Thursday, April 12, 2001

Senator David Jaye - Macomb County

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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 - Stripped of Senate Assignments [June 2000]


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


Senator David Jaye - Drunk driving charge [March 2000]




On April 12, 2001, Senator David Jaye was arrested in Florida for assaulting his fiancee. Less than three weeks prior, Jaye had just had his Senate assignments restored to him, following his June 2000 conviction on his third drunk driving arrest.

At the time of the domestic assault, Senator Jaye was on probation for the the March 05, 2000 drunk driving arrest.

On May 24, 2001 the Michigan Senate voted to oust Senator David Jaye from office, due to his arrest for domestic violence and his three drunk driving convictions.








         
Boot swinging at senator
Colleagues gearing up to vote out wayward Jaye
April 21, 2001
Detroit Free Press

Momentum is building in the state Senate to expel Sen. David Jaye, whose arrest April 12 in Florida for allegedly hitting his fiancee in the face during an argument set the stage for a historic decision next week. Jaye would be the first state senator to be expelled. Sen. Leon Stille, R-Spring Lake, said Friday that there is "a better than 50-50 chance" Senate Republicans will call for Jaye's removal if he does not resign. Interviews with senators...









Fiancee in trouble before police say
Kloss hit ex-husband and was drunk and disorderly at Metro
April 20, 2001
Detroit Free Press

State Sen. David Jaye's fiancee, who police say was battered by Jaye last week in Florida, hit her former husband with a bar stool in a dispute when they were married, a police report says. And in a more recent brush with the law, Sonia Kloss pleaded guilty in March to a charge of disorderly conduct at Detroit Metro Airport, according to a report released Thursday by the Wayne County Airport Police Department under the Freedom of Information Act. Jaye, R-Washington...

               









Jaye fiancee called to ask if she could press case
Prosecutor says senator cut off the conversation
April 19, 2001
Detroit Free Press

State Sen. David Jaye and his fiancee are presenting a united front this week, but that wasn't the case last Thursday when she called the Bay County prosecutor to ask whether it was too late to press domestic abuse charges there. That day, less than two hours after the phone call to Bay County Prosecutor Joseph Sheeran, Jaye was arrested on domestic battery charges in a different incident involving his fiancee, Sonia Kloss, in Ft. Myers, Fla. Sheeran released a transcript...

                 










Senator accused of assaulting fiancee returns to Legislative session Tuesday
Ludington Daily News
Malcolm Johnson
Associated Press
April 17, 2001

Lansing, Mich [AP] - David Jaye, who was charged last week with assaulting his fiancee in Florida, on Tuesday denied any physical altercation with the woman and said he has no plans to resign from the state Senate.

"I want to make clear that this dispute involved no hitting, no striking, no pushing, no shoving, no assault," the Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township said.

When asked at a Tuesday morning news conference if he had a "spousal abuse problem," Jaye responded, "No, I do not."

Jaye was booked and jailed overnight last Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery after police responded to a 911 call on a reported dispute between Jaye and his fiancee, Sonia Kloss, 36. He was released Friday after she posted his $2,500 bond.

Jaye, 43, said the police reports "do not accurately reflect the events of that morning."

In a statement released later Tuesday morinng, Jaye said the police pressured Kloss to "use words in the report she did not want to use."

While in the Lee County Jail in Florida, Jaye was attacked and needed 24 stitches to repair his injured ear, according to a report filed by sheriff's officials. He plans to get further surgery on his injured ear, said his defense lawyer, Robert Huth.

A jail inmate was charged with aggravated battery after witnesses said he struck Jaye because he thought the senator was using the phone for too long.

"Jaye, who termed the Florida incident "inappropriate," said he and Kloss have experienced stress from their long-distance relationship.

"I am in love with a very strong-willed, independent, passionate, beautiful woman, Sonia Kloss.

On Monday, Sen. Leon Stille, R-Spring Lake, called Jaye "an embarrassment" and said he is considering creating an expulsion resolution.

"The rules are pretty clear," Stille told the Detroit News for a story on Tuesday. "The Senate has the responsibility for keeping its house clean."

After the news conference, Jaye went into a caucus meeting with fellow Senate Republicans.

Jaye, who last year served 35 days in jail for drunken driving, was charged Friday in Florida with assaulting Kloss, of Fort Myers, Fla.

Under Florida's domestic violence law, authorities could still try to prosecute Jaye even if his fiancee doesn't want to pursue the case.

