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2 gunmen sought in abduction

Police are looking for two gunmen who abducted a man from a city park in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon and released him about two hours later.

“Other than being shaken up, he was unharmed,” Springfield Sgt. Jeff Williams said late Wednesday night.

The abducted man, who is in his late 20s, was taken from Rose Street Park and then to his residence on Johnny Lytle Avenue, said Williams and Lt. Jeff Meyer.

The man had gone to the park, about five blocks from his residence, to visit with friends. He was parking his vehicle when he said the gunmen forced him into a silver Chevy Impala, Williams said.

What is not clear is whether the captors followed the man to the park or were there waiting for him, Williams said. The incident at the park occurred maybe an hour before police learned about it, the sergeant said.

Police were alerted at about 4 p.m., when an adult called police to report that several children apparently walked into the house, saw the three men, and were abruptly told to leave, Williams said.

Whether the children saw guns was not immediately clear, Williams and Meyer said.

Before police could get to the residence, all three were gone and the captors took the man to several more addresses in the area.

Once he was released, the man flagged down a passing motorist and used her cell phone to call someone for a ride home. Police were there when he arrived at about 6 p.m., Williams said.

He told police the kidnapping was about money. He also told police he didn’t know his captors.

Meyer said the victim told police that one of his captors was armed with a black handgun and the other had a chrome handgun.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is involved as well with police, who are also looking for the Impala. STAFF REPORT

Man charged with sexual battery

The sheriff’s office response to a Pleasant Twp. home on the report of an unruly juvenile last week led to the arrest of a 52-year-0ld man on a sexual battery charge.

According to a press release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, members of the U.S. Marshal’s SOFAST Task Force located and arrested Earrol D. Morefield, 52, of 6253 Pleasant Chapel Road, in the city of Springfield.

Detectives learned during the investigation that the female juvenile was the victim of a sexual assault that occurred almost a year ago, according to the release.

He was booked into the Clark County Jail on the third-degree felony. STAFF REPORT

Escaped pet bird leads to fight

Two people were arrested on assault charges and a warrant was requested for the arrest of another after tempers flared over an escaped pet bird, according to Springfield police reports.

Mildred L. Thomason, 47, and Ronald McCormick, 52, both of 935 N. Limestone St., Apt. 2, were charged with assault and a warrant was requested on a 26-year-old man, also of that address.

Thomason is accused of punching a 32-year-old woman about 6:45 p.m. at her home because she was angry about an open window and her pet bird flying out of it, according to reports.

The 26-year-old man allegedly then jumped on Thomason and choked her. McCormick is then alleged to have jumped in to assist Thomason by grabbing the younger man by the throat and punching him.

The younger man and woman were transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center for treatment. STAFF REPORT


• A generator, valued at nearly $1,820, was reported stolen between April 8 and 9 from Competition Accessories, 343 W. Leffel Lane, Springfield.

• A laptop computer, GPS unit and car audio equipment, valued at $1,900, was reported stolen between 9:30 and 9:50 p.m. Tuesday from a vehicle in the 1800 block of Chatham Place, Springfield.

• A laptop computer, valued at nearly $760, was reported stolen between Jan. 1 and March 1 from a resident’s room at Oakwood Village, 1500 Villa Road, Springfield. STAFF REPORTS

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