The Bizarre World of Florida

Man stole cellphone, tried to sell it back to victim September 30, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Dumb,Really Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:27 pm

A Palmetto man was charged with theft and dealing in stolen property Sunday, according to the Palmetto Police Department.

Willie Ray Robinson, 36, was arrested at 6:12 p.m. at his home. An hour prior, a report states that Robinson was caught on video camera taking the victim’s cell phone from the counter of a store at 920 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. He was seen placing it in his pocket before leaving and going home.

According to a report, the victim used her mother’s phone to try to contact Robinson. Robinson did not answer the calls but responded via text. According to police, he agreed to sell the phone back to her for $50, which is the amount he said he paid for the phone. He later confessed to the crime.

Robinson was being held in Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $7,620, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website.


Cancelled: Redneck Christmas Parade is too “trashy,” organizers say September 26, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Funny,Really Dumb,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:41 pm

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Say it ain’t so: another tradition bites the dust in the Sunshine State.

Guess they’re dreaming of a more pristine, white Christmas.

Organizers have put the kibosh on their Redneck Christmas Parade, a Panhandle holiday tradition for nearly 20-years in Chumuckla, reports The Lakeland Ledger.

There were John Deeres, beer, cussing, beer, camouflage, beer — and one parade-goer remembers a float with a man atop a Port-a-potty — and more beer, according to The Ledger.


Woman reported car theft, got jailed on drug charges September 24, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Sad Story,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:19 pm

A 22-year-old Holt woman was accused of having marijuana after calling police to report that the vehicle she’d been driving had been stolen.

sfl-flduh-car-theft-drug-charges-20140923-001Savannah Lee Matthews called Crestview Police officers on Sept. 1 to report the vehicle she was driving had been stolen while she was at Walmart, according to the arrest report. While officers were investigating, evidence of her “involvement in a retail theft at Walmart” was found and she was detained.

She granted police permission to look through her purse, the report said. Officers found a small pipe-like object with burnt marijuana residue on the end and a partially burnt marijuana cigarette in her purse.

Matthews told officers the marijuana belonged to her cousin, according to the report. She said she had smoked marijuana the previous day, but did not know the items were in her purse.

She is charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


You can’t live in the public bathroom September 23, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:39 pm

A 34-year-old man was arrested in Fort Pierce after reports that a dude was living in the men’s room, according to a recently released affidavit.

williams_joseph_lee_mug-189x300Fort Pierce police on Sept. 16 went to Fisherman’s Wharf and spotted a man walking out of the women’s restroom.

Asked why he was using the ladies lavatory, the man explained “that a Haitian male has been locking the male bathroom door and has been living in it,” the affidavit states.

Meanwhile, the officer in Fort Pierce knocked on the door of the men’s room and Williams came out.

Police the day before noticed him loitering around outside the potty.

Williams, of the 700 block of Citrus Avenue in Fort Pierce, was arrested on a trespassing after warning charge.

The affidavit did not state whether Williams was smoking in the boy’s room.


911: Have food, no fridge, man repeatedly tells dispatches September 16, 2014

A 60-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is charged with calling 911 eight times in two hours to complain that he had food but no refrigerator.

sfl-flduh-911-fridge-20140915-001Fort Walton Beach Police officers were called to the Chestnut Avenue residence on Sept. 5, according to the arrest report. Richard Wild had called 911 because he was “upset because he has food and not fridge.”

He told the county operator that his phone only dialed 911, so he was going to keep calling, the report said. When the officers got to Wild’s apartment, he said he called 911 because he was upset that the property manager for his apartment had not installed a refrigerator in his unit.

He said he was aware it was not an emergency but “defiantly” said he didn’t care, according to the report. He said he would keep calling 911 until he “received satisfaction” with his complaint about the landlord.

He admitted that he knew it was a civil matter and the police couldn’t do anything, the report said. His call log showed that he had called 911 eight separate times between 12:45 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.

He admitted that none of the calls were emergencies, according to the report.

Wild is charged with misuse of 911.


Homeowner knocks intruder out window, then saves his life

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:58 pm

A suspected burglar is in the hospital after nearly killing himself while trying to break into a Port St. Lucie home — and the homeowner is credited with helping to save his life.

sfl-flduh-intruder-window-first-aid-20140915-001Port St. Lucie police were called to the 1600 block of SW Penrose Avenue on Sunday, Sept. 14 around 7:30 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the homeowner holding a towel to the burglar’s leg, trying to stop the bleeding.

Police said 25-year-old David Scott Boyd severely cut his leg on glass while trying to break into the home.

Investigators said Boyd stopped at the house while walking home from a friend’s place and started screaming and banging on the front door. When Boyd couldn’t get in, he broke the front window and tried to crawl through it.

The homeowner hit Boyd with a 2×2 piece of wood in an effort to stop him and protect his family. That’s when the homeowner noticed Boyd had a large cut on his leg and came to his rescue; putting pressure on the wound with a towel.

Boyd was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he remains in serious condition.

The homeowner told police he had never met or seen Boyd prior to the break-in and also told police Boyd rambled about his family being kidnapped and he had to kill the homeowner’s family.

Port St. Lucie police went to Boyd’s house and discovered Boyd’s story was complete fiction.

Boyd was not immediately arrested, but faces charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling once he’s released from the hospital.


BUSted! Bus driver tried to pick up hooker while on duty

Just a quick pit stop.

A Florida bus driver is accused of trying to pick up a prostitute while on duty, WFLA reports.

sfl-flduh-bus-driver-hooker-duty-20140912-001Rodrigue Macharie, 43, was arrested in Sarasota County on Thursday when he solicited an undercover police officer working a prostitution sting around 9:45 a.m. on Tamiami Trail, according to WWSB. The bus driver, who works for the Sarasota County Area Transit shuttling disabled passengers to appointments, had 45 minutes to spare before his next pick-up.

“There was a period of disbelief when the bus pulled up and that it looked as if this was actually going to be a transaction,” said Sgt. Demetri Konstantopouls of the Sarasota Police Department.

Police said that Macharie paid the undercover officer $20 for an undisclosed sexual act, MyFoxTampa reports. He was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute.

Authorities clarified the location of the alleged sexual solicitation.

“He did not want to have the intercourse inside the bus,” Konstantopoulos said.

Macharie was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.



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