Florida

Armed 70-Year-Old Turns Tables, Kills 18-Year-Old Robbery Suspect

An armed 70-year-old Orange County, Florida, homeowner opened fire on two 18-year-old armed robbery suspects Wednesday, killing one. The homeowner was also shot and wounded during the confrontation. According to WFTV, Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jeff Williamson said, “We believe their intent was to commit an armed burglary of the residence. Unbeknownst to them, the resident of the home was inside.” Moreover, the resident, 70-year-old Juan Jose Carraballo, was armed. Carraballo exchanged gun with Gerald Anderson, killing him on the scene and causing the second suspect, Luismil Hernandez, to flee through the rear of the home. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Carraballo’s wife came home from work shortly thereafter to find him “crawling on the ground.” He was bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds but told his wife, “[I] shot one of them.” Carraballo was rushed to the hospital for surgery and emerged in stable condition. Hernandez was arrested Friday and charged with “armed burglary and first-degree felony murder.” He is being held without bond.

Good for Mr. Carraballo for standing his ground against these maggots!  We wish him a speedy recovery!

 

Florida cop taunts would-be killer with lube on way to prison: ‘You are going to need a lot of this’

A police officer taunted the Jacksonville man who shot him multiple times last year by taking out a tube of K-Y Jelly personal lubricant in court Wednesday and saying, “You are going to need a lot of this,” local reports said. Kevin Rojas, then 19, shot the undercover police officer three times during a 2016 traffic stop, including once in the face, the Florida Times-Union reported. The critically-wounded officer, who was taking his son to school during the incident, returned fire but did not hit Rojas. His son was not injured. Local reports did not identify the undercover officer. In October, Rojas was found guilty of numerous felonies, including attempted first-degree murder, grand theft auto, attempted manslaughter, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday. The wounded officer, who formerly served in the Army, began by calling Rojas a coward at the sentencing hearing, the Florida Times-Union reported. “I will take those bullets instead of a fellow officer and an innocent bystander,” the officer said, according to the Times-Union. “When I brought the fight back to you, you ran like a coward.” The officer then produced a tube of K-Y Jelly and told Rojas he would “need a lot” of it in prison, according to local reports. When questioned by a judge in a 30-minute hearing about the stunt, the officer refused to comment, the Times-Union reported. The officer’s supervisors were aware of the incident and will address it, according to local reports.

Let’s hope those sups give the good officer a medal!  The man took 3 bullets, including one in the face!!  His little “stunt” was funny and the judge should have laughed or shook his head and let it go; NOT berate the poor officer for such a little thing.  Glad this piece of garbage Kevin Rojas was given life in prison.

Your Orange Juice is definitely going to cost more

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release its first citrus production forecast for Florida’s 2017-2018 Thursday after Hurricane Irma swept the Sunshine State more than a month ago, wiping away a majority of its treasured crop. Initial reports indicated that 50-70% of citrus crops have been washed away due to the storm. Florida’s Department of Citrus told FOX Business that farmers across the state are reporting anywhere from 30-70% crop loss over the last few weeks. Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus, said that the Florida Citrus industry as a whole has taken a “heavy hit” this hurricane season. “Before the hurricane, we were expecting more than 75 million boxes of oranges on the trees this season. Sadly, that’s no longer the case. This may, temporarily, mean less Florida Orange Juice on grocery store shelves and a corresponding price increase,” she said, without elaborating on how much the price hike will be. Yet, Florida’s Department of Citrus says despite the massive setback and soon-to-be price jumps, it is confident that no shortages will happen.

Florida: Elderly white woman followed home from store, robbed in driveway by black male thug

An 86-year-old woman had just gotten home from grocery shopping at Walmart when an armed man ran up behind her and demanded her purse. Investigators later told her she had been followed home from the store by the suspects. It happened Sunday around 12:30 p.m. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is now on the hunt for the suspect and his getaway driver. The victim wasn’t hurt. But she’s too shaken up to talk about what happened, after having a gun pointed right at her. Fortunately for investigators, a camera caught the whole thing. Surveillance images show the woman in her driveway unloading groceries, unaware of the threat behind her. Walking up from the street is a man raising a semi-automatic handgun, completely aware of who and what he’s after. “Nothing more despicable than robbing our elderly and victimizing our children,” said Larry McKinnon, Public Information Officer for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The woman had been shopping at the Walmart on Causeway Boulevard. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says the woman had just bought groceries. She loaded them into her vehicle and drove home. But she wasn’t alone. “They clearly knew it was an elderly woman. They did surveillance on her from the store,” McKinnon said. Investigators say at least two suspects followed her home and parked nearby. Once she started unloading her groceries, a black man – wearing a red hat, red bandana, and a black shirt, pants, and shoes – got out of the passenger seat of a 2014-2017 dark gray Toyota Corolla and ran toward her. The man was armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun and forcefully removed her purse before running back to the car and taking off. “They followed her home and not only took her purse, but I guess felt the need that somehow they had to produce a gun to make her give up her purse as if she was some type of threat,” McKinnon said. The victim’s purse was found in a trash can at the Git-N-Go on Rideout Road in Tampa a short time later. “Obviously, they were for quick cash, credit cards,” McKinnon said. Frequent Walmart shoppers like Nichole Davenport are concerned to hear of a crime like this originating at a store they find relatively safe. “The guy has got to be pretty desperate,” Davenport said. “To know that somebody followed someone home from this store, it’s pretty creepy. It attributes to the fact that we are living in a day and age where we need to be aware of our surroundings.” Though the victim got away unharmed, investigators are anxious to get these thieves off the street before someone else is. “It really just goes to display how despicable these suspects are to do that to anyone, not to mention an elderly woman like this,” McKinnon said. Anyone with any information about the suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200. Anyone who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS(8477) or report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com

Just awful!!  What a piece of garbage!!  We’re just glad the poor woman is ok, and that they found her purse, minus her credit cards (which can be replaced) and some cash.  It could have been far worse.  That said, if you are in Hillsborough County, FL and know something, please call that number above.  This oxygen thief and his accomplice(s) need to be found and arrested.  Unreal..

