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The Bizarre World of Florida

Physician’s assistant blocked chopper from landing at fatal crash scene September 30, 2014

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.

 

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.

 

 
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