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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.

Weather satellite JPSS-1 successfully launches 

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:07 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:35 AM

Launch Coverage of Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) from Vandenberg AFB, California.

UPDATE @ 7:27 a.m.

JPSS-1 successfully launched into orbit Saturday morning at 4:47 a.m., according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Once it reaches its final orbit, it will be renamed NOAA 20. There are about 3 months of tests then the data it collects will be used officially. This satellite was built to operate for seven years.

EARLIER REPORT

NASA, in partnership with the NOAA, will launch a satellite Saturday that will help improve weather forecasts.

The satellite launch was scheduled for earlier this week, but was postponed twice.

The launch for the JPSS-1 satellite is scheduled at 4:47 a.m. Saturday, according to NASA.

A live stream of the launch will be available on NASA’s website starting at 4:15 a.m.

WATCH: Live stream of NOAA JPSS-1 weather satellite 

The satellites will help improve NOAA forecasts for the three to seven day time frame. The data collected from the JPSS is fed into the numerical forecast models to help improve them. The satellites will also collect atmospheric measurements, ground conditions and ocean conditions like vegetation, hurricane intensity, and atmospheric moisture. 

The JPSS-1 will be launch from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California pending proper flight conditions. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was delayed until today.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

This satellite is a polar orbiting satellite which means it will orbit the earth from the one pole to the other passing the equator 14 times a day. Full coverage of the planet will be provided then twice a day.

JPSS-2 is planned to launch in 2021 and JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 are anticipated to launch in 2026 and 2031.

Victim in Dayton shooting dies, suspect in police custody

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:31 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:28 AM

Our crew at the scene reports crime scene tape around 10 to 15 police cruisers can be seen in the 2400 block of Edison Street.

UPDATE @ 7:18 a.m.

The victim in Saturday morning's shooting on Edison Street has died, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. 

A coroner's investigator told our newsroom the victim's identity will be released later today. 

>> Police: Man shot in back on Edison Street

Crews were called to the 2400 block of Edison Street on a report of a person shot. Police told our crew they believe the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. 

Dayton police said they have a suspect in custody as they continue their investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:31 a.m.

A man is in critical condition following a shooting in Dayton Saturday morning, correcting earlier reports from dispatchers. 

Dayton Lt. Steven Bauer told our crew police arrived on scene to find a male victim with several gunshot wounds. 

>> Homicide detectives called to shooting near Residence Park in Dayton

Police said the unidentified victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Little is known about the motive behind the shooting or the suspect currently in custody. 

Our crew reports crime scene tape has come down as police leave the scene.

UPDATE @ 2:13 a.m.

At least one person is dead following a shooting on Edison Street in Dayton Saturday morning, according to regional dispatchers.

Our crew at the scene reports crime scene tape around 10 to 15 police cruisers can be seen in the 2400 block of Edison Street.

Dispatchers said only one person was reported injured after the shooting call came in just after 1 a.m.

One person is crying in the back of a police cruiser as police continue to establish a crime scene, according to our crew.

We will continue to update this developing story as new details emerge.

EARLIER REPORT

At least one person has been injured in a reported shooting in Dayton Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. 

Police and medics were dispatched to the 2400 block of Edison Street around 1:10 a.m. on a report of a person shot. 

Initial reports indicate there may be as many as two victims at the scene. 

It is unknown how many people were shot, according to dispatchers, but police logs indicate a person at the scene suffered a chest injury.

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Stabbing victim flown to hospital; Springfield crews search for suspect

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 3:04 AM

Springfield police are searching for a suspect after a man was stabbed in the chest, according to Springfield Sgt. Michael Curtis.

Crews were dispatched to the 1100 block of Water Street around 11:40 p.m. Friday on a report of a stabbing. 

Officers arrived to find the victim coherent and unable to recall the events leading up to the stabbing, according to Curtis. 

Curtis said a medical helicopter took the victim from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital where he remains in an unknown condition. 

Aided by a K-9 unit, Springfield officers were unable to locate a suspect at the scene. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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I-75 crash involving wrong-way driver sends two to hospital

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 4:40 AM

At least two people are at Miami Valley Hospital following a wrong-way crash on I-75 Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. 

Crews were sent to the two-car crash on southbound I-75 at West Third Street just before 2 a.m. 

Dispatchers said their call center received reports of a wrong-way driver shortly before the crash. 

>> 911 callers warn of wrong-way driver on SB I-75 prior to fiery crash

It is unknown how many people were injured, but three medics responded to the scene, according to dispatchers. 

The conditions of the two confirmed victims remain unknown. 

We will update this story as new details become available.

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