The Bizarre World of Florida

Miami Dolphins star Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson is arrested for ‘head-butting new wife of 1 month after she found a receipt for condoms’ August 12, 2012

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Fight,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:13 pm

The argument that led to Johnson's arrest broke out when his newlywed wife, VH1 reality show star Evelyn Lozada, found the condom receipt over dinner and confronted him about it

The argument that led to Johnson’s arrest broke out when his newlywed wife, VH1 reality show star Evelyn Lozada, found the condom receipt over dinner and confronted him about it. The 34-year-old Dolphins receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, was charged with simple battery, domestic violence, which is a misdemeanor. Lozada was treated for a cut to her forehead after the alleged headbutting incident.


Fired: School bus driver who defecated on campus August 9, 2012

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Bizzarre,Dispute,Florida Nut,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:40 pm

A school bus driver has been fired for defecating on school grounds and encouraging a student to drop his pants and “moon” other students through the bus window.

Maureen Butler, 50, also reportedly admitted to district investigators that high-school students threw condoms and tampons on her bus that were found later by elementary school children.

School Board members approved her dismissal at a meeting Tuesday evening. Officials initially tried to fire Butler in April but the decision was contested by the Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association, which also represents bus drivers.

The union’s appeal was denied by the district’s human resources executive director Mike Jones and later by School Board Attorney Art Hardy.

Butler declined to comment. SCTA Executive Director Barry Dubin did not return calls seeking comment.

According to the district’s investigation, North Port High School maintenance staff found cigarette butts, toilet paper and human waste on school grounds close to where Butler’s school bus was on several occasions parked early in the morning.

A maintenance worker told school officials they had to clean a similar mess several times before and he was “tired of cleaning up this area.”

During an interview with investigators in April, Butler admitted defecating close to a fence at the school.

She also said that she slowed her bus down and egged on a student who was “mooning” other students.

Butler, who has worked for the district since 2000, told investigators the tampons and condoms were thrown on her bus by students from Sarasota Military Academy.

She said she walked to the back of the bus after dropping off the students but did not see the items that were then found by students from Glenallen Elementary School.


Son rubbed dog feces in his mom’s face

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Florida Nut,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:38 pm

A Florida man yesterday rubbed dog feces in his mother’s face during an argument in the home they share, police report.

Cops arrested William Jenkins, 22, on a felony domestic battery charge for pushing his mother, 53, to the floor during the dispute, according to a Palmetto Police Department report.

When questioned by cops, Jenkins denied pushing his mother, but admitted that he “did rub dog defecation on her face because she yelled at him,” investigators noted.

The confrontation between Jenkins, pictured in the adjacent mug shot, was apparently prompted by his mother’s refusal to provide him with a shot of vodka.

Jenkins retrieved the dog feces from the home’s back porch, where his mother’s dog had relieved itself. He “then reached down with his hand picked up the dog defecation and rubbed it in his mother’s face,” cops reported.

Jenkins is being held in the Manatee County jail, where bond has not been set.


Man claims ‘The Hulk’ hit him in the grill August 7, 2012

Lawmen say a man was arrested for attacking his girlfriend, and his  girlfriend was arrested for attacking the man.

On July 24 a Fort Walton Beach Police officer was called to a Reed Place  residence about an incident.

When the officer arrived he heard a man shouting. The door was open, so the  officer announced his presence and the yelling man told him to come in.

The man said he went into a bedroom where his girlfriend was sleeping and she  “jumped out of bed” and “hit him in the grill.” He said she turns into “The  Hulk” when she gets angry.

The woman told a different story. She said she was trying to sleep when the  man came into the room and started yelling at her. At one point he grabbed her  by the neck and pushed her, then pinned her by the wrists. She denied attacking  the man.

A witness said she heard loud screaming and saw the man on top of the woman.  She said this is a common occurrence and the two fight “every night.”

The officer was unable to determine who the real villain was, so he arrested  them both.


Cops want to know: Who is this man?

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Florida Nut,Fraud,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:14 pm

–There’s many questions when it comes to the true identity of Roy Antigua.

Is he a decorated high-ranking member of the Coast Guard who drives a sleek, black Escalade with tinted windows and official-looking Coast Guard decals?

Is he a member of a local police department since he was found with badges and flashing lights that he fashioned on the dashboard of his SUV?

Is he a decorated war hero, with dozens of medals of honor, along with countless uniforms?

At first glance, most people would say yes.

He could be all three of these persona’s since countless badges, credentials and ID’s were found in his New Port Richey apartment on LaSalle Court.

The only problem is Antigua is a fake, police say.

