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From split-up to spit-down some old flames die hard July 30, 2014

So-called “dip spit” is foul enough to look at, so imagine the horror when the stinky stew of saliva and tobacco juice is thrown on you.

sfl-flduh-spit-split-20140729-001That, according to the ex-boyfriend of Jenna Ketcham, is what happened July 12 at a gas station in the 9400 block of 90th Avenue in Sebastian, a recently released arrest affidavit states.

The ex-boyfriend, identified as the victim, told Sebastian police he was pumping gas when Ketcham, 25, pulled in.

The victim’s current girlfriend was in the passenger seat of the victim’s vehicle. The victim hopped in his vehicle and locked the doors.

After punching the window on the passenger side where the victim’s girlfriend sat, Ketcham went to the driver’s side. She remembered the key pad code and got the door open.

She punched the victim in the face, and “grabbed an old cup of dip spit . . . and tossed its contents all over (the victim’s) right shoulder, leaving a brown stain on his T-shirt,” the affidavit states.

Dip spit is the mixture of saliva and tobacco juice produced by users of smokeless tobacco, also known as dip. Dip, which is not to be confused with chewing tobacco, is placed between the cheek and gum, and the resulting, brownish combination of saliva and dip juice is spit out, often into a cup.

Meanwhile, Ketcham apparently was so angry she was spitting nails because she “gave (the victim) one final blow to the genitals with her fist,” the affidavit states.

Ketcham then got in her vehicle and left, evidently traveling farther than spitting distance away.

The victim’s current girlfriend gave an account of the incident consistent with the victim.

Police eventually spoke to Ketcham, and she denied striking the victim.

The affidavit didn’t state whether the “dip spit” was produced by the victim, his current girlfriend or someone else entirely.

Spit and polish might not work as well as a washing machine to cleanse the brown stain from the dip spit from the victim’s shirt.

Ketcham, of the 700 block of Holden Avenue in Sebastian, was arrested on charges including burglary of a conveyance and battery (domestic violence).

 

Confused man sets himself on fire attempting to burn down an occupied home July 28, 2014

A group of South Daytona residents are lucky to be alive after an arsonist lit part of their apartment complex on fire, while residents were home.

News 13 spoke with the woman the arsonist was talking to as he was dousing the complex with gasoline.

Kathy Bailey’s charred front door is being replaced after it was set on fire Saturday morning at the Spanish Villa apartment complex in South Daytona.

downloadBut she and her granddaughter are lucky to be alive after police say Arthur Avery did not find who he was looking for, a man by the name of Ted; a man Bailey says she’s never heard of, which was a response Avery did not like.

“And he just started splashing the gasoline on it. And I said my granddaughter’s in there. And he said you better get her. So I ran in and my other girlfriend who came in from out of town said there’s a child in there. He said I don’t give a damn,” said Bailey.

A grandmother’s instinct kicked in and she ran inside for her granddaughter.

“Grabbed her and went out the back door. Did you get any gasoline on you? Yeah, I did, I was just praying he didn’t light that fire before I could get out of there,” added Kathy Bailey.

The fire burned two front doors, and a mattress, before working its way up higher.

Residents in this apartment complex tell me the flames came all the way to the second floor. One homeowner even saw those flames through the peep hole right here on the second floor.

“It looked like hell just exploded,” said resident Lonna Sampson.

Lonna Sampson is thankful South Daytona firefighters arrived so quickly to put the fire out because her son had no way out the back door of the second story apartment.

“Someone could have burned us all, all of us to death,” added Sampson.

Avery himself is being treated for burns. Witnesses told police then when Avery knelt down to light the fire, he caught fire himself.

Police say Avery rolled on the ground, an act which may have put that fire out, but led to his arrest because he dropped a set of keys and his wallet.

Detectives say Avery was driven by friends to a hospital in St, John’s county but was transferred to Shand’s hospital where he is being treated for his burns.

Meanwhile, Bailey is glad Avery was arrested, but too nervous to return to her apartment.

