The Bizarre World of Florida

Man accused of breaking into house, snoozing on couch April 28, 2015

A 20-year-old man is accused of breaking into an abandoned house and falling asleep on the couch, where deputies found him.

michael-james-brownOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating a call about reported suicide threats around 10 p.m. on April 13, according to the arrest reports. They found that a 16-year-old had left the residence they were called to in the company of Michael James Brown, of Crestview.

Deputies were reportedly told the two might be at an abandoned home.

When they arrived, they found Brown and then teen in the abandoned home, asleep on the couch, the report said. Marijuana and a bong were in plain view near the two.

The homeowner told deputies no one was supposed to be in the home and said he’d told Brown he couldn’t enter the house earlier that day, according to the report. Additional paraphernalia was found in Brown’s vehicle.

Brown is charged with burglary, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Man with gun spices things up at Thai restaurant April 27, 2015

A Mississippi man is facing multiple weapons charges after allegedly being seen with a handgun in his waistband while at Thai Spice, 201 Miracle Strip Parkway.

jonathan-lee-brownFort Walton Beach Police officers were called to Thai Spice around 2:25 a.m. on April 12 for a report of a man carrying a gun, according to the arrest report. The caller said he’d seen 29-year-old Jonathan Lee Brown of Toomsuba with a gun.

When officers arrived, they saw a man later identified as Brown walking outside the building, the report said. The spoke to Brown in front of the bar and he allegedly lifted his shirt, revealing a loaded pistol in his waistband.

During a search, officers found .5 grams of “Molly” in Brown’s pocket, according to the report. Witnesses, including the bar owner, said they’d heard Brown telling people he had the gun and seen him with the gun.

The gun was found to be stolen and Brown was found to be a convicted felon, the report said.

He is charged with grand theft of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance.


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.


Dumbass teen bitten on the lip by a water moccasin that he kept in a pillow cover

2898744_GA Wimauma teen is hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital after he was bit on the face by a cottonmouth snake on Saturday night. Cottonmouth snakes are also known as water moccasins.

Investigators say Austin Hatfield, 18, had captured the snake several days earlier, put it in a pillowcase and kept the pillowcase on his bed.

At some point on Saturday night, the snake escaped and the teen grabbed it close to his chest. The snake then bit him in the face, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokesperson Gary Morse.

Emergency crews responded to the home at about 11:45 p.m. and transported Hatfield to TGH where the teen is in good condition.

The snake was euthanized and was brought to TGH for identification.

FWC is investigating because of the injury and it is against the law to possess a venomous snake without a permit.

No charges have been filed.


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.


Traffic stopper: Woman accused of lifting shirt, rubbing herself April 17, 2015

A Crestview woman faces probation after allegedly soliciting an undercover officer for sex.

stacie-nicole-mooreStacie Nicole Moore, 23, pleaded no contest to solicitation of prostitution on April 1. Sentencing was withheld, and she was placed on probation to run concurrent to a felony probation she is already serving until February 2018.

She also faces charges for felony violation of probation.

Crestview Police officers took a report that a woman, later identified as Moore, was attempting to stop vehicles and “lifting her shirt rubbing on herself” on March 18 around 4 p.m., according to the arrest report. They received similar complaints about a woman, who police believe is Moore, for a few days.

Officers saw the woman and sent an undercover officer in with an unmarked vehicle, the report said. Eventually, negotiations ended in agreement for sexual favors, according to the report.

Moore was arrested and admitted to agreeing to have sex for $40, saying she needed to help take care of her dying mother, the report said.


Gun-toting suspect found having sex in car April 16, 2015

Orlando police looking for a man with a gun Friday night made their arrest while the suspect was having sex in the back seat of an SUV, records show.

gunsJaudohn Hicks repeatedly declined to raise his hands.

“I instructed the occupants to put their ‘Hands Up’ and shined my flashlight in the vehicle,” stated the arrest report. “I again instructed him to put his hands up multiple times however he continued reaching down in front of him…eventually he put them out the rear-left window.”

Shortly before the 10:30 p.m. arrest at 5258 N. Orange Blossom Trail, two women stopped a police officer on foot patrol at Nassau Bay Apartments and said a man wearing camouflage pants had walked by them with a pistol in his hand, records show.

When 27-year-old Hicks was ordered to get out of the SUV and lay on the ground, the officer noticed that he “had camouflage pants down around his ankles.”

A 9 mm. Taurus pistol was found on the floorboards along with a half-gram of marijuana in one of Hick’s pockets. He was charged with illegal possession of a concealed weapon and drug possession.

His companion was not arrested.



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