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Dad gets bar beatdown after leaving kids in car to drink August 24, 2014

A local man is accused of leaving his three children in a car while he drank beer at a bar, according to the Ocala Police Department.

sfl-flduh-dad-bar-kids-car-20140821-001Police say they arrested Joshua Delong, 28, after they found him bloody and on the ground outside of Dr. B’s Bar on Northeast Eight Place.

The security guard at Dr. B’s Bar called police after Delong tried to drive away with the kids, ages 5, 7 and 8, in the car, according to the arrest affidavit.

The security guard, Christopher Chung, told police he tried to talk Delong out of driving because he thought Delong was drunk, police said.

Chung told police that’s when an angry patron hit Delong, according to the arrest affidavit.

Delong later told police that several men inside the bar accused of him of leaving his kids in the car, dragged him outside and beat him.

Prior to Delong’s arrest, a witness called police to report Delong’s three young children left alone for four hours in a gold Cadillac with the windows up and the key in the ignition, according to police. The children had been honking the horn and yelling “daddy” in the car.

A good Samaritan, Heather Weiss, stayed with the children and kept them calm until officers arrived, police said.

Delong told police that he left his children in his mother’s care and that his wife dropped them off at the bar without his knowledge. Delong’s wife and mother denied the claims, police said.

Delong was treated for his injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center and then booked at the Marion County Jail. He was charged with three counts of child neglect.

 

This sucks! Burglar left DNA-rich lollipop at crime scene

Filed under: Bad Luck,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:48 pm

After a burglar left his Lollipop stick at a home he robbed, detectives were able to track him down through DNA on it.

sfl-flduh-dna-lollipop-20140821-001Thomas Christopher Crews, 53, of North Naples, is in the Collier County jail following his arrest Thursday on burglary and grand theft charges.

The lollipop stick was discovered while Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives were investigating a “Dinner Set” burglary at a residence in Pelican Bay in March.

Dinner Set burglars typically strike upscale homes while residents are out to dinner.

Detectives were investigating a report of a burglary that occurred March 6 at a residence on L’Ambiance Circle in Pelican Bay in North Naples.

The victim told detectives that she left the residence for dinner around 6 pm and when she returned at 10:30 pm she noticed the rear sliding glass door was ajar and that some of her jewelry was missing.

The victim also noticed a used lollipop stick that wasn’t hers that was on top of a bedroom dresser.

Detectives submitted the lollipop stick to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to be processed for DNA.

Forensic testing matched DNA evidence from the lollipop stick to Crews, detectives said. Crews’ DNA was already on file at a DNA data bank in Florida from a 2001 Sarasota case.

Detectives located Crews and he gave them permission to collect DNA in order for it to be submitted for comparison to the DNA discovered on the lollipop stick. On Monday, it came back as a match.

He was arrested at his home on Thursday.

Crews has served more than 20 years in prison. 

 

Boy, 7, drops the dime on mom for cooking … meth August 20, 2014

A 26-year-old mother from Volusia County has been arrested after police said her 7-year-old son turned her in for cooking and using methamphetamine.

According to Edgewater police, the boy told his uncle — as well as investigators — that “There’s really bad stuff in my mom’s car.”

Briana Buchanan and her son had been living with her boyfriend’s brother, Peter — who considers the 7-year-old his nephew — for some time at his Edgewater home.

For several days, the boy had told Peter that his mom was cooking “something bad.”

Then, on Friday, Peter said the boy built up enough courage to show him just how bad it was.

“He came up to me, and he said, ‘There’s really bad stuff in mom’s car that I want to show you,'” said Peter, who asked that his last name not be published.

The 7-year-old brought his uncle to his mother’s car and opened up the trunk, himself. Inside was drug paraphernalia, sitting right next to some of the boy’s toys.

Shocked, Peter closed the trunk, took the boy inside and called 911.

“Her son, who’s 7, just told me she keeps bad stuff in her car, and he opened up the trunk, and she has a meth lab in her trunk,” Peter told a 911 dispatcher.

The 911 operator told Peter to get away from the car, because of the volatility of materials used to cook meth.

When police arrived, they found dozens of items inside the trunk used to cook and use meth.

What’s worse, the boy also described to Peter just how his mom allegedly manufactured meth.

“He said when they would get all this stuff together, they would put it all in a soda bottle, and they would shake the soda bottle and take the top off to, I guess, vent it out,” Peter said.

Police charged Buchanan with child neglect, possession of chemicals, meth and paraphernalia, and manufacturing and delivery of meth.

After Buchanan’s arrest, her son was taken in by his grandmother, away from a world Peter says no boy his age should have to see.

“I can already tell you, just looking at his face, he is relieved to be out of the situation,” Peter said.

The boy’s grandmother planned to enroll him in school this week.

Edgewater police said they were investigating to see if Briana Buchanan could be charged with trafficking meth, which has a harsher punishment.

