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Man Chases WPEC Reporter, Cameraman Off Property at Gunpoint
Media Bistro ^ | 2/1/13

Posted on 02/01/2013 11:46:53 AM PST by SoFloFreeper

WPEC reporter Al Pefley (right) and cameraman Dana Szpunar have filed a complaint with the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office after a homeowner chased them off his property with a gun...

Pefley, who wore dark clothes, had been knocking on doors to find residents willing to be interviewed when he arrived at Jeffrey Eassa‘s property. Eassa, 47, is a former principal at Acreage Pines Elementary.

Pefley admitted that the gate to Eassa’s driveway was padlocked, but the door to the walkway wasn’t. So Pefley and Szpunar, camera on his shoulder, walked up the house. They startled Eassa, who was packing his car in the driveway.

“Get the f… off my property, that’s how people get shot,” Eassa told the men as he ran inside the house. He came out with a handgun and, according to Pefley’s statement to PBSO, followed the men to the property line at gunpoint as a woman in the doorway of the house yelled: “Jeffrey, get back here!”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: arrogance; guns; media; tv
Maybe a little overreaction, but I have handed out political stuff before. If someone's driveway is locked shut, or they have a gate, I am smart enough to realize they don't want to be bothered.

I leave my items somewhere, but don't go up to their door.

Or don't leave anything at all.

1 posted on 02/01/2013 11:47:02 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

It’s all good. Nobody got hurt, and you have a reporter who is now one IQ point smarter.


2 posted on 02/01/2013 11:57:03 AM PST by lurk
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To: SoFloFreeper

In the State of Texas it is unlawful to enter anyone’s property that is fenced with a gate or has a notice posted. It is unlawful trespass. Furthermore it is trespass to enter any property without permission that has a purple painted stripe on any object within the property.

If that had happened in Texas the man had every right to show his gun on his own property, of which these punks trespassed.


3 posted on 02/01/2013 12:04:57 PM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: SoFloFreeper

He didn’t realize they were media until he drove them away.

Had he realized they were media, he should have driven them away even faster. I will at least be courteous to Williamson family con artists. But not to media.


4 posted on 02/01/2013 12:05:46 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Al Pefly? The homeowner could have shaken a stick at him and he’d have crapped his pants and ran to the news van.


5 posted on 02/01/2013 12:05:52 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: lurk
and you have a reporter who is now one IQ point smarter.

Wow, it doubled!
6 posted on 02/01/2013 12:12:25 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: SoFloFreeper
Pefley, who wore dark clothes, had been knocking on doors to find residents willing to be interviewed

At 9 o'clock at night?!?!

7 posted on 02/01/2013 12:20:09 PM PST by Carl Vehse
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To: DH
In the State of Texas it is unlawful to enter anyone’s property that is fenced with a gate or has a notice posted. It is unlawful trespass. Furthermore it is trespass to enter any property without permission that has a purple painted stripe on any object within the property.

I've lived in Texas all my life, and I've never heard about the purple stripe thing. I'll have to look into it. Do you know where that comes from?

8 posted on 02/01/2013 12:34:30 PM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: DH
In the State of Texas it is unlawful to enter anyone’s property that is fenced with a gate or has a notice posted. It is unlawful trespass. Furthermore it is trespass to enter any property without permission that has a purple painted stripe on any object within the property.
So what is the meaning and rational of the purple stripe? A fence and a gate is pretty obvious, a purple stripe less so.

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9 posted on 02/01/2013 12:34:38 PM PST by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
I used to live out there. The Acreage is an area with no street lights, most homes are on dirt roads and are on a minimum of 1.13 acres. It is unincorporated and there are no local police. Last I knew, there were about 4 Palm Beach County Sheriff's officers responsible for all of the Acreages’ 40,000 residents. Pefley was a moron for going out there at night and he knows better.
10 posted on 02/01/2013 12:37:05 PM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Those two TV jackasses are lucky they didn’t get shot.

The woman in the doorway needs to learn to STFU.


11 posted on 02/01/2013 12:42:47 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
a woman in the doorway of the house yelled: “Jeffrey, get back here!”

"...you left the magazine on the kitchen table!"

12 posted on 02/01/2013 12:46:16 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: DH
Re: Purple stripes

I looked this up, and it is apparently the case in several states now. Purple Stripes = No Trespassing. Hell of a lot cheaper than signs for large landowners. Guess it's time to go buy some purple outdoor laytex and hit some of my trees. Thanks!

13 posted on 02/01/2013 12:48:49 PM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

PACKING HIS CAR?? Dang, and here I thought my 17rd 9mm was a little on the heavy side...


14 posted on 02/01/2013 12:49:36 PM PST by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The homeowner yelled for the trespassers to get off the property, then he went in the house for his gun. When the homeowner came back out, the trespassers were still on the property.

They felt entitled to stay there.


15 posted on 02/01/2013 12:52:52 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: liberalh8ter

He’s lucky not to have been shot and become lion food nearby! Maybe alligator food?
When I visit friends, out there, I call first and then announce my arrival with a horn blast signal!


