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Refund from local car dealership forces woman to count her pennies July 30, 2014

A car dealership in Florida was ordered to pay a refund to a woman who had repeated problems with her transmission. But how they paid her has that woman fuming.

Stack_of_coins_0214rena Mujakovic bought the 2003 Saab in January from Holiday Motors in Jacksonville. She said the vehicle developed transmission problems.

“The message popped up, saying gearbox malfunction,” she said.

So she took it to the dealership, where they fixed it and sold her a warranty. But then it happened again.

She paid $300 the first time. The second time, she says they asked her to pay $400. So Mujakovic filed a complaint with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and after an investigation, the dealer was told to give her a refund.

But when Mujakovic says she went to get her refund, she was given two bags of pennies and some dollar bills.

“There were some one-dollar bills, but mostly pennies — like two full bags,” she said.

The dealer said the warranty didn’t cover labor and he failed to write that in, and that was her loophole. So he said he was just paying her the money he was ordered to.

“I am doing what the DMV asked me to do,” said owner Ed Di Miranda. “It is legal tender.”

Di Miranda says it’s about $85 in coins and the rest of the refund in dollar bills.

 

Geesh … hope she was at least wearing some sunscreen

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Drunk,Funny,Nudity,Sexual Exposure,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:34 pm

sfl-flduh-exposed-coverup-20140729-001A woman was arrested in Cocoa Beach on Friday after exposing herself to beachgoers, according to police.

An officer said he caught Megan Fowler, 26, exposing herself near Flagler Lane.

The officer said he found Fowler walking south on the beach near the water with her breasts exposed and her jean shorts falling enough below her waist to expose her privates.

The officer asked the Melbourne woman to put clothes on, but she began to yell, saying she didn’t have clothes and she wouldn’t put them on if she did.

1111-lrms-01-o+megan-fowler+lowrider-girls-modelPolice said Fowler was slurring her words and almost falling down while walking to the patrol car. Fowler said she had three shots of vodka, according to police.

The officer tried to cover her with a blanket, but Fowler refused to be covered, police said.

Fowler was arrested and booked on charges of disorderly intoxication and exposure of sexual organs.

 

Something must have really been ale-ing this dude July 29, 2014

An elderly woman hugged and kissed an officer after a 45-year-old man grabbed her, bruised her arm and forced her to go get him more beer.

sfl-flduh-beer-run-20140728-001Kelley G. Ganje went into the victim’s bedroom on July 9 around 11:30 p.m., according to the arrest report. The elderly woman was doing a breathing treatment while she was trying to sleep.

Ganje told the woman he wanted more beer, turned off her breathing machine and grabbed her by her wrist, forcing her out of bed, the report said. When he grabbed her wrist, he caused bruising and bleeding.

The woman was then forced to get dressed and drive to the store to get Ganje beer, according to the report. The officer reported that while talking to the victim, she was “physically shaking and appeared scared” of Ganje.

The woman grabbed the officer “by the neck and hugged, kissed and thanked” him for “protecting her” from Ganje, the report said. The officer wrote that the bruise on the woman’s wrist was large and there was skin missing in the middle of the bruise.

Ganje is charged with battery on a person over 65.

His next scheduled court date is Aug. 19.

 

No Child Left Behind apparently didn’t register with this mom

A woman caught stealing at a DeLand Walmart handed the stolen items to employees who stopped her and walked out leaving her two small children behind, police said.

sfl-flduh-walmart-shoplifter-20140728-001Rebecca Stoltz, 26, of Lake Helen, was arrested and charged with child abuse, neglect of a child and first-degree petty theft, according to an arrest report. She was being held Monday at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $3,500 bail.

Stoltz was seen with two small girls — a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old — at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the women’s department where she picked up some items she hid in a plastic bag. She then tried to get out through the garden department, police said.

Stoltz refused to go with the loss prevention officers who stopped her, handed over the stolen items — $44 worth — and left in a silver Nissan car without the children, police said.

Walmart employees then found the two small girls, who were crying, police said. The children said they came to the store with their mother.

Police went to the address listed on Stoltz’s driver’s license only to discover she no longer lived there.

A woman approached officers at the store and asked if the two small girls had been found. She said Stoltz had called her and said the children were at Walmart and needed to be picked up. The woman would not give her name but gave police Stoltz’s number, the report states.

Police called Stoltz to come back to the store but Stoltz said she didn’t have transportation, investigators said.

Stoltz later showed up and was arrested at the store. The children were taken by a family member, the report indicates.

