The Bizarre World of Florida

If you’re going to steal some wheels to get to a strip club, make sure the strip club isn’t just down the street. March 30, 2012

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:57 pm

A man who said he found a set of car keys on the floor of a local nightclub  and then drove away in the car is facing felony charges.

Law enforcement was first alerted that the vehicle was missing after the  owner started looking for her car keys and realized she didn’t have them,  according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

She told the police the keys went missing between midnight and 3:30 a.m. and  provided a description of the vehicle.

Deputies soon located the vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby strip club.  The vehicle was locked and the owner was contacted to get a spare set of keys  from her home.

While she went to do that, a deputy watched her vehicle and saw the lights on  the vehicle flash suggesting the keyless entry had been activated.

Soon a man, later identified as Carlos R. Ortiz-Ortiz, walked towards the  vehicle and then veered away when he spotted the deputy.

The deputy caught up with him just before the 29-year-old walked back into  the strip club and saw Ortiz-Ortiz had the keys to the vehicle.

Once he was detained, the deputy found a small bag of marijuana in  Ortiz-Ortiz’s pocket.

Once he was arrested, Ortiz-Ortiz told the officer that he had found the keys  on the floor of the nightclub and decided to take the vehicle to get to the  strip club.

Ortiz-Ortiz was charged with grand theft auto and possession of less than 20  grams of marijuana.

Read more:  http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articles/keys-48462-okaloosa-car.html#ixzz1qbXNFemb


Don’t let cops inside your home if it’s also a ‘shroom grow operation.

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Father,Bad Mother,Drugs,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:55 pm


Charlotte County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit detectives arrested a mother, father and son Tuesday for growing psychedelic mushrooms in their northwest Port Charlotte home.

Two CCSO deputies went to the home at 13515 Goodrich Avenue at 12:27 p.m. concerning a felony warrant. Joshua Lee Mudge, 20, answered the door and said his brother no longer lived in the home. Deputies asked if they could go in and look around and was given permission to enter. Joshua Mudge advised what was behind each door in a hallway. Deputies asked him to open one of the doors then he put his hand in front of a deputy blocking him from walking into the room. Deputies smelled a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the room and saw several funnels, buckets, empty glass jars, a propane torch and sandwich bags. Joshua Mudge told them it was a school project and they needed to leave the house.

Deputies called Narcotics detectives to obtain a search warrant. Joshua Mudge was removed from the home and became uncooperative then violent; he struck on deputy in the face with a closed fist and a Taser was used. He refused to be handcuffed and became violent again attempting to hit and kick the two deputies. A second Taser was used to finally gain control and handcuff him.

A judge signed a search warrant and Narcotics detectives entered the home. They located six plastic bags of Psilocybin mushrooms (51 grams), a plastic container with 1.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, six syringes labeled various types of Psilocybin strains, a sealed incubation Hallucinogenic Mushroom (Psilocybin) operation containing four large mushrooms growing in a black container, several starter containers of strains of Psilocybin mushrooms along with growing material for the mushrooms, several dried Psilocybin mushrooms, a container with assorted growing material for mushrooms, a coffee can with 120 grams of marijuana and six smoking pipes with marijuana residue.

Detectives arrested Joshua Mudge, William Lorne Mudge, 55, and 50 year old Betty Lou Mudge and transported them to the Charlotte County Jail. All were charged with Manufacture of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms (Psilocybin), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Joshua Mudge was additionally charged with felony Battery on an Officer, and Resisting Arrest with Violence; this is his eighth booking. Joshua remains in jail on no bond and his parents bond was set at $6,000 each.


Nurse Snips Off Baby’s Pinky Finger March 29, 2012

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Sad Story,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:56 pm

The mother of a 3-month-old is suing a local hospital after a nurse accidentally  cut off the end of her baby’s pinky finger.

