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Man vowed to blow up tax collector’s office over auto tag flap April 14, 2014

Lawmen say a man became upset when he couldn’t renew his car tags and threatened to blow up the Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s Office.

sfl-flduh-auto-tag-flap-20140413-001Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies went to the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s office in Destin to deal with a disturbance. When they entered, they identified a man matching a description given to them during the call. The man was saying, “No, no, no, this is a setup,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

When deputies tried to detain him the man declared, “You don’t have the right to stop me” and tried to shoulder his way past the deputies. He was handcuffed despite “significant resistance,” the deputy wrote in the report.

When deputies talked to the agent who phoned in the call, she told them that 46-year-old James Colin Ready of Destin became upset when he learned he couldn’t renew his car tags because his license had been suspended. She said he vowed to make a pipe bomb and blow up the Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s office. The report didn’t say why he threatened the Santa Rosa County office.

“He said he had served in the military and had killed 159 people and was good at it,” the deputy wrote in the report.

He allegedly said “I’m not kidding” and left the office, then returned and ranted that he was going to make a pipe bomb and blow somebody up, the report said.

He was charged with battery on an officer or firefighter, and threatening to discharge a destructive device.

 

Police get involved after dispute over too many pets gets physical April 11, 2014

sfl-flduh-neighbor-fight-furkids-20140410-001Some folks really show their claws when it comes to their fur kids.

Fur-real feud: A woman, identified as Christina M. Putman, 27, is accused of attacking her neighbor after the neighbor told authorities Putman was keeping eight dogs and several cats, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.

After officials verified Putnam had more fur kids than the legal limit of five, Putman allegedly jumped her next-door neighbor’s fence and grabbed the woman’s hair, dragging her into the backyard from the porch, Port St. Lucie cops said.

 

Ex hurled beer cans at woman’s house April 3, 2014

sfl-flduh-ex-hurled-beer-cans-20140402-001A woman told an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy the guy she broke up with stood outside her apartment throwing “hard objects” – in this case unopened beer cans – at her windows until one of them broke – the window, not the beer can.

Deputies arrested William Earl Bradley of Fort Walton Beach and charged him with a weapon offense – missile into dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft.

The woman said he threw several hard objects at the kitchen window and back bedroom window, causing the bedroom window to break. A witness said the hard objects were unopened beer cans.

The woman said Bradley was mad at her for ending their intimate relationship.

 

Cellphone video captures drive-thru rage at McDonald’s April 1, 2014

McDonald's%20road%20rage%20incident_1396278753649_3915596_ver1_0_640_480A Winter Haven man was charged with battery after he punched a woman in the face at a McDonald’s drive-thru, according to police.

The incident was captured on video.

Howard Carl Wilson, 69, was in one lane of the drive-thru at the 6th Street McDonald’s on Saturday night.

Another vehicle, in which Brittani Thomas was a passenger, pulled in front of Wilson after ordering. Witnesses heard Wilson yelling profanities and racial slurs, police said.

Wilson got out of his van and approached Thomas’ vehicle. She opened her door and asked what the problem was.

In the video, Wilson is seen yelling and preventing Thomas from closing her door. Before getting back in his van and leaving, Wilson punched Thomas in the face, according to a police statement.

“I just wish he never took it that serious. It was just a McDonalds line. I just wish he wouldn’t have taken it that serious.,” Thomas said.

Officers tracked down Wilson at his home. He said he was angry because he had been cut off and almost struck the other vehicle. He also said the encounter only lasted about 15 seconds.

When presented with the video, he realized the incident was more than he recalled. He told officers, “It was like a road rage incident,” according to the statement.

He was charged with simple battery and later bonded out of the Polk County Jail.

 

A man is accused of slapping his ex-girlfriend and fatally kicking her miniature pinscher March 29, 2014

fl-animal-cruelty-hollywood-20140327-001Alijon Akbar, 38, of Encino, Calif., faces charges of causing cruel death, pain and suffering to an animal and domestic violence in connection with a 2011 incident, authorities said. He was extradited from California and booked into Broward County jail on Wednesday, records show.

