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Local man accused of crashing Jeep near White House waives right to speedy trial

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 3:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 3:37 PM

The Kettering man accused of crashing his Jeep into steel barriers near the White House earlier this year waived his right to a speedy trial Wednesday as both the defense and prosecution asked for more time to review evidence in the case.

Both sides, however, left room for the possibility that Joseph Reel, 32, may enter a plea as soon as Oct. 4, when he is scheduled to return to court.

At a status hearing before District Judge Rudolph “Rudy” Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Wednesday, Reel’s court-appointed attorney, Tony Miles, said Reel “might be prepared” for a resolution during the next court appearance.

“That would be nice,” Contreras replied.

Reel, clad in an orange jump suit, did not speak during the hearing, which lasted fewer than five minutes.

Secret Service police say that in the early morning of June 9, Reel rigged the accelerator of his 2008 Jeep Patriot to travel as fast as 45 mph without a driver. The Jeep slammed into a light post, a steel bike rack and a barrier near the White House.

Shortly after that, police say, Secret Service officers saw a man – identified later as Reel - jump the fence next to an office building on White House grounds. They say his intention was to spray paint the phrase “don’t tread on me” somewhere on White House grounds.

Police said they later found a wide range of weapons in Reel’s Kettering home — including a Glock 21 .45-caliber pistol, a Taurus .22-caliber firearm, a spiked baseball bat, a sword, spear, two ballistics vests, four hunting knives and a gas mask. They also found a YouTube video of him talking about his plans.

Florida teen accused of fatally shooting friend while playing with gun

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:35 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:35 PM


            Florida teen accused of fatally shooting friend while playing with gun

Three young men were hanging out when one accidentally shot another, according to WPLG

WFOR reported that Brandon Velez, 19, and Bobby Duverny, 20, were in a friend’s bedroom when they got their hands on a gun. 

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According to police, Velez was allegedly pointing the gun at Duverny, who grabbed the barrel, which caused the gun to discharge. 

The third friend called 911, but Duverny died at the scene.

Velez was found at his house where he admitted to trying to burn the clothes he had been wearing and dispose of the gun. He confessed to the shooting and is now facing charges of manslaughter with deadly weapon. 

WPLG reported Velez was out of jail on bond for other charges before the incident.

Georgia man dies after deputy shocks him with Taser

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:02 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:02 PM


            Georgia man dies after deputy shocks him with Taser

A suspect has died after he was shocked with a Taser by deputies executing a search warrant. 

Butts County deputies executed a narcotics and meth search warrant around 5 a.m. Friday at a home near Jackson, Georgia.

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There was an altercation between deputies and the suspect, Douglas Tanner, 53. 

A deputy shocked Tanner with a Taser. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. 

Neighbor Ronald Ball told WSB-TV he had no idea there was a suspected meth lab just a few doors down. 

"I'm just totally surprised. Wow," he said. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident. 

Deputies injured while arresting drug suspect

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:29 PM

Deputies injured while arresting drug suspect

An individual is in jail and sheriff’s deputies were treated after being injured in the man’s arrest. 

Around 11:45 a.m. Friday, Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies from the Jefferson Twp. substation were called to the area of Rossiter Drive and Dayton-Liberty Road for an illegal drug transaction.

Deputies in the area found an individual that matched the suspect’s description. The man fled on foot and a short pursuit ensued.

The suspect, who has not been identified, reportedly ran into a house on Hagen Avenue, and when deputies followed him inside, he assaulted the deputies, according to a media release.

During the investigation, deputies found illegal narcotics and a large amount of cash on the subject.

“During a search of the residence, a large amount of U.S. currency was located along with a gun, additional narcotics and drug paraphernalia,” according to a release written by Sgt. Papanek. “The suspect was charged with numerous felony violations and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.”

The arresting deputies were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. 

Florida man accused of stealing $150K Maserati he took on test drive

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 9:02 AM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 9:02 AM


            Florida man accused of stealing $150K Maserati he took on test drive

A Florida man remains jailed after he took a $150,000 Maserati on a test drive, then allegedly stole the car, according to an arrest report.

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Michael Lewis McGilvary, 45, is facing a charge of grand larceny of $100,000 or more and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

McGilvary walked into the Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale dealership on Tuesday and asked to go on a test drive, the report said.

A salesman went on the ride with McGilvary, who said he wanted to drive to the Boca Raton Resort and Club, on East Camino Real east of Federal Highway, to show the car to his girlfriend.

Once they reached the resort, McGilvary told the salesman he wanted to go inside to show him his father's boat, the report said. The men reached the facility's boat dock when McGilvary said he would be right back with his girlfriend.

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Thirty minutes later, the salesman realized something was wrong, the report said.

When the salesman returned to the resort's valet area, he noticed the Maserati was gone. The valet supervisor told the salesman he saw McGilvary jump into the Maserati and leave.

Connecting McGilvary to the stolen vehicle was easy for Boca Raton police. McGilvary presented his driver's license before he was allowed to test drive the Maserati and the valet supervisor at the Boca Raton Resort had known McGilvary for years, the report said. There was also surveillance video of McGilvary at the dealership.

Detectives arranged for a meeting Wednesday with McGilvary at the Starbucks coffee shop on North Federal just south of Northeast 20th Street.

When he was asked if the valet supervisor recognized him when he arrived at the resort, McGilvary nodded his head to say yes, then refused to answer any further questions, the report said. He was then arrested at the Starbucks.

After his arrest, McGilvary was shown the video of his presence at the dealership. McGilvary denied he was the person on the video.

The report does not indicate if the Maserati was recovered.

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