The attorney for Veronica Olguin, 15, said the nurse at the Heart of  Florida Regional Medical Center in Polk County cut off the tip of the child’s  finger with scissors in October.

“I felt horrible just seeing all of that,” said Olguin.

Officials said the nurse was trying to snip an intravenous tube attached  to the baby’s hand.

The baby, Salena, was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a fever.

“I was so scared and I just started screaming, ‘Her finger, her finger,'”  said Olguin.

The baby was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where doctors tried to  reattach the finger but were unsuccessful.

Olguin is suing the nurse and the hospital for negligence, because her  attorney, Luzardo Pendas, said a settlement couldn’t be reached.

“All I wanted is for her to have her finger,” said Olguin. “That is  completely impossible and she cannot have it back.”

Hospital officials said the incident was an “unfortunate accident” that  they deeply regret.  The nurse is still working at the hospital, according to  authorities.

The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of at least $15,000.

Read more: http://www.wesh.com/news/30786771/detail.html#ixzz1qVvDUCC2


Lady Gaga impersonator wrapped in caution tape gets busted

Filed under: Drunk,DUI,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:52 pm

A self-described Lady Gaga impersonator wore a crime-scene inspired outfit last weekend – even before police accused her of drunk driving.

Brittney Kay Harland’s attire for the night included yellow-caution tape that was wrapped around her neck, inner thighs and buttocks and glued to her skin.

Harland, 27, faces a charge of DUI involving property damage after she was involved in a two-car crash in Orlando about 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

Harland told officers the other car ran a red light, but a witness said it was Harland who ran the light, according to an arrest affidavit. She was found at fault in the accident for running the red light, police said.


Math teacher wanted to measure student’s exposed “boobage” with ruler

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Teacher,Bizzarre,Controversy,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:51 pm

A Eustis Middle School teacher resigned after she made a comment about a student’s cleavage in front of the classroom.

Joan Bannister, a 53-year-old math teacher, drew attention to the girl’s cleavage and said she would be out of dress code if the girl were measured, according to a memo from Lake County Schools. The girl filed a complaint saying that on Jan. 30 Bannister approached her with a ruler and said the math teacher wanted to measure her exposed “boobage.”

In the memo, Bannister denied ever using the word “boobage” but admitted to having a conversation with the girl about her being out of compliance with the dress code. She said she never touched the girl, but “could have handled the situation better,” according to the memo.

Bannister, who taught at the school since 2005, was removed from the classroom for five school days during an investigation in February, but was since allowed back in class. The district recommended her for a five-day unpaid suspension that she never served because she requested a hearing. Bannister resigned in lieu of the hearing, which was scheduled for Monday.


Postal worker accused of making a special delivery — of pot.

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Drugs,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:49 pm

A Marathon postal worker was arrested Tuesday after she was caught with a package with 10 pounds of Marijuana inside.

Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations detectives worked together with investigators with the U.S. Postal Service on the investigation.
The Postal Service had information about a  suspicious package they believed had drugs inside. The package was addressed to an elderly Marathon woman. When it arrived at the Marathon Post Office, it was given to postal worker Veronica Johnson, 49, of Marathon for delivery.
According to detectives, Johnson delivered mail to the address where the suspicious package was supposed to go, but did not deliver the package. Instead, at the end of her shift, she put the package in the trunk of her car.
She told detectives she takes delivery of the marijuana for a man who pays her $200.00 for each package. She said she has done it a number of times in the past. She said she is aware of what is inside the package.
She was arrested and charged with possession of a felony amount of marijuana. She was booked into jail.

How’s this for some father-son bonding time?

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Drugs,Really Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:47 pm

After a Daytona Beach police officer spotted a stolen car in a parking lot Tuesday night and arrested the driver, a mobile methamphetamine lab was found in the trunk of the vehicle.

Robert W. Smith Jr., 37, and Robert W. Smith Sr., 72, both face charges of manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. Smith Jr. also is accused of grand theft auto.

