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Man brandishes gun at restaurant

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Billie J. Summers
* Officials discover drugs during search of suspect's vehicle

A Brazil man was arrested Monday after he allegedly brandished a weapon at a local restaurant.

According to information made available by the Brazil City Police Department, an unidentified female filed a complaint with two officers Monday evening identifying Billie J. Summers, 43, Brazil, as the person who pointed a firearm at her while she was at Taco Bell, 2170 East National Avenue, Brazil.

A short time later, an officer spotted Summers driving around in an area near where the victim lives.

BCPD Captain Mark Loudermilk told The Brazil Times the office initiated what is called a "felony stop" on the vehicle, which means Summers was ordered out of the car and told to lie on the ground while officers took him into custody.

"Anytime a firearm or gun is mentioned in a complaint, it becomes paramount in priority for law enforcement. This type of behavior is totally unacceptable," Loudermilk told The Brazil Times Tuesday. "It will end in an arrest 100 percent of the time."

During questioning, according to Loudermilk, Summers made admissions of guilt to officers. The officers allegedly located two weapons (a pistol and a long gun) and an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and marijuana during a search of the vehicle.

Also, officers discovered Summers apparently does not have a permit for the pistol.

Summers was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center for preliminary booking on charges of intimidation, stalking, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana under 30 grams and firearms violations.

Facing a $25,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed), Summers remains incarcerated while awaiting formal court proceedings in the matter.

Officials confirm the case file has been turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for review and there is a potential for more charges in this case.

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Once again the police department put their life on the line and quickly apprehended another druggy with a gun. One more down in this town but sadly, how many others to go. When will people open their eyes to what drug use does to their life and to the lives of others. A huge THANK YOU to our city,county and state police for what you do!

-- Posted by Dyna1 on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 11:11 PM

WOW! Great work by the police. A very terrifying and dangerous situation. Glad no one was hurt.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Tue, Mar 29, 2011, at 11:46 PM

Thank you to the Law Enforcement Officers.

Druggies cannot see what they are doing to their lives and their families' lives when they are stoned. They are not living in the REAL world, they have chosen drugs to escape it instead of facing it.

Hopefully, but doubted, this will be a "wake-up call" for this one.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 3:02 AM

BrazilResidents2003, very sadly, but some people just refuse to be helped. Great job law enforcement!

-- Posted by millertime on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 8:10 AM

I am glad that no one was hurt,, NICE job B.P.D. and now I am left wondering if the next time I go into Taco Bell, should I take my spray bottle with water to protect my self???

-- Posted by 4 ft. nuttin on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 8:40 AM

@BrazilResidents2003, really you think the government is responsible for people doing drugs? Seriously? People make choices everyday of their lives, some make poor choices, they must face the consequences for their poor choices. Doing drugs, pulling guns, committing crimes are choices, no one nor our government caused this man to do the 'wrong' thing. I thank all our law enforcement who go out every day to do their job, for the little pay they make, for everything they put up with & tolerate on the job. It is men & women like them that choose to do the right thing every day that others should aspire to --- to do the right thing everyday, and take responsibility for our actions.

-- Posted by Lacey62 on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 9:18 AM

BrazilResident2003 - Yes, the officers lives were on the line. Anytime an individual is bold enough to display a weapon in a public place such as a restaurant, what makes you think they won't point it directly at officers when they try stopping them?!

-- Posted by clayoriginal on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 9:34 AM

Police officers and Firefighters put their lives on the line every call that they make and every time that they pull over a car or Firefighters run into a burning building. BrazilResident2003 you are right in stating that no where in the article does it say that their lives were on the line but seriously use some common sense. This man pulled a gun on someone in a public place. Are you really that naive to think that he should not be considered dangerous? I agree with the person that said government did not make people choose to do drugs. Once again that is just someone blaming someone for the choices that they make and not holding the person accountable for their actions.

-- Posted by time2growup on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 9:54 AM

BrazilResident2003 I think most of us struggle in the economy right now, I know I certainly do also but NOT ONE TIME have I had to turn to drugs to help get me through! He made the choices just the same way all druggies do and as far as "helping" them...well I'm pretty sure that door to help just got opened for him, starting at the cell door and from there help will be offered to him but it will be his choice to accept it. Substance abusers always have an excuse on why they use, now is the time to put on the big boy/girl pants and take responsibility for their own actions. And yes! without a doubt our officers put their life on the line any time they are having to deal with a crazy individual with a weapon.

-- Posted by Dyna1 on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 11:03 AM

BRAZILRESIDENT2003 .. your type of mentality (blaming others for why people do what they CHOOSE to do) is asinine. Get real and pull your head out of the sand (or wherever it's located).

I agree with DYNA1 .. we ALL struggle nowadays, but we don't ALL turn to drugs or blame anyone other than ourselves for our choices.

Excellent job to the law enforcement officers who (yes) put their lives on the line!! If this guy brandished a weapon at Taco Bell, then was apprehended "in the viciniity of the victim", sounds like he had more on his mind than intimidation.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 11:16 AM

Police always place their lives on the line. How many times have we heard of an officer pulling over a car for a light out only to be shot at (or run over or other)? You just never know what is going through an individual's mind when they are approached by an officer.

