Alleged credit card thief arrested

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 9:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 12:47 PM

The hunt is over for a man police believe is responsible for swiping credit cards from numerous hospitals and medical facilities and then using them to buy electronics at nearby stores.

James Barton, 23, of Cincinnati, is sitting in a Hamilton County jail Wednesday morning after police arrested him on a Crimestoppers tip Tuesday night. Barton had been traveling up and down the Interstate 75 corridor targeting credit cards from unattended purses in hospitals and doctor’s offices, said Warren County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brandon Lacy.

Investigators believe Barton is responsible for thefts in Oxford, West Chester Twp., Mason, Wilmington and Kettering. Shortly after stealing the cards, Barton has made purchases at big-box stores, including Walmart and Meijer, near the sites of the thefts, police said.

Information about which medical facilities in Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont and Montgomery counties Barton targeted was not available Tuesday.

Lacy said purchases made with the stolen cards are for iPads and GPS units that investigators believe are being sold for drugs or cash to buy drugs.

Barton will be charged with receiving stolen property, forgery and misuse of a credit card. Last week, detectives arrested Travis Johnson, 32, of Cincinnati, for two counts of complicity. Investigators believe he was driving Barton in a recent Mason area theft.

Warren County detectives recognized a photo taken from a surveillance video on a Dayton television website and realized Barton was the suspect in a Kettering theft.

“He has been making a business out of it,” said Kettering Detective William Aldrich. Barton is the man believed to have stolen a credit card from a purse at a nursing station at Kettering Medical Center on Southern Boulevard then using it minutes later to purchase an iPad at Meijer.

“The surveillance photo from the store, it’s the key,” Aldrich said, noting Barton has a distinctive tattoo on his neck.

Detectives believe Barton was selling the items in Hamilton County. Police in Hamilton County are working to track down any of Barton’s accomplices.

Crews respond to house fire in Miami Twp.

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.

According to the Miami Township fire department the house has been completely destroyed. The only occupant escaped safely, but five cats were killed in the fire. Authorities stated the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 11:05 a.m.

The one occupant inside the house escaped safely and crews are still on scene working to put flames out and determine the cause.

FIRST REPORT

Crews in Miami Twp. are responding to a reported fire at a home in the 6700 block of Innsbruck Drive.

Heavy smoke was reportedly showing as firefighters got on scene shortly after 10:30 a.m.

We’re headed to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Sheriff: Gunshot victim had bag of ‘Fleece’ at hospital

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 2:52 AM

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20

A man who had apparently been grazed by a bullet late Saturday night was found to be in possession of a white powder known as “Fleece,” or fake cocaine.

That’s according to the report filed by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office regarding a reported shooting in the 2200 block of Wagner Ford Road.

The 23-year-old victim, Robert Martin Jr., was booked into jail after receiving treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital for a grazing gunshot wound to the leg, according to the report. Martin is being held on suspicion of theft and for failing to appear for a previous arraignment.

Deputies responded to Good Samaritan Hospital and talked to Martin, who showed up at the emergency room.

The victim told deputies he was shot at a gentleman’s club on Wagner Ford Road, but a security guard at the club told deputies the club doesn’t open until 10 p.m., nearly two hours after the victim reported being shot there, according to the report.

Deputies did not find evidence of a shooting at the club.

Hospital staff alerted officers to the bag of white powder that was found in the victim’s clothing. According to the report, Martin told deputies it was “Fleece,” or fake cocaine, and a field test confirmed the powder was not cocaine, according to the report.

UPDATE @ 5:08 a.m.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a crash and reported shooting in Harrison Twp. Saturday morning. 

At least three people are in the hospital after a car failed to yield at a four-way stop and crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of West Siebenthaler Avenue and Catalpa Drive. 

Initial reports indicate troopers were involved in a pursuit with a car involved in a shooting reported at the United Dairy Farmers on East Siebenthaler Avenue just after 2:30 a.m. 

Troopers said they cannot confirm if the two incidents are related and said no shooting victims were found at the scene of the crash. 

The driver of a white Chevy Malibu, whom troopers say is at fault, was trapped in the car and taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. 

Troopers said two occupants from the other car, a grey Toyota Corolla, were also taken to the hospital with unknown injuries while another person from the car fled after the crash. 

An unknown amount of money along with an AK-47 assault rifle were found in the Toyota, according to troopers. 

Montgomery County dispatchers are unable to confirm if the shooting and crash are related and said no shooting victims from the original shooting report have been found. 

