$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.

Power restored after large outage in Preble Co.

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:46 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1:15 AM

Power restored after large outage in Preble Co.

UPDATE @ 1:15 a.m.

Power has been restored to nearly 1,700 DP&L customers in Preble County following an outage Monday morning, according to an online DP&L outage map. 

A call to DP&L has not been returned, and the cause of the outage remains unknown. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

Nearly 1,700 Dayton Power and Light customers are reported without power in Preble County early Monday morning, according to an online outage map. 

Dispatchers for the Preble County Sheriff’s Office said they do not have any units on calls that might be related to the outage. 

A call to a DP&L spokesperson has not been immediately returned. 

We’ll update this page as new information becomes available. 

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Subject of Dayton SWAT standoff wanted for stealing weapons from Warren Co. home

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:19 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 1:30 AM

UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m. 

The Dayton police SWAT command truck, and at least one armored truck are now on scene of a standoff on Beckman Street in Dayton. 

Earlier, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said the incident stemmed from a home burglary on Sunday where a man allegedly stole weapons. 

Our crew remains on the scene and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 12:55 a.m. 

The suspect refusing to come out of a home on Beckman Street in Dayton is wanted for stealing weapons from a home in Warren County, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. 

Deputies said the suspect, only identified as a man, is wanted in a home burglary where he allegedly stole weapons from a home on Sunday night, but additional details on where the incident occurred in Warren County were not immediately available. 

Dayton police continue to surround the house and are demanding the man to exit, but have not officially requested SWAT to respond to the house. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

We’re following reports of police activity reported at a home on Beckman Street in Dayton. 

According to dispatch records, Dayton police were asked to assist a Warren County jurisdiction in locating someone around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. 

Our crew on the scene reports police are using a bull horn and are demanding the occupants of the home to come out. 

Dispatchers said an official request for SWAT to respond has not been made. 

We’re working to learn more about the incident, and we’ll update this page when new information becomes available. 

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2nd victim dies after fiery I-675 crash in Beavercreek

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 4:20 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:00 PM

UPDATE @ 11 p.m. (Feb. 19)

We just learned tonight that the passenger who was critically wounded Saturday in the fiery crash on Interstate 675 also has died.

The driver died at the scene, and the passenger passed away at Kettering Medical Center, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed.

Beavercreek police are expected to release the men’s identities and information about what led to the crash Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m. (Feb. 19)

Beavercreek police have not released the identity of a man killed in a fiery crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 675, pending notification of family who are out of town, a sergeant said tonight.

A passenger remains in critical condition at Kettering Medical Center. More information is expected to be released Monday morning.

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m.

All lanes of northbound Interstate 675 are back open following a fiery crash. The highway was closed for about four hours near the Col. Glenn Highway exit for a single-vehicle crash.

UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.

The Greene County Coroner’s Office is on scene of a fiery crash this evening that has shut down northbound Interstate 675 near the Col. Glenn Highway exit in Beavercreek.

Officials have not confirmed a fatality. However, our crew on scene said it appears there is a body covered by a white sheet in the median.

UPDATE @ 5:25 p.m.

All northbound traffic on Interstate 675 is being diverted onto Col. Glenn Highway after a fiery crash just past the exit.

All lanes are blocked after Beavercreek firefighters extinguished flames that erupted from a vehicle that reportedly rolled over during the crash.

The left lane on the southbound side also is blocked.

Bill Wabler of Beavercreek didn’t see the fiery crash, but moments before the crash he called 911 to report a dangerous driver.

Wabler said he was traveling north on I-675 to return home when he saw a speeding vehicle come up behind him and pass him on the right at the 15 mile marker.

“The guy was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed,” which Wabler said he estimated was at least 80 mph and possibly approaching 100 mph. Wabler said he was calling 911 to alert law enforcement about that driver, when he saw brake lights ahead and traffic slowed to a crawl. By the time he reached the 17 mile marker, he saw the same vehicle crashed in the median, he said.

EARLIER

Interstate 675 North is shut down near the Col. Glenn Highway exit after a reported single-vehicle crash.

Beavercreek police and emergency vehicle responded to the crash at approximately 4 p.m.

We’re headed to the scene to find out more.

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OSP IDs driver killed in crash near Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield Twp.

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:10 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 11:50 AM

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

The driver of a car pronounced dead at the scene of a crash tonight was identified as 48-year-old Gary L. Preston of Springfield, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Preston was driving a 2008 Toyota Yaris south on Uppervalley Pike (U.S. 68) just before 7:30 p.m. when he did not stop for a red light and was struck on the passenger side by a 2016 Chevrolet 2500HD pickup truck headed east on U.S. 40, driven by Douglas E. Maddy, 57, of Zanesfield, the OSP’s Springfield Post reported.

Maddy was treated at the scene. His front seat passenger, 53-year-old Lynney M. Maddy and three juveniles were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, according to troopers.

The crash closed eastbound lanes of U.S. 40 for about three hours. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Twp. Fire and EMS also responded to the scene.

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FIRST REPORT

Troopers are investigating a fatal crash tonight involving two vehicles at the intersection of U.S. 40 and 68 by the Ohio Masonic Home in Springfield Twp.

A Toyota four-door sedan was headed south on U.S. 68 around 7:30 p.m. when it ran a red light.

A black pickup truck coming into Springfield on U.S. 40 T-boned the car; the impact forced the car into a railing, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The driver of the car was killed in the crash. Three children in the pickup were taken to a local hospital with injuries believed to be minor, according to troopers.

No further information was available on the identity of the driver killed, who was the only occupant of the Toyota, nor the conditions of those in the other vehicle.