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Jury Rejects Man’s Claim He Was Sleeping When He Molested Girl August 28, 2014

Caleb-RuhCaleb Ruh, a 29-year-old Flagler County man accused two years ago of molesting a 7-year-old girl in his care, was found guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation in a jury trial that ended late this afternoon.

Ruh faces life in prison and will be designated a sexual predator. He will be sentenced on Sept. 29 by Flagler County Circuit Judge J. David Walsh.

Ruh was represented by public defender Regina Nunnally, who argued at trial that Ruh suffered from “sexsomnia” and committed the acts while asleep.

Susan Davis writing for WebMD summarizes the disorder this way: “Also called ‘sleep sex,’ sexsomnia is a type of parasomnia, where the brain is caught in transition between sleeping and waking states. As with other parasomnias — including sleepwalking, sleep talking, and, yes, sleep driving — someone who is sleep sexing can seem fully awake and aware, even as he or she is masturbating, or fondling, initiating intercourse with, or even sexually assaulting a bed partner. But he or she truly is asleep. In fact, a diagnosis of sexsomnia has been used as a defense in several rape and molestation cases in recent years.”

In Ruh’s case, a jury of five men and one women didn’t buy it. The jury issued the verdict before Walsh after deliberating 90 minutes.

Ruh, who lives in a part of southern Flagler County that has Ormond Beach addresses, was arrested on Aug. 31, 2012, following a Department of Children and Families investigation earlier into an incident that took place July 1.

Ruh, according to his arrest report at the time, had been left in charge of the 7 year old girl while her mother and a 1-year-old child went to the store. The girl told her mother that Ruh had fallen asleep on the couch, then at one point had called out the girl’s name, grabbed the girl, and tried to kiss and touch her. The girl tried to awaken Ruh, who would later say that he’d taken Xanax before falling asleep. Xanax is an anti-anxiety prescription.

The girl later confronted Ruh about it. He refused to talk about it and claimed that the incident couldn’t have happened. The girl would later tell her mother that on another occasion, Ruh had blindfolded her and put things in her mouth, with the object of the “game” being that she had to guess what it was. The child’s mother took both her children to Broward County, where, the report states, a Child Protective Team concluded that there had been “two acts of sexual violence.”

Ruh continued to insist that he did not remember what had taken place on July 1, as he did at trial.

He was initially booked on $200,000 bail. He did not have a good record while in jail, and faced additional charges, such as obstructing police and violating jail rules two or more times, a case still pending in county court, and a battery charge, what would have been a third-degree felony, though the charge was dismissed.

 

Guess road rage is evolving into a beat n’ treat event

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.

 

His officers are probably getting a bang out of their chief’s blunder

Filed under: Amazing,Dumb,Guns,Interesting,OK Then .....,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:00 pm

Daytona Beach police Chief Mike Chitwood was stopped by security at Orlando International Airport last week after a gun was found in his carry-on luggage, officials confirmed Wednesday.

sfl-flduh-police-chief-gun-airport-20140827-001Chitwood was stopped at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint about 8 p.m. Thursday after a screener noticed the gun, police said.

“Chief Chitwood was escorted from the checkpoint to safely secure his weapon before he was allowed to board his flight,” Orlando police said in a statement. The chief was not arrested and is not facing charges.

OPD noted that sworn officers are permitted to travel armed, if they complete the TSA’s Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed program.

However, officers can only carry on weapons under that program if they “need to have the weapon accessible,” determined on a case-by-case basis, the TSA website states.

Chitwood’s boss, City Manager James Chisholm, said Chitwood is human “like all the rest of us,” adding it was “certainly no cause for us to take any action against the chief.”

Chitwood said the situation resulted from a “stupid oversight” on his part. He said he changed in his department’s locker room after work, before driving to OIA to catch a flight to New Jersey to visit family.

He said he had two bags, one for work clothes and another for civilian clothes. Changing hurriedly, he put his ankle holster and the Remington revolver it held in the wrong bag, he said.

He said officers were “extremely professional,” securing the gun, interviewing him and eventually clearing him to board his flight.

“Outside of being absolutely embarrassed, I thought: ‘I’m getting locked up!'” Chitwood said, recalling his judgmental reaction to stories of others who’ve mistakenly brought guns to the airport.

“I’ve read these things and I’ve always said… ‘How stupid could you be to do that?'”

 

Mom, if you want your kids to experience a scary ride, take them to Disney — don’t do this

UntitledJennifer Mannino of Punta Gorda was stopped Tuesday night for suspected DUI.

When a Charlotte County deputy managed to pull her over near Tamiami Trail and Bayshore Road the deputy said she had already taken the pickup truck over the median and almost hit traffic as she made a right hand turn.

Mannino failed a field sobriety test and her blood alcohol registered three times the legal limit at .025.

Compounding her situation, her 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son were in the car at the time.  The daughter, according to the arrest record, was so concerned she called her father.

There was an open container of vodka inside the truck’s cab that the arresting deputy said contributed to the evidence she had been driving while she was driving the pickup.

This was Mannino’s second DUI charge in less than two years according to jail records.  In addition to the DUI, Mannino was charged with child neglect without great bodily harm.

The children were turned over to their guardian who showed up at the scene and took them away.

She remains in Charlotte County jail without bond.

 

Man swiped hit-and-run souvenir, cops say August 27, 2014

An 18-year-old man was arrested Saturday after police say he crashed into another car and nearly ran over two people.

sfl-flduh-hit-run-souvenir-20140825-001Briar-Jo Coty Mellen sped through the parking lot of Cabana Beach Apartments, at 1601 SW 51st Terrace, where he lives, according to a police report.

Mellen crashed into an unoccupied vehicle at about 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, then spun the tires of his car and drove toward two people. The two bystanders were forced to move out of the way to avoid being struck, the report said.

Then Mellen drove onto a curb, where he left his vehicle parked, police said.

One witness told police that when Mellen left his vehicle, he removed the license plate from the vehicle that he hit and took it with him, the report said.

Mellen returned to the apartment with the tag and told his roommate that he had just hit a car and was planning to keep the license plate as a souvenir, police said.

Mellen was apprehended by police near the apartment complex. He was slurring his words, swaying when walking and emitting a strong odor of alcohol, the report said.

Police saw a large green marking on the damaged portion of the white vehicle, where paint had likely been transferred during a collision.

Mellen was booked in the Alachua County jail with charges of theft, failure to leave information to an unattended vehicle with property damage and reckless driving.

 

Smartphone, dumb selves? Selfies lead cops to theft suspects

Filed under: Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:43 pm

Ormond Beach police recovered a stolen phone after they said a couple stole it from a hostess at the Bonefish Restaurant Tuesday night.

sfl-flduh-selfies-smartphone-thieves-20140825-001Police said 27-year-old Bryce Dolph and his girlfriend walked in to pick up their food and walked out with the cellphone instead. However, it didn’t take long for police to track them down.

The couple allegedly took several pictures of themselves and posted them on Facebook. The pictures were also uploaded to the victim’s Google Plus account and she was able to turn them over to police. The social media site is a backup for storing pictures and videos that can be seen anytime a person logs into their Google account.

Police quickly tracked down Dolph and arrested him.

He is in the Volusia County jail on $23,500 bond. He’s charged with contribute to delinquency/dependency of a minor and two counts of grand theft.

The girl who police said was also involved is a juvenile and wasn’t arrested in this case.

Police said both admitted to stealing the phone to support their drug habits.

 

Man charged with DUI — while riding lawn mower

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.

 

 
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