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NEW DETAILS: Witness saw husband, wife before her death, sheriff says

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:45 PM

NEW DETAILS: Witness saw husband, wife before her death, sheriff says

Investigators believe they have witnesses who can place a husband at the scene where his wife was found dead in a car, Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said Tuesday.

Randy Freels faces a charge of one count of murder in the death of his wife, Samantha Freels, 52, who was found in a wrecked car with a gunshot wound Friday.

Bail for Randy Freels, 57, was set at $1.5 million Tuesday in Miami County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty.

EARLIER: Miami County woman found dead, husband held

Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell asked Judge Gary Nasal to set “a substantial cash bond as high as the court is willing to give. This is based on his conduct and the charge itself.”

Duchak said a check of available department records to 2010 did not show any sheriff’s office calls to the Freels’ residence.

WATCH: Husband gets $1.5M bond in death of Samantha Freels. Randy Freels has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his wife who was found inside her car last Friday.

One of the witnesses told investigators she stopped on Ohio 55 around 2:50 p.m. Jan. 12 to ask a man and woman in the road if they needed assistance, then heard “six to eight popping sounds” a short time later after pulling into her nearby driveway, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The witness said the woman “appeared nervous and the male did not make eye contact with her and did not speak,” according to the report. The witness, after viewing a photograph, said she believed the woman was Samantha Freels of Union Twp.

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Emergency crews were called just after 3 p.m. Friday for a report of a car into a creek in the area of Ohio 55 and Elleman Road — near where the woman had encountered the couple earlier.

Investigators initially thought the driver, Samantha Freels, died because of the crash but later found she had a gunshot wound.

A sheriff’s investigator at the scene noticed a “fresh bullet hole” on the vehicle’s trunk lid.

Randy Freels was arrested Friday evening at the couple’s home on South Rangeline Road.

Duchak said Tuesday that the investigation continues after a search of a car driven by Samantha Freels, a truck also found near the crash scene and registered to Samantha Freels and the Rangeline Road, Ludlow Falls, residence.

The sheriff said numerous weapons were found in the search of the home, including long rifles and pistols. He did not have an exact number but said it would be “in excess of 40.”

“We have several witnesses we believe will place him at the scene,” Duchak said Tuesday.

Samantha Freels was employed as a digital sales specialist for Cox Media Group Ohio, the parent company of WHIO-TV and Dayton Daily News.

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U.S. Marshals surround Warren County house; man taken into custody

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

A man was taken into custody at about 11 a.m. 
NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
A man was taken into custody at about 11 a.m. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

UPDATE @ 11 a.m.:

A man has been taken into custody without incident at the Franklin Twp. home.

A man was taken into custody at about 11 a.m.(NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

INITIAL REPORT:

U.S. Marshals and Warren County law enforcement are at a Franklin Twp. residence this morning for a person who reportedly is not coming out for warrant service, according to police scanner traffic.

MORE: 44 people indicted in Butler, Warren counties

At about 9:50 a.m. the Marshals were at a residence in the 3600 block of Wilson Farms Boulevard to serve a warrant for escape.

The person was reportedly hiding in the attic and not coming out, according to scanner traffic.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more information as it develops.

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NEW DETAILS: Cabela’s rifle thief may be connected to other crimes

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:30 AM


            Police say these photos of a man and a vehicle from a recent shoplifting at Walmart in Fairfield Twp. may be connected to the theft of a rifle from Cabela’s in West Chester Twp.
Police say these photos of a man and a vehicle from a recent shoplifting at Walmart in Fairfield Twp. may be connected to the theft of a rifle from Cabela’s in West Chester Twp.

West Chester Police have released additional photos of a suspect in a recent rifle theft from Cabela’s as well as thefts from a store in a neighboring township.

FIRST REPORT: Do you recognize this suspect from Cabela’s gun theft

A man allegedly concealed a Savage model B22 .22 caliber rifle under his clothing and walked out of Cabela’s, 7250 Cabela Drive, on April 24, according to a police report.

West Chester Twp. police said it appeared the suspect may have been wearing a Houston Rockets basketball jersey under a jacket.

MORE: Hamilton man cited after hitting house with car

Police now have additional photos of a man and a vehicle they say may be connected to that theft and recent shoplifting from Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

Police say the man has a tattoo on his right forearm and appears to drive a late model black or dark blue Chevy Equinox with no front license plate.

Anyone with information should call West Chester police at 513-759-7270 or at 513-777-2231.

