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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 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:14 AM
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Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:23 PM
KETTERING — Lyn Grant has gotten comfortable during the nearly 40 years she has lived in Kettering.
But she's not naive enough to allow her comfort to lull her into unrealistic feelings of safety.
"I've notice the neighborhood changing a little bit," Grant told News Center 7's Lauren Clark on Monday evening. "We had a car stolen once."
To keep tabs on her neighborhood and its surroundings, Grant said she'll probably make use of a new online crime-mapping tool the police department is offering in partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions "to be aware, to be on the lookout."
The tool, Community Crime Map, makes information easily available for Grant and her neighbors who want to monitor crime.
According to Kettering police officials, Grant and people like her inspired the department to partner with LexisNexis to create the crime-mapping tool.
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It's easy to use:
* Either enter your ZIP code or select OH-Kettering from the pull down list of communities
* You can also search by date range and event
* All incidents in the area you select will display on the map by type of crime
* The Data Grid tab displays crime information by incident type, date, location
* The Analytics tab displays graphs and charts of crimes by type, by day of the week and time of day
* In the top right corner of the page, you can sign up for daily, weekly or monthly crime alerts by incident type
Residents also can sign up to receive crime alerts and neighborhood watch email reports of recent crimes from the police department.
Miami Twp. recently contracted with LexisNexis to provide the service. Troy in Miami County and Bellbrook in Greene County are doing the same.
If your community has partnered with LexisNexis, you too can find out crime data for where you live.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 7:34 PM
MIAMI VALLEY — Spring will officially arrive at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. A winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and will bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the region over the next 48 hours.
RELATED: Winter Weather Advisory in effect
Precipitation is expected to develop early Tuesday morning across the far southern Miami Valley and spread northward toward I-70 by daybreak. Much of the precipitation will fall as rain, but as temperatures drop toward daybreak, a band of freezing rain is possible.
The morning commute may not be too bad, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
"The last few days of mild temperatures has helped push road surface temperatures well above freezing. That means that main roads should just be wet early Tuesday," he said. "However, elevated surfaces like cars, bridges and decks could become slippery."
But the wintry weather won't be over yet.
A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect as of 8 p.m. Tuesday and continue until 8 p.m. Wednesday. A break in the precipitation is expected midday Tuesday before returning in the evening. As temperatures drop after sunset, snow will become the primary form of precipitation and it will increase in coverage and intensity Tuesday night, Elwell.
"Snowfall amounts will generally range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday," Elwell said. "But isolated higher amounts are possible.
This is something we'll have to watch closely as new model data comes in."
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 8:53 PM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 10:42 PM
GREENVILLE — UPDATE @ 10:39 p.m.:
Power has been restored to the nearly 200 DP&L customers who were without power Monday night, according to the DP&L Outage Map.
A tree had fallen on power lines around 6:30 p.m. on Jaysville-St Johns Road in Greenville.
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Almost 200 DP&L customers are without power because of a fallen tree in Greenville Monday night.
A large tree fell on DP&L power lines around 6:30 p.m. on Jaysville-St Johns Road north of US-36, according to dispatchers.
The scene has been cleared but DP&L is working to restore power, according to DP&L spokesperson Mary Ann Kabel.