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DUI suspect allowed son to ride in bed of pickup, troopers say September 30, 2014

A woman who Highway Patrol troopers said exhibited reckless driving that caused her 8-year-old son to be injured in the bed of the pickup she was driving was arrested.

sfl-flduh-dui-bed-pickup-20140926-001Troopers said 37-year-old Wendy Lynn Cauchi was charged Thursday with being impaired and refusing to take a breath test.

When Trooper James D. Whitmore arrived in the 7000 block of Southwest 80th Street, Ocala, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy told him that witnesses said Cauchi had been drinking all day.

The witnesses told troopers the boy was in the bed of a 2006 Toyota 4Runner and was injured because his mother was driving around the yard unsafely.

Troopers said the vehicle crashed into a fence. After impact, the boy was flung forward and his forehead struck the bottom floor of the truck bed. He was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center for treatment. He is expected to recover from his injuries.

The Department of Children and Families was notified and agency representatives went to the hospital.

Whitmore said he went to Cauchi and detected a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. He described her speech as slurred and thick-tongued. Cauchi declined to talk to the trooper, telling him that she wanted her lawyer. Her lip was bruised from hitting the steering wheel. She was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

The trooper arrested Cauchi, who complained to officials, wondering how she could be taken into custody for driving on her own property. She told authorities she was just looking for her horse.

The trooper said Cauchi had troubled standing and walking to his cruiser.

Cauchi was charged with DUI, DUI with property damage, DUI with serious bodily injury to another and refusal to submit to a DUI test after her license was suspended or revoked.

She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she refused to submit to a breath test. The trooper said it was Cauchi’s second DUI test refusal.

She again told the trooper that she wanted her attorney.

 

Man went crusin’ on his blind buddy’s credit card

A South Daytona man is facing criminal charges after an investigation revealed he’d financially taken advantage of a blind Holly Hill man he met in Alcoholics Anonymous, police said.

sfl-flduh-crusin-blind-credit-card-20140926-001Larry Tuttle, 59, was arrested Wednesday and charged with fraudulent use of personal identification information amounting to $5,000 or more, fraudulent use of a credit card more than $100 and grand theft, records show.

Tuttle spent nearly $10,000, which included a cruise to Mexico, at the expense of Jason Derrico by opening three credit cards in Derrico’s name, Holly Hill police said.

Police were alerted to the possible fraud in July, and when they met with Tuttle Aug. 25 he claimed he’d been given permission to apply for the three credit cards in Derrico’s name, according to the affidavit.

The two men met at an AA meeting in 2013 and Tuttle, who claimed he’d been sober 30 years, told Derrico, 36, he wanted to be his sponsor, according to a charging affidavit.

Derrico said he initially enjoyed Tuttle’s company, but he began to grow uncomfortable when Tuttle wanted Derrico to pull away from his blindness support group and made inquiries about Derrico’s finances, according to the affidavit. Derrico told police Tuttle would sometimes yell at him if he did not disclose certain information.

About a year ago, Tuttle told Derrico his trailer had burned down, so Derrico allowed Tuttle to stay the night, during which Tuttle went through Derrico’s financial paperwork and said he could take better care of those matters, according to the affidavit. Derrico told police the two of them would make trips around the county, and once to Fort Lauderdale, where Tuttle would buy gas and make other purchases with what Derrico thought was Tuttle’s own money.

Derrico said he did remember Tuttle asking him to make several purchases, which made Derrico feel like he was being taken advantage of, so he cut contact with Tuttle in January, according to the affidavit. In July, Derrico began getting calls from a financial institution about owing money on a credit card that listed Tuttle as an authorized user.

Derrico closed the accounts, which Tuttle tried to reopen, according to the affidavit. Police said Tuttle made some payments on the accounts to keep them open as long as possible.

Tuttle was being held Friday at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $22,500 bail.

 

Physician’s assistant blocked chopper from landing at fatal crash scene

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Florida Nut,Sad Story,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:32 pm

A Volusia County certified physician assistant who told deputies “I always go around firetrucks” was taken to jail after refusing to move his car to allow a sheriff’s helicopter to land at the scene of a fatal vehicle crash, according to his arrest report.

sfl-flduh-chopper-landing-crash-20140928-001James Allen, 52 — who works at Urgent Care in Ormond Beach — was charged Thursday with failure to obey police/fire department and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors, court records show. After spending the night at the Volusia County Branch Jail, he was released Friday morning on his own recognizance. Allen could not be reached for comment Friday.

Volusia County sheriff’s deputies and later the Florida Highway Patrol responded to State Road 40 and Church Street in Barberville early Thursday after 26-year-old Tessa George of Pierson had struck a tree after losing control of her sport utility vehicle. George had been traveling west on S.R. 40 and failed to negotiate a curve just east of Pine Street, FHP Sgt. Kim Montes said. She over-corrected her Hyundai Santa Fe, and that prompted the vehicle into a clockwise rotation, sending the SUV into a tree off the north shoulder of the highway.

Deputies on scene had called for the sheriff’s helicopter because they thought they had an injured driver who might need to be airlifted to the hospital.

