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OSP: Drug suspect escapes locked cruiser, is on lam nearly 8 hours

Published: Thursday, June 08, 2017 @ 5:04 PM
Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

Drug suspect escapes locked cruiser, is on lam nearly 8 hours

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (June 9)

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating how 25-year-old Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera escaped from a locked cruiser and eluded authorities for nearly eight hours Thursday night, Lt. Robert Sellers of the patrol’s Dayton Post said today.

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“How he actually managed to get out of the patrol cruiser we haven’t gotten to a finding for that,” he said. “At this time I know he was in the rear of the cruiser. I do not know if he was handcuffed at that time but he was in the rear of the cruiser and the doors were locked.”

The manhunt lasted from about 4:30 p.m. until 12:10 a.m., the lieutenant said, but it’s not clear how long it took to realize the suspect fled from a Preble County tow business after troopers found 11 pounds of heroin — worth approximately $500,000 — during a traffic stop.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic narcotic that is estimated to be 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to state officials.

“Ultimately, without the help of all of our law enforcement partners we wouldn’t have been able to find him,” Sellers said.

Sellers called the drug bust “a pretty significant heroin seizure.”

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“Anytime we can disrupt the flow of drugs into our communities is a win. That is one less person that may be affected by the heroin crisis,” he said. “We’re out there, we’re working hard, we’re removing this stuff from the roadways before it even gets to our communities.”

The suspect was not cooperative with authorities, so the destination of the heroin is unknown, Sellers said. 

Robles Olvera is booked into the Preble County Jail on suspicion of felony charges of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, possessing criminal tools; and for a minor misdemeanor traffic violation for speeding. He is being held without bond, jail records show.

Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera(Preble County Jail)

UPDATE @ 12:20 a.m.: (June 9)Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera has been captured and that ends the Preble County manhunt, the Ohio Highway Patrol said in a statement. No details about the apprehension were released.

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.

The manhunt has taken state troopers and other law enforcement officers to a barn in the 900 block of state Route 122, just south of the Preble County Fairgrounds and Silfex, Inc. They have their weapons drawn as they check that and several other areas near the fairgrounds.

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Also tonight, the state patrol released a photo of Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera taken minutes before he bolted from troopers and disappeared into a wooded area.

This photo of Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera was taken minutes before he escaped from state troopers at a tow yard in Eaton, Preble County, on Thursday afternoon, June 8, 2017. (Courtesy/Ohio Highway Patrol)

UPDATE @ 7:35 p.m. 

As the manhunt for Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera continues, the Ohio Highway Patrol investigation into how he escaped from troopers is just beginning, said Capt. Danny Springs, OSP Piqua District Headquarters.

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The search -- which now includes local law enforcement and a state patrol helicopter -- also includes a continuing shelter-in-place order for residents living in a triangular area bordered by the Preble County Fairgrounds to the north, state Route 122 (South Franklin Street) to the west and Wayne Trace Road to the east.

Robles Olvera escaped from a state patrol cruiser and ran south and east into a heavily wooded area behind the L&L tow yard on Industrial Drive, Springs said. Troopers had found approximately 5 kilos -- 11 pounds -- of suspected heroin in the car the 25-year-old was driving on I-70 in Preble County.

Jail mugshot of Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera (Courtesy/Ohio Highway Patrol)

"We don't know exactly how he was able to get out the cruiser," Springs said, noting the investigation will also have to determine whether the man was in handcuffs when he made his dash to the woods. 

Springs estimated the suspected heroin would be worth about $500,000 on the street.

The state patrol does not know where Robles Olvera was headed or where he was coming from when he was stopped for a speeding violation, Springs said.

"It's very apparent he was moving a lot of material. I don't know exactly what his place or his role is."

UPDATE @ 6:55 p.m.:  Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera has been identified as the focus of the manhunt near the Preble County Fairgrounds and the state patrol is asking you to help find him.

The state patrol now is saying the 25-year-old Robles Olvera escaped custody after the car he was driving had been taken to L&L Auto and Towing, on Industrial Drive off U.S. 35.

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Troopers stopped the car this afternoon on I-70 in Preble County on a speed violation, Lt. Robert Sellers said in a statement released via OSP headquarters in Columbus.

"Criminal indicators were present and a drug-sniffing K-9 alerted to the vehicle," Sellers said in the statement. 

"A probable cause search revealed an estimated 5 kilos of heroin hidden in compartments within the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody and the vehicle was moved to a towing service near Eaton for a second, in-depth search."

Robles Olvera escaped during the moving of the vehicle from the scene of the traffic stop to the tow yard.

He was not armed, according to the statement, but the general public is being asked not to approach him.

If you see Robles Olvera, you are asked to call the patrol at 937-832-4794 or #677.

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UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.: Residents in the Preble County Fairgrounds area and on Wayne Trace Road are urged to shelter in place as troopers search for a man who ran from a traffic stop on U.S. 35 near Eaton.

