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Police say unrequited love led to woman's arrest

March 23, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

OCALA (AP) - A 92-year-old Florida woman is jailed after police say she fired shots at a neighbor who refused to give in to her demands for a kiss.

Police say Helen Staudinger of Fort McCoy went next door Monday to visit her neighbor, 53-year-old Dwight Bettner, and grew angry when he wouldn't give her a kiss. She then allegedly fired four rounds into Bettner's house from a semiautomatic pistol, shattering a window. No one was hurt.

Bettner told police he had ongoing issues with his neighbor, who he said had grown enamored with him and threatened to shoot him when he told her he had a girlfriend.

Staudinger is charged with aggravated assault and shooting into a dwelling and is being held at the Marion County Jail. It's not known if she has an attorney.



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