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Out for blood? Woman deliberately drove car into plasma-donation center October 27, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,WTF?,Controversy,Unusual,Amazing,Stupid,OK Then ..... — floridaduh @ 2:13 pm

A busy Westside plasma-donation clinic was rocked Saturday afternoon after a woman intentionally drove her car through the entrance following a dispute with employees, creating a chaotic scene and sending herself and eight others to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

sfl-flduh-plasma-donation-20141026-001The dispute between Pamela Miller, 35, and DCI Biologicals employees may have been over why she couldn’t donate plasma, according to police and witness accounts.

Miller will be charged with aggravated battery, police said.
DCI Biologicals is in a large strip shopping center, home to a thrift store, Dollar Tree and several other businesses, just south of Wilson Boulevard. A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office substation is also in the shopping center, and police were able to respond to the hectic scene quickly.

Moments before Miller drove her car into the clinic, Jamal Ford had just walked out of the building after donating plasma. He said Miller approached the clinic in her red Honda Accord, stopped in front for a moment and then appeared to step on the accelerator, sending the car careening into the building.

“There was screaming, hollering. Everybody is in a state of shock,” Ford said. “I was absolutely terrified.”

Miller’s car plowed about 40 feet into the building, police said. She reversed and hit a concrete pillar underneath the store’s awning.

It’s unclear how fast Miller was going when she drove through the entrance. Evidence technicians are trying to determine her speed, police said.

Half of Miller’s remained under a covered walkway as onlookers – some who were hoping to donate plasma – passed by. The damage inside the clinic was extensive: part of the roof had collapsed, as had counters.

“It was definitely a chaotic scene,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Mitchell, who was in the substation and among the first to respond.

Investigators are looking into whether drugs played a role in the incident.

Police are also questioning a man who identified himself as Miller’s boyfriend.

 

OMG! …. Officials want South Florida to break off into its own state October 23, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Silly,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:07 pm

Officials in the City of South Miami have passed a resolution in favor of splitting the state in half so South Florida would become the 51st state.

os-officials-propose-20141021-001Vice Mayor Walter Harris proposed the resolution and it passed with a 3-2 vote at the city commission meeting on Oct. 7.

Harris told the commission that Tallahassee isn’t providing South Florida with proper representation or addressing its concerns when it comes to sea-level rising.

“We have to be able to deal directly with this environmental concern and we can’t really get it done in Tallahassee,” Harris said. “I don’t care what people think — it’s not a matter of electing the right people.”

Mayor Philip Stoddard agreed with Harris’ reasoning, saying during the meeting that he’s advocated for secession for the past 15 years but never penned a resolution.

“It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean,” Stoddard said. “They’ve made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”

But the vote wasn’t unanimous. Commissioners Gabriel Edmond and Josh Liebman voted against the resolution with Edmond, a history teacher, being the most vocal about it.

“I just want you guys to be careful because if you vote for this you’re setting a precedent that if other people in this city don’t like our representation or feel we’re not responsive to them they might say ‘we want to break away from the city of South Miami’.”

The resolution lists the northern border of what would be the state of South Florida as being Brevard, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Orange County is particularly important because that’s where the South Florida Water Management District begins, Harris said. It was even suggested that a Central Florida city could possibly be the state of South Florida’s capitol.

In total, the proposed 51st state would include 24 counties.

The resolution’s 3-2 approval paved the way for it to be sent to the governing bodies of the proposed South Florida counties for consideration. In order for secession to be enacted, however, the measure would require electorate approval from the entire state and Congressional approval.

Click here to read a copy of the resolution.

 

‘Flying car’ crash injures two …. wait! …. what????

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Dangerous Nut,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:04 pm

Two men suffered injuries Tuesday after a “flying car” they were in crashed and caught fire in Marion County after a brief flight.

maverick-crash-8786The 49-year-old pilot and the passenger, in his twenties, were both taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center, according to Marion County Fire Rescue.

Officials said the pilot was transported as a “trauma alert” while the passenger did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. at Dunnellon Airport, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

“This homemade vehicle managed to make flight with two people inside but then crashed and caught fire,” Capt. James Pogue said. “Both occupants are being treated at the hospital for minor injuries.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are not responding “because they do not recognize this as an aircraft,” Pogue said.

The crimes division and evidence team with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are documenting the scene, Pogue said.

 

Undersized lobster tail prompts over-sized bail

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Dumb,Interesting,OK Then .....,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:46 pm

A Miami man’s haul of 267 wrung lobster tails, 246 of which were undersize, landed him in jail over the weekend with a bond set at $1.4 million.

sfl-flduh-undersized-lobster-tail-20141022-001Monroe County sheriff’s Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol about 4 a.m. Saturday near Fiesta Key Marina when he spotted Jorge Vargas, 59, pulling traps onto a white Carolina skiff, wringing off lobster tails and placing them into a mesh bag, according to the sheriff’s office.

