PIQUA — Charges were filed this week in connection with the high-risk warrant that was served at the former Flesh Library located at 124 W. Green St., in November.
Christina E. Bray, 40, of Piqua; Kimberly J. Guseman, 56, of Piqua; and Derek W. Scharsch, 44, of Piqua, were charged with fifth-degree felony drug possession in connection with this incident. Lawrence E. Salyer, 23, of Piqua, was cited with minor misdemeanor drug abuse in connection with this incident. According to Piqua police reports, Scharsch was the main occupant of the building.
Back in November, an investigation into the large residence resulted in probable cause to execute a search warrant at the building to gather additional evidence into the living conditions there as well as suspected drug activity. The search warrant was deemed high-risk due to factors such as the size of the building, the expected presence of firearms, history of perpetrators of violent crimes taking refuge there, large numbers of unknown subjects engaged in drug activity, and considerable drug abuse taking place inside the premises.
In addition to the Piqua Police Department, numerous other local agencies took part in the raid, including Piqua/Sidney Tactical Response Team, Ohio State Highway Patrol Special Response Team, Miami County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Sidney PD Detectives and K9, Tipp City PD K9, Piqua Fire Department – Rescue Task Force, and Miami County Communications Center – Incident Communications Response Team. Over 55 units were involved.
The Piqua Health Department condemned the property for unsafe living conditions following the execution of the Piqua Police Department’s search warrant.
Within the 64-page report on the raid, the seized items listed included multiple items of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, heroin, pills, cocaine, a firearm, ammunition, cell phones, needles, and pipes. The report also lists 12 occupants who were identified and one visitor.
The reported visitor at the time was Tyla McReynolds, 32, of Piqua, who was recently sentenced to serve four years in prison after she was found guilty of felonious assault due to a gas station accident that injured a child. The crash happened the same day that the high-risk warrant was served at the former library.
Warrants were issued for Bray, Guseman, and Scharsch on Tuesday in Miami County Municipal Court. A court date was reportedly scheduled for Salyer for Feb. 17.
The building itself is now currently for sale for $179,900. According to Realtor.com, the listing broker is Home Experts Realty. It is listed as being a 10,401-square-foot single-family home with seven bedrooms, one full bathroom, and four half-baths.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall