The Bizarre World of Florida

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.


Woman allegedly set car on fire … why??? … well, because he refused to buy her a McFlurry March 18, 2014

Raw_Woman_sets_car_on_fireWitnesses said a woman set a man’s car on fire in Jacksonville after he refused to buy her a McFlurry at McDonald’s.

WFTV obtained video of the incident that happened on Sunday.

Witnesses said the woman was angry after she asked for a McFlurry and the man she was with refused to buy her one.

They said the woman grabbed the man’s keys and headed to his car.

One witness said she saw her pour alcohol and gasoline on the man’s car, light it on fire, and then run off.

People nearby tried to help him put the flames out.

A witness said the woman ran through a nearby parking lot, and was never seen again.

Officials said once the fire was out, the man left with his car


Woman reaches into vehicle, slaps driver for not moving quick enough

sfl-flduh-slapped-driver-fast-20140317-001An impatient driver was charged with burglary including assault or battery after she reached into a vehicle ahead of her and slapped the driver for not moving quick enough.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Stephen Jones, 56, of Bonita Springs, told deputies he was waiting to turn in the parking lot of Publix on U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs on Friday when the car behind him, a gold Lexus, began honking. Jones said he tried to talk to the driver of the Lexus but was thwarted when she and her male passenger would not open their windows.

Jones got back into his truck. The driver of the Lexus, Eileen Nemeroff, 61, of Bonita Springs, then approached his truck, used a profanity to ask him to move, and then reached in and slapped him.

She got back into her car and left, Jones said. Two witnesses supported Jones’ report, the deputies said.

Deputies tracked Nemeroff’s car to her Bonita Springs home and arrested her on burglary and assault or battery charges. The burglary charge stems from Nemeroff reaching inside the other driver’s vehicle.


Michael Jason Fields Accused Of Beating Girlfriend To Death With Cinder Block March 13, 2014

Release Number: 14-097

  • For Immediate Release:
  • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
  • March 12, 2014
  • Contact Person:
  • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
  • 813/247-8060


Victim’s boyfriend was arrested for her murder.
  • Tuesday
  • March 11, 2014
  • Time: 2:20 PM
  • 2709 St. Cloud Oaks Drive
  • Valrico



Michael Jason Fields 03/03/1982 2707 St. Clouds Oaks Drive Valrico, Florida


  • 2nd degree murder with a weapon


Christina Mahzamani (deceased) DOB: 06/22/1981 1608 Loriana Street Brandon, Florida


The following information has been summarized in part from the Criminal Arrest Affidavit charging Fields with 2nd Degree Murder.
On March 11, 2014 at approximately 2:20 pm, Michael Fields called 9-1-1 and advised that he found a deceased woman outside his residence at 2709 St Cloud Oaks Drive in Valrico.
When deputies arrived, Michael Fields pointed out a deceased female lying on the ground between his house at 2707 and 2709 St Cloud Oaks Drive. Fields identified the victim to be Christina Mahzamani. Homicide detectives later confirmed her identity as Christina Mahzamani.
Crime scene technicians and homicide detectives responded to the scene and during their investigation discovered drag marks on the grass and leaves leading from the back yard of 2707 St Cloud Oaks Drive towards the middle of the two houses. A cinder block with what was identified as blood was discovered directly behind 2707 St. Cloud Oaks Drive. Also an area of dirt with what appeared to be blood and a partial shoe print was found behind 2707 Cloud Oaks Drive. The shoe impression was consistent with the sole of the shoes that Fields was wearing.
A search of the Fields’ bedroom inside his residence revealed a pair of pajama pants with what appeared to blood on the front of the pants. Fields lived at this location with the owners of the residence.
Detectives interviewed Fields at the crime scene and he stated he was the boyfriend of Mahzamani. Fields stated that on March 09, 2014 at approximately 11 p.m. Mahzamani came to visit him at his house and stayed for a short time before she drove away in her vehicle. He stated he had no further contact with her.
On March 10, 2014, at approximately 2 p.m., deputies responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle blocking a driveway at 511 Briar Meadows Drive in Valrico. When deputies arrived, the vehicle was identified as a 2013 Buick Enclave registered to Christina Mahzamani. This location is approximately 1/2 mile from 2707 St Cloud Oaks Drive. A neighborhood survey revealed that the vehicle was not there as of midnight on March 10, but was later spotted between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. abandoned in front of the house. Mahzamani’s car keys and other personal items were found inside the car.
On March 10, 2014 at approximately 8:45 p.m., deputies responded to 2013 Elk Springs Drive in Brandon and met with Vali Mahzamani to take a missing persons report. Vali Mahzamani stated he received a call earlier that day from his son, who was out of state and said his son told him that his children ages 13, 9 and 7 years old had called and said their mother Christina Mahzamani left them at home on the evening of March 09, 2014 at approximately 9 p.m. and never returned home. Vali picked the kids up and brought them back to his house.
Homicide detectives arrested Fields while still at the crime scene and took him to the Criminal Investigation Division for further questioning. He was later booked into the Hillsborough County Jail earlier this morning with no bond.
On the evening of March 11, 2014, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Christina Mahzamani and listed the cause of death as bludgeoning of her head and the manner of death Homicide.


