Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Sarasota Herald Tribune Published "Newtown’s violent Second Line Gang", British Newspapers Quote; “violence was so bad many residents stopped wearing jewelry in public for fear of being robbed.”
SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE, Tuesday April 19th, 2011. "Sarasota Realtor Shannon Moore said she has received more than half a dozen calls from clients, with some expressing doubts about owning a property in Sarasota. “The British press is killing me,” said Moore. “I’m getting swamped with people from the U.K., from Canada saying, ‘What’s going on in Sarasota?” She cited one Daily Mail online story that spoke of a crime wave in Sarasota when “violence was so bad many residents stopped wearing jewelry in public for fear of being robbed.”
The story also quotes an anonymous blogger who writes: “The Courts public housing project is a cesspit. There are drug dealers and hookers openly plying their trade at all hours.” The Mirror, another British tabloid, reports that the two were lured into a car and “taken to a gang of killers in a deadly ambush.”"It’s not like everyone is walking around carrying semi-automatic weapons,” Moore said. “That would be the impression I get reading the British papers.”Virginia Haley, president of the Sarasota visitors bureau, said her office has been monitoring news coverage and reaching out to United Kingdom customers in the aftermath of the shooting. “We have to make sure we’re not dealing with crazy rumors,” Haley said Monday.
CRAZY RUMORS ? Well here is a reality check for the Sarasota Herlad Tribune, Virginia Haley and Sarasota Realtor Shannon Moore, those British Newspapers are quoting an article published just 6 months ago in the Sarasota Herald Tribune about Newtown’s violent “Second Line Gang” who were packin semi-automatic weapons doing robberies and killing people, see below;
Sarasota Herald Tribune Published: Monday, October 11, 2010. SPECIAL REPORT: Newtown’s violent “Second Line Gang” (with “Young Savage Tattoo”). For months, Second Line gang members armed with semi-automatic guns roved the Newtown neighborhood at night, looking for somebody to stick up. In 2008 and 2009 they took street violence to a new level in Newtown, a one-square-mile collection of homes and apartments where people call each other by nicknames from childhood and families go back three and four generations.
Twelve people were shot and killed in and around Newtown in the two-year period from February 2008 to February 2010. Gang members are either suspected, charged or convicted in eight of those homicides. At its peak, the gang violence was so bad that many residents stopped wearing jewelry in public for fear of being robbed. Police responded with an increased focus on gang activity that led to two murder convictions against key members of the Second Line gang.
Second Line Gang members killed six people, police say, in one eight-month period. They shot and killed a grocery clerk over a $300 gold chain. They shot and killed a dental assistant who happened to drive by a robbery. And in the middle of the day in a crowded parking lot, they shot and killed a U.S. Marine reservist outside a convenience store.
In my capacity as a private investigator I am often doing Insurance Fraud and Workers Comp Fraud cases in the general vicinity of Newtown and the North Side of Sarasota Fl. Let’s get real here, the Newtown area of MLK Blvd has drug dealers and look-outs on bikes stationed on about every other street corner ready and willing to make a deal or to signal a nearby drug house if Five-O comes down the street, this happens at 10:00 am or 10:00 pm 24/7. If I have to do surveilance in the Newtown-North Side area of Sarasota Fl you can be sure that I have a weapon in my vehicle to protect myself.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com