The Bizarre World of Florida

Welcome to college … Your room assignment is in a bathroom or closet July 22, 2014

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Funny,OK Then .....,Silly,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:36 pm

At least two students planning to live at UCF this fall were surprised to learn recently that they were mistakenly assigned to live in a bathroom or closet, according to the student publication KnightNews.com.

ucf-housing-bathroom-dorm-mistakeIncoming freshman Ashlyn TenBieg told KnightNews.com that she became concerned because she had received a room assignment from the University of Central Florida but no information about roommates. When she called the school, someone in the campus housing department gave her some puzzling news.

“[She] told me that they mistakenly placed me in a bathroom and that I will get a new assignment,” TenBieg told KnightNews.com.

UCF spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin told the Orlando Sentinel that a “handful” of students planning to live in the new Neptune housing community were assigned to rooms that do not exist. She blamed a computer-programming glitch.

Gilmartin said those students’ room assignments have been corrected. No student actually moved into a bathroom or closet, she said. Most students won’t move into their campus dorm rooms and apartments until mid-August.

“It’s completely fixed and this won’t happen again,” Gilmartin said.


Goldilocks bandit fell asleep in stranger’s hotel room

Filed under: Robbers,Bizzarre,WTF?,Dumb,Stupid,OK Then ..... — floridaduh @ 1:32 pm

A 27-year-old man is accused of sleeping in a couple’s hotel room and taking one of the woman’s shirts and some cash before leaving.

sfl-flduh-srangers-hotel-room-20140721-001Police responded to Crestview Inn on June 28, according to the arrest report. A couple told the officer that they had arrived at their hotel room to find the door open and a man, later identified as Stefen Michael Kessler, asleep in their bed.

The room was in disrepair and their luggage was unzipped, the report said. The man woke Kessler up and asked why he was in the couple’s room.

Kessler jumped out of the bed, said he was in the wrong room and left wearing one of the woman’s shirts, according to the report. Kessler then went into the next room, gathered up his things and left with two females.

The man wrote down the make, model and license plate of the car, the report said. After Kessler left, the man found that $80 to $90 was missing from his luggage, as well as two keys for his out-of-town residence.

He found an unlabeled bottle of pills with 75 Xanax tablets that didn’t belong to the couple, which he gave to police, according to the report. He gave police a description of Kessler.

Police checked the hotel registry and located the woman that Kessler’s room had been rented to, the report said. The car Kessler had left in was parked in the driveway.

When the officer spoke to Kessler, Kessler said he was confused about the room and was so tired he just went to sleep, according to the report. He admitted he’d been in the room for several hours and had taken his clothes off to get comfortable.

He said he didn’t take anything from the room, but later said he’d worn a woman’s shirt out of the room and left it in the room he was supposed to be in, the report said. After he was arrested, $929 was found on his person.

When police said the money would be placed in evidence because of the theft, Kessler asked if officers could just return $90 to the couple and let him have the rest for bond, the report said.

Kessler is charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and theft.


Man charged with calling 911 twice because he couldn’t lock door

Filed under: Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF?,Dumb,Funny — floridaduh @ 1:30 pm

A Bradenton man was charged with resisting arrest without violence and misuse of the 911 system after deputies say he called 911 twice for a non-emergency reason, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

open doorsMark L. Sharon, 55, was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Monday. According to a report, deputies arrived at Sharon’s home along 116th Street West in Bradenton, after he called 911 because he couldn’t lock his door.

A deputy described him as “uncooperative” during their conversation and told Sharon that he misused the 911 system and would be arrested if he calls for a non-emergency reason. Sharon appeared heavily intoxicated, according to a report.

Less than an hour later, deputies say Sharon called 911 again and told the dispatcher: “Thank you very much, they sent them here pounding on my door.” According to a report, deputies arrived at his home again and saw that there was no emergency. They tried to arrest Sharon, who tried to flee. He was eventually handcuffed and transported to jail.

Sharon was being held on bonds totaling $1,000.



Woman abused 911 system multiple times … alcohol may have been involved

Filed under: Alcohol,Controversy,Disrespectful,Drunk,Dumb,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:27 pm

A woman was arrested early Sunday morning after she was accused of abusing the 911 system.

sfl-flduh-911-club-20140721-001Laurel Berryman, 44, was at the House of Blues nightclub Saturday night when she became intoxicated and caused disturbances inside the club, deputies said.

