Task Force busts alleged major heroin gang

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 10:21 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 10:27 PM

Federal and local authorities have busted what they say is a violent heroin gang, taking tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs off the street and disrupting a pattern of violence that may have been responsible for multiple homicides and armed robberies throughout the region.

The Safe Streets Task Force announced the arrests of 12 members of the Zone 6/BPN gang on Wednesday. The task force has been tracking the gang since 2011 and had it under surveillance in April when an undercover Dayton police detective was shot outside of Leo’s II Bar in Trotwood.

“This ongoing investigation started in April of 2011. The members of the Zone 6/BPN gang are suspects in multiple homicides and robberies,” Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said at a Wednesday press conference.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Tim Ferguson said nine of the 12 alleged gang members arrested over the past 10 days have been indicted on multiple heroin and weapons charges. Three other alleged gang members already were in jail on state charges prior to the release of the indictment, he said.

“This leaves a void in the street-level heroin trade,” Ferguson said. “But there is always someone who will try to fill that void. Our job is to gather the intelligence to get the next group.”

Also off the streets are 10 handguns, three assault-style rifles, a shotgun and more than $46,000 in alleged drug money.

The same task force took down the Booby Hill gang in March, arresting seven alleged gang members. They were charged with working in Fairborn, Middletown and Wapakoneta to peddle hundreds of grams of heroin to addicts throughout Auglaize, Butler, Greene and Montgomery counties. Some of the families of the arrested have denied that their relatives are involved in gangs.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said officers were aware of the Zone 6 gang — a group of “friends and family” not bound to a particular neighborhood, according to Ferguson — in early 2011. Biehl said the task force got involved after Zone 6 got into a shootout with another group in front of JP’s Bar, a Gettysburg Avenue night spot, in August 2011. ” It was then Biehl asked for help from the task force and surveillance of the gang started.

The August shootout was captured on security video. It showed two men pulling a man from a car and robbing him at gunpoint. At one point, a man is seen running backward while firing a handgun.

“We knew we had to do something to protect the public,” Biehl said.

Three of the 12 were arrested in Atlanta, according to Ferguson.

According to the 22-count federal indictment, all nine are indicted on charges of conspiring to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin. Neither the indictment nor officials identified anyone as the group’s leader.

The indictment alleges Zone 6/BPN — Bottle Poppin’ Network — bought heroin in bulk and broke it into smaller amounts to sell to users. The group shared cell phones —money phones — to set up the sales with the users. When one member couldn’t sell on a particular day, he would give the money phone to another member to continue the sales. The group also established stash houses where they stored and sold their drugs. For security, the group often kept weapons and, in one case, body armor in the stash houses.

Those stash houses included 2742 Oxford Ave., 66 N. Hatfield St. — both in Dayton — and 472 Ginger Place in Trotwood.

Those arrested and their charges include:

  • Brittan A. “BB” Gibson, 25, one count of drug trafficking and two counts of possessing a firearm in the furtherance of the trafficking
  • Sherman Brown, 23, five drug distribution counts, one count of maintaining a stash house, two firearms count, and one count involving the sale of two bulletproof vests as a convicted felon
  • Brian J. “BH” Hunter, 21, two drug counts and one firearms count
  • Keith A. Strickland Jr., 24, one drug count, one firearms count and one stash house count
  • Steven L. “Stevie-O” Mayberry, 21, one drug count
  • Paul “P” Hudson, 25, one drug count, two firearms counts, one stash house count
  • Maurice R. “Fat-Fat” Morgan Jr., no age available, two drug counts
  • Marcus Gullatte, no age available, one drug count, one firearms count and one stash house count
  • Jerron McDowell, 19, one drug count and one firearms count

Authorities also confiscated a 2008 Dodge Charger, 10 handguns, three assault-style rifles, bulletproof vests, assorted jewelry and $46,382 in cash.

Three other alleged gang members — Tyler “BG” Hamilton, 20, Gabriel “Gino” Newman, no age available, and Todd Clark, 24 — were in jail prior to the indictments on various state charges, the FBI’s Ferguson said. Hamilton was involved in a drug-related homicide in Harrison Twp. last year. Hamilton was in his car when he shot a 19-year-old Hillsboro man when the man attacked him in an argument over a drug sale. Prosecutors declined to charge Hamilton because of the state’s Castle Doctrine that allows a person to defend themselves against attack in their house or vehicle.

A 13th alleged gang member, 22-year-old Charles Moore III, was killed in a traffic accident last month when he spotted an undercover sheriff’s deputy and fled along Gettysburg, running a red light at Hoover Avenue. His Jeep was struck by another vehicle at the intersection. Police found cash and multiple cell phones in the wrecked Jeep.

Married private school teachers accused of sex with students in Alabama

Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 10:42 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 @ 10:42 PM


            Charli Parker, left, and her husband James, right, pose for a photo during the 2015 AISA Hall of Fame Induction.
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Charli Parker, left, and her husband James, right, pose for a photo during the 2015 AISA Hall of Fame Induction.(Pickens Academy/Facebook)

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Within just days of one another, authorities arrested a husband and wife working at a private school in west Alabama on charges of having sex with a student, according to records from the Pickens County Sheriff's Office.

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Deputies arrested James Parker, 32, on one count of being a school employee and having sex with a student on Wednesday afternoon, according to PBSO. Two days earlier, deputies had arrested Parker's wife, Charli, on the same charge.

