The Bizarre World of Florida

Neighbor accused of stalking elderly couple, dropping profane notes in yard September 3, 2013

sfl-flduh-profane-notes-20130901-001A couple in their mid-60s thought some ‘mean kid’ in their St. Augustine neighborhood had been playing pranks on them after they found weeds and trash, then some fruit and rocks and other items in their mailbox for the past year, according to an arrest affidavit from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

Lately, the elderly couple, who had lived in their home for 25-years without having any problems, became increasingly alarmed after getting notes left in their yard. The notes were described by police as “profane” and specifically targeting the couple’s lifestyle, according to the affidavit

After installing a video surveillance system, the couple were able to identify the culprit after capturing his image when he returned to drop some more notes, according to the report.

The ‘mean kid’ turned out to be Beau James Baker, the 29-year-old son of one of their neighbors, the affidavit stated.

When cops went to his parents’ home to confront Baker, they waited about 15-minutes for him to return home … from a “church function,” deputies said.

Post Miranda, Baker ‘fessed up to his action,  explaining to deputies that he had thought the elderly  couple “lived boring lives,” according to the arrest report.

Baker’s life then got real exciting as deputies hauled him to the slammer.


91-year-old man recovering from brutal duck attack. “I thought I was walking past them, but first thing I know I had a duck on my back” August 10, 2013

Filed under: Amazing,Animal Abuse,Bizzarre,Elderly Abuse,Scary,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:46 pm

A 91-year-old man is recovering from injuries he suffered Wednesday when he was an attacked by a Muscovy duck at a local park.

Wilmer Neumann was walking with his grandson at Ferry Park when he noticed a male duck “quacking and carrying on,” he said Friday.

“I thought I was walking past them, but first thing I know I had a duck on my back,” said Neumann, who lives in Fort Walton Beach. “He flew up but on the way back down he got a talon caught on my left calf.

“I’ve had both knees replaced. I don’t walk fast,” he said, adding that the duck may have been frustrated by his pace. “It was his way of retaliating, I guess.”

Muscovy ducks have sharp talons on their webbed feet and can weigh up to 15 pounds.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission does not handle complaints about the birds, which are not a native species.


Temper … temper … man accused of attacking grandparents, mom in fight over car July 28, 2013

sfl-flduh-fight-over-car-20130726-001Police say a Boynton Beach man, 25, went into a rage against his family, head butting his grandfather, slapping his grandmother and scratching his mother in a fight over a car on Thursday.

A disagreement over using the car sparked a tantrum that started Wednesday, but it wasn’t until about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when John Mosley Duncan IV’s mother called police, saying her son was “out of control,” according to a Boynton Beach Police arrest report.

The unidentified woman told police she tried to break up the fight after Duncan slapped his grandmother, 80, and head butted his grandfather, 88, according to the report.

The argument continued as police came, who said Duncan used his index finger to push his mom on her forehead and “appeared to be very high strung,” an officer wrote in the report.

The officer yelled at Duncan several times and said Duncan continued to be disrespectful. But Duncan tried to explain that he was hard of hearing because he had cauliflower ear caused by mixed martial arts fighting, according to the report.

Police said Duncan remained irate, forcing an officer to wait for backup before they could arrest him.

Family members refused medical treatment and told police they didn’t want Duncan arrested, according to the report.

Duncan faces two counts of battery on a person over 65 along with a battery and a resisting arrest charge. He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail Thursday where he remains without bail.


Oh, Lord NO … Woman Accused Of Removing Her Mother’s Eyeballs During Vicious Assault July 10, 2013

Ferna-QuesnerA South Florida woman is behind bars and her mother is in a hospital after a  July 4 attack that left the suspect’s mom seriously injured.

Ferna Quesner, 34, is  accused of “beating her mother with a white pole,” according to an anonymous  caller whose account was included in a release issued by the Palm Beach County  Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators didn’t  disclose what prompted the attack inside a home in the 4500 block of Gulfstream  Road in Lake Worth.

Quesner was “covered in  blood” when deputies arrived at the home, according to the release.

“The victim’s eyes were  discovered on the kitchen floor near a knife and a large pool of blood,”  according to the probable cause affidavit.

The victim was flown to  Delray Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition.

Quesner suffers from an  unknown mental disability, the release stated.

