[Hpn] Some crime was offbeat in Southwest Florida in '07

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Some crime was offbeat in Southwest Florida in '07
By TOM HANSON (Contact), RYAN MILLS (Contact), AISLING SWIFT (Contact)


Saturday, December 29, 2007=20

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Murder, rape, child abuse. As Southwest Florida continues to grow, =
there's no shortage of gruesome crime to report.

Committing crimes is usually a serious thing, but some arrests bring a =
smile or prompt chuckles for some. So, in no particular order, here are =
some 2007 crime stories that were a bit offbeat.

Easter Bunny loses his head

Could there be anything more traumatic for a child than watching the =
Easter Bunny get decapitated?

That's what happened in early April when police say Nicholas Reed =
Pensabene, 18, took an Easter prank too far and ran off with the Easter =
Bunny's costume head while he was posing for photographs with children =
at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. But quick-thinking hotel =
employees scribbled down the getaway car's license plate number and =
provided Naples police a description of the vehicle. Police tracked down =
the 17-year-old driver.

He led police to Pensabene, who confessed to the practical joke gone =
awry, and was arrested on a grand theft charge. He entered the pretrial =
intervention program in May and the state dropped the charge this month.

"It appears to be a prank, but obviously the person in the costume =
didn't find it funny," police Sgt. Phil Valdario said at the time. "He =
had an event to put on, and he, from what I understand, rented another =
rabbit head, which was not the same color as the rest of the costume."

Black Friday shopping - with a backhoe

While shoppers nationwide lined up outside stores on Black Friday, =
deputies say 22-year-old Brady Lee Wright decided to pick up a couple of =
early Christmas presents, unconventional ones - a backhoe and an ATM.

As the sun rose Nov. 23, using a key he said he got from a former =
employer, Collier County deputies say Wright hopped into a backhoe at a =
construction site near Florida Sports Park and drove a quarter-mile to a =
nearby Regions Bank. Using the backhoe to rip out the drive-through ATM, =
Wright then pushed it about a quarter-mile down Sierra Meadows Boulevard =
in the backhoe's bucket.

Unfortunately for Wright, he set off a silent alarm when he ripped the =
ATM from its base. That alerted deputies, who arrested him at about 6:45 =
a.m. and charged him with burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and =
committing a felony while wearing a hood.

In a jail interview that afternoon, Wright admitted he was fully =
confident his scheme would work - until deputies pulled up behind him. =
But he did concede that those who arrested him were "really nice, =
actually."

"I was going to take the whole ATM, but it turned out to be harder to =
get in the bucket than I had planned," said Wright, who is to return to =
court Feb. 4.

Another Grand Ole arrest

Her arrest mugshot, featuring a scraped-up nose, became the latest =
celebrity snapshot.

Country star Mindy McCready continues to live one of those sad songs =
with plenty of twang. It's been some time since she crooned the smash =
hit "Ten Thousand Angels," but with her July arrest, the Fort Myers =
native showed that once again she's no saint.

Lee sheriff's deputies say it all started after a night of drinking and =
an argument with her mother at their North Fort Myers home. McCready =
called 911 to say her mother was attacking her, but deputies say that =
when they arrived, they found McCready's mother with scratches on her =
face.

When a deputy tried to handcuff her, McCready resisted, so a woman =
deputy forced McCready to the ground, causing a scratch. But at the =
jail, McCready got into another tussle with deputies, prompting them to =
spritz her with pepper spray.

Now the gal who hit No. 1 with "Guys do it all the time" has plenty of =
time on her hands: She's sitting in a county jail in Tennessee.

Although her mother didn't press charges, the star's arrest violated a =
probationary sentence from Nashville for trying to buy OxyContin with a =
fake prescription in 2004 - and several other run-ins with the law.

She's got another seven months to serve in the slammer, followed by a =
year of probation.

Time will tell if she can finally clean up her act.

Consent-free search or peep show?

Deputies often have to seek consent to pat down a suspect or conduct a =
search.

But in the case of a San Carlos Park woman on Friday, no search was =
needed. She offered Lee sheriff's deputies more than they see in the =
usual search - views of her breasts and undies.

Danielle Musselwhite, 23, of 9045 King Road, San Carlos Park, was =
accused of running a motorist off the road at the corner of Cypress =
Chase Court and Pine Run Lane early Friday in San Carlos Park. When the =
other driver left her vehicle to confront her, Musselwhite vomited over =
her leg. So the woman took her keys from the ignition and waited for =
deputies.

