The Bizarre World of Florida

A chainsaw is probably not the easiest thing to hide under your shirt October 31, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,Really Dumb,Robbers,Silly,Stupid,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:00 pm

Anthony-Brian-Ballard_1414694959261_9390951_ver1.0_640_480A Port St. Lucie man is under arrest after police say he attempted to steal a chainsaw by placing it under his shirt and walking out of a local lawn equipment store.

According to Port St. Lucie Police, Anthony Brian Ballard is facing a charge of grand theft.

Police said he went into Treasure Coast Lawn and asked for change for a dollar, then tried to conceal a chainsaw under his shirt and leave without paying for the merchandise.

Investigators then said Ballard got onto a stolen bicycle and fled from the area of 1802 SW Bayshore Drive.

A store employee tracked down Ballard and witnessed him drop the chainsaw in a vacant lot.  Ballard was eventually caught by a store employee who held him in custody until police arrived.

Ballard was arrested and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail.


Vet removes dog’s eye without owner’s consent October 30, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Interesting,OK Then .....,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:31 pm

A dog owner got a call on Monday that shook her to the bone.

“I got hysterical,” said dog owner Kimberly Hayden. “I was like what are you (the veterinarian’s assistant) talking about? She was there for a follow up. And she goes, ‘no, we extracted her eye.'”

Hayden has owned 13-year-old Chloe her whole life.

“You weren’t authorized to do any of that what do you mean you have taken my dogs eye out. And she (the veterinarian’s assistant) is like hold on minute we have more than one Chloe here today maybe I have the wrong file.”

The Tyrone Banfield Animal Hospital had the right file – but performed the wrong procedure on Chloe. On Friday, Chloe’s left eye looked like it was tearing up and irritated. Kimberly took her to the hospital.

“They said she had an abrasion on her eye. And the first thing they said was bring her tomorrow (Saturday) morning and have her eye removed. I said no what are other options?”


She went with a medicine only option hoping to avoid removing the eye. So she went with eye drops and other medication for over the weekend, then brought Chloe back in Monday just for a “follow-up” so the vet could watch her eyes throughout the day to see how the dog was doing. Then after Hayden was done with work that day she would pick Chloe back up.

Hayden said she was happy to see the medicine looked like it was helping by Monday morning.

“Then next thing I got was a call saying my dog was recovering well from surgery,” said Hayden.

The hospital sent us this statement admitting they failed to get permission for the surgery but say it was necessary.

Kimberly has posted her story on Facebook and reached out to media such as the Bone radio show with host Mike Calta. Calta talked with 10 News and provided us with Hayden’s name so we could reach out to her. Hayden said she was glad that he did that because she wants to warn everyone she knows about the Tyrone Banfield Animal Hospital inside the Petsmart.

She said she will never take Chloe back there again even after the manager’s apology.

Below is the statement the hospital provided:

“At Banfield Pet Hospital, we are committed to partnering with clients in all decisions regarding their pet’s care. In the instance of Chloe, although the care provided was medically necessary based on the severity of her condition and lack of response to therapy, we did fail to get surgical authorization from the client on the day of the procedure. However, we had previously discussed the need for surgery with the client—we also communicated that surgery was critical to alleviate Chloe’s pain and potential for infection. We apologize for the lack of clear communication and will continue to attempt to reach Ms. Hayden in an effort to further resolve her concerns. In the meantime, we wish Chloe a speedy recovery.”


Mom jailed driving 100-mph with kid in car

An Alachua woman was arrested early this morning on charges of child neglect and reckless driving after she was clocked traveling through High Springs at 100 mph, according to a booking report.

sfl-flduh-mom-100-mph-kid-20141029-001On Tuesday at about 11 p.m., a High Springs police officer spotted a vehicle traveling on U.S. 441 at about 100 mph. The officer caught up with the vehicle more than a half-mile down the highway and identified its driver as 40-year-old Alachua resident Kimberly Ann Lucier, according to the booking report.

