October 2018: Officials from the Darke County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force, Greenville Ohio Police Department, Union City Ohio Police Department, and the Union City Indiana Police Department recently teamed up to make several drug related arrests in Darke County, Ohio and Randolph County, Indiana. Agencies have received multiple complaints of drug related activity in their communities. The departments joined together to investigate and arrest multiple suspects on drug trafficking charges. Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer wants to send a strong message to drug dealers that this criminal activity will not be tolerated in our community. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office will continue to vigilantly enforce drug laws with the support of the citizens through out Darke County. Following are the list of people arrested or already in jail at time of indictment.
1. Dakoda J. Gilbert age 21, Greenville, OH
2. Keagan R. Fair age 27, Greenville, OH
3. Kyllian M. McNutt age 24, Greenville, OH
4. Timothy W. Spurlock age 49, Greenville, OH
5. Rebecca S. Lamma age 57, Greenville, OH
6. Taylor Swartz age 21, Greenville, OH
7. Alexander P. VanHoose age 19, Greenville, OH
8. Shaela N. Thompson age 25, Union City, OH
9. Dustin C. Copp age 27, Greenville, OH
10. Ryan S. Ruppe age 28, Greenville, OH
11. Sierra T. Hill age 30, Union City, OH
12. Lee F. Ware Sr. age 47, Greenville, OH
13. Amberly M. Williams age 26, Dayton, OH
Photos of those booked in Darke County Jail available at our online jail roster. www.darkecountysheriff.org
Shawn Stewart, age 43, of Union City Indiana was arrested for Dealing Methamphetamine and Visiting a Common Nuisance. Shawn Stewart is being held on bond at the Randolph County Sheriff’s Jail, where he is awaiting his initial court appearance in the Randolph Circuit Court. Upon serving an arrest warrant at a residence in the 900 Block of W. Hickory Street in Union City, Indiana, officers could smell a strong odor of drugs coming from the residence. During the investigation officers located drugs in the residence. Arrested at the residence was Tracy Riley, age 45, of Union City Indiana, Tiffany Nickel, age 29, of Union City, Indiana, and Makayla Riggs, age 21, of Union City, Indiana. Tracy Riley faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
BOLO Ryan S. Ruppe, 28, of Greenville IN, get a load of this dirtball, he may be in the Union City area. – On Nov. 20, 2918 an aggravated robbery occurred at a residence in the city of Greenville. The suspect, Ryan S. Ruppe, 28, of Greenville, fled the area after the incident, he may be in the Union City area. An arrest warrant for Ruppe has been obtained through the Darke County Common Pleas Court in reference to this aggravated robbery. Ruppe also has multiple other warrants for his arrest. Anyone with information about Ruppe’s location should contact law enforcement immediately.
Ryan S. Ruppe, 28, of Greenville IN has a prior arrest in 2017 indicted for trafficking in fentanyl, heroin, meth, cocaine and marijuana. From his Facebook posts it looks like he always wears a Cincinnati Reds baseball cap. In 2016 Ryan S. Ruppe, 26, of Greenville, was arrested on a warrant for a parole violation through Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Jail. In 2013 Ryan S. Ruppe, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of two counts of Trafficking in Heroin and Trafficking in Counterfeit Controlled Substances based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department. Please report any suspicious activity to the Greenville Police Department at (937) 548-1103. The Union City police departments in Ohio and Indiana have conducted back-to-back drug raids Tuesday, May 3, 2016, and Wednesday, May 4, 2016. According to Chief Cobie Wells of Union City, Indiana, investigators found marijuana, heroin, syringes, scales and more. "In fact, one of the individuals was just getting ready to use," said Chief Wells. He said many drug abusers are poly-drug users, meaning they use several different types of drugs. But, they sell the drugs, too, by mixing different drugs together. "They'll use that to cut the heroin so that they can sell more of it. And, that's what's happened in this instance," said Chief Wells. He works closely with Interim Chief Mark Ater of Union City, Ohio. The two cities are only separated by a state line. Train Park recognizes the uniqueness of the community that straddles two states. But, Chief Ater says his officers often have to sweep the park for used drug syringes.
