Guns, drugs confiscated in lengthy investigation

Published: Thursday, October 04, 2012 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 04, 2012 @ 3:35 PM

A joint investigation into gun and drug trafficking in Dayton has led to one arrest and more than 30 guns being confiscated, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer announced Thursday.

Officers with the Montgomery County Regional Agencies Narcotics & Gun Task Force said the investigation spanned nine-months and there could be more arrests to come.

“These are violent criminals selling guns on the streets and causing problems in our neighborhoods,” Plummer said as he praised the work of the RANGE officers.

Dwight Stargell Sr., of 223 S. Ardmore Ave. in Dayton, is being held in the Butler County Jail and will be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, dealing in firearms without a license, possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, distribution of cocaine and possession of a sawed off shotgun.

He was arrested at his home Wednesday where Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and RANGE task force detectives served a search warrant and confiscated three firearms, cocaine and marijuana.

A total of 35 firearms, nine of which have been identified as stolen, were recovered from Stargell’s home during two separate searches and through purchases by undercover officers. Three of those weapons are connected to the death of Dayton business owner Tommy Nickles in April, for which Stargell’s nephew Anthony Stargell Jr. has been indicted on murder and 22 other felony counts.

The firearms are mostly handguns, but also included a sawed off shotgun, two assault rifles with high capacity magazines and other rifles and shotguns.

“That will rip through your car, your vest, everything,” RANGE field commander Sgt. Mike Brem said about one of the assault rifles.

“Firearms trafficking is a crime that affects everybody,” said ATF Resident Agent in Charge Scott Chard. He said agents will work to track the weapons, determine where they came and return the stolen firearms to their owners.

RANGE detectives had been conducting an undercover investigation of Stargell for four months when his nephew was arrested April 11 in connection with Nickles’ slaying.

“We got information that one or multiple guns from a homicide had made their way over to Dwight’s house,” Brem said.

A search warrant was executed at Stargell’s home on April 19 and detectives found cocaine, marijuana, the sawed off shotgun, a pistol and ammunition. A firearm used in Nickles’ death was recovered at that time.

Anthony Stargell’s trial date has not been set. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, but his lawyer submitted a motion to dismiss the death penalty specifications on Monday along with a dozen other motions requesting disclosure of various State’s evidence.

Anthony Stargell is accused of shooting both Nickles and his golden retriever to death in an apparent robbery at Nickles’ Quality One Electric business at 838 S. Main St. on April 3.

Dwight Stargell was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and trafficking in counterfeit drugs in 2007 and sentenced to six months in prison.

2,000+  DP&L, Duke customers reporting power outages; Winds to blame?

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:04 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:41 PM

@ 11:30 p.m., the online DP&L outage map shows: 

Miami 1,598

Preble 141 

Montgomery 136 

Darke 58 

Greene, Clinton and Warren 1 each

The online Duke Energy map shows: 

Butler 817 (approximately 110 north and west of Middletown, in the area of Kalbfleisch Road. Another 11 east of the city are without power).

We will update this developing report.

Stay with whio.com for breaking news.

Victim wounded at Shell station in Drexel by shot fired from a vehicle, Trotwood police say

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:27 PM

FROM SCENE: Trotwood police investigating claim of a shooting at Shell station

UPDATE @ 11:20 p.m.: A man shot at the Shell station in Drexel was involved in an altercation and wounded by someone who fired a weapon through the window of a vehicle, Trotwood police said. 

That's the preliminary finding from the incident at the business on West Third Street that landed the victim, believed to be in his 30s, to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Police said the victim may have been pumping gas when he was approached by another man and an altercation ensued. The shooting is believed to have occurred during that tussle. 

Police dispatched to the address found pieces of automobile glass that may have come from the vehicle in the shooting. 

Police investigators were at the hospital, waiting to speak with the victim.

INITIAL REPORT

Trotwood police are investigating a person's claim of being shot and wounded at the Shell station in the 6100 block of West Third Street in Drexel. 

