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Man accused in marijuana mailing scheme sentenced to prison

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 1:52 PM

Darrell Branscum (Contributed Photo/Miami County Jail)
Darrell Branscum (Contributed Photo/Miami County Jail)

A Sidney man who pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to mail marijuana was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison.

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Darrell Branscum, 34, pleaded guilty in October to felony attempted drug possession, reduced from conspiracy to commit drug possession in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

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As part of the plea agreement prosecutors agreed to recommend an 18-month prison sentence. The sentence was imposed Tuesday by Judge Jeannine Pratt.
Branscum was arrested in Piqua in February following an investigation that included postal inspectors and the Miami County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Dave Duchak said the investigation was sparked by a tip that several pounds of marijuana would be sent from California to addresses in Piqua and Sidney. The packages were intercepted. 

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Suspect in custody in 2nd standoff at Perry Twp. home

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 1:57 PM

Swat on standby Wolf Creek Pike

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.:  

A March 31 standoff suspect was arrested after another standoff at the same Perry Twp. home Wednesday morning, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.  

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The suspect, David Clark, called this news outlet early Wednesday morning claiming he was going to do something “newsworthy” today.   

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This news outlet, out of concern for public safety, contacted law enforcement immediately.  

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While investigating threats, investigators saw Clark had a weapon and requested SWAT to respond, Chief Deputy Rob Streck said.  

Following several hours of dialogue with Clark, hostage negotiators were able to get him to surrender, ending the standoff peacefully just before noon, Streck said.  

SWAT and deputies were sweeping the house after receiving reports Clark might have booby-trapped parts of the house to catch fire if doors were opened, according to Streck. 

Clark was released from jail days after the March 31 standoff but was on home detention, Streck said.  

Potential charges for the incident Wednesday are still pending, but several charges are possible, according to investigators.  

No injuries have been reported.

UPDATE @ 11:57 a.m.:

The suspect involved in this morning’s standoff is out of the Wolf Creek Pike home and is in custody, deputies said.

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We’re working to confirm the suspect’s identity.

UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m.: 

A man who identified himself as David Clark, the suspect from the March 31 standoff, called this newsroom early Wednesday morning, saying that he was going to do something “newsworthy” today. 

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Clark said he was “a peaceful person” but was planning to do something that was “going on the news today.” 

This news outlet, out of concern for public safety, immediately contacted law enforcement. The current standoff started a short time later. 

Investigators have yet to identify to this news outlet if Clark is the suspect in Wednesday’s ongoing standoff. 

Fire department called to Wolf Creek Pike

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.:

SWAT crews have arrived at the scene of an apparent standoff at a Perry Twp. home Wednesday morning. 

The standoff is currently occurring at the same house as a previous standoff on March 31, according to dispatch records. 

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Two people were arrested in the March 31 incident, however, it was not clear if Wednesday’s incident is connected to the previous incident. 

Several officers continue to block both directions of South Wolf Creek Pike near Keener Road for the incident. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

FIRST REPORT

South Wolf Creek Pike is currently blocked in both directions between Keener and Air Hill roads in Perry Twp. due to police activity. 

Reports multiple deputies and officers are currently blocking the road, but additional details about the incident were not available. 

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Will a ‘tick explosion’ happen in the Miami Valley this summer?

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

While some parts of the country are preparing for an increased tick population this summer, the Miami Valley may be one of the lucky areas that doesn’t see the same impact.

Our team of Storm Center 7 meteorologists say the multiple weeks of freezing weather this year will help cut down on the local tick population. Even though locally we may see less ticks than other areas, public health officials still suggest caution when walking outdoors during tick season, which begins in May. 

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News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spoke with a local environmental health director to find out what we can do to stay safe during tick season. 

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Jeff Webb, environmental health director at Greene County Public Health Department, says, “ You generally pick up ticks from being in tall grassy areas.” He also stated, If you stick to sidewalks you’re generally going to be good. 

Caroline Reinwald will have more information about the upcoming tick season, including local numbers for lyme disease on News Center 7 beginning at 5 p.m. 

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Man armed with a knife robs Dayton convenience store

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:40 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:29 PM

Circle K robbed on Watervliet

A man armed with a knife held up a Dayton Circle K location Wednesday afternoon, according to police. 

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Officers responded to the business at 816 Watervliet Avenue around 12:10 p.m. after the robbery was reported. 

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Police said the man entered the store, displayed a knife to the clerk and took cigarettes and cash. 

A K9 officer was requested to attempt to track the man, but was unsuccessful. 

No injuries were reported and additional details were not available. 

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Dayton woman ID’d as ‘aggressive’ driver killed in Riverside head-on collision

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 5:35 AM

Several ambulances and the coroner responded to a multi-vehicle accident on Woodman Avenue on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Update@1:12 p.m.:

Alpha Adams doesn’t show up in any recent DPD reports and has no Dayton Municipal Court or common pleas court cases.

She did have some old Miamisburg Municipal Court case driving stuff, all from 1996. They included: 

Feb. 14, 1996 – stop sign violation

Aug. 11, 1996 – improper lane usage, DWI of .147

Oct. 15, 1996 – speeding (40 in 25 zone) and driving under suspension which was amended to no operator’s license.

First report:

A 46-year-old woman killed in a head-on collision in Riverside Tuesday afternoon has been identified.

Alpha Adams, of Dayton, has been identified as the driver killed in the crash on southbound Harshman Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. 

An autopsy on the Woodman Park Drive resident is scheduled for today.

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Witnesses said she was driving erratically, “being aggressive and making hand gestures” just before she was involved in a head-on collision on southbound Harshman Road near Airway Road and Woodman Drive at about 3:45 p.m., Riverside police Sgt. Dave Crigler said.

Witnesses said the woman appeared to be driving erratically on Harshman, headed toward Airway, when she sideswiped a school bus, then hit a second vehicle as she continued on.

She drove left of center as she approached the intersection at Airway Road, striking another vehicle head-on, the sergeant said.

Three other people were injured in the accident that involved as many as eight vehicles, he said, and they have been taken to different hospitals.

One person was killed and three people were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident Tuesday on southbound Harshman Road, near Airway Road, in Riverside. (Jim Noelker/Staff)

There were no children on the school bus, Crigler said.

“We don’t exactly know what the hand gestures were,” the sergeant said.

Zeke Bowling, whose girlfriend was driving one of the vehicles struck in the incident, said she was taken to a hospital and his daughter and son were also in the girlfriend’s vehicle.

Bowling characterized the fatality was the result of a road rage incident.

Crigler said he could not confirm whether the fatality was the result of road rage.

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