$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.

Fire ravages historic building near bike trail in downtown Loveland

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

A massive fire overnight damaged a historic building in Loveland in a popular part of the city for shopping and outdoor activities.

West Loveland Avenue near the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail is closed to pedestrians and motorists as Loveland-Symmes firefighters continue working after responding to the fire call around 1:30 a.m., according to our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.

Flames spread from one end to the other of a mixed retail and residential building that has been renovated several times, according to WCPO’s report.

Everyone escaped the building and there were no reports of injuries, although a firefighter was overcome with exhaustion while fighting the flames, according to WCPO’s report.

Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder told the media outlet the part of the building that sustained the most fire damage did not have a sprinkler system, and the side that did have sprinklers sustained water damage.

The cause is under investigation and the city engineer’s office has been called to determine whether the building is structurally sound.

Dayton crews respond to structure fire on Grove Avenue

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Crews in Dayton were called to a structure fire in the 300 block of Grove Avenue.

The fire was reported around 9:14 a.m.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Downtown traffic moving slowly after cars collide at intersection

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:41 AM

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Traffic is moving slowly in downtown Dayton after two cars collided at the intersection of Main Street and Monument Avenue.

Dispatchers said an unknown number of injured motorists have been taken to the hospital. 

No roads are closed in the area as Dayton police officers clear the scene. 

We are working to learn what caused the crash and how many people have been injured.

Power restored to thousands in Huber Heights after car splits utility pole

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 6:42 AM

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UPDATE @ 8:15 a.m.

Power has been restored to thousands of homes that experienced outages Sunday morning after a crash in Huber Heights. 

All but 10 homes in Montgomery County have power, according to a DP&L outage map. 

Reports indicate a driver was taken to Grandview Medical Center with unknown injuries. 

Dispatchers said only one vehicle was involved in the crash and police have since left the area.

UPDATE @ 7:10 a.m.

Power has been restored to traffic lights on Old Troy Pike between Fishburg and Needmore Roads in Huber Heights. 

Over 1,600 homes remain without power in Montgomery County, according to a DP&L outage map. 

Nearly 3,000 homes lost power when a car split a pole at the intersection of Powell and Endicott roads, according to DP&L.


Multiple power outages have been reported after a car crashed into a power pole on Powell Road in Huber Heights, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said multiple homes have lost power and stop lights on Old Troy Pike between Fishburg and Needmore roads are not operating. 

Huber Heights police and a DP&L crew are at the scene of the crash near the intersection of Powell and Endicott Roads. 

Nearly 3,000 homes in the Miami Valley are without power, according to a DP&L outage map, 

Around 5:46 a.m. a main line circuit lost power after the car crashed into the power pole, splitting it in two, according to DP&L Director of Operations Kelly Millhouse. 

Millhouse said an unknown number of homes will be without power until the pole is replaced later today. 

Initial reports indicate an ambulance has taken the injured driver from the scene.