Michael Drejka has been booked into the Pinellas County Jail and bond has been set at $100,000. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- A man accused of shooting a man outside a Clearwater convenience store, sparking protests about Florida's stand your ground law, has been charged with manslaughter.
Markeis McGlockton, 28, died in the July 19 shooting.
Drejka is being booked into the Pinellas County Jail and bond has been set at $100,000.
"I support the State Attorney's decision and will have no further comment as the case continues to work its way through the criminal justice system," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.
Surveillance video showed McGlockton shoving Drejka, 47, to the ground after Drejka confronted Jacobs for parking in a handicapped spot outside the Circle A Food Store on Sunset Point.
Drejka shot McGlockton in response in front of his three young children. McGlockton later died of that wound.
Sheriff Gualtieri said after the shooting that it met the guidelines of a stand your ground case.
The law allows citizens to use deadly force if they believe their lives are in danger.
Protests have since taken place around Florida.
Statement from Attorney Ben Crump in response to Michael Drejka being charged with manslaughter
"My first thought on hearing this news was: It's about time. I firmly stand behind the decision by the State Attorney's Office to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter for killing Markeis McGlockton. This self-appointed wannabe cop attempted to hide behind 'stand your ground' to defend his indefensible actions, but the truth has finally cut through the noise. I have full faith that this truth will prevail to punish this cold-blooded killer who angrily created the altercation that led to Markeis' needless death. We will continue to fight until justice is brought for the family of Markeis McGlockton."
Statement from Clearwater Attorney Michele Rayner in Response to Michael Drejka being charged with manslaughter
"On behalf of the family of Markeis McGlockton, I commend the office of State Attorney Bernie McCabe for charging Michael Drejka with manslaughter for his cold-blooded actions. This is a big step forward in the direction of justice, not only for Markeis' family but also for society as a whole."
Statement from the family of Markeis McGlockton in response to Michael Drejka being charged with manslaughter
"The announcement that Michael Drejka will be charged with manslaughter provides our family with a small measure of comfort in our time of profound mourning. While this decision cannot bring back our partner, our son, our father, we take solace in knowing our voices are being heard as we work for justice. This man killed Markeis in cold blood, without a second thought about the devastating impact his actions would have on our family, but this charge gives us a measure of hope that the truth will win and justice will prevail in the end."
DAVENPORT, Fla. -- A Davenport couple has been arrested in the death of the woman's 2-year-old son, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Shannon Short, 26, and her boyfriend Christian Thompson, 26, are accused of abusing and neglecting Short's son Harley Hiatt, Jr.
According to the sheriff's office, the abuse started about two months ago and would occur while Harley was in the care of Thompson. The first incident occurred sometime in May after the couple moved in together when Short texted Thompson, telling him to "mess" Harley up after the child broke a plate. Judd said during a news conference Thompson started to recorded the injuries and would send images via text message to Short, "so that it wouldn't look like they were beating him."
One video the sheriff's office obtained shows Harley "trembling" with fear, Sheriff Judd described during the press conference. Other photos show Harley with bruises and scratches on his face and patches of hair missing from his head. Sheriff Judd described times when Harley would cling to his mother as she got ready for work because he was frightened of Thompson. Sheriff Judd said Short neglected to care for her child's injuries by seeking medical attention, for in fear of being reported to Child Protection Services. According to the affidavit, Short eventually called 911 on July 31 once her son became unresponsive.
The child was transported to Heart of Florida Hospital where it was determined he had a brain bleed and died a few hours later. According to the affidavit, Harley suffered other injuries including blunt force trauma and a mutilated penis. Short has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child, negligent child abuse with great bodily harm, child abuse, failure to report child abuse, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.
Thompson has been charged with first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, aggravated child abuse, negligent child abuse, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.
The child would have turned 3-years-old in October, officials said.
"When you hear what this precious baby boy was put through, it's sickening. His mother knew about the abuse, allowed it, and continued to leave him in the care of his abuser. She and her boyfriend even joked about it. The whole thing is heartbreaking, and I don't think it's possible for me to be more disgusted by their actions," Sheriff Grady Judd said.
According to the sheriff's office, both Short and Thompson have a criminal history and both have other children that live with family members.
TAMPA, Fla. -- A girl has died after Tampa police say she was thrown into the Hillsborough River Thursday afternoon.
