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Miami County husband faces April trial date in wife’s shooting death

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 1:58 PM


            Randy Freels of Miami County is charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, Samantha Freels.
Randy Freels of Miami County is charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife, Samantha Freels.

TROY - A jury trial is scheduled to begin April 17 in Miami County Common Pleas Court for Randy Freels, 57, of Union Twp., who faces a charge of murder in the Jan. 12 death of his wife, Samantha Freels.

The trial is scheduled for four days, according to paperwork filed this week in county Common Pleas Court.

Freels has pleaded not guilty to grand jury indictments for tampering with evidence, improper discharge of a firearm, murder and felonious assault. He also faces three firearms specifications.

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Samantha Freels, 52, died of a single gunshot wound. Her body was found in her car, which had gone off Ohio 55 near West Milton during an afternoon snow storm. Investigators initially thought the death could be from a weather-related accident until a fresh bullet hole was found in the car.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13, on a motion by Freels for return of property he said was taken by investigators. Freels said he wants to hire a private lawyer but first needs to have property returned. The nature of that property has not been disclosed.

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Sheriff Dave Duchak said after Randy Freels’ arrest that investigators seized a number of weapons during search of Freels’ property on South Rangeline Road. A search warrant and inventory outlining what was taken was sealed by court order.

Freels is being represented by the county public defender’s office.

He is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

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Springfield man sentenced for impregnating 13-year-old

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:35 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:33 PM

Springfield man sentenced for impregnating 13-year-old girl

UPDATE 1 p.m.

Preston McQuinn went before Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Douglas Rastatter Monday. McQuinn pleaded guilty to a count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in April, according to online court records.

Along with having to serve two years community control, McQuinn must also obtain his GED, maintain employment, and was ordered to pay child support for the baby he fathered in the case, according to Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Picek.

He will also be a tier II sex offender for 25 years, Picek said.

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“If he violates the terms of his community control, he will be sentenced to one year in prison,” Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Picek said.

Earlier report

A 20-year-old Springfield man will be sentenced today for impregnating a 13-year-old he met at school.

Preston McQuinn will go before Clark County Common Pleas Court Judge Douglas Rastatter today at 8:30 a.m. McQuinn pleaded guilty to a count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in April, according to online court records.

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A Springfield police report says officers responded to a call of suspicious activity on North Limestone Street in August of 2017. There, they found McQuinn and the 14-year-old, according to the report.

Officers called the girl’s mother who told officers she had warned her daughter to stay away from him.

“When (the mother) arrived on the scene, I informed her that her daughter snuck out of the house and was found with a 19-year-old,” the report says. “(The mother) immediately knew who I was referring to. (The mother) continued by explaining her daughter was impregnated by (him).”

Law enforcement conducted an interview with the girl who told police that McQuinn didn’t know her age when they had “consensual sex” the report says.

McQuinn would have been 19 years old and the girl 13 years old at the time the baby was conceived, the report says.

“(The girl) stated that they did have sexual intercourse after he found out she was not 16,” the report says.

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The child was born in November, according to the affidavit, and McQuinn is the father.

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Child rapist believed to have attacked up to 100 kids is no longer a threat, doctors say

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 4:49 AM

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Correction said Wayne Chapman was recently evaluated by qualified mental health examiners who ruled he is no longer a threat to children.
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Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Correction said Wayne Chapman was recently evaluated by qualified mental health examiners who ruled he is no longer a threat to children.(Boston25News.com)

convicted child rapist believed to have attacked as many as 100 children is going to be released. 

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Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Correction told WFXT that Wayne Chapman was recently evaluated by qualified mental health examiners who ruled he is no longer a threat to children. 

Unlike Chapman's past bids for freedom, it doesn't appear there was a hearing this time.

The families of Chapman's victims were notified Monday that he could be out as soon as Tuesday.

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"Suddenly he's no longer sexually dangerous simply by virtue, what, that he's older? That doesn't make any sense," said Melanie Perkins. 

Chapman has also been suspected in the 1976 disappearance of a 10-year-old Lawrence boy. Perkins was childhood friends with Andy Puglisi and in 1976, Andy disappeared from a Lawrence swimming pool. 

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"My heart breaks for his family and for all the victims of Wayne Chapman because there are many. Children in Providence who were raped by him, children in Massachusetts who were raped by him," Perkins said.

Chapman has been fighting for his release since 2004, when he finished a decades-long prison sentence for raping two Lawrence boys.

During a 2016 hearing, a forensic psychologist testified that Chapman believed that little boys wanted to have sex with him:

"The fact that in December 2014, a little more than a year ago, he was still saying he saw these children as willing participants in the assaults seem to us quite a severe cognitive distortion."

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Perkins wants to know why the same system that worked so hard to keep Chapman locked up has no decided to let him go free.

"Chapman is a serial pedophile and very likely a serial child murderer who will hurt and harm children again," said Perkins.

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An official with the Department of Correction says Chapman's release is already a done deal and he'll be out by Wednesday.

He won't have to go to a halfway house or group home.

WFXT is working to determine if Chapman will have any conditions or if he will have to register as a sex offender. 

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Springfield man stabbed in neck after argument at local gas station

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:50 AM

A collection of crime stories from SNS.

A Springfield man said a Sunday evening argument led to him being attacked by five people he couldn’t identify and eventually being stabbed in the neck.

Springfield police began their investigation Sunday night when they were called to the area of North Isabella Street and Keifer Avenue where they found the victim sitting on the ground against a fence covered in blood, according to a Springfield police report.

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“(The victim) was covered in blood from lacerations to the right side of his neck, lacerations on his right wrist and lacerations on his left leg,” the report says.

The man told police he had gotten into an argument at Speedway on North Street and that an unknown woman was mad at him because he had some of her stuff and she wanted it back, according to the report. The report doesn’t say how the man and woman knew each other.

“(The victim) ran from the Speedway towards Snyder Park,” the report says. “The unknown suspects caught up to (him) at the intersection of North Isabella Street and Maiden Lane. The unknown suspects got out of the vehicle and the unknown female suspect stabbed him in the right side.

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The victim said he was stabbed with a screwdriver, according to the report. He continued to try to get away, the report says, but he was eventually caught by a male suspect.

“One of the unknown male suspects tried to stab (him) with a knife,” the report says. “(The victim) tried to block it with his hand and received two lacerations to his right wrist Another unknown male suspect stabbed (him) with what he thought was a small pitchfork or backhoe causing two lacerations to his left leg.”

Officers were able to collect evidence from the scene including a bloody swimsuit and hoody. They also found tennis shoes covered in blood in the area of the attack.

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“No charges were filed at this time due to lack of information on the unknown suspects,” the report says.

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Visitation today for victims of Springfield murder-suicide

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 1:47 AM

Latest on Tuesday's murder-suicide in Springfield.

Two victims of a Springfield murder-suicide incident from this week will be remembered today.

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A notice in the Springfield News-Sun says a visitation for Jennifer Sirons and Andrea Heiser, who police say were killed by Eric Sirons, will take place starting at 10 a.m. today at Grace Lutheran Church. The visitation will last until 1 p.m., according to the notice.

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Jackson Lytle and Lewis Life Celebration Center is handling the arrangements, the notice says.

No other information was available Saturday.

Friends and family have remembered the women as caring people with a positive outlook. Andrea Heiser’s father said she had everything to live for.

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“Her and her mom were best friends,” he said. “I loved her more than anything.”

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