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The Bizarre World of Florida

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.

 

Man caught in sexapade; his girlfriend caught with something else, cops say

It could be said the evening was going swimmingly for the 57-year-old man.

Not only was he intoxicated, but he was actively engaged in sexual intercourse with a 45-year-old woman, also intoxicated.

sfl-fls-sex-romp-20140716-001The man told police when Hughes spied him and the other woman together, she grew “enraged and started shattering everything of his in the house,” according to a recently released Port St. Lucie police report.But the situation that June 27 night in Port St. Lucie soured suddenly when the man’s girlfriend, Linda Hughes, 54, came home and saw them mid-romp.

As a rule of thumb, women do not approve of their boyfriends having sex with other women.

Still, the 57-year-old man said he didn’t want to pursue charges against Hughes for trashing his sports memorabilia, valued at $2,000, and furniture.

The 45-year-old woman said she and the 57-year-old man were in a fornication situation when Hughes “walked in and caught them.” She said Hughes got upset and started destroying “everything in the residence.”

She started quarreling with Hughes about breaking stuff when Hughes kicked her in the abdomen.

Meanwhile, Hughes said she came home after drinking and found her boyfriend and the 45-year-old woman copulating.

The 45-year-old woman wouldn’t let police photograph the area where Hughes is alleged to have kicked her. She said it was “too embarrassing.”

“It should be noted that all parties were intoxicated and refused to write statements,” the report states.

Police arrested Hughes, of the 1200 block of Southwest Mot Court in Port St. Lucie, on a battery charge.

On the way to jail, an officer reported Hughes was moving around and fiddling with her hands behind her back. The officer found a pot pipe under the seat where Hughes had been sitting.

“I’m sorry, it was my friends and I forgot I had it on me so I didn’t want to get caught with it on me,” Hughes is quoted as saying.

Hughes was arrested on additional charges including possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and smuggling contraband – introduce into a detention facility.

 

How cow! Sign warns of smelly farm animals having sex

Filed under: Beautiful,Controversy,Funny,Silly,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:45 pm

53c6a72025b14.imageResidents in a rural Englewood community are upset about a proposed housing development coming to their front door. They claim it would impact their lives and those of potential buyers. One has even put up an attention-grabbing sign talking about the noise, smell, and other activities animals will be doing.

Residents there say the project, which would bring 80 homes near Morningstar Drive and Pine Street, just doesn’t fit with the neighborhood.

Englewood resident Sue Young raises sheep, chickens, horses, even peacocks to name a few. There are around 20 mini farms in the neighborhood, starting with five acre lots on up. “We are hobby farms. People come to see our animals. We raise our own animals.”

She also runs a dog kennel and grooming business there. She’s one of several residents that are concerned with a new plan on the 40 acres across from her dirt road – a development being called Tromble Bay.

Currently the land is zoned for around eight homes. Those who own it are looking for much more. “They want to put 80 homes on what used to be an equestrian farm. We just don’t want to be changed in the zoning. We are farms, and Englewood should have farms.”

The Youngs have even posted a sign to let everyone know exactly what farms entail. The sign is a reminder that “animals make funny sounds, smell bad & have sex outdoors.”

“People like it. Nobody is offended,” says Young.

She says it’s meant to catch some eyeballs and meant as a warning. They’re concerned that once those in a gated community move in, they’ll work to get rid of the annoyances around them. “It’s like moving next to an airport and complaining about the traffic patterns. If you move next to a farm, we have animals that make noises and they smell. A lot of people enjoy them but they are not meant for everybody.”

At a recent neighborhood meeting held by representatives with the development, neighbors in other nearby communities also spoke out over concerns about drainage and the overall impact. “All this undeveloped land in East Englewood, Rotonda, Gulf Cove, and they are already zoned for that.”

Neighbors say the current five-acre mini estates are a part of the area’s initial plan called Englewood Gardens. However, the proposed development is within Sarasota County’s future land use for the property: two residential units per acre.

Susan says they were able to stave off a smaller plan to develop the same property years ago, and are hoping for the same. “The commissioners listened to the neighbors and we are hoping they will again.”

Sarasota County commissioners will have the ultimate say on whether the property can be rezoned. No date has been set.

 

Man choked, robbed girlfriend after she invited him to party July 16, 2014

 A man is in custody after deputies said he became enraged when his girlfriend invited him to a party, choked and robbed her before he robbed another man who tried to intervene early Tuesday.

sfl-flduh-chocked-girlfriend-party-20140715-001The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said Chadwick Bush, 21, was sleeping on a bed at the Motel 6 at 660 67th St. Cir. E. when his 23-year-old girlfriend asked if he wanted to go to a party at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Bush allegedly became enraged and pulled his girlfriend down by her hair and began to choke her and punch her in the ribs.

Another woman in the room told Bush she was calling law enforcement, but Bush did not stop. While on top of his girlfriend, he stole $40 from her front pocket.

The other woman called for her boyfriend, who was outside of the room.

The other man tried to get Bush off of Bush’s girlfriend by striking him in the side. Bush got off of his girlfriend and turned toward the other man, who told him deputies were called.

Bush then grabbed the other man’s cellphone and ran away from the area with his backpack.

Deputies saw Bush behind the nearby Comfort Inn. He ran after deputies saw him and told him to get down.

A deputy deployed a stun gun and struck Bush, who kept running.

A dog eventually found Bush hiding behind a trash bin behind iStorage, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Bush was charged with domestic battery with strangulation, strong-arm robbery and grand theft.

 

Surprise only 15 percent of this Florida town’s police force were also members of the KKK July 15, 2014

kkkPolice morale in Fruitland Park, Florida has been shaken after a deputy chief and officer resigned when the Federal Bureau of Investigations identified them as members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement presented Chief Terry Isaacs with copies of a confidential FBI report last week that allegedly identified Deputy Chief David Borst and Officer George Hunnewell as members of the KKK.

Earlier this year, a Florida Klan leader boasted to WFTV 9 that the organization has “police officers, paramedics, judges…everywhere.”

However, Chief Isaacs would only tell reporters for the Orlando Sentinel that the pair belonged to a “subversive organization,” because he did not believe he was authorized to release the results of the report.

“It’s a tough situation. He was my assistant,” he said, adding that he never witnessed any behavior that would lead him to believe former Deputy Chief Borst was in the KKK. “But I’ve read the report, and it’s convincing.”

Chief Deputy State Attorney Ric Ridgway — from whom Isaacs sought counsel concerning the FBI’s report — told the Orlando Sentinel that “it’s not a crime to be a member of the KKK, even if you are the deputy chief. It’s not a crime to be stupid. It’s not a crime to hate people. It may be despicable, it may be immoral, but it’s not a crime.”

The loss of two officers is significant for a town that only employs 13 full-time cops. “They’re a good group of people,” Isaacs said. “The last thing I was expecting to hear in the year 2014 was for a professional law-enforcement officer to be a member of a subversive organization.”

In 2009, however, another Fruitland Park officer, James Elkins, resigned after pictures emerged online of him wearing a Klan hood and robe. Elkins initially claimed that he was not involved with the organization, but eventually admitted that he was the “district Kleage,” or local recruiter, for the National Aryan Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

 

 
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