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‘Flying car’ crash injures two …. wait! …. what???? October 23, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:04 pm

Two men suffered injuries Tuesday after a “flying car” they were in crashed and caught fire in Marion County after a brief flight.

maverick-crash-8786The 49-year-old pilot and the passenger, in his twenties, were both taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center, according to Marion County Fire Rescue.

Officials said the pilot was transported as a “trauma alert” while the passenger did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. at Dunnellon Airport, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

“This homemade vehicle managed to make flight with two people inside but then crashed and caught fire,” Capt. James Pogue said. “Both occupants are being treated at the hospital for minor injuries.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are not responding “because they do not recognize this as an aircraft,” Pogue said.

The crimes division and evidence team with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are documenting the scene, Pogue said.

 

“Don’t bring a machete to a pork chop fight”

Filed under: Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Fight,Florida Nut,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:00 pm

An argument over pork chops turned violent and bloody between relatives Monday night.

635495145535312385-porkFellsmere police arrested Billy Wall for stabbing his nephew with a butcher knife two times in the abdomen. The two were apparently arguing over how many pork chops each person would get to eat.

Officers responded to the victim’s house on Lincoln Street just before eight o’clock. The victim, Charles Williams, came stumbling out the front door as police arrived. Wall was tracked down and arrested at his neighbor’s house a block away.

That neighbor, Carolyn Bibbs, told WPBF 25 News reporter John Dzenitis that Wall came to her door covered in blood and asking for a change of clothes.

“He was drenched with blood because I seen it all down his leg,” Bibbs said. ”I ain’t givin’ him no clothes to put on.”

Police said Wall claimed self-defense as he was being put in handcuffs.

“He kept saying ‘I stabbed him’,” Bibbs said. “He say, ‘He try to get a machete at me and cut me with a machete and I stabbed him.”

Wall was arrested on aggravated battery charges. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene and officers recovered the machete. The knife has yet to be recovered.

Family members told WPBF 25 News that Williams had to undergo emergency surgery because of liver damage. Thankfully, the blade barely missed an artery and Williams is expected to survive, according to his family.

 

Woman Sets Boyfriend on Fire

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dispute,Dumb,Fire,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:56 pm

An argument turned vicious in Florida when an incensed woman poured fingernail polish remover over her roommate then ignited it.

meatballs23n-2-webThe fight, according to a witness, erupted after Carlos Ortiz Jr., 42, threw out Melissa Dawn Sellers’ spaghetti and meatballs, according to Clearwater police.

“She was setting little objects on fire, then that turned into pouring nail polish remover all over him, and then all of a sudden, the lighter sparked and he lit on fire,” said Ines Causevic, a friend of the victim, Bay News 9 reported.

Sellers had been staying with Ortiz after losing her job at Wal-Mart.

Causevic said she doused her friend with water and pulled off his shirt, which was on fire.

He is hospitalized in critical condition with burns to his face and torso, the station said.

“When he got up, his face was like melting off,” Causevic said. “His lips were burning.”

Sellers, 33, was charged with aggravated battery.

She has a prior conviction from 2008 for battery.

 

Boy, 13, stopped on I-75 driving a front end loader October 21, 2014

A 13-year-old boy was stopped Sunday on Interstate 75 while driving a front-end loader, reportedly in an attempt to travel to Fort Lauderdale.

sfl-flduh-front-end-loader-20141020-001According to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report, the boy said he ran away from home Sunday morning and was looking for a vehicle he could take to South Florida so he could meet with a friend.

He came upon Magnum Construction at 4202 NW 27th Ave., Ocala, and saw a Mack truck, but could not find the keys. After searching the office, the boy got on one of the front-end loaders parked on the lot and started the vehicle. He drove through the locked front gate and headed down U.S. 27 until he got to the north entrance of I-75, according to the report.

The boy made it about three miles on the busy highway before he was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

The front-end loader was recovered by the owner. The piece of equipment was not damaged and no one was injured.

