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Brock Turner registers in Greene County as Tier III sex offender

Published: Tuesday, September 06, 2016 @ 7:51 PM


            Brock Turner mugshot, Sept. 6, 2016, Greene County Sheriff’s Office.
Brock Turner mugshot, Sept. 6, 2016, Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE @ 7 p.m. (Sept. 6):

Brock Turner registered Tuesday morning as a Tier III sex offender behind a pane of transparent glass connected to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office lobby — the same as everyone else, Sheriff Gene Fischer said.

“People can come and see it,” Fischer said. “They’re subject to public viewing.”

It was the latest interaction between the news media, the authorities and Turner, the former Oakwood resident who left jail after three months of a six-month sentence stemming from a sexual assault he committed while a swimmer at Stanford University.

His mother, Carleen, attempted to block the view of the cameras, lifting her white cardigan across the lobby-side of the window as husband Dan remained seated. She finally gave up as her son, behind the glass, filled out a questionnaire about the assault victim.

Race: “American,” he wrote.

Eyes: “Don’t know”

Hair: “Black”

ZIP Code of where occurred or city: “Palo Alto, CA”

What did they say you did? “Sexual Assault”

The Turners left without addressing the media. Among the other stops on the day’s schedule was a visit in Lebanon to register his probation with state officials. He’ll be required to register again with Fischer’s office before Dec. 5.

Sugarcreek Twp. Police Chief Michael Brown said he spoke twice in past months with Dan Turner — once, when Brown noticed him in the driveway — but said the family has not asked for “special attention” from police.

Carleen Turner made two calls to dispatch over the Labor Day weekend in which she expressed that someone sent the residence food that they didn’t order, and that cars were driving past the house taking pictures.

“… I just want to make sure there’s no nonsense starting,” she said during the afternoon call.

Minutes later, she called again. She was concerned about another protest starting.

“So I really, really, really need someone over here to make sure they stay in line,” she said.

A sergeant drove past the house and spoke to her by phone, Brown said. Later in the day, police found “several broken eggs along with an egg carton” on the driveway and sidewalk.

Records show how Sugarcreek Twp. leaders braced for the homecoming.

“Brock Turner is scheduled to be released from prison this Friday afternoon,” Township Administrator Barry Tiffany wrote last week in an email to trustees. Police “Chief (Michael) Brown has been getting calls from the media and is ignoring them at this point.”

The emails streamed in from national media: The Guardian, Associated Press, four different people at CNN, two from the Daily Beast and a handful from TMZ. One AP request came by fax, another, also from TMZ, by FedEx.

“Sergeants,” Brown wrote, forwarding an email from TMZ after the sentencing. “I’m sure it goes without saying, but no one at STPD is authorized to speak to the media nor give any statement related to the Turner family.”

Like other organizations the Dayton Daily News and WHIO cover, including the Oakwood City School District in the days after Turner’s sentencing, Fischer and Brown are now accustomed to the requests.

“Most of them are by phone,” the sheriff said, reading off his most recent list, which included “CNN with a 212 area code … NBC News with a 312 area code, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Inside Edition, TMZ, Fox TV in Oakland, Calif., AP in Columbus.”

“We’ve got a freelance ABC guy out of Kentucky that’s been camped out in the lobby,” Fischer said. “He told me this morning he was in town yesterday looking for me on the golf course.”

Fischer said this is the busiest his office has ever been with the media. He’s made attempts to return media calls so his deputies “can continue to do what they’re supposed to do.”

“Hopefully, I can go back to being a normal sheriff now,” he said.

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m. (Sept. 2): Members of the Sugarcreek Twp. Fire Department are using fire hoses to clean chalk-written messages off the sidewalk, driveway and the street in front of the Brock Turner residence in Sugarcreek Twp.

The words that were scrawled included “rapist” and the following: “Its [sic] your job to hold your son/self responsible so he/you don’t hurt my daughters.”

