Dayton man denies guilt in brother’s accidental overdose death

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 11:35 AM

A Dayton man has denied guilt to involuntary manslaughter and drug-related charges in a Greene County case involving the July 18 death of his brother.

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Leland Tope, 59, pleaded not guilty Nov. 3 in Greene County Common Pleas Court to four felony counts: involuntary manslaughter, trafficking in heroin, heroin possession and tampering with evidence, according to court records.

Leland Tope

Charges against Tope were brought by a secret grand jury indictment last month.

According to the indictment, between July 17-18, the defendant caused the death of Mark Tope “as a proximate result” of the defendant trafficking in heroin.

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The defendant is the victim’s brother, and the alleged crime happened at Mark Tope’s Xenia Twp. home, according to the report by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

Mark Tope died of an accidental, multiple-drug overdose, according to the Greene County Coroner’s Office.

The amount of heroin that is alleged to have been trafficked and possessed is less than one gram, according to the indictment.

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Leland Tope was released Oct. 31 from the Greene County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 1:29 AM

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Repairs continue after Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

Executive Boulevard lanes in Huber Heights reopened after being closed for several hours following a gas leak Thursday morning.

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Crews continued to make repairs to the leaking gas line that evacuated fifteen business along the road around 11 a.m., according to Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth.

Ashworth said a construction crew working in the area struck a 6-inch gas main directly under Executive, which  caused the gas to leak from underground.

Huber Heights gas leak


Executive is one of the city’s most commercial areas and Ashworth said the leak would impact the businesses in the area.

Utility companies, including DP&L and Vectren, worked on scene to isolate their utilities as well.

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Flood watch continues for southern Miami Valley until Sunday morning

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 3:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:09 AM

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

Flood Watch for the following counties from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Sunday: Butler, Warren, Clinton, Clark, Greene, Wayne, Montgomery, Preble, Warren and Butler

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Highest Wind gusts this morning: 

Wilmington 33MPH

Dayton Wright Bros Airport 31MPH

Dayton International Airport 29MPH 

Butler Co Regional Airport 28MPH

Wright Patt 25MPH

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Briefly dry tonight
  • Rain returns, heavy at times Friday
  • On and off rain, some thunder Saturday 

>>Record-breaking warmth this week 

DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING: Skies will be mostly cloudy with temperatures holding in the middle 40s. 

TONIGHT: Areas of fog and drizzle have started to form with rain approaching from the southwest. 

>>5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times in the morning. Temperatures will climb to near 60 degrees.

SATURDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. A few thunderstorms possible. Highs will be in the middle to upper 50s. Flooding will be possible in low-lying and flood-prone areas.

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SUNDAY: Early morning rain. Flooding will be possible in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Rain will end with clouds clearing in the afternoon. It will be windy and a bit cooler with highs in the lower to middle 50s.

>>County-by-County Weather

MONDAY: Sunshine returns. Breezy with highs in the lower 50s. 

TUESDAY: Sunny and mild with highs in the lower 50s.

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Arrest made in attempted robbery at Table 33 restaurant in downtown Dayton

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:24 PM

Dayton police arrested a man who attempted to rob a bartender at Table 33 Restaurant in downtown Dayton. STAFF PHOTO/Jarod Thrush
Dayton police arrested a man who attempted to rob a bartender at Table 33 Restaurant in downtown Dayton. STAFF PHOTO/Jarod Thrush

Dayton police arrested an 18-year-old man after a failed robbery attempt at Table 33 restaurant in downtown Dayton.

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According to a Dayton Police report, just after 5 p.m. Thursday, a man in camo pants and a red shirt grabbed a female bartender by the arm and ordered her twice to open the cash register.

The woman refused both demands and the man ran away.

A Dayton officer spotted the suspect a short time later on Salem Ave.

The officer gave chase and arrested the man a mile and a half away from the restaurant near the 700-block of Salem Ave.  He was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County jail.

No weapon was used in the robbery attempt and no one was hurt.

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