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Monday, September 29, 2008

Explanation of sorts...

I've purposely decided not to post all the links to all the documents and video/audio tapes because they are so widely available on the news websites.

It's been a blockbuster week for news, and I have to wonder why they are releasing so much evidence to the public. Early on, George, Cindy and Lee were given subpoena's to attend a hearing in November, still over a month away.

I have to wonder what Casey is thinking as everyone she knows tells the obnoxious truth about her. To create such an intricate web of lies and have them so openly splayed out for all the world to see. I wish she had a sense of shame, of embarrassment.

But alas...

Zenaida Gonzalez Tells Channel 9 "My World Has Been Turned Upside-Down"

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- The woman Casey Anthony says last had Caylee Anthony says the accusation has turned her world upside down. Channel Nine's Mary Nguyen spoke with Zenaida Gonzalez at the RDV complex in Maitland on Monday morning.

Zenaida Gonzalez is the woman who Casey Anthony claims took 3-year-old Caylee. She said, ever since Casey Anthony told authorities that Gonzalez lived at the Sawgrass Apartments and took care of Caylee, her world has been turned upside down.

"I also do have those threatening phone calls at 2:00 or 3:00am, threatening my kids, threatening myself," Gonzalez said.

For the first time, Zenaida Gonzalez revealed her face to the public. Gonzalez is a single mother of six and says she is having a hard time coping. She wants everyone to know that she is innocent.

"To clear my name, to get some type of closure. I want the truth to come out. I want them to know that I didn't do anything wrong, "said Gonzalez.

When Caylee Anthony was reported missing, Casey told detectives the last time she saw her daughter was when she dropped her off at the Sawgrass Apartments. She said she left her with a nanny by the name of Zenaida Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said she never met Casey Anthony. She took a tour of the apartment complex earlier in the year, but that's the only connection she has to them.

Detectives believe Casey made up the name, but Gonzalez says people all over the country are blaming her for Caylee's disappearance.

"They call me bad words right from the beginning and tell me they are going to do bad things to my daughters for what I did to little Casey, I mean Caylee," she said.

Gonzalez and her Attorney John Morgan filed a civil lawsuit last week. They said they want her name cleared.

Zenaida said that she has been fired from her job and due to the incident; no one wants to hire her. Gonzalez also said she just got of the hospital on Sunday because of a bleeding ulcer.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Odd stuff

Each day, there are over 120 million sexual intercourse taking place all over the world.

A female can produce up to twelve litters of twenty rats a year.

The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Corubus, a chef.

A rat can fall from a five story building without injury.

The starfish is one of the only animals who can turn it's stomach inside-out.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thoughts from Chess613

This excellent post from Chess613 brought up lots of questions that I wanted to post on the main page instead of just a comment on the post below. Thanks Chess613 for the time and effort put into your comments. I encourage everyone to give me their theories. PLEASE!
As usual, my personal opinions are in red italics.

Chess613 has left a new comment on your post "Caylee Anthony Trust Fund Shut Down":
I had a nice long post regarding questions I had on the Anthony case and of course my browser crashed on me.. hey.. it happens. And it pisses us off when it does. Lol.

Here are some thoughts and questions I had on the case, and forgive me if they’ve already been addressed:

1. We have the phone list of calls made by Casey on the 16th and 18th, but what about incoming calls? I want to know who called her on that fateful Monday. I’m willing to bet she called Dad to tell him something was wrong with Caylee but backpedaled so he doesn’t suspect she has actually died, and instead says she’s ok. Dad then calls Mom (Cindy) who blows up her cell while she’s disposing of the body (putting it in her car). After collecting her nerves, she has to call mom to tell her everything’s ok. This is conjecture, but I’d love to know those incoming calls. Knowing now that she had no job to go to and no baby-sitter to leave Caylee with, she took Caylee to lunch at 12:50 pm, Geo left at 2:30, right after a cooking show he likes, and when she called him at 3:03, imo she was just fishing to see had left yet; he had, and Casey and Caylee went back home. Either they have not released incoming calls, or maybe there were none. We know that no calls on the 17th have been released at all, and only outgoing on the 18th.

2. Speaking of calls, can’t get a geographic position on where she was when she called via cell towers? Would help us know for sure where she was when Caylee died. I’m pretty sure it was in the Anthony house, but the cell tower reports would let us know for sure. It can also help track where she was all through that week, in the event she dumped the body away from the Anthony house. I have been waiting with bated breath to get my eyes on that cell tower ping map. It was shown for about 2 seconds on Nance Grace once, so law enforcement may have pulled the plug on releasing it. You could make out that one area was south and east of the airport, another was east some distance from the house. It was a map of the area with small circles in colors that became lighter in color, the further she pinged away from her house. But that was a lot of info for a 2 second look, so don’t hold me to it. I might be able to find it in old Nance Grace transcripts: NANCY GRACE, New Developments in Search for Caylee Anthony, Aired August 25, 2008 - 20:00:00 ET:
CALLER: I`ve been following this since day one, and my question is, we live not far from this area and my question is that this is a very secluded area where these cell phone pings were, there were approximately 32 of them in this area. This area is very difficult to get to. I know the area off the airport and it`s swampy and very heavily wooded and we haven`t heard anymore about this. Is this going to be in some of these documents, do you think, and would you or your panel happen to know anymore about this? We`re right here not far from there and we haven`t heard much more about this. It seems like it`s been kept under cover.
VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let`s go back to Mark Williams, the news director that has been covering this for WNDB Radio. We`ve heard about these pings, all about the cell phones, but somehow the details still elude us, Mark, as to where she was at critical times when there were critical phone calls allegedly made to her by various parties.
WILLIAMS: What the Sheriff`s Department`s investigators are doing is that they`ve obviously hired some high-tech people to take a look at those cell phone bills and see where she was when she used that cell phone. They`re keeping this close to the vest due to the fact that they need to use this during their investigation, to build a case against her and they`re not going to release that to anybody. They`re just going to keep it within themselves.

3. Does Casey have any priors at all? I think we would have known by now, but given her track record, I can’t believe she hasn’t had at least one or two run ins with the law. And how many times has the Anthony family use the law to straighten out their family issues (i.e. called the police on Casey)? None that have been reported.

4. The Chloroform – we know it was looked up on Casey’s computer but when? Any date stamps? No dates as far as I know. I’d like to know if she purchased it on-line.

5. Does Casey have a key to the Anthony house? Did Casey ever have a key to Lazzaro’s place? Any other guy stepped up to say Casey had a one night stand with them (in order to get a place to sleep)? The Anthony's don't use the front door, according to Lee. You have to have the security code to open the garage door, which lets you into the house. I don’t think Casey had a key to Lazaro’s because 1.) he had a room mate and 2.) when he was in New York, she apparently needed somewhere to stay, which is why she stayed at Amy and Ric’s during that time and once asked Jesse if she could use his shower.

6. Is it possible that Caylee tried to move the ladder and gate all by herself? I don’t think Caylee would have the coordination skills or strength to put the ladder up to the pool and snap it to the edge, just my own opinion, and based on the fact that my granddaughter turned 3 last Tuesday and still has problems with negotiating doors and doorknobs. But…why was the gate open anyway?

7. Can we track the money? I’d love to know exactly how much she extracted from her granddad’s retirement account. She had that (I doubt she gave it back to her folks), she had Mom’s credit cards, she had Amy’s checkbook and whatever else she borrowed from Ricardo or Lazaro. For one month, she burned through a WHOLE LOT of money. What did she spend it all on? Could there be a drug connection? From what I read last night, I believe from Amy’s statement, it sounds like the first arrest for checks, id theft may have been for what she stole from her Grandma & Gramps. Check it out, I could be wrong.

