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High-Tech Investigation Proves Grandmother Violated Domestic Violence Injunction

SPRING HILL – A grandmother’s inability to accurately judge distances landed her behind bars Monday, after she violated a restraining order by parking her car too close to the protected victim.

According to officials, 60-year-old Debra Jean Carpenter violated a domestic violence injunction when she parked her car at the intersection of Tarrytown Drive and Cascade Street to drop off her grandchildren. Carpenter told deputies that she utilized Google Maps to calculate the distance between the intersection and the victim’s residence at 7263 Tarrytown Drive, and it showed that she was 528 feet from the victim’s home.

Deputy Anthony Belmonte decided to solve the dispute by using a Pro Laser II to measure the distance from where Carpenter says she parked her car and the victim’s property. Unfortunately for Carpenter, the exact distance turned out to be 273.4 feet, which confirmed that a violation did occur.

Carpenter was taken into custody and booked into the Hernando County Jail on a $500 bond for violating the injunction.

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  • Personally the fact that she had stopped down at the corner showed her intentions of not going any closer. That should have been good enough since minor children were involved. Had she parked wayyy down the other side to double that distance just to be double sure she was safe….could have put the lives and safety of those minor children in jeopardy. After all Tarrytown/Cascade/Cobblestone Dr area, is drug city loaded with pedophilesome and sex offenders, and drug trafficking. I would be FURIOUS if someone dropped off my kids in that neighborhood and drove off, hoping they would get to the house safely. That would be gross negligence. This arrest was uncalled for, but I DO AGREE there is more to this story. Tom, when Grandma gets released if she isn’t already, you need to interview her to get her side of this story.

    Monday, 17 July 2017, 4:48 am
  • Its really a shame how you all feel sorry for the perp, but not the victim.Why does the granny have a restraining order in the first place…..lies and bs

    Sunday, 16 July 2017, 10:55 am
  • I don’t believe this is the sweet innocent grannie that bakes cookies and is moral orrientated

    Saturday, 15 July 2017, 12:40 pm
  • keep the facts straight. Maybe someone is trying to protect himself and the children and eliminate problems. Follow the law

    Saturday, 15 July 2017, 11:07 am
  • Seems that you fine people forget some important facts. First off why did this sweet innocent Granny have a restraining order on her in the first place. Second I don’t believe google maps lies. Third why didn’t the daughter drive up to drop off the kids, not handicap. The police did their job, its called follow the law. So if the ex did nothing and something did happen that would be ok, Think not, We all need to follow rules. Way more to the story.

    Saturday, 15 July 2017, 11:01 am
  • First off , she violated a set in place restraining order, right. a clear violation. Second, google maps don’t lie. Third if it was the ex husband that did this would they have done the same thing? Fourth why did this grandma have a restraining order against her in the first place.stop blaming others and the law officers for following the law. What is right is right.

    Saturday, 15 July 2017, 10:44 am
  • All of you complaining about the sheriff obviously have no clue how the law works. The person with the protective order obviously complained, the sheriff is legally obligated to arrest the offending party no matter how trivial it may seem to you.

    What happens if the sheriff refuses to do their duty and grandma goes back later and kills someone?

    Saturday, 15 July 2017, 12:22 am
  • This is sad in so many ways. The “protected party” complains that the grandmother parked too close to their house in order to drop off their children after a visit with the grandmother. My thought is that the grandmother parked at the corner where she thought she was a safe distance away and could still watch the children to make sure they got to their house safely. A very reasonable action for a grandparent to take. Looking at the map provided, if the grandmother would have parked another 226.6 feet away from the house and given the curvature of the road, she probably would not have been able to watch the children until they safely arrived at their house which would in essence force the grandparent to do something unreasonable. However, if she had indeed parked a full 500 feet, as the laser sees it, so as not to offend the “protected party” and something happened to one or more of those children while walking from her car to their residence out of the grandparents sight, you can bet your bottom dollar that the “protected party” would be blaming whatever happened on the grandmother because she did not put the children’s interests and safety first.

    This woman was put in a position where she was damned if she did and damned if she didn’t. The “protected party” in this case sounds like a whining drama queen who only cares about getting back at the grandmother for some reason and doesn’t really give two hoots about the safety of their own children because if they did, they would have been out there to meet the grandmother and retake custody of the children to insure their safety.

    Another questionable area is how was the visit arranged, given the protection order, and how did the grandmother pick up the children at the beginning of the visit.

    Unfortunately, the Deputy at the scene is not allowed to look at all the circumstances and make a judgement call as to whether the grandmother actually did what was in the best interests of the children. All he could do was enforce the strict lettering of the protection order which in turn puts him in a position where he is also damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

    This one will be up to the Court to sort out and I sincerely hope that the Judge who hears this case has the common sense to see through the family drama and instruct all of the parties to act in the best interests of the children first and learn how to put their petty drama aside in order to do so.

    The age of the children should make no difference and their assured safety should be paramount above all else. A look back at what happened to Jennifer Odom so many years ago SHOULD make any parent or grandparent very cautious concerning the safety of their own children. Unfortunately many parents nowadays are more concerned with themselves and their lives being filled with drama than they are about their children’s well being.

