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Clark County eradication nets 120 marijuana plants

Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 1:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:48 PM

Task force officers found and seized 120 suspected marijuana plants from the backyards of three Clark County homes during an eradication effort there, Aug. 15.

The plants, valued at $120,000, were spotted from the air by a Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification helicopter.

Plants were spotted in two yards on Mavor Street in Springfield one in Harmony Township.

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said this is the 26th consecutive year that his department has used helicopters to search for illegal activity from the air.

“We were able to spot not one but two households where marijuana was being grown in the backyard,” Kelly said of the Mavor Street bust. He said it did not initially appear as though the grow operations were connected.

Exact addresses and names of the homeowners have not been released pending possible charges of cultivating marijuana.

All the plants were submitted to the Miami Valley Crime Laboratory for analysis, and charges will be filed once they are confirmed to be marijuana, Kelly said.

One of the homeowners claimed they thought the plants were catnip, but Kelly said the plants were very well cared for and green despite drought-like conditions.

Also during the eradication efforts, police spotted and recovered a stolen 1993 Toyota Camry in a field off of Innisfallen Avenue in Springfield. The Camry was reported stolen out of German Township in May.

“This is the advantage of having a helicopter,” Kelly said. “It’s amazing what you can see from the air.”

Jennifer Powell lives on Mavor Street and witnessed officers removing the plants from a home there.

“They were taking machetes out of the vehicles and cutting things down,” she said. “The truck that came down here, it was full (of plants).”

Tree falls on Arcanum home as severe weather moves through

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:26 AM

West North Street Arcanum

The Miami Valley is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 8:15 a.m.

Storm damage has been reported in the area.

>> Heavy rain, gusty winds this morning; humid pattern continues

  • Westbound Kemp at Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek is shut down for a tree across the roadway as of 8:10 a.m.
  • At 10877 North Kessler Road in Piqua, a DP&L pole is reportedly on fire as of 8:06 a.m.
  • On Greenville St. Marys Road and Goubeaux Road in Darke County, trees and wires are down across the roadway as of 8 a.m.
  • On Union Boulevard and Wenger Road in Englewood, trees and poles are reportedly down across the roadway as of 7:55 a.m.
  • On Ohio 320 outside of New Paris in Preble County, the road is being shut down for trees down in the roadway as of 7:55 a.m.
  • On U.S. 127 just north of North Star in Darke County, a tree is reportedly down and is partially blocking the road as of 7:45 a.m.
  • On Rip Rap Road at Taylorsville in Huber Heights, a tree is reportedly down on the road as of 7:41 a.m.
  • In the 300 block of West North Street in Arcanum, emergency crews were dispatched on reports of a tree into a house at 7:15 a.m.  Initial reports indicate five people were in the home at the time and had to leave the home through the back door.

>> WHIO Interactive Radar

DP&L: More than 13K without power in the Miami Valley region

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:54 AM
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

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UPDATE @8:36 a.m.  

DP&L is reporting outages in the following areas: 

  • Greene: 3,490 
  • Montgomery: 8,505 
  • Preble: 23 
  • Miami: 755 
  • Darke: 117 
  • Shelby: 283 
  • Mercer: 233

UPDATE @8:26 a.m. 

Ohio Edison reports 586 Clark County customers are without power.

UPDATE @8:13 a.m. 

  • Montgomery: 10,205
  • Greene: 3,458
  • Darke: 965
  • Miami: 216
  • Preble: 17

UPDATE @8:03 a.m. 

Dayton Power & Light is reporting outages in the following counties: 

  • Montgomery: 9,896
  • Greene: 13
  • Darke: 958
  • Preble: 15
  • Miami: 187

EARLIER REPORT

Dayton Power and Light has reported power outages for the following counties: 

  • Darke: 949 
  • Montgomery: 14 
  • Preble: 14 
  • Miami: 3
We are working to bring you more information on this developing story. 

Bond $500K for Dayton sex offender charged in child rape case

Published: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 @ 3:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:45 PM

Bond set for sex offender charged in child rape case

UPDATE @ 6:45 p.m. (July 20)

Bond was set today at $500,000 for a convicted sex offender indicted earlier this month on child sex charges.

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Michael Brune, 31, of Dayton, appeared today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with six counts of rape of a child younger than 13; four counts of sexual battery; two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child younger than 13; and three counts of domestic violence.

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Brune did not make a plea, and next has a scheduling conference set for Aug. 1.

The case involves two children known to Brune, with incidents alleged to have happened in December 2016, according to prosecutors.

FIRST REPORT

A convicted sex offender has been indicted on several counts of rape involving children, according to a media release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Michael Brune, 31, of Dayton was indicted Wednesday on six counts of rape of a child under 13, four counts of sexual battery, two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child under 13, and three counts of domestic violence. 

The incident occurred in December 2016, after the two victims, both under the age of 13 at the time, told their mother Brune had forced them to perform sex acts with him. 

“After the two minor children and the mother were attacked by the defendant, the victims were able to escape,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said in the release.

Heck said Brune is a convicted sex offender after he was found guilty on a charge of gross sexual imposition in Clermont County. Brune, as a registered sex offender, was required to register his address and place of employment with the sheriff’s office, which prosecutors said he failed to do. 

Brune was also indicted on a separate charge of failure to register. 

“As parents, it is vitally important that instances of inappropriate sexual conduct are reported to law enforcement, as this parent did,” Heck said. “We all have a duty to protect children from sex offenders.”

Brune is scheduled to be arraigned on July 20. 

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OSHP: OVI checkpoint planned for Sidney

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 4:52 AM

PIQUA — Ohio State Highway Patrol announced an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m.  tonight till midnight on Wapakoneta Avenue in the City of Sidney.

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The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers and is a partnership between the OSHP and the Sidney Police Department, according to a OSHP news release. 

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The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol related injury and fatal crashes, according to OSHP.