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Man vowed to blow up tax collector’s office over auto tag flap April 14, 2014

Lawmen say a man became upset when he couldn’t renew his car tags and threatened to blow up the Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s Office.

sfl-flduh-auto-tag-flap-20140413-001Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies went to the Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s office in Destin to deal with a disturbance. When they entered, they identified a man matching a description given to them during the call. The man was saying, “No, no, no, this is a setup,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

When deputies tried to detain him the man declared, “You don’t have the right to stop me” and tried to shoulder his way past the deputies. He was handcuffed despite “significant resistance,” the deputy wrote in the report.

When deputies talked to the agent who phoned in the call, she told them that 46-year-old James Colin Ready of Destin became upset when he learned he couldn’t renew his car tags because his license had been suspended. She said he vowed to make a pipe bomb and blow up the Santa Rosa County Tax Collector’s office. The report didn’t say why he threatened the Santa Rosa County office.

“He said he had served in the military and had killed 159 people and was good at it,” the deputy wrote in the report.

He allegedly said “I’m not kidding” and left the office, then returned and ranted that he was going to make a pipe bomb and blow somebody up, the report said.

He was charged with battery on an officer or firefighter, and threatening to discharge a destructive device.

 

“When police searched his car, they found condoms, the loaded handgun and a shovel and duct tape inside.” April 12, 2014

3489808_GA loaded handgun, shovel and duct tape were found in the car of a man Davie Police say was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Antonio Seisdedos, 36, was arrested Thursday on charges of engaging in a sexual act with a person under 16, computer pornography and child exploitation and traveling for computer pornography and child exploitation, according to a Davie Police arrest report.

Seisdedos was being held on $14,500 bond Friday, court records showed. No attorney was listed in court records. Efforts to get a comment from someone at Seisdedos’ address were unsuccessful.

According to the arrest report, the victim’s mother went to police after she found several text messages on the girl’s phone from Seisdedos. Seisdedos and the teen texted about having sex in the messages, which dated back to February, the report said.

When police spoke with the teen, she admitted to having oral sex with Seisdedos in his car, the report said. She told police she had been approached by Seisdedos outside a Publix, and he told her she was cute and asked if they could exchange phone numbers, the report said.

The girl said she told Seisdedos she was just 14, the report said. She also admitted to sending him naked photos of herself, the report said.

Using the teen’s phone, police contacted Seisdedos posing as the girl and arranged to meet with him. He didn’t show up for the first meeting but when he showed up to a second arranged meeting, he was taken into custody, the report said.

When police searched his car, they found condoms, the loaded handgun and a shovel and duct tape inside, the report said.

Seisdedos refused to speak with officers without his attorney, the report said.

 

Police get involved after dispute over too many pets gets physical April 11, 2014

sfl-flduh-neighbor-fight-furkids-20140410-001Some folks really show their claws when it comes to their fur kids.

Fur-real feud: A woman, identified as Christina M. Putman, 27, is accused of attacking her neighbor after the neighbor told authorities Putman was keeping eight dogs and several cats, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.

After officials verified Putnam had more fur kids than the legal limit of five, Putman allegedly jumped her next-door neighbor’s fence and grabbed the woman’s hair, dragging her into the backyard from the porch, Port St. Lucie cops said.

 

Woman tweeted “2drunk2care” before driving the wrong way on a highway at 100mph and causing a double fatality accident April 10, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,DUI,Scary,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:21 pm

KAYLA2Five months after a wrong-way wreck on the Sawgrass Expressway which claimed two lives, the driver who allegedly caused the crash, Kayla Mendoza, made her first appearance before a judge, according to CBS Miami.

Mendoza, 21, was taken into custody Monday by the Florida Highway Patrol and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, as well as manslaughter and driving without a license for the early morning crash that claimed the lives of Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante on Nov. 17, 2013.

Mendoza appeared in a wheelchair before Circuit Judge John “Jay” Hurley. Her attorney told the judge Mendoza may have been the victim of involuntary intoxication. However, Hurley sited the suspect’s Twitter post before the crash which stated she was “2 drunk 2 care.”

According to her boyfriend, Javier Reyes, the tweet was aimed at him. In a search warrant, investigators said witnesses told them Mendoza, who did not have a driver’s license, was drinking at the Tijuana Taxi Co. in Coral Springs prior to the crash.

Hurley told the family members of the women who died he could not hold Mendoza without bond because of the charges, and then set bond at $600,000. CBS Miami reported that if she makes bond, Mendoza would be placed under house arrest.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Mendoza was driving the wrong-way on the highway when she slammed into Catronio’s car. Catronio, 21, was killed and Ferrante, who was driving the car, was seriously injured and later died.

“She changed the lives of our family forever,” said Gary Catronio, Marisa’s father. “You took my baby girl. You took my wife’s best friend. You made bad decisions that night. The right decision was to have a friend drive you home.”

Investigators said Mendoza had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit after the accident, as well as marijuana in her blood. At least ten drivers called 911 in the early morning hours of that day to report seeing a wrong-way driver traveling recklessly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Christine Ferrante, Kaitlyn’s mother, said she hopes Mendoza never gets another chance to enjoy her freedom.

