The Bizarre World of Florida

Couple Accused Of Killing Family Dog, Burglarizing Home To Cover Their Tracks February 2, 2015

A Dunedin couple was arrested after an investigation revealed that they allegedly killed their family’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.


Deputies arrested Daniel E. Adams, 34, and Lauren M. Curran, 28, on Wednesday after telling law enforcement officials that they, with their child, drove to Daniel Adams’ parents’ Tarpon Springs home to kill the dog.

After killing the 4-year-old Labrador Retriever, Daisy, Daniel Adams told deputies they stole his parents’ iPad to make his parents and police think someone else had committed the crime.

“Adams and Curran both confirmed Curran killed the dog with an intravenous needle filled with an unknown medication,” deputies said in a statement.

Adams and Curran were charged with burglary, cruelty to animals and child abuse.


Woman Drowned Puppy In Airport Toilet After Not Being Allowed To Board Plane With Animal January 27, 2015

After Nebraska airport workers refused to allow her to board a plane with a three-week-old puppy, a woman allegedly went into a nearby bathroom and drowned the animal in a toilet bowl, police allege.

cynthiaandersonCynthia Anderson, a 56-year-old Florida resident, was arrested Friday afternoon at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island. Anderson, seen at right, was charged with animal cruelty.

According to cops, Anderson first tried to board a plane Thursday with three uncaged puppies, but was turned away by airport personnel. After her parents took two of the dogs, Anderson returned to the airport Friday with the remaining puppy (which she sought to conceal in a carry-on bag).

After she was again denied boarding, Anderson allegedly killed the Doberman puppy. A cop summoned to the airport reported, “On my arrival I learned a 3 week old puppy had been drowned in the toilet after a woman tried 3 times to get it on the plane.”

Anderson was arrested after police interviewed her and “numerous witnesses,” including a woman who discovered the dead dog.

Police reported that, “The puppy was taken to the Humane Society and autopsied. It was found to have water in one of its lungs.”

Anderson remains locked up in the Hall County jail on the felony count.


Kathleen Densmore Charged After Her Elderly Uncle Found Dead Weighing Only 50 Pounds January 26, 2015

A St. Petersburg woman who found her elderly uncle dead Friday is accused of feeding him baby food for a year as he wasted away to about 50 pounds.
Kathleen-DensmoreKathleen Densmore, 48, also failed to take her uncle to the doctor for five years and didn’t bathe him for the last two months of his life because his skin would fall off when touched, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.
She was charged with one count of elderly abuse and booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
Densmore called police about 12:45 p.m. when she found her uncle, Robert Densmore, 85, unresponsive in the home they shared at 4243 Dartmouth Ave. N., police said. Officers found him in bed “extremely emaciated,” a police statement said, and suffering from bed sores.
She told the police they lived together for several years and she was his sole caregiver and legal guardian.
She said her uncle had dementia, but she hadn’t sought medical attention for him, the statement says. He hadn’t been able to move on his own for the past year.
Additional charges may be filed after an autopsy.

Woman tried to post bail; got arrested instead January 13, 2015

A 47-year-old Brandon woman is accused of trafficking methamphetamine and possessing other drugs and marijuana after she tried to bail someone out of the Flagler County Detention Facility.

sfl-flduh-post-bail-jail-20150112-001Cynthia Iglesias Walker arrived at the jail about 8 p.m. Friday, gave detention officers a fictitious name and “appeared to be very nervous and was wearing sunglasses although it was well past sunset,” according to a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office report.

It was determined the “inmate she was attempting to bond out could not have contact with her,” the report states.

Deputies explained the bail process to Walker and said she would not be able to have contact with the man she was trying to bail out.

She declined to tell deputies about being “beaten up.”

“(Walker) was offered a ride back to her hotel room which she stated she would accept,” the report states. It was also explained to Walker that “due to being transported that a check of her person and bags would be conducted.”

Drugs were found in her purse, including 14 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and controlled prescription drugs, the report states.

Walker told deputies she believed someone from the hotel may have put the narcotics in her bag.

She also said she was the only one in her room when she left to catch a ride to the jail, the report states.

Walker was booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility where she remained Monday on $26,000 bail.


Sisters, 15 and 11, Accused Of Murdering Their 16-Year-Old Brother January 8, 2015


A 15-year-old girl who fatally shot her 16-year-old brother suffered years of abuse, including being locked in a room for weeks at a time with only a blanket and a bucket to use the bathroom, according to police reports and interviews.

6379502_GThe shooting at a small white house off a dirt road in rural north Florida happened Monday while the children’s parents were away for work. The father, a truck driver, and his wife, who often goes with him, left the 16-year-old boy to watch over the 15-year-old, her 11-year-old sister and their 3-year-old sister, police said. The parents left Sunday and were due back Tuesday.

Sometime Monday, the 15-year-old girl was locked in her room by her brother, police said. After the boy fell asleep, she talked her 11-year-old sister into unlocking her door.

