The Bizarre World of Florida

Knife-wielding man tries to get imaginary girlfriend from garbage truck May 8, 2015

A 75-year-old man was arrested on aggravated assault and cocaine possession Monday after being accused of threatening a garbage truck operator with a knife and trying to retrieve an imaginary girlfriend.

trashAt about 8:30 a.m., a WCA Waste Corporation truck was making rounds in the Linton Oaks apartment complex when a man armed with a kitchen knife stood in front of the vehicle and ordered its driver to get out. The knife-wielding man, identified by sheriff’s deputies as Walter Welch, also told the driver he believed his girlfriend was in the truck and tried to climb inside the cab, according to a jail booking report.

The driver ignored Welch’s orders and went on his way. Welch returned with a can of pepper spray and emptied its contents into an air intake on the vehicle, the report states.

The driver summoned the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and deputies went to Welch’s home. There they found what they believed was crack cocaine sitting on a coffee table, along with a bottle that had been modified to smoke the drug, the report states.

The garbage truck required $100 worth of cleaning due to the pepper spray.

Welch was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, property damage, burglary, possession of cocaine and possession of drug equipment. As of Tuesday morning, he remained in the Alachua County jail in lieu of a $55,000 bond.

Alachua County court records show Welch was arrested in March on suspicion of possession of cocaine. He also faced a drug possession charge in 2013, but successfully completed a pretrial intervention program.


Naked couple found in truck; woman facing drug charges May 7, 2015

A woman found nude with another person in a truck in a wooded area along East Miracles Strip Parkway is facing drug charges.

maryann-elizabeth-prokoschOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were doing a security check in the area on April 27 around 11:30 p.m., according to the arrest report. They noticed a white truck parked in the woods with all the lights off and found that two people inside were both naked.

The two were allowed to get dressed and then deputies asked if there was anything in the truck that would “get them in trouble,” the report said. The passenger, 49-year-old Maryann Elizabeth Prokosch, of Miramar Beach, allegedly said she had a pipe in her purse that she used to smoke crack cocaine.

She gave deputies the purse to search and then said she had a piece of crack cocaine under the seat where she was sitting in the truck, according to the report. Deputies found a rock of crack cocaine.

Prokosch is charged with possession of cocaine.


Woman jailed on drug charges after asking deputy about ID theft May 4, 2015

brianna-lashae-jonesA Fort Walton Beach woman is facing drug charges after allegedly calling deputies to inquire about “identity theft.”

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call on April 19 around 1 a.m., according to the arrest report. The woman, identified as 19-year-old Brianna Lashae Jones, pulled up next to deputies in her car.

While speaking to Jones, deputies noticed the smell of marijuana coming from her car and detained her, the report said. In plain view, they allegedly saw a while pill identified as alprazolam.

Jones admitted that two people who had just gotten out of her vehicle had smoked marijuana and that she didn’t have a prescription for alprazolam, according to the report.

She is charged with possession of a controlled substance.


Man on meth surfed on stranger’s car April 30, 2015

A man is facing charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct after going for a ride on a stranger’s car, and it was all caught on cellphone video.

It happened Sunday morning on South Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan.

Watch cellphone video of incident

Witnesses said it all started when Jonathan Restrepo, 25, of Coral Springs, jumped out of his girlfriend’s car in the middle of traffic.

Restrepo jumped onto several cars and even jumped into a convertible going 20 mph, according to the man who shot the cellphone video.

“He was running around like a monkey with his tongue out, waving his arms in the air, jumping on top of cars,” the man who recorded the cellphone video said.

One driver didn’t stop, and kept driving down A1A with Restrepo on the roof of her Nissan Altima. In the cellphone video, you can see Restrepo scrambling back and forth on the roof on his knees, even peering in through the windows at the terrified driver.

Eventually, as seen in the video, Lantana and Manalapan police arrive coming the other way on A1A and Restrepo jumps off the car and bolts for a grassy area by the Intracoastal Waterway.

“When he went to run away from the cops, he didn’t even run away from them,” the man who recorded the video said. “He ran a few feet and then ran back at them. He was really confused, just acting crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Restrepo followed police orders to lie down on the ground.

Officers say Restrepo told them he was using crystal meth and that someone was after him.

He was arrested on charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief for causing more than $1,000 damage to two different cars.

Restrepo was taken to a hospital after being arrested and has since been released.


Man accused of breaking into house, snoozing on couch April 28, 2015

A 20-year-old man is accused of breaking into an abandoned house and falling asleep on the couch, where deputies found him.

michael-james-brownOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating a call about reported suicide threats around 10 p.m. on April 13, according to the arrest reports. They found that a 16-year-old had left the residence they were called to in the company of Michael James Brown, of Crestview.

Deputies were reportedly told the two might be at an abandoned home.

When they arrived, they found Brown and then teen in the abandoned home, asleep on the couch, the report said. Marijuana and a bong were in plain view near the two.

The homeowner told deputies no one was supposed to be in the home and said he’d told Brown he couldn’t enter the house earlier that day, according to the report. Additional paraphernalia was found in Brown’s vehicle.

Brown is charged with burglary, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Man with gun spices things up at Thai restaurant April 27, 2015

A Mississippi man is facing multiple weapons charges after allegedly being seen with a handgun in his waistband while at Thai Spice, 201 Miracle Strip Parkway.

jonathan-lee-brownFort Walton Beach Police officers were called to Thai Spice around 2:25 a.m. on April 12 for a report of a man carrying a gun, according to the arrest report. The caller said he’d seen 29-year-old Jonathan Lee Brown of Toomsuba with a gun.

When officers arrived, they saw a man later identified as Brown walking outside the building, the report said. The spoke to Brown in front of the bar and he allegedly lifted his shirt, revealing a loaded pistol in his waistband.

During a search, officers found .5 grams of “Molly” in Brown’s pocket, according to the report. Witnesses, including the bar owner, said they’d heard Brown telling people he had the gun and seen him with the gun.

The gun was found to be stolen and Brown was found to be a convicted felon, the report said.

He is charged with grand theft of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance.


A Spring breaker ran out of breaks as deputy ran out of patience

A 19-year-old Illinois man is facing felony charges after a deputy caught him with a fake driver’s license and gave him a warning, only to catch him trying to break into a bar 20 minutes later.

chase-howell-berlinghofAn Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy working an approved off-duty security detail around 2:30 a.m. on April 11 noticed Chase Howell Berlinghof looking into vehicles in the parking lot of The Boardwalk, according to the arrest report. The deputy spoke with Berlinghof, “in an attempt to dispel the belief he was attempting to or about to commit a vehicle burglary.”

Berlinghof agreed to a search, which revealed a baggie with drug residue and a fake Colorado driver’s license in his pocket, the report said. Berlinghof allegedly said the bag had contained “Molly” and the license was made by a friend with a fake birth date so he could drink.

The deputy seized the items and told Berlinghof to leave The Boardwalk, according to the report. He learned later that Berlinghof had been kicked out of The Swamp earlier in the evening after security allegedly found him trying to ingest cocaine in the bathroom.

Around 20 minutes after the first encounter, security at The Swamp called the deputy because Berlinghof was at the rear entrance of the club, the report said. The deputy allegedly found Berlinghof walking around The Crab Trap, inside a closed off metal gate.

After being arrested, Berlinghof admitted he had jumped the fence to find alcohol, according to the report. He later allegedly admitted that the baggie in his pocket had contained cocaine and he’d used the fake ID to enter the club and get alcohol.

He is charged with fraud – unauthorized possession of a forged driver’s license, burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.



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