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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 5:23 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 4:02 p.m. (March 9):
The Dayton man accused of stealing an unmarked detective vehicle from the rear lot of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office downtown headquarters was captured at Wright-Patterson Air Force base after a Five Rivers Metroparks Park Ranger spotted the vehicle, court documents show.
Gerald M. Davis, 51, is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, after police said he allegedly stole the vehicle from the lot at 345 W. Second Street around 3 p.m. Thursday.
The vehicle contained a shotgun and ballistic vest, according to court documents.
A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sergeant confronted Davis before he exited the parking lot, but Davis got away, records show.
Davis was eventually arrested at Gate 12-A at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Davis’ bond was set at $2,500 in court Friday.
UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m. (March 8):
A 51-year-old Dayton man who was released from jail this afternoon is back behind bars tonight, accused of swiping a sheriff’s vehicle and driving it to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Gerald M. Davis was returned to the Montgomery County Jail and booked at 4:58 p.m. on suspicion of theft, just three hours after he was released at 1:49 p.m., according to jail records.
He was released when an aggravated arson case against him was dismissed in Dayton Municipal Court. He had been accused of setting small fires the evening of Feb. 26 inside the hallway and lobby of his apartment building at 475 W. Grand Ave., in Dayton.
Shortly after 3 p.m. today, the sheriff’s office issued a BOLO (be on the look-out) for a silver Ford Taurus after the unmarked Montgomery County Sheriff’s vehicle was stolen from the sheriff’s lot. The suspect was described as a white man with gray hair and beard who was wearing a green shirt and red plaid bottoms.
The suspect drove to Gate 12-A at WPAFB, where he was detained and the vehicle recovered by sheriff’s officials.
“My understanding is the individual approached the gate and the guards just delayed him until the civil authorities arrived and arrested him,” said Wright-Patt spokesman Daryl Mayer. “It was very quick.”
At no point was the base locked down. It is not known why the suspect drove there, nor whether he had a connection to the base.
A man who reportedly was just released from jail this afternoon stole an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle.
Law enforcement issued a BOLO (be on the look-out) around 3 p.m. for the vehicle, a silver Ford Taurus, that had been swiped from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office lot. The suspect was described as a white man with gray hair and beard who was wearing a green shirt and red plaid bottoms.
The vehicle later was found, and the suspect detained, at Gate 12-A at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the sheriff’s office confirmed.
The suspect’s name has not been released, nor what charges he faces.
We will update this report as we learn more details.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 10:21 AM
CARLISLE — Carlisle School officials are investigating rumors of a possible school threat, but they have found no credible evidence of a threat being made, they said.
Officials are continuing to investigate the possibility of a threat and Carlisle police officers will be in the schools today as a precaution, said Superintendent Larry Hook.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 8:36 AM
— TROY - The administrator of the estate of Samantha Freels, who died from a gunshot wound Jan. 12 in Union Twp., Miami County, has asked a judge to issue a default judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit filed last month against Randy Freels, her husband and accused murderer.
Anthony Freels, administrator of the estate of Samantha Freels, asked for a default judgment Thursday against Randy Freels for failure to respond to the lawsuit in county Common Pleas Court.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Samantha Freels’ next of kin claims they suffered damages because of her death. In the motion, the administrator asks the judge to also schedule a hearing to determine the amount of damages the estate should receive. The lawsuit claims Randy Freels “intentionally and willfully, and/or recklessly, and/or negligently, caused the death.”
Samantha Freels, 52, was found deceased in her car the afternoon of Jan. 12 along Ohio 55 near West Milton. Responders initially thought she died in a car accident during a snow storm. Investigators, however, found a bullet hole in her car, leading to the discovery of the gunshot wound.
Randy Freels, 57, has pleaded not guilty to indictments accusing him of murder, felonious assault, discharging a firearm into a habitat and tampering with evidence. His bond was set at $1.5 million.
Freels was transferred March 17 from the Miami County Jail to the Twin Valley Behavioral Health Care Center in Columbus for treatment and stabilization at the order of Judge William McGregor Dixon Jr. He was asked by prosecutors on behalf of the sheriff’s department to transfer Freels because his “current condition and security risk is beyond that which can be managed within the Miami County Jail.”
Once Freels is stabilized, he will be returned to the jail, according to the court order.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 4:05 PM
— An I-Team investigation has found local colleges and universities can accept convicted sex offenders as students but their classmates are unaware of those convictions. Daniel Schrand, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification officer for the Greene County Sheriff's Office, said offenders are required to notify the local sheriff of their status as a student. The official notification, though, ends there.
"The only person they have to tell is their local sheriff's office. If I have an offender who registers with me, his address, and goes to school in another county, he has to register the school with me and also the county that the school is in."
According to Schrand, nothing in state law requires the school or the other students to be told. That lack of disclosure is a concern to some students, including Sinclair creative writing major Chris Fohl. He does understand why they would be allowed to be admitted. "That would speak a lot about Sinclair, second chances and all of that," Fohl said.
Sinclair spokesman Adam Murka said safety is the college's number one goal. For several years the school has had a specific policy on the conditions for enrollment for convicted sex offenders. "We understand we have an obligation to provide a safe learning environment and we have an obligation since we have a daycare here on campus," Murka said. Sinclair's Police Chief, John Huber, said there are restrictions on where a student with a sex-related conviction can travel on campus.
"We do not allow them to be in classrooms with minors if that's a condition of their probation and parole. They are not to have classes in building nine which is where our daycare center is," Huber said. He added that Sinclair has not had a problem with any students with a conviction.
Schrand said he voluntarily notifies Sinclair, Wright State University and other schools if an offender who registers with him lists themselves as a student at a local college. While Schrand supports direct notification for the schools, he does not want to make it impossible for them to attend college. That way, Schrand says, they can get a job and turn their lives around.
Would students mind going to class with a convicted sex offender? Sinclair student Karissa Hammond said she would be cautious but not prohibit a person with a conviction from attending school. "They do deserve a second chance but it does not mean you have to be blind to it. It doesn't mean you cannot be cautious around people."
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 11:17 PM
DAYTON — >>PHOTOS: Fire at Hewitt Soap Factory
A Tipp City man told police he was nearly run over this evening after he tried to confront two suspected metal thieves.
The 56-year-old man dialed 911 to report a theft in progress around 5 p.m. at the old Hewitt Soap Factory, 300 Linden Ave.
He said he was on his way home from work when he saw a red pickup truck on the property. He walked up to the truck to get its license plate number when he spotted a man later identified as Jacob Schiessler come out of a vacant building, and saw another man, later identified as Scott Schiessler, load metal into the bed of the pickup, according to a Dayton police report.
The man said when he confronted the men about the theft, Jacob Schiessler threatened him and he backed away at the urging of the 911 operator.
Then, he said Jacob Schiessler got into the driver’s seat of the pickup, accelerated and tried to run him owner. The victim said he was able to run out of the way to avoid being struck, the report stated.
Police found the pickup at First Street Recycling, 1400 E. First St.
The victim identified Jacob and Scott Schiessler as the men involved in the incident at the Linden Avenue site, the report stated.
Both men were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felony breaking and entering, and Jacob Schiessler also faces a felonious assault charge. They are due to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court, online jail records show.
The old Hewitt Soap Factory ceased operation in 2004. It had a massive fire Dec. 22, 2016, that destroyed a building at the facility constructed in 1897. A second large fire erupted Nov. 10, 2017, this time at a three-story building on the site’s northern side.