The Bizarre World of Florida

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.


Meow! Woman found burglar under bed while looking for cat March 20, 2015

A 61-year-old woman expected to feel the soft fur of her cats when she searched under her bed for them.

catBut to her surprise, she felt a person instead. She had just touched the burglar who was hiding under her bed, Palm Springs police said.

It happened Tuesday at a home in the 100 block of Cayman Drive.

A stranger was knocking on residents’ doors, drawing the suspicion of a neighbor who phoned the police. The neighbor watched the man walk toward the rear of a residence, according to the report.

Inside that home, a woman was searching for her two cats.

As the woman reached under her bed, she “felt she had touched human skin,” an officer wrote in the report. “The suspect was hiding under her bed.”

That caused the man, later identified as Christian Vatovec, 25, of Lake Worth, to sprint from the home and jump a fence before running west toward Henthorne Drive, police said.

Police responded to the neighborhood, and an officer visited the residence where the burglar had been.

The woman said a gold ankle bracelet and digital camera were stolen. Officers found Vatovec near a canal and took him back to the burglarized home, where the woman identified him as the burglar.

Vatovec faces burglary, grand theft and resisting arrest charges. He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail, where he was held in lieu of $53,000 bail.


Deputy failed to show up at a 911 call …. Why??? Well …. He was having his lunch March 19, 2015

Sheriff Mike Scott says one of his deputies should be fired after he did not show up at a 911 call.

Officials say a woman is now dead. Neighbors say they found her lying on the ground with ants crawling over her body, her phone in one hand, and medication in the other.

“If what I know is in fact validated and proven through this investigation, my estimation is that it leaves him unfit to wear this uniform and as long as I’m the sheriff, he’ll not ever wear it again,” said Scott.

Sources tell WINK News that Friday afternoon, just after 1 p.m., someone called 911 from a house near Ortiz Avenue. Nobody spoke on the other end of the line.

“We know that we dispatched a 911 call, we know that it was a valid call,” said Scott.

Operators stayed on the line, and a deputy  named Yvan Fernandez was dispatched.

Fernandez said he was on his way. But Scott says that a preliminary investigation shows Deputy Fernandez did not go, and it appears that instead, he may have gone to lunch.

“I need to confirm whether or not whether he was physically at the restaurant when the call came to him or whether he had not yet made it to the restaurant and was still en route,” said Scott.

Sources tell WINK News that about 30 minutes into the call, another deputy was dispatched instead. Before any help arrived, family friends found a woman lying on the ground.

“He called me back around 1:41 and said ‘Gwen is laying out in the yard, she has the house phone in one hand and her pills in the other hand and she’s not moving,’” said Cykecya Russ.

Russ says 47-year-old Gwen Minis, was a family friend who had just gotten out of the hospital after having a heart attack. Her brother found her lying face down next to the driveway.

Exact details are unclear because it’s still so early in the sheriff’s internal investigation. However, sources tell WINK News it was almost an hour before a deputy finally arrived.

“Immediately upon learning of this, I took his gun, his badge and his vehicle and put him on what we call administrative leave with pay,” said Scott.


Some People are just too stupid to be a criminal … mask fail: DNA on ski hat left during home invasion nails suspect

stupidAt 7:15 a.m. on Dec. 30, a woman reported that she awakened to find a masked intruder at the end of her bed in her home in the 1800 block of Bayonne Street, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman screamed as the intruder grabbed her purse. The scream woke up the woman’s niece, who confronted the intruder in the hallway. The man knocked over a Christmas tree and ran out of the home.

While processing the scene, authorities found a black ski hat with two holes cut out, which they believed was used by the burglar as a mask, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The hat was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for DNA testing. On Tuesday, results showed that DNA found on the hat matched that of Kevin Kovalsky, 48, of Nokomis.

Kovalsky is charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling while wearing a mask. He is being held at the Sarasota County jail on $500,000 bail.

Kovalsky is a prolific offender with more than 30 arrests — including grand theft, aggravated battery and multiple drug charges — in Sarasota County.


