The Bizarre World of Florida

Florida man fatally shot after warning reckless driver to slow down around kids November 17, 2014

Police are searching for suspects in South Florida whom they say shot and killed a man after he warned them against reckless driving around children.

Florida-man-fatally-shot-after-warning-reckless-driver-to-slow-down-around-kidsInvestigators and several witnesses say Bradley Holt, 24, spotted a yellow Ford Mustang doing donuts and driving erratically outside of his apartment in Miami Thursday night.

One 12-year-old witness, Jarrod Smith, told WSVN that Holt had been playing football with him and some other children before he confronted the occupants of the vehicle, telling them to slow down.

Neighbors said they heard two gunshots, one of which struck Holt in the head. He died after being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where his family had gathered for prayer.

Investigators currently lack information about the number of occupants in the Mustang, which was described as a 1988 or 1998 model convertible. No others were injured in the shooting.


Have these people never heard of a gun safe or a lock? November 13, 2014

An 8-year-old boy was critically injured when he was accidentally shot in the head by his 9-year-old sister in DeLand on Wednesday evening, according to police.

buying-a-handgun-300x225The girl “somehow obtained a handgun that belonged to a parent” and was handling it when it discharged, grazing the boy in the head, police said.pic

The boy was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital. While police originally said the boy suffered non-life threatening injuries, further information revealed that the boy was actually struck by the bullet as opposed to just grazed, said DeLand police Sgt. Chris Estes.

The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. at a home in the 600 block of South Parsons Avenue.

There were three other children – all under 10 – also in the home alone at the time of the incident and were uninjured, said Estes.

Estes said two teenagers – 19 and 15 – were supposed to be watching the children but had gone to a nearby store and were on the way back when the incident occurred.

Those involved were not identified.

The incident remains under investigation.

No further details were released.


Dog poop leads to a mess: Neighbor shot in feces feud November 4, 2014

Filed under: Bad Temper,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Guns,Shooting,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:08 pm
sfl-flduh-dog-poop-feud-20141103-001A Tampa man is under arrest for the October 24 shooting that began as an argument over one neighbor’s dog pooping in the other’s yard.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service assisted Tampa Police in tracking down Joshame Deon Sewell, 20, in Belle Glade, Florida.
According to police, Sewell and Donte Roberson, 30, began arguing because Roberson’s dog had defecated in Sewell’s yard on North 12th Street..
Sewell became enraged and retrieved a rifle and opened fire on Roberson, who was hit several times in the right leg and once in the right hand.
Roberson is still recovering at Tampa General Hospital.
Sewell was arrested on Sunday afternoon and was being held in the Palm Beach County Jail awaiting extradition back to Hillsborough County.

Mom jailed after shooting at deadly snake October 20, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Guns,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:08 pm

A Panama City woman has been taken to jail after allegedly trying to gun down a snake on a local school campus.

april-demarcoApril Dawn DeMarco, 30, was arrested for discharging a .380-caliber handgun on the practice football field of Bay High School, 300 E. 15th St., during practice last week for the local Pop Warner football team. Demarco apparently borrowed the pistol from Miren Gregory, 31, to protect nearby children after a group of parents found a water moccasin on the field, police reported.

Coaches and parents told the children to get out of the area after finding the moccasin. Gregory told DeMarco she had a concealed carry permit and a handgun after some of the coaches tried to kill the snake by hitting it with sticks.

One parent forewarned the women that having a firearm on school grounds was against the law when DeMarco said, “I will take the blame,” the parent told police.

The children were about 20 to 50 yards away when Demarco took one shot at the snake, missing wide.

Attempts to contact DeMarco Wednesday were unsuccessful.

DeMarco told police she had the gun on school grounds and shot it there to protect the children, herself being a parent, police reported. However, discharging a firearm on school grounds is a felony. DeMarco was arrested Monday for discharging a firearm on school property and possession of a firearm on school property.

State law also prohibits people with concealed weapons permits from bringing weapons on a school campus during any event not related to those weapons. Gregory was arrested Tuesday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm on school property.

Police reports contain no word on the fate of the snake.


“Misunderstood” man accused of armed robbery of beachgoers October 13, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Guns,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:15 pm

To avoid any misunderstanding, Jonathan Warrenfeltz broadcast his status in life with big tattooed letters emblazoned across his forehead: “Misunderstood.”

sfl-flduh-misunderstood-robbery-20141010-001And the word was there in all its glory when, police said, Warrenfeltz and a companion robbed five beachgoers at gunpoint in Dania Beach. In fact, the tattoo was how the victims readily identifed the ex-convict as their assailant.

