The Bizarre World of Florida

Employees at a tattoo store didn’t take an robbery attempt lying down. January 31, 2012

According the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 28 around 8:05 p.m., 44-year-old David Pereira entered the Addiction Ink tattoo store and demanded for the owner and his sister’s money back.

Four employees struggled with Pereira and held him down until police came.

Police say the weapon Pereira was pointing at the employees was made up of three D batteries wrapped in electrical tape with white cardboard and furniture stuffing around the bottom, along with a piece of metal that could resemble a trigger guard.

Everyone there told police they thought he had some sort of gun or taser.

Pereira was charged with Attempted Robbery with a Weapon and is being held on $20,000 bond until his court date on Feb. 21.


Here’s another upstanding Floridian! Fight over dog poop ends in arrest

A fight that started over dog droppings ended with a Port Richey girl in handcuffs Sunday.

According to the police report, around 2:47 a.m., 28-year-old Jessica White approached the 19-year-old girl after the girl’s dog pooped in her yard on Sudbury Drive.

Police say White punched the girl on the forehead during the fight. The girl was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries and White was taken to jail.

On the way to the jail, White said she did not start the fight, but she ended it.

White was charged with Simple Battery and released later that day on $150 bond.


Car-theft victim sees stolen car from bus

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:55 pm

A central Florida woman forced to take the bus when her car was stolen. The interesting thing about this case is that she was able to help authorities capture the suspected thieves after watching her car drive past the bus.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the woman reported her car stolen Friday from her Deltona home. But as she was sitting on a bus six hours later, she called 911 to report seeing her black 2002 Saturn in Orange City.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that a responding deputy spotted the car and eventually pulled it over. The vehicle’s occupants, 29-year-old Aaron Hosack and 20-year-old Amber Jones, were both arrested and charged with multiple counts, including grand theft and burglary.


2 more fake cops placed in real jail cells.

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:47 pm

Richard Jackson Sleeper had cut off a 75-year-old man near a gated community in New Port Richey and told him he’d have to issue the man a citation for having an obscured license tag, reports the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg.

But there was a problem: Sleeper is not a law enforcement office.

When the man’s passenger called real cops, Sleeper tried to flee but the 75-year-old man followed him, according to the arrest report.

And in Siesta Key, near Sarasota,  Jordan Alexander Letschert, 29, allegedly posed as a federal marshal while at a nightclub, where he flashed a badge at a manager and told him he was there to make an arrest, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

When the club’s manager inquired about the arrest, Letschert said, “It has to be serious to cross my desk,” according to the arrest report.


Want to get arressted? Simply shoot your gun in front of an officer. No problem!

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Florida Nut,Guns,Really Dumb,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:43 pm

Shooting a pistol in front of a Kissimmee police officer Sunday led to the arrest of a motorist on DUI and gun charges, police records show.

The driver, Angel Santiago, Jr., 25, of Kissimmee, was charged with driving under the influence, discharging a firearm in public, using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, possession of a firearm while being the subject of a domestic-violence injunction and carrying a concealed firearm.


Hey wife, excuse me but I want to use our bed with this woman friend of mine. No peeking!

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Fight,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:40 pm

Marian Searchwell’s husband said his wife grew enraged after he decided to bring home a “female visitor.”

“Specifically, Searchwell began yelling at (her husband),” an Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy wrote in a recently released arrest affidavit.

The husband said Searchwell — his wife of five months — grabbed his neck during the 10:10 p.m. Jan. 26 incident, leaving abrasions.

Searchwell’s account of the apparent domestic donnybrook in the 400 block of 43rd Avenue Southwest in Vero Beach differed.

The 56-year-old woman said she was in the master bedroom when her husband appeared, asking that she leave “in order for him and his female visitor to use the bed.”

“When she did not comply with his request, he picked her up from the bed,” the affidavit states.

Searchwell said she grabbed her husband’s shirt and his neck.

The affidavit did not state why Searchwell’s husband and his “female visitor” wanted to use the bed.

Typical uses for beds include sleeping, napping, slumbering, dozing, snoozing, getting 40 winks or some shuteye. They also can be employed by children as a make-shift trampoline, or modified with the addition of wheels for use in a so-called bed race.

In any case, the affidavit did not state whether Searchwell’s husband and his “female visitor” were afforded use of the bed. Nor did the affidavit state whether the bed was a twin, full, queen, king, bunk, Murphy or a rollaway.

Searchwell was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.


