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The Bizarre World of Florida

Burglar takes shower and steals lunch meat April 15, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Funny,OK Then .....,Robbers,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:10 pm

A Boynton Beach woman said a burglar took a shower and some lunch meat, according to Boynton Beach Police.

The break-in happened on the 3000 block of Southeast Second Street on Friday. The woman said the burglar broke in through a window, then unlocked several doors in the home.

Police collected a blood sample at the scene and then talked to the woman.

She also told police lunch meat was taken from the refrigerator and the shower stall was wet.

 

Teacher Fired for Orchestrating Attack on Seventh Grade Student

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.”

 

Texas mom sent 8-year-old on beer run in Key West April 14, 2014

sfl-flduh-mom-beer-run-key-wset-20140413-001 A mother of two from Sugar Land is in a Florida jail cell after a family vacation that reportedly spun out of control.

Suzanne Simon was arrested Thursday in Key West, FL, on suspicion of felony child neglect.

Police say the 38-year-old environmental engineer smelled of booze and slurred her words when she was taken into custody.

According to a police report, Simon kicked a 12-year-old boy out of the car on popular Duval Street without any shoes. She allegedly did so because the boy was reading the GPS incorrectly.

The report also states that Simon sent an 8-year-old girl out of the car in search of more beer.

Police haven’t officially identified Simon as the mother of the children. However, those who know Simon confirm that the kids belong to her.

“I’m nervous. Where are the kids? I want to know where the kids are. Did she just leave them on the street and take off,” questioned Simon’s friend Mary Lou. “She never mistreated the kids. Never.”

Mary Lou says the father of both kids died in a motorcycle accident years ago.

She didn’t know Simon had gone on vacation but claims Simon called her a couple of weeks ago and said she was lonely.

“What was she doing over there? The kids were in school,” said Mary Lou. “If you find the kids, bring them to me. I’ll take care of them. Those kids are real sweet.”

The little girl reportedly told police that she found a beer on the sidewalk and brought it to Simon. The investigating officer alleges that Simon smacked the girl on her forehead at one point, leaving a red mark.

“I can’t believe Suzanne would do something like that. That’s not Suzanne,” added Mary Lou.

Police say the 12-year-old boy was picked up by two strangers and brought back to his hotel.

News of Simon’s alleged actions after a day of drinking made headlines in the Citizen Newspaper in the Keys.

The newspaper says Simon told an officer that “he should put the boy in juvenile detention as a runaway.”

“Knowing that she kicked him out of the car in the middle of Key West, Florida, I think that’s insane,” said Courtney Maris, who knows Simon.

Courtney Maris’ ex husband went on to marry Simon. That marriage, too, ended in divorce.

Maris says she has had a tumultuous relationship with Simon along the way.

“She was saying terrible things to me about what a terrible mother I was because I hadn’t seen my son. I’m here taking care of my children,” explained Maris.

KHOU 11’s attempts to reach Simon’s family were unsuccessful.

Simon is currently locked up at the Stock Island jail on $5,000 bond. Authorities have not said where the children are.

 

Over sheriffs’ objections, Florida House approves bill to allow concealed weapons during emergencies April 12, 2014

Evacuations caused by hurricanes, toxic spills and riots could be grounds for people to conceal guns in public without a permit, according to a bill backed by the National Rifle Association that passed the Florida House 80-36 on Friday.

b4s_guns041214_12937447_8col“The bells of liberty are surely ringing throughout Florida today,” said Rep. Heather Fitz­enhagen, R-Fort Myers, the bill sponsor. “We are making sure that no Floridian in lawful possession of a firearm must leave it behind while evacuating in an officially declared state of emergency.”

HB 209 passed with six Democrats voting for it, including Rep. Amanda Murphy of New Port Richey and Rep. Carl Zimmermann of Palm Harbor, despite objections from his sheriff.

