The Bizarre World of Florida

Man accused of offering deputy $7,000 to let him go November 20, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Controversy,DUI,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:25 pm

A Palm Beach Gardens man who was arrested Monday for driving under the influence, offered a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy thousands of dollars to let him go, according to an arrest report.

salloumAndrew Metri Salloum, 31, drove through a red light on Blue Heron Boulevard, getting onto Interstate 95, the report said. The deputy pulled over Salloum’s vehicle after he entered the highway.

The deputy noticed that Salloum has red, glassy eyes and was slurring his words, the report said.

As the deputy was taking Salloum to the breath alcohol testing center, he allegedly offered the deputy $5,000 to let him go. When the deputy said he was not going to accept a bribe, Salloum upped the offer to $7,000, the report said.

Salloum faces charges of DUI, failure to submit a DUI test after a license suspension, bribery of a public servant, resisting an officer without violence and refusal to sign a citation. He was released from Palm Beach County Jail on $5,000 bond.


Sleeping on the job? Man found dozing in stolen car

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:17 pm

Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 22-year-old man found sleeping in a stolen car at a senior housing complex Monday.

sfl-flduh-dozing-stolen-car-20141119-001Shortly before 6 a.m., two deputies went to the Pacifica Senior Living complex at 11311 SW 95th Circle, Ocala, after a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. One deputy found the man, later identified as Stephen Carroll Steen, asleep in the driver’s seat of a black 2013 Volkswagen Passat.

The deputy woke him up and asked why he was sleeping in the car. Steen told the deputy he had just dropped his girlfriend off at work and was waiting for her.

Steen was unable to tell the deputy his girlfriend’s name, the report states. As for the car, its owner, who lives in Ocoee, had reported it stolen on Nov. 15.

Steen was arrested on grand theft of a motor vehicle.


Driver nearly collided with deputy; jailed on drug charges November 18, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Dangerous Nut,Drugs,Dumb,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:13 pm

A 23-year-old Mary Esther man was arrested on drug charges after allegedly backing up against traffic, nearly colliding with a deputy.

kyndric-dallas-wilsonThe Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy was doing traffic enforcement on Hickory Street in Niceville on Nov. 8, according to the arrest report. He saw a vehicle driven by Kyndric Dallas Wilson backing up “in the opposite direction of traffic onto Range Road,” requiring the deputy to brake to prevent a collision.

The deputy pulled Wilson over, and smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, the report said. When asked about the marijuana, Wilson pulled out a small bud from the door and a glass jar with 23.5 grams of marijuana from the back seat.

Wilson was arrested and a search found five rocks of crack cocaine in the vehicle, according to the report.

He is charged with possession of cocaine and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.


Florida man fatally shot after warning reckless driver to slow down around kids November 17, 2014

Police are searching for suspects in South Florida whom they say shot and killed a man after he warned them against reckless driving around children.

Florida-man-fatally-shot-after-warning-reckless-driver-to-slow-down-around-kidsInvestigators and several witnesses say Bradley Holt, 24, spotted a yellow Ford Mustang doing donuts and driving erratically outside of his apartment in Miami Thursday night.

One 12-year-old witness, Jarrod Smith, told WSVN that Holt had been playing football with him and some other children before he confronted the occupants of the vehicle, telling them to slow down.

Neighbors said they heard two gunshots, one of which struck Holt in the head. He died after being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where his family had gathered for prayer.

Investigators currently lack information about the number of occupants in the Mustang, which was described as a 1988 or 1998 model convertible. No others were injured in the shooting.


Protip: Never use gasoline to start bonfires

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Dumb,Fire,Sad Story,Scary,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:35 pm

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: running to the sounds of an explosion, knowing their child is nearby.

635516733767630009-Still1115-00001That’s exactly what happened to one Polk County family as a can of gasoline exploded next to their 12-year-old daughter.

Today in Lakeland, dozens of volunteers soaked up and sprayed down cars to help raise money for Heather Tyer.

“She’s strong, she’s gonna be just fine,” Heather’s aunt Amanda Tyler told 10 News.

Less than a week ago her niece suffered burns over 70 percent of her body after the small gasoline tank she was standing next to exploded. She and her family were having a pit fire at her home. The gas was used to light the logs.

“Burn patients are so difficult from one minute to the next. you know, they can seem fine, and then things can go terribly wrong very quickly,” said Polk County Fire Lieutenant Charles Irving.

Polk County girl had over 71 percent of her body burned

He was first on the scene, even rushing back to pick up Heather’s mother Amy to get her on the emergency helicopter flight to Tampa General.

Janice Anderson said she saw that helicopter heading to help.

“Knowing the love that you have with your child, it’s more than any love,” she said.

And when Anderson saw how many volunteers came out today, “it just gives me goosebumps,” she said.

And rightly so. In less than a week, friends, family and complete strangers raised more than $30,000 dollars to get Heather back and get her better.

But a warning from Lt. Irving, “gasoline is obviously not one of the better fuels to use. It flashes,” he said. “There has to be water on the site at all times, and someone attending to the fire at all times. And if we do that, tragedies like this can be avoided.


Baby falls three stories, bounces, and crawls away uninjured

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:33 pm

A toddler was flown to the hospital after falling from a third-floor window in Viera.

Emergency-Lights-jpgBrevard County Fire Rescue District Chief Scott Jurgensen said the incident occurred at the Highlands Apartments near the county’s government center Sunday afternoon.

He said the girl fell from a window around 1:15 p.m. and landed in bushes. She was described initially as stable, with possible serious injuries.

However, after she was checked and treated at Arnold Palmer Hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said the girl did not have any fractures.

Cpl. Dave Jacobs said that the fall appears to have been accidental and the child pushed out the screen while she was on a changing table.

The case is still under investigation.


Man accused of snorting coke in club’s bathroom

Filed under: Bad Luck,Drugs,Dumb,Funny,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:30 pm

domingo-bernal-lopezA 20-year-old Santa Rosa Beach man is facing drug charges after allegedly getting caught ingesting cocaine in the bathroom at Nightown in Destin.

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy was working an off-duty detail on Nov. 2 when staff escorted Domingo Bernal-Lopez from the club, according to the arrest report. They said he’d been “snorting cocaine in the bathroom.”

The deputy noticed a “large amount of white powder falling from both nostrils,” the report said. Bernal-Lopez was detained and taken to the patrol vehicle.

Swabs taken from his nose tested positive for cocaine, according to the arrest report.

He is charged with possession of cocaine.



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