Wilmington police reports range from fatal OD to a common scam

By John Hamilton - jhamilton@civitasmedia.com

WILMINGTON — The following report is generated from reports provided by the Wilmington Police Department. All those arrested are presumed innocent until possibly proven guilty in court. Incidents are presumed to be under investigation. Charges may be dropped or changed in court.

Wilmington police recently received the following reports:

• Police responded to the 300 block of South South Street at 11:11 a.m. on Jan. 30 to the report of a 30-year-old deceased male resident. Police seized a Sharps container with hypodermic needles and plungers, and a metal tin with a plastic bag and spoon with residue.

• At 5:17 p.m. on Feb. 1, a 55-year-old Wilmington male told authorities that he received a check in the mail for $2,890 and it instructed him to purchase $2,550 in Apple iTunes gift cards, send photos of the cards to him along with the access codes for them and keep the remaining money of the check to himself. The check was written on the account of Kinecta Federal Credit Union from Manhattan Beach, Calif., a company the victim said he had done no business with. The officer informed him it was a common scam and that as soon as he would have cashed the check he would’ve been held responsible when it came back as a forgery. The officer took the check and looked into the company, which was found as a legit company with alerts about this scam.

• At 2:18 p.m. on Jan. 30, a 21-year-old Wilmington male informed authorities that a 22-year-old Blanchester male was allegedly trying to obtain credit cards in his name.

• At 2:31 p.m. on Jan. 30, a 63-year-old Wilmington male reported a missing wallet. He advised that a 45-year-old Wilmington female was the only person at his residence at the time. Police received consentto search her personal belongings but were unable to find anything.

• At 3:56 p.m. on Jan. 30, a 56-year-old Martinsville female told authorities her phone was missing. She advised she let a 25-year-old daughter borrowed it but it has since gone missing. The victim advised that a male subject may have taken it as “he was at a residence she was visiting at the time the phone disappeared.” The officer advised that he would need a written statement from the daughter. The phone was described as a Samsung Android Net 10 service.

• At 8:19 a.m. on Jan. 31, police received a report from Wilmington High School about a female student who advised that two female students sent threatening text messages to her over the weekend.

• Authorities were dispatched to the 200 block of South Nelson Avenue at 11:57 a.m. on Jan. 31 on the report of a female not breathing. Upon arrival, police were informed that the female, a 76-year-old resident, had died. The report lists natural causes as the possible reason.

• A shoplifting of beef jerky from a store was reported to police at 4:01 a.m. on Feb. 1. The jerky was stolen from the 300 block of East Main Street. The suspect is unknown as of this time.

• At 2:07 p.m. on Feb. 1, police responded to a possible overdose at the 500 block of West Locust Street. The report lists a 31-year-old male as the suspect, and that they seized a metal and plastic spoon with residue.

• Police responded to theft report at a restaurant at the 1600 block of Rombach Avenue at 2:53 p.m. on Feb. 1. According to the report, $101.12 was stolen and a 30-year-old Wilmington female is listed as the suspect.

• At 9:18 p.m. on Feb. 1, police responded to the 200 block of Burdel Drive on the report of inappropriate pictures being spread on social media.

• At 12:28 p.m. on Feb. 2, police were called to the intersection of South South Street and Creekside Drive in response to a vehicle on fire. The driver of the gray Dodge Ram said his truck was starting to smoke, he attempted to make it home but the truck “burst into flames.” The truck was later towed.

• Officers responded to a store at the 2800 block of Progress Way in response to a shoplifting call. According to the report, an unknown suspect stole $612 worth of assorted electronics. The report indicates a 42-year-old female as a witness.

• At 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, a 39-year-old Wilmington told authorities that 29-year-old Wilmington female stole $200 from his residence at the 100 block of Michigan Avenue and then fled on foot. According to the report, the male advised that he invited the female to come over and hang out. He advised he had cashed his disability check and had $240 “laying on top of some clothes near the door.” He stated he turned around and was looking into another room when he heard the door slam and he saw the female running with the money wadded up in her hand.

Police made contact with the female who stated she hadn’t been over to his place and that they have been texting back and forth all day. When the male started saying that she had stolen $100 from him she started blocking all of his calls and texts. Police spoke with a 56-year-old female who stated that the suspect was either at her home of her mother’s home most of the day.

• At 5:56 p.m. on Feb. 3, police were contacted by a 49-year-old Wilmington female about her son’s medication being tampered with and stolen. She advised that someone had removed her son’s Ritalin medication and replaced it with sugar. The officer asked how she knew and she stated, “I opened it up and tasted it.” She stated this was done to 33 tablets of medication. She suspects it might have been her eldest son who did this.

• At 12:11 a.m. on Feb. 4, police responded to the 1-99 block of East Vine Street after receiving a call from a 90-year-old female resident. According to the report, the responding officer looked into the window at the residence and saw blood on the kitchen floor, he checked the door and found it opened. Once he was inside he found the caller on the floor with the phone. The officer assisted the EMS in getting her transported and ensured the door was locked before leaving.

• Police responded to the 400 block of West Main Street at 9 p.m. on Feb. 5 for a theft report. According to the report, a 37-year-old male resident advised authorities that two bikes were missing from his front porch. The bikes listed are a Free Spirit bike and a BMX Free Style bike.

Wilmington police also recently arrested or charged the following people:

• Christina Stover, 25, of Pleasant Plain, was arrested on one count of alleged criminal trespass, and one count of alleged theft.

• Millard Buchanan, 74, of Wilmington, was arrested for alleged assault.

• Steven Davis, 49, of Wilmington, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

• Matthew Lane, 30, of Wilmington, was arrested for alleged criminal mischief.

• Hugh Friend, 41, of Lebanon, was arrested for alleged assault.

• Tyanna Campbell, 32, of Wilmington, was arrested for alleged assault.

• Patrick Thomas, 36, of Redford Township, Mich., was arrested on one count of alleged misuse of credit card, and one count of alleged grand theft.

• Donald Cox II, 32, of Wilmington, was arrested on one count of alleged illegal use/possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of allegedly possessing drug abuse instruments.

• Orlando Pagan, 58, of Wilmington, was arrested for allegedly violating protection order/consent agreement.

• Paulina Nichting, 41, of Wilmington, was arrested for alleged theft.

• William McCarren, 26, of Wilmington, was arrested for alleged possession of drug instruments.

• Ronald Rowley, 51, of Wilmington, was arrested for alleged domestic violence.

• Joshua Houser, 32, of Wilmington, was arrested for alleged theft.

• Joshua Creed, 30, of Washington Court House, was arrested for alleged theft.

• Joseph Culberson, 19, of Wilmington, was arrested for alleged trespassing.

• Derwin Barber, 26, of Dayton, was arrested for alleged criminal damage.

• Jake Robinson, 21, of Westerville, was arrested for alleged disorderly conduct at an emergency facility.

• Devin Bias, 20, of Wilmington, was charged with alleged possession of marijuana.

• Jacob Boldman, 20, of New Vienna, was charged with alleged possession of drug paraphernalia.


By John Hamilton


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