Sunday, December 31, 2000

Officer Tamieka Moorehead - OIDV victim - Detroit PD

On December 31, 2000, Officer Tamieka Moorehead was punched several times by her husband, Loniel. He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.




ALSO SEE:
Officer Tamieka Moorehead: Allegedly assaulted by her husband. June 24, 2003:



Officer Tamieka Moorehead: Shot her husband, during domestic. August 18, 2003:







DETROIT COP ARRAIGNED IN HUSBAND'S SHOOTING
REPORT: PAIR ARGUED AFTER WOMAN CALLED
August 20, 2003
BY BEN SCHMITT
DETROIT FREE PRESS

A phone call from another woman began an argument that ended when a Detroit police officer shot and wounded her husband, according to a police report.

After shooting her 25-year-old husband in the neck and shoulder, Officer Tamieka Moorehead called her mother early Monday morning from her west-side Detroit home, telling her, "Mama, I shot him," the report says.

Moorehead, a five-year employee of the department, was arraigned via video Tuesday in Detroit's 36th District Court on a felony charge of assault with intent to murder, which is punishable by up to life in prison. Magistrate Charles Anderson III released her on a $100,000 personal bond at the request of her attorney, John Goldpaugh. Anderson ordered that she have no contact with her husband.

A preliminary exam is set for Sept. 2.

Goldpaugh said after the hearing that Moorehead, 26, was defending herself when she fired her handgun at her husband, Loniel Moorehead.

"My understanding is that he was attacking her, and she defended herself," Goldpaugh said, adding that the couple has had other domestic run-ins.

A police report says the fight began after a woman called the couple's home on the 16500 block of Winthrop asking for Loniel Moorehead.

After the 1:30 a.m. shooting, Loniel Moorehead stumbled next door to a neighbor's house and said, "She shot me," according to a police report filed with the court. Tamieka Moorehead followed, telling her neighbors, "We had an argument. I didn't mean to do it," the report says.

Officers arrived and found Loniel Moorehead sitting on his neighbor's front porch. He was rushed to the hospital.

He is at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, where he was listed in critical but stable condition, Tuesday. Police Cmdr. Craig Schwartz, who heads the major crimes division, said Moorehead is expected to recover.

Goldpaugh said Tamieka Moorehead called the police after the shooting and has been cooperative throughout the process. She was held in police custody until Tuesday's arraignment.

A check of records at 36th District Court show that police arrested Loniel Moorehead on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge for punching his wife several times on Dec. 31, 2000. The case was dismissed March 8, 2001, when Tamieka Moorehead failed to show up to testify at a subsequent hearing against her husband, the records indicate.

A suspension without pay recommendation will most likely be presented Thursday before the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners. Goldpaugh, a lawyer with the Detroit Police Officers Association, said the union does not usually contest suspensions on felony charges.

In July 2002, Police Chief Jerry Oliver, citing a problem with officers and domestic incidents, made it department policy to suspend all cops charged with any kind of domestic violence. The department previously suspended only those accused of felonies. Oliver was out of town and unavailable for comment Tuesday.






Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence

Sunday, December 3, 2000

Councilman Clyde Cleveland - Detroit

Cleveland is given probation in assault
He appeals for mercy
March 30, 2001
Detroit Free Press

Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland told a Wayne County judge Thursday that two years' probation for pushing his wife was too severe a punishment for a man his age. "I think two years is too long," Cleveland said. "I'm 66 years old and I doubt if I'll live much longer." Still, Wayne County Circuit Judge Karen Fort Hood stuck to Cleveland's plea agreement and sentenced him to two...






Cleveland hosptialized after crash
March 22, 2001
Detroit News

DETROIT -- Longtime City Councilman Clyde Cleveland was listed in stable condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital after he apparently caused a four-car accident Wednesday. About 1:20 p.m., Cleveland was leaving a parking lot of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center when his city-owned car had a problem with the throttle, police said. The councilman's car hit two cars in the lot, one on the westbound side of Jefferson and another on the eastbound side, before it came to a halt.


                   





Clyde Cleveland based on what he admitted, he should step down
March 2, 2001
Detroit Free Press

When Clyde Cleveland admitted to beating his wife, he also trampled many of the values he stood up for as a civil rights activist and member of the Detroit City Council. He surrendered any claim to public leadership and should now surrender his council seat. No one but Cleveland and his wife knows exactly what happened between them on Dec. 3, but what Cleveland confessed to in a plea deal is stomach-turning stuff. At a preliminary hearing, Cleveland's wife testified that...








Councilman admits assault, gets probation
Cleveland's wife says best part of deal is mandatory counseliong
February 16, 2001
Detroit Free Press

Veteran Detroit Councilman Clyde Cleveland won't go to jail or lose his $81,000-a-year job after admitting Thursday that he assaulted his wife when he pushed her against a wall and bloodied her face. Still, his wife, Mary -- who said Cleveland kicked her down the stairs, hit her in the head with a remote control and in the face with a gun -- said she would be willing to take back the man she says has beat her for many years. "I leave the ball in my...


               






Clyde Cleveland may get plea deal to avoid a trial
February 15, 2001
Detroit News

DETROIT -- A special prosecutor planned to offer a plea bargain to Detroit Councilman Clyde Cleveland today in a bid to avoid a trial on three felony charges. "I'm prepared to negotiate a resolution to this matter on terms that make maximum sense," said Justin Ravitz, a former Recorder's Court judge who was appointed as a special prosecutor. "If we can put this to bed without a trial, I'm quite comfortable with...

                 






Jesse Jackson, Clyde Cleveland likely to overcome shame and scandal
January 22, 2001
Detroit News

Herewith my prediction about where Chicago-based Rev. Jesse Jackson and Detroit Councilman Clyde Cleveland go from here. Both men will have their hands full over the next few months, ducking and dodging the storms of criticism that have been generated by Jackson's paternity case and the multiple spousal assault charges against Cleveland. These are high-profile, low-life beefs that ought to engender scorn and derision. But when it all chills out and the legal problems are settled...









Picking Ravitz to try Cleveland in spousal abuse case makes sense
January 19, 2001
Detroit News

New Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Duggan didn't want anything to do with the high-profile political hot potato. Oakland County Prosecutor Dave Gorcyca offered to take it off Duggan's hands, but Wayne Circuit Judge Karen Fort Hood wouldn't toss it to him. So it falls to Justin C. 'Chuck' Ravitz, who in more than 30 years as a criminal court judge and defense attorney never has been a prosecutor, to press the case of the People vs. Clyde...


