$25,000 reward for help locating suspected bath salts dealer

Published: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 3:45 PM
Updated: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 3:45 PM

The alleged kingpin of a bath salts trafficking operation in Warren County now has a $25,000 bounty on his head.

Eli Ohayon, 33, of Louisville, Ky., went missing sometime prior to his last court date on Oct. 2, 2012. Judge James Flannery ruled last month that his $100,000 bond will be forfeited to the county.

Ohayon; Misty Davis, 29, of Nabb, Ind.; and James Lewellen, 24, of Charlestown, Ind., were all involved in a bust that netted 17,140 packages of “bath salts” — with a street value of $685,600 — from a Mason business in November 2011. The trio were indicted last spring.

Valerie Murray, who put up his bail, said she has a lead on him and she won’t stop looking until she catches him. She’s offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

“I’ve had 72 skips and he’s the only one I haven’t caught,” Murray said. “I’m not just throwing my hands up and saying it’s over with. I take my job very seriously. In the state of Ohio we are considered officers of the court and my job is to make sure the victims have their day in court. I don’t care if it was a $1,000 bond, I wouldn’t stop.”

A botched fake robbery in Mason turned into the biggest “bath salts” drug bust in Warren County, and possibly the region. Davis and Ohayon were originally charged with 18 counts of drug trafficking and engaging in corrupt activity. Davis pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony count of corrupt activity and has agreed to a two-year prison term with no early judicial release. The couple originally faced more than 120 years in prison if they were found guilty and sentenced consecutively on all counts.

Lewellen was charged with two drug counts, safecracking, grand theft and corrupt activity. He pleaded guilty to safecracking and corrupt activity and has agreed to four years behind bars with no early release. He was supposed to be officially sentenced on Friday but the hearing was delayed for a second time.

Ohayon and Davis had allegedly been selling the banned substance under names like “Brilliance,” “Sparkle” and “Super Grow Plant Food” until Lewellen allegedly tried to rob them, Prosecutor David Fornshell said.

An investigation led police to an office on Mason-Montgomery Road where Davis and Ohayon were running a “bath salts” operation, according to Fornshell.

Bath salts were banned by the legislature in Ohio two years ago. The innocuous sounding drugs can produce hallucinations, a high similar to cocaine and are highly addictive, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

There is more information about Ohayon at www.murraybailbonds.com.

Crews respond to 2 fires this week at same Miamisburg house

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 12:30 a.m. (Oct. 21)

The Miami Valley Fire District responded twice this week to fires at the same East Central Avenue address in Miamisburg.

A kitchen fire reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. brought crews Friday night. A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution because she was light-headed, battalion chief Glenn Jirka said.

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The property owner said there was a fire earlier this week to the detached garage, but that she did not want to provide further details about that incident.

Jirka said all fires are considered suspicious until a cause can be determined.

“There was a fire at this same address early this week,” Jirka said. “We’ll be taking a look at that but right now we don’t have any connection; we don’t have any reason to believe there is a connection.”

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The tenants who live in the two units are displaced because of the damage to the dwelling, Jirka said.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital tonight to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The property owner said there was a fire last week at the home’s detached  garage, though she would not provide further details about that incident.

The owner of the dwelling in the 700 block of East Central Avenue said there are three people who live on the first floor: an infant, the woman and the woman’s mother. There is one person who lives on the second floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Miami Valley Fire District.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

1 drug arrest but none for OVI at Dayton checkpoint

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

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UPDATE @ 1:45 a.m. (Oct. 21)

An OVI checkpoint Friday night led to one drug arrest but no arrests for impaired driving.

Dayton conducted two checkpoints, with a combined 251 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, according to a release sent early today by the Dayton Police Department.

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At the checkpoint at East Third and Terry streets, of the 137 motorists there were 11 diverted. Citations issued include six with a suspended license and eight with no driver’s license. In patrols around the checkpoint, there were five traffic stops that led to the drug arrest; one driver with no license and another with a suspended license.

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At the checkpoint at South Keowee and East Fifth streets, of the 114 motorists there were seven diverted. Citations issued include three for a suspended license; two for no driver’s license and one driver with temps who did not have a licensed driver in the car. Patrols around the checkpoint led to one stop with a misdemeanor warrant arrest, the release stated.

FIRST REPORT

OVI checkpoints will be held between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in two Dayton locations.

Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.

State law requires law enforcement to announce sobriety checkpoints ahead of time.

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. 

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According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends

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Cedarville HS band plays Greenon fight song in honor of student killed in crash

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:44 PM

At tonight's Greenon vs Cedarville game, Cedarville's band played Greenon's fight song to honor Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, who died in a car accident on Sunday (CONTRIBUTED/Mariah Gossett).

The Cedarville High School marching band tonight played the Greenon High School fight song in honor of the marching band member killed in a weekend crash.

The Cedarville band faced Greenon fans when they played the fight song.

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It was in tribute of 16-year-old Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a Greenon  junior who was a passenger in a car that crashed Sunday afternoon on Fowler Road in Clark County. He was a member of the marching band and on the swim team.

The musical tribute happened during the football game at the Cedarville stadium, which Greenon’s varsity team won with a score of 7-6. Video above was contributed by student Mariah Gossett.

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The driver of the car was a fellow Greenon student, 16-year-old Andrew Scott, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

DePhillip was the third Greenon student to die in a crash this academic year.

A crash in August killed David Waag and Connor Williams.

New Carlisle news photographer shot by deputy back at work

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:43 PM

New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.
New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.

Andy Grimm, the New Carlisle News photographer shot on the job by a deputy last month, was spotted working today at an accident scene.

News Center 7 photographer Jim Noelker this evening caught up with Grimm today when they both responded to a crash in New Carlisle.

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Grimm showed Noelker where the bullet entered on the left side of his torso and came out on his side.

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He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 by Clark County Sheriff’s deputy Jacob Shaw at a crash scene. Shaw said he shot Grimm because in the dark he mistook the tripod Grimm was carrying for a gun.