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Man carrying torch for ex set her car ablaze April 11, 2015

A Lakeland man is facing felony arson charges after being accused of setting his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle on fire inside her garage

fireJames A. Carter, 24, of 808 Florence Ave. N., Lakeland, admitted to investigators he set the fire to exact revenge on former girlfriend Kiera Williams, 24.

On Tuesday, the Winter Haven Police and Fire departments responded to a 3 a.m. call regarding an attached garage on fire at 654 Ave. O SE.

Williams and her parents — Traci and Theodore Williams — were asleep inside the home when they discovered her white Scion engulfed in flames next to her parents’ vehicle, according to a Winter Haven Police Department affidavit.

The Williams family was unhurt during the fire, said police spokeswoman Jamie Brown.

“We thank goodness for that because things could’ve gone a lot worse,” Brown said.

Property and vehicle damage is estimated to be $60,000.

Williams ended a six-year relationship with Carter in January and had obtained a temporary injunction for protection against him.

In the week prior to the car fire, Carter had repeatedly violated the injunction by texting Williams, the police report said. On Saturday, Williams found a burnt area on her front lawn.

After initially denying any involvement, Carter admitted to setting the car fire during an interview Wednesday with Winter Haven detectives about his injunction violations.

According to the affidavit, Carter originally said he placed papers and oil on the Scion’s hood and ignited it. However, Carter changed his statement while being readied for transport to the Polk County Jail.

Carter told detectives he drove from Lakeland to Winter Haven in the early morning hours Tuesday and filled a plastic water bottle with a mixture of water and gasoline. According to the affidavit, his goal was to create a large smoke cloud near the house that would scare Williams and her family.

Instead, the mixture ignited and Carter — unable to hold the bottle — threw it into the garage. He drove back to his Lakeland home and waited for the police to arrest him.

“I let everyone down,” Carter said at the end of his revised statement, according to the affidavit. “My life is over … I am going to prison for a long time.”

Carter has been booked into the Polk County Jail on first-degree felony charges of arson and burglary of a structure with damage. He also faces third-degree felony charges of domestic violence-aggravated stalking after injunction.

 

Probationer Busted For Trying To Pass Off Gatorade As Urine During Court-Ordered Test March 31, 2015

A Florida woman tried to pass off a mixture of Gatorade and warm water as a urine sample during a recent meeting with her probation officer, according to police reports.

coulombeTabatha Coulombe, 29, was jailed last week in connection with her alleged scheme to game the urine test, which is part of the probation requirements stemming from her 2013 sentencing for felony animal cruelty.

In late-January, Coulombe met with her probation officer and provided a urine specimen. But due to “the abnormal color (blush)” and the “abnormal test result,” the officer questioned Coulombe about the sample’s source.

“Coulombe admitted that she did defraud the test and…removed a plastic pill bottle that was concealed in her vagina,” according to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office report. Coulombe’s probation officer subsequently “discovered that the submitted solution was a combination of Gatorade and hot water.”

While police records no not reveal the Gatorade flavor used by Coulombe, it appears likely that she opted for Lemon-Lime or Lemonade (as opposed to Orange, Fruit Punch, or Mango Xtremo).

Three weeks before her attempted Gatorade ruse, Coulombe, seen at left, failed a urine test (amphetamines were detected in a sample she provided).

Coulombe, a Wendy’s employee, is scheduled for an April 12 arraignment on the probation violation charge.

 

Would-be bank robber was drunk, arrived by cab, and couldn’t pay the cab fare March 26, 2015

B9316747001Z.1_20150326134136_000_GPAAB300M.1-0Stanley Geddie arrived by taxicab and was drunk during an attempted heist of a Tallahassee bank Wednesday afternoon, police say.

The 46-year-old was arrested on charges of robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer after demanding $100,000 from a bank manager at the Capital City Bank on Capital Circle Northwest.

Geddie told the manager he had a .357 handgun, was carrying C4 plastic explosives and “would blow this place up,” court records show.

Police arrived at the bank to find the cab driver, who advised them Geddie was drunk and had not paid his $25.50 fare. The driver told police Geddie said, “I will take care of you when I come out.”

When police made contact with Geddie sitting in the manager’s office, he appeared “very intoxicated and spaced out,” according to court records.

Geddie did not follow officers’ commands and was tased during the incident. Court records say that when police told him he would be shot if he made any sudden movements, he said “well then kill me.” He was arrested without further incident. A search revealed Geddie did not have a firearm or explosives.