During his first-appearance court hearing Thursday, Akbar was ordered held on a $17,500 bond.

“He had no idea that a warrant was going to be issued, so he did not abscond at any point during the investigation or subsequent to the investigation in this case,” said his attorney, Brett Schwartz. “He wants to see this through.”

In February 2011, police say that Akbar terrified his former girlfriend’s cats and caused the death of her dog, named Karma, according to a Hollywood police report.

The woman got rid of a long-haired feline because Akbar was allergic to it, but kept two other cats, which police say Akbar treated “cruelly.”

Akbar screamed at the animals, stomped on the floor when the pets would try to go into the woman’s bedroom and used a broom to remove them from under the bed, the report said.

The cats grew so scared that they often hid in their covered litter boxes and developed staph infections, the report said. One of the cats was euthanized after the infection grew severe, it said.

The woman then gave away her last remaining cat, but got a new dog when Akbar appeared to approve of it, police said.

Akbar moved out of the home, but eventually returned a year and a half later. During one instance in 2011, Akbar told his ex-girlfriend that he struck the dog with a broom and caused a swollen eye and a cut beneath it after the animal defecated under a couch, the report said.

Akbar told her it was an accident, but admitted that the dog slid under the couch because it was “terrified” of him, it said. Following that incident, Akbar and the woman had a discussion about the dog and he allegedly asked her to spank it to discipline it, police said.

During the discussion, Akbar slapped his ex-girlfriend in the face, and both agreed that he had to move out, authorities said.

As Akbar packed his belongings for the move, the dog tried to run out of the apartment and bit Akbar as he tried to detain the dog. Police say Akbar kicked Karma and put it in its crate. Upon returning from work, the woman found her dog dead and called police.

Akbar admitted to a detective that he kicked Karma, the report said. A necropsy of the dog’s body showed Karma had died from “blunt trauma, liver fracture with abdominal hemorrhage, and hypovolemic shock.”

 

Mother made her children regurgitate food and then eat it again, held her children’s heads underwater and pretty much tortured them for 8 years

A mother starved, beat and tortured her two-16-year-old children for more than eight years, police have said.

Jamie Marie Hicks, 43, allegedly inflicted cruelty on the two children at her home in North Tampa, Florida while their stepfather, 53-year-old Vernon Courtney Lovell, looked on and did nothing.

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Arrested: Jamie Hicks, left, has been accused of abusing her two 16-year-old children for more than eight years, while her husband Vernon Lovell, right, allegedly knew about the abuse but did nothing to help them

She hit them with various objects, choked them to the point of unconsciousness and held their heads under water, according to a police report reported in the Tampa Bay Times.

She also withheld food from them for up to three days at a time, they told police, and on other occasions, she fed them spoiled food or made them regurgitate food and then eat it again.

The alleged abuse came to light when the children went to Mary Lee’s House, a nonprofit child protection organization, where they told child advocates about what they had endured.

The children, whose genders have not been released, said their mother abused them while their stepfather failed to seek medical attention, even though he was aware of the abuse.

A pediatric nurse carried out a physical examination of the children on Thursday and found signs of severe malnutrition and both were hospitalized, according to police.

One of the children weighed 88 pounds and the other weighed 94 pounds, whereas a healthy weight for their age is 135 pounds.

Lovell has lived with Hicks and the children for 13 years, the report said.

Both are being held without bail.

Hicks, who worked as manager of her husband’s handyman services company, was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday on aggravated child abuse charges.

Lovell also remains in the jail and faces accusations of child neglect.

 

Mulch madness: woman slapped, kicked Lowe’s customer for ‘cutting in line,’ March 26, 2014

sfl-flduh-mulch-madness-lowes-20140325-001Cape Coral police today arrested a woman they say slapped and kicked another customer while in line at Lowe’s.