Officials said 911 calls started coming in around 4 p.m. from witnesses saying they'd seen a woman throwing a child into the river. Dive crews and police officers responded to the area near the river and Columbus Drive.
"You can just imagine the Fire Rescue and the police officers who responded to this scene and, you know, the craziness of the world that we live in at times," said Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan.
Divers eventually found the child — a four-year-old girl — unconscious and submerged in the water about 75 feet off shore. She did not survive.
"Eventually, we just saw the scuba divers out there pulling up with a body," said resident Romano Muniz. "Then everybody going full attack mode to make sure she got in the ambulance and then taken to St. Joe's."
Officers located a woman believed to be the child's mother walking nearby and took her into custody.
"Unfortunately at this point there are more questions than there are answers," Dugan said.
"As the lady came back and came onshore, she tried to walk down our street here, and some other neighbor called the police, called 911, and the police were able to apprehend her before she got far," said resident Victor DiMaio.
Officials said investigators have been interviewing the woman for several hours. Police are also working to locate other family members.
No names have been released thus far.
As the neighborhood mourns, the "why" of it all remains unclear.
"It's really sad," said resident Vicki Walker. "I don't know the circumstances, I don't know what's happening in their lives, but it's killing me. It's really hard."
Wilma Kaddissi – Drummer/Lyricist/Songwriter/Ex-Dancer.
Drummer/Songwriter for Opium Ink an alt/rock band based in NYC. Their first single Porcelain Doll (Lee Groves Remix) was released August 31, 2017.
Wilma Kaddissi – Drummer/Lyricist/Songwriter/Ex-Dancer.
Drummer/Songwriter for Opium Ink an alt/rock band based in NYC. Their first single Porcelain Doll (Lee Groves Remix) was released August 31, 2017. Their self titled debut EP Opium Ink was released February 21, 2018 both available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify & all major music streaming services. Porcelain Doll their first music video directed by Sophy Holland was released April 2, 2018.
Drummer/Songwriter for The Toxic Femmes an alt/electro/rock band based in NYC – 2011 to 2014. Their debut EP was released March 31, 2013 and their music video & single for Hurt Me was released April 22, 2014. Hurt Me, their second EP was released October 1st 2014. All available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify & all major streaming services.
Professional Dancer & Choreographer – 1989 to 2009
Performed in rock-n-roll cabaret shows in numerous venues throughout Los Angeles, California and Sydney, Australia. Performed various genres of dance with numerous professional artists for tours, live shows, film & music videos.
R. Kelly’s new 19-minute record was something that many were talking about, The question is why now does R. Kelly decide to lay it all out there for the world to judge as they usually do... Listen to the track and voice your opinion.
Of course many women and men set out to find Mr. or Mrs. Right; however, some sites that we set sail to find that true romance may not be a wise decision. I have found that many daters on (POF) are continually looking for fresh meat because many of the dates are a flop. Many women share their desire’s careers, what they hope to find online to only be disappointed by the results. With so many singles in one place, how do you expect to find Mr. or Mrs. Right?
Well to be honest, I do not think there is a high percentage; mostly today many sites required payment for best results. Dating site owners suggest that when you pay for something that you are serious about, the greater chance for single men and women to find their potential matches. I personally do not think that this is a true notion; I find that paying for a dating site is like paying for entertainment, a dater will pay to play with a woman or a man’s heart. However, many believe that the bigger the fee for love the better the results will be. I can agree with this to some degree!
I think that dating has become so hard because we fail to understand who we are as individuals. We ask so much and have demands, but these demands have not landed us the right man or woman. So I am thinking out of all the women and men on the dating sites, there is a possible chance that one may find 20 % of women and men who are looking for serious relationships. For one thing, I think the layout of dating sites are all wrong; how about allowing daters to view one personal ad at a time, instead of thousands of women and men once they have met their potential match.
