Dec. 18, 11 a.m.: Upon arrival, officers were let into an apartment in the 600 block of Wagner Avenue by the complainant, Karen Shaw. Shaw advised me the deceased male is her brother. Officers walked over to his body and could see him lying face down on the floor. Police checked for a pulse but there was none. He was cold to the touch and it appeared rigor mortis had set in. Shaw stated the last time she saw him was approximately 24 hours prior to this. He had COPD and was a smoker. Assistant Coroner, Joe VanVickle, was contacted and arrived on the scene. After his investigation, the cause of death was believed to be natural. The body was released to Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Dec. 22, 10:13 p.m.: Officers were on routine patrol in the 800 block of Gray Avenue. Officers observed a gray Ford traveling south bound on Gray Avenue. Upon checking the registration through dispatch, police discovered the registered owner, Patricia Neighbors, had an active warrant for possession of drug abuse instrument through Greenville PD, bond of $275. The vehicle then pulled over in the 900 block of Gray Avenue and dispatch confirmed the warrant. Police made contact with the driver and observed it to be Neighbors. She was arrested with her handcuffs being double locked and gap checked. Police transported her to the Darke County Jail where she was incarcerated.
Dec. 24, 10:48 a.m.: Police met with Michael Bunger and Keri Tucker. Bunger explained his brother, Jeremiah Bunger, came to the residence in the 500 block of Central Avenue because he believed Michael took his wallet. Michael and Jeremiah proceeded to have an argument, and Jeremiah left the residence. No school age children present. It was later determined through dispatch, Michael had a felony warrant for his arrest out of the Darke County Sheriff’s Officer with an original charge of receiving stolen property, no bond. Police apprehended Michael, placing him into handcuffs which were gap checked and double locked. Officers transported him to the Darke county Jail where he was transferred into the custody of the Darke County Jail staff to be held on the outstanding warrant.
Dec. 26, 11:39 p.m.: Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Harrison Avenue in reference to a disorderly male. Upon arrival, officers made contact with suspect Dwayne Morgan. Morgan was holding a large piece of wood in his hand and yelling toward a residence in the area. Sgt. Flanery ordered him to put the wood down and he complied. Morgan was then detained. Police then made contact with victims David Pepple and Tracy Howard. Howard advised that Dwayne was back outside yelling and swinging a stick around. She advised that she believes Morgan had swung the stick and struck a vehicle in the backyard. She then stated that he possibly hit a window in the front porch. Officers were out with Morgan previously on the same day at 10:56 p.m. At that time Dwayne was located on the front porch of a different residence in the 400 block of Harrison Avenue. He was holding a hammer and large piece of wood banging on the front porch. Morgan caused annoyance and alarm to Howard and her husband inside the residence. Morgan was warned at that time for trespassing at the residence and was also warned for disorderly. Both Pepple and Howard wrote statements of the incident. Police made contact with Morgan earlier in the day where he admitted to recently using methamphetamine. He was arrested and transported to the Darke County Jail where he was incarcerated for disorderly conduct, with a bond of $275.
Dec. 27, 10:41 a.m.: Police responded to 800 Sweitzer St., Darke County Fairgrounds, on a reported vandalism. Officers met with the complainant, Laura Ahrens, who stated there was damage to a bathroom window. Police were directed to the women’s bathroom by the cow barn where the fairground caretaker, Jake, showed them the damage to the window. The damage was done to one glass pane in the bathroom windows by what appeared to be a BB gun. Police took photographs of the damage done. There are no surveillance cameras in the area to capture the incident. The damage was noticed at 9 a.m. on Dec. 27, by the groundskeeper but it is unknown when it the damage occurred. There are no suspects to this case or further leads into the case.