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The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman discovered sleeping in a car wearing only her lingerie tries to run over a cop in one of the most Florida stories ever July 23, 2014

fl-suzanne-morales-20140722Police in Boca Raton said they found a woman sleeping in her car wearing only lingerie, and when they asked her to get out of her car, she tried to run over an officer.

Police said just before 10 a.m. on Monday, they got a call about a woman sleeping in the parking garage of Nordstrom, 5820 West Glades Road, at the Town Center at Boca Raton.

Officers found Suzanne Morales, 45, sleeping in the car. They knocked on the car window, but Morales woke up and locked her car doors. Officers asked her to step outside the car, but she refused, according to an arrest report.

Police also said they could smell alcohol and suspected she might be drunk, according to the report.

They told Morales if she continued to refuse, they would knock out her window. She started the car and tried to drive in reverse, almost hitting one of the officers. She then hit a police cruiser and was trapped, according to the report.

Morales is charged with obstructing an officer and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

 

From paradise to the pokey: Couple charged with having sex on the beach

A man and a woman were arrested on charges of having sex in public on Cortez Beach on Sunday night, according to the Bradenton Beach Police Department.

sfl-flduh-sex-beach-cortez-20140722-001A witness called police and said she saw Elissa Alvarez, 20, and Jose Caballero, 39, fondling each other and eventually having sex on a sheet next to her at 8:36 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Gulf Drive on Cortez Beach, according to a report.

Six other people filled out complaints in connection to the incident, and the original witness told police she was especially upset because her 4-year-old daughter had witnessed the couple’s activities, according to the report.

One witness filmed the two on a camera phone as evidence for police, who took the two into custody and charged them both with lewd and lascivious exhibition, according to police records.

Both were taken to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office jail and are currently out on $7,500 bond each.

Caballero has multiple charges on his record stemming from past drug use.

 

 

Man charged with calling 911 twice because he couldn’t lock door July 22, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:30 pm

A Bradenton man was charged with resisting arrest without violence and misuse of the 911 system after deputies say he called 911 twice for a non-emergency reason, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

open doorsMark L. Sharon, 55, was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Monday. According to a report, deputies arrived at Sharon’s home along 116th Street West in Bradenton, after he called 911 because he couldn’t lock his door.

A deputy described him as “uncooperative” during their conversation and told Sharon that he misused the 911 system and would be arrested if he calls for a non-emergency reason. Sharon appeared heavily intoxicated, according to a report.

Less than an hour later, deputies say Sharon called 911 again and told the dispatcher: “Thank you very much, they sent them here pounding on my door.” According to a report, deputies arrived at his home again and saw that there was no emergency. They tried to arrest Sharon, who tried to flee. He was eventually handcuffed and transported to jail.

Sharon was being held on bonds totaling $1,000.

 

 

Woman abused 911 system multiple times … alcohol may have been involved

Filed under: Drunk,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF?,Controversy,Disrespectful,Dumb,Alcohol — floridaduh @ 1:27 pm

A woman was arrested early Sunday morning after she was accused of abusing the 911 system.

sfl-flduh-911-club-20140721-001Laurel Berryman, 44, was at the House of Blues nightclub Saturday night when she became intoxicated and caused disturbances inside the club, deputies said.

Berryman was ordered by security staff to leave, but moments later she returned and attempted to re-enter the night club.

An off-duty deputy from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office then told Berryman repeatedly that she had to leave and was not allowed to return, but Berryman refused each time, according to deputies. The deputy escorted her off the House of Blues property, but she returned again.

According to the arrest affidavit, Berryman was speaking to someone on her cellphone when she returned the second time, telling them she wanted another officer on the scene.

It became evident to the deputy that Berryman was calling 911 and asking them to send a new deputy to the scene. The deputy told Berryman she could not call 911 for non-emergency issues, but Berryman kept calling, deputies said.

Dispatchers told the officer Berryman had called a total of four times within the span of 30 minutes.

Berryman was arrested, taken to the Orange County Jail and charged with misuse of the 911 and E911 telecommunications system. She has since bonded out.

 

Now Florida is making laws against … sign spinners! July 21, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Interesting,Really Dumb,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:27 pm

Standing in medians or on street corners with business signs in hand and smiles on their faces, many of us have seen sign spinners in cities all across the U.S.

1405741883000-sign-guytravisA Jacksonville disabled veteran says it’s a job he loves. But he recently came across a problem that has slowed down his ability to twirl signs to his own funky beat.

“Yesterday I actually got cited by code enforcement,” said Jeff Cappalletti who’s also known as the “Sign Guy.” “They said its an advertising sign and it’s against the code basically.”

There is a section of a St. Johns County ordinance that prohibits “Sign Walkers.” Cappelletti says he was a sign spinner in Jacksonville for three years but recently had to move St. Johns County. He assumed he would be able to continue doing a job that suits him well.

James Stewart with AAA Global Services employs Capelletti and other people who are disabled or find it difficult to enter into the work force.

He says he was shocked and disappointed after being contacted by the St. Johns County Code Enforcement office about the Prohibited Signs ordinance. So Stewart decided to take to the streets.

Dressed in a bright yellow chicken costume accompanied by a man in a green gumby suit and other sign guys, Stewart stood on the corner of 321 and US 1 in St. Johns County Friday afternoon, in protest.

“You can’t forget about the little guy who has served his country who has limited economic opportunity as far as employment,” said Stewart. “What do you say about him? What would you do if you were him?”

