Park­ing lot fight with judge leads to a plea

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

A woman pleaded no con­test this week to a low-level mis­de­meanor charge stem­ming from a Jan­uary 2018 park­ing lot al­ter­ca­tion with Lake­wood Mu­nic­i­pal Court Judge Patrick Car­roll.

Nancy Kelsey, so­cial me­dia man­ager for Cleve­land Mayor Frank Jack­son, pleaded no con­test on Wednes­day to dis­or­derly con­duct, a fourth-de­gree mis­de­meanor. Spe­cial prose­cu­tor James McDon­nell agreed to drop a mis­de­meanor as­sault charge that stemmed from Kelsey throw­ing a plas­tic drink cup at Car­roll’s leg.

Cuya­hoga County Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Steven Gall made no guilt and in­stead placed Kelsey into a di­ver­sion pro­gram. If Kelsey stays out of trou­ble and ei­ther pays her court costs, do­nates $1,000 to a char­ity of her choice or does 10 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice in the next two months, he will dis­miss the case.

Kelsey and her fi­ance were es­cort­ing Kelsey’s el­derly mother through the lot when they crossed in front of Car­roll in his SUV look­ing for a park­ing spot. Kelsey’s fi­ance told po­lice that Car­roll revved the en­gine at them, quickly swerved around them and clipped her arm with the SUV’s out­side mir­ror. Kelsey grabbed the door of the SUV to keep the driver from flee­ing the scene, and Car­roll got out and started threat­en­ing to call the po­lice, the fi­ance said in a writ­ten po­lice re­port.

Car­roll wrote in his state­ment that the fi­ance threw him­self into his SUV, and that Kelsey opened the door and started scream­ing at him. Kelsey threw the plas­tic cup at Car­roll’s leg and spilled soda on his slacks.

The Lake­wood po­lice de­part­ment took state­ments from Car­roll and Kelsey’s fi­ance be­fore they handed the case off to the Cuya­hoga County Sher­iff ’s De­part­ment. The case was han­dled by McDon­nell in Com­mon Pleas Court to avoid any con­flicts of in­ter­est.

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