Deputy Steven Eisen blocked traffic on S.R. 40 at Church Street and emergency vehicles were lined up in the eastbound lanes, the crash report states. Traffic was backed up in that area.

But Allen, as noted in Eisen’s report, drove his 2007 Toyota around the emergency vehicles for about 200 feet off the paved highway. Deputies and emergency personnel yelled at Allen to stop his car, to no avail, the report states. Allen was ordered three times to park his car east of the emergency vehicles and out of the way of the helicopter, but refused, deputies said, instead stopping on S.R. 40.

Allen then rolled into the open space on S.R. 40 that had been cleared for the helicopter’s landing, the report states. That’s when he almost struck Sheriff’s Sgt. Justin Sawicki with his Toyota, deputies said. As Allen passed Sawicki, the sergeant began yelling at him to stop. Allen was in the helicopter’s landing zone and the chopper was just above, 50 to 100 feet from the ground, the report states. Sawicki then told the pilot to abort the landing to avoid another accident.

Allen, of Port Orange, told deputies he had no idea the road was being blocked and then said, “I always go around firetrucks and never have had a problem before,” the report shows.

But deputies say Allen did have a tough time hearing several people yell at him as he drove around eight fire and emergency vehicles parked in the east lanes of S.R. 40 early Thursday just after midnight.

After the helicopter landing was aborted, Deputy Eisen asked Allen for his driver’s license. Allen refused and Eisen reached into the suspect’s car and grabbed his driver’s license, the report states. Eisen then told Allen to move his car away from the landing zone and then the helicopter did land. When it was determined that George had died at the scene, the helicopter left and Sawicki and Eisen turned their attention back to Allen.

When Allen was handcuffed, he asked, “What’s this all about?” then blurted out that he passes emergency vehicles routinely.

 

Couple’s water bill is $3,386 for just 18 days

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:30 pm

A Pasco County couple received an eye-popping water bill of $3,385.99. That was for just 18 days.

4904394_GPasco County Utilities insists that 614,000 gallons of water went through the pipes at Eugene Foy’s New Port Richey home. That’s enough water to fill up Foy’s swimming pool more than 60 times.

Foy says there’s no way the bill is accurate. He and wife, Louise Gritmon, had not even moved into their new home yet when the water usage allegedly occurred.

“This is not a very warm welcome from Pasco County,” said Foy, who just moved here from New York.

The couple paid another $190 to have the county test their meter, and the county says it’s working fine. Doug Tobin, spokesman for the county, says the meter is correct and the water went through the pipes.

He says perhaps there was an open faucet. The county is sticking to the bill and offered the couple a payment plan.

Tobin says the county’s professionals say 23 gallons of water a minute could pass through an open faucet.

“Once the water passes through the meter, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility.”

That doesn’t sit well to Gritmon.

“Every hour on the hour for 19 days around the clock, this water was coming out, and it wasn’t at a steady pace,” she said.

 

Man stole cellphone, tried to sell it back to victim

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Dumb,Really Dumb,Robbers,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:27 pm

A Palmetto man was charged with theft and dealing in stolen property Sunday, according to the Palmetto Police Department.

Willie Ray Robinson, 36, was arrested at 6:12 p.m. at his home. An hour prior, a report states that Robinson was caught on video camera taking the victim’s cell phone from the counter of a store at 920 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. He was seen placing it in his pocket before leaving and going home.

According to a report, the victim used her mother’s phone to try to contact Robinson. Robinson did not answer the calls but responded via text. According to police, he agreed to sell the phone back to her for $50, which is the amount he said he paid for the phone. He later confessed to the crime.

Robinson was being held in Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $7,620, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website.

 

Granny sentenced for coaxing granddaughter to steal donation jar

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Disgusting,Dumb,Fraud,Really Dumb,Robbers,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:25 pm

sfl-flduh-granny-donation-jar-20140929-001The woman who used her granddaughter to steal a donation jar from a store will spend some time behind bars. A judge sentenced Rhonda Allen to 18 months in prison Monday.

Surveillance video from a store in Plant City showed Allen coaxing her granddaughter to steal the jar right off the counter.

Those donations were meant for a 15-year-old girl who was battling lupus.

Allen was emotional during her sentencing. She told the judge she had relapsed and started doing drugs again.

She said she regrets everyday what she put her granddaughter through.

“How could I have done this to my granddaughter? I’m sorry, I’m upset, but its killing me. My grandbabies are my life and I don’t really care what’s gonna happen,” she told the judge. “It’s already done and I’m very sorry and I’ve talked to the victim and I’ve told her how very sorry I am.”

Allen had a history of prostitution and theft, which factored into her sentencing.

 

Cancelled: Redneck Christmas Parade is too “trashy,” organizers say September 26, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Funny,Really Dumb,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:41 pm

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Say it ain’t so: another tradition bites the dust in the Sunshine State.

Guess they’re dreaming of a more pristine, white Christmas.

Organizers have put the kibosh on their Redneck Christmas Parade, a Panhandle holiday tradition for nearly 20-years in Chumuckla, reports The Lakeland Ledger.

There were John Deeres, beer, cussing, beer, camouflage, beer — and one parade-goer remembers a float with a man atop a Port-a-potty — and more beer, according to The Ledger.

 

 
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