The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman bodybuilder dubbed “Little Monster” freaks out at party September 16, 2014

Dani Reardon screamed when police arrived.

sfl-flduh-bodybuilder-little-monster-20140915-001Then the award-winning female bodybuilder, described online as “jacked, vascular, & ripped,” cracked the windshield of her boyfriend’s pickup with a kick, police said.

Later, the 24-year-old slammed her head repeatedly into the cage of an Edgewood patrol vehicle as she was taken to the Orange County Jail, a report said.

Reardon — whose body reeked of alcohol — was charged with resisting arrest without violence and battery (domestic violence) early Sunday, police said.

The alleged victim was her live-in boyfriend of three years, Ian Schofield, who said he didn’t want to press charges.

Reardon, also known online as “Little Monstar” is a pro competitor for the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, meaning she’s won at least one regional contest in a specific weight class.

That happened in November 2012, when she was declared a Class A Winner at the National Physique Committee competition in Atlanta.

“Danielle has very pretty lines,” the judges said, according to the NPC website. “She needs to improve her conditioning at the next level.”

On her website, Reardon expresses her love for posing and optimism for the future, saying she is on her way to the “big stage.” But she went to the big house after police got a disturbance call just before 2 a.m. Sunday in Edgewood, south of downtown Orlando, at a house on Oak Lynn Drive.


911: Have food, no fridge, man repeatedly tells dispatches

A 60-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is charged with calling 911 eight times in two hours to complain that he had food but no refrigerator.

sfl-flduh-911-fridge-20140915-001Fort Walton Beach Police officers were called to the Chestnut Avenue residence on Sept. 5, according to the arrest report. Richard Wild had called 911 because he was “upset because he has food and not fridge.”

He told the county operator that his phone only dialed 911, so he was going to keep calling, the report said. When the officers got to Wild’s apartment, he said he called 911 because he was upset that the property manager for his apartment had not installed a refrigerator in his unit.

He said he was aware it was not an emergency but “defiantly” said he didn’t care, according to the report. He said he would keep calling 911 until he “received satisfaction” with his complaint about the landlord.

He admitted that he knew it was a civil matter and the police couldn’t do anything, the report said. His call log showed that he had called 911 eight separate times between 12:45 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.

He admitted that none of the calls were emergencies, according to the report.

Wild is charged with misuse of 911.


Homeowner knocks intruder out window, then saves his life

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:58 pm

A suspected burglar is in the hospital after nearly killing himself while trying to break into a Port St. Lucie home — and the homeowner is credited with helping to save his life.

sfl-flduh-intruder-window-first-aid-20140915-001Port St. Lucie police were called to the 1600 block of SW Penrose Avenue on Sunday, Sept. 14 around 7:30 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the homeowner holding a towel to the burglar’s leg, trying to stop the bleeding.

Police said 25-year-old David Scott Boyd severely cut his leg on glass while trying to break into the home.

Investigators said Boyd stopped at the house while walking home from a friend’s place and started screaming and banging on the front door. When Boyd couldn’t get in, he broke the front window and tried to crawl through it.

The homeowner hit Boyd with a 2×2 piece of wood in an effort to stop him and protect his family. That’s when the homeowner noticed Boyd had a large cut on his leg and came to his rescue; putting pressure on the wound with a towel.

Boyd was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he remains in serious condition.

The homeowner told police he had never met or seen Boyd prior to the break-in and also told police Boyd rambled about his family being kidnapped and he had to kill the homeowner’s family.

Port St. Lucie police went to Boyd’s house and discovered Boyd’s story was complete fiction.

Boyd was not immediately arrested, but faces charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling once he’s released from the hospital.


BUSted! Bus driver tried to pick up hooker while on duty

Just a quick pit stop.

A Florida bus driver is accused of trying to pick up a prostitute while on duty, WFLA reports.

sfl-flduh-bus-driver-hooker-duty-20140912-001Rodrigue Macharie, 43, was arrested in Sarasota County on Thursday when he solicited an undercover police officer working a prostitution sting around 9:45 a.m. on Tamiami Trail, according to WWSB. The bus driver, who works for the Sarasota County Area Transit shuttling disabled passengers to appointments, had 45 minutes to spare before his next pick-up.

