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.”

Cincinnati nightclub shooting: Search continues for motive, suspects

Published: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 4:41 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

CINCINNATI — No arrests have been made after 16 people were shot, and one person was killed early Sunday inside the Cameo Night Club.

  • O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was fatally shot
  • Fifteen others were wounded by gunfire; two people were critically injured
  • Multiple shooters are reported to be involved

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A small memorial has formed outside the Cameo Night Club a day after 16 people, one fatally, were shot early Sunday.

As of early Monday morning, five victims remain at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, including two who are in critical condition and three who are in stable condition. Eight victims had been taken to the hospital following the shooting, and victims with more minor injuries were taken to other hospitals.

Police continue to look for the suspects involved. No arrests have been made.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agencies also are involved in the investigation. Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, and Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, released statements and offered their offices’ resources to assist the police investigation.

Witness report of the shooting 

A woman on vacation in Cincinnati from Chicago was outside Cameo Nightclub, just feet away from gunfire inside.

“Twelve to 17 shots, sounded like bombs, said Sherell, who declined to give her last name. “It was just so loud.” 

She and her boyfriend were going to leave after he got “a bad feeling,” but their car was blocked in. Her boyfriend was going to go inside to inform a manager, and “that’s when the bullets rang out, and we were standing right there ... I thought I was going to die.”

She said she dove to the ground, with her boyfriend covering her.

“Everybody was running and diving because the shots kept going, they did not stop,” she said.

The victims

Police said the victims were taken to four area hospitals and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 

Multiple gunmen were involved in the overnight shooting of 16 people, including one fatally, at the Cameo Night Club, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the emergency dispatch center began receiving calls that people had been shot at the club. Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said a dispute erupted inside the club located at 4601 Kellogg Avenue before shots were fired by multiple suspects.

O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was fatally wounded, according to police. 

Fifteen others were wounded, including at least two people who are in critical condition.

“This is the highest amount of casualties I’ve ever been aware of in a shooting,” said Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Daniel Hils, a lifelong Cincinnati resident who has worked in the law enforcement field for about 30 years.

Eight of the victims were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Other victims with more minor injuries have been taken to other area hospitals, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

The incident was not a terror act, but appeared to involve two groups of people, Isaac said.

RELATED: 3 Things to Know about Cameo, site of deadly nightclub shooting in Cincinnati

There were four off-duty officers in the parking lot outside when it happened, Hils said.

“These cops, they did what first-responders do,” he said. “There were shots being fired and people were running from this club in fear and our people ran in.”

Hils described the shooters as “cold-hearted” because of the high probability that innocent bystanders would be hit by gunfire in the crowded club.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley asked for prayers for those injured or killed, and said police need the public’s help from the public to solve this crime.

Robert Woods of Fairfield said his daughters have been to the club before, and that he warns his children to stay away from clubs.

“It’s a shame you can’t go out dancing, go out to the club, without there being some trouble,” he said.

Next door to the club at the Hitching Post restaurant, worker Amanda Beck said she was taken aback by news of the fatal shooting.

“In this world we just need to be better people, I think,” she said.

Beck said it is concerning that the suspects are at large, and that at this point police appear to not have names or descriptions of those involved.

“It’s definitely concerning,” she said. “But I know we have great police and everybody’s doing as much as they can so I feel as safe as I possibly can.”

Anyone with additional information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040 or police at 513-765-1212.

Patchy fog on morning commute, storms ahead Monday evening

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 5:19 AM

Patchy fog mainly in the southern Miami Valley area. Drivers should give themselves some extra time especially traveling into southern parts of the region. 

  • Patchy fog especially south of Interstate 70 Monday morning
  • More storms arrive in the early evening, few will be strong
  • Mild week but unsettled

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts  

TODAY: Dry time for a good chunk of the day. Highs climbing into the upper 60s with some sunshine around noon. From about 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. we will see some scattered showers and storms develop. An isolated strong storm is possible mainly south of I-70 with winds being the main threat. Overnight scattered showers move through the area.

TUESDAY: Showers will move east during the morning. Mostly dry then for the afternoon with broken clouds. Highs in the low 60s. 

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar 

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy and cool. Sunshine with just a few clouds. Highs a little cooler in the upper 50s.  

THURSDAY: Quiet start to the day. Clouds increase. Mild around 60. Scattered showers develop mainly into the night and continue into early Friday morning.

FRIDAY: Scattered showers and storms through the day. Gusty winds but still mild with highs in the low 60s.

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Dayton area gas prices decline for a third consecutive week

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 5:57 AM

 Dayton area gas prices decline for a third consecutive week

Dayton — Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have fallen 8.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.12 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.28 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.  

"Remarkably, for a third straight week, average gasoline prices have declined,” Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, said. 

Including the change in gas prices in Dayton during the past week, prices on Sunday were 19.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 0.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 24.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. 

“In fact, for just the first time since 2009, average gasoline prices today stand cheaper than on February 15th—traditionally the day of the lowest gasoline prices of the season," DeHaan said. “This feat has been accomplished for several reasons. First, weak gasoline demand which has kept inventories of winter gasoline far more than adequate. Second, there have been few large scale unexpected refinery outages, and third, crude oil inventories and rising U.S. production have kept oil prices under pressure over the last month. All three of these factors are actively at play and will continue to keep pressure on prices from spiking.

According to GasBuddy.com, the average price for a gallon of gas in Dayton is $2.13, with prices stable. The cheapest gas, as of Monday morning, is $1.94 at United Dairy Farmers located at 1217 Brown Street and East Stewart Street and Speedway located at 121 East Stewart Street and Brown Street. 

In Hamilton, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.15, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.03 at Five Points Market at Grand Boulevard near Tylersville Road. 

In Springfield, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.13, with prices stable. The cheapest gas is $2.15 at Speedway at 1314 East Main Street and North Greenmount Avenue.

“More alarming, however, is that while gasoline prices have drifted lower, the gas price spread between stations has been rising, and stands 5 percent higher nationally versus last year,” DeHaan said. “So while motorists may be feeling less pressure with stable gas prices, that false sense of security may be getting in the way of finding a gas station selling at a far lower price. As always, motorists should be shopping around to be aware of lower priced offerings." 

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Fire rekindles at Clearcreek Twp. home 24 hours after first blaze

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 4:39 AM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 6:24 AM

UPDATE @ 6:25 a.m. 

Firefighters said a house fire rekindled after initially igniting early Sunday morning. 

Reports indicate firefighters were dispatched to the the home on West Pekin Road in Clearcreek Twp. around 2 a.m. Sunday morning for the initial fire. Additional details about the first fire were unavailable. 

The blaze rekindled about 24 hours later early Monday morning. 

No one was at the home when the fire rekindled this morning. 

The structure is considered a total loss. 

UPDATE @5:48 a.m.

Fire crews continue to battle a house fire on West Pekin Road in Clearcreek Twp.

Heavy smoke continues to show from the house more than an hour after the fire was reported.

We are working to learn additional details.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters in Warren County have responded to a reported working house fire on West Pekin Road in Clearcreek Twp. 

Crews were dispatched to the 600 block of West Pekin Road around 4:25 a.m. 

First units on the scene reported the house was fully engulfed in smoke and flames. 

It was not immediately clear if the house was occupied or vacant. 

We have a crew heading to the scene and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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