The Bizarre World of Florida

Man hit wife with gun, forced 7-year-old to smoke pot …. Whatta guy. July 30, 2012

A 26-year-old man from McDonough, Ga., has been charged with hitting a woman  with a gun and forcing a seven-year-old boy to smoke marijuana at gunpoint,  according to an arrest report from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin Blake Mitchell hit the woman in the head with a gun, pointed it at  her, threatened to kill her and then robbed her of cash and other personal  property, the report said.

Then Mitchell pointed the gun at the seven-year-old boy and threatened to  shoot him if he didn’t smoke marijuana, according to the report.

He also stole another man’s debit card at gunpoint and robbed another woman  of her personal property, the report said.

The incident took place on July 12 at a home on Santana Drive. Mitchell was  arrested then, but further investigation led to additional charges, according to  the report.

Mitchell has been charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon,  three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse, grand  theft of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of  marijuana, two counts of felony larceny and two counts of misdemeanor  larceny.

He is being held in the Walton County Jail with no bond.


Scary stuff in St. Cloud. Undercover agents created neo-Nazi motorcycle club to dupe racist bikers

Filed under: Amazing,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:30 pm

 A neo-Nazi motorcycle gang created by an undercover law-enforcement unit to investigate white supremacists and racist bikers has helped topple two domestic-terrorism groups in Central Florida.

The original investigation began in 2007, when an undisclosed agent traded emails with August Kreis III, a leader of the Aryan Nations hate group who wanted to form a Nazi motorcycle club to serve as the militant arm for white supremacists across the country, according to records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

Using a false identity, the agent with theOrange County Sheriff’s Office became the Aryan Nations’ top Florida administrator responsible for recruiting members for what would become the 1st SS Kavallerie Brigade Motorcycle Division — operating out of a clubhouse inSt. Cloud.

Early members included at least two additional undercover FBI agents — who infiltrated the club — and a biker accused of offering $1,000 to anyone willing to shoot a black man riding an ATV in rural Osceola County, records show.

“The underlying aspect through all of it was that they were obtaining explosives and explosives expertise, and they intended to use them to kill people in the United States,” Orange-Osceola State Attorney Lawson Lamar told the Sentinel last week about what he characterized as the region’s most complex undercover operation in decades.

“We have a duty to stop what they were doing.”

The two cases — the motorcycle club and the takedown of the American Front white-supremacist group in Osceola in May — have resulted in 20 arrests on charges ranging from unsuccessful bomb and murder plots to drug dealing, illegal firearms possession and conducting paramilitary training to prepare for a race war.

Hidden mikes, cameras

Once one of America’s largest white-supremacist groups, the Aryan Nations broke into factions after losing a 2004 civil lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center that depleted the racist group’s finances. In 2008, Kreis came to Central Florida to meet his new followers after Brian Klose became the new club’s “Fuhrer.”

A 6-foot-6 giant known for drinking from a 70-pound beer stein, Klose worked as an enforcer for the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, which the U.S. Department of Justice describes as one of the country’s largest “outlaw motorcycle gangs” with a long, violent history in Florida. A doting son of elderly parents, he opened the Kavallerie Brigade’s clubhouse within walking distance of their St. Cloud home on Old Canoe Creek Road.

The Sentinel obtained hundreds of pages of documents related to the two domestic-terrorism cases. The information in this report comes from them and from interviews with Lamar, some members of his staff and local law-enforcement officers.

Once the operation into the Kavallerie Brigade began, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force installed enough hidden microphones and cameras in the clubhouse to stage a reality-TV show.

Unaware of being filmed and recorded, Klose warned members to be wary of the post-9-11 Patriot Act, which gave police new surveillance powers, and to never admit they belonged to the Kavallerie Brigade.

Despite his wariness of police infiltration, Klose’s in-house explosives experts turned out to be agents whom he asked repeatedly to build bombs and hand grenades for attacks he was planning.

Documents in the case show an agent reported to officials that he stalled Klose and others by claiming the explosives were difficult to make or easily traceable.

But on April 28, 2009, the agent detonated a remote-control bomb to show Klose what he could do. The blast so excited Klose, he fired a pistol and told the agent “he had a target for him to use the explosives on and that was the [rival] Warlock motorcycle gang’s clubhouse.”

By then, agents had become so entrenched in the group that three of them traveled with Klose to Chicago to meet with heads of the Outlaws’ chapters about opening Kavallerie Brigade chapters there, records state. The outcome of the discussions was not disclosed.

Combat training

In the spring of 2010, the local Joint Terrorism Task Force began looking at the American Front, another Nazi-influenced group of white supremacists rumored to be conducting combat training in rural Osceola County for a race war.

There were no law-enforcement officers inside that organization. Instead, that investigation relied on a former drug dealer working as a confidential informant for the government. In that capacity, the man received offers to join biker gangs and the Confederate Hammerskins, a skinhead group that required genetic testing to prove racial purity.

