The Bizarre World of Florida

Mom On Crack Binge Gives Birth In Motel Bathtub, Chews Through Umbilical Cord April 16, 2014

A premature baby born Friday night in a motel bathtub after his mother said she went on a crack cocaine binge remains in critical condition on a ventilator at UF Heatlh Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the baby and his 11-month-old brother, DCF spokeswoman Kristi Gray said. The baby’s brother has been placed in foster care.

Chrystal-Hassell-125x188Their 37-year-old mother, Chrystal A. Hassell, is on suicide watch at the Marion County Jail, meaning she is under constant supervision. She faces a charge of child neglect. She will be evaluated by medical professionals and will get whatever assistance she needs, Gray said, and the agency will work with her.

On Saturday, hours after her arrest, Hassell said she has been using drugs since she was a teenager, including while pregnant. She said she has a 16-year-old daughter who was born addicted to drugs. She said she did not know she was pregnant with her third child until early March when she felt movement in her stomach. She went to Munroe Regional Medical Center for a checkup and was told she was approximately six to seven months pregnant.

Hassell said she decided not to smoke crack but the cravings were too great. The day before her baby was born, she went on a binge. She said she had the child in a bathtub at Vacation Host Inn on South Pine Avenue and cut the umbilical cord with her teeth. She said the baby began turning blue so she called 911.

Vincent Terry, 43, the father of the baby and his brother, is at the Marion County Jail on a warrant out of El Pasco County, Colo., for domestic violence, attempted murder and a violation of probation on possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Terry said Tuesday during an interview at the jail that he did not know his girlfriend was abusing drugs for 24 hours before their baby was born. He said she told him she was tired and wanted to lie down.

“I knew she had a history of doing drugs, but not that she was doing drugs. She just found out she was pregnant,” he said.

Terry said he and Hassell attended a court hearing Tuesday to determine the status of their two children. He said his family provided the names of immediate family members whom the children can stay with and that DCF officials plan to do background checks to see if they qualify to take care of them.

Though no case plan has been arranged, Vincent said they should be able to have visitation with the children but that will depend on the outcome of their cases as well what kinds of programs they have to complete.

Terry said they have settled on a name for the baby, which he would not reveal, and that someone from the hospital is supposed to call and get the name so they can sign the birth certificate.

As for the charges he faces, Terry said he was not aware of the attempted murder and domestic violence charges and he thought his probation had ended on the drug possession charge. He said he has signed extradition papers and will go to Colorado to face the charges.

Terry said he and his girlfriend have several problems facing them, such as finding a place to live, but that he is looking forward to a life with Hassell and believes they can overcome any obstacle.

“Of course we’re going to stay together. My kids are here. She’s not a bad person. She just got a problem and, together, we’ll fight it,” he said.


If you’re going to burglarize a business, it’s probably best not to follow them on Instagram

A Boca Raton e-cigarette burglar was “immediately” identified when the victim told police the suspect follows his business on Instagram, according to a Boca Raton Police arrest report.

An owner of Florida E-cigs and Vapes at 281 N. Dixie Highway, watched surveillance video of a burglar throwing a brick through the front door and stealing about $2,000 worth of e-cigarettes and juice used in the cigarettes on Sunday.

fl-boca-instagram-burglar-20140415-001The owner said he recognized the burglar as Tanner Bradshaw, 18, of Boca Raton, a regular customer and one of nearly 350 followers the business has on Instagram, according to the report.

A photo of Bradshaw’s driver’s license is one of 80 photos on his Instagram account.

Police found Bradshaw on Monday at about 5 p.m. near Palmetto Park Road and Southwest Third Street with products stolen from Florida E-Cigarettes.

Bradshaw told police he has a narcotics addiction and is remorseful, according to the report.

He faces burglary and grand theft charges and remains in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.


Coast Guard calls $300 million cocaine haul the biggest in Coast Guard history

Filed under: Amazing,Drugs,Interesting,OK Then .....,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 7:20 pm

chinews-110m-in-cocaine-to-be-off-l-20140415More than 7,000 pounds of cocaine that might have fetched $300 million or more on the streets of the U.S. instead were piled high on a Coast Guard dock in Miami Beach on Tuesday, the result of two separate drug seizures in the Caribbean Sea.

“It is one of the larger hauls the Coast Guard has brought in, in recent memory,” said Lt. J.G. Meaghan Gies at a press conference in Miami Beach. “The main goal of the Coast Guard is to stop this bulk contraband, this cocaine, from [contributing] to the crime and violence of South Florida.”

sfl-coast-guard-seizes-cocaine-pictures-20140415The 127 bales of drugs, brought to port by the Coast Guard Cutter Legare, were confiscated in recent weeks.

In the first drug seizure, a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Glace Bay on March 15 boarded a suspect fishing boat and found no drugs aboard. After boarding and searching the vessel, the boat caught fire, officials said.

