Tifton Gazette


September 29, 2012

Blombergh family members arrested

TIFTON — Five family members of a Tift County murder victim whose mother-in-law was sentenced Thursday in her death were arrested at the site where her body was found.

Tifton attorney Brent Hyde summoned law enforcement to property he owns in the 300 block of Vickers Bridge Road at about 4:30 Thursday, the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office said. Hyde was summoned there by a nearby resident who heard the sound of a someone operating a chain saw on Hyde’s property.

Hyde has had problems at the site, including unauthorized four-wheeler riders, parties in the wooded area and even a meth lab, Sheriff Al Whittington said Friday.

On Thursday the trespassers were members of Sunday Blombergh’s family. Earlier in the day Ruby Evans, Blombergh’s former mother-in-law, was convicted in Tifton on counts of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit murder.

She was accused of goading other family members to kill Blombergh, whose body was found on May 27, 2010, at the site in Colquitt County near the Tift County line.

The five family members who were arrested told a sheriff’s officer that they were cleaning up a “homicide shrine” to Blombergh at the site where the body was found.

A chain saw was found in the back of a Volvo SUV, one of two vehicles the family members had taken to the site.

The deputy tried to explain the situation to Hyde, who insisted that he wanted to press charges, sheriff’s reports said.

“He’s had problems with people out there driving trucks and deer carcasses, on four-wheelers out there,” Whittington said. “It’s out in the boonies (and) it’s accessible from Tift, Colquitt and Brooks counties."

Arrested and charged with trespassing were:

• Deborah Ann Blombergh, 55, Freeport, Texas.

• Sunshine J. Blombergh, 36, and Stanley J. Kazwell, 33, both of Tallahassee, Fla.

• Kelly Marie Kazwell, 30, Tallahassee, Fla.

• Glenda L. Davitt, Crawfordville, Fla.

All were released on bond on Thursday.

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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