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He may be called ‘Slender’ but he’s poses a big fat risk for violence to gullible teens September 11, 2014

The ​fictional character Slender Man is reportedly the inspiration of yet another violent crime.

1Authorities say a 14-year-old girl set her Port Richey, Florida, home on fire while her mother and young brother were sleeping inside in an effort to please Slender Man.

The incident reportedly took place after the girl had an argument with her mother. Her mother woke up in time to get her son out of the home and said she later received text messages from her daughter admitting to setting the fire.

The girl told authorities she was motivated by a Slender Man website and was also inspired by the two Wisconsin girls who allegedly attempted to stab their friend to death.

What is it about this fiction figure that’s prompting so much violence?

The Slender Man websites and social media pages depict the character as mythical and villain-like. Those pages include some pretty creepy language that encourages violence.

However, after these recent child crimes, a lot of those same sites are including disclaimers saying that it is all fictional and that the site is meant for adults.

Most experts agree that viewing violent websites is not good for childhood development.

And a study published in Pediatrics shows young people who are exposed to violent forms of media are much more likely to exhibit violent behavior themselves.

Here are some websites that WFTS warned parents contain violent Slender Man information:

“First, the Slender Man wiki gathers urban legends describing the character and gathers Internet users who want to talk about him. Also, an entire page on the site Creepypasta rounds up eerie photographs and myths about Slender Man. Finally, you may see Slender Man tied to the viral online book ‘Soul Eater.'”

The Florida girl has been charged with arson and two counts of attempted murder. Local authorities have not said whether she’ll be charged as an adult.

 

Man Cycling Across Six States To Propose To Girlfriend Stabbed To Death By Homeless Man At McDonald’s September 9, 2014

A Farmington family is coming to grips with the death of their 28-year-old son, who was stabbed to death just days before finishing a bicycle trip down the East Coast, family members said.

Kevin-AdornoKevin Adorno, 28, of Unionville, had stopped to buy food and charge his phone at a McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. Route 1 in Vero Beach, Florida, when he was stabbed around 9:30 p.m. Monday, according to police.

Authorities have identified his attacker as 59-year-old Rene Herrera Cruz, a homeless man who had recently arrived in Vero Beach from Miami, according to the arrest affidavit.

A Farmington family is coming to grips with the death of their 28-year-old son, who was stabbed to death just days before finishing a bicycle trip down the East Coast, family members said.Kevin Adorno, 28, of Unionville, was at a McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. Route 1 in Vero Beach, Florida, when he was stabbed around 9:30 p.m. on Monday. Police said he had stopped to buy food and charge his phone.

Police said the incident was caught on surveillance video.

Cruz told police he was in the parking lot when a motorcycle pulled up near him. According to the affidavit, “Cruz had felt as if people kept watching him” so he moved to a different area and took a filet knife from his backpack.

He told police a man sitting in the restaurant near Adorno kept looking at him, making him nervous.

When Adorno went outside to use his cellphone, Cruz thought Adorno was taking pictures of him and “directing people to go after him,” according to the affidavit.

Adorno was walking near the drive-thru lanes in Cruz’s direction, and Cruz pulled the knife as Adorno approached, the affidavit says.

Police said Adorno spotted the knife and ran, but Cruz attacked.

“He’s going in cardiac arrest, please,” a witness is heard begging dispatchers in the 911 call. “He got stabbed in the heart. It was an attack, please.”

Authorities rushed to the scene and found Adorno lying on the floor near the restaurant bathrooms. Police said he’d been stabbed several times in the chest and arm and collapsed inside McDonald’s while witnesses applied pressure to his wounds.

“He felt as though his hands were literally on Adorno’s heart due to the severity of the wound,” police wrote of one of the witnesses in the arrest affidavit.

Adorno was pronounced dead a short time later at Indian River Medical Center, according to police.

Police said Cruz tossed the murder weapon into the bushes at McDonald’s while running across the street to a Burger King restaurant. He threw his shirt and a second knife into the garbage there, and officers took him into custody.

According to police, Cruz admitted to stabbing Adorno and said he felt threatened but didn’t see any weapons on the victim. Cruz told police the two did not know each other and had never spoken.

Police said it wasn’t their first encounter with Cruz.

“We dealt with him actually the night before. He called us from Burger King right across the street and he told responding officers that individuals were looking for him or were after him,” said Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey.

Family members said Adorno biked from Maine to Maryland with his sister last summer. He was two days and 100 miles away from completing the second leg of his trip, from Maryland to Miami.

