The Bizarre World of Florida

Onelio Castro nearly blew-up an entire city block yesterday August 17, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 9.53.20 AMOnelio Castro was in the act of stealing gas yesterday at a service station in Miami at 71st Avenue and Flagler Street when something went terribly wrong. Suddenly, the van he was pumping the gas into exploded in a fireball, sending smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

Luckily, no innocent bystanders were killed. There’s no telling what might have happened had the fire from the explosion made it into the station’s underground tanks.

Castro fled the scene, but police caught up with him a few blocks away Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 1.41.27 PMand arrested him.

But what no one has mentioned, so far, is that yesterday’s near-tragedy might have been averted had Castro been locked up after trying the very same thing in Miami in January 2013, or in Boca Raton in 2012 … or in June 2010 when police in Medley arrested Castro for “possession of an illegal gasoline storage tank and loitering.”


Here’s a risky way to raise some beer money … and a lot of hell August 15, 2014

sfl-flduh-couple-favor-bar-20140814-001A Crestview man who robbed a couple at knifepoint Tuesday night is now charged with armed robbery and violating his probation.

The victims said they were giving 46-year-old William John Beatty a ride, according to a media release from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

When they arrived, Beatty pulled a knife out of his pocket, demanded money and threatened one of the victims. The couple gave Beatty the money they had on them, the release said.

Beatty approached the couple while they were speaking with a deputy. They identified him as the robber, the release said.

Beatty said he’d been at a local bar drinking beer.

He was arrested for armed robbery and violation of probation for an original charge of possession of a controlled substance.


Naked man parked truck, masturbated on residential street, deputies say

A 21-year-old man is charged with parking in a residential area and masturbating naked in the street before leaving.

sfl-flduh-naked-masturbated-street-20140814-001Daniel Lewis Davis parked in front of a home on Pristine Water Lane in a gray Ford F-150, according to the report. He then got out of the truck “completely naked.”

He began masturbating, ran back and forth in the road and then got back into his vehicle and left, the report said. A 5-year-old girl with a witness told Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies “there was a naked man across the street.”

A deputy arriving in the area spotted Davis’ vehicle coming toward him, according to the report. Davis wasn’t wearing a shirt.

After the deputy pulled him over, Davis “appeared to be putting on pants or shorts,” the report said. The witness identified Davis.

He admitted to having been in the area, but said he was looking at buying a home, according to the report. He denied taking off his clothes.

Davis is charged with lewd or lascivious exhibition – intentionally exposing his genitals in the presence of a victim under 16 years old.


Couple driving with pot, kids arrested for laser flashing officer August 12, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Drugs,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:37 pm

Deputies found pot, pills and three kids in a car after one of the occupants — a 39-year-old woman — allegedly shined a green laser light at an officer in an unmarked patrol vehicle in Volusia County.

sfl-flduh-pot-laser-flashing-20140811-001Tonya Harding (not the former figure skater) and husband Charles Brazell, 38, both of Jacksonville, were pulled over and arrested after the incident at 10:22 p.m. Thursday on State Road A1A near Northshore Drive in Ormond Beach.

Three children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were also in the two-door Acura, said Gary Davidson, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

They were turned over to a relative.

Before the laser flash, the Acura was in front of the lieutenant, who was driving the unmarked vehicle.

“When he ran the tag, it came back to a different vehicle — a 1994 Chevrolet station wagon,” Davidson said in an email. “The Acura then slowed down and pulled in behind the lieutenant’s vehicle.”

The lieutenant slowed, allowing the car to pass.

That’s when the Acura pulled alongside the unmarked vehicle and the front-seat passenger pointed a laser into the vehicle.

He pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of the Casa Del Mar Hotel on South Atlantic Avenue.

Deputies found a small bag with about 8 grams of marijuana in the car.

Harding also had a prescription-pill bottle with no label and nearly 60 pills.

When a deputy asked Harding if she had any paperwork for the medications, she said it was in the console or glove box.

The deputy looked but couldn’t find any paperwork.

Harding was charged with shining a laser light at a law enforcement officer and possession of an illegal substance. Brazell was charged with driving with a suspended license, failure to register a motor vehicle and possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana.

Brazell’s license has been suspended 12 times.


Off on the wrong foot? Woman accused of stealing ankle monitor

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Really Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:32 pm

A 21-year-old woman is charged with failing to return her ankle monitoring bracelet to the probation office.

sfl-flduh-stolen-ankle-monitor-20140811-001A probation agent reported the theft to police on July 17, according to the arrest report. The agent said Brittany Nicole Brahmstedt had been issued an ankle monitoring bracelet on May 29, 2014, but had failed to return it.

