5 local men face federal drug charges in alleged prison drug ring

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:38 PM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 3:21 PM


            U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman. CONTRIBUTED
U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman. CONTRIBUTED

Seven men — including five with ties to the Dayton area — face federal charges related to distribution of methamphetamine, said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin Glassman.

The Sept. 28 indictment unsealed this week alleges the men, including a corrections officer, attempted to deliver methamphetamine to the Chillicothe Correctional Institute for distribution within the state prison.

The indictment charged the following men with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine:

• James Barlage, Jr., 31, of Chillicothe

• Mario Evans, 40, formerly of Dayton

• Edward E. Bellman, 45, formerly of Miamisburg

• Moses M. Stevens, 53, formerly of Xenia

• Jon Christopher Birt, 50, of Dayton

• Jamie L. Naegele, 47, of Brookville

• Anthony Scott Blankenship, 32, of Columbus

Barlage and Blankenship are also charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to Glassman. Conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine are each crimes punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The indictment alleges that Barlage was employed as a corrections officer at Chillicothe Correctional Institute in June and July 2017, according to the press release. At the same time, Evans, Bellman and Stevens were inmates at the prison, Glassman said.

Glassman said Birt would obtain the drugs from his suppliers and he and Naegele would arrange for the delivery of the methamphetamine to the prison.

“The defendants allegedly used at least one unauthorized cell phone within the prison to coordinate payment for the drugs and exchange of the drugs for transportation to CCI,” Glassman said in a press release. “They also allegedly used Western Union to transfer funds for the drugs.”

Glassman said Birt, Barlage and Naegele have been arrested and have made their initial appearances. Arrest warrants were issued for the remaining defendants, Glassman said.

Evans was incarcerated in 1995 after an aggravated robbery, felonious assault, theft and weapons under disability conviction, according to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records. Dayton Daily News archives show the man, then 18, pleaded guilty to the charges in connection with shooting a Dayton police officer.

Bellman entered prison in November after a weapons under disability and possession of drugs conviction in Montgomery County, according to prison records. He was also convicted of breaking and entering in Greene County, according to the records.

Stevens is serving time after a 2009 conviction on possession of criminal tools, aggravated robbery and weapon under disability charges, according to prison records.

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Dayton woman loses 2nd Chihuahua to neighbor’s dogs 

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:56 AM

A Chihuahua was mauled to death Saturday afternoon by a larger dog owned by a neighbor.

The 1-year-old dog named Ace was chained outside shortly after 12:30 p.m. when a dog, also named Ace, came from across the street in the 5300 block of Dushore Drive and ripped the smaller dog off the chain and ran with it in its mouth.

After the larger dog’s owner, identified as Jeffrey Cox, got his black Labrador retriever mix back inside, another of Cox’s 11 dogs got out and charged the Chihuahua owner and her husband, who had to fend it off the second dog with a metal chair until Cox could secure it, according to a Dayton police report.

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The Chihuahua owner told police it was the second dog she lost to one of Cox’s dogs; the last time was when her previous Chihuahua was killed in the fall of 2016, according to the police report.

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center took the dog that killed the Chihuahua.

It is not clear whether Cox’s 11 dogs were licensed or had previous complaints documented against them.

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SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical; driver jailed in Shelby Co.

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Crash

UPDATE @ 4 p.m.

A Sidney man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal crash involving an SUV and horse-drawn buggy.

Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, was booked into the Shelby County Jail early this morning. He is being held without bond.

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A 23-year-old woman was killed, and her husband and two infant children all remain in critical condition at hospitals in Dayton.

The Amish family who lives in the Maplewood area all were ejected from a buggy that was struck from behind just before 9 p.m. Friday on state Route 47 near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County line.

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UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.

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The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.

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None of the victims’ names have been released.

The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.

“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”

The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.

The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.

The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.

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Victims in double fatal shooting outside Dayton club ID’d

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to 1824 Lakeview Ave. at the Blue Note Jazz Club on a report of a shooting, according to Sgt. Schloss of the Dayton Police Department.

UPDATE @ 10:15 a.m.:

The two victims who died after a shooting this morning outside a Dayton nightclub been identified.

Darion Harris, 29, of Dayton died at the scene and Ashley James, 28, of Dayton died of her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

INITIAL REPORT

Two people were killed in an early morning shooting outside Rick Jazz Lab.

Crews were dispatched around 3:40 a.m. to the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue on a report of a shooting.

A 27-year-old man died at the scene and a woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, Sgt. Thomas Schloss of the Dayton Police Department said.

The victims were found shot inside a blue Ford pickup truck outside the club, Schloss said.

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Police are not releasing if they have any suspects at this time

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP(7867.)

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2 arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM


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Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of impaired driving Friday night in patrols in the area of OVI checkpoints held in Beavercreek and Fairborn.

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The sobriety checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. to midnight in Fairborn, Lt. Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Xenia Post said.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints through extra patrols in the area for the checkpoint, Schmenk said.

The checkpoints were held by OSP, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department.

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