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The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman who says she’s not going to jail goes to jail April 23, 2014

jailA 20-year-old woman seen arguing with her father April 13 was arrested and charged with resisting without violence after refusing to follow police officers’ orders, according to a Crestview Police Department arrest report.

Responding to an emergency call from a man on Riverwood Drive, police found the woman yelling and threatening her father. She became increasingly combative, punching her hands into the nearby railing, the report said.

Officers told her calm down and walk away but she refused, continuing to get in her father’s face. Officers told her she was under arrest and attempted to handcuff her, but she snatched her arm away and rushed to her car, saying, “I am not going to jail!” the report said.

Police officers took her to the Okaloosa County Jail where she continued to yell and curse while in custody.

 

Woman, 64, foils flashing purse snatcher

sfl-flduh-pursesnatching-flasher-20140422-001An unemployed Tamarac man with a history of criminal offenses found the pickings weren’t so easy Sunday afternoon when he tried to steal the purse of a 64-year-old woman.

So, frustrated, he exposed himself and resorted to obscenity.

According to police, Michael Gallo, 25, grabbed the unidentified woman’s purse as she got out of her car in the 5400 block of West Atlantic Boulevard in Margate.

The woman refused to let go. She even punched Gallo.

Gallo then vented his anger at being thwarted by loosening a sweatshirt he had around his waist to expose his genitals. He followed that by holding up two middle fingers and uttering an obscenity to the woman before fleeing eastward.

Margate police caught Gallo about three blocks from the scene. The woman identified him as her assailant. He was charged with attempted robbery by sudden snatching and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

In a separate arrest warrant, Gallo was charged with soliciting in public.

During a first-appearance court hearing Monday, County Judge John “Jay” Hurley set bond for Gallo — a Colombian native who said he hasn’t worked in “four or five years” — at $15,200.

According to court officers, Gallo has a record of past arrests that includes grand theft, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, loitering and prowling and trespassing.

Hurley told Gallo that if he posts bond and is released from jail, he has to stay at least 500 feet away from the alleged victim in the case.

“You have violence, you have stealing in the past, loitering and prowling, criminal mischief — so you do have a history of these type of things,” Hurley said.

 

If you live in Florida, be on the look out for this rabid raccoon dressed like a skunk April 22, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:15 pm

Skunk-Rabies-Alert-jpgHealth officials in Pasco County are expanding the boundaries for a previously issued rabies alert.

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County says this is in response to a raccoon found outside of the previous boundaries testing positive for rabies. A statement says all residents should be aware of the alert and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated.

County Health Officer Mike Napier said in the statement that residents should get their pets vaccinated and “educate your children to stay away from any raccoons or animals they are not familiar with.”

The rabies alert is for 60 days. It was announced on Friday.

BTW: This is the picture that was printed along with this story!

 

So you’re out fishing and catch an 800-pound shark that’s too big for your pickup truck. What do you do?

Filed under: Amazing,Funny,Interesting,OK Then .....,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:11 pm

Florida anglers who had hoped to avoid publicity after catching a giant mako shark from the beach last week might have succeeded had they not stopped for gas on the way home–with the enormous predator spilling from the bed of their pickup truck.

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News spread not long after West Calhoun, a passerby, sent a photo of the shark to the Pensacola News-Journal. The News Journal posted the image on its Facebook page, with no details, and the peculiar image was so widely shared and discussed that the newspaper tracked down one of the anglers and, a day later, reported that the catch could set a world record for shore-based fishing.

Cousins Earnie and Joey Polk hooked the shortfin mako in the dark morning hours, on a Gulf Coast beach near Navarre. The apex predator, reeled in with heavy tackle after an hour-long struggle, weighed 805 pounds and measured 11 feet.

“That’s probably the best fish we ever caught,” Earnie Polk said. “You’ll spend many, many hours to catch a fish of that caliber, or a fish of that size.”

