The Bizarre World of Florida

Angela Stoldt Accused of Killing and Cooking Her Neighbor November 21, 2014

A Florida woman is accused of killing her neighbor and trying to dispose of his body in an at-home cremation.

angela-stoldt-800According to documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Angela Stoldt told authorities that she killed James Sheaffer after arguing with him about money. According to the documents, Stoldt confessed to cutting his body up and trying to get rid of the parts by boiling and baking them.

The documents, which were obtained by multiple media outlets, also say that Stoldt, 42, was unable to dispose of the evidence on her kitchen stove. Investigators say she tossed his remains in a dumpster.

“Thursday is when I was cooking him,” Stoldt reportedly told police. “Friday is when I was dumping him.”

Sheaffer, a 36-year-old limo driver, lived across the street from Stoldt, and the pair had a joint bank account. Stoldt told investigators that she was responsible for handling his Social Security disability check, but that he had repeatedly overdrawn funds from the account. Stoldt and Sheaffer got into an argument about the money on April 3, 2013.

“He starts coming at me and – he didn’t even really hit me, but he scared me and I just snapped,” Stoldt told investigators. “He came at me and I stabbed him.”

After Stoldt dumped the body, investigators say she hid additional evidence. She allegedly buried Sheaffer’s cell phone and driver’s license. She disposed of her pots and pans in dumpsters and threw the rug for her car into a lake.

Multiple news outlets report that, during her police interview, Stoldt continued to speak negatively about Sheaffer.

“I’m sorry, but I put Jimmie where he belonged, in my opinion at the time,” she told deputies.

Three weeks after the killing, Stoldt allegedly confessed her crimes to her sister, who called authorities.

“She came to the house and told me that she committed a crime that she’s being investigated for it,” the sister told a 911 dispatcher. “She’s hugging her kids goodbye.”

Stoldt has been charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a dead body. She is being held without bond at the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach.


Florida man fatally shot after warning reckless driver to slow down around kids November 17, 2014

Police are searching for suspects in South Florida whom they say shot and killed a man after he warned them against reckless driving around children.

Florida-man-fatally-shot-after-warning-reckless-driver-to-slow-down-around-kidsInvestigators and several witnesses say Bradley Holt, 24, spotted a yellow Ford Mustang doing donuts and driving erratically outside of his apartment in Miami Thursday night.

One 12-year-old witness, Jarrod Smith, told WSVN that Holt had been playing football with him and some other children before he confronted the occupants of the vehicle, telling them to slow down.

Neighbors said they heard two gunshots, one of which struck Holt in the head. He died after being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where his family had gathered for prayer.

Investigators currently lack information about the number of occupants in the Mustang, which was described as a 1988 or 1998 model convertible. No others were injured in the shooting.


Wedding ring causes Florida man’s electrocution November 11, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Death,Sad Story,Scary,Stupid,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:08 pm

A 33-year-old Central Florida man installing a dishwasher was electrocuted when his wedding ring came in contact with an unknown object, police said.

imagesSouth Daytona police said Jason Ferguson, of Port Orange, was at his in-laws’ home on Thursday when the fatal accident occurred.

Police said the family was getting ready to eat around 7 p.m. when they noticed that Ferguson was kneeling in front of the appliance with his left arm extended behind the dishwasher.

The family said Ferguson was turning red and was not responsive, so they grabbed him and began CPR, police said.

Ferguson was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center and later died.

Police said Ferguson, who the family said routinely installed and repaired items at the home, possibly came in contact with a copper wire.


Man buys foreclosure, discovers why the old lady who owned the place suddenly stopped paying her bills November 7, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Death,Funny,OK Then .....,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:17 pm

The Cape Coral house on SE 19th Lane had rusted iron gates on each window and every entrance. Four dead-bolts were chained at the front door.

635508597220320283-body-insideLongtime Cape Coral resident William Wilson acquired the worn light pink house at auction Tuesday for $96,000.

He arrived the next morning to evaluate his purchase, trim the hedges and mow the lawn. What he found inside was a body.

“The inside was a mess,” Wilson said. “It looked like (someone) was packing to move. There were a lot of boxes, some pictures of children on the fridge.”

Authorities told him the most recent piece of mail was from November of 2011 and unpaid taxes went back three years. The corpse was on the floor of the master bedroom next to the bed. Longtime neighbors say an older woman from Miami last lived at the home with her sister, but they hadn’t seen or heard from her for several years.

Some thought she moved, others said she just disappeared. Outside, the grass grew long and the community speculated. Inside, Wilson said all that remained were bones, skin and the smell of remains. In the living room was a bird cage and piles of feces.

“You couldn’t tell who it was,” Wilson said. “You couldn’t tell if it was a male or a female … it’s disappointing and a sad thing that nobody cared enough to check.”

The Cape Coral Police Department responded to the scene Wednesday afternoon to conduct a death investigation. Officers cordoned the property with yellow caution tape. At dusk, one officer remained parked out front.

“It’s sad about the whole thing,” said Bill Harrigan, who lives across the street. “Nobody ever checked on her.”

Wednesday night, residents stood outside their homes and watched law enforcement come and go along the two-lane road.

“I didn’t know them,” said Liz Palma, 55, of Cape Coral. “It’s very strange, all those bars on the house. I never smelled anything … that’s just freaky. I’m freaked out.”

Next-door neighbor Gary Oben Jr., 30, said he used to park his van in the driveway because no one was ever around. The woman was nice, but reclusive and didn’t speak much English. He saw her a handful of times in a decade. She got the mail and she watered the lawn and liked his dogs.

The house was built in 2007 and previously owned by Carmen Garcia-Viso.

