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Teen admits to drug offenses in $3M drug ring

Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 7:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 10:57 PM

The 17-year-old student who allegedly earned $20,000 a month selling marijuana to fellow students from Mason and Kings high schools admitted to two counts of drug trafficking Tuesday in Warren County Juvenile Court.

The teen, wearing glasses, a light blue dress shirt, khaki pants and a matching tie was flanked by his parents at the brief arraignment before Juvenile Court Judge Michael Powell. As the judge asked him how he pleaded to each of two drug trafficking charges — for selling marijuana to an undercover officer and the second that he prepared marijuana for delivery or sale — he rose and respectfully said, “I admit.”

Powell informed the youth he has several options when he sentences him on Sept. 18: he could send him to the state youth prison system for six months or up until he turns 21; 90 days in jail for each offense; the Mary Haven youth center, or possibly house arrest.

“It’s not everything I can do, but it gives you an idea of the types of things I might consider in a case such as this,” Powell said. “By admitting to the charge you give me the authority to impose those kinds of dispositional orders.”

While a pre-sentence investigation is formulated, the teen will be on house arrest and subject to random drug testing. Prosecutor David Fornshell said the teen displayed proper remorse for his actions and the teen and his lawyer Mike O’Neill have cooperated with the investigation for the past six months. He agreed this was an atypical case.

“The level of marijuana that was being sold was significant, this was a very highly intelligent young man… He was very misguided in what he was putting his efforts toward,” he said. “It’s certainly our hope he gets any type of treatments he might need and that whatever punishment the court levies will put him on the right path and that ultimately somebody like this, who is this intelligent will use those efforts to benefit society as opposed to causing harm.”

Fornshell said no other teens have been charged in this case “as of yet” and he won’t comment further on that subject. The teen, his parents and attorney left the court without comment. The teen, who did not sell pot on the Mason High School campus, will be a senior this year.

Last week Magistrate Andrew Hasselbach set bonds for all but one of the seven adult defendants in the $3 million pot-growing-and-selling ring.

Michael Lopez, 28, of Cincinnati, had not been apprehended yet at the time of the arraignment. He is currently in the Warren County Jail, after his arrest on July 26. Most of the bonds were set at $25,000, except for Cody Lampe whose bond was set at $50,000. The 31-year-old from Cincinnati faces the most charges with 10 counts of engaging in corrupt activity and a host of drug related charges. Gerald Peele, 20, of Mason received a $15,000 bond. All of the adults, except Lopez, are free on bond.

Peele will go to trial first in Judge Robert Peeler’s court on Sept. 27. All of the others have trial dates in early October. At this point it appears Cody and Stacy Lampe will be tried together, as will Allen Honeycutt and William Sparks. Butler County resident Justin Baker is scheduled for trial Oct. 8.

Investigators digging to recover body of missing woman

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

Authorities are in Troy this morning in hopes of getting answers about a woman who went missing nearly seven years ago.

Nikki Lyn Forrest was 19 years old and pregnant when she disappeared in September 2010.

Investigators have new information in the cold case that has sent them to a backyard of a home off South Dorset Road near West Main Street in Troy.

A white tent is up and authorities tell us they are digging in hopes of recovering Nikki Lyn Forrest’s body.

We’re working to gather more details and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Two men arrested following dispute over car repossession

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 9:24 PM

A dispute between an man attempting to "repo" a vehicle and the vehicle’s owner involved an argument, a threat, and shots fired at a residence in the area of State Route 571 and Rangeline Road in Miami County. 

Detectives later executed a search warrant on the home where the owner, 34-year-old, Matt Naff, was arrested and jailed.

The man involved in the attempted repossession of the vehicle, 54-year-old Eric Brown of West Milton, was arrested and booked into the Miami County Jail in Troy.

Both are charged with one count each of felonious assault, according to a police report.

Deputies recovered two handguns, ammunition and spent bullet casings at the scene, according to the report.

No one was shot during the dispute, according to deputies.

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Cincinnati State to tap beer brewing degree

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:01 AM


            John Loftis holds up a glass of Mother Stewart’s beer to the light in their brew house in Springfield. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Cincinnati State will announce the launch of the region’s first degree in brewing science today.

Cincinnati State and leaders of the local craft beer and brewing industry will make the announcement at 10:30 a.m. today about the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Brewing degree.

RELATED: New microbrewery, taproom coming to Butler County

Employers in the fast-growing craft beer industry say the new degree will help close the skill gap and accelerate Cincinnati’s growing reputation as a “bastion of brewing.”

It is the first two-year Brewing Science degree program in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana and was designed with extensive input brewing industry leaders, university leaders said.

RELATED: New Middletown brewery aims to bridge beer towns of Cincinnati, Dayton

Those expected at the announcement include: Monica Posey, president of Cincinnati State, Chef Alan Neace, Associate Dean of Midwest Culinary Institute, Carla Gesell-Streeter, program chair for Brewing Science program, brewing student Ryan Osner, a veteran and employee at Rhinegeist, area brewing industry leaders, area chambers of commerce and state and local officials.

Blown tire sends truck hauling trailer off I-675 South

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 9:54 AM



Jarod Thrush

No one was seriously injured when a pickup truck hauling a trailer full of lawnmowers crashed on I-675 South this morning.

Southbound traffic was slowed at 8:30 a.m. around the Yankee Street exit as Washington Twp. crews responded to the scene.

Officials tell us the full-size pickup truck blew a tire and the driver lost control, careening off the right side of the highway where the trailer overturned.

Crews cut the top off of the trailer to gain access to the lawnmowing cargo. Firefighters worked to contain the gasoline that was leaking from the equipment.

One person suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene, according to officials at the scene.