In an interview with police, the bank manager said Geddie indicated he also had the bank surrounded while continuing to demand the money.

Tellers alerted police to the robbery after the manager closed his office door with Geddie inside and they became concerned.

While being treated for Taser wounds at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Geddie indicated he had on two pairs of pants so he could remove one after the robbery to appear not to be the suspect.

The cab driver told police he wanted to press charges for the unpaid fare, which resulted in the petty theft charge.

 

A man was arrested after being found with his head pretty much buried in the sand March 23, 2015

Louis_Pisapia_mugLouis Pisapia, 44, was jailed on disorderly intoxication and resist officer without violence charges after the Feb. 28 incident in the 2900 block of Southeast Delmar Street in Stuart, an arrest affidavit states.

A Martin County sheriff’s investigator went there about 3 a.m. after a “man down/sick person” report.

A deputy saw Pisapia “on his knees with his head and face in a hole in the front yard.”

“It would appear that Louis created the hole with his hands, due to the fact that his hands and body were covered in dirt,” the affidavit states.

“Bury your head in the sand” is an expression meaning to avoid, or not acknowledge, problems, according to The Phrase Finder web site.

The site states the phrase “comes from the supposed habit of ostriches hiding when faced with attack by predators. The story was first recorded by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, who suggested that ostriches hide their heads in bushes. Ostriches don’t hide, either in bushes or sand, although they do sometimes lie on the ground to make themselves inconspicuous. The ‘burying their head in the sand’ myth is likely to have originated from people observing them lowering their heads when feeding. The story also relies on the supposed stupidity of ostriches, and of birds in general. In fact, there’s little to support that either as birds have a significantly larger brain to weight ratio than many other species of animal. The notion is that the supposedly dumb ostrich believes that if it can’t see its attacker then the attacker can’t see it.”

Meanwhile, Pisapia smelled of booze. A deputy asked whether he needed help getting up.

“(Expletive) you, I don’t have to get up,” Pisapia is quoted as yelling.

Pisapia kept yelling obscenities and was arrested.

The affidavit doesn’t state why Pisapia, of the 2200 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Stuart, had his head buried in the sand/hole.

 

Woman accused of ‘going crazy,’ going after victim with baseball bat March 20, 2015

A 40-year-old woman allegedly went after another woman with a baseball bat after breaking in the victim’s bedroom door in an effort to “talk.”

angie-marie-fanninOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Niceville home on March 6 for a report that a woman was “going crazy,” had swung a baseball bat at a resident and may be armed with a knife, according to the arrest report. When they arrived, they spoke to two victims, as well as Angie Marie Fannin, of Niceville.

Fannin had broken in the female victim’s bedroom door in an effort to “talk” to her, the report said. She then followed the victim to the garage, allegedly swinging an aluminum baseball bat at her and advancing on the victim, who sat down in a chair.

The male victim stopped Fannin and took the bat away, according to the report. Fannin then allegedly struck him in the mouth with her fist, causing a cut on his upper lip.

The female victim told deputies that Fannin believed her boyfriend had been cheating on her with the woman, the report said. The victim said Fannin had become jealous of the friendship between the victim and Fannin’s boyfriend.

Fannin is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and battery.

 

Meow! Woman found burglar under bed while looking for cat

A 61-year-old woman expected to feel the soft fur of her cats when she searched under her bed for them.

catBut to her surprise, she felt a person instead. She had just touched the burglar who was hiding under her bed, Palm Springs police said.

It happened Tuesday at a home in the 100 block of Cayman Drive.

A stranger was knocking on residents’ doors, drawing the suspicion of a neighbor who phoned the police. The neighbor watched the man walk toward the rear of a residence, according to the report.

Inside that home, a woman was searching for her two cats.

As the woman reached under her bed, she “felt she had touched human skin,” an officer wrote in the report. “The suspect was hiding under her bed.”

That caused the man, later identified as Christian Vatovec, 25, of Lake Worth, to sprint from the home and jump a fence before running west toward Henthorne Drive, police said.

Police responded to the neighborhood, and an officer visited the residence where the burglar had been.

The woman said a gold ankle bracelet and digital camera were stolen. Officers found Vatovec near a canal and took him back to the burglarized home, where the woman identified him as the burglar.

Vatovec faces burglary, grand theft and resisting arrest charges. He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail, where he was held in lieu of $53,000 bail.

 

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.

 

 
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