 

Here’s a risky way to raise some beer money … and a lot of hell August 15, 2014

sfl-flduh-couple-favor-bar-20140814-001A Crestview man who robbed a couple at knifepoint Tuesday night is now charged with armed robbery and violating his probation.

The victims said they were giving 46-year-old William John Beatty a ride, according to a media release from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

When they arrived, Beatty pulled a knife out of his pocket, demanded money and threatened one of the victims. The couple gave Beatty the money they had on them, the release said.

Beatty approached the couple while they were speaking with a deputy. They identified him as the robber, the release said.

Beatty said he’d been at a local bar drinking beer.

He was arrested for armed robbery and violation of probation for an original charge of possession of a controlled substance.

 

Meet Florida Man, whose powers include career prostitution, wearing women’s underwear while driving drunk, and crashing into retirement homes August 14, 2014

Filed under: Drunk,Bizzarre,DUI,Bad Luck,Dangerous Nut,WTF?,Controversy,Scary,Dumb,Alcohol — floridaduh @ 1:34 pm

It was a big day for Florida Man.

Today’s Florida Man is Rico Antwan Jones, a 28-year-old career prostitute from Tampa who allegedly crashed into a retirement home overnight while drunk. When police responded to the wreck, they found a gaping hole in the 13-story building. They also found Jones, down the street, wearing women’s underwear, a bra and high heels.

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His vehicle crashed right next to the senior center’s air vent, sending smoke billowing into the rooms above, according to the Tampa Bay Times. None of the 300 seniors living inside were evacuated or injured.

Jones — also known as Diamond on the street — has a long history of prostitution arrests, Bay News 9 reports. He fled the scene but was eventually apprehended and taken to Tampa General Hospital to be treated for injuries before he went to jail.

Police later accused him of being intoxicated during the crash. Officers had reportedly tried to pull him over moments before he obliterated the senior center wall.

 

Meet Florida Man, whose powers include career prostitution, wearing women’s underwear while driving drunk, and crashing into retirement homes

Filed under: Drunk,Bizzarre,DUI,Bad Luck,Dangerous Nut,WTF?,Controversy,Scary,Dumb,Alcohol — floridaduh @ 1:33 pm

It was a big day for Florida Man.

Today’s Florida Man is Rico Antwan Jones, a 28-year-old career prostitute from Tampa who allegedly crashed into a retirement home overnight while drunk. When police responded to the wreck, they found a gaping hole in the 13-story building. They also found Jones, down the street, wearing women’s underwear, a bra and high heels.

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His vehicle crashed right next to the senior center’s air vent, sending smoke billowing into the rooms above, according to the Tampa Bay Times. None of the 300 seniors living inside were evacuated or injured.

Jones — also known as Diamond on the street — has a long history of prostitution arrests, Bay News 9 reports. He fled the scene but was eventually apprehended and taken to Tampa General Hospital to be treated for injuries before he went to jail.

Police later accused him of being intoxicated during the crash. Officers had reportedly tried to pull him over moments before he obliterated the senior center wall.

 

Couple driving with pot, kids arrested for laser flashing officer August 12, 2014

Filed under: Drugs,Really Dumb,Bad Luck,WTF?,Unusual — floridaduh @ 1:37 pm

Deputies found pot, pills and three kids in a car after one of the occupants — a 39-year-old woman — allegedly shined a green laser light at an officer in an unmarked patrol vehicle in Volusia County.

sfl-flduh-pot-laser-flashing-20140811-001Tonya Harding (not the former figure skater) and husband Charles Brazell, 38, both of Jacksonville, were pulled over and arrested after the incident at 10:22 p.m. Thursday on State Road A1A near Northshore Drive in Ormond Beach.

Three children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were also in the two-door Acura, said Gary Davidson, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

They were turned over to a relative.

Before the laser flash, the Acura was in front of the lieutenant, who was driving the unmarked vehicle.

“When he ran the tag, it came back to a different vehicle — a 1994 Chevrolet station wagon,” Davidson said in an email. “The Acura then slowed down and pulled in behind the lieutenant’s vehicle.”

The lieutenant slowed, allowing the car to pass.

That’s when the Acura pulled alongside the unmarked vehicle and the front-seat passenger pointed a laser into the vehicle.

He pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of the Casa Del Mar Hotel on South Atlantic Avenue.

Deputies found a small bag with about 8 grams of marijuana in the car.

Harding also had a prescription-pill bottle with no label and nearly 60 pills.

When a deputy asked Harding if she had any paperwork for the medications, she said it was in the console or glove box.

The deputy looked but couldn’t find any paperwork.

Harding was charged with shining a laser light at a law enforcement officer and possession of an illegal substance. Brazell was charged with driving with a suspended license, failure to register a motor vehicle and possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana.

Brazell’s license has been suspended 12 times.

 

 
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