By the time he was captured hours later, another person was dead – a Dixie County sheriff’s captain.
Carrying two loaded shotguns, Kalisz told his brother in Clearwater by phone that he would kill as many deputies as possible, Hernando sheriff’s officials said.
Dixie County deputies in two unmarked vehicles followed him on U.S. 19 out of Old Town and tried to pull him over, said Capt. Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.
Kalisz pulled into a BP station at the intersection of U.S. 19 and County Road 351 in Cross City, Sullivan said, and came out shooting, hitting Dixie County sheriff’s Capt. Chad Reed in the face.
Reed, 33, died Thursday night at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, according to Sullivan, who said he had been asked by Dixie County Sheriff Dewey H. Hatcher Sr. to handle media requests.
After Reed was shot, fellow deputies shot Kalisz. He also was taken to Shands. His condition was not available late Thursday night.
“The good news is that he’s been apprehended. The bad news is that we have an officer who has been shot,” said Hernando County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Black. “We were very afraid that was going to happen.”
Reed, who formerly worked as the county’s emergency management director, was married with two young children, said Kathy McKinney of the Dixie County Advocate newspaper. McKinney’s brother-in-law is a major with the Dixie Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s so sad,” she said.
Sullivan said Reed recently graduated from the FBI National Academy.
“Capt. Reed was a fine man, a great law enforcement officer and a hometown boy in Dixie County,” Sullivan said.
Kalisz, 55, is alleged to have killed two women and seriously wounded two other women – a pregnant teenager and a home health care nurse – in a rural neighborhood north of Brooksville.
Hernando Sheriff Richard Nugent had few details on what led to the shootings other than that it was an apparent domestic dispute.
The dead women were identified as Kathryn Donovan, 61, of 15303 Wilhelm Road and Deborah Buckley Tillotson, 59, of 12282 Old Chatman Road, Brooksville.
Records show that Donovan was Kalisz’s sister.
The injured women are Amy Wilson, 33, of 9539 Upland Drive, Hudson, and Manessa Donovan, 18, also of 15303 Wilhelm Road. She is the daughter of Kathryn Donovan.
Wilson and Manessa Donovan were flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition late Thursday.
Sheriff’s officials said Wilson and Tillotson were employees of Kathryn Donovan in a home-based fabrics business.
Amy Wilson’s husband, Billy Green, 32, of Hudson, said his wife had just started working at the fabrics business two weeks ago.
Green said his wife told him she was standing outside the home Thursday afternoon when she heard gunshots. Then Kalisz emerged from the home and shot her. She fell to the ground, wounded in the abdomen and the shoulder.
“She was just working there. She didn’t did have anything to do with him,” Green said.
Green said he and Wilson have a 9-year-old son.
Deputies swarmed the area looking for Kalisz, who fled in a 1993 white Ford Aerostar van with Colorado tags. Despite sheriff’s helicopters and ground units that had closed off neighborhood streets, Kalisz slipped away.
“He made a statement he was going to take out a deputy, and he obviously carried through with that,” Nugent said as he stood a half-block from the small ranch home where the original shootings occurred. “It’s a terrible day.”
Christina Tucci, who lives a few doors down, was returning home on her Harley motorcycle when a white van – presumably driven by Kalisz – sped toward her from the opposite direction.
“He was weaving all over and nearly ran me off the road,” she said. “He was totally out of control.”
Authorities tracked Kalisz through his cell phone as he traveled north on U.S. 19. They urged school district officials to put nearby Central High, West Hernando Middle and Pine Grove Elementary schools on lockdown.
Stunned neighbors watched as paramedics loaded the two wounded women into waiting ambulances. Investigators interviewed witnesses, who reported hearing the shots and screams.
Deputies, who at that point still weren’t sure whether the gunman was still in the area, urged onlookers who weren’t witnesses to go home and lock their doors.
Theresa McAllister, whose parents live nearby, shook her head as she walked away from the scene.
“Unbelievable,” she said. “I never thought I’d see that in this neighborhood.”
Residents described the area of modest homes on spacious lots as peaceful and quiet.
But Kathleen Miller, who lives next door to the home where the shootings occurred, said she grew concerned about a month ago when a woman ran from the house and started banging on her front door.
“She said she needed to call 911 because her boyfriend was scaring her,” Miller said.
Miller said she thought the home was a rental property and other than the encounter with the frightened woman, she had not met the people who’d moved in several months ago.
According to court records, Kalisz was found guilty in 2009 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is serving a sentence of five years on probation.
Kalisz was in the news earlier this week when he tried to swap out propane tanks at a mobile home at 138 Travel Park Drive and caused an explosion when he relit the stove’s pilot light.
