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Man Goes To Hospital After Chewing On Rat’s Head Found In Golden Corral Chili October 22, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Disgusting,OK Then .....,Sad Story,Scary,Sick,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:22 pm

A diner at a Golden Corral said he received an unwelcome surprise in his chili – a dead rat.

Oh-HiBilly Wilson said it was the restaurant’s healthy options and friendly staff that kept him coming back. But Wednesday night’s chili dinner was his last.

“The first bite I took out of it was a crunch, and at the time I was like, maybe you know sometimes you get a hard bean inside of chili,” he said.

Wilson said what he immediately spat out was a gray rodent, which he thinks is a rat’s head with curly ears and a snaggletooth.

“When I saw it, I just went into the bathroom and threw up,” Wilson said. “I was like ‘ugh.’ I just couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth.”

He said that’s when his friends called the server. He said she called the manager who immediately addressed the complaint.

“He inspected and was like, ‘Wow that is a rat,” Wilson said. “So he took pictures of it, moved it around a little bit, took pictures in different angles. He was like me; he was horrified.”

Wilson said the restaurant comped his party’s meal, but the next day he felt queasy and went to the emergency room at Cape Coral Hospital.

Discharge documents showed Wilson was treated for gastroenteritis and prescribed medications for nausea and muscle spasms. In response to questions of making the story up, he said he would never do that.

“They have cameras in there and everything,” he said. “I’m scared of rats.”

The restaurant said in a statement it’s looking into the matter and has been unable to confirm the alleged incident.

“Normally you get cases like this, people take food somewhere else, open it up and something happens,” said Ray Racila, Wilson’s attorney. “This happened right in the restaurant where there’s no question what happened. The manager is right there.”

Wilson said he wonders what else was in his chili before he chomped on a head.

“Who’s to say that first bite wasn’t his foot,” he said.

 

Semi with 44,000-lbs. of Miller High Life beer swiped

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Robbers,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:19 pm

A truck driver broke down in tears on Tuesday while telling Channel 9 about the thieves who drove off with his semi full of beer from an Orange County truck stop.

sfl-flduh-miller-high-life-beer-20141021-001The victim’s truck and at least one other were swiped Monday from a truck stop on South Orange Blossom Trail.

Van Thomas was trying to live the American dream. After years as a trucker, he bought a semi three weeks ago and made a company of his own.

Thomas was traveling from Texas to Pompano Beach and was on his last stop before a delivery in Orlando when his entire truck and alcohol cargo was stolen.

“I don’t mean to cry about it but I’m just trying to do the best I can and make a better life,” Thomas told WFTV.

Inside the truck was 44,000 pounds of Miller High Life, which comes out to about 9,700 four-packs.

“It’s just so devastating to me,” said Thomas.

It’s not the first time a semi has been stolen in Florida. About 180,000 eggs were stolen earlier this year in Fort Myers. A truck with Hershey chocolate was also stolen in December in Volusia County, and a truck with Slimfast was swiped near downtown Orlando.

Just when Thomas thought he lost everything, he received a phone call telling him the truck and most of the cargo had been located.

“Oh, my God. That’s beautiful,” he said.

The call came in from detectives that the truck had been found in Miami.

There’s no word on whether the robbers knew “The Champagne of Beers” was inside at the time of the theft. Detectives are still trying to figure out who stole the two trucks and if they are part of a bigger ring.

 

Jury decides you cannot stand your ground against an unarmed teenager who was playing his music too loud for your tastes October 2, 2014

A Florida jury found a white software engineer guilty of first degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud rap music.

ap285158298726Michael Dunn, 47, a software engineer, testified that he was defending himself when he fired 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four black teens listening to music at a Jacksonville gas station parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

In a February trial, a jury deadlocked on the murder charge but convicted Dunn on three counts of attempted murder for firing at the three surviving teens in the vehicle.