Man asks for cigarette butt, doesn’t get it, starts cussing March 11, 2014

sfl-flduh-cigarette-butt-20140310-001A man pulled a knife on another man and threatened to cut him after the other man ordered him to pick up a piece of trash, lawmen say.

The incident occurred at Coastline Tree Service on Harbor Boulevard, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. The owner of the business told deputies that 23-year-old Michael Hinton Stripling of Adamsville, Ala., entered his business and asked for a cigarette butt. When the owner declined and told him there was no trespassing on the property, Hinton allegedly began calling him obscene names and making threats. He then left the business with a dog he’d been walking.

The owner said he saw Hinton drop a piece of trash on his property and told him to pick it up. Hinton stopped walking, put down his backpack and approached the owner, brandishing a pocket knife. The owner said Hinton waved the knife at him and said he would cut or kill him. The owner ran from him and Hinton allegedly followed a short distance, then left the property.

Deputies found him down the road and asked if he was armed. Hinton produced the pocket knife and said he only defended himself when the owner charged him.

He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.


Brothers duke it out with garbage cans, shovels and knives March 10, 2014

Their names were not Cain and Abel, but their fight was similarly epic.

sfl-flduh-brothers-garbage-shovels-knives-2014-002The battle between the brothers began on Feb. 27 at a Cat Mar Road residence, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, where a deputy answered a call to investigate a fight.

“Upon arriving on scene I saw the defendant, Thomas (Alan) Mealer, and (the) victim/brother … outside of the trailer,” the deputy wrote in the report. “The defendant was swinging a garbage can at (his brother) and (his brother) had a pocket knife in his hand. I immediately gave verbal commands to both the defendant and (his brother) to drop the weapons.”

Mealer dropped the garbage can and his brother threw away the knife. The deputy noted Mealer’s brother was bleeding from his forehead but detained him first because of the knife. EMS came to the scene but Mealer’s brother refused medical treatment.

The person who called the Sheriff’s Office said the two had been yelling all day, and at one point the yelling got louder so she peeked out her window. It was then she saw Mealer hit his brother in the face with a shovel.

The deputy noted Mealer “appeared highly intoxicated.” He said he and his brother had been arguing because his brother said none of the family members loved nor cared about Mealer. He denied knowing anything about a shovel, but then said his brother pulled a knife on him at which point he hit him in the head with a shovel.

The deputy retrieved the shovel and noted it appeared to have hair on the corner.

Mealer was charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and will appear before a judge on April 8.


What should a mother do if someone is allegedly bullying her daughter at school? March 8, 2014

Hey, pick on someone your own size!

fight8n-4-webA Florida mom got into a fistfight with one of her daughter’s classmates in the Hialeah Middle School parking lot — and the entire fight was over alleged bullying.

Irisdaly Rios, 35, was hit with battery charges for slugging Ashley Perez, 12, in a brawl captured by shocked bystanders, according to reports.

And neither side of the schoolyard scuffle is backing down.

Rios claims that Perez has been repeatedly bullying her daughter and that the Tuesday tussle was sparked because she was defending her daughter.

“This girl bullies my daughter every day,” Rios told NBC Miami.

The middle school girl suffered a chipped tooth, scratches on her neck and a bruised head.

Perez admitted that she and Rios’ daughter have argued in the past, but things never got physical.

When an irate Rios approached her, Perez said she thought the mom was going to offer advice on how to patch things up with the girl.


Irisdaly Rios and Ashley Perez can be seen trading punches and swipes at each other.

“That’s why I walked to the car, because usually, if it was another mother, she’ll be like, ‘Oh, what’s happening to my daughter. Let’s fix this up,’” Perez told NBC Miami. “She got aggressive, and I think she felt her daughter was in danger.”

Police identified Rios and Perez from cellphone video footage taken at the scene of the wild fight.

Rios exited her car and the two got into a shouting match — then the fists started flying.

Perez, defending herself, was able to scratch the mom’s arm and neck, but Rios appears to be the aggressor in the incident.

“It was crazy,” Damian Portal, who recorded the incident, told CBS Miami. “She started holding and touching her and then she backed away, she approached her and started swinging.”

Police said that Rios should have contacted the school or police over the bullying allegations.

“Everybody loses here,” Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby told NBC Miami.



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