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The Harem shut down, 11 indicted on sex, drug, food stamp charges

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 10:08 AM
Updated: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck spoke on Friday and detailed the charges and arrests of 11 people during a strip club raid in Harrison Twp.

Calling The Harem strip club a “sex and drug den,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. announced Friday the business has been shut down after his office filed a motion for preliminary injunction. His office will seek to permanently close The Harem at 5825 North Dixie Dr.

Heck announced the indictments of 11 people — five of whom were arrested Thursday night during a raid of The Harem, The Living Room and Sharkey’s — during a Friday press conference about a 9-month investigation initiated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Undercover agents witnessed a number of liquor violations including dancers in full nudity,” Heck said. “They witnessed illegal drug transactions.”

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Those indicted are: Samantha Clay, 29, Dayton, on 33 counts; Samantha Childers, 30, Dayton, on 15 counts; Kayla Olivia Hatton, 22 , Dayton, on nine counts; Anna Barnes, 26, Middletown, on four counts; Sarah Barnes, 27, Piqua, on two counts; Melvin Bibbs, 58, Dayton, on four counts; Vanessa Graham (aka Schrider), 29, Englewood, on three counts; Ryan Perry, 32, Tipp City, on one count; Ciera Chastain, 24, Dayton, on four counts; Jennifer Rowland, 22, Springfield, on two counts; and Aaron Crenshaw, 30, Dayton, on seven counts.

Heck said five defendants were arrested Thursday and are in the Montgomery County Jail and that three more were arrested on unrelated charges.

Of the indicted 84 charges, the trafficking counts included cocaine, methamphetamine, carfentanil, fentanyl, marijuana and Oxycodone.

Several counts involved illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business, illegal uses of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) or WIC benefits and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

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“The undercover agents conducted controlled drug buys at The Harem from a number of the defendants and observed the trading of food stamps and the cards used to obtain food stamps in exchange for sex acts, for lap dances and even illegal drugs,” Heck said. “The undercover agents were propositioned for sex and observed other propositions and proposition transactions. In short, The Harem was being used basically as a sex and drug den.”

Some defendants will be arraigned Oct. 3 and others on Oct. 12. Efforts to reach The Harem’s owners or management were unsuccessful.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Katherine Huffman signed an ex parte temporary restraining order to close The Harem.

Heck said a hearing will happen in the next 10 days when his office will ask a judge to shut down the business. The hearing has not been scheduled.

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“Our goal is simply to have the court declare that The Harem is a public nuisance and its continued operation endangers the safety of the neighborhood and the citizens,” Heck said.

The OSHP said The Harem, Sharkey’s and The Living Room all were charged in an administrative case with the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for numerous violations.

Heck said the business alerted people when sheriff’s deputies — operating out of a nearby substation — entered so illegal activity could be hidden.

“It took undercover agents going inside and acting as patrons in order to uncover the scope of the criminal activity involved,” Heck said, saying Harrison Twp. residents deserve to “not have drug dealers and/or prostitutes roaming the streets or conducting illegal activity right at their front door.”

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Can you ID theft suspects from a Beavercreek AT&T store?

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:18 PM

Beavercreek police took to social media to help identify two theft suspects who make off with more than $4,000 in merchandise from an AT&T store.

The two men entered the store at approximately 6:15 p.m. March 21 and stole iPhones and notepads, according to a Facebook post.

Both suspects are described as men in their early 20s wearing black hooded sweatshirts. One was wearing black jeans as well, and the second man had a hoodie with the letters “LB” on the back who also was wearing red Jordan shoes and khakis, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detective John Bondy at 937-427-5520.

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Flames consume vacant house in Dayton

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:10 AM

Flames were shooting from the two-story house when crews were called around 11 p.m. to 917 Lorain Ave.

UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (March 24)

Flames consumed a vacant house Friday night on Lorain Avenue.

The two-story house had not been lived in for some time, and the source of the fire is under investigation because the dwelling had no utilities connected, Dayton fire officials said.

No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made.


Crews were called late Friday night to a fire at a vacant house.

Flames were shooting from the two-story house when crews were called around 11 p.m. to 917 Lorain Ave.

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

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Deputies: Man stabbed while walking in Jefferson Twp.

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:53 PM

Deputies are searching for a suspect who stabbed a man Friday night as he was was walking on Maeder Avenue.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched around 9:35 p.m. to the 20 block of Maeder Avenue, just off West Third Street.

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The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. The stab wound is not life-threatening, deputies said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Police: Man accused of brutal beating of boy hopes the two can be friends

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:33 PM

Steven Darrell Nelson
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Steven Darrell Nelson(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

An Arizona man accused in the brutal beating of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son admitted to injuring the child, but claimed it was "in a playful manner," police said.

Steven Darrell Nelson, 25, was arrested Tuesday on child abuse charges for an incident that took place in early February, police told

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The child suffered multiple injuries, including a broken leg, a lacerated liver and a perforated bowel, reported. In addition, the child suffered extensive bruising and had his hair pulled out by the roots, according to court documents.

The boy's mother denied that she or Nelson abused the child, but the child allegedly told police, "Steven hurt me," reported.

According to court records, Nelson admitted to police that he injured the child, but said it was "in a playful manner." Nelson told police he hoped he and the child could be friends one day, reported.

Nelson is being held on a $50,000 bond, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

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