Elwood “Drunk Lives Matter” Gutshall
Elwood Gutshall III was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving, wearing a St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt, even though it was a couples days past the holiday. His oh-so-clever shirt read “Drunk Lives Matter”. He blew .217, more than two and a half times the limit in Pennsylvania, and will go to court next month to answer his charge.
Ironically, it’s the three-year anniversary of a similar story we ran, where an alleged drunk driver was busted while wearing a shirt that says, “Drunk as Sh**”.
Believe it or not, neither of these busts occurred in Florida!
Crystal Sweigart, who has been charged with running a prostitution ring in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, has a rather novel defense to the prostitution charges. She admits that she was giving unlicensed massages (which is a crime, itself), but says that the sexual contact that occurred afterward was merely fun between friends after work. She said, “Anything that happened when the massage stopped becomes two consenting adults having fun,” Sweigart said. “What I’m complaining about is (police) labeling it as [prostitution].”
Legally that would be a defense to the prostitution charge. However, the fact that the patrons gave her additional money when the sex acts occurred belies the fact that it was merely fun. It sounds like sexual contact in exchange for money. She admits that it’s incriminating: “Did I refuse the money? No,” Sweigart said. “Should I have or would it have looked better on me if I didn’t? Probably.” Two men have also been charged for patronizing prostitutes. Beware the happy ending…
Tyler Anspach, a 25-year-old man from Milton, PA, was arrested for drunk driving on a Cub Cadet lawnmower, along with driving on a suspended license, no registration, and other charges. He has had several DUI related incidents, and apparently thought he’d figured out a work-around with his lawnmower. He was wrong.
The law in Florida is similar to PA… you can get a DUI on any vehicle, which includes pretty much anything on wheels. We’ve seen plenty of riding mower DUIs around these parts. You can also get criminal charge for suspended license on any motor vehicle, and I have seen people prosecuted for that as well in Florida, in spite of how charming Richard Farnsworth and David Lynch made it look in “A Straight Story” (which is based on a true story). It may help that Mr. Straight wasn’t hauling a case of beer and a .2 BAC!
The Supreme Court is going to hear a case next week that will determine when threats posted on social media, in this case Facebook, rise to the level of a true threat. The case in question dealt with comments Anthony Elonis made toward his estranged wife (and others). He was convicted, sentenced to prison, and the case already upheld by the 3rd Circuit.
While the 1st Amendment gives protection to speech, that protection does not extend to ‘true threats’. This case will examine when musings posted on a Facebook wall are protected, and when they go to far. It will have ramifications in Florida, which has harsh punishments for Written Threats, which include social media posts under Florida law.
See Also: Felonies for Facebook posts
- PA man allegedly beats wife with frozen ground beef.
- Runs when police are called.
It’s a meat-centric day here at Crimcourts. We covered the frozen-meat escape this morning. In doing my research on that, I ran across this previously unnoticed story from August in Alquippa, Pennsylvania. A man allegedly beat his wife with a package of frozen ground beef, and then fled when police were called. He was charged with asault, reckless endangerment, harassment, and public drunkenness. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Man-Beats-Wife-With-Frozen-Ground-Beef-Police-218995191.html
Female serial killers are extremely rare. The most well known in this country was Aileen Wournos, a Florida killer whose crimes were dramatized in the Charlize Theron film “Monster”. She was convicted of seven murders. Now Miranda Barbour, a 19-year-old woman who is facing murder charges in Pennsylvania has given press interview claiming that she killed at least 22 people. She initially made the claim back in February, but recently gave another interview where she provided some details of four of the alleged killings, including one in Florida. She also claimed that there were two more men she had met on Craigslist that ended up not meeting with her.
Only the Pennsylvania case has been charged so far, though certainly investigators have started to look into her claims. If true, she may be the most prolific female serial killer, and one of the most prolific in history. She seems to have taken the mantle of “Craigslist Killer” from Philip Markoff. She and her husband are both facing charges for the Pennsylvania killing.