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Woman, 39, got involved in physical all-girls fight November 19, 2014

A 39-year-old Fort Walton Beach woman is charged with participating in a fight between teenage girls in front of a drug store.

patria-delois-holmanOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called for a large crowd of juveniles fighting in the parking lot of CVS on Nov. 9, according to the arrest report.

One of the participants said she and her cousins were at McDonalds when another woman and her daughters pulled up at CVS.

An argument started in the parking lot, after which a fight broke out, the report said. One of the youths said she heard Patria Delois Holman screaming, “send her to the hospital,” encouraging one of the girls to continue striking another.

While one of the girls was “on the ground,” Holman “kicked (the victim) in the face and in the stomach,” according to the report. A witness reported seeing Holman kick the girl and yell encouragement at another girl.

Holman said she went to the Beal Parkway pharmacy to pick up medicine when a group of girls began taunting a relative, the report said. Holman told deputies that she was just “a mother” who didn’t want to see a child hurt and that the “situation is terrible.”

She denied striking anyone, according to the report. The girl had injuries to her face, arm and leg.

Holman is charged with child abuse without great bodily harm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

 

Notorious 911 caller behind bars … again

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:02 pm

A woman who made global headlines in February for calling 911 to get a date with a police officer was back in jail for abusing the emergency system again – though this time her opinion of the officers was a bit different.

sfl-flduh-911-caller-jailed-20141118-001Maria Montanez-Colon, 59, called 911 just before 1 a.m. Friday to report a theft.

Responding officers were familiar with Montanez-Colon and her theft story. They say she gave some of her deceased husband’s possession to her step-son about a year ago, then changed her mind. The issue has been a civil matter since.

The officers told Montanez-Colon they knew all about her claims, which made her angry. They reported she went into her house and slammed the door.

As the officers got back into their cars, Montanez-Colon came out of the house, screaming into her cell phone, “the cops that came over here are complete a****les,” according to the arrest report.

She kept yelling that into the phone, then officers got a call from dispatchers that they were on the other end of Montanez-Colon’s tirade. As per usual, the call was recorded.

Montanez-Colon hung up, went back into her house, then came out a few minutes later and asked the officers what they were doing there.

They arrested her for Misuse of 9-1-1 and took her to the Charlotte County Jail.

Montanez-Colon’s previous run-in with officers started off as a much more cordial affair, with her offering to have sex with the officer, noting that she hadn’t been “penetrated in years.”

It got tense when the officer turned her down, and she called 911 to complain that he wouldn’t have sex with her. The officer did go back to her house – but then he arrested her for Misuse of 911.

Neighbors interviewed at the time said Montanez-Colon isn’t really a threat, but said she has a serious alcohol problem.

 

Police close case on family’s LSD-tainted Walmart steak dinner. “It is a mystery. And it will probably always remain a mystery” November 18, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Interesting,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:18 pm

Before Elyana Serrano threw up, her sister Rayna was laughing and trying to grab colors out of the air. When Ronnie Morales looked at his hand, he saw several other hands jutting from his wrist. His pregnant girlfriend, Jessica Rosado, couldn’t feel her fingers or toes.

steak_8colDoctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital suspected the family of four had been poisoned when they all showed up there in March. They summoned Tampa police, who tested cuts of steak the family had for lunch. The results showed it was tainted with LSD.

As the case drew international headlines, detectives went to work trying to figure out how the hallucinogenic drug had found its way into the beef.

Eight months later, they still have no answers. Their efforts are chronicled in a police report that was released last week after the case was deemed inactive.

“It is a mystery,” said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis. “And it will probably always remain a mystery.”

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Rosado called 911 about 4 p.m. March 3 and reported that Morales was sick. The family drove to the hospital, near their rented home at 2744 Bel Aire Circle, before paramedics arrived.

At the hospital, Morales was having trouble walking and breathing. Rosado told nurses she felt dizzy and was seeing colors. Her heart raced and she began to hyperventilate. The two girls, Elyana, 7, and Rayna, 6, showed similar symptoms.

All had breathing tubes placed in their throats. Rosado was taken to St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, where she underwent an emergency C-section and delivered a baby boy.

Morales and Rosado later told detectives they had come to Tampa a few days earlier from Connecticut. They were uncertain about whether they wanted to make Florida their home.

That day, Morales told police, they had decided they would move back after the baby was born. He later went to a Walmart and used the last of Rosado’s food stamps to buy the package of bottom-round steak.

He brought it home and baked it in the kitchen oven, the first time he had cooked a meal there, according to the report. He bundled the steak in wheat wraps with onions, seasoning and garlic powder. The family ate. Not long after, they all got sick.

Investigators collected blood and urine samples from the four. They also went to the house and seized the leftover meat, the packaging and the oven in which the food was cooked.

After several federal and state agencies declined to take the case, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office agreed to test the meat and identified the LSD. When the case made the news, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration assigned agents to assist Tampa police.

The FDA conducted its own tests and also confirmed the drug, police said. Forensic technicians used ultraviolet light to look for traces of the substance in the oven but found none.

Investigators spoke with representatives from Cargill, the company that produced the meat. They learned the beef was slaughtered in Newnan, Ga. From there, it was packed and shipped in a sealed container to a distribution facility in Winter Haven.

Quality control officials at the facility noted no signs of tampering with any of the shipments when they arrived.

The Walmart store, which would have refused any shipments that had been ripped or broken, also accepted all packages. The packages that were discarded from store shelves after the incident showed no sign of tampering, the company said. Likewise, no other reports of illness ever surfaced.