Deputies say Musselwhite appeared dazed and was uncooperative and then =
she pulled her dress down, exposing her breasts. When they asked her to =
cover up, they say she offered a repeat performance: She pulled her =
dress over her waist and exposed herself.

She was taken to jail, booked on a public disorderly intoxication charge =
and released later Friday.

Who wears the pants around town?

A woman in Bonita Springs was charged with disorderly conduct after she =
was accused of chasing her boyfriend with two shotguns and a stick while =
clad only in her undies.

Lee sheriff's deputies found Ashley Dawn Piper, 26, yelling profanities =
at the top of her lungs on Dec. 3 when they arrived at 27079 Elaine =
Drive. Piper is known around town: She's the daughter of longtime Bonita =
residents Buck and Cindi Piper and former Bonita Councilman David =
Piper's niece.

Deputies gave this account:

Piper and her daughter were watching TV and drinking beer at her =
boyfriend's home when he received a call from another woman. That =
prompted Piper to jump on top of him and attempt to wrest away the =
phone, so he fled. Piper then smashed the glass out of her boyfriend's =
gun locker, grabbed a shotgun and chased him.

He took away the shotgun, but she ran back to grab another and ran to =
him, yelling, "Locked and loaded, bitch!" Piper's mother arrived and =
took away that gun. But Piper found a large stick and chased her =
boyfriend down the street.

The arresting deputy said he recognized Piper from other encounters - =
but this time she wasn't wearing any pants.

She remained in jail for four days on the misdemeanor charge.

Booze + gun + sharks =3D jail

Hearing cries of "shark" doesn't usually prompt people to whip out a gun =
and blast away at the water.

But that's what Donald Glidewell Jr., who was visiting Wiggins Pass =
State Park from Alabama, did on June 18 when beachgoers shouted "shark."

Glidewell, an engineer, told Naples police that he'd been drinking on =
the beach when someone said, "Hey, there's a school of fish out there. =
It looks like they're being followed by a shark."

Another person yelled, "Someone should do something. There's someone =
swimming out there."

He said he'd do something.

He pulled out a handgun and began firing rounds into the water. Police =
were called and found five spent rounds on the beach, as well as three =
live rounds.

While driving to the jail, Glidewell kept telling police he didn't =
understand what he did wrong and he needed to return to work in two =
days.

He was charged with discharging a gun while intoxicated. After a =
non-jury trial in August, he was sentenced to six months of supervised =
probation, 10 days in the county jail, 50 hours of community service, =
was fined $500 - and his guns were confiscated.

Despite Glidewell's defense attorney begging the judge not to jail him =
immediately because he'd lose his engineering job, the judge was adamant =
that he be tossed in jail that day.

"Human lives were in danger," County Judge Mike Carr said at sentencing. =
"If any case would be at the top of the mark on a misdemeanor, this =
would be it.''

He'll call 911 when he wants, Sweetcakes

Most folks understand that calling 911 is for emergencies only.

But a 51-year-old homeless Naples man apparently has a loose definition =
of "emergency."

John Randall Kraft was arrested in August at the Greyhound bus station =
on Davis Boulevard in Naples after he made several false 911 calls and =
vowed to make more - even after he was confronted by a Collier deputy.

"I will call 911 whenever I want to, Sweetcakes, and there is nothing =
you can do about it," Kraft told the deputy.

She warned Kraft he'd be sent to jail if he called 911 for a =
non-emergency again.

"Sure as I live, I'm going to call 911 right now," Kraft said, as he =
walked over to a pay phone, called 911 and asked a dispatcher if she =
wanted to know how many stars were in the sky.

On his way to jail, Kraft told deputies they were all "idiots" who =
should "get real jobs." Deputies then heard Kraft say he wasn't going to =
contribute "even one dime to the policeman's ball."

He pleaded no contest on Sept. 7 and was sentenced to time served.

'Shrooms in the cow pasture, dude

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

Such is the case of the jail mug shot of 17-year-old Zachary Lafrennie, =
who was arrested in July after a Collier County deputy found him and =
three friends scoring mushrooms in a Golden Gate Estates cow pasture.

A deputy said he spotted a Jeep on the side of the road on July 31 and =
followed footprints leading into a cow pasture. Deputies discovered =
Lafrennie and three other teens about 500 yards inside a fenced area.