Lucier told the officer she was speeding because she was about to run out of gas, and her 15-year-old daughter, a passenger, needed to use the bathroom.

“Driving that fast could have resulted in physical injury to the child,” the report stated.

The teen was released to a friend, and the officer noted he would contact the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Lucier was booked into the Alachua County jail on charges of reckless driving and child abuse, the report stated.


Mom left son, 7, at movie, drank ‘mean juice’

Carolina Uchoa is accused of leaving her 7-year-old son all alone in a theater, during the middle of a movie.

sfl-flduh-mom-mean-juice-20141029-001Uchoa was in tears when the judge told her on Friday that she can no longer have any contact with her son, because she violated her probation from a criminal mischief charge in 2012.

According to police, Uchoa picked up her son from his father’s house around noon to watch a movie at a cinema in Altamonte Springs. Half way  through the movie, the boy told police his mother exited the theater, leaving her purse and cell phone behind.  After the movie was over, police say the boy came out to the parking lot to locate his mother, but she was no where to be found, so he sat down and waited for her to return.

The boy’s father called Uchoa’s cell phone to see how things were going. Police say the boy was in tears and told his father that his mother was drinking her “mean juice,” which authorities say is code for alcohol. The dad rushed to pick him up. Uchoa was no where to be found, until her mother found her at Cranes Roost Apartments with a friend.  Police say her mother turned her in to authorities.

“I’m going to find probable cause on one count of child neglect,” the judge told Uchoa.

“If she’s guilty of what they say she did in this police report, she’s not the best mother,” said a defense attorney.  “But she didn’t injure this child in anyway, and there’s nothing in this police report to indicate that the bond should be quadrupled.”

Uchoa remains at the Seminole County Jail on a no bond status for violating her probation.  She was given a $10,000 bond for her charge on child neglect.


Neighbors say they’re fed up with excess mothballs October 29, 2014

Neighbors in a Mandarin community say they’re fed up with an annoying and smelly situation on Spurline Drive South. Hundreds of mothballs line one woman’s driveway. She says it’s to repel animals from her yard, her neighbors argue it’s a ridiculous move that they believe is a health hazard.

“It started off with just a few and now it’s got over 400 or more,” said Dana Nicol.

635500488159246805-mothballsHundreds of mothballs, some bagged, others loose and a good amount of them are crushed into the pavement of Nicol’s neighbors driveway.

“She drives back and forth and crushes them up with her car to make them stink even more,” said Nicol.

Besides the smell Nicol who is 5 months pregnant is concerned about possible health hazards.

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, mothballs are not intended to be used outdoors. Its ingredients can contaminate plants, water supplies, harm wildlife and contribute to air pollution.

Kim Bristol filed a complaint with the City of Jacksonville, urging them to do something about her neighbors excessive use of mothballs.

“I’ve talked to nearby neighbors and we’re suffering symptoms from the mothballs,” said Bristol. “Respiratory, coughing, headaches and it’s not just adults. It’s also affecting the children. My own children included.”

We visited the home at the center of the dispute. The woman inside told FCN the mothballs are to stop her neighbor’s dogs from defecating in her yard. She went on to say she has no intentions of cleaning up and doesn’t believe the mothballs scattered about her driveway is making anyone sick.

“We care about our children, we care about the lives in our community,” said Bristol. “I’m just trying to be heard, trying to get help.”

The city has not given the homeowner a citation, they visited the property on October 23 and the investigation is ongoing.


Woman charged with cutting her next-door neighbor while stealing his beer

A man was injured when he confronted his next-door neighbor after she entered his residence and started taking beer out of his refrigerator, according to Bradenton police.

sfl-flduh-cut-swiped-beer-20141028-001About 5 a.m. Monday, Patricia Coffee entered her neighbor’s residence in the 400 block of Fifth Street West and started taking the beer out of the refrigerator, according to a report.

