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01-01-2008, 02:06 PM
Mindy McCready


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 = 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 noted: “Most do-gooders don’t break the law.”
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