Berryman was ordered by security staff to leave, but moments later she returned and attempted to re-enter the night club.

An off-duty deputy from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office then told Berryman repeatedly that she had to leave and was not allowed to return, but Berryman refused each time, according to deputies. The deputy escorted her off the House of Blues property, but she returned again.

According to the arrest affidavit, Berryman was speaking to someone on her cellphone when she returned the second time, telling them she wanted another officer on the scene.

It became evident to the deputy that Berryman was calling 911 and asking them to send a new deputy to the scene. The deputy told Berryman she could not call 911 for non-emergency issues, but Berryman kept calling, deputies said.

Dispatchers told the officer Berryman had called a total of four times within the span of 30 minutes.

Berryman was arrested, taken to the Orange County Jail and charged with misuse of the 911 and E911 telecommunications system. She has since bonded out.


Man Caught In The Act Of Molesting Child Gets Severe Beatdown July 21, 2014

A father who walked in on a man allegedly sexually assaulting his 11-year-old son beat the man to a pulp before calling police to say they could come collect him from a ‘bloody puddle’ on his floor.

Raymond-FrolanderThe 35-year-old man, who has not been identified, told a 911 dispatcher in the early hours of Friday: ‘I just walked in on a grown man molesting [name redacted]. And I got him in a bloody puddle for you right now, officer.’

Police arrived at the Daytona Beach home in Florida to find Raymond Frolander, 18, unconscious.

When the 911 responder asked the father if any weapons were involved, he said: ‘My foot and my fist’.

‘He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you, I dragged him into the living room,’ the father said. ‘Send an ambulance. He is going to need one.’

The dispatcher asked: ‘Is he still unconscious?’ to which the father responds: ‘Yes… I hit hard, sir.’

He said that Frolander was a ‘damn lucky boy that I love my God’.

The father added: ‘He stood up and his pants were around his ankles and nothing else needed to be said. I did whatever I got a right to do except I didn’t kill him.’

The father had left his home around 1am to pick up some food and when he returned, heard a strange noise coming from the bedroom, police said.

He pushed open the door and allegedly found Frolander with his pants down performing a sex act on the child.

The boy told investigators he had been playing video games with friends but when they left, Frolander took him to a back room and pulled down his pants. He also said Frolander had been abusing him for three years.

Daytona Beach police chief Michael Chitwood told MailOnline today that Frolander had a close family connection to the alleged victim.

The chief said the young boy was intimidated and told by Frolander that terrible things would happen if he revealed the abuse.

Chief Chitwood said: ‘He’s 11 years old, he should be running around outside and playing video games, not dealing with something like this.’

He earlier told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that the father was ‘just acting like a dad’.

The father was not charged in the suspect’s beating, police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.

Frolander was taken to Halifax Heath Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

The arrest affidavit said that Frolander admitted the abuse.

The teen was charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 and is being held without bail. It was not known whether he’s hired a lawyer.


What’s the best state in America? Florida, for its roads and bridges

Filed under: Beautiful,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:34 pm

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The nation’s roads and bridges aren’t in good shape. Twenty-five percent of bridges are rated deficient or obsolete. Fourteen percent of roads are in poor condition. And if Congress can’t reach a deal on the Highway Trust Fund soon, repair work will grind to a halt by early August, the White House says.

But amid the potholes and crumbling pylons, one state stands out: Florida ranks near the top in nearly every measure of road transportation.

Just 4 percent of the Sunshine State’s roads are in disrepair, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Seventeen percent of the bridges in Florida are obsolete or deficient. In both cases, only a handful of states — Utah and Nevada chief among them — rank higher. The quality of Florida’s roads means drivers there pay less to maintain their vehicles, about $181 per year, than those in any other state.

Part of what sets Florida apart, according to transportation policy experts, is that it has a system of tolls, user fees and taxes that ensures infrastructure funding keeps flowing.

Gas taxes in Florida, the 11th-highest in the country, add about 36 cents to the cost of a gallon of fuel, the American Petroleum Institute reports. The state’s gas tax adjusts each year based on inflation, said Jeffrey Brown, chairman of the department of urban and regional planning at Florida State University. So do tolls and user fees, which are higher in Florida than in all but five other states.

That means Florida gets most of its transportation money, 68.8 percent, not from a general fund but from dedicated revenue streams. Only Delaware and Hawaii get higher shares of their transportation revenue from dedicated funding. Those who use the roads are the ones paying to maintain them.