Under Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for crimes committed with a gun, Dunn could face at least 60 years in jail for his February convictions. Sentencing for those convictions was postponed until after his retrial.

Dunn testified on Tuesday he was sure he saw a gun as a teenager appeared to emerge from the SUV making verbal threats against his life. Davis was unarmed, prosecutors said, and no weapon was found in the youths’ vehicle.

During the weeklong retrial, prosecutors argued that Dunn’s actions went far beyond self-defense.

Davis was struck by three bullets while leaning away from the gunfire, an expert testified during the trial. Dunn faced intense questioning as to why he did not call 911, which he blamed on fear and shock.

The trial has drawn comparisons to the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in Florida last year in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed, black 17-year-old. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, had said he fired in self-defense.

 

Man went crusin’ on his blind buddy’s credit card September 30, 2014

A South Daytona man is facing criminal charges after an investigation revealed he’d financially taken advantage of a blind Holly Hill man he met in Alcoholics Anonymous, police said.

sfl-flduh-crusin-blind-credit-card-20140926-001Larry Tuttle, 59, was arrested Wednesday and charged with fraudulent use of personal identification information amounting to $5,000 or more, fraudulent use of a credit card more than $100 and grand theft, records show.

Tuttle spent nearly $10,000, which included a cruise to Mexico, at the expense of Jason Derrico by opening three credit cards in Derrico’s name, Holly Hill police said.

Police were alerted to the possible fraud in July, and when they met with Tuttle Aug. 25 he claimed he’d been given permission to apply for the three credit cards in Derrico’s name, according to the affidavit.

The two men met at an AA meeting in 2013 and Tuttle, who claimed he’d been sober 30 years, told Derrico, 36, he wanted to be his sponsor, according to a charging affidavit.

Derrico said he initially enjoyed Tuttle’s company, but he began to grow uncomfortable when Tuttle wanted Derrico to pull away from his blindness support group and made inquiries about Derrico’s finances, according to the affidavit. Derrico told police Tuttle would sometimes yell at him if he did not disclose certain information.

About a year ago, Tuttle told Derrico his trailer had burned down, so Derrico allowed Tuttle to stay the night, during which Tuttle went through Derrico’s financial paperwork and said he could take better care of those matters, according to the affidavit. Derrico told police the two of them would make trips around the county, and once to Fort Lauderdale, where Tuttle would buy gas and make other purchases with what Derrico thought was Tuttle’s own money.

Derrico said he did remember Tuttle asking him to make several purchases, which made Derrico feel like he was being taken advantage of, so he cut contact with Tuttle in January, according to the affidavit. In July, Derrico began getting calls from a financial institution about owing money on a credit card that listed Tuttle as an authorized user.

Derrico closed the accounts, which Tuttle tried to reopen, according to the affidavit. Police said Tuttle made some payments on the accounts to keep them open as long as possible.

Tuttle was being held Friday at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $22,500 bail.

 

Physician’s assistant blocked chopper from landing at fatal crash scene

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Florida Nut,Sad Story,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:32 pm

A Volusia County certified physician assistant who told deputies “I always go around firetrucks” was taken to jail after refusing to move his car to allow a sheriff’s helicopter to land at the scene of a fatal vehicle crash, according to his arrest report.

sfl-flduh-chopper-landing-crash-20140928-001James Allen, 52 — who works at Urgent Care in Ormond Beach — was charged Thursday with failure to obey police/fire department and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors, court records show. After spending the night at the Volusia County Branch Jail, he was released Friday morning on his own recognizance. Allen could not be reached for comment Friday.

Volusia County sheriff’s deputies and later the Florida Highway Patrol responded to State Road 40 and Church Street in Barberville early Thursday after 26-year-old Tessa George of Pierson had struck a tree after losing control of her sport utility vehicle. George had been traveling west on S.R. 40 and failed to negotiate a curve just east of Pine Street, FHP Sgt. Kim Montes said. She over-corrected her Hyundai Santa Fe, and that prompted the vehicle into a clockwise rotation, sending the SUV into a tree off the north shoulder of the highway.

