The Bizarre World of Florida

Man, 92, tried to kill daughter because she went against ‘old school principles’ September 9, 2012

A 92-year-old Orlando-area man faces first-degree attempted murder charges after deputies say he hit his daughter over the head with a frying pan, tried to shoot her twice then tried to grab a knife to stab her.

When Orange County deputies arrived at Benjamin King’s home on the 1200 block of Linton Avenue, he had bloodied arms and shins. His arrest affidavit said his injures happened during a brawl with his adult daughter, Patricia Pernacchia.

Pernacchia, who lives with her father and is his caretaker, told deputies King had never been abusive in the past. She also said they had recently gotten into an argument because she allowed her adult son and his fiancée to sleep in the same bed and he thought that was “against his old school principles.”

She was at her father’s home Thursday morning when he came from the kitchen and hit her over the head with a heavy frying pan from behind.

When Pernacchia didn’t pass out from the blow to the head, King tried to hit her again. Pernacchia wrestled the pan from his hand and he demanded to see her head, saying he had “hoped (the pan) was heavy enough to kill her,” the affidavit said.

After Pernacchia got ahold of the pan, King reached for his .22-caliber pistol and shot at his daughter twice.

Both times, the gun failed to discharge and Pernacchia was able to wrestle the gun from him as well.

During the fight for the gun, deputies say King attempted to load a bullet into the chamber of the gun and clear any obstructions that had prevented firing when he pulled the trigger twice before.

Pernacchia managed to get to a phone to call for help. While she was on the phone with 911 dispatchers, King went to the kitchen to grab a knife. Pernacchia said she had to slam the drawer shut on his hand to stop him.

King is now being held in the Orange County Jail without bail. Pernacchia said she thinks he may have some kind of psychological problem.


Girl attacked mother in dispute over ‘short shorts’ September 8, 2012

A 15-year-old Destin girl faces charges after she and her mother got into an  argument, which turned physical, over “short shorts.”

On Aug. 30 an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy was summoned to a Destin  residence (the address was redacted from the arrest report) to investigate a  disturbance.

Once there the deputy was told by the girl’s mother that she and her daughter  had become embroiled in an argument over shorts that were too short for school.  The woman said her daughter became “verbally combative,” so as punishment she  decided to remove some electronics from the girl’s room.

The girl started throwing items around the room and told her mother to “Shut  up f—— bitch!” the deputy wrote in his report.

The girl’s mother admitted she “smacked” the girl in the mouth for cursing  her, at which point the girl knocked her mother’s glasses off, kicked and bit  her several times, and tried to choke her before fleeing the house.

The deputy saw bite marks and bruises on the woman’s arm.

Another sheriff’s deputy found the girl at her bus stop and asked her what  had happened. The girl recounted a similar to story to her mother’s, but said  she bit her mother so she could escape.

She was charged with misdemeanor battery and has an Oct. 10 court date.


Woman says she attacked mother because she wanted a lighter

A woman told lawmen she punched her mother in the neck with her car keys in  her fist because she wanted to get a cigarette lighter out of her mother’s purse  and her mother was trying to stop her.

On Aug. 27 a Fort Walton Beach Police officer went to a Wright Parkway  address after receiving a report of a battery.

Once there he spoke with the woman’s mother, who said she rushed to her  daughter’s house because her daughter was threatening suicide. Once there the  two became involved in an argument.

When the argument was over, the mother returned to her car. Her daughter  reached into the car and tried to take her mother’s purse. A struggle ensued,  and the daughter became enraged and began punching her mother. At one point the  daughter swung at her mother with her car keys in her fist, cutting her  throat.

When the police officer questioned the daughter, she admitted to attacking  her mother and said the reason was she “wanted a lighter” that was in her  mother’s purse.

The daughter was charged with misdemeanor battery and has a Sept. 18 court  date.


Man seen chasing woman near sex novelty shop

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Bizzarre,Dispute,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:53 pm

A man was arrested after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend to the ground and  tried to get her into a car in downtown Fort Walton Beach.

The incident is said to have occurred near Romantic Ideas, a sex novelty  shop, on Miracle Strip Parkway. A Fort Walton Beach Police officer was called to  the area by a report of a man chasing a woman.

A witness told the officer that the man pushed his fiancee to the ground and  tried to force her into a vehicle. The woman corroborated the witness’s story  but refused to provide a written statement.

The two have been living together for five months and are engaged to be  married.

The man was charged with battery and has a Sept. 18 arrest date.


Man accused of crashing into police cruiser, pulling a gun on cop September 5, 2012

Officer Wrestles Gun Away During Struggle with Armed


Arrested Suspect: Preston Bernard Johns, B/M, DOB 08/17/90 of 1100 64th Avenue South

At about 10:45 p.m. last night, a 2011 Nissan VRS driven by the above listed suspect struck a St. Petersburg Police cruiser at

the intersection of 39 Avenue South and 6th Street. According to reports the Nissan was traveling at a high rate of speed

with it lights out north bound on 6th Street as the cruiser turned left east bound in front of it onto 39th Avenue South.

After the collision, Johns fled from his car heading in a westerly direction. Officer Lisa Gaskins, 30, who was operating the

cruiser, called for assistance and was later transported to Edward White Hospital with minor injuries.

A K-9 Unit responded to the area and began to track Johns who was eventually observed by officers fleeing west into Lake

Maggiore Park in the 3800 block of Dr. MLK Street South.

Acting Sergeant Kevin Sullivan, 37, pursued Johns on foot, eventually tackling him to the ground. Johns resisted and during

the ensuing struggle pulled a 9mm automatic pistol from his waist band. Acting Sergeant Sullivan was able to disarm Johns

and take him to custody.

Johns has been charged with several felony charges to include Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting

Arrest with Violence, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injuries.

At the time of this incident Johns was on felony probation for Armed Robbery and had several prior arrests for Battery on a

Law Enforcement Officer


‘I aint’ stoppin’ unless you have a warrant’ September 4, 2012

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Dispute,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 5:13 pm

A man who refused to stop and answer an Okaloosa County Sheriff deputy’s  questions about possible gunshots was arrested for obstruction.

On Aug. 29 the deputy was sent to a King Street address after the Sheriff’s  Office received multiple reports of shots fired.

When he arrived he found a group of about six people walking away from the  area. He stopped to question them.

All the people stopped except one. The deputy told him to stop, and the man  replied, “I ain’t stopping unless you have a warrant,” and continued to walk  away.

He was charged with obstruction without violence, a misdemeanor.

His court date is Sept. 18.


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.



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