They said Adorno, an athlete and animal lover who owned a graphic design company, was planning to propose to his girlfriend and was on the phone with her when Cruz attacked.

“The last thing she heard was the phone drop and then shortly thereafter the sound of sirens in the background,” police wrote in the affidavit.

Cruz has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.

 

Troopers: I-75 wrong-way DUI suspect wanted ride home September 2, 2014

sfl-flduh-wrongway-driver-20140831-001While troopers were on patrol of I-75 early Saturday morning, they spotted a driver in a Chevrolet Impala heading eastbound near Naples at a high rate of speed.  The driver was pulled over after radar estimated the vehicle’s speed at 106 mph in a 70 mph zone.

As they were writing up the driver for excess speed, a driver in a Cadillac was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes.  The troopers managed to flag the driver down and get him to pull over.  It took them several tries for to get the driver to put the car in park and get out of the vehicle.

The troopers believed the driver to be intoxicated based on what they saw, according to the arrest report.

They attempted to conduct a sobriety test which the driver identified as 54-year-old David Johnsen refused to cooperate.  During their interview, the troopers say the driver claimed to be a retired cop from Duluth, MN and wanted a ride home.

Johnsen got a ride to the Collier County Jail on a DUI charge where he posted a $1000 bond.

 

Dad gets bar beatdown after leaving kids in car to drink August 24, 2014

A local man is accused of leaving his three children in a car while he drank beer at a bar, according to the Ocala Police Department.

sfl-flduh-dad-bar-kids-car-20140821-001Police say they arrested Joshua Delong, 28, after they found him bloody and on the ground outside of Dr. B’s Bar on Northeast Eight Place.

The security guard at Dr. B’s Bar called police after Delong tried to drive away with the kids, ages 5, 7 and 8, in the car, according to the arrest affidavit.

The security guard, Christopher Chung, told police he tried to talk Delong out of driving because he thought Delong was drunk, police said.

Chung told police that’s when an angry patron hit Delong, according to the arrest affidavit.

Delong later told police that several men inside the bar accused of him of leaving his kids in the car, dragged him outside and beat him.

Prior to Delong’s arrest, a witness called police to report Delong’s three young children left alone for four hours in a gold Cadillac with the windows up and the key in the ignition, according to police. The children had been honking the horn and yelling “daddy” in the car.

A good Samaritan, Heather Weiss, stayed with the children and kept them calm until officers arrived, police said.

Delong told police that he left his children in his mother’s care and that his wife dropped them off at the bar without his knowledge. Delong’s wife and mother denied the claims, police said.

Delong was treated for his injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center and then booked at the Marion County Jail. He was charged with three counts of child neglect.

 

In today’s episode of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” August 14, 2014

A woman was kidnapped, beaten and robbed after volunteering for the needy with her church group, according to the Ocala Police Department.

Ocala-Kidnapping-weapon-photo2-pngTara Barnes, 69, told officers that she had just finished providing meals for people near Northwest 3rd Street and North Magnolia Avenue Monday night and was leaving in her car when a man appeared in the backseat and told her to drive, according to the incident report.

Apparently homeless himself, the attacker told Barnes, “You rich (expletive) think we need your help.”

A short time later, the assailant told her to stop on the side of the road, put a rope around her neck and dragged her out of the car, police said.

Police said the attacker, who Barnes described as a white man with a rancid odor, also held her at knifepoint, beat her with a leather club and yelled obscenities at her.

At one point, the assailant held his hand over Barnes’ mouth and when Barnes bit him, he removed her dentures and threw them out of the car window, according to the incident report.

The assailant then forced Barnes to park in the Kmart parking lot on State Road 40 where he robbed her and beat her again until she lost consciousness, police said.

A short time later, Barnes awoke alone in the car, went to a nearby cellphone store and called 911.

Barnes was transported to the Munroe Regional Medical Center where she was treated for several contusions and bruises to her face, arms and stomach.

Police searched the area but said they do not have any leads or suspects in this crime.

Barnes was discharged from the hospital around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Cougar caged: Public sex nets woman, 68, six months in the slammer July 31, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Dumb,Florida Nut,Sad Story,Sexual Exposure,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:31 pm

sfl-flduh-villages-cougars-viagra-20140618-001Peggy Klemm, 68 will serve six months behind bars after police say she was caught having sex in public at the pavilion at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square.