Also in the release was a  note indicating that Quesner admitted to the attack on her mother.

“As the search warrant was  being created, it was learned that the victim had sustained serious injuries to  include having both of her eyes removed,” the release said.

Quesner faces a charge of aggravated domestic battery with a deadly weapon.


Family Members Arrested After Bedridden Woman Rots To Death July 5, 2013

Under any circumstance, basic bed sores require immediate medical attention.  But basic bed sores pale in comparison to the bed sores on the elderly woman who was kept inside a northwest Tampa home.

66-year-old Mary Winston died after literally rotting into her bed.  According to the police, she laid helpless for three years as neglect from her family worsened.

The official report from detectives on the case provides chilling, disturbing details of how Mary’s life ticked by as she endured what some could surely call torture.


We want to warn you, these extremely graphic details are included throughout the rest of this report.

Deputies say one bed sore in her back was so deep at the time of her death, that it revealed her rib cage. Maggots were found on the outside and inside of her body. And when the coroner came to claim her body, her back was fused to the bed sheets.

“In addition to that, she was laying in urine and feces, a condition no human being should ever have to be in,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Detective Larry McKinnon.

The news rocked the neighborhood. Neighbor Jennifer Ramirez burst into tears.

“It’s just unbelievable. They are a good family. They took care of each other. I’m horrified,” she said.

“It’s unbelievable,” added neighbor Scott Boatwright. “To be caring for your own family member, and she dies with maggots inside her? I can’t even stomach it.”

Making the story even more horrific, Winston was being cared for by her husband Osmond, and daughters Belinda and Hyacinth. All were arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter of the elderly disabled.

Deputies also issued a warrant for Mary’s son — also named Osmond Winston — who they believe to be out of town.


Man accused of biting granny in feud over wine

sflflduh-feud-over-wine-20130704-001A Deltona man confronted by his grandmother for drinking her two bottles of wine bit her on the shoulder, investigating Volusia deputies said.

Blake Hale, 19, also gave his 70-year-old grandpa a bloody nose, an arrest report shows.

Deputies were called to the Albury Avenue home in Deltona at 7:49 p.m. Tuesday where 59-year-old Sue Wilson reported her grandson had bitten her, investigators said.

Wilson said Hale was acting drunk when she came home and she noticed two bottles of her wine were empty, deputies said.

The woman reported Hale became defensive, angry and started yelling obscenities at her. The verbal argument escalated into a physical confrontation and Hale started to bite Wilson on the shoulder as she walked out the front door, the report said.

Wilson had a bite mark on her right shoulder, deputies said.

When deputies made contact with Wilson’s 70-year-old husband, he reported Hale had punched him and given him a minor bloody nose.

Deputies arrested Hale and charged him with battery on a person 65 years or older and battery, the arrest report states.


Woman, boyfriend mugged her father for drug money July 2, 2013

They wanted drugs, and they decided they would do anything to get them.


On 06-29-13, the three suspects (Christopher, Jason and Doeminique) sat together at a friend’s house and developed a plan to get money. They would rob Doeminique’s father as he left his residence early Sunday morning. The group stayed the night at the friend’s house and prepared to commit the crime.

The victim, Rene Jimenez, attends church services on Sunday morning and then volunteers as a chaplain at the Hernando County Detention Center. Rene’s daughter provided a detailed routine of his Sunday morning routine.

The two male suspects, Christopher and Jason, got up early and drove to the vicinity of Rene’s residence on Lomita Wren Rd. in Brooksville. They parked down the road and Christopher walked to the residence where he waited outside for Rene to come out. Christopher wore dark clothing and a bandana over his face. He carried a black semi-automatic style metal BB gun, which closely resembled a 45 caliber handgun.

When Rene came out, Christopher approached him from behind and struck him in the head with the gun, causing him to fall to his knees. Christopher continued to strike Renee with the weapon, but Rene fought back. Rene was able to remove the bandana from Christopher’s face, recognizing him as his daughter’s boyfriend.

One neighbor witnessed the incident between Rene and Christopher. A resident on another street witnessed the suspicious vehicle and observed Christopher running to it after the incident. He saw the two leaving the area in the vehicle.

Deputies and Fire/Rescue responded to the scene. The victim was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was treated and released.

Through investigation, deputies were able to locate the suspects and the vehicle at a residence in Brookridge.

