The Bizarre World of Florida

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

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Funny,Interesting,OK Then .....,Sex,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:18 pm

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.


It looks like these customers got taken for a ride September 8, 2014

A man is facing charges after Daytona Beach police said he posed as a valet attendant at the Caribbean Jack’s Restaurant and stole two luxury cars in August.

“Any business this can happen to, you just don’t know. Who would expect it?” said Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood.

sfl-flduh-valet-stole-luxury-cars-20140905-001Police said 43-year-old Giovanni Salletti stole his first high-end car Aug. 17 around 8 p.m.

“He told (the victim) he would valet the cars, she gave him the keys and he said he would bring the valet ticket to her table. She went into the restaurant and he drove off,” said Chitwood.

Police said Salletti got away in a 2008 Mercedes Benz and came back just days later to steal again.

On Aug. 22, police said an officer spotted Salletti looking suspicious, took down his information and left just hours before Salletti struck again. Police said this time, Salletti grabbed keys from the valet kiosk and drove away in a 2008 BMW worth $85,000. It wasn’t until police got ahold of surveillance video that they put two and two together.

“Once officers got that video and when the officer recognized him from the field stop, it came together very quickly,” said Chitwood.

Not only did police track down Salletti, they said they recovered both cars at his apartment complex.

“That’s some of the dangers of using a valet service. There is always somebody lurking and jerking around there that can make you a victim,” said Chitwood.

Salletti is in the Volusia County Jail charged with two counts of grand theft auto. Police said he was already wanted on a probation violation for carjacking.


It looks like this dude wanted to egg-zact some revenge

A 58-year-old man may end up with egg on his face — for allegedly throwing eggs at neighbors’ cars, Clermont police say.

sfl-the-yolks-on-him-20140905-001Steven Rosa was charged with three counts of criminal mischief for allegedly tossing eggs at vehicles over a dispute about parking in the street on Muir Circle.

A neighbor said this has happened 11 times, causing damage to her home and both her vehicles, according to police. The victim estimated a new paint job would cost $1,600.

She told police it happened again early Wednesday morning and she had it on video after buying some equipment to catch the egg-thrower.

She sat in another car with a video camera, police said.

“(The victim) stated she observed an unknown male at the driver’s side window, in his mid 40s with a military style crew cut, launch an egg out of the window toward her black Mercury 2002 Cougar, causing damage,” the police report said.

She stated the car came out of Rosa’s driveway. She also later identified Rosa in a photo lineup.

Further investigation revealed another neighbor received an anonymous letter claiming it was against the homeowner’s association rules to park in the street.

“It is very frustrating when someone comes up the block and you have to stop and try to pull over to avoid hitting each other,” the letter said, according to the police report. “I can’t believe you first three homes think you are above the law.”

Police also obtained phone records of Rosa allegedly calling the association several times a day to complain about the matter.

But, the association told police there was no such rule against parking in the street, nor is it a violation of Clermont laws.

Rosa declined comment.



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