“I don’t want her to ever feel the sunshine ever,” Ferrante said. “I want her to stay locked away forever.”

“We need to see her in that courtroom — not wearing what we’re wearing, wearing that jumpsuit and knowing that she destroyed a life and now she destroyed her own,” said Kaitlyn’s sister, Ashely Ferrante. “She made her bed and she has to lie in this now.”

The Catronio and Ferrante families are suing Tijuana Taxi alleging that “Throughout the evening of November 16, 2013 and the early morning hours of November 17, 2013, Tijuana Taxi Co., willfully sold or furnished alcoholic beverages to Mendoza, a minor not of the lawful drinking age.”

 

Atheist who attacked Jesus-double roomie wants godless lawyer April 9, 2014

Gustav Potthoff demanded a godless attorney.

sfl-flduh-atheist-jesusdouble-roomie-20140408-001After all, the Pine Hills-area man denies the existence of God and — as he told a judge Thursday after allegedly attacking his roommate with a butter knife because he thought the man was Jesus — he deserves a like-minded legal representative.

But Potthoff is also penniless. So the judge told him he better pony up if he wanted his own atheist attorney. Otherwise, he gets a public defender.

“It’s just my human rights and everything else,” Potthoff, 51, said against the advice of a public defender. “I’m allowed to be with someone of my own kind.”

Potthoff’s roommate, Raymond Hernandez, said he was watching television in the living room of their home on North Hiawassee Road when Potthoff threw a glass. It missed and shattered against a wall. Then came the butter-knife attack, Hernandez told deputies.

Potthoff denied tossing the glass.

The judge told Potthoff — after the suspect also rejected the idea of an agnostic attorney — that the request would likely be impossible to fill unless the indigent man paid for his own attorney.

“It’s a sacrilegious thing,” he told the judge before he went back to jail.

 

Christian High School Teacher Caught Half-Naked With 14-Year-Old Student April 8, 2014

Eric-Beasley-125x188A South Florida teacher was arrested Tuesday after he was caught having sex with a 14-year-old student, police said.

According to the Lighthouse Point police report, Eric Beasley, 24, was the ninth-grade student’s biology teacher at Zion Lutheran Christian School in Deerfield Beach.

An officer found Beasley and the teen having sex in a parked car behind a business, the report claimed.

While being questioned by detectives, Beasley admitted to engaging in inappropriate behavior with the girl at school, including kissing during her lunch breaks, the report stated.

“It’s absolutely appalling,” Rosalyn Smith, whose child attends the school, told Local 10.

Police said they also found pictures of Beasley’s penis on his phone that he sent to the girl.

“Not just my child, but I’m concerned about all of the children here at the school,” Smith said.

A student at the school said he thought Beasley was “a weird creep-o.”

School officials have not commented on the arrest.

 

Making an long illegal drug run? Then consider minding the code of the road

 A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged April 1 after a traffic stop in Marion County resulted in deputies finding thousands of pills.

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Around 11:35 a.m., deputies spotted Janzel Luis Vega-Cartas driving a black Acura northbound on Interstate 75, near mile-marker 362. Vega-Cartas was not wearing a seat belt, was driving too close to other vehicles, illegally switching lanes and speeded, according to a report.

Once stopped, deputies learned that Vega-Cartas had a suspended driver’s license.

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit and another deputy were given permission to search the vehicle, finding 87 hydrocodone pills with a raw weight of 37.1 grams, as well as 2,534 alprazolam pills, according to deputies.

Vega-Cartas admitted to transporting the pills and planned to take the pills from Miami to Kentucky, deputies said.

Vega-Cartas was arrested and charged with trafficking in a schedule II narcotic, possession of schedule IV narcotic with intent to distribute and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

His bond was set at $510,500 on the charges.

 

Report: Man started fire in apartment to “burn bugs”

A man pulled from a fire on Sunday night told authorities that he started the blaze accidentally — while trying to burn the bugs in his apartment, the Orlando Police Department said.

Orlando police and fire crews were called to the fire at an apartment building on Lakeview Street, near Lake Concord just north of downtown Orlando, about 11:30 p.m.

The man was rescued from his burning apartment and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation, according to Orlando police.

An officer who checked the apartment afterward described its “deplorable” living conditions in his report:

“There was trash and empty beer cans covering the majority of the floor in the living area and the kitchen,” the officer wrote in his report. “The bedroom where most of the fire damage occurred was also filled with trash and cans.”

The man, whose name has not been released, told authorities he started the fire “to burn the bugs in his home and computer,” according to the police report released Monday.

The officer filled out paperwork for the man to be hospitalized under the state’s Baker Act, according to the report, describing him as “a danger to himself and others.”

The case was turned over to an arson investigator but police said no criminal charges are expected. No other apartments in the building appeared damaged, according to police.

 

Vampires, nudists, snakes: Nobody does wacky like Florida April 7, 2014

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By: Scott Maxwell

Last week, news broke that a congressional candidate in Gainesville had a secret pastime: impersonating vampires. And superheroes.

Some people would call this nutty.

