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The Bizarre World of Florida

A nude dude entered stranger’s car in a parking lot, deputies say August 20, 2014

sfl-flduh-naked-man-car-20140819-001Pinellas deputies arrested a nude man recently after he banged on cars outside a beach motel, then entered a car that wasn’t his.

The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. Aug. 10 outside the Plaza Beach motel, 4506 Gulf Blvd. in St. Pete Beach. A night manager approached the naked man as he was banging on two cars. The man yelled that one of the cars was his and he climbed inside.

The car, in fact, belonged to the night manager.

Deputies were called and the naked man ran away. He was later found hiding behind a car.

Kevin Matthew Robert, 22, of Kissimmee, was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.

 

You kill a guy and ask your girlfriend to help bury him. She refuses so you threaten to kill her too. BTW He wasn’t even dead, he just had a broken nose August 18, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:43 pm

Police arrested a St. Petersburg man last week who, they say, beat another man unconscious with a BB gun and, believing the man to be dead, asked his girlfriend to help bury the body.

1604577Police said Nicholas M. Harris, 20, planned to kill the man Monday. He hit the victim in the face with a metal BB gun repeatedly, broke his nose and rendered him unconscious, authorities said.

Harris thought he’d killed the man, so he placed him in a car and drove home, police said. A witness and Harris’ girlfriend watched as he dragged the victim inside, according to police. Harris asked his girlfriend to help bury the body, and when she refused he threatened to kill her and the other witness with a knife, authorities said.

After a few hours, the victim woke. Harris’ mother and brother drove the man to the hospital, where doctors treated his broken nose. He also required stitches.

Harris was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and held on $260,000 bail.

He was charged with first-degree attempted murder and multiple counts of battery, assault, false imprisonment, possessing a firearm as a felon, and burglary.

 

Couple splurges $10,000 in fraud at Four Seasons Hotel on Palm Beach

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Fraud,Interesting,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:33 pm

A Hialeah couple reportedly spent over $10,000 fraudulently when they used fake names and spent a luxurious night at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.

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Javier Roura, 25, and Joanna Sanchez, 28, walked into the Four Seasons Resort on July 3 without reservations or luggage. The couple insisted they were tired from traveling, so the receptionist expedited the check-in process, obtaining a minimal amount of personal information, according the Palm Beach Police Department.

They used the name Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian Spinel and gave a fake phone number and email. During the night, the couple ordered a movie, in-room dining and an $800 bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Whiskey. They tried to order two more bottles of Johnnie Walker but they were never delivered.

The couple also spent more than $8,000 at the hotel’s boutique, Swell, where they indulged in clothing and accessories such as a bathing suit, a woven purse, a knit dress and jelly sandals, the report said.

Their stay clocked in at $10,353, the police report said.

A surveillance camera captured Roura and Sanchez as they left the hotel in a Dodge Charger. Police found the same car parked outside of their Hialeah residence, according to the report.

Former probation officers for both Roura and Sanchez helped identify the suspects in surveillance videos showing the couple in the lobby and shopping at the boutique. The offenses for which the suspects were on probation were not immediately known.

The credit card that Roura used was later determined to be have been issued by a French bank, La Banque Postale, in Paris.

Roura and Sanchez were arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday and face charges of forgery, illegal use of credit cards, grand theft and impersonation. They were released Thursday after posting bail — $12,000 for Roura and $8,000 for Sanchez.

 

Onelio Castro nearly blew-up an entire city block yesterday August 17, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 9.53.20 AMOnelio Castro was in the act of stealing gas yesterday at a service station in Miami at 71st Avenue and Flagler Street when something went terribly wrong. Suddenly, the van he was pumping the gas into exploded in a fireball, sending smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

Luckily, no innocent bystanders were killed. There’s no telling what might have happened had the fire from the explosion made it into the station’s underground tanks.

Castro fled the scene, but police caught up with him a few blocks away Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 1.41.27 PMand arrested him.

But what no one has mentioned, so far, is that yesterday’s near-tragedy might have been averted had Castro been locked up after trying the very same thing in Miami in January 2013, or in Boca Raton in 2012 … or in June 2010 when police in Medley arrested Castro for “possession of an illegal gasoline storage tank and loitering.”

 

Back to ‘SCOHOL’ in Port St. Lucie?

