The Bizarre World of Florida

Fired pest control employee kept working, scammed customers September 3, 2012

Filed under: Controversy,Dispute,Fraud,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:55 pm

A-1 Pest Control employed Luis Angel Roman for several years. He was terminated on July 1, 2012, due to failed environmental regulations.

Being terminated from the company did not stop Roman from doing business with the customers though, nor did it stop him from using the A-1 Pest Control company name. Roman continued visiting his regular customers and selling them pest control services. He even advised some of his customers that they were “infested” with “super termites” that he referred to as “Formosa termites.” He advised them that they should purchase costly contracts from him (as he continued representing the company they already knew and trusted) so he could assist in getting rid of the insects.

Several customers trusted Roman’s professional advice and purchased the costly contracts. Obviously, none of the customers had reason to believe that Roman had been terminated from A-1 Pest Control.

One customer became suspicious when her son, who was visiting from out of town, questioned a contract written by Roman for fungus. The son could find no fungus, contacted A-1 Pest Control, and was advised that Roman was terminated in July. The customer then called the Sheriff’s Office and the investigation began.

After speaking with the owner of A-1 Pest Control, Jerry Cole, detectives determined that Roman had been writing fictitious contracts, cashing the checks, and keeping the money. Mr. Cole also advised there are no such insects as “Formosa termites.”

The victims identified Luis Angel Roman out of a photo pack as the individual that sold pest control services to them, representing A-1 Pest Control.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Luis Angel Roman W/M DOB/08-03-1971 for Grand Theft (2 counts). Shortly after the warrant was issued, another case was received by the lead detective. This case involves one victim that signed six fictitious contracts over a four-month period, totaling $13,365. This victim also identified Roman as the suspect. Additional charges are forthcoming as other cases come in.


Woman clings to trunk of car to keep man from driving off with child September 2, 2012

A woman who climbed onto the trunk of a car to keep a man from driving off with their child held on as the man repeatedly tried to throw her off, police said.

The woman finally was forced into the car by the man who sped through the streets and swerved into opposite lanes of traffic, telling her, “I’m going to kill all of us,” according to a report.

The man, Charrence Demond Hunt, was arrested Saturday on numerous charges, according to the Gainesville Police Department, which gave the following account.

Hunt, 22, went to the woman’s house on Northeast 39th Place around 2 p.m. Friday to bring her some money, and they began arguing when Hunt accused her of stealing his debit card.

Hunt went into the apartment to look for the card and the woman waited outside with the child. When he came out, Hunt grabbed some money from the woman’s hand and began choking her. She got free and ran to Hunt’s car to get the child, who was in a car seat in the back seat.

Hunt took the child away from her, put the child back in the car seat, and dragged the woman into the apartment, leaving the child unsecured and unattended.

The woman dialed 911 as she struggled with Hunt to keep him from leaving with the child, and he knocked the phone away.

As Hunt tried to drive away, the woman climbed onto the trunk of the car and he sped up and stopped abruptly to try to throw her off.

At one point, he got out of the car and punched her, knocking her off the car. Hunt then dragged her away and shoved her into some bushes, where she hit her head on a wall.


Firefighters reprimanded after risque behavior at ‘strip’ show

No bump-and-grind if it’s on city time.

That’s the line Jacksonville Fire Chief Marty Senterfitt is taking  after six off-duty firefighters were reprimanded for what the department  views as risque behavior at an Aug. 2 benefit auction, the Florida Times-Union reports.

From now on, firefighters will have to tone down the act if they even appear to be representing the city, Senterfitt said.

Photos from the benefit at Whisky River showed male firefighters  faking sexual positions and a female lieutenant wearing firefighter  pants and suspenders that covered only her nipples. “I’m not going to allow anybody to go out there and do anything that resembles stripping,” Senterfitt said.


Woman arrested after she tries to sell piranhas to undercover officer

They met in a parking lot like a pair of drug dealers, but the contraband consisted of live piranhas.

An undercover wildlife officer bought three red-bellied piranhas in West Palm Beach last week, in an operation aimed at keeping the ferocious fish out of Florida’s waterways, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Although their reputed ability to reduce a human being to a skeleton in minutes is a myth, experts say the predatory fish could disrupt Florida’s freshwater ecosystems if they got loose, using their razor sharp teeth to feed on the state’s native fish.

Kristina M. Dempsey, of Lake Worth, was charged with three misdemeanors, after the deal was carried out in the parking lot of a Walmart in West Palm Beach, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In an interview, she said she was simply trying to get rid of aquarium fish she no longer wanted in a more responsible manner than dumping them in a lake or canal.