               








Ravitz receives Cleveland case
January 17, 2001
Detroit News

DETROIT -- A special prosecutor was appointed Tuesday to handle the assault case of Detroit Councilman Clyde Cleveland. Wayne Circuit Judge Karen Fort Hood appointed Justin Ravitz to prosecute Cleveland. It's unknown if Ravitz, a former Detroit Recorder's Court judge, has agreed to take the case. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday. In appointing Ravitz, Judge Hood rejected a request by the Wayne County prosecutor's office to appoint the Oakland County...

               










Special Prosecutor named for Cleveland assault trial
Wayne County office is excused from case
January 17, 2001
Detroit Free Press

Former Detroit Recorder's Court Judge Justin Ravitz will take on a Detroit city councilman in a high-profile domestic violence case even though he's never served as prosecutor. On Tuesday, Judge Karen Fort Hood disqualified the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, at its request, from the Clyde Cleveland case and appointed Ravitz as special prosecutor. In his days on the bench, Ravitz had a reputation as a radical who wore blue jeans and cowboy boots...

                 










Oakland may prosecute Cleveland
January 4, 2001
Detroit News

PONTIAC -- Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca said he was asked 10 days ago by then Wayne County Prosecutor-elect Michael Duggan if his office would agree to take over the prosecution of Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland, who is charged with pistol-whipping his wife. "I agreed to assume the prosecution," Gorcyca said. "Mike said he didn't want to appear vindictive. This is a professional courtesy." With Gorcyca's...

               










Cleveland attorney denies plea offer
Abuse prosecutors say it didn't include jail
January 4, 2001
Detroit Free Press

Wayne County prosecutors said they offered Clyde Cleveland a plea agreement that would have kept the longtime Detroit councilman out of jail after charges were filed that he kicked his wife and pistol-whipped her in the face. The offer was not accepted, Wayne County prosecutors said. But Cleveland's attorney, Ralph Richardson, said no plea offer was ever made. "That is totally false," he said. "There was no plea offer."...

                 









Cleveland ordered to stand trial
December 22, 2000
Detroit News

DETROIT -- Councilman Clyde Cleveland was ordered to stand trial Thursday on three felony charges after his wife testified he repeatedly kicked and beat her earlier this month and called her "an indentured servant" for years. Mary Cleveland said her husband struck her with a television remote control and twice with a .38 caliber pistol after the two fought over her request to go out to eat after church. Clyde Cleveland remains free on $500 bond after 36th District Judge...

               










'He said...I was his slave'
Councilman's wife testifies how he abused, kicked, and beat her
December 22, 2000
Detroit Free Press

Mary Cleveland testified in a packed but silent courtroom Thursday that her husband, Clyde Cleveland, called her his slave -- the woman whose job was to cook, clean and do his laundry. She said she spent every day making sure he was content. That was the context, she testified, when her frustration boiled over Dec. 3 after the longtime Detroit City Council member refused to take her to lunch. She told him she was done being his slave and threatened that if he put his shirts or ...

                 









Fighting domestic abuse
December 10, 2000
Detroit News

Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland has been arraigned on charges of assault, illegal use of a firearm and aggravated domestic violence. The charges were filed by his wife of 16 years. The long-serving city politician is, of course, entitled to a presumption of innocence. It is up to the legal system to assess the facts in Mr. Cleveland's particular case. Apart from his case, however, it is worth noting that domestic violence remains a consistent risk for women -- and...

                 








Cleveland Case: Judge Atkins shouldn't try to protect defendant
December 8, 2000
Detroit Free Press

Marylin Atkins, chief judge of 36th District Court in Detroit, is known as a fair and responsible jurist. So it is distressing that she would brazenly hide the arraignment of a public official in a bait-and-switch move with the media, circumventing the law that requires court arraignments to be open to the public. Court officials told reporters and photographers to set up in the regular arraignment room even as Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland was appearing before a magistrate...

               







Councilman arraigned, surrenders gun
December 7, 2000
Detroit News

DETROIT -- City Councilman Clyde Cleveland surrendered his handgun and concealed-weapons permit Wednesday after he was arraigned on a felonious assault charge. In an unusual move, the arraignment was quietly shifted by Chief Judge Marilyn Atkins to another magistrate to avoid reporters and photographers. Journalists had been repeatedly told the arraignment would take place at noon. Shortly after 12 p.m., a court clerk said Cleveland's arraignment had already taken place in...

               









Reporters deflected from Cleveland's hearing
December 7, 2000
Detroit Free Press

The arraignment of veteran Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland, accused of beating his wife in the face with a gun, occurred without a reporter or camera in the courtroom Wednesday. That's because all the reporters and camera crews were in the wrong courtroom -- the one where court officials had said Cleveland would be arraigned. The judge who ordered the switch, 36th District Court Chief Judge Marylin Atkins, insisted she wasn't trying to protect...

               








Councilman's spouse alleges years of abuse
December 7, 2000
Detroit Free Press

Mary Cleveland, the wife of Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland, has told authorities that he began abusing her soon after they married in 1984 and that he took medication in an attempt to curb his anger. In a sworn statement filed when she sought a personal-protection order this week, Mary Cleveland said she feared that her life was in danger. The abuse, she said, culminated Sunday when her husband kicked her down a stairway at their home and pistol-whipped her across the face...

               








Cleveland may avoid mandatory sentence
December 06, 2000
Detroit News

DETROIT -- If Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland had been charged with a felony firearm offense 3 1/2 weeks from now in Wayne County, he would face a mandatory two years under a new no-plea-bargain policy. "Anybody charged after Jan. 1 with felony firearm is not going to get a plea bargain," incoming Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Duggan said Tuesday. Duggan would not comment specifically on Cleveland's case, saying he was unaware of the details...

               










Cleveland booked on assault charge
December 6, 2000
Detroit News

DETROIT -- During almost three decades in public life, Clyde Cleveland seemed to many Detroiters to be charming and erudite. He often wears frumpy suits, bow ties and bifocals, looking like an agitated professor. He enjoys quoting Shakespeare and has been known to lecture his baffled council colleagues on the merits of the Roman Republic. But Cleveland, now 65, also could be -- as city employees, other politicians and even his wife now attest -- an unpredictable personality prone to violent...

