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FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):
Dayton police said Jermar Rayford “is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of an OVI case in Greene County. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is also conducting an independent administrative investigation into the matter,” following a traffic stop, where he was cited for OVI.
The department’s statement comes after this news agency requested a status on his employment with the department following the Jan. 12 incident.
Rayford garnered national attention and also was given credit for helping improve police and community relations after dancing during a community festival in the Oregon District. Videos of his dance moves were shared across social media.
Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12.
According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek.
MILWAUKEE — A pair of former Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorneys (ADAs) each face a charge of misdemeanor attempted misconduct. They are accused of mishandling a case — and then dropping the charges to cover themselves. The accused are Kristin Schrank and Antoni Apollo.
According to the criminal complaint, Schrank, then an assistant district attorney who worked in sensitive crimes, was assigned to be the “Duty DA” one weekend in July 2017. The “Duty DA” carries a county-issued cellphone to “answer questions and assist law enforcement during the non-business hours of the DA’s office.”
On Sunday, July 16, an officer with the Fox Point Police Department was involved in the arrest of a person for operating while intoxicated and obstructing an officer. That officer contacted the Duty DA “for advice on whether to obtain a search warrant for (suspect’s) blood.” The officer called the Duty DA number and a male, later identified as Antoni Apollo, answered the phone. Apollo advised the officer to seek a search warrant for the blood. When the officer asked who she was speaking to, the complaint says Apollo told the officer “he was an intern in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office” and provided the name of an intern who was working in the office at the time.
Records show Apollo had worked as an assistant district attorney in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and had prosecuted homicide cases. The problem is Apollo left the DA’s office in March 2017.
“He was a rising star in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and he left there for reasons he knows that aren’t really publicized,” said Frank Gimbel, a longtime Milwaukee defense attorney.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said Wednesday that Schrank resigned from the office in October. Lovern said the DA’s office had no further comment on the pending case. Fox Point Police also declined to comment for this story.
Within a few days of the original suspect’s arrest, a captain with the Fox Point Police Department tried to contact Schrank to make sure his officers called the right person. He was also curious because the report listed a “district attorney intern” as the source of advice. The captain left messages for Schrank to confirm the advice. A couple of days later, she returned the call and “explained to him that she was in the shower and that it was a friend who had answered the phone for her.” Schrank however, “did not name her friend who had answered the phone.”
When investigators questioned the intern named by the officer, he denied answering the Duty DA phone on July 16, 2017 and told them he wasn’t with Schrank.
The complaint indicates a Fox Point city attorney, handling the OWI – first offense part of the case, then reached out to Schrank and “asked whether it was normal practice for an intern to give advice.” Schrank allegedly told him it was not an intern who gave the legal advice but did not say who did give the advice.
Schrank later justified the dismissal of the case against the original suspect “because the (suspect’s) defense attorney laid out the anticipated defense.” She told Fox Point police the suspect “had preexisting medical conditions, that his injuries required an overnight stay in the hospital, and the defense had a witness to say that the officer did not use proper use of force protocols.” It was also at that time that Schrank told the city attorney that Apollo was the one who had taken the initial call.
A search warrant for the case revealed that Schrank allegedly also told a Fox Point officer that the excessive force claims would be an issue because “Milwaukee County juries don’t like cops.” The internal investigator wrote that he viewed video of the arrest and found nothing improper, adding the suspect resisted arrest before falling and hitting his head on the pavement. His BAC results later came back at a level of 0.34, more than four times the legal limit.
The investigation into Schrank and Apollo led to a review of text messages between the two. The complaint details an exchange of messages on July 16, 2017 in which Schrank asked Apollo “if he would take the duty phone overnight if it is busy at the restaurant where Schrank works part-time. Apollo agreed.”
That evening, the complaint indicates Schrank messaged Apollo saying he missed a call on the duty phone and asked him to “deal with it ASAP.” Apollo allegedly texted back that he “dealt with it.” However, the complaint says Apollo also messaged, “they demanded a name. I panicked. I said I was an intern.” He clarified saying “he was not home at the time of the call but on his motorcycle after leaving the restaurant that night.”
Three days later, Schrank sent the following messages to Apollo, according to the criminal complaint.
“I’m freaking out.”
“There’s false info in affidavit and [F.M.] has case and told me about it.”
“I didn’t handle it well this morning. I just acted like Fox Point is crazy.”
“and doesn’t know what they are talking about”
“What’s my excuse for taking OWI-1 and resisting?”
The complaint says Apollo replied as follows:
“Because you talked it through them.”
“U need to get this situation under constrol”
“Take the file and read what they said”
“Before [F.M.] starts talking”
“It’s a crappy case.””No process it”
“Say its too circumstantial”
“U need to get it before u leave.”
After a couple of brief calls between Schrank and Apollo, Schrank texted Apollo the following, according to the complaint:
“It’s going to come out and look like I did it/lied. And got rid of a criminal case to cover my own (expletive).”
FOX6 News went to the homes of both Schrank and Apollo, but no one answered the door.
“Here’s a person who is not a public official, and yet, he’s accused of attempted misconduct in office,” Gimbel said.
Gimbel says the misdemeanor charge for each defendant, and the fact Apollo was charged with attempted misconduct even though he was longer an ADA, makes him wonder if a plea deal is already in place.
