The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman threw brick at speeding vehicle November 29, 2011

Authorities say a 35-year-old Valrico woman confronted a car speeding down her street Saturday night while children were outside — with a brick, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

mug_CohenAn.jpgAngela Jill Cohen punctuated a verbal argument, an arrest affidavit states, by throwing the brick into the car’s windshield.

No one was injured in the incident on Dixie Maid Lane, off E Lumsden Road, according to the affidavit.

Cohen was arrested and charged with throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle. She was being held Sunday in the Hillsborough County Jail on $7,500 bail.

Jail records list Cohen as an employee at Brandon Eye Associates. In 1996, records show, she was arrested in Valrico on a robbery charge.


Man pounded woman with rock, dragged another toward fire, over a fight about a chair

A Columbia County man angry about where a chair had been placed hit a woman in the head repeatedly with a rock and then tried to pull her sister into a smoldering fire pit, authorities said, reports The Gainesville Sun.

mug_Carlisle.jpgJohn Frank Carlisle, 34, of Lake City, was arrested by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office on charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault and two counts of battery.

Deputies said the incident happened Saturday at a home about three miles south of Lake City.

In a news release about the case, deputies said they immediately found one sister with head injuries that were apparently the result of her being hit repeatedly with a rock. Deputies identified the woman as Carlisle’s former girlfriend.

The woman’s sister told deputies that Carlisle attacked her and tried to drag her out of the house and into the fire pit.

Carlisle fought with deputies when they tried to arrest him, but was subdued and later booked into the Columbia County jail.

The sister with the head injuries was taken to an area hospital and was expected to survive.



Baby injured when mom tried to run over man

A woman tried to run a man over with her car Sunday afternoon while her 18-month-old daughter sat unrestrained in the passenger seat, according to Tampa police, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

mug_WillisTA.jpgTamika Lashaunda Willis, 29, threw the girl into the car without buckling her into a safety seat, according to an arrest report. Willis then tried repeatedly to run over the 49-year-old man, ramming the car into his house and a fence.

As she tried to hit him, the baby was thrown multiple times into the dashboard, causing a large lump on her forehead, police said. The child was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Department of Children and Families was notified.

Willis faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated child abuse, and a probation violation stemming from a 2010 aggravated battery conviction. She was held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bail.



Fake caregiver robbed man in wheelchair

Authorities say Darby Simmons walked into a 79-year-old man’s house at 9 p.m. Oct. 26 and claimed to be the man’s new caregiver, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

mug_SimmonsD.JPG Simmons knows the woman who actually cares for the man, who uses a wheelchair and lives in a community called Lullaby Gardens. The caregiver was not there that night.

Simmons told the man it was time for him to go to bed. The man said he wasn’t tired. “Don’t give me any lip,” said Simmons, 22, as he pushed the man’s wheelchair into his bedroom and shut the door, a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report states. When the victim emerged minutes later, Simmons was gone — along with $20 from the man’s wallet, the report said. The victim’s phone had been put on top of the refrigerator, well out of his reach.

Simmons was arrested Nov. 21 on an unrelated burglary charge. On Saturday, he was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling in this case. Simmons, of Holiday, is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.



Woman hid two crack pipes in her buttocks

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:47 pm

A West Palm Beach woman was charged with shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia Sunday after city police alleged that she stole more than $300 worth of shoes., reports The Palm Beach Post.

mug_Hart1.jpgTheresa Hart, 47, was arrested after police said that she stole four pairs of shoes from the Sports Authority store on Okeechobee Boulevard. According to a probable cause affidavit, an unidentified man walked into the women’s shoe department and removed four boxes from the shelves.

The boxes contained four pairs of Nike shoes valued at $342.

The man cut the sensor tags, and a woman, later identified as Hart, entered the shoe department and gathered the boxes. She ran out of the store without attempting to pay for the shoes, the affidavit stated.

A store security officer approached Hart outside while a man waited in a nearby vehicle. The security officer detained Hart when a man tried to pull the officer away from Hart.

