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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.

MIAMI VALLEY CRIME NEWS

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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Pumpkin recipes you can make using your jack-o’-lantern

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:08 AM

In addition to serving as a treasured Halloween tradition, carving pumpkins also can be a great opportunity for cooking together as a family. Pumpkin pulp, seeds and flesh typically get tossed in the trash after the candles are lit, but this year, try some recipes to put the waste to good use. Using the scraps left over from carving jack-o’-lanterns is a fun way to reduce food waste and increase your consumption of a healthy fall vegetable. Click here for some easy pumpkin recipes to make with your family this fall.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 7:50 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • On southbound I-75 at Stanley Avenue, a crash has traffic backed up as of 8:10 a.m.
  • On U.S. 35 westbound at S. Smithville Road in Dayton, right and left lanes blocked due to a crash reported around 7:30 a.m.
  • On U.S. 35 westbound at Woodman Drive in Riverside, left lane blocked due to crash. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Keowee Street at Third Street in Dayton, road is closed due to a police pursuit reported around 11:15 p.m. 
  • Gate 12A is scheduled to close today through Nov. 10. Detour information is available here.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 east between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures Oct. 14 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. These will become double lane closures between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-75 south to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north/Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East ramp closure March 28 - Oct. 21. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H McGee Blvd. to Us 35 east
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 south between Needmore Road and Stanley Avenue, Nightly lane closure Oct. 18 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • SR 48 between I-70 and Phillipsburg-Union Road, Nightly lane closures Oct. 15 - 21 between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November. 
  • US 35 between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Germantown Street, Nightly lane closures Oct. 19 - 20 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 35 eastbound Ramp  to I-75 north, Nightly RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 19 - 20 between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to the turnaround a Edwin C. Moses and head back onto I-75 north.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - 21 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE through Oct. 21. The official ODOT detour is westbound: Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 721 between Childrens Home-Bradford Road and Horatio Harris Creek, BRIDGE CLOSURE Oct. 2 - 23. The official detour is: SR 185 to SR 48 to US 36.
  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Area FBI office asking for help to ID woman in child porn video

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 3:01 PM

If you recognize this woman, contact the FBI (800) 225-5324.
If you recognize this woman, contact the FBI (800) 225-5324.

The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who may have critical information that would lead to the identity of a child who is being sexually exploited. 

The FBI Cincinnati office released two images of Jane Doe 39, who appears to be of Asian descent with long black hair and is believed to be 25 to 35 years old. 

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The unidentified woman appeared in a video with a child that was flagged by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April 2016, according to the release. 

The woman was wearing a white, yellow, blue and red floral dress and can be heard speaking Vietnamese in the video, according to the release.

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It's not known where the video was produced and the information in the release is not specific to Ohio, but the FBI appreciates any help the public can provide, according to FBI Cincinnati spokesman Todd Lindgren. 

No charges have been filed in the case and the woman depicted in the still shots from the video is presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law. 

This case is being investigated as part of the Endangered Child Alert Program, which seeks to expose unknown adults involved in child pornography, and the FBI's Operation Rescue Me, which is focused on identifying victims of child pornography through image analysis.

More information on this investigation can be found here on the FBI’s website.

If you can help in the investigation, you can submit a tip online here, or call the FBI at (800) 225-5324.

Local group leading ‘Convoy of Hope’ for relief aid to Puerto Rico

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:28 PM

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees collected hurricane relief aid for Puerto Rico. CONTRIBUTED
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees collected hurricane relief aid for Puerto Rico. CONTRIBUTED

Members of PACO, who are Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees, and several businesses have gathered 120 pallets of hurricane relief aid items to ship to Puerto Rico, still reeling from Hurricane Maria, an organizer says.

“The Dayton community came through big time,” said Tony Ortiz, an organizer for the Puerto Rican, American Caribbean Organization (PACO) who coordinated with area businesses and base employees to roll out a “Convoy of Hope” -- semitrailers filled with aid. 

“This is a great feeling,” said Ortiz, who also is an employee with the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

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The Convoy of Hope is hoping to meet with trucks in Cleveland, Youngstown and Moraine, he said. People in those cities are continuing to work with the convoy project, but their participation has not yet been confirmed.

The need remains great: Less than 20 percent of island residents have had their power restored since the storm and the death toll has climbed to nearly 50.

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As many as one million Puerto Ricans do not have clean water to drink and many hospitals continue to operate om generator power as the tropical heat soars.

-- WHIO-TV’s Kate Bartley contributed to this report.