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3 Harrison Twp. strip clubs raided in drug, prostitution, fraud investigation

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 9:45 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:38 PM

Law enforcement raid three separate locations on N. Dixie Drive

Three Harrison Twp. strip clubs have been raided tonight and several arrests have been made in a long-term investigation authorities said uncovered evidence of prostitution, drugs and food stamp trafficking.

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Agent-in-Charge Michelle Thourot, with the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Ohio Investigative Unit, said OIU agents, members of the Range Task Force and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at three liquor permit premises:

  • The Harem, 5825 North Dixie Drive, 
  • The Living Room, 3830 North Dixie Drive, 
  • Sharky’s, 6028 North Dixie Drive
  • 34 people are facing felony and/or misdemeanor charges

3 Harrison Twp. strip clubs busted

In all, 140 criminal charges have been filed.

Some arrests have been made and some of the indictments have been served, Thourot said.

Agents also filed 166 administrative violations against the liquor permit premises and more administrative and criminal charges are possible as the investigations continue, she said.

(UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.):

All three strip clubs were raided at once, at 6:15 p.m.

Thourot said she was part of the raid at the Harem, where there was a large crowd, but could not speak to how busy the other two clubs were because she wasn’t part of the raids there.

The other two clubs were allowed to open once agents left the premises, she said, but agents were still at the Harem at 10:30 p.m. because it is the largest of the three businesses.

No more raids are planned at this time, Thourot said, but the investigation continues.

She said the overall OIU investigation, which includes tonight’s raids, began in January. Law enforcement operations at one club led to the next, she said.

Thourot declined to estimate the quantity of drugs or cash or EBT cards law enforcement seized in tonight’s raids. (The Electronic Benefits Transfer card is used in the distribution of food assistance benefits).

Those details about the raids are likely to be discussed at a news conference scheduled for Friday afternoon, she said.

The administrative case will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission at a later date. Possible administrative penalties include fines, suspensions, or revocation of the liquor permit. 

OIU is charged with enforcing the state’s liquor laws and is the only state law enforcement agency specifically tasked with investigating food stamp fraud crimes.

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Geminid meteor shower peaks this week

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:36 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at our chance to see the Geminid meteor shower.

Despite the cold, the Geminid meteor shower in mid December is one of the best.

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This year, the Miami Valley won't have cooperating skies BUT the meteors can be visible before and after the peak so keep an eye out for activity. Wednesday night into Thursday morning is when the shower is expected to produce the most meteors. One meteor per hour is possible when sky conditions are good. The moon is in a waning crescent phase so it is thin and won't be visible until the very early morning hours.

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If you want to try your luck this week and hope clouds will be broken enough, dress warmly and give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness. Best time to view is between midnight and 4AM. 

If you want to watch the show without any clouds....check out the LIVE stream from NASA. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc

Part of Farmersville-West Carrollton Road to close this week

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 8:04 AM



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Work being done by the CSX Railroad Co. is expected to close part of Farmersville-West Carrollton Road this week.

The road, which handles about 6,000 vehicles a day, is expected to close at Upper River Road, just west of the Great Miami River. The closure - for work on a railroad tie replacement project - may happen Tuesday, according to the city of West Carrollton.

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Traffic detour route signs will be posted at the site and the project is expected to last three to four days, according to the city.

The work is part of a project that began Nov. 14 in Tipp City and has gradually moved south to Carlisle, where it will end, according to the city.

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Miamisburg Bicentennial committee receives $50,000 for birthday celebration

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:58 AM

The Miamisburg Bicentennial committee has received a $50,000 anonymous donation to help fund next year’s 200th birthday festivities.

The contribution was announced Friday by Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church Jr., who is helping spearhead bicentennial planning efforts.

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Church said the anonymous donation - which represents 20 percent of the group’s goal of raising $250,000 – was made by a private citizen.

The bicentennial group is planning at least one event a month to commemorate the anniversary of the city’s founding, which occurred on Feb. 20, 1818. The main event will be a weeklong celebration scheduled for mid-June with most events planned for the downtown area, organizers said.

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Officers express concern over Miamisburg intersection following crash

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 6:39 AM

Officers expressed concern about the intersection of Jamaica and Upper Miamisburg roads after a crash occurred early Monday morning. 

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German Twp. police responded to a two-vehicle crash around 5 a.m., per initial reports.

According to officials, the driver of one of the vehicles failed to stop at a stop sign, hitting a pickup truck in the intersection.

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Officers told our crew that this intersection is concerning due to there being a stop sign on both sides of Jamaica Road, but not for Upper Miamisburg.

The driver of the at-fault vehicle was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries, but a citation is expected.

The driver of the pickup truck did not suffer any injuries.