The Bizarre World of Florida

Undie-clad neighbor took a pee on woman’s porch October 17, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Disgusting,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,OK Then .....,Sick,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:10 pm

A man clad only in underwear scared his neighbor when he banged on her door, according to a Flagler County sheriff’s report.

sfl-flduh-neighbor-undies-piddled-20141016-001John Joseph Rossi, 57, is also accused of attempting to push the door open at the neighbor’s home Wednesday, relieving himself around the front porch, and then getting into her sports utility vehicle, the report states. He was still inside the SUV when deputies arrived.

The neighbor said she was awakened by her dog barking and then someone knocking at the door about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

“The knocks became harder and more urgent,” according to the report.

She looked through the door’s peep hole but did not recognize Rossi.

“While (the woman) was on the phone with 9-1-1, the man was trying to push in the front door while wiggling the door handle,” the report states. “(The resident) was scared for her children’s (6 and 8 years old) life, so she put the children in the master bedroom.”

When she returned, Rossi was urinating and then he walked away, according to the report.

Deputies arrived and found Rossi in the SUV “in the driver’s seat.”

“I opened the driver’s door and saw Rossi was only wearing his underwear,” the investigating deputy reported. “I also observed that there were items on the driver’s floor.”

Rossi was asked if the SUV belonged to him and he said “nothing was his.”

Rossi was charged with two counts of burglary and indecent exposure. He was booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility where he was being held Thursday on $10,500 bail.


Cold, angry woman attacked man in blanket battle October 16, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Really Dumb,Fight,Bad Temper,WTF?,Controversy,Abuse,Amazing,Dumb,Stupid — floridaduh @ 4:09 pm

DeLand police rushed to a home where neighbors reported a woman had been screaming outside for 15 minutes only to find out she was fighting over a blanket, according to an arrest report.

sfl-flduh-blanket-battle-20141015-001Officers found Emma Campbell at 4:14 a.m. Tuesday at 729 Lindley Blvd. and, after an investigation, arrested and charged her with battery causing bodily harm.

Campbell, 20, of Wesley Chapel, left several long, deep scratch injuries on her boyfriend, Alexander McCall’s chest, back and upper right thigh, a report shows.

Police determined that the fracas was over a blanket. Campbell and McCall, 20, in a relationship for three years, were breaking up and could not agree on who was going to use the blanket Tuesday night.

That prompted a fight and a tug of war over the blanket as there was a dispute over the temperature setting of the air conditioning, police said.

Campbell then attacked McCall with her fingernails, police said.

“Due to Campbell’s aggressive attacks with her nails, McCall shoved her off of him at which time she landed on the floor,” officers wrote in their report.

Campbell claimed McCall cut her lips but police did not see any injuries on her, the report said. Campbell was released Tuesday from the Volusia County Branch Jail on her own recognizance.


Walmart + Stuffed Horse + Ejaculate = Florida, of course October 15, 2014

Police in Brooksville have arrested a man for allegedly masturbating using a stuffed animal inside Walmart.

5174999_GPolice say 19-year-old Sean Johnson of Lake Panasoffkee has been charged with indecent exposure in public and criminal mischief for the act.

Officers responded to the Walmart on Broad Street just before 3 p.m. Tuesday for the complaint. Employees say they saw Johnson using a stuffed horse toy and go to the bedding department where he masturbated into the animal. The incident was caught on camera.

He then put the toy, now covered in ejaculate, back on the shelf, police say. Other items were contaminated and could not be sold.

Johnson fled the store but was located by police nearby. He was arrested and taken to the Hernando County Jail on $1,500 bond.


When does a dream home turn into a nightmare?

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Dumb,Funny,Interesting,Silly,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:32 pm

Six months after building a large custom house with an ocean view, Missouri residents Mark and Brenda Voss learned of a big problem – it’s on the wrong lot.

sfl-flduh-dream-house-wrong-lot-20141014-001Their three-story vacation rental house with an estimated construction value of $680,000 actually sits on the lot next to the one they own in the gated Ocean Hammock resort community.