8. Did law enforcement sample dirt to find out where Casey may have been? Like from the tires of her car? I had heard that Dad replaced a tire or that a spare tire was removed. Can someone confirm this? George Anthony volunteered the car up to the police on the first night, July 15. The police hauled away the whole thing, and I heard later they not only would take samples from the trunk, but scrape out dirt from tire treads, tire wells, and underneath the carriage of the car, where it wouldn’t have been washed in a car wash. This should de-bunk the squirrel story.

9. What’s up with the seizures of Casey? I think in one police report, Lee had to take Casey to the hospital for seizures. Also, a childhood friend of hers say she has a tendency to forget things that they talked about a day before. Is this more bulljive from Casey? Since she’s a hard drinker, could this be a result of it? This could be an opening for an NGI defense for Casey (NGI – not guilty by reason of insanity). Cindy said it was Jesse Grund who took Casey to a hospital for seizures. I wonder if it could have been a drug OD. If she was over 21, the hospital would have no obligation to tell the parents exactly why she was taken to the hosp, and we know she can lie easily and quickly.

10. This is the big question for me: Can anyone else confirm, especially other family members, that Cindy referred to herself in front of Caylee, as her mother? Did the grandmother actively try to supplant Casey and take on the mother role? If there’s a motive for straight up murder, that could be the number one motive – if the child directly challenged her mother and said she was not her mommy. Myself, I don’t think this is so much of a big deal as they are making of it. My daughter has two sons; she calls me mama still, and at around Caylee’s age, they called me mama occasionally just because she did. As they got older they understood the relationship hierarchy. Same with 3-y-o granddaughter. She slips and calls me mama sometimes when she’s tired, or when we are cuddling. AND, I have two little dogs, and I call myself “mama” to them, I refer to them as the girls. So when Granddaughter is here, I may screw up and refer to myself as her mama, AND refer to myself to the dogs as grams. Who hasn’t gotten names wrong when id’ing a family member. When trying to come up with little g-son’s name, sometimes I’ll run through a few others, “John, er, Rick, er, Tracy, er Lord! I mean Joey!”

I know that sounds far fetched, but consider this – Caylee in three days witnessed several people – groups of people – chastise Casey, as if she were a child. It happened on Friday the 13th, when she took Caylee to the club and people told her it was inappropriate to take her there. And the Saturday and Sunday (father’s day weekend), both parents and grandparents had choice words for Casey for stealing her granddad’s money. So did Caylee (because kids absorb everything adults do) start popping off at the mouth at her own mother? I think at this point it would make Casey mad if Caylee asked for her grandma. Kate asks for me when she and her mom have an argument. Sometimes they call me and just talking to her gets her calmed down and gives her mom a little time to chill. At times I’ve told her to bring her over. But there is no jealousy between d-i-l and me, we have our places, but like Hillary said, it takes a village to raise a child.

From Chess 613 Having said that, these are my four theories as to what happened:
(my own theory has become muddled in the last few days, so I withhold it here-Janet):

1. Monday 6/16 Casey leaves with Caylee (per Dad’s testimony) at 12:30, but reappears after 2:30 – basically, she’s scoping the house to wait until Dad leaves. She wants to scam her family and needs to be alone to find some paperwork. Between 2:30 and 3pm, Caylee dies – either by accident or by a spontaneous action by Casey. She calls Dad to get advice, but backpedals and doesn’t let up that the situation’s serious. After talking to Dad, she disposes of the body, putting it in trashbags and in her car. For some reason, she can’t dispose of the body in the evening, perhaps because she’s afraid of it being found or she wants it close by so she can keep watch of it (to control who has access to finding it). Or maybe she’s just lazy and emotionally exhausted.

Tuesday 6/17, she scopes out Sawgrass in hopes of disposing the body in an abandoned apartment – but fails to do so, but sees Zenaida and gets her information, so she can pin her as the ‘nanny’. Re the police report, casey borrows a shovel either this day or Wednesday and uses it to bury her daughter in the back yard, where it is now (since I don’t have knowledge of LE actually digging for the body, only using dogs to sniff for clues).

2. Monday – same as above. Tuesday (if she borrowed the shovel this day) she buries the baby, but Wednesday takes the baby out of the yard (after several calls making sure no one’s home) and dumps the body elsewhere.

3. Same as theory one, but George discovers the body/grave around Thursday or Friday and gives Casey the ultimatum to tell the cops and family what happened. Casey promises but welches on the deal. George calls the police but relents and says it’s about gas cans (which were taken but $50 theft much ado about nothing). Casey comes to the house and George forces Casey to take the body away and instructs her what to do with it.

4. Same as theory three, but George deals with the body, taking it out of the back yard and instructing Casey what to do (perhaps even telling her to ditch the car - including leaving the purse in the car).If you think about the work George is doing in his backyard, especially laying down concrete on the Fourth of July (a holiday!), his not reacting to the smell either when he confronted Casey about the gas cans on the 23rd or when he drove the car back from the wrecking yard on the 15th of July (remember the owner of the yard, who said George never reacted when he told him it smelled like a dead body) – I think George is being very protective of Casey – and of his wife Cindy, for not saying anything to him.The sad part about it all is that Casey is probably not a monster – she’s just someone who’s used to perpetually being in trouble and is used to lying to get herself out of trouble. I’m sure in Casey’s mind, this is just a bigger version of the same old stuff – yes, her baby’s dead and there’s guilt if she allows herself to feel it, but in the end, it’s the same thing as when she was being yelled at on Father’s Day. Only it’s the whole world. Had she told her father on 3:03pm on Monday.. “Dad, something happened to Caylee. Help me.” – it may have not saved Caylee’s life, but she wouldn’t be up for child endangerment, much less murder. And it may have been a blip on the local news, but nothing like this. It would have been a tragic mistake she could have learned from and grew from. Instead, her lies and the people’s lives she’s ruined will follow her for the rest of her life.Lesson (which all kids are taught by their folks) – the act is minimal. It’s the lie that really hurts.

And I am struck by the fact that her spoiled selfish persona is still carrying on. She is doing nothing to help herself, let alone her child, yet look at the world turning around her. She has multiple lawyers, private investigators, world famous searchers, LE of all ranks and her family all living their lives completely absorbed in finding Caylee and protecting Casey. She doesn’t have to do anything, it’s all being done for her, as usual…

Posted by Chess613 to The Prairie Chicken at 11:35 PM

Monday, September 22, 2008

Caylee Anthony Trust Fund Shut Down

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A trust fund set up to help in the search for Caylee Anthony has been shut down.

Both the law firm that administers the fund and the bank where the money was deposited said they're backing out.

Attorney Paul Kelley of Bichler & Kelley PA said he's saddened that his law firm had to make a decision to stop administering the trust fund connected with HelpFindCaylee.com.

Kelley said the trouble started when SunTrust Bank told him they'd been getting harassing e-mails from people critical of the fund, and the bank was shutting down the account. Kelley said his firm got some of those same e-mails.

Kelley said he won't reveal the exact amount in the fund, but he said it wasn't much and that what was spent so far was used to pay for search-related items, like posters and water for volunteers. He also said he can account for every penny spent and that none of it went directly to the Anthony family.

Anthony family members did not return WESH 2 News' phone calls about their reaction to the trust fund controversy.

Kelley said he believes the harassing e-mails came from two people who volunteered with Equusearch.

