3 arrested in alleged multistate marijuana rings

Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 5:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 9:42 PM

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.”

Escapee from Community Correctional Center in Warren County caught at gas station -- on the phone

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 5:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 10:33 PM

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UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m.:  Mark Hokanson, the escapee from the Community Correctional Center in Warren County, was found at a Shell station in Monroe on the phone trying to place a call for a ride, sheriff's Sgt. Nick Marconi said. 

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That was just after 9 p.m. when a deputy, acting on one of a number of anonymous tips to the sheriff's office, walked in and spotted Hokanson. He turned away from the deputy and tried to walk out, but was apprehended at the gas station, 1280 Hamilton-Lebanon Road, without a confrontation, Marconi said. 

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The clerk at the business said Hokanson had been in the business about a half hour before the deputy arrived, the sergeant said. 

Hokanson has been taken to the county jail, where he will be detained on an escape charge. He has an initial appearance in court on Thursday, the sergeant said.

Mark Hokanson (Courtesy/Warren County Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE @ 9:23 p.m.:  The escapee has been apprehended, according to a report via Warren County sheriff's dispatch. 

We're working to learn the details of Mark Hokanson's capture.

UPDATE @ 6:01 p.m.:  The escapee from the Community Correctional Center in Turtlecreek Twp. did so just hours after he was brought to the facility on Ohio 63, Warren County sheriff's Sgt. Nick Marconi said. 

Mark A. Hokanson, 34, of Clermont County, climbed a fence topped with razor wire to make his escape. Marconi said. Facility officials noticed Hokanson missing about 4 p.m. 

He was brought to CCC, a multi-county treatment facility for non-violent offenders, on a drug possession [heroin] conviction. 

Hokanson is white, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 190 pounds. He has brown hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing green pants and green shirt (CCC uniform), with a white T-shirt underneath the green shirt. 

Deputies have a K-9 unit tracking a possible scent and they have set up a perimeter that includes state Routes 63 and 741. 

Marconi said there is no reason for alarm as the escapee is not believed to be armed or dangerous. 

If you see him or see a man you believe could fit Hokanson's description, you are asked to call sheriff's dispatch, 513-695-2525.

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We’re following reports of a man who escaped from the community correctional center in Lebanon Tuesday afternoon.

According to scanner traffic, deputies in Warren County are looking for a man who jumped through a fence at the facility on Ohio 63 before 5 p.m. 

We’re working to learn more and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Investigators search 3 times in 10 days in Carlisle baby remains case

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 3:54 PM

Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, arrived with family for a Friday arraignment hearing at Franklin Municipal court. The Carlisle woman is charged with one count of reckless homicide after her baby’s remains were found buried in her yard. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, arrived with family for a Friday arraignment hearing at Franklin Municipal court. The Carlisle woman is charged with one count of reckless homicide after her baby’s remains were found buried in her yard. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Three separate searches in 10 days of a Carlisle house where the remains of an infant were found buried are part of continuing investigation against the mother and anyone else involved in the baby’s death, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Tuesday.

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Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, is free on $15,000 bond, awaiting a preliminary hearing Aug. 1 in Franklin Municipal Court for reckless homicide for the May death of her baby. She was arraigned Friday on the third-degree felony.

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Investigators from the Warren County Coroner’s Office and Warren County Sheriff’s Office first went to the Richardson house on July 14, unearthing remains of a baby. They have been back to the Eagle Ridge Drive property twice since, including going inside the house Monday night, gathering more evidence.

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“This is an ongoing investigation. We are investigating what happened and who may have been involved,” Fornshell said, adding if that investigation led other others involved, they would be charged.

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Warren County Sheriff’s Lt. John Faine said search warrants pertaining to the case are sealed by a judge. Fornshell said they will remain sealed, “for now.”

When asked why the search warrants were sealed even after the defendant was charged, he reiterated the investigation is continuing.

“We are not going to give a road map to people about where we are going in the case,” Fornshell said, noting information on the applications for search warrants have details of the case. “In an ongoing investigation, you don’t want to tip off what you are looking for.”

Fornshell and investigators have declined to comment on the sex of the baby, how the baby died and the identity of the baby’s father.

“We have not made any statements about how the baby died or was disposed of,” Fornshell said.

Richardson was a cheerleader and had graduated from Carlisle High School this past spring, according to Carlisle School Superintendent Larry Hook. He declined to comment on Richardson, citing privacy laws.

If convicted of the charge, Richardson faces a one- to five-year prison term.

According to the criminal complaint filed against her in Franklin Municipal Court, “On or about May 7, 2017, one Brooke Richardson … did recklessly cause the death of another, or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.”

Investigators initially received a tip from a doctor’s office that a Carlisle teenager may have delivered a stillborn infant. Investigators later found an infant’s remains buried in the backyard at the residence in the 100 block of Eagle Ridge Drive.

Richardson’s attorney, Charles M. Rittgers, reiterated this week what he said after Friday’s arraignment hearing.

“She didn’t drink. She wasn’t a partier or a smoker. By all measures a very good girl who helped children… She’s by all means a very good person,” Rittgers said as he described Richardson.

He said Richardson helped children with disabilities at a cheer camp and worked at the YMCA with children.

Staff Writer Ed Richter contributed to this report

Police: 2-year-old child unconscious from apparent opioid OD

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 5:51 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 11:01 PM

Baby overdosed on Pointview Ave

A 2-year-old child was found Tuesday afternoon, unconscious from an apparent opioid OD, Dayton police said.

A lieutenant tells us the child is at Dayton Children’s Hospital in serious condition. 

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A Dayton fire/rescue unit was dispatched to an address in the 100 block of Pointview Avenue about 4:30 p.m. and asked for a police “hurry up” because a child, a two-year-old girl, was unconscious. 

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"Anytime a 2-year-old is passed out, it's fairly unusual," Dayton police Lt. Steven Bauer said. "In this case, with the height of opioid epidemic, I think there is some suspicion it possibly might be an opioid overdose." 

The child was with a baby sitter as well as several acquaintances in the house, Bauer said. 

Bauer suggested the child may have ingested the opioid, saying children at that age often explore the world by putting things in their mouths.

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He said the mother has not been located, thought they know who she is. Police have no information on the child's father. 

"Everybody in the household has been spoken with, to see if they had any other information," Bauer said. 

Officers also interviewed people in the neighborhood as well.

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Bauer would not speculate as to whether the child was exposed to the opioid inside or outside the house.

According to the very preliminary investigation, the child was found either in an alley behind the house or somewhere near the house. Police blocked that alley with crime scene tape and brought in a K-9 unit to look for evidence. 

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The lieutenant also tells us Montgomery County Children Services and special victims unit investigators as part of the investigation.

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.

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Fire reported at Washington Twp. Best Western

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

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WASHINGTON TWP. — A fire was reported at the Best Western on Old Yankee Street early Wednesday. 

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Around 11:58 p.m., fire crews were dispatched to the 8000 block of Old Yankee Street.

Ian Strohan was sleeping inside his hotel room when fire alarm woke him. 

“The hallway was filled with smoke,” Strohan said. “I got my stuff and got out of there.”