The Bizarre World of Florida

Guess road rage is evolving into a beat n’ treat event August 28, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Controversy,Dispute,Dumb,Fight,OK Then .....,Stupid,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:02 pm

A minor traffic accident erupted into a stabbing in South Tampa on Wednesday.

sfl-flduh-road-rage-stabbed-first-aid-20140827-001In an unusual twist, police say the man with the knife immediately began to perform first aid on the man with the wound, who survived.

Robert Suarez, 36, was a passenger in his girlfriend’s Audi going north on MacDill Avenue near Bay to Bay Boulevard, police said.

Traffic stopped suddenly and the Audi was rear-ended by a Toyota Avalon driven by Steven Baker, 22, police said. Both vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Bay Oaks apartments.

Baker and one of his two passengers, Torre Worthy, 23, began arguing with Suarez, police said.

Worthy began punching Suarez, who would later be treated for cuts to his head, wrist, legs and knees, police said.

Suarez hit the concrete and Baker joined in the fight, kicking Suarez in the head, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

That’s when Suarez stabbed Baker but immediately began to put pressure on the wound to stop it from bleeding, McElroy said.

“He felt he was outnumbered and he had to defend himself, but he felt terrible about injuring his attacker,” she said.

McElroy wasn’t sure of the location of Baker’s wound. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital. His condition was initially described as serious but later described as good.

The investigation was expected to continue, with no immediate announcement of charges.


Man charged with DUI — while riding lawn mower August 27, 2014

Filed under: Alcohol,Bizzarre,Controversy,Drunk,DUI,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:41 pm

A man is under arrest for allegedly driving a lawn tractor while intoxicated on a busy street.

sfl-flduh-dui-lawn-mower-20140826-00158-year-old Kenneth La Rue Smith was observed by a police officer traveling into oncoming traffic on US 41 southbound near Richmond St.

According to officials, after nearly avoiding a vehicle Smith proceeded to drink out of an aluminum can and place it into the lawnmower’s cupholder.

After being pulled over, officers discovered a package of beers between Smith’s legs.

Smith also had two knives, a cylinder for a .22 revolver, and several rounds of ammunition in his pockets.

The .22 revolver was found under the seat of the lawnmower.

Officials say Smith has been previously convicted of felonies and has received multiple DUI’s.

He is now charged with posession of a firearm as well as a DUI and received a citation of open container.


Pot muffin caper not exactly half-baked August 25, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Drugs,Interesting,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:01 pm


Port St. Lucie police know the muffin man,

The muffin man, the muffin man,

Port St. Lucie police know the muffin man,

Nia_Marie_HuddlestonWho actually is a marijuana muffin woman who lives not on Drury Lane but on Southeast Green Acres Circle in Port St. Lucie.

Port St. Lucie police on Aug. 8 arrested the accused marijuana muffin woman, 28-year-old Nia Huddleston, along with roommate Petair Meristil, 30, after finding a dozen marijuana muffins, a dozen uncooked pot muffins and some marijuana batter at their listed address in the 1600 block of Southeast Green Acres Circle, according to recently released affidavits.Who actually is a marijuana muffin woman who lives not on Drury Lane but on Southeast Green Acres Circle in Port St. Lucie.
The baked and unbaked marijuana muffins and the pot batter turned up in the kitchen.Police executed a search warrant at their home after getting a narcotics complaint. They turned up pot and pot smoking devices, and found a marijuana plant growing in a bedroom.

Petair_Meristil (1)“Nia confirmed that the muffins were cannabis muffins that she had just recently made and was going to cook,” an affidavit states.

Photos provided by police suggest they were full muffins, as opposed to muffin tops.

A marijuana muffin recipe was not included in the affidavits.