Autumn Kristina Glick, 32, is facing charges of battery on a person over 65.

Police say Glick was at the Lowe’s on Pine Island Road on Thursday when she accused another customer of cutting in line at a loading area.

Glick allegedly verbally assaulted the customer then jumped into the bed of the victim’s truck, where she began throwing bags of mulch out of the bed. Police say Glick slapped and kicked the victim before leaving the store.

Witnesses provided officers with clear cellphone video, which clearly identified the suspect.

Officers went to Glick’s home and spoke with her through a window. They say she refused to come out because “If I do, I’ll be going in the back of your car.” She also told them she had no one to care for her children until her husband returned home.

Officers returned to Glick’s home today and she was arrested without incident.

 

Culture clash: Religious demonstrator accused of hitting nightclub worker March 25, 2014

sfl-flduh-religious-demonstrator-20140324-001A religious demonstrator was arrested for attacking a man with his megaphone, according to Daytona Beach police.

Police said Arthur Fisher, 47, was demonstrating in front of Razzle’s Nightclub on Seabreeze Boulevard Friday night.

According to police, when a worker from Razzle’s approached Fisher, Fisher allegedly hit the man in the nose with his megaphone.

Fisher was charged with battery, according to a police report.

 

Man beat dad, 87, with sledgehammer in fight over vacuum March 20, 2014

allen-croskey-marion-031914A Marion County man has been arrested after Ocala police say he attacked his elderly father with a sledgehammer over a vacuum cleaner.

Detectives said Allen Croskey, 55, got in a fight Wednesday with his 87-year-old father because of a ruined vacuum.

Police said Croskey told detectives he had come home from eating at a soup kitchen Wednesday morning to find his father in the carport. His father yelled at him about breaking the vacuum cleaner and, while holding a sledgehammer in his hands, told Croskey to leave.

Detectives said Croskey then went to a neighbor’s house, took a piece of pipe from a chain-link fence, and struck his father in the head with the pipe.

Once his father was on the ground and knocked out, police said Croskey picked up the sledgehammer and hit him in the face with it twice.

Police said Croskey, believing his father to be dead, got rid of the pipe and sledgehammer, dragged his father’s body into some bushes and covered it with blankets.

The father remains in critical condition, police said.

As police took Croskey into custody, he told us his dad was a paranoid schizophrenic who, in his words, “went berserk.”

Croskey also said his father “deserves a couple years in the hospital” over the vacuum cleaner issue.

We asked Croskey what led up to the attack, but police closed the doors to their patrol car and drove him to the Marion County Jail before he could answer us.

 

Phone charger throwing woman jailed in mall rant

sfl-flduh-phoner-charger-woman-20140319-002Upset she couldn’t make changes to her son’s phone plan, a 60-year-old woman charged toward AT&T store employees and hurled a phone charger, according to statements in recently released Martin County Sheriff’s Office records.

Arrested in the profanity-peppered telephone tirade March 1 at the Treasure Coast Square mall in Jensen Beach was Denise Gillespie.

A deputy went to the AT&T store in the mall for a disturbance, and saw Gillespie, whose listed occupation is “teacher,” yelling and screaming at employees.

Employees reported Gillespie “was upset she could not make changes to her son’s plan due to the fact she was not on his plan,” a report states.

The store manager requested that Gillespie be removed. The deputy told her to vacate the premises and “call corporate if she had a complaint.”

I don’t give a (copulative act),” Gillespie is quoted as bellowing.

She eventually left, but about an hour later the deputy again was summoned to the AT&T store.

The deputy reported she was yelling and screaming. The deputy told her to leave the mall, and she began screaming, “I don’t give a (sexual intercourse) what you say.”

Gillespie then charged towards the store and employees, throwing a phone charger into the store and screaming profanities.

Gillespie, of the 3800 block of Northeast Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach, was arrested on misdemeanor breach of peace and resisting arrest without violence charges.

 

 
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