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Middletown restaurant robbery suspect caught in Atlanta

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Middletown police released this photo of the person who jumped a counter at Subway on March 3, 2017, pointed a gun at employees but who didn’t steal any money.
FILE PHOTO
Middletown police released this photo of the person who jumped a counter at Subway on March 3, 2017, pointed a gun at employees but who didn’t steal any money.(FILE PHOTO)

A man who allegedly walked into a Middletown Subway restaurant with a gun and chased employees out the back door, has been indicted for aggravated robbery and robbery in Georgia.

RELATED: Suspect in Middletown attempted robbery may have struck before

In March 2017, Deandre Yates, 21, of Cincinnati, allegedly entered the Subway restaurant on Verity Parkway with a gun to rob the business and employees.

The suspect fled after several employees ran out of the restaurant and called police.

Yates allegedly was part of “serial robberies” in Cincinnati and Georgia, according to Middletown Detective Kristi Hughes.

After Yates robbed the Middletown Subway, he committed another robbery of a Subway in Georgia two days later, according to Hughes.

He was wearing the same clothes in both robberies, she said.

MORE: Hamilton man cited for hitting house with car

During the robbery in Georgia, a Subway employee shot Yates in the stomach and he was transported to a local hospital, Hughes said.

The car that dropped off Yates at the hospital matched the description of the vehicle that he drove to the Middletown Subway, she said.

Yates was charged with the robberies after he had multiple surgeries, Hughes said.

Hughes said she believes Yates was part of an “organized group” that was committing robberies throughout the country.

An investigation revealed Yates had robbed a Waffle House in Hamilton County prior to the Subway robbery in Middletown, wearing the same clothes and holding a gun.

Hughes worked with Harrison Police Detective Rick Sak on finding the suspect, investigating the robberies and building a case.

Yates has been indicted in Hamilton County Common Pleas Criminal Court on counts of aggravated robbery and robbery. After he serves 18 months in Cobb County, Ga., he will be extradited back to Hamilton County, Hughes said.

Throughout the 14-month investigation, Hughes said Middletown police built “good relationships” with several other police departments.

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Two Mason boys sentenced, Springboro boy freed in school-threat cases

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:44 PM


            Two 13-year-old Mason boys on Wednesday were placed on probation and ordered to write an apologies for making threats against their school in separate incidents in April. In a third hearing Wednesday in Warren County Juvenile Court, Judge Joe Kirby released to his father a Clearcreek Twp. boy student charged with threatening to shoot up his school on May 15 with Nerf guns. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD
Two 13-year-old Mason boys on Wednesday were placed on probation and ordered to write an apologies for making threats against their school in separate incidents in April. In a third hearing Wednesday in Warren County Juvenile Court, Judge Joe Kirby released to his father a Clearcreek Twp. boy student charged with threatening to shoot up his school on May 15 with Nerf guns. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD

Two 13-year-old Mason boys on Wednesday were placed on probation and ordered to write an apologies for making threats against their school in separate incidents in April.

In a third hearing Wednesday in Warren County Juvenile Court, Judge Joe Kirby released to a Clearcreek Twp. boy to his father. The student was charged with threatening to shoot up his school on May 15 with Nerf guns.

RELATED: ‘See something, say something’ working for Springboro schools in threat incidents

Over the past three months, Kirby has presided over 15 or more school threat cases.

On Wednesday, the Mason boys appeared in separate hearings where they admitted to charges before being sentenced.

One boy was accused of “circulating a warning of an impending crime, namely someone wanting to shoot students at the Mason Middle School, knowing the warning to be false” on April 8, according to charging documents.

RELATED: 13-year-old stole friend’s identity to make on-line school threat in Mason

The threat, posted on the district’s Schoology page, contained “a great deal of vulgarity” indicated the boy was “impersonating a classmate, and that there was no credible threat to school or student safety,” according to a message from the district.

The other boy admitted “murmuring” a threat to shoot his teacher after being reprimanded for listening to videos with headphones during class on April 12.

RELATED: 2nd Mason boy charged in school threat case

Both passed polygraphs, admitted to inducing panic and received suspended detention sentences.

Kirby was harder on the boy who used his friend’s computer identity to make the threat. The friend’s parents said he had been shaken by the experience.

“Unbelievable,” Kirby said. “It sounds to me like you’re a jerk.”

MORE: Threat prompts cancellation of last day of school at Middletown High

In the other case, lawyer Ed Perry said violent video games arm the children with words like Glock, the kind of gun his client said he would use on his teacher, although he admitted during the hearing he didn’t know much about that type of gun.

“I don’t think the children appreciate what they are talking about,” Perry said.

Kirby released the Springboro student accused in a May 15 incident. Kirby barred the boy from access to weapons or the internet or school, which ends on Thursday, except for a hearing on whether he should be expelled. He is to return to court on June 20.

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