 

Unhinged winner: Dirty-faced man versus door

Filed under: Drunk,Bizzarre,Florida Nut,WTF?,Controversy,Dumb,Alcohol,Stupid — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

Having it Jamie Henson’s way didn’t have anything to do with pickles and ketchup on a Whopper.

sfl-flduh-dirty-faced-man-door-20140728-001Henson, captured in a booking photo with a noticeably dirty face, was jailed this weekend after he was accused of vandalism at a Burger King on International Drive.

An intoxicated Henson, 36, placed an order at the store at 5515 International Drive before 3:20 a.m. Saturday but ran away before getting his food, according to his arrest report.

The Orlando man pushed BK’s door open with such force, it came off the hinges, a police report said.

An officer responding to a vandalism/criminal mischief call found a man later identified as Henson standing in the center lane of International Drive while talking on a cellphone.

As the officer approached, he could overhear Henson saying ‘ “the police are here” and he had to get off the phone.” ‘

Henson ran from the officer, who caught him after a roughly 100-foot chase.

“No force was used to detain Henson and no injuries were sustained by myself or Henson,” Officer Matthew Davis said in his report.

Then Henson appeared in his booking photo at the Orange County Jail with dirt on his face.

How he got grimy wasn’t addressed in the report.

Burger King said Henson caused $500 in damage.

“I was able place the door back on the hinges but noticed there was still damage to the hinges and closing mechanism,” Davis said in the report.

Henson was charged with criminal mischief and resisting an officer without 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.

 

Girl, 4, and her toddler brother found wandering alone near a busy road…and the parents ‘can’t see what the fuss is about’ July 26, 2014

A woman discovered two children near a daycare center’s dumpster on Tuesday – and their father was nowhere to be found.

article-2706043-1FFB5F8B00000578-80_634x692Veena Iyer told Boca Raton officers she saw the boy, 1, and girl, 4, walking around Tuesday afternoon before she contacted authorities, according to an affidavit obtained by MailOnline.

‘It should be noted this area is next to a public roadway,’ the affidavit said.

Iyer told police the children took her to their family’s home – but their parents were not there.

‘They were in their pajamas, no shoes, nothing, seemed very tired and hungry,’ Iyer told WPBF. ‘I said, “Who is watching you?” and [the girl] said, “Nobody.” I asked her, ‘Where is your dad?’ She said, “I don’t know. He took my mom to work.”‘

Father Stanley Fitzpatrick, 41,  was eventually found by Boca Raton police officers and told them he took his wife to a bus stop before he stopped to talk with a friend, according to the affidavit.

The children’s mother told a WPBF crew of the situation ‘It’s not really that serious. ‘The cameraman [is] supposed to come out if the child drowns, if the child was severe hurt. They were not hurt. They did not drown.’

The affidavit revealed the family’s home was in ‘substandard conditions.’

‘[Officers] observed moldy food in the refrigerator, the dishwasher left open with dishes and knives in it, and there were no locks on the cabinets,’ it said.

Officers also reportedly only found 4 diapers in the home and discovered the children slept on a mattress together on the floor.

It also alleged that the 1-year-old boy ‘had such bad diaper rash that he was flinching when officers changed his diaper.’

Fitzpatrick was arrested on two counts of child neglect, police said.

 

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.

 

Drunken man run over by own truck during road rage incident

Filed under: Alcohol,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drunk,OK Then .....,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:28 pm

A man who police say had been drinking was involved in a road rage incident during a downpour Tuesday evening and was injured when he was run over by his own pickup truck.

sfl-flduh-run-over-road-rage-20140724-001Joseph H. Carl, 48, 1012 NE 15th Place, drove his truck into the rear of a vehicle in front of him that was stopped at a traffic light at 2500 NW 43rd St. around 6:50 p.m., according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Carl then jumped out and began banging on the driver’s window and yelling at the woman inside, apparently neglecting to put his pickup into park.

The driver of the other vehicle was frightened and drove away, leaving nothing to hold back Carl’s Dodge 1500 truck.

The truck began to roll, and Carl, standing in front of the vehicle, put out his arms and tried to stop it, but it ran over him, the report said.

Police and paramedics arrived, but Carl refused medical treatment, the report said.

Carl was stumbling and had a strong odor of alcohol, police said. He told police he was coming from Live Oak and had had three beers. Inside the truck, police found an open and cool 16-oz. can of Miller High Life along with numerous other empty beer cans.

Carl told the officer that he does not drink and drive. When asked about the beer cans in his truck, he said he was only drinking while he drove home.

Carl failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. He refused to give a breath sample to police, and the report said that records showed that his driver’s license had been suspended in 1991 after he had refused to give a breath sample then.

He complained of his foot hurting and was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he was treated for fractures in his foot and hand. He also was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal threshold for drunken driving in Florida.

Carl was arrested on charges of DUI and DUI with property damage.

 

 
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