Information provided by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office:
SMART TV ON TOP OF TRUCK: On the listed date and time, a deputy was traveling east bound on W. St. Rt. 571 approaching Wheelock Rd. and observed a vehicle traveling at a speed greater than the posted speed limit of 45 mph. The deputy turned on the radar and confirmed the visual observation and observed the vehicle to be traveling at 63 mph. The suspect vehicle passed by the deputy’s location and did not slow down. The deputy was able to catch up to the vehicle at W. State Route 571 and Iddings Rd. Dispatch was advised of the trafic stop and of the three occupants.
The deputy approached the vehicle and observed a large object strapped to the roof. The deputy made contact with the driver Ricky Johnson and asked him if he knew why the deputy was stopping him. He stated that he was probably driving too fast and he was going about 60 mph. The deputy asked for identification for Mr. Johnson and he handed the deputy a state issued ID card. Mr. Johnson advised the deputy that he was driving because his girlfriend was too sick to drive. The deputy observed a female who did not appear to be sick sitting in the back seat. The deputy asked for her ID and Ricky handed it to the deputy. The deputy asked the front seat passenger for his ID and he stated that he did not have any. The deputy asked him for his name and he stumbled and said James. The deputy asked for his last name and he stated Dotson without any problems. Mr. Dotson did not know his social security number and when the deputy asked his birthday he forgot which date it was. He first gave the date of March 16, 1978 and then March 17, 1978. Mr. Dotson seemed very nervous while the deputy was speaking with him. The occupants of the car stated that they were taking a TV to sell it to a guy in Union. They stated that it was a 70 inch Smart TV and that there were selling it for $600.00.
The deputy returned back to the cruiser and ran Ricky and Ashley and were able to locate them in the data system. The deputy attempted to locate James J. Dotson and did not have any success. The deputy had dispatch look through the data systemfor a James J. Dotson with both date of births and they were able to locate a Michael Dotson born March 1, 1978 that lived in DeGraff. This was the same location that James told the deputy he lived in. The dpeuty exited the cruiser and told James that he needed to tell the deputy who he was and he stumbled and finally produced his true legal name as Michael J. Dotson born March 1, 1978. Mr. Dotson was placed into handcuffs and secured in the back seat of the cruiser.
The deputy observed that he had several open suspensions and Failure to reinstate’s on Ricky Johnson’s driving record. Ashley Saunder’s did not currently have a valid driver’s license but had valid temp license. Ashley stated that she allowed Ricky to drive the vehicle because she was not feeling good.
Ricky was cited for DUS and speed. Ashley was charged with wrongful entrustment and Michael was charged with Obstructing. Upon checking into the TV, the deputy determined that a Michael Vest located north of New Carlisle purchased the TV in Piqua at possibly a store for $1400.00. He stated that he was currently going through hard times and needed to sell the TV.
SCRAP METAL MISSING: An employee of Palstar Inc. K and B Stamping Manufacture on Looney Rd., Piqua, called to report that someone took some scrap metal from outside of his place of employment. He does not know when the scrap was taken but only noticed it was gone on June 25.
DUS ON THE WAY HOME FROM COURT: A deputy stopped Chaz Scott on N. County Rd 25-A, Piqua while on patrol. The deputy ran Chaz’s information through the data systsem to check if he still had a suspended driver’s license. The return showed Chaz had a failure to reinstate status on his license. The deputy caught up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near Statler Ave. in Piqua.The deputy made contact with Chaz and informed him of the reason for the stop. Chaz stated he was driving because he had a mandatory court appearance this morning and nobody would take him.
The deputy provided Chaz with a citation for driving with a failure to reinstate status. Since the vehicle was parked off of the roadway, the deputy allowed Chaz to leave the vehicle and walk home from the scene.
CHILD LEFT ALONE IN PARK: A deputy was dispatched to the Yard Bark in Bradford for a young child being left alone. A concerned citizen pointed out a little girl sitting in the shelter. She said the child had been at the park for over an hour. When the citizen arrived the child was sitting on a bench by the road. The citizen attempted to speak with the child but she would not talk back. The citizen kept an eye on the child until the deputy arrived.
As the deputy walked towards the shelter a boy rode off on his bike. There were four or five teenage children in the shelter. None of the children knew the child. The deputy attempted to speak with the child. She would not acknowledge me. The deputy asked the child to walk to her house with them. She would not respond. The other children did say the boy who left on his bike was the child’s brother. Some of the teenage boys present went to look for the boy. They came back a short time later. The boy did say the child was his sister and told him what her name was. The deputy asked the boy to get the girl to go home with him. She would not. Two of the teenage girls present volunteered to carry the girl home. We followed the boy to Clay St. This was three or four blocks from the park.
The deputy spoke with girl’s mother. She said the boy, the girl and another sister went to the park together. She told them all to go together and come back together. The deputy asked how old the boy was. She said almost 9. She said the boy had come home a few minutes ago. When the girl was not with him she sent him back to the park. The other sister was younger than the boy.
The deputy explained to the mother that someone had called 911 and the girl was by herself for an hour. The mother of the children said the other children were at the park the entire time until the boy returned an was sent back. The deputy explained that an 8 year old boy supervising a 4 year old was not safe. The deputy also advised her a lot of older children are at the park and the sheriff’s office receives complaints from the village reference the older children causing a variety of problems. She said she was new to the area and was unaware of the problems with the park. She said the children would not go to the park alone again.
WARRANT SERVED: A deputy responded to the 2000 block of State Route 48, Ludlow Falls, on a warrant. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with Jeffrey Warner. The deputy contacted dispatch to have the warrant confirmed. The warrant for Jeffrey Warner was confirmed out of Allen County and he was transported to the county jail without incident.