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Brother could face death penalty in Warren County woman’s killing

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:55 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:10 PM


            Christopher Kirby, 38, was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, grand theft and tampering with evidence.
Christopher Kirby, 38, was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, grand theft and tampering with evidence.

The adoptive brother of a South Lebanon woman beaten to death on Sept. 15 at her home has been indicted on nine charges, including her murder, and could face the death penalty.

Christopher Kirby, 38, was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, grand theft and tampering with evidence.

Debrah Power, 63, of South Lebanon, was pronounced dead from head injuries Sept. 15 at her home in South Lebanon. Newcomer Funeral Home in Dayton is handling the arrangements.

Her husband, Ronnie Power, was also badly beaten in the attack and remained in serious condition, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said.

“It’s still to early to determine what type of recovery, if any, he’s going to have,” Fornshell said.

If convicted, Christopher Kirby could face the death penalty in connection with his sister’s beating death.

The grand jury “found probable cause that two capital specifications were satisfied, specifically (1) Kirby committed the aggravated murder of Debra Power as part of a course of conduct involving the purposeful attempt to kill two persons, and (2) Kirby was the principal offender in the aggravated murder of Debra Power while committing the offense of aggravated robbery. Therefore, Kirby could face the death penalty if he is convicted on the aggravated murder count, and either of the two capital specifications,” according to Fornshell.

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Kirby’s wife, Jacqueline Kirby, 30, is charged with tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property and misuse of credit cards, but not with the more serious murder, attempted muder and felonious assault charges.

“There was insufficient evidence as to her involvement,” Fornshell said Monday.

Both Debrah and Ronnie Power were beaten with a baseball bat that has been taken into evidence, the prosecutor added Monday.

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The Kirbys were living with the Powers and other people in the house at 59 W. Broadway in South Lebanon. Christopher Kirby was Deborah Power’s adoptive brother, according to Fornshell.

Christopher Kirby is accused of beating the Powers during a robbery undertaken to steal a purse and a cellphone, according to Fornshell.

Debrah Power had changed the pin numbers, suspecting the Kirbys were using them, Fornshell said Monday. The tampering with evidence charge alleges they threw away her purse and cellphone.

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Deborah Power was found under a blanket on Sept. 15 and “cold to the touch with blood underneath” by sheriff’s deputies called to a home just before midnight, according to a search warrant.

The Kirbys remained in the Warren County Jail and were scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

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Motorcycle rider transported by medical helicopter after Middletown crash

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 5:42 PM


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A wreck in Middletown on Sunday afternoon sent a motorcyclist to the hospital via helicopter.

Officials were not immediately able to provide many details about the crash, which happened at Grand Avenue and Burton Road, according to an Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher. The patrol was assisting Middletown police at the scene.

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Officials believe it involved a collision with a vehicle, and the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, a dispatcher said.

The man was flown by CareFlight at 4:05 p.m. to Miami Valley Hospital. No information was available about his condition.

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Police ID man in fatal Springfield bar shooting

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 4:05 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Fatal shooting at the wagon wheel in Springfield

UPDATE @ 12 p.m.:

Jahream Beard, 35, died at the scene of the shooting outside of the Wagon Wheel in Springfield Sunday morning, according to Springfield police.

UPDATE @ 8:31 a.m.: 

The two male victims injured in the shooting at Wagon Wheel were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center with apparent non-life threatening injuries, according to Springfield police.

One man in his 30’s died at the scene, according to officials.

Police confirmed an altercation occurred outside the Wagon Wheel when someone pulled a gun at one point.

It’s not known who fired the gun or how many shots were fired at this time.

The deceased victim’s body was transported to Clark County Coroner’s Office.

South Burnett Road was reopened as vehicles are being towed.

The incident is still under investigation, police said.

UPDATE @ 5:12 a.m.:

Bureau of Criminal Investigation units arrived on scene at Wagon Wheel bar on 1005 S. Burnett Rd. after a fatal shooting left a male dead and two injured. 

The injured victims were transported to an area hospital for unknown injuries. Police confirmed they are both male.

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Police have not released the victims’ identities.

At this time, S. Burnett Rd. has been closed off. 

UPDATE @4:30 a.m.: 

Police have confirmed crime units and an investigator are on scene of a fatal shooting at Wagon Wheel bar in the 1000 block of S. Burnett Road. 

