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Police arrest two parents who beat up a bus driver because he didn’t let their kids off fast enough April 22, 2014

Two of the three suspects accused of attacking a West Palm Beach elementary school bus driver when he didn’t let children off fast enough were arrested Saturday, according to a Palm Beach County School District Police arrest report.

The driver, Joseph Beauzile, 40, of Boca Raton, told police he was approaching a stop on April 14 when the children from Westwood Elementary tried to rush off the bus. Since he wanted them in a single file, he stopped them, closed the door, and made them get in line.

fl-west-palm-bus-beating-20140421-001The delay was apparently too much for Shacaurra Burns, 25, of West Palm Beach. Beauzile said Burns forced her way onto the bus and pulled the emergency brake release, according to the report.

A student told police Beauzile closed the door and tried to lock Burns in as he called police, the report said.

But with Burns on the bus, a man later identified as Ryan Beckford, 33, of West Palm Beach, ripped the door open and started punching Beauzile, according to the report.

Another rider told police Burns got on the bus because she was in a rush while another told police one of the men, who remains at large, grabbed the bus keys and threw them outside.

fl-west-palm-bus-beating-20140421-002The investigator talked with a guidance counselor who helped identify the woman as Burns.

The police investigator watched surveillance video of the beating and said children on the bus began crying with “terrified looks on their faces” as one of the men held the driver down while the other repeatedly punched him.

The attack caused one student to jump out of a bus window, according to the report.

The investigator said he could hear Beauzile yelling at one of the suspects to give him back his keys in the video.

Police later showed Beauzile a photo lineup where he identified Beckford as one of his attackers.

Days after the attack, Beauzile told Sun Sentinel news partner CBS12 that he was still in pain.

He said the attackers hit him in his ribs, head and other places and said the attack has left him shaken.

“That’s why I think the school district has to do something about that because it’s not only me, it’s about the school, security of my kids, and my security,” he said.

Burns faces trespassing, battery and child abuse charges and is held in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail. Beckford is held on the same charges in lieu of $14,000 bail.

 

Suspected bike thief found snoozing in Walmart

Filed under: Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 6:58 pm

An Englewood man accused of stealing a bicycle was later found by Walmart employees taking a nap in a bean bag chair, according to deputies.

sfl-flduh-bike-thief-snoozing-20140421-00119-year-old Roy Hornjak has been arrested and charged with Burglary of a Dwelling, Burglary of a Structure, Burglary of a Conveyance, Grand Theft, and Violation of Probation.

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, an Englewood resident reported on Sunday that a bicycle valued at over $300 was stolen from their garage and the suspect had also apparently entered their vehicle to light a marijuana cigarette, based on an odor in the car.

A family member later located the missing bicycle in the bike rack outside the McCall Road Walmart.

After viewing the video, Wal-Mart personnel located Hornjak asleep on bean bag chairs inside the store. He was asked to leave the store. Instead of leaving, Hornjak went to the Subway located inside Wal-Mart and fell asleep at a table.

When deputies were talking to him at Wal-Mart, Hornjak was found to be in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

He is being held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail.

 

Jailed man exposed himself to officer, wanted sex act

A South Florida man is accused of being a nuisance and then making some pretty serious threats to the arresting officer.

sfl-flduh-exposed-himself-sex-act-20140421-002Charles Bolen, 53, of Pompano Beach, was arrested Friday in Palm Beach Gardens.

He’s accused of yelling at customers in front of a Walgreen’s store on Northlake Boulevard, and threatening to hurt them.

Bolen then took his act down the street to Pep Boys, where he “demanded money for beer,” according to his arrest report.

Once he was convinced to leave the store, he told officers to “wait until I get across the street and you will see what I am going to do,” the report said.

That’s when the officer started to arrest him, prompting Bolen to say “you are not taking me to jail.”

As he was being taken to jail, Bolen told the officer he was going to “****” the officer’s “wife in the ***,” according to the report.

And the final insult came when Bolen was in his holding cell, when he “unzipped his pants” and told the officer to perform a sex act on him, the report said.

Bolen is charged with disorderly conduct and exposure of sexual organs.

 

Pasta la vista, baby: Woman charged in pasta assault April 21, 2014

A woman described as a “crazy” acting “crackhead” got locked up after accusations she hurled pasta at a man, punched him in the mouth and busted a coffee cup, according to a recently released affidavit.

sfl-flduh-pasta-hurling-woman-20140418-001What could be called the case of the linguine launching lady began boiling late on April 5 as Port St. Lucie police went to an address in the 2400 block of Southeast Garden Terrace.

A man identified as the victim said he was expecting Jeri Rossello, 45, to drop by and get some of her stuff. She came in and walked to the kitchen. Rossello, he said, grabbed a pasta meal from the refrigerator and threw it at him.

