Convicted child killer gets 30 years prison

Nov 17, 2014

We were in court while a convicted child killer was sentenced. Derric Johnson was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, Brianna Addison.

According to investigators, in January, 2013, Johnson was babysitting the little girl when he beat her with a belt and shoe. The little girl was then put to bed in their Horizon Apartment home. When she didn't wake up the next morning, her mother called 9-1-1.

The victim's mother and father were both in the courtroom for the sentencing. Neither of them spoke in court. The father agreed to speak briefly outside of the courtroom.

"It felt good, he was sentenced," Brandon Addison said. "I think the sentencing was fair," he added.

http://www.abc-7.com/story/27408552/convicted-child-killer-gets-30-years-prison#.VHzyzclt-a8
 
Fort Myers cops arrest man after hit-and-run crash

Fort Myers man was arrested for hit and run, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon after Fort Myers police tried to stop a car he was driving Tuesday.

An FMPD officer tried to pull over Bruce Edward Wade Jr., 26, after running a license check on his car and finding Wade only had a state identification card.

When Wade saw the officer’s car with lights and siren he sped up instead of stopping and eventually hit the rear of a Cadillac SUV near the Horizon Apartments on Summerlin Road.

After the crash Wade left the car in gear with the engine on and ran off. After stopping the car, police found two boxes with 58 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition in a backpack in the trunk.

Two people in the SUV were not hurt, but the crash caused $6,000 damage to both vehicles.

Police searched the apartments and eventually found and arrested Wade. A woman at the apartment where Wade was found, Mikia Rogers, was also arrested for impedeing the investigation.

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/crime/2014/09/24/fort-myers-cops-arrest-man-hit-run-crash/16158015/

 

FMPD investigating shooting at Fort Myers apartment complex

Apr 21, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Fort Myes Police are conducting a shooting investigation at the Horizon Apartment Complex off Summerlin Rd.

At this time, details are very limited but there is a major police presence at the complex.

WINK News has a crew on the scene. Count on WINK News to bring you any new details as they become available.

http://www.winknews.com/Lights-Sirens/2014-04-21/FMPD-investigating-shooting-at-Fort-Myers-apartment-complex

 
FMPD makes arrest in Horizons Apartments death investigation
February 1, 2013 Horizons Apartments death investigation

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers Police have made an arrest in the death of a baby this week at the Horizons Apartments. Authorities arrested 31-year-old Derrick Johnson at 4:30 a.m. on charges of aggravated child abuse and negligent homicide.

Police say Johnson beat 2-year-old Brianna Addison to death while the child's mother was at work.

"The child has numerous contusions to the sternum and facial region. Everything consistent with grabbing hold of a child and shaking a child and beating a child. Anybody who commits child abuse on a child is a monster," said Sgt. O'Reilly of the Fort Myers Police Department.

Johnson has a lengthy record of drug and weapons arrests.

Officials with the Department of Children and Families said, "It's a terrible situation to learn a child suffered in this way. We have an ongoing child welfare investigation and are working closely with law enforcement. The other children are in DCF's care. We have had prior history with this family."

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Say No to Low-Income Public Housing Next to Tanglewood Elementary School
View of Horizons building through Tanglewood Elementary School courtyard In May, 2 children (two and five years old) were shot while caught in the crossfire of a shootout at Sabal Palm apartments, a low-income housing project managed by the Housing Authority of the City of Ft Myers (HACFM), and less than 2 years ago a man was shot and killed there in front of a school bus containing his 2 children. In March a passing car with a baby inside was hit by the crossfire of a shootout. At Palmetto Court, another HACFM property, a man was shot this past February, and a drive-by shooting occurred there 2 years ago. In 2009 a man was shot at Southward Village, the third low-income site managed by the HACFM.

These are not isolated incidents, and it is a matter of public record that additional crime such as manslaughter, assault, drug offenses, robbery and beyond also occur.

33919 United points to this documented track record of crime, violent and otherwise, in addition to gun violence occurring at the housing authority's three existing low-income properties as clear evidence that the children of Tanglewood school would be placed at extreme risk should the housing authority be permitted to complete the conversion of Horizons Apartments to likewise 100% low-income housing.

