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.


Is drunken night of music blasting a case of man bites dog? May 24, 2014

This could be one for the man-bites-dog file.

A 15-year-old boy complained to investigators that he woke up on — a school day — to loud music and his mom and stepdad drunk.

shandra_mickel_mug-thumb-150x163-15518The teen told Martin County Sheriff’s investigators that his mom, Shandra Mickel, 32, told him he had to get up for school.

He said he wanted to rest a while longer “because he was tired from his mother blasting music all night,” according to recently released Martin County Sheriff’s Office records.

He said he got in the shower 15 minutes later and his mom and stepfather began banging on the door and yelling, “Get the (sexual intercourse) out of the shower.”

Traditionally, parents model responsible behavior for their children to better prepare them for adulthood.

The teen boy said he asked his mom to leave him alone, and she began saying “mean things” and name calling.

He said he bent over to put on his shoes, and that his mom started punching him. He said he eventually held her against the wall in an effort to thwart the attacks.

Mickel, who smelled of booze and appeared under the influence of an “unknown substance,” said her son was back talking and wanted his phone. She slurred her speech and kept nodding off.

Mickel gave investigators an inconsistent story and kept altering the events.

A neighbor said the son was not the aggressor.

Deputies gave the son a ride to school and gave the mom a ride to jail.

Mickel, of the 2400 block of Northwest Holiday Court in Stuart, was arrested on a domestic battery charge.


If a guy in a Walmart parking lot offers to read your palm with his hand down your shirt, he may not be a real psychic May 20, 2014

1400553709860A man has been arrested for inappropriately touching two women outside of a Seminole County Walmart, police said.

Sanford police have arrested Zulfikar Jaffer, 52.

Last Thursday police said  Jaffer approached a female in the Walmart parking lot and indicated that he wanted to read her palm, police said. He then proceeded to place his hand down the victim’s shirt.

Then, just before noon Monday, a second female contacted the Sanford Police Department to report she was approached by a man who asked to read her palm at an Aldi near the Walmart. The woman said he then followed her into the parking lot, and convinced her to sit in his car and let him read her palm again. That’s when the woman said placed his hand down the front of her shirt.

The woman got out and called 911, and when Sanford Police arrived and saw Jaffer’s car, they said they recognized it from the incident Thursday and took him into custody.

He was arrested on two counts of battery and was released from the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on bond.

Investigators are concerned that Jaffer has additional victims.


Man lunged at 7-Eleven clerk, choked her before robbing store May 17, 2014

Orange County deputies said they are searching for a robber who terrorized a clerk, before she could hand over money.

ORCO_7-11_CHOKE_ROB_PKG_traInvestigators released a picture of the robber who they said claimed he had a gun but did not show it, and then lunged at the woman and choked her.

The robbery happened at a 7-Eleven on McCoy Road, and investigators described how the incident went down.

“A black male enters the store, selects some products, brings them to the counter and he puts the clerk into a headlock. [He] tells her he has a firearm and threatens her life, [and] then robs the store, [and] then robs the store of the money from the cash register,” said Lt. Parks Duncan of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

“Very brazen. Very dangerous. A lot of times people make threats, but this one took it a step further, which makes him more of a higher priority for us,” Duncan said.

The man is in his 40s with salt and pepper hair, a scruffy beard and wearing a trench coat, officers said.

Earlier this week, what appeared to be a different suspect, robbed clerks at gunpoint at a 7-Eleven along Conroy-Windermere Road.

It’s a troubling trend that often leaves victim’s unable to stay at their jobs.

“I’ve seen many times people who are victims of these crimes have to quit the job because they can’t handle it psychologically,” said Duncan.


Man arrested after attacking his ex-girlfriend with a sword, a hacksaw, and wind chimes May 13, 2014

os-sword-attack-20140512A 29-year-old Winter Garden man remains behind bars today after wielding a variety of weapons, including a sword, hack saw and even wind chimes, in a rampage that bloodied his ex-girlfriend late Sunday.

At one point, Jeremy Bryant bit the victim’s nose and licked her face, a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

He faces a slew of charges, including attempted second-degree murder.