“I was Petrified. [Probably] the worst thing could ever happen to me cause I’m afraid of fire,” said Bailey.

 

Man frothing mad over the price of beer

Filed under: Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Fraud,Guns,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

Police arrested a Boynton Beach man Thursday night after they said he became upset at the price of two Samuel Adams beers, shoved a clerk, and then returned with a handgun he used to rob the cash register.

sfl-flduh-frothing-mad-beer-20140727-001According to the arrest affidavit, Herbert Lindsey and another man went to the Kwik Stop on Gateway Boulevard to purchase beer.

When told the price was $3.75, police said Lindsey argued that it should only be $3, and shoved a clerk into a beer cooler.

Clerks told police Lindsey left and returned shortly with a handgun at his side, reached into the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money.

Police viewed surveillance video of the robbery, and tracked down Lindsey nearby at a gas station, based on a description of his vehicle. While being questioned, they said Lindsey said he never meant to use the gun, and just wanted his two dollars back.

He remains in the Palm Beach County jail with no bond.

 

Man Slit Girl’s Throat After She Convinced Mom To Break Up With Him July 25, 2014

A South Florida man accused of slashing the throat of an 11-year-old girl after the child allegedly convinced her mother to break up with him is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.

Miguel-Ruiz-LoboOn Monday, City of Miami Police announced they had arrested 42-year-old Miguel Ruiz Lobo, the former-live-in boyfriend of Little Havana resident Amauria Alvarenga, after he allegedly killed her daughter, Marta Guzman, and attempted to make it look like a suicide.

On June 22, City of Miami Police responded to reports of an 11-year-old-girl found with her neck slashed at 834 N.W. Fourth St. Guzman was transported to the hospital but would not survive.

The death was originally believed to be a suicide since the young girl had a history of cutting. However, autopsy results revealed the manner of death was homicide.

Speaking with reporters Monday evening, Alvarenga said Ruiz never abused her daughter physically. Instead, she said, the abuse was more emotional in nature, and the sixth-grader convinced her to end her relationship with the suspect.

Friends consoled a tearful Alvarenga as she sat in her apartment and wiped away her tears. Not far from her, the walls of Marta Guzman’s bedroom were peppered with the straight-A student’s framed achievement certificates.

Alvarenga, who has been separated from husband Jose Guzman for five years, said she is grateful the man police said is responsible for her daughter’s murder has been apprehended. “I feel better that they arrested him because that’s what I needed,” she said through a translator. “From the moment I found her, I never thought she committed suicide because I know my daughter.”

Ruiz stated he had no contact with the victim in over a week, but a neighbor’s surveillance camera showed Ruiz entering the victim’s residence and leaving 32 minutes later. In the video, no one else is seen entering the apartment until the girl’s mother arrives and discovers the victim at around 2:28 p.m.

During the investigation, police also noted Ruiz had visible, fresh scratches on his arms and face. Police then submitted Ruiz’s DNA swabs along with the victim’s fingernail scrapings to a lab for testing. Results showed the DNA from the victim’s fingernail scrapings matched Ruiz’s DNA.

Police said Ruiz attempted to use the girl’s history of self-mutilating as a cover up for the murder. They also said he was not allowed at the girl’s residence but used a key to enter the apartment and slit the child’s throat as revenge after she allegedly convinced her mother to break up with him. The mother immediately believed Ruiz was responsible for the girl’s death.

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said, “It all stems from the little girl and her mother did not get along with Mr. Ruiz, who was the boyfriend of the mother, and eventually the little girl convinced mom to break up with Mr. Ruiz. Mr. Ruiz was not happy about it. He returned to the house when the girl was alone. He used a key that he knew the whereabouts of the key, and we believe he entered and killed the young lady.”

Police said Marta Guzman fought back, but was unsuccessful with her assailant standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds. “It’s unspeakable,” said Orosa. “We believe that he subdued her quickly, and during that time is when she was able to get in a few scratches on his face and on his arms. He’s such a huge monster of a man that could control her easily, and eventually he did and killed her. There were other signals of multiple puncture wounds that she had. He knew that she had cut herself previously.”