Jaye was arrested about noon Thursday after Kloss said he struck her in the face, and a witness gave a statement confirming her claim, according to arrest records.
 
 

                 









State Senator says he won't resign
Posted: 4/17/2001
Northern Michigan 9 & 10 News
http://www.9and10news.com/category/story/?id=63915

(Lansing-AP) -- State Senator David Jaye says he won't resign from the Legislature and didn't hit his fiancee. The Macomb County Republican is charged in Florida with hitting the woman. His committee assignments were suspended the day after the arrest last week. (Detroit-AP) -- Detroit's mayor says he won't seek a third term because he wants his private life back. Dennis Archer announced the decision today. Detroit based political analyst Mario Morrow calls it a shock. Archer is a former state Supreme Court justice. (Harrison-AP) -- Police in Clare County say a truck scattered 52 tons of brake drums when it flipped over near Harrison today. The accident happened after the truck hit a patch of ice. The truck driver was thrown from the cab, but is in good condition at a Charlevoix hospital. (Fruitport-AP) -- Fruitport's school board plans to cut more than 20 staff positions to make ends meet. The board is facing a half (m) million-dollar budget shortfall. It's also looking at ways it might be able to seek alternative funding sources.










Jaye returns to Senate today after spending a night in jail
The Michigan Daily
April 17, 2001

Lansing [AP] State Sen. David Jaye plans to return to session today, four days after being charged in Florida with assaulting his fiancee, his attorney said yesterday.

Robert Huth of Mount Clemens said the Washington Township Republican "hopes to continue his relationship with his fiancee," and said the couple plans to get counseling.

Jaye was booked and jailed overnight last Thursdasy on a misdemenaor charge of domestic violence battery after police responded to a 911 call on a reported dispute between Jaye and his fiancee, Sonia Kloss. He was released Friday after she posted his $2,500 bond.

Jaye, 43, told a Lee County [Fla] sheriff's deputy that he didn't hit Kloss, 36. He plans to make a statement at 8:45 a.m. today in Lansing on the matter.

While in the Lee County Jail in Florida, Jaye was attacked and needed 24 stitches to repair his injured ear, according to a report filed by sheriff's officials. He plans to get further surgery on his injured ear, Huth said.

A jail inmate was charged with aggravated battery after witnesses said he struck Jaye because he though the senator was using the phone for too long.

"He complains about a loss of hearing in that ear," Huth said. But he expressed optimism about the outcome of Jaye's problems.

"David's faced adversity before," Huth said. "He's upbeat and is facing the situation."

Jaye, who last year served 35 days in jail for drunken driving, was charged Friday in Florida with assaulting Kloss. She said then she would ask for the charges to be dropped. The Fort Myers, Fla., woman said she and Jaye plan to get married this year.

Under Florida's domestic violence law, authorities could still try to prosecute Jaye even if his fiancee doesn't want to pursue the case.

                 









Sen. Jaye gets a bit of help from Dr. Melfi
April 16, 2001
Detroit Free Press

"I hope David will do the appropriate thing with whatever is necessary for that, even if it means that he does see a counselor." -- Jameela (Sonia) Kloss, speaking to a reporter last Friday after her fiancé, state Sen. David Jaye, R-Washington Township, was arraigned on a charge of domestic violence battery in Florida The scene is a sunlit, paneled room in a suburban office park. Dr. Jennifer Melfi closes a manila folder on her desk, walks across the room and...

                     












David Jaye Refuses To Quit
Washington Township Republican Arrested Last Week
April 15, 2001
Click on Detroit
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/713815/detail.html

State Sen. David Jaye is heading back to the Legislature four days after his Florida arrest for allegedly assaulting his fiancée.

The Washington Township Republican spoke out Tuesday morning in Lansing. He's charged with a misdemeanor for hitting his fiancée, Sonia Kloss, 36, outside her Florida home last week. Jaye (pictured, left), 43, said that there is stress from a long-distance relationship, but the police report is wrong in saying that he struck her.

Jaye's lawyer said that the couple plans to get counseling. While jailed, Jaye was attacked and needed 24 stitches to repair an injured ear.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow suspended Jaye's committee assignments on Friday, the day after the arrest. DeGrow had restored the assignments just two weeks earlier after Jaye had lost them after a drunken-driving conviction. Jaye planned to attend Tuesday's Senate session.

