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First of 3 Dayton ‘Diamond Cut’ members pleads guilty to drug charges

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Darrius Reynolds pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to drug trafficking charges. Two other so-called Diamond Cut members have pending cases.

One of three defendants of the so-called “Diamond Cut” group including a Dayton rap artist pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to drug trafficking charges.

Darrius J. Reynolds, 25, pleaded guilty in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. In exchange, a conspiracy charge was dismissed.

Fellow defendants and brothers Larry Winn and rapper Clarence “Chaos” Winn, aka CCSERVA, are scheduled for plea deals and/or future hearings. Reynolds is not currently incarcerated, but the Winns are both in area county jails.

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The three are part of a group called Diamond Cut — an organization Clarence Winn contends is made up of musicians but that which law enforcement has called a gang. Other members of Diamond Cut have been prosecuted for federal drug-related crimes.

Reynolds’ attorney calculated his client’s non-binding sentencing guideline range at 27 to 33 months. The statutory maximums are up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice accepted the guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for June 7. Rice, who ordered a pre-sentence report, said he is not bound by the agreed-upon sentencing range.

RELATED: ‘Substantial’ fentanyl operation busted by Sheriff’s task force

In March 2017, a local drug task force busted what Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer called a “substantial” fentanyl operation during a series of raids in Trotwood and Dayton.

Four pounds of fentanyl was seized along with cash, guns and 10 “upscale” vehicles at search warrant raids at four spots by the Regional Agencies Narcotics & Gun Enforcement Task Force (RANGE) and an FBI SWAT team. Plummer said then that the drugs seized had an estimated street value of $160,000.

Clarence Winn was indicted on six counts related to drug trafficking. There is a telephone status conference in Clarence Winn’s case scheduled for March 26.

RELATED: Alleged Diamond Cut member pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges

Last May, Clarence Winn was ordered to remain in custody when Rice denied Winn’s motion for bond.

The judge went against a pretrial services report that said Winn’s deep ties to the community meant he could be out of jail without electronic monitoring.

Larry Winn, who was indicted on three counts, is scheduled for a change of plea hearing on March 19.

Darrius J. Reynolds(Staff Writer)

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Centerville High School student charged with sexual imposition

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:14 AM

            A 16-year-old Washington Twp. resident has been charged with sexual imposition as a result of an ongoing investigation by Centerville police.
A 16-year-old Washington Twp. resident has been charged with sexual imposition as a result of an ongoing investigation by Centerville police.

A 16-year-old Washington Twp. boy has been charged with sexual imposition as a result of an ongoing investigation by Centerville police after an alleged incident at Centerville High School.

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John Davis, community relations officer with the Centerville Police Department, confirmed the investigation began on 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, and the matter is now juvenile court.

School officials say that allegations involving sex crimes are taken seriously, and the 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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Alert canceled: Missing endangered Butler County man found safe

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 11:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:05 AM

UPDATE @ 12:05 a.m. (June 21):

A missing endangered alert has been canceled after a 78-year-old Fairfield man was found safe, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.


A Missing Endangered Adult Alert has been issued for a 78-year-old Butler County man.

John Scott was last seen driving from his Fairfield residence around 3:30 p.m. in his 1995 green Chevrolet S10, Ohio plate number AG28BG.

Scott stands 5 feet 3 inches, weighs 110 pounds and has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a large beige brim hat.

Police say he suffers from diabetes and may be in need of medical attention. 

Anyone with information on Scott’s whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit at 1-866-693-9171. 

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Case dismissed against pair accused in Dayton burglary, pistol-whipping

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:21 PM

Couple arrested after burglary, pistol whipping in Dayton

Criminal charges were dismissed Wednesday against a Dayton woman and her boyfriend accused of breaking into a man’s home and demanding money at gunpoint.

A Montgomery County grand jury declined to indict Jake Abston, 30, and Sara Rhoades, 23, and their cases in Dayton Municipal Court were dismissed, online records show.

RELATED: 2 arrested after burglary, pistol whipping in Dayton

They were arrested June 11 on suspicion of aggravated burglary following an incident on Philadelphia Drive in Dayton involving Rhoades’ estranged husband, according to a Dayton police report.

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Stabbing victim, 79, still recovering, no suspect in custody

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 6:39 PM


The Springfield Police Division is investigating after a man was stabbed multiple times Tuesday night at his home.

The 79-year-old man was at his residence on the 2100 block of Gerald Drive where officers responded to a “report of a male being stabbed by his niece” according to a police report.

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The victim was bleeding “profusely from the chest” when officers arrived.

He was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center and later taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

The victim was stabbed three times – above his left biceps, inside his left palm and his chest, according to police report.

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Neighbors on Gerald Drive said Wednesday they were shocked about what happened, especially Debi Sheppeard.

She’s lived on the street for 12 years, and said it is a quiet area. If there are problems, they are minor, she said. She was not home when her neighbor was stabbed but was quickly informed before she got there.

“The gentleman that was stabbed is the neighborhood grandpa. Everybody, that’s what everybody calls him, grandpa,” Sheppeard said. “He’s well known in this neighborhood. Friendly to everyone. We would have garage sales and he would come down and check us out.”

Shepperd said he’s the number one guy on the street.

She said that everyone is saying the suspect is known to the victim.

She added this makes her feel uneasy and is sad that it happened in her neighborhood. She hopes he is doing better and recovers soon.

Springfield police were in the neighborhood Wednesday asking questions. No suspect has been identified at this time.

This publication contacted the Miami Valley Hospital to inquire about the victim and was told he is a patient but could not release his condition.

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