Tag Archives: North Fort Myers

Video of High Speed Motorcycle Crash after Flight

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Joey Pinheiro

A 21-year-old man tried to take off from an attempted traffic stop on Easter morning, only to collide with a turning vehicle as he sped away: and surveillance cameras caught the dramatic collision on video. It’s a stark and scary reminder of the violence when one more more vehicles is travelling at a high rate of speed. Miraculously, the motorcycle driver, Joey Pinheiro of North Fort Myers, survived, and will likely be facing criminal charges.

WATCH: Motorcycle smashes into car after Easter morning chase

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Robert Hayden Jr., via LCSO

There was another high-profile fleeing case on Easter, as a man riding an ATV in traffic on Palm Beach also fled from an attempted traffic stop. That man also ended up crashing his vehicle, though he ended up stuck in a ditch, and with less serious injuries. Robert Hayden Jr.  was charged with fleeing, as well as possession of marijuana and for gun charges. Failing to stop for law enforcement officers is a felony in Florida: so many times the fleeing charge ends up being more serious than whatever infraction for which the cops initially tried to stop somebody.

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Video Exonerated Another Officer

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Ashley Bills

Ashley Bills was arrested this week after she tried to defraud her friend. She claimed a deputy tried to extort money from her, or that she’d be arrested. The victim gave her some money, but when she tried to mooch some more, he called a lawyer. The lawyer was worried about police misconduct, so the FPMD pulled the tape! The video showed that Bills was making the extortion claim up, and she ended up getting arrested.
The video is evidence that helps us find justice…

UPDATE: corrected to indicate it was FMPD that pulled the tape, and solved the crime! Good job.

Shillelagh Fight in North Fort Myers!

  • Weird Battery out of Suncoast Estates in North Fort Myers
  • Shillelagh, Caulking Gun, and Knife all alleged weapons
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Daniel Ehrhardt

A pair of brothers from North Fort Myers were arrested this week for a fight that got out of hand… way out of hand. When deputies responded, they found Daniel Ehrhardt had fresh cuts and bruises, and he reported that his brother had beaten him with a Shillelagh (a Irish stick, sometimes used for walking or fighting). The brother, Karl Ehrhardt, has been arrested for Aggravated Battery.

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Man with Shillelagh

When deputies spoke to Karl, he said that his brother attacked him first: starting with fists and then coming at him with knife. Karl says he threw a caulking gun at Daniel, but that didn’t stop him, so he grabbed a shillelagh and struck him. He sustained several cuts from the knife. Daniel claims that after he was beaten, Karl cut himself with the knife to claim self-defense. Witnesses indicated that they did see Daniel with a knife.

 

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Karl Ehrhardt

Ultimately, Detectives were unable to determine exactly what happened, or who the primary aggressor was, and arrested both brothers. This is probably illegal too, as the Stand Your Ground law states that law enforcement “may not arrest the person for using or threatening to use force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used or threatened was unlawful.” Fla. Stat. Sec. 776.032(2). How can they say the force was unlawful if they cannot determine who the primary aggressor was? Ultimately, the State is unlikely to determine who was justified, and will be hard pressed to proceed against either brother unless the eyewitnesses prove reliable. #weirdbattery

 

The Fort Myers Episode of Deadly Sins Airs at 9:00 pm on Investigation Discovery

The Delirium in Paradise episode of Deadly Sins is about to air, featuring 2 Fort Myers area cases, and several Southwest Floridians talking about the story, including yours truly. Tune in to hear about the Gateway Murder by Fred Cooper, and the murders of Dustin Jaye and Billy Ray Retherford in San Carlos Park. I’m a commentator on the latter story.

UPDATE: Here’s the follow-up post on the cases: http://wp.me/p2xg12-MN

Locally, channels 387 and 111 (on Xfinity). Here’s the preview teaser:

Check out the Teaser for the Fort Myers Episode of Deadly Sins (airing tonight)

Investigation Discovery has a preview of tonight’s episode from Fort Myers, “Sunshine State of Delirium” It’s on at 9:00 pm on Investigation Discovery, Chan. 111 or 387 on Comcast Xfinity in Fort Myers. Check it out, I’m on it! The episode deals with the Gateway murder (Fred Cooper) and the cases of Dustin Jaye and Billy Retherford, who killed Debbie Striano.

http://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/deadly-sins/husbands-escort-obsession-turns-deadly/

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Attorney Spencer Cordell on “Deadly Sins”

14-Year-Old Arrested for Armed Robbery in North Fort Myers

  • 14-Year-Old Pulled Gun at 7-11
  • It’s Her Second Armed Robbery Charge This Year
  • She Will Likely Be Charged as an Adult and Face a 10-year sentence under 10/20/Life

I was going to start this post with a “Meanwhile, in North Fort Myers… ” but my last post also took place in North Fort Myers, too. Deputies say a 14-year-old girl committed an armed robbery of  a 7-11 on Pondella yesterday. That is shocking in its own right, but some intrepid commenters to the LCSO Facebook page pointed out that a child with the same name was arrested for an armed robbery in Cape Coral in July. The girl apparently lied about her age the first time around, and claimed to be 17.

The previous incident, the girl allegedly acted as a getaway driver for a young man who robbed a Marathon in the Cape, and wrecked the car in Collier County, where they were both captured and charged. Florida law does not permit bonds on juvenile cases, the courts can only hold a juvenile for 21 days, or until they are convicted, which can take several months. The State may decide to charge her as an adult, in light of the fact that they don’t want to release her, and since this is her second offense. They can also still go back and charge the first offense as an adult, provided she hasn’t been sentenced yet. She could be facing 10/20/Life on the latest charge, if she is charged as an adult.

Clearly there are some major issues here for such a young individual to have multiple serious charges… to even have access to firearms is generally illegal. Crimcourts has chosen not to name her, due to her age and that she has not been charged as an adult. The law enforcement press releases do name her age, and are linked below:

http://www.winknews.com/Lights-Sirens/2014-10-30/LCSO-investigating-early-morning-robbery

New arrest: http://www.sheriffleefl.org/main/index.php?r=news/index&id=12881

Earlier arrest: http://www.capecops.com/newsroom/2014/7/19/armed-robbery-in-north-cape-coral-ends-with-crash-on-alligator-alley

Crazy, Naked Guy Freakout in North Fort Myers – Best 911 Call Ever

The story of the naked-man freak out in North Fort Myers (which is very near my neighborhood) made some national news the other day. Gregory Bruni stripped down, ran around on a family’s roof, ran inside freaking out, and was held at gunpoint until the police came. He dumped over a TV, pooped on the floor, and rubbed clothing on himself. At that point, he began pleasuring himself. The police had to taser him when they arrived. 

The 911 call from the incident has now been released, and you can hear it on NBC-2.com. This guy clearly has some mental health issues, and hasn’t even been booked in because he was taken to the hospital. I commend the deputies for recognizing his mental health issues. They suspect he was high on something, but have not determined what it was. This guy was bath salts-level crazy. He will be charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Battery, and Resisting an Officer. There may be a proof problem, if he was so crazy as to not understand what was going on. He potentially could argue insanity. It sounds like this guy needs help more than he needs jail, I was unable to find any prior record on him here or in Sarasota County where he apparently is from. Go listen to the 911 call on the link. Only in Florida.

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/20649108/naked-assailant-terrorizes-nfm-family