“It gives rise to the question of whether or not these cases are going to be defended by the accused two lawyers or if what we see is something that grew out of a negotiated resolution of the charges,” Gimbel said.
If either Schrank or Apollo are convicted on the charge, they face up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines. Both are expected in court for their initial appearances on Thursday, Feb. 1.
Neither the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office nor the Fox Point Police Department would comment for this story.
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A Libertarian presidential candidate and prominent activist was arrested in North Texas earlier this week.
Adam Kokesh, who filed paperwork last week to run for president, was arrested Tuesday on U.S. 380 by highway patrol in Wise County, roughly 300 miles north of San Antonio, said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin.
He was charged with possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and multiple counts of being in possession of a controlled substance, Akin said. He is being held at the Wise County Jail on a $76,500 bond.
A video posted on Kokesh’s Facebook page shows him getting pulled over while in an RV with a dog after officers said the temporary tag on his vehicle was expired. He received a warning ticket.
Kokesh was pulled over a second time for speeding, according to the video posted. During the second stop, Kokesh is asked to step out of his RV and asked for the vehicle’s insurance, the video shows. In the video, Kokesh refuses to leave his vehicle and the officer asks him questions outside of the RV.
The officer says he had to check if the RV was stolen and proceeds to pat Kokesh down for any weapons. After giving Kokesh a warning for speeding, the officers search the RV and say their K9 “did alert,” the video shows.
Kokesh released a statement from jail and said his arrest was unlawful.
“It is a sign of strength of the freedom movement that the government is resorting to such drastic tactics to keep libertarians out of the debate,” he said.
Kokesh is a military veteran and prominent activist in the Libertarian community who has previously run for Congress and faced charges. Online, supporters have called for his release and are awaiting updates.
A post on the website steemit says the jail has refused to give Kokesh a blanket.
The Federal Election Commission has two filings made by an Adam Kokesh in 2018 and 2017 as a Libertarian for president. Both filings were made in Indianapolis, Indiana and the 2018 filing was made on Jan. 13, according to FEC records.
An email and Twitter direct message sent to the Kokesh campaign was not immediately returned.
Authorities say a west Florida man was charged with driving under the influence after mistaking a bank drive-thru for a Taco Bell.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that 38-year-old Douglas Jon Francisco was arrested Wednesday evening outside the Bank of America branch in Spring Hill.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says employees spotted Francisco passed out in the bank’s drive-up lane. After the workers banged on his car for some time, deputies say Francisco finally woke up and tried to order a burrito. When the branch manager told him it wasn’t a Taco Bell, he reportedly drove to the front parking lot.
Deputies say they found Francisco in the driver’s seat with his car running. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.
Francisco was freed Thursday on $500 bail.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is heading to rehab as one expert said jail time for his weekend DUI bust seems like a slam dunk.
The eccentric Hall of Famer was arrested for DUI in Newport Beach, Calif., late Saturday while still on probation for driving the wrong way on a freeway in 2016.
Rodman will check into a rehab center by the middle of the week, his agent and longtime friend Darren Prince told the Daily News on Monday.
“He’s been dealing with some personal stuff for the past month and a half, two months, much more than usual, and I told him, this gives him an opportunity to shut it down,” Prince told the Daily News. “I’ve told him, ‘put yourself into a rehab center and find out why this is happening. Get to the underlying root.’”
One expert in California DUI law said Rodman’s judge will have little choice but to impose jail time or house arrest since the court already cut him a break with his no-jail probation deal for his wrong-way driving case.
“Assuming the allegations are true and he was driving impaired, there’s absolutely no question in my mind he’s going to receive some custodial time. The real question is how creative does his lawyer get in working with the court,” DUI attorney Trent Copeland, who is not representing Rodman, told The News.
“He’s likely to get some jail time, and I expect there will be an additional component including time spent in rehab,” Copeland said. “Either way, there’s going to be a component where he is going to be not free to leave.”
Rodman’s lawyer, Paul Meyer, said it was too soon to forecast outcomes.
“The case is unfolding, so predictions are premature,” Meyer said in a statement to The News.
“Dennis is getting on a positive treatment track to address this. He is very cooperative,” the lawyer said.
Rodman, 56, was pulled over for a traffic violation late Saturday and failed a field sobriety test, police said.
The rebound champ who won five NBA titles — two with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990 and three with the Chicago Bulls in 1996, 1997 and 1998 — submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew over the .08 legal limit, cops said.
He was released from custody Sunday morning.
At the time of his arrest, Rodman was on probation for driving his Range Rover the wrong way in carpool lane on the I-5 Freeway in southern California in June 2016.
He allegedly drove head-on toward another vehicle, causing the driver to swerve and crash into a concrete wall.
Under his plea deal last year, Rodman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving the wrong way on a divided California highway, providing false information to an officer and driving without a valid license.
Orange County prosecutors dropped the more serious hit-and-run charge.
Rodman was sentenced to three years of probation, 30 hours of community service and victim restitution.
Prince said Rodman’s alleged problems might be worsened by his professional success.
Rodman’s issue, according to Prince, is that he’s still popular and financially viable — and may not feel like he’s hit the proverbial rock bottom.
“When he still makes money and he’s still desirable to different company and brands, it’s hard,” he said. “What Dennis has, whatever is left in his marketability, forget that he’s going to be 57 — most retired athletes at 37 don’t have the opportunities he has.”
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