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Barber shop doubled as a strip club July 1, 2014

priceThe owner of an Orange County barbershop was arrested after Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation agents raided the business and said it was being used as a strip club.

Super Fades barbershop, which sits along Pine Hills Road, is closed following the raid that sent its owner, 42-year-old Derrick Price, to jail.

Agents said they found a 17-year-old girl stripping inside the business. But Price denies that he was using the shop as a strip club.

“It’s customer appreciation. I thank my customers for coming in and supporting me, that’s all it was,” Price said to Eyewitness News.

MBI investigator Lt. Mike Gibson said undercover agents visited the barbershop by day and learned that it quickly morphed into a liquor-selling strip club every Saturday night.

“On each and every occasion they were serving alcohol and they had strippers. And not strippers following local law, but strippers that went completely nude,” Gibson said.

Undercover agents said about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, they bought $20 worth of vodka at the business, where the 17-year-old was allegedly one of many women working as a stripper.

The underage girl was charged with lewd acts and adult entertainment crimes, but agents are investigating whether she was forced to work against her will.

“We had to speed up our investigation quite a bit to get the juvenile out, and in fact, we did,” Gibson said.

There was a $10 cover charge for patrons to get in during those times, authorities said. But Price denied that he was collecting a cover fee when he talked to Channel 9.

“I wasn’t taking money for anything, I take donations,” Price said.

Neighboring business owners told Channel 9 they didn’t know about the alleged extracurricular activities at Super Fade, but MBI agents said it was no surprise what was going on.

“Surely he could make $600-$700 a night as the owner running this strip club,” said Gibson.

Investigators said they removed a stripper pole permanently installed in the middle of the shop.

“That would have been a piece of equipment that was there even when they operated during the day while they acted as a barbershop,” Gibson said. “I’ve never gone to a barbershop that had a stripper pole.”

Investigators said a tipster prompted them to take in cameras, where they shot video so graphic WFTV chose not to air it.

Gibson said they expect to make more arrests in the case. Price was booked into the Orange County Jail, but he has since bonded out.

 

DUI suspect had 3 kids in the bed of his pickup June 25, 2014

A man was arrested in Jupiter on Monday after police said he drove drunk with three kids in the bed of his truck, sped away from police, hit a bicyclist and then resisted arrest, according to an arrest report.

sfl-flduh-dui-kids-bed-pickup-20140624-001Jupiter police said Brian Ferguson, 34, was driving with three children ranging from 9 to 16 in the bed of his truck about 5 p.m. Monday in Jupiter near U.S. 1 and A1A.

Another driver saw Ferguson driving the truck erratically in the parking lot of Brix Restaurant, 1000 N. U.S. 1, and became alarmed after she saw a boy pop his head out from the bed of the truck.

She called 911 and tried to position herself in front of the truck, but the driver of the truck got around her and traveled west on East Indiantown Road, according to the report.

When police caught up with him, they said they tried to pull him over. He slowed for a second, but took off, police said. They chased briefly, but the officer stopped because he said he was afraid the children in the back of the truck might get hurt in a police pursuit.

The officer kept his sights on where Ferguson was going, and followed him along Indiantown Road. Shortly after stopping his chase, the officer said he saw smoke and a vehicle that was not Ferguson’s with heavy damage.

The officer also saw a person on the ground next to a bicycle. A witness told police they saw a truck make a sharp turn, which caused damage to the other vehicle and caused the bicyclist to be hurt.

Around the corner, the officer saw Ferguson’s truck crashed into a fence, and three boys — ages 9, 12, and 16 — still in the bed of the truck, according to the report. Ferguson was nowhere to be seen.

Police called for a K-9 unit to track Ferguson, according to the report. He was found about 50 feet away hiding in a bush. The K-9 bit him when he resisted, according to the report.

Meanwhile, officers were getting the story from the children as to how they ended up in Ferguson’s truck. One of the boys said he knew Ferguson, but didn’t say from where. He told police Ferguson offered to drive him and his friends to a bridge off U.S. 1 so they could jump off into the water below.

While they were at the bridge, Ferguson drank about four Four Loko’s — an alcoholic beverage — and told the kids to get in the back of the truck. One of the boys said when police started following Ferguson, he sped off.

The children had minor bruises and were transported to the hospital.

Ferguson was also taken to the Jupiter Medical Center, where his blood was drawn. Ferguson’s blood-alcohol content, according to the report, was a .33. The legal limit in Florida is.08.

Ferguson is charged with child abuse, DUI, fleeing officers and resisting arrest, among other charges. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

 

This guy probably thought terrorizing some school kids would be as easy as ABC

A 21-year-old man was arrested in Holly Hill after, police say, he tried to scare a group of children on school property by carrying a pellet gun and “play” handcuffs while trying to find out who stole his bike.

sfl-flduh-fake-cop-scare-kids-20140624-001Eric Daniel Dukes was arrested Monday on charges of having a weapon on school property.

According to a charging affidavit, an officer was called to Holly Hill School at 1500 Center Avenue around noon in reference to a suspicious person and found Dukes near some children.

The officer ordered Dukes to the ground and removed the gun from Dukes’ hip, police said.

Dukes told police that his bike was stolen Sunday night and he was looking for it, according to the affidavit.  The children said Dukes claimed that he was a undercover police officer and that they were not allowed to lie to him, according to officials.

Police said that Dukes also stated that he carried the gun on his hip to try to scare the children.

He claimed that he had a license to carry a gun, but the permit was never found, police said.

Dukes was then arrested and taken to the Volusia County Jail.

 

Another ‘mother of the year’ left her young kids in car alone to shop at sex store June 24, 2014

sfl-flduh-kids-alone-sex-store-20140623-001A woman was arrested Saturday after, deputies say, she left her two young children in her car while she went shopping at the Todd Adult Superstore.

