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Villager arrested on multiple felonies

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Yellow Springs resident Talis Gage, 32, was arrested by local police on Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. on six felony counts, according to Chief David Hale on Monday. Arresting officers were Dave Meister, R.J. Hawley and John Whittemore, a new officer on the force. Gage was “arrested without incident” at his residence in the village, said Chief Hale.

The case has been referred to Greene County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Anthony Buckwalter. According to a spokesperson for that office, Dennis McManes, the arrest followed a grand jury indictment on Friday on two counts of burglary, one count of attempted gross sexual imposition, one count of sexual battery and two counts of trafficking marijuana. Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller is handling the case.

According to Chief Hale, the burglary counts are related to the sexual imposition and battery counts. The marijuana trafficking counts are separate. All alleged incidents occurred in Yellow Springs over roughly the past year, said Chief Hale.

Gage is currently being held at the Greene County jail.

A self-employed landscaper and activist in the local Black Lives Matter group, Gage, who also went by Talis X, has lived in Yellow Springs for four years, according to previous News reports. He filed to run for Village Council last year but was among three candidates disqualified for petition irregularities.

McManes said on Monday he expected Gage to be arraigned by Judge Buckwalter on the next available arraignment date, which is Friday, April 22.


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