The Bizarre World of Florida

Homeless veteran loses an eye ‘after getting attacked by a maniac as he slept on the street’ August 20, 2012

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Dispute,Florida Nut,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:39 pm

A homeless veteran from Titusville, Florida,  lost an eye and is in critical condition after police said a man attacked him with a hammer in his  sleep.

According to investigators, 52-year-old David  Gotshall suffered numerous fractures to his face, head and back on Friday when  he was beaten, kicked and attacked by 34-year-old John Angelillo.

Authorities said the two have had verbal  altercations in the past, but it’s unclear what prompted Friday’s violent  assault.

Sheriff’s agents were patrolling the area  when they saw a man holding a bloody hammer and Gotshall lying on the  ground, Florida  Today reported

The agents provided medical care to Gotshall  and detained the suspect until police arrived. The veteran was then airlifted to Health First  Holmes Regional Medical  Center, where he is now fighting for his life.

Angelillo has been charged with attempted  first-degree murder in connection to the crime. Officials said the suspect was  arrested in 2009 on a marijuana charge, Brevard Times reported.

According to state records, Gotshell also had  a run-in with the law when he was arrested in 2011 on a battery charge.

Gotshall’s friends said that the veteran who  served in Desert Storm has been living on the streets, moving from one homeless  camp to the next, as he struggled to find stability in his life.

At around 6:40am on Friday, he was found  bleeding behind a vacant business in the 3100 block of Garden Street in  Titusville.

Brevard County sheriff’s agents Ernest Cathy  and Mike Traylor had been patrolling the area when they came across a man with a  bloody hammer in his hand. They pulled into the parking lot of the abandoned  store and saw a second man on the ground, sheriff’s officials said.

George Taylor, president of the  Titusville-based National Veterans Homeless Support, told Florida Today that  Gotshall had been searching for another place to stay a week after city workers  dismantled his previous camp.

Taylor said Gotshall worked with his group to  repair wheelchairs, and was also employed from time to time as a mechanic at a  nearby gas station.

‘He was really just trying to work. He was  really trying to have a better life,’ Taylor said.


Drivers switched seats during chase with boy, 11, in back seat

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:33 pm

A mid-drive switcheroo has landed a second Lehigh Acres man in jail, accused of sharing the wheel while leading a Collier sheriff’s deputy on a chase through Golden Gate on Thursday night.

The pair covered 3.3 miles in six minutes before crashing, according to the Sheriff’s Office, blowing through five stops signs — with an 11-year-old boy in the back seat.

Vernon Watkins, 32, was in a red Monte Carlo that was near Sunset Road and Sunshine Boulevard around 6 p.m. when a Collier deputy said he noticed the car’s extremely tinted windows. An arrest report gives this account:

When the deputy turned on the emergency lights to stop the car, the vehicle made a U-turn and sped down Green Boulevard. The evasive maneuvers continued throughout Golden Gate, with the fleeing driver reaching 75 mph, flying over a speed bump, bouncing off a curb and briefly leaving the road.

The chase ended when the Monte Carlo ran a stop sign and hit a vehicle towing a trailer, spinning out before coming to a stop near 50th Terrace Southwest and Coronado Parkway.

Watkins was driving at the time of the accident and said that after they hit the speed bump, the other man told him to “take the wheel,” so the pair switched positions while driving.

Also arrested was Gerald James, 29. James’ 11-year-old stepson was asleep in the back of the vehicle when the chase started, and told deputies he saw the two men change seats. James denied driving.

Each faces a felony charge of recklessly eluding deputies at a high speed.

James also had been accused of child neglect without great bodily harm, a felony, and driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor, an arrest report shows.


“The arrest report didn’t describe the nature of the woman’s attire, or why it would provoke an argument” August 15, 2012

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Fight,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 4:10 pm

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy was sent to a Lloyd Street address after  two women fought over clothing.

The incident happened on July 22. The deputy was told the women  began arguing over one woman’s dress attire. As she tried to leave the  other woman punched her several times in the face.

The victim suffered minor swelling after the attack.

The arrest report didn’t describe the nature of the woman’s attire, or why it  would provoke an argument.

The defendant, a 39-year-old woman, was charged with misdemeanor battery.