In Florida, we just call it Tuesday.

Seriously, that’s not even our highest-profile vampire story. Remember the “vampire killings” from Lake County?

Some of our stories are heartbreakingly tragic. But so many are also mind-numbingly strange.

In Florida, we do weird the way Kansas does wheat.

Here, giant pet snakes escape. And breed. And then invade our national parks.

We have fish that eat people, alligators that eat people and people who eat people.

Two years ago, when news of the “cannibal attack” broke, the nation let out a collective gasp … until learning it was Miami. Then it all made sense.

We have killer amoebas, hanging chads and diaper-wearing astronauts. (All of which would make awesome rock-band names, by the way.)

We have a town named Christmas … where it never snows. We have the world’s smallest post office and a couple trying to build America’s largest house.

I used to think Florida attracted wacky people. Now I think it creates them.

Take my grandfather, for example.

Early in his life, he was a NASA engineer in Virginia — and as strait-laced and buttoned-down as they came. His passions were photography and crossword puzzles.

Then he moved to Florida. After Grandma died, we worried that our sober and contemplative grandfather would become listless and uninspired.

He became neither of those things. Instead, he became a nudist. (Lending more credence to the notion that it’s never the people you want to see naked at a nudist resort.)

At first, we were all: What the heck, Granddad?

But you know what? He found new life and inspiration. He’d travel down Interstate4 from Ormond Beach to Cypress Cove, where he’d pay strict adherence to the two main rules: Never take pictures, and always place a towel on the bar stool before you sit down.

Florida liberated him. And he spent the remaining, widowed years of his life happy. So you go, Granddad.

By the way, nudity is another one of our weird themes.

•”Nude man found dead on killer whale’s back”

•”Florida Lotto winner seeks to open a nude dude ranch”

•”Blind woman sues nudist colony over heavy dog”

Florida newspapers carry such headlines the way other papers carry horoscopes.

Some of that is understandable. It’s hot down here.

And I don’t mean happy, sand-at-your-toes, wind-in-your-hair hot. I mean sweaty-thighs-stuck-to-your-car-seats, armpit-stains-like-dinner-plates hot. It’s enough to make anyone nutty. And naked.

But it cuts both ways. When it’s hot, it makes us crazy. When it’s pleasant, we attract other states’ crazies. I mean, if it’s January and you’re already planning to run a scam, con or heist, would you rather do it in Buffalo or Boynton Beach?

This state is also lousy with newspapers and TV stations, meaning we have more ink-stained wretches and blow-dried broadcasters than your average state to tell all the weird stories.

Finally, there’s our melting-pot effect.

You simply can’t throw so many different cultures together and not expect some fireworks.

But you know what? That is also part of what makes this state so splendidly unique.

We have character and texture — a bouillabaisse of native and newcomer, sinner and saint, scholar and simpleton.

It’s a fusion that produces a weeklong bacchanalia in Key West and pioneering medical research at the Burnham Institute.

It’s the reason Orlando can turn out just as many people for a Veterans Day parade as it does for Come Out With Pride.

And it explains how a mild-mannered rocket engineer can feel inspired to start a new life by ditching his pocket protector — along with everything else he’s wearing.

And, yes, it’s also how we end up with some of the wackiest politicians in America — including a vampire-impersonating, superhero-mimicking, punk-rock lawyer running for Congress.

Just what we need … another lawyer in Congress.

 

Report: Man convicted of 13th DUI — after being charged with 14th DUI

sfl-flduh-3th-dui-20140404-001A Tennessee man was found guilty Wednesday of his 13th DUI and will now have his license permanently revoked.

Bob Ray Towry also faces up to 21 years in prison.

After deliberating about 45 minutes, a jury found Towry guilty of driving under the influence on a fourth or subsequent offense, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence.

“I don’t think he is going to learn his lesson, but at least we got him off the streets,” Assistant State Attorney Ashley Dusnik said.

Towry was arrested July 15, 2006, by the Holmes Beach Police Department, however, he failed to appear at a hearing April 10, 2007, according to court documents.

A bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

At the time of his arrest, Towry was working as a foreman on a construction project.

Last December, Towry was arrested in his native Tennessee for a 14th DUI offense. He was extradited to Manatee County on Dec. 7.

On Dec. 13, Towry wrote a letter to Judge Edward Nicholas apologizing for missing his court date in 2007.

“I made a mistake and received a DUI,” Towry wrote. “It was first offense when I left. Then it moved up to 4th offense.”

His third offense in Florida, he claimed was 13 years prior.

“In Tennessee the DUIs are no longer held against you after 10 years,” Towry added.

Towry wrote he has a decent job as a general foreman and usually helps build hospital and prisons.

Towry was also charged with refusing to submit to testing and pleaded no contest.

Now Towry faces a lengthy prison sentence although there is no minimum mandatory jail term under Florida law.

“In Tennessee and Georgia, they don’t have a law where a fourth or subsequent DUI is a felony,” Dusnik said. “It’s important to note, all the prior DUIs were misdemeanors so the most he has ever been sentenced to jail has been one year.”

A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.

 

 

 
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