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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: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:45 AM
SUGARCREEK TWP. — UPDATE @ 4 a.m: The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Sugarcreek Twp. police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at the Cedar Trail Apartments early Wednesday morning.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Crews respond to reported stabbing in Perry Twp.
Officials responded to the 1800 block of Surrey Trail just after midnight and found a male deceased from apparent gunshot wounds in the hallway of the apartment building, according to Sugarcreek Twp. Police Chief Michael Brown.
As police were arriving on scene, they noticed a black Cadillac leaving the area at a high rated speed. Believing it could possibly be connected to the shooting, authorities pursued the vehicle down Wilmington Pike to I-675. The pursuit was called off in Dayton. The vehicle was last scene on northbound I-75 from U.S. 35, police said.
A short time later, a man approached officials at the shooting scene and said he had been inside an apartment unit with a woman when the victim began knocking on the door. That man was taken in for questioning as a person of interest.
Brown said Ohio BCI was called to process the scene due to investigators being well trained technicians and investigators.
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
COLUMBUS — An Alaska man is accused of defrauding people in Ohio and other states of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Andrew Jensen, 30, of Anchorage, was arraigned Monday in Morgan County Common Pleas Court in McConnelsville, about 82 miles southeast of Columbus.
He is jailed in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville following his indictment by a Morgan County grand jury on 29 felony counts, including telecommunications fraud, identity fraud, grand theft of a motor vehicle, theft from the elderly, money laundering and misuse of credit cards, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Investigators said Jensen lied to people, telling them he was a successful businessman or military veteran, to convince them to give him money, property or services. He also allegedly made misleading statements to obtain loans, lines of credit, vehicles and other goods or services.
Investigators believe at least 22 people, including an Ohio senior citizen from Morgan County, were affected and that losses total more than $450,000, according to the release.
An attorney with the Ohio Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit has been appointed by the Morgan County prosecutor to handle the case as a special prosecutor. The case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 8:33 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:02 PM
DAYTON — A thief used a truck to break into the Citizen Mart and pull its ATM out of the ground Tuesday, continuing a recent trend of ATM thefts from area convenient stores, according to a Dayton police report.
Police were called around 5 a.m. to the convenience store, 4567 Germantown Pike, on a breaking and entering call.
One of the store’s double doors was ripped off the hinges and the other had the glass broken out.
The top part of the ATM was sitting just inside the double doors and the lock was cut off the roll-down cage, the report said.
The bottom part of the ATM was missing. The amount of money taken was not made available.
The theft is at least the fourth ATM theft from a Dayton convenience store in recent months.
The Estridge Market on Hoover Avenue was burglarized and damaged twice in recent months while someone targeted the ATM there.
Four Points Market on Gettysburg Avenue also has had its ATM targeted by thieves recently.
Thieves also hit the Crown Drive-Thru on West Third Street recently, where the cash machine was pulled through the front doors of the business.
Police attempted to locate the suspect vehicle Tuesday morning, a black Dodge Ram truck, that had reportedly headed north toward downtown after the incident but were unsuccessful.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:50 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 11:25 PM
DAYTON — A 22-year-old man had a Taser prong stuck in his face when police finally caught up to him, according to a Dayton police report.
Jeremire J. Perrey was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of possession of a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability, all felonies, and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. He also is accused of a possible parole violation.
A caller reporting suspicious activity around 8:30 a.m. Monday on Arlene Avenue precipitated the foot chase and an arrest after two people fled when police arrived, according to the police report.
Around 8:30 a.m. a caller saw suspicious activity in the area of Arlene Avenue and when police arrived two suspects immediately attempted to flee.
Perrey was arrested but the other suspect got away.
A loaded handgun was recovered at the scene, police said.