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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.

Severe threat ends, cold air arrives

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:11 AM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

Storms have ended, but there will still be the chance for showers overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures overnight will fall into the 40s.

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  • Turning windy and colder overnight
  • Blustery with flurries or snow showers Saturday
  • Milder weather returns next week

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SATURDAY: It will be quite windy with occasional flurries or snow showers. Some light rain may mix in. Temperatures will hold or slowly drop through the 30s.

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SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies and seasonable temperatures are expected. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

MONDAY: Lots of clouds are expected with a slight chance for a rain or snow shower early and passing rain shower in the afternoon. Highs will climb into the upper 40s.

TUESDAY: Scattered showers are expected and perhaps a rumble of thunder. Highs will reach to near 60 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Showers will be possible, mainly early. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

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Collision at I-75 N ramp to Stanley Avenue sends semi through guardrail

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 11:11 PM

DAYTON -- A semitrailer involved in an accident with another vehicle broke through a guardrail on the entrance ramp to I-75 North at Stanley Avenue, prompting the shutdown of the ramp and the right lane of the interstate in the area of the accident. 

The semitrailer continued through the guardrail and down an embankment. The sedan involved in the collision remains on scene. 

Traffic on the interstate remains largely unaffected, except for the shutdown of the lane. 

We're on scene, checking to see if there have been any injuries. The accident was reported about 10:30 p.m. 

We'll update this report as information becomes available.

Crash, arrest end high-speed cross-county pursuit from Clinton to Warren

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 10:50 PM

Crash, arrest end high-speed cross-county pursuit from Clinton to Warren

LEBANON -- A police pursuit that began in Clinton County ended when the suspect crashed in Warren County and was taken into custody.

Sabina police were still finishing the incident report late Friday night, but a sergeant with the Ohio Highway Patrol helped fill in some of the details. 

Sgt. Joshua Hunter, with the Wilmington Post, said that about 6:55 p.m., his patrol post received notification about a police pursuit that began in Sabina. 

Two cruisers from the Wilmington post joined Sabina police in the pursuit, which the sergeant said reached speeds of 105 mph. 

The pursuit roared through the city of Wilmington and continued into Warren County and to Lebanon, where the suspect crashed his car at state Route 123 and U.S. 48, the sergeant said. 

The arrest was made about 7:21 p.m. and Sabina police were dealing with transporting the man and the car back to Sabina. 

He suffered minor injuries in the crash, Hunter said. No officers were injured. 

Hunter said the pursuit is believed to have been drug related. 

We will update this report as more information becomes available. 

Troy police arrest 5 in drug raid at Terrace Ridge apartments

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 10:40 PM

Troy police arrest 5 in drug raid at Terrace Ridge apartments

UPDATE @ 10:40 p.m.

Police released the names tonight of five men who were arrested this afternoon in connection to a drug raid at the Terrace Ridge Apartments in Troy.

All five men are behind held in the Miami County Jail awaiting arraignment. They are:

  • Ricky Adkins, 46, booked on suspicion of one count of drug possession/abuse;
  • James Chafin, 57, booked on suspicion of two counts of trafficking in drugs;
  • Jesse Chafin Jr., 27, booked on suspicion of one count of trafficking in drugs
  • Spencer Goodrich, 24, booked on suspicion of one count of drug possession/abuse
  • Eryk Graham, 29, booked on suspicion of one count of trafficking in drugs.


TROY -- Four adults are in jail after a mid-afternoon raid on a low-income apartment complex that ended a six-month drug investigation. 

Troy police executed the raid at the Terrace Ridge Apartment Complex, in the 1300 block of McKaig Avenue. 

The people arrested have been taken to the Miami County Jail, and police tell us they expect to file a variety of charges involving cocaine.

We will update this developing report as details develop.