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Mom ankle deep in trouble after throwing shoe at daughter May 11, 2015

Some people may not want to be in Linda Morgan’s shoes.

linda_morganThat’s because she got booted into jail after being accused April 22 of throwing a shoe at her 20-year-old daughter in Vero Beach.

Investigators determined Morgan got in a verbal altercation with her daughter. Morgan tossed the shoe, an article of clothing worn on a foot, at her daughter while a deputy was there.Indian River County Sheriff’s officials arrested Morgan, 50, following the flying footwear flap at an address in the 3900 block of 46th Street, records state.

The footwear flinging allegations against Morgan recall the Eddie Murphy stand-up routine known as “Shoe Throwin’ Mothers” in which Murphy explains his mother’s skill at throwing and hitting him with a shoe following perceived infractions.

“She would carry that (expletive) like a gun,” Murphy said in the “Delirious” video from 1983. “By the time I was like 10, my mother was like Clint Eastwood with a shoe.”

Meanwhile, Indian River sheriff’s investigators found the spat between Morgan and her daughter happened when Morgan locked her daughter out of the home. The daughter forced her way in, angering Morgan.

Some might not describe Morgan as a goody two-shoes or straight-laced because the report states she made “several threatening statements” towards her daughter. The report doesn’t indicate whether the statements caused anyone to be shaking in their boots.

Morgan, of the 3900 block of 46th Street in Vero Beach, was jailed on an assault/domestic violence charge.

 

Woman, 40, Battered Live-In Beau During Beef Over How To Properly Fry Chicken April 28, 2015

Meet Bahunti Williams.

bahuntiwilliamsAccording to cops, the Florida woman battered her live-in boyfriend during an argument over how she was frying chicken.

Williams, 40, and Christopher Waters were in their Bradenton apartment Sunday evening when the fried chicken dispute turned violent. Seen above, Williams “punched the victim with a closed fist over the left eye causing the skin to split open,” police reported. She also allegedly scratched Waters’s chest.

When cops arrived at the couple’s residence, Waters–who has been with Williams for nine years–said that he did not want to press charges.

Williams was busted for misdemeanor domestic battery and booked into the Manatee County jail, from which she was released yesterday. Williams’s rap sheet includes two prior domestic battery arrests, though neither resulted in a conviction.

 

Mom used Facebook to setup fight between teens April 23, 2015

A Pasco County mother is under arrest, accused of being caught on video instigating a fight between two teenagers while being armed with a knife.

635651204672401433-TABITHA-ANNE-BENNETT33-year-old Tabitha Anne Bennett is charged with child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and simple battery. She is currently free on $10,500 bond.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office says on the evening of April 12, Bennett drove her 13-year-old daughter to the area of Moog Road and Colonial Hills Drive so the child could fight with a 14-year-old girl. Bennett allegedly sent a Facebook message to the 14-year-old telling her where to meet for the fight.

Once there, deputies say Bennett got out of her vehicle while holding a folding knife, and told the crowd that had been gathering she would not allow anyone to join in the fight.

At least two cell phones recorded the fight, and were posted to social media. In the video, Bennett is allegedly seen yelling and encouraging her daughter to “get on top” of the 14-year-old. At one point, Bennett is seen kicking the 14-year-old in the side and pulling her to the ground by her hair, allowing her daughter to get on top of her and continue the fight.

According to her arrest report, Bennett said she admitted to encouraging the fight, because she felt her daughter was being bullied and needed to fight back.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released the video, because it is a child abuse case.

 

Man breaks into ex’s home, defecates on belongings March 31, 2015

A family of four had a rude awakening Friday morning when the homeowner’s ex broke in and defecated on several of the family’s belongings, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

photo-JPGThe victim was asleep at first, but at least one of the three children inside the home allegedly witnessed Michael Anthony Johnson, 27, of Apopka, break into the home and defecate on things, deputies said.

Johnson is accused of defecating on the victim’s bed sheets, a glass kitchen plate, a wallet and a dresser.

Johnson was arrested in January for domestic battery, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest and was not supposed to be at the home, deputies said. A court order was issued banning him from returning to the home.

“The defendant had only been out of jail two days before violating the no contact order,” investigators said in the arrest report.

Johnson allegedly gave deputies false information, but one officer said, “I recognized the defendant, and remembered responding to the same address in regards to an aggravated stalking with credible threat in May 2014.”

Johnson was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, criminal mischief, sanitary nuisance, providing false information to law enforcement, petit theft and aggravated stalking. He was booked into the Orange County Jail on Friday.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Woman throws dog poop at neighbor during argument March 23, 2015

Amy Goldberg told her neighbor she’d had enough of her crap.

poopSpecifically, Goldberg, 57, said she was tired of her neighbor’s dog defecating in her yard, but the way Goldberg expressed her anger resulted in her arrest, according to Boca Raton police.

According to the arrest report, Goldberg’s neighbor was walking her dog just before 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 4200 block of Northwest 60th Drive. The woman’s dog did its business on Goldberg’s yard, and Goldberg came out to confront her about it.

The neighbor, 67, said she was going to clean it up, but Goldberg was yelling at her, according to the report. Frustrated, the neighbor told Goldberg if she was going to yell, Goldberg could clean it up herself.

And that’s where things got messy, police said.

Goldberg grabbed a plastic baggie, scooped up the feces, chased after her neighbor and threw the poop at her. She then went up to her neighbor and smeared the poop on her neighbor’s face and arms, according to the report.
Goldberg told police she threw the poop in her neighbor’s general direction, but never touched her. She said her neighbor habitually lets her dogs poop in her yard, and Wednesday, Goldberg said she saw no attempt by her neighbor to clean up the excrement.

She accused her neighbor of smearing the feces on herself to frame Goldberg for the attack. She added that her neighbor has had it out for her for quite a while, according to the report.

Goldberg is charged with assault on an elderly person. She was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Wednesday and released Thursday.

 

 
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