16 posted on 02/01/2013 12:53:27 PM PST by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: zeugma

§ 30.05. CRIMINAL TRESPASS. (a) A person commits an
offense if he enters or remains on or in property, including an
aircraft or other vehicle, of another without effective consent or
he enters or remains in a building of another without effective
consent and he:
(1) had notice that the entry was forbidden; or
(2) received notice to depart but failed to do so.
(b) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Entry” means the intrusion of the entire body.
(2) “Notice” means:
(A) oral or written communication by the owner or
someone with apparent authority to act for the owner;
(B) fencing or other enclosure obviously
designed to exclude intruders or to contain livestock;
(C) a sign or signs posted on the property or at
the entrance to the building, reasonably likely to come to the
attention of intruders, indicating that entry is forbidden;
(D) the placement of identifying purple paint
marks on trees or posts on the property, provided that the marks
are:
(i) vertical lines of not less than eight
inches in length and not less than one inch in width;
(ii) placed so that the bottom of the mark
is not less than three feet from the ground or more than five feet
from the ground; and
(iii) placed at locations that are readily
visible to any person approaching the property and no more than:
(a) 100 feet apart on forest land; or
(b) 1,000 feet apart on land other
than forest land; or


17 posted on 02/01/2013 12:56:16 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Carl Vehse
"At 9 o'clock at night?!?! "

Entered through a closed gate into a fenced area, dressed like a peeping tom -- in an area known to have a serial peeping tom problem.

Here in Texas, they were committing "Criminal Trespass in the Night-time", in which scenario, deadly force is authorized.

Further, in several such cases, the trespassers were adjudged to have forfeited -- and the landowner was permitted to confiscate -- any equipment brought onto the posted property during the commission of the violation -- including nice, new vehicles.

18 posted on 02/01/2013 12:57:35 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Al Pefley (right) and cameraman Dana Szpunar have filed a complaint

The only reason to do that is to make an anti-gun political statement. Time to picket the reporter's home.

19 posted on 02/01/2013 12:59:57 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: GOYAKLA
Pefley knew better. Anyone in West Palm knows better.
20 posted on 02/01/2013 1:01:34 PM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: donna

Al Pefley (right) and cameraman Dana Szpunar have filed a complaint
The only reason to do that is to make an anti-gun political statement. Time to picket the reporter’s home.


After dark, in dark clothing. Carrying torches


21 posted on 02/01/2013 1:06:14 PM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: SoFloFreeper
The "media" don't think regular rules/laws apply to them, only to the "little" people (us). They are exempt from such laws because they support their selected boy-king and are allowed to go anywhere and ask anyone anything.

The "reporter" was told to leave the property but didn't until forced to by the owner. How would the owner know they were "media"? Criminals are known to have impersonated LEO's, for cryin' out loud.

And to conservatives, the "media" are considered the lowest form of criminal there is... well, maybe not as bad as pedophiles, but still, pretty much low-life scum. The "media" better start to get a clue that we hate them even more than they hate us!

22 posted on 02/01/2013 1:20:41 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: lurk

We need more, not less, of this. It’s time to have a serious discussion about limiting the 1st Amendment freedoms that the media enjoys. They have demonstrated over and over that they cannot and will not accept the responsibilities that goes along with such freedom. Obviously, regulation is the only answer.

Yeah, semi-sarc


23 posted on 02/01/2013 1:25:03 PM PST by pingman (ust)
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To: pingman
-- It's time to have a serious discussion about limiting the 1st Amendment freedoms that the media enjoys. --

Yes. Some common sense restrictions need to be instituted. The pen being more mighty than the sword, I propose that certain sensitive locations be reporter-free zones.

24 posted on 02/01/2013 1:33:59 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: SoFloFreeper

Take that you slackers!
25 posted on 02/01/2013 1:35:04 PM PST by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: zeugma
A bit of advice from hard-won experience: Apply a good patch of white paint or primer and let it dry -- before applying the purple paint over it.

Otherwise, the purple paint will absorb into many types of bark -- and will be nearly invisible when it dries...

26 posted on 02/01/2013 1:35:26 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: zeugma

Paint a purple stripe on a post or tree and its the same a No Trespass sign. Not sure where this came from, but its the law.


27 posted on 02/01/2013 2:48:32 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

““Get the f… off my property, that’s how people get shot,” Eassa told the men as he ran inside the house. He came out with a handgun and, according to Pefley’s statement to PBSO, followed the men to the property line at gunpoint..”

This, to me, seems like a normal reaction by the property owner, and I have no problem with it. He doesn’t know who these turds are or their intentions.

These nazi propagandists should thank Satan that they weren’t dispatched in pieces to hades.

I’m on this man’s side.

When dealing with the enemy, present your worst possible side.


28 posted on 02/01/2013 5:04:00 PM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: zeugma

It is a relatively new law within the statutes of the Secretary of state regulations.

I will try to relocate it and give you the exact reg when I get time.


29 posted on 02/01/2013 6:26:06 PM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

See post #13


30 posted on 02/01/2013 6:27:52 PM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Overreaction?

They trespassed on his property and he told them in no uncertain terms to go away.

Even in Palm Beach, a Floridian has the right to protect themselves and their property from uninvited intruders.

Poor scared reporters. How awfull for them to experience intimidation!(heavy sarcasm)
Their managers should be required to review the rules with them on what is marginally acceptable on public property, and what is not allowed on private property.

31 posted on 02/01/2013 7:51:03 PM PST by sarasmom (The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
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