Our crew will continue working to confirm details and gather information from the scene of the crash.

UPDATE @ 3:35 a.m.

At least three people have been taken to the hospital from the scene of a crash on West Siebenthaler Avenue and Catalpa Drive, according to dispatchers.

Initial reports indicate Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers began pursuing a car involved in a shooting on East Siebenthaler Avenue before the car crashed with another at the intersection of West Siebenthaler Avenue and Catalpa Drive.

The shooting, originally reported in the 2200 block of Wagner Ford Road and then later in the 1900 block of East Siebenthaler Avenue, prompted a call for countywide officer assistance just after 2:30 a.m.

Reports indicate a person in a black Chevy Impala was firing shots out of a passenger side window before crashing.

Our crew is working to learn more on the connection between the shooting and the crash from troopers at this very active scene.

EARLIER REPORT

Multiple police units are responding to a reported shooting at a Harrison Twp. business Saturday morning. 

Crews were dispatched on a short-lived "signal 99," or call for countywide officer assistance, to a shooting reported in the 2200 block of Wagner Ford Road around 2:33 a.m.

Initial reports indicate a person in a black Chevy Impala was firing shots out of the passenger side window in the parking lot of a business in the 2200 block of Wagner Ford Road.

Reports indicate a pursuit for the vehicle ended in a crash at the intersection of West Siebenthaler Avenue and Catalpa Drive.

We have a reporter arriving on the scene and will update this page with new details as they become available.

Mild temps expected after foggy morning

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 5:42 AM

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Dense Fog Advisory for entire Miami Valley expired at 11 a.m.
  • Temperatures in the 60s most of the week
  • Showers Tuesday, chance for storms by Friday

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DETAILED FORECAST

Patchy dense fog developed across the region this morning and visibility was down below a quarter-mile in some spots, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. 

Today: Foggy conditions started to clear by late morning, but it will take a few hours into the afternoon for the clouds to break. We’ll have a cold morning with temperatures starting in the 30s, rebounding to an afternoon high around 60 degrees. 

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Tuesday: Quiet morning with some clouds, but rain chances will increase quickly into the afternoon. Showers will be scattered with breezy conditions for the entire day. Rain showers will taper off into the night as highs remain mild in the low 60s. 

Wednesday: Quiet and mild with scattered clouds throughout the day. Highs will reach the middle 60s, and could push the record high temperature of 69 degrees set in 1922. 

Thursday: Increasing clouds early in the day with a passing shower or storm possible in the early afternoon or evening. Highs will reach the middle 60s. 

Friday: A chance for a passing shower in the morning with bit of a break coming during the late morning and early afternoon. Scattered showers and storms move back in during the evening with gusty winds possible. Highs will be in the upper 60s. 

Dash cam video shows driver fleeing before wrong way crash on I-75

Published: Friday, February 10, 2017 @ 12:49 AM

A pickup truck traveling the wrong way on northbound I-75 struck a car head-on early Friday morning after leading troopers on a pursuit.

  • Pickup truck fled traffic stop, caused minor crash and got on I-75 off ramp
  • Truck driver then crashed head-on with car on NB I-75
  • Suspected wrong-way driver only injury

UPDATE @ 10:30 a.m. (Feb. 20)

The Ohio Highway Patrol Dayton Post has released dash cam footage from a Feb.10 attempted traffic stop in which the driver fled going south in the northbound lanes on I-75.

EARLIER

A black S10 pickup truck did not pull over for a traffic stop in the area of North Dixie Drive and Wagner Ford Road, troopers said, and a pursuit ensued shortly after midnight. The pickup truck struck another vehicle on Wagner Ford Road just east of I-75, then got on the interstate off ramp from northbound I-75 to Wagner Ford Road.

“At that point you just do what you can do to protect the public,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Matt Robinson. “We put it over the radio to try to advise other law enforcement agencies.”

The trooper terminated the pursuit and stayed at crash scene on Wagner Ford Road.

The pickup truck, which was going southbound in the northbound lanes of I-75, then struck a car head-on near the Main Street exit. The truck continued on the highway and struck the wall. The driver was taken into custody ans transported to the hospital. 

The driver of the car was not injured.

Robinson said speeds in the pursuit didn’t exceed 60 mph, although speed during the wrong-way collision is unknown.

A 911 caller said the wrong-way driver appeared to be going about 100 mph at the time of the collision.

The driver of the vehicle the wrong-way driver hit on Wagner Ford Road fled the scene on foot for unknown reasons.

The highway was shut down for nearly two hours while the crash was investigated.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

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