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The Bizarre World of Florida

You can’t live in the public bathroom September 23, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:39 pm

A 34-year-old man was arrested in Fort Pierce after reports that a dude was living in the men’s room, according to a recently released affidavit.

williams_joseph_lee_mug-189x300Fort Pierce police on Sept. 16 went to Fisherman’s Wharf and spotted a man walking out of the women’s restroom.

Asked why he was using the ladies lavatory, the man explained “that a Haitian male has been locking the male bathroom door and has been living in it,” the affidavit states.

Meanwhile, the officer in Fort Pierce knocked on the door of the men’s room and Williams came out.

Police the day before noticed him loitering around outside the potty.

Williams, of the 700 block of Citrus Avenue in Fort Pierce, was arrested on a trespassing after warning charge.

The affidavit did not state whether Williams was smoking in the boy’s room.

 

Here’s more proof that Floridians will steal anything … anything September 18, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Robbers,Sad Story,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:47 pm

Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department are attempting to identify a woman who was seen on camera walking up to an electrical box at the Bullet Hole at 330 South Orange Avenue in Sarasota and stealing a circuit breaker last month.

Surveillance video from August 30th shows a woman seen walking through the rear parking lot and lifting the metal flip box and pulling out a circuit breaker from the junction box.

The woman has shoulder length blonde hair and was last seen wearing a blue shirt, white shorts, white sneakers and carrying a red backpack.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Dwayne Shellhammer at 941-954-7014 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online atwww.sarasotacrimestoppers.com

 

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.

 

 
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