Man screaming in the night that the house was possessed!

Filed under: Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:35 pm

 Pasco deputies found him on the porch of someone else’s house, screaming into the night that the house was possessed.

Neighbors called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Saturday when they heard shouts from Jonathan Portz, 37, a Pasco County Sheriff’s report said.

The owner of the house, at 4542 Firelane Road, told deputies he didn’t know Portz.

Portz, of 5140 Counselor Drive in Zephyrhills, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct and taken to the Land O’Lakes jail. He has since been released.


Oh No!! Gingrich rap song “Hoot for Newt” January 30, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — floridaduh @ 2:26 pm

CNN – G-O-P presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has a new tool in his campaign chest.

Supporters of the former House Speaker have created a rap song — titled “Hoot for Newt.”


Just being neighborly, Man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home twice

Filed under: Controversy,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:25 pm

A 40-year-old Fort McCoy man who deputies say burglarized his neighbor’s residence twice, once stealing jewelry and food such as butter, milk and hamburgers to feed his family, was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon.

The neighbor whose home had been burglarized told a sheriff’s deputy on Jan. 25 that he left his residence, located on Northeast 210th Street, in the morning and on returning late in the afternoon discovered someone had burglarized his home.

Among the items taken were jewelry, laundry detergent, butter, milk and hamburgers, the man told deputies.

The next day, the victim said he was at home when he heard a knock at his door. Walking in the kitchen area, the man said he noticed things were suspicious, so he decided to call 911.

Upon entering his bedroom with a 911 dispatcher on the phone, the man said he was face to face with a masked intruder, dressed in camouflage clothing, exiting his bedroom. The intruder then attacked him, the victim told deputies.

The victim said the masked man asked for food, swore at him and demanded to know who he was talking to.

The homeowner said he was struck multiple times by the burglar and that a flathead screwdriver was placed at his neck, and the burglar ordered him not to tell the dispatcher what had occurred.

The burglar then tied up the homeowner and fled the scene, deputies were told.

Deputy Jon Turner and his dog searched the area, at which point the K-9 led deputies to a driveway, where they encountered Michael Williams, who was detained by Deputy Charles Barker.

Detective Barney Gaskin was then called to the location, where he interviewed Williams, who at first denied burglarizing his neighbor’s home, deputies said.


How good are waterless urinals in a school? Well here’s the answer.

Filed under: Bizzarre,Unusual — floridaduh @ 2:23 pm

Palm Beach County public schools decided to go green several years ago to help protect the environment and save on energy bills. But the switch to waterless urinals in numerous boys’ bathrooms has become a costly mess on some campuses.

Copper pipes behind the walls in at least two bathrooms at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton corroded, leading to urine’s flowing across floors and students holding their noses.

“It was seeping through the hallway into the classroom next door,” Caleb Rader, 15, a freshman, said of the urine leaks before winter break. “Pretty disgusting.”

Administrators say they have cleaned up, started repairs, and ordered a return to flush urinals, this time with low water flow.

They insist students and employees are safe. But parents are worried, and five of the bathrooms with the waterless urinals are still open while repairs are pending.

“We’re really concerned because we don’t think it’s a sanitary place for our children to be,” said Mara Shapiro, president of the school’s PTSA, whose son is a junior. “The hallways reek.”

Permanently fixing the problem could cost a total of $500,000 at Spanish River and three other high schools with similar bathroom designs and urinals: Palm Beach Lakes in West Palm Beach, Santaluces near Lantana, and Wellington.

School district officials say they are negotiating with the manufacturer of the urinals, Falcon Waterfree Technologies of Los Angeles, to reimburse them for much of the repair and renovation expenses.

“We want to hold them accountable,” said Joseph Sanches, district chief of facilities management.

Matt Korcinsky, Falcon’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, said the company takes some of the blame and wants to keep doing business with the district.

“We’re working with them on this unfortunate incident,” he said. “I’m 100 percent confident everyone will be satisfied.”

About seven years ago, district officials began retiring hundreds of traditional flush urinals. They said they could save about $100 a year in water costs for each urinal, and switched to the no-water variety.

Along with helping the environment, administrators also liked the idea of stopping restroom vandals: waterless urinals make it impossible for mischievous students to clog up drains and cause flooding.

With a white ceramic form, the waterless units resemble a typical urinal. Falcon’s product contains a cartridge providing “odor-free operation and easy maintenance,” according to the firm’s website.



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