The Bizarre World of Florida

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.



Man put his foot down by firing at wife’s feet May 7, 2014

A 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after firing a gun at his wife’s feet, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-fired-wifes-feet-20140506-001Matthew Lynch and his wife were arguing over the family car at their home on Lancelot Road, the sheriff’s office reported. After the wife refused to hand over the keys to the car, Lynch went into the bedroom to retrieve his Smith & Wesson.

He came outside and fired one .40-caliber round at the tire, but missed. Then, he walked towards his wife, pointed the gun at her feet and fired three to four rounds, striking the ground, according to the sheriff’s office.

Children were home at the time, but fled when Lynch walked out with the gun, the sheriff’s office reported.

Deputies found Lynch driving on U.S. Highway 90. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and firing a weapon in public.

At some point, Lynch had also disabled the phones at his home, so he faces an additional charge of obstructing justice by hindering communication to a law enforcement agent, according to the sheriff’s office.


Pregnant woman shot …. after a Facebook argument April 26, 2014

A pregnant woman is in critical condition after being shot in an argument that started on Facebook, according to Jacksonville police.

30 million Facebook usersPolice were called to the shooting in the 9100 block of Castle Boulevard in Northwest Jacksonville about noon Wednesday.

They said two women got into an argument on the social media site Tuesday night, and the pregnant woman went to the other’s home Wednesday to discuss the disagreement.

Police said the dispute turned physical, and the other woman shot the pregnant woman, Local 6 sister station WJXT-TV reported.

“I know the victim was definitely shot in the abdomen. That’s the one gun shot that I know of. That’s why the consideration and concern for the unborn child’s health,” said Homicide Sgt. Michael Paul.

Lillian Jordan said she is the shooter’s mother. She said she is just as confused about the shooting at her family’s home as anyone else.

“My son called me and I was very disturbed about this because this is not the way I was raised, and they (were) not raised like this,” said Jordan. “Somebody had to provoke my child … to do what she (did). I don’t know if she was trying to defend herself, or if they (were) trying to jump on my child, I can’t say.”

The pregnant woman was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries, and police said she and her unborn child were in surgery.

Jim Fields, a neighbor who spoke with WJXT, says he’s shocked that this happened in the neighborhood he grew up in.

“Shocked to know that. We grew up amongst one another and something like this could actually happen,” said Fields. “We try to stay in communication with a lot of the people in the neighborhood. We come back regularly to visit the neighborhood, of course I do because my mom stays here. We definitely try and keep up with them to make sure things are OK though we can’t pinpoint everything but we do our best.”

Police said the other woman was in custody but has not yet been charged. Investigators said they would determine if the shooting was the result of self-defense.

“We’re going to interview the suspect and see what the situation is and see what we have. Not jumping to any conclusions at this point. We know she was here, she was involved in the shooting, but the circumstances, we don’t know at this time,” said Sgt. Paul.

“I pray that God continues to bless the families and everyone can learn to get along. Sometimes it’s best to just walk away from the problem than to try and solve it yourself. Looks like the enemy had his way today but I’m continuing to pray for the neighborhood and the family in their time of need,” said Fields.

Police said they have not found the weapon yet.



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