The International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association, which encourages catch and release and accepts tape measurements with estimated weights, recognizes a 674-pound mako caught by Earnie Polk in 2009 as the current record. Earnie and Joey also teamed to make that catch.

For the sake of comparison, the largest mako caught on rod and reel from a boat weighed 1,221 pounds, according to the International Game Fish Association. That catch was in 2001 off Massachusetts.

Presumably, the Polks hoped to keep news of their latest catch quiet because the shark-conservation movement has become so vocal in recent years. Sharks are slow to reproduce and vulnerable to overfishing, and many species are believed to be in steep decline.

The image was shared nearly 3,000 times, and while many of the comments were critical of the Polks, some were in support of the anglers. Fishing for mako sharks off Florida, after all, is not illegal.

The Polks explained that they kept the shark because it had become so weary during the fight, and they did not think it could swim back to sea.

So they trucked the predator home and planned a family feast.

“It’s about $10 per pound at the fish market,” Earnie Polk said. “It sells right along with tuna and swordfish. Between all of us, there won’t be a bit of it wasted.”

 

Police arrest two parents who beat up a bus driver because he didn’t let their kids off fast enough

Two of the three suspects accused of attacking a West Palm Beach elementary school bus driver when he didn’t let children off fast enough were arrested Saturday, according to a Palm Beach County School District Police arrest report.

The driver, Joseph Beauzile, 40, of Boca Raton, told police he was approaching a stop on April 14 when the children from Westwood Elementary tried to rush off the bus. Since he wanted them in a single file, he stopped them, closed the door, and made them get in line.

fl-west-palm-bus-beating-20140421-001The delay was apparently too much for Shacaurra Burns, 25, of West Palm Beach. Beauzile said Burns forced her way onto the bus and pulled the emergency brake release, according to the report.

A student told police Beauzile closed the door and tried to lock Burns in as he called police, the report said.

But with Burns on the bus, a man later identified as Ryan Beckford, 33, of West Palm Beach, ripped the door open and started punching Beauzile, according to the report.

Another rider told police Burns got on the bus because she was in a rush while another told police one of the men, who remains at large, grabbed the bus keys and threw them outside.

fl-west-palm-bus-beating-20140421-002The investigator talked with a guidance counselor who helped identify the woman as Burns.

The police investigator watched surveillance video of the beating and said children on the bus began crying with “terrified looks on their faces” as one of the men held the driver down while the other repeatedly punched him.

The attack caused one student to jump out of a bus window, according to the report.

The investigator said he could hear Beauzile yelling at one of the suspects to give him back his keys in the video.

Police later showed Beauzile a photo lineup where he identified Beckford as one of his attackers.

Days after the attack, Beauzile told Sun Sentinel news partner CBS12 that he was still in pain.

He said the attackers hit him in his ribs, head and other places and said the attack has left him shaken.

“That’s why I think the school district has to do something about that because it’s not only me, it’s about the school, security of my kids, and my security,” he said.

Burns faces trespassing, battery and child abuse charges and is held in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail. Beckford is held on the same charges in lieu of $14,000 bail.

 

Vietnam veteran David W. ‘Pervert Dave’ Cummings led colorful, tragic life

Filed under: Amazing,Death,Interesting,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:03 pm

cummings_12992614_8colPerhaps the strangest thing about David W. “Pervert Dave” Cummings’ story is that no one knows how he got the nickname. It’s not clear he even knew himself — though the name never bothered him.

When loved ones took out an obituary last week in the Tampa Bay Times, they made sure to include the nickname. Soon, the obit of “Pervert Dave” was making its way through social media, yet another item in an endless stream of Florida weirdness.

“Oh no! Pervert Dave died!” a typical blog headline lamented (in this instance, from Cincinnati’s WLW-AM 700 radio).