Klemm stood before a judge Wednesday afternoon wiping a way tears and mouthing “I love you” to her husband of 50 years.

The indecent exposure and disorderly conduct charges were filed just four days after Klemm was given probation for reckless driving charges.

Meanwhile, the man she was caught having sex with, 49-year-old David Bobilya, of Summerfield, is also serving a six-month sentence on the same charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Local 6 talked to her husband, Frank Klemm, who says the mom of four and grandmother of 14 deserves a second chance. Peggy takes care of her husband, who lost his leg to cancer.

“She is a super woman as far as I’m concerned,” Frank Klemm said. “And she deserves a second chance. That’s all I have to say.”

Klemm’s attorney, Allan Kaye says this plea deal was in her best interest as she could have been punished with more than a year behind bars.

Klemm apologized before the court as she walked out. She is getting credit for time served and has 135 days left to her six-month sentence. Klemm will also have a few thousand dollars in legal fees.

 

Man Slit Girl’s Throat After She Convinced Mom To Break Up With Him July 25, 2014

A South Florida man accused of slashing the throat of an 11-year-old girl after the child allegedly convinced her mother to break up with him is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday.

Miguel-Ruiz-LoboOn Monday, City of Miami Police announced they had arrested 42-year-old Miguel Ruiz Lobo, the former-live-in boyfriend of Little Havana resident Amauria Alvarenga, after he allegedly killed her daughter, Marta Guzman, and attempted to make it look like a suicide.

On June 22, City of Miami Police responded to reports of an 11-year-old-girl found with her neck slashed at 834 N.W. Fourth St. Guzman was transported to the hospital but would not survive.

The death was originally believed to be a suicide since the young girl had a history of cutting. However, autopsy results revealed the manner of death was homicide.

Speaking with reporters Monday evening, Alvarenga said Ruiz never abused her daughter physically. Instead, she said, the abuse was more emotional in nature, and the sixth-grader convinced her to end her relationship with the suspect.

Friends consoled a tearful Alvarenga as she sat in her apartment and wiped away her tears. Not far from her, the walls of Marta Guzman’s bedroom were peppered with the straight-A student’s framed achievement certificates.

Alvarenga, who has been separated from husband Jose Guzman for five years, said she is grateful the man police said is responsible for her daughter’s murder has been apprehended. “I feel better that they arrested him because that’s what I needed,” she said through a translator. “From the moment I found her, I never thought she committed suicide because I know my daughter.”

Ruiz stated he had no contact with the victim in over a week, but a neighbor’s surveillance camera showed Ruiz entering the victim’s residence and leaving 32 minutes later. In the video, no one else is seen entering the apartment until the girl’s mother arrives and discovers the victim at around 2:28 p.m.

During the investigation, police also noted Ruiz had visible, fresh scratches on his arms and face. Police then submitted Ruiz’s DNA swabs along with the victim’s fingernail scrapings to a lab for testing. Results showed the DNA from the victim’s fingernail scrapings matched Ruiz’s DNA.

Police said Ruiz attempted to use the girl’s history of self-mutilating as a cover up for the murder. They also said he was not allowed at the girl’s residence but used a key to enter the apartment and slit the child’s throat as revenge after she allegedly convinced her mother to break up with him. The mother immediately believed Ruiz was responsible for the girl’s death.

Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa said, “It all stems from the little girl and her mother did not get along with Mr. Ruiz, who was the boyfriend of the mother, and eventually the little girl convinced mom to break up with Mr. Ruiz. Mr. Ruiz was not happy about it. He returned to the house when the girl was alone. He used a key that he knew the whereabouts of the key, and we believe he entered and killed the young lady.”

Police said Marta Guzman fought back, but was unsuccessful with her assailant standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds. “It’s unspeakable,” said Orosa. “We believe that he subdued her quickly, and during that time is when she was able to get in a few scratches on his face and on his arms. He’s such a huge monster of a man that could control her easily, and eventually he did and killed her. There were other signals of multiple puncture wounds that she had. He knew that she had cut herself previously.”

Alvarenga said she knew in her heart her ex- was the killer. She just needed investigators to prove it.

Alvarenga added her daughter’s death is not only a huge loss for her family, but for the community where she lives, many of whom are from Honduras. “I would have given my life for her,” she said.

The 11-year-old’s father said he is devastated. “It’s not easy. I cry every night, every day, anytime,” said Jose Guzman, who added he wants the maximum sentence handed down to Ruiz.

Ruiz has been charged with first-degree murder.

 

 
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