I find that if dating sites would put a limit on how much you can browse a day, or ask would you like to continue communicating with a potential dater before talking, or viewing anymore singles would be the perfect setup! I am not saying get rid of all your variety of men and women, but take some time to get to know your choices before moving forward. So for example, you are searching the site, a man may find a woman that could be his ideal match. He sends a message and waits that whole day for a reply and possibly lands a date. The dater has time to reflect on the positive things he heard from his choice. In addition he can remember their name; this dater will not be able to view anymore women of his choice and vice verse until they have decided to move on. I think this setup will help couples focus on who they need to focus on at that time. It seems with so many distractions online it is very difficult to find the right person. I also believe that one needs to be careful of how they search the engines. Meaning, if you find a man or woman showing all the goods in a profile, it may not be a good idea to continue the process of meeting that individual. I have to say that you can determine a lot about a profile picture; I have seen many red flags that women overlooked that should have been of concern. This logic also goes for the men;
The point is I feel that if you truly want to find love, maybe just meeting them in person is a better option. Most people are able to fix themselves and not focus on just you when they are online. Another point is that a person cannot be figured out through a profile picture or phone conversation. To see someone in person shows more than what you would get from the phone or the internet. Let me be clear, I know that there is no way to determine the true person from one or two meetings, or even find out all you need in years, but it most certainly gives you more of an idea of who they are.
I mean this by the words they choose, how they sit at a table, how they interact in conversation, how they handle alcohol, how they react with other individuals like staff at a restaurant, and so much more. I would say your chances are better in person than dating sites especially (POF). I am not saying that all dating sites are bad, but I am saying that you may spend more time trying to weed out the bad apples before you would find the right man or woman online.
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Charles was a guy who seemed to struggle with his relationships; no matter how many women he would meet; he struggled to have loving, long lasting, faithful, and serious relationships. The problem was not so much the women he met, but more so that he felt a need to sleep around on his partners. Growing up, Charles was never in a stable home. He found his father sleeping around with many different women, and Charles often saw his mother crying every night once she would find the phone numbers, condoms, and smell of women perfume on his father’s cloths.
Often Charles would get so raged at the dinner table not talking to his mom or dad. He would lash out and throw things across the room. As Charles got older, he began dating more and finding himself in the same shoes his father filled. He would call multiple girls and tell them that they were the only one. Charles would often have flashbacks of sitting in the backseat of his father’s car, as his father told this very line to a woman he was seeing secretly. Soon Charles would disrespect the women he met when he did not get his way. Charles felt this was the way to treat women after seeing his father beat his mother for rejecting him for sex.
Charles needs attention; this is the case because he never got it from his mother or father. Charles has a lot to prove being that he was often told by his mother, if he is a man he can never fall short of commitment. In addition, crying would be beneath a man and a man should never be too sensitive. Charles was told as a child he was not smart enough to go to school, but it was okay for him to work technical skills on a job. He was told no man should ever sit at a desk and do women’s work.
Charles battled with drugs and often suffered from alcoholism. He remembered seeing his father smoking weed and drinking beer by the cases. One day Charles had a conversation with his 69 year old father. His father asked “son what you are doing with your life”? He said “dad I am doing everything that you did; I followed the rules my mom instructed and since I have been doing this, I find that life is not worth living. For some reason, it’s hard to change and I never was able to express myself. I fail at communicating, having relationships, and being normal in a regular world.
I blame me for trusting you father, I blame me for trusting you mother, I blame myself for being what you both were. A mother who is weak and took shit for years from a man who never showed love. Father you were a man who did not know sensitivity, or how to be there and support his children and wife. You beat women, smoked, and drunk alcohol until you could not stand. So why do you ask me now why I am the way I am? I am what you and my mother created".
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Stephens’ Facebook page has since been taken down. You can watch other videos in which he talks about his reasons for the killing here.
In the shocking video, which was recorded and then uploaded to the page, not streamed live, Stephens can be seen driving down the road and he says, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude,” before exiting his vehicle. He walks up to the man and begins talking to him, asking how old he is before pulling out a gun. The man tries to shield himself before Stephens fires once, hitting the man in the head.
The video shows the man on the ground, bleeding as Stephens walks back to his car and drives off. The shooting happened at 635 East 93rd Street, police said. The victim has been identified as Robert Godwin Sr., 74. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family of the victim, Robert Godwin. The crowdfund website says it has confirmed the funds will be given to the family.
Stephens remained at large Monday after police searched dozens of locations to no avail, following up on leads.
The search has extended to neighboring states, with police broadcasts about Stephens being put out to officers in Pennsylvania and New York.
