The Bizarre World of Florida

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.


Some People are just too stupid to be a criminal … mask fail: DNA on ski hat left during home invasion nails suspect March 19, 2015

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, my mom Tased me all the time. And I’m a better man for it March 17, 2015

A Deltona woman was arrested and accused of torturing two children by using a stun gun to punish them for stealing from a store, investigating Volusia deputies said.

momMarie Beauvais, 37, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse, her arrest report shows.

Beauvais is out of the Volusia County Branch Jail on $2,000 bail, according to court records.

Deputies said they learned of the case when they went to the Phonetia Drive home Thursday to help a Department of Children & Families investigator.

The DCF investigator said she was investigating an incident that occurred Oct. 20, reports said.

Two girls, ages 16 and 14, told deputies they stole from the Wal-mart in Deltona in October and Beauvais picked them up and brought them home. Once home, Beauvais repeatedly stunned the girls, about 10 to 15 times in their right arms, investigators said.

Deputies saw multiple burn marks on the shoulder of one girl consistent with being stunned with the electric device and both girls had burn marks on their right arms, a report details.

The girls said Beauvais also used a belt on them, deputies said.

The girls did not want to press charges against Beauvais. And one girl said she deserved the punishment for the retail theft she committed, deputies said.

Deputies arrested Beauvais after determining that she “did willfully torture and maliciously” punish the girls, “while carelessly using a Taser or stun gun” causing the children to suffer permanent disfigurement, a report states.


Argument between two women escalated quickly, ending with one running over the other and a teenage boy, then backing up and running them over again March 16, 2015


A 31-year-old woman charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder after running over another woman and her teenage son during an argument Sunday outside of Orlando Paintball was denied bond on Monday.

The argument started because Morrison didn’t want her ex-boyfriend to have their two children around another woman, according to her ex-boyfriend, Frankie D. Washington.

Witnesses saw Morrison yelling at Washington before arguing with a woman — later identified as Mary-Jo Wood — in the parking lot of Orlando Paintball at 7215 Rose Avenue about 5:30 p.m.

During the argument, Morrison allegedly sprayed Wood with pepper spray, according to Washington.

Morrison then ordered her two children — who are fathered by Washington — to get into her car.

That’s when Morrison got into her car, backed up, and then rammed into Wood and her son, pinning them against a wall, according to Washington.

Deputies said she reversed her vehicle and then ran into the teen boy a second time, pushing him into a nearby bench.

Wood, who said she had never met Morrison, told deputies she didn’t see when she was hit because her eyes were sore from the pepper spray. But she heard her son and other people screaming.

After the incident, Morrison drove away at a “high rate of speed,” according to Washington.

Once deputies found Morrison, she told them she sprayed the pepper spray in self-defense because a woman she doesn’t know tried to hit her with a metal “thing.”

She also said her glasses fell off her face while trying to leave the scene. So she was unable to see where she was going, according to an arrest report.

Wood and her son suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the incident.


Senior beatdown? Woman, 83, answers insult with hammer blow

When a Holly Hill man tried to help his longtime partner who was falling out of bed, the woman slapped him and later attacked him with a hammer, police said.

83Anna Robertson, 83, was charged with battery on a person 65 years or older and aggravated battery causing bodily harm. Initially jailed without bail, Robertson was released Thursday afternoon on her own recognizance, court records show. She could not be reached Friday.

Holly Hill police said they were called to the Jarecki home at 7:04 a.m. Thursday where Bobby Miller, 80, reported that Robertson was falling out of bed and he tried to help her but Robertson slapped him in the face, bending his glasses and causing his eye to swell.

Miller said he went to the living room to watch television and 30 minutes later, Robertson came into the living room and hit him in the head with a hammer, police said.

Robertson told police Miller insulted her by calling her a degrading name, so she hit him in the head with the hammer, reports state.

Police said they found the hammer on a counter in the living with a small pool of blood underneath it.

Miller, who said he had been living with Robertson for more than 40 years, had a swollen left eye and a lump on top of his head, police said.


Man threatened landscaping crew he thought yelled at him

A man who thought a landscaping crew yelled obscenities at him as they drove by is facing multiple charges after fighting the crew and pulling a gun on them, police said.

bildeRobert Dittell, 53, was using a leaf blower on his property on Cormorant Circle about 2 p.m. Wednesday when a landscaping crew drove by, and Dittell thought he heard them cursing at him, according to a Daytona Beach police report.

Dittell drove down to the property where the men were working and confronted the crew’s supervisor, who told Dittell he had no idea what Dittell was talking about, according to the report.

The men argued and a physical fight ensued, which the crew members attempted to break up after Dittell put the supervisor in a choke hold, according to the report. The two crew members suffered minor injuries in the scuffle.

After the men were separated, Dittell retrieved a black handgun from his truck and, while pointing it at the men, threatened to kill them all, according to the report.

Dittell, who broke a weed eater that belonged to one of the men, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of battery and one count of criminal mischief with property damage.


Undercover agents: Dozens lined up for heroin at condos March 15, 2015

Undercover deputies said they took a number of heroin dealers off the streets Friday in a raid at the Blossom Park Condos in Orange County.

a aa aaaUndercover drug agents from the DEA and Sheriff’s Office had several men in custody, some of whom jumped from a third-story window to avoid being arrested, officials said.

Agents said they followed a suspected drug dealer to the condos and found people lined up down three flights of stairs waiting to shoot up with heroin inside.

Agents said they were undetected until a marked car showed up outside for an unrelated incident. At that point, it looked like something out of a movie with dozens of people running away, leaving behind drugs and money, officials said.

Authorities said one suspect even jumped from a third-story balcony.

“I didn’t jump from the third floor. He lied,” the suspect said to Butler.

After the suspects were taken into custody, authorities said they found drugs, used needles, cash and gun inside the condo.

Piles of clothes, some with the tags still on them, were also recovered. Agents said addicts steal the clothes and trade them for heroin.

“Were you selling heroin?” Butler asked another suspect.

“No. Swear to God, I wasn’t selling heroin,” said suspect John Cartagena. “Why would I be selling heroin? I don’t even live here. I live all the way in Bushnell. I was here helping. I came all the way over here to help a cousin move. I only smoke weed.”

Following the arrests, several cars pulled up to the complex and drove off after hearing a heroin bust had just gone down.



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