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Task Force busts alleged major heroin gang

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 3:33 PM
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 10:27 PM
By: Doug Page - Staff Writer

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.

Trump blasts 'Saturday Night Live,' Alec Baldwin on Twitter – again

Updated: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 5:14 AM
Published: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 4:54 AM
By: Michelle Ewing - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Trump blasts 'Saturday Night Live,' Alec Baldwin on Twitter – again
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Donald Trump is at it again.

During this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live," the president-elect took to Twitter to sound off on the show – which skewered him in its opening sketch – and actor Alec Baldwin.

>> Watch the sketch here (WARNING: Profanity)

"Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable!" Trump tweeted shortly after midnight Sunday. "Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad."

Baldwin, who plays Trump, quickly fired back. 

"Release your tax returns and I'll stop," Baldwin wrote. "Ha."

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Baldwin again teamed up with Kate McKinnon in Saturday's sketch, in which a preoccupied Trump ignores his security briefing to retweet his followers.

"I just retweeted the best tweet," Baldwin's Trump says. "I mean, wow, what a great, smart tweet."

After the security team objects, Baldwin's Trump continues, "This could not wait. It was from a young man named Seth. He's 16, he's in high school, and I really did retweet him. Seriously, this is real."

"He really did do this," adds McKinnon, playing Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

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After taking shots at other Trump retweets, his rumored remarks about unflattering photos and his recent dinner with Mitt Romney, "SNL" took aim at chief strategist Steve Bannon with a sight gag. Check it out here.


Alec Baldwin fires back after Trump slams 'SNL' on Twitter

Updated: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 4:53 AM
Published: Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 4:37 AM
By: Nicole Moschella

            Alec Baldwin fires back after Trump slams 'SNL' on Twitter
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The real Donald Trump is now feuding with the fake Donald Trump.

Alec Baldwin, who portrays the president-elect on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” sounded off after Trump tweeted yet another negative reaction to the show.

Baldwin didn’t take kindly to the criticism and fired off a round of vicious tweets aimed at the future president.

Baldwin might have made his return to “SNL” over the weekend, but according to Vanity Fair, we may not see much more of him in the coming months.

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"I’m going to do it again this weekend, but not all that often," he said last week. "There was a lot of things online that was said about it — like why didn’t I do it after the election? I was booked that weekend. Not even other jobs; we have things to do. It crashes every weekend."

(h/t UPROXX)


WATCH: Cat rescued after its paws froze to the ground

Updated: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 3:34 AM
Published: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 3:20 AM
By: HotTopics.TV

            WATCH: Cat rescued after its paws froze to the ground
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A cat found frozen to the ground has a second chance thanks to a quick-thinking couple.

A video posted to YouTube shows a couple comforting the cat whose paws and fur froze to the ground as it sought refuge under a car in Russia.

>> Watch the video here

The couple used warm water to gently free the cat from its frozen state.

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According to Mashable, the couple said the cat was able to walk later that evening and was adopted that week.

>> Watch the follow-up video here

Kanye West 911 call: 'Don't let him get any weapons,' dispatcher says

Updated: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 3:04 AM
Published: Sunday, December 04, 2016 @ 2:35 AM
By: Douglas Barclay

Prior to his nine-day hospitalization in Los Angeles, rapper Kanye West exhibited signs that something may have been wrong with him.

After several onstage rants, the prolific rapper abruptly canceled the rest of his cross-country tour and retreated to his home.

Shorty after the tour was called off, a personal altercation led West’s doctor to call for backup.

On Thursday, the doctor's heavily redacted 911 call was released. During the call, he asks for police backup after determining that medical first responders may not be fully equipped to handle the situation.

>> Listen to the call here

“I’m one of his doctors, request if we could have some police backup,” the doctor says in a recording published by TMZ, the Los Angeles TimesKABC and other outlets.

“He definitely is going to need to be hospitalized.”

Rumors have abounded about what caused West’s hospitalization, and the doctor's explanation is redacted from the phone call.

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Whatever his condition may have been, a 911 dispatcher warns the caller to make sure West stays away from things that could harm him.

“Don’t let him get any weapons or anything like that," the dispatcher says.

West was reportedly released from the hospital last week.