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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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Miami County could house federal prisoners for first time in years

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:32 PM


            Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak. CONTRIBUTED.
Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak. CONTRIBUTED.

TROY – Details are being finalized for the housing of federal prisoners in Miami County for the first time in nearly a decade.

Sheriff Dave Duchak said his staff is working with the federal marshal’s service on a contract under which up to 20 prisoners would be housed in pods at the county Incarceration Facility located between Troy and Piqua.

The proposed agreement would allow for up to 15 males and five females. The county would be paid $59 per day, per prisoner and would be paid to transport the prisoners to and from the facility to federal court in Dayton.

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The Incarceration Facility was built in 1999 with the goal at the time of using one half of its four, 60-person pods to house local prisoners and to rent the other half to help offset facility operating costs.

The county housed prisoners for other counties and the federal marshal’s service before the facility was closed at the end of 2009 because of budget cuts blamed on the recession. The sheriff’s office reopened one of the facility’s pods in 2013, the second in 2014 and a third last year.

Last year, the sheriff’s office again started renting a few beds to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Greenville police. More recently, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office has been renting beds. Those agencies are using about 10 beds a day. Last year, the sheriff’s office brought in around $100,000 from bed rentals.

“I don’t have a problem renting out beds as long as it doesn’t hurt our judges’ ability to incarcerate,” Duchak said.

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County Commission President John “Bud” O’Brien said he and fellow commissioners are “certainly in favor of the sheriff renting beds to whoever he can.” The rentals help supplement the cost of operating the facility, he said.

“We haven’t seen the contract yet, but are looking forward to seeing it,” O’Brien said.

Duchak said the arrangement for housing federal prisoners would be like the previous agreement.

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Miami County also has a jail at the county Safety Building in Troy, where up to 48 prisoners can be held. That space is used for primarily for violent offenders, while nonviolent offenders are housed at the Incarceration Facility. The federal prisoners would be nonviolent people facing charges for financial and other crimes, Duchak said.

Before the sheriff’s office could open the fourth, 60-person pod, it would need to hire six additional correction officers. That process would take at least nine months, Duchak said.

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Director: Youth soccer coach recovering after attack at Beavercreek bar

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

Contributed Photo/Soccer Shots Miami Valley
Contributed Photo/Soccer Shots Miami Valley

A local youth soccer coach is recovering after an incident the program’s director said was an attack outside a Beavercreek bar early Friday morning. 

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The coach was knocked unconscious outside Tuty’s Bar and Grill on Feb. 16, Soccer Shots Miami Valley Owner and Director Brandon Artis told this news outlet. 

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Nathan Bias, the coach, has not commented to this outlet. 

Artis, who did not witness the attack, but spoke with Bias afterward, said Bias was attacked while waiting for an Uber outside the bar around 2 a.m. 

Bias was found unconscious by employees of the bar who then called police. Bias suffered several cuts, bruises, and likely a concussion, Artis said. 

Two or three men attacked Bias while he waited outside for an Uber, according to Artis. 

Beavercreek police confirmed they were dispatched to the bar at 3982 Colonel Glenn Highway on reports of an assault on Feb 16., but investigators were not able to release additional details or if they had any suspects. 

This news outlet is still working to determine what led to the incident.

Bias was hospitalized, but has since been released after receiving treatment. 

We’ll continue to update this page as new details become available. 

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Kettering man killed after head-on crash in Moraine

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:28 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:06 PM

A 2 car crash in Moraine is fatal

UPDATE @ 3:06 p.m. 

Shawn D. Stansell, 38, of Kettering, died in this crash today, according to Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. No preliminary cause and manner of death has been released.

UPDATE @ 10:36 a.m. 

The man killed had been driving a pickup truck west on Dorothy Lane when he crossed the center lane for an unknown reason and struck a vehicle head-on, police on scene said.

A female driver in the Toyota Rav 4 struck was taken to Kettering Medical Center with unknown injuries. 

Police are investigating the cause of the crash. 

A third driver was cited for driving on a closed road after he reportedly blew through the road closed signs that were up for the crash investigation to be conducted.

The road is reopening shortly.

UPDATE @ 8:40 a.m. 

One person has died following a head-on crash on West Dorothy Lane in Moraine, according to police. 

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A second person was transported to an area hospital, but their condition was not immediately known. 

Additional details about the crash were not available. 

FIRST REPORT

Police and medics have responded to reports of a serious, head-on crash on West Dorothy Lane in Moraine Monday morning. 

Emergency crews were dispatched to the 2400 block of West Dorothy Lane, east of North Springboro Pike around 8:10 a.m. after the crash was initially reported. 

Officers arriving on scene reported the crash was head-on, with one person reportedly suffering serious injuries, according to scanner traffic. 

Eastbound lanes of West Dorothy Lane are blocked by police, according to initial reports. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Wet week will increase flooding threat

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:59 AM

A few showers are expected in the Dayton area today, with more rain expected later this week.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Showers stay mainly north tonight
  • Record-breaking temperatures expected Tuesday
  • Heavy rain threat to end the week 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

This Evening:  Showers will linger across the far northern Miami Valley with partly cloudy skies expected south. Temperatures will remain unseasonably mild, hold in the 60s

Tonight:  Expect variable clouds through the night with temperatures staying mild, holding near 60 degrees.

Tuesday:  Expect a mix of sun and clouds and unseasonably warm temperatures during the afternoon. It will be windy at times with temperatures pushing to record levels, in the lower 70s. Showers and even a few thunderstorms will move into the Miami Valley Tuesday evening.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Rain will be likely through the day. A few thunderstorms will be possible in the morning. It will be breezy with falling temperatures. Early highs in the lower 60s are expected.

Thursday: Expect a brief period of freezing rain or a wintry mix mainly north of I-70 in the morning. There will be the chance of rain showers in the south with temperatures starting the day in the lower to middle 30s and rebounding into the middle 40s. Expect a break in the precipitation during the afternoon and evening.

>> 5-day forecast

Friday: Rain will return along with a chance for a few thunderstorms. The rain may get heavy at times late. This will increase the threat for flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Saturday:  Rain will be likely. The rain may be heavy at times and could lead to localized flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

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