Cappelletti says he spent some time in the Navy and now has serious back problems. His doctors have given him a label he’s not comfortable with accepting. Cappelletti is disabled.

“I don’t want to just get a hand out from social security,” said Cappalletti. “I don’t want to just sit around and do nothing.”

The “Sign Guy” has learned there aren’t many jobs out there for disabled veterans but considers himself a part of the lucky few.

“I found out that I am good at sign spinning and people like me,” said Cappalletti.

The Prohibited Sign ordinance lists “sign walkers” as a violation. But the “Sign Guy” says he’s much more than that.

“I am not a walker I am a sign entertainer,” said Cappalletti. “Big difference!”

He was cited Thursday and says he could have received a $118 fine which would be a huge blow on his limited income.

FCN reached out to the Manager of the St. Johns County Code Enforcement, James Acosta and as of air time have not heard back.

 

Couple jailed after swiping $3 worth of booze

Filed under: Alcohol,Bad Luck,Dumb,Really Dumb,Robbers,Sad Story,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:23 pm

A 49-year-old Crestview man and his 51-year-old wife are accused of putting mini bottles of alcohol in their pockets in front of the store manager before walking out.

sfl-flduh-swiping-booze-20140718-001The store manager said Craig Van Aken and his wife, Lisa Davis, were in Cash’s Corner Pocket on Jan. 2, according to the arrest report. The store manager asked them if she could get them anything.

She said she saw the two looking at the loose mini bottles of liquor, which are $1.50 each, the report said. The manager said she saw Van Aken put two of the bottles in his pocket.

She said he gave one to Davis, but left when the manager started to question them about the bottles, according to the report. She said she knew them because they frequently came into the store.

The manager was able to identify both from photo line-ups, the report said. The two were arrested on June 25.

They are each charged with retail theft.

 

Teens break into car without noticing the undercover detective sitting inside it. Oops July 18, 2014

police+lights44Three teens were charged with attempted burglary after authorities say they tried to open the door of a parked car while an undercover St. Petersburg police detective sat inside.

The detective was watching an area because officers received reports that teens were trying to open parked car doors. The detective watched the teens try other doors.

Apparently unaware he was inside, the teens tried the detective’s door last.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the teens, girls ages 13 and 15 and a 14-year-old boy, were arrested. All three were charged with possession of burglary tools and burglary on a vehicle.

 

Dial ‘J’ for jail: Cellphone thief left a chatty trail July 15, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:27 pm

sfl-flduh-dial-j-for-jail-20140714-001It appears cops put this cellphone thief suspect on hold.

The owners of a Panhandle marina reported their company cellphone went AWOL during a break-in, cops said, reports the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach.

Cops then used the missing cellphone’s calling history to dial a number that the suspect had been recently calling, cops said.

A man who answered the phone reportedly identified the frequent caller as Kristine D. Salter, records show.

 

Bomb Squad: Bowl with chicken head and feathers caused road closure

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,OK Then .....,Really Dumb,Scary,Silly,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:23 pm

sfl-flduh-chicken-head-feathers-20140714-001Sarasota’s Hazardous Devices Unit made an unusual discovery when they were called out to investigate numerous suspicious objects on Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office says the suspicious objects were found in the middle of Swift Road just before 1 p.m. The road was shut down as the bomb team responded to examine the items.

They found a cylindrical object inside of a paper bag that was next to a ceramic bowl containing a chicken head and feathers. An x-ray was unable to determine the contents of the paper bag, aside from there being a gel-like substance inside, and it was destroyed on-scene.

After 20 minutes, the scene was cleared and the road re-opened.

It’s still not clear what purpose the items served and why they were left in the road.

 

Teens used cellphone to impersonate cops July 14, 2014

Two teenaged boys were arrested Thursday night for impersonating law enforcement, a felony, but their family says it was all just a prank.

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The teens, Angel Torres Jr., 17 and Christian Jose Iturbe, 16, both of Cape Coral are accused of attempting to use high beam red and blue flashing lights from a smartphone to pull over a driver in North Cape Coral.

It happened on Chiquita Boulevard North. A driver called police and told them a vehicle behind him was flashing red and blue lights across the front windshield, and he began to stop because he thought an unmarked police car was pulling him over.

The driver realized as the vehicle got closer to him that it was a Nissan Altima and that made him feel unsure if it was really a police officer behind him. So, he called police and gave them the license plate number.

Police found the suspect’s vehicle as it made a moving violation so they stopped it. At that time, Torres was driving and Iturbe was the front seat passenger, and police discovered they used a combination of flashing their car’s high beams and used a Youtube video of flashing red and blue lights on Iturbe’s cell phone, according to police.

Cape police said: “…this particular case looks to be a criminally stupid prank”- but added that cases like it can be dangerous.

“Impersonators can have dangerous motives for trying to stop members of the public, and impersonators like this shake public confidence and make people second guess real police officers conducting legitimate law enforcement duties,” said CCPD Sergeant Dana Coston.

Back at the police station, police say Torres’ mother was creating a scene and had to be detained. She told officers her son was a rising soccer star and couldn’t afford to get in trouble.

Police say they should have thought of that before deciding to commit a felony.

We went to both of the teens’ homes, and spoke with Torres’ mother by phone, who said she believes the boys meant no harm.

Police say the man who the teens pulled over did everything right by calling 911 with he noticed something was amiss.

 

 
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