News Video: Ft Myers Housing Authority Public-Housing Shootings:
"People who live at this apartment complex say it's very dangerous; they tell us many people own guns and they aren't afraid to use them. But now they're sick and tired of constantly fearing for their lives..."
Children Shot at HACFM Housing
Deadly Shooting at Fort Myers Housing Authority Complex
Shooting at HACFM Housing

Ft Myers News-Press Bias Unmistakeable: Tanglewood, Whiskey Creek Community Voices Belittled, Suppressed, Deferred and Blocked
The News-Press does not care about the interests of our communities - stop reading it.
33919 UnitedNews-Press is Bias

August 26, 2011

Law Offices of Garrett S. Flynn, LLC
Pondview Corporate Center
74 Batterson Park Road, Second Floor
Farmington, CT 06034-0887

Gentlepeople:

The (attached) cartoon illustration appearing in the editorial section of the Ft Myers News Press, August 26, 2011, exhibits terrible ethical judgment on the part of the News Press editorial staff and its parent corporation Gannett, for it is clearly devoid of any and all respect for the individuals (and their families) injured or killed at the Housing Authority of the City of Ft Myers' (HACFM) low-income properties, and furthermore makes light of the safety concerns of the surrounding communities currently in opposition to a pending apartment complex conversion to likewise low-income public housing next to their elementary school.

We reiterate: In May of this year, 2 children (two and five years old) were shot while caught in the crossfire of a shootout at Sabal Palm apartments, a low-income housing project managed by the HACFM, and less than 2 years ago a man was shot and killed there in front of a school bus containing his 2 children. In March a passing car with a baby inside was hit by the crossfire of a shootout. At Palmetto Court, another HACFM property, a man was shot this past February, and a drive-by shooting occurred there 2 years ago. In 2009 a man was shot at Southward Village, the third low-income site managed by the HACFM.

Just last night, Lenin Florian was found guilty of Manslaughter in the August 2009 shooting death of Daniel Hernandez outside Sabal Palm Apartments, referenced above.

These are not isolated incidents, and it is a matter of public record that additional crime such as manslaughter, assault, drug offenses, robbery and beyond also occur at each of the HACFM's low income properties.

Moreover, in light of the above, our communities' concern for the safety of the 700 children enrolled at our Tanglewood Elementary School, directly adjacent to which the HACFM is currently developing another low-income project, can hardly be characterized as founded upon "suspicion."

As such, the communities of Tanglewood, Whiskey Creek, Carillon Woods and Cedar Bend of Ft Myers, Florida request (appearing in equal visibility both in print and the online versions of the Ft Myers News Press) a clarification that our communities' interests are directed toward the preservation of the children's safety at Tanglewood Elementary School and that our concerns are based upon the track record of violent crime at each one of the HACFM's existing low-income properties.

Furthermore, in what appears to represent media bias, a Ms. Martha Hill of the News-Press has repeatedly refused to publish (not to mention failed to acknowledge and advise our community as to the status of) our editorial submissions, while having immediately published content that is contrary to our position.

Please advise.

Sincerely,

33919 United
http://www.33919united.com/

 

More here


Video: Wink News interview, August 23, 2011.
Marcus Goodson HACFM Ft Myers Housing Authority Marcus Goodson makes it clear that he and the HACFM have no defense when the issue of violent crime at their existing low-income housing is presented as evidence that their Horizons project will be no different.

As the video illustrates, Goodson completely ignores the question of the 68 gunshots reported fired at the Housing Authority's Sabal Palm (low-income) complex since 2009, and instead suggests that the opposition is basing its argument on false "perceptions" and a lack of familiarity with low-income housing residents. You can also see that Goodson is clearly searching for words here and has no intention of addressing our concerns:

"I think their perceptions of public housing are based on driving by and looking by their car window and probably not having any meaningful relationship with anyone who lives in public housing," Goodson said.

No, Mr. Goodson, our perceptions of Public Housing are based completely upon nothing but documented facts which comprise the terrible track record of violent crime at each one of the HACFM's existing low-income properties.

