Mesac Damas mug shot
The north Naples man accused of slitting the throats of his wife and 5 children has been found by two doctors to be incompetent to stand trial. The judge will have to enter an order regarding competence, but since both experts are in agreement, on can anticipate the judge will follow their recommendations. This doesn’t mean he has been acquitted, but the case will be held in abeyance until such time as he is competent to stand trial. Though he was previously found to be competent to stand trial, it is not unheard of for someone’s mental condition to degrade over time. He will continue to be held in custody, and the state will attempt to treat his mental illness to restore him to competence so he can be tried in the case.
New Collier Patrol Vehicle (photo CCSO)
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has unveiled new discreet patrol vehicles for traffic patrols. These “ghost cruisers” have more subdued markings than regular patrol vehicles, with the idea that they will be less noticeable and give deputies greater ability to observe without being noticed. The top light bar has a low profile, and side markings will be illuminated when hit by light.
Still, it’s not as impressive as the undercover mustang the Lee County Sheriff has. Actually, it’s not impressively stealthy. Some unmarked vehicles have their emergency lights inside or under the vehicle, and the cage in the front of the vehicle demands attention. Regardless, drive safe: big brother is watching.
Mark Gilson, 2014
Mark Gilson was again convicted of attempted murder on Lee Sheriff’s Captain Mark Cohen in 1994. Gilson’s retrial took place this week, and he was found guilty of shooting Cohen during a traffic stop 20 years ago. The first trial was overturned for ineffective assistance of counsel, then the case was dismissed for missing evidence. The state was able to put together the case and try it again, and Gilson was resentenced to 40 years in prison, the maximum under 1994 sentencing guidelines.
Mark Gilson in 1994
The Defense had filed another motion to dismiss based on the evidence that had not been preserved, but that motion was denied. The late judge Anderson had filed an order that the evidence be preserved back in 1997, but it was destroyed any way by the Sheriff’s department. The Defendant also asked to dismiss for violation of his right to speedy trial, but the court found that he had waived that right. Double Jeopardy does not apply, as the Defendant himself had been convicted, and he asked to have the conviction thrown out on appeal. The numerous motions and appeals since the first trial have made this one of the longest ongoing criminal cases in Lee County. It will be many more years before the appeals and post-conviction motions for the second trial are finally resolved.
88-year-old Jerry DiGeronimo was arrested for battery in a Charlotte County park yesterday. He allegedly approached an undercover deputy, and grabbed his crotch. What the police report doesn’t say is that the cop was probably hitting on him, essentially inviting the touching. The way the sting works, is that the cops send in an attractive cop, and he chats up the old guy until the old guy tries to take it to the next level. Instead of a lewd charge, they charge a battery, which isn’t really the crime committed. Charlotte County has done this set up on multiple occasions, the last time the police statement coyly said that the undercover officer made “casual conversation”. That’s dishonest: he went there to flirt with the guy, in hopes the guy would touch him so he could make an arrest.
That doesn’t exonerate the guy completely, public sex is still a crime, but the way these stings operate is backward. The cops could simply wait for actual crime to occur, then bust the culprits. But, why wait for crime when you can set up your own.
And to people who have sex in parks: don’t. It is not legal to expose yourself in public, much less engage in sexual activity. Dude, there could be kids in a park. Not cool.
The gray menace continues its scourge in Southwest Florida. Yesterday at Bonita Beach park, 72-year-old Carmen Torockio was fed up with not being able to find a parking spot. He stopped his car in the lane of travel, backing up traffic. A deputy Came up and told him to move his vehicle, but he refused. After parking, the Deputy moved in and told Torockio that he would be placed under arrest, but he continued to refuse to comply. He was booked into the Lee County Jail on misdemeanor charges.
Thank goodness that guy is off the streets. I doubt he’ll be so disrespectful to a deputy in the future. I mean, sure, it costs us money every time they book someone in jail, but I’m sure a ticket would not have sufficed. He might possibly could have been a dangerous individual You can’t be too safe when the Gray Menace are on the prowl…
Correction: the earlier version spelled the defendant’s name incorrectly “Torockiowas”, as it was written at one place in the NBC story.
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Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee runner known as the “Blade Runner”, is on trial in South Africa for shooting his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp. He is claiming self-defense, that he thought she was a burglar. He shot her multiple times through the bathroom door. The case was replete with investigative issues by the local law enforcement. Pistorius was living in an exclusive gated community.
The Lee County Sheriff has a shiny red Mustang, watch out speeders! It has lights underneath and inside, so it looks like a civilian vehicle until smokey hits the lights. This is a shot from duty at a Red sox game, where there were also unmarked Chargers and Tauruses helping the marked units. This is your regular reminder to drive safe!