Southwest Florida Online - Sunday Morning News
From LaBelle, Florida for Hendry and Glades County and the Lake Okeechobee region. Don Browne, editor.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Casey Anthony's Father Testifies On Suicide
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Jose Baez Tries To Find Casey Incompetent
Saturday, June 25, 2011
"A Legal Issue Has Arisen" - Anthony Trial Recessed!
6. Witness Perjury or Jury Misconduct? Many have reported unbelief in Cindy Anthony's testimony, and an investigation may have been underway surrounding her former nursing job and time cards testified about. With the many delays and inconvenience of sequestration of out-of-town jurors (they are from St. Petersburg) there might have been occasion for a juror to have discussed the case or heard something about the case they should not have in recent days.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Jose Baez Gets Grandmother To Lie?
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Shocking Testimony From Cindy Anthony
Why Jose Baez Uses Attorney Sims To Get Casey Off
(photo: Sims comforting crying Casey Anthony)
Obese Kids - A Health Concern For Parents
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tennessee Deputy Busted For Taking Unclothed Victim Photos
Deputy Tells Two Women Photos Of Their Exposed Bodies Were Needed
The Justice Department says former Hickman County, Tennessee Deputy Sheriff Kenneth H. Smith, 43, pleaded guilty today to violating the rights of two women by photographing parts of their unclothed bodies under the false pretense that those photographs were necessary for an official investigation.
While working as a deputy sheriff, Smith was assigned to investigate two domestic violence complaints. During his investigatory interviews, Smith told the victims that he needed to take photographs of their exposed bodies to document injuries, including intimate areas of their bodies where no injury had occurred.
Smith, abusing his power and position, lied to the victims and claimed these photographs were necessary for the police investigation and prosecution, when in fact the photos were not for legitimate law enforcement purposes, but for himself . The victims, trusting a law enforcement officer to protect them, acquiesced to Smith's authority.
Smith also lied to FBI agents about sending text messages to a former female inmate in which he requested the former inmate send him nude pictures of herself, in return for Smith's help in dismissing or reducing the outstanding criminal charges against her.
When Smith was confronted with photographs of the explicit text messages coming from his personal cell phone number, Smith continued to lie to FBI agents that he had not sent them.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Hendry Health Department Exposes Tobacco Targeted To Kids
Against Tobacco (SWAT) chapter conducted a presentation during the Tobacco-Free Hendry County Partnership monthly meeting.
Hendry County - What's In This Photo?
Florida Asks Sanctions Against Jose Baez
Monday, June 20, 2011
Jose Baez Argues Unfairness - Gets Schooled Again
Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton told the judge he would be bringing a motion for sanctions against Jose Baez because Ashton says, Baez provided yet another incomplete expert witness report that doesn't show fully what opinions and conclusions the expert will be testifying about.
The attorneys met in chamber with the Judge for about an hour and then the Judge with the assent of the attorneys mysteriously recessed the court until Tuesday.
Florida Gas Prices Lower But Hendry's Still High
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Jose Baez May Be In Contempt Of Court
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Judge Will Deal With Baez' "Ambush" Testimony - Failure To Follow Court Order
(Video: Judge "Schools" Jose Baez Again, Threatening Contempt Order)
Friday, June 17, 2011
National Data Research Center - A Scam?
Lord Of The Flies? Casey Anthony Defense Continues
Huntington told the Judge he had told Jose Baez that he didn't think there was evidence of a decomposing body in Casey Anthony's car, having looked only of photos, because there was not enough body fluids left in the carpet, adding a "professional cleaner" would have had to clean the car to remove those fluid stains.
The prosecution was never told about Huntington's opinion statement to Baez on the Anthony car stain, nor did it appear in his final report, leading the prosecution to object to this line of questioning before the jurors.
Huntington told the jury, the flies found in the Anthony car had "no forensic value," as he claims they are so common, they would be expected to be found in any bag of trash or garbage, in contrast to the prosecution's testimony that the flies found were commonly seen in decomposing bodies.
Update: In the afternoon session Prosecutor Jeff Ashton tore into Dr. Huntington's morning testimony, fairly well demolishing the defense expert. Ashton got Huntington to admit there's a great difference between a study of pigs in a car trunk, and a 2-year old child wrapped in a blanket, inside two garbage bags, and then inside a laundry bag.
Ashton also demolished the defense expert's theory that the flies in the trunk were attracted to containers full of chewing tobacco spit, and food in the trash and not decomposing Calley's body. Huntington was shown the actual evidence for the first time, instead of photos he had seen, and discovered there actually was no food or spit in the actual trash evidence.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
LaBelle Animal Rescue - Cabinet Shoppe Foreclosed
Animal Rescue of LaBelle, Inc was registered with the IRS as a non-profit in 1993. The 2006 IRS form 990 showed assets of $11 and income and expenses of $65,498. In 2007 assets were listed at $10,000 and income of $50,211. In 2009 income was $61.234.
