The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman Set Boyfriend Ablaze, Claimed He Was Participating In “Fire Challenge” Stunt September 11, 2014

A Florida woman arrested for setting her boyfriend on fire after dousing him with rubbing alcohol claimed that the victim had been participating in the so-called fire challenge when “things went awry,” police report.

necoleandmarcosAccording to cops, Marcos Fuentes suffered burns to twenty percent of his body early Sunday morning in the Bradenton home he shares with Necole Stephens, 35.

As Fuentes was being loaded into an emergency medical helicopter, he told Manatee County Sheriff’s Officer deputies that Stephens became jealous when she saw him texting on his phone. Fuentes added that Stephens “threw ‘medical’ alcohol all over him before igniting his clothes on fire with a lighter.”

Stephens, who was not home when cops arrived, was later contacted by phone by deputies, who reported that Stephens claimed Fuentes “was participating in the ‘alcohol challenge’ and things went awry.” Stephens added that she left the residence because she was “scared.”

Stephens, investigators noted, declined repeated requests to return to the home and provide “proof that she did nothing wrong.” She was subsequently located at another Bradenton residence and arrested. Stephens is locked up in lieu of $15,000 on a felony aggravated assault charge.

Fuentes suffered second-degree burns “on his left side from his shoulder down past his waist,” reported deputies. Stephens and Fuentes are pictured above in a Facebook photo uploaded to her page in late-June.

The “fire challenge,” which has been popularized by Facebook and YouTube videos, involves a participant pouring rubbing alcohol on their skin and then setting the liquid on fire. The flames are then supposed to be quickly extinguished. However, many individuals have suffered serious burns as a result of the dangerous online trend.


No officer and no gentleman: Fake Navy Seal allegedly stole from good Samaritans

It was no surprise when some folks in Daytona Beach took a Navy SEAL, who said his wallet was stolen, under their wing.

UntitledThe accused imposter told the folks at Daytona Inn and Neptune’s Sports Pub his name was Alex Seppi, a Navy SEAL being deployed to Afghanistan in a matter of days who was in need of a little rest and money to get to base.

Seppi, also known as 47-year-old Schoen Labombard, has a long criminal history of fraud charges.

“This probably did help somebody. He won’t be able to do it again for a long time,” said Jim Brittain, who owns Neptune’s Sports Pub and fed the accused fraud.

The owners of the attached hotel put him in an ocean front room. Brittain lent Labombard $500 after the suspect said his wallet was stolen and he needed to get to his Tampa base. Apparently Labombard had somebody helping him, too.

“We got a phone call from someone who said he was his commanding officer thanking us for helping him,” Brittain said. “I said, ‘No problem. That’s what we do.'”

When Labombard broke his leg climbing a fence on Main Street one night when he was out with his new friends, they got him to the hospital and went to his hotel room to secure it for him. That’s when they found a temporary license with Labombard’s real name.

Waitress Marilyn Ritz, furious that the suspect had ripped off her boss, turned the tables on the accused fraud and went to the hospital without telling him she knew the truth.

“It was very hard for me to keep my cool in the hospital with him and not want to do something to him but I did not, in order to get the picture of him,” Ritz said.

Turns out Labombard is wanted in New York state for impersonating an officer and larceny. He’s done prison time in New York for previous frauds.


Woman pulled gun on lawn worker for making too much noise September 10, 2014

sfl-flduh-gun-lawn-worker-noise-20140909-001A local woman is accused of threatening to shoot a lawn maintenance worker because he woke her up, according to the Ormond Beach Police Department.

Police said Gina Briggs, 26, pointed the gun at the victim because he was making too much noise on Oriole Circle Monday morning.

Briggs later told detectives that she would have shot the worker in the head, but didn’t because she forgot to load the gun.

Briggs was booked at the Volusia County Jail and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of carrying a concealed firearm.


High School Students Break Into House To Have Sex In Owner’s Bedroom September 9, 2014

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Two high school students arrested Saturday night for breaking into a Florida home told police they were not there to steal anything, but just planned to have sex in the owner’s bedroom.


Police were summoned to the Bradenton residence after a neighbor spotted the duo entering the home, whose owner currently resides in Michigan.

