Montgomery County Jail pepper-spray trial scheduled for March 22

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 9:56 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 2:33 PM

Her jury trial was scheduled for March 22.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain charged with misdemeanor assault for pepper-spraying an inmate in a restraint chair had her trial scheduled for March 22.

Capt. Judith Sealey did not appear in court Wednesday afternoon, but defense attorney Anthony VanNoy and Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office assistant Natalia Harris met with Dayton Municipal Court Judge Christopher Roberts before the pretrial hearing.

Sealey was a sergeant in November 2015 when video shows she sprayed inmate Amber Swink while Swink was in a seven-point harness.

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The case is being handled by the Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office because Dayton City Prosecutor Stephanie Cook — a member of a Montgomery County Jail oversight committee — said it would be seen as a potential conflict of interest for her office to try the case.

Sealey, who has filed for possible medical disability retirement, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Montomery County Jail surveillance video obtained by a local attorney shows then Sgt. Judith Sealey pepper-spraying inmate Amber Swink, who is in a restraint chair.

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VanNoy has said Sealey did not commit a crime. An internal review of the incident has not been made public and may be ongoing, according to sheriff’s office employees.

“We believe that Judy followed the training that was available to her at the time,” VanNoy said in August. “Although the video seems to depict a particular thing, we believe that Judy did not break the law in the context of a criminal matter.”

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A grand jury earlier this year declined to indict Sealey on felony charges and findings of a federal probe into this incident and other jail issues have not been announced.

The pepper-spraying incident drew national and international coverage as a potential example of police brutality. A civil lawsuit brought by Swink was settled for $375,000.

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In an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily News earlier this month, retired Sgt. Eric Banks said he and another sergeant brought the video to a local attorney and to the FBI because they feared a cover-up.

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“The sheriff’s office is mad that a couple people crossed that coveted blue line and told the truth about what happened,” Banks told this news organization.

VanNoy said Sealey never asked anyone to destroy any evidence.

Dayton detective fires shots; no injuries in Salem Avenue incident

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 1:02 PM

Salem Ave Police Shootout

UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m.

Two people are in custody following an officer-involved shooting late this morning in the 3500 block of Salem Avenue.

No one was injured, and the coroner’s office did not respond to the scene, despite earlier reports.

Law enforcement responded to the area of Lev’s Pawn Shop, 3351 Salem Ave. in Harrison Twp.

Dayton police Maj. Eric Henderson said there were reports that a vehicle was spotted there that may have been involved in an aggravated burglary in Riverside, and that the suspects may have been trying to pawn weapons stolen in that incident.

“While approaching this vehicle there was immediate threat and officers discharged several rounds,” he said.

No one was injured when the Dayton detective fired his service weapon.

There are two, possibly three people in custody, Henderson said. The names and potential charges have not been released.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, Henderson said.

Riverside is investigating the aggravated burglary in its jurisdiction, and the Dayton Police Department is handling its own administrative investigation, police said.

FIRST REPORT

Yellow crime scene tape surrounded Lev’s Pawn Shop this afternoon as part of a police investigation.

Two people were seen in the back of a police cruiser.

Officers were called at 10:47 p.m. by Riverside police to the pawn shop, 3551 Salem Ave., in Harrison Twp., according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. No information was available on what led police there.

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A witness at the scene told our crew on scene that the incident began as a robbery, but dispatch did not confirm that report.

(JEFF BROWN / STAFF)
We are on scene and will update this report as we learn details.

Florida man accused of shoplifting, leaving child in running car at Walmart

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:46 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:24 PM

Derek Kingsland
Palm Beach County Jail
Derek Kingsland(Palm Beach County Jail)

Police arrested a man at a Walmart in Florida Thursday night after he allegedly left a 7-year-old child in his car while he went inside the store and shoplifted.

Around 8 p.m., a loss prevention officer spotted Derek Kingsland, 29, in the Jupiter store “looking around suspiciously,” the arrest report stated.

Kingsland attempted to purchase $48 worth of items at the self-checkout line, but when his card was declined he walked to the women’s section of the store, placed the items in his pocket and attempted to walk out, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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Among the items listed as stolen on the police report were cordless phone batteries, a knife, an air compressor, a ratchet and a Starbucks coffee drink.

Jupiter police officers met with Kingsland, who admitted that he did not have enough money to purchase the items and tried to take them without paying. He then said to officers that he would go to his car to get money and that he left a sleeping child in his car.

Officers found the child awake inside the car with the engine running. A relative picked up the child and officers arrested Kingsland on charges of shoplifting, child abuse, and use of an anti-theft device.

Kingsland remains at the Palm Beach County Jail on a $18,000 bond, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Arizona mother who gave toddler fatal meth dose receives 20-year prison sentence

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

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File image of a courtroom.(Jason Morrison/Freeimages)

An Arizona woman who gave her toddler a fatal dose of methamphetamine in 2016 was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

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Natalie Russell, 30, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and child abuse, azcentral.com reported. Russell claimed she gave her 22-month-old daughter meth to counteract the effects of methadone. The child had accidentally ingested methadone that was left in an open container, Russell allegedly told police. Officials said Russell failed to get her daughter medical assistance.

Several friends and family members attended Russell's sentencing at the Maricopa County Superior Court, azcenteral.com reported. Russell's supporters said they forgave her for her actions. Russell maintains that she never meant to harm her daughter, and her actions were driven by her drug addiction.

Suspect indicted in Coldwater stabbing death

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:13 PM

Francy Majo
Francy Majo

A 19-year-old Coldwater man is charged with murder in the death of a woman in her apartment earlier this month.

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A Mercer County grand jury returned the indictment Friday against Francy Majo. He is accused of killing 47-year-old Sandra Renner Jan. 3 on North Elm Street in Coldwater.

Sandra Renner(Contributed)

Majo was arrested the next morning. According to police, Majo said he stabbed Renner to death.

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Majo remains held on $1 million cash bond and is due in court Jan. 26 for arraignment.