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Published: Thursday, June 08, 2017 @ 5:04 PM
Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m. (June 9)
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating how 25-year-old Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera escaped from a locked cruiser and eluded authorities for nearly eight hours Thursday night, Lt. Robert Sellers of the patrol’s Dayton Post said today.
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“How he actually managed to get out of the patrol cruiser we haven’t gotten to a finding for that,” he said. “At this time I know he was in the rear of the cruiser. I do not know if he was handcuffed at that time but he was in the rear of the cruiser and the doors were locked.”
The manhunt lasted from about 4:30 p.m. until 12:10 a.m., the lieutenant said, but it’s not clear how long it took to realize the suspect fled from a Preble County tow business after troopers found 11 pounds of heroin — worth approximately $500,000 — during a traffic stop.
“Ultimately, without the help of all of our law enforcement partners we wouldn’t have been able to find him,” Sellers said.
Sellers called the drug bust “a pretty significant heroin seizure.”
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“Anytime we can disrupt the flow of drugs into our communities is a win. That is one less person that may be affected by the heroin crisis,” he said. “We’re out there, we’re working hard, we’re removing this stuff from the roadways before it even gets to our communities.”
The suspect was not cooperative with authorities, so the destination of the heroin is unknown, Sellers said.
Robles Olvera is booked into the Preble County Jail on suspicion of felony charges of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, possessing criminal tools; and for a minor misdemeanor traffic violation for speeding. He is being held without bond, jail records show.
UPDATE @ 12:20 a.m.: (June 9)Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera has been captured and that ends the Preble County manhunt, the Ohio Highway Patrol said in a statement. No details about the apprehension were released.
UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.
The manhunt has taken state troopers and other law enforcement officers to a barn in the 900 block of state Route 122, just south of the Preble County Fairgrounds and Silfex, Inc. They have their weapons drawn as they check that and several other areas near the fairgrounds.
Also tonight, the state patrol released a photo of Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera taken minutes before he bolted from troopers and disappeared into a wooded area.
UPDATE @ 7:35 p.m.
As the manhunt for Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera continues, the Ohio Highway Patrol investigation into how he escaped from troopers is just beginning, said Capt. Danny Springs, OSP Piqua District Headquarters.
The search -- which now includes local law enforcement and a state patrol helicopter -- also includes a continuing shelter-in-place order for residents living in a triangular area bordered by the Preble County Fairgrounds to the north, state Route 122 (South Franklin Street) to the west and Wayne Trace Road to the east.
Robles Olvera escaped from a state patrol cruiser and ran south and east into a heavily wooded area behind the L&L tow yard on Industrial Drive, Springs said. Troopers had found approximately 5 kilos -- 11 pounds -- of suspected heroin in the car the 25-year-old was driving on I-70 in Preble County.
"We don't know exactly how he was able to get out the cruiser," Springs said, noting the investigation will also have to determine whether the man was in handcuffs when he made his dash to the woods.
Springs estimated the suspected heroin would be worth about $500,000 on the street.
The state patrol does not know where Robles Olvera was headed or where he was coming from when he was stopped for a speeding violation, Springs said.
"It's very apparent he was moving a lot of material. I don't know exactly what his place or his role is."
UPDATE @ 6:55 p.m.: Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera has been identified as the focus of the manhunt near the Preble County Fairgrounds and the state patrol is asking you to help find him.
The state patrol now is saying the 25-year-old Robles Olvera escaped custody after the car he was driving had been taken to L&L Auto and Towing, on Industrial Drive off U.S. 35.
Troopers stopped the car this afternoon on I-70 in Preble County on a speed violation, Lt. Robert Sellers said in a statement released via OSP headquarters in Columbus.
"Criminal indicators were present and a drug-sniffing K-9 alerted to the vehicle," Sellers said in the statement.
"A probable cause search revealed an estimated 5 kilos of heroin hidden in compartments within the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody and the vehicle was moved to a towing service near Eaton for a second, in-depth search."
Robles Olvera escaped during the moving of the vehicle from the scene of the traffic stop to the tow yard.
He was not armed, according to the statement, but the general public is being asked not to approach him.
If you see Robles Olvera, you are asked to call the patrol at 937-832-4794 or #677.
UPDATE @ 6:15 p.m.: Residents in the Preble County Fairgrounds area and on Wayne Trace Road are urged to shelter in place as troopers search for a man who ran from a traffic stop on U.S. 35 near Eaton.
A subcompact car, believed to be the one the man ran from, has been towed to L&L Auto and Towing, on Industrial Drive off U.S. 35.
Also, the search has expanded south and east to Wayne Trace Road, in the area of state Route 122 (South Franklin Street).
UPDATE @ 5:36 p.m.
Troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol are searching for a man who ran from a traffic stop on U.S. 35 near Eaton, in Preble County, that involves a large amount of suspected heroin found in the vehicle.
A trooper tells us the search is focused on the Preble County Fairgrounds and an area south of that location near Rocky Run creek.
They are looking for a man wearing a black T-shirt with white lettering. He is described as being about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 inches tall.