               









Councilman to be arraigned
Cleveland's wife said he beat her
December 6, 2000
Detroit Free Press

Veteran Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland is to be arraigned today on felony charges that he beat and pistol-whipped his wife, Wayne County prosecutors said Tuesday. Cleveland, 65, turned himself in to Detroit Police Internal Affairs investigators Tuesday morning after a warrant was issued charging Cleveland with felonious assault, aggravated domestic violence and committing a felony with a gun. If convicted, Cleveland could not remain in the City Council seat he's...

               










Detroit councilman accused of spousal abuse
December 5, 2000
Detroit News

DETROIT -- Clyde Cleveland, a fixture on the City Council for the past 27 years, could be arraigned today on assault charges after his wife told police he kicked her down their stairway and hit her twice with a gun Sunday. "I'm not going to rest until they have him behind bars or whatever they are going to do," said Mary Cleveland, 51, who has been married to the councilman since 1984. "I'm tired of being scared. I don't...

                 









Official's wife reports assault
She says Detroit Councilman pistol-whipped her
December 5, 2000
Detroit Free Press

The wife of veteran Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland met with prosecutors Monday after telling police that he had kicked and pistol-whipped her a day earlier after she joked about cutting up some of his shirts. Mary Cleveland, 51, told police she was repeatedly assaulted by Cleveland, 65, on Sunday morning in their home, in the 18000 block of Fairfield near the University of Detroit Mercy. She drove herself to the 12th (Palmer Park) Precinct around noon Sunday, where she filed a....

Friday, December 1, 2000

Officer Paul Harrington - Sentenced - Detroit PD - formerly

Also See:

Officer Paul Harrington - Murdered wife Wanda and son Brian



 



http://www.prodeathpenalty.com/repeat_murder.htm


UPDATE - 11/1/00 - A former police officer who was charged with killing his wife and children in 1975 has been convicted of murdering his second wife and 3-year-old son. Paul Harrington, who was found innocent by reason of insanity 25 years ago and served two months in a psychiatric hospital, now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. "We're glad this man will not hurt anyone else again," Chester Trail, a relative of Harrington's second wife, told the Detroit Free Press in Wednesday's editions.

Harrington killed his wife Wanda Harrington, 47, in October 1999, then shot their son, Brian, 3. Harrington, 53, called 911 and waited on his porch for officers. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 1.

Harrington's attorneys mounted an insanity defense, arguing that he had been diagnosed with major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. In 1975, Harrington - recently separated from his 28-year-old wife, Becky - killed her and their two daughters, Pamela, 9, and Cassandra, 4, with his service revolver.

Sunday, November 19, 2000

Senator David Jaye - domestic assault - Macomb County

Also See:


Senator David Jaye - Ousted from Michigan Senate [May 24, 2001]

http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2001/05/senator-david-jaye-ousted-from-senate.html
Senator David Jaye - Arrested for assaulting fiancee [April 12, 2001]

Senator David Jaye - Sentenced for March 05, 2000 drunk driving charge [July 2000]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2000/07/senator-david-jaye-sentenced-macomb.html


 
In November 2000, while Senator Jaye was on probation for his March 05, 2000 drunk driving conviction, he reportedly assaulted his fiancee in a Bay County gas station. The assault was witnessed by an employee. Part of the assault was captured on the gas station's surveillance cam.

After this incident, Jaye was pulled over and arrested by the police for driving on a restricted driver's license -  a violation of his probation.
 
 







Jaye didn't hit me, fiancee tells court
She doesn't recall what she said to police
The Blade
Toledo Ohio
Associated Press
August 3, 2001

Shelby Township, Mich. - David jaye's fiancee testified yesterday that the former state senator did not hit her during the two incidents that prosecutors point to as violations of Mr. Jaye's probation on a drunken driving conviction.

Sonia Kloss testified as part of Mr. Jaye's probation violation trial, which got under way yesterday.

He was expelled from the Senate in May after most of his fellow senators said he no longer deserved to serve, in part because of three drunken driving convictions and allegations he hit Ms. Kloss.

The trial in Macomb County Circuit Court could decide whether Mr. Jaye of Washington Township must run for his old seat with a probation conviction on his record. If Judge Douglas Shepherd determines Mr. Jaye violated his probation for a 2000 drunken driving conviction, Mr. Jaye might have to finish serving his sentence.

That could mean spending 10 1/2 months in jail. Mr. Jaye, who insists he hasn't violated his probation, has filed to run for the Sept. 11 special election to determine his successor in the Senate.

Mr. Jaye called yesterday's proceedings "double jepordy" because he was subjected to Senate hearings over the alleged incidents.

Yesterday Ms. Kloss appeared confused and upset through much of her testimony. Her hands shook as she looked at transcripts. She had to take two breaks while testifying.

Although she denied Mr. Jaye hit her during an April 12 incident in Florida or during a Nov. 19 incident at a Bay County, Michigan gas station, she admitted she had been drinking heavily before both events.

When asked if she told police that Mr. Jaye hit her after the November incident, she said: "I was up for 36 hours. I was drinking all night and partying. I don't know what I said." She said Mr. Jaye did pull her to the car but did not hit or kick her. "He yelled and screamed. He wanted to get me in the car," Ms. Kloss said.

Proceedings were to resume Friday morning."
 
 
 

                 






Jaye Failed to convince fellow senators he had come clean
May 25, 2001
The Argus Press
Owosso MI
Kathy Barks Hoffman
Associated Press

Lansing, Mich. [AP] - Sen. David Jaye might still be sitting in the Senate next week if he's convinced his fellow senators he's come clean.

Several of the 33 senators who voted Thursday to expel the Macomb County Republican said the outcome might have been different if they hadn't thought he was lying about striking his fiancee, Sonia Kloss.

They pointed to the police testimony saying Kloss had bruises on her face after an April 12 dispute with Jaye outside her home in Fort Myers, Fla.

They brought up the eyewitness account of an 18-year-old clerk at a Bay County gas station who took a day off school to tell a Senate investigating committee he saw Jaye strike Kloss as the two were leaving the station's mini-mart last November.

