The Bizarre World of Florida

Pimpin’ [while eating Wendy's in front of Walgreen's with your junk hanging out] ain’t easy April 19, 2014

Mugshot-Anthony-JohnsonA homeless man who goes by the nickname “City Pimp” was arrested after allegedly eating fast food from Wendy’s while lying in front of another business with his pants down and his genitals exposed.

Anthony Johnson, 54, was arrested in front of a Walgreen’s store in the 1200 block of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the arrest report, Johnson “was laying in the front of the business with his pants around his knees, exposing his genitals.”

The arresting officer also wrote in the report that the Walgreen’s manager said Johnson “is a constant problem to the business, and they receive numerous complaints a day about him on the property.”

Johnson was charged with lewd or lascivious exhibition.


Woman arrested for running an unlicensed botox clinic out of her garage April 18, 2014

garage18n-3-webAlejandra Tobon, 43, pumped Botox, filler and vitamin injections and offered plasma therapy and Carboxytherapy, a method of removing stretch marks after pregnancy, police said in a news release.

Cops cuffed Tobon on Wednesday after a patient came to police in December to report a bad reaction to the illegal Botox therapy.

The woman allegedly outfitted the garage, along a leafy street of residential rowhouses, to look like a medical office, police said.

Instead, Tobon was committing the crimes of unlicensed practice of health care profession and practicing medicine without a license, both third-degree felonies.

Online records show Tobon has been licensed in the state of Florida since 2003 as a massage therapist and since 2009 as an electrologist.

Cops believe there may be other victims.

Neighbors would see Tobon sporting medical scrubs and told WFOR-TV that women would frequently come and go from the tidy home.

“I’m in shock, you know, because sometimes you see the neighbors walking around, saying ‘Hi’ in the morning. But that’s it. So I’m in shock,” Dulce Lopez told the CBS affiliate.


Report: Oops, homeowner led authorities to his own grow house

Filed under: Drugs,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Bad Luck,WTF?,Controversy,Dumb,Stupid — floridaduh @ 2:21 pm

An Orange County homeowner called the power company to report a problem, and ended up leading them straight to a major marijuana grow house, authorities said.

gh4Investigators said they carried out more than 100 pot plants from the home in the Canyon Ridge subdivision near Clarcona-Ocoee Road.

When Channel 9’s Kristyn Caddell went to the home, the odor of marijuana was so pungent, she could smell it from across the street.

Investigators were at the home all night Wednesday removing the plants from the top floor of the home.

They said there was so much marijuana in the home, that there was very little living space.

gh2“They were actually remodeling the back room into another grow operation, which was going to be even larger,” said Robert white with the Corporal Narcotics Tip Squad.

Neighbors watched in awe as the plants were being carried out.

Norm Pozzie said he never noticed the pungent smell, but did see a lot of expensive cars and well-dressed people stopping by the house on a regular basis.

When the homeowner called the power company to report an electrical short, officials with Duke Energy noticed the lines had been tampered with.

The man was allegedly running some illegal power to the home to run his grow house, but it shorted out his power.

“We know who lives here, we know who paid for everything and we know who set it up,” White said.

Investigators said they will be putting out a warrant for the man’s arrest.


Hospital housekeeper cleaned out visitor’s purse

Filed under: Robbers,Fraud,Really Dumb,WTF?,Sad Story,Amazing,Disgusting,Dumb,Sick,Stupid — floridaduh @ 2:18 pm

A North Florida Regional Medical Center housekeeper was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police say she stole money from a woman visiting her sick father.


Joy Williams Lawton

Joy Williams Lawton, 56, of 4517 SE First Place, is accused of stealing about $900 from the woman’s purse while on her shift Tuesday morning at the hospital, the Gainesville Police Department reported.

The woman, Spring Ann Mills, of Lake City, caught Lawton digging through the purse in her father’s room, according to a GPD arrest report. Mills confronted Lawton, and the two argued until hospital staff members broke them up.

While Lawton waited in the hallway, a video camera recorded her pulling the money out of her pockets and hiding the cash behind a glove box hanging outside a door, police said.

During an interview with police, Lawton denied stealing the money, saying she only moved Mills’ purse. An hour later, officers searched Lawton and found $450 in cash, folded in half inside bank envelopes, in her pocket, police said. Two hospital staff members later found $447 inside the glove box, police said.

On Wednesday, during another police interview, police found an additional $182 in cash in Lawton’s pocket. She continued to deny her involvement in the theft.

Police arrested Lawton at 2 p.m. Wednesday on a grand theft charge and later booked her into the Alachua County jail. She was released Thursday.

Pamela Rittenhouse, director of marketing, said late Thursday the hospital had fired Lawton after her arrest.

“Actions by employees and contractors that interfere with the safety and well-being of patients and visitors are met with zero tolerance,” Rittenhouse said in a statement. “Always, the comfort and well-being of our patients and visitors is of primary concern to us.”


Flip flop: Shopper finds her own stolen shoes on sale

Filed under: Robbers,Fraud,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF?,Unusual,Dumb,Stupid — floridaduh @ 2:15 pm

sfl-flduh-stolen-shoes-sale-20140417-001An Ocala shopper got a surprise last month when she saw some of her own shoes – and some shoes belonging to her fiancé — on sale at a local store.

