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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.”

Two injured after car crashes into Dayton building

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 12:28 AM

A car crashed into this building near the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue Saturday morning. Malik Perkins/Staff

UPDATE @ 5:13 a.m.

One person has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital and another sent to Grandview Medical Center following a crash at the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue Saturday morning, according to dispatchers.

Dispatchers said the conditions of both victims remain unknown at this time.

EARLIER REPORT

A car has reportedly crashed into a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

Dayton crews were dispatched to the crash at the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue around 12:05 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate two people at the scene are injured. 

Dispatchers could not comment on the severity of either victim's injuries, but said medics have yet to leave the scene.

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Warren County arts community vote settles zoning case

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 8:00 AM


            Ramesh Malhotra in 2011 in Mason, where his property management business is located. He wants to develop an arts community near Lebanon. FILE
            Samantha Grier

When Warren County commissioners approved rezoning 20 acres for a proposed arts community, they also ended a zoning violation case.

On Tuesday, commissioners approved rezoning of Theatre 42 property at 2752 U.S. 42 in Union Twp. for a planned development by Ramesh Malhotra, an entrepreneur also involved in redevelopment of two sites in Franklin as centers for spirituality and the arts.

“I’m neither an artist or a singer or an actor. I try to help the artist,” Malhotra said in a telephone interview after the rezoning.

Malhotra described himself as a “spiritual capitalist.”

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The arts community plan was developed after the property was cited for a code violation after property was changed from the Living Tree Community Church to a theater used by the Mason Community Players, Zoning Inspector Mike Yetter said Tuesday.

Churches are permitted in residentially zoned areas, but not community theaters.

Malhotra is planning to open Ever One Performing Art Theaters in a developing corridor on U.S. 42 between Mason and Lebanon.

He already has the Malhotra Collection of Spiritual Art on display at a museum developed in an old home along the Great Miami River and multi-use trail at 318 River St. in Franklin. Malhotra said he has begun opening the museum on Wednesdays and Thursdays, as well as on weekends, for visitors from around the world and as interest grows.

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Before working on the theater plan, Malhotra said he plans to convert the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Franklin to the Oneness Harmony Center. Malhotra plans to seek donations and fees for musical and spoken-word presentations “to raise the individual spirit through meditation.”

The Harmony Center is expected to open in August in time to capitalize on visitors in Franklin for Downtown Saturday Nite, a local auto show held for more than 30 years. Malhotra looks for some of the show’s audience to also stop by the art museum.

In September or October, work is to begin on remodeling of the old Theatre 42 building, where the Mason Community Players (MCP) have been staging shows since 2015, before Malhotra took over a land contract for the property from Mason Mayor Victor Kidd.

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“We are a part of the plan with the owner of the property,” Laureen Catlin, an MCP board member, said via email.

Their production of The Wiz is to open on July 14, and the group is soliciting donations to help make rent and subsidize improvements to the building.

“When you lease a space, there are rent and utilities to be paid,” the group said on its website. “And MCP tries to improve Theatre 42 as much as possible in order to make it more and more comfortable and accommodating to its performers, technicians and staff, and most importantly, for its audiences.”

Malhotra also plans to build a second building in anticipation of another group, such as a children’s theater group, moving to the center.

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Ultimately, plans show as many as six buildings, including a 27,900 square foot theater, on the property, which lacks sewers and much of which is in a flood plain.

“We appreciate your vision,” Commissioner Dave Young said before the unanimous vote to rezone the property from residential use to allow the planned-unit development in a neighborhood commercial business zone.

The land is owned Evan Ford but is under a land contract previously held by Kidd and the church and taken on by Malhotra, property records show.

At the meeting, Malhotra, based in Mason, said he would lease the buildings to groups and planned to open a music school in the existing building. He said the zoning violation complaint was made after the property passed from Kidd to him in 2016, although the theater had been operating in the former church building since 2015.

Commissioner Tom Grossmann quizzed Malhotra about the property’s ownership.

Grossmann lives in Mason and served on the city council and as mayor before his election as a county commissioner.

“I think it’s a great use,” he said. “I sure hope it works.”

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Malhotra, a coal broker and head of the Malhotra Group, based in Mason, said the projects fit his model for developing charitable businesses.

“I was given a gift to build businesses,” he said. “I have made enough money. I don’t really need more.”

Kidd said he sold the contract to Malhotra when his church mission changed and they no longer needed the property.

The development plan for the arts community still has to be reviewed by the commissioners.

“You’ll get to see it again,” Yetter said. “Ultimately, the commissioners will have the final say.”

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Medic dispatched to report of pedestrian strike in Germantown

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:21 PM

Police on the scene of a reported pedestrian strike, in the 500 block of Dayton Germantown Pike in Germantown, have located the victim who is between two parked vehicles.

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A medic unit has been dispatched and CareFlight is being put on standby for the accident, reported at 11 p.m.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report.

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Man indicted in break-in, desecration of Miamisburg church

Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 10:14 AM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:55 PM

UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m. (June 23)

A 25-year-old man was indicted today in connection to a break-in last month at Miamisburg Christian Church.

Joshua C. Mullins is charged with desecration, burglary and possession of criminal tools, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

He was arrested after Miamisburg police responded around 8 a.m. May 31 on a report of a breaking and entering at the church, 1146 E. Central Ave. A church member who entered the sanctuary saw that someone had ransacked the building.

A police K-9 found the suspect, who has been held in the Montgomery County Jail since his May 31 arrest.

EARLIER (May 31)

Police arrested one person after responding this morning to the report that someone was inside the Miamisburg Christian Church.

Police said a church member entered the sanctuary this morning and saw that someone had ransacked the place. She left and called police to report the break-in.

Miamisburg officers and Montgomery County deputies responded around 8 a.m. to the church on East Central Avenue on a breaking and entering call. Police said a K-9 was able to locate the burglar, who was apparently looking for valuables to steal.

The suspect, whose identity has not been released, told officers that another person was in the church but no one else was found after an extensive search.

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We’re working to gather more details on this developing story.