Deputies on scene had called for the sheriff’s helicopter because they thought they had an injured driver who might need to be airlifted to the hospital.

Deputy Steven Eisen blocked traffic on S.R. 40 at Church Street and emergency vehicles were lined up in the eastbound lanes, the crash report states. Traffic was backed up in that area.

But Allen, as noted in Eisen’s report, drove his 2007 Toyota around the emergency vehicles for about 200 feet off the paved highway. Deputies and emergency personnel yelled at Allen to stop his car, to no avail, the report states. Allen was ordered three times to park his car east of the emergency vehicles and out of the way of the helicopter, but refused, deputies said, instead stopping on S.R. 40.

Allen then rolled into the open space on S.R. 40 that had been cleared for the helicopter’s landing, the report states. That’s when he almost struck Sheriff’s Sgt. Justin Sawicki with his Toyota, deputies said. As Allen passed Sawicki, the sergeant began yelling at him to stop. Allen was in the helicopter’s landing zone and the chopper was just above, 50 to 100 feet from the ground, the report states. Sawicki then told the pilot to abort the landing to avoid another accident.

Allen, of Port Orange, told deputies he had no idea the road was being blocked and then said, “I always go around firetrucks and never have had a problem before,” the report shows.

But deputies say Allen did have a tough time hearing several people yell at him as he drove around eight fire and emergency vehicles parked in the east lanes of S.R. 40 early Thursday just after midnight.

After the helicopter landing was aborted, Deputy Eisen asked Allen for his driver’s license. Allen refused and Eisen reached into the suspect’s car and grabbed his driver’s license, the report states. Eisen then told Allen to move his car away from the landing zone and then the helicopter did land. When it was determined that George had died at the scene, the helicopter left and Sawicki and Eisen turned their attention back to Allen.

When Allen was handcuffed, he asked, “What’s this all about?” then blurted out that he passes emergency vehicles routinely.

 

Granny sentenced for coaxing granddaughter to steal donation jar

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Disgusting,Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:25 pm

sfl-flduh-granny-donation-jar-20140929-001The woman who used her granddaughter to steal a donation jar from a store will spend some time behind bars. A judge sentenced Rhonda Allen to 18 months in prison Monday.

Surveillance video from a store in Plant City showed Allen coaxing her granddaughter to steal the jar right off the counter.

Those donations were meant for a 15-year-old girl who was battling lupus.

Allen was emotional during her sentencing. She told the judge she had relapsed and started doing drugs again.

She said she regrets everyday what she put her granddaughter through.

“How could I have done this to my granddaughter? I’m sorry, I’m upset, but its killing me. My grandbabies are my life and I don’t really care what’s gonna happen,” she told the judge. “It’s already done and I’m very sorry and I’ve talked to the victim and I’ve told her how very sorry I am.”

Allen had a history of prostitution and theft, which factored into her sentencing.

 

Woman reported car theft, got jailed on drug charges September 24, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Dumb,Florida Nut,Sad Story,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:19 pm

A 22-year-old Holt woman was accused of having marijuana after calling police to report that the vehicle she’d been driving had been stolen.

sfl-flduh-car-theft-drug-charges-20140923-001Savannah Lee Matthews called Crestview Police officers on Sept. 1 to report the vehicle she was driving had been stolen while she was at Walmart, according to the arrest report. While officers were investigating, evidence of her “involvement in a retail theft at Walmart” was found and she was detained.

She granted police permission to look through her purse, the report said. Officers found a small pipe-like object with burnt marijuana residue on the end and a partially burnt marijuana cigarette in her purse.

Matthews told officers the marijuana belonged to her cousin, according to the report. She said she had smoked marijuana the previous day, but did not know the items were in her purse.

She is charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 
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