“We need Steve to turn himself in,” Police Chief Calvin Williams said at a press conference. “Right now there are two families out there hurting. Mr. Godwin’s family and of course there are people out there who care about Steve and want to see this not go any further.
“We’ve brought everything to bear on this, from our federal partners, our state and local partners. And everybody is out there looking for Steve. We want this to end with as much peace as we can bring to this right now. … What happened today is senseless,” Williams said.
The chief said police have been in contact with Stephens’ family to try to get him to turn himself in. Mayor Frank Jackson also spoke directly to Stephens.
“We want to communicate to him that we know who he is and that he will eventually be caught,” Jackson said. “He need not do anymore harm to anybody, any innocent people. Whatever concerns or problems that he’s having we’re here to have a conversation with him.” Ohio Governor John Kasich said on Twitter, “This is a hideous criminal & the Ohio Highway Patrol has made all resources available to Cleveland in its response.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said Stephens is “obviously armed and dangerous,” and could be in many places. He said anyone with tips should call 911 or 1-800-CALL-FBI. “The goal here is to find Mr. Stephens before any other crimes are committed,” Anthony said.
“He’s good guy. He’d give you the shirt off his back,” a family member told reporters. “This man right here was a good man. I hate he’s gone. It’s not real.”Police said Godwin was picked at random. In another Facebook post, Stephens said he has killed 15 people. He had been posting on Facebook for at least four hours before his page was taken down. His first post called the shootings an “Easter day slaughter.” In that post, he claimed to have killed 12 people, and said he “won’t stop” until his mother and another woman call him.
“I’m the #goodguy,” he wrote. In later posts, he claimed to have killed three more people. He wrote that many of the bodies were in an abandoned house. Cleveland Police said in a press release that only one homicide has been confirmed. They searched locations mentioned by Stephens in his videos, but found no other victims.
“This shit is real,” Stephens wrote on Facebook.
On Facebook, Stephens blamed the shootings on a woman, who appears to have been his girlfriend, Joy Lane. He wrote, “three years I spent with this bitch … I wish we never met.” In the video showing him shooting an elderly man, he asks him to say his ex-girlfriend’s name before shooting him.
“She’s the reason this is about to happen to you,” he says.
Steve Stephens, who allegedly killed 74-year-old Cleveland man Robert Goodwin Sr. and broadcast the wrenching footage on Facebook, killed himself after a brief pursuit by police in Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police said in a tweet.
The broadcast of the seemingly random killing resulted in a massive manhunt from Cleveland police and other law enforcement agencies, which swept the city in search of Stephens but failed to immediately locate him.
Officials, including Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson, said there was a $50,000 reward for any information leading to Stephens' arrest. Police had been on the lookout for Stephens in a number of states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan, according to the Associated Press.
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WOMAN ADMITS TO HAVING RELATIONSHIPS WITH 72 MEN WHILE MARRIED BECAUSE HER HUSBAND WAS NOT INTERESTING ENOUGH.
In a small town in Atlanta Georgia I was called to interview a lady named Sable. The-thirty-four year-old woman admitted to having intimate relationships with at least 72 men. She explained that for years she has put up with the neglect and disrespect from her husband and his family. Sable had to find a way to comfort herself and when doing small things around town would not help, she found herself on dating sites, bars, and social networks which resulted in her sleeping with men to relieve her stress.
Sable mentioned that there was no greater satisfaction than letting another man have all of her when her husband could no longer entice her mentally or sexually. After arguments Sable would find herself going through her call log and searching for the next man that she would enjoy sexually. It wasn’t until January 14th 2016 when Sable truly realized how dangerous her actions were when one of her lover’s wives caught on and showed up in the place of her connection. The wife of the Gentlemen had a gun and threatened the life of Sable. Sable mentioned that the wife said “If you ever contact my husband again, I will be in jail and you will be dead”.
Sable was so freighted to tell anyone about what had happened but confided this terrible information with her niece Jessica. Jessica felt the need to tell her uncle what was going on and let him know that he should also be tested for HIV. After Sable’s husband found out the news he explained that he had not been sleeping with his wife, because he knew all along of her devious activities on the web. In addition, that the woman that threatened her with the gun, was the same woman who was sleeping with Sable’s husband just last year. When asked how Sable reacted to the information after founding out what had happened, Sable mentioned that “Now I really don’t feel guilty of what I have done to that bastard”.
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