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Police arrest local panhandler on bicycle for drug possession

UPDATE @ 10:32 a.m.:

Donnie K. Jones has been cleared of the following charges: possession of drugs, advertising and possession, assault and criminal trespassing, according to Miami Valley Jail records. He is awaiting court action and a parole hearing for separate assault and criminal trespassing charges as well as a parole violation charge.

INITIAL STORY -- July 11:

A local panhandler was arrested for drug possession Tuesday afternoon.

Police received several complaints about an aggressive panhandler harassing people at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Allen Street, according to a Dayton police report.

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Officers searched the Twin Towers area and apprehended Donnie K. Jones, 54, on his bicycle. Jones was found with crack cocaine in his right shoe and a metal tube in his left shoe, according to the report.

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Jones was taken and processed at Montgomery County Jail. He is booked under the suspicion of drug possession, drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing. He also had a warrant for assault and criminal trespassing, according to the report.

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