Holiday shopping brings out the worst in people. And it wasn’t even Black Friday!
Henry Harvey, a 69-year-old from Cape Coral, Florida, is accused of striking a fellow Walmart customer. They apparently got in an argument in line, and Harvey was frustrated the other customer was taking too long. The argument escalated and Harvey ended up punching the other customer in the head.
It’s crazy for sure. I know that particular Walmart, I was there within a day of the incident, and there are multiple self-checkout lines with quite a few terminals. There certainly would have been options that didn’t require attacking another customer.
Nancy Crampton Brody
Portland author Nancy Crampton-Brody, who wrote several novels as Nancy Brophy, has been arrested and charged with the June murder of her husband of 27 years, Daniel Brophy. Daniel had been lead chef instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute [OCI] since 2006, and had been teaching culinary skills long before that. He was shot at an OCI kitchen, where his students found him, dying. There were initially no suspects and no description of any suspects.
Police soon began to suspect Brophy, who admitted to her neighbor that she was considered a suspect. Perhaps it did not help that she had penned books like “The Wrong Husband”, and in 2011 wrote an online essay titled “How to Murder Your Husband” with suggestions of how to get away with it (WP located the archive, as the post is no longer public.) The arrest report has been sealed, so there are not many details in why the police have charged her, or what her motive may have been. The sealed report suggests the investigation is still open, perhaps there is an accomplice or yet-unnamed collaborator. If so, Brophy would have been ignoring her own advice in her essay, where she discouraged using hitmen. Whether or not she did it is yet to be decided, but having penned an essay about murdering her husband is not a good look.
Little Hattie Reynolds is a 95-year-old great grandmother living in Daytona Beach, Florida. One of her grandchildren was being lazy and wouldn’t get out of bed, so she called the police, on the non-emergency line, for assistance. She had no idea she’d be going to jail.
When officers showed up, they investigated and learned that during the dispute, Ms. Reynolds had slapped her 46-year-old granddaughter, who refused to get out of bed and starting screaming and yelling obscenities at Ms. Reynolds. Unfortunately, Ms. Reynolds slapped her with the slipper she had been wearing. When she told this to the cops, she was placed under arrest and charged with domestic battery. She spent a night in jail until she could see a judge, who released her on her own recognizance.
Cops tend to think that when there is probable cause for an act of domestic violence, that they must make an arrest. I suspect that’s what they are taught during training. However, the Florida Statutes give them the discretion not to make an arrest… they just have to file a written explanation why they didn’t make an arrest in their report. The chief of Daytona Beach Police even told the press that officers don’t have discretion… and he’s flat wrong. Officers are permitted to make an arrest, but do not have to make an arrest. This clearly sounds like it would have been a good opportunity for the exercise of that discretion.
- It was a real Shuffle-scuffle!
- 81-year Old charged with Battery
Herbert Hayden- 81
Herbert Hayden, 81, a resident of St. Petersburg, got in an altercation at the Pinellas Park senior center over a game of shuffleboard and was charged with battery. Police allege Hayden struck another man, and that both of their sticks, or cues, as they are known amongst shufflers, were damaged. Unfortunately for prosecutors, officers indicate the “weapons” were not seized for evidence. I do not know how old the victim was, but if he is over 65, Mr. Hayden could potentially be facing a felony for battery on a senior citizen. I have seen prosecutors charge the felony on other senior citizens, but hopefully cooler heads will prevail.
This is the first charge I have seen using a shuffleboard cue as a weapon! #weirdbattery #graymenace
Posted in Criminal Law, Florida, Gray Menace, Tampa Bay area, Uncategorized
Tagged battery, cue, gray menace, herbert hayden, only in florida, shuffleboard, st. petersburg, weirdbattery
Robert Predmore, 61, of East Naples, was caught after a burglary, his pants still down when the cops showed up. They found him lying outside Joey D’s bar, passed out on the ground… pantless. The bar looked “like a hurricane” had gone through: with thousands of dollars in damage, stolen liquor… and a poop on the floor next to an empty bottle of Sambuca. His soiled pants matched the evidence inside the store. The also found a handful of prescription pills and a baggie of marijuana on Mr. Predmore.
That’s a helluva party to have by yourself.
Posted in Criminal Law, Gray Menace, Naples / Collier / Southwest Florida
Tagged burglary, criminal, criminal mischief, drugs, gray menace, joey d's, poop, robert predmore, sambuca
Maria Montanez-Colon made news in February when she called 911, looking for a cop to give her some extra duty. When the cop refused, she called 911 and asked them to send her another one! She went to jail for that incident for misuse of the 911 system. Well, she’s at it again, but this time she wasn’t so friendly with the cops, finally becoming verbally abusive. She has been booked back into the Charlotte County Jail for the same offense. Officers indicate alcohol was a factor both times, and apparently she has had trouble dealing with her husbands’ death. Hopefully, she can get some help.
Michael Spiegel Mug Shot
In a creepy twist to a gruesome double homicide at Fort Myers Beach last night, the deputies say they found a vibrator, lubricant, and sexual arousal medication on suspect Michael Spiegel, in addition to a gun, bloody knife, zip ties and duct tape. Spiegel, 70, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of his ex-wife Marilyn Spiegel and her fiance Harry Carlip. The couple was supposed to get married tomorrow (May 17).
Deputies caught Michael Spiegel walking away from the boat where the couple resided, wearing a long trenchcoat and carrying a briefcase. Witnesses indicate he was at the marina the day before, asking which boat was theirs. The stove burners were left on, which started a fire that deputies were able to extinguish. Spiegel is being held without bond on both murder counts, plus an additional arson charge.
Coupled with the capture of most-wanted fugitive Wesnel Isaac, on the lam for seven years, Lee County may have picked up two death penalty arrests in one night.
Wesnel Isaac Wanted Poster
Wesnel Isaac Now
#sexcrime #swfl #graymenace
Posted in Criminal Law, Florida, Fort Myers / Lee County / Southwest Florida #SWFL, Gray Menace
Tagged arson, gray menace, haiti, lehigh acres, michael spiegel, murder, sexcrime, wesnel isaac
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.
Posted in Bonita Springs / Southwest Florida, Criminal Law, Florida, Florida Cases, Gray Menace, Police
Tagged arrest, beach, Bonita Springs, Carmen Torockiowas, gray menace, police, resisting