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Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 10:40 PM
— 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:01 PM
WAYNE COUNTY, Indiana — UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.:
Alan Estep’s death is currently under investigation, according to Wayne County Coroner’s Office.
His body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for a full forensic autopsy today.
UPDATE @ 11:36 a.m.:
One brother was taken into custody and the other was found dead from an apparent suicide after a two day search in Richmond, Indiana Saturday, according to a press release from the Richmond Police Department.
Charles Estep, 27, was taken into custody by the Richmond Police Department SWAT team around 7:45 a.m.
Alan Estep, 27, was found dead at the scene of an apparent suicide, according to the release.
Charles and Alan were both wanted for parole violation as well as child molesting, the release stated.
One of the men were seen in the area of Meijer, located at 2507 Chester Boulevard around 6:20 a.m. He was seen fleeing into a wooded area nearby.
Officers from multiple agencies set up a perimeter in the area and were able to locate Charles behind Meijer. He was transported to Wayne County Jail on his warrants.
Alan was found dead at the scene south of where Charles was apprehended in the wooded area around 8:30 a.m.
This case began out of Hamilton County, Indiana, according to the release.
Multiple agencies assisted with the search including, Richmond Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshall’s Service, Indiana State Police, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana University Police Department, Indiana DNR, Centerville Police Department, and the Wayne County Emergency Operations Center.
Major Jon Bales of the Richmond Police Department credited cooperation and communication between agencies as a key competent to the success of this case.
UPDATE @ 10:07 a.m.:
Police out of Richmond, Indiana have confirmed the search for two fugitives wanted on child molestation charges has ended.
Update July 21 @ 7:52 a.m.:
Local, state, and federal officers are actively searching for two fugitives who fled police apprehension Friday afternoon in Richmond, Wayne County Regional Dispatch confirmed.
Brothers Charles and Alan Estep, both wanted on child molestation charges, fled into a reservoir and then into a heavily wooded area at 1750 Sylvan Nook Drive, Richmond police said in a statement posted on their Facebook page.
The Estep brothers are both 27-years-old, Caucasian and 5 feet 9 inches tall. Charles weighs 150 lbs. with blonde hair and green eyes. Alan weighs 160 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.
SWAT teams, water crafts and drones piloted by the Richmond Fire Department have been used in the search.
The fugitives are considered armed and dangerous. Police are urging anyone with information to call 911 immediately.
FIRST REPORT July 20 @ 2:49 p.m.:
Richmond Police and federal agents are searching for two possibly armed men who eluded them after a chase Friday afternoon on the north side of the Middlefork Reservoir area in Richmond, Indiana.
The Wayne County 9-1-1 Center sent out two tweets alerting residents in the area to the manhunt. Reports are the two men are wanted on child molestation charges.
A man living in the area who contacted our newsroom said he and other residents were told by Richmond Police to stay indoors. The man added police suggested contacting them for an escort if you needed to go outside to get in to your vehicle.
The man told our newsroom a boat and a drone appeared to being used in the search.
According to emergency dispatch the suspect eluded police during a foot chase and is now at large. Indiana University East issued an alert Friday stating their campus was on lockdown. The campus was later closed for the day as the manhunt continued.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:33 PM
MASON — Three members of a Mason family have pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder nearly $3 million in proceeds from two fraudulently purchased life insurance policies, which were taken out on another relative.
Patricia Stevenson, 57, and her daughter Candace G. Stevenson, 30, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Thursday money laundering conspiracy. Mitch G. Stevenson, 53, pleaded guilty on June 28.
According to court documents, in 2009, Mitch Stevenson bought life insurance policies on a relative. The life-insurance applications claimed the relative was healthy, weighed 170 pounds and had an annual income of $133,000. In fact, the relative was ill, weighed nearly 400 pounds and was unemployed.
Stevenson knew the applications were fraudulent at the time they were submitted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. When the relative died, Candace and Patricia Stevenson, who were the beneficiaries of the policies, collected checks from the insurance company totaling $2,908,326.90. At Mitch Stevenson’s direction, Candace and Patricia Stevenson opened eight different bank accounts in an attempt to conceal the source of the funds.
“The defendants engaged in a complex sequence of transactions designed to conceal and disguise the ownership of the proceeds of the life-insurance fraud,” Benjamin C. Glassman said.
The family members used the to buy a 2012 Bentley GT Convertible for approximately $247,000 and used approximately $284,000 as a down payment on a land contract on a home in Mason, according to court documents. Other transactions included approximately $16,000 to World of Decor and nearly $33,000 to Facet Jewelry.
A federal grand jury indicted the three in June 2017. Money laundering conspiracy is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set by Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. of the Southern District of Ohio.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:34 PM
LIBERTY TWP. — A resident escaped from a Liberty Twp. house Friday after it was struck by lightning as storms pounded the the area, according to to the Liberty Twp. Fire Department.
The two-story house was hit about 3:20 p.m., which ignited an attic fire at the residence in the 5400 block of Walkers Court, said Battalion Chief Chad Canupp.
“The occupant was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors,” Canupp said.
The fire was contained to the attic area, but the family has been displaced during the cleanup, he said.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:30 AM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 5:15 AM
DAYTON — 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.
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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