Hey Stupid …. When deputies cut you a break, take it …. especially if you’re a fugitive

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Tallahassee woman last night, March 16, 2015, after she resisted officers without violence. Deputies ran her information and discovered she was a fugitive from justice and wanted in the state of Georgia.

StoryBay County Sheriff’s Office deputies patrolling Thomas Drive on Panama City Beach observed a 2014 white Chevy Cruze blocking traffic. The driver had stopped in the roadway to speak to people travelling on the shoulder of the road. Deputies instructed her to keep her vehicle moving and the driver moved about a foot and then stopped again to talk. Deputies instructed her to turn into the median and the driver agreed but then sped off towards Joan Avenue.

Deputies followed with lights on and made contact with the driver as she was stopped at a traffic light. A traffic stop was conducted when deputies were able get the driver to pull off the road and then block her in with patrol cars when she again attempted to drive away.

Briana Simone Ward, age 23, from Tallahassee, was arrested for Resisting an Officer without Violence. It was discovered her license was suspended and Ward was wanted on a warrant out of Georgia. While being processed for booking into the Bay County Jail, marijuana was found her person.

Ward was also charged with Driving with License Suspended or Revoked, Fugitive from Justice, and Possession of Marijuana, less than 20 grams. She was taken to the Bay County Jail.


Key West: Man tried to sell duct-taped live iguanas hung from his bicycle

A Key West man didn’t have the luck of the Irish Tuesday when he allegedly tried to sell a woman live iguanas that were hog-tied with duct tape.

n-JEREMY-DUGAS-large570Jeremy Dugas, 35, is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for carrying the three reptiles “upon his bicycle [that] were hanging from the handle bars by their legs, which were tightly bound behind them in a cruel and inhumane manner,” according to a report from Key West police officer Frank Betz.

Betz wrote that he and officer Scott Standerwick were on bike patrol on Duval Street about 2 p.m. when a woman flagged them down to tell them Dugas tried to sell her the bound iguanas to cook for dinner.

They found him sitting on his bike in front of the Banana Cafe at 1215 Duval with the iguanas hanging from the handlebars. The animals “had their front and back legs taped with duct tape, with a metal wire running to each set of legs, acting as a handle.”

Dugas told Betz he intended to eat the iguanas, which he said he caught at the Key West Golf Club on College Road on Stock Island. Betz wrote that Dugas said he asked the woman if she wanted to purchase the nonnative invasive animals “in order to make her leave him alone.”

Two patrons at the Banana Cafe confirmed the woman’s claims, telling Betz they heard Dugas trying to sell the iguanas, Betz wrote.

Mitchell Smith, an officer with the Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was called to the scene and told police that Dugas’ method of transporting the iguanas is considered cruel.

“During the removal of the tape, the iguanas remained completely still as though in shock,” the report reads. The iguanas were placed in cages for transport to the SPCA animal shelter and Dugas was arrested.

Dugas reportedly told Betz that “he did not believe there was a problem with what he was doing but also acknowledged the public outcry from several passers-by who saw the condition of the iguanas.”

Bond for Dugas, a line cook, to get out of the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island is $5,000. It’s not known if he gave the woman iguana-cooking instructions.


Four high school students hospitalized after hash oil brownies March 17, 2015

browniesParamedics rushed to Spruce Creek High School Monday after at least four students suddenly became sick, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the students became ill after eating brownies that were laced with hash oil.

At least 10 students ate the laced brownies, which were sold to them by another student, investigators said.

Several students went home with their parents, but the student who allegedly brought the batch of brownies to school was taken into custody.

Deputies said Monday afternoon that they had arrested a 17-year-old boy and charged him with four counts of sale and delivery of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and seven counts of culpable negligence.

“One of the students was so impaired on Monday that he could barely speak,” deputies said in a statement. “[He] sold seven of the brownies at school on Monday for $5 each. He claims he told the people who bought the brownies that they were very potent and shouldn’t be eaten at one time.”

Investigators are working to determine if any other students may have been affected by the brownies.

Deputies said they retrieved another 11 brownies that the student allegedly tossed into a trash can at the school on Monday while running away from a campus official.

Last week, a student was hospitalized after eating a bad brownie, according to the Port Orange Police Department.



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