All were charged with trespassing, but Lafrennie also was hit with a =
drug charge, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, after deputies say =
they found him with a zip-top Baggie bulging with illegal, =
hallucinogenic mushrooms.

With a grin stretching from cheek to cheek in his jail mug shot, it =
appears Lafrennie at least found some humor in his own arrest.

Just doing my civic duty, officer

Having a uniform doesn't mean you have the right.

Gustavo Guirola Quintero probably thought he was being a good citizen =
when he stood on Interstate 75 east of Naples one June night and urged =
motorists to slow down.

The 47-year-old Broward County man was wearing his security officer's =
uniform and driving a Crown Victoria, a popular police car, and had =
flashing overhead lights - accessories it turned out he'd added on his =
own.

But one motorist he pulled over to lecture shortly before midnight on =
June 15 turned out to be a military police officer. He thought the =
tactics were a bit fishy and reported the uniformed man.

On Oct. 19, the Pembroke Pines man was sentenced to six months in the =
Collier County jail for falsely impersonating a police officer.

The prosecutor didn't think much of his desire to rid the highway of =
speeding motorists.

Assistant State Attorney Dave Scuderi=20



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<P>Murder, rape, child abuse. As Southwest Florida continues to grow, =
there=92s no=20
shortage of gruesome crime to report.</P>
<P>Committing crimes is usually a serious thing, but some arrests bring =
a smile=20
or prompt chuckles for some. So, in no particular order, here are some =
2007=20
crime stories that were a bit offbeat.</P>
<P><STRONG>Easter Bunny loses his head</STRONG></P>
<P>Could there be anything more traumatic for a child than watching the =
Easter=20
Bunny get decapitated?</P>
<P>That=92s what happened in early April when police say Nicholas Reed =
Pensabene,=20
18, took an Easter prank too far and ran off with the Easter Bunny=92s =
costume=20
head while he was posing for photographs with children at the Naples =
Beach Hotel=20
&amp; Golf Club. But quick-thinking hotel employees scribbled down the =
getaway=20
car=92s license plate number and provided Naples police a description of =
the=20
vehicle. Police tracked down the 17-year-old driver.</P>
<P>He led police to Pensabene, who confessed to the practical joke gone =
awry,=20
and was arrested on a grand theft charge. He entered the pretrial =
intervention=20
program in May and the state dropped the charge this month.</P>
<P>=93It appears to be a prank, but obviously the person in the costume =
didn=92t=20
find it funny,=94 police Sgt. Phil Valdario said at the time. =93He had =
an event to=20
put on, and he, from what I understand, rented another rabbit head, =
which was=20
not the same color as the rest of the costume.=94</P>
<P><STRONG>Black Friday shopping =97 with a backhoe</STRONG></P>
<P>While shoppers nationwide lined up outside stores on Black Friday, =
deputies=20
say 22-year-old Brady Lee Wright decided to pick up a couple of early =
Christmas=20
presents, unconventional ones =97 a backhoe and an ATM.</P>
<P>As the sun rose Nov. 23, using a key he said he got from a former =
employer,=20
Collier County deputies say Wright hopped into a backhoe at a =
construction site=20
near Florida Sports Park and drove a quarter-mile to a nearby Regions =
Bank.=20
Using the backhoe to rip out the drive-through ATM, Wright then pushed =
it about=20
a quarter-mile down Sierra Meadows Boulevard in the backhoe=92s =
bucket.</P>
<P>Unfortunately for Wright, he set off a silent alarm when he ripped =
the ATM=20
from its base. That alerted deputies, who arrested him at about 6:45 =
a.m. and=20
charged him with burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and committing =
a=20
felony while wearing a hood.</P>
<P>In a jail interview that afternoon, Wright admitted he was fully =
confident=20
his scheme would work =97 until deputies pulled up behind him. But he =
did concede=20
that those who arrested him were =93really nice, actually.=94</P>
<P>=93I was going to take the whole ATM, but it turned out to be harder =
to get in=20
the bucket than I had planned,=94 said Wright, who is to return to court =
Feb.=20
4.</P>
<P><STRONG>Another Grand Ole arrest</STRONG></P>
<P>Her arrest mugshot, featuring a scraped-up nose, became the latest =
celebrity=20
snapshot.</P>
<P>Country star Mindy McCready continues to live one of those sad songs =
with=20
plenty of twang. It=92s been some time since she crooned the smash hit =
=93Ten=20
Thousand Angels,=94 but with her July arrest, the Fort Myers native =
showed that=20
once again she=92s no saint.</P>
<P>Lee sheriff=92s deputies say it all started after a night of drinking =
and an=20
argument with her mother at their North Fort Myers home. McCready called =
911 to=20
say her mother was attacking her, but deputies say that when they =
arrived, they=20