The suspects also made a wrong turn during their getaway, and left a trail of stolen items behind. They were in custody within 30 minutes.

Warrenfeltz, 24, Fort Lauderdale, and Joshua Zeaya, 23, no known address, were held without bond Wednesday on five counts each of robbery with a firearm. Zeaya was also charged with aggravated battery and battery causing bodily harm, records show.

Seven witnesses identified Warrenfeltz from several facial tattoos, including “Misunderstood” in cursive script. He apparently got the tattoo after his release from prison Feb. 1, records showed.

According to arrest reports, Warrenfeltz, Zeaya and two women drove in a 2002 Toyota Camry to the Dania Beach Pier near 300 N. Beach Rd. about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Zeaya and Warrenfeltz approached four women and a man sitting on the beach. Zeaya demanded their valuables while holding a gun partially concealed under his T-shirt, according to Detective Marcos Toledo.

“It was a long gun, whether a rifle or shotgun I don’t know,” Toledo said Thursday during a first appearance hearing. “They stole over $1,500 in property from the five individuals.”

Jonathan Warrenfeltz, 24, is accused of robbing five beach-goers at gun point in Dania Beach (Broward Sheriff’s Office, courtesy)
Zeaya threatened to hurt anyone who failed to cooperate. They handed over their property to Warrenfeltz, but Zeaya still hit one of the women in the head with the gun and kicked her hip. He also kicked the man in the chest, reports said.

“After they stole the property from the victims they jumped into a vehicle and fled the scene into a Motel 6,” Toledo said.

But the suspects left a trail of evidence between the crime scene and the motel, Toledo said.

“After the [suspects] took off they started throwing property out of the vehicle until they reached Motel 6,” he said. “We did find in the vehicle credit cards, ID cards and wallets as well as a backpack belonging to the victims.”

No gun was found. “We’re still searching,” Toledo said.

The suspects made a wrong turn, Toledo said, and drove all the way to the end of John U. Lloyd State Park before turning around and heading for the motel at 825 E. Dania Beach Blvd.

Assistant Public Defender Dale Miller argued that the lack of a firearm should result in reduced charges. “If there’s no rifle, there’s no proof evident and presumption great that there was a rifle involved in this case,” he said.


Jury decides you cannot stand your ground against an unarmed teenager who was playing his music too loud for your tastes October 2, 2014

A Florida jury found a white software engineer guilty of first degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud rap music.

ap285158298726Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified that he was defending himself when he fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four black teens listening to music at a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

In a February trial, a jury deadlocked on the murder charge but convicted Dunn on three counts of attempted murder for firing at the three surviving teens in the vehicle.

Under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for crimes committed with a gun, Dunn could face at least 60 years in jail for his February convictions. Sentencing for those convictions was postponed until after his retrial.

Dunn testified on Tuesday he was sure he saw a gun as a teenager appeared to emerge from the SUV making verbal threats against his life. Davis was unarmed, prosecutors said, and no weapon was found in the youths’ vehicle.

During the weeklong retrial, prosecutors argued that Dunn’s actions went far beyond self-defense.

Davis was struck by three bullets while leaning away from the gunfire, an expert testified during the trial. Dunn faced intense questioning as to why he did not call 911, which he blamed on fear and shock.

The trial has drawn comparisons to the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in Florida last year in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed, black 17-year-old. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had said he fired in self-defense.


Armed man threatened Checker’s clerk over hamburger order September 19, 2014

A man was arrested Tuesday after he threatened to shoot a Checkers drive-thru clerk if he didn’t give him a hamburger, according to a report.

sfl-flduh-shoot-checkers-clerk-hamburger-20140-001West Palm Beach police said Dechazo Harris, 27, pulled up just after 1:30 a.m. on March 29 to a Checkers drive-thru, 1209 N. Dixie Highway. He ordered a meal at the speaker, pulled around to the window and wanted to submit another order, according to an arrest report.

But the clerk told him he would have to drive around to get a second order. Harris then pulled out his gun, according to police, and told the clerk to get him his second meal.

“Give me a hamburger or I’ll shoot you,” he said as he got out of the car, according to the report.

The two passengers in his car persuaded him not to shoot the clerk, so he got back in his car, got his meal and left, according to the report.

Officers were able to get Harris’ license tag number off of his car from security footage. They arrested him on Tuesday, and he is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $5,000 bail.

He faces aggravated assault charges.



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