“There was a period of disbelief when the bus pulled up and that it looked as if this was actually going to be a transaction,” said Sgt. Demetri Konstantopouls of the Sarasota Police Department.

Police said that Macharie paid the undercover officer $20 for an undisclosed sexual act, MyFoxTampa reports. He was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute.

Authorities clarified the location of the alleged sexual solicitation.

“He did not want to have the intercourse inside the bus,” Konstantopoulos said.

Macharie was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.


Neighbor treading on property rights?

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Florida Nut,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:52 pm

Hundreds of old tires piled up. It’s not a sight you’d want to see when looking in your neighbor’s yard.

sfl-flduh-tired-neighbor-20140914-001Jayson Linton said his neighbors have been stockpiling the tires for weeks. He complained to several agencies, but none of them took responsibility to help fix it, he said.

“I am disgusted when I look at this. This is not what we intended to live next to when we bought our house here,” he said.

Not only is it a code violation, the tires attract rats and mosquitoes to the Seventh Avenue neighborhood in Taft.

“What upsets me more is that every agency that we have contacted has pointed their finger at another agency,  and we can’t seem to get anyone to take an interest in it,” he said.

A representative for Orange County Code Enforcement took an interest when contacted by WESH 2 News. They informed the owner of the home that stockpiling the tires is illegal, and the owners said they’ll have the tires gone by Monday.

Code Enforcement is working a similar case on the same street.


Poochie Gucci? Woman makes pricey purses from Fido’s hair September 12, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Interesting,OK Then .....,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:30 pm

A Tampa entrepreneur has made a few high-end purses out of dog hair and hopes to raise enough money to turn her passion into a business.

“It’s one of a kind,” said entrepreneur Doris Carvalho.


Carvalho created a page and video on the website Kickstarter, with a goal of raising $15,000 to start her business. That’s enough money to finish her first line of 30 purses and for marketing, Carvahlo said.

“I turn this groomed dog (hair) that would be garbage anywhere else in the world into these handbags,” she said on the video. “These handbags prove that high-end can be made eco-friendly from your pet for you.”

Carvalho said she sterilizes the dog hair before turning it into yarn. It takes about 50 hours to make one purse. The entrepreneur plans to sell her dog hair purses for $1,000, but hopes to bring that price down if she goes into mass production.

“I hope in the future I can make it cheaper and sell much cheaper for everyone,” Carvalho said.

Jaime Calderbank, the owner of One Lucky Dog in St. Petersburg, said the dog hair purses aren’t for everyone, but she believes some of her customers would buy one.

“I think a few of them that really love their dogs would absolutely like something like that,” Calderbank said. “We have plenty of hair. She can have all the dog hair she want from us.”

The entrepreneur is from Brazil, where Carvalho worked as a veterinarian and took fashion classes, she says. The dog hair purses combines both of her passions.

“I make one with cocker spaniel and poodle,” she said. “I want to build the purses and make them over here in Tampa.”

Carvahlo has raised $350 in the past week and has 50 days to raise the rest.

“I hope people who like the project can help,” she said. “Any contribution is welcome.”


This guy got himself arrested with pot on his face after false 911 call

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:28 pm

Volusia County deputies tried to pull over a driver for more than 2 miles when dispatchers got a surprising phone call from that driver.

sfl-flduh-driver-pot-face-20140911-001Deputies have charged 26-year-old Benjamin Nutter with making a false call to 911, possession of marijuana, and fleeing and eluding early Tuesday morning.

“My hands are on the wheel, sir, I have not done anything wrong,” Nutter said to a 911 dispatcher as he was being stopped by deputies.

Deputies said he was driving with no tag light and after trying to initiate a traffic stop, he went into a shopping plaza near South Ridgewood Avenue. As he drove slowly in the parking lot, deputies said he stopped several times, reaching for a cup in his car and dumping something out.

Nutter then left the shopping plaza and continued driving. When deputies were able to stop him, they said marijuana was all over his face and his car as he tried to get rid of evidence.

He has since bonded out of the Volusia County Jail.



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