found McCready=92s mother with scratches on her face.</P>
<P>When a deputy tried to handcuff her, McCready resisted, so a woman =
deputy=20
forced McCready to the ground, causing a scratch. But at the jail, =
McCready got=20
into another tussle with deputies, prompting them to spritz her with =
pepper=20
spray.</P>
<P>Now the gal who hit No. 1 with =93Guys do it all the time=94 has =
plenty of time=20
on her hands: She=92s sitting in a county jail in Tennessee.</P>
<P>Although her mother didn=92t press charges, the star=92s arrest =
violated a=20
probationary sentence from Nashville for trying to buy OxyContin with a =
fake=20
prescription in 2004 =97 and several other run-ins with the law.</P>
<P>She=92s got another seven months to serve in the slammer, followed by =
a year of=20
probation.</P>
<P>Time will tell if she can finally clean up her act.</P>
<P><STRONG>Consent-free search or peep show?</STRONG></P>
<P>Deputies often have to seek consent to pat down a suspect or conduct =
a=20
search.</P>
<P>But in the case of a San Carlos Park woman on Friday, no search was =
needed.=20
She offered Lee sheriff=92s deputies more than they see in the usual =
search =97=20
views of her breasts and undies.</P>
<P>Danielle Musselwhite, 23, of 9045 King Road, San Carlos Park, was =
accused of=20
running a motorist off the road at the corner of Cypress Chase Court and =
Pine=20
Run Lane early Friday in San Carlos Park. When the other driver left her =
vehicle=20
to confront her, Musselwhite vomited over her leg. So the woman took her =
keys=20
from the ignition and waited for deputies.</P>
<P>Deputies say Musselwhite appeared dazed and was uncooperative and =
then she=20
pulled her dress down, exposing her breasts. When they asked her to =
cover up,=20
they say she offered a repeat performance: She pulled her dress over her =
waist=20
and exposed herself.</P>
<P>She was taken to jail, booked on a public disorderly intoxication =
charge and=20
released later Friday.</P>
<P><STRONG>Who wears the pants around town?</STRONG></P>
<P>A woman in Bonita Springs was charged with disorderly conduct after =
she was=20
accused of chasing her boyfriend with two shotguns and a stick while =
clad only=20
in her undies.</P>
<P>Lee sheriff=92s deputies found Ashley Dawn Piper, 26, yelling =
profanities at=20
the top of her lungs on Dec. 3 when they arrived at 27079 Elaine Drive. =
Piper is=20
known around town: She=92s the daughter of longtime Bonita residents =
Buck and=20
Cindi Piper and former Bonita Councilman David Piper=92s niece.</P>
<P>Deputies gave this account:</P>
<P>Piper and her daughter were watching TV and drinking beer at her =
boyfriend=92s=20
home when he received a call from another woman. That prompted Piper to =
jump on=20
top of him and attempt to wrest away the phone, so he fled. Piper then =
smashed=20
the glass out of her boyfriend=92s gun locker, grabbed a shotgun and =
chased=20
him.</P>
<P>He took away the shotgun, but she ran back to grab another and ran to =
him,=20
yelling, =93Locked and loaded, bitch!=94 Piper=92s mother arrived and =
took away that=20
gun. But Piper found a large stick and chased her boyfriend down the =
street.</P>
<P>The arresting deputy said he recognized Piper from other encounters =
=97 but=20
this time she wasn=92t wearing any pants.</P>
<P>She remained in jail for four days on the misdemeanor charge.</P>
<P><STRONG>Booze + gun + sharks =3D jail</STRONG></P>
<P>Hearing cries of =93shark=94 doesn=92t usually prompt people to whip =
out a gun and=20
blast away at the water.</P>
<P>But that=92s what Donald Glidewell Jr., who was visiting Wiggins Pass =
State=20
Park from Alabama, did on June 18 when beachgoers shouted =
=93shark.=94</P>
<P>Glidewell, an engineer, told Naples police that he=92d been drinking =
on the=20
beach when someone said, =93Hey, there=92s a school of fish out there. =
It looks like=20
they=92re being followed by a shark.=94</P>
<P>Another person yelled, =93Someone should do something. There=92s =
someone swimming=20
out there.=94</P>
<P>He said he=92d do something.</P>
<P>He pulled out a handgun and began firing rounds into the water. =
Police were=20
called and found five spent rounds on the beach, as well as three live=20
rounds.</P>
<P>While driving to the jail, Glidewell kept telling police he didn=92t =
understand=20
what he did wrong and he needed to return to work in two days.</P>
<P>He was charged with discharging a gun while intoxicated. After a =
non-jury=20
trial in August, he was sentenced to six months of supervised probation, =
10 days=20
in the county jail, 50 hours of community service, was fined $500 =97 =
and his guns=20
were confiscated.</P>
<P>Despite Glidewell=92s defense attorney begging the judge not to jail =
him=20
immediately because he=92d lose his engineering job, the judge was =
adamant that he=20
be tossed in jail that day.</P>
<P>=93Human lives were in danger,=94 County Judge Mike Carr said at =
sentencing. =93If=20
any case would be at the top of the mark on a misdemeanor, this would be =