                   











Michigan lawmaker accused of assault goes before judge
By DEE-ANN DURBIN
Associated Press
Polk On Line
Sunday, April 15, 2001
http://www.polkonline.com/stories/041501/sta_jaye.shtml

LANSING, Mich. -- State Sen. David Jaye, who last year served jail time for drunken driving and police said was beaten up in jail during his most recent arrest, was charged Friday in Florida with assaulting his fiancee.


The fiancee, Sonia Kloss, said she would ask for the charges to be dropped. The Fort Myers woman said she and Jaye plan to get married this year.

"I hope David will do the appropriate thing with whatever is necessary for that, even if it means that he does see a counselor," Kloss said.

Jaye, 43, told a Lee County sheriff's deputy that he didn't hit Kloss, 36. But Jaye was arrested in Fort Myers about noon Thursday after Kloss said he struck her in the face, and a witness gave a statement confirming her claim, according to arrest records.

Jaye was booked and jailed overnight Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery. He was released in the afternoon after posting a $2,500 bond, said Deputy Larry King, a department spokesman.

Jaye's attorney, Robert Huth of Mount Clemens, said he was unsure whether the lawmaker would release a statement Friday.

While at the jail, Jaye was punched Thursday by an inmate who thought Jaye stayed on the phone too long talking to Kloss and Huth, according to a report filed by sheriff's officials. Jaye was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and got 24 stitches to close the one-inch cut.

"Jaye will require cosmetic surgery and the injury will cause permanent disfigurement," the report said. The inmate was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow, R-Port Huron, said Friday he was immediately suspending Jaye's committee assignments. DeGrow had restored the assignments just two weeks ago after a previous suspension tied to Jaye's drunken driving conviction. Jaye also is losing his Senate mail and travel privileges.

"We, in the Senate, take this very seriously," DeGrow said in a news release. "Senator Jaye's behavior is unacceptable."

Jaye was chairman of the Senate Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee. He also was a member of the Economic Development, International Trade and Regulatory Affairs Committee, the Families, Mental Health and Human Services Committee and the Financial Services Committee.

According to statements filed with police, Jaye and Kloss got into an argument over the location of a set of keys. The argument turned physical about noon Thursday outside Kloss' home in Fort Myers.

The deputy who responded to a 911 call wrote in a report that Kloss had "cuts on her chin, bridge of her nose and left side of her jaw." A neighbor also filed a statement with police saying he saw Jaye hit Kloss.

According to Lee County Sheriff's Deputy Beth Schell, Florida law does allow Jaye to be prosecuted even if Kloss asks that the charge be dropped.

"Florida recently changed the law, so we can prosecute anyway," Schell said. "Domestic violence has become such a serious issue, and sometimes victims don't go further with the prosecution."

Huth, however, said the state may not win its case if Kloss doesn't press charges. "It's hard for the prosecution to go forward without the alleged victim," Huth said.

Jaye first lost his committee assignments and travel privileges last June, a week after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge, his second in eight years. He was sentenced to 45 days in the St. Clair County Jail, but was released after 35 after being given time off for good behavior.

Six months later, Jaye was pulled over after a motorist reported that he hit a woman at a Bay County gas station. He was charged with driving on a restricted license, but was cleared of those charges last month after a judge ruled state police didn't read him his Miranda rights at the scene.

Jaye served nine years in the state House before winning the Senate seat of the late Doug Carl in a 1997 special election. Jaye was re-elected to the Senate in 1998 and is eligible to run for one more four-year term in 2002 under term limits.

                     











State senator arraigned on assault charges
Ludington Daily news
Dee-Ann Durbin
Associated Press
April 14, 2001

Lansing, Mich [AP]- State Sen. David Jaye, who last year served time for drunken driving, was charged Friday in Florida with assaulting his fiancee.

The fiancee, Sonia Kloss, said she would ask for the charges to be dropped. The Fort Myers, Fla., woman said she and Jaye plan to get married this year.

"I hope David will do the appropriate thing with whatever is necessary for that, even if it means that he does see a counselor," Kloss said.

Jaye, 43, told a Lee County [Fla.] sheriff's deputy that he didn't hit Kloss, 36.

But Jaye was arrested about noon Thursday after Kloss said he struck her in the face, and a witness gave a statement confirming her claim, according to arrest records.

Jaye was booked and jailed overnight Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery.

He was released in the afternoon after posting a $2,500 bond, said Deputy Larry King, a department spokesman.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow, R-Port Huron, said Friday he was immediately suspending Jaye's committee assignments.

