Urbana man arrested on drug, weapons charges after raid

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 12:42 PM

Police activity on Dallas Road

UPDATE @ 6:13 p.m.:

The suspect arrested following a raid at an Urbana Twp. home was identified as 43-year-old Michael D. Ropp, according to Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin.

Ropp was booked this evening into the Tri-County Jail on suspicion of aggravated drug trafficking; aggravated possession of drugs; weapons under disability stemming from a previous indictment out of Greene County for felonious assault; tampering with evidence; and unlawful possession of dangerous ordinance, according to the sheriff. He is being held without bond awaiting arraignment.

Michael Ropp

The Champaign County Sheriff's Office, Springfield Police Division, Shelby County Sheriffs Office and Clark County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the home in Urbana Twp. about 8:16 a.m., Melvin said in a release Thursday evening.  

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The Champaign County Sheriff’s office executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Dallas Road in Urbana Thursday afternoon. The warrant dealt with drugs and weapons, officials said. 

Sheriff Matt Melvin said authorities seized narcotics, cash and weapons. He said the investigation is ongoing, and no further information was immediately available Thursday afternoon.

Man accused of killing father, leaving corpse on couch for weeks

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 8:03 AM

Arrested man in handcuffs with handcuffed hands behind back (stock photo).
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Arrested man in handcuffs with handcuffed hands behind back (stock photo).(BrianAJackson/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Tyler Swantek, 24, was already in custody on drug charges when police tacked on a first-degree murder charge.

Police said he killed his father, Todd Swantek, and left the corpse on the couch for weeks. The Standard-Speaker reported that Swantek allegedly shot his father in the head with a rifle.

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Police reportedly were called to the scene in Frackville, Pennsylvania, in late May by a friend of Todd Swantek’s, who had not heard from the father for a month. When police entered the house, they found a gruesome scene: The badly decomposed body was on the couch, covered in blankets and a sleeping bag, the Standard-Speaker reported. Police said they searched the house and found the rifle, which they believe to be the murder weapon, in Tyler Swantek’s bedroom.

There were a number of candles and air fresheners in the house, apparently put out in an attempt to mask the smell, the Standard-Speaker reported. Police said that when they interviewed Tyler Swantek about his father’s death, he showed no emotion. An autopsy report suggested that the body may have been on the couch for months before it was discovered. Swantek appeared in court where he asked for reduced bail for drug charges, but the judge didn’t agree to the deal. The judge reportedly said, “He’s a danger to himself and society.”


8 found dead, 28 injured inside semi-trailer at Texas Walmart

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 4:36 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 8:07 AM

8 Found Dead, 28 Injured Inside Semi-Trailer At Texas Walmart

Multiple people were found dead early Sunday inside a semi-trailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart.

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Last of 5 men charged in Miami County home invasion, shooting pleads guilty

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 6:09 PM

Eric Santos
Miami County Jail
Eric Santos(Miami County Jail)

The last of five men admitted his role in a September 2016 home invasion and shooting in Union Twp.

Eric Santos, 22, of Trotwood, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated burglary with a gun specification; conspiracy to aggravated burglary; and felonious assault. He was scheduled to go on trial next week in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

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Santos was among five men arrested in the Sept. 29 invasion of a North Montgomery County Line Road residence, during which shots were fired by the intruders and homeowner. The incident was believed to be drug-related, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the men, Keason Twitty, 25, of Dayton, was seriously injured. He pleaded guilty in January to felony charges. Co-defendants Corey Dixon, 18, of Englewood, pleaded guilty in April; James Benton, 24, address at large; and Kristian Martinez, 23, of Phillipsburg. The homeowner was not charged.

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None of the defendants have been sentenced. Santos is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 21.

As part of the plea agreements, prosecutors will recommend seven-year prison terms. However, Judge Jeannine Pratt said she is not required to follow the recommendations and could impose longer sentences.

Police seek driver in hit-and-run crash on NB I-75 in West Carrollton

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 10:33 PM

FROM SCENE: Multiple vehicle crash on I-75 North

UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m.

A hit-and-run driver struck another motorist tonight in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in West Carrollton.

What was initially reported around 9:20 p.m. as a multiple-vehicle crash was a two-car crash with other motorists who stopped to help, according to the West Carrollton Police Department.

One person was taken to a local hospital with injuries that appear to be minor, police said.


We’re hearing reports of a multiple-vehicle crash tonight in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in West Carrollton.

At least one injury was reported in the crash involving four to five vehicles that happened around 9:20 p.m. in the far left lane south of Exit 47, according to initial reports.