A subcompact car, believed to be the one the man ran from, has been towed to L&L Auto and Towing, on Industrial Drive off U.S. 35. 

Also, the search has expanded south and east to Wayne Trace Road, in the area of state Route 122 (South Franklin Street).

UPDATE @ 5:36 p.m. 

Troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol are searching for a man who ran from a traffic stop on U.S. 35 near Eaton, in Preble County, that involves a large amount of suspected heroin found in the vehicle. 

A trooper tells us the search is focused on the Preble County Fairgrounds and an area south of that location near Rocky Run creek. 

They are looking for a man wearing a black T-shirt with white lettering. He is described as being about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 inches tall.

INITIAL REPORT

We’re following reports of police activity in the area of the Preble County Fairgrounds, possibly related to reports of a man who escaped police custody. 

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State troopers, police, and sheriff deputies are searching in the area for a suspect who is involved in a drug investigation, according to scanner traffic from the scene. 

Initial reports indicate an Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter has been requested from Columbus to help track the suspect. 

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We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Church heavily damaged by fire in Lebanon

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 3:56 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:20 AM

UPDATE @5:20 a.m.

Crews continue to fight a blaze at the Bethel AME Church in Lebanon.

A member of the church said the fire started in the kitchen. She said the church hosted a free meal to the community Tuesday night.

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We are working to gather additional details.

FIRST REPORT

Units are responding to a fully involved structure fire at Bethel AME Church in Lebanon.

The incident occurred early Wednesday morning in the 100 block of N. Cherry Street around 3:45 a.m, per initial reports. 

Flames and smoke are reportedly showing.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

Xenia Twp. fire crews battle residential fire in Greene County

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 2:46 AM

UPDATE @ 2:40 a.m: Xenia Twp. fire department responded to a residential structure fire in Greene County early Wednesday morning. 

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Units were dispatched to the 1200 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road just after midnight on a structure fire, where they were met with heavy smoke near the back of the house.

There was one occupant inside of the residence at the time of the fire, but they were able to escape without injuries.

Officials say their only issue with battling this fire was getting to it, with it being winter and the roads being slick. 

No word on damage estimates, but officials say the home will need internal rehab.

Crews continue to investigate what started the fire. 

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on scene of a structure fire in the 1200 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road in Greene County.

The incident occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, with flames showing from the structure, per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with more details. 

Frigid morning, possible afternoon scattered snow shower

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 4:11 AM

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Wind chills in single digits for AM
  • Scattered snow showers today
  • Warming up for weekend

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: We’ll experience a cold morning, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Temperatures  will be in the teens with wind chills in the single digits. Slick spots can’t be ruled out, mainly on roads not treated where we saw light dusting of snow. Another quick moving system will bring the chance for snow back today, mainly around or after lunch, and again for the evening. This period should stay all snow, but some rain may mix south in the afternoon. Accumulation will be bout less then 1” in Dayton and points south with an inch or so possible north. Highs will reach in the mid 30s as more snow showers come in for the evening before ending overnight. It’ll be breezy at times with gusts around 25-30mph during the day. 

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THURSDAY: Dry start but some snowy or slick roads possible if left untreated. The day looks mainly dry with broken clouds and cold temperatures. Highs only reach the middle 20s.

FRIDAY: Dry start to the day again, as well as chilly in the teens. Highs hit about 30. Clouds thicken up and some passing light snow showers will be possible at night in the north.

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SATURDAY: Dry and warmer day as sunshine returns with highs around 40.

SUNDAY: Quiet end to the weekend for the most part. Highs in the low 40s and dry during the day. Rain showers move up from the south at night.

More snow heading for Miami Valley on Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:58 PM

Bursts of heavy snow, windy conditions and low visibility at times expected today.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Snow showers/squalls ending as skies clear tonight
  • Another clipper means return of snow showers Wednesday
  • Warming trend expected for the weekend 

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DETAILED FORECAST

TONIGHT: Skies gradually clear. Temperatures drop into the lower middle teens. Wind chills will be in the single digits, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

Watch this quick timelapse showing snow squalls passing through Dayton, Ohio over a two hour timeframe.

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WEDNESDAY:  Clouds will increase in the morning with snow showers developing by midday. Snow showers are expected again late in the afternoon and evening. Snowfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are expected near and north of Interstate 70 with about an inch south through tonight. It will be breezy. Temperatures will climb into the lower to middle 30s.

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THURSDAY:  Clouds will linger across the Miami Valley with temperatures holding in the middle 20s. It will be blustery with wind chills in the teens.

FRIDAY: Expect a sun-cloud mix with a chance of passing snow showers, mainly north. Highs will be near 30 degrees.

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SATURDAY: Sunshine returns to the Miami Valley as a warming trend gets underway. Highs will be near 40 degrees.

SUNDAY:  Clouds will increase with a chance of rain showers developing. Highs will be in the lower 40s.