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The Bizarre World of Florida

“When police searched his car, they found condoms, the loaded handgun and a shovel and duct tape inside.” April 12, 2014

3489808_GA loaded handgun, shovel and duct tape were found in the car of a man Davie Police say was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Antonio Seisdedos, 36, was arrested Thursday on charges of engaging in a sexual act with a person under 16, computer pornography and child exploitation and traveling for computer pornography and child exploitation, according to a Davie Police arrest report.

Seisdedos was being held on $14,500 bond Friday, court records showed. No attorney was listed in court records. Efforts to get a comment from someone at Seisdedos’ address were unsuccessful.

According to the arrest report, the victim’s mother went to police after she found several text messages on the girl’s phone from Seisdedos. Seisdedos and the teen texted about having sex in the messages, which dated back to February, the report said.

When police spoke with the teen, she admitted to having oral sex with Seisdedos in his car, the report said. She told police she had been approached by Seisdedos outside a Publix, and he told her she was cute and asked if they could exchange phone numbers, the report said.

The girl said she told Seisdedos she was just 14, the report said. She also admitted to sending him naked photos of herself, the report said.

Using the teen’s phone, police contacted Seisdedos posing as the girl and arranged to meet with him. He didn’t show up for the first meeting but when he showed up to a second arranged meeting, he was taken into custody, the report said.

When police searched his car, they found condoms, the loaded handgun and a shovel and duct tape inside, the report said.

Seisdedos refused to speak with officers without his attorney, the report said.

 

Police get involved after dispute over too many pets gets physical April 11, 2014

sfl-flduh-neighbor-fight-furkids-20140410-001Some folks really show their claws when it comes to their fur kids.

Fur-real feud: A woman, identified as Christina M. Putman, 27, is accused of attacking her neighbor after the neighbor told authorities Putman was keeping eight dogs and several cats, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.

After officials verified Putnam had more fur kids than the legal limit of five, Putman allegedly jumped her next-door neighbor’s fence and grabbed the woman’s hair, dragging her into the backyard from the porch, Port St. Lucie cops said.

 

When you just gotta go … to jail April 9, 2014

A spat over whether to pull into a rest area for a potty stop turned into a golf club beat down and a couple of arrests, according to recently released affidavits.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched March 31 to the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce service plaza on Florida’s Turnpike for a report of a fight.

Colby Yandow, 23, told troopers he considers himself a female

despite what his driver’s license says. Yandow said he’s “a trans-gender individual who has completed his sexual reassignment surgery, but has not updated his driver’s license information to reflect such,” an affidavit states.

Yandow, who smelled of booze, told troopers that he and Kenneth Jackson, 35, live together in Orlando. He said he was driving north with Jackson, who also smelled of booze, when they quarreled about stopping at the service plaza for a bathroom break.

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YANDOW, ABOVE LEFT; JACKSON, ABOVE RIGHT

Yandow said Jackson punched him in the face and grabbed his wrist before snatching the wheel and forcing the vehicle into the service plaza.

Yandow said he got out and grabbed a golf club from the trunk. He said he hit Jackson in the head to protect himself.

Jackson said he told Yandow he needed to use the bathroom, but Yandow wouldn’t stop. Jackson said Yandow punched him in the face and pulled in the plaza. Jackson said he forced the vehicle into park so he could get out and use the toilet.

He said Yandow hit him in the head with the golf club, and then they scuffled.

“Mr. Jackson denied punching Mr. Yandow while he was driving, but admitted to punching him after being struck in the head with the golf club,” an affidavit states.

Records did not state whether Jackson got to use the bathroom.

Yandow, whose license is suspended and expired, was arrested on charges including aggravated battery, while Jackson was arrested on a battery charge.

 

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.

 

Florida, where the prostitutes will choke you to death if you try to skip on paying April 4, 2014

A 19-year-old woman who was working as a prostitute choked a Lake Worth man to death after he tried to stiff her out of money he owed her for sexual services, deputies said.

sfl-escort-appears-in-court-to-face-murder-charge-20140403Andrea Alvira, of Lake Worth, killed Brandon Day, 22, in the early hours of Jan. 15 in a yard in the 5300 block of Rivermill Lane in Lake Worth, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Alvira, who faces a charge of second-degree murder, told investigators a story they didn’t believe: that she had met Day in a nearby park and that he’d offered to give her a ride after a john had stood her up.

According to the arrest report, Alvira told investigators she attacked Day after he pushed her to the ground, raped her, and took off running after robbing her.

Detectives said there was no evidence to support her allegations against Day.

Instead, detectives determined that Day and Alvira had arranged to meet at the community clubhouse in the Rivermill development, and that Alvira would provide sexual services for a fee.

Detectives said Alvira did her part, but that Day tried to run away without paying her, the report stated. Alvira chased Day into a yard, where she dropped him by hitting him in the neck. She got on top of Day’s chest and forced her knees into his throat, suffocating him, detectives said.

