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Information provided by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office:


June 7


SCAM: On this date, A resident of the 6000 block of Marjean Dr., Tipp City called in to report a possible phone scam. The resident stated she received a call from a female in California identifying herself as Heather Grey from the IRS. The resident stated the female left a message stating she needed to call her immediately. The resident did not return the phone call and wanted to pass on the information because she knew this kind of scam was becoming more popular.


THEFT: A deputy responded to the 7000 block of Lostcreek Shelby for a theft complaint.


MAN LOST: A resident located in the 400 block of Church St., Pleasant Hill called to report that a Robert Myers was at his residence lost and confused. Upon arrival, a deputy met with Myers who stated he was confused about his whereabouts. Myers stated he left breakfast in Beavercreek at 8 a.m. hours and was headed home to his residence in Fairborn when he became confused and ended up in Pleasant Hill. The deputy asked Myers if he was feeling OK and he stated he is a little light-headed and confused. The deputy asked Myers if he wanted to be checked out by a medic and he agreed. The deputy continued to stand-by until medics evaluated Myers and transported him to Miami Valley.


POSSESSION OF POT AT THE PARK: A deputy was on bike patrol on the Honey Creek Preserve bike trail off of State Route 202, Tipp City. While on patrol, a deputy visually observed a couple adults off the bike trail by the river. The deputy made contact with the subjects and visually observed one adult male who was later identified as Ryan Hagen, to have in his possession a open Bud Ice beer can. There was no other alcohol found on the other subjects and the open container was poured out. The deputy then had Mr. Hagen walk to the cruiser. The deputy then patted down Mr. Hagen for any weapons. During the pat down, the deputy felt a bulge of what was believed to be a bag of marijuana in Mr. Hagen’s front right pocket. Mr. Hagen’s right front pocket was open enough that the deputy could see this bulge was in fact a bag of marijuana. The deputy then retrieved the bag of marijuana from Mr. Hagen’s right front pocket, and Mr. Hagen said he thought he left his marijuana at home. The deputy then issued Mr. Hagen citations for the Open Container of Bud Ice beer and for Drug Possession.


PROPER BACKSTOP: A citizen reported an unknown person was shooting a rifle at a residence he was conducting a house check at in the 3200 block of State Route 589, Casstown. The citizen advised while he was walking a dog he thought rounds were being fired in his direction. Upon arrival, a deputy met with the citizen and checked the area and shortly after met with a Harold Sargent just east of the property in a field. The deputy did not observe a proper back stop in the direction he was firing a .223 rifle. Sargent had permission from the property owners to target practice on the property and advised he would not continue.


June 8


GUNS GONE: A deputy responded to the 7000 block of Frederick Garland Rd., West Milton, for a report of firearms being stolen from the residence.


June 9


CAR THEFT: A deputy responded to a theft report located at 3000 block of State Route 41, located in Concord Township. Upon arrival, the victim, informed the deputy that items were taken from her garage and her vehicle was also missing.


JAIL ASSAULT: A deputy responded to the Miami County Incarceration Facility due to an assault involving two inmates. Upon arrival the deputy talked with both Robert Berning and Rodney Salyer who were involved in the incident. They both provided written statements on their involvement. Copies of the Correction officers incident reports were also obtained. At that time it was determined that both were equal aggressors in this matter. Mr. Salyer and Mr. Berning were summonsed to Municipal Court for assault.


June 10


SEX OFFENDER: As part of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORN) Division of the Sheriff’s Office and as required by law, Deputy Wysong was performing random address verifications on registered sexual oriented offenders in Miami County. Upon checking the registered address of 788 Comanche Lane, Tipp City, for Billy G. Coker III, Deputy Wysong was met at the door by Helen D. Ebinger. Ms. Ebinger advised she is the live-in girlfriend of Billy G. Coker Jr., father of Billy III, who also resides at this address. She advised that Billy Jr. will not allow his son to live at this address. She went on to say that she has lived there since October of 2013 and Billy III has never lived or spent the night there either. Ms. Ebinger provided a written statement to these facts. Billy G. Coker III is required by law under ORC 2950.05 to register his current address with the sheriff of the county in which he resides every time he changes addresses as well as every six months for the rest of his life, due to his original conviction. On October 15, 2013, Mr. Coker registered an address of 541 N. Hyatt St., Apt B, in Tipp City, with the Comanche Lane address listed as a secondary. On March 18, 2014, he registered the 788 Comanche Ln. address as his primary, with no secondary address. Upon obtaining the information from Deputy Wysong, our SORN Officer, John Carroll called the phone number we have on file for Billy III. Mr. Coker answered and was asked about the Comanche Lane address. He advised that he had never registered that address with us and was adamant that the sheriff’s office had made a mistake in having it on file for him. When he was asked where he lived currently, he said he had been living with his sister on N. Hyatt St., but had gotten into an argument with her, recently moved out and was staying with a friend. When Mr. Coker was advised by John Carroll that he was to register any address he stayed at, permanent or temporary, he claimed he wasn’t aware of this rule. He advised he was going to come in the next day and “clear this up”. As any offender in the registration program must, when Mr. Coker came to the Sheriff’s Office in October and March, he signed a “duty letter” with the current address he provided at the time. Right above the signature line on this form for Mr. Coker, this duty letter advises “I acknowledge that all of the above requirements have been explained to me. I understand that I must abide by all of the provisions of Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2950, whether or not they have been explained to me.” Also, on the first page of the letter (section 4), Mr. Coker is advised that “at least 20 days prior to changing [his] residence address…[he] is required to provide written notice of the residence…address change and personally register each new address of residence…with the sheriff of the county in which any new address is located”. Mr. Coker, like all other offenders in the program, was provided with a copy of his signed duty letter each time he registered, containing all of this information, as common practice by our SORN officer. Copies of these letters have also been placed in the file. Billy G. Coker III was convicted of rape, a felony of the 1st degree in November of 2009 and as part of his judgment, is required to register as a sexually oriented offender under ORC 2950.05(A). A copy of the “Initial Judgement”, “Judgement Entry Determining Classification” an “Entry Releasing Child from Institutional Care” have all been obtained from the Miami County Juvenile Court and placed in the file. By registering and signing for an address in which he did not reside, as well as admittedly moving into a “friend’s” residence without notification, Billy G. Coker III is in violation of 2950.05 (F)(1), “No person who is required to notify a sheriff of a change of address pursuant to division (A) of this section shall fail to notify the appropriate sheriff in accordance with that division.” According the the penalty section (ORC 2950.99(A)(1)(a)(ii)), he will be charged with “Failing to Register” which is a charge of the same degree as his original “most serious sexually oriented offense”. If Mr. Coker arrives at the Sheriff’s Office, he will be arrested. If not, a warrant will be requested for Mr. Coker as he did not provide the “friend’s” address in which he is currently staying.


THEFT: A deputy made contact with Douglas Stewart, reference a theft of his property from Best Storage, 9000 State Route 201, Tipp City.

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