The Bizarre World of Florida

Man, 83, was having a bad day … he fights off three attackers then has his car stolen the next day April 2, 2014

poorguy_12881527_8colAn 83-year-old Pinellas Park man who was ambushed, beaten and stabbed by three teenagers is a victim again! This time it looks like those same suspects came back and stole his car.

All of this started Tuesday around 10 a.m. when Charles Clark was getting out of his car at his apartment complex, when one of the suspects came from behind and started beating him and then stabbed him. Another person tried to beat Clark as well, but Clark was able to fight him off. He then screamed for help and once neighbors noticed what was going on, the three teens fled on their bikes.

At the time police didn’t think the teens were able to steal anything, but Clark said he thought they wanted his car. It turns out the suspects did steal his car keys and at some point late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, police believe they returned and took off in Clark’s car.

Around 4 a.m. police noticed Clark’s car was missing and found three bicycles near his parking spot. His vehicle was later found abandoned in a St. Petersburg neighborhood. It is currently being processed for evidence.

Police describe the suspects as two teenage boys — one in his early teens and the other in his late teens — and a girl in her early to mid teens with a heavier build and reddish, brown hair which she was seen continually trying to stuff into a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Below are surveillance images of two of the suspects riding bikes shortly before Tuesday’s attack:


Hard-boiled bandit poached rig with 180,000 eggs

Filed under: Fraud,Robbers,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:09 pm

25124255_BG1Lee County deputies say someone stole an 80-foot semi-truck carrying nearly 200,000 eggs over the weekend.

“That’s one helluva (sic) omelet,” giggled John Dube, who lives in Fort Myers.

For a truck driver and his family, this is no laughing matter.

“It’s fairly new. It’s not a run down, worn out, piece of equipment. It is worth a lot of money,” said Angie Carlisle, whose husband’s semi-truck and trailer was stolen from a south Fort Myers 7-Eleven Saturday night.

“What they took was part of our livelihood, and the folks that run this company, their livelihood,” said Carlisle.

Carlisle said her husband, Joe, had been parking his semi-truck and trailer behind the 7-Eleven for the last five months.

While he was just a mile down the road at his Fort Myers home, someone hopped in his rig and took off – stealing close to 200,000 eggs along with it.

“While there’s no rig, there’s no loads to run, there’s no income,” Carlisle said.

“He feels responsible, even though it’s not his fault. Just kind of stunned at the moment. He’s just stunned,” Angie said.

There were no cameras behind the 7-Eleven to capture the crook. The truck cost close to $250,000.

“I would check Miami, because I’ve had people that have had stolen trucks and things and they end up in Miami,” said Dube.

Carlisle says Monday morning someone said they spotted the truck at a toll way on Alligator Alley.

If you have any information about the truck, call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 477-1000.


Passengers upset after cruise ship changes itinerary because they had to pick up 41 Cubans floating in the sea March 31, 2014

1396140905152Two Lakeland families set out on a spring break cruise from the Port of Miami on Monday, but a change in plans left them unsatisfied with their trip.

“We had booked a western Caribbean because we wanted to go to Mexico, so we were excited about that and we had a really interesting excursion that we had talked up with the kids,” Kevin Bailey said.

But that excitement quickly took a turn off course. The ship went on a rescue mission, which brought 41 Cuban migrants onboard the Carnival Ecstasy. The Coast Guard eventually picked up the Cubans.

“The atmosphere on board, everyone was happy. They were clapping. They were excited that we were going to be a part of possibly something great,” Bailey said.

What Kevin Bailey and the rest of the people on board didn’t know was the Mexican destination they had planned and paid for would now have to be changed because of the rescue.

“About 10:30 or so that night the captain came back on and said we are actually headed back towards Key West and we will no longer be going to Cozumel but instead you get to go to the Bahamas,” said Horvatin.

Both families said the Bahamian destination wasn’t kid friendly, and the trip they paid for to Mexico costs more than a trip to the Bahamas. So they said they lost money, their sense of security and their faith in the cruise line.

“It was a multitude of things,” Bailey said. “The kids weren’t happy. They didn’t have any fun and then they didn’t get to do what they had planned on doing. So it was a terrible experience.”

Carnival Cruise Lines gave the following statement regarding the trip:

“The ship’s itinerary did have to be modified based on the amount of time it took for the rescue…When it comes to assisting individuals stranded at sea, conducting rescue operations and potentially saving lives takes precedence over maintaining a scheduled itinerary.”

It’s something both families say they sympathize with but they plan to dispute.

Officials from Carnival Cruise Lines said since they substituted the people on board with the Bahamian destination, there will be no additional compensation for passengers.


