Morgan said there were 11 dogs stationed in and around the Manchester Inn.

“Dogs were barking everywhere,” Morgan said.

While Morgan and Chase were on the second floor, Chase, a 4-year-old German shepherd, indicated he smelled human scent, Morgan said. When they found the subjects hiding in a hotel room, Chase “showed force” and the subjects quickly surrendered, he said.

The incident showed there is “no better training than real-life scenarios,” Morgan said.