The Bizarre World of Florida

Burglar takes shower and steals lunch meat April 15, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Funny,OK Then .....,Robbers,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:10 pm

A Boynton Beach woman said a burglar took a shower and some lunch meat, according to Boynton Beach Police.

The break-in happened on the 3000 block of Southeast Second Street on Friday. The woman said the burglar broke in through a window, then unlocked several doors in the home.

Police collected a blood sample at the scene and then talked to the woman.

She also told police lunch meat was taken from the refrigerator and the shower stall was wet.


Teacher Fired for Orchestrating Attack on Seventh Grade Student

teacherAfter Florida teacher Dru Dehart got into an argument with seventh-grade student Radravious Williams, Dehart allegedly ordered a pack of older teens to attack Williams.

Dehart, who claims that Williams threatened her, is a veteran teacher at Northport K-8 School in Port St. Lucie.

Security camera footage from inside the school shows Dehart pointing to Williams and walking away. Mere moments later, a group of boys surrounds the teen and assaults him.

As the boys beat him up, Williams falls to the floor. The attack left him injured and traumatized.

Dehart was suspended without pay last fall.

On Thursday, after half an hour’s deliberation, the county’s school board came to the unanimous decision to fire Dehart.

David Miklas, a school district representative, said that Dehart “made a very poor decision that day” in using “students to carry out discipline.”


Officials kill five random bears after last week’s bear attack. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,OK Then .....,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:03 pm

After a bear mauled a woman in the driveway of her suburban Florida home, dragging her four feet before she escaped, wildlife officials said Monday that they had killed five of the animals, who had become dangerously accustomed to humans.

It was unclear whether the bear that attacked Terri Frana, 45, on Saturday was one of those killed. DNA and other tests will be done on the five animals — one shot and four euthanized — in an attempt to determine that, officials said. .


Frana, 45, said the bear had her head in its mouth and dragged her about 4 feet toward a wooded area.

“She opened her jaw and clamped down onto my head, and I could just hear her teeth marks,” Frana told WFTV-TV.

She managed to escape from the bear’s jaw, and then ran inside the house, where she collapsed.

She was treated at a hospital and released.

All five bears were “highly habituated,” Florida Fish and Wildlife officer Greg Workman said during a news conference Monday. “They had no fear of humans, making them dangerous bears,” he said. “We’re erring on the side of public safety.”

Lake Mary is an upscale community about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. Workman called that the entire area in and around Lake Mary “prime bear country.”

“We’re going to be out here until we feel that the area is safe from these bears,” he said.

In December, a woman was attacked by bears while walking her dogs in Longwood, about five miles from Lake Mary. She suffered facial injuries and was hospitalized.

Frana was afraid the bears were going after her two young children Saturday evening, said her husband, Frank Frana.

Her 10-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son had just left the house Saturday night when she saw five bears scurry toward the garage. She walked down the driveway to look for her children.

“One of the bears stood up, knocked her down, and started to maul her,” Frank Frana said. “She has 30 staples in her head, 10 stitches in her head, lacerations, and claw marks on her back.”

Neighbors said that they are worried for their safety and that they’ve recently spotted several bears in the area.

Experts say this is the time of the year when bears leave their winter dens.


Looks like the grape escape from the grocer didn’t last long

A woman accused of walking into a Publix with no pants on and walking out with two stolen boxes of wine has been caught, police said.

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sfl-flduh-pantless-vino-thief-20140414-001Desiree Taylor, 35, was arrested Monday morning at her apartment by Ocala police.

Taylor entered the store on College Road and grabbed the two boxes of wine, worth about $42, and left.

Authorities said the store manager tried to stop Taylor from stealing the wine, but she started swinging her arms wildly and fled.

Taylor was arrested on March 2 on charges including battery on a firefighter or emergency medical technician and resisting an officer.

Authorities said those charges stemmed from an incident in which Taylor was acting strangely and screaming profanities at an apartment complex pool and resisting officers and firefighters when they came to check on her well-being.


Man watching alligator bitten by snake off Alligator Alley April 14, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:44 pm

A Boynton Beach man who stepped out of his car off I-75, also known as Alligator Alley, to get a glimpse of an alligator ended up getting bitten by a poisonous snake.

