The Bizarre World of Florida

The world’s largest sperm bank has relocated next to a college campus in order to give their target donor base easier access April 1, 2015

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Cryos International, which calls itself the world’s largest international sperm bank, has relocated its U.S. main office and inventory from New York to Orlando.

cryosAccording to a news release, the company expects the move to Orlando will increase the amount of donors and international exposure — due to the region’s 60 million tourists and visitors each year, and the fact that University of Central Florida is among the largest universities in the nation.

“There’s a huge donor base here 18 to 29, because of the universities. Approved donors are screened for a variety of genetic diseases and can make up to $750 a month,” Londeree said.

According to Londeree, the company relocated to Florida for several reasons: High taxes in New York, weather, and “a huge amount of competition in New York for donors.” But the most important factor, Londeree said, was Orlando’s growing reputation as a center of medical research.

The news release from Cryos says it is located IN the Central Florida Research Park, but it is actually outside the boundary of the research park itself.

The company called for new donors to begin signing up for screening online. Cryos says it is looking for donors over 5 feet 9 inches. It accepts donors up to age 39. Donors are also encouraged to allow a child to know the donor’s identity, once the child turns 18 – called a non-anonymous donor.

Cryos has been profiled in national and international media, like Time Magazine and The Guardian, as one of the world’s largest sperm banks since 2000. The company also has a European headquarters in Denmark.

In 2011, Cryos made headlines for an announcement that it would no longer accept sperm donations from redheads, due to over-supply.

A news release from Cryos called the Orlando area “a thriving biomedical community, rich in research facilities and laboratories… with a growing job market.”

“We are looking forward to creating new partnerships in Orlando and utilizing the abundant donor opportunities,” Ole Schou, owner and CEO of Cryos International, said in the release.

About 13 positions were relocated to Orlando, Londeree said, and several open positions are now being advertised. The goal is to ramp up to about 65 employees over the next few years, he said. Medical professionals, such as nurse practitioners and medical techs, are among the possible openings.

Cryos, founded in 1987, says it delivers to 80 countries worldwide and offers an online, interactive database with donors’ vital information and physical details, including photographs and voice recordings.

When ordering sperm, Cryos allows searches for eye color, hair color, race, ethnicity, height, weight, blood type, sperm motility and other factors. Donors can include a baby picture to help prospective sperm buyers visualize their appearance.

Cryos and other sperm banks have coined the term ‘fertility tourism’ to describe international travel to donate or purchase sperm, especially from countries where sperm donation is illegal or where delivery is not possible. Londeree said fertility tourism is more common in Europe and Asia than in North America. He said Cryos has sperm storage locations scattered around the globe that are not publicly disclosed.

Having the sperm bank in Orlando results in lower prices for sperm from Cryos locally – $100 for Orlando messenger delivery, or $50 for pickup, according to the website. That compares to $200 for two-day delivery throughout the U.S.


Drunken man slapped deputy who gave him a lift March 31, 2015

A homeless Hawthorne man was arrested Sunday night after he was accused of slapping an Alachua County sheriff’s deputy who had given him a ride from Hawthorne to Waldo.

slapAt 8:39 p.m., ASO deputies were called to an Alachua County Fire Rescue Station in Hawthorne to help a drunken man identified as 57-year-old Rodney Timothy Shaw, according to an arrest report. ACFR paramedics told a deputy that Shaw did not need medical attention but did not want to walk to his sister’s home nearby. The deputy agreed to give him a lift there.

The deputy brought Shaw to his sister’s house, and she refused to allow him inside. Shaw then asked for a ride to the Classic Inn in Waldo, about eight miles away, the report states.

The deputy agreed to help him. But after they arrived at the motel, at 14925 NE U.S. 301, Shaw got out, turned to the deputy, uttered an obscenity and slapped him in the forearm, the report states.

“The defendant laughed and started to walk away,” the deputy wrote in the report.

The deputy placed Shaw in handcuffs and booked him into the Alachua County jail on a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer, a third-degree felony.

As of Monday afternoon, Shaw remained in custody in lieu of $20,000 bond. According to Alachua County court records, he has faced several charges over the past 30 years, ranging from robbery to driving without a valid license. Florida Department of Corrections records show Shaw served 10 prison sentences from 1975 to 2013 and has been previously convicted on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer.


Woman accused of shooting at car after dispute

stories-from-the-streetA 29-year-old Freeport woman is accused of shooting at another woman in a moving vehicle after a dispute at a private property.

