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Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 8:59 PM
The four suspected drug traffickers arrested in this week’s seizure of 66.2 pounds of drugs are believed to be associated with the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, state Attorney General Mike DeWine and Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said.
The haul -- 46.2 pounds (21 kilos) of mostly heroin, fentanyl and 20 pounds of marijuana -- has a street value estimated at $2 million -- was only part of the seizure executed Wednesday by the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, part of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, DeWine and Plummer said.
The task force also discovered approximately $120,000 in cash in the raids DeWine and Plummer said occurred at several residences, including 110 Klee Ave. and 115 S. Delmar Ave. in Dayton, and 332 Hillway Drive in Harrison Twp.
The four men arrested and detained on charges of drug possession, drug trafficking and money laundering:
ON THE SCENE: WHIO’s Kate Bartley attended the news conference
DeWine and Plummer said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.
“If you’re thinking about bringing drugs into the Miami Valley, don’t,” Plummer said at an afternoon news conference at the sheriff’s headquarters in downtown Dayton. “We’re very good at what we do. I believe our message is clear and our unified efforts with federal, state and local law enforcement are working.”
Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger, who also spoke during the news conference, reported there have been 182 to 208 overdose deaths in the county this year. He also said Montgomery County is on pace for 750 to 800 overdose deaths.
Harshbarger noted there were 10 overdose deaths Wednesday.
A third person who addressed reporters, Bruce Langos of the Montgomery County Drug-Free Coalition, said law enforcement (not EMS or fire) have used 400 Narcan kits so far in 2017.
Plummer said deputies at the Montgomery County jail recently had to use 16 doses of Narcan on one inmate.
At the end of the news conference, Plummer urged other law enforcement agencies to join the task force so they can end the war on drugs.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:57 PM
WARREN COUNTY — David Randall King, 58, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with parole eligibility after 15 years in a child rape case where he was the caretaker.
King, of Pleasant Plain, in the Warren County village of Harlan Twp., was convicted by a county jury in March on two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition. Both are felonies.
County Prosecutor David Fornshell, in a prepared statement released Tuesday afternoon, said that from January 2014 to October 2015, King sexually assaulted a (then) 5- to 6-year-old girl he was a caretaker of at the time.
After the assaults, he discouraged the child from telling anyone and told her she "wasn't brave enough to tell anyone."
Fornshell said the crimes came to light in May 2016 when the child told her foster parents about the assaults. They, in turn, reported the crimes to Warren County Children Services.
"We often hear the word 'courage' overused when describing everyday actions. In this case, a nine year-old girl sat in a courtroom in front of a judge, 12 jurors, the attorneys, and everyone else in that audience, with her rapist looking right at her, and described in exact detail what he did to her,” Fornshell said in the statement.
“THAT is courage," he said.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 8:09 PM
DAYTON — This Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, the Dayton Police Department will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
This day gives residents the opportunity to help prevent drug abuse, theft, and accidental poisonings by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
On National Drug Take Back Day in October of 2017, Americans turned in more than 912,000 pounds of prescription drugs.
The drug drop-off is free and anonymous, no questions asked, but note that it is pills or patches only - liquids, needles, or sharps cannot be accepted.
There will be five drop-off sites around the city of Dayton;
**City of Dayton Safety Building - 335 W. Third St.
**Central Patrol Operations Division - 248 Salem Ave.
**East Patrol Operations Division North - 417 East Helena St.
**East Patrol Operations Division South - 2721 Wayne Ave.
**West Patrol Operations Division - 951 Washington St.
If you are unable to bring in your used, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs, the five Dayton sites will also have a drug drop-off box available for use Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information or to find additional drop-off sites, go to takebackday.dea.gov.
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 7:33 PM
DAYTON — Nicole Miller was driving through Dayton on US Route 35 East when she heard her window shatter.
This past Friday afternoon, Miller was driving home with her son from downtown when she heard a loud and shattering noise.
She pulled off of 35 to check her vehicle where she found her whole window to be shattered out and completely gone.
Miller thought she got hit or something fell on the car, but after filing a report with Dayton Police, she realized it could be a slingshot that fired a ball bearing at her vehicle.
According to NewsCenter 7's Mike Campbell, this isn't the first time an accident has happened like this on US Route 35 in Dayton.
Back in February 2018, two similar incidents also occurred, totaling to at least four that have been reported.
Anyone with information about these attacks using a suspected slingshot, please call Mike Campbell at NewsCenter 7.
Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 6:22 PM
Updated: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 4:12 PM
— It’s the words some people have waited nearly three decades to hear: The Dayton Arcade is going to reopen.
The project is not in doubt, says Cross Street Partners, the project’s lead developer: It’s definitely happening.
Though previous proposals to revitalize the arcade fizzled out, Cross Street Partners has never had a project progress to this point and not finish, said Bill Struever, principal of Cross Street Partners.
“We’re way too pregnant,” said Struever.
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Last week, this newspaper broke the news that Miller-Valentine Group, one of the largest commercial real estate developers in the region, has pulled out of a project to create new housing in the Dayton Arcade, electing to take a back seat from efforts to revitalize the famed complex.
But two big players in urban redevelopment — Cincinnati-based Model Group and St. Louis-based McCormack Baron Salazar — have signed on as partners on the arcade, and Struever says they are better suited for the work.
Model Group and McCormack Baron Salazar are “powerhouses” in tax credit investments and new market or historic reuse projects that have large extensive experience completing large and complicated projects, he said.
There are always things that could still go wrong with the arcade project, Struever said: Like any project, tenants can pull out, leasing can hit a snag and construction can face delays.
But the arcade is headed toward a closing on financing in July, with construction beginning soon after, he said.
“Things changed with Miller-Valentine — that’s unfortunate — but we roll with it and we have a terrific team,” Struever said.
Miller-Valentine Group has withdrawn from the housing component of the Dayton arcade. The company said it will be involved in the leasing of the commercial component and continues to work with Cross Street on multiple capital raising initiatives.
The departure has not signficantly impacted the project, except the partners’ plans now include expanding the arts component of the arcade and modifying the mix of units on the residential side, officials said.
Some amenity space in the basement of the Fourth Street building will be turned into artists’ studio space.
Model Group had a lead role in transforming the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood in Cincinnati from a riot-damaged wasteland, featuring vacant and crumbling buildings, into one of the hottest destinations in the Queen City.
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In the 2000s, the company helped clean-up the neighborhood, which struggled with blight and crime, by restoring 73 historic buildings and creating 383 units of affordable, “high-quality” housing.
Since 2006, more than 175 new businesses have opened in the neighborhood.
Model Group’s investment in Over-the-Rhine alone is north of $200 million. The firm has completed more than $500 million in development in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
The Model Group has been one of the most active historic tax credit developers and general contractors in the state the last 15 years, said Bobby Maly, principal of the firm.
The project, which opened in the 1990s, turned the downtown YMCA tower into about 59 apartments as well as townhouses and apartments between West Monument and the Great Miami River. There are 233 apartments in total.
McCormack Baron Salazar has developed 195 projects in 46 cities in 26 states and U.S. Territories, including 21,290 housing units and 1.2 million square feet of commercial space, with development costs of $3.9 billion.