The agent said she’d left voicemail messages for Brahmstedt on June 16, June 17, June 23, June 24 and June 27, the report said. The ankle monitoring bracelet and charger are valued at $2,000.

A Fort Walton Beach police officer was able to contact Brahmstedt by telephone, according to the report. Brahmstedt said she still had the monitor, but was planning to return it.

She said she would return it to the police department on July 17, the report said. However, she didn’t show up.

She was arrested on July 31.

She is charged with grand theft.

Her next scheduled court date is Sept. 2.


Steal away: Woman stole cell mate’s debit card info August 11, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Controversy,Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Sick,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:30 pm

A Naples woman – who’s already in jail – is facing new charges after admitting to deputies she stole her cell mate’s debit card number.

sfl-flduh-cell-mates-debit-card-20140810-00125-year-old Crystal Stephens told deputies she stole a piece of paper belonging to her cell mate. On that piece of paper was her cell mate’s debit card number and expiration date.

Stephens then used that information to call a bail bondsman and bailed herself out of jail.

According to the report, Stephens also used the card number to buy a plane ticket. In all, she charged more than $1,700 to the card.

Her cell mate later noticed those charges after she was released from jail. Stephens is now charged with grand theft and fraud.


Here’s the 411 on bogus 911 calls: You’ll get a fast trip to jail August 7, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dumb,Florida Nut,Interesting,Really Dumb,Silly,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:28 pm

Lee County deputies arrested a woman accused of misusing the 911 system in order to get a quicker response from deputies.

sfl-flduh-911-lie-dispatchers-20140806-001Investigators say 43-year-old Sabrina Ann Cobb called the sheriff’s office saying gun shots were being fired at her and that she was going to start shooting back.
Cobb first called the sheriff’s office to ask for a police escort to get some belongings from a residence on Bert Drive, in Fort Myers. She was told to call the non-emergency line, but investigators say that’s when she called in again to report the gun shots.
The line then became disconnected, but contact was made again in which Cobb told the dispatch center she needed police immediately because it was an emergency, according to reports.
Another woman then grabbed the cell phone from the suspect and said there was no emergency and that shots were never fired.
When deputies responded, they say Cobb spontaneously uttered there were never any shots fired at her and that she only said that to get a quicker response from deputies. Shewas placed under arrest for misuse of 911.

Woman charged with battery after chucking bowl of Ramen noodles, fork at victim

A Bradenton woman was charged with battery Sunday after deputies say she threw a bowl of Ramen noodles and a fork at another woman during an argument, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-ramen-noodles-fork-20140806-001Alicia Marie Popper, 25, was arrested at 1:44 p.m. Sunday at a mobile home park located along 63rd Avenue West, Bradenton.

According to a report, Popper was using the pool at the victim’s mobile home park. Deputies say Popper was not following the pool rules and that the victim reminded her to not leave her children alone in the pool, not pick head lice while at the pool and not eat at the pool.

Both women began arguing and deputies say Popper then threw her plastic bowl of Ramen noodles and fork at the victim, hitting her in the neck and right arm. According to the report, the victim did not suffer any injuries.

Popper was released from jail Monday on $500 bond.


Cheech and Chong sighting? Car had pot plants hanging out of window

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Funny,Really Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

It wasn’t exactly the work of a criminal mastermind.

sfl-flduh-pot-plants-window-20140806-001In the early morning hours of July 24, police in Clearwater pulled over a car that was driving without its headlights on near the scene of a burglary. But it was what was hanging out of the car’s window that really grabbed the officer’s attention: a marijuana plant casually sticking out, apparently getting some fresh air.

The back seat of the car was loaded with other potted plants… and not the kind of from the local home supplies store, CPD notes.

The car’s passenger reportedly told police they had stolen the potted pot from a house on South Lake Avenue, from an acquaintance who owed him a $100 drug debt.

The passenger, 20-year-old Justin Goodloe, and the driver, 19-year-old Allen Thomas Barnes, were both charged with manufacturing of marijuana. Further charges could be filed, pending a state attorney’s office investigation later this month.


Just advice; if you steal a credit card and wallet … don’t pose for pictures August 5, 2014

Filed under: Dumb,Fraud,OK Then .....,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:43 pm

sfl-flduh-posed-stolen-credit-card-20140804-001Ocala police are searching on Monday for the woman they say posed while using a stolen credit card at a beauty supply store.

Police said the woman used the credit card at Looking Good Beauty Supply on West Silver Springs Boulevard and the clerk took a photo because of the large transaction she was attempting.

The photo of the woman was released and police say she is posing while holding the stolen credit card and the stolen wallet.

If you have any information on the woman, contact Detective Mark Proco at 352-369-7105.



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