Dueling DV Injunctions Filed Following the Arrest of Local Firefighters
HERNANDO – On Monday RNRF reported the arrest of two local firefighters, after officials say they stole supplies and may have injected the girlfriend of one firefighter with a non-narcotic pain reliever. CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL STORY
The accusations came as a shock to the community and fellow firefighters who say their intentions were not malicious and that a “vindictive ex-girlfriend” is to blame.
According to a report just released by officials, on March 5th Deputy Chief Kevin Carroll contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report that he had received a facebook message from Brooke Willis claiming that her former boyfriend, Robert Stansell, had stolen supplies from a Station 5 rescue vehicle. Willis claims Stansell brought Sodium Chloride, Toradol (a non-narcotic pain reliever), Zofran (an anti-nausea medication), an IV administration kit, and bandages to help her with an illness. Willis says she reported the incident because she began receiving threats from Stansell’s uncle, who happens to be a Lieutenant with Clearwater Fire Rescue.
On March 6th Carroll received a text from Willis who said she Stansell had viewed the texts on her phone ad that “…I think he read everything.” Carroll later received a text from the Willis’ cellphone stating that it was wrong to bring up anything about Stansell and that he is a great firefighter who enjoys his career. The text further stated that all the supplies came from the Clearwater FD. Prior to receiving the recantation from Willis, Carroll received pictures of the supplies that were proven to be those purchased by HCFR, not the Clearwater FD. Concerned for Willis’ safety, Carroll says he contacted the Sheriff’s Office because he had received earlier messages from Willis, claiming that Stansell had been abusive towards her.
On March 7th investigators made contact with Willis’ mother, Michelle Lamanna, who said the relationship between her daughter and Stansell had been rocky and that her daughter might be in danger after Stansell learned that Willis had contacted Chief Carroll.
Detectives located Willis at Bayfront Spring Hill Hospital where they conducted an interview. According to Willis, for 3-4 weeks she had been receiving IV treatments from Stansell and another firefighter, later identified as Dylan Rittenhouse, due to a recent miscarriage. Willis allowed Detectives to view messages from her cellphone where Stansell is quoted as saying to Willis “We didn’t touch you and you would sign a refusal or do a report.” Another text to Stansell shows Willis proving to him that she had recanted her allegations to Chief Carroll. Stansell’s reply to her message is “Looks good, don’t block him, that’s sketchy, he’s a cool guy.” An even more disturbing text sent to Willis from Stansell states “you should do the right thing and message the detective and tell him you were lying as well.”
Additional message were turned over to detectives showing several conversations between Willis, Stansell, and Rittenhouse discussing the issue. In a message from Rittenhouse to Willis, he states “What did you say to Carroll?” “Just want to know if this goes anywhere everyone’s story is needs to be on the same page.” “I am staying neutral.” Willis never responded.
It should be noted that neither firefighter is certified by the State of Florida to administer IV’s.
On March 8th investigators received a call from Willis informing them that she had been served with an ex parte domestic violence injunction and that she had been removed from her home on Monarch Street, where both she and Stansell reside. According to the information located on the Hernando County Clerk’s website, a hearing is scheduled for March 20th where a judge will rule on testimony provided by Willis and Stansell regarding accusations of domestic violence. On March 13th Willis filed her own petition for an injunction against domestic violence against Stansell. That case has two scheduled hearing dates; one on March 20th and a second on March 27th.
Allegations that narcotics were administered by Rittenhouse and Stansell have not been confirmed.
We will bring more on this story as it develops.
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