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Piqua school lockdown: Man, 15-year-old son, jailed on gun-related crimes

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 7:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 8:29 AM

Piqua school lockdown: Man, 15-year-old son, jailed on gun-related crimes

UPDATE @8:25 a.m. 10/4: A man charged with numerous felonies related to a shots-fired incident that locked down Piqua Central Intermediate School appeared in court this morning.

Joshua Gambill, 35, pleaded not guilty to charges.

UPDATE @ 9:35 p.m. 10/3: A 35-year-old man and his 15-year-old son are in custody on numerous felony charges related to the shot-fired incident that led to the lockdown of a school.

Joshua Gambill of Piqua is in the Miami County Jail on the following charges: 

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  • Complicity to commit felonious assault; 
  • Carrying concealed weapons;
  • Improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and 
  • Child endangering (2 counts).

His son, of Covington, is in the West Central Juvenile Detention Facility near Troy on the following charges:

  • Delinquency by reason of felonious assault 
  • Delinquency by reason of discharging a firearm on or near a public place 
  • Delinquency by reason of improper handling of a firearm.


A family dispute this afternoon led to a shot fired, school lockdown and the apprehension of a man and his 15-year-old son.

A motorcyclist and passenger were challenged by people following them in a van and a pickup truck, Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison said.

The motorcyclist and passenger went back to their Park Avenue residence — about 100 yards from Piqua Central Intermediate School — where a shot was fired from the van, the chief said. Someone in the pickup possibly was armed as well, but no one was hit, he said.

The van and pickup left before police arrived.

Police and school officials locked down the school as a precaution, Jamison said, because they didn’t want to let children out in an area that could be at-risk during the rapidly changing situation. No students were ever in any danger, the chief said said.

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Piqua officers provided descriptions of the vehicles, and detectives found the van. Just before 3 p.m. Piqua police, the Miami County sheriff’s deputies, troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol and Covington police apprehended the occupants.

Police anticipate filing charges this evening and are working to recover the weapons involved, the chief said.

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Tons of trash, overpowering stench at Moraine site of raid

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Deputies are moving years of waste

Tons of trash dumped in a wooded area off Germantown Pike, which has caused an overpowering stench, is part of a Monday law enforcement raid at the property that led to one arrest.

  • Raid at home, garage in 6700 block of Germantown Pike
  • Tons of trash found dumped in wooded area behind home
  • Man jailed, awaiting formal drug possession charge

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A large law enforcement presence was at a Germantown Pike property all day.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, a special weapons and tactics team and Regional Agencies Narcotics and Gun Enforcement task force members were on scene at a home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and deep into the woods of the property.

Deputies brought a semi and dumpster back into the woods. They were seen moving some of the trash around. They hauled away a backhoe as evidence.

Neighbors said deputies carried piles of items from that wooded area, as well as from a house and garage.

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“They found stuff back there. They’ve carried out huge tubs, looked like it was really heavy. Big boxes of things. They carried out stuff in cloths, white cloths.”

Neighbors said the RANGE task force was ready to break down the home’s front door when one of them offered a key. They said they watched deputies carry out several guns, and then the task force did break a door to get into the garage.

One man was spotted handcuffed in back of a cruiser.


Logan R. Lucas, 23, was arrested at 2 p.m. during the raid in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, online jail records show. He has not been formally charged.

Deputies removed items from the home and deep in the woods behind the property, but so far have not said what led to the investigation.

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Crews also removed two dogs along with their food and water bowls from the home, Jacobs said.

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Man pleads guilty to tampering with a coin machine, stealing quarters in New Carlisle

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:57 AM

            Jeffrey Hale
Jeffrey Hale

A man pleaded guilty in Clark County court to stealing quarters from a coin machine in New Carlisle, according to online court records.

Jeffrey Hale, 36, of Huber Heights, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with tampering with a coin machine. He pleaded guilty to the charge and his sentence was not immediately clear.

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Clark County deputies began their investigation when they responded to a laundromat in New Carlisle in reference to a theft.

“Upon arrival, the business owner advised he was reviewing his security camera from the weekend and observed a male using a metal wire to remove quarters from the coin machine inside the business,” the report says.

The deputy said he could not identify the man at the time, but did recognize a person with him.

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A few days later deputies say they received a tip from an anonymous source who said the man was Hale.

“I located a social for Jeff and pulled up his BMV picture and was able to positively identify the suspect s Jeff Hale,” the affidavit says.

Hale was later arrested.

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Officers working to determine location of shooting that left 1 hospitalized

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

Officers are working to determine the location of an early morning shooting that left one person hospitalized.

The victim reportedly showed up at Miami Valley Hospital. Crews checked one location in Harrison Twp. and also Weselyn Park in Dayton for a possible shooting scene, but found no evidence of a crime.

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According to initial reports, the gunshot victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. The victim’s name, age and condition were not immediately available.

We will update this report as we learn information.

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Driver crashes stolen pickup truck through Huber Heights fence

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:22 AM

Stolen vehicle case crashed through Huber Heights fence

A driver who crashed through a gate to the driveway of a Howland Place home Monday night was involved in crimes across two counties, police said.

Huber Heights police and Greene County Sheriff’s deputies were at the home in the 7200 block of Howland Place, where a stolen black pickup truck was towed from the property.

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It’s not clear whether the driver is in custody.

However, a Greene County deputy said the driver is the suspect in two armed carjackings. He first stole a car in Dayton, then ditched it on Ohio 4 and later stole a black pickup truck at gunpoint, the deputy said.

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The suspect reportedly headed into Greene County before he returned to Montgomery County and ended up on Howland Place, the deputy said.

We are working to learn more information about the incident.

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