The older girl then went outside and used a knife to remove an air conditioner from her parents’ bedroom window. She climbed in while her 11-year-old sister kept watch and grabbed a handgun, police said.

The girl went back inside the house, telling her young sisters to get in the closet, she told police. She turned her head and fired at her sleeping brother in the living room, and he screamed “Help! Help!”

She buried her head in a pillow for a while and upon returning to the living room, the girl found her 3-year-old sister trying to wake her dead brother, according to the police report.

She fled with her 11-year-old sister, leaving the 3-year-old behind, police said.

“It’s hard for us to get our arms around this act,” Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter said. “This is the stuff nightmares are made of.”

Police caught up with the girls after a friend of theirs received a “weird phone call” from the 11-year-old girl, saying she had run away and needed someone to pick her up from a Dollar General, according to a police report. When the woman arrived, she found the older sister there, too.

The older girl said something might have been wrong with another sibling at home. As she spoke, she applied makeup and “would not maintain eye contact and appeared emotionless,” officers wrote in a police report.

She soon started crying and told the officers that her brother had beaten her and that she had shot him.

When officers arrived at the home, the 3-year-old said: “he’s dead.” The brother’s body was lying near the fireplace, under a blanket with his head on a pillow.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

The girls’ mother told police that they often locked the 15-year-old girl up when she misbehaved. The longest they kept her locked in her room was 20 consecutive days, the father told police.

In the girl’s room, police found only a blanket and a bucket filled with urine in the closet.

“It was learned that (the 15-year-old girl) has made past attempts at ending her life but neither law enforcement nor (emergency management services) was notified,” police wrote in their report.

The girls are in being held in juvenile detention on suspicion of murder, and a prosecutor is trying to decide whether they will be charged as adults. Their parents face charges of child neglect and failing to supervise.

The 3-year-old is in the custody of child welfare officials.

Police documents released Wednesday said the girl’s uncle was convicted of molesting her in 2010. They also say the children’s mother discovered the siblings having sex in 2011. Authorities and child welfare officials investigated, but no one was charged.


Kids left in car for hours after grown-ups jailed January 7, 2015


Three young children spent seven hours alone in a car in a Wal-Mart parking lot after their parents were arrested and accused of shoplifting at the store, authorities said.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Tosheba Hope, 30, and Gerald Moultrie, 24, were arrested about 7 p.m. Monday at the Wal-Mart, 3001 N. State Road 7, and accused of grand theft.

After being arrested, the two failed to mention that three children — ages 2, 7 and 9 — were waiting for them in their parked car, said Gina Carter, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Hope is the mother of the three children; Moultrie is the father of one of them, she said.

The children were discovered about 2 a.m. Tuesday by a store employee who then searched for their parents inside the store. The children were upset and crying, but not physically hurt, Carter said.

When store employees couldn’t locate the parents inside, they alerted authorities, who then realized they had arrested the pair hours earlier, Carter said.

In a 911 recording released by the sheriff’s office Tuesday, a woman told the dispatcher that “the kids are calling for their mom.” Their voices barely audible on the recording, they are heard giving their ages to the woman who relayed the information to the dispatcher.

The 911 caller said announcements were made in the store and she “walked the store, walked the store, walked the store” in search of the mother. While reporting the abandoned children to 911, the woman offered them water, juice and chips.

On Tuesday, the children were in the care of relatives, according to Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Paige Patterson-Hughes.

Hope, of Lauderhill, and Moultrie, of Miramar, were charged with grand theft, but it’s likely that they will also face child neglect charges, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing.

According to a sheriff’s arrest report, Hope and Moultrie picked up tools and vehicle accessories valued at $660 and failed to stop at a cash register to pay for them. As they left the store, a Wal-Mart employee stopped them, it said.
The two had a first-appearance court hearing Tuesday on the theft charges before Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley. Both were released from jail without paying a bond. Attempts to reach the two by phone were unsuccessful.

Hope told the judge that she had three small children and was “probably pregnant” with another.


Maxwell Grablin, 12, Killed In Home Elevator Shaft While Looking For Pet Hamster January 6, 2015

Filed under: Bad Luck,Death,Sad Story,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:54 pm

The 12-year-old son of a Bradenton orthopedic surgeon was killed in his home elevator shaft Saturday while looking for his pet hamster, authorities said.

Maxwell Grablin had gone into the shaft in the home on the 1110 block of Palma Sola Boulevard around to search for the pet. He suffered fatal injuries when the elevator lowered from above, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said.

Paramedics and fire rescue personnel pronounced the child dead at the scene, and deputies responded at 11:24 a.m.

Maxwell’s father, Dr. Patrick Grablin, was home at the time of the accident, authorities said.

Patrick Grablin operates Grablin Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at 530 5th Street E and has been in practice in Bradenton since 1997. According to the practice’s website, Dr. Grablin also trains and mentors students at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton.



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