They didn't buy Kloss' comments that Jaye had never struck her, or Jaye's argument that because Florida authorities decided not to bring formal charges against him and he'd never been charged in six months for the Bay County incident, he should be left off the hook.

For Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow and many others, the evidence added up to one thing: Jaye had hit his fiancee.

"Once it was clear he did, it was over," DeGrow said after the vote. "He continues to deny it. He'll probably always deny it. But it [his denial] isn't true."

DeGrow, R- Port Huron, said the outcome may have been different if Jaye had walked into his office the week after his April 12 Florida arrest, admitted he'd hit Kloss twice and asked for help straigtening out his life.

Instead, Jaye insisted to his fellow Senate Republicans during an April 17 meeting that he had not struck Kloss.

During the Senate investigation, his lawyers showed an interview they'd taped with Kloss in which she said she had been hit in the face by a garment bag the two had been tussling over in Florida, not by Jaye.

They also showed a tape from the service station's surveillance system on which Jaye can be seen propelling Kloss out of the men's bathroom in the station's mini-mart, but not striking or kicking her.

Jaye insisted those were enough to prove his innocence, and that his other transgressions - three drunk driving convictions, verbal abuse of staff members and having six photos of his topless fiancess on his Senate-issued laptop computer didn't deserve expulsion.

But his fellow senators weren't looking for proof that Jaye hadn't erred. They wanted him to admit he'd done something wrong and get professional help.

"Things that used to be acceptable in harassment are not acceptable anymore," said Sen. Joanne Emmons, R-Big Rapids. "When I became convinced he hit her and lied, that crossed the line for me."

DeGrow has walked a delicate line of his own with Jaye ever since the brash, in-you-face state representative won a Senate special election in 1997. He kept private his letters admonishing Jaye and restored the committee assignments Jaye lost when he had to serve jail time last summer for his third drunk driving conviction.

But while Jaye's political stances didn't differ that much from his predecessor; the late Doug Carl, he didn't seem to fit very well into the smaller; more dignified world of the 38-member Senate.

Where he was just one colorful character among several in the 100-member House, Jaye's often caustic behavior toward Senate staff and other senators wasn't as easily overlooked in the Capitol's south wing.

That became even more truer as Jaye, under the spotlight of a six-member, bipartisan committee investigating his behavior, accused DeGrow of trying to shove him out of office in a political witch hunt.

When Jaye began insisting the 18-year-old clerk was a liar, most senators had heard enough.

"It drove home the drastic reality of what the pattern here was," said Senate Democratic Leader John Cherry of Clio. Instead of coming clean, he said, Jaye lied. Instead of taking responsibility for his actions, he tried to blame others.

Still, no one looked triumphant as the first vote to expel a senator in Michigan history passed 33-2.

"This was not a happy vote," said Livonia Republican Thaddeus McCotter, who headed the investigating committee. "This was not a vote somebody won."
 
 

                 













Hearings to resume whether Sen. Jaye should be expelled
The Argus-Press
Owosso, Michigan
Malcolm Johnson
Associated Press
May 9, 2001

Lansing, Mich. [AP] - A police officer from Florida, where state Sen. David Jaye is accused of hitting his fiancee, testified that the woman was cut and still bleeding when he arrived at the scene.

"She said he's hit her in the past," Corp. robert Macarelli of the Lee County sheriff's office said Tuesday. "She said she wanted him to stop beating her."

Jaye was arrested April 12 in Florida after a dispute with Sonia Kloss and spent the night in the Lee County Jail. Jaye denied he struck Kloss, and she has recanted any accusations against him.

The officer's comments came as a special state Senate committee held its first full hearing on Jaye's right to remain in the Senate. The hearing was to resume Wednesday.

Jaye attended the committee hearing with three attorneys but didn't comment. He issued a letter Tuesday complaining that the hearing violated his civil irhgts and right to due process.

When it concludes its investigation, the six-member bipartisan committee could recommend that Jaye be expelled, censured or reprimanded.

In the letter he issued, Jaye argued that he hadn't had enough time to prepare and complained about "capricious and arbitrary committee rules" that would prevent discussion of their legislators' conduct besides his own.

The resolution recommending that Jaye be expelled cites a series of drunken driving convictions, a pending domestic battery charge in Florida and what it termed "a recurring pattern of personal misconduct."

Jaye said in his letter that he is owed a presumption of innocence on the domestic battery charge. He promised Sunday to resign if the Florida court convicts him, but he said he expects to be acquitted and accused Senate opponents of violating his rights.

At the hearing Tuesday, Bay County Prosecutor Joseph Sheeran said he may resurrect the charges stemming for a dispute last Nov. 19 at a Bay County gas station between Jaye and Kloss.

Jaye, a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, was never charged with assault in the Bay County incident. Prosecutors did charge him with violating the restrictions placed on his driver's license, but the charge was later dropped because Jaye had not been read his Miranda rights.

Meanwhile, a Florida judge on Tuesday delayed Jaye's hearing on the domestic battery charge for one week to give prosecutors more time to question witnesses.

Tony Schall, a spokesman for the state attorney's office in Florida, said the hearing is now scheduled for May 15. On that date, prosecutors will decide whether to retain the domestic violence charge, amend the charge or drop it, Schall said.
 
 
 


               

















Jaye was driving on business, attorney says
The Argus-Press
Owosso, Michigan
December 20, 2000

Bay City, Mich. - State Sen. DAvid Jaye might have gone deer hunting but did not violate his restricted driver's license when State Police stopped him because he was on legislative business, his lawyer said.

Jaye has been driving on a restricted license since pleading guilty June 12 to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. Jaye, a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, now can drive only to work, medical visit and counseling sessions.

Attorney Robert Huth Jr. said Jaye was on his way back from discussing lawsuits and regulatory concerns with members of the Turtle Creek Hunt Club in Atlanta, Mich. , when his vehicle was pulled over Nov. 19.

Jaye, 42, was chairman of the senate's Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee until his conviction.

"Even if David Jaye was hunting while on the trip, it was incidental to the reason and legislative purpose for him appearing at the meeting," Huth wrote in his request to drop the 90-day misdemeanor charge of violating a restricted license. "My suspicion is that the State Police officers that spoke to Mr. Jaye reached the same conclusion. Surely, they had a copy of his restrictions at the time of the stop."

Bay County Prosecutor Joseph Sheeran said the arrested was justified.
 