DeGrow had restored the assignments just two weeks ago after a previous suspension tied to Jaye's drunken driving conviction.



             










Fellow inmate slams Jaye's ear
Senator has surgery
April 14, 2001
Detroit Free Press

Not long after state Sen. David Jaye was arrested on charges that he beat his fiancee in Florida on Thursday, he found himself on the receiving end of a disfiguring attack by a cell mate who wanted the telephone Jaye was using. When Jaye didn't comply, the 27-year-old inmate punched the phone against the side of Jaye's head, according to a statement Friday by the Lee County Sheriff's Department. Five inmates looked on as Jaye, who was talking to his...

               











Jaye Posts Bond On Domestic Abuse Charge
Lawmakers Take Action Against Senator
April 14, 2001
Click On Detroit
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/658508/detail.html

Troubled state Sen. David Jaye was released from a Florida jail Friday following a domestic dispute involving his fiancee. Jaye, R-Washington Township, was booked and held Thursday at the Lee County Jail in Ft. Myers on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery, authorities said. A judge ordered that he stay away from his fiancée and attend a domestic abuse program.

While jailed in Florida, another inmate allegedly beat Jaye with a telephone because Jaye was on it too long, according to Robert Huth, Jaye's lawyer. Jaye was in danger of losing part of his ear, and will see a plastic surgeon, Huth said.

Jaye was rushed to the emergency room after the incident, according to Huth. He received 30 stitches in his ear. Jaye was scheduled to go to a plastic surgeon Friday afternoon, Huth said. Jaye, 43, and his fiancee, Sonia Kloss, 36, got into an argument over where a set of keys was located, according to police. Jaye's lawyer claims that the argument was about whether Kloss should get into a cab. The argument turned physical around noon Thursday outside Kloss' home in Ft. Myers. Jaye told police that he did not hit Kloss.

The police report said that Kloss had "cuts on her chin, bridge of her nose and left side of her jaw." Huth said that the senator did not hit Kloss and that Jaye was not drunk at the time. However, Huth could not say how Kloss allegedly suffered her injuries. A neighbor said in a written report that he saw Jaye hit Kloss. Huth told the Detroit Free Press that Kloss said that she will ask for charges to be dropped.

Jaye pleaded guilty in June to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge. He served 45 days in jail. The Senate leadership also stripped him of his committee assignments and travel privileges. Jaye was charged with driving on a restricted license six months later. He was cleared of those charges when a judge ruled that state police did not read him his Miranda rights on the scene.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow, R-Port Huron, who recently restored Jaye to his position on the Senate Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee, said that he was immediately suspending Jaye's committee assignments. Jaye is also losing his Senate mail and travel privileges. "We in the Senate take this very seriously. Senator Jaye's behavior is unacceptable," DeGrow said.                  









Jaye accused of hitting fiancee
Argus-Press
Owosso, Michigan
Associated Press
April 13, 2001

State Sen. David Jaye, who recently had his Senate duties restored after pleading guilty to drunken driving, was held in a Florida jail on a charged that he assaulted his fiance, Florida authorities said.

Jaye, R-Washington Township, was booked and held Thursday in the Lee County Jail in Ft. Myers, Fla. on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery, Deputy Larry King said.

Jaye denied to police that he hit his fiancee.

Jaye, 43, and his fiancee, Sonia Kloss, 36, got into an argument over the location of a set of keys, police said. It turned physical about noon Thursday outside Kloss' home in Ft. myers.

The deputy who responded to a 911 call saw Kloss had "cuts on her chin, bridge of her nose and left side of her jaw," the police report said.

A neighbor said in a written report that he saw Jaye hit Kloss.

Jaye's attorney, Robert Huth Jr., said Kloss has said she will ask that the charges be dropped.

"His mood was good," Huth told the Detroit Free Press. "He expects that this will be cleared up when law enforcement gets a chance to talk to Sonia again."

Jaye lost his committee assignments and travel priveges in June, a week after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Six months later, Jaye was charged with driving on a restricted license, but was cleared of those charges last month after a judge ruled state police didn't read his Miranda rights at the scene.

"I'm relieved and glad that alcohol was not involved," Huth told The Detroit News.

 










Michigan lawmaker accused of assault goes before Florida judge
By DEE-ANN DURBIN
Associated Press Writer
Friday, April 13, 2001
Story last updated at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2001
http://jacksonville.com/apnews/stories/041301/D7BBN1J80.html

LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. David Jaye, who last year served jail time for drunken driving and police said was beaten up in jail during his most recent arrest, appeared before a Florida judge Friday on charges of assaulting his fiancee.