BRAZILRESIDENT2003 - maybe you need to rename your handle to FANTASYRESIDENT4EVR

(PS - Firefighters also place thier lives on the line, just wanted to say that)

-- Posted by Bzlobserver on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 12:09 PM

Military also put the lives on the line every day for America.

-- Posted by oknow on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 12:18 PM

you know they say they put thier lives on line, you people are so lame , what about our soldiers who put thier lines on line for us!! you all seem to forget them and they do it for far less pay than our police officers and further more when they get hurt over there what do they get when they get back from overseas ? not a damn thing , no pension; no health care; or all the other perks our police men and fire fighters get . and did you think of why they want to becoe a police officer ; for a lot of them its a power trip , sure we have a few good officers and they do it by choice and can quit anytime but a soldier can never quit at least when i was in the military I a about through venting but i think its about time i see something about the danger our troops are in and not all the BS that happens in this town

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 2:22 PM

Good work Officers. If citizens are truly concerned about their city, and what it is evolving into, they need to be proactive in all aspects. How many of you have attended City Counsel meeting in the last year to: 1. voice your concerns and 2. lend your support? Come on people... meetings only last an hour or so. That room should be "packed" at every meeting if you really care about the city's future. Your Absence implies Apathy.

Don't let time fog the events the local politicians and found themselves in either. Make your voice heard at election time.

"If you continue to do what you've always done, you'll continue to get what you've always got."

"If you don't stand for something, you'll settle for anything."

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 2:46 PM

Thanks to all our policemen who are here at home to help us in a time of need.

Thanks also to all our men and women who are serving America elsewhere to protect us from our enemies.

We are blessed in this country for all the great law enforcrement and to all our active and retired millitary.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 2:53 PM

BRAZIL CITIZEN .. just like police/fire fighters, those in the military CHOOSE to join. With that choice comes consequences - which they (like law enforcement) willingly accept, regardless of the outcome, accolades or 'atta boys'.

I've worn the uniform, so don't lecture me about what many of our soldiers have gone through or will go through. Some ARE treated with disrespect, and NO, it isn't right, but unfortunately it comes with the territory.

One thing I can tell you for certain is that MOST branches of the military do NOT disrespect ANY person in uniform for the sake of touting their own glory or misfortune. That, in and of itself is a disgrace to the uniform and what it stands for.

I have the utmost respect for those in uniform and those who have proudly (and continue to) served .. so please show some dignity and respect for our fellow brothers in uniform - military or otherwise.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 3:07 PM

Brazil Citizen - Statistically speaking (assuming you know what that means) Police Officers have a higher probability of getting killed in the line of duty than a soldier does over seas. I am in the military and can assure you that Police Officers get paid a LOT less than I do. Ohhhh and by the way, did you know that 4 out of 5 soldiers that come back from over seas claim hearing loss? Out of those 4 only 1 of them actually has hearing loss. Any idea how much money soldiers get in disability from that?

Also, please capatilize the first letter in every sentence. Thank you.

-- Posted by Angry Camel on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 8:37 PM

Angy Camel I know, it's $123.00 per mo. for 10% disability. We didn't have hearing protection during my time in the Army. I'll trade you my hearing for yours.

-- Posted by BWare on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 9:06 PM

brazil citizen, try using spell check also.

-- Posted by BWare on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 9:09 PM

Wow...the list of charges just kept going and going. I'm glad they got him.....but now what? This guy needs a lot of help. I hope he gets it.

-- Posted by hoosier01 on Wed, Mar 30, 2011, at 9:44 PM

Good job BPD! I am very proud of you for this and for all the things you do that never make the newspaper.

-- Posted by getit2gether on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 6:43 AM

This man can't be labled as another druggie doing something under the influence. Billie Summers worked full time at Morris's as went to work everyday, had his own place here in Brazil. All this makes it even more of a scarey event, he was in his right mind. This was also a premeditated act as he left threatening messages on the young girls cell phone for two weeks prior the incident. He knew full well what he was going to do and what he warned her he would do. The biggest mistake made here was that noone tooks his threats seriously,these messages should have been given to the police when sent them. Please, if someone is threatening you, don't ignore it, stop it before it comes to this action. This beautiful young mother could have been killed instantly at her job. My thanks to the Police Dept in Brazil for a good job of apprehending this violent man and I am praying noone plea bargains him to freedom in the near future. We certainly don't need citizens of this caliber in our city Thankyou

-- Posted by donot release on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 1:57 PM

Amen dont release...

-- Posted by indyade on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 7:31 PM

What's unfortunate is we hear about this sort of thing all the time .. males threatening females or using intimidation to control them. What's more unfortunate are the laws concerning this type of thing .. the police can't do anything about 'hearsay' and oftentimes have to wait until the female is hurt or killed before they can legally take action.