The shooting took place early Sunday around 2:30 a.m. leaving one person, confirmed as a male, dead and two others injured.

Yellow crime scene tape has been placed around the deceased victim’s body that was found laying in the parking lot next to a vehicle.

Police have not released any information on the victims’ identities or if any suspects have been named.

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A Springfield police officer tries to console an emotional female outside of Wagon Wheel bar after fatal shooting.(MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF)

FIRST REPORT:

A fatal shooting at Wagon Wheel bar located in the 1000 block of S. Burnett Rd. has left one dead and two others injured.

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Conditions of the injured victims are unknown. 

The shooting may have occurred some time early Sunday around 2:30 a.m. but is unconfirmed by police at this time. Police have also not confirmed if there are any suspects. 

We are on scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

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5 big Dayton-area drug busts that have seized large amounts of heroin, pot and cash

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 3:37 PM

RAW FOOTAGE: Bust made by Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force

A major drug bust last week resulted in a seizure of $3.6 million worth of fentanyl in Clark County, which officials said continues the important work of the task force that was involved.

>>A major $3.6M fentanyl bust in the area stung a Mexican cartel. Here’s how it went down.

Following the surveillance of a Butler Twp. hotel, four men were arrested and face conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl, a count that carries with it a minimum 10-year sentence with conviction.

Observations made by the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force of activities on and near the hotel led to a consented search and retrieval of 50 pounds of marijuana in the garage, nine bricks of fentanyl and U.S. currency in “bands” or “stacks” in a closet. 

A federal prosecutor said additional charges could be added to the 10-year minimum that all four men face. Detention hearings are scheduled for Monday. 

This bust, which was reportedly linked to Mexican cartel activity, is the latest in the Miami Valley.

Here are four more notable stings that have occurred in the Dayton-area within past year:

Drug crackdown sting on Main Street 

March 2018 — A major crackdown was carried out with connections to drug deals along North Main Street in Dayton and into other parts of the county. 

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One of the goals of the operation is to cut down on the drug-dealing that affects both sides of Main Street, officials said. Locations that were raided included a home off Gettysburg Avenue near Hoover Avenue, an apartment in the 4300 block of Old Riverside Drive and a home on Old Riverside Drive.

Montgomery County cocaine and heroin bust

February 2018 — Officials seized more than 50 pounds of cocaine and 1,100 grams of heroin. An undisclosed amount of cash and guns were also confiscated. 

The seizures and arrests were the culmination of an 11-month investigation into a drug trafficking operation in and around Dayton, said Montgomery County Sheriff, Phil Plummer during a news conference. 

The bust involved two operations carried out on two separate days— one resulting in the arrest of two men who had been selling large amounts of meth, heroin, cocaine and marijuana throughout the Miami Valley and another with the arrest of four people in possession of 20 pounds of cocaine. 

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Major carfentanil raid following investigation

August 2017 — A sting that occurred in August 2017 was significant due to the potential harm that could have come from a large quantity of carfentanil seized from a home in the 4500 block of Queens Avenue in Dayton, officials said. Detectives found approximately nine ounces of carfentanil, two handguns and about $20,000 cash, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Carfentanil is a synthetic narcotic produced from morphine. It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and had led to hospitalizations for police and paramedics who had come into contact with it while responding to overdose patients.

“A seizure of this quantity of carfentanil has the potential of saving hundreds of lives,” Plummer in a news release. 

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Dayton police arrest five in Dayton home raid

July 2017 — Five people were arrested in Dayton when neighbors complained about drug use and sales occurring at the suspected residence. 

Sgt. John Sillivan from the Dayton Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit said the tips allowed police to get the search warrant that led to the seizure of a large amount of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. 

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Man indicted on CCW charges in Montgomery Co.

Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 10:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

Kenneth Wilson
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Kenneth Wilson(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A Harrison Twp. man arrested after a shooting last month was indicted Friday on a weapons charge unrelated to the shooting.

Kenneth Wilson, 33, is charged with carrying concealed weapons, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.

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He is accused of carrying a concealed weapon May 7 when Montgomery County deputies were investigating the shooting of a woman in the 5200 block of Embassy Place in the Creekside Townhomes in Harrison Twp. The woman’s injuries were not life-threatening, deputies said.

Wilson is ordered to appear for arraignment June 28 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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