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.”

Vehicles ransacked at Dayton auto parts store

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 1:44 PM

Vehicles ransacked at Dayton auto parts store

Police in Dayton are investigating after someone cut a hole in the privacy gate and broke into vehicles at KOI Auto Parts, 1654 Springfield St.

The break-in was reported at 8 a.m. this morning when the store manager arrived to open for business, according to the Dayton police report.

The fence to get into the property had been cut and at least 10 vehicles — all recent model Ford and Chevy cars and trucks — were ransacked and property was stolen, including car chargers and a miniature dolly, according to the report.

The manager told police the break-in must have happened sometime after closing Saturday evening.

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Spring-like temps, rain returns this week

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 7:26 AM


  • Mostly sunny skies return
  • Warmer than normal well into next week
  • Chance for rain Tuesday and Thursday


Today: Becoming mostly sunny this afternoon with highs climbing to near 60 degrees. 

Temperatures today will fall short of the record high of 70 degrees set in 1939, but still well above our seasonal average of 39 degrees.

Tonight: Mainly clear tonight with lows around 40 degrees.

Monday: A very pleasant start to the week with mostly sunny skies. A cool start for the kids at the bus stop in the 40s, but quickly warming after sunrise with highs expected in the middle 60s for the afternoon. The record high for the day was set just last year in 2016 at 69 degrees.

Tuesday: Clouds increase quickly on Tuesday as a cold front approaches. Scattered showers to push through the area during the afternoon and evening. A bit breezy at times though still mild with highs in the lower to middle 60s.

Wednesday: Morning clouds will give way to afternoon sunshine on Wednesday. Highs for the day in the middle 60s.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with the chance for showers Thursday. Highs in the middle 60s. 

1 injured in fiery vehicle accident on state Route 63 near Lebanon

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 11:04 PM
Updated: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 11:32 PM

UPDATE @ 11:24 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital by CareFlight from a fiery, single-vehicle accident on state Route 63 near McClure Road, west of Lebanon. 

The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver, for unknown reason, drove off the roadway and through an open field. The car ended up in a wooded area. 

A medic unit took the victim to a nearby regional airport, where they were met by Care Flight. The victim is said to have suffered serious injuries, according to law enforcement at the scene. 

The accident was reported about 10:45 p.m. and authorities are redirecting traffic in the area of the accident.


State troopers and a medic unit are on the scene of a fiery vehicle accident and fire on state Route 63 near McClure Road, west of Lebanon. 

The accident was reported about 10:45 p.m. We're hearing the vehicle was on fire and that CareFlight has been dispatched. 

We have a crew on the way and we will update this developing report as warranted.

Nearly a dozen Vandalia residents wake up to car break-ins

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 1:53 PM

            Nearly a dozen Vandalia residents wake up to car break-ins

Nearly a dozen Vandalia residents woke up this morning to find their cars had been broken into overnight, in neighborhoods that Vandalia police describe as a “typical” area of the city.

“People are coming out, finding their cars have been gone through, mostly glove boxes open and center consoles gone through,” said Sgt. Ben Walker of the Vandalia police department.

Sgt. Walker said around 10 vehicles had been broken into, with that number possibly climbing as more people go outside to check their cars.

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So far, none of the vehicles have been damaged, as the cars targeted appear to have all been unlocked.

Streets where the thefts were reported include Bailey Avenue, Estelle Drive and Ronald Street — all west of Helke Road.

Walker said the area isn’t known for having problems with thefts. The thefts appear to be contained to just those areas west of Helke Road.

Vandalia police have searched adjacent areas, looking for more cars that may have been broken into and alerting potential victims.

So far, there hasn’t been a great deal of monetary loss. Walker said most of what’s been taken has been loose change.

“We had one bag that had a laptop in it. That’s the most expensive item taken so far,” said Walker.