Alvarenga said she knew in her heart her ex- was the killer. She just needed investigators to prove it.

Alvarenga added her daughter’s death is not only a huge loss for her family, but for the community where she lives, many of whom are from Honduras. “I would have given my life for her,” she said.

The 11-year-old’s father said he is devastated. “It’s not easy. I cry every night, every day, anytime,” said Jose Guzman, who added he wants the maximum sentence handed down to Ruiz.

Ruiz has been charged with first-degree murder.

 

Man had violent tantrum when told store didn’t sell booze July 23, 2014

Police say a 54-year-old Ocala man upset that a Walgreens did not sell alcoholic beverages was arrested after causing a disturbance.

sfl-flduh-tantrum-walgreens-booze-20140722-001Officer Jared Forsyth went to the store at 807 E. Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala after a report of an intoxicated man causing a disturbance and refusing to leave the property.

Forsyth found the man, later identified as Joby Sullivan, standing on the sidewalk in front of the store, screaming and swinging his shirt at a Walgreens employee, according to an Ocala Police Department report. Sullivan cursed at the other employees, threatening to fight them.

The officer approached Sullivan from behind and arrested him. Sullivan then threatened the officer and a supervisor who showed up at the scene, the report states.

Employees said Sullivan had been digging through the garbage when an employee saw what he was doing and told him to leave, the report states. Sullivan then walked into the store, telling employees he was wanted to buy some alcohol.

When told the store didn’t sell alcoholic beverages, he began yelling at them, according to police.

As Sullivan was being put in a patrol car, he kicked Forsyth in the stomach, the report states. He was then detained without further incident and taken to the Marion County Jail.

He was charged with disorderly intoxication, battery on a law enforcement official and resisting arrest without violence.

 

Husband leaves his naked wife on sandbar because ‘she caught him in a sex act with another man’ July 17, 2014

A Florida wife was rescued from a remote sandbar wearing nothing but a lifejacket on Sunday after her husband dumped her there following a blazing drunken row on their jet ski.

article-2695135-1FB06B3300000578-739_306x423The violent argument was sparked by Pamela Doster, 45, accusing her husband of two-years, David Doster, 49, of engaging in a sex act with another man.

Pulled from the Passage Key sands – a famous offshore nudist beach popular with swingers – by boat, Pamela Doster’s testimony led to the arrest of her husband for domestic battery.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s report, Doster and his wife Pamela were on a Sea-Doo jet ski near to the Passage Key sandbar when they began fighting.

According to the report, Pamela told her husband that she had seen him and another man performing oral sex on one another.

The report does not specify when and where this occurred, but the arresting officer said that Pamela claimed it involved the men ‘giving each other a blow job’.

The report seen by Smoking Gun states that Doster, who was riding the Sea-Doo, threw his wife off the jet ski four times and ‘During the last time she was pulled off she hit her head against the side of the jet ski.

She refused to get back on the ski with him and stayed on the sandbar which rests under knee deep water.

Her husband tried to get her back on the jet ski but she flat out refused and eventually Mike Doster rode away, leaving her there.

When he reached shore he did call 911 and informed rescue services she was out at sea and when they pulled her back in, emergency workers noticed she had a ‘bruise/bump’ on her head, a bruise on her biceps, and a ‘large swollen area to her left hip area.’

She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The beach at Passage Key plays host to many nude swimmers in the warm waters of the Gulf all through the year.

It is not known if Mike Doster was piloting the jet ski in the nude at the time of the altercation.

He was released from a Florida jail on Tuesday after posting $5000 bond on a misdemeanor count.

 

Man informs County Commission of little known Florida law that allows him to shoot each of them if they sell his home

crazy-man-300x199A South Florida man is facing multiple felony counts after authorities say he threatened to shoot Miami-Dade county commissioners during a meeting.

