Five people arrested in Villages drug raid all determined by court to be indigent 

The five people arrested last month in a drug raid in the Village of Palo Alto have all been determined to be indigent.

All five have completed paperwork with the Sumter County Clerk of Courts indicating they have no financial resources. The five were believed to have been running a drug operation out of a home at 1902 Antonio Place. Neighbors complained to Community Development District 1 supervisors about the home which had become the scourge of the neighborhood.

Suspects arrested in June in the Village of Palo Alto early-morning raid can be seen at right on the golf cart.

Suspects arrested in June in the Village of Palo Alto early-morning raid can be seen right on the golf cart.

Having been found indigent, all five suspects will likely rely on the public defender’s office for legal representation.

Facing charges in the case are:

Charlotte Gajewsky

Charlotte Gajewsky

Kenneth Padgett

Kenneth Padgett

• Charlotte L. Gajewsky, 45, is facing charges including possession and sale of methamphetamine. In 2015, she was arrested for pawning a hospitalized friend’s jewelry.

Kathleen Unrath

Kathleen Unrath

William Romska

William Romska

• Kenneth Ray Padgett, 53, has been charged with possession of weapon/ammunition by a convicted felon as well as multiple drug charges. He was arrested on drug charges in 2014 at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge.

Michael Witkowski

Michael Witkowski

• Kathleen Unrath, 43, is facing charges of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She has been repeatedly arrested for driving without a license.

• William Romska, 38, is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a new legend drug. He has entered a plea of not guilty in the case.

• Michael Edward Witkowski, 63, is facing charges of possession of marijuana and a new legend drug. Last year, he was found squatting in a home in The Villages. He was released July 6 from the Sumter County Detention Center after posting $4,000 bond. He is the only one to have made bond in the case.


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  1. Lou Maruzo says

    What is this world coming to, drug dealers with no money? Perhaps they should try some type of real job. Makes one wonder where they’ve stashed all their profits.

    • Bill Williams says

      My thought exactly, this is one big load of s**t, indigent my a**. Who was paying for that very home I see in the pics? Now the tax payers have to foot the bill for their defense? This is the definition of political and bureaucratic insanity.

      • LiZa Adkison says

        amen Bill and Eddie… me thinks they should go back to that house with a couple of dogs to sniff out the CASH stash… with as much junk that is there, both inside and outside, you know there is a lot of moola there… it is very evident those 5 weren’t living there “on their good looks”

      • Rich McIntyre says

        If you remember from when they were first arrested the girl is the niece of the owner of the home. He had a medical issue and she was supposedly there to care for him. The owner of the home was not charged since he was not involved. His lovely niece brought the trash in with her.

  2. Lou Card says

    Crimes committed against seniors is against the law.
    The vastajority of The Villagers are senior.
    Once convicted, anyone under 55 should be permantly removed from the villages.

    I feel confident that the authorities would find a way to keep a convicted child molester from being a baby sitter.

  3. DianaLantana says

    Don’t see why The Villages can’t put in their bylaws if a crime is committed and a person is found guilty of a felony in The Villages they can issue a “No Trespassing Clause “. This could be used at their discretion and be useful for repeal offenders. I am sure it could keep them out of the pools and Rec centers and any other place that they own. It would sure make the rest of us feel better. We don’t owe these losers anything.
    They did it to that old guy that was stealing from everyone. They had him taking off the property. He is no longer here.

    • LiZa Adkison says

      oh contrare Diana, ran into him at Winn-Dixie Saturday… of course he was riding in a scooter, wearing his trademark wifebeater t’shirt and wide brimmed straw hat

    • Chip Griffen says

      The roads, the sidewalks and the homes are NOT Villages Property – plus, three counties….panacea wont exist in this lifetime for you. There is however a place called Del Webb where that IS possible.

    • Chip Griffen says

      True, but, look up the Constitution and even they (addicts) have rights. It is a shame that they had to prove they were indigent, sad that it is even considered “news” by some people. They have a right to an attorney, and one will be appointed if….Pesky Sixth Amendment.

      • James Radatz says

        C.G. I agree. Everyone including druggies have rights. However, we all have responsibilities. Once these druggies have gone in front of the judge, his/her findings should also include the repayment of their legal fees, back to the state within an appropriate amount of time, or let them work it off, by cleaning up along the highway’s etc.

        • Chip Griffen says

          James – yes, but, only if found guilty. And then, how? They will be in jail.

          We all know that the system as it is does not work in any way. The only winners are police, judges and staff at the court house.

          Something HAS to change. What is also a shame – most states have banned “manual labor” by inmates, even as a volunteer labor in many states (Illinois for instance). In Illinois the DOT complained about prisoners cleaning the roads because they wanted to pay their staff to clean them….roads have not been cleaned of litter since.

          The ONLY solution is education, rehabilitation (of addiction) and opportunity. If they know they have no opportunities or skills after prison – may as well go back to dealing, drugging and stealing. Simply a fact.

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