Whiskey Creek, Tanglewood, Carillon Woods, Cedar Bend, and surrounding communities deserve a better answer. We deserve respect. Goodson and the HACFM dismiss the facts and our concerns and just continue to steamroll into our community. Where is the oversight? How can it be that our voices are not even taken into consideration? When will this agency be made to address its failures and shortcomings? How can they be allowed to perform so miserably, yet no one stops them?

Once again:

In May, 2 children were shot at Sabal Palm apartments and less than 2 years ago a man was shot and killed there. In March a passing car with a baby inside was hit by the crossfire of a shootout. At Palmetto Court a man was shot this past February and a drive-by shooting occurred there 2 years ago. In 2009 a man was shot at Southward Village.

These are not isolated incidents, and it is a matter of public record that additional crime such as manslaughter, assault, drug offenses, robbery and beyond also occur.

It's always the same, Goodson and the HACFM avoid addressing the violent crime at their projects at all costs - even if it means talking nonsense - because acknowledging the crime would be tantamount to an admission of their being incapable of providing safe low-income housing - which is exactly what they are. The HACFM is incapable of controlling their low-income projects, and as such have no right to bully any community into accepting such risk; especially adjacent Tanglwood Elementary School, where the 700 students of which have been entitled by law to a safe and secure education in Article 9, Section 1(a) of the Florida State Constitution.

The HACFM cannot just continue rolling out low-income housing when it has been clearly established that they are incapable of controlling the violent crime at such projects and are not doing anything about it.

It's one thing to ask a community to accept Public Housing, it's quite another to ask a community to violate its own rights to security of person and personal safety in the name of such housing.

The HACFM must acknowledge and address this crime, otherwise Public Housing in Ft Myers will never be safe.

As it stands right now, the HACFM has absolutely no right to ask anyone to accept low-income housing within their community, for they have not earned that right through the establishment of a track record of safe and stable low-income housing.

It is simply outrageous to think (and act) otherwise.


Read our follow-up to the News-Press coverage of 33919 United's opposition to HACFM's Horizon conversion:

Tanglewood Elementary School versus HACFM convenience:

The fate of Tanglewood Elementary is at question; however the HACFM enjoys tremendous funding and many other options available to it for housing development. Therefore, divesting itself of the Horizons property would not significantly hamper the HACFM’s initiative, but would most certainly preserve the integrity of Tanglewood School.

Who are you going to believe: Me, or your lying eyes?

In the article, Goodson and Scott both side-step the documented history of violent crime at HACFM low-income housing (where 2 children were shot just this past May, a man was fatally shot in February; a man was executed and a drive by shooting occurred 2 years ago) yet somehow still expect people to accept that the conversion is safe in the face of these facts.

How could anyone see fit to ask of others that they ignore a track record of violent crime associated with a new project destined for their community and urge them to accept it?

Responsibility:

Ultimately, if we do not someday face this issue of crime plaguing low-income housing in Ft Myers, it will never be safe.

It is our opinion that the HACFM needs to acknowledge, recognize and address the chronic violent crime plaguing each of the low-income projects under its supervision. The same goes for Mr. Scott and the Lee County School Board with regard to its refusal to acknowledge the potential threat to Tanglewood Elementary as posed by the HACFM and its pending Horizons conversion. Both these organizations effect great influence upon our communities, and all of us, including those in need of safe public housing and a safe education, deserve and are entitled to much more responsible social leadership.

More here

PDF here

HACFM Housing not Safe

Horizon Conversion Unconstitutional as per Florida State Law

The Horizons Apartments conversion to low-income public housing is unconstitutional as it would compromise the safety of Tanglewood School; the right of which -- to a safe and secure education -- its children are to be provided, by law, as per the Florida State Constitution.

The danger posed by the conversion manifests itself by way of Horizons Apartment's very close proximity to the school, coupled with the record of violent crime established and exhibited by all such housing as owned and operated by the HACFM.
SECTION 1. Public education.—

(a) The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children residing within its borders. Adequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education and for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of institutions of higher learning and other public education programs that the needs of the people may require.

