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.

Robbery suspect accused of assaulting elderly man

Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 12:30 PM
By: Drew Simon, Breaking News Staff

Robbery suspect accused of assaulting elderly man

Riverside Police are searching for the man they said assaulted an elderly man inside his residence today.

Richard Hasty, 22, is wanted on a charge of aggravated robbery, according to Riverside police.

Police said Hasty is a known heroin user and remains on the loose.

Hasty is accused of assaulting the man at his home in the 4700 block of Byesville Blvd.

2 teens arrested after allegedly breaking into school

Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 12:16 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

2 teens arrested after allegedly breaking into school
Desmond Winton-Finklea/Staff

UPDATE @ 8:57 a.m. (Dec. 8):

Two teens that allegedly broke into Vandalia-Butler High School this morning have been identified.

Sean Wilt, 19, and Dylan Sharp, 19, were booked into the Montgomery County Jail early this morning, according to Lt. Kurt Althouse.

Wilt was booked on a preliminary charge of burglary and Sharp was booked on a preliminary charge of breaking and entering.


Vandalia police are investigating after two teenage, adult men were arrested following a break-in at Vandalia-Butler High School Thursday morning.

Officers responded to the high school at 600 South Dixie Drive early Thursday morning after receiving an alarm from the school.

Vandalia police Sgt. Tom Vallery said when officers first responded to the school, one suspect was spotted running from the building, and was taken into custody after a short foot chase.

A short time later, a second suspect was located in a parked car nearby and was also taken into custody.

Police said both suspects are teenagers, between 18 and 19 years old.

Officers on the scene initially told our crew the men were doing parkour, a type of free-running exercise involving running, jumping, and climbing.

Vallery updated the report and said it could not be confirmed if parkour was the intention of the suspects. The only apparent items that were taken were drinks, and there was no apparent damage to anything inside the building.

Police were working to determine how the men entered the high school, and said there was no apparent forced entry to the school.

Investigators are reviewing security camera footage in the school that is believed to have captured the incident.

Police will present charges of breaking and entering for approval to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office

No other details were available.

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Ohio Senate OKs concealed guns in government buildings, colleges

Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 12:09 PM
By: Laura A. Bischoff - Columbus bureau

Ohio Senate OKs concealed guns in government buildings, colleges

Gun owners with concealed carry permits would be allowed to carry their firearms into city halls, libraries, recreation centers, and other public buildings that lack security checkpoints, according to changes made to a bill passed by lawmakers Wednesday.

The Ohio Senate amended House Bill 48 to broaden the scope of places where CCW permitholders may carry guns and passed it on a 23-9 vote late Wednesday.

House Bill 48 seeks to broaden the scope of places where CCW permitholders may carry guns, including public areas of airport terminals and day care centers that don’t otherwise post a firearms prohibition.

Additionally, it allows permitholders to carry concealed weapons on college campuses if that school’s board of trustees allows it.

The bill received extra attention in the wake of the car-knife attack on Ohio State University’s main campus on Nov. 28. Supporters say they want to be able to defend themselves while on campus and not have to wait for police response. OSU Officer Alan Horujko shot and killed suspect Abdul Razak Ali Artan within minutes of Artan driving his brother’s silver Honda into students and staff on a sidewalk and then cutting and stabbing them with a butcher knife.

The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association oppose the bill. The Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association supports it.

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, delayed a vote until Thursday on Senate Bill 199, which would grant protected class status to workers who hold concealed weapons permits. The provision is backed gun rights advocates but opposed by big business groups.

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Essentially, it would be unlawful discrimination to fire a worker or refuse to hire someone because they hold a CCW permit or they have a firearm in their vehicle.

“Clearly employers have no right to restrict what employees possess when the employee is not on company property, not on company time and not in a company vehicle,” said Jim Irvine of the Buckeye Firearms Association in written testimony.

Alex Boehnke of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants said the provision would leave employers guessing about the legal ramifications and it conflicts with employer protections included in the original concealed carry law.

The bill would also allow active duty military members to carry concealed weapons without obtaining a permit as long as they have military ID and proof of specific training.

State lawmakers took on other issues Wednesday:


Lawmakers rolled together restrictions on minimum wage rates, pet stores, bestiality, cockfighting and high-speed cell phone technology into one convoluted, controversial bill and passed it out of the House on Wednesday during the lame duck session.

Senate Bill 331, also known as the “Petland Bill,” started out as an effort to block local government from regulating where pet stores can buy puppies. (Grove City — outside of Columbus — and Toledo have such local restrictions.) The bill turned out to be unpopular with animal welfare advocates and city leaders who favor local control.

Then this week in committee, House members folded into SB331 two items popular with animal rights groups: restrictions on cockfighting and bearbaiting and an explicit ban on sexual contact with animals. (Ohio is one of a handful of states where bestiality isn’t specifically prohibited by law.)

Also attached to the bill is a ban on local governments setting minimum wage rates different than the state rate. Cleveland residents are scheduled to vote in May on whether to phase in a $15 an hour local minimum wage. And lawmakers added regulations on the construction and attachment of micro wireless equipment in city public right of ways, which they say will lead to quicker deployment of 5G cell phone technology statewide.

Also tossed in is language that grants private employers exclusive authority to set their workers’ schedules, fringe benefits and location — a hedge against any efforts to curb the use of flexible scheduling practices that are popular in the retail and restaurant industries.

State Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, said businesses want uniform regulations — whether they’re running pet store chains, wireless telecom companies, or outlets that pay minimum wage or use flexible scheduling.

“This is really about keeping Ohio business friendly,” Smith said.

The House voted 55-40 in favor of the amended bill, after a 45 minute debate. The Senate later agreed to the changes.


The Ohio House voted 81-7 in favor of bill to address the state’s high infant mortality rates. Senate Bill 332 is sponsored by state Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Clearcreek Twp. The Senate later agreed to the House changes so the bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

Group plans to bring grocery store to Dayton

Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 11:42 AM
By: Amelia Robinson

Group plans to bring grocery store to Dayton
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A plan to bring a full-service grocery store to Dayton has been launched. 

UPDATE:More than 1,100 Daytonians shared their thoughts on the recent grocery store co-op survey and the results were...

Posted by Greater Dayton Union Co-op Initiative on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lela Klein of Greater Dayton Union Co-Op Initiative said more details about the plan will be unveiled next week.

The group is relaunching its website. 

The Greater Dayton Union Cooperative Initiative polled residents between late March and mid-June about their feelings on a cooperative grocery store.

A letter to supporters reads: 

  Based on your feedback, we are preparing to launch a community share campaign to bring a full-service grocery store to the city of Dayton! Community members will own shares of the store, giving all of us a concrete voice in major decisions about everything from strategy direction, to selection at our store.

Currently we are working on the initial details of the store, the campaign, and how the community can get involved and help make this happen.

About 1,100 people — most from northwest Dayton — completed print and online surveys.

Seven in 10 respondents said they were likely or very likely to make a worker-owned, full-service grocery store on lower Salem Avenue their primary choice for grocery shopping, Richard Stock, director of the Business Research Group at the University of Dayton, said in August. 

>> MORE: Initiative is underway to develop a cooperative grocery store

We'll have more on this story as it develops.