Man admits guilt in his role of Middletown pharmacy robbery

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Prescription bottle with pills
Staff Writer
Prescription bottle with pills(Staff Writer)

An Indianapolis man has admitted guilt in a Middletown pharmacy robbery. 

Eric Lamont Bates, 20, pleaded guilty this week to one count of aiding and abetting the robbery of a pharmacy in Middletown, and possessing with the intent to distribute morphine and oxycodone, according to a media release.

Bates is one of 11 total defendants in three current federal pharmacy robbery indictments in Dayton. He faces up to 20 years imprisonment for each crime. 

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Feds indict 5 for robbing Middletown pharmacies

A grand jury earlier indicted  two Dayton men, Calvin Cavonte Tribble and Savon Anthony Davis, with attempted robbery of a pharmacy in Middletown April 18, and a robbery of a pharmacy April 19.  

In a separate indictment, the grand jury alleged that two Indianapolis men, Bates and Yasar Jamal Burnett, conspired to rob another Middletown pharmacy of morphine and oxycodone April 29, according to the release.

Burnett has pleaded guilty to the same charges as Bates.

“In July, a 10-count superseding indictment added six defendants who also allegedly conspired to rob pharmacies between March and June 2017 in Fairfield, Middletown, Franklin, Hamilton, Westerville, Trotwood, Dayton, Oakwood, Kettering, Beavercreek, Moraine, Vandalia, Union Township and Cincinnati,” states the media release.

Others charged in these cases are Martez Henderson, Tiwonne Montgomery, Kenneth Evans, Jr., Brandon Freeman, David Harris and Jamar Warren.  

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Amazon glitch: Here's how to get on the Amazon Prime sale

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:46 PM

Amazon Prime Day is Monday, July 16 and it might be tempting to grab back to school deals. Consumer adviser Clark Howard said don't spend money you don't have to.

Amazon’s website suffered a glitch at the beginning of its much-hyped Prime Day sale.

Here is a workaround that will allow you to get to the Prime Day Deals.

1. Click onto the Prime Day link on Amazon.

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2. Go to the filter area at the top of the  page next to the words “Amazon Prime,” and click on “Prime Day” instead of “All.”

FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, packages ride on a conveyor system at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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Woman vows to sue nephew over $1.2 million lottery prize

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

A woman is suing her nephew after putting his name on a lottery ticket for good luck. (Photo: Margaree Chase the Ace/Facebook)
A woman is suing her nephew after putting his name on a lottery ticket for good luck. (Photo: Margaree Chase the Ace/Facebook)

A lottery jackpot check presentation turned into a family feud when the woman who put her nephew’s name on the winning ticket refused to split the prize and vowed to sue for the remaining portion. 

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Barbara Reddick gave her nephew Tyrone MacInnes $100 to buy tickets for Chase the Ace, a lottery with a jackpot that had reached $1.2 million, and told him to put his name on the ticket as well, for good luck, the CBC reported she said.

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“He’s always lucky with his draws, right?” Reddick, of Guysborough, Nova Scotia, told The Province. “I said ‘Well, put your name on the ticket and you’ll be my good luck charm.’ I didn’t say split. I never mentioned money at all.”

When their card was picked, it was Tyrone, who lives in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, whose contact information was on the ticket, who was called, according to the CBC. They found out they won and Tyrone wanted half, she told The Province

“I would have given him $150,000,” she said. “Listen, Tyrone was the son that I never had. Me and Tyrone -- ask anybody -- we’re very very close … . Tyrone is getting nothing from me. It’s just for the principle. We were so close. He broke my heart. He broke it. … People go crazy when it comes to money.”

At a check-presentation ceremony Thursday, Reddick was visibly distraught and as the cameras clicked, she quickly told her nephew that she would see him in court. 

"I'm taking him to court. I'm getting a lawyer tomorrow,” she told the CBC.

Lottery officials were dismayed with the way the presentation devolved.