Emailing agents late at night, the informant reported on whom he met, the drugs they sold, the guns they carried and violent acts the group was planning.


This sorry ass went and stole from employer, just days after being hired

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:27 pm

A 26-year-old Golden Gate Estates man is accused of stealing from his employer days after being hired.

Andrew Alexander Roberts, of the 3600 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast, was arrested Thursday by Naples police at the 3100 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast.

Police say the management of Fast Fix Jewelry and Watch Repairs at the Coastland Center mall discovered jewelry missing on July 20. A review of surveillance video showed Roberts taking the jewelry and cash, according to the arrest report. Roberts is accused of stealing several gold chains, a silver chain, a gold clasp, a gold ring and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police say Roberts sold several of the stolen items to another shop at the mall.

When confronted about the thefts, Roberts told management to “discount it from his paycheck,” according to the arrest report.

Roberts is facing felony charges for grand theft, dealing in stolen property and fraud of a secondhand dealer. Roberts was hired on July 14, just five days before the crimes were caught on tape, according to the arrest report.


Woman stole brake fluid, beef jerky, WD-40, bug spray and gumout from convenience store

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:25 pm

A store employe noticed a woman, later identified as  Melissa Ann Ortagus, steal some items from a shelf before exiting a Kangaroo store in St. Augustine, according to an arrest affidavit from the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office.

mug_ortagus.jpgWhen the clerk reviewed surveillance video, Ortagus could be seen taking items and placing them in a large purse and a Slim Jim beef jerky under her shirt into the front of her shorts, according to the report.

When the clerk noticed Ortagus enter the store again a few hours later, the clerk told her to wait  and then called authorities. But she hopped into a car one minute before a deputy arrived, the affidavit stated.

When deputies caught up with Ortagus a short time later in the vehicle and asked her about the stolen items, Ortagus replied that it “was gone,” and they “had used it all in the car,” according to the affidavit.

The mosquito repellant spray, brake fluid, Gum Out gas treatment and octane booster and beef jerky were valued at $94.65.

Ortagus, 40, was charged with Petit Theft


Man offered to show cop he’s not ‘holding’ ……. bag of coke fell out of his pocket

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Drugs,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:24 pm

A man who pulled out his pants pockets to show a Fort Walton Beach Police  officer he wasn’t carrying drugs didn’t count on a plastic bag of cocaine  falling to the ground.

On July 15 an officer was called to the Rancho Alegre bar on Hollywood  Boulevard by employees who had escorted a suspected drug dealer off the  premises.  The man, Herminio Hurtado-Resendiz, 24, of Destin, told the  officer he wasn’t selling drugs and voluntarily pulled out his pants  pockets.

The police officer spotted a small plastic bag fall out of Resendiz’s  right-front pocket and land on the ground. The bag was full of a white, powdery  substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.

Resendiz was charged with possession of a controlled substance. His court  date is Aug. 21.


Scientists still studying giant, foreign shrimp that are attacking Florida by using boiling water and a little Old Bay. July 29, 2012

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dispute,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 4:13 pm

One day last month local crabber D.K. Register was pulling traps up along the  St. Johns River when around the Julington Creek area he came across something  strange.

It fell out of a clump of grass inside of a trap. It looked like a shrimp,  but it was black and had a bright red stripe along its back.

“That’s a weird-looking creature,” he thought to himself.

Register kept it, eventually passing it along to Ben Williams, owner of  Fisherman’s Dock Seafood in Mandarin. Williams had never seen anything like the  creature either. He asked around, emailing and calling folks, trying to figure  out what Register had come across. A crustacean research biologist with the  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told him it was a Panaeus  monodon — or Asian tiger shrimp.

In October state biologist Larry Connor told the Times-Union the shrimp had  been appearing more frequently.

They are native to East Africa, South Asia, the Philippines and Australia and  no one is exactly sure how they got to the First Coast, said Pamela Fuller, a  biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Nonindigenous Aquatic Species  Program in Gainesville.

During a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources aquaculture  experiment in the late 1980s, about 2,000 of the species were released into the  Atlantic Ocean accidentally. Also, several locations in the Caribbean were  raising the prawns during the 2000s and some believe that could be the source.  They have not been farmed in the United States since 2004.

No matter the source, tiger shrimp first started being seen in 2006, when  five were verified off the coast of North Carolina. Since then, verified  sightings have grown, with a total of 691 by mid-July. Most take place in waters  off the Carolinas and Louisiana, though that may reflect the number of shrimpers  and crabbers in those areas, Fuller said.

The population seems to be growing. Last year the numbers spiked, with 257  North Carolina sightings, 125 in Louisiana and 23 off Florida’s coasts,  according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There could be a benefit: Asian tiger shrimp are safe to eat and can grow to  be nearly a foot long, according to Fuller.

