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The Bizarre World of Florida

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.

 

Bouncers give tourist beatdown inside strip club, steal his jewelry October 14, 2014

A former Flagler County sheriff’s deputy is among four men charged with beating and stealing from a customer at Lollipops strip club in Daytona Beach.

sfl-flduh-bouncers-tourist-strip-club-20141013-001Daytona Beach police arrested Jermine Riley, 40, former deputy Michael Kramer, 35, and Brent Rose, 42, Saturday night as Local 6 cameras were rolling. All three are employees of the club, while a manager, Joseph Victorelli, 47, turned himself in at the Volusia County Jail on Sunday.

All four men have since bonded out of jail.

According to police, surveillance cameras show the four men severely beating 55-year-old Thomas Volz, who was visiting from Omaha, Nebraska. Police said in the video it is also clear the men stole several pieces of jewelry from Volz.

“He gets punched in the face, they knock him down to the ground and they stomp him. They give him a good old-fashioned beat down,” said Chief Mike Chitwood.

According to attorney Brett Hartley, who represents Lollipops, Volz was refusing to pay for $200 in lap dances he received. Volz said he never got the dances and the employees beat him up in an effort to intimidate him into paying.

Hartley said Volz was repeatedly asked to leave, but instead threatened the employees and kept trying to come back into the club. Hartley said Volz at one point appeared to physically challenge the bouncers and that Volz spit in the face of one of the bouncers, which initiated the physical confrontation.

In a phone conversation with Local 6, Volz said he will move forward in an effort to prosecute his alleged attackers. He said he was beaten “without regard for human life,” suffering a broken nose, sore ribs and a concussion.

 

What would thieves do with 18 tons of Crisco? October 13, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Really Dumb,Robbers,Silly,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:18 pm

St. Petersburg police are dealing with that question as they search for the people responsible for stealing a tractor-trailer loaded with about 36,000 pounds of the vegetable shortening.

DIY-Crisco-Candle-1The rig was reported stolen Sunday morning from Coastal Towing, 2390 118th Ave. N., police said.

In additon, another tractor-trailer filled with boxes from Amazon’s Ruskin distribution center had been burglarized, police said. A number of boxes were opened and the contents taken.

The Crisco sticks were to be delivered to the Publix distribution center in Lakeland, police said.

The stolen cab was a 2005 red Volvo with “NS Express LLC, Bowling Green, KY 42104” written on both sides, with Florida tag 52393P. The trailer was a white Hyundai with Florida tag 4450PP.

Police don’t know yet what items were taken from the Amazon boxes.

Anyone with information should call St. Petersburg police.

 

Meth-making operation exposed when suspect butt-dialed cops October 10, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Dumb,Stupid,Uncategorized,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:24 pm
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Sometimes, good detective work and weeks of investigation are needed to nab suspected criminals. But other times all investigators need is 30 minutes to listen in on an accidental pocket dial to a 911 dispatch center.

That’s the reason 55-year-old Donna Knope, 32-year-old Jason Knope and 41-year-old Thomas Stallings spent their weekend in the Volusia County Branch Jail on drug charges.

Suspects

 
According to Volusia County deputies, one member of the trio accidentally dialed 911 about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. When the dispatcher answered and tried to get details about the potential emergency, there was no response.

Instead, she overheard a discussion about drugs.

Deputies say the dispatcher kept the line open and fed details to investigators from the three who were unknowingly being recorded. At one point, the dispatcher reported hearing bubbling noises as if something was cooking.

Using cell phone locater data, deputies tracked the origin of the call to a shed behind a home in the 3200 block of Roland Drive where Donna and Jason Knope lived.

When deputies arrived, the three were actively cooking a batch of methamphetamine, investigators say. Also found were many of the household items after found in meth labs like lighter fluid, coffee filters, a butane torch and batteries.

All three face charges of manufacturing and possession of meth. Stallings also faces charges of violating probation after a previous robbery conviction.

 

 
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