Teen admits to drug offenses in $3M drug ring

Updated: Sunday, September 04, 2016 @ 7:19 PM
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 10:57 PM
By: Denise G. Callahan - Staff Writer

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.

Police: Victim in Lebanon shooting remains in critical condition

Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 6:17 PM
Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 4:16 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

            Police: Victim in Lebanon shooting remains in critical condition
Police in Lebanon have arrested a man in connection with a shooting on Balsam Wood Lane on Tuesday night.

UPDATE @ 4:03 p.m. (Sept. 28): The man found shot and wounded in Lebanon on Tuesday night remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital, Lebanon police said in a Facebook post Wednesday afternoon.

Police said they are continuing their investigation into the circumstances of the incident that left James Mullins, 27, of Morrow, suffering from gunshot wounds to his arm, abdomen and groin.

Thomas Jonathan Delong, 30, of Lebanon, remains in the county jail. He is to be arraigned Thursday, according to online court records.

UPDATE @ 4:25 a.m. (Sept. 28): Lebanon police have identified the man who was arrested in connection to a shooting on Balsam Wood Lane.

In a tweet sent at 1:45 a.m., Lebanon police said 30-year-old Thomas Jonathan Delong, was charged with Felonious Assault and booked into the Warren County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

Police have not given an update on the condition of the victim.

UPDATE @ 9:28 p.m. (Sept. 27): The victim of a Tuesday night shooting in Lebanon was found with gunshot wounds to his arm, abdomen and groin, according to a Lebanon police department release.

Police responded to the 900 block of Balsam Wood Lane after a 9-1-1 caller reported a shooting around 7:16 p.m.

Another man at the scene who identified himself to police as the shooter has been arrested, according to the release.

Lebanon police said an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.


A Tuesday night shooting in Lebanon has sent one man to Miami Valley Hospital, according to Warren County dispatchers.

Crews were dispatched to the 900 block of Balsam Wood Lane around 8:21 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a shooting. Our Cincinnati news partner, WCPO, reports the victim was transported to the hospital via helicopter and is in an unknown condition.

This is an area that sees little violence, according to Lebanon police Captain Dave Gehringer.

This page will be updated as new details are learned.

Oregon District business ready to sell gin and make bourbon

Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 5:39 PM
Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
By: Amelia Robinson

In a matter of days, it will be possible to order a gin and tonic made with gin distilled in the Oregon District.

In two years or so, you’ll be able to buy bourbon produced in the historic district.

Belle of Dayton plans to start selling its new gin in October. The retail price will be $27.95 a bottle.

Mike LaSelle, co-owner of Belle of Dayton. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

Michael LaSelle, co-owner of the 3-year-old distillery at 122 Van Buren St., said the business could begin mashing its bourbon as early as today, Wednesday, Sept. 28.

It will be ready in about two years.

LaSelle said the gin -- like Belle’s trademark vodka and Hell’s vodka -- will have the distillery's striking new label and detailed descriptions of the crafted product contained in each bottle.

Back label of Belle of Dayton's new gin. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

He talks about the gin in the video above.

“Every single spirit you see from our distillery is literally what we believe our vodka or gin or Hell’s vodka ... should taste like. It is our expression of what our spirit should be,” LaSelle said. “It is uniquely different and it is made and crafted by us."

Belle plans to release its four-grain Ohio rye whiskey made in new Ohio charred barrels with a list of ingredients that include white sweet corn instead of yellow corn, and its 1800s style bourbon barrel cask rum next year.

The small batch rum has been in barrels from Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey and other distilleries for a year and half, LaSelle said.

Mike LaSelle pours a tasting of Belle of Dayton's four grain Ohio rye whiskey, expected to be bottled next year. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

Mike LaSelle holds bottles containing Belle of Dayton's four grain Ohio rye whiskey and bourbon barrel cask rum. They will be released in 2017. (Photo by Amelia Robinson)

EXCLUSIVE: City of Dayton unveils new logo, website

Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 5:08 PM
Published: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
By: Amelia Robinson

 The city of Dayton unveiled a new logo and redesigned website today, Monday, Sept. 26.

Dayton spokeswoman Toni Bankston said the website -- which was nine months in the making -- is designed to make it easier for citizens, businesses and visitors to find city services, city forms, and report concerns. The site also features a new event calendar.

Daytonohio.gov had not been updated since 2007 and was clunky and cluttered, she said.

“It wasn’t easy to navigate,” Bankston said.

Note: you may have to clear your browser's cache to see the new design.

The website now has microsites for the water, fire, police, and recreation department. The three had independent sites before now.

Among other things, residents can sign up to receive text/sms message alerts about road closures, water main breaks and other issues.

The site has a new “I want to...” tab designed to make most requested pages easier to find, Bankston said.

Screen grab of the city of Dayton's new website design.

Kansas-based CivicPlus, a municipal website developer, designed the website and provided content management services at a cost of $59,200.

The three-colored logo and other custom branding work was created by Dayton-based Ohlmann Group for $25,000.

The logo and branding will be phased in during three to five years on Dayton-owned vehicles and other property, Bankston said.

City of Dayton's new logo

The city hopes to improve the website’s permit search tool this year, and is planning a public works tool that will allow residents to subscribe to weekly email, phone, Twitter or text message reminders for waste collection.

Its public affairs department is launching the podcast “Birthplace of Next,” which will feature city leaders discussing livable, sustainable and innovative issues in the community.

Screen grab of  art of the city of Dayton's old website design. 

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Filmmaker Michael Moore playing free show here after saying he was banned in Columbus area

Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 1:20 PM
By: Amelia Robinson

            Filmmaker Michael Moore playing free show here after saying he was banned in Columbus area
FILE - In this May 16, 2016 file photo, Michael Moore attends the 20th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Moore says he's not allowed to perform a one-man show about the presidential race at a central Ohio theater because officials there consider him too controversial. Moore says he will go ahead with his plans for the show at an undisclosed site in southern Ohio in Oct. 2016. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Days after he saying his one-man show, an “October surprise” in the “heart of Trump Country,” was banned in the Columbus area, controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore announced on Facebook that he’s found a home for it in the Dayton region.

Moore plans to perform free shows at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7, at the Murphy Theater in Wilmington.

Tickets can be found here www.tblus.com/moore

In a Facebook post Sunday, Moore said  Newark's Midland Theatre "banned" him from presenting and filming the show there next month.


The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday that Midland’s operators say Moore was not banned. They said the decision not to finalize the contract was based on several factors.

Moore's films include "Roger and Me," "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Sicko" and "Where to Invade Next."