The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman charged with using car to run down another woman September 29, 2011

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 22-year-old woman after they say she got into an  argument with a passenger, dropped her off and then ran over her with his car, reports The Bradenton Herald.

mug_HallJA.jpgAccording to reports, a 29-year old woman and a 30-year-old man were in  Hall’s vehicle when an argument began. Hall dropped them off.

Hall then drove down the street, turned around, came back at the victims and  ran down the woman, according to the sheriff’s office.

Read more: The Bradenton Herald.

Photo: Manatee County Sheriff’s Office


Nurse accused of attacking paraplegic

A home health nurse stands accused of attacking her paraplegic client while intoxicated, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

mug_Given.jpgDebra Jo Given allegedly became drunk and demanded $40 from a male paraplegic client in Sarasota.

She then began her shakedown of the poor man:  The 49-year-old nurse reportedly shoved a bedside table in his direction, jumped on top of him, tried to pull a catheter tube out of him and shook him and his bed. The witnesses claimed they had to physically remove Given from the man.

Get the DUHtails at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Photo: Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office


Woman charged with beating her 77-year-old granny

Dixie County deputies said a 77-year-old woman had to be hospitalized after being beaten by her 29-year-old granddaughter, who was angry she could not use the older woman’s car.

mug_tiffani-thumb.jpgShe was old enough to know better.

But that didn’t stop 29-year-old Tiffani Marie Anderson from beating up her 77-year-old grandma, who had to be hospitalized, reports The Gainesville Sun.

Dixie County Sheriff’s Maj. Scott Harden said the elderly woman was beaten inside her Old Town home on Friday morning. Before being taken by ambulance to a hospital, the victim told deputies Anderson hit her several times on the face, torso and arms. Harden said the woman, though seriously hurt, was expected to recover.

Get the details at The Gainesville Sun.

Source: Dixie County Sheriff’s Office


Teen murder suspect claims to be part vampire, part werewolf September 28, 2011

Filed under: Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Children acting badly,Dangerous Nut,Death — floridaduh @ 2:11 pm

Police in Panama City believed 16-year-old Jacob Hendershot was beaten to death because Stephanie Pistey, 18, accused him of raping her.

Investigators say back in July, a group of Pistey’s friends lured Hendershot to a house, killed him, then dumped his body in a storm drain. Five people, including Pistey, are charged with either murder or accessory after the fact.

But it’s the lifestyles of some of the suspects that has taken this case in an entirely new direction.

In a jailhouse interview, Pistey tells TV station WJHG, “Since I was like, 12, … I know this is going to be crazy, but I believe that I’m a vampire. Part of a vampire and part of a werewolf.”

Police had previously stated the murder suspects may have been involved in a vampire cult. Pistey’s comments from jail appear to give credence to that claim.


Plea deal for man accused of beating, stabbing his dog 26 times

Dog owner Joseph Grady Barker, 36, who is accused of stabbing his pit bull 26 times in the neck and hitting it with a tire iron before dumping the poor pooch’s body near a canal, took a pleas deal, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.

mug_Barker.jpgThe Fort Pierce man told authorities he had grown tired of incessant barking by Sam, his  3-year-old dog, and he didn’t consider the beating inhumane.

On Jan. 8, Barker paid a friend $20 to drive him and Sam to the L-20 Canal east of Kings Highway, where Barker struck Sam on the head several times with the tire iron and tossed him into the canal.

The blows did not kill the dog, which swam out of the water and attempted to climb the embankment, according to the affidavit. Barker caught Sam and used a knife to stab him 26 times in his neck, the sheriff’s office report stated.

A family member who learned about the incident found Sam’s body at the canal Jan. 10 and notified authorities.

Barker told authorities he didn’t consider the beating inhumane, according to his arrest affidavit.


Find out and get the details at TCPalm.com in Stuart.

Photo: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office


Teen, 15, was knocking on doors — with a gun

Filed under: Children acting badly,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Guns,Robbers,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:05 pm

Two teens, 15-year-old boy and the 17-year-old boy, spend a morning knocking on doors of homes that had no cars parked in the driveways in an Orlando neighborhood, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

A resident in the area of Tallow Wood Court and Shumard Oak Court – near where there had been several recent burglaries — called police about 11:42 a.m. after noticing that two teen boys had been ringing doorbells and knocking on the doors of homes that had no cars in front.

When police found the 15-year-old boy and the 17-year-old boy, the teens agreed to allow the officers to search a backpack that belonged to the 15-year-old boy. Inside, officers found a Glock that contained seven .357-caliber rounds, according to police..

Get the details a the Orlando Sentinel.


25 cocaine bricks found on a military beach

Filed under: Bizzarre,Drugs,Unusual,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:02 pm

Twenty-five packages of cocaine worth more than $1.25-million washed up onto a Port Canaveral inlet shore near launch pads used for Delta II rockets, reports Florida Today in Melbourne.

cociane_bricks_BrevardSheriff.jpgThe 1-kilogram “bricks” washed up on the north side of the inlet to Port Canaveral, just south of the launch pads used for Delta II rockets. Someone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station stumbled across the 25 kilograms, or 55 pounds, of dope, and local deputies were asked to dispose of it.

“We’re lucky it didn’t drift to the south” to a public beach, Lt. John Mellick, a spokesman for the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, told Florida Today. “You never know who would have found it.”

Get the details at Florida Today in Melbourne.

Photo: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office



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