Man arrested after domestic dispute near school

by jovan1984

Incident caused lockdown of nearby school

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GREENVILLE — Sheriff’s officers arrested a man for a domestic dispute that caused Berea High School to be locked down for some time on Wednesday.

The school resource officer was told that the suspect involved in the dispute was carrying a handgun and had walked off the school property.

Berea had a supervised dismissal at an earlier time. Several officers responded to the school to search for the suspect, but they were not successful in their search.

Officers then identified the man as Joey James Godfrey, 33. Officers noted that Mr. Godfrey had put a black handgun in his waistband before he went to the school. They further noted that Mr. Godfrey was in his wife’s car with her when he said, “I should kill all of us.”

Jonathan Smith, with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, said Godfrey was arrested and charged with disturbing schools, carrying weapons on school property, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

He was booked at the Greenville County Jail on $66090.00 bond.


Winston slammed with lawsuit

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston is getting his just desserts.

On Thursday, Erica Kinsman filed a lawsuit against the disgraced Florida State quarterback, who is projected to be the top pick in this year’s NFL draft.

Ms. Kinsman charged that Mr. Winston committed sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and “intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of forcible rape.” The incident in question happened on December 6, 2012.

In addition to Mr. Winston, Ms. Kinsman also has filed a Title IX lawsuit against Florida State. She is seeking a minimum of $15000.00 in damages apiece from each defendant.

Ms. Kinsman’s attorney, John Clune, gave this statement to the Tampa Bay Times:

“Today, a very brave young woman filed her lawsuit against Jameis Winston for the sexual battery that she reported to police in December 2012. Over the past two years, this survivor of sexual violence has had to endure a delinquent police investigation, a hostile FSU athletic department, and Mr. Winston’s bullying lawyer. But the more these forces sought to silence her, the more determined she has become to step forward and hold Jameis Winston accountable for his actions. With the support of her family, she is prepared for this fight and for the counterclaims and the smear campaigns that will surely follow.

“We know that quite often the public is quick to support the cause against sexual violence but at times can be slow to support the individual women who come forward. We hope that this case becomes a model for understanding what real sexual assault cases look like as well as the barriers that survivors face in coming forward. Perhaps more than anything, Erica hopes to show other survivors the strength and empowerment that can come from refusing to stay silent no matter what forces are against you.

“Jameis Winston in contrast has proven time and time again to be an entitled athlete who believes he can take what he wants. He took something here that he was not entitled to and he hurt someone. There are consequences for that behavior and since others have refused to hold him accountable, our client will.”

I am so glad that Ms. Kinsman is going this route. Mr. Winston needs to be held accountable for his actions.

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