“The owner of the residence woke up to the noise and walked into the kitchen and confronted the female suspect,” the report states. “She displayed a serrated steak knife and the victim grabbed it, cutting his right hand in two places in the process.”

The victim released the knife, and Coffee ran out the back door to her residence next door.

Officers made contact with the woman, who was not named in the report, and arrested her on a charge of armed burglary.

On Tuesday, she was being held in the Manatee County jail on $20,000 bond.


Judge rules city’s two-hour parking spots unconstitutional. “I will tell you the city does not agree with the order” October 28, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Controversy,Interesting,Lawsuit,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:58 pm

A judge ruled this week that an ordinance regulating two-hour parking restrictions in the city’s downtown core violates the law, sparking questions about an often-buzzed-about topic.

SP_298481_ALLE_Parking_03_14100724_8colPinellas County Judge William Overton declared city code section 26-152, which sets out rules for parking limitations in central downtown, to be unconstitutional.

In doing so, Overton sided with St. Petersburg lawyer Chris Sierra, who launched a legal campaign this year after he says the city erroneously issued him a ticket for remaining too long in a two-hour parking space. He argued that the city’s restrictions were too vague for drivers to understand.

“They have kind of arbitrary ways of enforcing these things,” Sierra said, referring to the city’s current method of chalking tires and snapping pictures of vehicles parked in nonmetered, but time-restricted, spaces downtown. “The ordinance doesn’t tell you what you can and cannot do. (The judge) agreed.”

On Friday, Assistant City Attorney Sharon Michnowicz told the Tampa Bay Times that the case isn’t over and that officials have filed a motion for a rehearing.

“I will tell you the city does not agree with the order,” Michnowicz said.

So what happens now?

Sierra said he believed the city stopped enforcing the parking code on Wednesday afternoon after being notified of the ruling.

But Evan Mory, the city’s director of transportation and parking, said that was not the case. Staffers are still issuing two-hour parking tickets, he said.

“Our enforcement’s going same as usual,” Mory said Friday. “I know somebody challenged it. I didn’t know the judge had ruled. … I haven’t been informed to stop anything.”

Despite the judge’s decision on the ordinance, the city did not have to stop writing tickets, Michnowicz said. Earlier this month, Overton verbally granted the city’s request for a rehearing, which means his ruling does not take effect immediately, she said.

Sierra’s problem with the ordinance has always been personal.

In January, he parked in an unmetered, two-hour spot in front of his law office in the 600 block of Central Avenue. At some point, he said, he left for a client meeting in Largo.

“I’d been gone for an hour and a half to two hours,” Sierra said. “When I came back, I parked back in front of my office, in what just so happened to be the same spot.”

Thirty minutes later, Sierra said, someone issued him a ticket for being in the spot too long, despite him leaving in between.

“I’ve gotten a ticket for overtime before. This one I knew I was in the right,” Sierra said. “It wasn’t my fault.”

Sierra fought his ticket, which a judge dismissed in March, because the lawyer had left the city in between his two instances of parking in the same spot. But Sierra said he heard similar complaints from others who park downtown. A few months later, two women who work in a boutique next to his office got similar parking tickets.

Sierra took their case, which is what resulted in this week’s order.

As written, Sierra said, the code makes it a violation for someone to move their car to a nearby spot to avoid getting a ticket, which he said is common practice.

Particularly interesting, Sierra said, is a sentence that reads:

“The changing of the parked position of a vehicle from one parking space directly to another parking space within the same block on either side of the street or roadway shall be deemed one continuous parking period.”

Sierra also argued that the code doesn’t indicate whether the two-hour limit means two consecutive or cumulative hours. He also said since the word “block” is undefined, a person doesn’t know where exactly they can move their car to avoid a ticket.

The city disagrees.

“Our position is it’s not vague,” Michnowicz said.



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