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Argument between two women escalated quickly, ending with one running over the other and a teenage boy, then backing up and running them over again March 16, 2015

Controversy

A 31-year-old woman charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder after running over another woman and her teenage son during an argument Sunday outside of Orlando Paintball was denied bond on Monday.

The argument started because Morrison didn’t want her ex-boyfriend to have their two children around another woman, according to her ex-boyfriend, Frankie D. Washington.

Witnesses saw Morrison yelling at Washington before arguing with a woman — later identified as Mary-Jo Wood — in the parking lot of Orlando Paintball at 7215 Rose Avenue about 5:30 p.m.

During the argument, Morrison allegedly sprayed Wood with pepper spray, according to Washington.

Morrison then ordered her two children — who are fathered by Washington — to get into her car.

That’s when Morrison got into her car, backed up, and then rammed into Wood and her son, pinning them against a wall, according to Washington.

Deputies said she reversed her vehicle and then ran into the teen boy a second time, pushing him into a nearby bench.

Wood, who said she had never met Morrison, told deputies she didn’t see when she was hit because her eyes were sore from the pepper spray. But she heard her son and other people screaming.

After the incident, Morrison drove away at a “high rate of speed,” according to Washington.

Once deputies found Morrison, she told them she sprayed the pepper spray in self-defense because a woman she doesn’t know tried to hit her with a metal “thing.”

She also said her glasses fell off her face while trying to leave the scene. So she was unable to see where she was going, according to an arrest report.

Wood and her son suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the incident.

 

Senior beatdown? Woman, 83, answers insult with hammer blow

When a Holly Hill man tried to help his longtime partner who was falling out of bed, the woman slapped him and later attacked him with a hammer, police said.

83Anna Robertson, 83, was charged with battery on a person 65 years or older and aggravated battery causing bodily harm. Initially jailed without bail, Robertson was released Thursday afternoon on her own recognizance, court records show. She could not be reached Friday.

Holly Hill police said they were called to the Jarecki home at 7:04 a.m. Thursday where Bobby Miller, 80, reported that Robertson was falling out of bed and he tried to help her but Robertson slapped him in the face, bending his glasses and causing his eye to swell.

Miller said he went to the living room to watch television and 30 minutes later, Robertson came into the living room and hit him in the head with a hammer, police said.

Robertson told police Miller insulted her by calling her a degrading name, so she hit him in the head with the hammer, reports state.

Police said they found the hammer on a counter in the living with a small pool of blood underneath it.

Miller, who said he had been living with Robertson for more than 40 years, had a swollen left eye and a lump on top of his head, police said.

 

Man head-butted female 7-Eleven worker March 9, 2015

A Bradenton man was charged with head-butting a 7-Eleven female employee in the eye during an argument, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

1fKqw5.AuHeEm.69Stephen Murial Hughes, 57, was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday outside the convenience store at 5640 14th St. W., Bradenton.

A store employee reportedly confronted Hughes about his wife drinking a Pepsi and not paying for it. Deputies reported Hughes became enraged and began to verbally assault the victim who called law enforcement.

Hughes returned to his vehicle to leave and the victim went to the parking lot to copy the license plate of his vehicle.

Deputies reported Hughes became more upset and head-butted the victim, causing his right eye to swell. Two witnesses detained Hughes until deputies arrived. The victim was treated for her injuries.

Hughes was held in Manatee County jail on $500 bond, according to the sheriff’s website.

 

Because when your sister makes you a penis-shaped cake, the only rational response is (BB) gunfire March 3, 2015

A Holly Hill man has been arrested after police say he shot his sister with a BB gun because she made him a phallic birthday cake.

TAFT--CHRISTOPHER-jpgChristopher Taft, 21, has been charged with aggravated battery and battery in the Sunday incident.

Police said Taft shot his sister in the buttocks with a BB gun in retaliation for his sister making him a birthday cake in the shape of a penis.

Taft told police he thought it would be funny to shoot his sister with a BB gun as a joke and did not intend to hurt her, according to the report.

The BB was embedded in the victim’s skin and she refused to be transported, saying she would go to a hospital herself, police said.

The victim told police she didn’t want to pursue

 

Woman accused of battery to deputy investigating unrelated case

A 44-year-old woman is accused of hitting and kicking a deputy who was there to interview her about an unrelated case.

amy-wood-ogleOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies tried to speak with , of Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 15 around 8 p.m., according to the arrest report. When deputy told her that he was investigating a case and wanted to speak to her, she “knowingly and intentionally slammed her door shut” on the deputy’s foot.

After several minutes, Ogle reopened the door and the deputy told her she was under arrest and tried to handcuff her, the report said. She allegedly “became verbally and physically combative,” pushing, shoving and kicking the deputy.

She replied “no” to the deputy’s commands multiple times and tried to flee, according to the report. She was eventually taken into custody.

She is charged with battery on an officer or firefighter and resisting an officer without violence.

 

Man sets home ablaze after niece refused booze run March 2, 2015

After being spurned by his niece for a ride to the liquor store, a Boynton Beach man decided he should burn something: his house, according to authorities.

fireOn Dec. 14, Clemons — who had already been drinking — asked his niece for a ride to the liquor store, according to a report from the agency. She told investigators she told him “No” and they got into an argument. To avoid further confrontation, the woman said she left the house.

Not long afterward, Clemons’ brother arrived at the house. He told investigators Clemons was standing out on the porch mumbling to himself about being “tired of it all,” according to the report.

His brother started making dinner and went out to see if Clemons was OK. Then, he saw a huge flame burning at the northeast corner of the house.
Clemons’ brother was able to extinguish the fire with a hose. Officials said the structural damage was minimal, but a garbage container and an all-terrain vehicle were slightly damaged.

Boynton Beach fire officials later found Clemons walking down the street with a large burn on his forearm.

Investigators determined Clemons poured gasoline against the wall outside and on the all-terrain vehicle and lit the fire while his brother was inside.

Clemons had left the hospital before Boynton Beach police were able to detain him.

He is charged with arson and is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bail.

 

Two injured in shooting at the ironically named Fun Spot February 23, 2015

funspotA shooting at a local theme park Saturday night left two people injured with gunshot wounds, according to Orlando police and fire officials.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. at Fun Spot America on Del Verde Way, Orlando police Lt. Miguel Garcia said.

An adult male was shot in the shoulder and a teenager was shot in the foot, said Keith Maddox, assistant fire chief.

Both victims were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Initial reports from witnesses indicate a man was running through the park shooting at people, Maddox said.

Based on descriptions provided by witnesses, officers were able to find the 21-year-old gunman, who then fled on foot, Garcia said. Officers captured the suspect after a brief foot pursuit.

Jamal Dion Lafortune was arrested on aggravated battery with a firearm, possession of a firearm/ammo by convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public and resisting an officer without violence charges.

 

 
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