Dayton firefighter in OVI arrest: ‘Do you know how many lives I’ve saved?’

Published: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

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. 

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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.

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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.

INITIAL REPORT:

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.

We’re working to learn more.

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Police ask for the public's help in finding shooting suspect in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:17 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:07 PM

Man reports being shot in Dayton

UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m.:

The victim of the shooting that occurred at Oxford and Windsor Avenues is currently at an unknown hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries, said Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman.

The victim was walking down the street on a sidewalk when another man came up to him, pulled out a handgun, and shot him for some unknown reason. Witnesses say they heard a gunshot, but didn’t see anyone run away or drive off.

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Crews found shell cases in the street, and Crime Scene Investigators are on scene recovering those shell casings. They hope to tie the casings to a handgun, and with that information, hopefully detectives can determine who the handgun belongs to. 

“We are hoping anyone who knows anything or saw this incident can call the Dayton Police Department (937-333-2677) or the regional dispatch center (937-225-4357) and please give us some information so we can bring this crime to a closure,” said Sgt. Coleman.

FIRST REPORT:

A man said he was shot in the leg, but he didn’t see anyone around him in Dayton Sunday.

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The man called police while in the 700 block of Oxford Avenue around 3:30 p.m. but said the incident occurred on Lexington Avenue at Windsor Avenue, said regional dispatchers.

Police do have a suspect that is described as a male in his early 20s, weighs about 140 pounds, and was wearing a black t-shirt and shorts, according to regional dispatchers.

Medics are on scene.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

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Sunday highlights from the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:24 PM

Airshow National Anthem

UPDATE @4:24 p.m.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are now on the ground, marking an end to the flying acts. 

PHOTOS: Sunday at the Dayton Air Show

UPDATE @3:40 p.m.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are now performing. WATCH LIVE HERE.

UPDATE @3:27 p.m.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are preparing to take flight. They are the last performance scheduled for today’s Dayton Air Show. 

>> Blue Angels thrill crowd during Saturday’s performance

UPDATE @2:40 p.m.

Tora Tora Tora, the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, is now taking place.

UPDATE @2:08 p.m.

The F-22 Demonstration is now taking place at the Dayton Vectren Air Show.

Next up: U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and, finally, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

UPDATE @1:15 p.m.

B-17 Movie Memphis Belle: The movie Memphis Belle commemorates the real B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress during World War II heavy bomber. 

UPDATE @1:12 p.m.

Vicky Benzing is known for her record as “Fastest Woman Racer” in the history of the Reno Air Races in Nevada.  

Today at the Vectren Dayton Air Show she was able to complete all of her stunts, though she said Saturday she couldn’t perform her opening stunt because of lower clouds.  

Today the air show is running a high show. On Saturday, only a few of the earlier acts couldn’t perform at a high level because of lower clouds.  Benzing learned to fly at a young age and has been flying for over 30 years. The Californian also has a Ph.D. in Chemistry.

UPDATE @12:45 p.m.

The U.S. Army Golden Knights have completed their act. Vicky Benzing will take to the air next. 

 

UPDATE @12:19 p.m.

The flag taken up by the Redline Circle of Cincinnati has dropped, and the Vectren Dayton Air Show is starting up. 

Lead pilot of Redline Ken Rieder knew he was going to be a pilot almost his entire life.

He went to his first air show in Waynesville when he was 5 years old.

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“My dad was driving up to Columbus for something. We saw it as we were driving by and I was excited, so he pulled in.”

At a young age, Rieder started building model planes, joined the Civil Air Patrol at 12 years old and eventually got his pilot’s license at age 21.

“From there on it was everything I could do to get flying,” Rieder said.

The Dayton Air Show is particular important to Rieder as the first large air show he had ever attended. He said he never imagined he’d be flying in the Dayton Air Show when he was younger.

Now he’s not only flying in the show, but he built the planes he and partner Ron Thocker are flying today. The team will be back later in the show. 

Flight by B-17

UPDATE @11:50 a.m.

Flying acts will begin soon. 

Watch live coverage of the acts here.

 

FIRST REPORT

Gates are open for the last day of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m. Gates close at 6 p.m.

>> Saturday highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Flight by Red Tail P-51
 

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Reward offered for missing guest book of Harrison Twp. stabbing victim

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

Harrison Twp. family searching for missing guest book

The family of Amber Hoover, who was found with multiple stab wounds behind a Harrison Twp. home last week, are offering a reward for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the guest book that is missing from her funeral.

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Hoover, 42, was found stabbed behind a residence on Embury Park Road on June 10, and was pronounced dead at Grandview Medical Center.  The coroner's office ruled the incident a homicide and said Hoover died of multiple stab wounds. 

Hoover’s mother and daughter, who are still mourning the loss, are now focused on finding the missing guest book.

“We absolutely don’t care who has it or why you have it”, said Kelsey Jewett, Hoover’s daughter. “If you have it, we just want it back”.

They are not accusing anyone of stealing the book and are aware it could have simply been misplaced, as there were plenty of visitors at Hoover’s funeral last week. 

“That’s our one last memory to speak of Amber”, said Theresa Jones, Hoover’s mother.

According to a Montgomery County Sheriff's incident report, deputies found two witnesses and a possible suspect when her body was found. 

Sheriff's investigators know who fatally stabbed Hoover, but they have not arrested the person. 

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Multi-vehicle crash reported in Huber Heights

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

Crews responded to a multiple vehicle accident in Huber Heights Sunday.

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Dispatchers confirmed the crash occurred at Brandt Pike and Kitridge Road around 11:50 a.m.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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