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Florida … Where else would a teenager kill his nudist grandmother and drive her body around in her minivan? June 25, 2014

A teenager killed his grandmother in a bloody struggle inside her home at a nudist community and then drove around with her body in a minivan for nearly five hours, authorities said.

13f4a7e3a85c0118580f6a706700f283Brandon Machetto, 18, had been living with his grandmother, 74-year-old Sylvia Schmitt, for the past several weeks and they apparently fought frequently, said Pasco County sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow.

A neighbor called authorities after seeing Machetto drag a wrapped bag with feet dangling out into his grandmother’s minivan early Monday, police said.

Machetto drove around with his grandmother’s body in the back and when deputies tried to pull him over, he refused, police said. He eventually drove back to the Paradise Lakes community and was arrested.

Machetto was charged with first-degree murder and is being held in jail without bond. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Ronnie Hall, Machetto’s martial arts instructor for seven years, said Machetto nearly died a few years ago when he was attacked by a group of teens who hit him in the back of the head with a rock, the Tampa Bay Times (http://bittyurl.co/4nhz ) reported. Hall said Machetto suffered a brain injury, and that he was not aggressive.

Machetto and his grandmother apparently fought as she tried to get her grandson to take his medication. Deputies said Machetto had been accused of domestic violence against Schmitt in 2012, but she dropped the charge.

 

Apparently there was no brotherly love in the air at this fraternal organization’s bar June 10, 2014

sfl-flduh-bartender-dragged-20140609-001A female bartender is accused of pushing an 84-year-old woman to the ground and dragging her by the arm across a floor after the elderly woman complained of rude treatment, a New Port Richey Police Department arrest report said.

The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. on June 2 at Eagles Club, 5446 Leisure Lane, New Port Richey, the report said.

After the victim’s boyfriend had complained to a live band that their music was too loud, bartender Patricia Darlene Smith, 57, of 10902 Leon St., New Port Richey, told the couple that all complaints go through the bartender “when trustees are not present,” the report said.

When the couple went to leave, the elderly woman uttered a profanity at Smith, implying that Smith was rude, the report said.

The elderly woman said that Smith met her at the exit door, and pushed her through it, the report said. Smith is then accused of grabbing the victim by the right arm and dragging her across the front lobby floor, causing large lacerations to both of the victim’s arms and possibly a shoulder injury, the report said.

The victim’s boyfriend separated the women, the report said.

Smith told investigators that she did not push or drag the victim, and that the elderly woman had slapped her in the face. Video surveillance footage supported the victim’s claims, the report said.

Smith was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault on a person over 65. She was released from the Land O’ Lakes Jail on Saturday after posting $5,000 bail, records show.

 

Boozy woman allegedly tossed elderly mom out of wheelchair saying ‘for 52 years of shit’ May 28, 2014

wheelchair28n-2-webAn intoxicated Florida woman out celebrating her 52nd birthday allegedly dumped her 73-year-old mother out of her wheelchair while telling her, “for 52 years of s–t.”

Patricia Tavernier’s mother was found by a police officer lying in a fetal position in the street after Friday’s incident outside a Tavares restaurant, according to an arrest report obtained by the Smoking Gun.

A witness told police they saw the elderly woman — who said she had been living with Tavernier following hip surgery — fall and hit the cement head first.

Tavernier then went on to fight and hit her sister with a camera, breaking the lens, according to the restaurant employee’s statement to police.

When the officer arrived they reported finding the women’s elderly mother, identified as Karen Judge, injured in the street.

Tavernier was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a person over 65, which is a felony.

She was also charged with misdemeanor battery for hitting her sister with the camera.

She was booked into the Lake County Jail before released Saturday on $20,500 bond.

 

Couple tried to cover-up drug binge with fake kidnapping tale May 15, 2014

A Venice couple has been arrested for falsely reporting they were kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to make purchases on a stolen debit card.

