While in jail, the defendant has a summer full of court cases.
By PATRICIA MEADE
VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Kevin L. Perry has 60 days in jail to regret not taking Municipal Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr.'s offer to do five days in the county lockup.
In mid-January, Judge Douglas found Perry in contempt of court and ordered him to pay $650 in fines or do community service on convictions of driving without a valid license and two loud-music offenses. The convictions were from 2000.
If Perry, 35, of East Florida Avenue, didn't satisfy the judge's order, he was to report to the jail Feb. 2 to serve five days.
Perry didn't pay the fines, didn't do the community service and didn't report to the jail.
No one noticed that Perry had ignored the judge's order until May 7, when Perry was arrested by Patrolmen Doug Pesa and Assad Chaibi, who said they heard loud and vulgar music blaring from a Cadillac in Perry's driveway.
He was charged with obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and loud music from a motor vehicle. The loud-music charge was dismissed June 24 by Judge Robert P. Milich and trial will be held Aug. 21 on the remaining charges.
This week, Judge Douglas concluded that Perry failed to comply with the court order issued in January and reimposed two 30-day jail sentences that had been suspended then. The judge ordered that the jail days run consecutively, meaning that Perry won't be released until early September.
The new charges in May revealed how Perry had managed to stay off the municipal court radar screen. He went unnoticed even though he had been arrested Feb. 2 -- the very day he was to begin serving five days in jail.
Perry was taken to the jail Feb. 2 after being charged with carrying a concealed weapon and driving under suspension. He posted bond and was released after his arraignment Feb. 4 in municipal court.
The concealed-weapon charge was bound over to a county grand jury, which indicted him. His trial in common pleas court is July 24. The charge of driving under suspension is set for Aug. 8 in Judge Milich's court.
Perry is also due in municipal court July 24 for failure to pay fines on yet another conviction for driving with a suspended license, from July 2001. That case is in Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly's court.