UNION CITY, Ind. – On Friday at approximately 9 a.m., officers from the Union City Indiana Police Department responded to 510 S. Stateline Road, on a report of two suspicious subjects, who were in a parked vehicle in the driveway and appeared to be passed out. Chief Cobie Wells, Patrolman Trae Verneman and Patrolman Justin Riser responded to the scene and located the two subjects in the vehicle. After shouting several times for the subjects in the vehicle to wake up, Ptl. Verneman finally made contact with the person sitting in the driver’s seat, later identified as Jacob Evans, 23, 604 S. Main Street, Arcanum, Ohio. The passenger was identified as Dustin Sonner, 26, 202 12th Street, Greenville, Ohio.
While speaking with the subjects, Ptl. Verneman noticed a hypodermic syringe in plain view in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle rendered drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers located nearly 7 grams of crystal meth, which has a street value of approximately $700, as well as a small amount of heroin, a smoking instrument, scales, and small baggies commonly used to transport heroin and meth.
UNION CITY, Ind., (WDTN) -- Three people were taken into custody after police made a large drug bust at a Union City motel. Union City Police responded to the Ambassador Motel located at 125 W. Chestnut Street around 2:45 p.m. Friday on reports of a stolen vehicle. When officers arrived, they found 21-year-old Michael A. Antoine inside the motel with crack cocaine in his room. According to police, the suspect indicated more drugs were being delivered to the motel. Police then contacted two other people at the motel. Officers said they found 29-year-old Donald L. Garrett had rented a room and had a large amount of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Officers said Garrett was in the company of 39-year-old Angelina M. Besecker. Police sezied an estimated $1,500 to $2,000 worth of cocaine. "It was a great feeling knowing we removed that much cocaine from the streets of Union City," said Detective Justin Gower. The three were booked into the Randolph County Jail. Antoine and Garrett face charges of possession of cocaine, dealing cocaine, and maintaining an common nuisance. Besecker faces charges of visiting a common nuisance.
UNION CITY, Ind. — A Union City, Indiana, man is facing multiple felony charges following a Wednesday drug bust. On July 25, Chief Mark Ater, UCOPD, received information of a possible drug deal that was going to take place at 317 N. Union St. in Union City, Indiana. Chief Ater contacted officers with the Union City, Indiana Police Department and officers set up surveillance around the residence. At approximately 3:49 p.m., officers observed the person who was reportedly going to purchase drugs getting in to a utility trailer on the property. Officers responded to the residence and made contact with Niles W. Helmick, 40, of 317 N. Union St., and John T. Dryden, 37, of Lynn, Indiana.
Throughout the investigation it was determined that Dryden was at the residence attempting to purchase fentanyl. Dryden and Helmick were detained while Sergeant Logan Shoemaker applied for a search warrant. A search warrant was granted for the trailer in which Dryden and Helmick were found. A search of the trailer revealed more than 70 grams of suspected methamphetamine carrying a street valve of $7,000 and 15 grams of suspected fentanyl carrying a street valve of $1,200. Officers also found a bag of suspected marijuana, multiple syringes, and a loaded Mossberg shotgun. Helmick was placed under arrest and transported to the Randolph County Jail where he was lodged on the charges of attempted dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug (Level 5 Felony), possession of methamphetamine (Level 3 Felony), possession of cocaine or narcotic drug (Level 4 Felony), possession of a legend injection device (Level 6 Felony), maintaining a common nuisance (Level 6 Felony), and possession of marijuana (Class B Misdemeanor). It was discovered later that Helmick is classified as a serious violent felon prohibiting him from possessing firearms. The charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon (Level 4 Felony) was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office as well.
GREENVILLE — Darke County Common Pleas Court had a busy Thursday following a countywide drug operation conducted by local law enforcement. On Wednesday morning, officers from Greenville, Union City, Ohio, and Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 14 individuals indicted for drug trafficking offenses. Eleven of those arrested — six men and five women — were arraigned in court Thursday. All arraigned face felony trafficking charges of varying degrees. Two others have yet to appear in court. Present in court were Dakoda J. Gilbert, 21, of Greenville; Keagan R. Fair, 27, of Greenville; Timothy W. Spurlock, 49, of Greenville; Rebecca S. Lamma, 57, of Greenville; Taylor Swartz, 21, of Greenville; Alexander P. VanHoose, 19, of Greenville; Shaela N. Thompson, 25, of Union City; Kerry L. Meredith, 35, of Greenville; and Kyllian M. McNutt, 24, of Greenville. Sierra T. Hill, 30, of Union City, and Dustin C. Copp, 27, of Greenville, appeared via teleconference.