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On Monday, 37-year-old William Clifford and 39-year-old Tammy Landry, who live with Landry’s mother at on Plantation Road, went to the Sheriff’s Office south county location to report their ordeal. Detectives interviewed them separately under oath on Tuesday and noticed a number of inconsistencies in their stories.

Clifford and Landry eventually admitted smoking four or five rocks of crack cocaine and paid their supplier by buying things he needed with the debit card that was stolen from Landry’s 61-year-old mother. So far, investigators found five fraudulent transactions totaling $232.

Clifford and Landry were arrested and charged with Making a False Report to Law Enforcement and Scheme to Defraud.

 

“She asked for it,” man tells police after asking why he murdered his own mother April 25, 2014

A Palm Coast man who told detectives his 88-year-old mother asked him to kill her has been charged in her death, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

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Jail records show 62-year-old Richard Guyton Mathews of Ellsworth Drive was arrested Wednesday on a charge of manslaughter.

Deputies were initially called to Mathews’ home Feb. 21 after he reported finding his mother dead on a living-room chair, the Sheriff’s Office said. Days later Mary Shaw Mathews’ funeral home called the Sheriff’s Office about her son saying she had asked him to kill her.

The employee told detectives the son said he tried to fulfill his mother’s request by strangling her, but when he was unable to go through with it he just gave her sleeping pills, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The medical examiner confirmed evidence of strangulation and high levels of several medications and ruled it homicide, the Sheriff’s Office said.

 

Road rage: Kidults attacked woman, 61, cops say April 24, 2014

Two women were arrested Tuesday after police said they rammed another driver’s car, then pulled the driver out of the car and beat her in an apparent case of road rage.

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Police said Amber Lynn Beckwith, 26, and Ariel Young, 22, encountered Rose Lucarell as she was driving south on 34th Street S around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. In the 3400 block of the street, Lucarell, 61, honked her horn at the women to prevent an accident, police said.

The women responded by pulling alongside Lucarell, yelling out their windows and showing her their middle fingers, police said. When she asked them to stop, Young threw a water bottle at her, police said.

Police gave this account: Beckwith, who was driving, hit the front of Lucarell’s car with her own. Lucarell stopped the car in the middle of the street. Beckwith backed into Lucarell’s car three times before she and Young got out of the car, opened Lucarell’s car doors, and hit her in the back of the head. They dragged her out and onto the ground, where she hit her head.

Witnesses found Lucarell in the road and she was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where she was treated for her injuries. Beckwith and Young were both arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Beckwith was charged with burglary with battery and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. She was released Monday on a $60,000 bond. Young was charged with burglary with battery and remained in jail Wednesday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

 

Woman, 64, foils flashing purse snatcher April 23, 2014

sfl-flduh-pursesnatching-flasher-20140422-001An unemployed Tamarac man with a history of criminal offenses found the pickings weren’t so easy Sunday afternoon when he tried to steal the purse of a 64-year-old woman.

So, frustrated, he exposed himself and resorted to obscenity.

According to police, Michael Gallo, 25, grabbed the unidentified woman’s purse as she got out of her car in the 5400 block of West Atlantic Boulevard in Margate.

The woman refused to let go. She even punched Gallo.

Gallo then vented his anger at being thwarted by loosening a sweatshirt he had around his waist to expose his genitals. He followed that by holding up two middle fingers and uttering an obscenity to the woman before fleeing eastward.

Margate police caught Gallo about three blocks from the scene. The woman identified him as her assailant. He was charged with attempted robbery by sudden snatching and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

In a separate arrest warrant, Gallo was charged with soliciting in public.

During a first-appearance court hearing Monday, County Judge John “Jay” Hurley set bond for Gallo — a Colombian native who said he hasn’t worked in “four or five years” — at $15,200.

According to court officers, Gallo has a record of past arrests that includes grand theft, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, loitering and prowling and trespassing.

Hurley told Gallo that if he posts bond and is released from jail, he has to stay at least 500 feet away from the alleged victim in the case.

“You have violence, you have stealing in the past, loitering and prowling, criminal mischief — so you do have a history of these type of things,” Hurley said.

 

 
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