Both work at Pickens Academy in Carrollton. On the school's website, James Parker was listed as a math teacher and the boys' basketball coach.

James Parker works as the school's boys' basketball and football coach and teaches math. Charli Parker was listed as head coach for the girls' basketball team and taught physical education, computers and elementary school, according to AL.com. She was no longer listed on the school's website Wednesday.

James Parker was accused of having sex with a former female student, the Trussville Tribune reported. He remained in custody at Pickens County Jail Wednesday night.

Authorities released Charli Parker, 30, on bond Tuesday afternoon, jail records show.

According to WCBI, prosecutors have tacked on an additional 10 counts against Charli Parker, who is accused of having sex with a male student.

The incidents involving Charli Parker did not take place on school grounds, according to prosecutors. Officials have not commented on where the incident involving James Parker took place.

Coach Charli, Coach Copland and Coach Jamie after the Induction

Posted by Pickens Academy on Thursday, December 3, 2015

In a statement to AL.com after Charli Parker's arrest, Pickens Academy Headmaster Brach White said she would be suspended immediately.

“The primary concern of Pickens Academy is the safety of our students,” he wrote. “Pickens Academy is very upset about the allegations against our employee. The employee will be suspended immediately and further action may be taken upon investigation. I request prayers for our school family and for all the families involved.”

Teacher accused of sex with students in cemetery sentenced

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 5:38 AM

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A former Alabama private school teacher accused of having sex with two students is going to prison. According to court papers, at least four of her encounters with the teens occurred in a local cemetery.

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On Monday, 31-year-old Charli Jones Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to one charge of having sex with a student under the age of 19, AL.com reports. Parker was arrested in March; a few days later, her husband, Jamie, was taken in on nine counts of the same charge.

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At the time of her arrest, Parker was still a gym teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Pickens Academy in Carrollton. She faced 13 charges and was able to enter a plea deal to bring it down to one charge.

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While Parker was sentenced to 12 years in prison, she reportedly will only have to serve three years, followed by a five-year probation. She was ordered not to have any contact with the students, the New York Daily News reported.

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Court papers allege that Parker had sex with the male students “at least 11 times” from October 2014 and March 2016. A deposition in the case accused her of “deviant sexual intercourse” and oral sex. Some of the encounters reportedly occurred at Graham Cemetery in Reform, Alabama.

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Parker’s lawyer pushed for the postponement of the sentencing until after an appeal of Alabama’s teacher-student sex law. In early August, a judge in northern Alabama ruled the law unconstitutional — a ruling that led to the dismissal of charges against two employees caught having sex with students. Parker entered her plea on Aug. 15 but did reserve her right to appeal if the constitutionality of her case should be overturned. Her husband’s trial is set for Nov. 27.

Charlie Daniels compares Confederate statue removal to ISIS' actions

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 6:33 AM

Robert E. Lee Never Wanted Confederate Monuments Built

Charlie Daniels has always been outspoken about his political beliefs. So it comes as no surprise that he is sharing his opinions on the recent movement to remove Confederate monuments and memorials from public spaces in the U.S.

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In a new interview with cable network Newsmax TV, the 80-year-old country music icon was asked whether or not he thought Confederate statues should be taken down.

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He simply answered, “No.”

“If you don’t like it, don’t look at it,” Daniels explained. “I walk past movie posters that I don’t like. There’s all kinds of symbolism in this country that I don’t like, but I’m not going to go tear them down. I just don’t look at them. These statues aren’t preaching or shouting out some kind of crazy epithets or something. They’re just sitting there. So just turn around and don’t look at them.”

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Daniels, who seemed more concerned with preserving the history and culture of America, also compared the current debate over the removal of Confederate statues to situations going on with ISIS.

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“There were pieces of history that they didn’t like. [So] they were taking them down,” he said before echoing words that President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet, “Where does it stop? Is it going to be Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, or are we headed into Jefferson, Washington, who were both slave owners? How deep into history are we going to go?

“You don’t have to condone what happened in the Civil War,” he added, “but they’re statues of people who are part of our history.”

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Plans to remove several Confederate statues around the U.S. come just days after a white nationalist rally to protect a Statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly. According to CNN, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama are just some of the many states pushing to remove Confederate monuments.

Charles Barkley offers brutally honest take on Confederate statue debate

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 7:55 AM

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Former basketball star Charles Barkley recently weighed in on an argument that has the entire nation riled up: the removal of Confederate statues.

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“I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues. ... I’m going to keep doing great things, No. 1 in the black community because I’m black,” Barkley said in an interview with Rick Karle of WBRC.

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He continued: “I’m not going to waste my time worrying about a neo-Nazi who’s going to hate me no matter what.”

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When asked if the best option is to leave the statues up and ignore them, Barkley answered, “I’ve always ignored them. I’m 54 years old; I’ve never thought about those statues a day in my life. I think if you ask most black people, to be honest, they haven’t thought a day in their life about those stupid statues.”

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Barkley has weighed in before on the Confederate statue and flag debate. In 2004, he said he was on his way to a NASCAR race and turned around when he saw 10 Confederate flags.

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Barkley was a star player with the Philadelphia 76ers and then with the Phoenix Suns, where he earned the NBA Most Valuable Player award.