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The Bizarre World of Florida

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.

 

Woman abused 911 system multiple times … alcohol may have been involved

Filed under: Alcohol,Controversy,Disrespectful,Drunk,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:27 pm

A woman was arrested early Sunday morning after she was accused of abusing the 911 system.

sfl-flduh-911-club-20140721-001Laurel Berryman, 44, was at the House of Blues nightclub Saturday night when she became intoxicated and caused disturbances inside the club, deputies said.

Berryman was ordered by security staff to leave, but moments later she returned and attempted to re-enter the night club.

An off-duty deputy from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office then told Berryman repeatedly that she had to leave and was not allowed to return, but Berryman refused each time, according to deputies. The deputy escorted her off the House of Blues property, but she returned again.

According to the arrest affidavit, Berryman was speaking to someone on her cellphone when she returned the second time, telling them she wanted another officer on the scene.

It became evident to the deputy that Berryman was calling 911 and asking them to send a new deputy to the scene. The deputy told Berryman she could not call 911 for non-emergency issues, but Berryman kept calling, deputies said.

Dispatchers told the officer Berryman had called a total of four times within the span of 30 minutes.

Berryman was arrested, taken to the Orange County Jail and charged with misuse of the 911 and E911 telecommunications system. She has since bonded out.

 

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,Really Dumb,WTF?,Controversy,Interesting,Stupid,Silly — 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.

 

Five police officers opened fire on a driver who tried to run down a bicyclist that just happened to be a police officer July 20, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,OK Then .....,Shooting,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:49 pm

Five Orlando police officers opened fire on a driver who tried to run over a bike cop, fled officers and struck multiple vehicles early Saturday morning, officials said.

copshooting1-jpg-20140719The driver, Ta’Von O. Grayson, 22, whose last known addresses are in Seminole County, was listed in serious but stable condition at an area hospital, police said. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, but more charges are pending, police said.

The incident started about 1:30 a.m. when a bike-patrol officer attempted to make contact with Grayson, who was driving a white Toyota in a parking garage on Orange Avenue near West Central Boulevard, police said.

Grayson refused to stop for police; instead, he attempted to run over the bike-patrol officer, according to Lovetta Quinn-Henry, OPD spokeswoman.

“The officer was forced to jump out of the path of the suspect’s vehicle,” Quinn-Henry said.

Grayson drove to West Amelia Street and Garland Avenue, where another OPD officer fired shots at him, she said.

But that didn’t stop him: Grayson kept driving and got back on Orange Avenue at Colonial Drive, where he was driving the wrong way and hit two vehicles and two police cruisers, Quinn-Henry said. One of the police cruisers suffered significant damage and had its bumper hanging off.

Five OPD officers then opened fire on Grayson near the intersection of Garland and Colonial, hitting him multiple times, according to Quinn-Henry.

“Police are not looking for any other suspects,” Quinn-Henry said. “None of the officers were injured.”

It is unclear whether Grayson was armed. Grayson, who has a lengthy rap sheet, was on probation for a grand-theft-auto conviction out of Orange County in 2012, according to the state Department of Corrections records. Seminole County court records show Grayson was arrested in January on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession, resisting an officer without violence, leaving the scene of a crash, alcohol-related reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

The five officers who shot at Grayson will be placed on administrative leave pending a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation. This is the fifth incident involving the use of deadly force by Orlando police officers this year.

In May, there were two shootings that involved Orlando police officers firing their weapons. Orlando police fatally shot a 20-year-old man May 21 who officers say was one of three people who robbed and carjacked a food-delivery driver. The next day, May 22, Orlando police shot a Lake Nona man who they say attacked them with a baseball bat.

 

Boy, 12, stole school bus for joyride — again July 18, 2014

 When a 12-year-old boy, Michael Propst, allegedly stole a school bus last month and took it for a joy ride, a lot of people snickered.

BUSSSS-1One day after his release from the Department of Juvenile Justice, and police say he’s done it again, but this time few people are laughing.

“They said, ‘Mike, we got another bus missing.’ I said, ‘Please tell me it’s not the little boy again.’ That’s exactly who it was,” Bay District School Security Chief Mike Jones said.

Authorities ordered him held by the Department of Juvenile Justice for 21 days. “He was released from custody Tuesday and stole another bus,” Jones said.

It all began around 7 a.m. Wednesday. The bus driver parked the bus at Parker Elementary School and hid the keys somewhere inside the bus.

“We learned through Springfield Police Department that a juvenile had stolen a car in their city and had apparently driven it to the area of Parker Schools,” Parker Police Chief Charles Sweat said.

According to deputies, the car was stolen from one of Propst’s family members.

“It just used for the purpose, or appears to be used, just for a mode of transportation. To get here to the area of Parker Schools to steal another bus.” Sweat said.

Officials say he drove from Parker all the way to Franklin County. That’s more than 75 miles, or an hour-and-a-half drive.

Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, Franklin County Deputies began receiving calls about an erratic school bus driver. A deputy pulled over the bus and found Propst behind the wheel. Jones said, “He told him that somebody had loaned him the bus or gave him the bus. That was the story last time. One of my friends gave me the bus. Twelve years old, it’s hard to believe. He was in trouble last time, but he’s in serious trouble this time.”

Sweat adds, “The legislature needs to change some of the guidelines as far as holding juveniles whenever the commit multiple and numerous felonies.”

Jones assures the public that something like this will not happen again. New procedures are already in place. He said, “That won’t happen no more. There won’t be any keys hidden on any buses.”

Police are still looking for the car Propst supposedly stole from a family member.

Fortunately, the school bus was not damaged.

 

Crackdown: You can go to jail for sporting saggy pants in this Florida city

Filed under: Controversy,Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:21 pm

sfl-flduh-fashion-police-saggy-pants-20140717-001“The kids are going to say something to you because they don’t know the law,” Gunn said about the police. “And then, there you go. Escalation. Now you have an assault on a police officer.”

Rich said she does not see the ordinance as profiling and that Ocala has a “fine police department.”

“It’s disrespectful,” Rich said about the sagging pants. “If you pull them up, you might be a better citizen because you may be able to find a job, J.O.B.”

Gunn said it goes deeper than the sagging pants.

“The persons you are going to be arresting will be young black boys — most of them; not all of them,” Gunn said. “Let’s think about what we are doing here, not just because you hate (the drooping pants), but there are some repercussions for these boys that are severe for having their pants down.”

 

Husband leaves his naked wife on sandbar because ‘she caught him in a sex act with another man’ July 17, 2014

A Florida wife was rescued from a remote sandbar wearing nothing but a lifejacket on Sunday after her husband dumped her there following a blazing drunken row on their jet ski.

article-2695135-1FB06B3300000578-739_306x423The violent argument was sparked by Pamela Doster, 45, accusing her husband of two-years, David Doster, 49, of engaging in a sex act with another man.

Pulled from the Passage Key sands – a famous offshore nudist beach popular with swingers – by boat, Pamela Doster’s testimony led to the arrest of her husband for domestic battery.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s report, Doster and his wife Pamela were on a Sea-Doo jet ski near to the Passage Key sandbar when they began fighting.

According to the report, Pamela told her husband that she had seen him and another man performing oral sex on one another.

The report does not specify when and where this occurred, but the arresting officer said that Pamela claimed it involved the men ‘giving each other a blow job’.

The report seen by Smoking Gun states that Doster, who was riding the Sea-Doo, threw his wife off the jet ski four times and ‘During the last time she was pulled off she hit her head against the side of the jet ski.

She refused to get back on the ski with him and stayed on the sandbar which rests under knee deep water.

Her husband tried to get her back on the jet ski but she flat out refused and eventually Mike Doster rode away, leaving her there.

When he reached shore he did call 911 and informed rescue services she was out at sea and when they pulled her back in, emergency workers noticed she had a ‘bruise/bump’ on her head, a bruise on her biceps, and a ‘large swollen area to her left hip area.’

She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The beach at Passage Key plays host to many nude swimmers in the warm waters of the Gulf all through the year.

It is not known if Mike Doster was piloting the jet ski in the nude at the time of the altercation.

He was released from a Florida jail on Tuesday after posting $5000 bond on a misdemeanor count.

 

Man informs County Commission of little known Florida law that allows him to shoot each of them if they sell his home

crazy-man-300x199A South Florida man is facing multiple felony counts after authorities say he threatened to shoot Miami-Dade county commissioners during a meeting.

Speaking at a podium in front of the commissioners Tuesday evening, 54-year-old Jose Antonio Fernandez accused the county of confiscating his land. Authorities say he then said that if the county sold his home, he would have the right to shoot every member of the commission.

Miami-Dade police arrested Fernandez outside the commission chambers and charged him with 13 counts of threatening to harm a public servant. That’s one count for each of the 12 commissioners, plus the mayor.

Fernandez was being held on $97,500 bail. His public defender declined comment.

The Miami Herald reports that the home Fernandez gave as his address owes the county $316,000 and is scheduled to be auctioned this month.

 

Man swipes clothes, bleaches them

A 34-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is charged with taking another man’s clothes and pouring bleach on them before tossing them in a Dumpster.

sfl-flduh-swipes-clothes-bleaches-20140716-001Police were called to a residence on July 14 by a woman who said Quentin J. Jones was at her home and wasn’t supposed to be, according to the arrest report. The woman and a man who was with her went to another address.

When the man, the woman and the police got back to the woman’s home, the man realized a duffel bag of his clothing was missing, the report said. Officers were able to locate the clothes and the duffel bag in two nearby Dumpsters.

Bleach had been poured on the clothing, according to the report. When officers asked Jones about the clothing being taken, thrown in Dumpsters and bleached, he denied knowing about it.

However, officers could smell bleach coming from Jones and noticed a freshly bleached spot on Jones’ clothing, the report said. The approximate value of the clothing was $500.

Jones is charged with criminal mischief with damage more than $200.

 

 
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