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Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 6:47 AM
TROY — A Union Twp. man indicted for murder in the Jan. 12 fatal shooting of his wife wants to hire a private lawyer but claims investigators wrongfully seized personal property he needs to use to pay the bill.
A motion for Randy Freels, 57, asking a Miami County judge to hold a hearing on his claim was filed Wednesday in county Common Pleas Court by Public Defender Steve Layman. The county public defenders' office has represented Freels in court hearings since his arrest Jan. 12 in the death of Samantha Freels, 52.
She was found deceased in her wrecked car off Ohio 55 in Union Twp. during a snow storm. Her death has been attributed to a gunshot wound.
Randy Freels pleaded not guilty Monday to felony murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and illegal discharge of a firearm. His bail was set at $1.5 million. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 5, before Judge Jeannine Pratt.
In the motion, Layman asks the court to schedule a hearing as soon as it can "to establish the validity of these claims and to ensure that defendant has access to any legitimate funds to allow him to pursue representation."
The nature of the personal property Freels is referring to was not specified in the motion. Investigators conducted a search of his vehicle and home on South Rangeline Road on Jan. 12. Information on what was seized in that search would be part of the search warrant inventory in the case. The search warrant affidavit and inventory were sealed in county Municipal Court.
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:58 PM
BETHEL TWP., Clark County — A man and child were taken to area hospitals Sunday afternoon following an ATV rollover crash.
The crash was reported around 2:20 p.m. in the 4600 block of New Carlisle Pike, west of Springfield.
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A man was taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, and a child was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening, according to crews on the scene.
Published: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 12:21 AM
Updated: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:45 a.m: The fire that occurred at a duplex on Kammer Avenue Monday morning is being investigated as suspicious, Dayton fire officials say.
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Crews responded to the structure fire in the 300 block around 12:20 a.m. with heavy fire coming from the first floor.
The residence where the fire occurred was occupied by two adults and two children who were all able to escape unharmed. There was no one inside the adjacent residence.
There are no exact damage estimates, but the fire did expose to other parts of the duplex, according to officials.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Officials are responding to Kammer Avenue on reports of a structure fire that occurred early Monday morning.
Crews were dispatched to the residence in the 300 block around 12:20 a.m. on reports of a working fire, per initial reports.
We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with additional details.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 11:59 PM
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Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 11:12 PM
DAYTON — Crews are on scene of a reported stabbing that occurred on Ferguson Avenue late Sunday night.
Initial reports indicate officials responded to the incident in the 900 block around 11 p.m.