The Coast Guard rescued six crew members without injury. They were identified as three Colombians, two Venezuelans and one Panamanian, the Coast Guard said.

While en route to Jamaica, where the crew was to be put ashore, the Glace Bay came across 97 bales of cocaine floating in the water, officials said.

It was unclear if those drugs came from the fishing vessel, and thus no charges were filed against those on board, officials said.

On March 19, the Coast Guard Cutter Legare tried to stop a go-fast boat in the Western Caribbean between Colombia and Honduras, Gies said. An armed helicopter aboard the 270-foot cutter was launched, and the crew fired warning shots from a 50-caliber machine gun to stop the vessel.

When the boat kept going, the helicopter crew fired another volley, disabling the vessel’s engine. Those aboard began to jettison the 30 bales of drugs aboard, officials said.

The drugs were recovered and the five Colombians found aboard were turned over to Colombian authorities for prosecution, the Coast Guard said.

Despite the two recent drug seizures, interdictions of drug smugglers’ shipments in the Caribbean are down so far this fiscal year compared with previous years, evidence of what officials say are fewer available resources due to budget cuts.

The budget cuts known as sequestration have reduced by nearly a third the Coast Guard’s air and surface operations meant to intercept drugs, Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Diaz said Tuesday from Washington.

Despite good intelligence on drug smugglers’ activities, only about 25 percent of known cocaine shipments heading north from South America now are getting stopped, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp said in an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune last month.

Normally, the Coast Guard interdicts about half the northbound drugs, he said.

“We want to take out the big loads of cocaine,” Papp said in the interview. “You need those big offshore ships to go down there, but they’re very expensive to run.”

Both interdictions in March were part of Operation Martillo, an international operation conducted by the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and law enforcement agencies of other nations.

Coast Guard drug seizures

First six months of Fiscal Year 2014, which began Oct. 1: 14,756 drug kilos seized, worth $492 million wholesale.

Fiscal Year 2013: 53,200 kilos seized, worth an estimated $1.8 billion wholesale.

Fiscal Year 2012: 75,700 kilos seized, with an estimated $2.5 billion wholesale.

— Coast Guard figures


Teacher blew a .27 two hours after she was pulled over .. on her way to school at 7:00 a.m.

0416_nclo_vaughn_nancy_t120A high school teacher was arrested and charged with driving under the influence while on her way to school on a Monday morning.

Nancy Vaughn, a 57-year-old reading teacher at a high school in Estero, Fla., was pulled over shortly before 7 a.m. after the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car driving erratically near the school, swerving in and out of lanes. Vaughn denied being under the influence of any substances and stated that she was on her way to work.

However, when Vaughn failed a field sobriety test, the officer arrested her on suspicion of DUI. She ended up having Breathalyzer test readings of 0.26 and 0.27, more than three times the legal limit, when she was tested about two hours later, reported the Naples Daily News.

Vaughn is on probation related to a May 2013 DUI to which she pleaded no contest. She received one year county probation and a one-year license revocation as part of her plea agreement, though she was allowed to drive to and from work.


Victoria’s Secret? Stealing credit card information

os-alexander-sundeman-sanchez-picture-20140415A clerk at an Orlando Victoria’s Secret outlet store used a skimmer to steal tourists’ credit-card information and then sell it, federal prosecutors allege.

Between Nov. 29 and April 3, the woman hid the skimmer under her skirt at Orlando Premium Outlets on International Drive and swiped customers’ cards before running them through the cash register, according to court documents.

The woman, whose name is not revealed in court documents, was paid $500 whenever a felon named Alexander Sundeman Sanchez, downloaded card numbers from the device, records show.

“I forgot to tell u i really only want foreigners and tourists,” Sanchez texted the woman, according to court documents.

Sanchez, 29, picked up the skimmer once a week for several months, records state. When he moved to Tampa, Neftali Oquendo, 27, of Orlando began retrieving it, documents state.

Both men were arrested last week on fraud charges.

A confidential source told the U.S. Attorney’s Office about the operation. The U.S. Secret Service investigated.

Sanchez in March was sentenced to two years’ probation for gun, marijuana and drug-paraphernalia convictions.

Oquendo was convicted in 2008 of petty theft.


Woman with heroin, needles arrested after leaving $50 at gas station

Accidently leaving a $50 bill on a gas-station counter was the least of one woman’s concerns Tuesday morning.

sfl-flduh-drug-gas-station-20140415-001Christina Hines, 30, had heroin and hypodermic needles in her Honda and was driving on a suspended license. And ever since she left the gas station, a patrol car had been on her tail.

That’s because the deputy simply wanted to do a good deed by returning the cash. Hines was arrested after leading officers on a pursuit and speeding over a tire-flattening device near U.S. Highway 17-92 and State Road 436, a report said.

