Disclaimer: We are not trying to sell guns with this post The reason for this post: Citrus County needs to be INFORMED of these events. This is where we live.
Crazy Local News Story #1: Betsy Louise, a gun, and a motorcyclist: What really happened?
The first headline that interested me in the Chronicle was the local news headline, “Woman claims self-defense in shooting.”
I read the article, and here’s a rundown of what Betsy Louise said happened:
- A guy on a motorcycle pulls in front of her, slams on his breaks
- She pulls over to the side of the road to avoid him
- He gets off his bike and approaches her
- She fires two warning shots at him to scare him off
This actually sounds borderline reasonable – except for the warning shot bit – but maybe she really was scared. The problem is what the witnesses said.
According to some witnesses, Betsy may have seen her shooting at the motorcyclist as he was speeding away, which is contrary to Betsy’s version of the shooting.
That’s a BIG no-no. You can’t shoot at someone leaving the scene of a crime. The threat is no longer a threat at that point.
Not only that, but she actually fired 4 out of 5 rounds of her revolver – not just 2. How scared would someone need to be to fire 4 warning shots? Pretty scared!
I’ll be watching the news for more on this one.
Crazy Local News Story #2: “…two Samurai swords, a bent kitchen knife, and an uncased chainsaw…”
Back in June, a guy and a girl argued while on drugs. (What else is new?) This picture-perfect couple is back in the news today because she was found guilty. Here’s what went down.
From what I read, they were arguing pretty heavily, and she attacked him with a knife, stabbing him.
It sounds like he bled pretty badly and barricaded himself in the bathroom. He escaped out the bathroom window after the dispatcher gave him the bright idea. (Not sure why he didn’t think of it himself, but I’d be willing to bet that drugs were involved in heavy amounts.)
This was my favorite part of the entire article:
Deputies entered the house through a rear sliding door and confronted Austin, who was holding a Samurai sword over her head in a striking position. She dropped it at their command. It was one of two Samurai swords recovered, along with a bent kitchen knife and an uncased chainsaw.
I don’t normally cuss on my blog, but I just have to say it: that b**** was p****ed!
Crazy Local News Story #3: Guy shoots his girlfriend, then shoots himself. Right here in Citrus County.
Jeffery Michael Lloyd got into an argument with his girlfriend and pulled a gun on her when asking to leave the house. The story ends with Jeffrey taking his own life.
Why can’t an argument just be an argument anymore?
Crazy Local News Story #4: Son tried to “kill the devil” by stabbing his mother in the face
This is truly disgusting, so if you get queasy easily, skip this section.
Basically, Michael Brian Hayes was found by Citrus County Sheriff deputies in the middle of the road in Lecanto. He was kneeling on top of his mother, stabbing her in the head and arms as many times as he could.
He put down the knife when told to do so by the Deputies.
He stabbed her so hard that it bent the knife. This is the worst thing I’ve read online ANYWHERE in some time. How horrible!
When asked why he did it, this is his response:
Hayes told deputies he was sorry that he had to “kill the devil,” and he admitted to stabbing his mother so hard that he bent the knife blade.
Crazy Local News Story #5: Alcohol induced rage leads to brutal assault and terrible mug shot
So, apparently Robert Pintze got so drunk and belligerent that his girlfriend locked him out of the house to chill out for a little while.
After he kicked and punched at the door, and caused a big enough scene to make things totally weird, she stupidly opened the door and allowed Robert to come back in.
He attacked her so brutally that two neighbors AND the cops had to get involved to stop him.
Nice mug shot, woman beater. Rot in hell.
So what’s the solution to all this craziness in Citrus County?
- There is a recurring theme of drugs and alcohol abuse in most of these stories.
- Firearms should not be in homes with histories of domestic violence. These guns should have been removed from these situations before these things happened.
- Regular, normal, non-drug addicts, should take steps to protect ourselves.