The incident occurred about noon Wednesday in the 800 block of Gillen Avenue NW and ended in the arrest of Joseph M. Williams, 55, on a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm.
According to the police report, Williams said he grabbed his gun and came out of his garage after an altercation with a neighbor about the neighbor’s dog’s activities in his grass. Williams said he was afraid of the pit bull and kept the gun in the holster, according to the police report.
The victim told police he was afraid he would be shot, and that Williams made a comment to the effect, “set him loose.”
Williams was held in jail on $5,000 bond and was released today.
Investigators arrested 39-year-old Christopher Eiras on Wednesday at his warehouse on West 16th Street. He’s facing 70 charges and was released from jail Thursday afternoon on $2.25 million bail.
Those who live by the warehouse say they were surprised to see Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents swoop in and arrest Eiras, president and CEO of the Liquor Group LLC, a company that, according to its website, distributes 1,600 products in 31 states.
The same corporation makes Happy Brand vodka, gin and rum. The company has at least five offices in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Georgia, Illinois and Michigan.
According to Eiras’ arrest warrant, after receiving a tip, agents found Eiras’ company had “55 gallon barrels of alcoholic beverages found concealed behind pallets of cardboard” in a tractor-trailer. They later searched his warehouse, and he gave them access to one room, but they said there were more that he was trying to hide from them.
In the warrant, agents say “the employees advised the suspect (Eiras) instructed them to construct barricades of debris to prevent access” to more rooms with unregistered and untaxed liquor. After more investigating, agents said they found out “Eiras submitted false liquor reports for the months of October 2011, November 2011, January 2012, February 2012 and March 2012 … to avoid paying excise tax.”
“I would say it’s exactly like modern day-bootlegging,” said Dale Carson, a former FBI agent.
Carson, now an attorney, said he’s surprised to see a case like this in Jacksonville. He said if the allegations are true, Eiras is in a lot of trouble with local, state and federal law enforcement.
“Failure to pay these excise taxes, avoiding IRS taxes, those are what led to many, many convictions of the mobsters back in the ’20s and ’30s,” Carson said. “And it’s odd that something like this should come up in this day and age.”
Carson said it’s likely more people, possibly some of Eiras’ employees, may be arrested, accused of taking part in the conspiracy.
Eiras did not answer his cellphone for comment Thursday. No one was available at one of his offices for comment either.
County Judge John Futch questioned him about getting a job or seeking help or getting food from the soup kitchen.
Futch wanted to know if he thought the crime was worth it.
Delvis Rodriguez-Ramos, 21, was already on probation for retail petty theft when the second crime occurred. On Wednesday, he appeared before the judge via video link from the jail and entered a guilty plea.
In addition to the jail term, Futch fined him $500 and told him his current six-month probation term could be violated.
Afterward, Rodriguez-Ramos spoke to a reporter.
“I had not eaten in a couple of days, and I’m homeless,” he said.
An Ocala Police Department officer went to Gamers Edge, 2601 SW 19th Ave. Road, on Tuesday in reference to a retail theft.
Lawrence Bostick, an employee at Gamers Edge, told the officer that on Saturday he noticed candy missing from the counter display, according to an OPD report. Bostick said Rodriguez-Ramos was in the building so he asked him if he had taken the candy. Rodriguez-Ramos denied it and left.
On Monday, the employee said, Rodriguez-Ramos returned to the store and admitted taking the candy, according to the report. Bostick told police he asked Rodriguez-Ramos to return Tuesday so he could talk with him.
When Rodriguez-Ramos returned, the employee called the police.
Rodriguez-Ramos told the officer he took the candy because he was hungry. He said he had been at the store visiting a friend.
When asked on Wednesday why his friend didn’t pay for the candy, he said, “I don’t have friends like that.”
About three weeks ago, he said, he stole some canned food from Walmart because he was hungry.
Late Thursday morning, deputies responding to a report of a suspicious bicycle resting against a home in a Sarasota neighborhood discovered the home was recently burglarized when they arrived on the scene, according to a news release from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
So deputies established a perimeter to snare the crook.
That’s when the lawmen got lucky: One of the responding patrol units saw a man, later identified as Brian Palasz, 19, enter another home while trying to elude authorities — and commit another burglary, the release stated.
Palasz was taken to the slammer and is charged with burglary of residence (2 counts) in addition to resisting arrest without violence.