    In this case and with the information provided so far, it certainly does appear that the grandmother may well have been set up for this violation by someone who is only out to create drama and make everyone else’s lives miserable while doing so and then relishing in what they have done when in fact, they should be ashamed of themselves!!

    Friday, 14 July 2017, 10:47 pm
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    Friday, 14 July 2017, 9:11 pm
  • There has to be more to this story. Someone had to have contacted the HCSO and complained. So really it’s nit picking by the protected person or more happened.

    Friday, 14 July 2017, 7:04 pm
  • Just plain SAD! for grandma, children, SO & whoever called them to report such a sad, sad thing!

    Friday, 14 July 2017, 5:56 pm
  • Wow hcso just wow. Not gonna lie i have caught a prowling charge once. Walking home from the store milk in hand.

    Friday, 14 July 2017, 10:42 am
  • Granny lives matter.

    Friday, 14 July 2017, 9:47 am
  • I agree with AJ it does depend on the age of the children and that is Pretty Petty. I do respect those sheriff’s department but sometimes these little trivial things can go too far. Maybe the Mother was complaining a lot but then why did she have the grandchildren.

    Friday, 14 July 2017, 9:46 am
    • my question too. its ok for her to have the grandchildren but not come near her. definitely more to this story.

      Saturday, 15 July 2017, 3:00 pm

    Friday, 14 July 2017, 9:44 am
  • google probably measures the traveling distance, laser a straight line… nit picking really.

    Friday, 14 July 2017, 6:09 am
  • I hate to say it but this seems pretty trivial. Granny was dropping off the kids at the corner. It’s not like she was sitting in front of someones house stalking them. Depending on the ages of the children it could have been for their safety.

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 11:24 pm
  • curious as to the back story as you can file one of these against any one with no proof or evidence. Probably the most abused part of the court system. Ive seen people get arrested for being at a store by coincidence or if they know you have a gym membership some where and go get one and show up. Ive seen one where theres an app you can send fake text msgs from any number and get the other person violated. you cant fault the officers as the law is on these is very strict and so is the liability. is there more to this or was she just dropping off the grand kids and once again the system is abused?

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 11:06 pm
  • A grandma dropping off her grandkids… that’s all these cops around here in Spring Hill have to deal with??

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 10:22 pm
  • Does seem so petty. WHY THE INJUNCTION??? WHEN SHE PARKED DID SHE SAY OR DO SOMETHING ELSE??? Alot seems missing here. Please tell us the REST OF THE STORY!! UNBELIEVABLE says she asked same questions earlier tonight but I don’t see her post!!!

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 10:10 pm
  • Now we measure the distance she was dropping off the kids what a joke but we can have vehicles drive down Spring Hill Drive all day and every day well over the speed limit and thats ok take the radar guns out of the cars because they are NOT being used

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 10:01 pm
  • Howww do you do it H.C.S.O?? ETHICALLY Unethical? or Unethically Ethical? I’m neutral on this one.

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 9:40 pm
  • Toms SCARED to post bad things about the sheriff. What’s the matter Tom??
    Is he holding ur ⚽️?’S??

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 8:13 pm
  • Jeesh! And I thought MAPQUEST was bad!

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 7:50 pm
  • All I can say is this- the Grandmother is arrested for dropping off her Grandkids down the street…? Guess Granny did something to have the restraing order..OK then if Granny’s that bad Why is she allowed to be near the kids,….This sounds like “2 sides to every story”- maybe I missed part One.

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 7:17 pm
  • Wow must have been a slow day there in Hernando County huh? so ridiculous.

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 7:07 pm
  • Thats pretty low on the police’s part. She was attempting to obey the law.

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 5:59 pm
  • Pretty outrageous. If she had caused a raucous or something but just dropping off kids. Come on please.

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 5:56 pm
  • Are they sure this was intentional or did she just misjudge. Iam sure it worked for the sheriff and the money that was hid should work for her

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 5:39 pm
  • Was the injunction related to the kids?

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 5:36 pm
  • This is stupid. Find something more threatening to our community than this.

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 4:57 pm
  • Sounds pretty cheap to me. They set her up. Should not even of had the grand kids.

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 4:47 pm
    • Just curious. WHY was the injunction placed against her in the first place?? Also, when parked there DID SHE SAY OR DO ANYTHING??? This seems little crazy to me but we are missing alot of the story I feel. Perhaps her google memory can be used in court to prove her point ???

      Thursday, 13 July 2017, 6:43 pm
    • She was dropping off her grandkids- Enough said?

      Thursday, 13 July 2017, 7:19 pm
  • Omfg really.huh i guess 2.3 million dollar errors are ok but a 60 year old lady is off by a few feet and shes in jail wow only in hazzard county!boss hog walks away after stealing millions,old lady in jail.whetes all this high tech equipment when millions of $$ are missing.i know it sounds crazy but as a tax payer id rather see crimes costing us $$$$$$$$$ more thoroughly investegated then nit pick on a senior citizen over a few feet

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 4:34 pm
  • Damn had to go through all that… And had to go through that..with..a. c.o.p …. Nobody got hobbies anymore huh Tom? Lol just saying.

    Thursday, 13 July 2017, 4:22 pm

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