"I can't really explain it. I didn't expect anything like that to happen. I just came to deliver the checks and present them to the winners,” Bernice Curley, chair of the Chase the Ace lottery, told the CBC. “I'm a little bit disappointed that happened at the end."

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Suspect in custody for Miller Lane restaurant break-in

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:40 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:24 PM

SCENES: Break-in at Amar India Restaurant on Miller Lane

UPDATE @ 3:15 p.m.:

A suspect is in custody for a break-in at Amar India on Miller Lane, according to a press release from the Butler Township Police Department.

Mark A. Lairmore, 49, of Dayton, was taken into custody after a Vandalia police officer noticed him walking on North Dixie Drive on Monday, according to the release.

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The officer reportedly noted that Lairmore matched the suspect’s description and stopped him.

When Butler Township police responded, they were able to identify Lairmore as the suspect from the break-in, read the release.

Lairmore reportedly had stolen property from the break-in on him. 

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The case will be presented to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office for charges, according to the release.

Officers from Vandalia and Huber Heights police department assisted Butler Township police in the search.


A break-in at Amar India on Miller Lane is under investigation this morning.

The incident was reported at the business, 7070 Miller Lane, sometime before 8:30 a.m.



According to investigators, they are looking for a man in connection to the case.

The front door of the business was busted out when police arrived this morning.

We’re working to learn whether anything was taken from the business.

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U.S. government opens investigation into Good Samaritan Hospital closure

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:59 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:59 PM

            Premier Health has announced that Good Samaritan Hospital will close. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Premier Health has announced that Good Samaritan Hospital will close. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees)

The federal government has opened an investigation into whether the closure of Good Samaritan Hospital will have a disparate impact on African American residents, according to the legal team of the clergy who filed the civil rights complaint.

The Good Samaritan Hospital emergency room at 2222 Philadelphia Drive is set to close noon Thursday and the final close date is 12:01 a.m. July 23. The group of clergy, which have organized as Clergy Community Coalition, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights in May arguing that the closure will “have a discriminatory and separate adverse impact on African Americans and women” in violation of the Civil Rights Act and under the Affordable Care Act.

The Dayton-area residents for whom Good Samaritan is the closest hospital are 75 percent African American, according to the complaint. The total population of the counties Premier Health serves is 12.5 percent African American. At a Monday press conference, Ellis Jacobs, an attorney for Advocates for Legal Equality, which represents the clergy, said closing the facility will create a “health care desert.”

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As of press time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human services had not confirmed the status of the investigation. Jacobs said HHS expedited the investigation after Premier Health went from saying it would close no later than Aug. 29 to having a final July 23 closing date.

The clergy are asking Premier to keep Good Samaritan open for the duration of the federal investigation. Premier has already closed down several of the major medical units at the hospital.

“Premier, will you be a good citizen and commit to not closing, demolishing or disabling Good Samaritan Hospital until this investigation and any other legal action is complete? They should be prepared to answer that question today,” Jacobs said.

Premier Health Spokesman Ben Sutherly said the Good Samaritan emergency department is still scheduled to close at noon Thursday, and the hospital is scheduled to close at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The network can’t comment on the complaint, he said.

Premier has previously said the hospital is operating at half capacity and many of the same services are available five miles away at Miami Valley Hospital.

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The Clergy Community Coalition still aims to keep the hospital open. Rockney Carter, president of the organization, called the expedition of the investigation a “monumental victory.”

“It’s a wonderful day for the city of Dayton,” Carter said. “It’s a miraculous day for the city of Dayton.”

Expedited investigations are unusual, according to Jacobs, and it isn’t clear how long the investigation will take.

“I asked the investigator and he said, ‘this is so unusual, I can’t tell you how quickly we’ll be able to proceed,’” Jacobs said.

The closure of Good Samaritan hospital will affect West Dayton in several ways, Jacobs said. It will remove a maternity ward from the area with the highest infant mortality rate in Montgomery County, make it more difficult for people in the area with chronic illnesses to see doctors and lengthen rides to emergency rooms.

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