She is being held in the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford on charges of resisting an officer, heroin possession, driving while license suspended and possession of drug-use equipment.

The incident started around 3 a.m. at a gas station on S.R. 436 in Casselberry, a report said.

A deputy saw a clerk run out after Hines after she left the bill. But she drove off without the cash.

The deputy went after Hines, caught up with her, ran her tags and turned on his patrol lights, prompting her to drive away and sparking the pursuit.


‘Blood moon’ teens toked on pot bong on school rooftop pocket-dialed 911

Filed under: Drugs,Really Dumb,Bad Luck,WTF?,Controversy,Dumb,Funny,Stupid,OK Then ..... — floridaduh @ 7:00 pm

Tsfl-flduh-blood-moom-20140415-001hey could see a red glow over the Ocala school.

But it wasn’t the ‘blood moon” that crossed the Earth’s shadow early today.

It was the flame from a lighter three teens were using to fire up a bong during a total-lunar eclipse party.

Was the bust the result of some epic celestial bummer? You decide.

Deputies were tipped off when one of the kids pocket-dialed 911.

The teens, ages 15 to 16, were arrested after they were found on the roof of Horizon Academy at 365 Marion Oaks Drive just after 1 a.m.

“Apparently, the teenagers were on the rooftop to watch the lunar blood moon eclipse,” Judge Cochran, a spokesman for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement.

A report said deputies “could see three people smoking what appeared to be some sort of bong and passing the object between each other. Plus, deputies could see a glow from a lighter.”

Deputies found a homemade marijuana smoking pipe and marijuana inside a plastic container.

All three teens are facing these misdemeanor charges: trespassing on school grounds, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession not more than 20 grams.

Patrol units responded to a 911 hang-up from the school campus just after 1 a.m.

“One of the juvenile defendants may have pocket-dialed a cell phone and called 911,” Cochran added.


Just a little friendly advice: When you’re hammered, please leave the ax alone

sfl-flduh-axing-for-trouble-20140415-001It was about 4 a.m. April 5, and it wasn’t the first time Port St. Lucie police had been to Jesse Little’s home on Southwest Burlington Street.

In fact, an officer reported knowing of the address because of repeated calls regarding Little “constantly drunk in his yard” stirring up trouble with his fiancée and neighbors, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.

Little, 28, hadn’t violated any laws the first time the officer went there, but this time apparently would be different.

Little’s fiancée told police Little damaged the walls of the rental home and took an ax to the landlord’s washer and dryer.

She also said Little kept drinking liquor he took from a neighbor’s residence “and had been yelling curses while walking up and down the street.”

The fiancée reported Little knew police were coming, saying he raced inside to pretend to be asleep.

She pointed out a big ax, an edged implement used by lumberjacks in felling trees, on the garage floor. Police saw holes in the drywall and “heavy denting” on the washer and dryer.

Investigators found Little in bed, where he appeared to be faking slumber.

Described as “obviously intoxicated,” Little said he’d been imbibing all night.

Police took Little to the hospital for medical clearance, where he is quoted as telling an officer, “I’m gonna have the Outlaws pay you a visit. You will be over by morning.”

On the way to jail, Little demanded the officer pull over and let him out.

“If you don’t you’ll be (sexual intercoursed) up by the morning, before you even know it!” the affidavit states.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the officer was “(sexual intercoursed) up by the morning.”

Little, of the 2000 block of Southwest Burlington Street in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on charges including criminal mischief and corruption by threat on a public servant.


Burglar takes shower and steals lunch meat April 15, 2014

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Funny,OK Then .....,Robbers,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:10 pm

A Boynton Beach woman said a burglar took a shower and some lunch meat, according to Boynton Beach Police.

The break-in happened on the 3000 block of Southeast Second Street on Friday. The woman said the burglar broke in through a window, then unlocked several doors in the home.

Police collected a blood sample at the scene and then talked to the woman.

She also told police lunch meat was taken from the refrigerator and the shower stall was wet.


Teacher Fired for Orchestrating Attack on Seventh Grade Student

teacherAfter Florida teacher Dru Dehart got into an argument with seventh-grade student Radravious Williams, Dehart allegedly ordered a pack of older teens to attack Williams.

Dehart, who claims that Williams threatened her, is a veteran teacher at Northport K-8 School in Port St. Lucie.

Security camera footage from inside the school shows Dehart pointing to Williams and walking away. Mere moments later, a group of boys surrounds the teen and assaults him.

As the boys beat him up, Williams falls to the floor. The attack left him injured and traumatized.

Dehart was suspended without pay last fall.

On Thursday, after half an hour’s deliberation, the county’s school board came to the unanimous decision to fire Dehart.

David Miklas, a school district representative, said that Dehart “made a very poor decision that day” in using “students to carry out discipline.”



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