The Web site still suggests donations be sent to Bichler & Kelley PA, but that's expected to change soon. Kelley said he hopes he can find another financial institution willing to take it on.
Meanwhile, the Anthonys said they're canceling their weekly Sunday night prayer vigil outside their home to "ensure the safety of all of their friends, supporters and neighbors."

The family's representative, Larry Garrison, said in a statement that the Anthonys were saddened that they won't be able to pray with their friends for Caylee.

They are asking anyone who would normally join them to light a candle for Caylee at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Please say a prayer for Caylee's safe return, as well as for the return of peace on Hopespring Drive," Caylee's grandmother, Cindy, requested.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Where's Caylee Anthony? Web sleuths on case

Bianca Prieto Sentinel Staff Writer
September 21, 2008

Something about 3-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony has struck a nerve.
Thousands of Web sleuths, bloggers and concerned citizens captivated by the missing Orange County child are lighting up the Internet with their thoughts, theories and suggestions on the continuing investigation. Across the world, millions of words rehash the case on countless sites each day.Was the toddler sold? Did her mother kill her? Was there a tragic accident? Or did a mysterious baby sitter run off with her?
The lack of answers only encourages armchair detectives to try to solve the case. They quiz each other about DNA and other evidence, debate motives and morals of the main characters and wonder why justice seems to move so slowly. Most have never met Caylee or her family.

"It's huge all over the world," said Tricia Griffith, a Utah resident whose Web site, websleuths.com, has more than 1,200 conversation topics and nearly 270,000 postings concerning Caylee.
"It's one big spitballing session where you have a bunch of fresh eyes looking at the same thing the police are looking at."Griffith said the Caylee mystery has attracted more topics, comments and posting than any other high-profile case in recent memory, including the unsolved 1996 JonBenet Ramsey murder in Colorado and the 2002 killing of Laci Peterson and her unborn child in California.
"Everyone on websleuths.com wants to talk to her [the mother, Casey] and say, 'What is going on?' " Griffith said. "It's very frustrating."
At briansprediction.com, psychics are posting their visions and dreams about Caylee. Pictures of handwritten notes, maps of neighborhoods throughout Orlando and e-mails to the moderator are posted and updated several times a day.
A search of Caylee's name on Google returns more that more than 671,000 references. Her plight has attracted more than 6.5 million page views to OrlandoSentinel.com. Stories about the case on the newspaper's Web site routinely attract several thousand comments in a day.
Few would have predicted this when Caylee's disappearance was announced in July. Almost immediately, online observers began questioning the honesty of her mother, Casey Anthony, 22, who said that a baby sitter kidnapped the little girl. Since then, detectives have charged Anthony with child neglect, filing false information and check fraud -- part of a drawn-out legal marathon that focused a media spotlight on her family.
Bloggers and others online have commented on every development in the case, from hair and chloroform found in the trunk of a family car to protesters who taunt Anthony and her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, from the sidewalk outside their east Orange County home.
"There are a lot of missing kids, but some stories just catch fire," said Michael Tracey, a journalism professor at the University of Colorado. "We live in a world of tabloid news values. This kind of story gets the juices flowing."Tracey knows how a local crime can turn into a national sensation. He was at the center of the Ramsey murder mystery when the girl's supposed killer began communicating with him. The conversation pushed both into the international limelight at warp speed in August 2006, until the man's story turned out to be untrue.
Internet users have a history of posting about Orlando cases, including the January 2006 disappearance of 26-year-old Jennifer Kesse, who failed to show up for work. Hundreds of messages full of suggestions and theories were posted to the Sentinel's Web site and another set up by Kesse's family.The popularity of blogging has increased since Kesse's disappearance, creating an anonymous forum for the public to voice opinions instantly.
"It seems almost like therapy if you can become absorbed with these stories and become righteous about it," Tracey said. "Getting involved makes them feel better about themselves."Candace Andrews diligently follows the latest Caylee developments online because local TV stations in Meridian, Miss., don't cover it closely, she said."It's almost like a soap opera for me," the 33-year-old mother and nurse said. "This is the only way that I get my news -- over the Internet."
Like may others, Andrews has theories about the disappearance and questions she desperately wants answered."Did she [Casey] snap? Is she not the person she used to be?" Andrews questioned. She wonders if the child died accidentally in a hot car or a drowned in a swimming pool.Either way, she and thousands of others are convinced Caylee's mother knows where she is.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cheney must keep records, judge orders

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge on Saturday ordered Dick Cheney to preserve a wide range of the records from his time as vice president.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is a setback for the Bush administration in its effort to promote a narrow definition of materials that must be safeguarded under by the Presidential Records Act.

The Bush administration's legal position "heightens the court's concern" that some records may not be preserved, said the judge.

A private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is suing Cheney and the Executive Office of the President in an effort to ensure that no presidential records are destroyed or handled in a way that makes them unavailable to the public.

In a 22-page opinion, the judge revealed that in recent days, lawyers for the Bush administration balked at a proposed agreement between the two sides on how to proceed with the case.

Cheney and the other defendants in the case "were only willing to agree to a preservation order that tracked their narrowed interpretation" of the Presidential Records Act, wrote Kollar-Kotelly.

The administration, said the judge, wanted any court order on what records are at issue in the case to cover only the office of the vice president, not Cheney or the other defendants in the lawsuit.

The other defendants are the Executive Office of the President and the National Archives.
The lawsuit stems from Cheney's position that his office is not part of the executive branch of government.

This summer, Cheney chief of staff David Addington told Congress that the vice president belongs to neither the executive nor legislative branch of government but rather is attached by the Constitution to Congress. The vice president presides over the Senate.

The lawsuit alleges that the Bush administration's actions over the past 7½ years raise questions over whether the White House will turn over records created by Cheney and his staff to the National Archives in January.

In 2003, Cheney asserted that the office of the vice president is not an entity within the executive branch.

Two historians and three groups of historians and archivists joined CREW in filing the suit two weeks ago.

Another Confrontation Erupts At Anthony Home

(WOFL FOX 35, Orlando)
Another Friday night another scuffle between protesters in front the Anthony home. Friday night words were exchanged as George Anthony brought water out to supporters guarding his property.
One female protester began shouting at Anthony. She was soon joined by a male companion. Neighbors then began shouting at the couple. One resident faced off with a protester but the two were separated by members of the Guardian Angels before any actual blows were exchanged.

The fracas came only hours after the Orange County Sheriffs department said they would increase their presence in the neighborhood where the Anthony’s live. No one from the department will say exactly how many more deputies will be in the neighborhood, but they did confirm that they will increase patrols.
This comes a day after protesters and George Anthony got into a scuffle outside the home. Later in the day, the Guardian Angels showed up to help, but even they weren’t immune from the chaos. One protester drove by and flashed what appeared to be a taser gun. One of the Guardian Angels chased the person and deputies were able to catch the man, although no arrest was made.
Neighbors say school buses haven't been able to get around some of the crowds, garbage collection has taken twice as long and some who live here say they aren't getting any sleep with all the commotion.

