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Champaign County deputies find 29 pounds of marijuana after shooting

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 3:57 PM

Gunfire triggered a series of events Tuesday that led Champaign County deputies to 29 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two handguns, according to the sheriff’s office.

Gunfire triggered a series of events Tuesday that led Champaign County deputies to 29 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two handguns, according to the sheriff’s office.

Donald Murnahan, 26, and Angela Easterday, 34, were arrested and face numerous drug-related charges, including trafficking. They were booked into Tri-County Jail on Tuesday.

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Champaign County deputies responded to a motel in the 2500 block of U.S. 68 south of Urbana for a report that a woman was shooting at a car. When they got there, they allegedly found Murnahan driving a car on West Hickory Grove Road.

“The investigation revealed Murnahan had removed drugs and money from a room he and Easterday had been staying at within the lodge complex,” a news release says. “As Murnahan was attempting to leave the lodge, Easterday reportedly fired a round from a .380 pistol, striking a tire on the vehicle Murnahan was operating.”

When they investigated, they allegedly found the drugs and guns in the car, as well as scales and grinders.

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Easterday is charged with trafficking drugs in the vicinity of juveniles, possession of weapons while under disability, possession of marijuana and possession of criminal tools.

Murnahan is charged with trafficking drugs in the vicinity of juveniles, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools.

More charges may be presented to a grand jury soon, the news release says.

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Centerville High School student accused of committing sex crime

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:14 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 6:09 PM

Centerville police say a sexual imposition charge against a 16-year-old boy from Washington Twp. stems from an incident that happened at Centerville High School.

A 16-year-old Washington Twp. boy has been accused of committing a sex crime as a result of an ongoing investigation by Centerville police after an incident alleged to have occurred at Centerville High School.

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John Davis, community relations officer with the Centerville Police Department, confirmed the investigation began May 5 after an incident on the grounds of the high school.

“The suspect and victim are both juveniles, therefore, the details that I can provide are very limited,” Davis said.

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The suspect is a Centerville student. The matter is now juvenile court.

School officials said that allegations involving sex crimes are taken seriously and police were notified immediately.

“We cannot go into much detail since the student involved is a juvenile,” said Sarah Swan, community relations specialist for the school district. “There were school consequences for the student, and the police were notified.”

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We are working to learn more about the case and will update this story.

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Destruction at Miami fraternity house caught on camera

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

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Police were called June 14 on a report of a burglary at the Kappa Alpha Order house, in the 300 block of East Church Street. 

The report was made by a person in charge of the house during the summer school break, who had been notified by the property management firm that oversees the house.

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Police were shown video of someone entering the house using the proper combination at 2:30 a.m. on June 2. 

Inside surveillance video showed a man walking around and attempting to turn on the television, according to a police report. When it did not come on, he is seen in the video stabbing the TV with the remote control, causing damage to it, according to the report.

Then, at 2:20 a.m. on June 3, another video shows two men enter the house using the front door combination code and then stuffing the kitchen sink drains with paper towels and turning on the water causing water damage to the floor and some to the downstairs area, according to the report.

One of the two is believed to be the same person from the TV incident the previous night, police said.

Police were told a still shot of the man from the first night was sent to Kappa Alpha members and several replied they believe it to be a person expected to return for his senior year this fall, according to the report.

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Kettering officer-involved shooting: Man shot by officer, weapon recovered

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM

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One man was shot and injured in an officer-involved shooting in Dayton Thursday night.

  • Shooting happened at Smithville Rd. and Ewalt Ave. in Dayton
  • Shooting happened after Kettering officer initiated traffic stop
  • Passenger shot, driver in custody

A Kettering police officer tried to pull over a vehicle at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue Thursday night. Within one minute, at 8:45 p.m., the officer reported shots fired and an officer needs assistance call was issued to surrounding agencies, according to a release issued late Thursday by the Kettering Police Department.

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“We can confirm a Kettering officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting as a result of this traffic stop. No further details are being released at this time,” Kettering police Lt. Michael Gabrielson stated in the release.

The traffic stop was initiated in Kettering, but the shooting happened in the city of Dayton.

“A passenger fled. There was an altercation about a block down the street and a Kettering officer fired at the suspect, wounding him,” Dayton Assistant Police Chief and Deputy Director Mark Ecton said.

The driver is in custody, he said.

It’s not clear how many shots were fired, nor whether the suspect fired at the officer but a weapon was recovered, Ecton said.

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The Dayton Police Department is investigating the shooting because it happened in the city, and the Kettering Police Department also is conducting its own investigation.

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The man was transported to a local hospital. We’re working to learn more on his condition. The officer was not injured.

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It’s not confirmed whether the incident was connected to a hit-and-run crash nearby.

Nick Kauffman of Kettering said he was on his way to a motorcycle ride when his path was blocked by all the police activity.

“It’s pretty wild. You don’t expect to see this stuff outside your back door,” he said.

There were officers from at least three police forces.

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Retired Troy firefighter, and now a co-defendant, accused in rape case

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:50 AM



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

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 Jeffrey Paul 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.

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.

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.

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There were no report of injuries.

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