Off-Duty Deputy Shoots Man After Catching Couple Having Sex in Community Pool

reflections+of+boca+del+marAuthorities say an off-duty deputy shot a man after a confrontation with a couple that was having sex in the pool of a Boca Raton housing complex, according to NBC affiliate WPTV.

The deputy, who lives in Reflections of Boca del Mar at 5500 Pacific Blvd, said he found the couple engaging in sexual activity, WPTV reported. He told the couple that he is a deputy and asked them to leave the premises.

Although they left reluctantly, the couple returned a short time later and the man approached the deputy, who was sitting in a lounge chair, according to WPTV.

The man was reportedly hovering over the deputy in a threatening manner, leading to a confrontation in which the man attempted to strike the deputy and the deputy opened fire.

The man is now in critical condition at Delray Medical Center, according to WPTV.

Detectives are investigating the incident, and the unnamed deputy has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol.



The man was reportedly hovering over the deputy in a threatening manner, leading to a confrontation in which the man attempted to strike the deputy and the deputy opened fire.

The man is now in critical condition at Delray Medical Center, according to WPTV.

Detectives are investigating the incident, and the unnamed deputy has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol.


Mother made her children regurgitate food and then eat it again, held her children’s heads underwater and pretty much tortured them for 8 years March 29, 2014

A mother starved, beat and tortured her two-16-year-old children for more than eight years, police have said.

Jamie Marie Hicks, 43, allegedly inflicted cruelty on the two children at her home in North Tampa, Florida while their stepfather, 53-year-old Vernon Courtney Lovell, looked on and did nothing.

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Arrested: Jamie Hicks, left, has been accused of abusing her two 16-year-old children for more than eight years, while her husband Vernon Lovell, right, allegedly knew about the abuse but did nothing to help them

She hit them with various objects, choked them to the point of unconsciousness and held their heads under water, according to a police report reported in the Tampa Bay Times.

She also withheld food from them for up to three days at a time, they told police, and on other occasions, she fed them spoiled food or made them regurgitate food and then eat it again.

The alleged abuse came to light when the children went to Mary Lee’s House, a nonprofit child protection organization, where they told child advocates about what they had endured.

The children, whose genders have not been released, said their mother abused them while their stepfather failed to seek medical attention, even though he was aware of the abuse.

A pediatric nurse carried out a physical examination of the children on Thursday and found signs of severe malnutrition and both were hospitalized, according to police.

One of the children weighed 88 pounds and the other weighed 94 pounds, whereas a healthy weight for their age is 135 pounds.

Lovell has lived with Hicks and the children for 13 years, the report said.

Both are being held without bail.

Hicks, who worked as manager of her husband’s handyman services company, was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday on aggravated child abuse charges.

Lovell also remains in the jail and faces accusations of child neglect.


Man, 80, robbed while visiting hooker named Amy, err … make that Frank March 27, 2014

sfl-boca-raton-robbery-prostitute-20140325A Deerfield Beach man arranged an afternoon rendezvous with a prostitute, but instead of getting a sexual favor, he got robbed, according to Boca Raton police.

The 80-year-old man was expecting to meet with a female prostitute named Amy just before 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Quality Inn at 2899 North Federal Highway, but when he got there, he quickly figured out that “Amy” — clad in a leopard-print leotard —was actually “Frank.”

And when the victim left the room, another man came around the corner and took the victim’s cell phone and wallet, according to a police report.

The victim told police that he had met “Amy” online, and the two agreed to meet at a hotel room. Police did not know if the victim knew whether “Amy” was a man or a woman.

After arriving at the hotel on Sunday afternoon, he saw “Amy” face-to-face and told him that something didn’t feel right. He told “Amy” he needed to leave, according to the report.

Security footage posted to Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander’s Facebook page shows the 80-year-old standing outside the hotel room when a different man walks up from behind.

The victim went to the lobby to wait for police and saw the man who robbed him leave the hotel, police said.

Police have not arrested the robbery suspect, but think he goes by the alias “Chief,” and is in his 20s or 30s.

Boca Raton police spokeswoman Sandra Boonenberg said police don’t know whether “Amy” and the unidentified suspect were working together. She said “Amy” is cooperating with police and is not facing any charges.

Alexander on his Facebook page urged people to remember “trysts” with prostitutes often lead to robberies.

“There are certainly better [and safer] ways to find companionship,” he wrote. “Let’s be careful out there.”


Student, 15, Arrested For Squirting Hand Sanitizer In Teacher’s Diet Coke March 21, 2014

nicholaslucariA Florida student, 15, was arrested this week for putting hand sanitizer in a teacher’s Diet Coke can, police report.

