The Bizarre World of Florida

Guns don’t shoot people, but they do sort out food fights March 26, 2015

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco says they still don’t know what led to a fight between a group of brothers that ended with two of them dead and another one in the hospital.

helen-trevor-326At a press conference Thursday morning, Nocco released the names of the brothers; Trevor Pimentel, 16, Kevin Pimentel, 12, Brady Pimentel, 6. He said Kevin would’ve turned 13 at the end of this month.

Nocco said initially they believed the fight was over food but now say Trevor and Kevin were preparing food at the time an argument broke out.

Deputies received the call at 6:19 p.m. from a mobile home in the 16000 block of Bachmann Avenue in Hudson.

“Sixteen-year-old Trevor called 911, telling the dispatcher his brother, Kevin, 12 years old, had just shot Brady, 6, then shot himself,” Nocco said.

A deputy arriving on scene heard a boy screaming and he charged into the house, Nocco said.

Trevor was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound, according to deputies. Nocco said Trevor has been cooperative but he is emotional.

“Trevor’s heart rate would go up during interview process with detectives,” Nocco said. “He is grieving.”

The boys’ mother, Helen Campochiaro, was at work. Nocco described her as hard-working, noting she has two jobs and was recently in a car accident but chose to keep working.

An 18-year-old brother that also lives at the home also was not at the residence at the time of the shooting.

Brady attended Hudson Elementary School, Kevin went to Hudson Middle School and Trevor attended Hudson High School in the mornings through virtual education classes, according to Superintendent Kurt Browning.

Crisis teams will be at the elementary and middle schools “as long as we need to,” Browning said. “It’s very tragic but we are working to heal families and students.”

Browning said Trevor attended Marchmen Technical College’s culinary program in the afternoons.

Nocco said there are no signs child protection investigators or law enforcement has ever been to the home before.


Naked man in Fort Pierce: ‘I’m famous now look at what I did’ March 24, 2015

A naked man stands accused of trashing a portion of North 15th Street before screaming, “I’m famous now look at what I did.”

Fort Pierce police at 3:07 a.m. March 11 went to North 15th Street and G Terrace after a report of a shirtless man jumping on a vehicle, according to records.

antuan_anderson_mugThe deputy reported when she pulled up, Anderson jumped on her patrol vehicle. He started banging on the front window and broke off a windshield wiper.Investigators encountered Antuan Anderson, 32, on the ground, naked and screaming. A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy had him at gunpoint. Anderson started kicking and spitting and exclaimed, “I’m famous now look at what I did.”

The deputy said she got out and demanded he get on the ground. Anderson took off the remainder of his clothes and got on the ground.

Investigators found several mailboxes damaged and a stop sign and pole ripped from the ground. A drain grate cover was out of place; garbage cans and bags were strewn about; and a metal fence and fence posts were scattered around.

Officers later were told of additional damage, including a vandalized or damaged light fixture, fence and windshield wipers. Anderson also is accused of denting the roof of a car and ripping away a basketball hoop.

Two people reported “Anderson was running around the neighborhood naked vandalizing things.”

Anderson, of the 1500 block of G Terrace in Fort Pierce, was arrested on several criminal mischief related charges along with resist officer with violence and two outstanding warrants.


Arizona Man Arrested for Making False Report

image00143Friday night, Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 22-year-old Christopher Catlett of Hot Springs, Arizona for providing a false report to officers.

Reports say, Catlett told deputies that two men approached him while he was in his front yard and attempted to rob him.

Deputies detain an individual based on Catlett’s description.

The WCSO K9 Unit even responded to located the other suspect, but they had no luck.

Investigators then told Catlett that a full investigation into the issue would be conducted, and at that time officers say Catlett became nervous, and later told investigators he fabricated the whole story.

Catlett told deputies he was drunk at the time that he called police.

The man that deputies detained earlier was released.

Catlett has been booked in the Walton County Jail.


Man videotaped another man’s putter at miniature golf course

7217361_GAn employee at a mini golf is under arrest because he used his cell phone to record another man urinating in a bathroom of the Congo River Golf in Port Richey, Pasco deputies said.

A mini golf customer saw a cell phone recording him near the urinal when he went to the men’s room. He called the authorities. He said he didn’t give anybody a permission to record him.

When the deputies arrived, they found the owner of the phone, Justin Lynn Barrett, 28, of Port Richey who worked at the Congo River.

After Barrett was Mirandized, he told the deputies that he had put his cell phone into the man’s room because he “saw a hot man.”

