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.