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.

Some local schools closing, others making plans for Monday’s solar eclipse

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 8:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 5:29 PM

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m. (Aug. 18)

Springboro Community Schools notified parents Friday of its plans regarding Monday’s solar eclipse.

Several grades normal release time will occur during the peak of the solar eclipse at 2:27 p.m. Due to that, the district has decided to count absences or early dismissals related to the solar eclipse as excused for students at any building.

Those that choose to attend school will be dismissed to their buses or cars at their normal time during the eclipse peak, but will be instructed by teachers to not look directly at the sun without approved American Astrological Society (AAS) standard eclipse glasses:

  • To walk in a straight line outside
  • Look directly ahead or at the ground
  • Any student not following the guidelines will be escorted back in to the school

Some students in the district will get the opportunity to view the solar eclipse outdoors.

Students in 5th grade at Dennis Elementary will be issued AAS standard eclipse glasses to view the event because according to the district,  the solar eclipse aligns with the grade’s science curriculum. Other 5th grade students at Five Points Elementary will have to view a live stream of the eclipse due to a glasses order not being fulfilled.

Students at Springboro Junior High School who return a signed permission slip and supply their own eclipse glasses will also be allowed to view the eclipse outdoors because the eclipse aligns with 7th grade Science standards.

All other grades will be be kept indoors after 1 p.m. and be allowed to watch a live stream of the eclipse in their classrooms.

For more details on Springboro Schools eclipse plans, click here.

UPDATE @ 5:29 p.m. (Aug. 17)

Practice for Bellbrook High School sports teams will be limited to indoor activities from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday due to the eclipse.

Xenia Community Schools will be closed Monday, Aug. 21.

EARLIER REPORT

Many school districts across the region are planning to turn Monday’s Great American Eclipse into a great learning opportunity.

Beavercreek City Schools is among about 20 districts to return to class today.

“Kids are excited, the staff is excited,” Superintendent Paul Otten said.

In addition to regular planning for the upcoming academic year, the district had to consider the Great American Eclipse. The district bought eclipse glasses earlier this summer.

“Every student and staff member in the district will be getting solar glasses,” which Otten said will be handed out Monday to the district’s staff and more than 7,800 students.

Teachers are enthusiastic about an interactive science lesson, the superintendent said.

“They saw it immediately as a learning experience for our kids, and instead of just trying to talk about it in the classroom, we wanted to give them an opportunity to get out and experience it firsthand,” Otten said.

Lena Ellis’ daughter started kindergarten today. “She’s so ready,” said Ellis, who admitted she is as well. “Mommy gets her break.”

She applauds the district for making sure science lessons on the eclipse will be safe.

“I think it’s wonderful they’ll keep their eyes protected,” Ellis said.

However, students must have parental permission to participate in outdoor eclipse activities. Letters will be sent home by the end of the week.

More eclipse-related news is on the News Center 7 website’s  #SkyWitness7 page.

News Center 7 will livestream special eclipse coverage Monday on Facebook and www.whio.com. A special broadcast also will be on AM 1290 and 95.7 WHIO.

CareFlight requested to accidental shooting report in Piqua

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 2:49 PM

A CareFlight medical helicopter has been requested after a person reported an accidental shooting in Piqua Friday afternoon. 

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Police and medics were dispatched to a home in the 500 block of Boal Avenue around 2:30 p.m. on initial reports of a person who shot themselves in the hand. 

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Medics requested a CareFlight medical helicopter to meet them at a designated landing zone to transport the patient. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

What you need to know about this local movie theater’s free ticket giveaway

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 2:01 PM

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THE NEON, downtown Dayton’s independent cinema, will be giving away 200 free tickets to high school and college students who wish to see “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” 

>> Drive-in movie guide 

This is a follow-up to Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” that follows Gore as he continues his tireless fight to train an army of activists and influence international climate policy.

>> Movie times: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Al Gore’s career has had a truly unique trajectory: He went from a successful politician to a failed presidential candidate to an environmental activist to a bona fide Hollywood hero, the latter of which he became with the 2006 release of the blockbuster documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Gore wrote and starred in the powerful film, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2006, and significantly raised awareness of global warming and reinvigorated the environmental movement. Now, 11 years later, Gore is back with the follow-up An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, as a not-so-gentle reminder that we are still destroying the planet, and that is the truth — however inconvenient it may be.(Eric Lee/PARAMOUNT;Jensen Walker/Paramount/Entertainment Weekly)

 

Free tickets are being funded by the the Adler–Zsambok Foundation — an organization that believes that young people must be made aware of current climate issues.

>> Meet Jonathan McNeal, the manager of the Neon Movies

WANT TO GO?

The film is playing now through Thursday, August 24. Showtimes can be found at www.neonmovies.com.

Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis to all high school and college students with valid student IDs.  

THE NEON is located at 130 E. Fifth Street in downtown Dayton.

>> 7 cheap, family friendly summer movie programs

Al Gore travels the world examining the effects of climate change in “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.” Contributed(Tribune News Service)

Is Dayton too downtown focused? Its top boss tackles that question.

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 8:26 AM

Dayton’s new “downtown living room,” the Levitt Pavilion music venue site, is planned for a green space named after a former city mayor.

The city of Dayton’s top executive spent part of this week’s commission meeting defending the city’s spending on downtown redevelopment, explaining the city’s financial priorities.

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein gave a presentation intended to highlight the economic importance of downtown to the entire city and how the city invests a small fraction of its budget into downtown projects.

“There’s a lot of conversation about the city of Dayton putting too much money into downtown,” she said. “Let me be very clear that about 1 cent out of every dollar — or less than 1 percent of our annual general fund — is strategically invested in downtown economic development efforts.”

Some citizen activists have said the city is neglecting many of its neighborhoods by overly focusing on building up the center part of the city.

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Downtown’s vitality and redevelopment is crucial to the entire city, because it generates more than half of the income taxes the city collects, which is about $70 million annually, Dickstein said.

Dickstein said that 75 cents of every dollar of income tax collected from downtown workers and businesses goes toward support services in Dayton’s neighborhoods.

“Without the income tax earned from downtown jobs, $53 million annually in services to Dayton neighborhoods would be lost,” she said.

In the last six years, the money the city has spent downtown — about 1 percent of its annual general fund budget, which this year was $164 million — has leveraged $152 million in private investment, Dickstein said.

The greater downtown has about 51,000 employees and 20,000 residents, which increase the appeal and value of other neighborhoods, she said.

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Downtown has 1,400 housing units and 600 more in the pipeline, and the hot demand for housing is fueling consumer activities and growing jobs and wealth that support the city’s tax base, Dickstein said.

Downtown has 60 restaurants and 30 night clubs that make it the social epicenter of the region, which also drives new investments and activities, she said.

Each resident in Dayton “should be cheering for the investment” and for downtown to be as strong as possible because it drives investment into the neighborhoods, she said.

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Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams said the city often has to leverage its dollars where the developers want to go, and they want to invest downtown.

“While we’ve tried to push them to other certain parts of the city, a lot of developers want to come downtown,” he said. “But we are starting to see more go into other parts of the city, which is a very positive development.”