The Bizarre World of Florida

Teen murder suspect claims to be part vampire, part werewolf September 28, 2011

Filed under: Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Children acting badly,Dangerous Nut,Death — floridaduh @ 2:11 pm

Police in Panama City believed 16-year-old Jacob Hendershot was beaten to death because Stephanie Pistey, 18, accused him of raping her.

Investigators say back in July, a group of Pistey’s friends lured Hendershot to a house, killed him, then dumped his body in a storm drain. Five people, including Pistey, are charged with either murder or accessory after the fact.

But it’s the lifestyles of some of the suspects that has taken this case in an entirely new direction.

In a jailhouse interview, Pistey tells TV station WJHG, “Since I was like, 12, … I know this is going to be crazy, but I believe that I’m a vampire. Part of a vampire and part of a werewolf.”

Police had previously stated the murder suspects may have been involved in a vampire cult. Pistey’s comments from jail appear to give credence to that claim.


Plea deal for man accused of beating, stabbing his dog 26 times

Dog owner Joseph Grady Barker, 36, who is accused of stabbing his pit bull 26 times in the neck and hitting it with a tire iron before dumping the poor pooch’s body near a canal, took a pleas deal, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.

mug_Barker.jpgThe Fort Pierce man told authorities he had grown tired of incessant barking by Sam, his  3-year-old dog, and he didn’t consider the beating inhumane.

On Jan. 8, Barker paid a friend $20 to drive him and Sam to the L-20 Canal east of Kings Highway, where Barker struck Sam on the head several times with the tire iron and tossed him into the canal.

The blows did not kill the dog, which swam out of the water and attempted to climb the embankment, according to the affidavit. Barker caught Sam and used a knife to stab him 26 times in his neck, the sheriff’s office report stated.

A family member who learned about the incident found Sam’s body at the canal Jan. 10 and notified authorities.

Barker told authorities he didn’t consider the beating inhumane, according to his arrest affidavit.


Find out and get the details at TCPalm.com in Stuart.

Photo: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office


Teen, 15, was knocking on doors — with a gun

Filed under: Children acting badly,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Guns,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:05 pm

Two teens, 15-year-old boy and the 17-year-old boy, spend a morning knocking on doors of homes that had no cars parked in the driveways in an Orlando neighborhood, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

A resident in the area of Tallow Wood Court and Shumard Oak Court – near where there had been several recent burglaries — called police about 11:42 a.m. after noticing that two teen boys had been ringing doorbells and knocking on the doors of homes that had no cars in front.

When police found the 15-year-old boy and the 17-year-old boy, the teens agreed to allow the officers to search a backpack that belonged to the 15-year-old boy. Inside, officers found a Glock that contained seven .357-caliber rounds, according to police..

Get the details a the Orlando Sentinel.


25 cocaine bricks found on a military beach

Filed under: Bizzarre,Drugs,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:02 pm

Twenty-five packages of cocaine worth more than $1.25-million washed up onto a Port Canaveral inlet shore near launch pads used for Delta II rockets, reports Florida Today in Melbourne.

cociane_bricks_BrevardSheriff.jpgThe 1-kilogram “bricks” washed up on the north side of the inlet to Port Canaveral, just south of the launch pads used for Delta II rockets. Someone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station stumbled across the 25 kilograms, or 55 pounds, of dope, and local deputies were asked to dispose of it.

“We’re lucky it didn’t drift to the south” to a public beach, Lt. John Mellick, a spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, told Florida Today. “You never know who would have found it.”

Get the details at Florida Today in Melbourne.

Photo: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office


Rush hour rage: Man goes beserk

A man who claimed to be an employee from the Tampa Airport Post Office is accused of letting out a little road rage after work Monday afternoon.

According to a Criminal Report Affidavit, 54-year-old Ross Urso of Tampa told police he was tired of “getting run off the road” and decided to take matters into his own hands.

mug_UrsoRO.jpgDuring Tampa’s after-work rush hour, Urso rammed a marked Tampa Airport Police cruiser before leading the cops on a chase in his Mustang, where he intentionally hit motorists, reports WTSP News-10 in Tampa Bay.

His traffic tantrum wasn’t over yet: Urso then allegedly got on top of his car and began jumping from car to car and even tried to direct traffic.

Tampa Police finally caught up shortly after 7:30, but he wasn’t ready to give up yet.   He’s accused of stabbing an officer with his car keys before he was finally taken to the ground.