The dozen or so protesters — some of whom where armed — have left the neighborhood. Only reporters, police officers and firefighters remain in the neighborhood.

About a dozen protesters arrived to find they were outnumbered by roughly twice as many reporters, who stood at the neck of the cul de sac. A Cincinnati news chopper circled overhead as a neighbor mowed his lawn.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” said another neighbor as he looked skyward.

About a block away, neighbors chatted with Sugarcreek Twp. Police Chief Michael Brown, who declined comment, as a police sergeant watched the armed protesters through binoculars.

Still another neighbor walked up to a front porch carrying a case of Miller Light.

Some protesters who commented asked that their names not be used.

“The reason we decided to bring the kids is to teach them, at a young age, that 20 minutes of wrongdoing to someone…that can ruin your life forever ,” said one mother who brought her children.

She said she is “furious” that she has Turner and his family as neighbors. “They feel like a cancer to us and we need to get them out of here.”

One of the male protesters said he fears that Turner would repeat offense because of the lax sentence he was given in the Stanford case.

UPDATE @ 10:57 a.m. (Sept. 2):

Brock Turner entered a hotel in Palo Alto with his mother and father, according to KTVU-TV.

Turner — wearing sunglasses — did not answer questions from the media. There were about 100 media outlets outside the jail this morning.

There were three protesters when Turner walked out of the jail, according to KTVU-TV. A larger protest is scheduled for later today in California.

At a protest today in Santa Clara, Calif., Rep. Loretta Sanchez said, “Today, Brock Turner is a free man. A judge ignored the horror of the crime. He ignored the voice of the victim – such an eloquent voice. And he ignored the moral and legal duty to impose a just punishment.

“Ninety days in jail for rape is not justice. Six months is not justice,” Sanchez told people in the crowd. “To the courageous survivor: Your message not only touched our hearts, but it is a clarion call for action. We want you to know you are not alone. We are with you and we are going to see this through to see justice is done.”

UPDATE @ 9:29 a.m. (Sept. 2)

Brock Turner was released from Santa Clara County Jail this morning at 9:08 a.m. Eastern/6:08 a.m. Pacific time.

The former Oakwood swimmer carried a coat in his arms and did not speak to reporters as he left. He got into a white Chevy SUV, with a man and woman in the back seat, according to KTVU-TV.

UPDATE @ 8:02 a.m. (Sept. 2)

Speaking to reporters outside the Santa Clara County Jail, Sheriff Laurie Smith said Brock Turner would be released within the next couple of hours.

Smith added extra security is in place for Turner’s release. She said he will walk out the front of the jail as other released inmates, adding he will not receive any special treatment.

UPDATE @ 6:26 a.m. (Sept. 2)

Brock Turner will be released from the Santa Clara County Jail today.

Jail officials in California tell this news organization Turner is expected to be released during daylight hours. Protests are expected outside the jail.

Turner, whose family lives in Sugarcreek Twp., has five days to report to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office to register as a Tier III Sex offender.

After Turner registers as a sex offender, the sheriff’s department will send postcards to Turner’s neighbors, alerting them to his nearby residence.

FIRST REPORT (Sept. 1)

Brock Turner will receive no special treatment when he returns to Ohio, but law enforcement in Greene County are monitoring social media for threats and protests, officials told this news organization.

“We’re not treating him with kid gloves,” Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer told WHIO and the Dayton Daily News. “We’re going to treat him like every other sex offender that comes through the doors.”

Fischer said Turner, the ex-Oakwood swimmer who was convicted in a sexual assault in California, will be required to register as a Tier III sex offender. The status requires Turner to fulfill certain requirements, including registration four times per year for the rest of his life.

Following his release from Santa Clara County Jail in California on Friday, Turner will have five days to report to Fischer’s office in Xenia. After that, the sheriff’s department will send postcards to Turner’s neighbors, alerting them to his nearby residence.

Turner’s family moved to Sugarcreek Twp. from Oakwood around the time of the assault. The Turner family could not be reached by telephone this week.

