The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman charged with battery after chucking bowl of Ramen noodles, fork at victim August 7, 2014

A Bradenton woman was charged with battery Sunday after deputies say she threw a bowl of Ramen noodles and a fork at another woman during an argument, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-ramen-noodles-fork-20140806-001Alicia Marie Popper, 25, was arrested at 1:44 p.m. Sunday at a mobile home park located along 63rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

According to a report, Popper was using the pool at the victim’s mobile home park. Deputies say Popper was not following the pool rules and that the victim reminded her to not leave her children alone in the pool, not pick head lice while at the pool and not eat at the pool.

Both women began arguing and deputies say Popper then threw her plastic bowl of Ramen noodles and fork at the victim, hitting her in the neck and right arm. According to the report, the victim did not suffer any injuries.

Popper was released from jail Monday on $500 bond.


Middle school teacher suspended for teaching students how to twerk and receiving a lap dance from a student July 11, 2014

A teacher accused of twerking and drinking alcohol at a soccer team party has been suspended.

article-2688027-1F8DF36C00000578-107_634x624The Duval County School Board voted July 1 to suspend Courtney Spruill without pay.  She works at Kernan Middle School as a soccer team coach and PE/Health teacher, according to district documents obtained by Action News.

The investigation came to light when a student approached a softball coach about a party for the soccer team.

The party reportedly took place at the parent’s house of one of the players in May.

The student, according to the investigative report, claimed the coach was drinking alcohol and twerking on players.  The district investigation made note of twerking as a form of dirty dancing.

The district also reviewed cellphone video of Spruill getting a lap dance from a student at the party.

The woman who owned the home told school investigators Spruill brought vodka to the house as a gift but didn’t drink any of it.  She instead drank soda, according to the homeowner.

District investigators said Spruill showed “the gross exercise of poor judgment,” according to documents.

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Man douses his wife with gasoline, can’t get it to light, turns to a knife threat June 17, 2014

A Sunrise man told police he was only joking when he tried to ignite gasoline that he had “accidentally” spilled on his wife and her bed.

sfl-domestic-violence-arrest-video-20140616Khemraj Samlall, 43, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

In court Monday before Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley, Samlall’s wife cried and defended him as “a great guy” and good husband and father.

“The court has no doubt that if that lighter would have sparked, you wouldn’t be here right now,” Hurley told her.

Samlall and his wife argued early Sunday morning when he came home drunk after a night out with friends. She had told him he was a bad father for not spending time with their daughter, 9, and son, 14, according to Sunrise Police Officer Justin Bromberg’s report.

Samlall, a maintenance worker, does not have a criminal record. He is accused of pointing two knives at his wife and threatening to kill her.

The son saw his father get a red gas can from the backyard, bring it into the house and throw fuel on his mother, police said.

Samlall denied pouring gasoline on his wife and the bed, and said the fuel spill was accidental. He only wanted to “scare her, so she would stop bothering” him, according to Bromberg’s report.

Samlall told police he took a lighter from a pocket and tried to light the gasoline “as a joke” while winking at the boy, according to the police report.

Bromberg wrote that fumes inside the home were so strong, he became light-headed and had to go outside.

The wife initially said she was in fear of her husband of 16 years but after seeing him in custody, didn’t want to prosecute, Bromberg wrote.

Hurley ordered a $1 million bond for Samlall.


The Florida Responsibility Paradox: If a mother forgets her child at daycare, and the daycare forgets the child is there and locks up for the night, who’s to blame? June 14, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Mother,Bad Teacher,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Scary,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:31 pm

 Orange County deputies say a mother found her child alone and locked inside of a day care facility Saturday morning.

According to the deputies, the mother went to pick her child up from the Kids R Kids Learning Center in Waterford Lakes after a parents’ night out event.

The service allows parents to take a night off while the day care looks after the children into the later hours of the evening.

Deputies say the mother overslept, and when she arrived at the day care to get her child around 1:30 a.m., the facility was closed.

The woman called the Sheriff’s Office and, with help from Orange County Fire Rescue, they were able to gain access to the building where they found the 4-year-old boy asleep with no adults present.

Investigators are now trying to determine what happened.

Detectives said the owner of the facility is cooperating with the investigation, but he was not working during the time the child was there.

The boy is now safe at home with his mother.

So far, no charges have been filed, but officials with the day care released a statement that it was a result of miscommunication between two staff members during the clearing and closing process of the center.

Thye said in light of the mishap, the teachers are fault were fired.


It looks like authorities want to teach this professor a lesson … about lying May 23, 2014

sfl-flduh-professor-lied-resume-20140522-001Polk State College is changing its procedures after learning one of its professors lied on his resume in order to get a job that required a doctorate degree.

State attorney investigators arrested David Broxterman on Wednesday morning at his Lakeland home.

