The Bizarre World of Florida

Drunken man run over by own truck during road rage incident July 25, 2014

Filed under: Drunk,Bizzarre,WTF?,Controversy,Alcohol,Stupid,OK Then ..... — floridaduh @ 1:28 pm

A man who police say had been drinking was involved in a road rage incident during a downpour Tuesday evening and was injured when he was run over by his own pickup truck.

sfl-flduh-run-over-road-rage-20140724-001Joseph H. Carl, 48, 1012 NE 15th Place, drove his truck into the rear of a vehicle in front of him that was stopped at a traffic light at 2500 NW 43rd St. around 6:50 p.m., according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Carl then jumped out and began banging on the driver’s window and yelling at the woman inside, apparently neglecting to put his pickup into park.

The driver of the other vehicle was frightened and drove away, leaving nothing to hold back Carl’s Dodge 1500 truck.

The truck began to roll, and Carl, standing in front of the vehicle, put out his arms and tried to stop it, but it ran over him, the report said.

Police and paramedics arrived, but Carl refused medical treatment, the report said.

Carl was stumbling and had a strong odor of alcohol, police said. He told police he was coming from Live Oak and had had three beers. Inside the truck, police found an open and cool 16-oz. can of Miller High Life along with numerous other empty beer cans.

Carl told the officer that he does not drink and drive. When asked about the beer cans in his truck, he said he was only drinking while he drove home.

Carl failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. He refused to give a breath sample to police, and the report said that records showed that his driver’s license had been suspended in 1991 after he had refused to give a breath sample then.

He complained of his foot hurting and was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital, where he was treated for fractures in his foot and hand. He also was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal threshold for drunken driving in Florida.

Carl was arrested on charges of DUI and DUI with property damage.


Man reported fake murder to avoid speeding ticket, deputies say

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Fraud,OK Then .....,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:25 pm

A man is accused of calling 911 to say that a murder was about to take place, but West Melbourne authorities said the caller was just trying to get out of a traffic stop.

sfl-flduh-fake-murder-911-ticket-20140724-001Police said that Julius Lupowitz called 911 to report a murder in hopes that the officer who stopped him would respond to the priority call on Wingate Boulevard rather than write him a citation.

Lupowitz is heard in the call saying there was a man with a gun and that someone was going to get shot and then the call is disconnected.

“I see there’s a murder that’s going to happen, I swear, on Wingate, on Wingate. No, Wingate and Wickham. No, on Wingate and Hollywood, Wingate and Hollywood,” the man said in the call to 911. “I swear there’s going to be a murder any second. I swear there’s a man with a gun.  Please, I just called, it’s Wingate and Hollywood.”

The 911 operator received a second call from the same man, telling the same story. As the operator probed the caller for more information, he again disconnected the line.

A quick-thinking Brevard County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher did a search for prior incidents associated with the telephone number the 911 calls came from to find the phone belonged to Lupowitz. West Melbourne Police Officer Ted Salem was on the traffic stop when the 911 calls were received.

As he attempted to quickly end the stop to respond to the priority call, he overheard the dispatcher relay over the air that Lupowitz was the telephone owner.

“When she broadcast that information, our officer was standing at the door of Mr. Lupowitz’ vehicle and realized it was the same person making the 911 calls,” said Richard Cordeau, with the West Melbourne Police Department.

Police said Lupowitz would have only received a $209 speeding fine, but now, he faces a third-degree felony charge for misuse of the 911 system and he still received the citation. Police said that charge could land him in jail for up to five years if convicted.

Lupowitz was arrested later at his home without incident, police said.

“This incident needlessly tied up a critical component of public safety. The 911 system is intended for people who truly need help. In addition, these false calls created an unnecessary delay in our officers’ ability to respond to true emergencies,” said Lt. Cordeau of the West Melbourne Police Department.


Judge refuses to release a 551 pound man from house arrest July 24, 2014

Filed under: Funny,Interesting,Lawsuit,OK Then .....,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:51 pm

A 551-pound former pharmacist, confined to 30 months of house arrest for his role in a massive South Florida pill mill ring, now wants his sentence reduced.

sfl-judge-wont-free-551pound-man-from-house-arrest-20140723His argument: He’s too heavy to leave home anyway, so house arrest is unnecessary.

The federal judge who sentenced him, however, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra of West Palm Beach, was unmoved by that logic.

In a crisp order, Marra on Monday denied the request. “Defendant was spared a prison sentence, not as a favor to him, but in order to spare the Bureau of Prisons the burden of having to care for him,” the judge wrote.

Steven Goodman, 70, received the sentence in August 2012 for supplying more than 1 million oxycodone and other prescription pills to “pain management” clinics run by Wellington twins Christopher and Jeffrey George. The brothers are serving 14 and 15-and-a-half years respectively for disbursing illegal pills at clinics in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Wilton Manors.

