The Bizarre World of Florida

Oh, shoot …. again …. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it June 19, 2014

sfl-flduh-shot-himself-fib-20140618-001Sure, accidentally shooting yourself is embarrassing. Especially if you do it twice.

But it only gets worse for you if you blame it on someone else. Especially if you do that twice, too.

Peter James Bonfiglio, 27, of Port Charlotte, is charged with filing a false report of a robbery.

Deputies say Bonfiglio called deputies Monday morning to tell them a woman he knew and a man he didn’t know robbed him at gunpoint at his Kinderkemac Avenue home around 2:30 a.m.

He said they took jewelry from him and then shot him in the foot. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Deputies found the woman Bonfiglio said he knew. She told them Bonfiglio approached her about getting money for some jewelry he had.

The woman was able to show investigators several text messages that backed up her story.

She also told them she went to see Bonfiglio by herself, and he had the foot injury when she showed up.

Deputies also talked to a taxi driver who took the woman to Bonfiglio’s house. The driver said there wasn’t anyone with her on the trip.

Detectives determined Bonfiglio shot himself, most likely accidentally, and made up the story to cover his mistake.

He was arrested on charges of Filing a False Police Report and Violation of Probation and held at the Charlotte County Jail without bond.

The investigation also turned up a previous encounter with Bonfiglio – he was arrested less than a year ago on similar charges.

In October 2013, he allegedly shot himself and reported someone hiding in the woods had shot him.


“Yeah, my holster broke and I accidentally shot myself” June 17, 2014

A 70-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the foot in the parking lot of a Winn-Dixie store on West Colonial Drive on Friday afternoon, Orlando police said.

Police were called to the store around 12:30 p.m. and found the man sitting on the tailgate of his truck with a gunshot wound to his right foot. The man, L.C. Williams, said the holster recently broke and he was carrying his concealed weapon in his waistband.

As he was approaching his truck, the gun fell out of his waistband, hit his foot and discharged, according to Orlando police. The round also ricocheted into the front grill area of a 2009 beige Dodge Charger, causing about $500 in damage, police said.

The car was not occupied at the time.

The gun was returned to Williams, who was taken to the hospital, police said.


Man shoots son multiple times on Father’s Day June 16, 2014


As an 18-year-old man ran from his New Smyrna Beach house bleeding from four gunshot wounds, his father stepped outside, pointed a handgun and fired one more shot, police said.

Eugene Blackwell Sr. shot his son Eugene Blackwell Jr. at 6:34 p.m. on Father’s Day while the two were inside their Edward Street home, New Smyrna Beach Sgt. Eugene Griffith said.

The final shot missed the fleeing teen.

The younger Blackwell, who just graduated from New Smyrna Beach High where he was a star weightlifter, had just broken up a fight between his father and his mother, Windy Blackwell, Griffith said, and the elder Blackwell was not pleased with the interference.

“He shot his son four times,” Griffith said Monday morning. “It escalated after the mother left the house.”

The elder Blackwell was arrested early Monday and is charged with attempted first-degree murder. He was being held without bail Monday at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

Neighbor Richard Tredeaux told investigators that after he heard the initial gunfire coming from the Blackwell house, he then saw Blackwell Jr. running from the residence. Tredeaux said he saw Blackwell Sr. emerge from the home and point something at the teenager. He heard another gunshot and then the elder Blackwell yelled out, “Yeah (expletive deleted) how do you like that?” the arrest report states.

Griffith said Blackwell Jr. was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach in critical condition. He was listed in satisfactory condition on Monday, said Tangela Boyd, hospital spokeswoman.


Man Pees On Lawn, Get’s Pissed Off, Shoots Onlooker June 7, 2014

A Miami man who, police say, shot a man while they were arguing  faced a judge Friday.gilberto-martinezGilberto Martinez, 28, was arrested on Thursday, June 5th after police said he pulled a gun on two people, shooting one, after they commented over Martinez peeing in front of a home.

According to his arrest report, Jose Martinez and Genaro Merlos had just returned home from the store when they saw Gilberto Martinez urinating in front of their home.

The two men told the Gilberto he should not be doing that because there were small children at the house, according to the report.

Gilberto allegedly took offense to the comment and pulled out a black hand gun, stated the report.

Jose Martinez attempted to run away but was shot three times in the torso area.

Gilberto, then allegedly turned the gun on Merlos and said, “You too,” and pulled the trigger.

According to the report, Merlos, “heard the click of the gun but nothing happened.”