Her find led to the arrest Wednesday of Aric Shiawn McCray, 23, who had been living with them, on 11 counts of dealing in stolen property, according to the Ocala Police Department

Unfortunately, Plato’s Closet, at 2701 SW College Road, had already sold some of the shoes.

OPD Detective Mark Hoover found that McCray had made 23 transactions with the store since Dec. 2. Eleven of those involved items belonging to the woman or her fiancé. Those transactions totaled $302.65.

Hoover spoke with McCray, who told him that the couple had given him permission to take the shoes, according to OPD. He was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.


Judge does a double take after learning Edward Cocaine was appearing in his courtroom on drug possession charges April 17, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Funny,Interesting,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:06 pm

fl-man-named-cocaine-20140416-001The judge did a double-take and there were giggles aplenty in bond court Wednesday when a bailiff announced the name of a man arrested for drug possession: Edward Cocaine.

“What?” uttered a stunned County Judge John “Jay” Hurley.

“My last name is Cocaine,” proudly stated the man at the podium. His name was indeed legal and inscribed on his driver’s license.

“You know, I’d thought I’d seen it all,” Hurley laughed, shaking his head. “How many times have the police told you to step out of the car during your life?”

“Just about every time I get pulled over,” a chuckling Cocaine admitted.

The 34-year-old Fort Lauderdale man, arrested Tuesday in Pembroke Pines, explained how he got his name. “My great-grandparents came over here from Greece and they changed it,” he said. “That was like in the 1920s.”

The judge remained nonplused. “I’m still trying to absorb this,” he said.


Man describes “pounding sensation” he felt after being bitten by a poisonous snake, admits to being quite rattled

Filed under: Bad Luck,Interesting,Scary,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:02 pm

fl-survives-water-moccasi-1-jpg-20140416An avid outdoorsman, Ryan Toogood fishes for sharks in the Atlantic, hikes alligator habitat in the Everglades and even owns a pair of snake-proof boots.

But he was wearing flip-flops when he stopped to stretch his legs on a drive across Alligator Alley, and that was all the opening a poisonous water moccasin needed to bite the side of his right big toe.

“‘Wow!’ I remembered thinking,” the 29-year-old Boynton Beach man said Wednesday. “‘This hurts like hell, but that’s a cool-looking snake.’”

Toogood said that despite pain that felt “like someone driving a nail through my toe and pounding on my foot at the same time,” he stayed calm enough to pull his smartphone from his pocket and snap a picture of the reptile.

The snake, with mouth open, was hissing at him, Toogood said.

Toogood’s agonizing adventure began about 6:45 p.m. Saturday at a rest area of Big Cypress National Preserve as he and his girlftriend, Kate Walsh, were returning to their home from a fishing trip to Naples.

Hobbling back to his car just 20 feet away, Toogood slipped behind the wheel and told Walsh, “A snake just bit me on the big toe,” he said.

At that point, he said he did not know what kind of snake it was.

Toogood said he thought he could complete the drive home.  But as soon as he put his foot on the pedal, a surge of pain made him realize he needed help, Toogood said.

Walsh dialed 911, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue arrived within minutes. They looked at Toogood’s foot, forwarded the picture of the snake to the Miami-Dade Venom Response Unit, and called for a fire-rescue helicopter.

“That’s what made me the most anxious,” said Toogood, who also is an insulin-dependent diabetic. “They don’t airlift you unless it’s serious.”

Checking his monitor, Toogood said he could see his blood-sugar levels spiking.

An ambulance took him down Interstate 75 to a helicopter. It was the first chopper ride of his life, and soon he was in the emergency room at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston.

Waiting at the hospital with the Venom Response Unit paramedics was someone Toogood recognized from television: Capt. Jeffrey Fobb, who has appeared on Animal Planet’s “Swamp Wars.”

“I was star-struck right off the bat,” Toogood said. “He was a calming presence who helped take my mind off things.”

Toogood was treated with several doses of antivenin during his hospital stay.

The Venom Response Unit responds to about 20 to 30 poisonous snakebite calls each year, Fobb said.

Fobb praised Toogood as an excellent patient, “aware of his health issues, aware of his pain level, calm enough to tell us what’s going on.”

After two nights in the hospital Toogood returned home Monday. The swelling in his foot is down, as is the pain, but walking still hurts, said Toogood, a New Jersey native who studied law at the University of Miami. Both he and Walsh are attorneys with a West Palm Beach firm.

He said heexpects to be back in the office next week.

“The whole thing has been surreal,” he said of the past four days. “I would characterize this as an unfortunate accident. I was wearing flip-flops in the Everglades, and even though the snake bit me on a patch of grass that had just been mowed, it is his territory.”

Many have asked Toogood if he killed the snake, which Fobb said was likely a juvenile.

“No, I didn’t kill the snake,” Toogood said. “I hope it lives a long and healthy life and gets a lot bigger. I sort of like the idea that there is a snake out there that got me good.”



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