The Bizarre World of Florida

Thief steals guns, $18,000 in nickels during house party February 27, 2015

If you’ve seen someone carrying around $18,000 worth of nickels, police in North Naples, Florida, want to talk with you.

iStock_000051318116_Large_1424899413225_13944100_ver1.0_640_480Investigators said 183 boxes filled with bankrolls of nickels were stolen February 15 during a house party held in a gated community.

The five cent coins were stored in blue and white boxes that were the size of large bricks, Fox4Now reports.

About 360,000 nickels were stolen, weighing 3,968 pounds.

Police are asking local banks and businesses with coin-counting machines to report anyone who attempts to change an exceptionally large amount of nickels into larger bills, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Thieves also made off with a .12-gauge shotgun, a .45-caliber firearm and miscellaneous ammunition in addition to the nickels, CBS Miami reports.


Mom got slugged at high school baseball game February 19, 2015

photo_1424293902710_13437250_ver1.0_640_480Sonya Heiser just wanted to watch her son’s baseball game Tuesday night.

But she got slugged in the face instead, police say, and they took her mother-in-law, Sharon H. Heiser, 69, of Naples, into custody and charged her with battery.

The incident happened at about 8 p.m. at Naples High School.

Sonya Heiser told officers that Sharon Heiser, struck her on the right side of the cheek using her right hand, with an open fist. The report said Sharon Heiser was trying to intervene in an argument Sonya Heiser was having with her husband, Richard, Sharon Heiser’s son.

According to the report, Sharon Heiser declined striking her daughter-in-law. The other family members who were at the baseball game backed up her story.

But another witness told police that Sharon Heiser struck Sonya Heiser while the latter was trying to leave the bleachers to avoid an argument.


Mother dies after being shot, stabbed by husband in front of their children February 13, 2015

A woman who was brutally attacked by her husband in front of their children early Thursday morning died overnight, according to Hillsborough County sheriff’s officials.

Keith-DukesMichelle Dukes, 34, was airlifted in critical condition to Tampa General Hospital from her street in Riverview on Thursday morning after her husband, Keith Dukes, 48, allegedly slit her throat and shot her multiple times in the upper body, the sheriff’s office said. He now faces a charge of second-degree murder.

After the incident Thursday morning, Hillsborough deputies found Keith Dukes near the family’s home, standing in the Alafia River. He told them he did it because his wife tried to take their daughters away.

“My life is over,” Keith Dukes told deputies as they apprehended him, according to a probable cause affidavit. “I wish you could have just killed me. Just take me to jail.” According to the affidavit, he had been separated from his wife for about a year.

The couple’s daughters, ages 7, 13 and 14, were waiting in the car for a ride to school when the violence broke out. Keith Dukes first stabbed or cut his wife in the throat inside their home at 8818 Van Fleet Road, a quiet suburban street with no sidewalks and ranch homes. She ran from the house screaming for help and her daughters, who saw her from the car, ran with her, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said at a news conference Thursday morning.

A passing Waste Management truck driver saw the family running toward him, begging for help, so he called 911. Michelle Dukes was covered in blood.

“I saw a cut going from one side of her neck to the other,” the driver, Jason Alvarez, said.

A neighbor who had come outside after he heard commotion gave the dispatcher the address. In the meantime, the family took refuge in another neighbor’s home.

A short time later, Alvarez heard a gunshot. Keith Dukes had broken into the neighbor’s home where his wife and children were hiding. He fired three shots, according to the affidavit, before a witness wrestled the gun from him.

The children were uninjured, Gee said, but surely traumatized. They were staying with a family member Thursday night.


Hit, spit and run? Woman hit, then spat at cyclist February 12, 2015

A Naples driver was arrested Tuesday in a November hit-and-run case that left a bicyclist seriously injured. The bicyclist’s family has said the driver cursed and spat at the rider before fleeing.

B9316211184Z.1_20150211115225_000_GPP9U8KA7.1-0Angela Licciardi, 43, was arrested on a warrant for a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury. She posted a $5,000 bond and was released later that day, according to records.

Licciardi was the driver of a Honda Accord that struck 25-year-old bicyclist Griffin Shallow on Vanderbilt Beach Road in Naples, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Shallow’s grandfather said the driver cursed and spat at his grandson, who was hospitalized after the crash with multiple fractures, before leaving. Licciardi’s license had been suspended three times since 2009, her Florida driving record shows. Three days before the crash, she was found guilty of speeding at 73 miles per hour in a 45 zone.

Florida Highway Patrol submitted the warrant in November for her arrest and the trooper was recently notified it was ready. Licciardi declined to speak to the arresting trooper, records said.


Sweater covered in marijuana residue ends in possession charge for Palmetto man February 10, 2015

A Palmetto man was charged with possession of no more than 20 grams of marijuana, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

YbvBC.AuSt.69Elias A. Perez, 21, was arrested at 10:41 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of Kay Road in East Manatee. According to a report, Perez was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation. As deputies approached, they reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Deputies said Perez, who was seated in the front passenger seat, had residue of a green leafy substance all over his sweater.

According to a report, Perez was searched and a small bag of marijuana was found in one of his pockets. A marijuana cigarette was also found between the passenger seat and passenger door. The total weight of marijuana found was 4.5 grams.

Perez was released Saturday from Manatee County jail on $500 bond, according to the sheriff’s website.


Florida Man Tried to Circumcise Nephew with a Kitchen Knife February 3, 2015

A Florida man was arrested on Saturday night after he allegedly tried to circumcise his 20-month-old nephew with a kitchen knife.

larry-leroy-floyd-435Larry Leroy Floyd, 24, of Ocala was charged with domestic aggravated battery, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Police say the young boy’s father had gone out to the grocery store and left his son in the care of his two brothers-in-law, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

When the father returned, he found his son bleeding. Floyd reportedly told him he had circumcised the child, authorities say.

The father immediately rushed his son to the hospital. Meanwhile, officers picked up Floyd. He remained in jail as of Monday morning, according to theStar-Banner.

The 24-year-old has a history of arrests, including domestic violence, armed robbery and drug possession, the Sentinel reports.

The boy’s condition is not known.


Shoplifter downed Red Bull, munched on doggie rawhide treats

WARDEN_1422895300352_13018168_ver1.0_640_480Deputies say a North Naples woman drank Red Bull and ate dog treats at Walmart then left without paying for them.

Shawn Michelle Warden, 49, of the 600 block of Wiggins Bay Drive was arrested Sunday at 11225 U.S. 41 North. She faces a petty theft charge.

Reports show Warden was shopping in the school supply aisle of the store at about 7:15 p.m.



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