Road rage incident involving a pool cue, gun leads to arrest
On Monday, July 22, Port St. Lucie Police arrested Laurence John Hill for aggravated assault stemming from a road rage incident.
Port St. Lucie Police was called to the intersection of S.W. Bargello Street and S.W. Foremost Drive for reports of a road rage incident. Police spoke to the victim, Michael Dwayne Ingleton, whom told police that he while he was driving on Crosstown Parkway, Mr. Hill cut him off in traffic. Mr. Ingleton admitted to making a hand gesture at Mr. Hill which caused Mr. Hill to stop in front of Mr. Ingleton and yelled at him to get out of the car. Both Mr. Hill and Mr. Ingleton continued to drive until Mr. Hill stopped his car in front of Mr. Ingleton at the intersection of S.W. Del Rio Boulevard and S.W. California Boulevard.
Mr. Hill jumped out of his car armed with a black pool cue and approached Mr. Ingleton's driver side door. Mr. Ingleton told police that he was in fear for his safety and grabbed his gun to defend himself. Mr. Hill continued to yell at Mr. Ingleton to get out of the car but finally retreated back to his car without anyone getting hurt.
Mr. Hill told police that he confronted Mr. Ingleton with a pool stick because he wanted to find out what Mr. Ingleton's problem was. Mr. Hill was arrested and transported to the St. Lucie County Jail for booking.
Grow house raided
On July 24, Port St. Lucie Police Special Investigation Unit served a search warrant on a suspected marijuana grow house located at 2062 S.W. Cameo Boulevard. During the search, Detectives located an elaborate marijuana grow operation in the master bedroom and bathroom of the home.
Detectives disassembled the grow operation and seized 54 marijuana plants. The sole occupant of the house, Darlene Lynn Carrier, was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana and felony possession of marijuana.
David Bloomfield who is the son of Darlene Carrier. was charged with possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession with intent to sell, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
Investigation into this grow operation is still ongoing.
Mom arrested on child neglect charges
On July 29, Port St. Lucie Police arrested Christa Rupprecht on child neglect charges due to the deplorable living conditions she subjected her 15 and 17 year old sons to.
Port St. Lucie Police were called to a house on Cremona Street for reports of foul odor coming from incident the house.
The complainant, a cable company worker, told police that there are multiple cats inside the house and believed that the conditions are uninhabitable.
Police discovered that Ms. Rupprecht lives at the home with her 15 and 17 year old sons. Police discovered fecal matter, urine stains, trash, and numerous cats throughout the house making the living environment hazardous to the child living inside.
Port St. Lucie Animal Control responded to the scene to begin the removal of the cats. This is the second time Animal Control has been at this residence removing cats due to the mismanagement of the animals and the living conditions they were causing.
In January 2013, Animal Control removed approximately 30 cats from the house. The exact number of cats being removed today is still yet to be determined.
Ms. Rupprecht was arrested and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail for booking.