Man arrested after asking cops for directions to drug deal, police say

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

California Man Arrested After Asking Cops for Directions to Drug Deal

Police arrested a felon and suspected drug dealer early Tuesday after officers said he got lost on his way to a drug deal, illegally parked a car and asked a pair of officers for directions.

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“It should be noted that our officers are always willing to assist the motoring public with directions with they get lost; however, we would encourage the public not to illegally park their vehicles and approach our officers in their parked vehicles,” police in Anderson, California, said Tuesday in a news release. “Especially while illegally possessing loaded firearms and drugs.”

Two Anderson police officers were sitting in their patrol vehicles around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday when they spotted a black BMW. The driver of the car, identified as 40-year-old Chris Meng Lee, of Redding, parked it in front of a fire hydrant and a red-painted curb before approaching the officers, police said.

He asked for help getting directions to a mobile home park, but authorities said the streets he gave officers didn’t intersect. Suspicious, the officers asked to search Lee’s vehicle.

Officers said they found a loaded firearm in the driver’s side door. The officers said they found 1.5 pounds of marijuana in the BMW’s trunk.

Felon With Firearm Asks APD For Directions to Drug DealOn January 2, 2018, at about 1:45 AM two Anderson Police...

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During a search of Lee’s cellphone, police uncovered text messages that showed he was on his way to the mobile home park to sell marijuana, authorities said. He apparently got lost along the way.

Police said Lee is a felon, which prohibits him from having a firearm or live ammunition.

He was arrested on several charges, including carrying a concealed loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of marijuana for sales and driving without a valid driver’s license.

He remained jailed Wednesday.

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

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

Shooting

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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Man jailed after shot fired in Miami County is 2nd man arrested within hours from same home

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:40 AM



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UPDATE @ 12:40 a.m. (June 22):

A 24-year-old man is facing weapons charges after he is accused of firing a gun Thursday evening in the 700 block of County Road 25A north of Troy.

Aaron Jacob Covault was arrested around 6:40 p.m. and booked just before 10 p.m. in the the Miami County Jail on suspicion of having weapons while under disability for a previous conviction and for having weapons while intoxicated, online jail records show.

Aaron Jacob Covault, left, and Jeffrey Paul Covault

Hours earlier, another man with the same last name was arrested from the same home.

Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. and booked into the jail at 2 p.m. on suspicion of rape, online jail records show.

The relationship between the men is not clear. Both men are awaiting arraignment.

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A man accused of firing his gun Thursday evening was taken to the Miami County Jail.

Deputies were dispatched around 6:30 p.m. to a report of a shot fired in the 700 block of County Road 25A north of Troy, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

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There were no report of injuries, but County Road 25A was briefly blocked at Lytle Road.

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Baby abandoned in car as man flees from traffic stop

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

A 7-month-old child was found in the backseat of a vehicle after a man fled from a traffic stop, according to police
A 7-month-old child was found in the backseat of a vehicle after a man fled from a traffic stop, according to police

Police are continuing to investigate an incident of a baby abandoned in a vehicle after a traffic stop.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop June 13 on Heaton Street when the male driver pulled into a private lot and then jumped out of the vehicle and ran, according to a police report.

A 7-month-old child was found in the backseat of the vehicle, police said.

The driver was identified by police, and charges are in the process of being signed, according to Hamilton Police Sgt. Brian Robinson.

Butler County Children Services took charge of the baby, according to the report.

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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.

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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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