We’re following reports of police activity in the area of the Preble County Fairgrounds, possibly related to reports of a man who escaped police custody.
State troopers, police, and sheriff deputies are searching in the area for a suspect who is involved in a drug investigation, according to scanner traffic from the scene.
Initial reports indicate an Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter has been requested from Columbus to help track the suspect.
We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:10 PM
BATH TWP., Greene County — The Bath Twp. board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday night in favor of a zoning change that means what’s left of the iconic Skyborn Drive-In and Skateland will be razed.
The properties are on Haddix Road in the township, north of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and the land will become the home to a construction company.
"It's going to be sad to see them go," Dan Kirkpatrick, Fairborn Area Historical Society vice president, told WHIO-TV's James Buechele.
"It's been a place for families to go to watch a movie," he said. "It's been a place for kids to go skating."
Kirkpatrick said the historical society is working with the construction company, Barrett Paving, to use the property as a quarry. Both sides also will be exploring the area for any historical artifacts to save.
Officials with the paving company said they are willing to possibly save the drive-in sign.
Kirkpatrick said he's not sure where the sign would go.
"Who knows? We might be able to find some future use for it," he said.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:16 PM
— A magnitude 3.6 earthquake that occurred in Amherstburg, Canada, across the Detroit River from Grosse Ile, Michigan, on Thursday night was felt in metro Detroit.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit about 8 p.m.
The depth of the quake was about 5 km deep and felt in southern Detroit, which is about 20 north of the epicenter.
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There have been no reports of damage or injury.
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 5:26 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 7:25 PM
TROTWOOD — UPDATED @ 8:40 p.m. (April 19)
Trotwood-Madison school board members voted to not renew the contract of a high school teacher who took 50 students on an unsanctioned field trip last month to a college campus.
More than 100 people showed up in support of Khaliah Forte, who addressed the board to defend her actions and to dispute that administrators said she wasn’t a fit in the building.
“I live in Trotwood. I go to church in Trotwood. I’m a part of this community, my kids attend Trotwood City Schools. we are this community. We participate in all we can in this district. I go to football games, basketball games, all sporting competitions’ signing days, inductions, every school board meeting and city council meeting,” Forte said. “When I walk into the building at 7:30 in the morning and I lay eyes on those kids, they all become my kids.”
Board President Denise Moore said she couldn’t say anything specific about the nonrenewal because it was a personnel matter.
“It’s not about people, it’s not about positions, it’s not about personalities and it’s not about politics — it’s about policy,” she said.
Moore said she wasn’t surprised so many parents, students and community members turned out in support of Forte.
“I think people came out because they care, people came out because they are engaged in the Trotwood-Madison City School District.”
Parent Kalisha Smith, who said she helped to organize the trip, said there were no complaints from hotels or bus company used by the students. She said Forte provided an educational opportunity that has changed her youngest daughter for the better.
“No teacher deserves this trying to make something better for the students on her own personal time,” she said.
UPDATED @2:25 p.m. (April 19)
Trotwood-Madison school board officials on Thursday afternoon canceled their 5:30 p.m. special meeting, which had been scheduled “to investigate complaints against a public official.”
The district’s regular school board meeting, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., will still take place.
Trotwood High School teacher Khalilah Forte is facing a possible termination for taking 50 students on a college visit in March that was not approved by the school.
The Trotwood City Schools board has called a special meeting to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the district administrative offices, 3594 N. Snyder Road. The board will immediately go into executive session.
According to documents from last week’s meeting, the board plans a vote Thursday on whether to non-renew Forte’s teaching contract, effective May 24, the day after students’ last day of school.
This news organization has requested Forte’s personnel file, to examine any disciplinary documents related to the case.
Community leaders and parents say Forte was trying to help students who might not have a chance to experience a college visit. They also said parent and local organizations raised the money for the trip.
Board member Norman Scearce said the trip was not taken on school time and the board will be voting Thursday on whether to terminate Forte.
The Rev. James Washington, pastor of Phillips Temple Church, said he knows Forte personally and that “She loves children, she loves the instruction of children and she loves what she does.”
Washington also said Forte was just trying to help the children.
According to the letter, which also was posted to social media, a Trotwood principal warned Forte she could lose her job if she took students on the unsanctioned trip.
Neither school district officials nor Principal David White would comment on the situation. Forte also said she was unable to comment.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:45 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:16 PM
YELLOW SPRINGS — UPDATE @ 8:01 p.m.: The shooting at the Hosket Veterinary Services on Thursday is being investigated as a self-inflicted fatality, Greene County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Brown said.
Deputies dispatched about 11:20 a.m. to the business, 4450 U.S. 68 North, found an individual who had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Chief Deputy Mike Brown said. He declined to release any more information, saying the case remains under investigation.
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A Greene County coroner’s investigator has removed the body.
Community members and friends who went to the business said they are stunned that something like this happened here.
“I mean, this is so devastating. It’s hard to even talk about it,” said Pamela Davis.
People who had come to the business for appointments found deputies engaged in their investigation of the incident.
“My sympathy is to the family. All we can do is lean on each other and be supportive of them,” Kathy McConehea, of Yellow Springs.