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Angela Stoldt Accused of Killing and Cooking Her Neighbor November 21, 2014

A Florida woman is accused of killing her neighbor and trying to dispose of his body in an at-home cremation.

angela-stoldt-800According to documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Angela Stoldt told authorities that she killed James Sheaffer after arguing with him about money. According to the documents, Stoldt confessed to cutting his body up and trying to get rid of the parts by boiling and baking them.

The documents, which were obtained by multiple media outlets, also say that Stoldt, 42, was unable to dispose of the evidence on her kitchen stove. Investigators say she tossed his remains in a dumpster.

“Thursday is when I was cooking him,” Stoldt reportedly told police. “Friday is when I was dumping him.”

Sheaffer, a 36-year-old limo driver, lived across the street from Stoldt, and the pair had a joint bank account. Stoldt told investigators that she was responsible for handling his Social Security disability check, but that he had repeatedly overdrawn funds from the account. Stoldt and Sheaffer got into an argument about the money on April 3, 2013.

“He starts coming at me and – he didn’t even really hit me, but he scared me and I just snapped,” Stoldt told investigators. “He came at me and I stabbed him.”

After Stoldt dumped the body, investigators say she hid additional evidence. She allegedly buried Sheaffer’s cell phone and driver’s license. She disposed of her pots and pans in dumpsters and threw the rug for her car into a lake.

Multiple news outlets report that, during her police interview, Stoldt continued to speak negatively about Sheaffer.

“I’m sorry, but I put Jimmie where he belonged, in my opinion at the time,” she told deputies.

Three weeks after the killing, Stoldt allegedly confessed her crimes to her sister, who called authorities.

“She came to the house and told me that she committed a crime that she’s being investigated for it,” the sister told a 911 dispatcher. “She’s hugging her kids goodbye.”

Stoldt has been charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a dead body. She is being held without bond at the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach.

 

Police close case on family’s LSD-tainted Walmart steak dinner. “It is a mystery. And it will probably always remain a mystery” November 18, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drugs,Interesting,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:18 pm

Before Elyana Serrano threw up, her sister Rayna was laughing and trying to grab colors out of the air. When Ronnie Morales looked at his hand, he saw several other hands jutting from his wrist. His pregnant girlfriend, Jessica Rosado, couldn’t feel her fingers or toes.

steak_8colDoctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital suspected the family of four had been poisoned when they all showed up there in March. They summoned Tampa police, who tested cuts of steak the family had for lunch. The results showed it was tainted with LSD.

As the case drew international headlines, detectives went to work trying to figure out how the hallucinogenic drug had found its way into the beef.

Eight months later, they still have no answers. Their efforts are chronicled in a police report that was released last week after the case was deemed inactive.

“It is a mystery,” said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis. “And it will probably always remain a mystery.”

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Rosado called 911 about 4 p.m. March 3 and reported that Morales was sick. The family drove to the hospital, near their rented home at 2744 Bel Aire Circle, before paramedics arrived.

At the hospital, Morales was having trouble walking and breathing. Rosado told nurses she felt dizzy and was seeing colors. Her heart raced and she began to hyperventilate. The two girls, Elyana, 7, and Rayna, 6, showed similar symptoms.

All had breathing tubes placed in their throats. Rosado was taken to St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, where she underwent an emergency C-section and delivered a baby boy.

Morales and Rosado later told detectives they had come to Tampa a few days earlier from Connecticut. They were uncertain about whether they wanted to make Florida their home.

That day, Morales told police, they had decided they would move back after the baby was born. He later went to a Walmart and used the last of Rosado’s food stamps to buy the package of bottom-round steak.

He brought it home and baked it in the kitchen oven, the first time he had cooked a meal there, according to the report. He bundled the steak in wheat wraps with onions, seasoning and garlic powder. The family ate. Not long after, they all got sick.

Investigators collected blood and urine samples from the four. They also went to the house and seized the leftover meat, the packaging and the oven in which the food was cooked.

After several federal and state agencies declined to take the case, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office agreed to test the meat and identified the LSD. When the case made the news, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration assigned agents to assist Tampa police.

The FDA conducted its own tests and also confirmed the drug, police said. Forensic technicians used ultraviolet light to look for traces of the substance in the oven but found none.

Investigators spoke with representatives from Cargill, the company that produced the meat. They learned the beef was slaughtered in Newnan, Ga. From there, it was packed and shipped in a sealed container to a distribution facility in Winter Haven.

Quality control officials at the facility noted no signs of tampering with any of the shipments when they arrived.

The Walmart store, which would have refused any shipments that had been ripped or broken, also accepted all packages. The packages that were discarded from store shelves after the incident showed no sign of tampering, the company said. Likewise, no other reports of illness ever surfaced.

Detectives examined surveillance video from inside the store in the days before Morales made his purchase. At one point, two men were seen near the case where the meat was stored. One leaned into the case for about a minute and a half while the other stepped back, swinging his arms “like he was nervous,” according to the report. Detectives identified the two, a father and son, and interviewed them.

Both recalled being in the store. They were shown the video and acknowledged that they appeared “suspicious,” but denied doing anything wrong, the report said. Neither had a documented history of drug-related arrests. Investigators concluded they were not involved.

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Within days of their release from the hospital, Morales, Rosado and the children returned to Connecticut. Investigators considered the possibility that one of them had put LSD in the meat.

