Not Every Face In Wilton Manors Is Gay. But They Sure Do Love ‘Em

"The diversity that's come in in the last 10 years, we embrace," says Diane, a longtime resident of Wilton Manors in Florida's Broward County, in an interview with the excellent hyper-local profiling web series One Square Mile. She doesn't want her town — in the news this week because of the murder of gay couple Kevin Mark Powell and Steve Adams, and soon to be home to the extravagant million G Worldwide complex — to be branded as any one thing. "We share our town. You've got to be open minded. This is a whole new geneation. You can't go back, you've got to go forward. I don't think we need a label. I don't want it to be a senior citizens area. I don't want it to be a gay mecca. I want it to be Hometown, USA." [OneSquareMile.TV]


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FLORIDA: Cops Capture Suspect In Murders Of Wilton Manors Gay Couple

Florida police have captured a man driving the stolen vehicle of the Wilton Manors gay couple they suspect he murdered on Christmas weekend.

Peter Serge Avsenew, 26, was captured near Dundee, Fl., miles away from where police said he murdered Kevin Mark Powell and Stephen Adams on Sunday. The couple was found dead in their home by police. Avsenew, who is from Hollywood, was spotted by cops in Powell’s black 2003 Saturn Vue.

Police have not yet revealed how the victims died and have not speculated publicly on what relationship the suspect may have had with them. The victims had been together for 29 years.

UPDATE: Avsenew has an extensive criminal history. At the time of his capture, he was already wanted on a probation violation in the Keys.

Across the state, Avsenew has been taken into custody more than a dozen times since 2003, state records show. He has been convicted of vehicle theft, robbery, grand theft and engaging in fraud through bounced checks. He also has pleaded no contest to marijuana possession, loitering, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and resisting an officer without violence. Avsenew also relies on about eight different aliases, including the name Peter Avsenen, according to the state Department of Corrections.

According to Avsenew’s Facebook page, he has a newborn son. Below a recent posting of the boy’s photo, a woman with the same last name (probably the suspect’s mother) warns: “Peter, Look at these pictures does this baby deserve anything but the best? then think before you do anything stupid.”

(Tipped by JMG reader Greg)

Joe. My. God.

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FLORIDA: Gay Couple Found Murdered In Their Wilton Manors Home

South Florida Gay News reports that a gay couple was found murdered in their Wilton Manors home this weekend.

The two men whose bodies were found inside their rented home at 2513 NE 8th Avenue in Wilton Manors were domestic partners Kevin Mark Powell, 47, and Steve Adams, 52, former residents of Hollywood, Florida. Their bodies were discovered by the sister of one of the victims, who had called police when her brother had not arrived to her home for the holidays. Kevin Powell had been very ill with Diabetes and she was doing a wellness check. Powell, whose hobby was arts and crafts, had once been featured on the Home and Garden channel after creating a home for his dogs within his home, including pet sized lighting and furniture.

Wilton Manors police are seeking the couple’s missing car. JMG readers who may have information about the couple should call detectives at 954-390-2150.

Joe. My. God.

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Cowboys run amok!

I just got an e-mail from Rex Wockner with a link to this video of a local newscast in Wilton, Calif., where apparently the town is in an uproar over a party hosted by the Capitol Crossroads Gay Rodeo Association.

From what the TV news report says, the group rented some property and held a dance that featured men dancing around in cowboy hats and western chaps showing their “bare buns and frontal regions.”

A guy named Monty Stanley, who lives across the street, was outraged y the sight of the men “dancing under the stars” and by the fact that these men were, he said, dancing in full view of his children and their friends. And it’s just not right to subject children to the sight of men and men, or women and women — or even men and women! — dancing around together naked.

From what the reporter says, the gay cowboys group did not return repeated calls seeking comment.

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