Curtis Reeves Jr., accused of fatally shooting a man in a movie theater during an argument over texting, himself sent a text message from his seat in the Wesley Chapel Cobb 16 Theatres.
The revelation comes from court documents released Wednesday in the case that has drawn national attention. Matthew Reeves, the defendant's son, said in an interview with deputies after the Jan. 13 shooting that he was running late to meet his parents for a 1:20 p.m. show of Lone Survivor. He texted his father that he was on the way. ...
NEW PORT RICHEY — Bobbie Jo Curtis smoked some spice with her teenage son and told him to be a real man.
Let's rob this guy, she told Bryan Curtis, for trying to kick us out.
"This guy" was Joseph Bruno, a retired Moon Lake man with multiple sclerosis. He met Bobbie Jo Curtis on Singlesnet.com. She told Bruno she needed a place to stay, and he agreed to let them spend a few days at his three-bedroom house on Midvale Avenue....
03/07/14 Public Safety
LARGO — If you die unexpectedly, violently, suspiciously or unnaturally in Pasco or Pinellas County, your last stop before you get where you're going is a tidy two-story building tucked away on Ulmerton Road.
You'll arrive in a truck, and usually in a body bag. You'll be put on a long plastic cart with wheels and a drip pan that's stopped up with a cork for your body fluids....
In the early hours of July 25, 2010, a Hillsborough jail deputy snapped a routine booking photo of Meagan Simmons, who had been arrested on a DUI charge. In the picture, her head appeared slightly and seductively cocked. Her hair, tousled just the right way. Her eyes, hazel and piercing.
The mug shot turned out like a glamor shot, and it launched a thousand memes. "Guilty of taking my breath away." "This is what a model inmate looks like." "Arrested for breaking and entering your heart." On countless websites, Simmons, 28, became known as the "attractive convict." ...
Michael McAdams admitted to killing his wife and her boyfriend in a jealous rage, then led Pasco County detectives to where he'd buried the bodies. A jury in 2011 heard a tape of the confession and needed little time to convict McAdams of two counts of first-degree murder.
On Wednesday, an appeals court overturned the conviction and life sentence, ruling that detectives violated McAdams' right to due process by not telling him a lawyer hired by his family was outside the interrogation room waiting to talk to him....
LUTZ — At Paradise Lakes Resort, the rules for clothing are loose. In fact, there are no rules for clothing — it's optional.
The rules for pets? More restrictive.
According to a lawsuit filed last year and a subsequent appeal, animals more than 25 pounds violate the condominium association's rules, and must be "registered at the condominium office."
Sharon Fowler, a resident, has a black Labrador named Laura, who weighs well over the threshold. The condo association had a problem with this, and sent a letter telling Fowler to get rid of the dog, or move out. Fowler said she had a right to keep the dog. The reason? She's legally blind, and Laura is her service animal....
NEW PORT RICHEY — A church van from First Baptist Church of New Port Richey full of people on their way to a youth camp in Georgia crashed in North Florida on Friday morning, killing two.
The van was headed north on Interstate 75 in Lake City when its left rear tire blew, sending the van to the east shoulder of the road, where it began flipping, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report....
LAND O'LAKES — Underneath an American flag and above some videophones, five circular emblems overlook a floor in the Pasco County jail. They each represent a branch of the military, and in turn, the men locked away behind the painted blue walls.
The Pasco Sheriff's Office on Tuesday unveiled its new veterans' housing unit at the Land O'Lakes detention center. The unit houses more than 30 veterans and serves as a portal to connect the men with services such as counseling, rehabilitation, job placement, life skills and veteran outreach programs. ...
NEW PORT RICHEY — Patty Morris promised justice to a dying man.
The men who did this to you will pay, she told Danny Foster, 61, as he lay hospitalized in a coma.
On Friday, she got her wish.
Russell Lane, 32, and Adam Moyer, 20, were both found guilty of first-degree murder last week for a 7-Eleven robbery on Jan. 10, 2012, around 1:30 a.m. — a crime that led to Foster's death....
NEW PORT RICHEY — A jury on Friday deliberated just 45 minutes before convicting Adam Moyer of murder in the death of a 7-Eleven clerk.
Moyer, 20, and co-defendant Russell Lane, 32, robbed the store on 9039 Ridge Road around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2012, authorities say.
Danny Foster, a 61-year-old clerk who was a month away from retirement, was knocked to the ground by Lane and later died....
NEW PORT RICHEY — Theresa Moyer said she didn't remember. Yes, she had seen a video of a robbery at the 7-Eleven up the street from her house, in which a clerk named Danny Foster, 61, was thrown to the ground and later died. But no, she didn't remember telling detectives one of the men in the video was her son, Adam Moyer, 20.
"Would it help if I showed you the statement you made to detectives?" prosecutor Chris Labruzzo asked....
NEW PORT RICHEY — A Pasco man pleaded guilty to a first-degree murder charge on Tuesday after jurors watched a video of him robbing a 7-Eleven and knocking over the store's clerk, who later died.
Russell David Lane, 32, was in the middle of his trial along with co-defendant Adam Moyer, 20, when he decided to change his plea. Authorities say the pair robbed a 7-Eleven store at 9039 Ridge Road on Jan. 10, 2012, around 1:30 a.m. ...
DADE CITY — A judge ruled Friday that Curtis Reeves Jr., the retired Tampa police captain charged with shooting a man to death in a movie theater, will remain in jail until he goes to trial.
After two days of testimony, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa said prosecutors convinced him that Reeves should not be granted bail. Reeves' lawyers said they will appeal.
Reeves and his lawyers had hoped that Siracusa would be swayed by Reeves' statements to detectives after the shooting in which he said fellow movie-goer Chad Oulson "scared him s---less."...
NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County deputies arrested a man and woman suspected of stealing personal information from mailboxes and using it to commit fraud.
Brian Michael Chipman, 29, of Hammond, Ind., was charged with various fraud-related offenses, burglary and 13 counts of stolen credit cards on Jan. 29. His girlfriend, Shelly Johnson, was also arrested on similar charges.
According to Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, Chipman drove past houses in Gulf Harbors, in New Port Richey, after midnight in a rental car with no plates and the lights off. When he was pulled over, deputies found multiple pieces of mail with personal information. They also found checkbooks, credit cards, bank statements and Social Security numbers, Nocco said. ...
DADE CITY — In the dark of the theater, Alan Hamilton saw the kernels fly. Then, the muzzle flash and a loud bang.
"I'll teach you to throw popcorn at me," an eyewitness recalled the shooter, retired Tampa police Capt. Curtis Reeves, saying.
Hamilton, an off-duty Sumter County sheriff's deputy who was sitting on the same row as Reeves, moved in.
"I head in that direction and I found Mr. Reeves sitting in his chair," Hamilton said during Reeves' bail hearing Wednesday. "I reached down and there was a weapon on his left knee." The weapon, a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, Hamilton said, was still warm....