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Can you ID suspect in Gilly’s Jazz attack, robbery?

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2016 @ 1:37 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 @ 5:01 PM

            Police in Dayton are looking for a man who is wanted in connection with the beating and robbery of the owner of Gilly's nightclub in downtown on Monday afternoon.
Police in Dayton are looking for a man who is wanted in connection with the beating and robbery of the owner of Gilly's nightclub in downtown on Monday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 2:22 p.m. (May 17)

Surveillance video was released Tuesday in a March attack and robbery of the owner of Gilly’s Jazz in Dayton.

The suspect is a man with dark complexion, standing about 5 feet 8 inches, wearing a dark ball cap with white trim or writing on the visor, a dark hooded sweatshirt with some writing across the chest, light colored sweatpants and black tennis shoes.

After exiting the rear of Gilly’s Jazz, the suspect was picked up on surveillance video inside the RTA Hub downtown.

Anyone with information on this suspect or attack, contact Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m. (March 25)

Gilly’s Jazz owner Gerald L. Gillotti said he expects to make a full recovery after he was attacked and robbed at his venue earlier this month.

Gillotti, 79, spoke exclusively with NewsCenter 7’s Andy Sedlak on Thursday, and said he’s still sore from his injuries, which included a busted eardrum and getting his teeth “knocked out of whack.”

He was robbed and injured around 4 p.m. March 16 as he was setting up for an event at Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson Street.

“It’s been 34 years at that same location, so I thought some day, somebody would (break in),” Gillotti said. “It’s the law of averages. But I’ve never felt unsafe or felt that I was in trouble. … This guy scoped me out. He must have saw I had an event that night. This wasn’t random. He knew what he was doing.”

Gillotti — who said the suspect got away with about $3,000 — said he’s lucky to be alive.

“I was turning my breakers on to get my power on, and I turn around and see this big guy,” Gillotti said. “I know he doesn’t belong there. All of a sudden, he’s just on me and beating me. … I don’t remember one punch. I just remember seeing him coming down on me.”

Gillotti said there’s been an outpouring of love and concern toward him from the community, with flowers, cards, phone calls and money.

“I’ll get a lot of rest and hope it heals and get my teeth and hearing right,” Gillotti said. “I have to take it real easy.”

Gillotti said he’ll get back to work as soon as he can. A Funk Center 70’s Party is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday.

“That’s what I do, who I am,” Gillotti said. “I’m not open that much; only open a couple days a week.”


Dayton police detectives are investigating a robbery and attack at Gilly’s Jazz in Dayton.

About 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, the owner, Gerald L. Gillotti, 79, was reportedly robbed and injured, according to police.

A 911 call to police dispatch says “somebody just mugged the owner.”

The 911 caller continues: “We found him on the stage and he can’t really stand up very well. I think they hit him with something. … Jerry is not talking real well and he might be in a little bit of shock. … Somebody followed him in the rear door when he unlocked it. … He’s pretty disoriented. … He’s got bleeding out of his mouth.”

Gillotti is listed in fair condition at Miami Valley Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

“If you’d have seen the injuries, he’s a 79-year-old man, that could have been life threatening,” said Jim Foreman, a music promoter who was at the club at the time.

Foreman said the thief got away with about $2,000 cash.

Foreman is listed in the police report as a witness, and he posted on Facebook about his eye-witness account of the event.

Foreman said he was at the front door of the club to prepare set up for a show that evening, and Gillotti was at the back door. Foreman said when he went around back, he found the door ajar and Gillotti bloodied near the stage.

“At first I thought he had fallen but then we saw the blood and he managed to tell us he had just been robbed and beaten,” Foreman said on his Facebook page.

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Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Jamie Rollins, suspect in Champaign County, Ohio, Amber Alert
Jamie Rollins, suspect in Champaign County, Ohio, Amber Alert

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.:

An Amber Alert has been canceled after two Urbana boys were found safe.

The suspect and vehicle still have not been found.


An Amber Alert is active for two boys reported abducted from Urbana.

They were reported missing at 7 a.m. from Maplewood Circle after their grandparents awoke to find them gone, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The first boy is Justin Wallace Jr., 7, a biracial boy with black hair who stands 4 feet 5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. There was no further descriptive information available.

The second boy is Aaron Rollins, 9, a white boy with brown hair and hazel eyes who stands 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 72 pounds. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high-top tennis shoes.


The suspect, Jamie Rollins, 39, is the non-custodial mother. She is believed to be driving a taupe Kia Optima with Ohio plates 347YSL. She is described as a white woman with red hair and blue eyes who stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 223 pounds.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who spots them is urged to call 911.