“We will go down to his house where he is living to confirm he is living there,” Fischer said. “We will pop in unannounced from time to time to make sure he’s living where he says he’s living.”

He’ll also be required to meet with a state officer for his three-year probation.

Fischer said local law enforcement expect protests near the Turner residence in the coming days. Already this summer, armed protesters appeared in front of Turner’s house.

Jail officials in California tell this news organization Turner is expected to be released during daylight hours. Protests are expected outside the jail.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is preparing for Turner’s release as well, she told WHIO-TV affiliate KPIX-TV.

“I think that protesters are going to be angry, I think a lot of people are angry over this case,” Smith said. “It’s too light of a sentence for a rapist. But we’re just going to make sure that the public and everyone that’s there is safe on the morning that he’s released.”

Smith also sent a letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown urging him to sign an assembly bill backed by bay area lawmakers that was inspired by the case. It would send convicted sexual predators to state prison instead of county jail, KPIX-TV reports.

Michele Landis Dauber, a law professor at Stanford University, told the Dayton Daily News she’s focused on unseating Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Turner to six months, of which he’ll serve three. She said efforts of those concerned with the sentence should be focused on changing the system.

“We’re very focused on the judge,” she said. “I don’t support vigilantism or mobs.”

Dauber said she hopes Turner does not re-offend.

“My concern was that he really wasn’t held accountable,” she said. “The concern is always that, if an offender is not held accountable, that he might not get the message and he may re-offend.”

Fischer said he was concerned with preparing for the now-canceled presidential debate at Wright State University when Turner’s sentencing first made national headlines.

“I don’t know enough about the case to judge it,” said Fischer. “Knowing a little bit about it, I wouldn’t want my kids around a sex offender at all.”

Body found wrapped in cloth on Dayton property identified

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

MIKE CAMPBELL / STAFF
MIKE CAMPBELL / STAFF

UPDATE @ 3:18 p.m. (Jan. 15):

The body of a woman found in the brush on a property in the first block of Ernst Avenue Friday has been identified as that of Kathleen Driscoll, 31, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

According to a Dayton police report, Driscoll’s body was found “concealed in the tightly wrapped blue cloth and appeared to have some type of black tape keeping the wrap tightly intact.”

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The coroner’s office said Driscoll’s autopsy results are pending.

Her body was found in the brush at the rear of the lot, the police report said.

INITIAL REPORT (Jan. 12):

A body found in the 30 block of Ernst Avenue in Dayton on Friday is being investigated as suspicious, police said. 

Officers were dispatched to the scene at 1:16 p.m. 

No other information was immediately available, but we will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest information when it’s available. 

NEW DETAILS: Wife found shot in vehicle, husband charged with murder

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 3:28 PM
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

Miami Co. man charged with murder after wife found dead inside car

UPDATE @ 8:40 a.m. (Jan. 15):

A man is charged with murder and other charges after deputies said he was involved in the shooting death and crash involving his wife Friday afternoon. 

Randy A. Freels, 57, was booked into the Miami County Jail after special response teams from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, Troy police and Piqua police took him into custody around 10:30 p.m. at his home on South Rangeline Road in Union Twp. 

>> Man found in Piqua home; police investigating circumstances as suspicious

Samantha Freels, 52, of Union Twp., was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest in in a vehicle that was crashed in a creek in the area of Ohio 55 and Elleman Road around 3 p.m. Friday. 

Deputies believe Samantha Freels was shot to death in her vehicle very close to where she crashed, officials said. Deputies also said a blue Dodge pickup registered to Randy Freels went off the road near the crash scene.

“While processing what we now believed was a crime scene we received information that…Randy A. Freels…had made comments that afternoon to a third party that he expected to be in some type of shoot-out with law enforcement,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said in a prepared statement. 

Duchak said the special response teams responded to the Freels’ residence on South Rangeline, where Randy Freels was taken into custody without incident. 

