Friday, June 22, 2018
Public safety

Standoff with St. Petersburg SWAT team ends safely

ST. PETERSBURG — A domestic dispute involving a man with a shotgun ended safely Sunday afternoon nearly eight hours after it began.

Police officers on Sunday morning closed streets for blocks around the home at 200 Park St. S, and a SWAT team later surrounded it.

About 2:30 p.m., however, an unarmed Norman Rex Brewster, 74, came outside and greeted officers without any trouble, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

After interviewing Brewster and family members, police decided not to arrest him but instead forward the case to the State Attorney's Office to determine whether to file charges.

As investigators sorted through details, they came to blame the delay in resolving the incident on a night of gin drinking by the man, whose family said he also had a penchant for taking sleeping pills, Puetz said.

Police tried but initially failed to communicate with the man inside, despite running sirens, calling out to him on a megaphone and detonating a percussion grenade outside his house.

At any time, 50 or more personnel worked at the scene, Puetz said. Neighbors gawked in a nearby park.

But the man and his wife apparently slept through the attempts before he finally answered the phone about 2:30 p.m.

"To say this was an expensive operation is probably accurate," Puetz said.

The episode began about 7:15 a.m., when police took an emergency call from Brewster's stepdaughter, Jessica Brewster, 25. She complained that her stepfather had threatened her and her boyfriend, Gregory Jones, 19, pointing the shotgun and demanding they leave the home.

Police found them outside the home with the stepdaughter's children, ages 3 to 8.

Myrtle Fay Brewster, 79, remained of her own accord inside with her husband. Police said she was unharmed, and they did not consider her a hostage.

She came out of the house safely shortly before the man surrendered.

David DeCamp can be reached at [email protected]

Comments
Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death

Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death

FORT LAUDERDALE — Authorities in Florida have arrested a suspect in the killing of rising rap star XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in his luxury BMW electric car as he left an upscale motorcycle dealership.Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompan...
Updated: 9 hours ago
St. Pete police: Three lieutenants lied about their work hours

St. Pete police: Three lieutenants lied about their work hours

ST. PETERSBURG — Three lieutenants responsible for supervising the police officers who patrol the city were found to have been faking their work hours instead of showing up for duty on time.In some cases, the watch commanders submitted time sheets st...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Deputies: Cheerleading coach sent explicit images to 16-year-old

A 28-year-old cheerleading coach faces charges for engaging in "inappropriate behavior" with a 16-year-old girl, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Victor Martin Valenty faces 10 counts of traveling to meet a minor, distributing ob...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Deputies: Zephyrhills bank robbed, suspect flees on bicycle

Deputies: Zephyrhills bank robbed, suspect flees on bicycle

A Suntrust Bank in Zephyr-hills was robbed early Thursday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.At 12:50 p.m., deputies said, the man walked into the bank at 34511 State Road 54 and presented a note demanding money, though he did ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Man found dead in Hillsborough Bay had a big fan in the cat world

Man found dead in Hillsborough Bay had a big fan in the cat world

TAMPA — To his friends and neighbors at Tampa Baptist Manor, Norman Lester Porterfield was the man who fed and spoiled Lucky, the scruffy stray calico cat in the back yard. To his friends and coworkers at the Salvation Army, he was a great athlete, a...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Weeki Wachee man arrested after search warrant turns up drugs, thousands of vape cartridges

Weeki Wachee man arrested after search warrant turns up drugs, thousands of vape cartridges

A Weeki Wachee man faces drug charges after deputies said a search of his home Wednesday turned up nearly three pounds of marijuana, more than three pounds of hashish wax and more than 3,000 hashish oil cartridges for vape pens.Devin Alexander Volkes...
Published: 06/21/18

Pasco deputies safely locate missing Holiday autistic teen

An autistic boy, who went missing after walking out of his Holiday home on Wednesday night, has been safely located.Jordan Webb, 16, left his home around 11 p.m., according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.He was safely located on Thursday mornin...
Published: 06/21/18
Pastor took out an active shooter and expertly treated the wounded, all after delivering his Sunday sermon

Pastor took out an active shooter and expertly treated the wounded, all after delivering his Sunday sermon

On Sunday morning, David George, pastor of the Oakville, Washington, Assembly of God Church, delivered his sermon as he does every Sunday. The subject, on Father’s Day, was "The Value of MENtoring," about how much difference an individual can make in...
Published: 06/21/18
Brandon man held on $750,000 bail, accused of 100 counts of child pornography

Brandon man held on $750,000 bail, accused of 100 counts of child pornography

A Brandon man has been charged with 100 counts of possession of child pornography after deputies discovered more than 100 images of child pornography on his computer, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Troi Amacher, 29, was arreste...
Published: 06/21/18
Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

LARGO — Vanessa Rodriguez thought she found the right house for her three kids, in the right neighborhood, for the right rent. She signed the lease for April 30, sent a $2,300 money order and planned to move in June 1.Then the delays started. She sai...
Published: 06/20/18
Updated: 06/21/18