“The bill is crazy, it’s absurd,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

Gualtieri and the Florida Sheriffs Association lobbied against the bill, calling it too vague. There is no way to know for how long, or in how large a geographic area, a gun owner might qualify to conceal a weapon after an evacuation order.

Also, the bill applies to those who are “in lawful possession” of guns. That’s not the same as a gun owner, and could apply to adult children or spouses of gun owners with clean criminal records who are found carrying guns.

A companion bill, SB 296, is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and awaits a hearing in the Appropriations Committee before a floor vote.

Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, had supported the bill but now opposes it because of its vagueness.

“At what point do we have control over knowing when someone is no longer evacuating?” asked Dean, a former sheriff of Citrus County. “In most of my experience, officers are there to help you in an emergency. I’m not really sure what advantage you have by sticking a gun in your belt.”

Rep. Victor Torres, D-Orlando, said it makes the job of law enforcement too risky during emergencies.

“You are introducing concealed firearms in an environment that is already teeming with tension,” said Torres, a former New York City transit cop. “If this bill passes, I hope that tragedy is not a byproduct of our decision here today, and if it is, I hope we are ready to accept responsibility.”

But gun-rights advocates like Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Inverness, said concerns were overblown.

“Every single time we’ve made changes to protect the Second Amendment rights of people, we hear about this wild, wild West,” Smith said. “It’s going to be more dangerous. Shootings everywhere. And yet, we have one of the lowest rates of crime we’ve ever been at.”

Another NRA-backed bill, HB 523, was approved by a wider margin, 94-22, minutes later. It authorizes county tax collectors to accept applications for licenses to carry concealed weapons and firearms in an effort to make the permits more accessible.

“This bill is to ensure that Floridians do not have to wait six months to drive multiple hours to have their concealed weapons permit, at the time perhaps a natural disaster occurs,” said its sponsor, Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa.

 

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.

 

Lost wallet returned missing $40, but with a heartwarming note April 10, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Beautiful,Interesting,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:25 pm

Miami Senior High School student Cristhian Reyes had his lost wallet returned by a total stranger with conditions attached, but not the kind of conditions Reyes was expecting.

Instead of asking for money in exchange for the wallet, the anonymous finder filled Reyes’ wallet with $20 apparently added and a note that read, in part: “I added $20 to it so you know the world is a great place. Do me a favor and when you get the chance, do something nice for someone else.”

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The act of kindness was committed by the stranger last Friday, two days after Reyes, a high school senior, lost his wallet while attending opening day for the Florida Marlins.

Reyes had his high school ID, along with his driver’s license and $60 cash, tucked inside his wallet. When the man found the wallet, the $60 apparently was gone but Reyes’ high school ID was there – so the man brought the wallet, in an envelope along with the note, to Miami Senior High on Friday morning.

“I was passing by the office at the time and the secretary said, ‘Zabala, look at this,’” said Miami Senior High School Vice Principal Felix Zabala. “I was in awe.”

Zabala took a photo of the letter and emailed it to the entire staff, and broadcast the story to the entire student body as a lesson in kindness.

“I hope the students learn that you have to do good deeds in life, that it’s important,” Zabala said.

Reyes, who was in class and not available for comment, has already learned that lesson, according to Zabala, and plans to “pay it forward” as his anonymous benefactor requested.

“I imagine he would,” Zabala said. “How can you not? How can anybody, if you’re in the story, not want to do something like that?”

The man who found Reyes’ wallet and brought it to the high school left without leaving his name and just, “rode off into the sunset,” according to Zabala.

“A big thank you to this individual that’s out there,” Zabala said.

 

Man denied littering, said ‘it was weed’

sfl-flduh-littering-weed-20140409-001A man found himself “in the presence of law enforcement” and dropped a bag of marijuana and cocaine, according to information in an arrest report.

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy stopped 32-year-old Richard Lynn Roebuck of Fort Walton Beach for littering when he saw him drop a plastic bag beside the road. Roebuck initially denied dropping the plastic bag, then said, “It was weed.”

