The Bizarre World of Florida

Parking ticket leads to shooting December 31, 2011

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Florida Nut,Guns,Shooting,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:42 pm

A driver fired four shots at a park ranger for giving him a parking ticket at Kwane Doster Park, police said.

The ranger was unhurt and the driver escaped.

The incident occurred around 7:20 p.m. when ranger James R. Davidson, 43, was writing a parking citation on a car in the park at Tarpon and Elliott. A man suddenly appeared and began cursing at him, police said.

The man got into his car, drove to the other side of the parking lot, fired possibly four shots at Davidson, and fled.

Davidson was not hurt or injured, police said, but one of the bullets hit an occupied house. No one inside was hurt.


Man charged with exposure of sexual organs

Filed under: Controversy,Florida Nut,Nudity,Sex,Sexual Exposure,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:39 pm

A 23-year-old Ocala man was charged Tuesday with exposure of sexual organs.

A Sheriff’s Office report indicates that a woman told a deputy on Thursday that she was walking in Sholom Park, with her 11-month-old niece at about 9:45 a.m. when a man walked by her exposing himself.

A deputy went to the area and saw Glenn Lorenzo McMahon, who was identified by the woman.

The incident was referred to the State Attorney’s Office, which decided to file charges.

An arrest warrant was issued and McMahon was arrested Tuesday.


Would-be robber beaten with baseball bat, shot by accomplice

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Really Dumb,Robbers,Shooting,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:35 pm

A 20-year-old man was beaten with a baseball bat and shot several times during a botched Christmas Eve home-invasion robbery in Melbourne, police said.

The suspect, Nathaniel James Clay, was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center with severe injuries after the 9:40 p.m. incident.

Detectives are searching for two male accomplices. Both eluded a police search involving K-9 dogs and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, reports show.

Here’s what police said happened: Clay and his two accomplices — one of whom was armed with a handgun — forced their way into the back door of the home.

They were confronted by a resident, and Clay was struck several times with a baseball bat. The armed robber tried to shoot the resident — but instead, he inadvertently shot Clay several times in his lower extremities.

All three suspects fled out the back door, but Clay collapsed in the backyard. The other two suspects left him behind and escaped.

Clay will be charged with home invasion robbery upon release from the hospital, Lt. Heath Sanders said.


Man with $130 bar tab arrested in DUI

Filed under: Dangerous Nut,Drunk,DUI,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:32 pm

A man whose bar tab totaled more than $130 was arrested for DUI early Friday.

Ocala Police Officer Charles Hunt received a call from dispatch about a possible drunken. Officer Casey Walsh saw the vehicle, an orange Hummer, and stopped it.

Hunt arrived and the two officers talked to the driver, Bradley Garrison, 40, who had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, according to the report.

Garrison told them he was coming from the Charlie Horse Restaurant and Lounge and had only had two drinks, according to reports.

Garrison agreed to a field sobriety exercise, which he failed. He was arrested.

While searching him, Hunt found a receipt in Garrison’s front pants pocket from the restaurant that showed purchases of 20 Jack Daniels, two Jagermeister and one Makers Mark, totaling $139.09.

It was not clear if Garrison had consumed all of the drinks.

Garrison was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was unable to complete a breath alcohol test due to vomiting.


Picking up rooster at post office brings charges for man with past cockfighting arrest December 30, 2011

Filed under: Animal Abuse,Bizzarre,Controversy,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 6:10 pm

A suburban Lake Worth man who has a past arrest for cockfighting was charged today with violating his probation after he allegedly stopped by a post office to retrieve a live rooster.

City police officers arrested Danny Pham, 36, shortly before 1:30 p.m. after they said they observed him picking up the rooster from the U.S. Postal Service location on North Seacrest Boulevard.

Police allege that Pham’s intention was to use the rooster for fighting and gambling purposes.

Pham was one of seven men arrested during the Super Bowl in February 2009 on charges of being involved with cockfighting.

He told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies at the time that he had invited friends over for a party to watch the football game and that he was unaware of what was happening in his backyard.

According to the sheriff’s report, deputies that night found a makeshift arena behind Pham’s home on Palomino Drive. Deputies saw 89 roosters in cages, as well as 10 transport boxes, the sheriff’s report said. The deputies also found a series of tools and equipment that are used for cockfight, the report said.

Court records show that Pham pleaded guilty in that case but a judge withheld adjudication. He was later placed on probation and barred from possessing any animals.

Today’s arrest came after a city animal-control officer notified police that Pham was at the post office to retrieve the rooster.

The officers allegedly observed Pham pick up a white, square box with holes in it and markings that read “live animal.”

The officers stopped Pham as he walked to his car. Pham told the officers that the bird was “not his chicken” and said that he was “picking it up for a friend.”

