Fake IDs in Springfield lead to arrest, huge Bitcoin seizure

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 12:31 PM

Mark A. Simon was arrested and charged in a federal investigation into a large-scale fake ID case. Feds said $4.7M Bitcoin has been seized. THE (TOLEDO) BLADE
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Mark A. Simon was arrested and charged in a federal investigation into a large-scale fake ID case. Feds said $4.7M Bitcoin has been seized. THE (TOLEDO) BLADE(HANDOUT)

Fake IDs seized at a bar in Springfield nearly three years ago led to a multi-year investigation, the recent arrest of a Toledo man and the seizure of millions in bitcoin cryptocurrency, the Toledo Blade reports.

The investigation launched by the Ohio Department of Public Safety in October 2015 led to the arrest earlier this week of 34-year-old Mark A. Simon, who was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court with producing and transferring false identification documents, according to the Blade.

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The ODPS investigation began after fake IDs were collected at a bar in Springfield and a Wittenberg University student admitted to agents that he and a friend acquired one of the IDs via the Reddit.com website, according to the Blade.

The seller of phony Ohio driver’s licenses was traced back to Simon, who logged in under the online name of “TedDanzigSR,” according to the Blade’s report. 

Citing an affidavit filed in court by the U.S. Secret Service, the Blade reports that federal agents raided Simon’s Toledo home and three other locations on Tuesday and agents seized approximately $4.7 million in bitcoin, found on “30 wallets” in a computer thumb drive.

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Do you want to be a speaker at TEDxDayton?

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Have you ever heard of Ted Talks?

After five successful years of sparking energetic curiosity, inspirational conversations and meaningful connections, TEDxDayton is ramping up for its sixth year with big aspirations.

Organizers of the 6th annual TEDxDayton event have announced that they are now accepting applications from speakers who want to give a TED talk at this year’s event on Oct. 12, 2018, at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton.

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The theme for this year’s event is “SHIFT.” 

“We chose a theme that reflects a new era for TEDxDayton,” event co-chair John Owen said in a news release. “We’ve had five strong years, and as we go into our next five, we’re looking for creative ways to change and improve the experience for the audience, while paying tribute to the ideas, speakers and spirit of the events we’ve had up till this year.”

WHAT IS A TED TALK?

Since the very first licensed TED talk in 1984, TED talks have been a platform for short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that foster learning on a global scale, as well as in local communities.

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“This year’s speakers will be helping us build upon five great years of sold-out TEDxDayton days that have seen the event become one of the most talked-about in town,” said event Co-Chair Ron Rollins. “We’re looking for people who know they have an idea worth sharing that will help the audience see and think of the world in a new and different way.”

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Cory Owen, who is co-chairing this year’s speaker’s committee along with Brenden Wynn and Chelley Seibert, said the committee is looking for speakers who can teach and inspire — speakers who will leave the audience still talking as they leave the theater.

HOW TO APPLY

Potential speakers should complete the speaker application on www.tedxdayton.com by March 30. 

The speakers committee will review all applications and invite selected candidates to auditions on May 5, 8 and 10, according to a TEDxDayton press release. 

Participants will be notified within a few weeks of auditions if they have been selected to be a TEDxDayton 2018 speaker.

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Deputies: Darke County man arrested in connection to stabbing of Indiana man

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

Aaron Saunders (Contributed Photo/Darke County Sheriff's Office)
Aaron Saunders (Contributed Photo/Darke County Sheriff's Office)

A 25-year-old Darke County man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing an Indiana man Monday, according to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Deputies responded to Wayne HealthCare Monday around 11 p.m. after a stabbing victim arrived at the hospital, deputies said in a media release issued Wednesday. 

The victim, identified as a 25-year-old man from New Castle, Ind., told investigators he was stabbed nearly 11 hours before he went to the hospital at a home in the 9900 block of Detling Road. 

The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital and is currently listed in stable condition, deputies said. 

Late Tuesday night, deputies located and arrested Aaron Sanders, 25, of Ansonia on a preliminary charge of felonious assault. Sanders remains booked in the Darke County Jail. 

The case remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. 

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West Carrollton HS student charged for alleged assault at school, district says

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 7:59 AM

Officials with West Carrollton Schools said they have dealt with a student after video of an assault at the high school showed up on Facebook. Video courtesy of Rachel Tussey's Facebook page.

A West Carrollton High School student is facing assault charges after  the district said the student was allegedly involved in an assault at the school earlier this month that was filmed by someone at the school.

The assault was reported to have happened at the high school on Feb. 5

A parent shared a video with this news organization and on social media reportedly showing an attack in the hallway of the high school on the same day the district confirmed an assault occurred.  The district confirmed the video is part of their investigation.

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“This incident was investigated in accordance with school policies, and appropriate disciplinary actions were taken,” said West Carrollton Superintendent Andrea Townsend.  “Our District takes bullying very seriously, and is constantly teaching and reminding our students to be respectful of others in all their interactions.”

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Salmonella outbreak in 20 states linked to Kratom, CDC says

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:52 AM

Kratom, a herbal supplement, is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of the kratom plant.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Kratom, a herbal supplement, is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of the kratom plant.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The CDC is warning people to not consume Kratom due to a Salmonella outbreak linked to the plant. 

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It is a stimulant which comes in pills, powders and tea, and was recently declared to be an opioid by the FDA.

According to the CDC, 28 people in 20 states have been infected with Salmonella, eleven people have been hospitalized. 

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Kratom is also known as Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, Biak, and Thang.

News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray will be talking to health experts to find out more about the risk – watch tonight on WHIO-TV at 5pm. 

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