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Man found with $200,000 in drug trafficking money sentenced

Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

            Josue Amaya-Salazar
Josue Amaya-Salazar

The 21-year-old man accused of having $200,000 in drug trafficking money was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.

Josue Amaya-Salazar had pleaded guilty by bill of information in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to one count of attempted international money laundering.

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U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose accepted the plea deal between the parties for a three-year sentence and credited Amaya-Salazar with jail-time credit since his March arrest.

Federal public defender Art Mullins told Rose that Amaya-Salazar indicated that cartel members wanted him to launder money because he could get a visa, that he initially refused and that he ultimately agreed because he feared for his family.

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Mullins said a letter from his client said that he knows he will be deported after his sentence, has seen how drugs hurt the United States and he plans to never return again from Mexico. Through an interpreter, Amaya-Salazar apologized and asked for forgiveness.

Rose agreed to recommend to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons that Amaya-Salazar be incarcerated in Texas or as close to the Mexican border as possible.

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As part of the plea one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin was dismissed.

Amaya-Salazar admitted that on March 16, 2017, he attempted to transport about $200,000 in drug money — prosecutors initially said the total was closer to $300,000 — from the United States to Mexico. The money was to go to another person and then be transferred to drug traffickers in Mexico.

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Convicted Greene County child rapist gets 108-year prison sentence

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

            Anthony Moore was sentenced to 108 years on charges involving the rape of a child younger than 13.
Anthony Moore was sentenced to 108 years on charges involving the rape of a child younger than 13.

A convicted Greene County sex offender today was sentenced to the maximum term in prison, a total of 108 years, for rape charges involving a child younger than 13.

Anthony R. Moore faced 83 years of mandatory time.

Earlier this month, after a week-long trial, jurors found the 36-year-old Moore guilty on three counts of rape by force, five counts of rape of a child under age 13 and five counts of gross sexual imposition.

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Moore had no reaction to the sentence in court.

The crimes were reported first in June 2017 when the mother of the victim, who was known to the defendant, contacted Xenia police, according to court records.

The mother told police she was sleeping on the couch and her daughter was sleeping in her bed when the defendant got in bed with her daughter, according to the detective’s statement that led to Moore’s arrest on July 2, 2017.

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West Chester man sentenced for child pornography charges: ‘I am ashamed’

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:53 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:23 PM

Larry Staley has been placed on probation and will be classified as a Tier II sex offender after pleading guilty to charges involving child pornography.

A West Chester Twp. man has been placed on probation and classified as a Tier II sex offender after pleading guilty to charges involving child pornography.

Larry Dale Staley, 58, of the 8300 block of Birchstone Court, was indicted in October by a Butler County grand jury on 20 charges. In February, he entered guilty pleas to six counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony. The remaining charges were merged.

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Staley faced up to nine years in prison, but told Judge Charles Pater before sentencing that he has sought treatment for alcoholism as well as urges to view pornographic images of children.

Larry Dale Staley (far right), of West Chester Twp., is sentenced March 20 after pleading guilty to six counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor.(LAUREN PACK/STAFF)

Defense attorney Douglas Nicholas pointed out that Staley has no criminal past other than OVI arrests. The defense attorney said Staley is also caring for his elderly father to avoid placing him in a nursing home

“When he was drinking, that is when all this activity occurred,” Nicholas said.

Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Lindsay Sheehan said copious amounts of child images were found in Staley’s residence that had been there for years, some printed out and hidden in trash bags.

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“These pornography photos involved very young pre-pubescent children,” Sheehan said, noting they were all of girls under the age of 10. The young victims are not known.

“Each time that image is viewed, accessed, printed and kept — that is is creating a market through this type of crime,” she said.

The alleged crimes occurred on or about Feb. 16, 2016, according to the indictment. The crimes involved images downloaded, and there is no indication local children were involved, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“I am ashamed of what I have done,” Staley told the judge.

He added that he is continuing treatment and has changed his actions, including access to cell phones or computers.

Before placing Staley on probation, Pater said based on the information he has, including letters from Staley’s children, there has never been any indication that he “acted” on any urges involving children.

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Pater also ordered Staley to have no access to computers and to stay away from children under the age of 12. If he violates his probation, the judge said he will serve a 12-month prison sentence.

Staley was also classified as a Tier II sex offender, meaning he will have to register his residence with the sheriff’s office every 180 days for the next 25 years.

