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Confused man sets himself on fire attempting to burn down an occupied home July 28, 2014

A group of South Daytona residents are lucky to be alive after an arsonist lit part of their apartment complex on fire, while residents were home.

News 13 spoke with the woman the arsonist was talking to as he was dousing the complex with gasoline.

Kathy Bailey’s charred front door is being replaced after it was set on fire Saturday morning at the Spanish Villa apartment complex in South Daytona.

downloadBut she and her granddaughter are lucky to be alive after police say Arthur Avery did not find who he was looking for, a man by the name of Ted; a man Bailey says she’s never heard of, which was a response Avery did not like.

“And he just started splashing the gasoline on it. And I said my granddaughter’s in there. And he said you better get her. So I ran in and my other girlfriend who came in from out of town said there’s a child in there. He said I don’t give a damn,” said Bailey.

A grandmother’s instinct kicked in and she ran inside for her granddaughter.

“Grabbed her and went out the back door. Did you get any gasoline on you? Yeah, I did, I was just praying he didn’t light that fire before I could get out of there,” added Kathy Bailey.

The fire burned two front doors, and a mattress, before working its way up higher.

Residents in this apartment complex tell me the flames came all the way to the second floor. One homeowner even saw those flames through the peep hole right here on the second floor.

“It looked like hell just exploded,” said resident Lonna Sampson.

Lonna Sampson is thankful South Daytona firefighters arrived so quickly to put the fire out because her son had no way out the back door of the second story apartment.

“Someone could have burned us all, all of us to death,” added Sampson.

Avery himself is being treated for burns. Witnesses told police then when Avery knelt down to light the fire, he caught fire himself.

Police say Avery rolled on the ground, an act which may have put that fire out, but led to his arrest because he dropped a set of keys and his wallet.

Detectives say Avery was driven by friends to a hospital in St, John’s county but was transferred to Shand’s hospital where he is being treated for his burns.

Meanwhile, Bailey is glad Avery was arrested, but too nervous to return to her apartment.

“I was Petrified. [Probably] the worst thing could ever happen to me cause I’m afraid of fire,” said Bailey.

 

Drunken man hit parked police cruiser with lights flashing

Filed under: Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,DUI,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:31 pm

A driver with a cocktail in his car plowed into a parked Daytona Beach patrol car that had its blue emergency lights flashing, and the man wound up going to jail on a DUI charge, police reported.

sfl-flduh-drunken-cruiser-flashing-20140725-001No one was seriously hurt in the accident early Wednesday morning.

The suspect, Clinton Shockley, 25, of Tampa, quit doing field sobriety tests in mideffort, saying, “I wouldn’t be able to do that when I’m sober,” according to his arrest report.

He was driving south on Atlantic Avenue in Daytona Beach shortly before 1:30 a.m. when he crashed into the back of a parked patrol car that was involved in a traffic stop.

A suspect was in the back seat of the cruiser, and two officers were standing in front of its front bumper.

All three wound up going to a local hospital, but none was seriously hurt, the Police Department reported.

Clinton was glassy-eyed and smelled of alcohol, according to his arrest report, and in his car an officer found a cup of what looked like lemonade but smelled like alcohol, according to the report.

Clinton refused to take a breath test. He fell down while trying to walk a straight-line heel-to-toe.

 

Man frothing mad over the price of beer

Filed under: Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Fraud,Guns,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

Police arrested a Boynton Beach man Thursday night after they said he became upset at the price of two Samuel Adams beers, shoved a clerk, and then returned with a handgun he used to rob the cash register.

sfl-flduh-frothing-mad-beer-20140727-001According to the arrest affidavit, Herbert Lindsey and another man went to the Kwik Stop on Gateway Boulevard to purchase beer.

When told the price was $3.75, police said Lindsey argued that it should only be $3, and shoved a clerk into a beer cooler.

Clerks told police Lindsey left and returned shortly with a handgun at his side, reached into the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money.

Police viewed surveillance video of the robbery, and tracked down Lindsey nearby at a gas station, based on a description of his vehicle. While being questioned, they said Lindsey said he never meant to use the gun, and just wanted his two dollars back.

He remains in the Palm Beach County jail with no bond.

 

77 year-old man attacked by …. a naked man July 23, 2014

sfl-flduh-naked-man-attacked-20140722-001Collier County deputies say an elderly Naples resident was attacked and wrestled to the ground by a naked man Monday night.

The incident unfolded when the 77-year-old victim went to check on a disturbance he heard outside his apartment on Palm Street.

The victim said he heard loud thumping and banging next door, so he yelled: “Can I help you?” He told deputies that’s when the chaos began.

Almost immediately after stepping outside, the victim said a naked man punched him in the face and wrestled him to the ground without warning. The victim was able to run away and call deputies.

When deputies responded, they say the man was still naked and several liquour bottles were scattered through the apartment. Deputies say he was asked to put on clothes, but refused to do so. Deputies say the suspect cursed at them — at one point saying, “Stupid [expletive]! Don’t know why I’m here!”

The suspect — identified as 28-year-old Andrew Restrepo — appeared to be under the influence, deputies say.

Deputies continued to question the suspect, who they say became even more belligerent. Restrepo was then placed under arrest and taken to the Naples Jail Center.

According to the arrest report, the suspect is the boyfriend of the tenant who lives at the residence next to the victim.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

Teens used cellphone to impersonate cops July 14, 2014

Two teenaged boys were arrested Thursday night for impersonating law enforcement, a felony, but their family says it was all just a prank.

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The teens, Angel Torres Jr., 17 and Christian Jose Iturbe, 16, both of Cape Coral are accused of attempting to use high beam red and blue flashing lights from a smartphone to pull over a driver in North Cape Coral.

It happened on Chiquita Boulevard North. A driver called police and told them a vehicle behind him was flashing red and blue lights across the front windshield, and he began to stop because he thought an unmarked police car was pulling him over.

The driver realized as the vehicle got closer to him that it was a Nissan Altima and that made him feel unsure if it was really a police officer behind him. So, he called police and gave them the license plate number.

Police found the suspect’s vehicle as it made a moving violation so they stopped it. At that time, Torres was driving and Iturbe was the front seat passenger, and police discovered they used a combination of flashing their car’s high beams and used a Youtube video of flashing red and blue lights on Iturbe’s cell phone, according to police.

Cape police said: “…this particular case looks to be a criminally stupid prank”- but added that cases like it can be dangerous.

“Impersonators can have dangerous motives for trying to stop members of the public, and impersonators like this shake public confidence and make people second guess real police officers conducting legitimate law enforcement duties,” said CCPD Sergeant Dana Coston.

Back at the police station, police say Torres’ mother was creating a scene and had to be detained. She told officers her son was a rising soccer star and couldn’t afford to get in trouble.

Police say they should have thought of that before deciding to commit a felony.

We went to both of the teens’ homes, and spoke with Torres’ mother by phone, who said she believes the boys meant no harm.

Police say the man who the teens pulled over did everything right by calling 911 with he noticed something was amiss.

 

 
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