Why did this 54-year-old do it?

Find out why he did this and get the details at WTSP News-10 in Tampa Bay.

Photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office


The rich get richer and the poor just get laid off

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Really Dumb,Uncategorized,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:56 pm

If a worker violates a company’s zero-tolerance policy that person usually walks away from their job — with zero.

If terminated with cause, such an employee may not even be eligible for unemployment benefits.

But not at some workplaces; not for all workers.

Office Depot executive Charles Brown just got fired for having an “improper relationship with an associate,” chief executive Neil Austrian said in a news release, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The Boca Raton-based company paid him $3.5 million in total compensation in 2010.

Even though he violated the company’s zero-tolerance policy, Brown will receive a $3 million “retention” bonus which is in his employment contract, the company said.

Guess it is good that businesses are healthy enough to afford such bonuses

Or do such bonuses, especially for those that are terminated with cause, come at a price of more layoffs, higher consumer prices, no raises for the rank-and-file workers or tax breaks?

Here’s an idea: Maybe the folks that approve such contracts should also get walking papers.

Unless they are also entitled to such a payout.

You decide.

Get the DUHtails at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


Man collared after letting dogs loose in vet clinic

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Ronald Scott Kasterke let the dogs out, reports the Destin Log.

mug_KasterkeRO.jpg“They were going to kill them all, so I had to let them out,” 47-year-old Ronald Kasterke told the deputy, according to his arrest report.

There were about 30 dogs boarding there at the time, but only half of them left their kennels, according to a clinic employee.

“Some of them just weren’t smart enough to push that gate open because he pushed up all the latches,” said the employee, who did not give her last name. “It was very chaotic. Lots of head counts.”

All of the dogs were recovered, including Skeeter, who apparently spent some time riding around in a golf cart with the security guard at HarborWalk.

Get the details at the Destin Log.

Photo: Okaloosa County Jail


Woman hid drugs in her brassiere and private parts September 27, 2011

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Drugs,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Sad Story,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:19 pm

Stashing your dope in a naughty spot just doesn’t work.

mug_welshAMY.jpgBut folks still seem to think it’s a smart move to get real intimate with their drugs.

Amy Welsh thought she had her own private drug stash in a hands-off zone: She hid her Roxicodone in aTylenol tube inside her vagina and her crack inside her bra, reports Will Greenlee in his Off the Beat blog for TCPalm.com in Stuart.

It didn’t work for the 25-year-old Vero Beach woman, she was searched after she admitted to having a crack pipe when an Indian River Sheriff’s deputy asked her if she had anything illegal inside her car.

Get the details at Will Greenlee’s Off the Beat blog for TCPalm.com in Stuart.

Photo: Amy Welsh / Indian River County Sheriff’s Office


Mom accused of hiding drugs, needles under baby’s dress

A Port St. Lucie woman remained in the St. Lucie County jail Sunday after sheriff’s deputies say she placed drugs and used syringes under her baby’s daughter’s dress to avoid being searched by a female St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy.

Deanna Marie Angelico and Michael G. Angelico, both of Port St. Lucie, were pulled over after somebody reported seeing two people shooting up drugs, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.

mug_AngelicoDE.jpgThe 31-year-old mom thought she could outwit the deputies:  She placed drugs and used syringes under her baby’s daughter’s dress to avoid being found during a search by a female St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy.

Get the details at TCPalm.com.

Photo: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office


Teen sentenced to 270 years in prison

Filed under: Dangerous Nut,Elderly Abuse,Florida Nut,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:14 pm

A Lake Worth teen who pleaded guilty to participating in a violent string of  home invasions and robberies was sentenced to 270 years in prison Thursday,  the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office said.

Ramon Rosario, 19, was sentenced on 15 counts that included charges of  racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, home invasion robbery with  a firearm, kidnapping with a firearm and conspiracy to commit home invasion  robbery with a firearm.

Ramon Rosario, 19, was part of a group of men who allegedly called themselves the “headshot committee,” who  terrorized people in their homes during violent home invasions, reports The Palm Beach Post.

mug_RamonRosario.jpgThey sought to rob the homes with folks inside because they knew they could hold them at gun point and make them show them where everything was, an assistant Palm Beach Countystate attorney told the Post.

Get the DUHtails at The Palm Beach Post.

Photo: Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office



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