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Austin explosions: FedEx turns over suspicious package after store linked to bomb

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:29 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:29 PM

Package Explodes At FedEx Facility In Shertz,Texas

A package destined for Austin exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx ground delivery facility in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, according to federal authorities. 

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told the Austin American-Statesman that a second suspicious package was found at the facility, but he later said he misspoke. FedEx officials said they had turned over to authorities a separate suspicious package sent by the same person who mailed the package that exploded Tuesday morning.

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7 marijuana myths you may believe are true

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 @ 4:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 @ 4:15 PM

Five Fast Facts: Marijuana

To toke or not to toke; that has become the question across the United States as attitudes about marijuana use continue to shift and cities and states determine whether to decriminalize the drug.
Memphis on Tuesday became the latest American city to take the first step toward decriminalizing marijuana, even as the federal government earlier this month opted to keep pot listed as a Schedule I drug – lumped in with dangerous and potentially deadly drugs like heroin, ecstasy and LSD. Meanwhile, support for legalizing the drug is at an all-time high, according to a study conducted in March by the Chicago-based Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that found that 61 percent of those U.S. residents surveyed were in favor of making pot legal.


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Proponents on both sides of the issue have all made their arguments. Unfortunately, many of those arguments are based on myths and tall tales that have gathered around the subject like, well, like a cloud of smoke.
Here are seven myths that you may or may not have heard about marijuana:
Myth: Driving while high on marijuana is as bad as driving while drunk
Fact: Driving while high on pot is not as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Time reported last year that researchers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have found no evidence to support claims that drivers under the influence of pot are significantly more likely to crash.
 See the results of that survey here
Myth: Marijuana kills brain cells
Fact: A study released in 2015 by the Journal of Neuroscience debunked a previous study that claimed regular marijuana use causes abnormalities in the brains of adolescents and adults. According to the researchers, they were unable to replicate that study, which was published in April 2014 by Northwestern University.
Myth: Marijuana is a “gateway drug” that leads to use of more dangerous illegal substances
Fact: The Institute of Medicine found that, while many users of drugs like heroin or cocaine do use marijuana prior to trying the harder drugs, there does not appear to be a causal link. Instead, marijuana is a typical precursor to heavier drug use because it is the most widely used illegal drug.
IOM researchers also state that marijuana is rarely the first “gateway drug” in the chain of events that leads to heavy drug use. That title goes instead to underage smoking and alcohol use.
Research has also shown that, while users can become physically dependent on marijuana, the symptoms of withdrawal are much milder. While marijuana users who stop smoking may suffer irritability and a slightly elevated heart rate, those who are withdrawing alcohol, opiates or benzodiazepines could suffer everything from elevated heart rate and blood pressure to hallucinations, seizures and even death.
Myth: Marijuana causes more damage to a person’s lungs than cigarettes
Fact: Researchers with the University of California San Francisco and the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that, while long-term, heavy marijuana use could take a toll on a person’s lungs, the air-flow rate of a person’s breathing actually increases with increased exposure to marijuana – up to a certain level. The reason, the researchers said, is likely due to the difference in the number of joints marijuana smokers consume versus the number of cigarettes a typical smoker consumes on a daily basis.
Myth: Marijuana cures anxiety in people
Fact: While this myth might actually hold some truth for some people, research has found that marijuana has the opposite effect on the majority of users. A 2014 study authored by a Vanderbilt University professor found cannabinoid receptors in a part of the brain that regulates anxiety and a person’s flight-or-fight response.
The study found that, while marijuana’s cannabinoids can reduce anxiety, chronic use “down-regulates” those receptors and paradoxically increases anxiety
Myth: You can overdose on marijuana
Fact: Don’t believe everything you read on Facebook. Remember those cannabinoid receptors? According to the National Cancer Institute, those receptors – unlike a person’s opioid receptors – are not located on the body’s brain stem that controls respiration.
In other words, while taking too many painkillers can slow a person’s respiration so much that they die, that cannot happen with marijuana.
Myth: The munchies are not real
Fact: Though one argument against marijuana use for malnourished cancer patients is that the “munchies” are a figment of the imagination, science has proven that argument wrong. Smithsonian Magazine reported in 2014 that research has shown that THC fits into the receptors in the brain’s olfactory bulb, a neural structure involved in the sense of smell.
What that means for pot smokers is that marijuana significantly increases their sense of smell and taste, which leads them to eat more food after smoking.

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