 

Senator David Jaye - Probation violation - Macomb County

Also See:

Senator David Jaye - Ousted from Michigan Senate [May 24, 2001]

http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2001/05/senator-david-jaye-ousted-from-senate.html

Senator David Jaye - Sentenced for probation violation [August 2001]

Senator David Jaye - Arrested for assaulting fiancee [April 12, 2001]

Senator David Jaye - Sentenced for March 05, 2000 drunk driving charge [July 2000]

Senator David Jaye - Drunk driving charge [March 2000]

 
On November 19, 2000, Senator David Jaye was pulled over and arrested for driving on a restricted driver's license [March 2000 drunk driving conviction].
 
 





Ex-senator guilty of probation violation
Ludington Daily News
August 3, 2001

Shelby Township, Mich. [AP] - Former state Sen. David Jaye was found guilty Friday of violating his probation.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail or a $500 fine. He also was ordered by Macomb County District Judge Douglas Shepherd to attend anger management classes and his probation is continued.

"Frankly, Mr. Jaye, it would be easy for me to put you in jail for the full 10-and-a-half months, but I don't that would be the right thing for me to do," Shepherd said.

Jaye could have been ordered to spend up to 10 1/2 months in jail for violating his probation for a 2000 drunken driving conviction.

Prosecutors claimed Jaye assaulted his fiancee on two separate occasions, in Florida and in Bay County and that he violated restrictions placed on his driver's license by driving to northern Michigan for a hunting trip.

Shepherd found Jaye guilty of violating his probation as to the alleged incident in Florida and the driving allegation, but innocent as to the alleged Bay County incident.

Jaye said that he planned to restify in his own defense, but those plans never came to be as his attorney rested without calling him to the stand.
 

                 










Jaye was driving on business, attorney says
The Argus-Press
Owosso, Michigan
December 20, 2000

Bay City, Mich. - State Sen. DAvid Jaye might have gone deer hunting but did not violate his restricted driver's license when State Police stopped him because he was on legislative business, his lawyer said.

Jaye has been driving on a restricted license since pleading guilty June 12 to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. Jaye, a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, now can drive only to work, medical visit and counseling sessions.

Attorney Robert Huth Jr. said Jaye was on his way back from discussing lawsuits and regulatory concerns with members of the Turtle Creek Hunt Club in Atlanta, Mich. , when his vehicle was pulled over Nov. 19.

Jaye, 42, was chairman of the senate's Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee until his conviction.

"Even if David Jaye was hunting while on the trip, it was incidental to the reason and legislative purpose for him appearing at the meeting," Huth wrote in his request to drop the 90-day misdemeanor charge of violating a restricted license. "My suspicion is that the State Police officers that spoke to Mr. Jaye reached the same conclusion. Surely, they had a copy of his restrictions at the time of the stop."

Bay County Prosecutor Joseph Sheeran said the arrested was justified.
 
 

Friday, November 17, 2000

Commissioner Kurt Kramer - Macomb County

Also See:

Commisioner Kurt Kramer charged with domestic violence [November 26, 2002]



Man to take county post despite charges
Commissioner-elect is facing 2 abuse counts
December 5, 2002
BY MARY OWEN AND NANCY
DETROIT FREE PRESS
http://www.freep.com/news/locmac/kramer5_20021205.htm

A newly elected Macomb County commissioner will face a judge on domestic violence charges days after he is sworn into office.

Kurt Kramer, 47, was charged Nov. 27 with two counts of domestic violence and released the next day on $300 bond. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16 in 42-2 District Court, which is temporarily located in Mt. Clemens.


His wife, Russia native Lyubov Arestova, 34, told police that her husband attacked her Nov. 26 after she refused to take off her clothes and pose for nude photographs, according to police documents.

One of his previous wives, Oxana Kramer, a Ukrainian mail-order bride, obtained a personal protection order against him almost two years ago, said Chesterfield Township Police Lt. Dave Marker. Kramer has been married four times.

While being charged with a misdemeanor doesn't prevent a commissioner from serving on the board under county rules, some of Kramer's future colleagues are wary of the bad publicity that follows such allegations.

"People have a negative enough image of politics without having this happen," said Commissioner Diana Kolakowski of Sterling Heights. "It doesn't exactly support the family values platform."

But Commissioner Mike Sessa of Harrison Township, who bailed Kramer out of jail, said people are unfairly assuming that Kramer is guilty. He noted that Kramer is the sole caregiver of his 80-year-old father. "I can't understand why this would happen to him," said Sessa, who has known Kramer for four years. "I would give him the benefit of the doubt."

Kramer of New Baltimore said he plans to attend the Dec. 12 swearing-in ceremony and take his seat Jan.1. He said his personal life will not interfere with his commission duties.

He listed his job priorities as road improvements and finding a permanent location for the 42-2 District Court, temporarily housed in the county jail. "Give me a chance to prove myself," Kramer said. "I plan to do what they elected me to do."

Kramer, an Air Force reservist, said he and Arestova were the perfect couple during his successful bid for Macomb County's 14th District, which includes Chesterfield Township, Lenox Township, New Baltimore and New Haven Village.

The Republican beat Democrat Wendy Iacobelli for the seat being vacated by commission Chairman John Hertel, who announced his resignation in May.

Arestova, who Kramer said has been learning English since she arrived in the United States, helped with mailings and neighborhood walks and attended victory parties, Kramer said. But soon after, Arestova became short-tempered, he said. Kramer said Wednesday that he hasn't seen his wife since the incident.

He said the trouble began when he asked if he could put some of her clothes, which smelled like cigarette smoke, in their enclosed porch because the smell was bothering him. Kramer said she stormed out of their bedroom wearing only a robe and went to her son's room where she changed and later threatened to tell police he had tried to rip her clothes off.

On Wednesday evening, Arestova said, "It's a very bad situation." She declined further comment, saying her English is bad and her social worker could better explain her side of the story.

Police were called to the scene by Arestova's 14-year-old son who said Kramer choked him, Marker said.

Kramer, a jet fueler at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, said he met Arestova through a friend when he was vacationing in Russia in June 2001. They communicated for a while before she came to the United States with her son. The couple lived together for about six months before marrying in January. Kramer believes the couple could still work things out.

