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Negley woman accused of stalking Canfield doctor

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CANFIELD, Ohio -

A Negley woman accused of stalking a Canfield doctor was back in court for a pretrial hearing.

Debra Gray, 59. was arrested last week at a Columbiana County supermarket and was booked into the Mahoning County Jail on charges of menacing by stalking and telephone harassment.

Gray was able to post her $100,000 bond and was released from jail, but Canfield Police say she is now wearing an ankle bracelet and is on house arrest.

At Tuesday's pretrial court hearing Gray was ordered by the court to not call the victim's office as a condition of her bond.

Gray and her attorney did not wish to comment after the hearing.

The doctor told police that Gray visited her Columbiana County office in early December for treatment of an injury.

According to a police report, Gray returned to the doctor's office two weeks later with a letter letting the doctor know she wanted to start a relationship with her, asking the doctor to go with her on a trip to Pittsburgh.

When Gray came back to the office two days later carrying a gift from Edible Arrangments, the doctor told her that she couldn't go to Pittsburgh with her.

The report says Gray was in an exam room on January 3 when she threatened to shoot office staff members.

Five days later the doctor called Gray and said she would have to take care of her prescriptions over the telephone. According to the doctor, Gray again asked her about going to Pittsburgh with her.

Less than a week after that, the doctor said Gray made two calls to the doctor's unlisted home phone number in Canfield. The doctor's office staff sent a letter to Gray informing her that she would no longer be accepted as a patient.

The doctor told police that at one point, Gray sent her copies of a vacation that she had purchased for her, in which she enclosed a hand-written note describing the itinerary.

The doctor also said Gray told her that she is divorced and is now a lesbian and knows the doctor is divorced because she had reviewed the doctor's court cases.

On January 17, Gray went to the doctor's office and was told by the office manager to stop contacting the doctor. That same day Gray called the doctor's private number at home, according to the police report.

Just a couple days before she was arrested, police say Gray sent a dozen red roses to the doctor's office, followed up by another call to her home.

Police say Gray is accused of engaging in a similar stalking behavior with a Columbiana County massage therapist, asking her for dates, scheduling weekend getaways, and contacting the alleged victim over the phone and through Facebook.

When authorities in Columbiana County arrested Gray, they searched her home for firearms.

A Smith and Wesson .38 special was recovered from a Canfield gun store where it was being stored.

During an appearance in Canfield Court Gray pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor telephone harassment charge, and entered no plea to the felony charge of menacing by stalking.

She was released from jail on Monday. 

Canfield Police Detective Brian McGivern says in stalking cases police often have to move quickly to investigate because the victims often don't realize how much danger they're in until they sit down with officers and make out a timeline of how events have unfolded.

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