“We are in total disbelief, just amazed this could happen,” said Mark Voss, who owns a property management and real estate company in central Missouri. “We may have moved (to Ocean Hammock) someday. But, with this headache and grief, we’re not so sure. The Midwest is looking pretty good right now.”

The Voss’s builder, Keystone Homes, which is based in Ormond Beach but builds primarily in Flagler County, has contacted the two lot owners and other parties and is trying to negotiate a settlement, said Robbie Richmond, company vice president.

“The buck stops with the builder. We know that. We are in the process of trying to schedule a conference call and find a fair resolution without the lawyers,” Richmond said. “I have built about 600 homes in Flagler County and this has never happened to me before. It does happen, but it’s rare.”

The Vosses, who own 18 other residential lots in the Hammock Dunes master-planned community, paid $160,000 for one with a street address of 23 Ocean Ridge Blvd. North in June 2012, according to Flagler County property records. They hired Keystone Homes to design and build a 5,000-square-foot house there to use as a vacation rental managed by Vacation Rental Pros in St. Augustine.

The house has five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. It also includes a home theater, game room and screened-in pool.

But the house was mistakenly built on the lot next door, 21 Ocean Ridge Blvd. North.

Andrew Massaro and his wife, Brooke Triplett, of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, bought that lot in 2003 for $355,000. They could not be reached for comment.

The builder and Voss each say the error can be traced to the first survey in 2013. East Coast Land Surveying in Ormond Beach misplaced stakes, and the foundation survey and other documents and building activity were based on the error. During construction, dozens of subcontractors arrived each day to work at the wrong lot. And a final survey failed to note the error.

“We require a preliminary plat, foundation and final survey and they all indicate it’s the right lot where the house sits,” said Mark Boyce, Flagler County’s chief building official. “We rely on the surveyor. They are state licensed professionals and we count on them to get it right.”

Calls to East Coast Land Surveying last week were unreturned.

Voss, the buyer, visited the construction site several times. He said he was stunned by the error because East Coast Land Surveying, “is not a fly-by-night surveyor. They are one of the most experienced in the Hammocks,” he said.

Boyce, the building official, noted that the west side of Ocean Ridge Boulevard North has a stretch of about 10 vacant lots in a row. The grass is mowed short and there are no distinguishing landmarks or lot markers to help surveyors and builders find the right lot or catch an error.


Bouncers give tourist beatdown inside strip club, steal his jewelry October 14, 2014

A former Flagler County sheriff’s deputy is among four men charged with beating and stealing from a customer at Lollipops strip club in Daytona Beach.

sfl-flduh-bouncers-tourist-strip-club-20141013-001Daytona Beach police arrested Jermine Riley, 40, former deputy Michael Kramer, 35, and Brent Rose, 42, Saturday night as Local 6 cameras were rolling. All three are employees of the club, while a manager, Joseph Victorelli, 47, turned himself in at the Volusia County Jail on Sunday.

All four men have since bonded out of jail.

According to police, surveillance cameras show the four men severely beating 55-year-old Thomas Volz, who was visiting from Omaha, Nebraska. Police said in the video it is also clear the men stole several pieces of jewelry from Volz.

“He gets punched in the face, they knock him down to the ground and they stomp him. They give him a good old-fashioned beat down,” said Chief Mike Chitwood.

According to attorney Brett Hartley, who represents Lollipops, Volz was refusing to pay for $200 in lap dances he received. Volz said he never got the dances and the employees beat him up in an effort to intimidate him into paying.

Hartley said Volz was repeatedly asked to leave, but instead threatened the employees and kept trying to come back into the club. Hartley said Volz at one point appeared to physically challenge the bouncers and that Volz spit in the face of one of the bouncers, which initiated the physical confrontation.

In a phone conversation with Local 6, Volz said he will move forward in an effort to prosecute his alleged attackers. He said he was beaten “without regard for human life,” suffering a broken nose, sore ribs and a concussion.