Speaking at a podium in front of the commissioners Tuesday evening, 54-year-old Jose Antonio Fernandez accused the county of confiscating his land. Authorities say he then said that if the county sold his home, he would have the right to shoot every member of the commission.

Miami-Dade police arrested Fernandez outside the commission chambers and charged him with 13 counts of threatening to harm a public servant. That’s one count for each of the 12 commissioners, plus the mayor.

Fernandez was being held on $97,500 bail. His public defender declined comment.

The Miami Herald reports that the home Fernandez gave as his address owes the county $316,000 and is scheduled to be auctioned this month.

 

Man swipes clothes, bleaches them

A 34-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is charged with taking another man’s clothes and pouring bleach on them before tossing them in a Dumpster.

sfl-flduh-swipes-clothes-bleaches-20140716-001Police were called to a residence on July 14 by a woman who said Quentin J. Jones was at her home and wasn’t supposed to be, according to the arrest report. The woman and a man who was with her went to another address.

When the man, the woman and the police got back to the woman’s home, the man realized a duffel bag of his clothing was missing, the report said. Officers were able to locate the clothes and the duffel bag in two nearby Dumpsters.

Bleach had been poured on the clothing, according to the report. When officers asked Jones about the clothing being taken, thrown in Dumpsters and bleached, he denied knowing about it.

However, officers could smell bleach coming from Jones and noticed a freshly bleached spot on Jones’ clothing, the report said. The approximate value of the clothing was $500.

Jones is charged with criminal mischief with damage more than $200.

 

Man choked, robbed girlfriend after she invited him to party July 16, 2014

 A man is in custody after deputies said he became enraged when his girlfriend invited him to a party, choked and robbed her before he robbed another man who tried to intervene early Tuesday.

sfl-flduh-chocked-girlfriend-party-20140715-001The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said Chadwick Bush, 21, was sleeping on a bed at the Motel 6 at 660 67th St. Cir. E. when his 23-year-old girlfriend asked if he wanted to go to a party at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Bush allegedly became enraged and pulled his girlfriend down by her hair and began to choke her and punch her in the ribs.

Another woman in the room told Bush she was calling law enforcement, but Bush did not stop. While on top of his girlfriend, he stole $40 from her front pocket.

The other woman called for her boyfriend, who was outside of the room.

The other man tried to get Bush off of Bush’s girlfriend by striking him in the side. Bush got off of his girlfriend and turned toward the other man, who told him deputies were called.

Bush then grabbed the other man’s cellphone and ran away from the area with his backpack.

Deputies saw Bush behind the nearby Comfort Inn. He ran after deputies saw him and told him to get down.

A deputy deployed a stun gun and struck Bush, who kept running.

A dog eventually found Bush hiding behind a trash bin behind iStorage, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Bush was charged with domestic battery with strangulation, strong-arm robbery and grand theft.

 

Women tried to run over ex; rammed three cars instead July 14, 2014

sfl-flduh-run-over-ex-rammed-20140713-001A woman’s anger turned into a rampage as she tried to run over her ex and instead rammed into three cars after he refused to restart their relationship, according to a Delray Beach police arrest report.

Police responded to the hectic situation on Sunday after a man reported the mother of his children, Dynesha Bonner, 22, of Delray Beach, was upset after he refused to get back with her.

The rejection triggered an outburst in which Bonner got in her car and tried and run him over. But when the victim dodged, she rammed a 1974 Chevrolet Impala, then backed up and rammed it several more times, according to the report.

The victim went inside, but said he was chased outside by a broom-wielding Bonner.

That’s when Bonner tried to run over the victim again. But this time, she hit a 1993 Toyota Camry and a 2004 Chevrolet Impala as a 71-year-old woman was trying to get out of the car, according to the report.

Police said Bonner then attacked another woman helping the 71-year-old woman before Bonner drove off.

She was arrested Thursday and faces aggravated assault, battery, hit-and-run and resisting arrest charges and is held in teh Palm Beach County Jail without bail.

 

 
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