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Man threatens Springfield post office: “You think Las Vegas was bad?”

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 7:23 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

A man allegedly threatened a Springfield Post Office employee with “Las Vegas”-style violence because he was infuriated about not receiving his parents’ mail.

A man allegedly threatened a Springfield Post Office employee with “Las Vegas”-style violence because he was infuriated about not receiving his parents’ mail.

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The man entered the post office at 150 North Limestone St. at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Springfield Police Division report. He asked a post office worker to pick up hold mail for his parents after returning from out of town.

The employee told the man the post office was unable to release the mail to him because he couldn’t provide identification with the correct address. The man then became “infuriated” and threatened the employee, the report said.

“You think Las Vegas was bad? Wait until I go postal on this (place)!” the man allegedly said.

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Employees were unable to calm the man down and he was removed from the post office, the report said.

As he was leaving, the man allegedly said: “You (people) will be upset when I come back!”

A supervisor checked the man’s ID, but gave it back to him as he was being sent out of the building.

Suspect information remains unknown, the report said.

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Man sentenced after claiming he trafficked fentanyl because his mother was kidnapped

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:49 AM


            Jose Alonso Rios
Jose Alonso Rios

The man federal prosecutors say trafficked enough fentanyl to kill one million people was sentenced this week to more than five years in prison after claiming he received a videotape showing his mother had been kidnapped.

Jose Alonso Rios, 35, was sentenced in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to 63 months in federal prison for distributing more than 400 grams of fentanyl.

Rios’ sentence was below the non-binding, advisory guideline of 10 years or more.

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“In his mind, Defendant was forced to do this to protect her,” wrote Rios’ defense attorney, Vincent Popp, who noted in a sentencing memo that Rios told officers the story upon arrest. “He was given a phone number to call upon his arrival in the Dayton area. He had no indication how much, or even if, he would be paid upon his return.

“Defendant had to pay his own expenses. While he knew that he was transporting drugs, it appears that he neither knew exactly what nor how much.”

Prosecutors asked for a longer sentence, noting that Rios used a child to assist in drug trafficking and that he was sentenced for having more than 50 pounds of marijuana in Arizona and 27 pounds of cocaine in Oklahoma.

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“Mr. Rios’ history as a drug courier casts some doubt upon his claim that someone forced him to participate in this current offense,” wrote assistant U.S. attorney Brent Tabacchi in a sentencing memo. “The events of this case seem more an extension of his historical drug trafficking activity than the result of purportedly coercive actions of Mexican drug dealers operating in the United States.”

Another man, Jesus Olegario Vidal Portillo, 21, was previously sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to traffic fentanyl.

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Both were indicted Nov. 30 in Dayton’s U.S. District Court after law enforcement filed a complaint saying they were located with two “bricks” of suspected fentanyl each weighing more than 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds).

The 2,000 grams of fentanyl is an amount a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency website indicated could cause one million fatal overdoses.

A Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent wrote in the complaint that on Nov. 20, law enforcement around Dayton became aware that Rios was staying at the Comfort Inn on Miller Lane in Butler Twp.

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Local and federal law enforcement agents including HSI’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) observed Rios, his girlfriend and three minor children get into a black Dodge Journey with a Utah license plate, according to the complaint.

Later, at an ER in Huber Heights, and Rios was observed walking in with a blue bag, the complaint said. About an hour later, the special agent wrote, law enforcement saw a minor boy walk out of the ER with the blue bag and leave it near a dumpster.

The complaint said the boy was checking out vehicles and watched as a man — later identified as Vidal — got out of a gray Toyota Corolla and retrieve the bag.

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Downtown Springfield pizzeria closing

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza.  The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week.  JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
Jeff Guerini
Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza. The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Jeff Guerini)


Bada Bing Pizzeria in Springfield will close on Sunday, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page. 

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The post reads in part, “Thank you all for your support over the last few years. We have been blessed beyond measure. What’s next? Stay tuned.”

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The restaurant is located at 40 N. Fountain Ave.

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NEW DETAILS: Springfield woman accused of stabbing 79-year-old man charged with attempted murder

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:01 AM


            Rebecca Isaac
Rebecca Isaac

A Springfield woman who allegedly stabbed her 79-year-old uncle has been arrested and charged.

Rebecca Isaac, 37, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated robbery in Clark County Municipal Court. She is due in court at 10:30 a.m. this morning.

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Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to a home on the 2100 block of Gerald Drive in reference to a stabbing.

“Upon officers arrival, they located the victim inside the residence and (he) was bleeding profusely from a chest wound. Medics responded and immediately transported him to Springfield Regional Medical Center where his injuries were assessed and because of the severity, he was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital,” the affidavit says.

A spokeswoman said the victim is still at Miami Valley Hospital but couldn’t release his condition Thursday morning.

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The affidavit says there was blood scattered throughout the home and several cabinets and closets were open which appeared to be ransacked.

Officers spoke with a family member who stated she received a call from the victim after the assault and told her that Issac came to his house and stabbed and robbed him of $300, according to the affadavit.

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“Detectives spoke to the victim at Miami Valley Hospital,” the affidavit says. “He stated he was sitting in his chair when he awoke to a pain in his chest and stated his niece was stabbing him with a knife and demanded $500 at which time he stated ‘Becky do you know what you’re doing?’ and she replied ‘I’m going to kill you if I don’t get the money.’”

Isaac allegedly continued to stab the victim and forced him to retrieve $300 out of a safe.

“Victim had stab wounds to his chest (nicked his arterial vessel, left palm, left bicep, left leg and eight to 10 superficial wounds),” the affidavit says.

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Centerville High School student charged with sexual imposition

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

Centerville police say a sexual imposition charge against a 16-year-old boy from Washington Twp. stems from an incident that happened at Centerville High School.

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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