The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman threatened to ‘mess up’ her ex for breakup January 22, 2015

Don’t let the smiling mug shot fool you. She is having a tough breakup.

klemka22n-5-webA 21-year-old Florida woman threatened to hurt her boyfriend after he ended the relationship following two weeks of dating, Daytona Beach police told TV station WESH.

Despite the brevity of the romance Brittney Klemka was so angry she texted her new ex and said she was going to come to his home and beat him up, police allege.

The dumpee also tried to get another person to help her assault the victim but the person warned him instead.

Police received a message from the boyfriend saying Klemka wanted to “mess him up,” the station reported.

She was booked on Tuesday at Volusia County Jail on charges of making threats to kill or do bodily harm, but was released on no bail, jail records state.

Klemka has a history of arrests since 2011 including charges of DUI, drug possession and battery, the station reported.


Lawyer armed with bat threatened to shoot deputies January 20, 2015

A central Florida lawyer is being held without bail after sheriff’s deputies say he threatened them with a gun, knife and baseball bat.

6478722_GPolk County Sheriff’s officials say 48-year-old Eduardo Pujol was arrested Sunday after deputies were dispatched to a home where he was striking the door of a Lakeland home with a bat.

Deputies ordered him to drop the bat. He screamed that he would shoot the deputies. He had his left hand behind his back. He also told them he had a knife and would stab them. An arrest report also says Pujol threatened to bash the deputies’ heads with the bat.

A deputy used a stun gun to subdue him. He did not have a gun or knife.

Jail records don’t say whether Pujol hired a lawyer.


Man accused of attack with lumber over ‘possible infidelity’

A man will be in court Feb. 17 on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

james-marcus-owensDeputies responded to a Laurel Hill residence late Dec. 30 after a 31-year-old man allegedly attacked his uncle over his belief that his wife had cheated on him with his cousin.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the residence around 9:30 p.m. by James Marcus Owens’ mother, according to the arrest report.

She reported that Owens and his uncle were in a verbal argument about “possible infidelity” between Owens’ wife and cousin.

He told his mother that he was “going to confront and beat up his cousin,” the report said.

Owens then went to the barn where his uncle was residing and “attempted to attack him with a 2X4 piece of lumber,” swinging the wood at his uncle “several times.”


Woman, 68, jailed after causing bingo hall disturbance January 19, 2015

A 68-year-old woman who was asked to leave a suburban Lantana bingo hall for causing a disturbance was arrested after she ripped the radio off a deputy’s uniform, according to a probable cause affidavit.

GaraboJulia Garabo, of Delray Beach, tried to talk to a manager when she said a group of black women were calling her names, the report said. She allegedly yelled at the group and the manager.

The manager told deputies that Garabo was directing racial slurs toward some of the people in the area. She said Garabo needed to leave because she was worried it would turn into “a riot within the bingo hall,” the report said.

The deputy told her to gather her things, but instead, Garabo allegedly went back to argue more with the manager. The deputy told Garabo that she needed to leave or she would be placed under arrest.

When she refused to leave and he tried to arrest her, she yanked the radio out of the vest, causing his earpiece to fall out of his ear.

Garabo continued to resist and the officer took her to the ground to get her in handcuffs, the report said.

She sustained a cut on her wrist that was treated at JFK Medical Center before she was taken to jail.

Garabo faces charges of battery on an officer, resisting with violence, property damage, disorderly conduct and trespassing. She was released from Palm Beach County Jail without bond.


Man attacked brother over bed sheets January 14, 2015

A Deltona man told deputies that he was attacked and threatened by his brother, who was upset about his bed sheets, officials said.

Eric Ortiz was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated assault.

According to an incident report, Ortiz woke his brother, wanting to know who changed the sheets on his bed.  The brother told deputies that Ortiz struck him and made threats.

The brother said he left the house and called for help.

Ortiz was later arrested.


Man’s ex crashed into mailbox while driving toward his new gal pal January 13, 2015

A Deltona woman is accused of racing across a lawn and slamming into a mailbox in a jealous rage, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the woman was driving with her 13-year-old in the car.

sfl-flduh-mailbox-new-girlfriend-20150109-001Julie Silveira, 46, was arrested and charged with child abuse and criminal mischief.

Deputies said Silveira was angry her ex-boyfriend has a new live-in girlfriend and showed up at the home on Montego Street as the new girlfriend was leaving on Thursday morning.

The new girlfriend told deputies that Silveira drove recklessly toward her, taking out the mailbox and nearly hitting some trees.

Deputies said damage to Silveira’s car, along with white paint on it, is consistent with striking the mailbox.


Benjamin Siegel, Owner Of Siegel Reptiles, Accused Of Hitting Employees With Bearded Dragon January 6, 2015

A South Florida reptile store owner is facing battery and animal cruelty charges after authorities say he struck employees with a bearded dragon lizard and put it in his mouth.

Benjamin-SiegelBenjamin Herman Siegel, owner of Siegel Reptiles, was arrested Friday at the business on West Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Siegel, 40, remained behind bars without bond Monday, jail records showed. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to the report, video surveillance captured Siegel throwing the animal in the air and swinging it in the air multiple times. He also hit employees with the bearded dragon multiple times and threw Gatorade on them, the report said.

“The defendant did unnecessarily torment the animal, handling the animal in a cruel and/or inhumane manner and intentionally committed an act to the animal which results in excessive and repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering to the animal,” the report said.

The reptile store made national headlines in 2012 when a man died after consuming dozens of insects and worms during a roach-eating contest at the shop.



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