In Brookridge, deputies made contact with Jason Tortora, Doeminique Sylvester, and Christopher Miser. It was determined that all three took part in the crime, and they were charged accordingly. Deputies also located inside a closet the weapon and the hoodie that were used in the commission of the crime.

The individuals listed below were charged as follows:

Christopher Miser W/M DOB/04-16-1987 

Armed Robbery

Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery

Aggravated Battery 

Bond – $110,000

Jason Tortora W/M DOB/06-17-1976

Armed Robbery

Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery

Bond – $100,000

Doeminique Sylvester W/F DOB/12-29-1984

Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery

Bond – $50,000


Motorist, 63, beaten by golfer after wayward shot hits truck June 26, 2013

sfl-flduh-golfer-attacked-20130625-001Ponce Inlet Police say it is the most vicious beating they’ve seen in ten years, and it all started with one bad golf shot.  A sixty-three year old man is at Halifax Health Medical Center while police look for his brutal attacker.

The attack happened next to the Harbour Village Links Golf Course in Ponce Inlet.   Gail Barton was driving down Atlantic Avenue when she saw two men in the grass.  She says, “The man on top was literally pummeling the man on the ground.”

Police don’t know the name of the attacker or where he is now, but they know the victim is 63 year old Richard Fillingame.  Investigators say he stopped to talk to the golfer after a golf ball struck his SUV and the golfer attacked him.

Barton says, “He was just beating him. He was really beating him with a vengeance, it was a terrible thing.”

Barton honked her horn and the golfer gave her an incredible reaction.  She says, “The man jumped up and laughed really loud and just ran up the hillside.”
Police say Fillingame was badly beaten in the face and around his head. Detectives are checking security videos.  Monday, two people came forward with a good description of the suspect.

People in this quiet beach town cannot believe a bad golf shot could lead to terrible violence.  Barton says, “It is hard for me to imagine anyone being that angry.”

Fillingame was in stable condition at last check after undergoing some medical procedures Monday afternoon.


Duo accused of running illegal, squalid assisted living facilities June 24, 2013

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, in  conjunction with the Medicaid Fraud Unit of the Attorney Generals Office, Agency for  Healthcare Administration and the Florida Department of Children and Family Services,  has arrested Mary Alexander and Tara Collins-Johnson for illegally operating assisted
living facilities without a license and neglect of an elderly/disabled person.

Several victims were interviewed and stated that as many as 12 people were living in a  single family dwelling and in some instances, they were living in the garage section of the  home. The food and medications in the homes are kept under lock and key with only the  house manager having access. The manager would also provide transportation to  appointments without the proper license. In some cases it was reported that the homes  were infested with roaches and bed bugs and nothing was done about it. The housing  conditions were reported to be deplorable. Most of the residents were targeted because of
their low income status. If the disabled person received $917 a month from Social  Security, their check would be cashed and $35-$40 might be given back to them for  spending money. The remainder went directly back to the defendants for payment to live  there.
The homes were previously inspected by the Agency for Healthcare Administration and a  Cease and Desist Order was given for operating an assisted living facility without a  license, however, that order was ignored and the homes remained open. The defendants  have been arrested in the past for these same violations, however, they continue to  operate under this false pretense.


ARRESTED: Mary Alexander, DOB 7-21-66
6292 SW 89 Street Road
Ocala, FL 34476
Tara Collins-Johnson, DOB 3-21-83
15123 SW 27 Court
Ocala, FL 34473
CHARGES: 2-counts of Unlicensed Operation of an Assisted Living Facility, $10,000 bond
1-count of Neglect of an Elderly or Disabled Adult, $5,000 bond


Here’s another sign it’s going to be a long hot summer .. Man jailed after feud about how to make Kool-Aid

sfl-flduh-make-koolaid-20130623-001A Cocoa man was arrested on felony abuse charges after, according to police, he struck his father Wednesday during an argument about how to make Kool-Aid.

According to a Cocoa Police Department arrest report, Brandon Antron Crosley, 22, struck his father at least two times in the head.

Police said the incident occurred at Crosley’s apartment at 1050 N. Fiske Blvd., south of Dixon Boulevard.

Cocoa police said Crosley fled to another home and he was later arrested at the complex, according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

Crosley was taken to the Brevard County Jail, where he is being held on $1,000 bond.



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