The man behind the nickname lived a colorful, if dark and sometimes tragic life. Trained as an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force, he claimed to have been aboard three planes that were shot down in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1970 for a character disorder, the details of which are not known. He suffered from post-traumatic stress.

Over a 13-month period in the late 1980s, Mr. Cummings killed two people. One was a guy known as Wheelchair Skip, an amputee roommate in Inglis he shot six times during an argument over money. He was also charged with driving under the influence manslaughter when a woman who was riding with him died after Mr. Cummings slammed into a tree.

He claimed self-defense in the shooting death of Furman W. Toney III, the amputee who had his own violent history. (Six months earlier, Toney had fired a sawed-off shotgun at an imaginary intruder, instead hitting a 5-year-old girl in the face; she was not seriously injured.)

Charged with second-degree murder in Toney’s death, Mr. Cummings languished in jail for about two years until a judge withheld adjudication.

He then pleaded no-contest to DUI manslaughter in the death of Dale Marie Williams, 31, and was sentenced to a year in prison.

Though he never had children, he married at least three times, including a short-lived marriage to a 17-year-old when he was 32. (While this seems to be a potential source for Pervert, friends say he was given the name much earlier in life.)

In recent years he retreated to an isolated home in the woods near Crystal River, where he carved wood, let his long beard turn gray and lived as serene a life as one might hope for — at least with a nickname like Pervert Dave.

Mr. Cummings, who found peace after a rocky early adulthood, died April 13 of liver cancer, according to longtime friend Karen Baker. He was 64.

“He was very remorseful over both (deaths),” said Baker, 56, also of Crystal River. She has good-naturedly handled the hordes of media inquiries following the obituary she placed.

As for the nickname everybody wants to know about, Baker said, “It’s just something he came back with from Vietnam. It was just a nickname given to him.”

David Walter Cummings was born in 1949 in Rochester, N.Y. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1968 and was later promoted to Airman First Class.

He contracted hepatitis C during a blood transfusion after one of his planes was shot down, according to Baker.

Once a civilian, he refused to set foot on a plane again, she said.

Mr. Cummings came to the Tampa Bay area in the 1970s. He worked at a Clearwater car dealership for many years.

“He could sit there and tell jokes and have everybody laughing,” Baker said. “But if it got personal, he would try to listen and help the other person.”

The lowest point in his life — causing the back-to-back deaths — led to a new beginning. On Dec. 31, 1991, Mr. Cummings married Debra Ann “Morgan” McGee, a member of several civic organizations who introduced her husband to appraising property and breeding Paso Fino horses.

Morgan Cummings died at 52 in 2004 (of cancer, Baker said). Mr. Cummings spent his time in a little house 5 miles from Crystal River.

He took leisurely motorcycle trips with buddies on a Harley-Davidson Road King once used by police.

He was adept at engraving images into wood, including a skeleton riding a motorcycle.

 

Pasta la vista, baby: Woman charged in pasta assault April 21, 2014

A woman described as a “crazy” acting “crackhead” got locked up after accusations she hurled pasta at a man, punched him in the mouth and busted a coffee cup, according to a recently released affidavit.

sfl-flduh-pasta-hurling-woman-20140418-001What could be called the case of the linguine launching lady began boiling late on April 5 as Port St. Lucie police went to an address in the 2400 block of Southeast Garden Terrace.

A man identified as the victim said he was expecting Jeri Rossello, 45, to drop by and get some of her stuff. She came in and walked to the kitchen. Rossello, he said, grabbed a pasta meal from the refrigerator and threw it at him.

Pasta is a general term for a variety of thin, dough-based foodstuffs of Italian origin sometimes served with meatballs. Available in a cornucopia of shapes and dimensions, pasta typically is rigid until boiled. It’s often served with a sauce, such as marinara, pesto, bolognese, alfredo or Fra Diavolo, with types of pasta including angel hair, linguine and elbow macaroni.

pasta2-thumb-500x366-15400Meanwhile, the victim said, Rossello smashed a coffee mug and pulled phone wires from the wall. He said she punched him in the mouth and took off in a U-Haul van.