Pasta is a general term for a variety of thin, dough-based foodstuffs of Italian origin sometimes served with meatballs. Available in a cornucopia of shapes and dimensions, pasta typically is rigid until boiled. It’s often served with a sauce, such as marinara, pesto, bolognese, alfredo or Fra Diavolo, with types of pasta including angel hair, linguine and elbow macaroni.

pasta2-thumb-500x366-15400Meanwhile, the victim said, Rossello smashed a coffee mug and pulled phone wires from the wall. He said she punched him in the mouth and took off in a U-Haul van.

He described Rossello as a “crack head” who acted “crazy,” telling police she may have gone to a different address where she’s staying with another dude.

Investigators eventually found Rossello, who said she tried some leftover linguine but put it back in the refrigerator. She said there was no physical or verbal altercation.

Asked about the victim’s injured lip, Rossello said he must have done that to himself.

Rossello, of the 1500 block of Southeast Balcourt Court in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

 

Pimpin’ [while eating Wendy's in front of Walgreen's with your junk hanging out] ain’t easy April 19, 2014

Mugshot-Anthony-JohnsonA homeless man who goes by the nickname “City Pimp” was arrested after allegedly eating fast food from Wendy’s while lying in front of another business with his pants down and his genitals exposed.

Anthony Johnson, 54, was arrested in front of a Walgreen’s store in the 1200 block of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the arrest report, Johnson “was laying in the front of the business with his pants around his knees, exposing his genitals.”

The arresting officer also wrote in the report that the Walgreen’s manager said Johnson “is a constant problem to the business, and they receive numerous complaints a day about him on the property.”

Johnson was charged with lewd or lascivious exhibition.

 

Woman arrested for running an unlicensed botox clinic out of her garage April 18, 2014

garage18n-3-webAlejandra Tobon, 43, pumped Botox, filler and vitamin injections and offered plasma therapy and Carboxytherapy, a method of removing stretch marks after pregnancy, police said in a news release.

Cops cuffed Tobon on Wednesday after a patient came to police in December to report a bad reaction to the illegal Botox therapy.

The woman allegedly outfitted the garage, along a leafy street of residential rowhouses, to look like a medical office, police said.

Instead, Tobon was committing the crimes of unlicensed practice of health care profession and practicing medicine without a license, both third-degree felonies.

Online records show Tobon has been licensed in the state of Florida since 2003 as a massage therapist and since 2009 as an electrologist.

Cops believe there may be other victims.

Neighbors would see Tobon sporting medical scrubs and told WFOR-TV that women would frequently come and go from the tidy home.

“I’m in shock, you know, because sometimes you see the neighbors walking around, saying ‘Hi’ in the morning. But that’s it. So I’m in shock,” Dulce Lopez told the CBS affiliate.

 

Report: Oops, homeowner led authorities to his own grow house

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:21 pm

An Orange County homeowner called the power company to report a problem, and ended up leading them straight to a major marijuana grow house, authorities said.

gh4Investigators said they carried out more than 100 pot plants from the home in the Canyon Ridge subdivision near Clarcona-Ocoee Road.

When Channel 9’s Kristyn Caddell went to the home, the odor of marijuana was so pungent, she could smell it from across the street.

Investigators were at the home all night Wednesday removing the plants from the top floor of the home.

They said there was so much marijuana in the home, that there was very little living space.

gh2“They were actually remodeling the back room into another grow operation, which was going to be even larger,” said Robert white with the Corporal Narcotics Tip Squad.

Neighbors watched in awe as the plants were being carried out.

Norm Pozzie said he never noticed the pungent smell, but did see a lot of expensive cars and well-dressed people stopping by the house on a regular basis.

When the homeowner called the power company to report an electrical short, officials with Duke Energy noticed the lines had been tampered with.

The man was allegedly running some illegal power to the home to run his grow house, but it shorted out his power.

“We know who lives here, we know who paid for everything and we know who set it up,” White said.

Investigators said they will be putting out a warrant for the man’s arrest.

 

Flip flop: Shopper finds her own stolen shoes on sale

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:15 pm

sfl-flduh-stolen-shoes-sale-20140417-001An Ocala shopper got a surprise last month when she saw some of her own shoes – and some shoes belonging to her fiancé — on sale at a local store.

Her find led to the arrest Wednesday of Aric Shiawn McCray, 23, who had been living with them, on 11 counts of dealing in stolen property, according to the Ocala Police Department

Unfortunately, Plato’s Closet, at 2701 SW College Road, had already sold some of the shoes.

OPD Detective Mark Hoover found that McCray had made 23 transactions with the store since Dec. 2. Eleven of those involved items belonging to the woman or her fiancé. Those transactions totaled $302.65.

