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The Bizarre World of Florida

Now we have drug thieves attacking old people on their way out from seeing the pharmacists April 17, 2014

1397678899000-PH-pharmacy-attackOn February 28 in Tampa, a man walks out of a pharmacy and is jolted with a taser for his drugs.

On March 15 in Tampa, a pharmacist is attacked and beaten for his drugs.

On April 8 in Palm Harbor, a woman leaving a pharmacy is knocked to the ground for her drugs.

People were shocked when we showed them the surveillance video.

“Oh, my Gosh!” said one.

“In broad daylight. That’s pretty crazy,” said another.

“They knocked her down!” said two elderly ladies.

“Oh, my God,” said one man.

When people watch the video, it makes their jaws drop, but no one is really surprised. Across the nation, and here in Tampa Bay, pharmacies and their customers have become targets, and detectives say Oxycodone and narcotic addicts will do anything to get a fix.

In the Palm Harbor attack, the suspect can be seen pacing back and forth in front of Trust Pharmacy on Highway 19. A woman walks out and the suspect immediately knocks her to the ground and takes her bag of prescription drugs. Passersby try and subdue the suspect, but he escapes.

But the suspect’s face is clearly captured on camera and detectives want to know who he is, reminding people to watch their backs.

 

Just a little friendly advice: When you’re hammered, please leave the ax alone April 16, 2014

sfl-flduh-axing-for-trouble-20140415-001It was about 4 a.m. April 5, and it wasn’t the first time Port St. Lucie police had been to Jesse Little’s home on Southwest Burlington Street.

In fact, an officer reported knowing of the address because of repeated calls regarding Little “constantly drunk in his yard” stirring up trouble with his fiancée and neighbors, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.

Little, 28, hadn’t violated any laws the first time the officer went there, but this time apparently would be different.

Little’s fiancée told police Little damaged the walls of the rental home and took an ax to the landlord’s washer and dryer.

She also said Little kept drinking liquor he took from a neighbor’s residence “and had been yelling curses while walking up and down the street.”

The fiancée reported Little knew police were coming, saying he raced inside to pretend to be asleep.

She pointed out a big ax, an edged implement used by lumberjacks in felling trees, on the garage floor. Police saw holes in the drywall and “heavy denting” on the washer and dryer.

Investigators found Little in bed, where he appeared to be faking slumber.

Described as “obviously intoxicated,” Little said he’d been imbibing all night.

Police took Little to the hospital for medical clearance, where he is quoted as telling an officer, “I’m gonna have the Outlaws pay you a visit. You will be over by morning.”

On the way to jail, Little demanded the officer pull over and let him out.

“If you don’t you’ll be (sexual intercoursed) up by the morning, before you even know it!” the affidavit states.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the officer was “(sexual intercoursed) up by the morning.”

Little, of the 2000 block of Southwest Burlington Street in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on charges including criminal mischief and corruption by threat on a public servant.

 

Teacher Fired for Orchestrating Attack on Seventh Grade Student April 15, 2014

teacherAfter Florida teacher Dru Dehart got into an argument with seventh-grade student Radravious Williams, Dehart allegedly ordered a pack of older teens to attack Williams.

Dehart, who claims that Williams threatened her, is a veteran teacher at Northport K-8 School in Port St. Lucie.

Security camera footage from inside the school shows Dehart pointing to Williams and walking away. Mere moments later, a group of boys surrounds the teen and assaults him.

As the boys beat him up, Williams falls to the floor. The attack left him injured and traumatized.

Dehart was suspended without pay last fall.

On Thursday, after half an hour’s deliberation, the county’s school board came to the unanimous decision to fire Dehart.

David Miklas, a school district representative, said that Dehart “made a very poor decision that day” in using “students to carry out discipline.”

 

Man vowed to blow up tax collector’s office over auto tag flap April 14, 2014

Lawmen say a man became upset when he couldn’t renew his car tags and threatened to blow up the Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s Office.

sfl-flduh-auto-tag-flap-20140413-001Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies went to the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s office in Destin to deal with a disturbance. When they entered, they identified a man matching a description given to them during the call. The man was saying, “No, no, no, this is a setup,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

When deputies tried to detain him the man declared, “You don’t have the right to stop me” and tried to shoulder his way past the deputies. He was handcuffed despite “significant resistance,” the deputy wrote in the report.

When deputies talked to the agent who phoned in the call, she told them that 46-year-old James Colin Ready of Destin became upset when he learned he couldn’t renew his car tags because his license had been suspended. She said he vowed to make a pipe bomb and blow up the Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s office. The report didn’t say why he threatened the Santa Rosa County office.

“He said he had served in the military and had killed 159 people and was good at it,” the deputy wrote in the report.

He allegedly said “I’m not kidding” and left the office, then returned and ranted that he was going to make a pipe bomb and blow somebody up, the report said.

He was charged with battery on an officer or firefighter, and threatening to discharge a destructive device.

 

Police get involved after dispute over too many pets gets physical April 11, 2014

sfl-flduh-neighbor-fight-furkids-20140410-001Some folks really show their claws when it comes to their fur kids.

Fur-real feud: A woman, identified as Christina M. Putman, 27, is accused of attacking her neighbor after the neighbor told authorities Putman was keeping eight dogs and several cats, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.

After officials verified Putnam had more fur kids than the legal limit of five, Putman allegedly jumped her next-door neighbor’s fence and grabbed the woman’s hair, dragging her into the backyard from the porch, Port St. Lucie cops said.

 

Christian High School Teacher Caught Half-Naked With 14-Year-Old Student April 8, 2014

Eric-Beasley-125x188A South Florida teacher was arrested Tuesday after he was caught having sex with a 14-year-old student, police said.

