The Bizarre World of Florida

Poochie Gucci? Woman makes pricey purses from Fido’s hair September 12, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Interesting,OK Then .....,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:30 pm

A Tampa entrepreneur has made a few high-end purses out of dog hair and hopes to raise enough money to turn her passion into a business.

“It’s one of a kind,” said entrepreneur Doris Carvalho.


Carvalho created a page and video on the website Kickstarter, with a goal of raising $15,000 to start her business. That’s enough money to finish her first line of 30 purses and for marketing, Carvahlo said.

“I turn this groomed dog (hair) that would be garbage anywhere else in the world into these handbags,” she said on the video. “These handbags prove that high-end can be made eco-friendly from your pet for you.”

Carvalho said she sterilizes the dog hair before turning it into yarn. It takes about 50 hours to make one purse. The entrepreneur plans to sell her dog hair purses for $1,000, but hopes to bring that price down if she goes into mass production.

“I hope in the future I can make it cheaper and sell much cheaper for everyone,” Carvalho said.

Jaime Calderbank, the owner of One Lucky Dog in St. Petersburg, said the dog hair purses aren’t for everyone, but she believes some of her customers would buy one.

“I think a few of them that really love their dogs would absolutely like something like that,” Calderbank said. “We have plenty of hair. She can have all the dog hair she want from us.”

The entrepreneur is from Brazil, where Carvalho worked as a veterinarian and took fashion classes, she says. The dog hair purses combines both of her passions.

“I make one with cocker spaniel and poodle,” she said. “I want to build the purses and make them over here in Tampa.”

Carvahlo has raised $350 in the past week and has 50 days to raise the rest.

“I hope people who like the project can help,” she said. “Any contribution is welcome.”


No, That Florida Inmate Was Not Covered In Eggs, Velveeta, Pudding, Or Paint September 11, 2014

Filed under: Interesting,OK Then .....,Uncategorized,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:26 pm

Analysts were split on whether Arie Patterson, 36, was covered in paint; eggs; mustard; creamsicles; pudding; Velveeta cheese; or even Big Bird ejaculate.

ariepattersonAccording to cops, however, the theft suspect is covered in Sabre pepper foam, which Broward County jailers use to gain compliance from uncooperative inmates. According to Dani Moschella, a sheriff’s spokesperson, Patterson was sprayed three times when he tussled with deputies seeking to fingerprint and photograph him.

“The foam is similar to pepper spray, but it doesn’t shoot as far, which is useful in close quarters such as a jail,” noted Moschella.

After the foam blasting, Patterson became cooperative. But he refused to be decontaminated or treated by emergency medical personnel.

“In an effort to safely and quickly complete the fingerprint and mug shot process and return him to his cell, deputies took his photo immediately,” said Moschella, who added, “They later took a new photo.”

Frankly, we preferred the Big Bird theory.


Woman pulled gun on lawn worker for making too much noise September 10, 2014

sfl-flduh-gun-lawn-worker-noise-20140909-001A local woman is accused of threatening to shoot a lawn maintenance worker because he woke her up, according to the Ormond Beach Police Department.

Police said Gina Briggs, 26, pointed the gun at the victim because he was making too much noise on Oriole Circle Monday morning.

Briggs later told detectives that she would have shot the worker in the head, but didn’t because she forgot to load the gun.

Briggs was booked at the Volusia County Jail and charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of carrying a concealed firearm.


Couple locking lips in patrol car were trying to unlock handcuffs

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,Silly,Stupid,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:10 pm

It was wild, daring and romantic: Two sweethearts handcuffed in the back of a patrol car shared a kiss, an earring and an escape attempt that led to a short-lived romp.

In the end, however, burglary suspect Jonathan Kokontis wound up trying to steal a car that wouldn’t start and with a police dog’s teeth clamped to his arm, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Kokontis, 25, a two-time ex-convict from Winter Springs, is now in the Seminole County Jail on a long list of charges including burglary, escape and robbery.

His girlfriend, Melissa Elaine Schneider, 27, an entertainer at Dancers Royale, an adult nightclub in Orlando, was being held on $11,000 bail on a variety of charges, including providing contraband to a suspected felon.

The misadventure that landed the couple in jail began Saturday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office reported, when residents called to complain about a string of four car burglaries near U.S. Highway 17-92 in Fern Park. Someone was rummaging through their vehicles.

The callers mentioned a suspicious man. Later in the day, a witness called back, saying she had spotted the man again and, this time, there was a woman in pink shorts with him.

Deputies found Schneider — who was wearing pink shorts — but Kokontis ran, the Sheriff’s Office reported. He was found a short time later, hiding in a shed, and both suspects wound up handcuffed in the same patrol car.

Kokontis’ hands were cuffed behind his back but he managed to wiggle around so that his hands were in front of him.

Schneider rubbed her head against Kokontis’ chest, causing her earring to fall onto the car seat, according to an arrest report. He picked it up and spent several minutes trying to unlock his cuffs with it, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

He failed, and Schneider then reached inside her bra, pulled out something that she slipped into her mouth then kissed Kokontis, passing the item — whatever it was — to him.

Deputies did not identify what it was. A short time later, a deputy saw that the pair was working to get free and pulled Kokontis out of the car to recuff him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Kokontis then shoved the deputy and took off running, the Sheriff’s Office reported, while Schneider yelled, “(expletive) run, Jonathan, (expletive) run” and laughed.

He “burst through a nearby fence” and went inside a home, where a man was sleeping on the couch, and demanded a set of car keys, according to his arrest report. The homeowner handed over his keys, but when Kokontis tried to start the vehicle, he discovered it would not start, so he ran to another home. But no one was there so he grabbed a pickax and refused to come out.