The animal was confiscated and turned over to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.


Man accused of stealing of $22,000 in Christmas gifts for foster children

Filed under: Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,Sad Story,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:37 pm

A man suspected of stealing $22,000 worth of Christmas gifts meant for foster children from a Clermont church was arrested Tuesday.

Deondre Pierro-Sharo Brown was arrested in the Lake County Jail in connection with a Dec. 17 burglary at Liberty Baptist Church in Clermont. Brown was already jailed on unrelated charges.

Thieves stole hundreds of toys, bicycles, clothes and gift cards intended for more than 100 foster and adopted children served by the charity. The charity had collected the items during weeks-long donation drives and was planning to distribute them just days before Christmas.

Last week, detectives discovered Brown’s fingerprint inside a plastic bag found inside the church, but the 21-year-old from Clermont couldn’t truthfully explain how his fingerprint ended up on the bag, authorities said. Church volunteers said they didn’t know Brown and had never seen him at the church, according to an arrest affidavit. He is being accused of burglary and second-degree grand theft in addition to other unrelated charges dealing with firearms and stolen property. He is being held at the Lake County Jail on a $32,500 bond.


Man held woman’s purse for $200 ransom

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:35 pm

A 29-year-old Pahokee man was arrested Friday after he stole a woman’s purse and demanded money in return for it, police say.

Michael Rawls was arrested on a charge of dealing in stolen property and unlawful use of two-way communications. He was released early Sunday morning after posting a $5,010 bond, Palm Beach County Jail records show.

Tiffany Simpson-Nijera, of Clewiston, reported to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office sergeant that her purse was stolen early last week and she arranged to meet Rawls to retrieve it, a probable cause affidavit says.

Simpson-Nijera, 25, said that Rawls also took the handgun that was in her purse.

She later received a text message from Rawls, telling her that he would return her purse in exchange for $100. The next day, he called and said the price had increased to $200, and she would need to bring him her prescription pills.

The two met at 438 Rardin Ave. for the exchange, and deputies set up a perimeter around the area, the affidavit says.

Once they saw Rawls give over the purse, he was arrested


Math teacher charged with dealing cocaine

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Drugs,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:33 pm

A Lehigh Acres Middle School teacher was arrested Thursday on charges of selling and possessing cocaine.

According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Carl Richardson, who reportedly teaches math at the school, sold $200 worth of crack cocaine to an informant during undercover operations near Richardson’s North Fort Myers apartment on April 22 and May 10.

Richardson didn’t come to the door of his Fort Myers apartment Friday.

But our camera caught someone peeking out from behind the bedroom blinds.

Detectives say Richardson sold undercover clients crack cocaine on three separate occasions.

According to the arrest report, the undercover informants met Richardson at a Fort Myers apartment complex and allegedly made those drug transactions through a chain-linked fence.

Parents at the middle school where Richardson has been a math teacher since 2009 say they are outraged over the allegations.

“It’s not cool at all because we teach our kids and the teachers do too…don’t go around drugs, don’t do drugs,” said parent Crystal Rutherford.

Other angry parents shared their feelings on the NBC2 Facebook page.

One mom wrote, “That’s my daughter’s teacher. He better not be there when January 4th when she gets back to school.”

Richardson’s future as a teacher remains unclear. The school district declined comment on the case until after the holidays.

Richardson is charged with two felony counts of selling cocaine and one count of drug possession.

He was arrested on Thursday, booked into the Lee County Jail and then released on bond.


Woman held after paint attack on ex, his car

Filed under: Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Fight,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:31 pm

A Hollywood woman was given $3,000 bond after Hallandale Beach police say she dipped her hand in pink paint and left a palm print on the front seat of her ex-boyfriend’s car.

Tasha Franklin, 25, is charged with dating battery, burglary of the victim’s car and criminal mischief.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the couple broke up in July after a two-year relationship and that on Dec. 23, Franklin appeared at the parking lot where the victim works.

Police said she threw paint on him and his car, spray painted its right rear side and entered it without his permission.

Once inside, she made the palm print, part of approximately $1,200 damage from paint before biting him on the arm and leaving an imprint of her teeth, police said.

Franklin was arrested Dec. 27. On Wednesday, she told Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley she is a preschool teacher but was laid off. Hurley told her to stay away from the victim and weapons, including paint.


Man stabbed to death after asking neighbor to turn down music

Miami police officers say 24-year-old Phillip Arthur has died after being fatally stabbed when he asked his neighbor to turn down the volume of his music.

mug_Hinkson.JPGDorian W. Hinkson, the 51-year-old neighbor in Liberty Square, a Miami public housing development known as Pork ‘n Beans, reportedly became enraged, grabbed a knife and stabbed Arthur once in the chest in front of his wife and children in the courtyard of their complex.



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