Please call and email the Florida State Attorney General, Pam Bondi, and urge that she seek an injunction against the Housing Authority of the City of Ft Myers for violating the constitutional right of the Children to a SAFE and SECURE education as per ARTICLE 9, SECTION 1a of the Florida State Constitution:

Email Attorney General Pam Bondi

Office of Attorney General
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Florida Toll Free: 1-866-966-7226

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

Each of the following officials has refused our plea to take an official position against the conversion and washed their hands of the issue simply by claiming to have no authority to intervene in the actions of the Housing Authority. Please make your voice heard by writing and telephoning these officials. Ask that they not abandon the children of Tanglewood School. Tell them they can stop the Horizon Conversion because it is unconstitutional and violates the rights of the children to a safe and secure education.
Mayor Randy Henderson Jr.
Ft Myers City Manager William Mitchell
Ft Myers Councilman Forrest Banks
Mayor Randy Henderson Jr.
2200 Second Avenue
Ft Myers, Florida 33901
239-321-7020
mayorhenderson@cityftmyers.com
William Mitchell
City Manager's Office
2200 Second Street
Ft Myers, FL 33901
239-321-7022
citymanager@cityftmyers.com
Councilman Forrest Banks
2200 Second Avenue
Ft. Myers, Florida 33901
239-321-7000
councilmanbanks@cityftmyers.com
Lee County Commissioner Brian Bigelow
Chairman Lee County School Board Thomas Scott
Lee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Burke
Commissioner Brian Bigelow
Box 398
Ft. Myers, Florida 33902-0398
239-533-2227
DIST2@leegov.com
Thomas Scott
Chairman
The School District of Lee County
2855 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33966
239-334-1102
ThomasWS@leeschools.net
Dr. Joseph Burke
Superintendent of Schools
Lee County School District
2855 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33966  
239-337-8300
JosephB@leeschools.net

Housing Authority Contact
Marcus Goodson Ft Myers Housing Authority
Marcus Goodson
Executive Director
HACFM
4224 Renaissance Preserve Way
Fort Myers, FL 33916
239-334-3221
mgoodson@hacfm.com
 



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Read our June 27, 2011 press release regarding the issue

Ft Myers Crime at HACFM Properties


Tanglewood's soccer fields are in use almost every day and evening with, on occasion, hundreds of people in attendance. Horizons directly overlooks all and actually abuts one of these fields. As such, shots fired within the Horizons complex as well as drive-by gunfire originating from Summerlin Rd. would result in bullets directly entering these fields and school grounds
Tanglewood's soccer fields are in use almost every day and evening with, on occasion, hundreds of people in attendance. Horizons directly overlooks all and actually abuts one of these fields. As such, shots fired within the Horizons complex as well as drive-by gunfire originating from Summerlin Rd. would result in bullets directly entering these fields and school grounds

Horizons kitchens and bathrooms being gutted
Horizons units gutted

Horizons pool being filled-in
Horizons pool filled-in

Horizons Apartments overlooking southeast school campus
Horizons Apartments low-income housing overlooking Tanglewood School's southwest school campus

Path behind Tanglewood Elementary and Horizons Apartments connecting Summerlin Rd south through Manchester Blvd and Summerlin Rd north
Path (and drainage ditch) behind Tanglewood Elementary and Horizons housing connecting Summerlin Rd south through Manchester Blvd and Summerlin Rd north providing unfettered access to school grounds and surrounding communities

View of Horizons building through school courtyard
View of Horizons low-income housing through school courtyard

Soccer field in use on an early Saturday evening, Horizons Apartments in background
Soccer field in use on an early Saturday evening, Horizons low-income public housing in background


Tanglewood Elementary
1620 Manchester Blvd
Ft Myers, FL 33919

Horizons Apartments
5360 Summerlin Rd
Ft Myers, FL 33919
Sabal Palm Apartments
3701 Sabal Palm Blvd
Ft Myers, FL 33916
Palmetto Court
3501 Dale Street
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Southward Village
3040 Franklin Street, Fort Myers, FL 33916