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Published: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 12:01 PM
HARRISON TWP., Montgomery County —
UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m. (Feb. 26):
A Dayton firefighter on Saturday was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated, which is his third arrest for OVI in the last four years, according to police and court records.
Jacob Freels, 36, was taken into custody on the 1900 block of Bartley Road after a Butler Twp. police officer spotted him standing next to a white pickup truck he had reportedly crashed into a DP&L pole, according to a report.
The police officer said Freels appeared highly intoxicated and had trouble keeping his balance and answering questions and had slurred speech, the report states.
Freels declined to take a field sobriety test or breath test for alcohol, according to the incident report, and at one point, Freels said, “Do you know how many lives I’ve saved.”
Police released Freels to his wife at the scene. But about 90 minutes later, Butler Township police were called to the Steak N Shake on Miller Lane about a stolen vehicle.
Freels' sister told police she left her brother in the car as she went into the restaurant to pick up food and he drove off with her vehicle, a report states.
Police located Freels at his home and arrested him for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, the report states.
A spokeswoman for the city of Dayton confirmed Freels was hired as a firefighter in September of 2007. Freels was terminated in April 2015, but rehired in August 2015 after a civil service appeal.
This newsroom has requested to review Freels personnel file.
In February 2014, Freels pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Vandalia Municipal Court, court records show. The actual arrest occurred in late November 2013. Freel’s driver’s license was suspended from November 2013 to May 2014, with special conditions, the records show.
He was sentenced to one year of probation.
In July 2015, he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Montgomery County municipal court, records show.
His license was suspended for six months, with work privileges. He served 26 days in jail, the records show.
More recently, in October, Dayton police were called to a home near the Northridge Estates on a report of a domestic dispute, a police report shows.
A 34-year-old woman told police that Freels had come home intoxicated and broke his phone and was argumentative, the report states.
The woman has a child with Freels and has lived with him for seven years, the report states. The woman said Freels took her car and house keys and then left in his truck. Police told the woman that it is shared property and “there isn’t anything we can do about the keys,” the report states.
Police tried to locate him but were unsuccessful.
In 2010, Freels’ then-estranged wife told police her husband had made suicide threats after throwing and breaking his cell phone, a police report said.
She told police they had argued a lot recently and he had been coming home highly intoxicated, the report states.
The woman told police Freels had punched and damaged several doors during their arguments, the report states.
She said Freels began drinking heavily after responding to a car crash where five people died, including a baby that fell out of the vehicle while he was on scene, the report states.
Police located Freels, who admitted to making a suicidal threat.
He was taken to Grandivew Hospital where he was admitted on emergency status for wanting to harm himself, the report says.
UPDATE @ 3:01 p.m. (Feb. 26):
A spokeswoman for the city of Dayton confirmed Jacob Freels was hired as a firefighter in September of 2007.
Freels was terminated in April 2015, but rehired in August 2015 after a civil service appeal. This newsroom has requested to review Freels personnel file.
UPDATE @ 1:01 p.m. (Feb. 26):
A Dayton firefighter arrested on suspicion of OVI and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle asked deputies, “Do you know how many lives I’ve saved,” according to an incident report.
Jacob Freels, 36, was taken into custody in the 1900 block of Bartley Road after a Butler Twp. police officer spotted him standing next to a white pickup truck he had reportedly crashed into a DP&L pole while responding to a separate incident, according to a report.
Freels was arrested on Saturday around 10:45 p.m.
According to the report, Freels appeared to be highly intoxicated and could not keep his balance walking.
The 36-year-old refused a field sobriety test and a breath test prior to his arrest.
According to deputies, Freels has two prior convictions for OVI including one in 2014 and another in 2015.
A Dayton firefighter was arrested Sunday and charged with OVI and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Jacob A. Freels, 36, was arrested on Bartley Road and initially booked into the Montgomery County Jail, according to jail records. He was no longer an inmate on Monday morning.
Freels was scheduled to appear in Vandalia Municipal Court this morning, however his appearance was continued and he is now scheduled to appear on March 5.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 6:28 PM
DAYTON — The National Park Service will have $450,000 to buy two historic buildings at the former Wright Co. airplane factory site in West Dayton under a $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed Friday.