According to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, Miami Valley Hospital officials notified police about 8:50 p.m. that a person walked into the hospital claiming to have been shot. 

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When the shooting is believed to have occurred is not certain and there is no information about the gender of the person. 

The vehicle the person was in has been seized at the hospital by police, according to regional dispatch. 

We are working to learn more about this incident. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

AAA: Watch for slick spots on side streets, rural roads

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:37 PM

Watch out for slick spots on side streets

Snow has moved out of the area, but slick roads are still a big concern.

With temperatures dropping into the low 20s, side roads and rural roads that were not pretreated may be slick because of the earlier snow.

AAA Ohio expert Ron Reynolds gave advice about what motorists can do to stay safe on the roads. Until midnight Wednesday, he was responding to calls in Miamisburg and Centerville. The cold doesn’t daunt him.

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“I’ve been doing this almost eight years so I mentally prepared myself a month or two before it got cold,” he said.

At one Miamisburg home, a resident trying to warm up the car accidentally locked the car with the keys inside.

“We have a little wedge, a wedge that goes in the door just so we can get our inflatable bag in there. We’ll pump it up, gives us about a half-inch just to get our reach and pull it there so we can access the lock itself,” Reynolds said.

He responds to calls like this all winter.

Dead car batteries, flat tires are the most common side effects from the extreme cold.

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Thursday morning, he said icy spots could take drivers by surprise.

“For our members, we try to (recommend they) keep a survival kit in their car,” he said. “Blankets, water to stay warm if they are broke down. And the key is don’t panic. Just be patient. We’re going to get to you,” he said.

The winter weather prequel has brought the lowest temperatures in the region since last winter, with this season’s winter not commencing until next week.

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Family of 6 loses everything in fire that leaves woman critically hurt

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:09 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:45 PM

RAW: Pearl Street fire consumes Miamisburg house

UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.

A family of six lost who everything in a Wednesday morning fire feel fortunate they all made it out alive.

David Gilbert, and his fiancee, Becky McGeorge, three daughters, ages 13, 7 and 5, and son, 3, all lived in the house in the 1100 block of East Pearl Street that was destroyed.

Lena Gilbert, David’s sister, said there’s no clue how the fire started. The 13-year-old girl left for school at 6:20 a.m., and everything was fine then, she said.

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“By 6:49 (a.m.) the house was fully engulfed,” Gilbert said.

McGeorge is improving, but is still in critical condition and using a ventilator at Miami Valley Hospital, Gilbert said.

“She is actually coming around. She is giving the doctors notes to call David,” she said. “Since we got good news on Becky, that’s all that matters.”

The Gilbert family lost two dogs in the fire and all the children’s Christmas presents. They had no renter’s insurance and their vehicles were only covered by liability insurance.

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“It’s devastating, Lena Gilbert said. “They just have nothing, really.”

Meanwhile, they are staying with her, she said.

“We are fortunate that they all made it out,” Gilbert said. “That’s all we can ask for. Everything else is replaceable. They are not.”

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FIRST REPORT

A woman was seriously injured early today in a Miamisburg house fire from which three other family members escaped.

Miami Valley Fire District Chief Matthew Queen said the victim, whose age was not provided, was taken by relatives to a hospital after the fire broke out in the 1100 block of East Pearl Street.

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Initial responders described it as a blaze with heat so intense it damaged neighboring property and prompted firefighters to take a defensive approach.

Queen characterized the victim’s unspecified injuries as “serious.” He declined to identify her or other family in the home at the time of the fire, but initial reports indicated it involved two adults and two children.

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“The structure sustained heavy damage and will likely be considered a total loss,” he stated in an email. “We do not have an estimate at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.”

Queen said this morning it was unknown whether smoke detectors were in the home.

“It is too early in the investigation to know that,” Queen said.

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It’s also too early to determine a cause of the blaze, said MVFD Fire Marshal Bob Pugh.

Crews responded just before 7 a.m. and fire crews on the scene said the roof “had already opened up.” The intensity of the flames kept crews from entering the home for some time.