Investigators looked at Alvira’s cell phone, which showed that she and Day had sent text messages to each other to arrange a meeting.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Alvira was “sitting in the grass next to the victim who was unresponsive and believed to be deceased,” the report said.

An investigation into the death ensued, with a medical examiner ruling on March 26 that Day’s death was a homicide.

Alvira was arrested Wednesday. She remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday, according to the Sheriff’s Office online booking blotter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the arrest report, Alvira told investigators she attacked Day after he pushed her to the ground, raped her, and took off running after robbing her.

Detectives said there was no evidence to support her allegations against Day.

 

Man accused of trying to force his way into a maid’s Magic Kingdom inside a room at a Disney resort April 2, 2014

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“When I bring my family down here I try to keep my eyes and ears open. Just because we’re in Disney doesn’t mean anything,” visitor Joe Rossi said.

“I don’t think any place is safe this day and age. I think you always have to be careful,” another tourist, Nancy Sherrin, said.

Authorities said the suspect, described to be in his early 30s with a mole on the side of his face, fled out of the hotel room. Deputies said they’re not sure if the man was a guest and it’s unclear how he got onto the resort property

Investigators requested surveillance video from the resort, as well as a list of recent guests who stayed in the room where the attack happened.

“We do want people to take a close look at the composite sketch to see if they do recognize this person so we can bring him in,” Rodriguez said.

Disney officials released a statement regarding the hotel room attack:

“We are very focused on the well being of our cast member and have been working closely with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to assist their investigation. We encourage anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Providing a safe environment for our cast and guests is our highest priority. In addition to our own extensive security team (more than 1,000 security cast members), the OCSO has a presence on our property 24 hours a day.”

 

Teen buddies seeking massage for surfing injuries wind up in prostitution bust

Two teen tourists visiting an Osceola massage parlor last week found themselves in the midst of a prostitution bust, a dissatisfied client and angry practitioners of the ancient art of relaxation.

The 16-year-old buddies arrived at the Jasmine Massage Parlor on West U.S. Highway 192 shortly before 11 p.m. March 26 when undercover vice squad members also showed up, according to sheriff’s office arrest records.

“When I entered, the location was very busy and I was told to wait and would be very happy if I did,” the unidentified detective wrote. “During my time in the lobby area I overheard a young voice saying, “Stop! I don’t like that.”

Moment later, a young male quickly exited a door from the back of the massage parlor, closely followed by another young male.

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“A female was running after them. She was upset and was yelling at the two males,” the report stated, identifying the woman as Lijun Shi, 51, formerly of China.

The detective described the teens as looking nervous when each gave her more money.

As the boys bolted, a client came out of another room, adjusting his clothing and yelling, “That was the worst” sex act ever and he had suffered an injury, the report stated.

Upon seeing the undercover waiting for a massage, the upset customer yelled a profanity and advised, “Go somewhere else.”

All of this happened as Shi and the partially clothed owner, Zhu Fang Liu, 54, formerly of China, stood in the lobby yelling. Meanwhile, the detective was sending a message to vice-squad members waiting outside to detain the teens, records stated.

“Liu then invited me into a room and directed me to remove my clothing,” the detective wrote about paying $70 for his massage and stating he was offered sexual pleasure for a good tip. “I told her I would do that but would come back later…I told the members what took place and we would move in after I was briefed on the young males.”

One of the teens told detectives the massage therapist asked him if he was attending school while talking sexy and grabbing at him. “He said he told her he did not like that” which was why he left the room in hurry followed by his friend, the report stated.

“He was offended and nervous that she grabbed him so he departed as well,” the detective wrote. “The boys told me that they have morals based on religion and what Shi and Liu did outraged them. This type of activity with young males has the potential to corrupt them.”

Shi was booked into the county jail in lieu of $4,000 bail on charges of living off the earnings of prostitution, assignation to commit prostitution and disorderly conduct.

Liu was booked into the jail in lieu of $2,000 bail on charges of living off the earnings of prostitution and two counts of keeping a house of ill fame.

The Orlando Sentinel is not identifying the two minors, who were out-of-state tourists and were not charged. They were released to their parents.

“They were dropped off by older family members. They claimed the day before they had done some sort of surfing exercise that injured their backs,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain said today. “They went to get a legitimate massage is what they told us. They didn’t realize that establishment offered additional services.”

The arrests were two of five made March 26 by the vice squad, which routinely focuses on a stretch of low-cost motels, restaurants and places of entertainment on West U.S. Highway 192 known as “The Strip.”