Weather is also a factor in maintaining roads, said Ruth Steiner, a transportation specialist in the University of Florida’s department of urban and regional planning. Warmer winters in Florida mean fewer freezes, which make concrete or asphalt expand, contract and crack. No wonder, then, that most of the states with the worst roads are in snowier climes: More than 40 percent of roads in Rhode Island and Connecticut are in poor condition, and at least 20 percent are in bad shape in Maryland, Michigan, Wisconsin, Washington, New York and New Jersey.

That costs drivers in those states some serious cash. The civil engineers’ group estimates that drivers pay more than $500 a year, on average, to repair and operate their vehicles in the nine states with the worst road conditions.

So this winter, more residents of the Northeast and the Midwest might consider decamping to sunny Florida, where their cars will have an easier time on some of the country’s best roads.


The ‘truth’ about Florida amusement parks

Filed under: Interesting,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:32 pm

A man whose fingertips were severed aboard Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean this month made international news. Three months before that, it turns out, a 12-year-old boy lacerated four fingers on the same ride.

disney-worldThe incident involving the boy was one of a dozen significant injuries Walt Disney World reported to the state last week for the second quarter of 2014. Universal Orlando reported four injuries during the April-through-June time period.

Disney would not provide further details.

Five of Disney’s incidents, including the one involving the 12-year-old boy, were at the Magic Kingdom. Disney also reported that an 8-year-old girl briefly lost consciousness on Magic Carpets of Aladdin; a 64-year-old woman fell and fractured her fibula while exiting a vehicle at Tomorrowland Indy Speedway; a 68-year-old man fell exiting the Astro Orbiter and developed a blood clot in his leg; and a 72-year-old woman with a pre-existing condition briefly lost consciousness and fell after leaving Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Three Disney injuries stemmed from Epcot’s Mission: SPACE. Disney reported a 70-year-old woman complained of chest pain; a 58-year-old man with a pre-existing condition felt tightness in his chest and nausea; and a 54-year-old woman complained of motion sickness.

Also at Epcot, a 62-year-old woman fell on the walkway and injured her knee at the Seas with Nemo & Friends and a 51-year-old woman experienced nausea, dizziness and shortness of breath on Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

In other Disney areas, a 68-year-old woman with a pre-existing condition felt tightness in her chest on Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom, and a 44-year-old man fractured his leg on Mayday Falls at Typhoon Lagoon.

At Universal, a 43-year-old woman complained of head and neck pain on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. A 61-year-old man felt weak after E.T. Adventure. A 15-year-old boy had “lowered level consciousness” on Revenge of the Mummy and an 18-year-old man experienced chest pain on the ride.

It was the fourth straight quarter in which Disney and Universal Orlando were the only parks to report significant injuries. SeaWorld, Wet ‘n Wild, Busch Gardens and Legoland reported no injuries.

The voluntary reports are part of an agreement the theme parks have struck with the state, which has exempted them from public ride-safety regulation. The parks are required to report injuries that occur on a ride and result in an immediate hospital stay of more than 24 hours.

SeaWorld retooling global tours

SeaWorld is postponing an “Excursions” global tour program it was about to start.

There were no bookings for upcoming trips to Alaska and Africa with animal experts from its parks as guides.

SeaWorld expects to relaunch the program next month with a new name, website and brochure. It is planning an October trip to Churchill, Canada.

Mall developer to unveil plans

Developer Abdul Mathin says he will hold a press conference early next month to discuss his plans for a massive new mall and hotel he has proposed for northern end of International Drive.

The plan, called the iSquare Mall & Hotel, got approval last week from Orlando’s planning board, after Mathin agreed to trim the height of the structure from 31 to 26 stories and reduce the total number of rooms from more than 1,200 rooms to more than 700. The proposal has yet to go before the Orlando City Council.

Mathin has proposed a multilevel shopping mall and a luxury hotel that, if built, would instantly become a landmark on North I-Drive. It would include meeting space, an ice-skating rink, a food court and restaurants. Mathin has said the project would cost $300 million to $400 million and would cater to wealthy travelers. The project would replace the International Shoppes strip mall a the southeast corner of I-Drive and Kirkman Road. Mathin’s company owns that property.

Mathin said the money is place to move forward but that he may take on investors. Mathin heads the BlackMINE Group, an international real-estate development and investment firm.

Iger chosen CEO of the year

Chief Executive magazine last week named Bob Iger of The Walt Disney Co. as 2014′s CEO of the year.