He described Rossello as a “crack head” who acted “crazy,” telling police she may have gone to a different address where she’s staying with another dude.

Investigators eventually found Rossello, who said she tried some leftover linguine but put it back in the refrigerator. She said there was no physical or verbal altercation.

Asked about the victim’s injured lip, Rossello said he must have done that to himself.

Rossello, of the 1500 block of Southeast Balcourt Court in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

 

Pimpin’ [while eating Wendy's in front of Walgreen's with your junk hanging out] ain’t easy April 19, 2014

Mugshot-Anthony-JohnsonA homeless man who goes by the nickname “City Pimp” was arrested after allegedly eating fast food from Wendy’s while lying in front of another business with his pants down and his genitals exposed.

Anthony Johnson, 54, was arrested in front of a Walgreen’s store in the 1200 block of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the arrest report, Johnson “was laying in the front of the business with his pants around his knees, exposing his genitals.”

The arresting officer also wrote in the report that the Walgreen’s manager said Johnson “is a constant problem to the business, and they receive numerous complaints a day about him on the property.”

Johnson was charged with lewd or lascivious exhibition.

 

Hospital housekeeper cleaned out visitor’s purse April 18, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Disgusting,Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Sad Story,Sick,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:18 pm

A North Florida Regional Medical Center housekeeper was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police say she stole money from a woman visiting her sick father.

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Joy Williams Lawton

Joy Williams Lawton, 56, of 4517 SE First Place, is accused of stealing about $900 from the woman’s purse while on her shift Tuesday morning at the hospital, the Gainesville Police Department reported.

The woman, Spring Ann Mills, of Lake City, caught Lawton digging through the purse in her father’s room, according to a GPD arrest report. Mills confronted Lawton, and the two argued until hospital staff members broke them up.

While Lawton waited in the hallway, a video camera recorded her pulling the money out of her pockets and hiding the cash behind a glove box hanging outside a door, police said.

During an interview with police, Lawton denied stealing the money, saying she only moved Mills’ purse. An hour later, officers searched Lawton and found $450 in cash, folded in half inside bank envelopes, in her pocket, police said. Two hospital staff members later found $447 inside the glove box, police said.

On Wednesday, during another police interview, police found an additional $182 in cash in Lawton’s pocket. She continued to deny her involvement in the theft.

Police arrested Lawton at 2 p.m. Wednesday on a grand theft charge and later booked her into the Alachua County jail. She was released Thursday.

Pamela Rittenhouse, director of marketing, said late Thursday the hospital had fired Lawton after her arrest.

“Actions by employees and contractors that interfere with the safety and well-being of patients and visitors are met with zero tolerance,” Rittenhouse said in a statement. “Always, the comfort and well-being of our patients and visitors is of primary concern to us.”

 

Judge does a double take after learning Edward Cocaine was appearing in his courtroom on drug possession charges April 17, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Funny,Interesting,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:06 pm

fl-man-named-cocaine-20140416-001The judge did a double-take and there were giggles aplenty in bond court Wednesday when a bailiff announced the name of a man arrested for drug possession: Edward Cocaine.

“What?” uttered a stunned County Judge John “Jay” Hurley.

“My last name is Cocaine,” proudly stated the man at the podium. His name was indeed legal and inscribed on his driver’s license.

“You know, I’d thought I’d seen it all,” Hurley laughed, shaking his head. “How many times have the police told you to step out of the car during your life?”

“Just about every time I get pulled over,” a chuckling Cocaine admitted.

The 34-year-old Fort Lauderdale man, arrested Tuesday in Pembroke Pines, explained how he got his name. “My great-grandparents came over here from Greece and they changed it,” he said. “That was like in the 1920s.”

The judge remained nonplused. “I’m still trying to absorb this,” he said.

 

 
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