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The Bizarre World of Florida

Mom jailed after shooting at deadly snake October 20, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Guns,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:08 pm

A Panama City woman has been taken to jail after allegedly trying to gun down a snake on a local school campus.

april-demarcoApril Dawn DeMarco, 30, was arrested for discharging a .380-caliber handgun on the practice football field of Bay High School, 300 E. 15th St., during practice last week for the local Pop Warner football team. Demarco apparently borrowed the pistol from Miren Gregory, 31, to protect nearby children after a group of parents found a water moccasin on the field, police reported.

Coaches and parents told the children to get out of the area after finding the moccasin. Gregory told DeMarco she had a concealed carry permit and a handgun after some of the coaches tried to kill the snake by hitting it with sticks.

One parent forewarned the women that having a firearm on school grounds was against the law when DeMarco said, “I will take the blame,” the parent told police.

The children were about 20 to 50 yards away when Demarco took one shot at the snake, missing wide.

Attempts to contact DeMarco Wednesday were unsuccessful.

DeMarco told police she had the gun on school grounds and shot it there to protect the children, herself being a parent, police reported. However, discharging a firearm on school grounds is a felony. DeMarco was arrested Monday for discharging a firearm on school property and possession of a firearm on school property.

State law also prohibits people with concealed weapons permits from bringing weapons on a school campus during any event not related to those weapons. Gregory was arrested Tuesday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm on school property.

Police reports contain no word on the fate of the snake.

 

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.

 

Strolling drunken man fired AK-47 in neighborhood September 17, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Guns,Scary,Shooting,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:56 pm

A Deltona man told deputies he was trying to release some built-up anger Tuesday morning when he fired off multiple rounds from an AK-47 rifle while walking around his neighborhood, Volusia County deputies said.

sfl-flduh-drunken-man-ak-47-20140916-001Frederick Wenzel IV said he was upset because he’s 28 and had to move back in with his parents, so he drank several beers before taking a walk with his firearm in tow, according to a sheriff’s charging affidavit. Multiple residents of homes on Joyner Drive told deputies they could hear the gunshots and a man yelling about 5:30 a.m.

Wenzel said he never intended to hurt anyone, but he had thought about shooting at the K-9 officer he saw looking for him, according to the affidavit. Children who had arrived at school bus stops in the area were told to return home to ensure their safety.

Wenzel was arrested and charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, open carrying of weapons and carrying a concealed firearm, records show. He was being held later Tuesday at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.

 

Here’s a bad combination: tequila shots, gunshots, a humdinger of a big vehicle and tattoos done inside someone’s home. August 14, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Drunk,Guns,Shooting,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:29 pm

A man who reportedly tried to run over two other men with his Hummer after drinking tequila didn’t get very far, deputies said.

sfl-fldu-tequila-shots-gun-20140813-001That’s because one of the people Guilibaldo Gonzalez-Lopez, 37, tried to run over shot out two of his tires. And when deputies found Gonzalez-Lopez driving in Lake Worth, he was riding on his rims, they said.

Deputies said they got a call about a shooting at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Strawberry Fields Way in Lake Worth, according to an arrest report. When they got there, they found two men, one of whom said he fired shots for his own protection against a driver who was trying to run them over.

One witness told deputies Gonzalez-Lopez had come to his house to get a tattoo done. He said throughout the day Gonzalez-Lopez had been drinking Jimador tequila, according to the report, and the witness told him he was concerned about him driving.

When Gonzalez-Lopez got into his black Hummer, he starting driving erratically all over the witness’ lawn and into his neighbor’s driveway. The neighbor came outside because he heard the witness screaming and went to grab his gun, according to the report.

The neighbor took one shot that hit Gonzalez-Lopez’s front passenger tire, according to the report. Gonzalez-Lopez backed up in the street, stopped for a moment and then started driving toward the neighbor and another man who had come out of his house, who were standing in the driveway.

The neighbor shot again, this time trying to shoot the rear passenger tire, and hit it. After that, Gonzalez-Lopez drove away from the scene and the two called deputies.

At the intersection of Lantana and Haverhill roads, deputies spotted the black Hummer with two deflated tires on the passenger side. The driver was identified as Gonzalez-Lopez.