Ex-wife Oxana Kramer sought a personal protection order against him in January 2001. But he assaulted a police officer who went to Kramer's house to serve the papers, according to police reports. Kramer pleaded guilty to the assault and battery charge. He served one year of probation to the misdemeanor charge.

The commission seat is Kramer's first elected post. He served briefly on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in the early 1990s, when he lived in Oak Park. He was appointed to complete a term left vacant by a commissioner who died. Kramer lost his 1994re-election bid for the seat.













Official accused of assaulting wife
Police say Macomb commissioner-elect beat her after she refused to pose for nude pictures
11/29/02
By Gene Schabath
The Detroit News
http://www.detnews.com/2002/metro/0211/29/c02-23081.htm

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Newly elected Macomb County Commissioner Kurt Kramer was charged with assaulting his wife, two years after allegedly attacking his first wife.

The most recent allegation comes from his wife of 10 months, Lyubov Arestova, 34, said Chesterfield Police Detective Jim Gates.

Kramer tried to tear off his Russian-born wife's clothing and attacked her in the upstairs bedroom of their home when she refused to pose nude for photographs that he wanted to put on the Internet, Gates said.

Kramer first choked the 34-year-old woman's 14-year-old son and forced him out of the house, Gates said.

Kramer, 48, was arraigned Wednesday before 42nd District Judge Paul Cassidy of New Baltimore on two counts of domestic violence. He was released under $300 bond.

Domestic violence is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Kramer said in an interview Thanksgiving Day that he is innocent and is confident he will be acquitted. "That is a totally ludicrous statement on my wife's part," Kramer said. "It appears to be part of a big scam. She gets married to an American citizen and then uses the domestic violence charge to fulfill whatever agenda she has. I think she wants the INS (immigration and Naturalization Service) to look favorably on her if she files the domestic abuse charge. Her status in the United States is pending. She doesn't even have a green card."

Kramer said he wanted to take the photographs of his wife because she undresses in front of her teen-age son. He claims he was attacked by his wife, but said police would not listen to his side of the story.

Kramer was elected to the county board Nov. 5 to represent District 14, which includes Chesterfield, Lenox Township and New Baltimore. The part time position pays $33,000 a year.

He said he lost his job at Kmart last year and now works part-time as a fuel specialist at Selfridge Air National Guard Base where he is also in the Air Force reserves.

He previously was arrested Nov. 17, 2000, for assaulting his first wife, also a Russian-born woman, Oxana Savina, Gates said.
She was in her late 30s, Gates said.

"This one is the same as the first one," Gates said. "Almost identical."

His first wife divorced Kramer in January 2001. He married his new wife in January of this year. Kramer said he met her in Russia while on duty as a reservist.

The first domestic abuse charge was dropped when Kramer pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. He was placed on probation for one year and fined $200. Gates said the arresting officer was attacked when he went to Kramer's house to serve him a personal protection order the first wife had obtained against him after he attacked her.

Kramer's new wife gave police two rolls of film she had shot of injuries suffered in previous attacks, Gates said.

Macomb County Board Chairman John Hertel said the county legal staff is investigating whether Kramer can be expelled from office if convicted.

"It's a sad and disturbing situation," Hertel said. Kramer replaces Hertel as the commissioner from District 14. Hertel did not run for re-election.

Kramer said he plans to be at swearing-in ceremonies for county commissioners on Dec. 12.












Recently Elected Official in Michigan Denies Domestic Violence Charge
From The Associated Press, 11/29/02
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAO0W3X39D.html

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A recently elected county commissioner is facing domestic violence charges for allegedly shoving and striking his wife.

Kurt Kramer, 47, expected to take office in January, was arrested Tuesday and spent a night in jail before being released on a $300 bond. His next court hearing was scheduled for Dec. 16, four days after he is to be sworn in to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

According to police, Kramer's wife, Lyubov Arestova, said he pushed and hurt her after she allegedly refused to pose for nude photographs. He also is accused of choking a 14-year-old relative in the melee.

Kramer told the Associated Press on Thursday, "No, I didn't hit her, and no, I didn't strike her." He also denied asking her to pose nude.

Kramer has a previous assault and battery conviction for slamming a door on a police officer's arm and leg as the officer tried to serve Kramer with a personal protection order from his former wife, who alleged that he assaulted her.




Thursday, November 16, 2000

Officer Aleem Abdullah - Acquitted - Benton Harbor PD

Also See:

Officer Aleem Abdullah - CSC charges [December 1999]
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2000/01/officer-aleem-abdullah-benton-harbor-pd.html

 

Officer Aleem Abdullah - Domestic violence allegation [November 23, 2001]http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2001/11/officer-aleem-abdullah-benton-harbor-pd.html



2000: Officer Aleem Abdullah [Benton Harbor PD] was charged with having sex with an underage girl while on duty. But a jury acquitted him.

2001: Nikkita Abdullah [wife of Officer Aleem Abdullah] is placed on probation for a domestic violence charge.

November 21, 2001: Nikkita Abdullah [wife of Officer Aleem Abdullah] was charged with assault and battery against Verna McGruder, while on probation for domestic violence.


November 23, 2001: An alteraction takes place between Nikkita and Officer Abdullah. Nikkita files a domestic violence complaint against her husband / Officer Abdullah. Berrien County SD is unable to determine who the instigator was, therefore the prosecutor did not file charges.







Patrolman may face charges
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 12:00 am
Updated: 4:53 pm, Tue Nov 15, 2011.
By H-P STAFF
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/patrolman-may-face-charges/article_0103e91c-4b18-5b83-8cfc-6136533a4356.html

BENTON HARBOR -- A Benton Harbor police patrolman is facing a domestic violence complaint stemming from an alleged incident Friday, officials said Monday.

Berrien County Prosecutor James Cherry said he will review a sheriff's department report on Aleem Abdullah. Sheriff's Chief Deputy William Marx reported the department is investigating the complaint filed by Abdullah's wife, Nikkita. The sheriff's department was asked by Benton Harbor police to handle the investigation because Abdullah is one of its officers.

Marx released no details about the incident, other than it occurred at 6:08 p.m. at 1252 Bishop St., Benton Harbor, and no arrests were made.

Cherry said he received the report minutes before 5 p.m. Monday and had not yet read it. He said he probably would make a decision Wednesday whether to press charges in the incident.

Abdullah was charged last year with having sex with an underage girl while on duty. But a jury acquitted him.













