Dayton man arrested on drug, gun charges

DAYTON — A Dayton man was found with two loaded handguns and a significant amount of cocaine early Thursday morning.

According to court documents, shortly before 5 a.m. a Webster County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Dayton Car Wash, 203 Skillet Ave., to check on a subject that had been in a car wash bay for several hours. There, the deputy found 38-year-old William Kenneth Groff, of Dayton, with a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche.

The deputy observed a revolver tucked in-between the driver’s seat and the center console of the 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche that Groff was driving. After searching the vehicle, the deputy found two loaded revolvers. Groff is a convicted felon and told the deputy he kept the firearms for protection.

Several illegal drugs were also located and seized during the search, including a makeup bag filled with a small baggie of methamphetamine with a glass pipe, some marijuana and 30.7 grams of cocaine.

Groff was charged with a controlled substance violation, a Class C felony; having a used or expired drug tax stamp, a Class D felony; two counts of possession of a controlled substance – third offense, both Class D felonies; two counts of control of a firearm by a felon, both Class D felonies; and driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Groff is being held at the Webster County Jail on a $37,000 cash-only bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 3.


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