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Jury Rejects Man’s Claim He Was Sleeping When He Molested Girl August 28, 2014

Caleb-RuhCaleb Ruh, a 29-year-old Flagler County man accused two years ago of molesting a 7-year-old girl in his care, was found guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation in a jury trial that ended late this afternoon.

Ruh faces life in prison and will be designated a sexual predator. He will be sentenced on Sept. 29 by Flagler County Circuit Judge J. David Walsh.

Ruh was represented by public defender Regina Nunnally, who argued at trial that Ruh suffered from “sexsomnia” and committed the acts while asleep.

Susan Davis writing for WebMD summarizes the disorder this way: “Also called ‘sleep sex,’ sexsomnia is a type of parasomnia, where the brain is caught in transition between sleeping and waking states. As with other parasomnias — including sleepwalking, sleep talking, and, yes, sleep driving — someone who is sleep sexing can seem fully awake and aware, even as he or she is masturbating, or fondling, initiating intercourse with, or even sexually assaulting a bed partner. But he or she truly is asleep. In fact, a diagnosis of sexsomnia has been used as a defense in several rape and molestation cases in recent years.”

In Ruh’s case, a jury of five men and one women didn’t buy it. The jury issued the verdict before Walsh after deliberating 90 minutes.

Ruh, who lives in a part of southern Flagler County that has Ormond Beach addresses, was arrested on Aug. 31, 2012, following a Department of Children and Families investigation earlier into an incident that took place July 1.

Ruh, according to his arrest report at the time, had been left in charge of the 7 year old girl while her mother and a 1-year-old child went to the store. The girl told her mother that Ruh had fallen asleep on the couch, then at one point had called out the girl’s name, grabbed the girl, and tried to kiss and touch her. The girl tried to awaken Ruh, who would later say that he’d taken Xanax before falling asleep. Xanax is an anti-anxiety prescription.

The girl later confronted Ruh about it. He refused to talk about it and claimed that the incident couldn’t have happened. The girl would later tell her mother that on another occasion, Ruh had blindfolded her and put things in her mouth, with the object of the “game” being that she had to guess what it was. The child’s mother took both her children to Broward County, where, the report states, a Child Protective Team concluded that there had been “two acts of sexual violence.”

Ruh continued to insist that he did not remember what had taken place on July 1, as he did at trial.

He was initially booked on $200,000 bail. He did not have a good record while in jail, and faced additional charges, such as obstructing police and violating jail rules two or more times, a case still pending in county court, and a battery charge, what would have been a third-degree felony, though the charge was dismissed.

 

Guess road rage is evolving into a beat n’ treat event

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Controversy,Dispute,Dumb,Fight,OK Then .....,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:02 pm

A minor traffic accident erupted into a stabbing in South Tampa on Wednesday.

sfl-flduh-road-rage-stabbed-first-aid-20140827-001In an unusual twist, police say the man with the knife immediately began to perform first aid on the man with the wound, who survived.

Robert Suarez, 36, was a passenger in his girlfriend’s Audi going north on MacDill Avenue near Bay to Bay Boulevard, police said.

Traffic stopped suddenly and the Audi was rear-ended by a Toyota Avalon driven by Steven Baker, 22, police said. Both vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Bay Oaks apartments.

Baker and one of his two passengers, Torre Worthy, 23, began arguing with Suarez, police said.

Worthy began punching Suarez, who would later be treated for cuts to his head, wrist, legs and knees, police said.

Suarez hit the concrete and Baker joined in the fight, kicking Suarez in the head, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

That’s when Suarez stabbed Baker but immediately began to put pressure on the wound to stop it from bleeding, McElroy said.

“He felt he was outnumbered and he had to defend himself, but he felt terrible about injuring his attacker,” she said.

McElroy wasn’t sure of the location of Baker’s wound. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital. His condition was initially described as serious but later described as good.

The investigation was expected to continue, with no immediate announcement of charges.

 

When ‘love thy neighbor’ can be a double-edged sword August 18, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dispute,Fight,Knives,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:40 pm

A 43-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is charged with threatening a woman with a sword after an argument over him having sex with the neighbor.

sfl-flduh-neighbor-sex-sword-20140815-001Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a West Sunset Boulevard residence for a disturbance, according to the arrest report. The victim told deputies that she and Michael Lee Young had gotten into an argument regarding Young having sex with the neighbor.

She said Young had struck her in the face and kicked her in the stomach before grabbing “a long sword,” the report said. Young waved the sword “in an aggressive manner” and pointed it at the victim as if he was going to stab her.

He then said, “Don’t make me do it! I will!” According to the report, the woman feared for her life and ran out of the house screaming for help.

Young said he picked up the sword and waved it while arguing with the woman, the report said.

He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intention to kill.

 

Here’s one woman’s grapes of wrath — raisins August 6, 2014

A woman accused of absconding with Raisinets later told investigators she was a “god” and could do as she wished.

sfl-flduh-raisin-candy-20140805-001But Martin County Sheriff’s officials evidently disagreed, taking her to the slammer on a disorderly conduct charge, according to recently released records.