“I had a hunch,” Oben said. “Either it was a grow house or there was a dead lady in there.”


Quadruple amputee named person of interest in parents’ slayings November 6, 2014

Investigators said they’re searching for 30-year-old Sean Petrozzino, a quadruple amputee whose parents were found dead in an east Orange County home Tuesday.

petrozzinoThe bodies of Nancy Petrozzino, 64, and Michael Petrozzino, 63, were found after deputies went to the house on Heming Way in the Andover Cay subdivision, south of Curry Ford Road, to do a well-being check when Nancy Petrozzino didn’t show up for work, authorities said.

Their deaths have been ruled homicides and their son, Sean Petrozzino, has been named a person of interest in the case.

“We do believe he has a firearm. He’s considered dangerous and they believe he is in the south Florida area,” said Jane Watrel, with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Sean Petrozzino lost his legs and hands due to meningitis. He has two prosthetic legs, according to investigators.

Investigators said he was last seen in a 2012 red Toyota Camry with Florida tag 112VZY. They said he could be in the Jupiter or Coral Springs area.

Michael Petrozzino worked at Disney World and his wife was a second-grade teacher at Andover Lakes Elementary School.

Parents and student at the school were grieving Wednesday.

“It’s just unbelievable, something you can’t comprehend,” said Richard Reeder, a grandparent who was at the school Wednesday.

Andover Lakes Elementary School Principal Angela Zambaux sent a message to parents that said, “I am very sad to report that we have lost second-grade teacher Mrs. Nancy Petrozzino today. She died in her home today.”

“I was shocked when I found out it was her. Literally, my kids cried for hours yesterday,” said neighbor Jennifer Satmaria. “My one daughter didn’t even go to school today. She woke up with a migraine because she cried so much yesterday. She was just an awesome lady.”

Neighbors told WFTV Sean Petrozzino had recently moved back to his parents’ home with his Great Dane. Richard Ellwood said he met Sean Petrozzino when he and the dog moved into the house, about a week and a half ago.

“You don’t want it to be anybody. You don’t want that event to have occurred,” said Ellwood. “Suddenly you open your door and there’s police tape at both ends of the street.”

Former neighbor Michael Vitale spoke highly of Sean Petrozzino and was surprised by the investigation.

“There was nothing to have me doubt his integrity or honesty or anything that he might be a threat to anybody’s family here,” said Vitale.

On Wednesday, investigators released a photograph of Sean Petrozzino taken at an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Orlando on Tuesday morning. Investigators said they wanted people to look at the physical characteristics of his hands so that someone might be able to identify him.

Sean Petrozzino’s high school principal described him as a nice kid who went through a very tough time as a high school kid, after he contracted bacterial meningitis.

Neighbors said he never talked about the rare form of bacterial meningitis that ate away at his limbs. Doctors were forced to amputate both his arms and legs when he was in high school.

His south Florida high school raised money to help pay medical bills for 13 surgeries. It was his rehab that brought his family to Orlando.

Sean Petrozzino bought his own home in 2006. Court records show the bank foreclosed on the home in 2012 because he stopped paying the $1,300 monthly mortgage.

When Channel 9 went to the house, we found a maintenance worker paid by a bank to clean up.

“It just seemed like he packed up one day and left,” said Taylor.

Bank records show Sean Petrozzino owed $200,000 on the east Orange County home, where the mortgage was $1,300 a month.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Crimeline.


Joshua Ortiz Charged In The Strangulation Death Of His Own Mother November 5, 2014

Seminole County deputies released the arrest warrant for the man accused of killing his mother, detailing how she died.

Joshua-OrtizJoshua Ortiz disappeared after his mother’s body was found inside of her Oviedo-area home. Investigators said he was found with his mother’s car in Maryland and has been charged with second-degree murder in her death.

According to the arrest warrant, Ortiz’s mother, Jacqueline, was strangled.

Deputies said Ortiz had gotten into a fight with one of his brothers earlier in the day because Ortiz had not eaten in three days. After another brother had broken up the fight, Ortiz was spotted hiding in the bushes by a family friend, according to the arrest warrant.

The two other brothers left to get a haircut and when they arrived back home, Ortiz was gone and they found their mother dead.

“My mother’s not breathing and she does not have a pulse,” the brothers told 911 dispatchers. “She’s just on the floor right next to the pantry, when we got back. She has bruises on her face that would indicate that she was (expletive) struck or something.”

The brothers also told the dispatcher that their mother was cold and her fingers were injured as well.


Jury decides you cannot stand your ground against an unarmed teenager who was playing his music too loud for your tastes October 2, 2014

A Florida jury found a white software engineer guilty of first degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud rap music.

ap285158298726Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified that he was defending himself when he fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four black teens listening to music at a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

In a February trial, a jury deadlocked on the murder charge but convicted Dunn on three counts of attempted murder for firing at the three surviving teens in the vehicle.

Under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for crimes committed with a gun, Dunn could face at least 60 years in jail for his February convictions. Sentencing for those convictions was postponed until after his retrial.

Dunn testified on Tuesday he was sure he saw a gun as a teenager appeared to emerge from the SUV making verbal threats against his life. Davis was unarmed, prosecutors said, and no weapon was found in the youths’ vehicle.

During the weeklong retrial, prosecutors argued that Dunn’s actions went far beyond self-defense.

Davis was struck by three bullets while leaning away from the gunfire, an expert testified during the trial. Dunn faced intense questioning as to why he did not call 911, which he blamed on fear and shock.

The trial has drawn comparisons to the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in Florida last year in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed, black 17-year-old. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had said he fired in self-defense.



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