 

Expresso yourself: Man upset over java dragged manager with car April 1, 2014

A McDonald’s manager was dragged by a car after police say she chased a customer of the restaurant who claimed he had a bad cup of coffee.

sfl-flduh-coffee-mcdonalds-manager-20140331-001Gasuel Perez, 23, of 700 SW 62nd Blvd, Apt. M149, was at the McDonald’s on West Newberry Road around 4:48 a.m. and became upset about what he said was a poorly made cup of coffee, Gainesville Police Department Officer Ben Tobias said in an email.

Police said Perez then stole the business’s keys that were hanging from the lock on the door and ran to his car. As Perez was getting in his vehicle to drive away, the manager of the McDonald’s chased Perez and tried to stop him by holding the vehicle’s door jamb, Tobias said.

Witnesses said that as Perez drove off, he dragged the manager a short distance in the parking lot. The manager was taken to the hospital after receiving scrapes, scratches and bruises on her arms, legs and back, a police report said.

Police said Perez did not stop to help her and was found by police a short distance away, and he was arrested. Perez was charged with failing to remain at a crash that involved an injury, the report said. He was booked into the Alachua County jail at 6:42 a.m. and remained there Monday afternoon.

 

Mother made her children regurgitate food and then eat it again, held her children’s heads underwater and pretty much tortured them for 8 years March 29, 2014

A mother starved, beat and tortured her two-16-year-old children for more than eight years, police have said.

Jamie Marie Hicks, 43, allegedly inflicted cruelty on the two children at her home in North Tampa, Florida while their stepfather, 53-year-old Vernon Courtney Lovell, looked on and did nothing.

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Arrested: Jamie Hicks, left, has been accused of abusing her two 16-year-old children for more than eight years, while her husband Vernon Lovell, right, allegedly knew about the abuse but did nothing to help them

She hit them with various objects, choked them to the point of unconsciousness and held their heads under water, according to a police report reported in the Tampa Bay Times.

She also withheld food from them for up to three days at a time, they told police, and on other occasions, she fed them spoiled food or made them regurgitate food and then eat it again.

The alleged abuse came to light when the children went to Mary Lee’s House, a nonprofit child protection organization, where they told child advocates about what they had endured.

The children, whose genders have not been released, said their mother abused them while their stepfather failed to seek medical attention, even though he was aware of the abuse.

A pediatric nurse carried out a physical examination of the children on Thursday and found signs of severe malnutrition and both were hospitalized, according to police.

One of the children weighed 88 pounds and the other weighed 94 pounds, whereas a healthy weight for their age is 135 pounds.

Lovell has lived with Hicks and the children for 13 years, the report said.

Both are being held without bail.

Hicks, who worked as manager of her husband’s handyman services company, was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday on aggravated child abuse charges.

Lovell also remains in the jail and faces accusations of child neglect.

 

Man Vomits on Cell Phone. Follows Florida protocol by going on machete wielding rampage March 26, 2014

campbellAn intoxicated man angered after he vomited on his own cell phone took it out on his wife, holding a machete to her neck before firing a shotgun round over a responding officer’s head, police reported.

Port St. Lucie police responded to 1902 SE Hillmoor Drive at 10:15 p.m. Saturday. A woman told dispatchers she fled her apartment with her children after Trevor Campbell, 31, had come home drunk, vomited on his phone and argued with her, at one point holding a machete to her neck causing minor cuts.

According to a police report, she told police that he had a shotgun and was threatening to kill himself, at one point putting the muzzle in his mouth before she pulled it away. A round discharged and punched a hole through the ceiling.

The wife and daughter escaped from the home and ran.

“I located the female victim and her daughter behind the dumpster. They were hiding from him,” Sgt. Schichtel said.

Sgt. Richard Schichtel now became the negotiator. He had to get Campbell to surrender.

Police then called Campbell to get him to come out.

Campbell answered his cell phone.

“We had a good dialogue going with him, next thing I know the phone goes dead and a round is discharged,” Sgt. Schichtel said.

As officers were positioned around the house, Campbell, who was on the second floor of the apartment, fired a shotgun round at the officers.

Crime Scene Investigators trajectory showed the round exiting the window and was fired directly over the officers head.

A rifle round went out the window, passing within inches of another officer’s chest.

The police called Campbell again and asked him to surrender, promising if he left the rifle inside he would not be shot.

“I convinced him to empty his pockets, because they were full of ammunition,” Sgt. Schichtel said. “He emptied his pockets and come down the stairs and out the front door with his hands up.”

Police then took Campbell into custody.

At the jail Campbell complained of shoulder pain from an old football injury. He was taken to Lawnwood Medical Center, where police say he was initially combative with staff. En route to the hospital, Campbell had maneuvered his handcuffed arms in front of his body, forcing the officer to pull over and re-apply them behind his back.

While at the hospital, a detective attempted to interview Campbell but he refused, telling her he “pleaded the fifth,” invoking his 5th Amendment right not to incriminate himself.

He was released from the hospital and taken to the St. Lucie County Jail, where he is held under $250,000 bond on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and attempted murder of a police officer.

 

 
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