…. I almost forgot ! … Whatever you do – Don’t vote for Julio Gonzalez for Judge!!!
………. Here is an amazing blog posting from a few years back, detailing how Judge Gonzalez coddled criminals of the worse kind…. We were able to deny him his Judgeship in the last election, but like a bad rash, he keeps coming back !!
Give it a read if you don’t remember it….
the men who yesterday received a restraining order from Judge Julio E.
Gonzalez Jr. against a Poinsettia Heights man, were obtained today by
Tim Smith’s Fort Lauderdale.
They are sometimes called
the Railroad Track Gang, not so lovingly, by residents in the four
neighborhoods surrounding NE 13th Street in Fort Lauderdale.
been holding up in makeshift campsites along the RR tracks, and some are
suspect in the areas’ recent surge in crimes. They had complained to
the Public Defenders Office that local businessman and artist Steve
Sticht, had chased them with a chainsaw, posted wanted posters of them,
and threatened to kill them.
Sticht, a member of one of the area’s
anti-crime committees, says that is “all bull”, that he just cut down
one of their many campsites, dubbed “Camp Crackhead”, after authorities
were either unable or unwilling to accomplish it.
Here are the men and some highlights of their rap sheets:
Steven Charles Newton (42)
Multi State Offender
Total Felony Charges – 15
Total Felony Convictions – 5
Total Misdemeanor Charges – 9
Total Misdemeanor Convictions – 2
Total Failure to Appear – 3
Total Incarcerations – 5
( charges include Burglary, Larceny, Cocaine Possession, Resisting Arrest, Cocaine-Sell, Trespassing,among others)
Michael Scarola (39)
a.k.a. – Michael Carpece,
– Cross Eyed Mike
Total Felony Charges – 11
Total Felony Convictions – 6
Total Misdemeanor Charges – 20
Total Misdemeanor Convictions – 11
( charges include Burglary, Larceny, Cocaine Possession, Lewd/Lasciv,
Prostitution, Trespassing, Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest, Drugs Sell,
James Earl Brown (38)
Total Felony Charges – 7
Total Felony Convictions – 3
Total Misdemeanor Charges – 4
Total Misdemeanor Convictions- 0
Total Failure to Appear – 5
Total Incarcerations – 0
(charges include Burglary, Larceny, Fraud, Cocaine Possession, Cocaine-Distr, Trespassing, among others)
Terry Dwayne Hampton (41)
Total Felony Charges – 2
Total Felony Convictions – 1
(charges include Cocaine Possession, Drug Equip, Trespassing)
men have a Protective Order in place against Sticht, which orders him
to stay away from their residence, which in this case we assume means
“Camp CrackHead” on the FEC Railroad line! Another hearing is scheduled
on April 17.
In a move that stunned neighborhoods that have been under siege from
street criminals over many years, Judge Gonzalez, acting under the
request of the Broward Public Defenders Office, ordered local business
man and neighborhood crime fighter, Stephen Sticht, to stay away from
the areas’ admitted drug addicts and suspected burglars.
According to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, some of the men he was ordered
to stay away from had felony convictions for cocaine possession,
prostitution, lewd and lascivious conduct, burglary and grand
theft. The Judge also ordered Sticht to “surrender any weapons that he
had to Law Enforcement”. Sticht was accused by the felons of
“posting wanted posters ” of them, chasing them with a chainsaw, and
threatening to kill them.
Sticht denies all of the felons’ allegations.
Sticht says he used his chainsaw to decimate the “crackhead camp” that
they had built along the RR tracks. Sticht’s neighborhood, and those
surrounding it, had experienced a marked increase in burgularies, (homes
and cars), as well as many other crimes since the encampment
arrived. City Officials had not been successful in eliminating it.
Tuesday night, at the Council of Civic Associations monthly meeting,
(an advocacy group that fights for neighborhoods), Judge Gonzalez had
operatives handing out his reelection brochures. Some in attendance,
keenly aware of Gonzalez’s ruling earlier in the day, were drawn to the
last line of his brochure that claimed he was “devoted to family and
community”. One attendee was overheard asking, “is that the criminal
community, or our community”.
A formal hearing on the
matter is tentatively scheduled for April 17th, where many in the
affected neighborhoods hope that the Judge will decide that he is
devoted to the law-abiding members of their neighborhoods, not the