Female football quarterback takes her place on the field at South Florida high school August 30, 2012
High school senior Erin Dimeglio in on track to be one of the first female quarterbacks to take the field and command a football team, after strutting her stuff in a preseason game for the South Plantation High School Paladins, in Sunrise, Florida. The 17-year-old is a backup quarterback but is expected to get field time once the season starts.
TMZ obtained the arrest report filed by police in Tampa Bay, Florida … which shows Cameron — real name Ariane Nicole Andrew — was arrested at 2:23 AM on Friday morning outside Tampa International Airport.
The report says Cameron blew a .20 … more than twice the legal limit in Florida.
After cops took her into custody, the report says Cameron offered one of the officers $10,000 to “let her go because she would lose her job.”
In the docs, cops say Cameron listed her employer as the WWE.
Cops say Cameron had a male passenger in the car … who told police the two had been drinking martinis before getting in the car.
Cameron was booked for DUI … but eventually released.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives made three arrests Tuesday at a Punta Gorda motel in connection with a prostitution sting. Arrested were Ashley Marie Deluca, 26, 130 Chattanooga Dr., Ft. Myers; Brian Ashley Flowers, 31, and Eugene Lawrence Smith, 85, both of 923 Happy Drive, North Fort Myers.
Detectives made several phone calls to ads listed on Backpage.com and left messages. A woman called back and agreed to meet at Knights Inn, 9300 Knights Drive, Punta Gorda (At I-75/Exit-161). They agreed on a price of $200 for sex. Detectives then acquired two rooms at the motel and at 3:20 p.m., Deluca drove up in a red pickup, got out, and walked to the designated room while the other detectives were in the adjacent room. Passengers Smith and Flowers stayed in the pickup.
Deluca told the detective she did not bring condoms and they left the motel and walked to a gas station by the motel to purchase them. Deluca kept asking if the undercover detective was a cop because she said she did not want to get arrested. They returned to the room and the detective produced prerecorded Narcotics funds which she accepted. Deluca began taking her clothes off and got on the bed. A take down signal was given and the other detectives moved in and arrested Deluca.
Detectives approached the waiting pickup outside; Flowers exited and was arrested. Smith continually refused orders to get out to the truck and had to be removed; he was then arrested. Flowers said he and Smith were there to protect Deluca. He also said she takes the money from the trick and immediately buys Methamphetamine.
Deluca was charged with Prostitution and Driving While License Suspended (felony habitual), and Flowers was charged with Aiding in Prostitution. Smith was charged with Resisting Arrest and also had to register as a Sexual Predator when he was booked into the Charlotte County Jail and when he was released. Deluca remains in jail on $3,000 bond; Flowers also is in jail this morning on a $500 bond; Smith was released on $1,000 bond.
On Aug. 14 a Niceville Police officer recovered a stolen vehicle that was parked at a North Palm Boulevard location. His inquiries led him to a residence on Madison, where he interviewed the eventual defendant and a witness.
The defendant, 30-year-old Jason Hendershot of Niceville, said he knew nothing about a stolen car. The witness said he’d been a passenger in the car and Hendershot had been driving it for a week.
Hendershot later told lawmen he got the car from a friend who would not admit to stealing it. He added, “I assumed the car was stolen, but decided to drive it anyway.” He parked the car about a block from his residence and admitted to driving it.
Another witness told lawmen Hendershot had been driving the car for about a week and used it to take them to Food World.
The grand theft auto charge is a felony.
On Aug. 19 a man told Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies he was a pizza delivery person and was taking pizza to an address in the 400 block of 9th Street Southwest in Vero Beach.
The pizza deliverer said when he got there, Robert Wheeler, 48, was waiting for him outside.
The pizza deliverer said that when he lowered his window, Wheeler asked him who he spoke with on the phone before punching him in the face.
The pizza deliverer said Wheeler punched him “because he forgot the garlic knots.”
Garlic knots are buttery, garlicky knots of dough — often pizza dough — that many consider positively scrumptious. Violence is not typically associated with garlic knots.
Meanwhile, the pizza deliverer said Wheeler instructed him to “give that to the person working on the phone back at the restaurant.”
Wheeler, who has the word “fat” tattooed on his left arm and “boy” on his right, told investigators he hit the pizza delivery person in the face.
But, he said the issue was money he said the restaurant owed him — not forgotten garlic knots.
Wheeler, of the 1500 block of 18th Avenue Southwest in Vero Beach, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.