According to the Lighthouse Point police report, Eric Beasley, 24, was the ninth-grade student’s biology teacher at Zion Lutheran Christian School in Deerfield Beach.

An officer found Beasley and the teen having sex in a parked car behind a business, the report claimed.

While being questioned by detectives, Beasley admitted to engaging in inappropriate behavior with the girl at school, including kissing during her lunch breaks, the report stated.

“It’s absolutely appalling,” Rosalyn Smith, whose child attends the school, told Local 10.

Police said they also found pictures of Beasley’s penis on his phone that he sent to the girl.

“Not just my child, but I’m concerned about all of the children here at the school,” Smith said.

A student at the school said he thought Beasley was “a weird creep-o.”

School officials have not commented on the arrest.

 

Florida, where the prostitutes will choke you to death if you try to skip on paying April 4, 2014

A 19-year-old woman who was working as a prostitute choked a Lake Worth man to death after he tried to stiff her out of money he owed her for sexual services, deputies said.

sfl-escort-appears-in-court-to-face-murder-charge-20140403Andrea Alvira, of Lake Worth, killed Brandon Day, 22, in the early hours of Jan. 15 in a yard in the 5300 block of Rivermill Lane in Lake Worth, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Alvira, who faces a charge of second-degree murder, told investigators a story they didn’t believe: that she had met Day in a nearby park and that he’d offered to give her a ride after a john had stood her up.

According to the arrest report, Alvira told investigators she attacked Day after he pushed her to the ground, raped her, and took off running after robbing her.

Detectives said there was no evidence to support her allegations against Day.

Instead, detectives determined that Day and Alvira had arranged to meet at the community clubhouse in the Rivermill development, and that Alvira would provide sexual services for a fee.

Detectives said Alvira did her part, but that Day tried to run away without paying her, the report stated. Alvira chased Day into a yard, where she dropped him by hitting him in the neck. She got on top of Day’s chest and forced her knees into his throat, suffocating him, detectives said.

Investigators looked at Alvira’s cell phone, which showed that she and Day had sent text messages to each other to arrange a meeting.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Alvira was “sitting in the grass next to the victim who was unresponsive and believed to be deceased,” the report said.

An investigation into the death ensued, with a medical examiner ruling on March 26 that Day’s death was a homicide.

Alvira was arrested Wednesday. She remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday, according to the Sheriff’s Office online booking blotter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the arrest report, Alvira told investigators she attacked Day after he pushed her to the ground, raped her, and took off running after robbing her.

Detectives said there was no evidence to support her allegations against Day.

 

Man set fire to home because lesbians lived there April 3, 2014

1396464275000-Braulio-Valenzuela-VillanuevaA 73-year-old Miami man, who is also a registered sex offender, faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, arson, and committing a hate crime after he allegedly tried to burn down a home with two women and eight children inside because the women are lesbians.

Miami-Dade Police said Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva, 73, entered the lot next door to his on NW 27th Avenue and allegedly set fire to a mattress that was leaning against the wall of the trailer occupied by the women and children.

Police said as the fire began to get worse, “the defendant hurried back to his residence.” The fire began to burn the trailer, but there were no smoke detectors inside, police said. A neighbor from across the street saw the fire and began to alert people of the impending danger.

The women and children inside the burning trailer escaped after being awakened by the neighbor from across the street. Police said Valenzuela-Villanueva came out of his home and “casually began observing the fire. In fact one of his neighbors had to compel him to assist bringing a garden hose” to fight the fire.

Miami-Dade Fire Fighters put out the fire, but police said the trailer that was burned sustained “considerable damage.”

Miami-Dade Police said surveillance video recorded by another neighbor captured Valenzuela-Villanueza setting the mattress on fire and several neighbors identified him in the video.

According to the arrest report, after being told of his rights, Valenzuela-Villanueva didn’t admit to setting the fire, but did say he “despised the two adult victims for the simple fact that they were lesbians.”

Further, he stated “Every time he saw them kissing, he felt a deep repugnance and in his opinion they did not deserve to have children.”

Valenzuela-Villanueva is in jail on $230,000 bail.

 

Ex hurled beer cans at woman’s house

sfl-flduh-ex-hurled-beer-cans-20140402-001A woman told an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy the guy she broke up with stood outside her apartment throwing “hard objects” – in this case unopened beer cans – at her windows until one of them broke – the window, not the beer can.

Deputies arrested William Earl Bradley of Fort Walton Beach and charged him with a weapon offense – missile into dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft.

The woman said he threw several hard objects at the kitchen window and back bedroom window, causing the bedroom window to break. A witness said the hard objects were unopened beer cans.

The woman said Bradley was mad at her for ending their intimate relationship.

 

Man accused of trying to force his way into a maid’s Magic Kingdom inside a room at a Disney resort April 2, 2014

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“When I bring my family down here I try to keep my eyes and ears open. Just because we’re in Disney doesn’t mean anything,” visitor Joe Rossi said.

“I don’t think any place is safe this day and age. I think you always have to be careful,” another tourist, Nancy Sherrin, said.

Authorities said the suspect, described to be in his early 30s with a mole on the side of his face, fled out of the hotel room. Deputies said they’re not sure if the man was a guest and it’s unclear how he got onto the resort property

Investigators requested surveillance video from the resort, as well as a list of recent guests who stayed in the room where the attack happened.

“We do want people to take a close look at the composite sketch to see if they do recognize this person so we can bring him in,” Rodriguez said.

Disney officials released a statement regarding the hotel room attack:

“We are very focused on the well being of our cast member and have been working closely with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to assist their investigation. We encourage anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Providing a safe environment for our cast and guests is our highest priority. In addition to our own extensive security team (more than 1,000 security cast members), the OCSO has a presence on our property 24 hours a day.”

 

 
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