His alleged victim said Bryant attacked her late Sunday as she taking some items from her house on West Story Road and bringing them to a neighbor’s house, fearing for her safety after learning Bryant was involved in a hit-and-run crash, a report said.

He broke into the neighbor’s house, disarmed a sword-wielding resident, threatened to kill the woman, kicked over a mailbox and threw a propane tank into the house, a report alleged.

He threatened to choke the woman using cables from a wind chime. Then he squeezed the woman’s until she couldn’t breathe. He also put a hack saw to her throat.

The woman suffered a cut to her right arm, but wasn’t sure how it happened.

He dragged her into his pickup and drove off. She jumped out of the truck when it was stopped a light at Dillard Road and Colonial Drive and ran to a deputy’s patrol vehicle nearby.


Gulp! Mom assaulted son with Kool-Aid May 7, 2014

A woman accused of throwing Kool-Aid had to cool off in the St. Lucie County jail following a spat in Fort Pierce, according to a recently-released police report.

sfl-flduh-koolaid-assault-20140506-001Fort Pierce police on April 27 went to an address in the 800 block of North 21st Street and spoke to 60-year-old Yeteva Mccollum, who said her son called her a bad name.

Enraged, Mccollum said she tossed a full glass of Kool-Aid at her son, hitting him on his head and body.

Edwin Perkins, a native of Hastings, Neb., developed Kool-Aid (first named Kool-Ade) in 1927, according to the website for the Hastings Museum. The museum has a Kool-Aid exhibit named, “Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream.”

The original Kool-Aid flavors included strawberry, cherry, grape, lemon-lime, raspberry and orange, while the precursor of the popular fruity beverage was a liquid concentrate known as Fruit Smack. Kraft Foods now owns Kool-Aid, which is Nebraska’s official soft drink.

Meanwhile, Mccollum told police she felt something hit her in the lip.

“She stated that she has glaucoma and could not see what the object was but was certain it was not a fist or open hand,” a report states. “She stated it had a metallic sound.”

Mccollum’s 33-year-old son told police he was in the kitchen washing dishes when his mom started a verbal altercation.

He said she threw the Kool-Aid and ran in her bedroom. He said he heard a noise when she ran in, and that she came out with a swollen lip.

He said he believes she banged into the bunk beds, causing the swollen lip.

The son said his mother frequently calls police on him and tries to file bogus allegations.

Police determined Mccollum, of the 800 block of North 21st Street in Fort Pierce, was the primary aggressor and took her to jail on a battery charge.


Deputies: Woman attacked HOA president over neighborhood watch May 5, 2014

A woman looking to curb crime in her neighborhood ended up behind bars, after deputies say she slammed the homeowner association president’s arm in a door over funding a neighborhood watch group.

sfl-flduh-hoa-president-watch-20140504-001Heather Roberts, 32, went to the home of her neighborhood’s HOA president just before 11 a.m. on Thursday to discuss paying law enforcement officers to patrol the neighborhood as part of a crime watch initiative, according to the arrest report.

Roberts told the president their Oakland Park Mobile Home Park, located in the 1100 block of Handy Oak Circle in unincorporated West Palm Beach, was experiencing an uptick in crime, deputies said.

But the president said the association didn’t have the money to do that. He told deputies he raised his voice at Roberts when he told her the idea wouldn’t work.

Roberts, who was calm when describing her idea outside the president’s house, became enraged after the president raised his voice, according to the report. She started cursing and stood at his doorway, keeping him from shutting his front door, deputies said.

He asked her to leave, but she refused, according to the report. Finally, she went to leave and shut the door on the man’s arm.

When deputies arrived, she told them she never tried to get into the president’s house. She told deputies crime has been a problem in the neighborhood, and said the president was a liar and that he had done “bad things” in the community.

The president showed deputies video of Roberts trying to enter his home, according to the report. She denied touching him, and then told deputies it was actually the president who had struck her, according to the report.

Roberts is charged with battery, assault and burglary of an occupied residence. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Friday.


Every man dreams of threesomes with two babes …. then there’s this guy May 3, 2014

1399025497154A New Port Richey man is behind bars after deputies said he had sex with two underage girls several times.

