Federal agents raid Dayton doctor’s office, pharmacy

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Dayton doctor possibly under federal investigation

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 10)

A Dayton doctor’s office and pharmacy raided this week as part of an opiate task force investigation faced disciplinary action before.

Federal agents served search warrants around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at 301 W. First St. They only would say they were investigating a doctor’s office and pharmacy on the first floor.

Dr. Morris Brown is the only physician with a practice on the first floor. He was seeing patients today, but declined an interview request. Staff at a pharmacy, also the only one on the first floor, declined interview requests as well.

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Brown in May was warned of possible discipline by the State of Ohio Medical Board.

A letter sent to him in May stated the board had prescription concerns involving 16 patients, that he may have “failed to employ acceptable scientific methods in the selection of drugs.”

There is no indication the medical board’s letter is tied to the federal investigation.

Agents says the investigation is part of the Federal Opiate Task Force

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Many of Brown’s patients say he is a pillar of the community and disbelieve his practice is the focus of a federal investigation.

“There are people that Dr. Brown sees that don’t have insurance, can’t take care of stuff; he looks after them,” Tommy Owens said.

“I don’t know what’s going on but I have faith, and Dr. Brown is a cornerstone in this community,” Marlon Shackelford said.

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Both men said Brown, who has a 43-year practice, gives time and money to to dozens of causes without seeking recognition.

“He’s a fantastic doctor,” Aaron Lockhart said. “I love him, my mom loves him, my brothers love him.”

A Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor said all the agents involved serve on a federal opioid task force, and referred quetions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus. However, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said it can’t release information about the investigation.

EARLIER (Nov. 7)

Federal agents confirmed they served search warrants around 10:45 a.m. today at a Dayton doctor’s office and a pharmacy on the ground floor of an office building at 301 W. First St. 

The search warrants are part of an overarching opiate task force, officials said. They declined to identify the target of the investigation. 

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Dispatch records indicated Dayton police were assisting with the warrant, and were seen guarding the main entrance to the building.

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1 injured in shooting at Florida high school

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:29 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

At least 1 Person Injured in Florida High School Shooting

One person was injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Forest High School in Ocala, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

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Hamilton driver admits guilt in pedestrian strike that killed teen

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

The Hamilton man who struck two pedestrians with his truck, killing one, has since admitted guilt in the crash.

A Hamilton man who struck two pedestrians with his truck, killing one, has admitted guilt in the crash.

Steven James Rogers, 59, who has been in the Butler County Jail since the fatal crash on Nov. 9, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

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Six other charges related to the incident were dismissed: aggravated possession of drugs, operating a vehicle under the influence, operation of a motor vehicle under points suspension, failure to stop after an accident, operating a vehicle under the influence of methamphetamine, and operating a vehicle under the influence of cocaine metabolite.

Steven Rogers, left, with attorney Richard Hyde has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for hitting two pedestrians, killing one, in Hamilton on Nov. 9. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

Sentencing was set for May 24 by Judge Keith Spaeth. Rogers faces a total of 13 years in prison.

Three people — a man pushing a baby in a stroller and two women, including 18-year-old Allison Reyes Castillo — were walking west across the 500 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard at about 7:45 p.m. Nov. 9 when both women were hit in the southbound lane, according to police.

Reyes Castillo died a short time later at Fort Hamilton Hospital. The other female pedestrian, Ann Marie Wagers, 38, was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.

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While officers were at the crash scene, dispatchers received a call about a red truck pulled over near Pershing Avenue with heavy damage.

Rogers was in possession of methamphetamine and suboxone strips at the time of the crash, according to police.

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Missing New York man found in Dayton

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:54 PM

Alan Profitt
Alan Profitt

UPDATE @ 9:15 a.m. (April 20)

According to the Dayton Police Department one of their officers was able to locate New York man, Alan Profitt. He was reported safe and the NYPD has been notified. 

EARLIER REPORT: 

The New York City Police Department is asking for help to find a missing man who may be in the Dayton area.

Alan Profitt, 51, has been missing since September 2017 from Queens, N.Y., and police there believe he may have returned to Dayton.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers, 937-222-STOP(7867) or NYPD detective Frank Acosta at 212-694-7781.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Dayton school aide fired over sex abuse claim sues, calls report false

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Ajilon Harmon sued DPS in civil court.

Former classroom aide Ajilon Harmon has sued Dayton Public Schools, two former DPS employees and the man who accused him of sexual assault, 11 months after the school district fired Harmon about that claim of sexually abusing a student in 1990.

Harmon’s lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court names as defendants the school board, former superintendent Rhonda Corr, former DPS safety director Jamie Bullens, and the former student who years later accused Harmon of abuse.

MAY 2017: School board votes to fire Harmon over abuse claim

Harmon argues the man’s allegations were false and that DPS officials should have known that. This news organization is not naming the accuser, based on its policy for victims of alleged sexual abuse.

Harmon’s claims in the lawsuit include racial discrimination, breach of contract and defamation. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, and he has requested a jury trial.

Current DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said this week she could not comment on the lawsuit. Bullens also declined comment, while Corr and Harmon’s accuser could not immediately be reached.

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The former student, now in his 40s, first told DPS officials and Dayton police in 2007 that Harmon had supplied him alcohol, photographed him nude, then sexually assaulted him at his home in 1990. No action was taken at the time by police or school officials. Harmon’s lawsuit claims both groups said the allegations weren’t credible.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Ajilon Harmon on May 24, 2017.(Staff Writer)

In January 2016, the accuser allegedly assaulted Harmon when he saw him at a DPS sporting event. Questioned about that incident, the man repeated his allegations of years-old abuse by Harmon. Shortly after that, DPS placed Harmon on administrative leave from his job as a paraprofessional at Longfellow School.

DPS’ internal investigation, run by Bullens, found that the former student was “credible and truthful” about the abuse claim.

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Harmon’s lawsuit accuses Bullens of “intentionally conducting a fraudulent, sham investigation” and compiling a report containing “false and scandalous allegations” against Harmon.

The lawsuit says DPS never contacted Harmon to get his account of the case during the 13 months that he was on administrative leave. It also says that his accuser defamed him at Harmon’s April 2017 hearing before DPS officials, saying the accuser knew the allegations he made that day (and previously) were false.

Dayton’s school board voted to fire Harmon on May 24, 2017. In his lawsuit, Harmon claims DPS was guilty of pervasive harassment and discrimination against him based on his race, saying DPS treated “similarly situated non-minority employees more favorably” than they treated him.

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