Hoover spoke with McCray, who told him that the couple had given him permission to take the shoes, according to OPD. He was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.

 

Gunman steals a master key allowing access to thousands of mailboxes April 17, 2014

Filed under: Dumb,Florida Nut,OK Then .....,Robbers,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 6:59 pm

Thousands of mailboxes could be compromised after an armed robber stole a postal key from a mail carrier in Lauderhill, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

fl-letter-carrier-robbed-20140416-001The holdup happened about 5 p.m. Monday as the carrier was delivering mail to the Continental Apartments, 1761 NW 46th Ave., postal inspector Blanca Alvarez said.

“The mail carrier was not suspicious because people oftentimes walk in and out of that hallway,” she said. “He approached her from behind and touched her with a gun and told her, ‘Give me the keys.’”

Surveillance video shows the suspect lurking near the mailboxes before the postal carrier arrives. The suspect was wearing a bright orange T-shirt, white shorts and bright orange running shoes, the video showed.

“It appears on the video this person actually did some surveillance before committing the crime,” she said.

He returned a couple of minutes later, wearing a black hoodie, to rob the carrier, the video showed.

“The carrier, fortunately, was not physically harmed,” Alvarez said. “She was shaken up as anybody would be in that type of violent situation.”

Postal keys open thousands of mailboxes on a carrier’s route, which is enticing to thieves, she said.

“It’s a crime of opportunity and criminals usually go out there and try to find something of value that they can steal,” Alvarez said. “There might be cash in the [mailbox], there may be gift cards, or they try to commit identity theft by ordering credit cards or debit cards in people’s names.”

Unless you are a federal employee, possession of a postal key is a federal offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison, or 25 years if a weapon is used in the robbery, she said.

“Postal inspectors went out that same day and notified all the residents that the postal key was taken and they should pick up their mail soon after delivery and not leave it in the mailboxes overnight, which is what we normally suggest to people on a regular basis,” she said.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service asks anyone with information to call the agency at 877-876-2455 or 954-436-7200.

 

Mom On Crack Binge Gives Birth In Motel Bathtub, Chews Through Umbilical Cord April 16, 2014

A premature baby born Friday night in a motel bathtub after his mother said she went on a crack cocaine binge remains in critical condition on a ventilator at UF Heatlh Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the baby and his 11-month-old brother, DCF spokeswoman Kristi Gray said. The baby’s brother has been placed in foster care.

Chrystal-Hassell-125x188Their 37-year-old mother, Chrystal A. Hassell, is on suicide watch at the Marion County Jail, meaning she is under constant supervision. She faces a charge of child neglect. She will be evaluated by medical professionals and will get whatever assistance she needs, Gray said, and the agency will work with her.

On Saturday, hours after her arrest, Hassell said she has been using drugs since she was a teenager, including while pregnant. She said she has a 16-year-old daughter who was born addicted to drugs. She said she did not know she was pregnant with her third child until early March when she felt movement in her stomach. She went to Munroe Regional Medical Center for a checkup and was told she was approximately six to seven months pregnant.

Hassell said she decided not to smoke crack but the cravings were too great. The day before her baby was born, she went on a binge. She said she had the child in a bathtub at Vacation Host Inn on South Pine Avenue and cut the umbilical cord with her teeth. She said the baby began turning blue so she called 911.

Vincent Terry, 43, the father of the baby and his brother, is at the Marion County Jail on a warrant out of El Pasco County, Colo., for domestic violence, attempted murder and a violation of probation on possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Terry said Tuesday during an interview at the jail that he did not know his girlfriend was abusing drugs for 24 hours before their baby was born. He said she told him she was tired and wanted to lie down.

“I knew she had a history of doing drugs, but not that she was doing drugs. She just found out she was pregnant,” he said.

Terry said he and Hassell attended a court hearing Tuesday to determine the status of their two children. He said his family provided the names of immediate family members whom the children can stay with and that DCF officials plan to do background checks to see if they qualify to take care of them.

Though no case plan has been arranged, Vincent said they should be able to have visitation with the children but that will depend on the outcome of their cases as well what kinds of programs they have to complete.

Terry said they have settled on a name for the baby, which he would not reveal, and that someone from the hospital is supposed to call and get the name so they can sign the birth certificate.

As for the charges he faces, Terry said he was not aware of the attempted murder and domestic violence charges and he thought his probation had ended on the drug possession charge. He said he has signed extradition papers and will go to Colorado to face the charges.

Terry said he and his girlfriend have several problems facing them, such as finding a place to live, but that he is looking forward to a life with Hassell and believes they can overcome any obstacle.

“Of course we’re going to stay together. My kids are here. She’s not a bad person. She just got a problem and, together, we’ll fight it,” he said.

 

 
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