The Bizarre World of Florida

Man critically injured after being run over by street sweeper … he was the driver July 23, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:41 pm

A worker was seriously injured Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg after being run over by a street sweeper he was operating.

Street-sweeper-722According to St. Petersburg police, 54-year-old Mark John Tucker, of Tarpon Springs, suffered upper torso injuries in the accident at Jefferson Circle North and Fourth Street North. The accident happened just after 8 a.m. as the sweeper operator was attempting to get on the vehicle, police say.

The vehicle began to move as the man attempted to climb on, causing him to fall. The vehicle continued moving and ran over the man’s upper body.

Tucker was rushed to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with what appeared to be critical injuries, according to police.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident.


Woman discovered sleeping in a car wearing only her lingerie tries to run over a cop in one of the most Florida stories ever

fl-suzanne-morales-20140722Police in Boca Raton said they found a woman sleeping in her car wearing only lingerie, and when they asked her to get out of her car, she tried to run over an officer.

Police said just before 10 a.m. on Monday, they got a call about a woman sleeping in the parking garage of Nordstrom, 5820 West Glades Road, at the Town Center at Boca Raton.

Officers found Suzanne Morales, 45, sleeping in the car. They knocked on the car window, but Morales woke up and locked her car doors. Officers asked her to step outside the car, but she refused, according to an arrest report.

Police also said they could smell alcohol and suspected she might be drunk, according to the report.

They told Morales if she continued to refuse, they would knock out her window. She started the car and tried to drive in reverse, almost hitting one of the officers. She then hit a police cruiser and was trapped, according to the report.

Morales is charged with obstructing an officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.


Man had violent tantrum when told store didn’t sell booze

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.


77 year-old man attacked by …. a naked man

sfl-flduh-naked-man-attacked-20140722-001Collier County deputies say an elderly Naples resident was attacked and wrestled to the ground by a naked man Monday night.

The incident unfolded when the 77-year-old victim went to check on a disturbance he heard outside his apartment on Palm Street.

The victim said he heard loud thumping and banging next door, so he yelled: “Can I help you?” He told deputies that’s when the chaos began.

Almost immediately after stepping outside, the victim said a naked man punched him in the face and wrestled him to the ground without warning. The victim was able to run away and call deputies.

When deputies responded, they say the man was still naked and several liquour bottles were scattered through the apartment. Deputies say he was asked to put on clothes, but refused to do so. Deputies say the suspect cursed at them — at one point saying, “Stupid [expletive]! Don’t know why I’m here!”

The suspect — identified as 28-year-old Andrew Restrepo — appeared to be under the influence, deputies say.

Deputies continued to question the suspect, who they say became even more belligerent. Restrepo was then placed under arrest and taken to the Naples Jail Center.

According to the arrest report, the suspect is the boyfriend of the tenant who lives at the residence next to the victim.


Welcome to college … Your room assignment is in a bathroom or closet July 22, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Silly,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:36 pm

At least two students planning to live at UCF this fall were surprised to learn recently that they were mistakenly assigned to live in a bathroom or closet, according to the student publication KnightNews.com.

ucf-housing-bathroom-dorm-mistakeIncoming freshman Ashlyn TenBieg told KnightNews.com that she became concerned because she had received a room assignment from the University of Central Florida but no information about roommates. When she called the school, someone in the campus housing department gave her some puzzling news.

“[She] told me that they mistakenly placed me in a bathroom and that I will get a new assignment,” TenBieg told KnightNews.com.

UCF spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin told the Orlando Sentinel that a “handful” of students planning to live in the new Neptune housing community were assigned to rooms that do not exist. She blamed a computer-programming glitch.

Gilmartin said those students’ room assignments have been corrected. No student actually moved into a bathroom or closet, she said. Most students won’t move into their campus dorm rooms and apartments until mid-August.

“It’s completely fixed and this won’t happen again,” Gilmartin said.


