Man charged with vandalism after incident at justice center

A Tiffin man accused of breaking a door in Seneca County Justice Center appeared for a hearing Wednesday afternoon about 30 feet from where the incident occurred.

Jaycee J. Fuerstenau, 20, was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on a charge of vandalism, a fifth-degree felony.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

Fuerstenau had been in a hearing in Magistrate Damon Alt’s courtroom July 30.

According to court records, he allegedly got upset because of what Alt was telling him, cursed and got up out of his seat.

When he went through the swinging gallery door to exit the court, he allegedly forcibly threw the gallery door back to its stopping point, causing the screws to be torn out, court records state.

The door fell to the floor, bending the bottom door hinge, they state.

The gallery door could not be put back on because of the damage, and an estimate for the replacement and installation of the door was $1,950, according to court records.

The incident occurred in Alt’s hearing room, which is next to Kelbley’s courtroom on the fourth floor.

Fuerstenau’s attorney, Alex Smith, said they had no issues with Kelbley remaining on the case.