All the chaos in the neighborhood now has local politicians looking for relief for the residents. Orange County commissioner Linda Stewart wants a curfew in the neighborhood.“I think now we've risen to a different level than what we first started out with,” Stewart said. “This issue in the neighborhood we need to be able to do something.”
In the email to county officials and to the Orange County Sheriff's office, Stewart wrote “The interruption of the tranquility of this neighborhood has gotten out of control and last night was the beginning of a good example.”
“I’ve tried to stay out of this as the Sheriff’s office has been doing a terrific job, there resources are limited and putting a patrol unit there 24/7 takes them off the street for other crimes in the area,” she wrote. Stewart requested an emergency order by the Orange County legal department in conjunction with the sheriff’s office to enact a curfew for Hopespring Drive.“The fair thing is to allow for protestors but to limit the hours of protest so that there can be a more normal neighborhood assembly,” Stewart wrote.
Earlier this week, Orange County Commissioner Mildred Fernandez sent a memo to Mayor Rich Crotty requesting that off-duty officer remain stationed in the Chickasaw Trail neighborhood.
"The volume of traffic generated by demonstrators and media is such that significant impact upon the neighborhood has occurred including incidents where school buses were unable to travel the roadway; normal garbage and trash collection could not occur because of the size of the vehicles that needed to be upon the street in front of the Anthony home, verbal and physical confrontations between demonstrators, deputy sheriff's and people coming to and from the Anthony household have escalated and interfere with normal neighborhood activities," she wrote in the memo...

Friday, September 19, 2008

State Attorney Finalizes Charges Against Anthony

Guardian Angels Patrol Anthony Home
September 19, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The state attorney's office formalized the three most recent economic charges against Casey Anthony, mother of missing toddler Caylee Anthony, on Friday.

The charges stem from allegations that Anthony stole her friend's checks and made several hundred dollars worth of purchases.

Anthony is not expected to be rearrested on these charges because she already turned herself in on the charges on Monday, September 13 and bonded out of jail on Tuesday, September 14.

Meanwhile, the Guardian Angels were on patrol outside the home to try to keep the peace for frustrated neighborhood residents, but they're also involved in the new investigation.

The protests have grown in the wake of the disappearance of Caylee Anthony, who disappeared in June. Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, failed to report her disappearance for about a month, and she was jailed on charges of child neglect and lying to investigators. She is currently out of jail on bond on those charges and others relating to check fraud.

"This thing has all the juicy, scandalous aspects that people eat up, and they just came out here probably out of poverty and curiosity," protester Christopher Benson said.

Benson added a different aspect to the protesting by covering himself in body paint.

After a fight between George Anthony and protesters on Thursday, Benson said he wanted to see what would happen next.

Some returning protesters said they're not sure what caused the violent outbreak.

"He pushed that girl first, and they grabbed a hold of him," protester Ashley Griffin said. "I honestly think they deserved every bit of what they got."

"She needs to let everybody know where the baby is and quit wasting everybody's time," protester Carol Fedor said.

While Orange County sheriff's deputies patrolled the streets, the Guardian Angels arrived and stood back to back in front of the Anthony home.

"The people's rights out here are being violated. The Guardian Angels' purpose is to keep communities safe. That's it," a Guardian Angels representative said.

Some neighbors did confront one man, leading to a new criminal investigation. "Some words were exchanged between people in the car and the neighbors. Subsequently, neighbors said a Taser was pulled out. It wasn't utilized, but it was activated. The car sped off," Lt. Larry Spahn said.

The Guardian Angels were able to follow the car and make contact with the occupants a few blocks away. Spahn said another confrontation took place, but no arrests were made.
The Guardian Angels wouldn't say how long they would stay at the Anthony home.

Anthonys' Neighbors Push For HOA Injunction To Be Granted

As the protests continue to turn into fights at the Anthony home, neighbors are getting more and more upset.

They want a judge to grant an injunction and move the protesters down the street away from the Anthony home.

The attorney for the Homeowner’s Association said all the commotion is making the East Orange County neighborhood unsafe.

"They're frustrated that they can't get a full night sleep, that they can't get their kids to the bus stop, or to the elementary school," Karen Wonsetler said.

Wonsetler admits the protesters have freedom of speech and assembly -- and the association isn't trying to take away their rights.

Residents simply want the protesters to relocate to a lot down the street away from the driveway of the Anthony home.

But Wonsetler also has a request for George and Cindy Anthony.

"We've requested that they move the prayer vigil to the back yard, inside, or suspend it until we obtain an injunction," she said.

Neighbors welcome the Guardian Angels who are now helping keep the peace, but they'd much rather get an injunction from the judge.

If that doesn't happen, residents will push for an off-duty deputy to guard the house around the clock.

Wonsetler also said selling a house in the neighborhood right now is next to impossible.

Bounty Hunter Questioned In Caylee Anthony Case

Padilla Says Anthony Is Lying
September 18, 2008

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- The Orange County Sheriff's Office said that the commander of the missing person's unit and an FBI agent are in Sacramento, Calif., to meet Thursday night with bounty hunter Leonard Padilla as part of their ongoing investigation into the search for Caylee Anthony.

Padilla told WESH 2 news that Casey Anthony, Caylee’s mother, gave him a very different version of what happened to Caylee, and believes investigators are talking with him to firm up their case against her.

The bounty hunter said Anthony told him that baby sitter Zenaida Gonzalez took Caylee from her at Blanchard Park in East Orange County and gave her a script of what to say to detectives.
But Anthony told investigators she left the child with Gonzalez at Sawgrass apartments.

Padilla said he predicts major charges against Anthony are likely on the way.

“She's lying. It's not a secret she lies all the time but this specifically is two separate stories, two different times about the same supposed incident. It's probably neither one is the truth,” he said.

“It's gone on long enough. She doesn't want to cooperate. Her attorney doesn't want to cooperate, therefore it's time to go for the big one. You don't need a body for murder charges, they've got enough circumstantial, forensic evidence, they can convict her easily.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Casey Anthony's latest jail stay short; attorney blasts 3rd arrest

September 17, 2008

And she's out again.

Casey Anthony took the familiar trip home -- followed by media helicopters that broadcast her travels live -- after being released from the Orange County Jail on $1,250 bond.
Tuesday's scene marked her third arrest and release since investigators identified her as a person of interest in the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie, who was reported missing in mid-July.
The latest check-fraud arrest came Monday when she surrendered and was booked into jail on charges of uttering a forged check, fraudulent use of personal identification and petty theft. This is related to checks taken in mid-July from one of Anthony's friends.

The 22-year-old single mother appeared before Orange County Judge John Jordan, who ordered her to stay away from the victim, Amy Huizenga, and remain on home confinement.Anthony's attorney Jose Baez blasted the Orange County Sheriff's Office for dragging out the economic-crime charges over several weeks to put pressure on his client. He said investigators arrest her on check-fraud charges when news quiets about the high-profile case.
"I think we are seeing the games that are being played," Baez said outside the jail. "I'm not intimidated -- not in any way, shape or form." And neither is his client, Baez said. "If police can do this to her, they can do this to anyone."
Baez later gripped his client's hand as they walked out of the jail accompanied by two bodyguards. Anthony -- who was wearing sunglasses and a T-shirt depicting her missing daughter -- held her head up and did not respond to reporters shouting questions. They climbed into a waiting red pickup and left without saying a word.
Anthony returned to her neighborhood, where residents aren't backing down from their effort to keep protesters from yelling and gathering in front of Anthony's home.
On Tuesday, Orange Circuit Court Judge Reginald Whitehead denied a request by the Chickasaw Oaks Phase Three Homeowners Association for a temporary injunction. He wrote in his order that the association did not "give notice" to protesters as required by Florida law.
Karen Wonsetler, the association's attorney, had asked the judge to waive the notice since the protesters weren't part of an organized group and their names were not known. The judge did not -- but allowed the association to try again.
Starting Tuesday night, association members planned to hand out notices of a hearing Monday morning to protesters. They may put up notices in neighbors' yards near the Anthony house. Wonsetler hopes this addresses the "notice" requirement that prevented the judge from ruling in their favor. "We are going to keep trying," she said.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Casey Back in Jail: DCF Investigates Confrontation

