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Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
— A family member will remember the man found dead at a Springfield park as a good person and hopes those responsible for his death will be brought to justice.
Cedric Holt Jr., 34, was killed and his body found in a vehicle at Virgil Mabra Park in the city Tuesday morning. Police are investigating his death as a homicide, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said. There are no suspects in the case right now, he said.
Holt’s cousin, Gene Cameron, said he was a caring person.
“He was a kind-hearted, very loving man,” Cameron said in a Facebook message to the Springfield News-Sun. “He was all about taking care of his family by any means.”
Holt didn’t deserve what happened to him, Cameron said.
“I love my cousin very much and I’m heartbroken over what happened to him,” he said. “All I can think about is what he went through that night. I know he was terrified.”
The family hopes justice is served, Cameron said.
“He will definitely be missed and forever loved,” he said. “I really hope they get to the bottom of it and find whose responsible.”
The Springfield Police Division is working hard to solve the case, Graf said during a press conference.
“I want to express condolences to the family and friends of (Holt),” Graf said.
The division hasn’t released information about how Holt died. Graff declined to answer specific questions about the circumstances of Holt’s death during the press conference.
He did ask the community to call the division with any tips people might have.
Just before Holt’s body was found Tuesday, authorities in Huber Heights responded to a home on Shull Road where two boys, one being Holt’s 14-year-old son, had been tied up in a home invasion. The home had been ransacked, according to 9-1-1 calls.
“We want to try to have a good timeline and piece together where Mr. Holt was upon leaving that area home at 11 at night to when his body was found,” Graf said.
Springfield and Huber police are investigating both cases, but say they are unsure if they are connected.
Holt has a past in Virgil Mabra Park, according to police records. In 2013, Holt was playing dice in the park — also known as Rose Park — when two men pulled up to his car, pointed a semi-automatic weapon at him, handcuffed him and made him get in the back of their car, police said at the time.
Investigators said the men eventually took thousands of dollars from a storage unit where they had taken Holt and abandoned him.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
URBANA — UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.:
An Amber Alert has been canceled after two Urbana boys were found safe.
The suspect and vehicle still have not been found.
An Amber Alert is active for two boys reported abducted from Urbana.
They were reported missing at 7 a.m. from Maplewood Circle after their grandparents awoke to find them gone, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
The first boy is Justin Wallace Jr., 7, a biracial boy with black hair who stands 4 feet 5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. There was no further descriptive information available.
The second boy is Aaron Rollins, 9, a white boy with brown hair and hazel eyes who stands 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 72 pounds. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high-top tennis shoes.
The suspect, Jamie Rollins, 39, is the non-custodial mother. She is believed to be driving a taupe Kia Optima with Ohio plates 347YSL. She is described as a white woman with red hair and blue eyes who stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 223 pounds.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who spots them is urged to call 911.
For more information visit the Ohio Amber Alert website.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:40 PM
HARRISON TWP. — An armed suspect demanded drugs and threatened employees Friday night during a robbery at a Rite Aid pharmacy.
The robbery was reported around 7 p.m. at the business, 4328 N. Main St. in Harrison Twp.
“Somebody walked in with a note and asked for prescription drugs and said that he was going to kills us in that note if we didn’t give him what we have,” according to a 911 caller who identified himself as a pharmacy manager.
The suspect was described as a young man who stands 5 feet 7 or five feet 8 inches who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, including a K-9 unit, were dispatched to the robbery. However, deputies on scene did not comment on the investigation.
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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:45 PM
CONCORD TWP., Miami County — UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter accused of rape posted bond and was released from the Miami County Jail.
Jeffrey Paul Covault’s bond was $200,000 cash for the single rape count, which was set during his arraignment this morning.
Covault’s co-defendant Thomas Perkins Jr., 54 — also charged with rape — and his son, 24-year-old Aaron Jacob Covault, charged on an unrelated weapons violation, remain in jail.
UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter and a co-defendant remain in jail on a rape charge, while the son of the former firefighter also remains in jail on a weapons charge.
Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, had his bond set at $200,000 cash on a single count of rape. His plea of not guilty was taken this morning.
Thomas Perkins Jr., 54, identified as a co-defendant in the rape case, had his bond set at $200,000 as well. According to authorities, Perkins worked for Covault’s lawn care business.
Aaron Jacob Covault, 24, had his bond set at $22,000 cash during his court appearance via video in Miami County Municipal Court.
He is detained in the Miami County Jail on charges of weapon possession as a felon (a felony) and weapons possession while intoxicated (a misdemeanor).
The elder Covault and Perkins are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with an intoxicated 21-year-old woman on March 2, in the parking lot of The Vault, on North County Road 25A, county Prosecutor Tony Kendell said. According to the indictment, the victim was impaired because of a mental or physical condition and the alleged perpetrators had cause of know of that impairment.
Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee issued a “no contact order” for the elder Covault and Perkins, meaning they are to have no contact with the alleged victim or with each other.
The elder Covault worked as a Troy firefighter/paramedic from May 1996 until he retired April 1, according to city personnel records.
A criminal records check shows he has been convicted for operating a vehicle under the influence in 2011 and for disorderly conduct in 2012.
The father and son were arrested hours apart Thursday from the same home, a residence in the 700 block of County Road 25A, north of Troy.
Aaron Jacob Covault, was arrested at the same address hours after his father was taken into custody. Police said the younger Covault was upset over the arrest of his father and discharged a gun.
There were no reports of injuries.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:13 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:16 AM
— UPDATE June 23 @ 3:16 a.m.:
Dayton police made four arrests during an OVI checkpoint and a saturation patrol Friday night.
In a release, police said 167 vehicles passed through the checkpoint from E. Third St. and Terry St., and N. Keowee and E. Fifth St. between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. One OVI arrest was made.
Dayton police also conducted a saturation patrol in the area making one OVI arrest, one drug arrest and one felony arrest.
According to the release, 284 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at S. Keowee St. and E. Fifth St. At this location, police made no arrests during the OVI or saturation patrol.
FIRST REPORT June 22 @ 10:21 a.m.:
A sobriety checkpoint will be set up tonight between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at two locations in Dayton.
The first will be around East Third and Terry streets, near Taqueria Mixteca restaurant. After that, the checkpoint will move to South Keowee Street near East Fifth Street in the Oregon District.
The checkpoint will be operated by the Dayton Police Department, along with members of the Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County.
Ohio law requires police agencies to publicly announce the times and locations of checkpoints ahead of time.
The OVI Task Force seeks to reduce the number of crashes involving drunken and intoxicated drivers.
“Driving while impaired is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on the roadway,” police said.
In 2017, there were 594 crashes involving alcohol in Montgomery County.