The 29-year-old man survived after being bitten on the foot by a pit viper about 7:10 p.m. Saturday. He and his girlfriend had stopped to check out an alligator at Mile Marker 49 on I-75 eastbound, said Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles. The girlfriend was not injured. The area where he was bitten was coincidentally near Snake Road.

The man, who was not identified was airlifted to the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, where he was met by officials with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Response Bureau.

The pit viper’s venom, according to Miami-Dade’s venom staff, causes severe pain, swelling and bleeding.



Woman hospitalized after meeting five bears in her garage

Filed under: Bizzarre,Interesting,OK Then .....,Scary,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:40 pm

os-bear-in-downtown-orlando-20130608A Seminole County woman was hospitalized Saturday night after being attacked by a 200-pound bear inside her garage, deputies say.

The woman, whose name has not been released, told investigators that she was walking from her home to her garage just before 8 p.m. when she encountered five bears rummaging through the garbage bin she kept inside, Seminole County Sheriff’s Lt. Pete Brenenscuhl said.

The attack happened at a home on Brackenhurst Place in a subdivision near the intersection of Markham Road and Markham Woods Road near Lake Mary.

Brenenscuhl said the woman told investigators that when the bears saw her, they pounced. The bears dragged her out of the garage but somehow, the woman was able to escape and run into her home to call for help.

The woman had injuries to her head and scratches on her face but was alert and able to speak when paramedics arrived.

Initial reports said the woman had been attacked by five bears, but officials do not believe that’s the case.

“As far as we know there was only one aggressive bear,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer Lenny Salberg said during a press conference Sunday afternoon.

Salberg said the woman, whose name has not been released, is back home from the hospital. She apparently suffered claw marks to the head.

Officials believe the bear responsible for the attack weighs about 200 lbs.

Sunday morning, bears were spotted inside the subdivision and crossing a nearby street.

Bob Myers has been bicycling on a trail that runs past the subdivision for the past several years, without ever seeing a bear. But he expects encounters like Saturday’s to become more common.

“We’re encroaching on the bears, he said. “There’s more construction, so it’s going to happen.”

Three traps have been set up inside the Carisbrooke subdivision as officials continue to investigate.


Family abducted by aliens. Need help to rent the space shuttle to rescue them!

Filed under: Beautiful,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Funny,Interesting,Silly,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:32 pm

 As the light turns from green to red at the intersection of Dale Mabry Highway and Kennedy Boulevard, it’s Jeff Stevens’ cue to go on.

Every light cycle, Stevens has a new audience. He smiles, he waves, he twirls and balances a cane. As many panhandlers on Sundays do, he holds a sign. His signs, though, are different.


“I used to hold a sign that was ‘Homeless’ and that didn’t really work for me,” Stevens said. He was homeless, but got off the streets and into an apartment in 2011. He got a full time job working at Denny’s. Still, it wasn’t enough to make ends meet.

So he got creative.

“I started coming up with comedy things and trying to make people laugh,” he said. “It just brightens their day.”

Today’s signs included: “Wife + pet tiger abducted. Need help w/ ransom to save my lovable tiger. They can have wife, so much quieter at home. Anything helps! L.O.L.”, “Geico Kidnapped my Pet Lizzard. Need Help w/ ransom to save the little guys life.”

This intersection is center ring. He engages his audience. Sometimes it’s a smile, sometimes it’s a dollar. His performance is nothing new, just the venue has changed.

“One day, I hope to actually get a better job to get back into doing what I used to do, which is travelling the circus and performing with wild cats,” he said.

He says he’s cousins with the famous Ron and Joy Holiday, the subjects of HBO’s documentary Cat Dancers – who gained notoriety when their partner Chuck Lizza was killed by one of their live-in white tigers. Stevens said tragedy after tragedy, from his parents’ death to run-ins with the law, brought him to Florida.

But the show must go on, and Stevens comes to this Tampa intersection every Sunday. He’s holding funny signs to pay his bills. He’s twirling a cane to put some money away in savings. He’s making people smile, like he did under the big top.