Guerra watched as Vargas threw bag after bag filled with wrung lobster tails onto the shoreline and returned to the bay for more, according to authorities.

Finally, Vargas headed his boat to the marina and docked. When he got into his truck to pick up the bags of lobster tails, Guerra confronted him.

deputy guerra with tailsVargas was cited for possession of undersize lobster, possession of over-the-limit lobster and possession of wrung lobster tails.

He was booked into Monroe County jail. Records revealed that Vargas had been cited twice before over the past three years. His previous hauls in the Florida Keys had been equally gigantic — more than 300 wrung lobster tails as well as possession of stone crab out of season.

While Vargas was in jail, a warrant was issued for him Monday for failure to appear in court for a 2011 case. The judge set his bond at $1.4 million.

Separating, or wringing, the tail from the body of a lobster is prohibited in state waters, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Recreational trapping is also prohibited, and the bag limit during regular spiny lobster season (Aug. 6 to March 31) is six per person per day.

 

Man Goes To Hospital After Chewing On Rat’s Head Found In Golden Corral Chili October 22, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Disgusting,OK Then .....,Sad Story,Scary,Sick,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:22 pm

A diner at a Golden Corral said he received an unwelcome surprise in his chili – a dead rat.

Oh-HiBilly Wilson said it was the restaurant’s healthy options and friendly staff that kept him coming back. But Wednesday night’s chili dinner was his last.

“The first bite I took out of it was a crunch, and at the time I was like, maybe you know sometimes you get a hard bean inside of chili,” he said.

Wilson said what he immediately spat out was a gray rodent, which he thinks is a rat’s head with curly ears and a snaggletooth.

“When I saw it, I just went into the bathroom and threw up,” Wilson said. “I was like ‘ugh.’ I just couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth.”

He said that’s when his friends called the server. He said she called the manager who immediately addressed the complaint.

“He inspected and was like, ‘Wow that is a rat,” Wilson said. “So he took pictures of it, moved it around a little bit, took pictures in different angles. He was like me; he was horrified.”

Wilson said the restaurant comped his party’s meal, but the next day he felt queasy and went to the emergency room at Cape Coral Hospital.

Discharge documents showed Wilson was treated for gastroenteritis and prescribed medications for nausea and muscle spasms. In response to questions of making the story up, he said he would never do that.

“They have cameras in there and everything,” he said. “I’m scared of rats.”

The restaurant said in a statement it’s looking into the matter and has been unable to confirm the alleged incident.

“Normally you get cases like this, people take food somewhere else, open it up and something happens,” said Ray Racila, Wilson’s attorney. “This happened right in the restaurant where there’s no question what happened. The manager is right there.”

Wilson said he wonders what else was in his chili before he chomped on a head.

“Who’s to say that first bite wasn’t his foot,” he said.

 

Deputies use dogs, choppers before arresting man charged with stealing $4 pack of cigarettes

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:16 pm

An 18-year-old was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of stealing a $4 pack of cigarettes, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

sfl-flduh-cigarette-thief-20141021-001The 43-year-old victim was in a parking lot at 5137 14th St. W. in Bradenton at 9:11 a.m. when Shaquielle Olmeda ran by and snatched a pack of cigarettes out of the victim’s hand, according to a release.

Olmeda took off running south and the victim called law enforcement. Deputies used patrol units, dogs and helicopters to set up a perimeter, and eventually found Olmeda in the east parking lot of Magic Mile Plaza, on the northwest corner of 14th Street West and 53rd Avenue West.

The victim positively identified Olmeda and the pack of cigarettes was located on his person, deputies said.

Olmeda was arrested without further incident.

 

Boy, 13, stopped on I-75 driving a front end loader October 21, 2014

A 13-year-old boy was stopped Sunday on Interstate 75 while driving a front-end loader, reportedly in an attempt to travel to Fort Lauderdale.

sfl-flduh-front-end-loader-20141020-001According to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report, the boy said he ran away from home Sunday morning and was looking for a vehicle he could take to South Florida so he could meet with a friend.

He came upon Magnum Construction at 4202 NW 27th Ave., Ocala, and saw a Mack truck, but could not find the keys. After searching the office, the boy got on one of the front-end loaders parked on the lot and started the vehicle. He drove through the locked front gate and headed down U.S. 27 until he got to the north entrance of I-75, according to the report.

The boy made it about three miles on the busy highway before he was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

The front-end loader was recovered by the owner. The piece of equipment was not damaged and no one was injured.

The boy was charged with commercial burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. He was taken to the juvenile detention area at the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 
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