About 9:30 p.m., a passerby saw the children and waited by the car for 20 minutes before calling deputies, a Pasco sheriff’s report states.

Deputies arrived and found the children, ages 1 and 3, in the car. The doors were locked and the engine was left running. Inside the store, at 10831 U.S. 19, they found Ke’ala O Kea Kua Morgan Crocker, 22, who said she was helping a friend shop.

Crocker told deputies she made a “stupid mistake,” the report states.

Neither of the children were harmed and they were later turned over to Child Protective Investigators.

Crocker, of 10368 Lansfield St. in Spring Hill, was charged with child neglect and leaving a child unattended in a car. She has since been released on $1,100 bail.

 

Man didn’t like what he was hearing so …. he choked a 12-year-old boy and chased him around a restaurant June 19, 2014

Jeremy-Almeida-jpgDaytona Beach man was arrested Monday night after police say he choked a 12-year-old boy and chased him around a restaurant.

According to the police report, the victim made a comment to his mother that Jeremy Almeida, 32, did not like. Almeida proceeded to choke the child and then chase him around the restaurant. He later trapped the boy on a pool table and choked him again, police said.

The incident occurred at a restaurant in the 1500 block of South Atlantic Avenue. Almeida was arrested walking away from the scene and charged with child abuse.

Officials said the mother was drunk and refused to cooperate.

 

Kayla Oxenham Accused Of Branding Her Children For Identification Purposes June 18, 2014

A Port Charlotte woman is charged with child abuse, after police say she intentionally burned her two young children with a hot stick so she would know they were hers.

Kayla-OxenhamKayla R. Oxenham, 23, has bonded out of jail.

According to a police report, the children are 5-years-old and 7-years-old. They told authorities that Oxenham told them she “forgot how much she loved fire.”

The children told police that Oxenham proceeded to use a lighter to burn a stick and injured the children’s arms by touching the hot stick to them. Then, Oxenham told the kids she burned them for two reasons: the first is so the kids could have ice cream, and the second was to identify the children as being hers.

Medical exams for the children showed at least one of them had injuries indicative of the burning.

Oxenham is also accused of grabbing her child by the hair and hitting the child. She declined to talk to police about the alleged burns.

Oxenham’s occupation listed on the Charlotte County Jail Web site is medical assistant.

 

Omar Monserrate Accused Of Beating Up Teen For “Fooling Around” With His Daughter June 14, 2014

 An Altamonte Springs man is facing serious charges, accused of beating up a 14-year-old boy.

Omar-MonserrateInvestigators said Omar Monserrate punched and choked the teen because he was found with Monserrate’s 13-year-old daughter.

Detectives said the girl snuck out of her house to meet the boy, but was caught when she returned home.

According to reports, Monserrate and the girl’s mother went to the boy’s home, and Monserrate demanded to speak to him alone.

He drove the boy to Brantley Terrace, where he allegedly began yelling at the boy and choked him until he passed out.

When the boy regained consciousness they both got back in the car and went to the boy’s home, according to reports.

The boy’s mother came home, noticed bruises on his face and neck, and rushed the boy to the hospital.

Monserrate has a criminal history, including domestic violence.

 

Baby, let’s take a stroll because daddy’s on a roll … to apparently deal a little weed June 13, 2014

sfl-flduh-dad-drugs-uniformed-20140612-001A man is arrested on Wednesday for soliciting drugs to police officers in the presence of his 2-month-old, Panama City Beach Police said.

Authorities say they arrested 28-year-old Terandell Curlee Coleman, of Ebro, Fla., after he approached an unmarked police vehicle in the area of Pier Park and asked two uniformed officers to purchase cannabis from him for $25. When officers agreed to the purchase price, they say he left infant son unattended in a stroller about 15 to 20 feet away, while he leaned in to present the cannabis to authorities.

He was subsequently placed under arrest for possession of cannabis with intent to distribute and child neglect, and taken to the Bay County Jail.

 

Because Florida isn’t weird enough, man declares himself a sovereign state June 5, 2014

crime-law-jpgA judge has ordered a Central Florida man to enroll his 8-year-old daughter in school.

The man is claiming he is a sovereign state and not bound by U.S. laws.

Joseph Rosa, 37, refused to answer questions during his trial Monday.

Social workers said that the girl stopped attending school last year. During visits to the house, Rosa and his wife never showed proof that their daughter was attending a private school or being home-schooled.

The circuit court judge said Rosa cannot deprive his daughter of an education. He faces up to 180 days in jail if she is late or has any more unexcused absences.

Rosa was in jail on a $1,000 bond for reportedly giving officials a false name.

 

What’s a busy dad to do when he has a schedule conflict — probation meetup versus childcare? May 30, 2014

A New Smyrna Beach man is charged with child neglect after police say he went to a probation meeting and left his child home alone.

sfl-flduh-probation-meeting-20140528-001David Kirkham, 42, left for his meeting shortly before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and arrived back home three hours later to find officers in his driveway, according to a New Smyrna Beach police report.

Kirkham is serving three years of federal probation after pleading guilty to tax evasion in Maryland, court records show.

The boy’s mother told Kirkham she would not be able to watch their 7-year-old son Tuesday morning, and when she drove by Kirkham’s home later, she didn’t see his car in the driveway or the car belonging to the resident of the efficiency apartment in the backyard, according to the report. Shortly before 11:30 a.m., police made contact with the boy, who confirmed he was home alone.

Kirkham’s explanation to police of why his son was alone was redacted from the report.

Kirkham, who could not be reached Wednesday, was released from the Volusia County Branch Jail after posting $2,500 bail, records show.

 

 
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