Goldilocks bandit fell asleep in stranger’s hotel room

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dumb,OK Then .....,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:32 pm

A 27-year-old man is accused of sleeping in a couple’s hotel room and taking one of the woman’s shirts and some cash before leaving.

sfl-flduh-srangers-hotel-room-20140721-001Police responded to Crestview Inn on June 28, according to the arrest report. A couple told the officer that they had arrived at their hotel room to find the door open and a man, later identified as Stefen Michael Kessler, asleep in their bed.

The room was in disrepair and their luggage was unzipped, the report said. The man woke Kessler up and asked why he was in the couple’s room.

Kessler jumped out of the bed, said he was in the wrong room and left wearing one of the woman’s shirts, according to the report. Kessler then went into the next room, gathered up his things and left with two females.

The man wrote down the make, model and license plate of the car, the report said. After Kessler left, the man found that $80 to $90 was missing from his luggage, as well as two keys for his out-of-town residence.

He found an unlabeled bottle of pills with 75 Xanax tablets that didn’t belong to the couple, which he gave to police, according to the report. He gave police a description of Kessler.

Police checked the hotel registry and located the woman that Kessler’s room had been rented to, the report said. The car Kessler had left in was parked in the driveway.

When the officer spoke to Kessler, Kessler said he was confused about the room and was so tired he just went to sleep, according to the report. He admitted he’d been in the room for several hours and had taken his clothes off to get comfortable.

He said he didn’t take anything from the room, but later said he’d worn a woman’s shirt out of the room and left it in the room he was supposed to be in, the report said. After he was arrested, $929 was found on his person.

When police said the money would be placed in evidence because of the theft, Kessler asked if officers could just return $90 to the couple and let him have the rest for bond, the report said.

Kessler is charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and theft.


Man charged with calling 911 twice because he couldn’t lock door

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:30 pm

A Bradenton man was charged with resisting arrest without violence and misuse of the 911 system after deputies say he called 911 twice for a non-emergency reason, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

open doorsMark L. Sharon, 55, was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Monday. According to a report, deputies arrived at Sharon’s home along 116th Street West in Bradenton, after he called 911 because he couldn’t lock his door.

A deputy described him as “uncooperative” during their conversation and told Sharon that he misused the 911 system and would be arrested if he calls for a non-emergency reason. Sharon appeared heavily intoxicated, according to a report.

Less than an hour later, deputies say Sharon called 911 again and told the dispatcher: “Thank you very much, they sent them here pounding on my door.” According to a report, deputies arrived at his home again and saw that there was no emergency. They tried to arrest Sharon, who tried to flee. He was eventually handcuffed and transported to jail.

Sharon was being held on bonds totaling $1,000.



Man Caught In The Act Of Molesting Child Gets Severe Beatdown July 21, 2014

A father who walked in on a man allegedly sexually assaulting his 11-year-old son beat the man to a pulp before calling police to say they could come collect him from a ‘bloody puddle’ on his floor.

Raymond-FrolanderThe 35-year-old man, who has not been identified, told a 911 dispatcher in the early hours of Friday: ‘I just walked in on a grown man molesting [name redacted]. And I got him in a bloody puddle for you right now, officer.’

Police arrived at the Daytona Beach home in Florida to find Raymond Frolander, 18, unconscious.

When the 911 responder asked the father if any weapons were involved, he said: ‘My foot and my fist’.

‘He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you, I dragged him into the living room,’ the father said. ‘Send an ambulance. He is going to need one.’

The dispatcher asked: ‘Is he still unconscious?’ to which the father responds: ‘Yes… I hit hard, sir.’

He said that Frolander was a ‘damn lucky boy that I love my God’.

The father added: ‘He stood up and his pants were around his ankles and nothing else needed to be said. I did whatever I got a right to do except I didn’t kill him.’

The father had left his home around 1am to pick up some food and when he returned, heard a strange noise coming from the bedroom, police said.

He pushed open the door and allegedly found Frolander with his pants down performing a sex act on the child.