Hart was detained while the other suspects fled.

While being questioned before a police search, Hart stated that she had paraphernalia in her possession.

She then removed two crack pipes out of her buttocks, the affidavit stated.

She told police that she took the shoes to support her drug habit.



Men solicit minors for prostitution November 28, 2011

Two East Naples men are accused of soliciting minors for prostitution, reports The Naples Daily News.

The young girls told deputies they were coerced into performing sexual acts with random men on several occasions.

Sorel Seide, 37, of the 900 block of Central Drive, and Clark Orangeboor, 30, of the 1000 block of Third Avenue, were arrested Friday at Central Drive and Poinsettia Avenue in East Naples.

Collier County sheriff’s deputies were trying to locate the young girls, who were reported as juvenile runaways, a sheriff’s reports stated. Deputies made contact with the stepfather of one of the girls. He told deputies he heard that the girls were spotted at the Red Roof Inn with a couple of older males who were acting as pimps.

Deputies said an unknown source provided them with a telephone number to contact the older men acting as the girls’ agents to make arrangements to meet with them for sexual acts.

After deputies called the number, they set up a location to meet and found the two girls standing outside in the dark with Seide, according to the report.

Seide and the girls were then placed in handcuffs.

Deputies said Seide made arrangements for several male clients to come to the girl’s hotel room, where they would perform oral sex and sexual intercourse with the men for money.

The juvenile girls told deputies a second man involved, Orangeboor, coerced them to become prostitutes and in return provided them with a hotel room. One of the girls said she had to dance naked for him to get his help and also performed oral sex on Orangeboor, according to the report.


Man interrupted during sex at a party accused of kidnapping baby

Filed under: Bizzarre,Child Abuse,Controversy,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:08 pm

A 1-year-old girl was found alive, more than 24 hours after Carlos Rivera, 23, allegedly kidnapped her because he was interrupted while having sex at a party in Seville with the baby’s mother, according to authorities, reports The Daytona Beach News-Journal.


Rivera reportedly told Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies that after taking the baby he then worried that he might get in trouble.

So he abandoned the girl in a field near a wooded area, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


Man arrested for hatchet attack on neighbor

They’ll just about do anything for a beer in Florida.


Maykel Rovira Borges kept asking his neighbors at a trailer park for another beer. After giving him several beers all day on Friday they decided to cut him off and told him to go away and leave them alone, according to a media release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

But the 32-year-old Marathon man refused to take “no” for an answer.

He returned to his neighbor’s trailer, this time with a hatchet, and reportedly began arguing with them before he swung the hatched at one man, cutting him on the side with it, according to the release.

Responding deputies allegedly recovered the hatchet, then found Borges at his own trailer.

Borges was then arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Think these two neighbors will ever bury the hatchet?


Man who shot at his lawn mower claims Redneck jail exemption

Mark Thomas Wach, of Palm City, shot at his lawn mower while drunk, fought his adult son and even pulled a shotgun on the adult son, according to a Martin County Sheriff’s office arrest affidavit, reports Will Greenlee in his Off the Beat blog for TCPalm.com in Stuart.

mug_Wach.jpegThe 43-year-old man was tased three times before being taken into custody by deputies.

But Wach was puzzled about his arrest: He reportedly told deputies that he shoots in the yard all the time and that fighting is what redneck people do, records state.

Rednecks also have a tendency to get arrested, Bubba.

Get the DUHtails and arrest affidavit at Will Greenlee’s Off the Beat blog at TCPalm.com in Stuart.


Fair ride shares name with poison gas used in Holocaust

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:04 pm

“The Zyklon,” a carnival ride at this year’s Broward County Fair shares a name with the poisonous gas used to kill millions in the Holocaust: Zyklon B was the name of the lethal cyanide gas used at Nazi death camps, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

mug_ride.jpgThe ride’s owner said Zyklon is German for cyclone.

But recently, the ride’s owner did a little research and saw that the words were identical.

Now he said he plans to change the ride’s name.



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