Nicholas Lucari is facing a felony charge for allegedly squirting “Germ-X” into Dale Dawson Yount’s drink. The South Walton High School teacher, 69, subsequently “became physically ill” and she sought treatment at a local hospital, according to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office report.

daleyountInvestigators allege that Lucari, pictured above, “did willfully, intentionally, and with the intent to injure” add the hand sanitizer to Yount’s beverage. As a result, the teen was busted on a poisoning rap.

Lucari, cops noted, has been “suspended from school pending an expulsion hearing.” The student has been described as a “prankster” who did not intend to harm Yount, who is seen at left.

Like many hand sanitizers, the active ingredient in “Germ-X” is ethyl alcohol.


Man beat dad, 87, with sledgehammer in fight over vacuum March 20, 2014

allen-croskey-marion-031914A Marion County man has been arrested after Ocala police say he attacked his elderly father with a sledgehammer over a vacuum cleaner.

Detectives said Allen Croskey, 55, got in a fight Wednesday with his 87-year-old father because of a ruined vacuum.

Police said Croskey told detectives he had come home from eating at a soup kitchen Wednesday morning to find his father in the carport. His father yelled at him about breaking the vacuum cleaner and, while holding a sledgehammer in his hands, told Croskey to leave.

Detectives said Croskey then went to a neighbor’s house, took a piece of pipe from a chain-link fence, and struck his father in the head with the pipe.

Once his father was on the ground and knocked out, police said Croskey picked up the sledgehammer and hit him in the face with it twice.

Police said Croskey, believing his father to be dead, got rid of the pipe and sledgehammer, dragged his father’s body into some bushes and covered it with blankets.

The father remains in critical condition, police said.

As police took Croskey into custody, he told us his dad was a paranoid schizophrenic who, in his words, “went berserk.”

Croskey also said his father “deserves a couple years in the hospital” over the vacuum cleaner issue.

We asked Croskey what led up to the attack, but police closed the doors to their patrol car and drove him to the Marion County Jail before he could answer us.


Teenage girl hosted a wild alcohol-fueled party that saw 5 teens taken to the hospital while dad slept! March 17, 2014

article-2582126-1C5876E900000578-586_306x423Five teenagers were rushed to hospital from an alcohol fueled party thrown by a teenage girl – while her father claimed he slept through it all.

Two of the teens are said to be in a critical condition with reports they had mixed alcohol with the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Neighbors saw the teens being wheeled away on gurneys into waiting ambulances while dozens of others teens fled when police arrived.

Steve Miller, whose teen daughter hosted the party and was among those rushed to hospital, told local TV he was asleep while as many as 100 people crammed into his home.

Miller, a father of six, claimed he had no idea there would be alcohol at the party – but did not say if he had checked.

He insisted he slept through all the noise as 100 teens flocked to his home in Winter Garden, Florida.

‘If my daughter told me they were going to have alcohol I wouldn’t have permitted it,’Miller said.

‘I didn’t see any drugs.’

Police said the teenagers taken to hospital had passed out from drink but fear they may have also taken drugs.

‘We found five teenagers who appeared to have overdosed on alcohol and we are not sure of what type of drug right now,’said Lt. Paul Hopkins from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said they spotted numerous underage kids partying at the home.

They said one was unconscious and five were sickened, apparently from drinking too much alcohol.

The victims were boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 17.

Neighbors were stunned by the scenes in their road on Friday night and said they were kept awake by the noise.

‘I’ve been living here 30 years, and I’ve never really seen anything going on over there. It just surprises me. I’m like, ‘Wow.’ Hopefully, the kids  are going to be OK,’ a neighbor said.

Deputies said the conditions of the teens had improved over the weekend and they said the parents apparently didn’t know someone had brought alcohol  into the home.

Doreen Blume said Miller’s daughter was one of the hospitalized teens.

Blume said Miller did the right thing.

‘He confiscated all kinds of alcohol, big bottles,’ Blume said.

Other neighbors said deputies have been to the home before.

The Department of Children and Families has launched an investigation because of concerns about alcohol and supervision.


Police identify man who drowned trying to grab remote-controlled speedboat

sfl-palm-beach-county-fire-rescue-divers-20140315A man who drowned on Saturday after diving into a pond to retrieve a remote-controlled speedboat has been identified as Robert Lester, 45.

Neighbors in Palm Beach Plantation, a mobile home park off Lantana Road, east of Hagen Ranch Road, told authorities they saw Lester dive into a pond in the community after his remote-controlled speedboat capsized.

Lester swam out about 10 yards near a fountain in the pond and began calling for help. Two neighbors dove in after him but he vanished before they could find him in the murky water. Divers retrieved the body at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities are investigating whether the fountain might have played a role in the accident, as a park worker told them that it creates a suction effect underwater.

Lester, who recently moved into the community, was often seen driving the gasoline-powered boat around the pond with a remote-control unit.



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