Benton Harbor cop not guilty of sex charges

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2000 12:00 am
By CAROL KNAPP / H-P Staff Writer
The Herald-Palladium
http://www.heraldpalladium.com/localnews/benton-harbor-cop-not-guilty-of-sex-charges/article_bca51e08-3e5b-5b3f-871d-68b0fe46301a.html

ST. JOSEPH -- A jubilant Aleem Abdullah clasped his hands high above his head as though giving thanks to a higher power Thursday after a Berrien Trial Court jury found him not guilty of having sex with an underage girl.

The jury of six men and six women deliberated a little over two hours before returning a verdict.

Abdullah said he never doubted the verdict would be in his favor "because I'm innocent and I was confident the truth would bear that out."

His attorney, Tat Parish of Watervliet, said the best piece of evidence corroborating Abdullah's assertion of innocence was a videotape from the Target Store in Benton Township that shows Abdullah purchasing a bedspread.

It appears to be the same comforter his teen-age accuser said was on the bed at his Bishop Street home in December when she claimed the two had sex. The tape was made March 18, and the store also provided a receipt showing the purchase on that date.

"That's the reason you have trials and defense," said Parish. "Often times if you don't look at things in a critical way you don't see the truth. If you only looked at what the girl had to say, you might have presumed Aleem was guilty, but sometimes the truth comes out in extreme ways."

The girl claimed she had sex with Abdullah two times when she was 15. She claimed a third encounter took place in a police vehicle in January, but no criminal charge resulted from that allegation because by then she had turned 16, the legal age of consent.

The trial in Judge John Fields' courtroom lasted seven days. Abdullah was acquitted of two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A juror who did not wish to give his name said the girl was not a good witness.

"She kept changing her story. She just wasn't believable," he said. "There wasn't any physical evidence against the defendant, and the prosecution didn't present a strong case."

Abdullah said he felt good about the decision and said he was looking forward to going back to work.

"This unfortunate incident is not going to make me want to stop serving the community I belong to," he said. "I don't ever want to face the judicial system on that side again.

"I was fortunate that Mr. Parish was able to provide me with a good defense, but I think being assertive and using my knowledge as a police officer, I was also able to help myself."

Abdullah, on the Benton Harbor department for nearly five years, said he planned to be more diligent about keeping his paperwork in line.

"From now on I'm going to be more careful about crossing all my t's and dotting all my i's," he said.

According to his testimony, Abdullah gave the girl a ride home on the night she claimed the two first had sex. He said he radioed a dispatcher to report what he was doing and also claimed he wrote down information about the incident, but later threw out the paper in accordance with department practice.

The officer's daily log sheets for key days could not be found, but Abdullah testified that was not unusual for the department.

Benton Harbor Police Chief Douglas Wright said he expected that Abdullah would be reinstated.

"I instructed him to be in my office Monday morning to go over the preliminaries, to make sure he has all his equipment and so forth," Wright said.

         

Friday, August 4, 2000

Mayor Gerald "Ajax" Ackerman - Appeal- Port Huron

Also See:

Port Huron Mayor Gerald "Ajax" Ackerman charged for sexual assaults [April 07, 1999]

Port Huron Mayor Gerald "Ajax" Ackerman sentenced for CSC [June 16, 2000]

         

















 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 18, 2000

Mayor Gerald "Ajax" Ackerman - Appeal- Port Huron

Also See:

Port Huron Mayor Gerald "Ajax" Ackerman charged for sexual assaults [April 07, 1999]

Port Huron Mayor Gerald "Ajax" Ackerman sentenced for CSC [June 16, 2000]

     

 
 
 

   

Thursday, July 13, 2000

Senator David Jaye - Sentenced - Macomb County

Also See:

Senator David Jaye - Ousted from Michigan Senate [May 24, 2001]

http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2001/05/senator-david-jaye-ousted-from-senate.html

Senator David Jaye - Sentenced for probation violation [August 2001]

http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2001/08/senator-david-jaye-sentenced-probation.html
Senator David Jaye - Arrested for assaulting fiancee [April 12, 2001]

Senator David Jaye - Drunk driving charge [2000]

On June 12, 2000, Senator Jaye pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunken driving charge [March 05, 2000].  On July 13, 2000 Jaye was sentenced to two years probation; 45 days in jail; and driver license restrictions. When Senator Jaye assaulted his fiancee in April 2001, he was still on probation for this drunk driving offense.      







Jaye back on job after jail term
The Argus-Press
Owosso, Michigan
Kathy Barks Hoffman
Associated Press
August 19, 2000

Lansing, Mich. [AP] - State Sen. David Jaye left the St. Clair County Jail early Friday and held a late-afternoon news conference in his senate office to say he's back on the job.

"Today I am once again taking personal responsibility for my actions," said Jaye, R-Washington Township. "I've become a very strong example of how serious drunken driving is and how serious the consequences are."

Jaye was arrested March 5 in Macomb Township on his second drunken-driving offense. While a state representative in 1993, Jaye spent 10 days in jail after a drunken-driving conviction. This time, he was sentenced to 45 days but was released after 35 after being given time off for good behavior.

Jaye has supported bills that took away time off for good behavior for prison inmates convicted of rapes, murders and serious assaults. He stands by that votes.

During his time in jail, Jaye said he was in the kitchen most days by 4:30 a.m., mopping floors, preparing food and washing dishes for 12 or 16 hours. He said he didn't sleep well a lot of nights, especially after two jail workers were assaulted by inmates.

"It was frightening," he said of his stay. "Jail is a very serious place."

Jaye continued to receive his annual $56,981 salary while in jail, but said he is working with his lawyers to donate some of it to worthy causes. He has been stripped of his Senate committee assignments but will get them back on Jan. 1 if he successfully completes an alcohol rehabilitation program.

Jaye enrolled in a counseling program shortly after his arrest. His two-year probation will require him to continue attending counseling sessions and to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week.

He said some inmates were in jail only because they couldn't pay their fees and court costs, and probably could be spending their time more effectively doing community service. He'd also like to require inmates to get vocational training, a high school diploma or equivalent degree before they can leave jail.

Jaye said he's ready to get working again o issues such as approving school vouchers and fighting a General Motor Corp. lawsuit filed on behalf of affirmative action admission programs at the University of Michigan.