Muffins are not the only food that’s been mated with marijuana. Brownies with marijuana in the recipe have a storied history in pop culture, stretching at least to the 1950s with “The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book,” and its “Haschich Fudge” recipe.The term “muffin” features prominently in the traditional nursery rhyme, “The Muffin Man,” upon which the top of this story is based, as well as the song, “Muffin Man,” from the 1975 album “Bongo Fury,” featuring Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.

Meanwhile, Meristil said he was growing the pot plant in his closet, saying he smokes spliff for a “condition” he has.

Huddleston and Meristil each were arrested on drug-related charges.


Reeled in: Fishing gear thief who swiped $13,000 in rods August 21, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Robbers,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:22 pm

sfl-flduh-fishing-rods-thief-20140820-001Port St. Joe’s serene waters make it a prime fishing spot in Gulf County. Evidence of that is now sitting in the evidence room at the Port St. Joe Police Department.

“There’s a lot of them and they’re really expensive. So you can take a $300 to $400 combo of a reel and rod and go sell it at the pawn shop or sell it on the street  for $150 – $200,” said Richards. “If you’ve got a lot of em’ you can make a lot of money.” 

Police say that’s exactly what prompted 18-year-old Quincy Nathaniel Works to steal more than $13,000 in tackle from victims around the city.

“Initially it appeared that he was riding around looking for boats close to the road with rods sticking up in rod holders,” said Richards.  

 So investigators came up with a plan to set up a decoy boat not far off the beaten path complete with a game cam. 

“Knowing that he was driving around looking for boats close to the road we asked a friend if we could use his boat and he pulled it in his front yard and we put two rods in his boat sticking up and put the camera in the tree pointing at the boat,” said Richards. “Just to see if we could get lucky.” 

The plan worked. No sooner did investigators push play on the camera that they caught Works just nine hours later.  

“We thought it was a shot in the dark,” said Richards. “We thought we may get lucky with it being on a main thoroughfare, but never expected it to happen that night in just a couple of hours from when we set it up.” 

But luck was on their side. Works was charged for stealing the two reels from the decoy boat and for violation of probation.  

The next task for authorities will be matching victims with their tackle.  

“We have a lot of it that is not identified,” said Richards. “We think we still have victims out there that may not know they’re victims yet.” 

If you do think you’re a victim in this case or you have discovered you are missing some fishing gear in the Port St. Joe area contact the Port St. Joe Police Department at 227-1414. 


 An 18-year-old Port St. Joe man is charged for the theft of more than $13 thousand in stolen fishing equipment.  Port St. Joe police say last Sunday they took reports from victims who had high end fishing reels stolen from all over the city. 

Saturday authorities took matters into their own hands and set up a decoy boat with decoy fishing rods. That boat was robbed and the reels were discovered missing this morning.  

The effort led to the arrest of Quincy Nathaniel Works thanks to a camera mounted on the boat. Works was arrested on burglary charges and also had a previous warrant.  

An investigation into search warrants lead to the recovery of more than 30 rods and reels and a compound bow and arrow.  Investigators say they are still searching for more fishing equipment that has still not been recovered.  


Here’s a new one, this DUI guy was caught dragging a tree down the road!

A Gainesville police officer was sitting in a parked cruiser late Monday night when an approaching truck caught his attention.

sfl-flduh-dui-dragged-tree-20140820-001It could have been that the truck was speeding, perhaps it was the loud noise and the sparks that were flying from the rear as a chain bounced off the asphalt.

Or maybe it was the tree that the driver was dragging as he drove east along the 3500 block of Northwest 53rd Avenue.

The officer stopped the driver, later identified as Daniel Totulis, 21, of Gainesville, at around 11 p.m. at the entrance to the Apple Tree subdivision. Totulis had glassy eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol, according to a police report.

Totulis told officers that he wanted to take a test to see if he was drunk, the report said. The officers conducted a field sobriety test and Totulis swayed while trying to stand, missed his nose with his finger two out of four times, and refused to walk a straight line.