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando)
The mother of a missing toddler, who authorities have called a person of interest in the girl's disappearance, was arrested a third time Monday on new theft charges.
Also Monday the Department of Children and Family Services said they are investigating an incident between the grandmother of the missing toddler and a protestor over the weekend that resulted in a small boy being injured.
Orange County sheriff's deputies took Casey Anthony, 22, into custody as she visited the jail to meet with her case manager about other charges. Her daughter, 3-year-old Caylee, was reported missing in July, about a month after the girl was last seen.
...Monday marked the third time she was handcuffed and booked on far less significant charges. In fact, the three additional counts recommended by sheriff's deputies were identical to several others for which Anthony had already posted bail.
According to the Orange County Jail inmate database, she is charged with uttering a forged check, fraudulent use of identification and petit theft of $100 or more. The bond amount for all charges totals $1,250.
Anthony's spokesman accused investigators of grandstanding with the arrest."It is like addicts going through withdrawal," spokesman Todd Black said in a statement. "When things start calming down a little, the authorities inject another media fix, instead of conducting themselves professionally and taking care of whatever charges they have at the same time."
The sheriff's office said it expected Anthony to remain jailed at least until a hearing scheduled Tuesday.
Prosecutors have formally charged Anthony with child neglect, making false statements to investigators and ten counts of theft, for allegedly buying goods with a friend's stolen checkbook.
The Monday charges involved the same alleged theft from the same victim.
No ruling on injunction to control protesters
In an effort to control protesters and gawking tourists,the Anthony's neighbors are seeking a judge's order to keep groups of protesters, supporters and media away from their homes. Sheriff's deputies have been called several times to break up confrontations in what the complaint alleged was an "angry mob.
"The area had been the staging ground for countless camera crews and live national television spots for weeks, but began to draw others -- even tourists -- at the end of August, when Anthony was first freed on an unusually high $500,000 bail.
The crowds have intensified in the intervening weeks, according to the homeowners' association's complaint, disrupting the sleep, traffic, peace and safety of the area.
An injunction was filed by the Chickasaw Oaks Phase III Homeowners Association, Inc. last week after countless protesters and gawking tourists stood outside the home of Casey Anthony. Some protesters came dressed as Halloween characters, while others brought their children, shouting at the home and demanding to know where missing 3-year-old Caylee is.
A spokeswoman for the Ninth Judicial Circuit said no immediate ruling on the complaint was expected Monday... Screaming protesters have become a common sight in front of George and Cindy Anthony's house. Over the weekend, heated words were exchanged between Cindy and one protester, which almost led to a physical altercation.

VIDEO: Part Two -- Confrontation at Anthony home
VIDEO: Part Three -- Confrontation at Anthony home
VIDEO: Part Four -- Confrontation at Anthony home
VIDEO: Part Five -- Confrontation at Anthony home
When Cindy A approached the SUV, the unidentified woman, who was screaming back at Anthony can be seen being pushed my a man into the open back door, closing it on the arm of her son. The boy was ignored while he rolled on the pavement in pain as his mother proceeded to spew profanity at Cindy. Then he's seen being almost tossed into the back seat of the SUV, still with no acknowledgement of his injury. Earlier in the incident the boy had joined the woman in shouting at Cindy Anthony.
On Monday afternoon, the Department of Children and Family services said they were investigating the incident after several viewers called the DCF tipline. DCF indentified the boy as a ‘protesters child’.
In the statement DCF said the video captures a young child shouting inflammatory and confrontational statements with his mother at an adult resident of the home. “Based on reported information,” the statement said. “The Department identified the family and is taking all appropriate investigative steps to assess the child’s injuries and the circumstances surrounding the situation.”
Events in the Caylee Anthony Case on September 15:12:45: Casey Anthony left home. 1:00 pm (approx.) Arrived at the jail.1:40 Accompanied by her attorney Jose Baez, Casey Anthony turns herself in to face more economic fraud charges.

Casey Anthony faces judge on new charges

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) -- Casey Anthony, mother of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony, appeared in front of an Initial Appearance Judge Tuesday morning on three new charges unrelated to the disappearance of her missing daughter. The appearance occurred shortly after 9 a.m. and lasted about a minute.
Casey was charged with uttering a forged check, fraudulent use of personal identification and petit theft. The charges were filed by Casey's friend, Amy Huizenga, who told police that Casey borrowed her car while she was in Puerto Rico and cleared out her bank account by using checks she accidentally left in the car.
Police obtained surveillance video that captures Casey using Huizenga's checks at Target and Bank of America. Huizenga alleges that Casey stole approximately $700 from her bank account.
According to the jail, the Court Administrative Order required she be held in custody until her appearance which happened shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday.
During her court appearance, a judge reviewed the probable cause of the charges and determined the bond amounts and any new conditions that may apply to the new charges.
The bond amounts for the new charges total $1,250, and Casey could be re-released if her bond is authorized and posted. She will still be required to have Home Confinement Electronic Monitoring.
According to the jail, the earliest Casey could be released from jail would be late Tuesday afternoon due to paperwork processing. Casey is currently behind held in Protective Custody Level One which prevents her from making contact with other inmates. She is being held in the women’s detention center in a cell by herself.

Casey's attorney, Jose Baez, says he plans to have her out of jail in the next 24 hours.
Investigators plan trip to CaliforniaFOX 35's Executive Producer Nicole Wolfe spoke with Leonard Padilla Tuesday morning. He is the celebrity bounty hunter that helped post Casey's $500,000 bond when she was initially arrested.
Padilla says investigators from the Orange County Sheriff's Office will fly to California to speak with him and his associates about their time spent with Casey while she was at home.
Specifically, Padilla says they will probably be interested in the story Casey told him about Caylee's mysterious babysitter, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. "She told us that she had gone to J. Blanchard Park and that Zenaida had taken the baby away from her and that Zenaida and her sister drove off in a silver 2008 Ford Focus model," Padilla said.
Padilla says Casey added that Zenaida gave her a list of things to tell police for the next 30 days and scripted a statement for her."I don't believe any of it," Padilla said.
Casey told investigators in a sworn statement that the last time she saw her daughter was when she dropped her off at the steps leading to Zenaida's apartment.
Police determined that the apartment had been vacant for months and that no one with the babysitter's name had ever leased in the apartment complex.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Grand jury grills three men in Weleetka Oklahoma double killings

All text in red italics reflects my own opinion. I could be wrong. But I doubt it...

By Nolan Clay and Johnny Johnson
Staff Writers

Three men who have come under suspicion in the fatal shootings near Weleetka testified Wednesday before a state grand jury.

Two other witnesses failed to appear. The grand jury’s judge ordered them arrested.
Agents at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation turned to the multicounty grand jury for help solving one of the state’s most painful murder mysteries — the deaths of friends Taylor Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11.

The girls were shot a total of 13 times June 8 on a dirt road between Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties.

“I just wish they would catch whoever done it so they would leave me alone,” said one witness, Toney Kelough, 30, who must return today to finish testifying. “I’ve told them the same thing over and over again.”

Investigators also may have some type of DNA evidence in the case. Some people have been asked to give DNA samples, The Oklahoman has learned.

Grand jurors are meeting at the Oklahoma County courthouse and the testimony is not public.
The involvement of the grand jury does not necessarily mean criminal charges are imminent. Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors often use the grand jury to gather evidence.

Testifying first Wednesday was OSBI Agent Ben Rosser, the lead investigator on the case since the inception.

Rosser said grand jury rules prevent him from discussing anything to do with the grand jury or his testimony.

“Name, rank and serial number,” he said. “That’s all I can give you today.”