Roebuck was detained. Deputies found a plastic bag containing marijuana, and 2 feet away they found a cigarette wrapper containing white powder. They also found a plastic bag filled with white powder.

When deputies searched Roebuck he found another plastic bag containing white powder.

The white powder tested positive for cocaine.

Roebuck was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

 

Uncorked: Pantless woman stole vino from grocer

sfl-flduh-pantless-vino-thief-20140409-001A woman wearing only a shirt and slippers took two boxes of wine from a grocery store Tuesday and left without paying for the beverages.

Store officials at Publix at 5400 SW College Road, Ocala, told Ocala Police Department Officer Charles Hunt that the woman, who had on a black shirt and slippers, but no underwear or other garment, entered the store at about 1:40 p.m. They said she walked to the wine aisle and picked up two boxes of wine and walked past the cashier line and started out the door, according to the OPD report.

A store manager tried to stop the woman, who “became hysterical” and ran away with the wine, which was valued at $41.68, the report notes.

Officials described the woman as black, of medium build and standing about 5 feet 4 inches tall, with a tattoo on her neck.

Anyone with information about the woman or her whereabouts can call OPD at 369-7000, Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com. Tips can be sent via the MyPD App or by texting 274637 using keyword 368STOP.

 

Drug dealing doesn’t get much dopier than taking selfles of yourself with the stash April 9, 2014

Nicholas Waine, 27, was part of a criminal trio busted by police operating in Sale, Trafford.

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When police raided one of their homes, Waine and his partners Jack Yarwood, 28, and Wayne Keron, 49, were found sitting around a large tub filled with cocaine.

Detective Sergeant Patrick Goodrich, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “We quite literally caught the three men red-handed, and their fingerprints were all over the drugs and cutting paraphernalia.”

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JAILED: Jack Yarwood, left, and Wayne Keron were also caught by police [MERCURY]

“We quite literally caught the three men red-handed”

Detective Sergeant Patrick Goodrich

A mobile phone was seized, and on it police found multiple pictures Waine had taken of himself.

In some of them he is grinning, surrounded by cannabis plants and handfuls of product.

All three men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester.

Waine and Yarwood were sentenced to four years and eight months behind bars; Keron was sentenced to two years.

DS Goodrich added: “Now that these men are off the streets, we have not only made a huge dent into the supply of drugs in this area but also sent a powerful message that no one is above the law.”

 

When you just gotta go … to jail

A spat over whether to pull into a rest area for a potty stop turned into a golf club beat down and a couple of arrests, according to recently released affidavits.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched March 31 to the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce service plaza on Florida’s Turnpike for a report of a fight.

Colby Yandow, 23, told troopers he considers himself a female

despite what his driver’s license says. Yandow said he’s “a trans-gender individual who has completed his sexual reassignment surgery, but has not updated his driver’s license information to reflect such,” an affidavit states.

Yandow, who smelled of booze, told troopers that he and Kenneth Jackson, 35, live together in Orlando. He said he was driving north with Jackson, who also smelled of booze, when they quarreled about stopping at the service plaza for a bathroom break.

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YANDOW, ABOVE LEFT; JACKSON, ABOVE RIGHT

Yandow said Jackson punched him in the face and grabbed his wrist before snatching the wheel and forcing the vehicle into the service plaza.

Yandow said he got out and grabbed a golf club from the trunk. He said he hit Jackson in the head to protect himself.

Jackson said he told Yandow he needed to use the bathroom, but Yandow wouldn’t stop. Jackson said Yandow punched him in the face and pulled in the plaza. Jackson said he forced the vehicle into park so he could get out and use the toilet.

He said Yandow hit him in the head with the golf club, and then they scuffled.

“Mr. Jackson denied punching Mr. Yandow while he was driving, but admitted to punching him after being struck in the head with the golf club,” an affidavit states.

Records did not state whether Jackson got to use the bathroom.

Yandow, whose license is suspended and expired, was arrested on charges including aggravated battery, while Jackson was arrested on a battery charge.

 

 
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