Does your drug suspect have any distinguishing features? Uh … yeah, this tattoo October 13, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Drugs,Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:10 pm

Exactly one month ago, a St. Petersburg police officer came upon Victor Thompson downtown. He had just bought “spice” — synthetic marijuana — in Williams Park.

01WEB_HelmetTattoo101114_14017641_8colNot especially remarkable.

His head, though, now that was something different.

Thompson, 46, sitting in the Pinellas County Jail, has NFL star Tom Brady’s helmet tattooed on his skull … or something like that. Just see his mug shot.

In their report, St. Petersburg police were as clear as possible. Under the box for “scars, marks, tattoos or other distinguishing features,” an officer wrote: “Tattoo/Tattoo Head — Patriots Football Helmet.” Thompson, according to the report, was new to the area from New England.

He faces charges of possession of a hallucinogenic substance and trespassing. His mug shot, like many a Florida man before him, is on its way to Internet fame. Friday morning, it was shared on the viral website thesmokinggun.com.

Times reporters could not confirm when or where he got his tattoo, but it likely hurt. Wicked badly.


“Officials said the captain of the bubble was asking which way Bermuda was” October 5, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Interesting,Stupid,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:40 pm

A man in an inflatable, plastic bubble was rescued 70 miles off the coast of Florida on Saturday — despite the Coast Guard’s warning him three days earlier that his journey was a terrible idea.

fl-miami-bubble-lost-at-sea-20141004-001The “Hydro Pod,” as it’s called, first came to the attention of officials on Wednesday, when vessels called the Coast Guard and complained of a man-propelled bubble floating in the waters off Miami.

Officials said the captain of the bubble, Reza Baluchi, was asking which way Bermuda was.

Coast Guard rescues man traveling to Bermuda in bubble
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man traveling in an inflatable bubble to Bermuda on Saturday after he sent a distress call. (The U.S. Coast Guard)
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, Baluchi was trying to travel from Miami to Bermuda in the homemade plastic bubble. His only supplies were protein bars, bottles of water and a satellite phone.

Capt. Todd Coggeshall tried to convince Baluchi to abandon his voyage, but the man refused.

“I have grave concerns regarding your safety,” Coggeshall said in a recorded satellite phone call to Baluchi. “You’re going to have a very hard time punching through the Gulf Stream to make Bermuda.”

“No,” Baluchi replied. “I’ve been practicing for two years for this.”

According to a website reportedly belonging to Baluchi, he is an adventurer who does daring tasks to promote peace and raise money for charity.

He has survived weeks in Death Valley, biked across six continents and run the perimeter of the United States, the website said.

His latest effort was a “Reze to Bermuda,” a journey from Miami to Bermuda in his Hydro Pod.

He started out from Miami on Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

Other vessels told officials Baluchi seemed disoriented on Wednesday and was asking them where Bermuda was. A Coast Guard boat met Baluchi in waters near Miami to explain to him the trip would be risky.

He refused to be taken back to the shore, and officials told him he was now at the mercy of the sea, the Coast Guard said.

“You understand by your refusal to terminate this voyage you’re putting yourself in grave danger at the high sea?” Coggeshall said during the phone call. “If you run into trouble, there’s no guarantee that we are going to be able to get to you in time, or even be able to find you.”

“OK,” Baluchi replied. “I’m continuing.”
Three days later, Baluchi sent out a distress signal about 70 miles off the coast of St. Augustine, and a Coast Guard helicopter went to his location. He was airlifted to the Air Station Clearwater, but officials said he did not have any injuries.

He seemed exhausted, they said.

Instead of the approximately 1,000 miles he intended to travel, he made it about 300 miles north.

According to his website, Baluchi tested out his Hydro Pod by taking it from Newport Beach, Calif., to Catalina Island and back, which is 32 miles one way.

“Call him crazy, but he likes to roll the dice,” the website said.



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