The fiancee, Sonia Kloss, said Jaye was to be released from a Fort Myers jail in the afternoon. Kloss said she would ask for the charges to be dropped and said she and Jaye plan to get married this year.

"I hope David will do the appropriate thing with whatever is necessary for that, even if it means that he does see a counselor," said Kloss, who lives in Fort Myers.

Jaye, 43, told police he didn't hit Kloss, 36. Jaye's attorney, Robert Huth, said he was unsure whether the lawmaker would release a statement Friday.

Jaye's bond was set at $2,500 and had not been paid by 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to a Lee County Jail official. Jaye was still jailed at that time.

Jaye was booked and held overnight Thursday in the Lee County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery.

While at the jail, Jaye was punched Thursday by an inmate who thought Jaye stayed on the phone too long talking to Kloss and Huth, according to a report filed by Lee County sheriff's officials. Jaye was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and got 24 stitches to close the one-inch cut.

"Jaye will require cosmetic surgery and the injury will cause permanent disfigurement," the report said. The inmate was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow, R-Port Huron, said Friday he was immediately suspending Jaye's committee assignments. DeGrow had restored the assignments just two weeks ago after a previous suspension tied to Jaye's drunken driving conviction. Jaye also is losing his Senate mail and travel privileges.

"We, in the Senate, take this very seriously," DeGrow said in a news release. "Senator Jaye's behavior is unacceptable."

Jaye was chairman of the Senate Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee. He also was a member of the Economic Development, International Trade and Regulatory Affairs Committee, the Families, Mental Health and Human Services Committee and the Financial Services Committee.

According to statements filed with police, Jaye and Kloss got into an argument over the location of a set of keys. The argument turned physical about noon Thursday outside Kloss' home in Fort Myers.

The deputy who responded to a 911 call wrote in a report that Kloss had "cuts on her chin, bridge of her nose and left side of her jaw." A neighbor also filed a statement with police saying he saw Jaye hit Kloss.

According to Lee County Sheriff's Deputy Beth Schell, Florida law does allow Jaye to be prosecuted even if Kloss asks that the charge be dropped.

"Florida recently changed the law, so we can prosecute anyway," Schell said. "Domestic violence has become such a serious issue, and sometimes victims don't go further with the prosecution."

Huth, however, said the state may not win its case if Kloss doesn't press charges. "It's hard for the prosecution to go forward without the alleged victim," Huth said.

Jaye first lost his committee assignments and travel privileges last June, a week after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge, his second in eight years. He was sentenced to 45 days in the St. Clair County Jail, but was released after 35 after being given time off for good behavior.

Six months later, Jaye was pulled over after a motorist reported that he hit a woman at a Bay County gas station. He was charged with driving on a restricted license, but was cleared of those charges last month after a judge ruled state police didn't read him his Miranda rights at the scene.

Jaye served nine years in the state House before winning the Senate seat of the late Doug Carl in a 1997 special election. Jaye was re-elected to the Senate in 1998 and is eligible to run for one more four-year term in 2002 under term limits.

                   









Jaye hit fiancee, Fla cop reports he's jailed
April 13, 2001
Detroit Free Press

State Sen. David Jaye will wake up this morning in jail in Ft. Myers, Fla., where he is expected to face a charge that he beat his fiancee Thursday during a fight over a set of keys, Florida authorities said. Jaye, a Republican from Washington Township in Macomb County, was booked and held Thursday in the Lee County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence battery, Deputy Larry King said. Jaye denied to police that he hit his fiancee. Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow, R-Port











Senator Jaye Gets Assignments Restored
Republican Stripped Of Duties After Pleading Guilty To Drunken Driving
March 27, 2001
Click On Detroit

State Sen. David Jaye had his committee assignments restored Tuesday after completing an alcohol rehabilitation program.

Jaye, a Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township, Mich., was stripped of his Senate duties in June after pleading guilty to drunken driving. He was charged with driving on a restricted license six months later, but was cleared of those charges last week.

Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow restored Jaye as Chairman of the Senate Hunting, Fishing and Forestry Committee.

Jaye will also return to his membership on the Economic Development, International Trade and Regulatory Affairs Committee, the Families, Mental Health and Human Services Committee and the Senate Financial Services Committee.

Neither DeGrow nor Jaye commented on the restored positions.

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