The boy was charged with commercial burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. He was taken to the juvenile detention area at the Sheriff’s Office.

 

Mom jailed after shooting at deadly snake October 20, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Guns,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:08 pm

A Panama City woman has been taken to jail after allegedly trying to gun down a snake on a local school campus.

april-demarcoApril Dawn DeMarco, 30, was arrested for discharging a .380-caliber handgun on the practice football field of Bay High School, 300 E. 15th St., during practice last week for the local Pop Warner football team. Demarco apparently borrowed the pistol from Miren Gregory, 31, to protect nearby children after a group of parents found a water moccasin on the field, police reported.

Coaches and parents told the children to get out of the area after finding the moccasin. Gregory told DeMarco she had a concealed carry permit and a handgun after some of the coaches tried to kill the snake by hitting it with sticks.

One parent forewarned the women that having a firearm on school grounds was against the law when DeMarco said, “I will take the blame,” the parent told police.

The children were about 20 to 50 yards away when Demarco took one shot at the snake, missing wide.

Attempts to contact DeMarco Wednesday were unsuccessful.

DeMarco told police she had the gun on school grounds and shot it there to protect the children, herself being a parent, police reported. However, discharging a firearm on school grounds is a felony. DeMarco was arrested Monday for discharging a firearm on school property and possession of a firearm on school property.

State law also prohibits people with concealed weapons permits from bringing weapons on a school campus during any event not related to those weapons. Gregory was arrested Tuesday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm on school property.

Police reports contain no word on the fate of the snake.

 

Potty mouth? Man attacked neighbor who allowed him to use toilet October 15, 2014

A man who let his locked-out neighbor use his bathroom was repaid by being threatened and attacked with a crowbar, according to a sheriff’s report.

sfl-flduh-neighbor-use-toilet-20141014-001Norman Newkirk was badly in need of a bathroom about 7 p.m. Friday, but found he had locked himself out of his Jungle Road apartment. The 50-year-old went to his neighbor who agreed to let Newkirk use his bathroom.

It is not clear what sparked what came next. Neighbor Howard Williams told Volusia County sheriff’s investigators that shortly after he allowed Newkirk to use the toilet, he heard Newkirk yelling from the bathroom that he would “smear (expletive)” all over Williams, the report states.

Newkirk came out into the living room, got into Williams’ face and punched him in the nose, deputies said. Newkirk then grabbed a crowbar and threatened to hit Williams. As Williams, 59, tried to grab a wooden club to defend himself, Newkirk struck him in the back with the crowbar, deputies said.

Williams, who could not be reached Monday, then hit Newkirk in the head several times with the wooden club, a report states.

A drunken Newkirk said he was upset that he had locked himself out of his apartment, the report said.

Along with the 12 stitches Newkirk needed to have his head patched, he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

After being cleared from Bert Fish Medical Center, Newkirk was carted off to the Volusia County Branch Jail sporting a bandage on his head. He was being held Monday on $5,500 bail.

 

Phony officer punched bar patron October 14, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Disrespectful,Dumb,Fight,Florida Nut,Fraud,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:13 pm

An Ellenton man was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer Sunday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-phony-officer-bar-20141013-001Adrian Q. Culpepper, 26, was arrested at 3:26 a.m. Sunday outside Three Oaks Bar & Grill, 3503 U.S. 301, Ellenton. According to a report, Culpepper walked into the bar and began to tell everyone that he is a sheriff and threatened to take them to jail.

“He talked about his ‘cop buddies’ and he will win,” a report states.

Deputies said Culpepper then hit a patron and was told to leave by another patron. According to a report, Culpepper then punched a man, giving the victim a bloody nose. The victim, who declined to press charges, tried to escort Culpepper out of the bar. According to a report, Culpepper again told them that he was a sheriff. He stood in the middle of U.S. 301 as a sheriff drove by in a marked car.

Culpepper was released from Manatee County jail the same day on $1,500 bond, according to the sheriff’s website.

 

 
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