But the years-long quest to buy buildings 1 and 2, the first factory in the world to produce airplanes, is anything but over, officials say.
“It’s a small, positive step in a long, difficult march,” said Timothy Gaffney, a National Aviation Heritage Alliance spokesman.
The Park Service and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance have longed eyed the buildings in the hope the public would be able to see the site as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.
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Kendell Thompson, the parks’ acting superintendent, said Friday he was waiting to determine what the next step is in the process.
The historic buildings are part of a 54-acre parcel, site of the former Delphi Home Avenue plant, that has been put on the commercial market. The historic site at 2701 Home Ave. is between U.S. 35 and West Third Street near Abbey Avenue.
A previous plan to buy the entire site was scaled back, according to Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, who has spent years in negotiations on the future of the historic location.
The complexity of negotiations has been complicated by former owner Delphi’s past bankruptcy, land covenants and environmental liability concerns, Sculimbrene said. Former auto parts production buildings were demolished and the site has been environmentally investigated and remediated under a $3 million Clean Ohio grant, officials said.
Hull & Associates/Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC purchased the site in 2012 with the intent to remediate environmental issues and sell it. The property is for sale on the commercial market.
Brad White, a managing partner of Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, said the $450,000 appropriation was “good news” because the intent over the years was to sell the historic buildings to the National Park Service.
David Lotterer, vice president of commercial real estate broker JLL, which is marketing the property, declined comment Friday.
While the park service has eyed the two historic buildings, Dayton Metro Library plans to build a $10 million branch library on about seven and a half acres on the site have stalled because officials have not been able to reach a deal, the Dayton Daily News reported this month.
Dayton Metro Library executive director Tim Kambitsch said earlier this month the library did not want to move to the site on its own because of concerns incompatible uses might move in nearby, and it did not want to pay more than the property was valued.
NAHA’s long-term vision of the property would bring commercial and “complimentary” industrial redevelopment, such as advanced manufacturing, to the former factory site, Gaffney said.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:34 PM
TROY — A false emergency alarm prompted police to respond to Troy Christian Elementary school, police said.
Officers responded to the school around 1 p.m. and the school was placed on lockdown while police searched the building.
Police said 16 officers responded.
The emergency alarm button was pressed unintentionally and there is an investigation underway to determine who pressed the button, police said.
Nothing was found and the school has resumed to normal operation, police said.
The school already was scheduled to dismiss early at 1 p.m.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Yaaaas, my mystical queen and kings, what you’ve heard is true.
Downtown Dayton DID have an unicorn bar.
But as co-owner of the Century bar Diane Spitzig remembers, the Unicorn Restaurant and Lounge wasn’t exactly firing rainbows from where the sun don’t shine.
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“It was just a bar,” she recalled.
The small corner bar was at 100 E. Third St. next to the Century in what has been rebranded downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District.
From what we can tell from a search of state records, it was incorporated in 1984 as Unicorn Lounge.
Its official closing date is listed as March 9, 2004.
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The name at least was ahead of its time, as unicorns are all the rage these days.
Local resident and musician Aarika Voegele hung out at the bar with her brother.
“They were always real nice,” she responded on Facebook. “I remember a wooden bar that stretched (through) the place, and it being somewhat packed with regulars. If I remember correctly, there was a jukebox towards the back. It was a very mellow bar, from my experience.”
As some recalled, the bar owned by John Demetriades had a neon unicorn head in its window.
Little evidence of the Unicorn could be found in the Dayton Daily News archives.
Articles uncovered point to difficult times in the Unicorn’s final years.
A 1999 story involved two brothers attacking a bartender.
In an a 2002 article about the city’s objections to the renewal of its liquor permit and those of about a dozen other businesses, it was reported that the Unicorn’s owner insisted that crimes around the bar were unrelated to the business.
The space that formerly held the Unicorn was the site of the Dayton Circus art event in 2009.
Since there is no Unicorn for us to visit today, we can only imagine the shenanigans that could be going down there at this very moment.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:08 PM
BELLEFONTAINE — A car crashed into the Au Natural Health Food store on South Main Street this afternoon.
Officers responded to the business around 3 p.m. after the car crashed through the front of the building, shattering glass.
Police were unable to provide any initial details on what caused the crash or if any injuries were reported.