The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman allegedly asked passenger: “Would you like to die today?” October 31, 2014

A Palm Coast woman is accused of deliberately veering off Interstate 95 in Flagler County and crashing her car because she was angry with the passenger, her friend.

sfl-flduh-passenger-die-today-20141030-001Loretta Glica, 50, was arrested Wednesday in a nearby hotel parking lot on Old Kings Road.

Deputies said she ran from the vehicle that ended up in some woods, east of the interstate.

The passenger told deputies she and Glica were arguing as Glica drove north and that Glica said, “would you like to die today,” before driving off the highway, into some woods.

Deputies noted in the report that both women had been drinking.

Glica is charged with aggravated assault and was issued citations for reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.


Mom jailed driving 100-mph with kid in car October 30, 2014

An Alachua woman was arrested early this morning on charges of child neglect and reckless driving after she was clocked traveling through High Springs at 100 mph, according to a booking report.

sfl-flduh-mom-100-mph-kid-20141029-001On Tuesday at about 11 p.m., a High Springs police officer spotted a vehicle traveling on U.S. 441 at about 100 mph. The officer caught up with the vehicle more than a half-mile down the highway and identified its driver as 40-year-old Alachua resident Kimberly Ann Lucier, according to the booking report.

Lucier told the officer she was speeding because she was about to run out of gas, and her 15-year-old daughter, a passenger, needed to use the bathroom.

“Driving that fast could have resulted in physical injury to the child,” the report stated.

The teen was released to a friend, and the officer noted he would contact the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Lucier was booked into the Alachua County jail on charges of reckless driving and child abuse, the report stated.


Mom left son, 7, at movie, drank ‘mean juice’

Carolina Uchoa is accused of leaving her 7-year-old son all alone in a theater, during the middle of a movie.

sfl-flduh-mom-mean-juice-20141029-001Uchoa was in tears when the judge told her on Friday that she can no longer have any contact with her son, because she violated her probation from a criminal mischief charge in 2012.

According to police, Uchoa picked up her son from his father’s house around noon to watch a movie at a cinema in Altamonte Springs. Half way  through the movie, the boy told police his mother exited the theater, leaving her purse and cell phone behind.  After the movie was over, police say the boy came out to the parking lot to locate his mother, but she was no where to be found, so he sat down and waited for her to return.

The boy’s father called Uchoa’s cell phone to see how things were going. Police say the boy was in tears and told his father that his mother was drinking her “mean juice,” which authorities say is code for alcohol. The dad rushed to pick him up. Uchoa was no where to be found, until her mother found her at Cranes Roost Apartments with a friend.  Police say her mother turned her in to authorities.

“I’m going to find probable cause on one count of child neglect,” the judge told Uchoa.

“If she’s guilty of what they say she did in this police report, she’s not the best mother,” said a defense attorney.  “But she didn’t injure this child in anyway, and there’s nothing in this police report to indicate that the bond should be quadrupled.”

Uchoa remains at the Seminole County Jail on a no bond status for violating her probation.  She was given a $10,000 bond for her charge on child neglect.


Man tries to kill his wife with a stun gun. “I thought it would work” October 29, 2014

A Deerfield Beach couple had argued about money before a middle-of-the-night stun-gun attack led to an attempted murder charge against the husband, an investigator said.

“The couple had fought over finances before the alleged assault,” said Broward Sheriff’s Sgt. Aimee Russo.

The agency was called to the 5200 block of West Lakes Drive at 2:44 a.m. Saturday in response to a disturbance.

fl-deerfield-attempted-murder-20141027-001-thumbnailJohn Talbot, 65, had knelt next to Nadette, 62, his wife of 28 years, while she slept, deputies said.

He used a stun gun on her multiple times in an attempt to incapacitate her and pressed a white plastic bag against her face to try and suffocate her, according to Deputy Louis J. Bonhomme’s report.

“She told investigators that ‘”he looked weird, as if he was not himself,’” Russo said.

The weapon is called a drive stun Taser, meaning it didn’t have prongs attached to wires, like those used by police, said Russo, who works in the special victims unit.

Nadette Talbot said she was able to stop the attack by “‘Fighting like a b—–!'” Bonhomme wrote.

She was never unconscious and was not injured, according to Russo.

On Monday, Talbot appeared in Broward County court for the charge of attempted premeditated murder. When arrested Saturday night, Talbot had been charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm.

Russo said the second charge, attempted murder, was added after investigators had a chance to talk further with Nadette Russo.

“We were still looking at more evidence that included her supplemental statement,” Russo said. “She was just better able to explain what happened in terms of the plastic bag and Taser.”

Assistant Public Defender Brian Reidy said Monday that he could not comment on behalf of John Talbot because they had not yet met. Reidy could not be reached Tuesday.

Talbot does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to state records.


Woman charged with cutting her next-door neighbor while stealing his beer

A man was injured when he confronted his next-door neighbor after she entered his residence and started taking beer out of his refrigerator, according to Bradenton police.

sfl-flduh-cut-swiped-beer-20141028-001About 5 a.m. Monday, Patricia Coffee entered her neighbor’s residence in the 400 block of Fifth Street West and started taking the beer out of the refrigerator, according to a report.

“The owner of the residence woke up to the noise and walked into the kitchen and confronted the female suspect,” the report states. “She displayed a serrated steak knife and the victim grabbed it, cutting his right hand in two places in the process.”

The victim released the knife, and Coffee ran out the back door to her residence next door.

Officers made contact with the woman, who was not named in the report, and arrested her on a charge of armed burglary.

On Tuesday, she was being held in the Manatee County jail on $20,000 bond.


Driver found passed out in a running car at gas station October 28, 2014

Filed under: Drunk,DUI,Bad Luck,Dangerous Nut,WTF?,Controversy,Dumb,Alcohol — floridaduh @ 2:54 pm

Ocala police arrested a man they found passed out in a running car at a gas station early Friday. The man’s blood alcohol level was determined to more than three times the legal limit, according to the Ocala Police Department.

sfl-flduh-passed-out-running-car-20141027-001Authorities arrived at the Kangaroo gas station at 909 NE 28th St., Ocala, in response to a call about a suspicious vehicle, according to OPD spokeswoman Sgt. Angy Scroble. Officers found Gary Lee Hays, 51, passed out inside the running vehicle. They made several attempts to wake him. Hays finally responded and told them he had not had anything to drink. He later said he had three drinks.

Hays failed a field sobriety test. Blood alcohol tests registered levels of .237 and .246.

The legal limit in Florida at which someone is presumed to be intoxicated is .08.

Hays was arrested at 4:53 a.m. and was taken to the Marion County Jail. He was charged with DUI and his bond was set at $1,000.


Suspect to deputy: “I thought I’d be safe following you”

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:39 pm

sfl-flduh-dui-safe-following-20141027-001This dude apparently got caught up in a Catch 22 — with the law.

An Iowa man, identified as Damian John Campion, is accused of tailing a deputy on I-75 in Collier County, keeping pace with the deputy’s car as the lawman sped up to 103 miles per hour — while trying to snare another speeder, reports the Naples Daily News.

Campion explained his speeding to the deputy, saying “Just following you,” and “I thought I’d be safe following you,” records show.



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