Filed under: Amazing,Dumb,Funny,Interesting,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:02 pm

SCOHOL

 

In Florida, the cops can come inside your own home kill you over $2 worth of pot, and still be “acting properly”

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Controversy,Death,Disgusting,Disrespectful,Dumb,Scary,Sick,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:59 pm

A Tampa Police Department internal review has concluded that SWAT team officers acted appropriately when they fatally shot a 29-year-old Seminole Heights man during an unsuccessful drug raid.

b2s_swatia081614b_13390539_8colThe review, documented in a 415-page file provided to the Tampa Bay Times in response to a public records request, found that police Cpl. Eric Wasierski and Officer Edwin Perez “feared for their lives and the safety of others” when they shot Jason Westcott to death in his home on the night of May 27.

Police had been conducting a narcotics investigation of Westcott and hoped to find large quantities of marijuana in his house. The search yielded only 0.2 grams — or about $2 worth — of pot, in addition to paraphernalia such as a digital scale, plastic baggies and jars with marijuana residue.

During the raid, according to the internal investigation, officers opened the door to Westcott’s bedroom and found him on the other side with a loaded, 9mm Taurus Slim pistol. Wasierski and Perez said they immediately shot him because he began to raise the weapon.

An autopsy corroborated their account, indicating that Westcott was initially shot with his right shoulder pointed forward and his right arm lifted partway up his body.

“Based on a thorough review of the totality of the circumstances and the evidence present, it is clear that both Wasierski and Perez were in the unfortunate situation of having to utilize deadly force for their protection and the protection of others,” Deputy Chief Brian Dugan wrote in a memo.

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office had concluded in June that the police officers were justified in shooting Westcott.

Westcott’s mother, Patti Silliman of New Port Richey, said she doubted the Police Department’s ability to review its own actions and was still troubled by “inaccuracies and inconsistencies” in the official account of her son’s death.

“Words cannot describe the pain that this tragedy has caused our family,” Silliman said.

Westcott, a motorcycle mechanic who lived at 906 W Knollwood St. with his boyfriend, had no state criminal record besides driving offenses and a misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest dating back 11 years.

No neighbors had complained to police about the house, although Westcott himself called police late last year because he learned that several men were plotting to break in and rob him.

In February, according to police records, an informer began buying marijuana from Westcott on behalf of narcotics detectives, purchasing $160 of pot over about four months.

Detectives said they learned from the confidential source that Westcott had a gun with him during the drug deals, and so enlisted a tactical response team to take him into custody.

The internal review gives the following account of the raid:

On May 27, a BearCat armored car carried SWAT officers to Westcott’s home. As they exited the vehicle and walked toward the front door, Cpl. Bryan Felts, the team leader, loudly announced, “Police, search warrant,” according to multiple officers present.

At the door, Felts knocked and announced the police team at least three more times, team members said. When nobody answered, the officers let themselves in — the door was unlocked.

Westcott’s boyfriend, Israel Reyes, was on a couch in the living room. The first officers inside moved past him to the closed bedroom door.

Wasierski, who was carrying a shotgun, opened the door and immediately saw Westcott on the other side raising a gun.

“I immediately saw … a white arm with the pistol coming toward me,” he later told investigators. “So I’m fearing this guy’s about to shoot me or this — this gun’s gonna fire at me. So I squeeze two off.”

Wasierski then fired a third round. Perez, behind him, fired his handgun twice. Westcott was hit by one bullet from the pistol and two shotgun slugs; his fatal torso wound came from a shotgun slug, according to the autopsy report.

Wasierski said he did not have time to tell Westcott to drop the gun, while Perez said, “I don’t recall if I had enough time to say ‘drop the gun’ or anything.”

Reyes was taken into custody and later released. He was not charged with a crime.

 

If you consider jail to be the ‘college of hard knocks,’ then this dude is a proud alum August 11, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:35 pm

Jail has been a real education for habitual offender Todd Bontrager.

“I went to jail on purpose, to study,” he told a judge Thursday.

He was promptly given opportunity to further advance his curriculum.

sfl-back-to-school-video-20140807Bontrager, 47, was at a first appearance hearing to answer a charge of trespassing, in which he was accused of trying doors at a local church. Bontrager — a defendant with a history of stealing and convictions dating to 2001, and an open charge of felony theft pending — wanted to make one thing clear to County Judge John “Jay” Hurley.

“All my arrests were intentional, just to study,” the self-proclaimed psychology student said. “I went to jail on purpose, for 13 years of my life.”

“You went to prison on purpose?” asked an incredulous Hurley.

“Incarceration improves your concentration abilities,” came the reply.

 

 

Boy, 12, already accused of stealing two school buses, steals truck

Local police said a 12 year old Springfield boy is at it again.

