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Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 7:05 AM
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — The U.S. Air Force has come forward to acknowledge a “misstep” that meant that Texas church shooter Devin Kelley’s name and criminal convictions were never entered into the National Criminal Information Center, an FBI information system that allows law enforcement officials to access crime data shared across agencies.
This meant that Kelley essentially had a clean record, even though he’d been court-martialed, dishonorably discharged and pleaded guilty to domestic abuse charges. Because his charges were never entered into the NCIC, they essentially didn’t exist.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 amended that Federal Gun Control Act of 1968 to affect a total of nine conditions that make someone ineligible to own a gun, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. They’re serious offenses like felony charges, known substance abuse, a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the armed services, a misdemeanor (or higher) domestic violence conviction and others.
Kelley is now known to qualify as a “prohibited person” — i.e., barred from ever legally owning a gun — on two of those conditions. He received a dishonorable discharge stemming from domestic abuse charges that he pleaded guilty to in 2012, according to Military.com.
Kelley’s dishonorable discharge from the Air Force was executed in 2014. He was initially charged with five domestic abuse charges; under a plea deal created between his lawyer and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Arizona, he would plead guilty to just two of them.
Kelley pleaded guilty to one incident of domestic abuse in which he “struck his wife by beating her with his hands, kicking her, as well as choking her and forcefully pulling her hair” and another incident, a beating of a child under 16 in which he hit the child “on the head and body with a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm,” according to court documents reviewed by Military.com. These incidents occurred between 2011 and 2012.
Three additional charges were withdrawn and dismissed. They alleged that Kelley struck a child, as well as assaulted and threatened his wife by pointing both loaded and unloaded firearms at her.
As for Kelley and owning a firearm, that should have been it. A convicted domestic abuser with a dishonorable discharge, he would have failed any background test run on him for the purpose of acquiring a permit or purchasing a weapon.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:43 PM
DAYTON — Detectives seized a large amount of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, crack cocaine and marijuana today during a raid that also netted three arrests.
The raid at 425 Clifton Drive in Dayton ended a long-term drug trafficking investigation, according to the Montgomery County Regional Agencies Narcotics and Gun Enforcement task force.
Two firearms and several thousand dollars cash also were seized from the residence, detectives said.
Raven E. Bean III, 27; Rasaun A. Mock, 43; and Jesse Shepherd, 26, were arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, according to the task force.
Additional charges will be reviewed by the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
The RANGE task force urges anyone with information about drug activity to call its confidential narcotic hotline, 937-225-6272.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:35 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:41 PM
DAYTON — A homicide investigation is underway on East Fifth Street this afternoon, according to a Dayton police report.
Police were on the scene of the investigation in the 2600 block of East Fifth around 4:30 p.m., records showed.
A 911 caller told police she showed up at her friend’s house this afternoon and her belongings were on the back porch and the victim was dead inside the house.
The call was placed around 3:15 p.m.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:15 PM
Steven C. Hollon was named the new administrator for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court’s general division, according to a news release.
Hollon will begin Aug. 1, 2018 and will replace Jim Dare, who is retiring after 34 years of service in different court roles.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 12:53 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:52 PM
MCDONOUGH, Ga. — UPDATE, July 17:
Lakisha Boyd, 36, surrendered Monday night, according to McDonough police. She is expected to be booked into the Henry County Jail.
ORIGINAL STORY, July 16:
A judge has granted bond to two women charged in connection with the recent beating and stabbing of an Applebee’s waitress at a McDonough, Georgia, restaurant.
Lasondra Boyd, 38, and Keterah Boyd, 30, were arrested Friday in Wilkinson County near Macon, Georgia, after McDonough police identified the women after posting a lookout alert, McDonough police Maj. Kyle Helgerson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday.
“Deputies received a tip of their whereabouts, and they were apprehended at a party down there,” Helgerson said.
The women were booked into the Henry County Jail Friday night and granted $35,000 bond Monday morning, officials said.
Two of their relatives, Lakisha and Demetrius Boyd, are still at large. All four women -- three sisters and a cousin -- face charges of aggravated assault and robbery in the July 10 attack on an Applebee’s waitress.
According to police, the waitress was beaten and stabbed with a steak knife after she accidentally brushed against one woman’s leg.
The woman was sitting with her leg out in the aisle, Helgerson said. The server, who is in her 20s, apologized after the first accidental contact and left to get the table’s food and drinks when the women reportedly complained about slow service.
The second time she brushed against the woman while serving the food, it “infuriated the suspect,” Helgerson said.
“All four of them got out of the table and began to assault the waitress,” he said, adding that one of them grabbed a steak knife.
Fellow diners stepped in to stop the attack. Police said they were seen leaving the restaurant parking lot in a white Infiniti SUV.
The waitress required 15 stitches after she was stabbed in her forearm. She was treated at Piedmont Henry Hospital and returned to work the next day, according to a statement from an Applebee’s spokesperson.
The women allegedly took the waitress’s tip money before they skipped out on a $62.57 bill, police said.
The Boyds were identified after McDonough police posted surveillance images from the restaurant’s parking lot to Facebook. The initial post was shared 3,500 times.
A preliminary hearing for Lasondra and Keterah Boyd has been scheduled for Aug. 20. They also face misdemeanor charges of battery, criminal damage to property and theft of service.