Greenville Police Beat 6-19-15

Deceased female discovered; knife-wielding man arrested

On June 13 police responded to the Towne House Motel, Room 120, 209 E. Main St., regarding a report of a woman not breathing, possibly deceased. A woman was lying on the bed, no signs of breathing. The female appeared to have been deceased for some time. EMS arrived and confirmed her death. A crime scene was established and the coroner contacted. Witness statements were taken while investigators conducted their investigations. A copy of the motel’s surveillance video was obtained and turned over to the GPD officer in charge.


On June 15 police were dispatched to the area of 300 Riffle Avenue regarding a possible fight. Dispatch advised a male involved in the incident was walking north on Riffle with a vehicle slowly following him. The driver of the vehicle, Jennifer Weyant, said the subject, Jeremy Magoto, was upset because she didn’t want him to drive drunk. The officer asked Magoto several times to quit walking, turn around and talk to him. Magoto refused and walked onto the porch of 214 Riffle Ave. When officers approached Magoto they detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on him. The suspect was allegedly shouting obscenities, would not calm down and not making any sense. Magoto’s right arm had a pink cast on it and his knuckles were dripping with blood. It was discovered he punched out the windows of Weyant’s vehicle. Officers observed a large hunting knife in a carrier on Magoto’s hip. When he glanced at it he was told to leave it alone or he would be tased. According to the report he said “you know what” and pulled the knife, pointing it at the officers. One officer pulled his taser from its holster, pointed it at Magoto and told him to drop the knife. He was told seven times to drop the knife; Magoto finally complied so no force was needed. It took three officers, however, to place him under arrest. EMS was called; Magoto refused treatment. He was taken to Darke County jail, which turned him away due to it being full. He was taken to Mercer County jail, which turned him away due to the bleeding knuckle. By this time Magoto was being cooperative, so police issued him citations for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, took him home and released him to Weyant.


On June 15 police executed an active arrest warrant at Darke County Recovery Services to Blake Hilderbrand for failure to appear on an OVI charge. A probation officer from Darke County Municipal Court was already on the scene. Prior to being searched Hilderbrand admitted to having four white pills in his pocket. The officer noted them as Hydrocodone, a schedule II narcotic. The defendant admitted he didn’t have a prescription, saying “those are my pain killers” and “I wouldn’t have brought those if I knew I was going to be arrested today.” Hilderbrand said the pills were Vicodin. He was transported to Darke County jail on the warrant and cited for possession of drugs.

On June 12 police observed a defendant (name not published due to only last name noted in report) with an active warrant for his arrest through GPD for failure to comply with serving three days on a disorderly conduct charge. While placing handcuffs on the defendant, he admitted to having a “bowl” on his person. Police also found a silver “grinder” in his vehicle. The defendant was arrested and transported to Darke County jail. He was also cited for drug paraphernalia.


On June 13, while in the 500 block of S. Broadway Street, police noticed a vehicle ‘peeling’ its tires then driving east on Martin Street. The officer conducted a traffic stop on Green Street at Martin. The driver, Steven Yohey, had a strong odor of alcohol on him and slurred speech. He acknowledged having had a few drinks. He did poorly on the field sobriety test and was arrested for OVI. At the police station he registered a .11 on the breathalyzer. The defendant, prior to the test, said he had 3-4 drinks, adding he’d just put a new engine in his vehicle and did not realize it would accelerate so rapidly. Yohey was cited for OVI, placed under Administrative License Suspension and released to a relative.

On June 9 police observed a vehicle on North Ohio Street without a front license plate. The officer followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at East Fourth Street near Tecumseh Street. The officer detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. There was also a juvenile in the front passenger seat. The driver’s speech (driver not named in the report) seemed to be slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and glossy. He denied drinking at first then confirmed having a “couple of beers” while playing pool at a bar with his son. The driver did poorly on a field sobriety test, was placed under arrest for OVI and transported to the Greenville Police Department. The juvenile was taken to the police department by another officer. A breathalyzer test registered .132. The defendant was placed under Administrative License Suspension, issued a citation for OVI and No Front Plate, and released to a friend.


On June 13 police arrested William Clark II for domestic violence and transported him to the Darke County jail.


On June 15 police responded to Koenig Equipment, 5155 Childrens Home-Bradford Road regarding the theft of a customer’s trailer and three lawn mowers. A Koenig employee stated sometime over the weekend the trailer and the lawn mowers, worth $10,537 each, were taken. They were behind a gate but since it wasn’t connected to a fence the suspects could easily drive around it. Police were advised the mowers all took the same key so it would have been easy for someone with a key to start the stolen mowers. A truck which had an empty trailer had been parked at the edge of the back was observed in the middle of the back with four more mowers loaded on the trailer. The steering column was damaged, indicating the truck had been started; however it evidently couldn’t be restarted once the mowers were loaded, so was left at the scene. Nothing further at this time.

On June 3 police were dispatched to 334 Tiffin St. regarding a theft from a residence. The victim, Breawnna Barnes, said her boyfriend, Brit Rayburn, stole several Xbox items belonging to her. Following the interview the officer went to Go-Go Gamers and retrieved video showing the suspect, Brit, and Shane Rayburn selling the items. While the offer was there Barnes showed up to buy back the stolen items. Go-Go Gamers sold them back for what it had paid: $64.31. Shane had been arrested on a warrant unrelated to this case, so he was interviewed at the Darke County jail. He said he agreed to help his brother because Brit did not have a photo ID. He didn’t know the items were stolen. Brit was cited for theft; he acknowledged taking the items and confirmed Shane did not know they were stolen.


The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.

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