The Bizarre World of Florida

Satanists want to give out materials in public schools September 17, 2014

Filed under: Controversy,Interesting,Unusual,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:58 pm

sfl-flduh-satanists-materials-schools-20140916-001A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups.

The New York-based Satanist group hopes to use a distribution as a form of protest.

“If a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students, as is the case in Orange County, Florida, we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions,” said temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves.

The district has not received a formal request from the temple, but school officials say they reserve the right to review materials.

However, Orange has twice allowed a group called World Changers of Florida to distribute Bibles, and an atheist group gave out materials last year. In both cases, district counsel Woody Rodriguez said the pamphlets and books were being allowed to avoid a lawsuit.

The Satanic Temple, a relatively new group that supports social justice causes and believes Satan is the “eternal rebel against the ultimate tyrant,” wants to give out materials such as The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.

Greaves said the book contains information for students on protecting themselves from corporal punishment at school.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its local affiliate, the Central Florida Freethought Community, sued Orange schools last year after some of their materials were censored. The case was dismissed earlier this year when the school district agreed to allow all of the materials to be given out.

“They have no ability to keep out the Satanists and the literature they want to distribute unless they close the forum altogether,” said FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel.


Strolling drunken man fired AK-47 in neighborhood

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,Guns,Scary,Shooting,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 8:56 pm

A Deltona man told deputies he was trying to release some built-up anger Tuesday morning when he fired off multiple rounds from an AK-47 rifle while walking around his neighborhood, Volusia County deputies said.

sfl-flduh-drunken-man-ak-47-20140916-001Frederick Wenzel IV said he was upset because he’s 28 and had to move back in with his parents, so he drank several beers before taking a walk with his firearm in tow, according to a sheriff’s charging affidavit. Multiple residents of homes on Joyner Drive told deputies they could hear the gunshots and a man yelling about 5:30 a.m.

Wenzel said he never intended to hurt anyone, but he had thought about shooting at the K-9 officer he saw looking for him, according to the affidavit. Children who had arrived at school bus stops in the area were told to return home to ensure their safety.

Wenzel was arrested and charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, open carrying of weapons and carrying a concealed firearm, records show. He was being held later Tuesday at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.


Joy of yoga?? Man wanted for lewd act during yoga class

A 42-year-old registered sex offender spotted twice on Sunday in Jacksonville is wanted in connection with performing an unnatural and lascivious act at a San Marco yoga facility.

sfl-flduh-lewd-act-yoga-20140916-001Jacksonville police said that at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Joseph Jordan attended a yoga class in the Hendricks Avenue area and began masturbating during the class until he was confronted by the instructor and three male students.

Jordan was escorted out, police said. They said it was the first time he’s attended the yoga facility.

Police were able to identify it as Jordan because he used his real name when he signed up for the class.

“He filled out the form with a lot of his specific information,” said Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda. “Maybe couldn’t control himself once he was in there. … He wasn’t trying to hide, which causes us more concern.”

On Monday, the campus police at the University of North Florida sent out a warning about Jordan, who police said was found Sunday evening acting suspiciously outside the women’s bathroom at the Student Union, Building 58W.

A UNF spokeswoman said UNF police talked with Jordan, he answered all their questions and even waited around while JSO and the State Attorney’s Office responded, but since he didn’t commit any crime on campus, he was let go.

“I can tell you when we had him on our campus, he told our police officers that he was going to be leaving town, the state,” said UNF spokeswoman Sharon Ashton. “We really thought that was the last we’d see of him, but at that point we didn’t know about the incident at the yoga studio earlier that day.”

Ashton said the university has 17 different ways to communicate and emergency to students, faculty and staff, and officials base their method of delivery on the severity of the case. In the case of Jordan, an email was sent.

“He didn’t commit a crime on our campus, so we couldn’t do anything about it,” Ashton said. “But we felt the need to notify the campus community, as we typically do, to say, ‘Be aware. Be on the lookout for. If you feel uncomfortable, you can always call for an escort.’”

On Monday, police connected Jordan to the yoga incident and obtained an arrest warrant. They then posted Jordan’s mugshot and information online on the JSO Facebook page.

News4Jax crime and safety expert Gil Smith said Facebook and Twitter are proven tools in apprehending criminals.

“Not just with JSO, but throughout law enforcement, some have noticed a 50 percent increase in actually catching these suspects who are wanted by police, because people are watching these sites,” Smith said.

As for Jordan’s history, JSO said he was released from jail on Sept. 3 and was on probation for lewd and lascivious acts on a minor. The Florida sexual offender website shows Jordan registered his address as a home in Dayton, Ohio, the same day he was released.

Under Florida law, convicted sexual offenders are allowed on college campuses. The UNF alert reminded people on campus to lock their doors, don’t walk alone and to report any suspicious activity on one of the campus emergency phones.

Jordan was described as a black man, 6 feet 3 inches tall and 180 pounds. Police said Jordan should be considered dangerous.

