AUBURNDALE, Fla. (WFLA) — A former law enforcement officer and his wife are charged with aggravated stalking in connection with a feud with their neighbors that investigators say had been going on for more than a year.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives say Joy Ringer 52, and Richard Ringer 55, threatened the lives of their neighbors Scot and Marion Ellis, who are professional water skiers.
Detectives say shortly after the Ellis’ moved next door to the Ringers, who live in a waterfront community on Lake Tennessee, the Ringers started complaining about the noise from water skiing activities. Detectives say they also repeatedly made unfounded complaints to various agencies regarding the Ellis family.
The Ringers allegedly engaged in verbally abusive remarks toward the Ellis family. The remarks included derogatory statements about Marion Ellis’ nationality. Ellis is from France.
The Ringers are also accused of aiming security lights directly into the windows of the Ellis’ home and threatening to shoot the Ellis’ and their family pet.
Detectives say the Ringers took photos and videos of Scot and Marion Ellis and the couple’s friends and family who visited their home.
In September of 2015, investigators say Richard Ringer destroyed a wooden fence built between the two homes on the Ellis’ property and threw pieces of the fence onto the Ellis’ property.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Joy and Richard Ringer. Joy Ringer was charged with aggravated stalking and Richard Ringer was charged with criminal mischief over $1000, and aggravated stalking.
No details were released about the law enforcement agency that Richard Ringer was previously employed at.