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Standoff ends with ‘armed and dangerous’ meth conspiracy fugitive behind bars

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 10:40 PM

Joshua Leach, 34, of Plain City, is still wanted.

UPDATE @ 10:40 p.m.:

A fugitive considered “armed and dangerous” is now behind bars.

Joshua Leach, 34, of Plain City, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. following a two-hour standoff in Chillicothe and booked into the Ross County Jail.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency sought Leach in connection to a methamphetamine trafficking operation, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service tracked Leach today a residence in the 300 block of Fyffe Hollow Road, according to the Ross County Sheriff’s Office.

Joshua Leach(ROSS COUNTY JAIL)

FIRST REPORT

One of the fugitives named in an alleged methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy has been apprehended, but the other is considered “armed and dangerous,” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Joshua Leach, 34, of Plain City, is still wanted.

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“The DEA has reason to believe that Joshua Leach … is armed and potentially dangerous,” Special Agent Cheryl Davis of the Detroit Field Division said. “We would like to reiterate to the public that if seen or if information about his whereabouts are known to contact the DEA Dayton Office at (937) 903-5860.”

Davis said Brandi Loy aka Brandi Richey, 34, was arrested in Tuesday afternoon in Columbus when police conducted a traffic stop on the south side of Columbus and took her into custody.

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As of Wednesday morning, defendant Takeea Trammell, 41, of Dayton, had not yet turned herself in as she said she would, according to Davis.

A recently unsealed superseding indictment in Dayton’s U.S. District Court pointed to Salvador Ramirez aka “Listo” as a leader of a Dayton-based, cartel-linked organization drug trafficking conspiracy that included a seizure of 140 pounds of meth.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a Mexican chemist allegedly oversaw operations of the organization. Seven defendants were indicted on a combined six counts including possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, more than 400 grams of fentanyl, more than 100 grams of heroin and money laundering.

The latest seizure in the year-long investigation included the 140 pounds of meth, nearly 15.5 pounds of fentanyl, nearly 4.5 pounds of heroin, more than $130,000 in cash and a Bersa 9mm pistol, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin C. Glassman and court documents.

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Those indicted and in custody are Ramirez, 23 of West Chester, Tamara McQueen, 21 of Hamilton, Luiz Roberto Diaz-Magana, 29 of Queretaro, Mexico, and Jesus “Jesse” Garcia, 49 of West Chester

A DEA agent said Tuesday that the Ramirez group is linked to a “Mexican transnational criminal organization” and is associated with a high-ranking member of a “violent, international gang.”

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No arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Butler County

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 7:08 PM

UPDATE @ 7:00 p.m. (July 22):

No arrests were made during an OVI checkpoint Saturday night in Fairfield.

98 cars passed through the checkpoint between 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., and was conducted in the northbound lane of U.S. 127 at Pleasant Avenue and Symmes Road, according to Butler County OVI Task Force Coordinator Pete Reising. Five cars were diverted for further investigation, but there were no arrests.

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Checkpoints and saturation patrols are continuing efforts by the task force to reduce OVI related crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. 

FIRST REPORT:

An OVI checkpoint will be held in Fairfield Saturday night by the Butler County OVI Task Force. 

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The checkpoint will be conducted in the northbound lane of US 127 at Pleasant Avenue and Symmes Road from 11 p.m. to no later than 3 a.m. 

Checkpoints and saturation patrols are continuing efforts by the task force to reduce OVI related crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities.

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West Chester man arrested after standoff with police

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Rahoul Jones
Rahoul Jones

A West Chester Twp. man barricaded himself in his home briefly before he was arrested on weapons and domestic violence changes.

Rahoul Jones, 38, was arrested at his home on Crescentville Road at around 4:30 a.m. July 15.

Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said Jones was alone in the house when police arrived, but he did have weapons.

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“They initially called SWAT out for the call but a negotiator got him out before SWAT ever got to the scene,” Wilson said.

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Jones allegedly struck and choked the victim.

He was charged with domestic violence, receiving stolen property (a handgun), having weapons under a disability, obstructing official business and telecommunications harassment.

The case was bound over to the grand jury from Area III Court on Thursday. As of Friday he was still in the Butler County Jail.

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Man arrested in Riverside SWAT standoff ID’d, report says

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 4:48 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 9:54 AM

Riverside Standoff

UPDATE @ 9:54 a.m.:

The suspect allegedly involved in a standoff with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and multiple agencies in Riverside Sunday morning has been identified.