The other witnesses were:

Dustyn Dailey

Dailey, 18, testified the longest Wednesday — about two hours. He was taken before the grand jury in shackles and wearing jail clothes with black and gray stripes.

Afterward, Dailey, who uses the nickname “Spud,” would not comment to The Oklahoman about the shooting of the two Graham School girls.

Dailey attended Graham School in the ninth grade until his family moved to Henryetta.
He is jailed in Okmulgee County on a second-degree burglary charge. He is accused of breaking into a home Aug. 1.

Some of his relatives have a protective order against him after he allegedly said in April, “I’m going to burn your house down and ya’ll will have nowhere to live” and “I am going to kill you.” On MySpace, he lists among his interests “all vampire books.”

Mike Gaddy

Gaddy, 19, who knows Dailey, testified for about an hour Wednesday.

His parents, David and Glenda Gaddy, confirmed their son has come under suspicion but they insist he has an alibi. They said he heard the fatal gunshots but did not witness the shooting. The guilty party often injects themselves into the crime with statements like that, "well I heard the gunshots," as a way of trying to distance themselves, the grain of truth theory. This is too weird to make up.

They also said they fear vigilantes seeking justice might hurt him because he has come under suspicion. They’ve already chased him with guns,” David Gaddy said. “Until they catch who really did this, Mike is in danger.” Now tries to becomes the victim.

The father said his son was at a friend’s house at the time of the shooting. The father said his son, along with the friend and the friend’s family, then went to Walmart. Did his friend and his friends family also hear the gunshots? He said agents have pulled Walmart surveillance videotapes to try to verify the story. In other words, they don't know where he was.

The father also said OSBI agents have been harassing his son, who he says is mentally retarded. Being stupid, uneducated and mean doesn't make one mentally retarded. Besides the term "mentally retarded" is a fairly wide umbrella of mental problems.

The parents said they have noticed undercover officers in an AT&T van taking photos of them. They said they believe their phone has been tapped due to an unmistakable clicking sound. If they are afraid for Mikes life, they should be glad there are police officers watching their house.

They said their son does not associate with Dailey anymore.

Toney Kelough

Kelough told The Oklahoman that agents suspect him. He denied having anything to do with the girls’ deaths.

He admitted seeing the girls playing in their yard the day before the shooting. He said he was with a girlfriend when they were killed. He lives about eight miles from the crime scene. Same thing here, he injects himself into the crime as a witness to knowing where the little girls live, even seeing them the day before.

“I’ve told them 100 times I had nothing to do with it, but they said I done it,” he said.

According to Kelough, he came under suspicion because of some red stains on his shirt and pants. Kelough, a casino maintenance worker, said he told officers the stains were from wood stain and he showed them his woodworking project.

He said agents have showed up at his house and looked in windows, and that the agents scare his 6-year-old son.

Kelough said he submitted to a DNA sample. This is interesting in that there was no sexual assault, and the crime scene evidence is bullet casings, boot and tire tracks. It's possible law enforcement was able to obtain surface DNA as well as fingerprints from the bullet casings.

“I’ve got nothing to hide,” he said.


On June 8, Taylor Placker and Skyla Whitaker were finishing up a sleepover at Taylor’s house on County Line Road, about seven miles northeast of Weleetka.

About 5 p.m., the two girls left to go on a walk to Bad Creek bridge, about one-half mile north of the house.

At 5:30 p.m., Taylor’s grandfather found the girls’ bullet-ridden bodies. His wife frantically called 911.

The Crime Scene

The girls were shot a total of 13 times. Investigators said they appeared to have walked to the bridge and were returning home when they were killed.

Bullet casings, footprints and tire tracks were found.

Investigators said two different caliber guns were used. One was a .40 caliber Glock. The make of the second weapon has not been released.

Due to the two guns used, authorities said they believed they were looking for at least two suspects. Because of the remote locations of the shootings, authorities said they believed the gunmen were local residents.

The first person of interest

On the day of the girls’ funerals, the OSBI revealed agents were looking for a witness/person of interest described as an American Indian man with a long pony tail. He was said to be wearing a ball cap and driving a white pickup. The OSBI said witnesses saw the man on the road the day the girls were killed. Who were the witnesses? The suspects? And isn't that always the way, blame a different race--Susan Smith accused a black man, the guy in Boston who drove to the ghetto then shot his pregnant wife to death then shot himself and blamed a black guy. Hell, Casey Anthony is blaming an Hispanic woman.

The man was never identified and authorities never received further credible information about him.

Recent developments

A few weeks ago, the OSBI sent about 60 letters to registered owners of .40 caliber Glock handguns in the area, asking them to submit their weapons for testing.

About 40 gun owners submitted their weapons, five said they no longer owned the guns, and about 15 didn’t show up as requested.

The agency said they would be contacting the 15 who did not respond. Very interesting...

Witnesses conclude Weleetka testimony


A woman and her boyfriend were arrested Thursday in Okmulgee and taken in clanging shackles to Oklahoma City to testify to what they knew about the fatal shooting of two girls.

Windy Espinosa, 34, and Larry Peyton Smith, 34, testified Thursday before a state grand jury that is helping state agents look into the tragic shootings near Weleetka.

The two were arrested after they failed to show up in court Wednesday. The grand jury's judge allowed them to go home after they finished testifying Thursday.

Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation turned to the multi county grand jury for help cracking the frustrating case.

Two friends, Taylor Placker, 13, and Skyla Whitaker, 11, were shot to death June 8 along a remote Okfuskee County road, not far from where Taylor lived. The case has attracted national attention.

The two new witnesses said little in front of news reporters as Okmulgee County sheriff's deputies moved them to and from the grand jury room Thursday. The two live together in Okmulgee.

During a closed-door meeting before the judge, Espinosa could be overheard laughing briefly and saying she hopes she never sees lawmen at her door again. She wore a T-shirt with the words "Free Spirit” on the front. Asked by a reporter if she was glad her testimony was over, she said, "I doubt it's totally over over.”

Three testified earlier

Grand jurors heard Wednesday from three men who have come under suspicion in the case — Dustyn Dailey, 18, Mike Gaddy, 19, and Toney Kelough, 30.

Kelough returned Thursday morning and testified for about another hour. He told The Oklahoman Wednesday he has an alibi — that he was with a girlfriend at the time of the fatal shooting.

"I just wish they would catch whoever done it so they would leave me alone,” Kelough said Wednesday. Kelough declined comment after testifying Thursday. "I'm done, man,” he said as he rushed out of the courthouse.

Also testifying Wednesday was OSBI agent Ben Rosser. What the witnesses said is not known.
Grand jurors hear testimony in secret sessions.

The current multi county grand jury is not expected to hear more witnesses and is not expected to issue any indictments over the deaths. Another multi county grand jury is likely to be formed in a few months and could help the OSBI if the case is not solved before then.

Assistants for Attorney General Drew Edmondson guide the grand jury investigations.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cindy Anthony Confronts Protesters

I just don't think this is right. There are webcams set up to watch the house day and night, people sightseeing, but protesting the house? Why don't they go protest at the bondsman's house. This just seems cruel. And this episode--why do these people have their children out so late--letting them watch their parents acting ugly and mean and swearing in front of them. Not very smart. They didn't notice thier own child was hurt until he'd rolled around on the ground for a good while, then tossed him in the backseat with no apparant concern that his child was hurt. I think they should all go home. Let law enforcement do their job. Casey seemed to be a smart and energetic young woman. I wonder if it has even occured to her how life in prison will be.

Sunday, 14 Sep 2008

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando)

Screaming protesters have become a common sight in front of George and Cindy Anthony's home. Around 12 a.m. on Sunday morning, a woman, who was accompanied by her child, began yelling at Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy.