The sixth CEO in Disney’s history, Iger, “transformed the organization into a profit-making powerhouse,” the magazine said in a press release.


Now Florida is making laws against … sign spinners!

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Interesting,Really Dumb,Silly,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:27 pm

Standing in medians or on street corners with business signs in hand and smiles on their faces, many of us have seen sign spinners in cities all across the U.S.

1405741883000-sign-guytravisA Jacksonville disabled veteran says it’s a job he loves. But he recently came across a problem that has slowed down his ability to twirl signs to his own funky beat.

“Yesterday I actually got cited by code enforcement,” said Jeff Cappalletti who’s also known as the “Sign Guy.” “They said its an advertising sign and it’s against the code basically.”

There is a section of a St. Johns County ordinance that prohibits “Sign Walkers.” Cappelletti says he was a sign spinner in Jacksonville for three years but recently had to move St. Johns County. He assumed he would be able to continue doing a job that suits him well.

James Stewart with AAA Global Services employs Capelletti and other people who are disabled or find it difficult to enter into the work force.

He says he was shocked and disappointed after being contacted by the St. Johns County Code Enforcement office about the Prohibited Signs ordinance. So Stewart decided to take to the streets.

Dressed in a bright yellow chicken costume accompanied by a man in a green gumby suit and other sign guys, Stewart stood on the corner of 321 and US 1 in St. Johns County Friday afternoon, in protest.

“You can’t forget about the little guy who has served his country who has limited economic opportunity as far as employment,” said Stewart. “What do you say about him? What would you do if you were him?”

Cappelletti says he spent some time in the Navy and now has serious back problems. His doctors have given him a label he’s not comfortable with accepting. Cappelletti is disabled.

“I don’t want to just get a hand out from social security,” said Cappalletti. “I don’t want to just sit around and do nothing.”

The “Sign Guy” has learned there aren’t many jobs out there for disabled veterans but considers himself a part of the lucky few.

“I found out that I am good at sign spinning and people like me,” said Cappalletti.

The Prohibited Sign ordinance lists “sign walkers” as a violation. But the “Sign Guy” says he’s much more than that.

“I am not a walker I am a sign entertainer,” said Cappalletti. “Big difference!”

He was cited Thursday and says he could have received a $118 fine which would be a huge blow on his limited income.

FCN reached out to the Manager of the St. Johns County Code Enforcement, James Acosta and as of air time have not heard back.


Couple jailed after swiping $3 worth of booze

Filed under: Alcohol,Bad Luck,Dumb,Really Dumb,Robbers,Sad Story,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:23 pm

A 49-year-old Crestview man and his 51-year-old wife are accused of putting mini bottles of alcohol in their pockets in front of the store manager before walking out.

sfl-flduh-swiping-booze-20140718-001The store manager said Craig Van Aken and his wife, Lisa Davis, were in Cash’s Corner Pocket on Jan. 2, according to the arrest report. The store manager asked them if she could get them anything.

She said she saw the two looking at the loose mini bottles of liquor, which are $1.50 each, the report said. The manager said she saw Van Aken put two of the bottles in his pocket.

She said he gave one to Davis, but left when the manager started to question them about the bottles, according to the report. She said she knew them because they frequently came into the store.

The manager was able to identify both from photo line-ups, the report said. The two were arrested on June 25.

They are each charged with retail theft.


Man took photo up woman’s skirt at Wal-Mart, cops say July 20, 2014

handcuffs_generic_01-e1348525933359A 30-year-old man was arrested after he put his cellphone under a woman’s skirt at a Sanford Wal-Mart and took a photo, according to police.

Sanford police responded to the Wal-Mart on Rinehart Road around 11 a.m. Thursday for a report of a suspicious man. A Wal-Mart employee said he noticed the man, identified as John Henry Williams of Casselberry, following a woman and her young daughter.

“Williams looked around nervously, and then, with the use of his small black flip top Samsung phone, lunged low to the floor and placed the phone between the still unaware female’s legs (the victim was wearing an above the knee blue skirt),” the arrest affidavit stated.

He allegedly followed the woman to another aisle and did it again, police said. When an officer confronted Williams, he said it was a misunderstanding and had done nothing wrong. The victim said she noticed Williams following her but did not know what he was doing. Police say both incidents were caught on surveillance video. The cellphone was confiscated. Williams is charged with video voyeurism and is being held in the Seminole County jail.



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