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FIGHTING BACK

Neighbors taunted by 'bully' awarded $1.6 million

'I had to buy a gun. Why? To defend my wife and myself'

(NAPLES NEWS) GOODLAND — He was called the neighborhood bully.

For years, Richard “Blinkie” Karnes of Goodland taunted his neighbors, cursed at them, antagonized children, sprayed chemicals on a senior citizen, ran over a handyman and threatened to kill neighbors with a gun or by tossing them in the canal, the neighbors say. Five of them obtained restraining orders to protect themselves, but they say it didn’t stop his foul mouth, harassment or attacks. So some of them sued.

Last week, a Collier circuit court jury awarded $1,654,000 to Leo and Anna Poupour, Christopher Kohlmeyer, Jay McMillen and his business, All Marine Services, agreeing the neighbors had been assaulted and defamed, and suffered from emotional distress.

 

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