They said Broxterman provided a fake diploma and academic transcripts from the University of South Florida on his application to Polk State College. The school hired him in 2009 as a business professor.

A close inspection of the diploma reveals that “board” is spelled wrong in one place, and the signature of USF President Judy Genshaft doesn’t match her signature on other diplomas.

The state attorney’s office is charging Broxterman with felony grand theft for defrauding the school of more than a quarter million dollars in money earned since he started.

“It was just a shock that this man who taught me so much and has done so much for the school is not who he says he is,” said Anthony Bates, who had Broxterman for a business class and considered him one of his favorite professors.

He’s not the only one.

On the website rankmyprofessor.com students rave about Broxterman, calling him an “excellent professor” and giving him perfect scores.

Bates said he aspired to be just like him.

“Every class he started the same way. He would have the class stand up in attention and present to us the way things were done in the military,” Bates said.

On his Facebook page, Broxterman poses in several pictures wearing a military uniform with medals.

ABC Action News also learned Wednesday that this may not be his only lie.

A West Palm Beach coin collector is suing Broxterman for selling him a coin collection he claimed was worth a million dollars and turned out to be fake. The lawsuit is still pending.

Polk State College said Tuesday that it is cooperating fully with the state attorney’s investigation.

A spokesperson said in light of the incident, the college will start using a third party to verify all academic transcripts and diplomas before hiring candidates.

Broxterman remained in jail Wednesday afternoon. He will find out his bond amount during a first appearance in court scheduled for Thursday afternoon.


Pee-u! What’s the big stink about in this P.E. class? May 14, 2014

Hours after posting bail for charges related to stealing money from students, New Smyrna Beach High School football coach, Rodney Barnes has resigned, school officials say.

sfl-flduh-pe-teacher-lockers-20140513-001Barnes, 43, submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday morning during meeting with the Volusia County Public Schools’ Professional Standards office, said school district spokeswoma Nancy Wait.

After a sneaking suspicion that a series of thefts in the boy’s locker room at New Smyrna Beach High School was an inside job, school officials took tracking down a culprit into their own hands.

By April 25, nine students had already reported that about $950 had been stolen from their lockers so Operation Sticky Fingers was launched.

With the help of school resource officers and a student, school administrators purchased an ultraviolet theft detection kit with included a luminescent powder to coat decoy cash.

Officials dusted $141 in cash with the powder, which is invisible except under a black light, then slipped the money along with a teenager’s school ID and other items into a wallet and tucked the booby-trapped loot inside a locker.

Then they waited for someone to take the bait.

When some of the money finally went missing on Monday, Volusia County deputies used the ultraviolet light to check the hands of all the students who had access to the locker room that day.

They were all cleared so deputies moved on to the coaching staff and finally found Barnes, a physical education teacher and assistant varsity football coach with his hands aglow with the telltale powder, deputies said.

As in the previous thefts, only a portion of the money was taken from the decoy wallet.

Barnes admitted to thefts worth about $170 but deputies say he will likely be linked to even more missing cash.

He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail on $3,000 bail. He faces charges of grand theft and burglary.

The school board will forward information about his arrest and resignation to the Florida Department of Education who will decide if Barnes will still be able to use his teaching certificate to find work at another school.


Woman ransacks store and punches seven year old because the store owner wouldn’t exchange a jar of coins for bills April 24, 2014

93911e00-cb20-11e3-a77a-3dd86f1da60e_knockThis past Monday, a woman became furious with a storeowner when he declined to exchange dollar bills for her jar of coins. Surveillance video shows the woman aggressively pointing at the owner of the A Plus Food Mart in Mt. Dora, Florida before knocking items off the counter. As News 13 reports, the outburst only got worse from there.

The owner, who was not named, says that he tried explaining to the woman, also unnamed, that he didn’t have time to sort through her jar of change. She got frustrated and knocked items off his counter. He followed her outside his business and says the angry woman was screaming racial slurs and threatening to kill him. But that isn’t the worst thing that she did.

Danya Bennett was sitting outside the A Plus Food Mart at the time with her daughter, seven-year-old Kami. Kami told News 13, “We was just sitting here minding our own business and he told us to call the police,” and, “Her crazy.” Ms. Bennett told the station, “[The storeowner’s] saying she tore up my store, call 911, something’s wrong with her.” When the woman took a swinging punch at the owner, she missed and hit someone else. Little Kami says, “When she was trying to swing at him she hit me.” That’s right, the woman allegedly hit a seven-year-old.

News 13 writes that Kami has a bruise on her face and that she said she’s suffering from nightmares. Her mother told the station, “I’d like to see justice served, it’s aggravated assault and I’d like to see her behind bars.” Mt. Dora Police say they are reviewing the case and that the investigation remains open.



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