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Police: Florida man threatens youths with air rifle, claims he 'runs street'

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 1:12 PM

James Joyce 
Monroe County Jail
James Joyce (Monroe County Jail)

A 53-year-old Florida man wielded an air rifle Thursday while threatening an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old he claims were rummaging through trash he left at the curb, police said.

James Joyce allegedly told the youths, "I run this street, not the cops. Go ahead, call the cops, this is my street and I will protect it. 

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The youths ran home and told their parents, who told police they saw Joyce with the gun yelling: "Keep your kids inside, go ahead and call the cops," according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

When  deputies arrived, Joyce was uncooperative, FLKeysNews.com reported. They took him into custody after allegedly finding an air rifle inside his house.

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Joyce was charged with aggravated assault and resisting a law enforcement officer. He was released Saturday morning after spending the night in jail.

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Springfield family wants justice for Huber Heights man found dead at park

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

Cedric Holt Jr. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY FAMILY
Cedric Holt Jr. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY FAMILY

A family member will remember the man found dead at a Springfield park as a good person and hopes those responsible for his death will be brought to justice.

Cedric Holt Jr., 34, was killed and his body found in a vehicle at Virgil Mabra Park in the city Tuesday morning. Police are investigating his death as a homicide, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said. There are no suspects in the case right now, he said.

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Holt’s cousin, Gene Cameron, said he was a caring person.

“He was a kind-hearted, very loving man,” Cameron said in a Facebook message to the Springfield News-Sun. “He was all about taking care of his family by any means.”

Holt didn’t deserve what happened to him, Cameron said.

“I love my cousin very much and I’m heartbroken over what happened to him,” he said. “All I can think about is what he went through that night. I know he was terrified.”

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The family hopes justice is served, Cameron said.

“He will definitely be missed and forever loved,” he said. “I really hope they get to the bottom of it and find whose responsible.”

Just before Holt’s body was found Tuesday, authorities in Huber Heights responded to a home on Shull Road where two boys, one being Holt’s 14-year-old son, had been tied up in a home invasion. The home had been ransacked, according to 9-1-1 calls.

Springfield and Huber police are investigating both cases, but say they are unsure if they are connected.

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New trial date set for former jail captain’s trial

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:53 PM

Brookville woman pepper sprayed in seven-point harness at Montgomery County Jail

The former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain charged with misdemeanor assault for pepper-spraying an inmate in a restraint chair had her trial pushed back until May 29.

A previously unscheduled hearing in Dayton Municipal Court was held Feb. 12 in which Judith Sealey’s trial was continued from March 22.

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Sealey, a sergeant in November 2015, is accused of pepper spraying Montgomery County Jail inmate Amber Swink, who was strapped in seven-point harness and who had already been sprayed once before that. The county settled a federal lawsuit with Swink and her attorney for $375,000.

Judith Sealey(Staff Writer)

Also, Judge Christopher Roberts recused himself from hearing the case which will prompt the appointing of a visiting judge. No visiting judge has been named, according to the docket.

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Roberts wrote that he “maintains professional relationships with jail command staff and other deputies of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office,” according to court documents. “Due to the potential for conflict or claims of bias resulting from these relationships, recusal is necessary.”

Sealey did not appear in court in a December hearing, but defense attorney Anthony VanNoy and Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office assistant Natalia Harris met with Roberts before that pretrial hearing.

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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 took medical disability retirement, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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VanNoy did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Harris has said she would not comment about an open case.

A Montgomery County grand jury in 2017 declined to indict Sealey on felony charges and findings of a federal probe into this incident and other jail issues have not been announced.

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Video of the pepper-spraying came to light months after the incident when Swink’s attorney, Douglas Brannon, posted it on his website.

The video spurred the lawsuit, the ongoing federal probe, the misdemeanor criminal charge against Sealey, and contributed to calls for oversight of jail operations.

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Jail pepper-spray criminal case: Plea reached, sentencing Tuesday

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

Brookville woman pepper sprayed in seven-point harness at Montgomery County Jail

The misdemeanor assault case against a former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain who pepper-sprayed a jail inmate in a restraint chair will end in a plea, not a trial.

Judith Sealey — who was shown on Montgomery County Jail surveillance video pepper-spraying Amber Swink while Swink was in a 7-point harness in November 2015 — will have a pretrial and sentencing hearing Tuesday instead of a trial in Dayton Municipal Court, according to court documents.

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The case that started with a national news story showing the video launched an internal investigation about lost evidence, a federal probe into jail operations and a lawsuit from Swink that was settled for $375,000.

A joint motion filed Tuesday and approved Thursday by a visiting judge shows Cincinnati city prosecutors and Sealey’s attorney “have reached a negotiated plea agreement and wish to avoid unnecessary inconvenience to the Court and prospective jurors.”

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The motion signed by Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office assistant prosecutor Natalia Harris and defense attorney Anthony VanNoy does not address what the plea agreement is or if Sealey will serve any jail time, probation or fines.

The motion contains an agreed entry and order to change Tuesday’s event from a trial to a pretrial and sentencing hearing.

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VanNoy did not return a message seeking comment. Harris has said she won’t comment on pending cases.

A scheduled pretrial hearing May 4 did not result in anything being put on the record in court in front of visiting Judge Judge Chris Martin, formerly of Fairfield County.

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Martin and Harris are on the case so as to not present the appearance of conflict of interest from the Dayton Prosecutor’s Office, which often works with area law enforcement.

Sealey, a sergeant at the time of the incident, has retired on medical disability so there will be no further internal investigation, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer.

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Several current or former jail employees have been served subpoenas in the case, during which a grand jury declined felony charges.

The plea agreement means those witnesses will not take the stand to address issues relating to missing documentation of the incident.

RELATED: Complete timeline of pepper-spray incident at Montgomery County Jail

A previously unscheduled hearing was held Feb. 12 in which Sealey’s trial was continued from March 22. Sealey had pleaded not guilty.

The county settled a federal lawsuit with Swink and her attorney for $375,000. Plummer has said Sealey was disciplined for not filing a use of force report.

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Video of the pepper-spraying came to light months after the incident when Swink’s attorney, Douglas Brannon, posted it on his website.

The video spurred the lawsuit, an ongoing federal probe, the misdemeanor criminal charge against Sealey and a jail oversight committee.

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U.S. Marshals surround Warren County house; man taken into custody

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 10:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

A man was taken into custody at about 11 a.m. 
NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
A man was taken into custody at about 11 a.m. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

UPDATE @ 11 a.m.:

A man has been taken into custody without incident at the Franklin Twp. home.

A man was taken into custody at about 11 a.m.(NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

INITIAL REPORT:

U.S. Marshals and Warren County law enforcement are at a Franklin Twp. residence this morning for a person who reportedly is not coming out for warrant service, according to police scanner traffic.

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At about 9:50 a.m. the Marshals were at a residence in the 3600 block of Wilson Farms Boulevard to serve a warrant for escape.

The person was reportedly hiding in the attic and not coming out, according to scanner traffic.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more information as it develops.

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