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Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 11:18 AM
The city of Dayton fired a firefighter who was arrested for drunken driving in February, which was his third driving while intoxicated arrest in four years, city records show.
Jacob Freels, 36, was discharged in March after the city charged him with administrative violations related to his arrest.
The city said Freels’ conduct was not appropriate for a public employee or violated the law, and he also had his license suspended, missed one of his shifts and called into dispatch to make a false claim of sick leave, according to disciplinary records in his personnel file obtained using Ohio’s public records laws.
The city discharged Freels on March 19. The records indicate Freels pleaded not guilty to the administrative charges on March 13.
On Feb. 24, police spotted Freels standing next to a white pickup truck he had reportedly crashed into a utility pole in the 1900 block of Bartley Road near the Northridge Estates, according to a report.
Freels, who was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech, according to the incident report, refused to take a field sobriety test or breath test for alcohol.
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 her car as she picked up food, but he drove off with her vehicle, a report states.
Freels was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, failure to control and OVI.
Late last month, Freels pleaded guilty to a second OVI offense within 10 years, court records show, and he was sentenced to two years probation and a five-year license suspension.
The failure to control and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charges were dismissed at the request of the prosecutor, court records show.
Freels, who was hired in 2007, previously was terminated in April 2015 but rehired in August 2015 after a civil service appeal.
In 2014, Freels pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Vandalia Municipal Court, court records show.
The arrest took place in late November 2013. Freels’ driver’s license was suspended from November 2013 to May 2014, with special conditions, the records show.
In July 2015, he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Montgomery County municipal court, records show.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:43 PM
CENTERVILLE — The mother of a Centerville student has filed a sheriff’s report claiming that her autistic son was placed in a room with no windows on Tuesday as a form of punishment for not meeting acceptable behavior standards.
The school district said the room has a window but would not talk about the specifics of the woman’s complaints.
Monique Williams, the mother of 11-year-old Michael Dixon, a special needs student at Watts Middle School said her son was locked in a “small room similar to a closet as a form of punishment” instead of being allowed to attend the “Jazz on the Lawn” event with other students in his class, according to the sheriff’s report.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office had a deputy go to the school to investigate the incident.
Williams alleges in the police report that a teaching aide told her that her son, who also has ADHD and asthma, “did not acquire enough points on his good behavior to attend” the event, so he had to spend time in the room.
She said she was told other students had been placed in the room for bad behavior and that her son was not injured. Her son told her that this was not the first time he had been placed in the room.
Sarah Swan, community relations specialist for the school district, said the district would not comment on the specifics of the allegation, but provided a statement on the issue.
“We cannot go into the specifics of the situation due to student confidentiality,” she said in a statement. “There is a room located in the office area at Watts Middle School that has traditionally been used when students lose privileges. The door to the room is kept open, and it also has a window.”
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:24 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:33 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 3:35 p.m.: A 50-year-old man has been arrested in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash that left a Dayton woman dead, according to a police spokeswoman.
Robert Butt was arrested Tuesday morning on preliminary charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and failure to stop after an accident, according to police and jail records.
Butt remains in the Montgomery County Jail pending the filing of formal charges, according to investigators.
Butt is accused of leaving the scene of a crash in the 3300 block of Needmore Road on Sunday that killed 49-year-old Lynn Goss.
Additional details were not available.
A 49-year-old Dayton woman was killed in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning on Needmore Road, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.
Lynn Goss was pronounced dead at Grandview Hospital after the crash in the 3300 block of Needmore about 2:30 a.m., the coroner's office said.
Goss' death was ruled an accident and she was a passenger on the motorcycle, officials said.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 5:50 PM
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Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:46 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:19 AM
HUBER HEIGHTS — UPDATE @ 7:30 a.m: Huber Heights police have arrested two 18-year-old males in connection with a Target break-in that led to a pursuit early Wednesday morning.
Ankeese Brown and Cy’Ran Campbell, both from Dayton, are currently in Montgomery County Jail, according to the jail website.
The teens are suspected of breaking into the Target on Executive Blvd., where one to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen.
They then led police on a pursuit on Old Troy Pike that ended on Taylorsville Road after an officer made contact with the left rear tire of their vehicle, causing it to spin.
Their charges are pending at this time.
UPDATE @5:10 a.m.
One to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen when a Target was broken into early Wednesday morning.
Police said the two to three males who broke into the store also attempted to break into a locked phone case, but were unsuccessful.
Officers responded to Target located the suspect vehicle traveling south on Old Troy Pike near I-70. The vehicle did not stop and continued south on Old Troy Pike, and near Taylorsville Road, an officer made contact with the left rear tire, spinning the vehicle.
A few minutes later, the vehicle stopped on Taylorsville Road. Two inside the vehicle were detained.
UPDATE @ 3:20 a.m: Two men are in custody after reportedly breaking into Target and leading officials on a pursuit Wednesday morning, officials say.
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Huber Heights police were dispatched to the store at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. on reports of a break-in, per initial reports.
After seeing a car that matched the suspect vehicle description, a short, low-speed pursuit began southbound on Old Troy Pike near the I-70 overpass, according to officials.
The pursuit ended in the 5600 block of Taylorsville Road and the suspects were apprehended.
Officials say the men could face charges including failure to comply and breaking and entering.
No word on if anything was taken from the store.
Police are responding to a break-in that occurred at the Target in Huber Heights Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m., per initial reports.
There are at least three subjects reportedly involved.