Monday, May 14, 2001

Senator David Jaye - Charges dropped - Macomb County

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

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

On April 12, 2001, Senator David Jaye was arrested in Florida for assaulting his fiancee. On May 14th, the domestic violence charges were dropped against Jaye.

Fla. battery count dropped against Jaye
But Mich. bids to jail, expel senator continue
May 15, 2001
Detroit Free Press.

From the controversy that has circled state Sen. David Jaye for four weeks came relief Monday when Florida authorities dropped a domestic violence charge against him. "This is the first time in a while that I'm smiling and really grinning from ear to ear," Jaye said. "This is a squabble that got blown way out of proportion." Yet while Jaye celebrated at a media conference outside the Macomb County Courthouse, County...

Charges dropped against lawmaker
Sen. David Jaye still faces legal problems in Michigan.
The Gainesville Sun
May 15, 2001
The Associated Press

Lansing, Mich. - Florida officials have decided not to charge state Sen. David Jaye in a domestic battery case.

The Republican from Macomb County's Washington Township spent April 12 in the Lee County Jail in Fort Myers after a dispute earlier in the day at the home of his fiancee there.

He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery, but on Monday the area's state attorney said no formal charges would be filed.

Jaye is facing possible expulsion from the Michigan Senate, in part because of reports he hit fiancee Sonia Kloss in Florida and in Michigan. She repeatedly has denied he hit her.

Jaye scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference in front of the Macomb County Circuit courthouse to discuss the case. A no-contact order that had been in place in Florida between Kloss and Jaye because of the domestic battery charge also was dropped.

"I am thrilled that my fiancee, Sonia, and I can now speak to and visit with each other, and I am free to take her children fishing again," Jaye said in a written statement.

Jaye attorney Philip Thomas said the decision not to formally charge Jaye in Florida undermines the Senate's case against him.

Florida prosecutors said they didn't feel they had a good chance of convicting Jaye.

But Jaye's legal problems could still be far from over.

A Michigan county judge agreed Monday to hear arguments on whether Jaye's probation on drunken driving charges should be revoked, in part on accounts that Jaye dragged Kloss out of a bathroom and struck her at a gas station in November.

Assault charges against Michigan State Senator dropped
Northern Michigan 9 & 10 News
Posted: 5/14/2001

(Undated-AP) -- Battery charges in Florida are being dropped against Michigan Senator David Jaye. The Macomb County Republican had been accused of hitting his fiancee outside her home in Lee County last month. Jaye contends he didn't hit Sonia Kloss. (Undated-AP) -- Triple-A Michigan says gasoline prices are down a little this week. This week's survey by auto club Triple-A Michigan shows the average price of self-serve regular is almost three cents a gallon cheaper than last week. Statewide, the average price is about a dollar-85 a gallon. (Pittsfield Township-AP) -- No injuries are reported from a chemical spill near Ann Arbor today. Pittsfield Township fire crews say a truck spilled about five gallons of an acid along Interstate 94. An eastbound ramp was closed for more than an hour while crews cleaned up.

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