The investigation began when an officer saw a notice to sell the piranhas on Craigslist.


Threesome sex romp ended in gunfire September 1, 2012

First came the menage a trois.Then the gunshots. Somebody called the SWAT team.

By Thursday morning, Pasco sheriff’s deputies had most of the details sorted out and a husband and wife in jail.

Here’s their report:

David Rice and his wife, Mindi, both 29 and already familiar with the Pasco jail, spent Wednesday evening at their home on 20th Street injecting themselves with prescription drugs and having sex with a 24-year-old woman.

They all fell asleep. Then Mrs. Rice woke early Thursday to find her husband trying to have sex again with their friend — without her, deputies said. This made her angry, sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Doll said. Mr. Rice insisted “he was only trying to grab the covers to cover himself,” Doll added.

Mrs. Rice grabbed a loaded revolver, threatened to kill the woman and fired a round into the ceiling, deputies reported. Her husband took the gun away, authorities said, and squeezed her throat “with one hand while holding the handgun beside her face.”

“B—-, I’ll f—— kill you,” Mr. Rice told his wife, according to the report.

He fired the gun, the bullet whizzing past Mrs. Rice’s head and lodging into the wall.

The woman called 911 and managed to escape about 2 a.m. The husband and wife refused to come outside, so the SWAT team assembled.

The standoff lasted two hours. The couple eventually came outside voluntarily, but Mr. Rice fought with deputies who shocked him with a Taser. He ran back inside, barricading doors, but was persuaded to give up by negotiators.

The couple remained in jail Thursday, charged with aggravated assault.

Mr. Rice was also charged with obstructing officers and held without bail. He was supposed to be in court for a trial Sept. 4 to face charges of burglary, grand theft and possession of oxycodone, court records state.

Mrs. Rice, held in lieu of $5,000 bail, was sentenced in June to two years of felony probation for credit card fraud, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. Authorities said she stole the credit card in 2011 so she could bail her husband out of jail.


Woman threatened to blow up law firm August 29, 2012

A 25-year-old woman accused of threatening to “blow up” Sinclair Law Offices was arrested Saturday on a felony charge, according to records obtained Monday and a jail official.

Michelle Nizza, of the 800 block of Southwest Thrift Avenue in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a charge of threatening to bomb/threatening to discharge a destructive device in connection with the Friday incidents.

The listed address for the Sinclair Law Offices — a firm specializing in medical, hospital and nursing malpractice — is in the 2100 block of Reserve Park Trace in Port St. Lucie.

A man identified by Port St. Lucie police as a victim in the case said he got an email from Nizza at 9:25 a.m. in which she referenced her son being injured.

The victim’s receptionist, also identified as a victim, reported Nizza called 10 times between 1:55 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Some of the calls to the receptionist indicated a desire to speak with the victim. On the seventh call, Nizza is accused of using an ethnic slur, and on the eighth she is accused of saying, “I’m going to blow up Sinclair Law Offices.”

During the ninth call, Nizza is quoted as saying, “Tic, tic, tic, you (expletive), you’re not dead yet?”

Nizza on the 10th call is accused of calling the receptionist an inappropriate name and of threatening to rape her grandchildren.

When police called Nizza, she began screaming “something unintelligible” and hung up.

Nizza was arrested Saturday, and was held Monday in the St. Lucie County jail in lieu of $15,000 bail, a jail official said.


Fake cop yelled and threatened to arrest people at bar

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Dispute,Florida Nut,Fraud,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:44 pm

A man who apparently was intoxicated when he went to a business and told customers he was a police officer and threatened to arrest them was later taken into custody.

Officers received a call Sunday night from an employee at the Suite 306 Lounge at 3131 SW College Road, who said a man entered the building and identified himself as an Ocala Police Department officer, yelled at some people and said he was going to arrest everyone. The man also said he was working an off-duty detail for the next few weeks outside the business.

The man later was identified as Scott Jason Williams.

While Williams was in the lounge, an employee took his photo and sent it to police, who responded that he was not an officer with their agency.

Police came to the area and searched for Williams, who was found at a nearby eatery. When questioned by an officer, he denied being at the lounge but later said he was there and said he had consumed so much alcohol he could not remember what occurred.

Williams was arrested for falsely impersonating an officer and unauthorized use of personal information. With the arrest, his probation for a prior offense was violated. He remains without bond at the Marion County Jail.



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