September 30, 2023
Janice McKee

A Villager jailed in a feud together with her neighbor will name upon the general public defender’s workplace for her illustration in court docket.

Janice Frances McKee, 78, of the Village of Hacienda East, continues to be held with out bond on the Sumter County Detention Middle.

She was arrested June 8 after allegedly trimming her neighbor’s tree in what seems to be a long-running dispute. She had been free on $2,000 bond when she was arrested a second time on June 23 when she drove onto her neighbor’s garden together with her golf cart and proceeded to hit her neighbor with a stick, in line with an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Workplace. The second arrest was thought-about a violation of her bond from the primary arrest.

In a monetary disclosure kind filed in Sumter County Court docket, McKee indicated she receives about $2,000 per thirty days in Social Safety advantages and one other $2,000 in retirement/pension advantages. She additionally owns a 2016 Dodge Caravan and has about $200,000 in excellent debt/liabilities. She indicated on the shape she would require the providers of the general public defender’s workplace.

She is due in court docket on July 26.

McKee, who lives at 1301 Fontana Court docket, has property that backs as much as the residence of 89-year-old William Calabrese at 1302 Corona Ave.

He mentioned he had been sitting in his home at about 7 p.m. June 23 when McKee drove her golf cart into his yard. He walked out the backdoor and requested McKee to go away. Calabrese’s canine ran out the backdoor and commenced operating circles round McKee’s canine, prompting the Buffalo, N.Y. native to swing a stick at her neighbor’s canine. He advised her to cease swinging the stick at his canine and he stepped in between them to attempt to shield his canine. McKee’s stick struck her neighbor within the shoulder. She received again into her golf cart, drove it onto the roadway and went again inside her home.

As of June 1, McKee has been banned from getting into her neighbor’s property.

After she was taken into custody and was being transported to the Sumter County Detention Middle, McKee advised a deputy, “I’m going to get him” and “He’s going to pay.” She was launched after posting $3,000 bond.

Previous to her first arrest, sheriff’s deputies had responded 5 instances to disputes involving the warring neighbors. Her June 8 arrest got here after Calabrese offered deputies with a photograph of McKee on his property, subsequent to his tree with “tree loppers and a rubbish can.” The tree was 19 toes from the neighbors’ mutual property line.

McKee, who acknowledged she had been warned a number of instances to remain off Calabrese’s property, claimed she “wanted to chop down the tree with a view to have an efficient survey accomplished.” She confirmed deputies a satellite tv for pc picture of the property however “had drawn a brand new line on the picture with a pen, chopping via his residence and claiming half of his home was hers additionally.”

She had beforehand taken the shears to Calabrese’s peach tree in a earlier incident, however it was so near the property line that no arrest was made in that case.

McKee had no earlier prison historical past.

Calabrese had a deed compliance violation, which was the topic of the listening to earlier this month, involving a landscaping mattress subsequent to the driveway and within the highway proper of manner. He has addressed the problem and his property is now again in compliance. Calabrese was additionally discovered to have put down landscaping in 2017 with out Architectural Overview Committee approval. He bought the house in 2007 for $260,000.

McKee and her husband bought their house in 2016 for $258,000. He died one yr later.