He’s a phony with a rich fantasy life, according to New Port Richey police.

“He wished he was any of these things,” said Chief James Steffens in a press conference Monday.  “We need the public’s help.

Detective Michael Anderson was one of the first people to interview Roy Antigua once the 53-year-old was taken into custody.  Detective Anderson said, “Being in the business for a while, in my 20 years, I’ve never seen anything this elaborate.”

What the longtime detective is referring to is the cache of paraphernalia and supplies that were found in Antigua’s possession.   Investigators even discovered a CIA badge.

It all started on July 31st during a traffic stop.

A very astute New Port Richey officer, Ed Campbell, found Antigua to be “suspicious.”

The police were called during a neighborhood dispute where Antigua was fighting with someone next door, police say.   Officer Campbell took the call that day.  When he followed Roy Antigua on the way back to the department where Antigua was going to make a statement, he pulled him over on a traffic stop.

The 53-year-old would be Coast Guard member was driving with a suspended license.  Not only that, but he was also arrested for violating his probation, a charge stemming from his days in Miami.

Officer Campbell got a strange feeling about this guy.

When Antigua was being booked at New Port Richey police headquarters, Campbell checked the identification cards and found one of them to be military-related.

That’s when the officer became extremely suspicious.  Being a member of the military, Campbell recognized that the ID card was fake.  “I just knew,” he said.  “Being in the military, I recognized it.”

And, a four-day investigation began.

Chief James Steffens, with a broad smile, talked about how proud he was of both Officer Campbell and the countless other dedicated investigators.  “I think you can see my pride,” he said, beaming.  “These guys work very hard and they caught this guy just in time.”

The question remains – is Roy Antigua a true threat, a possible danger with the approaching Republican National Convention?  Did he have devious plans with all the paraphernalia he possessed?

Or, was he just living a fantasy?

The Chief remarked, “He’s definitely strange, but we need to know if he’s truly dangerous.”

And, that’s where the public comes in to help.

The Chief told reporters, “This is a unique opportunity that the public has to help us in this investigation from the very start.  We need to know who this guy is.  Help us so we can help you.”

He continued, “The best case scenario is he just liked to dress up and wear outfits.”

There is something, police say, that troubles them greatly.  Cub Scout uniforms were found in his possession.  Detectives want to make sure that Antigua was not abusing children in any way.

Antigua was also found with medical supplies and credentials.  Investigators are hoping that he did not treat anyone or diagnose anyone medically.  They also hope he did not go into hospitals trying to gain access to patients’ records, information, or prescriptions.

Truly, the possibilities are endless with this case since so many different ID’s and items were found, everything from uniforms to radios, handcuffs, bullets, badges and medals.  The Secret Service is also said to be involved in the investigation, along with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.   Future charges could range from state to federal crimes.

It is not illegal to possess the items he had.  However, police say, it is the way he is suspected of using them that is illegal.

The 53-year-old native of Cuba is said to be single and only living with a dog named Max, which oddly enough, happens to be Antigua’s middle name as well.

Police want to know if anyone knows this man, has dated him, done business with him or has been harmed by him in any way.

“We want to know if anyone was even stopped by him with these police lights we found,” the Chief said.

Neighbors say Antigua was always “flashing his badge.”  One woman, Pat Curtin told 10 News, “At first he was a Coast Guard pilot.  Then, he was a health care worker. Then, a federal agent.  I mean, he’s a fruit loop.  Who is this guy?”

Antigua was said to be remorseful when caught and that he admitted that “things got out of hand.”

“After the shock and awe wore off, he knew the gig was up,” said Chief Steffens.

The Chief admitted to even having interaction with Roy Antigua during a Memorial Day event to honor veterans on May 21st at North Meadowlawn.   Antigua was in his phony dress blues, decorated in medals, when he “blended in and even introduced himself,” the Chief said.  “We never knew.”

“He wished he was any of these things,” said Chief Steffens.  “We are an open book. We need the public’s help.

Please call Detective Michael Anderson at 727-816-1130 if you have any information.  Even the smallest of clues could help with the investigation.

Antigua is currently being held at the Pasco County Jail.


FDLE finds nothing criminal in Orange City councilman’s child sex fantasy email August 5, 2012

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Florida Nut,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:21 pm

 A city councilman made no apologies Thursday for the content of sexually suggestive emails he sent using his city email account on a city-issued iPad after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined there was no basis for a criminal investigation.

City Councilman Tom Abraham, 66, acknowledged writing an email to a male friend in which he ponders a liaison with the high-school-aged daughter of an Orange City official. Other messages sent on the city account include anatomical jokes and a picture of a man in his underwear with his head cropped out of the photo, according to the emails obtained by The News-Journal under the Florida public records law.

