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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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Hundreds join annual heart walk at Upper Valley Mall

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

More than 300 people, mostly in red, participated in the annual Clark and Champaign Counties Heart Walk today at the Upper Valley Mall.

The local walk joins efforts by the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and stroke. The annual event also featured vendor booths and a health fair, and was sponsored by Springfield Regional Medical Center.

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Daytonian shares Ali’s favorite title belt and legacy

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Tony Shultz (right) holding Ali's belt with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman with world champions Zab Judah and Jessie Vargas.
Tony Shultz (right) holding Ali's belt with WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman with world champions Zab Judah and Jessie Vargas.

The decorated green strip of leather was the first WBC title belt custom-made for a boxer, and that boxer was Muhammad Ali, according to Tony Shultz, a Daytonian who shares the belt with everyone he meets. 

The 39-year-old who lives in the Dayton View Triangle neighborhood is a former boxer who trained with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Roy Jones Jr. 

Shultz said the belt was given to him at Ali's funeral by Ali's wife, Lonnie.

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"This was the first belt created for a champion," Shultz said. "It was created to divide all the weight divisions. This was the heavyweight championship belt and named the "Ali WBC Belt" because it would always have his image on it as the division's greatest champion." 

The belt has the signatures of many famous boxers — including Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns and Neon Leon Spinks, who defeated Ali in 1978 in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. 

Shultz said the belt was Ali’s favorite and he often wore it around the house. 

"After he passed away, Lonnie (Ali's wife) decided that she wanted to keep the Ali legacy alive and the best way she could do that was having a belt in circulation," Shultz said. "All the other belts are either in the Ali Center, they're in the museum or his kids have them. This is actually the only Ali belt that's in circulation, outside of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' belt which just sold at a private auction." 

Shultz said he was given the belt on the condition that he share it with people and thus share Ali's legacy. 

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"Lonnie gave it to me, said 'Tony, here's the deal. I want you to have every champion that you know, every champion that you meet, sign it … have their story told. I want (to continue) Ali's legacy of humanity, his spirit of equality, fairness, and most importantly that of conquering any challenges," he said. 

At the last sparring session for Dayton Fight Night competitors at the Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Shultz brought the keepsake and let anybody who wanted to have a photo taken with it draped over their shoulder. 

Shultz will be sharing the amazing keepsake tonight at Memorial Hall at Dayton Fight Night. Tickets are $20. The doors open at 7 p.m.

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Neon sign sparks small fire outside Quincy’s in Dayton

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:16 AM

A neon sign caught fire outside of the restaurant at 865 North Main Street around 3:30 a.m., according to our first responder.

A neon sign caught fire early this morning outside Quincy’s restaurant.

Crews were called around 3:30 a.m. to 865 N. Main St. The road was closed at Miami Boulevard for a few hours as Dayton fire crews were on scene.

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Expect heavy rain, strong winds this evening

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Heavy rain will increase the flooding threat today. Storms tonight may produce damaging winds.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected this evening, some of which could be strong to severe, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

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  • Flood watch until 10 a.m. Sunday for entire region
  • Strong winds, heavy rain likely this evening
  • Isolated tornado can’t be ruled out this evening

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Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms are expected this evening, some of which could be strong to severe. Storms will move in around 7 p.m. and won’t exit until around 11 p.m. or midnight. As these storms move through, the biggest concerns will be heavy rain leading to flooding, and strong winds, which could lead to powerlines being knocked down along with trees being knocked over. With the ground so saturated, tree damage will be a high concern. In addition, an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. The storms move out around midnight, but a few lingering showers will be possible overnight. Temperatures will be steady in the 40s overnight.

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Sunday: Any rain early will end quickly then clouds linger. Flooding still possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times. There will be gradually decreasing clouds through the night and chilly with temperatures falling into the lower 30s. Watch for isolated slick spots late with any leftover standing water. 

Monday: There will be a lot of sunshine and mild with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: There will be mostly sunny skies with mild temperatures in the upper 50s.

Wednesday: Clouds return with the chance for showers. Highs will top out near 60 degrees.

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