A police report said Kalisz and Erin Nagel, who was in the home, got out without injury. The fire was determined to be an accident.
Casino security officers arrested Bernard Snead just after midnight Wednesday as he tried to flee Caesars Atlantic City, where surveillance operator Art Lin had spotted him on video. The 43-year-old Pleasantville man was wanted in the Dec. 12 burglary of five vending machines at the Claridge Hotel Towers.
After Caesars security officer Jim Menz and Bally’s officer Jean Morales apprehended Snead, he was found with items from a vending machine burglary at Caesars earlier in the night, police said.
Snead is charged with criminal mischief, burglary and theft in both cases, and he is being held in the Atlantic County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail. He was also arrested in December 2004 for breaking into 17 vending machines at six different casinos.
Atlantic City resident James Hill, 50, was arrested Jan. 4 outside Showboat Casino-Hotel on suspicion of breaking into a vending machine there. Police recovered evidence of several other machine burglaries at Showboat. Hill also was charged with criminal mischief, burglary and theft.
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Sherry Darrnell Gentle, 25, of 5919 Skylark Drive, Alexandria, was initially arrested by Rapides Parish sheriff’s deputies and charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student of hers. She was charged with three counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Her first arrest in connection with the case was Dec. 14 on a charge of stalking, Sheriff Chuck Wagner said.
The investigation initially began after the boy’s grandmother reported that Gentle and the boy were having a sexual relationship. The reported sex acts happened at Gentle’s home, not at any Rapides Parish school, police said.
The most recent charges — 20 counts of cyberstalking and one count of contempt of court — stem from 20 separate incidents of Gentle trying to contact the boy via cell phone since her release from the Rapides Parish Jail on Jan. 6, authorities said. One of the conditions of her release, Wagner said, was that she not try to contact the boy.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force with the arrest.
Gentle has been booked into the Rapides Parish Jail, and bond has not yet been set.
“Gina,” he cried at least once into his wife’s phone. That’s all he could say.
Anderson, a 44-year-old retired U.S. Marine and father of four, died after being airlifted to Shands Jacksonville hospital. Wrong-way driver Kris E. Caudilla, the Jacksonville man whose sport utility vehicle slammed head-on into the patrol car, remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Shirley Warford, Regina Anderson’s sister, described the chilling phone call after speaking with her sister.
Warford said Anderson dedicated his life to serving the public and caring for his family.
“The person that hit him has no idea what they’ve taken away from us,” said Warford, 41.
The investigation is continuing into the 3:30 a.m. accident on State Road 9A just south of Baymeadows Road, said Lt. Bill Leeper of the Florida Highway Patrol. Anderson, of Jacksonville, was heading into work south on 9A when Caudilla, 26, drove a Honda Element into the patrol car.
The SUV went into the median and overturned. The patrol car was found on the west shoulder of the roadway. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the accident. An off-duty Jacksonville Beach police officer driving his personal car said Caudilla’s SUV passed him on 9A going the wrong way at a high rate of speed moments before the crash. The officer swerved off the road and reported the incident to the Florida Highway Patrol. He did not know about the accident until later.
“It was foggy at the time of the crash,” Leeper said. “But I don’t know if that played a part.”
Court records show Caudilla has been cited for several traffic violations since 2001, including twice for speeding. His family could not be reached to comment.
Leeper said a toxicology examination would be conducted to determine whether Caudilla was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Either way, Caudilla will be facing some form of prosecution.
“There will be charges, but as to what, I don’t know yet,” Leeper said.
St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar said he got a call at 3:45 a.m. from a deputy at the scene who said it looked like Anderson would be OK.
About 20 minutes later, he got another call: “It’s not looking good.”
It reminded Shoar of Deputy Josh Blyler’s death in an accident in May 2004, the last time a St. Johns County deputy was killed on duty.
Blyler seemed OK before he was removed from his vehicle, Shoar said.
“Once that pressure came off Josh he bled to death,” he said, “and that looks like it’s going to be the case with James.”
Warford said Anderson sought to help people through his 20-year career in the Marines and as a local deputy. He also was devoted to his family, his five dogs and working in his garden, she said.
“He was always thinking about other people before he thought about himself,” Warford said.
Shoar said that, while he’s hired many people, Anderson stood out.
“He was a big bear of a guy, a really neat guy. People loved him,” Shoar said. “It’s just a sad day.”
Anderson was a Marine from 1984 to 2004 before joining the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, where he received a lifesaving medal in 2006 for helping to revive a man who wasn’t breathing.
Russell Stricker showed up at the Interlachen Police Department, where Anderson was using a computer, and was showing signs of distress, according to his recommendation for the award.
