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3 arrested in alleged multistate marijuana rings

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 7:01 PM
Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 9:42 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.”

Museum to display battered flag for one day

Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 8:59 AM
By: Barrie Barber - Staff Writer

The tattered and blackened flag is the beginning and the end of the rise of a “sleeping giant” in the most devastating global conflict in history.

The 48-star American flag flew aboard the warship USS St. Louis as bombs exploded and sailors and airmen died at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago Wednesday in the midst of an Imperial Japanese Navy attack on the Pacific fleet.

Less than three years later, the flag would fly above the deck of the massive battleship USS Iowa in Tokyo Bay. That day — Sept. 2, 1945 — the leaders of Japan signed a document of unconditional surrender on the USS Missouri.

Wednesday, the flag soiled with tattered edges torn by war will emerge from a darkened storage area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to be displayed — for one day — to a new generation to mark the 75th anniversary of the devastating attack.

“What’s remarkable about this flag is the power of objects and what museums are about,” said Jeff Duford, a museum curator. “That flag represents the beginning and the end of World War II for the United States. It’s the Alpha and the Omega.”

A World War II sailor who served aboard both the St. Louis and the Iowa, Ralph W. Youmans of Middletown, donated the flag in 1975. Youmans died in 2002, newspaper archives show.

Conservators pulled the historic banner that survived the onslaught of devastating explosions out of the glare of museum lights in 2009 to preserve it from deterioration. The museum will give away more than 500 World War II lithographs Wednesday near the flag, officials said.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the light cruiser USS St. Louis was tied to a pier when Japanese warplanes swarmed overhead, blackening the sky with explosions spewing plumes of smoke over the once placid sea. The warship shot down three enemy planes and got underway but was unable to find the fleet that had left such a swath of destruction and drawn the United States to war.

The Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor and the flag at the Air Force museum are a “visceral reminder” of the surprise attack, said Paul D. Lockhart, 53, a history professor at Wright State University and the son of a veteran of the war.

“I think it is increasingly important especially as the World War II generation is going away very, very quickly,” Lockhart said.

The remnants of Pearl Harbor echo in the collection of the museum at Wright-Patterson, which documents the same-day attacks on nearby Hickham, Bellows and Wheeler air fields.

Among the artifacts: An American pilot’s leather flight jacket, a small part of the radar that detected the incoming swarm of invading aircraft, a head band worn by a Japanese pilot who attacked Pearl Harbor.

There’s even a pair of tuxedo trousers that Army Air Force pilot Harry W. Brown wore after a night out on the town and then rushed into a fighter plane to confront the invaders.

“It really speaks to the haste and the surprise of the attack,” Duford said.

One person dies in Dayton apartment fire

Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 8:10 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 6:25 a.m.

The cause of the fatal fire is still under investigation, according to Paul Sheehan, Dayton deputy fire chief.

There were no other removals or injuries reported, he said.

The fire was contained to a single apartment on the second floor, Sheehan said. The state fire marshal also has been notified.

“Anytime you see a fire or someone in trouble, the natural inclination is to want to help that person,” Sheehan said. “We would much prefer you call 911 and let us get there because we’re properly equipped and we can affect the rescue.”

UPDATE @ 5:51 a.m.

One person has died in an apartment fire on Valerie Arms Drive, according to fire officials.

The coroner’s office has been notified.

The victim’s identity has not been released pending notification of family.

Fire officials said they believe this is Dayton’s first fire fatality of 2016.

UPDATE @ 5:33 a.m.

A fire inside a Dayton apartment on Valarie Arms Drive is reportedly under control.

We’re working to learn on the condition of any victims, including at least one person who was initially reported trapped.

A witness said he was waiting for the bus when he saw smoke and flames coming from the structure.

Antonee Darden said he kicked in the front door and ran upstairs, where he saw more smoke and flames. He said he was able to help a woman escape the fire, but he also heard a man yell for help after he banged on his door.

“It was dark, the lights were off, I saw flames,” Darden said. “I couldn’t see anything in his room. It was black and there was a lot of smoke.”

Darden said he called 911 before he went into the apartment building.

“I couldn’t wait for fire officials,” he said. “I knew I had to do something. I didn’t have time to stop and think. … I was in the right place, right time. I tried to do the right thing and act on instinct.”


At least one person is reported trapped in a structure fire on Valerie Arms Drive in Dayton.

Crews were dispatched to the 3200 block of Valerie Arms Drive around 4:30 a.m. on reports of a possible structure fire.

First crews arriving on scene reported fire was showing from the second floor of the structure.

At least one person was reportedly trapped inside the structure when firefighters first arrived.

We have a crew heading to the scene and we’ll update this page when new information is available.

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Greene County prepares for Santa’s Holiday in the Park event

Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 7:25 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

            Greene County prepares for Santa’s Holiday in the Park event

Greene County Parks and Trails will open its annual Santa’s Holiday in the Park at James Ranch Park in Xenia today.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today through Dec. 10.

Guests at the event in the park, located at 177 Fairground Road in Xenia, can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus inside a 1800s brick farm home, take their own photos or purchase one, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the lighted grounds, hands-on interactive crafts, strolling holiday characters, write or mail letters to Santa, holiday tattoos, as well as enjoy old-fashioned candy, kettle corn and hot chocolate for a nominal fee.

Live reindeer will be on the grounds on Friday and Saturday.

A $1 donation per person will be appreciated. All funds are used for the holiday event.

Santa’s Holiday in the Park in Xenia broke attendance records last year. More than 4,000 people attended the event.

In 2014, holiday park display was vandalized and three teenagers were charged with felony vandalism and criminal trespassing after they caused $7,000 in damage.

Call Greene County Parks and Trails, 937-562-6440, or email for more information.

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Huber Heights developer: Dick’s Sporting Goods on brochure a ‘mistake’

Updated: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 @ 5:02 AM
By: Will Garbe - Staff Writer and Breaking News Staff

            Huber Heights developer: Dick’s Sporting Goods on brochure a ‘mistake’
A rendering from the promotional materials for The Shoppes at The Heights. (Contributed)

The developers of a proposed complex called The Shoppes at The Heights said including a Dick’s Sporting Goods logo on promotional materials was a mistake.

“We really shouldn’t be putting their names on the plan until we have a signed deal,” said Al George, J.J. Cafaro Investment Trust LLC vice president. “I’m taking that responsibility on myself for making that mistake.”

The developer’s inclusion of the sporting goods store on the promotional materials for their $100 million development sparked confusion among council members. The sporting goods store already has an existing store about one mile away from the proposed complex at Ohio 201 and Interstate 70.

Council and city staff were unaware of the developer’s progress on the site until the Dayton Daily News broke the story.

George said the developers need more liquor licenses through a designation called a “community entertainment district” for the project to be successful.

“This project will probably break ground in 2018, if not sooner, and will hopefully be in business for summer 2018,” George said. “Retailers now are making their decisions for 2018, which is why it’s important now to have the CED” taken care of now.

Right now, only one D5 liquor license — essentially, a license allowing a bar to operate until 2:30 a.m. — remains available in Huber Heights, as 19 of 20 are already issued. A community entertainment district around The Heights would afford up to an additional 15 liquor licenses in that area.

George made clear the company’s plans are still flexible.

“We’ve had a lot of discussion internally, and, you know, it’s hard to project how a project is going to turn out,” George said. “We’re still in the middle phases of how this project will turn out.”

George said the development will have “one or two” hotels. There are also plans for a shared “water feature” surrounded by restaurants with outdoor eating.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.