The emails and photos came to light after Abraham brought the iPad to the city’s information-technology department for a review of how much he owed the city for personal use. He had used more than the allotted data on the city-issued iPad, according to Abraham and City Attorney William Reischmann.

City staff determined that Abraham owed the city $55, which he paid, but they also took note of the nature of some of Abraham’s emails.

City Manager Jamie Croteau contacted FDLE in December 2011 “in reference to an allegation of transmission of pornography by electronic device, stalking, et al., concerning City Councilman Thomas Abraham,” according to a letter from Joyce Dawley, special agent in charge of FDLE’s Orlando Regional Operations Center.

According to that letter to the city manager, dated June 26, FDLE “reviewed the allegations … and based upon the evidence provided, are declining to initiate a criminal investigation. Although the photographs and content of the emails may appear to some as being disturbing, it does not appear that the criminal laws of the state of Florida were violated,” the letter states.

In one email dated on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2011, Abraham attached a photo of the high-school-aged girl and her family, and wrote that he wondered if the girl and he would “soon mate.”

The photo was snapped outside a polling site where Abraham was waving signs for his own campaign. He was re-elected to a second four-year term that day.

“I probably wrote that on an emotionally tense day,” Abraham said Thursday. “It was an email between me and my friend. It didn’t reach (the girl or her father). … I didn’t hurt her. I sent an email to a friend with my wandering imagination. At this point, I don’t have to apologize to anybody.”

In other emails, Abraham said he was simply joking with his friend, while the photo of the man wearing only underpants, he said, was a picture of a neighbor who cuts his grass.

Abraham maintains he has the right to share his thoughts with his friend.

According to his biography on the city’s website, Abraham is married with three grown sons and has a grandchild. He moved to the United States from India. He became a U.S. citizen in 1989 and has worked as a teacher in West Virginia and a nuclear medical technician.

Orange City has a policy for employees prohibiting emails that contain “vulgar language, references to sexual matters” and other “inappropriate” materials. While City Council members review and approve such policies, they are not considered employees or bound by those rules, Reischmann said.

Councilman Ronald Saylor said he had not reviewed the matter with the rest of the City Council, so he could make no comment, while none of the other councilmen  returned calls for comment Thursday.  Mayor Tom Laputka said he hadn’t yet reviewed the emails or FDLE report.

Croteau and Reischmann said they could not speculate on what actions, if any, might be taken by the City Council. “We haven’t gotten that far,” Reischmann said.

Abraham said he and the city manager were scheduled to have a meeting several months ago, but she refused to allow him to record the session, so he refused to discuss the matter with her. He continues to use his city iPad, he said.

“I’m not a city employee,” Abraham said. “There are two issues here: Whether the city manager can tell me to be a perfect moral person. She cannot.”

The other point, Abraham said, is that an attorney he consulted suggested the city manager might have violated a federal law by looking at the content of his emails.

Croteau, who spoke with The News-Journal by telephone from California, where she is on vacation, said she considers the emails to be open for scrutiny under the state’s broad public records laws.

“It’s a very difficult thing,” she said of the emails. “Orange City is a great little city with some wonderful elected officials and a great staff. It’s unfortunate for something like this to shine a negative light on the city.”


Smoking can be hazardous to your health, especially if you’re in the wrong car August 4, 2012

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:01 pm

An 18-year-old man caught sitting and smoking in the car of a woman he didn’t know was beaten up by the woman’s husband, according to Jacksonville police.

Police said 26-year-old Rossano Smith saw the suspect, Melvin Marshall, sitting in the driver’s seat of his wife’s car at 2260 University Blvd. just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Smith saw Marshall light a cigar, so he opened the door to ask him what he was doing in the car, according to a police report.

Marshall tried to punch Smith, who was able to duck, grab the teen and pull him out of the car, according to the report.

Marshall kept trying to fight and get away, so Smith defended himself and continued to hold the teen until police arrived, according to the report.

Police said Marshall initially denied he was in the car and was only leaning on it. He said that someone told him to meet him by the car and assumed it belonged to the person he was meeting, according to the report.

Marshall was unable to provide a name or any way to contact the person to verify his story, police said. They said he later admitted that he was inside the car but did not intend to take anything and was only smoking a cigar while he waited on his friend.

He told police Smith pulled him out of the car and beat him up.

Police said the center console was open in the car, and Smith’s wife said it was shut just a few minutes before when she parked the car.

Marshall had a bloody nose, a swollen left eye and scrapes on his elbows. He was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

The teen was arrested and charged with burglary.



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