Detectives examined surveillance video from inside the store in the days before Morales made his purchase. At one point, two men were seen near the case where the meat was stored. One leaned into the case for about a minute and a half while the other stepped back, swinging his arms “like he was nervous,” according to the report. Detectives identified the two, a father and son, and interviewed them.

Both recalled being in the store. They were shown the video and acknowledged that they appeared “suspicious,” but denied doing anything wrong, the report said. Neither had a documented history of drug-related arrests. Investigators concluded they were not involved.

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Within days of their release from the hospital, Morales, Rosado and the children returned to Connecticut. Investigators considered the possibility that one of them had put LSD in the meat.

In April, a Tampa detective traveled with USDA and FDA agents to Waterbury, Conn., and reinterviewed the couple. The police report offers no specifics about what was asked, but notes that the couple was cooperative. Both gave statements consistent with their previous stories. Both also consented to polygraph tests, police said. They passed.

Other leads were examined, but none apparently yielded anything significant. On Oct. 21, police labeled the case inactive.

“All of the victims recovered completely and none are suffering any adverse effects from the LSD exposure,” Detective Rachel Cholnik wrote. “There is no further investigation at this time.”

 

Grand slam(mer) breakfast? Man jailed over birthday breakfast feud

Filed under: Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:11 pm

A Gainesville man was arrested Sunday morning after police say he poked his girlfriend in the eye over not getting his birthday breakfast request.

sfl-flduh-birthday-breakfast-20141117-001James E. Irving Jr., 44, got into a fight with his live-in girlfriend over his birthday present and preferred celebratory breakfast, according to a Gainesville Police Department booking report and information provided by GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias. Irving wanted pancakes and instead got waffles.

To express his disdain, Irving poked his girlfriend in the eye, which prompted a call to the Police Department, the report states. Irving was handcuffed and taken to the Alachua County jail on a misdemeanor battery charge.

On Monday morning, jail staff served inmates a breakfast of fruit, grits, sausage, bread and butter, according to Sgt. Becky Butscher, an Alachua County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

 

Florida man fatally shot after warning reckless driver to slow down around kids November 17, 2014

Police are searching for suspects in South Florida whom they say shot and killed a man after he warned them against reckless driving around children.

Florida-man-fatally-shot-after-warning-reckless-driver-to-slow-down-around-kidsInvestigators and several witnesses say Bradley Holt, 24, spotted a yellow Ford Mustang doing donuts and driving erratically outside of his apartment in Miami Thursday night.

One 12-year-old witness, Jarrod Smith, told WSVN that Holt had been playing football with him and some other children before he confronted the occupants of the vehicle, telling them to slow down.

Neighbors said they heard two gunshots, one of which struck Holt in the head. He died after being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where his family had gathered for prayer.

Investigators currently lack information about the number of occupants in the Mustang, which was described as a 1988 or 1998 model convertible. No others were injured in the shooting.

 

Protip: Never use gasoline to start bonfires

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Dumb,Fire,Sad Story,Scary,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:35 pm

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: running to the sounds of an explosion, knowing their child is nearby.

635516733767630009-Still1115-00001That’s exactly what happened to one Polk County family as a can of gasoline exploded next to their 12-year-old daughter.

Today in Lakeland, dozens of volunteers soaked up and sprayed down cars to help raise money for Heather Tyer.

“She’s strong, she’s gonna be just fine,” Heather’s aunt Amanda Tyler told 10 News.

Less than a week ago her niece suffered burns over 70 percent of her body after the small gasoline tank she was standing next to exploded. She and her family were having a pit fire at her home. The gas was used to light the logs.

“Burn patients are so difficult from one minute to the next. you know, they can seem fine, and then things can go terribly wrong very quickly,” said Polk County Fire Lieutenant Charles Irving.

Polk County girl had over 71 percent of her body burned

He was first on the scene, even rushing back to pick up Heather’s mother Amy to get her on the emergency helicopter flight to Tampa General.

Janice Anderson said she saw that helicopter heading to help.

“Knowing the love that you have with your child, it’s more than any love,” she said.

And when Anderson saw how many volunteers came out today, “it just gives me goosebumps,” she said.

And rightly so. In less than a week, friends, family and complete strangers raised more than $30,000 dollars to get Heather back and get her better.

But a warning from Lt. Irving, “gasoline is obviously not one of the better fuels to use. It flashes,” he said. “There has to be water on the site at all times, and someone attending to the fire at all times. And if we do that, tragedies like this can be avoided.

 

Man blocked folks from using ATM … btw … while wearing women’s underwear November 14, 2014

A bra-wearing man with women’s undies in his pocket got busted after a report that a person was refusing to let people use an automated teller machine, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.

herndon-gregory-mugOfficials reported a man wearing a jacket and riding a bicycle was standing in front of the ATM and not letting customers use it. Police encountered the man with an apparent like for lingerie about 11 a.m. Nov. 3 in Fort Pierce after an incident at a BB&T bank in the 1000 block of Virginia Avenue.

Fort Pierce police found the man, identified as 33-year-old Gregory Herndon.

Asked if he could empty his pockets, Herndon said, “I guess so.”

He pulled out women’s underwear, a crack pipe, brass wool and two drug needles. He also had a BB&T card and a pill bottle, each belonging to the same woman.

Police also discovered Herndon was sporting a brassiere, a woman’s undergarment not traditionally donned by dudes.

Police called the woman who owned the BB&T card and pill bottle. She said she knew Herndon had the items. The affidavit did not state whether she also owned the bra and ladies undies.

Herndon, of the 3200 block of South U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce, was arrested on drug equipment possession and/or use and resist officer obstruct without violence charges.

 

 
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