The boy told investigators he had been playing video games with friends but when they left, Frolander took him to a back room and pulled down his pants. He also said Frolander had been abusing him for three years.

Daytona Beach police chief Michael Chitwood told MailOnline today that Frolander had a close family connection to the alleged victim.

The chief said the young boy was intimidated and told by Frolander that terrible things would happen if he revealed the abuse.

Chief Chitwood said: ‘He’s 11 years old, he should be running around outside and playing video games, not dealing with something like this.’

He earlier told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that the father was ‘just acting like a dad’.

The father was not charged in the suspect’s beating, police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.

Frolander was taken to Halifax Heath Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

The arrest affidavit said that Frolander admitted the abuse.

The teen was charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 and is being held without bail. It was not known whether he’s hired a lawyer.


Now Florida is making laws against … sign spinners!

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Interesting,Really Dumb,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:27 pm

Standing in medians or on street corners with business signs in hand and smiles on their faces, many of us have seen sign spinners in cities all across the U.S.

1405741883000-sign-guytravisA Jacksonville disabled veteran says it’s a job he loves. But he recently came across a problem that has slowed down his ability to twirl signs to his own funky beat.

“Yesterday I actually got cited by code enforcement,” said Jeff Cappalletti who’s also known as the “Sign Guy.” “They said its an advertising sign and it’s against the code basically.”

There is a section of a St. Johns County ordinance that prohibits “Sign Walkers.” Cappelletti says he was a sign spinner in Jacksonville for three years but recently had to move St. Johns County. He assumed he would be able to continue doing a job that suits him well.

James Stewart with AAA Global Services employs Capelletti and other people who are disabled or find it difficult to enter into the work force.

He says he was shocked and disappointed after being contacted by the St. Johns County Code Enforcement office about the Prohibited Signs ordinance. So Stewart decided to take to the streets.

Dressed in a bright yellow chicken costume accompanied by a man in a green gumby suit and other sign guys, Stewart stood on the corner of 321 and US 1 in St. Johns County Friday afternoon, in protest.

“You can’t forget about the little guy who has served his country who has limited economic opportunity as far as employment,” said Stewart. “What do you say about him? What would you do if you were him?”

Cappelletti says he spent some time in the Navy and now has serious back problems. His doctors have given him a label he’s not comfortable with accepting. Cappelletti is disabled.

“I don’t want to just get a hand out from social security,” said Cappalletti. “I don’t want to just sit around and do nothing.”

The “Sign Guy” has learned there aren’t many jobs out there for disabled veterans but considers himself a part of the lucky few.

“I found out that I am good at sign spinning and people like me,” said Cappalletti.

The Prohibited Sign ordinance lists “sign walkers” as a violation. But the “Sign Guy” says he’s much more than that.

“I am not a walker I am a sign entertainer,” said Cappalletti. “Big difference!”

He was cited Thursday and says he could have received a $118 fine which would be a huge blow on his limited income.

FCN reached out to the Manager of the St. Johns County Code Enforcement, James Acosta and as of air time have not heard back.


Palm Beach authorities would like to speak to the person who decided to recycle a perfectly good human body July 20, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Death,Disgusting,Disrespectful,Morbid,Sick,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:52 pm

body_311943a_1A body was found just before 10 a.m. Friday at a Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County facility, according to officials.

The authority’s spokesman, Willie Puz, said workers found the body at the recovered materials processing facility, which takes residential and commercial recycling.

He said the body was found in a section of the facility that holds commercial paper recycling.

The gender of the body has not been released and Puz said he is unsure when the body got there. The medical examiner and the West Palm Beach Police are investigating the incident.

In February, a man’s body was found at the recycling center.

The facility is only accessible to commercial vehicles to drop off recyclables en masse, Puz said. Trucks come in and out all day and are electronically logged by a scale, he said.

“Everybody goes through a scale house, and we’re looking at the vehicles that came in today and where they came from,” he said.



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