For more information visit the Ohio Amber Alert website.

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Gunman demands drugs from Rite Aid in Harrison Twp.

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:40 PM


An armed suspect demanded drugs and threatened employees Friday night during a robbery at a Rite Aid pharmacy.

The robbery was reported around 7 p.m. at the business, 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.

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“Somebody walked in with a note and asked for prescription drugs and said that he was going to kills us in that note if we didn’t give him what we have,” according to a 911 caller who identified himself as a pharmacy manager.

The suspect was described as a young man who stands 5 feet 7 or five feet 8 inches who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies, including a K-9, responded to a robbery June 22, 2018, at the Rite Aid pharmacy at 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, including a K-9 unit, were dispatched to the robbery. However, deputies on scene did not comment on the investigation.

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Retired Troy firefighter accused of rape posts $200K bond, is released from jail

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:45 PM

Retired Troy firefighter arrested for rape, son arrested hours later

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter accused of rape posted bond and was released from the Miami County Jail.

Jeffrey Paul Covault’s bond was $200,000 cash for the single rape count, which was set during his arraignment this morning.

Covault’s co-defendant Thomas Perkins Jr., 54 — also charged with rape — and his son, 24-year-old Aaron Jacob Covault, charged on an unrelated weapons violation, remain in jail.

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter and a co-defendant remain in jail on a rape charge, while the son of the former firefighter also remains in jail on a weapons charge. 

Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, had his bond set at $200,000 cash on a single count of rape. His plea of not guilty was taken this morning. 

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Thomas Perkins Jr., 54, identified as a co-defendant in the rape case, had his bond set at $200,000 as well. According to authorities, Perkins worked for Covault’s lawn care business. 

Aaron Jacob Covault, 24, had his bond set at $22,000 cash during his court appearance via video in Miami County Municipal Court. 

He is detained in the Miami County Jail on charges of weapon possession as a felon (a felony) and weapons possession while intoxicated (a misdemeanor).

Aaron Jacob Covault, left, and Jeffrey Paul Covault

The elder Covault and Perkins are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with an intoxicated 21-year-old woman on March 2, in the parking lot of The Vault, on North County Road 25A, county Prosecutor Tony Kendell said. According to the indictment, the victim was impaired because of a mental or physical condition and the alleged perpetrators had cause of know of that impairment.

Thomas Perkins Jr.(MIAMI COUNTY JAIL)

Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee issued a “no contact order” for the elder Covault and Perkins, meaning they are to have no contact with the alleged victim or with each other.

The elder Covault worked as a Troy firefighter/paramedic from May 1996 until he retired April 1, according to city personnel records.

A criminal records check shows he has been convicted for operating a vehicle under the influence in 2011 and for disorderly conduct in 2012.

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The father and son were arrested hours apart Thursday from the same home, a residence in the 700 block of County Road 25A, north of Troy.

Aaron Jacob Covault, was arrested at the same address hours after his father was taken into custody. Police said the younger Covault was upset over the arrest of his father and discharged a gun.

There were no reports of injuries.

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East Dayton, Oregon District OVI checkpoint results released

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:16 AM

OVI checkpoint on Keowee Street

UPDATE June 23 @ 3:16 a.m.:

Dayton police made four arrests during an OVI checkpoint and a saturation patrol Friday night.

In a release, police said 167 vehicles passed through the checkpoint from E. Third St. and Terry St., and N. Keowee and E. Fifth St. between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. One OVI arrest was made. 

Dayton police also conducted a saturation patrol in the area making one OVI arrest, one drug arrest and one felony arrest. 

According to the release, 284 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at S. Keowee St. and E. Fifth St. At this location, police made no arrests during the OVI or saturation patrol.

FIRST REPORT June 22 @ 10:21 a.m.:

A sobriety checkpoint will be set up tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at two locations in Dayton.

The first will be around East Third and Terry streets, near Taqueria Mixteca restaurant. After that, the checkpoint will move to South Keowee Street near East Fifth Street in the Oregon District.

The checkpoint will be operated by the Dayton Police Department, along with members of the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County.

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Ohio law requires police agencies to publicly announce the times and locations of checkpoints ahead of time.

The OVI Task Force seeks to reduce the number of crashes involving drunken and intoxicated drivers.

“Driving while impaired is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on the roadway,” police said.

In 2017, there were 594 crashes involving alcohol in Montgomery County.

Twelve people died in those crashes and 234 were injured. In 348 crashes, property was damaged crashes.

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