A police service aide helped communicate with Stricker, who has a tracheotomy and cannot speak, and Anderson administered CPR.
“Through calm thinking and swift actions, Deputy Anderson and (the PSA) showed their true professionalism and their dedication to the citizens of Putnam County,” Lt. Richard Harrell wrote in the recommendation.
Anderson moved to the St. Johns County Sheriff Office in 2007 and most recently patrolled the Ponte Vedra Beach area.
Ken Taylor was Anderson’s partner in Putnam County and has remained close friends with him.
“He was just generally a good guy, somebody that wanted to do good for the community,” said Taylor, 40, who remains a Putnam deputy. “Some people are just born into being in law enforcement and he was just one of those people.”
Taylor said Anderson was extremely close to his family and would have wanted to speak with his wife to comfort her.
“That probably meant the world to him,” Taylor said.
Sgt. Chuck Mulligan, a spokesman for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, said Anderson has earned full military and police honors at his funeral, but the family had not announced what they wanted to do.
Taylor said he and countless others will be there to say goodbye.
“I already dread hearing taps,” Taylor said.
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http://www.privateofficer.com/ — Authorities say an intoxicated man was arrested after hitting a woman and a security guard in a drunken rage at the downtown library Wednesday night.
Police responded to a call to assist a security guard and say 20-year-old Aaron Crutcher touched a woman at the library inappropriately and she tased him.
Crutcher then flew into a rage and allegedly punched the woman in the chest and that’s when a security guard stepped in.
Police say that Crutcher then punched the security officer as well.
Cincinnati police and library patrons had to wrestle and subdue Crutcher .
Crutcher was taken into custody and will face multiple charges Thursday in court.
The woman and the security guard is reportedly okay.
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On January 4, just one day before Mobile County students returned from the holiday break, Charles Lewis, Jr. was arrested in Baldwin County for DUI.
Lewis is a science teacher at Causey Middle School. He has not been back to school since that arrest. Baldwin County deputies tell Fox 10 News Lewis’ DUI charge triggered an investigation into much more serious allegations.
Tuesday night, Lewis was arrested in Summerdale and charged with sex abuse against a child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
“He has taught 6th grade science since the school opened. He was teacher of the year just last year and this has just been a total surprise,” said Causey Middle School Principal Mary Wood.
Wood said she couldn’t believe Lewis was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 9-year-old child. The child is not a student at Causey Middle School.
The child told authorities Lewis had given him alcohol and touched him inappropriately in July 2009. Investigators said Lewis admitted touching the boy, but Lewis claimed it was not intentional.
Wood said she has never had any complaints about Lewis, only praise from parents and students.
Fox 10 News asked Wood if she thought any Causey students may have been victimized by Lewis since 2001 when he came on board as a science teacher.
“Well, that is always a possibility. But at this point, we don’t know anything about that,” Wood said.
Mobile County School central office also said they had no record of complaints against Lewis. But a Causey parent is disputing that claim. The parent told Fox 10 News she filed a formal complaint against Lewis in September with Causey Middle School and with Superintendent Dr. Roy Nichols office.
Fox 10 News is investigating this story in depth and hopes to have answers and explanations as to why there are conflicting stories between parents and school officials.
Athletic Department spokesman Ray Simmons said the 21-year-old Lewis collapsed on the court with about four minutes left in Thursday night’s game in Owensboro.
He died at a local hospital just before 10 p.m.
Details haven’t been released. A message left for the Daviess County coroner wasn’t returned early Friday.
The 6-foot-8, 260-pound Lewis was in his second season with Southern Indiana, averaging 12.8 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Simmons said Lewis had a “great sense of humor and a soft touch with kids.”
University President Linda Bennett says the school “is heartbroken.”
Lewis is survived by his infant son, fiance, mother and sister
The incident happened about 2 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of a Kmart at 3541 Highland Road, according to township police Sgt. Scott Good. Police had received a call from a loss prevention officer at the store concerned that a man was about to steal items. A few minutes later, three 911 calls were made to police about a pedestrian accident in the parking lot.
The 36-year-old loss prevention officer was found lying face down in the lot in front of the building and was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, according to a police press release.
Witnesses told police the victim had chased after a man who left the store and jumped into a 1994 GMC Jimmy parked outside the front door and driven by the woman. The victim somehow became entangled in the door or window of the vehicle, which began to drive off. Police said the victim was dragged several hundred feet before falling to the pavement.
Witnesses followed the fleeing vehicle to a Pontiac address and notified police. Pontiac and township police arrested the pair without incident and also recovered stolen property, police said.
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