it.=92=92</P>
<P><STRONG>He=92ll call 911 when he wants, Sweetcakes</STRONG></P>
<P>Most folks understand that calling 911 is for emergencies only.</P>
<P>But a 51-year-old homeless Naples man apparently has a loose =
definition of=20
=93emergency.=94</P>
<P>John Randall Kraft was arrested in August at the Greyhound bus =
station on=20
Davis Boulevard in Naples after he made several false 911 calls and =
vowed to=20
make more =97 even after he was confronted by a Collier deputy.</P>
<P>=93I will call 911 whenever I want to, Sweetcakes, and there is =
nothing you can=20
do about it,=94 Kraft told the deputy.</P>
<P>She warned Kraft he=92d be sent to jail if he called 911 for a =
non-emergency=20
again.</P>
<P>=93Sure as I live, I=92m going to call 911 right now,=94 Kraft said, =
as he walked=20
over to a pay phone, called 911 and asked a dispatcher if she wanted to =
know how=20
many stars were in the sky.</P>
<P>On his way to jail, Kraft told deputies they were all =93idiots=94 =
who should=20
=93get real jobs.=94 Deputies then heard Kraft say he wasn=92t going to =
contribute=20
=93even one dime to the policeman=92s ball.=94</P>
<P>He pleaded no contest on Sept. 7 and was sentenced to time =
served.</P>
<P><STRONG>=91Shrooms in the cow pasture, dude</STRONG></P>
<P>Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.</P>
<P>Such is the case of the jail mug shot of 17-year-old Zachary =
Lafrennie, who=20
was arrested in July after a Collier County deputy found him and three =
friends=20
scoring mushrooms in a Golden Gate Estates cow pasture.</P>
<P>A deputy said he spotted a Jeep on the side of the road on July 31 =
and=20
followed footprints leading into a cow pasture. Deputies discovered =
Lafrennie=20
and three other teens about 500 yards inside a fenced area.</P>
<P>All were charged with trespassing, but Lafrennie also was hit with a =
drug=20
charge, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, after deputies say they =
found him=20
with a zip-top Baggie bulging with illegal, hallucinogenic =
mushrooms.</P>
<P>With a grin stretching from cheek to cheek in his jail mug shot, it =
appears=20
Lafrennie at least found some humor in his own arrest.</P>
<P><STRONG>Just doing my civic duty, officer</STRONG></P>
<P>Having a uniform doesn=92t mean you have the right.</P>
<P>Gustavo Guirola Quintero probably thought he was being a good citizen =
when he=20
stood on Interstate 75 east of Naples one June night and urged motorists =
to slow=20
down.</P>
<P>The 47-year-old Broward County man was wearing his security =
officer=92s uniform=20
and driving a Crown Victoria, a popular police car, and had flashing =
overhead=20
lights =97 accessories it turned out he=92d added on his own.</P>
<P>But one motorist he pulled over to lecture shortly before midnight on =
June 15=20
turned out to be a military police officer. He thought the tactics were =
a bit=20
fishy and reported the uniformed man.</P>
<P>On Oct. 19, the Pembroke Pines man was sentenced to six months in the =
Collier=20
County jail for falsely impersonating a police officer.</P>
<P>The prosecutor didn=92t think much of his desire to rid the highway =
of speeding=20
motorists.</P>
<P>Assistant State Attorney Dave Scuderi </P></DIV></DIV>
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