Man, 27, beat his dad …… for not cooking his dinner August 14, 2012

A man upset his parents didn’t cook dinner for him was arrested Saturday morning after beating his father, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

About 12:25 a.m. Saturday, Kevin Michael Reyes, 27, confronted his parents at their 15055 Lancer Road home in Spring Hill. Reyes, who lives with his parents, said he was “starving” and was upset no one had cooked dinner for him.

Reyes began to argue with his father, Tim Thomas, when he attacked him, deputies said. Thomas said he believes he was punched 15 times in the face with a closed fist and after being pushed to the floor, was kicked several times.

An arrest report said Thomas, 40, was bleeding from the right side of his face as a result of the fight.

Reyes, who remains in custody at the Land O’ Lakes Jail, told deputies he blacked out and doesn’t remember beating his father. He’s charged with domestic battery. Bail is set at $250.


Woman, 29, beat man, 69 …… for his cooler of beer

A 29-year-old woman is accused of beating a 69-year-old man with a flashlight early Monday morning in order to take his cooler full of beer.

Arthur Wilde told deputies he was driving Rose Ann Gray to a home at 7464 NE 199th St. Road just after midnight. When he got to the home, Gray got out of the truck and started to remove a Coleman cooler with 18 cans of Busch beer inside, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Wilde said he protested and the woman grabbed a large flashlight and struck him on the head. The woman then took the cooler into the home, according to reports.

Wilde returned to his home and called authorities, who noted a large bump on his head.

A deputy went to Gray’s home and spotted the cooler on the porch. It was empty. Gray said the cooler fell out of Wilde’s truck as he drove off. She also said he hit his head when he fell out of the truck and landed on the flashlight, reports state.

Gray was arrested and, on the way to jail, she repeatedly threatened Wilde, according to reports. She said she would hire a 70-year-old to beat up the man and insisted the threats be included in the report.

Gray was booked into the Marion County Jail on one count each of aggravated battery on a person over 65, burglary of a conveyance and petit theft. She remained in the jail on Monday afternoon in lieu of a $7,500 bond.


Tampons or a tattoo? Budget tiff lands new mom in jail

Rare is the conversation that pairs tattoos and tampons.

But those items – along with cash – appeared to be the focus of a spat that ultimately landed Victoria Fowler, 18, in the pokey, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.

Fowler’s boyfriend told Port St. Lucie police Aug. 7 that he and Fowler got in a tiff “about money, tattoos and tampons,” the affidavit states.

“Apparently, Victoria was wanting (her boyfriend) to give her some money for a new tattoo,” an affidavit states. “She is currently unemployed and has no other way of obtaining money.”

Fowler’s boyfriend initially didn’t want to give her cash because he didn’t support her getting a tattoo. He agreed to assist, however, when she said she needed money for tampons.

As he got money from his wallet he kept arguing with Fowler, also the mother of his infant son, about the tattoo.

“Apparently, Victoria did not like what he was telling her about the tattoo and decided to punch him on his chest,” the affidavit states.

Whether Fowler wanted a tattoo of a tampon was unclear.

She grabbed the money and walked away.

The boyfriend’s father and stepmother gave a similar account. The father said violence between Fowler and his son “is not uncommon and he has grown tired of it.”

The father said when he told Fowler he was going to call police she said she didn’t care because law enforcement officials wouldn’t do anything.

“She also told him that if she gets arrested and her child is taken away from her, she will kill (her boyfriend) and that this would give him a true reason to call the police,” the affidavit states.

Fowler said she pushed her boyfriend but didn’t say she punched him.

The affidavit didn’t state whether she got the tampons or the tattoo.

Fowler, of the 1900 block of Southeast West Dunbrooke Circle in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.


“I’m not a whore.” Why yes, baby powder was involved August 13, 2012

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Fight,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:14 pm

Police are looking into an incident where a woman allegedly hit her mother  in the nose with a container of baby powder during an argument.

Fort Walton Beach Police became involved in the case on July 28 when they  were summoned to a Marilyn Drive residence.

A woman said she’d been scolding her daughter about her “irresponsible  behavior” and didn’t approve her becoming involved in short-term relationships and leaving the house for  several days without indicating where she was.

The daughter became angry and told her mother, “I’m not a whore.” Then, she  whacked her on the bridge of the nose with a plastic bottle of baby powder.

The daughter admitted to hitting her mom with baby powder.

She was charged with battery. Her court date is Aug. 14.



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