The Bizarre World of Florida

‘Flying car’ crash injures two …. wait! …. what???? October 23, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:04 pm

Two men suffered injuries Tuesday after a “flying car” they were in crashed and caught fire in Marion County after a brief flight.

maverick-crash-8786The 49-year-old pilot and the passenger, in his twenties, were both taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center, according to Marion County Fire Rescue.

Officials said the pilot was transported as a “trauma alert” while the passenger did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. at Dunnellon Airport, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

“This homemade vehicle managed to make flight with two people inside but then crashed and caught fire,” Capt. James Pogue said. “Both occupants are being treated at the hospital for minor injuries.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are not responding “because they do not recognize this as an aircraft,” Pogue said.

The crimes division and evidence team with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are documenting the scene, Pogue said.


Mom, dad and girlfriend turn in suspected ATM bandit

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Florida Nut,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:50 pm

Saying it was simply ‘the right thing to do,’ police say the girlfriend, mother and father of a West Melbourne man told detectives he was the hammer-wielding robber captured on surveillance photographs choking a 20-year-old woman at an ATM machine Monday evening.

sfl-flduh-girlfriend-atm-bandit-20141022-001Police charged 44-year-old Scott Patrick Deason with armed robbery and false imprisonment after family members spotted the photographs released to the media and tipped off detectives.

“The girlfriend called and the parents confirmed it was their son. It was very quick,” said Lt. Richard Cordeau.

“The suspect was asleep in the bedroom at the time. When they saw the photos, they decided to call. They just felt like it was the right thing to do. The girlfriend did express some remorse to the victim,” Cordeau said. Deason was uncooperative.

The robbery happened about 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Bank of America at 3003 W. New Haven Ave, prompting a countrywide search and even unfounded reports of man being seen as far away as Cocoa.

Police said Deason demanded the woman withdraw a large amount of cash and “threatened harm if she did not comply.” The woman, who has declined to be interviewed, started the panic alarm on her nearby car and the suspect fled. “He did not get any money,” said Cordeau of the West Melbourne Police Department. “The victim is physically okay but understandably upset. As he fled on foot she saw what looked like a hammer in his hands,” Cordeau said.

Police later released surveillance photos hoping the public might help identify him. It was those clear photos showing the robbers uncovered face that moved his mother, father and girlfriend to call 9-1-1 to report Deason as a possible suspect in the case. So far police do not have a motive for the failed robbery.

Deason was arrested at his home and taken to the West Melbourne Police Department for questioning. Police also added that residents should continue to be on the alert about their surroundings.

“As always, you should be vigilant about where you are. Fortunately in this case, the victim was able to activate the panic alarm on her vehicle…we believe that’s why he fled,” said Cordeau.


Undersized lobster tail prompts over-sized bail

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Dumb,Interesting,OK Then .....,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:46 pm

A Miami man’s haul of 267 wrung lobster tails, 246 of which were undersize, landed him in jail over the weekend with a bond set at $1.4 million.

sfl-flduh-undersized-lobster-tail-20141022-001Monroe County sheriff’s Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol about 4 a.m. Saturday near Fiesta Key Marina when he spotted Jorge Vargas, 59, pulling traps onto a white Carolina skiff, wringing off lobster tails and placing them into a mesh bag, according to the sheriff’s office.

Guerra watched as Vargas threw bag after bag filled with wrung lobster tails onto the shoreline and returned to the bay for more, according to authorities.

Finally, Vargas headed his boat to the marina and docked. When he got into his truck to pick up the bags of lobster tails, Guerra confronted him.

deputy guerra with tailsVargas was cited for possession of undersize lobster, possession of over-the-limit lobster and possession of wrung lobster tails.

He was booked into Monroe County jail. Records revealed that Vargas had been cited twice before over the past three years. His previous hauls in the Florida Keys had been equally gigantic — more than 300 wrung lobster tails as well as possession of stone crab out of season.