Michael Propst, who is accused of stealing two different school busses, is now charged with another count of grand theft auto. When talking with Springfield Police, they think Propst’s home life is making him lash out by stealing these vehicles.

“Juvenile Justice called and told me ‘In case you’re not aware, he’s on the loose again.” That’s what Springfield Police Chief Philip Thorne said he faced first thing Thursday morning.

Michael Propst, who’s previously been charged with stealing two school buses, was now accused of stealing a 1990 Chevy truck from a neighbor.

Thorne added, “I talked to DJJ for a few minutes and then I checked. Said ‘Not again,” and then I saw our reports and had a chance to get with the Assistant Chief who had been briefed and was able to find out what all had transpired.”

Authorities first arrested Propst in June for allegedly stealing a school bus from a home in Parker and driving it to Panama City Beach.

He served 21 days in Juvenile Detention.

The day after his release, police say Propst stole his mother’s car, then another school bus from Parker Elementary School. They found him driving that bus in Eastpoint in Franklin County.

Propst completed another 21 day detention period on Tuesday.

Wednesday night, investigators said he cut off his ankle monitor and then tried to steal his mother’s car again. When that failed, he walked to a neighbor’s house, tried to steal a go-cart, then succeeded in stealing a truck.

kid+steals+busesThrough Facebook, authorities determined Propst was on his way to Dothan to meet a friend. Chief Thorne added, “So we alerted Jackson County and Alabama authorities to assist us and early this morning we got a call.”

Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Propst in Campbellton. They said he’d just left a friend’s house and was heading toward the state line.

Thorne said, “He has been interviewed and he has admitted to attempting to steal his mother’s car. He’s admitted to, at the house where the truck was stolen, prior to stealing the truck, he actually went into the garage, committed a burglary going into the garage an attempted to steal a go-cart.”

Police think there are personal issues that are causing this behavior.

Thorne added, “We’ve got a young man that apparently has, not only some emotional problems of his own, but apparently has some home issues and this is the only way he lash out is to. When he’s facing something he doesn’t like, he lashes out by running and stealing things. We’ve tried asking him to see if there’s something, and I would hope and assume that somebody at DJJ, while he’s been incarcerated, would have tried to counsel him, but apparently he’s not ready to open up to whatever his issues are and seek help or seek change.”

Propst is due before a judge tomorrow, who will most likely order him held for another 21 days.

 

Steal away: Woman stole cell mate’s debit card info

Filed under: Amazing,Controversy,Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Sick,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:30 pm

A Naples woman – who’s already in jail – is facing new charges after admitting to deputies she stole her cell mate’s debit card number.

sfl-flduh-cell-mates-debit-card-20140810-00125-year-old Crystal Stephens told deputies she stole a piece of paper belonging to her cell mate. On that piece of paper was her cell mate’s debit card number and expiration date.

Stephens then used that information to call a bail bondsman and bailed herself out of jail.

According to the report, Stephens also used the card number to buy a plane ticket. In all, she charged more than $1,700 to the card.

Her cell mate later noticed those charges after she was released from jail. Stephens is now charged with grand theft and fraud.

 

What do you get when you cross Duck Dynasty with Hooters? August 8, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Beautiful,Funny,Interesting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:28 pm

A Tampa woman is gaining a loyal following, thanks to her beliefs, her looks, and definitely her guns.

1407417810003-bunny-hunter-4Michelle Rovinsky, better known on the Internet as Bunny Hunter, is a “God-fearing, patriotic country girl” who over the last year has been showing off her hunting skills onher YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Instagram page.

Rovinsky is unabashedly conservative and wants to “restore this once proud land back to that which was originally envisioned by our Founding Fathers.”

Rovinsky’s fandom is starting to go global as The Daily Mail and Sun U.K. newspapers have done features on her, and she’s also been profiled by E!

The Daily Mail notes one of her most popular YouTube videos is entitled “Bunny Hunter shoots a 50 cal sniper rifle indoors”… which she does wearing platform heels and in a sexy secretary outfit.

Her most popular video overall has garnered more than 100,000 views and is a 20+ minute hunt for squirrels.

Rovinsky has a large collection of firearms that include AK-47s, a Glock handgun, and a semi-automatic AR15, among other things.

“A lot of women are afraid of guns because they don’t know anything about them,”she tells The Sun. “So for them to see another girl who’s efficient with firearms, who’s teaching them how to use them, I think that helps a lot.”

And yes guys, the 32-year-old bombshell is single. The Daily Mail reports she hasn’t been in a relationship for six years. “I want a man who is able to fix things with his hands and isn’t afraid to get dirty,” she says.

 

 
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