‘This is war’: Florida sheriff urges citizens to arm themselves in case of attack

A Florida sheriff’s office posted a controversial message on social media, urging citizens to arm themselves in self-defense. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted the video on Facebook Wednesday, two days after a deadly workplace shooting in nearby Orlando claimed the lives of five people. “Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense, not only for them, but for their families,” Sheriff Ivey said. As images of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and Pulse nightclub massacre flashed on-screen, Ivey warned residents that attacks have happened locally as well as abroad. “What’s next is to fully understand that this is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family, and those around you if attacked,” he said. Ivey stressed that attackers rely on people running, hiding, and waiting for help, rather than fighting back. “What they don’t count on is being attacked themselves, having to become defensive to save their own lives,” Ivey argued. The sheriff said that calling 911 means officers are on their way, but said, “Until they arrive, it’s up to you and those with you to neutralize or eliminate the threat.” Ivey encouraged people to take self-defense classes, and urged those with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns with them at all times. “No matter who you are or what your position is on guns, there’s no denying the fact that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun or a knife is an armed and well-prepared citizen or law enforcement officer,” Ivey said. The sheriff’s message received a mixed response.

I’m sure..  But, Sheriff Ivey is exactly right!!  As a concealed carry person myself, I’m always armed.  And, it doesn’t hurt that I have many years of experience as a “field grade” Army officer, including time in Afghanistan, etc.  If you don’t have a concealed carry permit, consider getting one…as well as a concealed carry firearm.  Then, spend time on your local firing range.  Its a great hobby, and is something you do with your family and loved ones.  Kudos to Sheriff Ivey for having the courage in this day and age to put such a message out there.  Excellent!!    🙂

Illegal Alien Allegedly Broke into Florida Home, Nearly Choked Woman to Death

A Florida man whom deputies say entered the U.S. illegally allegedly broke into a woman’s home and almost choked her to death Sunday. Deputies say Juan Arteaga-Orozco, 36, faces felony charges including attempted murder and burglary in connection with the incident, WFLA reported. Polk County deputies responded to a call at a home in Davenport at around 4:06 a.m. about a suspected burglary. One of the victims told deputies that Orozco got into bed with her while she was asleep and followed her down a hallway as she yelled for help. Orozco allegedly grabbed her neck with both hands and said, “Shut up, shut up or I’m going to kill you.” The first victim said Orozco squeezed her neck so tight that she could not breathe and felt like she would faint. She added that she was afraid he would kill her. WOFL reports that the victim told authorities that there was no sexual contact between her and the suspect. Another victim heard screaming upon entering the house, according to deputies. The second victim noticed Orozco attempting to flee and tried to capture him, but the suspect pushed the victim away and fled the home through the front door. WFTS reported that deputies found Orozco’s vehicle parked in front of the home. Deputies allege that Orozco entered the residence without permission, choked one victim with the intent to kill her, and intentionally shoved the other victim. “This is an example of an immigrant in our country illegally committing serious and violent crimes,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “He also has a criminal history, and should have been deported after committing his earlier crimes.” Orozco has a criminal history that includes five felony charges and two misdemeanors dating back to 2004. Orozco is being held at Polk County Jail without bond, and an ICE hold will be placed on him.

Good!  That’s how it’s supposed to happen!  NO bail, and deport him…after securing some biometric data (i.e. fingerprints, etc.) to track him, should he re-enter the United States again.

Bomb-sniffing dog who has protected Trump struck by bullet meant for deputy

A South Florida bomb-sniffing dog who has helped protect President Trump was shot and wounded in the line of duty Friday when he took a bullet meant for his two-legged partner. K9 Kasper is recovering after being shot in the side when deputies with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office exchanged gunfire with a wanted stick-up man who was killed, Fox 13 Tampa reports. None of the deputies were injured. “During the gunfire, PBSO K9 Kasper was shot while protecting his handler,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that included a photo of the wounded dog on a veterinarian’s operating table. The sheriff’s office posted video on Twitter Saturday of Kasper leaving the hospital to go home. Kasper has protected Trump at times in Palm Beach, WPBF-TV reported. Deputies say Phillip O’Shea, 46, was wanted in connection with an early morning hold-up at a West Palm Beach bar. They say O’Shea got away after firing shots at deputies and car-jacking a woman’s car. About 13 hours later, three deputies spotted O’Shea in Jupiter, the Palm Beach Post reported. They confronted him in a parking lot. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said O’Shea lived in West Palm Beach and had an extensive criminal history. Bradshaw said O’Shea was wanted in Raleigh, North Carolina, in connection with a May 2 motel robbery.

What a hero Kasper is!!  Man’s best friend, indeed!  To see the video of him leaving the hospital, click on the text above.  Good job Kasper!!    🙂