Marra sentenced Goodman to confinement in his Treasure Island home near St. Petersburg because the prison system is ill-equipped to handle someone so large. He can’t dress or bathe himself, and prison beds wouldn’t accommodate him, the judge said. He’d also be exposed to unlimited portions of prison food, according to court records.

But in a 10-page request, Goodman’s attorney, Edward Page of Tampa, argued that the final seven months of his client’s house arrest should be nullified. “For Goodman, home confinement with electronic monitoring is both unnecessary and futile because his physical and medical condition effectively confines him to his home,” the lawyer wrote.

Goodman, he said, cannot fit in a car or public bathrooms, and has an extreme fear of falling. “His fear is so overwhelming, he just stays home rather than venturing out,” Page said. “Goodman spends most days in his bedroom in isolation.”

Except for hospital stays, religious ceremonies and his wedding to Judith Bartell, Goodman hasn’t left home since his sentencing. He suffers from a heart condition, sleep apnea and an incurable disease of the lymph system. His doctor has given him six to 12 months to live.

“Each day may be one of his last,” Page said.

Goodman also wants to visit Cincinnati, Ohio, to bid farewell to friends and family. “If the court eliminates the home confinement aspect of his sentence, Goodman can endeavor to do this,” Page said.

Marra questioned how, with Goodman’s limited mobility, he could travel to Ohio. And finally, the judge turned the argument for sentence reduction around on itself.

“If defendant’s health and obesity ‘effectively confines him to his home,’ then continuation of that restriction will not adversely affect him,” he ruled.


Man returns home from a two-day vacation to find a family living there because they fell for a real-estate scam

Filed under: Amazing,Bad Luck,Controversy,Fraud,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:49 pm

A South Florida renter came home to find people living inside his house but the family illegally squatting inside said they are not leaving.

The owner of the property on SW 5th street and 49th Avenue said his friend William Ruiz has been renting the house for the past two years and recently started to move out while the house was listed for short sale.

Ruiz went on vacation for two days and said when he came back, he found the locks on the house changed and strangers living inside using his belongings.

“They’re using his bed, his dining room table…all his ornaments,” said homeowner Luis Camayd over the phone.

The man who moved in with his pregnant wife and toddler didn’t want to be identified but said he was scammed by a phony realtor.

He said a lease agreement proves he paid $3,600 to live at the home.

The man, he said, he gave the cash to is no longer returning phone calls.

“I’m really stunned because the house was set to be sold already. I can’t sell the house until we get them out of there,” said Camayd.


Jail rain check? Man trespassed to avoid bad weather, say deputies

Filed under: Bad Luck,Controversy,Dumb,Stupid,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:45 pm

sfl-flduh-trespassed-weather-20140723-001A 60-year-old man was arrested for trespassing after going into a park he’d previously been told to leave, saying he was just trying to avoid the bad weather.

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy was conducting a security check at Laguna Park on July 19 when he noticed Ronald Dean Cordero, according to the arrest report. The deputy knew the Cordero wasn’t supposed to be in the park.

The deputy checked and found Cordero had a trespass warning from May 1, the report said. Cordero said he’d gone to the park to avoid the inclement weather.

He also said he knew about the trespass warning, but had believed it expired after 30 days, according to the report.

Cordero is charged with trespassing – failing to leave property upon order by the owner.


Brief encounters: Men in undies strip in eatery, steal meat

Filed under: Bizzarre,Dumb,Florida Nut,Fraud,Funny,Nudity,Really Dumb,Robbers,Silly,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:43 pm

1Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a group of men who broke into a local beachside restaurant in their underwear and took off with the makings for an early morning cookout. According to detectives, the men, all wearing nothing but their underwear, broke into Doc’s Beach House, located at 27908 Hickory Blvd., Bonita Springs, around 3 a.m. on Sunday, July 20. After roaming around the kitchen area, deputies say the men selected a case of 2amburgers and red bell peppers. However before leaving, the suspects were caught on video removing their underwear and walking around the kitchen nude. It appears the men fled on foot, beachside, headed towards the Collier County line, where the red peppers were found along the beach a few hours later.

Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the 3suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD. 


Man critically injured after being run over by street sweeper … he was the driver July 23, 2014

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:41 pm

A worker was seriously injured Tuesday morning in St. Petersburg after being run over by a street sweeper he was operating.

Street-sweeper-722According to St. Petersburg police, 54-year-old Mark John Tucker, of Tarpon Springs, suffered upper torso injuries in the accident at Jefferson Circle North and Fourth Street North. The accident happened just after 8 a.m. as the sweeper operator was attempting to get on the vehicle, police say.

The vehicle began to move as the man attempted to climb on, causing him to fall. The vehicle continued moving and ran over the man’s upper body.

Tucker was rushed to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with what appeared to be critical injuries, according to police.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident.



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