More road rage gun violence in Florida than any other state

TAMPA (FOX 13) – More people are using guns to solve disagreements on the road, and more of those incidents happen in Florida than any other state, according to a new study.

The Trace, an independent nonprofit, news organization reviewed data collected by the Gun Violence Archive between 2014 and 2016. The study found the number of road rage cases reported climbed nationwide with more cases reported in Florida than any other state. The numbers outpaced California and Texas. Road rage assault reports more than doubled in Florida during the same time period.

Law enforcement agencies have been taking steps to improve safety on Florida roadways through safety campaigns and ticketing blitzes. The efforts target aggressive driving before aggressive driving leads to violence.
More road rage gun violence in Florida than any other state, new study says

Road rage cases have made headlines in Tampa Bay in recent years.

In March, Police say road rage landed a USF football player in trouble with the law. In a separate case, deputies arrested a man accused of pointing a gun at a car carrying two children when the vehicle drifted into his lane. In May 2016, a brawl on the road between bikers and an an SUV driver ended with a motorcyclist shot.

According to The Trace, 1.7 million people in Florida have valid concealed weapons or firearms permits. The number increased from 1.3 million valid concealed weapons or firearm permit holders in 2015.

Source: fox35orlando.com

Florida Man, 76, shoots wife in butt after she refuses sex

Donald Royce

An elderly newlywed who told police he had yet to consummate his marriage allegedly shot his wife in the butt for refusing his advances.

Donald Royce, 76, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, admitted to authorities that he shot his wife after an argument about the couple’s sleeping arrangements. Royce told deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office that the couple had been married since August but had yet to solidify their union in the bedroom.

“I shot her and the gun is in my room,” Royce told responding officers. Full Story ⤳

Florida man shot cat ‘because it looked at him like he owned the place’

adult cat

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – An Ormond Beach man could face animal cruelty charges after deputies said he shot a cat that defecated on his yard last week.


Heidi Hatheaway, along with other residents at the Pinewood Trailer Park, are now mourning the loss of a feline that belonged to 60-year-old Hung Nguyen. The cat owner said he now has eight cats left after his furry friend went to the bathroom on the wrong man’s property.

“It was pathetic,” Hatheaway said.

Deputies said the man shot the cat with a BB gun, which paralyzed the animal. Full Story ⤳

South Florida rapper busted for guns, drugs while illegally parked in handicapped spot

Stitches Phillip Katsabanis

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – South Florida rapper Stitches was arrested after police found a gun and drugs in his car when he was stopped for parking in a handicapped spot.

Phillip Katsabanis, whose stage name is Stitches, was stopped Wednesday after his Porsche was seen in a handicapped space without a permit outside a Whole Foods supermarket in Miami Beach.

A Miami Beach police officer found a 9 mm Glock handgun inside the vehicle after Katsabanis denied having any firearms. Police also found a jar of mariuana in the car. Full Story ⤳

Eustis police officer accused of waving gun at woman in road-rage incident

EUSTIS, Fla. – A Eustis police officer is off the job, accused of waving her gun at another woman in a fit of road rage.

Deputies said it happened in a beauty shop parking lot in the 7000 block of West Colonial Drive.

It’s not the first time Senior Officer Theresa Graham has been accused of using a weapon during an altercation.

Graham was cleared of any wrongdoing in the past incident, but she’s now on administrative leave.

A woman parked in front of Evelyn’s Hair Creations said the off-duty officer laid on her horn in a fit of road rage earlier this month before pulling out a gun as the victim tried to wave her around the victim’s parked car.

According to the arrest report, “Theresa Graham pulled her car next to the victim’s car where the two of them exchanged words,” and the victim told deputies that’s when Graham “put her car in park, reached into her glove box, removed a black handgun and pointed the gun at the victim and the witness.”

According to the report, Graham told deputies the other driver was holding an unknown object” and she got out her gun “to protect herself.”

She claims she never removed the weapon from the holster or pointed it in the direction of the victim, the report said.

It’s not the first time Graham has been investigated for actions involving a gun.

In 2009, she fired two shots at a suspect at a Eustis Dollar Tree store when he grabbed her agency-issued stun gun and used it on her during a domestic disturbance call she was investigating.

Eustis police could not say whether the gun used in the road-rage incident was Graham’s agency-issued weapon.

She has been with the department since 2006, and was recently honored for saving a man’s life with CPR.

Teen arrested after Palm Springs man robbed while holding son

PALM SPRINGS – A man was holding his son in mid-November at his Palm Springs home when five people pulled up in a dark-colored sedan, he told village police.

One held the man at gunpoint and told him to “run the chain,” the man told police. The suspect then ripped the chain necklace off the man’s neck, the man told police. He and the people with him also took the man’s iPhone 4, wedding band and wallet.

More than a month later, Joseph Montag was arrested on armed robbery, aggravated assault and grand theft charges in the November robbery. Full Story ⤳

Florida Man Accidentally Shoots Weapon in Club while Taking Gun Selfie

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A man has been arrested after he reportedly went into the bathroom of a St. Pete club to take a selfie with a handgun, but it went off and shot through the women’s restroom next door.

Ron Sorn, 34, tried to run from Club Lust after the gun went off, but officers in the area stopped him. He was arrested and charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of xanax, and possession of marijuana less than two grams.

Sorn was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Saturday morning. He remains in jail.

 

Source: abcactionnews.com

Florida Cop Accidentally Shoots and Kills 73 Year Old Librarian As Crowd Watches in Horror

Mary Knowlton

A 73-year-old librarian became the latest victim of police in Punta Gorda, Florida. However, her tragic death — in front of 34 people, during an officer’s demonstration about police use of deadly force — is far from the, unfortunately common, tales of violence by law enforcement.

Mary Knowlton signed up to be a student in the citizen police academy hosted by the Punta Gorda Police Department, intended to show residents of the small town why and how officers do what they do.

After the group of 35 participants toured the police station and spoke with officers — a popular public relations tactic used by departments across the country amid the epidemic of police violence — Knowlton and another person decided to volunteer for a demonstration.

To illustrate how and when officers decide to use lethal force, the officer had the two students role-play a scenario putting citizens in cops’ shoes. Full Story ⤳