“We believe Mr. Freels to be a suspect and do not have any evidence to indicate there were others involved. As this is an active homicide investigation we are conferring daily with Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell and his staff,” Duchak said. 

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Randy Feels remained in the Miami County Jail Monday morning on charges of murder, leaving the scene of a crash and inducing panic, jail records showed. He’s expected to appear in court Tuesday. 

Search warrants were used to search both vehicles and the Freels’ home on South Rangeline.

Samantha Freels was employed as a digital sales specialist for Cox Media Group Ohio, the parent company of WHIO-TV and Dayton Daily News. 

SAMANTHA FREELS

“Samantha (Sam) was a talented, dedicated, and beloved member of our advertising team. We are incredibly saddened by this tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to her family”, said Rob Rohr, Ohio Market Vice President and General Manager of Cox. 

Funeral services for Samantha Freels will be held Wednesday at Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami St., in West Milton at 10:30 a.m. The family also will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home Tuesday.

Anyone who may have been in the area of Ohio 55 and Elleman Friday between 3 and 3:30 p.m. and may have seen or heard anything is asked to contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at 937-440-9911.

UPDATE @ 3:45 p.m.

Randy Albert Freels, 57, is charged with murder in the death of his wife, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said.

The body of 52-year-old Samantha Freels was found inside a car Friday afternoon that crashed into a creek on Ohio 55. Freels died of a gunshot wound to the chest, deputies said.

Randy Freels has been held at the Miami County Jail since Friday night.

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

A 52-year-old Ludlow Falls woman found dead inside a car Friday afternoon died of a single gunshot to the chest, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Samantha Freels’ husband, 57-year-old Randy Albert Freels, has been held in the Miami County Jail since Friday night on two misdemeanor charges of inducing panic and for a hit-and-run crash.

>> Man found in Piqua home; police investigating circumstances as suspicious

Samantha Freels was employed as a digital sales specialist for Cox Media Group Ohio, the parent company of WHIO-TV and Dayton Daily News.

“Samantha (Sam) was a talented, dedicated, and beloved member of our advertising team. We are incredibly saddened by this tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to her family”, said Rob Rohr, Ohio Market Vice President and General Manager of Cox. 

Person of interest in custody in death of woman found at Ohio 55 crash scene

EARLIER REPORT

Crews were dispatched around 3:10 p.m. Friday to Ohio 55 at Elleman Road around on reports of a vehicle that crashed into a creek. Evidence at the scene, however, led officials to believe Freels’ death was suspicious and more than just a crash.

The Miami County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team, along with SRTs from the Troy and Piqua police departments, went to her home on Rangeline Road, where Randy Freels was found and taken into custody without incident. 

Further investigation revealed Freels was shot to death. 

Randy Freels’ charges may change pending autopsy results, officials said.

Man in 30-hour police standoff released from prison in July

Published: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 12:13 PM

Standoff involving 10-year-old hostage in Butler Co. continues

A heated late Friday night incident that boiled over into a nearly 30-hour standoff with SWAT ended early Sunday with the arrest of a man who held a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex in Liberty Twp..

That suspect, Donald Tobias Gazaway, 31, surrendered at 6:36 a.m. Sunday morning in the 7000 block of East Hamilton Place in Liberty Twp., according to Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. Gazaway is booked into the Butler County Jail on charges of kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic.

The 10-year-old hostage was safe following the standoff, which Jones said would not have ended as well without the assistance of West Chester and Hamilton police departments and the Liberty Twp. Fire Department.

Donald Tobias Gazaway(Staff Writer)

“We’re very fortunate that when these departments were there, that the guy came out and he gave up,” Jones said. “We didn’t think at times we were going to get a good resolve from this. We felt that he wanted us to shoot him at different times, but we could not do anything, we couldn’t breach, we couldn’t come in because … any movement that he made was always with that child.”

“We could hear the child inside, he was crying, he was wanting to get out.”

COVERAGE OF LIBERTY TWP. STANDOFF

The incident started at 11:27 p.m. Friday when the boy’s mother called police saying a man was in her apartment at the Springs at Liberty Twp. with a gun and demanding money, Jones said.

