The Bizarre World of Florida

Man says field of weed was just personal stash September 30, 2011

Filed under: Bad Luck,Drugs,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:17 pm

Just call it Jesse Reese’s field of dreams…

Reese likes his pot, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Deputies followed a trail from where the pot was growing directly to the trailer occupied by Jesse Reece. Reese, 50, allegedly told deputies he had been growing almost 700 plants as tall as 15 feet in a field to be consumed by himself and a few friends.

Deputies uprooted 696 plants that weighed 438.5-lbs.

Get the details at the Orlando Sentinel.


Motorcyclist tried to hide nearly 5 pounds of pot

Filed under: Bad Luck,Drugs,Really Dumb,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:07 pm

The motorcyclist skidded to a stop, rear-ending the car in front of him. Everyone was all right, but a witness noticed something odd.

The man, Michael Thomas Carter, 25, appeared to be hiding his helmet, backpack and shoes in a Walgreens parking lot.

A deputy retrieved the items and Carter told him there was marijuana in the bag. The deputy found 4.7 pounds of it, a street value of $16,000, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. He also found $1,000 cash.

Carter went to the hospital with minor injuries and was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was cited for careless driving.


Bandits steal nearly everything from home

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Mental Abuse,Robbers,Sad Story,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:00 pm

Denisse Velez was out of town looking for a new place to live when burglars pulled a truck up to her house and stole nearly everything from her home, including the appliances, and her children’s toys, reports WBBH NBC-2 in Fort Myers.

All Velez wants to do now is pack up what the burglars didn’t take and move out.

Two weeks ago, the mother of 7 decided she didn’t want to live in her neighborhood anymore because of all the crime in the area.

She went to Tampa looking for a new place to live. She returned to a nearly empty home.

The burglars pried open the front door and stole the family’s electronics, furniture, tools, kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, all the children’s clothing and toys – even their bicycles.

“They were screaming, crying- they were very sad. I had to get them out of here,” said Velez.

To top it all off, Velez discovered the burglars had stripped her ac unit, and stolen their air-handler too.

Burglars had pulled a truck up to her home and stole appliances, her children’s toys and bicycles, furniture, washer and dryer, tools, a/c handler…everything.

She was moving to escape the crime in the area.


Trio of toothbrush thieves busted

Filed under: Bizzarre,Florida Nut,Fraud,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:55 pm

Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies raided a pawnshop and arrested its manager, Igor Roytikh, 44, for allegedly selling stolen dental products, such as electric toothbrushes and whiting strips, from retailers and then selling them on the internet, reports The Palm Beach Post.




Authorities went after this ring tooth and nail, also charging Lauren Ann Healy, 23, and Brian Hegmann, 26, both of Deerfield Beach, for supplying the shop with the stolen merchandise.

A precise estimate of the value of the stolen items was unavailable, but  investigators said it could total more than $3 million.

Get the details at The Palm Beach Post.

Photo: Igor Roytikh (l), Brian C. Hegmann; Lauren Ann Healy


Three men accused of exposing themselves on park trail

Filed under: Controversy,Groping,Really Dumb,Sex,Sexual Exposure,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:52 pm

Three men, Ronnie Dale Payne, Mark Thomas St. Pierre and Robert Fielder, were arrested  at the Greenways Trailhead in Ocala for exposing themselves, reports the Ocala Star-Banner.




St. Pierre, 57, was busted after allegedly fondling himself in a restroom and asking an undercover official “Is this what you’re looking for?” before displaying his private parts, the report noted

Fielder, 71, was allegedly fondling himself while sitting at a picnic table.

The third alleged diddler, Payne, identified as a therapist, reportedly told the officer, that he was a “therapist and helped people come out of the closet or understand that sex is just sex,” according to a report.

DEP officials have received a number of complaints from residents, visitors and regular patrons of the trails about men exposing themselves in recent years.

DEP figures say that from January 2009 through Sept. 28, 2011, 41 arrests have been made at state parks for indecent exposure. Thirteen were made at Marion County’s two state parks.

Get the details at the Ocala Star-Banner.

Photo: Ronnie Payne (l); St. Pierre; Felder (r) / Marion County Sheriff’s Office


Eel enters man’s penis in spa treatment, is surgically removed September 29, 2011

Filed under: Bad Luck,Bizzarre,Uncategorized,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:41 pm

Even though this didn’t happen in Florida, I couldn’t resist sharing this story. Unbelievable!

Yes, you read that right. A Chinese man had to have an eel surgically removed from his bladder after a mishap while undergoing an unusual spa treatment.

Zhang Nan, a 56-year-old resident of Hubei province, was bathing with live eels, in the hopes that the tiny, serpentine critters would
nibble away layers of dead skin, revealing more youthful-looking skin below.

It’s similar to those unusual pedicures that have fish eat dead skin off people’s feet — except that you’re fully submerged, and you’re probably naked, and there are eels all over you.

Anyway, Nan felt a sharp pain, realized a 6-inch eel had entered his penis and was wriggling up through his urethra. He tried to pull it out but its tiny body was too slippery to hold, and it disappeared up his penis and into his bladder, according to the story.

This, the writer points out, is not the first time such an incident has been described: A teenage boy had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a 0.79-inch fish that climbed into his urethra while he was holding it and urinating. (Superfluous health advice of the day: Don’t hold live animals while you’re relieving yourself. No matter how good an idea it seems at the time.)


Woman with crack pipe went berserk at Winn-Dixie

Tanya Christiano, a 29-year-old panhandler, approached women in a Winn-Dixie parking lot in Deland for money for gas, then tied to snatch their money or purse, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

mug_ChristianoTA.jpgA 29-year-old panhandler accused in a one-woman crime spree landed in jail Monday evening after two shoppers and Winn Dixie workers struggled with the suspect until DeLand police arrived.

Tanya Christiano, who almost ran over a woman with her car in the grocery store parking lot, faces three charges of robbery by sudden snatching and one charge each of burglary, battery, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Christiano first encountered a teenager as she got out of her car in the parking lot of the Winn Dixie. She approached a 16-year-old girl and asked for money before snatching a $20 bill from her

The teen grabbed her money back and struggled to keep the suspect from taking her purse before running into the store to get help.

Then store workers ran outside to find Christiano attacking a 63-year-old woman.

That woman told police she was returning to her car when Christiano approached her and asked for $5 for gasoline.

Christiano went into the woman’s car and took her purse before the two struggled over it. The woman was pushed and shoved and suffered scrapes on both knees.

The store manager, Brent Fitzpatrick, helped get the suspect off the woman, but when Christiano tried to leave in her car, she almost ran over the victim. She crashed into a parked car before a store employee took her keys and gave them to Fitzpatrick, who ran into the store with them.

Christiano followed Fitzpatrick inside, pushing and shoving him and ripping his pants as she tried to get the keys out of his pocket. About that time police and  deputy sheriffs arrived. A pipe that tested positive for cocaine was found in her purse. Police also charged Christiano with a purse-snatching that occurred in earlier in the day.

Get the details at the Orlando Sentinel.

Photo: Volusia County Jail / September 27, 2011



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