Both men listed permanent addresses in Bowling Green, Ky., as well as an address in Holly Hill.

The 1995 Pontiac Firebird, reported stolen from Bowling Green in January, was spotted outside the Daytona Family Market, 1260 Mason Ave., about 7:20 p.m. Smith Jr. was behind the wheel and the engine was running, police said. The man told officers a friend let him use the car so he could visit his father.


Woman crashes car into man’s garage during argument March 28, 2012

 A Hudson woman was arrested Sunday after she crashed her SUV into a man’s garage during an argument.

According to the police report, on Saturday, 26-year-old Sierra Peters was arguing with a man at his home on Pickford Street in Spring Hill when she got angry and drove her Dodge Durango through his garage door damaging the door, the garage wall and a Harley Davidson motorcycle parked inside. Police say the damage totaled over $5,000.

Neighbors ran out to see what was going on and reported to police seeing her drive away moments after the crash yelling obscenities.

Police found Peters the next morning at a home on Moon Road in Brooksville where she told then she had accidentally backed into the garage. Too bad, her car said differently. The front end of her car had moderate front end damage and white paint transfer from the accident.

Peters was charged with Criminal Mischief.


Drunk woman calls 911 to say she was lost in woods, did not know where to urinate.

 A woman needing help finding the bathroom is now facing numerous charges.

Her first mistake: calling 911 for her restroom emergency.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Marcia Usher placed the 911 call Wednesday night, saying she was lost in the woods and didn’t know where she should urinate.

Responding deputies found Usher not in the woods, but instead in front of her home, reportedly intoxicated and drinking a beer.

A deputy noticed a nearby open beer cooler and asked Usher if he could check inside for any weapons or drugs. According to the arrest report, Usher complied and told the deputy there was beer and a knife inside.

Instead of a knife, the deputy immediately saw a loaded handgun on top of the beer.

The deputy tried putting Usher in handcuffs, and a brief struggle ensued.  She was reportedly tackled to the ground and taken into custody without further incident.

At the jail, a vial of meth residue was allegedly discovered on Usher during a strip search.

She now faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of methamphetamine, introduction/possession of contraband in a detention facility, and resisting arrest without violence.


Perhaps this woman really believed in the potency of herbal remedies.

Filed under: Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Sad Story,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:23 pm

Detectives spent Tuesday morning digging on the property of a Lake Alfred home after officials said a woman confessed to burying her husband in their herb garden.

Officials said the woman, Barbara Scott, 64, went to the Lake Alfred Police Department on Monday night and said her husband, Benny Scott, 77, died in January and she didn’t report his death.

Scott told authorities she buried her husband in the garden of their home in the 200 block of S. Goodman Avenue, then began to tell friends who called for him that he was in Oklahoma or that he had a throat issue and couldn’t talk.

Officials said her alleged cover up fell apart when her daughter became suspicious and confronted her. She confessed her actions to her daughter.

Detectives said Scott was calm as she showed them where the body was buried.

“She seemed calm, almost relieved that it was coming to a close,” said Polk Co. Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jim Elensky.

Deputies say Benny Scott’s body was buried in the east portion of the backyard near the back door in a grave approximately 3 to 4 feet deep beneath an herb garden.

Neighbor William Bearden says the Scotts lived in the house for the past two years and were good neighbors.
According to Bearden, Barbara liked to garden but Bennie didn’t seem happy to leave his home in Oklahoma.
Bearden says he thought Benny was back in Oklahoma and was shocked that he was, in fact, next door the whole time. “I’m still having a hard time believing this is all happening,” he said. “We were all close, that’s what I’m saying. It’s just weird and I’m not sure how to respond.”
The cause of death is unknown at this time. An autopsy will be completed Wednesday.
Investigators are working to find out why Scott kept the death a secret in the first place. Polk County investigators say no charges have been filed against Scott at this time.    Officials say she has been cooperating with the investigation and has retained an attorney.



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