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UNION CITY – METH LAB BUST Union City Police Department Special Entry Tactical Team (SETT) served a search warrant after a lengthy investigation which concluded in the early hours Friday morning. Three people were arrested after officers’ located drugs, paraphernalia and items used in the manufacturing of meth. On February 5 at approximately 12:17 a.m., members of Union City SETT served a no knock search warrant at 719 W Hickory St, in Union City, Indiana. Officers identified eight people during the warrant service, five were children. The children range in ages of one to seven years old. Department of Children Services was contacted, and the children were transported to St. Vincent Randolph for evaluation. During the search, officers located methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia and remnants of a methamphetamine lab. The residence had to be vacated until the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit could render the materials safe. Dustin Brock, 27 of Union City, Ohio and Tiffany Gale Barnes, 26 of Eaton, Ohio were arrested for:visiting a common nuisance- B Misdemeanor, possession of methamphetamine- level 6 felony, possession of precursors- level 6 felony, manufacturing methamphetamine- level 5 felony and reckless possession of paraphernalia C Misdemeanor.
Sierra J. Bolin, 24 of Union City, Indiana was arrested for maintaining a common nuisance- level 6 felony, possession of methamphetamine- level 6 felony, possession of precursors- level 6 felony, manufacturing methamphetamine- level 5 felony, dumping controlled substance waste- level 6 felony, possession of marijuana- B misdemeanor, reckless possession of paraphernalia- C misdemeanor and five counts of neglect of a dependent- level 6 felony. At the time of this release, all three are still incarcerated in the Randolph County jail.
UPDATE one year later....WINCHESTER, Ind. – A bid by Union City’s police chief to pull over a motorist for driving while suspended resulted in a brief pursuit, three arrests and the seizure of heroin, meth and other controlled substances. Arrested late Friday by Police Chief Cobie Wells were the driver of the vehicle, Tiffany Gale Barnes, 28, of Eaton, Ohio, and her two passengers, Jason A. Gerstner, 38, of Union City, and Aaron N. Sturgill, 32, Oak Hill, Ohio. After a police K-9 indicated there were drugs in the vehicle, a search resulted in seizure of 12.1 grams of meth, 2.2. grams of heroin and a syringe, according to an affidavit. Tiffany Gale Barnes, 28, of Eaton, Ohio, already faced a total of nine drug-related charges – including three counts of possession of meth – in three cases pending in Randolph County courts.
Barbara J. Bothast, 30, Union City IN has multiple felony arrests mostly drug related: Date Arrested: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Charges: Warrant-Theft of Firearm, Level 6 felony. Date Arrested: Thursday, February 8, 2018. Charges: Possession of Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Syringe, Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
Barbara Bothast Life of Crime in Union City IN: On March 27, 2010 at approximately 2:20 a.m., the Greenville Police Department, in cooperation with the Darke County SRT and Miami County Sheriffs Office K-9 Unit, executed a search warrant at 1125 Front Street, Greenville, OH. The search warrant stemmed from an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Greenville Police Department against various people. Detectives, confiscated cash, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia during the search warrant. Arrested during the search were: Isaac B. Beavers (20) of Trotwood, OH; Otis L. Branham (25) of Dayton, OH; Barbara J. Bothast (22) of Union City, IN; and Kimberly A. Tolliver (51) of Greenville, OH. Charges range from distribution of heroin and crack cocaine, possession of heroin and crack cocaine, and tampering with evidence. Other charges are pending.
On February 8, at approximately 4:15 a.m., officers from the Union City, Indiana, and Ohio Police Departments, as well as a deputy from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, responded to 305 South High Street, Apartment #8, Union City, Indiana, in reference to a tip of a wanted person, Kelly Smith, being inside the residence. Inside the apartment with Kelly Smith, officers also made contact with Shawn D. Stewart, 42, of Union City, Indiana; Ariel M. Stewart, 24, of Union City, Indiana; Jesse P. Riley, 24, of Union City, Ohio and Barbara J. Bothast, 30, of Union City, Indiana. Barbara J. Bothast has another prior drug arrest in Union City, Date Arrested: Saturday, September 30, 2017 Charges: Possession of Cocaine/Meth 3 + grams.
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