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Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 7:22 PM
MIDDLETOWN — A Butler County grand jury will now consider the cases of three men facing multiple charges in connection with a fire that destroyed a garage and damaged three houses on Woodside Boulevard.
Trevor Skief, 19, and Wesley Hudgel, 19, both of Woodside Boulevard, are charged with three counts of aggravated arson, one count of arson, one count of disruption of public services, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of intimidation. James Thompson, 19, also of Woodside Boulevard, is charged with three counts of arson, arson and disrupting public services.
The men shot a flare gun into the window of the garage in the 1203 block of Woodside Boulevard on July 5, according to a police report.
During Monday’s preliminary hearing in Middletown Municipal Court, Police Detective Steve Winters testified there had been an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood involving racial slurs directed at Jacqueline Moore, the owner of the residence where the garage was destroyed.
“There was an ongoing situation in the neighborhood with people picking on her,” Winters said.
A previous case is pending against Hudgel for allegedly breaking into Moore’s house and stealing a vehicle title and air conditioning unit, according to Winters.
Hudgel was interviewing for a job at a Franklin business on July 5 when Skief and Thompson stole three flare guns from a nearby Walmart, Winters said.
“We pulled the tape from the store,” Winters said.
He said the video was also posted on a neighbor’s Facebook page, but has since been taken down.
The detective said the three men planned for the flare to be shot through a window of Moore’s house, “but Thompson refused to fire into the house.”
Hudgel, who was driving the van, then backed up, and Thompson fired the flare into the garage, Winters said.
Visiting Judge Hal Suderman found sufficient evidence to bind the case over to a grand jury for consideration.
Moore and her family attended the hearing and said afterward that the violence has to stop.
She said some of those involved have harassed her for about a month.
Moore has lived in the neighborhood for 17 years.
She added adults in the area had their children make racial slurs against her and her friends.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:40 p.m.:
A standoff in Dayton ended with a woman in custody after she threatened to shoot at officers, according to investigators.
Officers responded to the home in the 1500 of Wesleyan Road around 10:30 a.m. on reports of a woman inside the house with a warrant for her arrest and was in possession of a handgun, Dayton police Lt. Eric Sheldon said.
Police made contact with the woman, who then threatened to shoot officers, Sheldon said.
SWAT was requested to negotiate with her, along with the woman’s probation officer, police said. Around 12:30 p.m., the woman exited the house peacefully.
A man was also initially detained at the scene, but it wasn’t immediately known if he was arrested or would face any charges.
Additional details were not available.
UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:
Two people, a man and a woman, have exited a Dayton home on Wesleyan Road and have been taken into custody following a standoff with police.
Police have not indicated the nature of the standoff and additional details about the investigation were not immediately available.
We’ll update this page as we learn more.
Multiple police officers have responded to an address on Wesleyan Road and the road is currently blocked in the area.
Officers responded to the 1500 block of Wesleyan around 11:15 a.m. and remained on the scene around noon.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 1:48 PM
DARKE COUNTY — The pilot in a Darke County plane crash that killed him and his passenger in 2016 had cocaine, alcohol and other drugs in his system at the time of the crash, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board released this week.
Clayton Heins, 20, took off from a private grass airstrip around 8 a.m. on Sept. 14 before crashing in a field near Dull Road.
Heins passenger, Jacob Turner, 18, also was killed in the crash.
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The wreckage was found in a cornfield, about 150 yards east of a railroad bed and north of Dull Road by a family member in a search plane, which had been sent up because the victims had been reported as missing and unaccounted for, a Darke County deputy said.
Heins was a student pilot.
“Although federal regulations do not allow a student pilot to carry passengers, the student pilot and a passenger departed from a private airstrip on a personal flight in the airplane,” the report read. “During the flight the passenger posted on social media a video that showed the airplane maneuvering at a low altitude.”
Toxicology testing of Heins “indicated the use of multiple psychoactive drugs, including alprazolam, cocaine, ethanol and hydroxyzine.”
“The combined effects of these drugs likely impaired his ability to safely perform low-altitude maneuvers,” the report read.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the crash to be a result of the “student pilot’s reckless flying attitude and use of multiple psychoactive drugs, which likely impaired his ability to maintain clearance from terrain while maneuvering at low altitude,” according to the report.
Heins has accumulated 31 total hours of flying and his last recorded flight before the crash was on Dec. 23, 2012, according to the report.
The NTSB reported people interviewed by law enforcement told investigators that two weeks before the crash, Heins “had returned from a substance abuse rehabilitation facility where he was treated for heroin addiction for about 30 days,” the report read.
The airplane involved in the crash, which was registered to Heins’ father, was a Piper PA 11.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:42 AM
CINCINNATI — Six men, including three from Dayton, have been charged for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into an Ohio prison, according to the Department of Justice.
Alton Herron, 46, Rodney Herron, 27, and Daviontae Norvell, 26, all from Dayton are among the six men indicted on drug-related charges, a Department of Justice spokesperson said in a media release Thursday.
Joseph Brodbeck, 59, of Columbus, Gerry Branner, 27, of Cincinnati, and William A. Lowery, 30, were also indicted on the same charges.
The six men are accused of conspiring to distribute Suboxone, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana inside the Lonon Correctional Institute in Madison County, according to the release.
“Brodbeck was a contract employee of the prison’s food service company and worked in the prison kitchen. He allegedly smuggled narcotics in to inmates after purchasing the narcotics in various cities in Southern Ohio, including Middletown, Dayton and Springfield, the spokesperson said in the release.”
The other five charged were all inmates of prison in London at one point and allegedly paid Broadbeck for the drugs, according to investigators.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 10:35 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:29 AM
— Vandalia residents and city staff are paying tribute to Police Chief Douglas Knight, who died Friday.
Knight had announced just weeks before that he would be retiring at the beginning of June.
“As a person, as an organization, as a community, we are heartbroken,” said Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey. “Doug fell in love with the people of Vandalia, and he made it his life’s work to serve and protect them.”
Funeral services started today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Christopher Catholic Church.
There will be marked police vehicles and representatives from other police agencies will stage their vehicles for the procession in the Vandalia Municipal Building parking lot on James Bohanan Drive, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.
Englewood, Butler Township and Huber Heights offered their police departments to handle calls during the funeral service.
A Vandalia fire engine presented the United States Flag at the south side of National Road at Perry Street.
The Dayton Police Department Honor Guard members are coordinating part of the funeral and organizing the formation of uniformed officers at St. Christopher Parish and Polk Grove Cemetery, according to Hopkins.
The Kettering Police Department Honor Guard will perform the firing battery, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard will play Taps, and the Brookville Fire Department will provide the bag piper. All of that will take place at the cemetery Thursday.
Vandalia Police Department officers will honor Chief Knight and perform the flag folding and presentation to the Knight family at the cemetery.
The city has placed a wreath at the Justice Center on James Bohanan Drive and placed an unmanned police cruiser at the corner of National and Bohanan to honor the chief.