The shelter's IRS filing for 2010 shows $38,856 income, and expenses $39,009. Expenses included $11,490 for salary, $900 for building maintenance, and $26,619 for "other." Assets were $7,722. (See link below for 2010 IRS Tax Forms Filed)
The 2010 "balance sheet" (actually an expense report) filed with the IRS shows the "other" expenses included $5,184 for mortgage, $4,800 for autos, $8,670 for food, $1,668 for utilities, $1,450 for vet, $1,325 for cleaning mat, $1,104 for cell phone, $804 for phone, and $756 for interest and bank charges.
The IRS form says 200 dogs and 110 cats were saved from "certain death" in 2010 by the shelter, and noting not as many as in past years because of dramatically reduced donations due to the recession.
A lis pendens was filed in November 2009 against the property, at which point the bank filed foreclosure and refused any further payments from Sheppard.
Why Were Mortgage And Auto Expenses On 2010 IRS Filing?
Because Animal Rescue does not own the property, there should be no expenses for a mortgage. If there were no mortgage payments made in 2010 (First Bank had a mortgage against Eurotex, the actual property owner, and Eurotex reportedly made no payments to the bank in 2010), we wonder why Sheppard shows $5,184 for "mortgage expenses" and similarly because Ford Motor Credit has two judgments this year against the shelter, why is $4,800 for "auto" expenses given to the IRS as shelter expenses?
Animal Rescue of LaBelle, Inc. and Peter C. Stockwell have a final judgement against them by Ford Motor Company Credit LLC filed May 11, 2011 for $20,000, and a second final Judgement by Ford filed June 2, 2011 for $7900.
Hendry records indicate Peter Sheppard's company bought the property for the cabinet shop at 703 N. Bridge Street in November, 2004 for $65,000 from Harold P. Curtis. The lot containing the animal shelter was originally purchased by Animal Rescue of LaBelle earlier but deeded to Eurotex Inc. in August 2002.
2010 IRS Form 990 Income Tax Filing - Income and Expenses for Labelle's non-profit animal shelter
Update 6/29/2011: The foreclosure sale took place and 1st Bank is the highest bidder. Apparently the defendant filed two appeals to the District Court of Appeals. The certificate of title from the Clerk of the Court should issue to 1st Bank in 10 days, after which the bank will be able to take possession with the assistance of the Sheriff if necessary.
Casey Anthony's New Witness Vasco Thompson
George Anthony's attorney, Mark Lippman, put out a press release Wednesday denying Mr. Anthony ever knew or talked with Thompson.
Update: Thompson held a news conference June 17 saying he doesn't know George Anthony or never called him. He said he didn't have the phone number claimed by Jose Baez' defense attorneys to call Anthony in July, 2008, but got the phone later in January 2009.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Cindy Anthony Testifies Again Against Daughter Casey
Cindy reportedly mouthed "I Love You" in the direction of Casey as she left the witness stand. No reply from Casey was seen.
Defense Case To Begin Thursday June 16
The defense's case, led by attorney Jose Baez, will begin on Thursday, June 16 according to Judge Perry. Baez was asked by the Judge if he wanted to begin Wednesday, but declined. Whether Casey Anthony will testify in her own defense is still in question.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Death In Hendry Three Vehicle Crash
Friday, June 10, 2011
She is survived by her two sons: William Jerry Bush of LaBelle, FL and Donald Larry Bush of LaBelle, FL; grandchildren: Randy (Debbie) Bush, Dwaine (Sandra) Bush, Jennifer (Timothy) Barron, Heather (Tom) Herrera, Kimberly (Lynn) Lyols, Lisa Rene Bush, Sonja Lynn (Dave) Lusk, William Donald Bush; great grandchildren: Justin Bush, Steven Bush, Seth Bush, Tara Wurster, Jessica Barron, Alainee Herrera, Mallory Herrera, Noah Herrera, Arania Bush, Zachary Lusk, Jeri Lyn Lusk, Sonja Rene Bush and Kristin Bush; great-great grandchildren: Frankie Wurster, Penny Wurster and Marie Bush; sister: Corrine Motyl and many nieces and nephews.
Mattie was preceded in death by her husband William Donald Bush in 2004.
The funeral service was held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 9 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL with Pastor W. T. Maddox, Jr. officiating. Interment in Fort Denaud Cemetery.
