Dayton police community team tip leads to federal gun charge

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 3:23 PM


            Demario Griffith
Demario Griffith

A Dayton convicted felon was found with five guns and three bags of marijuana after a tip led to an investigation by one of Dayton police’s Community Problem Response Teams (CPRT), according to reports.

Demario D. Griffith, 33, is charged in Dayton’s U.S. District Court with being a felon in possession of a firearm. A bill of information was filed Dec. 20.

According to a complaint and affidavit, the west patrol’s CPRT received a complaint in early October about 663 Randolph St. that said, “the residents just moved in and they see a lot of people coming and going.”

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The affidavit showed the property was purchased in August by Griffith, who had multiple arrests for drug possession, drug trafficking and weapons charges.

On Oct. 23, the complaint said, CPRT officers went to the Randolph address to do a “knock and talk” but found the door open. Officers smelled raw marijuana and observed sandwich baggies and a box of ammunition, according to the affidavit.

One man who said he didn’t live at the residence pointed to Griffith, who was sleeping on the couch and said a third person also was in the house, the complaint said, and that while doing a protective sweep of the basement, officers found a grow operation.

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The complaint said a warrant was issued to search residence and that a Sporter pistol gripped rifle with one round in the chamber and 18 in the magazine was on the bed in the master bedroom.

The complaint said other weapons found included a Saiga assault rifle, a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle, a Glock .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a Springfield XD9 semi-automatic handgun that was loaded with 18 live rounds.

The affidavit, written by a Dayton police officer and Federal Bureau of Investigation task force member, mentioned Griffin had a 2004 conviction for illegally carrying a concealed weapon.

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A magistrate judge ordered pretrial detention for Griffith.

The CPRTs began in November 2013 to to tackle issues that impact the community’s overall well-being, but “take more than 20 minutes to solve,” Sgt. Matt Beavers, who was once the supervisor of one of the CPRT teams, said in March 2014.

To contact CPRT with an issue, call (937) 222-7867 or (937) 333-COPS.

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Troy man pleads not guilty to assaulting two corrections officers

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 6:05 PM

Marion Cotterman
Miami County Jail
Marion Cotterman(Miami County Jail)

TROY - A Troy man pleaded not guilty Tuesday, April 24, to two felony counts of assault of a corrections officer.

Marion Cotterman, 45, is accused of causing or attempting to cause physical harm to two officers in the Miami County Jail in Troy on March 14. 

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The pleas were heard by Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt, who set bail at $5,000 cash or surety.

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Dayton teen sentenced to prison for 2017 killing

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:26 PM

A Dayton teen convicted early this month for murdering a 23-year-old man in September was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday, according to a press release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office.

Keith P. Reid was 17 years old when a surveillance video captured him fatally shooting Davion G. McGhee of Huber Heights on Summit Square Drive on Sept. 30, the release said. Reid, who has since turned 18, was tried as an adult because of the severity of the charges against him.

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On April 6 he was found guilty of attempted murder, involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and carrying concealed weapons. 

Once he’s released from prison, Reid will be placed on post-release control for five additional years. 

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Father punches woman trying to kidnap his son, police say

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 5:14 PM

Authorities in Shelby County, Tennessee, arrested Gina Ricard, 53, on one count of attempted aggravated kidnapping on Monday, April 23, 2018.
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Authorities in Shelby County, Tennessee, arrested Gina Ricard, 53, on one count of attempted aggravated kidnapping on Monday, April 23, 2018.(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

Police in Tennessee say a father's quick actions stopped his 5-year-old son from being kidnapped Monday.

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A man called authorities Monday to report that a woman had grabbed his son and tried to run away from him.

The father punched the woman and got his child back, according to police.

Authorities identified the attempted kidnapper as Gina A. Ricard, 53. Officials said after the incident, she went to a nearby fire station and told them that she tried to stop a kidnapping.

According an arrest affidavit, Ricard was incoherent and said that she “believes God told her (to) help.”

She was arrested and charged with attempted aggravated kidnapping.

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Teen accused of murdering mother with help of two friends

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

Teen Allegedly Stabbed His Mother To Death With Help Of Friends

A 15-year-old and his friend drugged, strangled and stabbed his mother to death at a home in Maine, according to court documents.

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Kimberly Mironovas, 47, was found stabbed and strangled to death at her home in Litchfield, Maine, early on Sunday morning. 

Police say the woman, originally from Ashland, Massachusetts, was killed by her son and his 15-year-old friend. 

A third teenager, a 13-year-old friend, allegedly helped plan the murder.

According to prosecutors, the 13-year-old came up with a plan to kill Mironovas by crushing prescription pills and mixing them into a glass of wine, but court documents show the boys' attempt to secretly mix in the pills failed.

Mironovas’ son and his friend entered her bedroom wearing gloves and armed with a knife early Sunday morning, according to prosecutors.

Mironovas was found shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, and police say she had been strangled and stabbed in the neck.

All three boys were arraigned at a juvenile court in Maine on Monday.

The 15-year-old suspects were charged with one count each of murder, and all three were charged with criminal conspiracy to commit murder.

Mironovas and her son had moved to Maine from their home in Ashland, Massachusetts, where former neighbors told Boston 25 News they hope her son gets help. 

"She was a quiet person," said Jim, a former neighbor. "I think her son was troubled a little bit, she had him in a special school."

Mironovas moved from Ashland to Maine about a year ago to attend cosmetology school.

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

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