“We’re very concerned. We want to let the community to know that this has occurred, we want them to see his picture, we want them to know what he looks like,” Bujeda said. “If anyone knows his whereabouts, we want them to call police right away.”


Woman bodybuilder dubbed “Little Monster” freaks out at party September 16, 2014

Dani Reardon screamed when police arrived.

sfl-flduh-bodybuilder-little-monster-20140915-001Then the award-winning female bodybuilder, described online as “jacked, vascular, & ripped,” cracked the windshield of her boyfriend’s pickup with a kick, police said.

Later, the 24-year-old slammed her head repeatedly into the cage of an Edgewood patrol vehicle as she was taken to the Orange County Jail, a report said.

Reardon — whose body reeked of alcohol — was charged with resisting arrest without violence and battery (domestic violence) early Sunday, police said.

The alleged victim was her live-in boyfriend of three years, Ian Schofield, who said he didn’t want to press charges.

Reardon, also known online as “Little Monstar” is a pro competitor for the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, meaning she’s won at least one regional contest in a specific weight class.

That happened in November 2012, when she was declared a Class A Winner at the National Physique Committee competition in Atlanta.

“Danielle has very pretty lines,” the judges said, according to the NPC website. “She needs to improve her conditioning at the next level.”

On her website, Reardon expresses her love for posing and optimism for the future, saying she is on her way to the “big stage.” But she went to the big house after police got a disturbance call just before 2 a.m. Sunday in Edgewood, south of downtown Orlando, at a house on Oak Lynn Drive.


911: Have food, no fridge, man repeatedly tells dispatches

A 60-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is charged with calling 911 eight times in two hours to complain that he had food but no refrigerator.

sfl-flduh-911-fridge-20140915-001Fort Walton Beach Police officers were called to the Chestnut Avenue residence on Sept. 5, according to the arrest report. Richard Wild had called 911 because he was “upset because he has food and not fridge.”

He told the county operator that his phone only dialed 911, so he was going to keep calling, the report said. When the officers got to Wild’s apartment, he said he called 911 because he was upset that the property manager for his apartment had not installed a refrigerator in his unit.

He said he was aware it was not an emergency but “defiantly” said he didn’t care, according to the report. He said he would keep calling 911 until he “received satisfaction” with his complaint about the landlord.

He admitted that he knew it was a civil matter and the police couldn’t do anything, the report said. His call log showed that he had called 911 eight separate times between 12:45 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.

He admitted that none of the calls were emergencies, according to the report.

Wild is charged with misuse of 911.


Homeowner knocks intruder out window, then saves his life

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dumb,Scary,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 12:58 pm

A suspected burglar is in the hospital after nearly killing himself while trying to break into a Port St. Lucie home — and the homeowner is credited with helping to save his life.

sfl-flduh-intruder-window-first-aid-20140915-001Port St. Lucie police were called to the 1600 block of SW Penrose Avenue on Sunday, Sept. 14 around 7:30 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the homeowner holding a towel to the burglar’s leg, trying to stop the bleeding.

Police said 25-year-old David Scott Boyd severely cut his leg on glass while trying to break into the home.

Investigators said Boyd stopped at the house while walking home from a friend’s place and started screaming and banging on the front door. When Boyd couldn’t get in, he broke the front window and tried to crawl through it.

The homeowner hit Boyd with a 2×2 piece of wood in an effort to stop him and protect his family. That’s when the homeowner noticed Boyd had a large cut on his leg and came to his rescue; putting pressure on the wound with a towel.

Boyd was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he remains in serious condition.

The homeowner told police he had never met or seen Boyd prior to the break-in and also told police Boyd rambled about his family being kidnapped and he had to kill the homeowner’s family.

Port St. Lucie police went to Boyd’s house and discovered Boyd’s story was complete fiction.

Boyd was not immediately arrested, but faces charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling once he’s released from the hospital.


BUSted! Bus driver tried to pick up hooker while on duty

Just a quick pit stop.

A Florida bus driver is accused of trying to pick up a prostitute while on duty, WFLA reports.

sfl-flduh-bus-driver-hooker-duty-20140912-001Rodrigue Macharie, 43, was arrested in Sarasota County on Thursday when he solicited an undercover police officer working a prostitution sting around 9:45 a.m. on Tamiami Trail, according to WWSB. The bus driver, who works for the Sarasota County Area Transit shuttling disabled passengers to appointments, had 45 minutes to spare before his next pick-up.

“There was a period of disbelief when the bus pulled up and that it looked as if this was actually going to be a transaction,” said Sgt. Demetri Konstantopouls of the Sarasota Police Department.

Police said that Macharie paid the undercover officer $20 for an undisclosed sexual act, MyFoxTampa reports. He was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute.

Authorities clarified the location of the alleged sexual solicitation.

“He did not want to have the intercourse inside the bus,” Konstantopoulos said.

Macharie was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.



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