Survivors include his children: Donald Fred Howard Jr. and wife Deborah, Erie Bruner and Seth Lewis Howard and wife Felisha, grandchildren, Libby Peacock, Melissa Saxon, Michael Howard, Shawn Keen and wife Robyn, great-grandchildren: Hayden Saxon, Mallory Saxon, Abby Keen, Leeah Peacock, Emily Peacock, Tanner Williams, Easton Robinson, Conner Robinson, Kinderah Robinson, brother: Wayne Howard (Carolyn), sisters: Linda Cleghorne (Jerald) and Sandra Thomas (Jimmy), sister in law: Ethelene Howard and a host of other family and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise Howard and brother: Robert W. "Pee Wee" Howard.
A graveside service was held Friday, June 10, 2011, 10:30 am at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle with Seth Howard and Pastor L.W. Howard officiating. Interment followed in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle
Preceded in death by her husband, Jack W. Newsome; mother, Mattie Miller and son, Andrew Newsome. Betty, along with her husband, Jack, owned Sawgrass Restaurant in South Bay for some 20 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Bridgette Kipp (Mark) Syrie, Clewiston and Dixie Newsome of Fort White, FL; sister, Linda Miller Cone, Thomasville, GA; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs, FL, (386) 454-2444. Funeral services will be Monday, June 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Akin-Davis Chapel in Clewiston, FL. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery in Clewiston.
Arrangements are under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs, FL. and Akin-Davis Funeral Home
On June 13, 2011, Virginia Cantu also known as "Bea" to all her family and friends, she won the fight against breast cancer and left us with a smile on her face. She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her smile will always be remembered. She was the biggest Miami Hurricane fan and she truly loved watching the girl's play softball.
She is survived by her three daughters: Mercedes Cantu, Vanessa Cantu and Rumor Cantu with their father Valdomero Cantu; mother: Rosa Marroquin; father: Frank Marroquin; sister: Frances Canales (Adan); brother: Frankie Marroquin (Kimberly); nieces: Priscilla Jo Canales, Tiffany Canales, Elanee Marroquin and Brandynn Marroquin; nephews: Zane and Zander Marroquin; paternal grandfather: Tony Marroquin and maternal grandmother: Margarita Vasquez.
She will be missed but never forgotten.
Calling hours will be on Friday, June 17, 2011 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, LaBelle, Fl, with Father Chester Domaszewicz officiating. Interment will be in the Fort Denaud Cemetery.
Jamie Francis Boyce, age 26, of Immokalee passed away, Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Jacksonville, FL. Jamie was born November 22, 1984 in Fort Myers, FL. She is the daughter of Julian Francis and Ferrie L. (Elrod) Boyce.
She is survived by her mother; Ferrie L. Boyce, father; Julian Francis Boyce, brother; Stephen M. Gerstman, sisters; Nicole A. Hannoud and Julie Gerstein, nephews; Justin Gerstman, Kyle Pierce, Elliot Pierce and Julian Gerstein, Nieces; Morgan Pierce and Lilly Pierce, uncle; Gene Boyce.
The funeral service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at First Baptist Church of Immokalee, with Pastor Dennis Norvell and Pastor Bronc Flint officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church of Immokalee, Immokalee, FL. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle
Why Casey Anthony Will Walk Free - Baez' New Defense
(photo: Dorothy Clay Sims comforts Casey Anthony)
Anthony goes into the defense portion of the trial with one big advantage, she's a proven liar. She's gotten away with it for a long time, some say learning from her father. George Anthony has been accused of being a liar by his ex-wife, according to Dr. Drew Pinsky on his nightly cable tv show.
1. Casey is a pathological liar, reinforced over the years by father George Anthony
2. A pathological liar uncontrollably makes up lies bearing no semblance to reality and are even harmful to themselves
3. Casey lied to attorney Baez, confusing him, making a strategy of defense to confront her accusers impossible
4. There is no medical or psychological treatment for pathological liars
5. It is cruel and unusual to criminally punish anti-social behavior that has no current treatment
6. Anthony cannot be convicted criminally for lying because of the unusual untreatable condition she has
7. Anthony cannot be convicted of murder because reasonable doubt has been shown at trial
8. Anthony should be committed to a psychiatric facility for study and treatment, should treatment ever be available
About Pathological Lying - Pseudologia Phantastica
Prevalence of PL in the population is unknown, but a study of 1000 repeat juvenile offenders found a prevalence of close to 1%. The average age at onset of the lying behavior was 16 and the average age at discovery was 22. The intelligence quotient (IQ) was found to be average or slightly below average, with significantly better verbal IQ than performance IQ; and a history of brain abnormality in 40% of the cases, characterized by epilepsy, abnormal electroencephalographic findings, head trauma, or infection.