Deputies asked Gonzalez-Lopez to perform field sobriety tests but he refused and started yelling at obscenities, according to the report. They also discovered Gonzalez-Lopez didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Gonzalez-Lopez is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence, and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $9,000 bail.

 

Sanford is quickly becoming the terrifying epicenter of Stand Your Ground assaults August 7, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Guns,OK Then .....,Scary,Shooting,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:35 pm

A man walked into Central Florida Regional Hospital with two gunshot wounds from a shooting at his Sanford home Tuesday night, officials said.

untitledSanford Police identified the victim as Terrance Perkins, 34.

Investigators are currently waiting outside his home in the 1400 block of Mara Court — near San Lanta Circle — for permission to search inside.

There were signs of forced entry through the front door, according to Shannon Cordingly, Sanford Police spokeswoman.

“We are waiting for a search warrant to be signed before we can enter the home,” Cordingly said.

Perkins was shot about 9:47 p.m.

A neighbor called 911 to report the gunfire.

Just as the 911 call came in, officials at Central Florida Regional Hospital alerted police that someone had just walked in with multiple gunshot wounds, Cordingly said.

Perkins was later transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

He is currently undergoing surgery for the wounds to his chest and arm.

“At this time, [Perkins] is not willing to talk to investigators,” Cordingly said.

No additional information has been released.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

 

Five police officers opened fire on a driver who tried to run down a bicyclist that just happened to be a police officer July 20, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,OK Then .....,Shooting,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:49 pm

Five Orlando police officers opened fire on a driver who tried to run over a bike cop, fled officers and struck multiple vehicles early Saturday morning, officials said.

copshooting1-jpg-20140719The driver, Ta’Von O. Grayson, 22, whose last known addresses are in Seminole County, was listed in serious but stable condition at an area hospital, police said. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, but more charges are pending, police said.

The incident started about 1:30 a.m. when a bike-patrol officer attempted to make contact with Grayson, who was driving a white Toyota in a parking garage on Orange Avenue near West Central Boulevard, police said.

Grayson refused to stop for police; instead, he attempted to run over the bike-patrol officer, according to Lovetta Quinn-Henry, OPD spokeswoman.

“The officer was forced to jump out of the path of the suspect’s vehicle,” Quinn-Henry said.

Grayson drove to West Amelia Street and Garland Avenue, where another OPD officer fired shots at him, she said.

But that didn’t stop him: Grayson kept driving and got back on Orange Avenue at Colonial Drive, where he was driving the wrong way and hit two vehicles and two police cruisers, Quinn-Henry said. One of the police cruisers suffered significant damage and had its bumper hanging off.

Five OPD officers then opened fire on Grayson near the intersection of Garland and Colonial, hitting him multiple times, according to Quinn-Henry.

“Police are not looking for any other suspects,” Quinn-Henry said. “None of the officers were injured.”

It is unclear whether Grayson was armed. Grayson, who has a lengthy rap sheet, was on probation for a grand-theft-auto conviction out of Orange County in 2012, according to the state Department of Corrections records. Seminole County court records show Grayson was arrested in January on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession, resisting an officer without violence, leaving the scene of a crash, alcohol-related reckless driving and driving on a suspended license.

The five officers who shot at Grayson will be placed on administrative leave pending a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation. This is the fifth incident involving the use of deadly force by Orlando police officers this year.

In May, there were two shootings that involved Orlando police officers firing their weapons. Orlando police fatally shot a 20-year-old man May 21 who officers say was one of three people who robbed and carjacked a food-delivery driver. The next day, May 22, Orlando police shot a Lake Nona man who they say attacked them with a baseball bat.

 

Newlywed man, 79, tries to kill bride July 9, 2014

fl-hallandale-married-attempted-murder-jpg-20140708They were married just eight months, but police say a 79-year-old man tried to kill his wife, 73, after accusing her of stealing his checkbook.

Luis Ames, of Hallandale Beach, was arrested Monday after he struck his wife with the handle of a handgun, police said.

The woman, who police did not identify, was sleeping in their bedroom when Ames woke her up and made the theft allegation, Hallandale Beach Police Officer Josue Hernandez’s police report said.

She denied the accusation, and he took a firearm from a dresser drawer. While shouting, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ Ames struck the top of her head with the gun while it was still in its holster, police said.

The woman’s head was cut and “copious amounts” of blood flowed down her face, body and clothing, the report stated.

 

 
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