I'm happy this suspect was apprehended before the woman was injured in any way. Good job to the police department for taking swift action in this matter.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Apr 1, 2011, at 8:15 AM

I don't undrstand why this artical turned into who protects us the most soldiers or police. We are proud of both!! This particular story was about a violent man that could have easily turned that gun on the police and we should give them the praise they deserve for this one. How many of you are out there apprehending this type of criminal? I know Billie Summers and always tried to stay clear of him after I heard him tell a small child he was going to knock her out and she would be picking herself up off the floor. He sent every friend of this young girl he said he was going to kill a violent message on their phone. Everyone was scared of him to turn him in. Then it got to this violent act. Thanks again to the police who apprehended him, just praying that the prosecuter makes an example of him. thankyou

-- Posted by donot release on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 8:58 AM

ok here's the deal! i was married to bill summers for eight and a half years, together for ten years. yes i felt threatened a few times, but never left him for good, until he cheated on me with his "ex-girlfriend". i talked to her one time on the phone, i told her to be very careful especially with her young daughter. i am not standing up for bill, but i am not going to throw him to the wolves either. i just think this is a very sad situation, for both of them. i do believe that jail will not help him. drug addicts need professional help, from people who have been in his shoes. what needs to happen is all of his guns removed from him.

-- Posted by dianekendall on Fri, Apr 15, 2011, at 1:13 PM

Oh yes that's the answer, let him go, just make sure he doesn't have any guns???? He didn't have any guns that belong to him in the first place, he went out and got illegal guns! what is to stop him from doing the same thing. That is crazy, that is like saying take all the drugs away from a junkie, then let him go, that does not cure the problem, the junkie will just go get more drugs!! This man needs to be punished for his outrageous behavior and I also think he needs a lot of professional mental help. Do you seriously think this man that had stolen guns, methamphetimes,pointed a gun in a public restaurant and almost took a woman's life, should really be allowed to return to society if we just take his guns away?? Is this how the "normal" person thinks when someone acts this way!! Let's just go ahead and take guns away from crimanals, drugs from junkies, kids from pedophiles ect and turn them loose. I feel sad for the girl that was married to this man, surely her thinking was impaired to some degree, to think this is how we should treat violent people in our society, thinking they will not offend again if we remove thier guns. Outrageous!!! This man needs prison time and professional help!!!

-- Posted by donot release on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 8:53 PM

To comment again on the girl who was married to Billie Summers. She know this is a violent man, otherwise why would she warn the new girlfriend to be careful since she had a child. UGH!! This scares me the worse that a woman that was married that long to a man knows he is a loose cannon and not a stable memeber of society can even began to think he would be okay if we just took his guns. She admitted to knowing he has the potential for violence and wants this man free to possible kill the next girlfriend who leaves him and he can't take the rejection!! That's the real story, his girlfriend left his abusing her, physically and verbally and metally and she left him, but his ex-wife thinks that's okay and let's take his guns and turn him loose, UNBELIEVABLE, what is wrong with these young girls today, so willing to think this behavior is the way men act now days and treat thier wives and girlfriends! Get some self-esteem and find a real man who treats women with respect. The wife is taking up for him and the girlfriend got smart and try to get away from him, I will be praying for both of these young girls.

-- Posted by donot release on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 9:03 PM

Captain Loudermilk replied that Billie Summer's behavior was totally unacceptable, then could they explain why he is being able to be released for work release, that's right, he will be right back out here with us, able to repeat his behavior. In jail for a short time and now without any professional help or much punishment, they are letting him go to work with you and me. Please petition the prosecuter to keep this animal behind bars for a long time as origianlly planned. signed, would like our streets to be safe!

-- Posted by donot release on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 9:09 PM

I'm sorry but I have to respond to the ex-wife of Billie Summers again. I read in your comment where you warned the new girlfriend that she should be careful of Billie because she had a small child, so let's see, he's dangerous around children, he's proven to be dangerous around women, now let's just take his guns away and let him free, nothing has ever made less sense then this!! So sad that any woman that thinks anything of herself would say such a crazy thing!! Young lady, you need some help yourself. God Bless you that you think this way, I don't know what has happened to you in the past, but young women should never think this way. Please take some time and think about what you have posted. I hope that life is better to you in the future, it sounds like it has been hard in the past to excuse this type of behavior and ever go to bat for this type of man, the rest of us pray he doesn't get out without lots of counceling and behavior modification and rehabilitation.

-- Posted by donot release on Fri, Apr 29, 2011, at 9:31 PM

take his drugs and guns and car, so he can't get high and drive to kill someone. Let's put this animal in a cage,and throw away the key. Let's all try to heal,and remember how people should be!!

-- Posted by donot release on Wed, May 18, 2011, at 7:47 PM

the recent news on Billie Summers is that he will be released in August, this is an outrage for pre-meditated attempted murder!!! Wit this guy had a stolen gun an put to a young mother's head and almost pulled the trigger leaving her small child without a mom. Outrageous!!! Anyone who cares that this man might chose a resturant where your child works,(he did this at Taco Bell ) in Brazil. Please write or call our prosecuter about why they will let him out, when pointing a gun to someone's head is attempted murder and every other court would be sending this animal to prison. Please don't turn your head away and just not care, next time might be your loved one. Thankyou for being a good citizen and caring about our city!!

-- Posted by donot release on Fri, Jul 8, 2011, at 11:03 AM

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