Walton County Sheriff’s deputies were called for the shooting on March 26, according to the arrest report.

Deputies encountered Hailey Elizabeth Smith as they responded to the call, the report said. Smith told them the other woman had tried to kill her, and claimed the woman had tried to run her over in a vehicle.

She said she fell to the ground and retrieved her handgun, shooting at the car, according to the report. The woman said she was in fear for her life and tried to flee when she realized Smith and a man had blocked her in at the property.

She said she was trying to get around the vehicle blocking her when she saw Smith draw her firearm.

Smith is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, firing a weapon in public and firing a missile into a vehicle.


Duo arrested in burglaries after being caught in act by homeowner March 30, 2015

Volusia County deputies have arrested a duo they say teamed up to burglarize DeLand homes before they were caught in the act by a homeowner on Thursday afternoon.

Tobias-Cobb--Kimberly-Jarrell-jpgTobias Cobb, 35, and Kimberly Jarrell, 38, were arrested after deputies say Jarrell would knock on doors to check if potential burglary victims were home and if no one was home, Cobb would burglarize the house.

Deputies said Margaret Gulla, a former weightlifter, came home to her house on Princeton Road to find Cobb in a bedroom of her house.

“You are in my mother and dad’s house and it ain’t happening,” said Gulla.

When Gulla tried to call for help, Cobb smacked her phone out of her hand and punched her in the face, according to the report.

“He hit me, so I socked him in his eye and he was trying to get away and I had him by his shirt and I wouldn’t let go. I tried to drag him to get to the phone,” said Gulla.

A neighbor chased Cobb to a plaza on South Woodland Boulevard and flagged down a deputy.

Deputies said Cobb surrendered after a deputy tracked him to a closet and said “You can come out of the closet or you can be bit by my dog.”

Deputies found a hammer, rubber gloves and the victim’s family’s jewelry in his backpack, according to a release.

Cobb was charged with burglary with assault/battery, burglary of an occupied structure, grand theft, depriving the use of 911, resisting an officer without violence, possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.

Jarrell was arrested on a principal to burglary charge after the neighbor spotted her walking with Cobb just before the burglary.

They were both booked into Volusia County jail.

“Just don’t come back to my house again, because the next time you’ll get shot,” said Gulla.


Man accused of shoplifting adult pleasure device

The buzz in Vero Beach on March 16 was at Spencer’s in the Indian River Mall.

oscar_gil_mugA store manager told an Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy that a male and female walked in the store’s adult toy section where the female selected a vibrator.That’s where an 18-year-old man stands accused of absconding with a vibrator after a female friend picked up the pleasuring device and proclaimed, “I want this,” an affidavit states.

After she expressed her desire to possess the $12.99 erotic device, the male plucked it from its packaging and pocketed it.

They proceeded past all points of sale without paying.

The store manager evidently got bad vibes from the male, identified as Oscar Gil, of Fort Pierce, and stopped him.

A deputy asked to speak with Gil. He said he swiped the sex toy, the make and model of which were not included in the affidavit, after his female friend told him she wanted it.

“Gil told me there was no reason he took it and that he was just ‘stupid,’” the affidavit states.

Gil was arrested on a misdemeanor shoplifting/retail theft charge.


Car chase suspect “wanted to get high before going to jail” March 26, 2015

A man in a stolen car fled from Jupiter police, and then ingested cocaine and Xanax because he “wanted to get high before going to jail,” according to an arrest report.

runnerPolice said they stopped John Grossman, 25, at about 2 a.m. Monday near the McDonald’s at 6760 W. Indiantown Road because his headlight was out. When the officer ran the tags, he realized the car had been stolen, according to the report.

Officers said they could smell marijuana in the car. They also told him the car was stolen, but Grossman said he had just bought the car and could show them the title. When he was supposed to reaching over to the glove box, Grossman put the car in gear and took off toward I-95, according to the report.

After a brief chase that went onto the interstate, Grossman finally got out of the car. Officers said they saw a white powder on his face and he admitted to taking Xanax pills.

“I know what I did was stupid,” Grossman told officers, according to the report. “I’m just going to get high before I go out. … I know I’m going back to prison.”
Police found Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and about $700 in cash in the car.

He faces 11 different charges, including fleeing a police officer, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, battery and possession of drugs with intent to sell.

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $12,000 bail.


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

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.



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