After entering the home via an unlocked door, a sheriff’s deputy with his gun drawn announced his presence in the residence. From behind a closed bedroom door, a “male offender replied ‘alright we are coming out.’”

As detailed in a police report, Allison Riddle and Evan Jones, both 18, emerged from the bedroom with their hands up. The couple was then detained and made to sit on a couch in the living room, where they “both admitted that they were not there to steal anything, they were there to have ‘sex.’”

A police examination of the residence showed nothing out of place or missing, though “a few things” had been “disturbed” inside the bedroom. Jones said he was provided the garage’s security code by a friend who cuts the homeowner’s lawn.

The owner “made it very clear” to deputies that he wanted to press charges against the teenagers. Riddle and Jones (pictured in the above mug shots) were then arrested for burglary and booked into the county jail. Jones was freed yesterday after posting $7500 bond, while Riddle remains in custody.


Mom accused of repeatedly body-bumping daughter during chicken feud

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Silly,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:15 pm

A woman repeatedly body-bumped her 17-year-old daughter after the teenager refused to give her younger brother a piece of chicken, police said.

sfl-flduh-mom-body-bumping-20140908-001Monique Dent, 35, was arrested and charged with child abuse without great harm on Saturday at her residence on Green Street in South Daytona, according to a police report.

Dent’s daughter came home just before 1:30 p.m. with a bag of chicken and passed out a piece to everyone in the house. The teen however, did not give a piece of chicken to her 7-year-old brother, the report states. Angered, Dent approached her daughter and began bumping her with her body, the report states.

The girl locked herself in her bedroom but Dent managed to open the door and put her body up against the teenager again, the report states. The teen pushed her mother away and went into the living room, grabbing a cross, the report shows. Dent then began bumping up against her daughter again, until both mother and daughter fell to the floor and began wrestling, police said. The teenager bit Dent’s hand when Dent covered the girl’s mouth, the report states. There were two other children — two girls ages 10 and 16 — in the house, as well, police said.

Dent was arrested and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, but was released on her own recognizance at her first appearance hearing Sunday.


Drunk woman tried to pick up kid at school, hit 2 cars

A New Port Richey woman who deputies say was drunk, wound up getting into trouble after trying to pick up a child from school.

sfl-flduh-elementary-school-drunk-20140908-001The staff at Trinity Elementary School say Renata Congleton, 27, was extremely intoxicated when she arrived at the school last Friday afternoon and tried to pick up the child.

Congleton hit two vehicles and left the school before Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, according to an arrest affidavit.

Deputies later found Congleton sitting by her front door. They say she swore at them when they asked her a question and continued to curse when they asked more questions.

Deputies say Congleton did admit she was involved in an accident. When a deputy went to handcuff her, she pulled away and kicked and scratched the deputy.

A test found Congleton’s blood alcohol level to be .413. In Florida, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

Congleton was charged with neglect of a child, battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting an officer with violence. Bond was set at $15,000.


Woman accused of committing solo sex act on motorcycle in open garage

A woman who Ormond Beach police say was committing a sex act atop a motorcycle with her garage door open was arrested after the activity was witnessed by a 13-year-old boy, the child’s mother and another neighbor, an arrest report shows.

sfl-flduh-sex-act-motorcycle-20140908-001Karen Marie Dilworth was charged with lewd/lascivious exhibition by a person over 18 on a person under 16, after the incident in front of her house on Pine Cone Trail in The Trails subdivision on Saturday night, a report shows.

The 50-year-old Dilworth, who denied she committed a sex act on a motorcycle, told Ormond Beach police that she was in her garage smoking and drinking beers, the report shows.

But at least two of her neighbors said otherwise, one of them calling 9-1-1 and yelling at Dilworth to shut her garage door.

The boy and his mother were arriving at their residence on Pine Cone Trail when they spotted Dilworth — the front of her half-nude body on the bike was facing the street — in her garage, the report shows. The shocked mother called out to her other neighbor and that neighbor in turn yelled out to Dilworth, the report shows.

Dilworth was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail and was released after she posted $1,000 bail. When reached by phone Monday, Dilworth declined comment.



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