Ohio Family Killings: Marijuana Grow Operations Found at 3 of the 4 Crime Scenes – ABC News

Ohio’s Attorney General says marijuana grow operations were found at three of the four places where eight relatives were shot dead in “execution type” killings.

Authorities did not provide further details.

Attorney General Mike DeWine told ABC News earlier that authorities still do not have a suspect description or motive in the Friday killings, saying the suspect or suspects took several steps to cover up their tracks and remove any possible evidence that would help police track them down.

He says authorities have received more than 100 tips so far and they are following up on all of them.

“These were pre-planned, pre-meditated execution-type killings,” DeWine told ABC News today. “Four different homes. A case like this is going to take some time.”

The victims were all members of the Rhoden family, officials said Saturday. They were identified as: Hannah Gilley, 20; Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40; Christopher Rhoden, Jr., 16; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Dana Rhoden, 37; Gary Rhoden, 38; Hanna Rhoden, 19; and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.

Seven of the victims were found in three homes along the same road in Peebles, a small village about 70 miles east of Cincinnati. The eighth victim was found later than the others in nearby Piketon, officials said.

Some of the victims appeared to have been killed in their sleep and were found shot to death in their beds, DeWine said. One victim, who appeared to be a mother, was killed lying in bed with a 4-day-old baby, he said.

Three young children — the 4-day-old baby, a 6-month-old baby and a 3-year-old — were found unharmed at the various shooting locations, said Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.

At a news conference this afternoon DeWine described the killings as “a sophisticated operation.”

“They thought this thing through,” DeWine said.

Cincinnati-area businessman Jeff Ruby has offered $25,000 for information that leads to the gunman’s arrest, officials said Saturday.

Investigators also released 911 calls that recorded family members finding their relatives dead inside their homes.

One woman called 911, sounding frantic and out of breath, telling a dispatcher she had found blood throughout her brother-in-law’s house.

“I think my brother-in-law’s dead,” she said. “There’s blood all over the house.”

She then said it looked like someone else was dead there, too, before weeping into the phone.

In another 911 call, a man said: “I just found my cousin with a gunshot wound.”

“Is he alive?” the dispatcher asked.

“No, no,” the caller said.

Sharon Fulton, the wife of a pastor at the Union Hill Church, said there was shock within the small community of Peebles, which had a population of 1,782 at the time of the 2010 census.

“When one hurts, we all hurt,” she said.

ABC News’ Alex Perez contributed to this report.

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Major Drug Tunnel Found on California-Mexico Border, 6 Arrested – ABC News

A ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana were seized from a cross-border tunnel that stretched from a Tijuana, Mexico, home to a San Diego, California, suburb, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.

“We believe this to be the longest tunnel that we have discovered in this district to date,” said Laura Duffy, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California.

Authorities arrested six people and seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine and more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana. The cocaine is valued at around $22 million.

“We believe this to be the largest single seizure of cocaine related to a tunnel in the California-Mexico border,” Duffy said.

At about 3-feet wide, the tunnel measured the length of more than eight football fields (nearly a half-mile) and was equipped with lights, ventilation, a rail system and a motorized freight elevator capable of carrying up to 10 people, according to federal officials.

The six arrested in San Diego were charged with various drug trafficking and tunnel-related charges, including conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine and conspiracy to use a border tunnel.

Authorities said there have been more than a dozen secret passages found along California’s border with Mexico since 2006.

In the past five years, federal authorities have detected more than 75 cross-border smuggling tunnels, most of them in California and Arizona.

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Manhunt Expands For 'Dangerous' Trio After Daring Jailbreak – NBCNews.com

One of the escapees is accused of torturing and mutilating the owner of a marijuana dispensary. Another was awaiting trial for a gang-related murder. The third was charged with shooting into a house full of people.

Now the three, who made a daring escape from the Orange County Men’s Jail on Friday, are the subject of a massive manhunt across Southern California involving hundreds of police officers and the FBI.

“Based on the charges that are being faced by each of the individuals that were in our custody that we’re searching for, each of the escapees should be considered dangerous,” Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said after Friday’s dramatic breakout. “So based on the information, the evidence that has been collected so far, this was clearly a well thought out and planned escape. It’s unknown but it could have taken them weeks or even months to prepare.”

It was the first successful breakout from the jail in downtown Santa Ana in nearly 30 years.

A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the recapture of the three escapees — Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43.

Nayeri is the most notorious of the three. He was being held of two counts of kidnapping, extortion, aggravated mayhem, torture and other charges stemming from a stomach-churning episode that could have been an episode from “Breaking Bad.”

Prosecutors said Nayeri and two other men used a blowtorch to torture a licensed pot dealer in the mistaken belief he had money buried in the desert. They then sliced off his penis and poured bleach on him before dumping him and his girlfriend by the side of a road.

Nayeri tried to flee to Iran but was caught by the FBI in Prague. He had been held at the jail since September 2014.

Tieu is an accused gang member who had been in the jail since October 2013 and charged with murder, attempted murder and street terrorism, officials said.

Duong had been at the jail for little over a month and was charged with attempted murder, burglary, three firearms violations and other charges.

The three escapees were being held in a large dormitory-style cell with 65 other prisoners when they cut through the steel grate behind their bunk beads some time after the Friday morning head count and slithered through a plumbing tunnel to reach the roof, Hallock said.

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Manhunt Expands For 'Dangerous' Trio After Daring Jailbreak – NBCNews.com

One of the escapees is accused of torturing and mutilating the owner of a marijuana dispensary. Another was awaiting trial for a gang-related murder. The third was charged with shooting into a house full of people.

Now the three, who made a daring escape from the Orange County Men’s Jail on Friday, are the subject of a massive manhunt across Southern California involving hundreds of police officers and the FBI.

“Based on the charges that are being faced by each of the individuals that were in our custody that we’re searching for, each of the escapees should be considered dangerous,” Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said after Friday’s dramatic breakout. “So based on the information, the evidence that has been collected so far, this was clearly a well thought out and planned escape. It’s unknown but it could have taken them weeks or even months to prepare.”

It was the first successful breakout from the jail in downtown Santa Ana in nearly 30 years.

A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the recapture of the three escapees — Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43.

Nayeri is the most notorious of the three. He was being held of two counts of kidnapping, extortion, aggravated mayhem, torture and other charges stemming from a stomach-churning episode that could have been an episode from “Breaking Bad.”

Prosecutors said Nayeri and two other men used a blowtorch to torture a licensed pot dealer in the mistaken belief he had money buried in the desert. They then sliced off his penis and poured bleach on him before dumping him and his girlfriend by the side of a road.

Nayeri tried to flee to Iran but was caught by the FBI in Prague. He had been held at the jail since September 2014.

Tieu is an accused gang member who had been in the jail since October 2013 and charged with murder, attempted murder and street terrorism, officials said.

Duong had been at the jail for little over a month and was charged with attempted murder, burglary, three firearms violations and other charges.

The three escapees were being held in a large dormitory-style cell with 65 other prisoners when they cut through the steel grate behind their bunk beads some time after the Friday morning head count and slithered through a plumbing tunnel to reach the roof, Hallock said.

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Proponents of Foxboro pot dispensary plan info session – The Sun Chronicle

FOXBORO – Proponents of a Route 1 medical marijuana dispensary hope to win local support with information.
Walpole residents Steve Angelo and Rina Cametti have scheduled a forum at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Boyden Library to answer residents’ questions and provide medical information and other data.

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