During the test, Totulis told the officers to take him to jail because he knew he should not have been drinking and driving, the report said. He offered no explanation for why he was dragging a tree down the street late at night.

He was arrested on a charge of DUI after his breath tests registered .190 and .185, twice the legal threshold in Florida for DUI.


Boy, 7, drops the dime on mom for cooking … meth August 20, 2014

A 26-year-old mother from Volusia County has been arrested after police said her 7-year-old son turned her in for cooking and using methamphetamine.

According to Edgewater police, the boy told his uncle — as well as investigators — that “There’s really bad stuff in my mom’s car.”

Briana Buchanan and her son had been living with her boyfriend’s brother, Peter — who considers the 7-year-old his nephew — for some time at his Edgewater home.

For several days, the boy had told Peter that his mom was cooking “something bad.”

Then, on Friday, Peter said the boy built up enough courage to show him just how bad it was.

“He came up to me, and he said, ‘There’s really bad stuff in mom’s car that I want to show you,'” said Peter, who asked that his last name not be published.

The 7-year-old brought his uncle to his mother’s car and opened up the trunk, himself. Inside was drug paraphernalia, sitting right next to some of the boy’s toys.

Shocked, Peter closed the trunk, took the boy inside and called 911.

“Her son, who’s 7, just told me she keeps bad stuff in her car, and he opened up the trunk, and she has a meth lab in her trunk,” Peter told a 911 dispatcher.

The 911 operator told Peter to get away from the car, because of the volatility of materials used to cook meth.

When police arrived, they found dozens of items inside the trunk used to cook and use meth.

What’s worse, the boy also described to Peter just how his mom allegedly manufactured meth.

“He said when they would get all this stuff together, they would put it all in a soda bottle, and they would shake the soda bottle and take the top off to, I guess, vent it out,” Peter said.

Police charged Buchanan with child neglect, possession of chemicals, meth and paraphernalia, and manufacturing and delivery of meth.

After Buchanan’s arrest, her son was taken in by his grandmother, away from a world Peter says no boy his age should have to see.

“I can already tell you, just looking at his face, he is relieved to be out of the situation,” Peter said.

The boy’s grandmother planned to enroll him in school this week.

Edgewater police said they were investigating to see if Briana Buchanan could be charged with trafficking meth, which has a harsher punishment.


Here’s something you evidently don’t want to do: use Thomas Steffen’s favorite cup August 19, 2014

THOMAS_STEFFEN_mug-208x300hat appears to be what sparked a confrontation that ultimately left Steffen’s brother with bruising and redness and Steffen in lock-up, according to statements in a recently released arrest affidavit.

Port St. Lucie police on Aug. 2 went to an address in the 1600 block of Southwest Tivan Lane and spoke to Steffen’s brother and his girlfriend.

They said Steffen, 25, came in while they were in bed naked and began “screaming at (Steffen’s brother) about him using his favorite drinking cup,” the affidavit states.

A cup is a flat-bottomed vessel designed to hold beverages for human consumption. Cup varieties include the mug, chalice, highball, cannikin, pilsener, cordial, tankard, demitasse, goblet, grail, stein, teacup and tumbler. There’s also the storied “pimp cup,” a highly-ornate drink receptacle famously toted by the rapper Snoop Dog.

A cup features prominently in the video for “Cups,” a popular song from the 2012 film “Picture Perfect,” and in the traditional magic trick known as “cups and balls.”

In measuring terms, a cup is equivalent to 8 ounces.

Meanwhile, Steffen’s brother told police that Steffen started pushing him then charged him and grabbed him in a bear hug.

Steffen’s brother said he was able to push Steffen off him. He hit Steffen in the eye after Steffen again charged him.

Steffen told police he went in his brother’s room, pushing and tackling him.

A description of Steffen’s favorite drinking cup wasn’t listed. It’s also unclear whether a straw was involved.

Steffen, of the 1600 block of Southwest Tivan Lane in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.



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