While Vargas was in jail, a warrant was issued for him Monday for failure to appear in court for a 2011 case. The judge set his bond at $1.4 million.

Separating, or wringing, the tail from the body of a lobster is prohibited in state waters, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Recreational trapping is also prohibited, and the bag limit during regular spiny lobster season (Aug. 6 to March 31) is six per person per day.


Semi with 44,000-lbs. of Miller High Life beer swiped October 22, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Robbers,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:19 pm

A truck driver broke down in tears on Tuesday while telling Channel 9 about the thieves who drove off with his semi full of beer from an Orange County truck stop.

sfl-flduh-miller-high-life-beer-20141021-001The victim’s truck and at least one other were swiped Monday from a truck stop on South Orange Blossom Trail.

Van Thomas was trying to live the American dream. After years as a trucker, he bought a semi three weeks ago and made a company of his own.

Thomas was traveling from Texas to Pompano Beach and was on his last stop before a delivery in Orlando when his entire truck and alcohol cargo was stolen.

“I don’t mean to cry about it but I’m just trying to do the best I can and make a better life,” Thomas told WFTV.

Inside the truck was 44,000 pounds of Miller High Life, which comes out to about 9,700 four-packs.

“It’s just so devastating to me,” said Thomas.

It’s not the first time a semi has been stolen in Florida. About 180,000 eggs were stolen earlier this year in Fort Myers. A truck with Hershey chocolate was also stolen in December in Volusia County, and a truck with Slimfast was swiped near downtown Orlando.

Just when Thomas thought he lost everything, he received a phone call telling him the truck and most of the cargo had been located.

“Oh, my God. That’s beautiful,” he said.

The call came in from detectives that the truck had been found in Miami.

There’s no word on whether the robbers knew “The Champagne of Beers” was inside at the time of the theft. Detectives are still trying to figure out who stole the two trucks and if they are part of a bigger ring.


Woman pulls cocaine out of bra because deputy was ‘going to find it anyway’ October 17, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Drugs,Interesting,OK Then .....,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:14 pm

A 29-year-old woman is facing drug charges after allegedly pulling a small amount of cocaine in a cellophane wrapper out of her bra, saying the deputy was “going to find it anyway.”

nicole-kathleen-franklinNicole Kathleen Franklin was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for speeding on Oct. 7, according to the arrest report. When Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies checked her record, they found that she was on probation for 2013 drug charges.

Deputies asked for permission to search her purse, and she agreed, the report said. They found rolling papers in her purse, which she admitted she used to smoke marijuana occasionally.

The driver granted deputies permission to search the vehicle, according to the report. They found a gram of marijuana and two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes in a cigarette package and glass smoking device hidden in a tampon box.

Franklin admitted that the weed and pipe were hers and said she’d forgotten they were in the console, the report said. Before she was arrested, she reached into her bra and handed deputies the cocaine.

She is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of not more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


When does a dream home turn into a nightmare? October 15, 2014

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.


Have you ever been locked outside while naked?

Don’t you hate it when you lock yourself out of your apartment when you’re drunk?

And naked.

And the police show up.

sfl-flduh-looked-outside-naked-20141014-001Fort Pierce police about 7:25 a.m. Sept. 13 went to Carlton Court and Seaway Drive for a disturbance in which “a naked female was running around the area yelling and screaming, and this had been going on for an hour,” the affidavit states.That appears to be what happened to Carrie Starling, 27, in Fort Pierce, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.

Residents pointed to an address in the 1100 block of Carlton Court, saying a naked lady was nearby breaking things and yelling.

Investigators encountered Starling in her birthday suit, apparently intoxicated.

Starling’s speech was slurred and she said she’d been drinking.

She said she locked herself out of her apartment, and police found “smashed pots where she had caused a disturbance.”

After finding that Starling’s apartment was locked, police took her to the St. Lucie County jail where she was locked up on a disorderly intoxication charge.



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