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The Bizarre World of Florida

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.

 

Vampires, nudists, snakes: Nobody does wacky like Florida April 7, 2014

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By: Scott Maxwell

Last week, news broke that a congressional candidate in Gainesville had a secret pastime: impersonating vampires. And superheroes.

Some people would call this nutty.

In Florida, we just call it Tuesday.

Seriously, that’s not even our highest-profile vampire story. Remember the “vampire killings” from Lake County?

Some of our stories are heartbreakingly tragic. But so many are also mind-numbingly strange.

In Florida, we do weird the way Kansas does wheat.

Here, giant pet snakes escape. And breed. And then invade our national parks.

We have fish that eat people, alligators that eat people and people who eat people.

Two years ago, when news of the “cannibal attack” broke, the nation let out a collective gasp … until learning it was Miami. Then it all made sense.

We have killer amoebas, hanging chads and diaper-wearing astronauts. (All of which would make awesome rock-band names, by the way.)

We have a town named Christmas … where it never snows. We have the world’s smallest post office and a couple trying to build America’s largest house.

I used to think Florida attracted wacky people. Now I think it creates them.

Take my grandfather, for example.

Early in his life, he was a NASA engineer in Virginia — and as strait-laced and buttoned-down as they came. His passions were photography and crossword puzzles.

Then he moved to Florida. After Grandma died, we worried that our sober and contemplative grandfather would become listless and uninspired.

He became neither of those things. Instead, he became a nudist. (Lending more credence to the notion that it’s never the people you want to see naked at a nudist resort.)

At first, we were all: What the heck, Granddad?

But you know what? He found new life and inspiration. He’d travel down Interstate4 from Ormond Beach to Cypress Cove, where he’d pay strict adherence to the two main rules: Never take pictures, and always place a towel on the bar stool before you sit down.

Florida liberated him. And he spent the remaining, widowed years of his life happy. So you go, Granddad.

By the way, nudity is another one of our weird themes.

•”Nude man found dead on killer whale’s back”

•”Florida Lotto winner seeks to open a nude dude ranch”

•”Blind woman sues nudist colony over heavy dog”

Florida newspapers carry such headlines the way other papers carry horoscopes.

Some of that is understandable. It’s hot down here.

And I don’t mean happy, sand-at-your-toes, wind-in-your-hair hot. I mean sweaty-thighs-stuck-to-your-car-seats, armpit-stains-like-dinner-plates hot. It’s enough to make anyone nutty. And naked.

But it cuts both ways. When it’s hot, it makes us crazy. When it’s pleasant, we attract other states’ crazies. I mean, if it’s January and you’re already planning to run a scam, con or heist, would you rather do it in Buffalo or Boynton Beach?

This state is also lousy with newspapers and TV stations, meaning we have more ink-stained wretches and blow-dried broadcasters than your average state to tell all the weird stories.

Finally, there’s our melting-pot effect.

You simply can’t throw so many different cultures together and not expect some fireworks.

But you know what? That is also part of what makes this state so splendidly unique.

We have character and texture — a bouillabaisse of native and newcomer, sinner and saint, scholar and simpleton.

It’s a fusion that produces a weeklong bacchanalia in Key West and pioneering medical research at the Burnham Institute.

It’s the reason Orlando can turn out just as many people for a Veterans Day parade as it does for Come Out With Pride.

And it explains how a mild-mannered rocket engineer can feel inspired to start a new life by ditching his pocket protector — along with everything else he’s wearing.

And, yes, it’s also how we end up with some of the wackiest politicians in America — including a vampire-impersonating, superhero-mimicking, punk-rock lawyer running for Congress.

Just what we need … another lawyer in Congress.

 

Man, 83, was having a bad day … he fights off three attackers then has his car stolen the next day April 2, 2014

poorguy_12881527_8colAn 83-year-old Pinellas Park man who was ambushed, beaten and stabbed by three teenagers is a victim again! This time it looks like those same suspects came back and stole his car.

All of this started Tuesday around 10 a.m. when Charles Clark was getting out of his car at his apartment complex, when one of the suspects came from behind and started beating him and then stabbed him. Another person tried to beat Clark as well, but Clark was able to fight him off. He then screamed for help and once neighbors noticed what was going on, the three teens fled on their bikes.

At the time police didn’t think the teens were able to steal anything, but Clark said he thought they wanted his car. It turns out the suspects did steal his car keys and at some point late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, police believe they returned and took off in Clark’s car.

Around 4 a.m. police noticed Clark’s car was missing and found three bicycles near his parking spot. His vehicle was later found abandoned in a St. Petersburg neighborhood. It is currently being processed for evidence.

Police describe the suspects as two teenage boys — one in his early teens and the other in his late teens — and a girl in her early to mid teens with a heavier build and reddish, brown hair which she was seen continually trying to stuff into a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Below are surveillance images of two of the suspects riding bikes shortly before Tuesday’s attack:

 

 
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