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Man accused of shooting grandma’s car April 24, 2015

A man was arrested after he shot a hole in his grandmother’s car, police said.

imagesBoynton Beach police arrested James Frederick, 23, on Wednesday.

Police said Frederick and his mother got into an argument while she was sitting inside of his grandmother’s car. He told her to get out of the car and then let off five shots, according to the arrest report. One of the bullets hit the car near the right rear door.

His mother said she was not afraid nor did Frederick at anytime point the gun at her. The grandmother said she did not want charges filed.

Frederick has been convicted of four felonies previously, according to records.

He was arrested Wednesday after officers caught him driving a stolen vehicle. After a brief chase, he was apprehended.

He is charged with discharging a firearm in public, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Additionally, he faces charges of grand theft auto, driving without a license and resisting arrest.

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.

 

Wife sent hubby a message by setting his clothes afire

It’s all fun and games until the house catches on fire.

That’s what some might say following an apparent flaming feud that on April 15 sparked a law enforcement response and caused about $10,000 in damage.

MAILBRITT_CANTERBURYAnother man told police he was renting a bedroom there. He said his landlady fought with her husband before lighting his closet on fire and taking off on a bicycle.Port St. Lucie police went to an address in the 2300 block of Southeast Rock Springs Drive where firefighters were extinguishing a blaze, according to records. A 47-year-old man identified as the victim said he thought his wife, Maibritt Canterbury, 39, set the house on fire.

Police spoke to Canterbury at St. Lucie Medical Center. She said she tried to light some of the victim’s clothes on fire that were on the floor of his closet.

“She did this because of the ongoing back and forth of lighting each other’s property on fire over the last few days,” an affidavit states.

Records didn’t state whether Canterbury is a fan of “Burning Down the House,” a Talking Heads single from 1983, or of Def Leppard’s “Pyromania” album from the same year.

Canterbury said she used a lighter and noticed “a small flame but did not think the fire lit.” She left the room, not intending for the house to catch on fire.

It could be said that the victim fanned the flames by saying that over the past few days they’d been torching each other’s stuff in the backyard.

Asked whether he thought Canterbury meant to catch the house on fire, the victim said, “No, she was probably just trying to burn my stuff.”

A fire investigator determined the blaze started in the victim’s closet, and that there was about $10,000 in damages.

Police held Canterbury’s feet to the fire as they arrested her on an arson charge.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Man sharpened machete after being refused work April 16, 2015

CallImageJoseph Lyle Matthews, 43, of Pinellas Park, walked up the street to a neighbor’s house April 5 and asked for work, according to an arrest report. The neighbor refused, sheriff’s deputies wrote, so Matthews began sharpening a machete in the man’s front yard. The incident took place on 107th Avenue about 11:23 a.m.

According to the arrest report, Matthews stabbed the machete into the ground, pointed it at the man and shouted, “If you don’t want me to work, then I’ll fix you.”

He faces charges including aggravated assault and possession of drugs without a prescription. According to a separate arrest report, Matthews later threatened to kill a deputy while en route to the jail.

Christopher W. Poulos, alias “Chris” or “Dale Jones,” was canvassing the neighborhood for “opportunities” when he stumbled upon the lawn mower he stole, according to an arrest report.

Poulos, 40, of St. Petersburg, entered a yard in the 5500 block of 31st Street N and took a push mower from beneath a canoe, deputies wrote. He admitted to the offense, according to the report.

He faces a charge of burglary of an unoccupied structure.

 

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.

 

Small wonder we’re called the ‘Gunshine State’ … if you’re not firing bullets, you’re sweating them April 12, 2015

7333529_GA Cape Coral man looking for a missing cell phone tracked it to a home on Nicholas Parkway East – and when his attempt to get it back failed – he shot a round from a gun toward the bedroom and then fled on foot when it jammed, according to authorities.

Cape Coral police went to the 100 block of Nicholas Parkway East for the reported shooting into a home shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

A witness told authorities that Tevin Nelson was standing in the driveway in front of the garage at the residence. The witness says Nelson took a black shirt, wrapped it around his face and walked toward the side of the house, according to police.

The witness saw Nelson point the gun in the direction of a bedroom window and fire off a round, but then the gun appeared to jam. He then ran on foot towards the a convenience store at the intersection of Santa Barbara Boulevard and Nicholas Parkway E. and was picked up by a silver car that went south on SW Santa Barbara Place, according to police.

Officers located the vehicle on SW Santa Barbara Place and then stopped and detained four people inside the car.

The front passenger was identified as Tevin Nelson, 20, of Cape Coral. On the floorboard of the front passenger seat was a firearm wrapped in a black cloth, police say.

Nelson was positively identified by a witness, police say, after they did a “show up.”

According to the police investigation, Nelson allegedly went to the residence looking for a missing cell phone, after tracking it to that location using GPS software.

Nelson knew the resident and had been to the home on previous occasions and when his attempt to retrieve his cell phone failed, Nelson decided to go home and change into dark clothing, get a gun, and come back to the residence, police say.

Nelson fired one round at the resident’s bedroom window and when the gun malfunctioned he fled the scene and was picked up by friends nearby, according to police.

Nelson was taken to the Lee County Jail on charges of shooting into an occupied dwelling, and carrying a concealed firearm.

 

 
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