Neighbors told this media outlet that the boy’s mother ran from townhouse to townhouse, banging on doors and seeking safety. The woman was crying, barefooted and with pajamas only, one neighbor described. The woman’s blood was still visible on at least two of those doors on Sunday.

Police made cellphone contact with Gazaway at 11:38 p.m. and shots were reported fired inside the apartment at 11:51 p.m., leading police to evacuate surrounding apartments in the complex.

A view of the standoff at Springs at Liberty Township apartments as of 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. WAYNE BAKER / STAFF

Shots were again fired from inside the apartment between 4 and 6 a.m. Saturday with Gazaway using the boy as a shield, according to police. Officers breached the front door around 6 a.m. to communicate with Gazaway and shots were fired at a police robot around 7:47 a.m.

At 9 a.m., police made visual confirmation that Gazaway was using the child as a shield with a gun to his neck and at 11 a.m. he took the boy to the apartment’s garage and got in a car, where he fired shots at 12:52 p.m., Jones said.

Negotiations continued from 1 p.m. Saturday through the night until Gazaway surrendered without incident.

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Jones said the boy’s mother knew Gazaway “a couple of weeks” and was a friend of the family.

He said he could not yet disclose the type of firearm that was fired at police or the extent of damage it caused to police equipment. Jones said more than two dozens shots were fired by the suspect in the incident. Police did not fire a shot, Jones added.

This isn’t Gazaway’s first run-in with the law. State records show he served more than four years in prison for felonious assault and a gun specification out of Hamilton County, and was released from prison in July and remained under the supervision of Ohio’s Adult Parole Authority, according to our news partner, WCPO-TV.

The suspect using a child as a human shield “definitely changes the dynamics of the standoff,” said Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit.

“Having a hostage, especially a hostage of this age and a child, I can tell you that I know that probably without exception every officer, every operator that was out there is a parent and a lot of those operators have their own children at home about this age,” Bucheit said. “Everybody knew just what was at stake, how important this was, and I think this really helped keep these folks going through some very difficult, long hours, very difficult conditions.”

Bucheit credits negotiators for doing “an outstanding job” of talking to Gazaway, keeping him calm and building a rapport with him, even as he fluctuated between wanting to let the boy go and standing his ground against police.

“Over enough time, I think that finally wore him down and he was out of options,” Bucheit said. “He was in the car, the car was running, it was getting low on gas … (temperatures) are in the single digits … and eventually he just wore down and gave up.”

West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog said the standoff was one of the most difficult and challenging that he had been involved with and even been aware of in his 27 years in law enforcement.

He said it was “very valuable” that the various departments all were on the same radio system because it allowed for “seamless” communication between the three law enforcement agencies.

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The boy was sent to a hospital for observation. His mother told WCPO she was “happy that this turned out right.”

“He’s a brave little boy,” she said. “All he wanted to do at the end of the day was protect mommy. I think he was more concerned about me being safe versus him being stuck with the bad guy.”

The suspect was like family, the mother of the boy told WCPO, but he acted strangely and aggressively before the standoff.

“Mommy won’t be dating for a while or bringing any guys around my son,” she said.

Police: Juvenile shot in mouth, investigated as accidental shooting

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 12:23 AM

SCENE: Juvenile shot in mouth in Dayton

A juvenile was shot in the mouth late Sunday night by another juvenile relative at a Dayton home, police said.

The incident was reported around 11:50 p.m. in the 500 block of Brightwood Avenue.

The victim was rushed by medics to a local hospital. 

The minor’s age, gender, and condition were not immediately available, however, the individual shot was able to walk to the ambulance themselves and is expected to be okay, per officials. 

According to initial reports, the individuals involved may be siblings.

>> Man who holds child hostage in 30-hour standoff released from prison in July

Dayton police said the shooting is accidental, but will continue to investigate.

We will continue to update this story as we learn more information.