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Jeffrey Jordan, 48, was booked into Montgomery County Jail around 7:30 a.m. but has not been formally charged. Charges of inducing panic are pending, according to jail records.

Jeffrey Jordan, 48, booked into Montgomery County Jail on pending charges.

UPDATE @ 7:55 a.m.:

A police standoff involving multiple departments and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team ended Sunday morning after police took a 48-year-old male into custody.

Sgt. David Crigler of the Riverside Police Department confirmed crews were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Darnell St. for domestic violence at approximately 1:53 a.m. The Riverside Fire Department, Huber Heights and Trotwood units also assisted.

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The suspect’s wife told police she called for help after he threatened her, loaded a weapon and then pointed it at her. He then turned the gun on himself threatening suicide, Sgt. Crigler said. She was able to leave the residence unharmed.

Sgt. Crigler said a SWAT team was deemed necessary after the suspect refused to leave the home. Police attempted communicating with the him using a megaphone but were unsuccessful. They eventually made contact with the suspect through multiple phone calls.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and is expected to be booked into the Montgomery County Jail for domestic violence.

UPDATE @ 6:41 a.m.: 

A standoff incident involving SWAT, and Riverside and Trotwood police departments has ended after a male was taken into custody Sunday morning.

The incident occurred at a residence in the 400 block of Darnell Street and ended at approximately 6:16 a.m. when the man was taken into custody. Police ordered the man to lay on the ground after he walked backwards out of the residence and then placed him in handcuffs. 

Police and SWAT crews on scene of a standoff in the 400 block of Darnell St. in Riverside.(JEFFERY BROWN / STAFF)

The man has been described as a “middle-aged Caucasian” but his identity remains unknown.

Police have not released the circumstances regarding the standoff or what charges the man may face.

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FIRST REPORT:

A SWAT team arrived at a residence in the 400 block of Darnell Street in Riverside Sunday morning.

City dispatch confirmed a SWAT team arrived at the location Sunday at approximately 4:25 a.m. but could not provide any details regarding the situation.

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

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Victim found with gunshot wound after shooting near Brown St.

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:30 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 10:39 PM

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m. (July 21):

Police found a victim with a gunshot wound near the Oregon District early Saturday morning after crews responded to the 110 block of Brown Street.

Crews were originally called out to an area on Pine Street around 3:00 a.m., but when police didn’t find anyone there, dispatch contacted them about a person with a gunshot wound on Brown Street.

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A Dayton police report states what the victim said and what at least one witness saw. One person who flagged down officers said they saw three men fighting and a handgun was seen before two men started chasing a third man through a parking lot on Pine Street. 

Police found who they believed was that third man alive with a gunshot wound to his right leg who told police that he was shot by another person on E. Fifth Avenue. 

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“Every time I’ve been here it’s been so calm. There never seems to be anything out of the ordinary,” said Emily Hanrahan of New Carlisle. 

The man was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital where police further interviewed him. He said he had gotten into an argument with the owner of a food vendor and claimed the owner had punched him once, then again, and ‘knocked him out’ before pulling a gun. The man ran away to hide in a nearby dumpster and realized he’d been shot, stated the report.

Vending carts and food trucks were all packed up by the time police responded. 

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News from this incident didn’t stop people from enjoying their Saturday night. “I only go places where I know that I’m going to have a good time and not have to worry about that. If I’m going to the Oregon District, I don’t have to worry about that,” said Phil Crisp of Springfield. 

There are currently no leads on suspects or other witnesses at this time. 

UPDATE @ 5:15 a.m.:

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed officers did not log any reports after being called to the scene of a reported shooting in Dayton.

The incident was initially reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday near the 110 block of Brown Street. Scanner reports indicated a medic was requested for a shooting victim at the location.

The county dispatch confirmed officers were called to that location and were then moved to the 320 block of E. 5th St., but did not confirm whether or not a victim was found.

FIRST REPORT:

Police crews and a medic are en route to a reported shooting in the 110 block of Brown Street in Dayton, Montgomery County Regional Dispatch confirmed.

The shooting was reported at approximately 2:59 a.m. Saturday.

Scanner reports indicated there has been at least one victim, injuries unknown.

We are on our way to the scene and will update this story as more details become available. 

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