The Bizarre World of Florida

Family feud leads to pickax, shotgun showdown April 22, 2015

On a ranch in Bardin, a family’s domestic disturbance spiraled out of control and left one man in jail after he tried to break down the door of his daughter and son’s home with a pickax.

According to Putnam County deputies, they responded to the ranch on Songbird Road at about 5 p.m.

Elvis-Rhodes-jpgDeputies said when they arrived they found 55-year-old Elvis Rhodes, who had gotten into an argument with his son, Christopher Rhodes, 28, and his daughter Elaina Rhodes, 34.

They said that the argument started because Elvis Rhodes took two beers from a cooler on Christopher and Elaina’s front porch while they were gone.

After he was confronted about it, Elvis got angry and went to the store to replace the beer then headed to his home which was on the same property as his children’s.

A short time later, officials said that Elvis went back to the house and wanted to talk to his kids but they refused and locked themselves in the house.

Deputies said that Elvis wasn’t happy about it and demanded to talk to them by trying to tear down their front door with a pickax.

Christopher, who was afraid of Elvis due to prior violence, grabbed a shotgun and fired through the front door, scaring Elvis off.

Deputies eventually arrested Elvis for burglary and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Elvis is currently in the Putnam County Jail without bond.


Drunken man urinated in hotel ice machine


A man from England has been charged after he was accused of urinating in an ice machine at Hard Rock Hotel, according to the Orlando Police Department.

The incident happened around 12 a.m. Tuesday at the hotel at 5800 Universal Blvd.

A security officer told police that he was approached by a guest in the lobby who informed him there was a very intoxicated guest in the hotel. The security officer was taken by the guest to the intoxicated person, identified by police as Andrew Wood, 41.

The security officer approached Wood and saw him urinating in an ice machine, the arrest report said.

Police said the security officer attempted several times to get the guest to identify himself and tell him what room he was staying in.

The guest refused to identify himself and became very uncooperative and combative, and was becoming very loud and disturbing hotel guests, according to Orlando police. That is when the security officer called Orlando police.

When police arrived, an officer noticed Wood was extremely intoxicated, with the odor of alcohol emanating from him, and was having random outbursts, authorities said.

The police officer told Wood to stay in his hotel room for the night because of his actions or he would be placed under arrest for disorderly conduct in a public establishment. Police said Wood refused to stay in his room and continued to be disruptive in the hallway.

Wood was then arrested and taken to jail, where he continued to be disruptive in the jail and was booked by jail staff, police said.

Local 6 has learned Wood has posted bond, which was set at $1,000.


Woman Arrested For Battering Live-In Boyfriend With Bowl Of Eggs Following Breakfast Beef April 17, 2015

destinioliverA dispute over the preparation of breakfast ended yesterday morning with a Florida woman under arrest for battering her live-in boyfriend with a bowl of raw eggs, police report.

Destini Oliver, 22, and Lorenzo Dixon, 23, quarreled Sunday in their Palmetto home over Oliver not wanting to cook breakfast, according to a police report.

The dispute turned physical when Oliver, seen above, allegedly “threw a bowl of raw eggs” at Dixon, striking him in the back. Cops on the scene reported spotting egg splatter on Dixon, as well as on a wall and a couch.

Oliver, pictured above, was arrested for misdemeanor battery and booked into the county jail, where she remains locked up in lieu of $500 bond.

Dixon, a salesman at a Ford dealership in Sarasota, was not injured in the egg attack.


Bus Passenger Arrested For Battering Driver In Head With A Snickers Bar April 13, 2015

joelparkerA Florida man is facing a battery charge for allegedly throwing a Snickers candy bar at the head of a bus driver during an on-board confrontation, police report.

The Snickers–thrown by Joel Parker, 33–hit a Sunshine Bus Company employee in the head as he drove Wednesday morning through St. Johns County in northeastern Florida.

According to a police report, Parker was disruptive and threatened the driver before reaching his stop. As he exited the bus, Parker winged the Snickers at the driver.

The driver was not injured in the nougaty attack.

Seen in the above mug shot, Parker was subsequently apprehended by cops and charged with misdemeanor battery. He spent about 10 hours in custody before posting $250 bond.


Man accused of drunken driving after dumping cup of liquid on officer’s shoes March 23, 2015

policeA 38-year-old Niceville man is accused of speeding and driving drunk after allegedly dumping a cup of liquid on an officer’s shoes.

A Niceville Police officer was patrolling on March 8 when he saw the man’s truck doing 51 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to the incident report. When the officer pulled the man over, the man said he knew he was speeding and guessed he was going “at least” 45 mph.

The officer smelled alcohol and vomit and noticed the man’s eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy, the report said. When asked if he’d had anything to drink, the man admitted he’d had “a couple.”

The officer noticed a cup with liquid and asked what was in it, according to the report. The man initially said Redbull and ice, but when the officer asked a second time, the man allegedly dumped the liquid on the officer’s shoes.

When the officer asked why the man dumped the liquid out, the man replied, “You know what was in the cup,” the report said. The man refused to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and refused to submit to a breath test.

He is charged with driving under the influence and speeding.


Kids slept on floor, chained to washing machine with dog collars March 20, 2015

dogA 58-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after authorities found out her grandchildren were sleeping on the floor with their arms chained to a washing machine with dog collars, an arrest affidavit said.

Three children were living in Linda Brantly’s home in Orange County, but have since been taken out of the home and placed in foster care, according to a Department of Children and Families spokesman.

A DCF investigator called Orange County Sheriff’s Office after talking to one of the children about a separate sexual battery accusation, the affidavit said.

Deputies found two dog leashes and collars that were tied to the washing machine. The children would attach their hands to the collars and go to sleep without any blankets or pillows, authorities allege. The children did not appear to be injured, deputies said.

DCF spokesperson David Ocasio said Brantly was allegedly disciplining the children.

“This mode of alleged discipline is completely unacceptable,” he said. “While this pattern of child abuse did not cause physical harm, the emotional scars to young children can lead to long lasting damage.”

Ocasio said Brantly had custody of the children. He was not sure about the mother of the children.

In another form of discipline, the children were forced to hold their hands over their heads for an extended period of time, the affidavit said.

Brantly was charged with aggravated child abuse. She was taken to the Orange County Jail on a $5,000 bond.


Woman accused of ‘going crazy,’ going after victim with baseball bat

A 40-year-old woman allegedly went after another woman with a baseball bat after breaking in the victim’s bedroom door in an effort to “talk.”

angie-marie-fanninOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Niceville home on March 6 for a report that a woman was “going crazy,” had swung a baseball bat at a resident and may be armed with a knife, according to the arrest report. When they arrived, they spoke to two victims, as well as Angie Marie Fannin, of Niceville.

Fannin had broken in the female victim’s bedroom door in an effort to “talk” to her, the report said. She then followed the victim to the garage, allegedly swinging an aluminum baseball bat at her and advancing on the victim, who sat down in a chair.

The male victim stopped Fannin and took the bat away, according to the report. Fannin then allegedly struck him in the mouth with her fist, causing a cut on his upper lip.

The female victim told deputies that Fannin believed her boyfriend had been cheating on her with the woman, the report said. The victim said Fannin had become jealous of the friendship between the victim and Fannin’s boyfriend.

Fannin is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and battery.



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