The potential problem, though — and the thing that concerns people like  Williams — is the possibility of the Asian tiger shrimp throwing off the food  chain in First Coast waters.

Fuller said that while the tiger shrimp eat mollusks and other crustaceans,  it is too early to know for sure just what effects they might have, good or  bad.

“We do not know what impact they will have,” Fuller said. “It could be bad,  but we don’t know at this point.”


If you stole $500 worth of gasoline from a Orlando gas station with an unknown tool police would like a word with you

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 4:10 pm

Police say someone stole  500 gallons of gasoline from a local convenience store, but they don’t know  how.

The theft was reported  Thursday, but police suspect the crime took place sometime Wednesday between 4  p.m. and 10 p.m.

Someone took an unknown  tool and damaged pump No. 8 at the Race Trac on West Sand Lake Road in  Orlando.

The tool did little damage  to the pump.

“Apparently, this damage  was so minute and so well done that no one noticed it,” said Sgt. Vince Ogburn,  with the Orlando Police Department.

“Our detectives are going  out there to review video to see if they can go back that few days-worth to find  suspects or anybody acting peculiar near that pump,” he said.

Anyone with information is  asked to call Orlando police.


Bad hair day: Woman struck stranger, returned to salon

Collier deputies say a Golden Gate woman hit a stranger in the face multiple times and then walked across the street to finish a hair appointment.

The victim was sitting in her car at a service station Wednesday evening when an unknown woman came up and hit her in the face three times, according to an arrest report.

The attendant at Jiffy Lube, 4840 Golden Gate Parkway, recognized the woman as his ex-girlfriend, 26-year-old Dorys Leidys Quintana.

Quintana then left the service station and returned to a salon across the street where she was having her hair done, the report said.

Quintana, whom deputies later found in the salon, was taken to the Naples Jail Center facing a charge of battery. She was released Wednesday after posting her $2,000 bond, according to jail records.

At the jail, Quintana, 5550 block of 16th Place Southwest, Golden Gate, told deputies she “was not thinking and that it was the dumbest thing that she has ever done,” her arrest report said.


Defective headlight led to arrest of suspected meth dealer on 7 drug and 2 weapons charges

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Drugs,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:38 pm

A Charlotte County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit deputy stopped a vehicle in Port Charlotte for a defective headlight that resulted in arrest of the driver on seven drug charges and two weapon charges. Arrested was Daniel Leonard Miller, 40, 1337 Kensington Street, Port Charlotte.

After the traffic stop at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, Miller appeared very nervous, shaking and sweating profusely. He consented for the SCU deputy to search his 1995 red Pontiac. As he got out of the car, a pocket knife fell out of his pocket; backup units arrived to begin the vehicle search. Deputies located a loaded .38 caliber revolver, 9mm ammunition, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, marijuana, a digital scale, and a glass pipe with residue. Several of the illegal drugs were found after a deputy noticed the plastic around the gear shift was loose. The deputy picked up the plastic and found a black zippered pouch hidden underneath containing drugs.

Miller was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on $24,500 bond due to his extensive criminal history and being a convicted felon; this is his 10th booking.


Baby-on-board led cops to burglary suspects

Sunrise duo accused of stealing firearms, jewelry and electronics were stopped in part because of a baby on board, police said.

Hancy Laudny, 18, and Demoy Roper, 19, were driving with a 10-month-old infant in the front seat, a traffic infraction that prompted police to stop the pair.

An informant had already tipped police off and alerted them that the suspects were traveling in a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and possessed a stolen firearm. Laudny is a convicted felon and Roper is on probation and has a suspended driver’s license.

Both were being held without bond Thursday; Roper in Broward County’s Main Jail and Laudny in North Broward Bureau.

Sunrise police stopped Laudny and Roper July 18 in the 3500 block of Northwest 117th Lane. They found the missing handgun, which had been reported stolen in Lee County, and Laudny holding the baby girl while sitting in the front seat, police said.

The child belonged to a friend, according to police.

According to arrest reports filed in the case:

A shotgun and a second handgun belonging to the suspects were also found in the car. While in custody, the pair confessed to committing four residential burglaries in Plantation and told police about five other stolen firearms, including an AK-47 assault rifle, which were in Laudny’s home.

Other stolen items in the burglaries included several driver’s licenses, jewelry, watches, ammunition, computers, televisions and even comic books all valued at more than $15,000.

Police said that on July 3, Laudny and Roper targeted a home in the 11800 block of Northwest 35th Street. While Roper waited in a Volkswagen truck, Laudny broke into the home through a rear sliding glass door and took a handgun, a shotgun and three rifles, including the AK-47.

The pair broke into another home on that same street on July 8, and a different home along the 3800 block of Northwest 120th Way on July 9, police said.



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 21,331 other followers