Brian Silliman, 31, is facing two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the girls, who are 12 and 13 years old, took a taxi to his home on March 21. Once the girls were there, detectives said Silliman had sex with both girls.

Detectives said the girls admitted to having sex with Silliman, and they eventually learned the 12-year-old girl had sex with Silliman approximately 10 times over the past month.

The 12-year-old girl also said Silliman went as far as giving her a cell phone to communicate when and where they could meet, the report said. The phone contained text messages from Silliman that read, “I am so in love.”

Silliman was arrested on Wednesday. He remains in the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center in lieu of $20,150 bond.


Man charged with rental fraud after throwing urine on code inspector April 29, 2014

A Siesta Key man accused of running a rental scam was arrested Monday morning after throwing a bucket of urine on a county employee.  This after the man’s neighbor was caught on tape stealing an ABC 7 vehicle from in front of the property in question.

535eb6a8b22cc_image44-year-old Craig Siegel now faces 19 felony charges of Scheme to Defraud, and one felony charge of Battery on Code Inspector.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, multiple people reported paying Craig Siegel, via his rental company, to rent a 12-bedroom home in the 6500 block of Sabal Drive. Siegel modified the structure in 2013 but did so without the proper permits, so Sarasota County Code Enforcement ordered him to dismantle the lower level new construction. The home has just five bedrooms, but Siegel still advertises it as a 12-bedroom property.

Detectives identified 19 victims nationwide who paid Siegel more than $53,000 to rent the 12-bedroom home and asked for refunds after learning the property was not what he portrayed. They were either forced to stay at the property without adequate accommodations, or sacrificed the money they spent and had to pay to stay elsewhere.

Siegel told the victims to sue him, claiming he did not have money to return. However, detectives obtained financial records showing Siegel paid $172,500 to a Fidelity Investment Plan last year. Detectives identified additional victims who did not want to be part of the criminal investigation, fearing they would lose money already paid to Siegel.

Earlier this year, as ABC 7 reporter Josh Taylor was shooting video of the property for a story on the alleged scam, neighbor Jean Price tried to get Josh to leave, then drove off in the station vehicle herself.  The video was shown on national news outlets. Charges are still pending against Price.

Monday, when a code inspector with whom Siegel has had frequent dealings arrived at the home on official county business, Siegel threw a bucket of urine on the man.

Siegel is charged with Criminal Mischief and Battery on a Code Inspector in connection with this morning’s incident. In the rental scam he is charged with 19 counts of Scheme to Defraud, for which he is being held $55,000 bond.


Woman ransacks store and punches seven year old because the store owner wouldn’t exchange a jar of coins for bills April 24, 2014

93911e00-cb20-11e3-a77a-3dd86f1da60e_knockThis past Monday, a woman became furious with a storeowner when he declined to exchange dollar bills for her jar of coins. Surveillance video shows the woman aggressively pointing at the owner of the A Plus Food Mart in Mt. Dora, Florida before knocking items off the counter. As News 13 reports, the outburst only got worse from there.

The owner, who was not named, says that he tried explaining to the woman, also unnamed, that he didn’t have time to sort through her jar of change. She got frustrated and knocked items off his counter. He followed her outside his business and says the angry woman was screaming racial slurs and threatening to kill him. But that isn’t the worst thing that she did.

Danya Bennett was sitting outside the A Plus Food Mart at the time with her daughter, seven-year-old Kami. Kami told News 13, “We was just sitting here minding our own business and he told us to call the police,” and, “Her crazy.” Ms. Bennett told the station, “[The storeowner’s] saying she tore up my store, call 911, something’s wrong with her.” When the woman took a swinging punch at the owner, she missed and hit someone else. Little Kami says, “When she was trying to swing at him she hit me.” That’s right, the woman allegedly hit a seven-year-old.

News 13 writes that Kami has a bruise on her face and that she said she’s suffering from nightmares. Her mother told the station, “I’d like to see justice served, it’s aggravated assault and I’d like to see her behind bars.” Mt. Dora Police say they are reviewing the case and that the investigation remains open.



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