Barrett is in the Pasco County jail on a $5000 bond.


A man was arrested after being found with his head pretty much buried in the sand March 23, 2015

Louis_Pisapia_mugLouis Pisapia, 44, was jailed on disorderly intoxication and resist officer without violence charges after the Feb. 28 incident in the 2900 block of Southeast Delmar Street in Stuart, an arrest affidavit states.

A Martin County sheriff’s investigator went there about 3 a.m. after a “man down/sick person” report.

A deputy saw Pisapia “on his knees with his head and face in a hole in the front yard.”

“It would appear that Louis created the hole with his hands, due to the fact that his hands and body were covered in dirt,” the affidavit states.

“Bury your head in the sand” is an expression meaning to avoid, or not acknowledge, problems, according to The Phrase Finder web site.

The site states the phrase “comes from the supposed habit of ostriches hiding when faced with attack by predators. The story was first recorded by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, who suggested that ostriches hide their heads in bushes. Ostriches don’t hide, either in bushes or sand, although they do sometimes lie on the ground to make themselves inconspicuous. The ‘burying their head in the sand’ myth is likely to have originated from people observing them lowering their heads when feeding. The story also relies on the supposed stupidity of ostriches, and of birds in general. In fact, there’s little to support that either as birds have a significantly larger brain to weight ratio than many other species of animal. The notion is that the supposedly dumb ostrich believes that if it can’t see its attacker then the attacker can’t see it.”

Meanwhile, Pisapia smelled of booze. A deputy asked whether he needed help getting up.

“(Expletive) you, I don’t have to get up,” Pisapia is quoted as yelling.

Pisapia kept yelling obscenities and was arrested.

The affidavit doesn’t state why Pisapia, of the 2200 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Stuart, had his head buried in the sand/hole.


51st State! South Florida

This past October, the city commission of South Miami, which for better or worse hardly ever makes local headlines, made national headlines by passing a resolution calling for Florida to be split into two separate states. The idea didn’t go anywhere but viral online, but the commission decided to try again at its latest meeting and passed another state-splitting resolution 3-2.


Championed by Vice Mayor Walter Harris, the resolution claims that North Florida is holding South Florida back from properly dealing with climate change and sea-level rise on a state level. Indeed, the new push comes after reports that Gov. Rick Scott had banned the Department of Environmental Protection from using the phrases “global warming” and “climate change.”

The new state would be mostly contiguous with the South Florida Water Management District. Brevard, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties would be the northernmost counties, and 24 counties total would be included. Together they represent 39 percent of the total land of Florida and 67 percent of the total population.

“North Florida is approximately 120 feet above sea level while the average elevation of South Florida is less than 50 feet with a very large portion of South Florida averaging less than 15 feet above sea level. Many sections of South Florida are 5 feet or less above sea level, including Monroe County and the Gold Coast, consisting of Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami- Dade County,” reads the resolution.

“Often South Florida issues do not receive the support of Tallahassee. This is despite the fact that South Florida generates more than 69% of the state’s revenue and contains 67% of the state’s population,” it continues. “The creation of the 51st state, South Florida, is a necessity for the very survival of the entire southern region of the current state of Florida and this cannot be accomplished by one municipality alone.”

The resolution calls for the Miami-Dade County League of Cities to form a committee to investigate the idea of creating a new state. So instead of trying to get this idea off the ground alone, South Miami is now trying to cull together the entirety of the most populated county in the state/

“They are ignoring South Florida. They are ignoring its environmental problems. The flow of money is still inequitable. We ship a lot of money north that doesn’t come south again,” mayor Phillip Stoddard told the Miami Herald. “In my mind (the resolution) is calling really for recognition of the issues down here.”

Indeed, the resolution is more about bringing attention to both the importance of South Florida to the state and its general needs and the threats of sea-level rise than it is about actually creating a new state.


Police Officer Arrested for Sending Sex Images of 2-Year-Old March 20, 2015

A central Florida police officer has been charged with one count of directing or promoting the sexual performance of a 2-year-old girl.

Smith_JoshuaAccording to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit, 32-year-old Joshua Smith of Lakeland sent social media messages and images to an undercover FBI agent describing and showing sex acts with the child. He was arrested Wednesday and taken to South County Jail in Frostproof.

His bond was set at $150,000. It is not known whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Smith has worked as an Oakland Police officer for the past nine years. Oakland is a small community outside of Orlando.

Further charges are pending a forensic analysis of the computer and cellphone seized from Smith’s home.



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