A manager said Mullis swiped a bag of Raisinets, valued at $2.99, and that they wanted to prosecute. Mullis also said she took the Raisinets — chocolate covered raisins popular with movie-goers.The case against Nancy Mullis, 52 at the time, began shortly after 5 a.m. July 17 as a deputy went to a Cumberland Farms store in the 2900 block of Southeast Dixie Highway.

The manager said Mullis caused a ruckus in the store. He said she grabbed the Raisinets when she left and while outside “flaunted the stolen property at the store clerk.”

Mullis was given a trespass warning from the store and a notice to appear in court on a theft charge, while the Raisinets were returned.

About 4:30 p.m. the same day, deputies again encountered Mullis. This time it was after a reported disturbance at a store identified as Discount Family Dollar in the 3200 block of Southeast Dixie Highway.

“Mullis was waving her arms wildly and cursing,” an affidavit states. “Mullis was stating that she was a god and could do what she wanted.”

The owner showed the deputy where Mullis is said to have thrown stuff from the shelves onto the ground and flipped over a newspaper stand and cigarette receptacle.

Mullis, of Stuart, was arrested on a disorderly conducted charge and taken to jail. She also was given a trespass warning from Discount Family Dollar.

 

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.

 

Cracker Barrel management brings down the hammer on 73-year-old employee who gave away free muffin to a needy person June 26, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Dispute,Interesting,Stupid,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:22 pm

53ab2a96c01b9.preview-300A 73-year old veteran says he was fired from the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Venice for giving someone who looked in a need a few condiment packets and a corn muffin.

Was it against the restaurant’s rules, or is it the right thing to do? It’s a debate that is already catching fire online.

For the past three plus years, Joe Koblenzer has put on his brown and yellow Cracker Barrel apron and greeted those who come in to the Venice location. “It’s a fun job; a job really suited to me.”

He says that two weeks ago, a man who looked like he might be homeless came through the doors. “He looked a little needy. He asked if I had any mayonnaise and some tarter sauc. He said he was going to cook a fish.”

The man whose job it is to be friendly obliged. “I got it for him. As I walked out I put a corn muffin in.”

That gesture apparently cost Joe his job. “The General Manager called me in and said he had some bad news for me. Joe we are going to have to let you go.”

He admits he’s been written up before; two years ago for getting a fountain drink on the job and a second time for giving a cup of coffee to woman. He claims she actually paid for it.

But rules are rules. “It’s a rule. They legally can do this because I did break the rule. I completely forgot about it. I am a host at Cracker Barrel with a little above minimum wage job.”

Now the Vietnam vet who was trying to supplement his Social Security is the one looking for work.

“Hurt me? Oh yeah it has.”

The debate over the seriousness of the event and the subsequent firing has started a firestorm online. In recent days the story has gotten out on Facebook, on pages like the Venice Scoop and even the restaurant’s own page.

While some are saying it’s the company’s right, the establishments reviews have plummeted with more than 30 negative comments about the firing.

“I feel badly. It shines a bad light on the company. I would not want that on any company, but it happened,” says Joe.

He says he’s sad over the situation and misses the regulars and employees he’s gotten to know; earning the maximum amount of stars on his apron for performance achievement and responsibility. “You know what? At 73, I was really proud of doing this. I was really proud of getting those stars.”

He says yes it was against the rules and yes they have a right to let him go, but morally it still feels like it was the right thing to do. “I don’t think I will be working for a corporation again, so I don’t know if that will ever come up (laughs).”

Joe says he is looking for a new job but not quite sure yet what he will do.

Late Wednesday, a Cracker Barrel spokesperson released the following statement:

“Mr. Koblenzer has worked as a host at Cracker Barrel’s Sarrasota store since April 2011. During the time he was employed, he violated the Company’s policies regarding consuming food without paying or giving away free food, on five separate occasions. Mr. Koblenzer received multiple counselings and written warnings reminding him about the company’s polices and the consequences associated with violating them. On the fifth occasion, again per Company policy, Mr. Koblenzer was terminated.

Cracker Barrel is grateful for and honors Mr. Koblenzer’s service to our country as we honor all service men and women and their families.”

 

How embarrassing will it be to think that you’re going to be known in prison as the guy who tried to kill someone with grits? June 21, 2014

thGrits are known as a Southern comfort food. But it can be a white-hot weapon in the wrong hands.

That’s what Darryl Blacknell, 29, of Orlando learned Wednesday when a petty argument ended in hospitalization for second- and third-degree burns.

Edward Holley, 59, now faces attempted-murder charges after he admitted to throwing a pot of scalding grits at Blacknell.

“Blacknell stated that the pain was horrible and he began screaming and running away from the house,” an arrest report said.

He was burned over 30 percent of his body, police said. The men are neighbors who fight regularly, with their latest disagreement Tuesday night.

Police did not say what started the argument but a witness said it was over an insignificant issue.

The argument ended in a pushing match outside Holley’s home on King Cole Boulevard in southwest Orlando.

Holley warned Blacknell to stay away from his home. The next day, Blacknell was back.

At some point, Holley attacked Blacknell with hot grits he just pulled off the stove, a report said.

 

 
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