"She didn't want that baby, so she could go and party. Stay up late and drink beer. You're protecting her!" the unidentified woman screamed from across the street.

Cindy Anthony was hammering "No Trespassing" signs on her lawn when she confronted the protesters.

Cindy: "See it, see it. Come here [expletive]!"
Protester: "I see your [expletive] face. I see your face. Why are you sitting there protecting her?"
Cindy: "I'm not protecting her! This is her home."

Supporters of the Anthony family tried to defuse the situation, but Cindy continued after the child joined the exchange of words.

Cindy: "She's not worth it."
Child Protester: "Don't you dear talk to my mom that way!"
Cindy: "Why don't you learn some manners!"

Cindy then threatened to call the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and file a complaint on this mother.

Cindy: "DCF needs to be called on you for teaching your child that."
Protester: "Call them! At least I know where my child is!"

The protester continued to shout at Cindy, even after George Anthony cames out of the house.

Protester: "Have your little body guards go and protect you."
Cindy: "I don't have any body guards right now. I'm fine."

As the protesters packed into their sport utility vehicle to drive away, Cindy appeared to have lost patience.

Cindy: "You call her a [expletive] one more time."
Protestor: "What are you gonna do [expletive]?"
Cindy: "Don't call my grand daughter a [expletive]."
Protester's Friend: "You're gonna go to jail."

A video recording of the confrontation reveals that the little boy, who accompanied his mother, got his arm caught in the door of the SUV. "Ow my arm," he screamed. Even though he complained of being injured, it didn't stop him from yelling out, "I hope you die!"

Orange County deputies were later called out to the scene, but authorities say a report was never filed. "No report was filed in reference to this incident nor does it appear that any of the parties involved in the disturbance have filed a complaint," said Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jim Solomons.

Part One: Confrontation at Anthony home
Part Two: Confrontation at Anthony home
Part Three: Confrontation at Anthony home
Part Four: Confrontation at Anthony home
Part Five: Confrontation at Anthony home

Naked dog walker Tasered in Tallahassee

Saturday, 13 Sep 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) -- A 40-year-old man walking his dog in the nude was Tasered by police when he refused to follow an officer's commands.

David McCranie of the Tallahassee Police Department says an officer on patrol spotted the man shortly after 8 p.m. Friday.

The man was asked what he was doing and told the officer, "Allah told me to watch a Bruce Willis movie and walk the dog,"McCranie said.

McCranie said using the Taser was the only way to subdue the man without having to hurt him. The man was then sent for mental-health evaluation and treatment.

Did they really need to taze this guy? He's obviously not all there. And what did they do with the dog? This tazing craze is really getting out of hand.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Casey Anthony Charged With Grand Theft

September 12, 2008

ORLANDO -- New formal charges were added Wednesday against the mother of missing toddler Caylee Anthony.

Casey Anthony is now facing 10 charges connected to check fraud, not to the disappearance of her daughter. The check fraud charges stem from incidents in July in which police said Casey was caught stealing checks from a friend. However, the new charges do not mean Casey will be rearrested. She has already posted bond on the initial charges.

The latest charges include grand theft, fraudulent use of personal identification, forgery of a check, uttering a forged check and petty theft. All of the charges are felonies and could bring significant jail time.

A representative of the Orange County Sheriff's office told News 13 that they are continuing with their investigation into what happened to Caylee Anthony, 3.

The representative also said they had videos of Casey using the stolen and forged checks, but the videos might not be released to the public because they could be used to help establish a timeline in Caylee's disappearance.

Investigators said Casey Anthony wrote the first check on July 8 out of her friend, Amy Huizenga's, account. The check was written for $111.01

Investigators said Casey then forged a check using Huizenga's identification on July 10 at the Target on North Goldenrod Road. That check was in the amount of $137.77

A third check, according to investigators, was also forged on July 10 at another Target store, this one on North Alafaya Trail. That check totaled $155.47.

When all three checks are added together, they total more than $300, which allowed investigators to charge Casey Anthony with grand theft, a third degree felony in the state of Florida.

It is still unclear when Casey will go to trial on the check fraud charges, but because of all publicity this case has generated, there is still some speculation that there may be a change of venue.

Florida A&M University College of Law professor Kenneth Nunn says courts prefer not to take that step. "Because of the expense, because of the delay, we find courts usually are reluctant to do more than to ask more searching questions of jurors," Nunn told News 13.

The new information did not appear to disrupt Casey Anthony's schedule Thursday. Just after 10 a.m. her brother, Lee Anthony, picked Casey up and took her to the Kissimmee office of her lawyer, Jose Baez. They met for five hours.

Although some people say the marathon meetings are to ward off any tension at the Anthony home, Nunn said it is more likely Baez is preparing for the now upcoming trial and any future charges that could be coming his client's way.

"You're relying on your client to tell you what happened and even if your client wasn't there at the scene of the crime, your client needs to tell you where they were, who they saw, etc, etc.," Nunn said.

New Twist In Casey Anthony Case

This article has a high eww factor. Warning.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Brother may be tied to case
by Rozzie Franco and Nada Taha, 540 WFLA/FNN

ORLANDO, FLA. -- The latest twist in the Casey Anthony case comes from the man who at one point gave her a “get out of jail free” card and may tie her brother, Lee Anthony, into the saga.
Bounty Hunter Leonard Padilla made national headlines when he bonded Anthony out of jail, but although he’s back in California, he’s not keeping himself too far away from the case of the missing 3-year-old toddler, Caylee Anthony.

Padilla said that he believes something didn’t add up about the preliminary DNA test results that came back last week from the trunk of Anthony’s car. Officials found strands of hair that they ruled could have either been Casey’s or Caylee’s.

“The Feds released information that the hair was either the mother’s or the daughter’s; they didn’t distinguish,” Padilla said. “Why would they not know whether it was the daughter or the mother? They didn’t say it was Caylee’s.”

Padilla said that officials ruled it was Caylee’s hair just by a process of elimination because the hair had a death ring around it and they know Casey is alive. The fact that the DNA is identical has something to do with who the father is, Padilla said.

“Would the DNA from a child resulting from a union from Lee and Casey have basically the same characteristics? Making the preliminary DNA check not definitive as to who the hair samples are from,” he said.

Padilla’s statements come at a time when police have filed more charges against Casey Anthony, who has already been arrested twice. Officials charged Casey Wednesday with two counts of uttering a forged check, two counts of petty theft and two counts of fraudulent use of personal identification.

Questions and Thoughts on the Anthony case...

1. Was Caylee potty trained?

2. Tony L says Casey lived with him from June 9/10 until she was arrested. Yet it appears that she didn't have a key, as she slept somewhere else when he was out of town. In his affidavit he says she would sometimes be there when he left, but came back after he got home at night. Maybe I'm reading too much into this. Also, Casey introduced Tony to Matthew Crisp to see about renting an apartment--was he going to move in officially with Casey, or continue to have roommates?

3. Does anyone know when Cindy and George cut off Casey's access to their credit cards?

4. Cindy called the police as soon as she knew Caylee was missing, and George stopped an officer July 15, the night it was reported and told him that Casey was holding back information and that he and his wife were afraid something had happened to Caylee. These are not the actions of persons who are trying to hide something. I think the protesters should go home now. Casey obviously doesn't care what's going on, it is only Geo, Lee and Cindy who are feeling the harrassment.

5. I pecked around last night regarding the use and availability of chloroform.

A. One of Nancy Grace's producers searched the internet had been able to find and be led to an order page in something like 5 to 10 minutes.

