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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.

Can you ID this suspected Miami County firearms thief?

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 3:01 PM

The Miami County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying one of three suspects in a theft of firearms and money. 

A rifle, shotgun and pistol were taken early Friday morning from a roofing business on U.S. 36 between Fletcher and Piqua. 

The sheriff’s office has released images showing the thief walking toward the business.

If you can help the investigation, call Miami County Lt. Mike Whaley at (937) 440-9911. 

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

The flying acts for the 2017 Dayton Vectren Air Show have wrapped up for Saturday. Gates for Saturday’s show will close at 6 p.m. Below you can watch video highlights from Saturday’s show. Gates will reopen on Sunday at 9 a.m.

>>Dayton Air Show: What we know today

>> Photos from Saturday at the Dayton Air Show

Saturday’s line-up included flights from the following acts and others:

  • Suzuki Extra 300
  • B-25 Doolittle Raid Commemoration
  • Geico Skytypers
  • Sean Tucker 
  • Misty Blues
  • F-18 Super Hornet

The Thunderbirds cancelled their Saturday flight following a crash during a practice flight on Friday afternoon.  It will be determined later if the group will fly Sunday.

RELATED: 1 of 2 Thunderbirds pilots released following crash at air show

MORE: Eyewitness describes Thunderbird crash

UPDATE @ 2:50 p.m.:

Live flights at today’s air show have concluded.

UPDATE @ 2:38 p.m.:

Redline 1440 is taking to the sky now at the Dayton Air Show.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.:

The F-18 Super Hornet is performing now and will be followed by a performance by Redline 1440.

UPDATE @ 2:06 p.m.:

The Misty Blues are now flying at today’s show.

RELATED: Dayton Air Show: What to know about Dayton’s biggest air spectacle

UPDATE @ 1:51 p.m.:

Sean Tucker is now in the air at today’s air show performing air acrobatics for the crowd.

UPDATE @ 1:31 p.m.:

The Geico Skytypers are taking flight now.  Earlier this week, Dayton Daily News reporter Kara Driscoll flew with the team.

WATCH: In close formation, reporter rides in squadron of vintage war planes

UPDATE @ 1:12 p.m.:

The P-51 is currently performing a solo flight for the audience at the Dayton International Airport. The F-35 is up next for the Heritage Flight.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.:

A B-25 Dolittle Raid Commemoration is getting underway right now.

RELATED: Crowds swarm AF museum as B-25s arrive to honor Doolittle Raiders

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

The T-50 jet gave the crowd a demonstration this afternoon and was soon followed by an aerial performance from Rob Holland.

UPDATE @ 12:11 p.m.:

Suzuki Extra 300 has taken to the sky at the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

UPDATE @ 12:03 p.m.:

Redline, a two plane act, performed a brief teaser for the crowd ahead of their mid-afternoon performance.

UPDATE @ 11:54 a.m.:

The Misty Blues are parachuting in to begin the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show. MSgt Alyson Jones is performing the national anthem.

UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m.:

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spent some time this morning, before the air show begins talking with the Geico Skytypers.

Female naval aviator was inspired to fly at Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 1:40 PM

Eight years ago, Christina Bailo visited the Vectren Dayton Air Show and decided she wanted to be a pilot.

She returned to the air show Saturday, a 27-year-old Navy lieutenant flying an EA-18 Growler anti-electronic warfare twin-engine fighter jet.

RELATED: Insider’s guide to Dayton Air Show: 7 things to know

“This is a pretty cool airplane,” the South Lyon, Mich., native said smiling broadly and standing next to the two-seated jet that flies nearly twice the speed of sound.

“I started with no flying experience whatsoever,” she said.

For her, her course was set when she put on a flight suit and after flying school headed to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., to join the VAQ-133 “Wizards” squadron and fly off the USS John C. Stennis.

>>MORE COVERAGE: Dayton Air Show 40 Years of Changes

“The idea of flying off a boat is really intriguing because it’s not every day you can say … I was launched off an aircraft at carrier at night in the thick of clouds,” she said.

Her favorite flying? “Low level when we can go 500 feet through the canyons in Washington. We’re cloud surfing.”

Bailo would like to attend Naval Test Pilot School in Maryland and hopes to one day become a NASA astronaut.

Dayton Air Show: Saturday’s show brings parking delays

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 2:27 PM

Crowds watch Saturday's Vectren Dayton Air Show BARRIE BARBER / STAFF

Motorists who were trying to find parking at the Vectren Dayton Air Show were experiencing delays Saturday, but an air show spokesman did not have an estimate on how long the delay was to park.  

The air show instituted an alternative parking plan this weekend to paved lots because record rainfall soaked grassy fields normally used to park thousands of attendees.  

MORE: Dayton Air Show announces paved parking for 2017 show

“There were delays in getting in,” said spokesman Roger Doctor. “So far, we’ve been able to park everyone on pavement.”  

Jennifer Sheridan, 36, came to the air show with her son, Jerry, 11 as she has for years.  

Sheridan said it was harder to find a parking spot this year because of the alternative parking.  

“It was a little tougher,” she said.  

But she did not complain about the wait, estimating it was about 15 minutes or so when she arrived at 11 a.m..

Doctor also said the air show has not received word yet if the Thunderbirds will perform Sunday at the air show. The team canceled a Saturday performance after a two-seat Thunderbird F-16D jet went off a runway at Dayton International Airport and flipped upside down Friday. 

RELATED: The latest on the Thunderbird jet crash

The pilot and a Thunderbird crew member were trapped until freed by first responders. The crew was reported in good condition.