Deputies could hear Kokontis yell, “I’m dangerous,” the Sheriff’s Office reported. He apparently also was clumsy: He spilled a bucket of white paint while inside, according to his arrest report.

He was arrested after deputies sent in a police dog, which clamped down on his arm. Kokontis was then taken to a hospital,then to jail.

On Saturday, deputies uncuffed Schneider and released her, but she was arrested the next day, accused of beating a pregnant woman who had asked for a cigarette on Sept. 5 and after a deputy found a baggie of marijuana in Schneider’s purse.

Kokontis also was accused of striking the pregnant woman on Sept. 5.

He is an ex-convict who’s had two stints in state prison. His most recent was a three-year sentence for a string of crimes in Orange County, including aggravated assault, theft, burglary and trafficking in stolen property.

He also served a year in prison in 2008 for a pair of Orange County burglaries.

At the time of his arrest, he was on drug-offender probation in Seminole County. He was sentenced last month to five years of probation for credit card fraud, petty theft and giving a pawn broker false information.


Mom accused of repeatedly body-bumping daughter during chicken feud September 9, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Silly,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:15 pm

A woman repeatedly body-bumped her 17-year-old daughter after the teenager refused to give her younger brother a piece of chicken, police said.

sfl-flduh-mom-body-bumping-20140908-001Monique Dent, 35, was arrested and charged with child abuse without great harm on Saturday at her residence on Green Street in South Daytona, according to a police report.

Dent’s daughter came home just before 1:30 p.m. with a bag of chicken and passed out a piece to everyone in the house. The teen however, did not give a piece of chicken to her 7-year-old brother, the report states. Angered, Dent approached her daughter and began bumping her with her body, the report states.

The girl locked herself in her bedroom but Dent managed to open the door and put her body up against the teenager again, the report states. The teen pushed her mother away and went into the living room, grabbing a cross, the report shows. Dent then began bumping up against her daughter again, until both mother and daughter fell to the floor and began wrestling, police said. The teenager bit Dent’s hand when Dent covered the girl’s mouth, the report states. There were two other children — two girls ages 10 and 16 — in the house, as well, police said.

Dent was arrested and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, but was released on her own recognizance at her first appearance hearing Sunday.


Backyard paradise on a budget? Here’s a non-neighborly plan September 8, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Disrespectful,Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Silly,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:36 pm

Dennis Carlo was said to have a nice backyard at his Deltona home featuring potted plants, statues and windmills.

The problem? The items were stolen, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-backayrd-windmills-stolen-20140907-001The 66-year-old man was arrested Saturday at his home on Lino Court, deputies said. Authorities say the man stole the first items on Aug. 18 wen several potted palm plants from her front yard, followed by more thefts a couple days later.

Then on Aug. 21 a large angel statue was stolen from front yard of another home in the same neighborhood. In all, seven victims reported various lawn furniture and plants stolen, according to deputies.

Victim surveillance video captured the suspect and his gold Toyota, which deputies found parked outside his home, said Brandon Haught, sheriff’s office public information officer.

“The car was surrounded by a yard full of neatly arranged potted plants, large angel statues and windmills,” Haught said in a press release. “All of the plants were secured to a surrounding fence with zip ties in what appeared to be an attempt to prevent them from being stolen.”

Carlo admitted to stealing some of the items, Haught said. The items, which were all in good condition and well cared for, were returned to their owners, he said.

Carlo was charged with seven counts of petty theft. He remains at the Volusia County Jail on a 1,750 bond.


7th hole hazard: T’eed-off golfer attacked duffer pals September 5, 2014

Labor Day golfing turned out to be anything but friendly for three men paired up with a stranger at Madison Green Golf Club.

sfl-flduh-golfer-attacked-duffer-20140904-001Deputies arrested 38-year-old Michael Rich of Wellington on charges of aggravated battery after he allegedly attacked two of the other golfers with his putter and slamming it behind one man’s knees.

When it broke, Rich was accused of using the sharp end to attack and slice the other golfer.

Tony Nazzaro, 72, went to the emergency room with a swollen and cut arm.

“In all the time I’ve been golfing, I’ve never seen anything of this magnitude happen on a golf course,” said Nazzaro.

Nazzaro said because it was crowded on Labor Day, the golf pro paired him and his friend, Roy Hall, with two other golfers. He said Rich was immediately unfriendly, refusing to shake hands, ride in the same cart or talk to the others.

On the 7th hole, as Nazzaro tended the pin for Rich’s shot, he said Rich complained that Nazzaro didn’t move his ball and mark it.

“I said, ‘What, is this a $100,000 putt or something?’ It was a joke,” said Nazzaro.

Nazzaro said Rich became enraged and started using his cleats to dig up the green, saying “I’m walking in your line, I’m walking in your line.”

That’s when Nazzaro pulled out his phone to call the golf pro.

Deputies said Rich used his putter to slam Hall in the back of the legs, taking him down. The blow was so hard the head of the putter sheared off, and Rich began threatening the others with what was now “a sword,” said Nazzaro.

“I’m going to stick you in the (expletive) eye, I’m going to stab you in the liver,” Nazzaro said Rich told him.

When Nazzaro told Rich he was calling police, he said Nazzaro knocked the phone out of his hand with the sheared off putter, slicing his arm.

By the time deputies arrived, Rich had left the course, but returned and was arrested.

“They asked me if I wanted him arrested, and I said no,” said Nazzaro. “But I told them, he belongs somewhere. This guy is crazy.”



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