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3 Harrison Twp. strip clubs raided in drug, prostitution, fraud investigation

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 9:45 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:38 PM

Law enforcement raid three separate locations on N. Dixie Drive

Three Harrison Twp. strip clubs have been raided tonight and several arrests have been made in a long-term investigation authorities said uncovered evidence of prostitution, drugs and food stamp trafficking.

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Agent-in-Charge Michelle Thourot, with the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Ohio Investigative Unit, said OIU agents, members of the Range Task Force and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at three liquor permit premises:

  • The Harem, 5825 North Dixie Drive, 
  • The Living Room, 3830 North Dixie Drive, 
  • Sharky’s, 6028 North Dixie Drive
  • 34 people are facing felony and/or misdemeanor charges

3 Harrison Twp. strip clubs busted

In all, 140 criminal charges have been filed.

Some arrests have been made and some of the indictments have been served, Thourot said.

Agents also filed 166 administrative violations against the liquor permit premises and more administrative and criminal charges are possible as the investigations continue, she said.

(UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.):

All three strip clubs were raided at once, at 6:15 p.m.

Thourot said she was part of the raid at the Harem, where there was a large crowd, but could not speak to how busy the other two clubs were because she wasn’t part of the raids there.

The other two clubs were allowed to open once agents left the premises, she said, but agents were still at the Harem at 10:30 p.m. because it is the largest of the three businesses.

No more raids are planned at this time, Thourot said, but the investigation continues.

She said the overall OIU investigation, which includes tonight’s raids, began in January. Law enforcement operations at one club led to the next, she said.

Thourot declined to estimate the quantity of drugs or cash or EBT cards law enforcement seized in tonight’s raids. (The Electronic Benefits Transfer card is used in the distribution of food assistance benefits).

Those details about the raids are likely to be discussed at a news conference scheduled for Friday afternoon, she said.

The administrative case will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission at a later date. Possible administrative penalties include fines, suspensions, or revocation of the liquor permit. 

OIU is charged with enforcing the state’s liquor laws and is the only state law enforcement agency specifically tasked with investigating food stamp fraud crimes.

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3 Middletown residents to plead guilty to plotting $1.2M jewelry heist

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 2:50 AM

Middletown residents plead guilty plotting jewelry heist

Three Middletown residents accused of stealing $1.2 million in diamonds and jewelry during a 2016 heist will plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati today, according to our partners at WCPO.

Amit “Alex” Patel, 28; Mimi Chang, 42; and Danny Ray Horne, 28, are charged with conspiring to rob two New York salesman after a jewelry show in Pennyslvania.

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The salesman stopped at a restaurant in Monroeville, Penn., after a show on April 2, 2016. One of the salemen went into the restaurant while the other stayed in the car with suitcases of jewelry, according to WCPO.

The robbers punched the victim waiting in the car, grabbed the suitcases and took off running. 

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Two others, Andrea Mullins, 35; and Deanna “Dee Dee” Williams, 36, have already pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit the robbery, according to WCPO.

Patel has been charged in two other jewelry robberies.

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Crews battle massive flames from two vehicle fires in Dayton 

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 2:37 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

Crews fight car fires on Dayton street

Dayton fire crews were able to quickly extinguish two vehicle fires in Dayton early Tuesday morning. 

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The fires were reported around 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of Niagra Avenue. A car and SUV were both fully involved when fire crews arrived. 

It’s unknown what caused the fires to start.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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Wet roads expected for morning drive; isolated severe storms this afternoon

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 3:26 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at when more storms arrive Tuesday and if they will be strong.

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  • More showers, storms today
  • Warmer than normal all week
  • Unsettled holiday weekend

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TODAY: Early morning showers fizzle with some dry time with lingering wet roads, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A Flash Flood Watch has been canceled. A little breezy heading into the afternoon as highs reach around 80 degrees.

After lunch, showers and storms begin to redevelop with activity sticking around through the afternoon and for the drive home. 

“Isolated severe storms are possible with wind and small hail being the main threat”, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Storms shift southeast into the evening with it turning dry overnight. 

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WEDNESDAY: A dry start to the day as clouds continue to decrease. Not as muggy for the afternoon with sunshine and highs in the upper 70s. 

THURSDAY: A great day with it being dry from start to finish. Plenty of sunshine with highs in the low 80s. 

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FRIDAY: Another dry day with temperatures heating up again in the mid-80s. Expect sunshine and very few clouds. 

SATURDAY: Sun and clouds for the day that’s expected to muggy and very warm. Highs reach in the middle to upper 80s. A passing shower or storm is possible. 

Ohio man calls police to report he’s being followed by a pig 

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 12:54 AM

Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department 
Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department 

A man in Ohio realized the downside of bringing home the bacon when a pig wouldn't stop following him on his way home this past weekend.

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Officers in North Ridgeville, Ohio, received a call from a man who said while walking home from an Amtrak train station, a pig started following him, and he didn't know what to do, according to our partners at WCPO. 

Thinking he had just left the bar in Elyria named the Train Station, police went out to pick up the caller, who they believed was drunk. 

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When officers arrived, they found the man stone-cold sober, complete with his four-legged stalker in tow.

In the end, the pig named Zoey, was very cooperative and placed in the back of a police cruiser and taken to the station. Police made the animal feel at home for a bit inside the department's dog kennels until the owner was notified, and it was picked up.

Authorities didn't say if the owner was cited for having a pig on the loose.

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