“It blesses my heart to see them laughing,” he said. “If I don’t make a dollar or anything, it feels good right here just to see somebody smile.”

The light turns green. This show is done. As the audience drives away, Stevens is still on. Smiling, waving, preparing for the next show – when the traffic stops.


Man vowed to blow up tax collector’s office over auto tag flap

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.


Over sheriffs’ objections, Florida House approves bill to allow concealed weapons during emergencies April 12, 2014

Evacuations caused by hurricanes, toxic spills and riots could be grounds for people to conceal guns in public without a permit, according to a bill backed by the National Rifle Association that passed the Florida House 80-36 on Friday.

b4s_guns041214_12937447_8col“The bells of liberty are surely ringing throughout Florida today,” said Rep. Heather Fitz­enhagen, R-Fort Myers, the bill sponsor. “We are making sure that no Floridian in lawful possession of a firearm must leave it behind while evacuating in an officially declared state of emergency.”

HB 209 passed with six Democrats voting for it, including Rep. Amanda Murphy of New Port Richey and Rep. Carl Zimmermann of Palm Harbor, despite objections from his sheriff.

“The bill is crazy, it’s absurd,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

Gualtieri and the Florida Sheriffs Association lobbied against the bill, calling it too vague. There is no way to know for how long, or in how large a geographic area, a gun owner might qualify to conceal a weapon after an evacuation order.

Also, the bill applies to those who are “in lawful possession” of guns. That’s not the same as a gun owner, and could apply to adult children or spouses of gun owners with clean criminal records who are found carrying guns.

A companion bill, SB 296, is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and awaits a hearing in the Appropriations Committee before a floor vote.

Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, had supported the bill but now opposes it because of its vagueness.

“At what point do we have control over knowing when someone is no longer evacuating?” asked Dean, a former sheriff of Citrus County. “In most of my experience, officers are there to help you in an emergency. I’m not really sure what advantage you have by sticking a gun in your belt.”

Rep. Victor Torres, D-Orlando, said it makes the job of law enforcement too risky during emergencies.

“You are introducing concealed firearms in an environment that is already teeming with tension,” said Torres, a former New York City transit cop. “If this bill passes, I hope that tragedy is not a byproduct of our decision here today, and if it is, I hope we are ready to accept responsibility.”

But gun-rights advocates like Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Inverness, said concerns were overblown.

“Every single time we’ve made changes to protect the Second Amendment rights of people, we hear about this wild, wild West,” Smith said. “It’s going to be more dangerous. Shootings everywhere. And yet, we have one of the lowest rates of crime we’ve ever been at.”

Another NRA-backed bill, HB 523, was approved by a wider margin, 94-22, minutes later. It authorizes county tax collectors to accept applications for licenses to carry concealed weapons and firearms in an effort to make the permits more accessible.

“This bill is to ensure that Floridians do not have to wait six months to drive multiple hours to have their concealed weapons permit, at the time perhaps a natural disaster occurs,” said its sponsor, Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa.


Here’s a recipe for disaster: Posing as a cop to get stuff to cook meth April 11, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Drugs,Dumb,Interesting,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

sfl-flduh-posed-cop-methmaking-20140410-001A man who impersonated a law enforcement officer to buy products to manufacturer methamphetamine is arrested on multiple charges.

According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the Vice/Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were investigating John Travis Clark of Chat Holley Road.

As a result of the investigation, a search uncovered 1,500 grams of suspected meth oil and paraphernalia used to manufacturer methamphetamine. The investigation identified Clark as a suspect after he had identified himself as an undercover law enforcement officer to purchase pseudoephedrine, a chemical used in making meth.

Clark was charged with multiple charges and booked into the Walton County Jail.


Here is the press release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/ Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conducted an investigation targeting John Travis Clark, of 3222 Chat Holley Road, Santa Rosa Beach, who was suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine.  As a result of the investigation, agents searched Clark’s residence and located approximately 1500 grams of suspected methamphetamine oil and paraphernalia used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  The investigation identified Clark as a suspect after Clark had identified himself as an undercover law enforcement officer to facilitate the purchase of pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor chemical used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

John Travis Clark was charged with manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine and impersonating a Law



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