Gilberto then ran away but was later arrested.

Police said Gilberto Martinez later admitted to shooting the Jose Martinez  and then leaving the area.

Gilberto Martinez is charged with one count of attempted second degree murder.

A judge on Friday ordered him to be held on $50,000 bound plus house arrest.


Man mad over lost dog threatened couple, shot man June 5, 2014

A Walton County man angry about his missing dog threatened to “blow” a woman’s kneecaps off and then shot the man who was also in the house, according to authorities.

sfl-flduh-missing-dog-threatened-kill-20140604-001James Farrell Davis, 55, 10228 County Highway 3280, was charged on Tuesday with attempted murder, aggravated assault and armed burglary of an occupied dwelling.

According to a media release issued Tuesday by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, authorities responded to a Seymore Drive residence on May 21 for a report of shots fired. Deputies discovered that Joseph Justice, 31, had been shot by Davis.

The release states that Davis walked onto the property and confronted Heather Sue Carden about his missing dog. Davis had a shotgun and threatened to “blow her knee caps off.”

Davis also stated “No, I’m not going to jail for you, I’m gonna kill you,” the report said.

According to the release, Justice heard the commotion and came out of the house, at which time Davis turned the shotgun toward him and stated, “and you too.” Davis fired the weapon at Justice, but missed the first time. Justice attempted to go back into the home to protect his three children. Davis pursued Justice and a struggle occurred.

The release states that during the struggle, Davis fired another shot and hit Justice. Justice was able to get a hammer and struck Davis in the head until he was able to get the gun away from Davis.

Deputies took the weapon and the hammer, as well as a semi-automatic pistol found in Davis’ possession.

Both men were transported to Bay County Medical Center and have since been released. The children were not injured during the incident.


Gunshots heard as sheriff gathers the media to talk about how bad the gun violence is May 20, 2014

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 Something may finally be done to help residents in one of the worst communities in Orange County.

New_Picture_1Sheriff Jerry Demings stood in front of a pile of garbage at the Tymberskan Condos to say living conditions have deteriorated to the point that he fears for the safety of its residents.

“I really want to shine a spotlight on what I consider deplorable living conditions.”

As he spoke, what sounded like gunfire broke out.

“None of us should have to live like that. These are social isues that I’m talking about that end up being a crime problem.”

Later, we learned the shots were probably a warning to police, who know they are not safe when they respond to calls for service. They come, two or more at a time, when residents call for help.

There have been two murders and two thousands calls to police in the last year, according to Captain Al Rollins.

“At night there’s no street lights out here,” he explained.

County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell said the board of county commissioners will hear a report on the conditions at its first meeting in June. She said it’s a complicated mess.

“You have 20 occupied property owners, plus there are others who own four or five units who live in other states,” she said. Code enforcement violations are common here.

Demings said an exodus of residents is planned, since the complex is a mixture of owners and renters.

Some units are in major disrepair, others have been burned and trash is piling up on the roadside.


Suspected home invader popped in the ass by crack shooter May 13, 2014

sfl-flduh-home-invader-buttock-20140512-001Two home invasion robbery suspects were arrested — including a convicted felon who was nabbed at a local hospital after he was shot in the buttocks, according to Bradenton police.

About 11:21 p.m. Sunday, three armed men forced their way into a residence in the 800 block of Third Street East. After taking personal property, they fled on foot, according to a report.

One of the victims chased one of the suspects to a residence in the 600 block of 10th Avenue East, where shots were fired, police said.

“Several minutes later, it was learned that one of the suspects, identified as Kevon M. Melendez … was at Blake hospital with a gunshot wound to the buttocks,” the report states.

Melendez, 18, lives at the residence where the chase ended, police said.

Officers executed a search warrant at the house and found a shotgun used in the home invasion, police said. The weapon had been reported stolen in Manatee County.

Melendez faces charges of home invasion robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said. He was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

Arrested along with Melendez was Kedarius L. Smith, 17. He faces a charge of home invasion robbery.

The third suspect was not arrested.

Melendez was previously arrested March 5 on a drug-dealing charge — and on a warrant charging him with an armed robbery in his residence in December. Police said he used an AK-47 to rob a man of his cell phone and some money, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

On March 24, the state attorney’s office said it would not prosecute Melendez on the robbery charge, and on March 26 he was released from jail after posting $7,500 bond on the drug charge, which remains pending, according to court records.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections website, Melendez was released from prison in 2012, after serving 10 months of a 21-month sentence for burglary and grand theft auto.




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