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Driver accused of running girl, 17, over with car identified

Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 4:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 10:43 AM

Kimmel Lane 17-year-old struck by vehicle

UPDATE @ 3:14 p.m. (Nov. 2.):

Prosecutors approved multiple charges against the driver accused of running over a 17-year-old girl.

Khadijah Thompson is charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon and felonious assault with the intent of serious harm, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Tara Dunbar, who was with Thompson, was charged with two counts abduction, improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle.

The prosecutor’s office identified Thompson as the driver in the case.

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UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (Nov. 1):

A woman who called 911 after a 17-year-old girl was run over multiple times by another vehicle said the incident was sparked by “jealousy” and deputies said it stemmed from ongoing romantic relationships.

Deputies responded to the hit-and-run pedestrian crash in the 1500 block of Kimmel Lane Tuesday afternoon.

“The girl got into the car, started it up and pressed on the gas,” said Seantel McGarick, who said she’s been in a relationship with the victim for about six months.  “[She] ran her over and then ran her over again.”

The 17-year-old was transported to a local hospital, where at last check she was listed in critical condition, deputies said.

McGarick said she and the victim were walking through the neighborhood when a group of girls pulled up and got into an altercation them.

“She was just trying to get away,” McGarick said, referring to the 17-year-old.

Before the teen was run over multiple times, McGarick said she tried to intervene and stop the incident from happening.

“I tried to do my best,” she said.

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McGarick said it’s been a tough 24 hours, as she spent the entire night at the hospital with the victim and today she said she was interviewed by detectives.

Deputies arrested two women in connection to the incident: Tara Dunbar, 34, is being detained on one count of abduction and Khadijah Thompson, 23, is jailed on two counts of felony assault

Now, McGarick hopes her friend can recover from the serious injuries, but is thankful the suspects in the case are in jail.

“I want they to stay in jail for quite a long time,” McGarick said.

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UPDATE @ 11:51 a.m. (Nov. 1):

Ongoing romantic relationships are being investigated as a possible motive for a driver intentionally running over a 17-year-old girl Tuesday afternoon, deputies said.

UPDATE @ 10:42 a.m. (Nov. 1):

The condition of the 17-year-old girl run over by a vehicle during an apparent domestic violence incident has worsened this morning, sheriff’s officials said.

The teen is now listed in critical condition.

Two people called 911 to report the hit-and-run crash.

“My girlfriend just got hit by a car,” one caller told emergency dispatchers, as screaming could be heard in the background.  “I know who they are,” she added referring to the suspects in the case.

The second person told dispatchers the 17-year-old was hit by a vehicle and was bleeding from her mouth.

INITIAL REPORT:

Two women are in jail after a 17-year-old girl was run over twice during an apparent domestic violence incident in Jefferson Twp. Tuesday afternoon.

Tara Dunbar, 34, is being detained on one count of abduction and Khadijah Thompson, 23, is jailed on two counts of felony assault after a hit-and-run left a young woman in serious condition at a local hospital.

Authorities were dispatched to the 1500 block of Kimmel Lane around 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday on a reported pedestrian strike, which they found began as a domestic violence incident.  

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According to the preliminary investigation, one of three women who were arguing behind a now closed firehouse on Kimmel Lane had a handgun.

A person who identified herself to deputies as a witness said someone involved in the altercation held a gun to her head when she tried to help the victim.

The victim took off running and made it as far as a driveway across the street before she was run over by what officials believe to be the car involved in the incident, a white Chevrolet Impala. After a search, Sheriff’s detectives located the vehicle in the 600 block of Mia Avenue late Tuesday night. The car was loaded onto a flatbed trailer for transport to the sheriff’s office impound lot.

  

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Latoya Davis, visiting with her grandmother who lives on Kimmel Lane, said she hated to hear that a child had been run over by a car in the neighborhood she described as peaceful.

“Our sympathy goes out to the family,” Davis said. 

“It makes me feel nervous to know that something like that is so close to home. I know it can happen anywhere, but that kind of sounds out of the ordinary for this neighborhood,” she said.

The incident still remains under investigation.   

Detectives will work with prosecutors to file formal charges.

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Body found wrapped in cloth on Dayton property identified

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

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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.

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“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.

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

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