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Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 10:08 AM
Updated: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 7:18 PM
Calling The Harem strip club a “sex and drug den,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. announced Friday the business has been shut down after his office filed a motion for preliminary injunction. His office will seek to permanently close The Harem at 5825 North Dixie Dr.
Heck announced the indictments of 11 people — five of whom were arrested Thursday night during a raid of The Harem, The Living Room and Sharkey’s — during a Friday press conference about a 9-month investigation initiated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
“Undercover agents witnessed a number of liquor violations including dancers in full nudity,” Heck said. “They witnessed illegal drug transactions.”
Those indicted are: Samantha Clay, 29, Dayton, on 33 counts; Samantha Childers, 30, Dayton, on 15 counts; Kayla Olivia Hatton, 22 , Dayton, on nine counts; Anna Barnes, 26, Middletown, on four counts; Sarah Barnes, 27, Piqua, on two counts; Melvin Bibbs, 58, Dayton, on four counts; Vanessa Graham (aka Schrider), 29, Englewood, on three counts; Ryan Perry, 32, Tipp City, on one count; Ciera Chastain, 24, Dayton, on four counts; Jennifer Rowland, 22, Springfield, on two counts; and Aaron Crenshaw, 30, Dayton, on seven counts.
Heck said five defendants were arrested Thursday and are in the Montgomery County Jail and that three more were arrested on unrelated charges.
Of the indicted 84 charges, the trafficking counts included cocaine, methamphetamine, carfentanil, fentanyl, marijuana and Oxycodone.
Several counts involved illegal sexual activity in a sexually oriented business, illegal uses of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) or WIC benefits and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
“The undercover agents conducted controlled drug buys at The Harem from a number of the defendants and observed the trading of food stamps and the cards used to obtain food stamps in exchange for sex acts, for lap dances and even illegal drugs,” Heck said. “The undercover agents were propositioned for sex and observed other propositions and proposition transactions. In short, The Harem was being used basically as a sex and drug den.”
Some defendants will be arraigned Oct. 3 and others on Oct. 12. Efforts to reach The Harem’s owners or management were unsuccessful.
Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Katherine Huffman signed an ex parte temporary restraining order to close The Harem.
Heck said a hearing will happen in the next 10 days when his office will ask a judge to shut down the business. The hearing has not been scheduled.
“Our goal is simply to have the court declare that The Harem is a public nuisance and its continued operation endangers the safety of the neighborhood and the citizens,” Heck said.
The OSHP said The Harem, Sharkey’s and The Living Room all were charged in an administrative case with the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for numerous violations.
Heck said the business alerted people when sheriff’s deputies — operating out of a nearby substation — entered so illegal activity could be hidden.
“It took undercover agents going inside and acting as patrons in order to uncover the scope of the criminal activity involved,” Heck said, saying Harrison Twp. residents deserve to “not have drug dealers and/or prostitutes roaming the streets or conducting illegal activity right at their front door.”
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:54 PM
MIAMISBURG — Miamisburg City Council has scheduled a meeting for Friday morning when the city manager is to enter into a contract agreement with Teamsters Local No. 957.
According to the notice released Thursday afternoon and signed by Mayor Richard Church Jr., the city and the union have reached a tentative agreement. The council declared emergency, meaning the contract will take effect immediately.
The city and its largest union have been in contract renegotiations since last year, with multiple attempts going unsuccessful.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:58 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:45 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m.
A 19-year-old man jailed on suspicion of aggravated murder and obstructing justice is no longer in custody.
Carlos Blanton Jr. was released at 5:40 p.m. from the Montgomery County Jail, where had been held without bond since his arrest on Tuesday evening.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested by Dayton police on suspicion of murder, according to online jail records.
Carlos Blanton Jr. is currently in Montgomery County Jail on charges of aggravated murder and obstructing justice.
He was arrested Tuesday at the City of Dayton Safety Building, 335 W. Third St.
It is not immediately known to which crime Blanton’s arrest is connected, and Dayton police detectives would only say it involves an active investigation.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:10 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m.
Kettering police confirmed tonight that an officer-involved shooting on Smithville Road sent a man, not the officer, to a local hospital.
The officer is fine, but police have not said whether the man was a driver, passenger or someone else.
Police said a Kettering officer initiated a traffic stop that ended in the city of Dayton. A minute later, a “Signal 99” was called for the officer in need of assistance, and shots were fired.
UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m.
A Kettering police officer confirmed there were “shots fired” after a traffic stop on Smithville Road and that a person, not the officer, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
It’s not confirmed whether the incident was connected to a hit-and-run crash nearby.
Nick Kauffman of Kettering said he was on his way to a motorcycle ride when his path was blocked by all the police activity.
“It’s pretty wild. You don’t expect to see this stuff outside your back door,” he said.
There were officers from at least three police forces.
Police issued a “Signal 99” tonight for an officer in need of assistance.
According to initial reports, a shot was fired.
There is a heavy police presence in the area of Smithville and Patterson roads in Kettering, and those streets are now blocked.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:28 PM
— A 27-year-old man whose car was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Trotwood in January was indicted again today, this time on drug charges unrelated to the crash.
Jamar Edward Hill of Trotwood is charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, two counts of aggravated possession of drugs and two counts of possession of cocaine, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report.
According to the indictment, the drugs involved are fentanyl and cocaine.
Hill has been held in the Montgomery County Jail since his June 13 arrest.
He was indicted June 11 for tampering with evidence stemming from the Jan. 18 traffic death of a pedestrian, 40-year-old Nathan Hairston, in the 4800 block of Free Pike in Trotwood. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. It is not known who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.
Hill is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on the latest charges, according to court documents.