In April, a Tampa detective traveled with USDA and FDA agents to Waterbury, Conn., and reinterviewed the couple. The police report offers no specifics about what was asked, but notes that the couple was cooperative. Both gave statements consistent with their previous stories. Both also consented to polygraph tests, police said. They passed.

Other leads were examined, but none apparently yielded anything significant. On Oct. 21, police labeled the case inactive.

“All of the victims recovered completely and none are suffering any adverse effects from the LSD exposure,” Detective Rachel Cholnik wrote. “There is no further investigation at this time.”

 

Florida man fatally shot after warning reckless driver to slow down around kids November 17, 2014

Police are searching for suspects in South Florida whom they say shot and killed a man after he warned them against reckless driving around children.

Florida-man-fatally-shot-after-warning-reckless-driver-to-slow-down-around-kidsInvestigators and several witnesses say Bradley Holt, 24, spotted a yellow Ford Mustang doing donuts and driving erratically outside of his apartment in Miami Thursday night.

One 12-year-old witness, Jarrod Smith, told WSVN that Holt had been playing football with him and some other children before he confronted the occupants of the vehicle, telling them to slow down.

Neighbors said they heard two gunshots, one of which struck Holt in the head. He died after being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where his family had gathered for prayer.

Investigators currently lack information about the number of occupants in the Mustang, which was described as a 1988 or 1998 model convertible. No others were injured in the shooting.

 

Protip: Never use gasoline to start bonfires

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Dumb,Fire,Sad Story,Scary,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:35 pm

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: running to the sounds of an explosion, knowing their child is nearby.

635516733767630009-Still1115-00001That’s exactly what happened to one Polk County family as a can of gasoline exploded next to their 12-year-old daughter.

Today in Lakeland, dozens of volunteers soaked up and sprayed down cars to help raise money for Heather Tyer.

“She’s strong, she’s gonna be just fine,” Heather’s aunt Amanda Tyler told 10 News.

Less than a week ago her niece suffered burns over 70 percent of her body after the small gasoline tank she was standing next to exploded. She and her family were having a pit fire at her home. The gas was used to light the logs.

“Burn patients are so difficult from one minute to the next. you know, they can seem fine, and then things can go terribly wrong very quickly,” said Polk County Fire Lieutenant Charles Irving.

Polk County girl had over 71 percent of her body burned

He was first on the scene, even rushing back to pick up Heather’s mother Amy to get her on the emergency helicopter flight to Tampa General.

Janice Anderson said she saw that helicopter heading to help.

“Knowing the love that you have with your child, it’s more than any love,” she said.

And when Anderson saw how many volunteers came out today, “it just gives me goosebumps,” she said.

And rightly so. In less than a week, friends, family and complete strangers raised more than $30,000 dollars to get Heather back and get her better.

But a warning from Lt. Irving, “gasoline is obviously not one of the better fuels to use. It flashes,” he said. “There has to be water on the site at all times, and someone attending to the fire at all times. And if we do that, tragedies like this can be avoided.

 

Baby falls three stories, bounces, and crawls away uninjured

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:33 pm

A toddler was flown to the hospital after falling from a third-floor window in Viera.

Emergency-Lights-jpgBrevard County Fire Rescue District Chief Scott Jurgensen said the incident occurred at the Highlands Apartments near the county’s government center Sunday afternoon.

He said the girl fell from a window around 1:15 p.m. and landed in bushes. She was described initially as stable, with possible serious injuries.

However, after she was checked and treated at Arnold Palmer Hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said the girl did not have any fractures.

Cpl. Dave Jacobs said that the fall appears to have been accidental and the child pushed out the screen while she was on a changing table.

The case is still under investigation.

 

Driver almost mowing down kids, urinated on sidewalk

Ocala police arrested a woman Thursday after she was seen driving recklessly and nearly hitting a group of children in a parking lot.

sfl-flduh-mowing-kids-urinating-20141115-001An officer in the area of Northwest Second Street and Northwest Sixth Avenue saw a black 1998 Ford Contour speeding. As the car pulled into Parkside Gardens Apartments, the driver, Keisha Ann Feeney, 23, almost a hit a group of children standing on a sidewalk.

Feeney stopped the car, got out and began urinating on the ground. She was quickly arrested.

She tried several times to kick out the back windows of a police cruiser, so her legs were restrained.

She was charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked, disorderly conduct and reckless driving.

 

Have these people never heard of a gun safe or a lock? November 13, 2014

An 8-year-old boy was critically injured when he was accidentally shot in the head by his 9-year-old sister in DeLand on Wednesday evening, according to police.

buying-a-handgun-300x225The girl “somehow obtained a handgun that belonged to a parent” and was handling it when it discharged, grazing the boy in the head, police said.pic

The boy was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital. While police originally said the boy suffered non-life threatening injuries, further information revealed that the boy was actually struck by the bullet as opposed to just grazed, said DeLand police Sgt. Chris Estes.

The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. at a home in the 600 block of South Parsons Avenue.

There were three other children – all under 10 – also in the home alone at the time of the incident and were uninjured, said Estes.

Estes said two teenagers – 19 and 15 – were supposed to be watching the children but had gone to a nearby store and were on the way back when the incident occurred.

Those involved were not identified.

The incident remains under investigation.

No further details were released.

 

 
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