3 arrested in alleged multistate marijuana rings

Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 9:42 PM
Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 7:01 PM
By: Doug Page - Staff Writer

Three men are in jail, including a 75-year-old Indianapolis man, after the RANGE Task Force broke up an alleged multistate marijuana ring Tuesday, confiscating 60 pounds of the drug, a small amount of cocaine, more than $206,000 in cash and four weapons.

Sheriff Phil Plummer said the task force and the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation had information that a major drug buy was scheduled to happen Tuesday.

Officers staked out the parking lot of the Hampton Inn Suites in Englewood to videotape the buy. After the transaction, task force members stopped a car on Interstate 75 and another on Interstate 70. They found marijuana and cash. As a result of the stops, deputies executed search warrants on two locations in Dayton, one in Moraine and one in West Carrollton, where they found more drugs, cash and the weapons.

“This has disrupted a Indianapolis-Dayton trafficking network,” Plummer said. “The marijuana comes from Indianapolis and is sold on the streets of Dayton. We have slowed them down.

“This was a very good bust. We don’t often seize this much drugs and this much cash.”

Arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking were:

  • Gregory Horne Jr., 33, of Moraine
  • David Cohorn, 28, of Dayton
  • Lamont “Pops” Richardson, 75, of Indianapolis

 

Two rifles — both .22 caliber — and two handguns were confiscated, along with three vehicles and some cocaine in addition to the marijuana.

Plummer said the ring had operated in the area of a while and sold to street-level dealers.

“The investigation is continuing and there are likely to be more arrests,” the sheriff said. “These people were making big money while destroying lives.”

Vigil for shooting victim ‘just us staying strong, supporting the family’

Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 9:58 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

The tight-knit West-Liberty Salem community came out tonight to support each other and the victim of this morning’s school shooting.

"It's just us staying strong, supporting the family," said eighth-grader Montgomery Leach, who was among those who attended the prayer vigil at Quest Community Church on South Street in West Liberty.

The vigil was for 16-year-old Logan Cole, who was in critical but stable condition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus after authorities said he was shot multiple times by a fellow student with a shotgun.

A 17-year-old student also was hit by part of a shot that discharged from the weapon, but that student’s injury was not serious, officials said.

Leach said he was in a different wing of West Liberty-Salem High School as events unfolded. 

"We were about two minutes into class and we hear over the (public address) system that there is an active shooter," he said. "We thought it was a drill ... then we heard a few gunshots." 

He said his teacher broke out the windows and they got out and ran from the building. 

"It was like a movie. It happened so quickly," Leach said. 

Some students were screaming, others crying. He was relieved to find out his sister, a senior, was OK. 

Parent Bryan Floyd was at work at Honda when he got a call from his wife. She was crying so hard he couldn't understand her at first when she said there was a school shooting. 

"Three of our kids are currently going to West Liberty-Salem High School," he said. "I didn't think twice, I informed by bosses I had to leave." 

On the way to school he learned his three children -- a senior, sophomore and middle school student -- were safe and accounted for, but initially he feared "absolutely the worst." He came to tonight's vigil to support the community and Cole, who played soccer with his son and is known by his children. "What had happened to the victim could have very well been one of my kids." 

Floyd said he heard the school staff did an excellent job to keep students safe, and that the community is sharing details that a school janitor was the first to tackle the shooter.

"More of the staff followed after that and they were able to take him down before the police could arrive, just because everything happened so quickly,” he said.

Rain chances rise as temperatures fall

Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 9:58 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Chance for rain goes up Sunday and Monday
  • Temperatures slowly fall this week
  • Chance for snow returns by end of week

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DETAILED FORECAST

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy skies are expected this evening, though there may be a few breaks in the clouds here and there, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. On top of that a couple of passing showers cannot be ruled out. Some areas could see a few showers. Temperatures overnight will only fall into the upper 40s.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies are on tap with highs in the middle to upper 50s. There is the chance for rain, especially as into the evening and overnight hours.

MONDAY: Rain showers are expected, especially for the first part of the day. Highs will be in the upper 40s.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy skies return with highs in the middle 40s.

WEDNESDAY: A cold front moves through and brings with it a few showers. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

THURSDAY: Colder air moves in behind the front. With the cold air filtering in, a few snow flurries will be possible. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

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Deputies: Trio force woman to withdraw money at gunpoint

Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 9:58 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

Deputies: Trio force woman to withdraw money at gunpoint
Jaron Hayes (left), Daviana North and Randall Williams MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

A trio is accused of forcing a Harrison Twp. woman out of her house at gunpoint Friday night and ordering her to make withdrawals from her bank account.

Two of the suspects were arrested around noon today and an arrest warrant has been issued for a third suspect, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called around 5 a.m. to a home off Philadelphia Drive in Harrison Twp. after a resident said she had been abducted outside her home around 8:30 p.m. Friday, then forced back inside her house at gunpoint. She had been taken to and from the residence several times to make withdrawals from her bank account, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives were called due to similar incidents in the area, and were able to find three suspects. Two were taken to jail but a third fled on foot, deputies said.

Daviana North, 19, and Randall Williams, 25, were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 19-year-old Jaron Hayes for aggravated burglary and probation violation. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 937-225-4357.

Deputies also searched Hayes’ home in the 400 block of Elm Hill Drive in Harrison Twp. and seized items believed to be stolen and evidence in the aggravated burglary case, according to the sheriff’s office.

Also found was an iPhone detectives believe to be stolen. It had charge but no service to identify the owner. Anyone who recognizes the screen saver and can identify whether it was stolen is urged to call the sheriff’s office, 937-225-4357.

Car flips, snaps utility pole in Miami Twp. crash

Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 9:56 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

A car overturned and a utility pole is snapped tonight following a single-car crash in Miami Twp.

The crash was reported shortly before 9 p.m. in the 5900 block of Munger Road. 

Dayton Power & Light crews were called to the scene for the power pole, but there are no reports of outages, according to the DP&L online outage map.  

The driver lost control but was not hurt. He will be cited for failure to control, Miami Twp. police said.

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