B. Chloroform was used in medicine in the distant past for anesthesia, but is so far outdated that I don't believe a modern medical facility of any kind would have it. I think that eliminates Cindy.

C. Chloroform was and is used in cleaning agents. It was banned in 1990-something except for professional use. Everyone talks about George being an x-LE person, but don't forget, 20 years ago they moved to Florida and George has run automobile dealerships. Don't know if they are new or used cars, or when he retired, but it's possible he had old bottles of cleaners, maybe in the garage.

So the way I see it, she either ordered it online, or found it in the garage and looked it up on the net.

D. Dr. Baden discounted the chloroform formed by the skin after death as not being enough to detect.

6. There has been much discussion about Cindy having washed the gray slacks she found in the car. She also said there were shoes and a pair of boots. Did they smell, or have any type debris on them? I don't see where shoes were taken into evidence.

7. While George said they both were wearing backpacks when they left the house, Caylee's Dora the Explorer backpack was taken into evidence from the Anthony's house. Cindy said her backpack was white with pink designs going up the sides. A different one?

Do you have a theory? Please share...

Protests, reactions fray nerves outside home of Caylee Anthony's family

Above: Caylee Marie Anthony

Willoughby Mariano and Walter Pacheco Sentinel Staff Writers
September 12, 2008

Thursday passed much as days typically do on Hopespring Drive, thanks to the infamous case of missing 3-year-old Caylee Anthony.

Protesters angry at her mother, Casey, who faces a child-neglect charge, ate fast food on the sidewalk and smoked cigarettes outside her home in east Orange County.

They cursed at family members as they came and left. Family members cursed back.

Then Casey's brother Lee Anthony blazed into the driveway in a black Ford Mustang, missing a family of protesters -- including two school-age girls and a toddler -- by inches. One girl bawled. Mothers shouted. Cameras surged forward to tape it.

You can't slow down to give them a chance to move!" a crowd member shouted.

Neighbors are so frustrated by such scenes that an attorney representing the homeowners association said she plans to ask a judge today or Monday to order the protesters to limit their activities.

"We do not care if the content supports or criticizes the Anthonys. What we hope to accomplish is to restrict the time, place and manner of the protest to reasonable activities and hours," attorney Karen Wonsetler said.

She represents the 127 homeowners living in the Chickasaw Oaks Phase 3 subdivision that includes the home Casey Anthony shares with her parents, George and Cindy Anthony. Residents have had little peace and quiet since Caylee Marie's disappearance became public.

Protesters from all parts of Central Florida have been gathering outside the home since Orange deputies re-arrested Anthony on Aug. 29. The charges involved checks stolen from a friend in July.

The Anthony family has fought back. At one point, George Anthony yanked a protester's lawn chairs from the patch of grass between the sidewalk and street. Cindy Anthony confronted a female protester in a face-to-face argument on the sidewalk.

Lee Anthony attacked a Lake County woman's sign that read: "I wouldn't let my dog go missing for 1 month without looking!"The Hopespring Drive home has become a local attraction. Curious motorists slow their cars to take in the scene. Gawkers come just to watch.

On Thursday, a man brought a 3-foot-by-3-foot tombstone-shaped chunk of plastic foam that read, "Caylee Anthony 2005-2008, Our angel rest in peace."

"This is insane. This is [expletive] insane," Cindy Anthony said as she walked across her front yard.

"You can't come out of the house. You're a joke," protester David Marzullo, 27, of Bradenton shouted to her.

Kalani Bowles, 18, a Valencia Community College student who came to show his support for Casey Anthony, got into a shouting match with Marzullo. Two women wearing " Bithlo Mud Racing" T-shirts joined in. Then came Lee Anthony, who nearly hit protesters with his car.

Deputies arrived, and Lee told them he honked to warn the protesters before pulling in."You lie like your sister!" a member of the crowd shouted. Protesters said they support restrictions on their activities.

Shirley Blake came with seven other members of her family to demonstrate after the Dr. Phil show called one of them and asked if she would be interviewed."Why should other families suffer for what one family has brought?" said Blake, gesturing to the otherwise peaceful block.

Marzullo said the protests shouldn't continue too late into the night. He said he tried to be respectful of the neighbors by being quiet, but when he sees the Anthonys, he can't help but shout.

Frank Farley, a psychologist and professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, said he isn't surprised that people gather outside the Anthony home."I think we're seeing a kind of basic shift in this society toward people being more willing to express themselves," Farley said.

For the most part, protesters have gathered on the sidewalk or the patch of grass between the sidewalk and street -- all considered public property.

Deputy Carlos Padilla of the sheriff's office said that if a judge decides to limit protests they must tread carefully because of the First Amendment right to gather."Our legal staff will work that out and figure what has to be done," Padilla said. "It's upsetting to the Anthonys and their neighbors, but it is a touchy subject and we have to be careful."

Kidnap victim testifies about her abduction, Robert Abner

September 12, 2008
Sedgwick County, Kansas
The Wichita Eagle

A man walked into the Viola convenience store where Joyce Patterson worked as a clerk and demanded money.

"You kidding me?" she remembered asking. Then she saw he had a gun.

That response would surprise no one who heard her calmly testify about being kidnapped and sexually assaulted for four days as she faced her accused attacker, Robert Abner, in court on Thursday.

After hearing Patterson's testimony during a preliminary hearing, Sedgwick County District Judge Robb Rumsey ordered Abner to stand trial on armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and sodomy charges.

Abner pleaded not guilty, and his public defender, Jama Mitchell, argued that Patterson was a willing participant.

Patterson, 48, said she was working her regular shift, noon to 10 p.m., on June 23 at the General Station near Viola, about 20 miles southwest of Wichita. She testified she noticed a man walk into the store. After he came up behind her and pointed a gun wrapped in a white cloth, she began handing him cash out of the register.

"I said, 'Don't kill me, don't kill me,' " she testified. "Then he took my hand and we went out the door."

"Run," she remembered him saying. On cross-examination she said she couldn't run in her flip-flops, so he pulled her along until they reached his car. The man opened the door for her, but she noticed there was no passenger seat in the car.

"I ended up on my knees with my head toward the floor," she said. They drove what seemed like a long time, she said, then the car stopped.

Patterson felt the gun press into her ribs and heard him say: "Just remember." Then he blindfolded her and led her to the house. Patterson said the man led her into the bedroom and pushed her onto the bed. He then tied her hands behind her back and tied her hands to her feet.

He also asked her what kind of cigarettes she smoked, what she liked to eat and drink and then went to the store to buy those, she said.

She asked the man whether he was going to take her home. "Persuade me," she heard him say, meaning she would have to have sex with him to guarantee her safety. "If I do, will you let me go?" she recalled asking him. He said he would, so she did.

Then he turned on the TV, she said, where reporters talked about the missing woman and flashed her picture across the screen, asking for help in finding her. That was a Monday night.
By Thursday, she was still at the house, and he'd had sex with her repeatedly. "Did you want to do those acts?" prosecutor Marc Bennett asked. "No," Patterson said.

At one point, the man went to sleep for hours, but Patterson said he tied their hands together.

By Thursday, he was apologizing. "I'm sorry," she heard him say. "What happened shouldn't have happened."

The man saw the pastor of Patterson's church on television, pleading for her return. The man looked up the pastor's address and drove her to his house. "He said he wanted to make sure I got home safely," Patterson testified.

Throughout the four days, Patterson testified, the man demanded that she not look at him. She told the judge she was kept in a dark room. She said she never got a good look at his face.
After her pastor called police, Patterson was examined at a Wichita hospital. Swabs were taken, then tested for DNA.

Bennett said the DNA matched Abner.