He said most of his constituents know he's contrite, but he understands there could be repercussions to his drunken driving convictions.

"I have done more damage to myself drinking and driving that all my political opponents have done combined," he said. "The worst part for me has been all the pain and heartache my family has faced...my friends and supporters have faced.
 
 











Senator Released From Jail
David Jaye Is A Free Man
Click On Detroit
Updated 10:18 a.m. EDT August 18, 2000

PONTIAC, Mich., -- State senator David Jaye was released from jail at midnight Thursday after serving time on a drunken driving conviction.

The lawmaker from Washington Township was freed after serving nearly all of a 45-day sentence on a second drunken driving offense. He was let go early for good behavior.

Jaye was arrested March 5 in Macomb Township and pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

In addition to two years of counseling, Jaye can't drive for three months and can go only to and from work for six months.

On Tuesday, state senator Joe Young Jr. pleaded guilty to impaired driving.

             








Sheriff says Jaye is adjusting
The Argus-Press
Owosso, Michigan
July 17, 2000

Port Huron, Mich. [AP] - State Sen. David Jaye is adjusting to life in the St. Clair County Jail, working in the kitchen while serving time for misdemeanor drunken driving, the county's chief law enforcer said.

Sheriff Dan Lane said Jaye, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge last month, is working 12 to 16 hour days in the jail kitchen, cleaning and preparing food. The Senator sleeps in a community cell with seven minimum-security inmates, the sheriff said.

"It's only because of the media blitz. We're putting him in where hopefully he will not get harmed," Lane said Friday. "And that's where he'll stay for the next 45 days."

Lane said other inmates know who the 42-year-old Jaye is and why he's jailed, given that several inmates get newspapers, "so they know he's there."

The Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township was arrested March 5 in Macomb Township and charged with second-offense operating under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail Thursday and almost immediately was moved from the Macomb County to St. Clair County, Lane told the Times Herald.

Torrey said St. Clair County has a good relationship with officials at the Macomb County Jail and often "swaps" high-profile prisoners.

Former Port Huron Mayor Gerald "Ajax" Ackerman spent time in the Macomb County Jail under similar conditions.

After a 1993 drunken-driving conviction, Jaye spent 10 days in jail.

After pleading guilty in the latest case, Jaye was stripped of his committee assignments last month. He will have them reinstated if he completes an alcohol rehabilitation program, said Judy Allen, chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow.

"Senator Degrow's intentionn is to reinstate him January if he completes an alcohol rehabilitation program. And he's in the one," Allen told the Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens for a story Sunday.
 
 










Sheriff says state senator adjusts to life behind bars
Ludington Daily News
July 17, 2000
Port Huron, Mich. [AP] - State Sen. David Jaye is adjusting to life in the St. Clair County Jail, working in the kitchen while serving time for misdemeanor drunken driving, the county's chief law enforcement enforcer said.

Sheriff Dan Lane said Jaye, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge last month, is working 12 to 16 hour days in the jail kitchen, cleaning and preparing food. The senator sleeps in a community cell with seven minimum-security inmates, the sheriff said.

"It's only because of the media blitz. We're putting him in where hopefully he will not get harmed," Lane said Friday.

"And that's where he'll stay for the next 45 days."

Lane said other inmates know who the 42-year-old Jaye is and why he's jailed, given that several inmates get newspapers, "so they know he's there."

The Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township was arrested March 5 in Macomb Township and charged with second-offense operating under the influence of alcohol. He is sentenced to 45 days in jail Thursday and almost immediately was moved from Macomb County to St. Clair County.

Lane said he has not talked to Jaye and does not plan to chat with him.










Senator Working In Kitchen of Jail
David Jaye Serving Sentence For Drunken Driving
Click On Detroit
July 17, 2000
Updated 12:50 p.m. EDT

PORT HURON, Mich. -- State senator David Jaye is working 12-14 hours a day in the kitchen of the Saint Clair County Jail. Jaye is serving a 45-day term for drunken driving. The Macomb County Republican pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

On Thursday, Jaye was sentenced by a Macomb County judge to serve 45 days in jail for drunken driving.

Police arrested Jaye in March after failing a breathalyzer test. Jaye pleaded guilty to driving drunk.

Jaye's already given up all his Senate committee assignments for the rest of the year and has been barred from some business travel.

Jaye was previously convicted of drunk driving in 1985 and 1993.

           






Senator Loses Committee Jobs
June 21, 2000
By From Tribune News Services.

LANSING, MICHIGAN — State Sen. David Jaye was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday, a week after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow (R-Port Huron) said Jaye will give up all committee assignments for the rest of the year and be barred from state-paid out-of-state business travel until next year.

"The Senate needed to take action," DeGrow said, adding that the decision was his alone.

Jaye, a 42-year-old Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, was arrested March 5 and charged with second-offense operating under the influence of alcohol.

A test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.11, slightly above the legal limit of 0.10 for drunken driving. On June 12, Jaye pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor count, which carries a 5- to 100-day jail sentence and fine. His license may also be suspended or revoked at his July 13 sentencing. Under DeGrow's sanctions, Jaye no longer will be the chairman of the Senate's Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee. He also will lose his seat on three others: Economic Development, International Trade and Regulatory Affairs; Families, Mental Health and Human Services; and Financial Services.

               




Jaye Stripped Of Committee Assignments
Senator Pleads Guilty To Drunken Driving Charge
Click On Detroit
June 20, 2000
Updated 11:21 p.m. EDT

LANSING -- State Sen. David Jaye was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday, a week after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow, (R) Port Huron, said Jaye will give up all committee assignments for the rest of the year. He will also be barred from state-paid business travel that would take him out of state, until next year.

"The Senate needed to take action," DeGrow said. The decision was his alone, he added.

Jaye, 42, is a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township was arrested March 5 in Macomb Township and charged with second-offense operating under the influence of alcohol.

A test showed his blood-alcohol level was .11, above the legal limit of .10 for drunken driving.

Jaye pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count on June 12, which carries a five- to 100-day jail sentence and fine. His license may also be suspended or revoked at his sentencing, set for July 13.

After his arrest Jaye said he has maintained a 100 percent attendance record in the Senate while attending alcohol abuse treatment. And, the senator says he plans to have family and friends drive him to work if he loses his license because of the ordeal.