The Bizarre World of Florida

Brandon woman gets three DUI’s in 6 days May 11, 2015

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It took three strikes, but a Brandon woman is finally off the roads after she was arrested three times in six days for DUI this past week.

635665962091076907-Jennifer-Yi-Bk-15016886Jennifer Yi, 31, was first arrested by Hillsborough Sheriff’s deputies on April 30 around 5 p.m. on Brandon Boulevard. She refused to take a BAC and urine tests and was released on May 1 at 8 a.m. on $500 bond.

She was out only a few hours when she was arrested again on Brandon Boulevard for DUI and, again, refused to take a BAC and urine test. She was released the next morning at 3:37 a.m. on $500 surety bond.

Then, on May 5, she was pulled over again a few doors from her home on Camella Dr. E. around 12:45 a.m. and arrested for DUI with property damage. For a third time, she refused a BAC and urine test.

She is currently being held without bond.

Yi works as a pricing coordinator for Coca-Cola.


Super drunk woman tried to pick up kids from school April 30, 2015

A drunk woman tried to pick up children from a Kissimmee school on Monday, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the incident was reported around 4:39 p.m. at Highlands Elementary School after a school employee said a parent waiting in her car appeared to be intoxicated.

7607441_GCarlhie Thompson, 32, was with four children, ages 2-11 years old, deputies said.

Investigators said Thompson’s eyes were bloodshot and that they smelled alcohol on her breath.

Deputies said when the responding officer arrived at the school, he saw people surrounding Thompson’s car, physically stopping her from leaving with the children.

“When they realized that she could possibly be intoxicated, they did the right thing by notifying law enforcement and trying to get the lady to not leave the area,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuian said.

She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and four counts of child neglect.

“Not only was she irresponsible, what she did was criminal and that was the reason that she was charged,” Lizasuian said.

Deputies said the Breathalyzer test revealed Thompson was three times over the legal limit.

The judge set her bond at $1,300. Thompson remained in jail Tuesday night.

If released from jail, Thompson is ordered to not drive and not drink.


Spider-face tattoo gang member stabs neighbor April 24, 2015

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A known Volusia County gang member with a long criminal history as prominent as the face tattoo he flaunts of a spider and fly trapped in a web is in trouble with the law again.

spyderDeLand police arrested Eric Ortiz, 25, on Wednesday and charged him with principal to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing bodily harm. Ortiz remained held Thursday on $10,000 bail.

Police said Ortiz, in a jealous rage, stabbed his neighbor, Brandon Bonneville, 28, whom he suspected was sleeping with his girlfriend, a DeLand police report states.

Police were called to the Garfield Place Apartments at 500 Harrison Place at 1:11 p.m. Wednesday where Bonneville’s father said his son had been stabbed, a report shows.

Bonneville was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand before police got to the scene but investigators visited Bonneville at the hospital where they found him with a 1-inch puncture wound to his left thigh.

Ortiz claimed he stabbed Bonneville with a pair of tweezers over an affair but Bonneville said he saw a 7-inch knife hanging from his left thigh before Ortiz pulled it out and ran with it, police said.

Bonneville reported that Ortiz has been accusing him of having an affair with Ortiz’s girlfriend, Brandy Canales, 20.

On Wednesday, Bonneville went to Ortiz’s apartment to tell him he had been questioned about his children by investigators from the Department of Children & Families. Bonneville said Ortiz slammed the door in his face, police said.

After Bonneville left, he said Ortiz came out of his apartment and ran at him, stabbing him in the thigh.

Police searched a wooded area where a witness said Ortiz threw an object. Officers found a 7-inch knife with blood on it, said DeLand police Sgt. Chris Estes.

Ortiz claimed Bonneville threatened him with a firearm and told police Canales was a witness. Canales said she heard Bonneville say he had a concealed weapons permit and was going to kill Ortiz but she did not see a weapon, reports said.

Police said Ortiz is a known gang member with an extensive criminal history.

Court records show Ortiz has been arrested multiple times since 2007 for offenses including marijuana possession, obstructing an officer without violence, DUI, for habitually driving with a suspended license and violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence.

On March 1, 2014, Ortiz was accused of entering an ex-girlfriend’s Altamonte Springs apartment and holding a box cutter to the woman’s neck, Volusia County sheriff’s investigators said.

Ortiz threatened to cut the woman’s throat and leave her in a ditch if she didn’t drop felony aggravated charges filed in February 2014.

Ortiz was charged with kidnapping, battery, false imprisonment, attempted sexual battery without force, tampering with a witness, robbery by sudden snatching and preventing someone from calling 9-1-1. The latest charges March 1, 2014, stem from an incident when Ortiz sought out his ex-girlfriend, who was in hiding after breaking up with him.

Prosecutors dropped all the other charges except false imprisonment, assault and battery, to which Ortiz pleaded no contest and spent 122 days in jail, records show.


Crowd stopped drunken driver suspect from fleeing crash with beer truck April 22, 2015

A highly intoxicated Leesburg man backed his pickup truck into a beer truck and was stopped from leaving the scene by a bunch of onlookers, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

553137649eb81.imageBradley Deneen, 48, was taken to the hospital for observation because jail personnel became concerned when a breath test showed him having nearly four times the legal level of alcohol in his system, an arrest affidavit states.

A sheriff’s deputy said he responded to a report of a drunk driver in the area of Picciola Road and Park Holland Road at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday. He arrived on the scene to see Denee’s truck stopped in the northbound lane of Picciola Road with several people standing around it.

The people said they saw Deneen back into a beer truck at a nearby convenience store and try to drive away.

“They observed the defendant was highly intoxicated … and therefore managed to get the defendant to stop his truck a short distance from the crash (approximately one block away), then notified law enforcement,” the affidavit states.

A passenger in the truck said the people prevented Deneen from driving away by standing in front of his truck until law enforcement arrived. Inside the truck, the deputy said he found a bottle of vodka.

Deneen was charged with DUI after he refused to perform field sobriety tests, but he did agree to take a breath test at the Lake County Jail, the affidavit states. His first reading was a .316, or nearly four times the legal limit.

Deneen failed to complete two subsequent tests and was taken to Florida Hospital Waterman because the jail staff was concerned about the amount of alcohol in his system, the affidavit states. After being cleared by the medical staff, Deneen was booked into the Lake County Jail.


Family feud leads to pickax, shotgun showdown

On a ranch in Bardin, a family’s domestic disturbance spiraled out of control and left one man in jail after he tried to break down the door of his daughter and son’s home with a pickax.

According to Putnam County deputies, they responded to the ranch on Songbird Road at about 5 p.m.

Elvis-Rhodes-jpgDeputies said when they arrived they found 55-year-old Elvis Rhodes, who had gotten into an argument with his son, Christopher Rhodes, 28, and his daughter Elaina Rhodes, 34.

They said that the argument started because Elvis Rhodes took two beers from a cooler on Christopher and Elaina’s front porch while they were gone.

After he was confronted about it, Elvis got angry and went to the store to replace the beer then headed to his home which was on the same property as his children’s.

A short time later, officials said that Elvis went back to the house and wanted to talk to his kids but they refused and locked themselves in the house.

Deputies said that Elvis wasn’t happy about it and demanded to talk to them by trying to tear down their front door with a pickax.

Christopher, who was afraid of Elvis due to prior violence, grabbed a shotgun and fired through the front door, scaring Elvis off.

Deputies eventually arrested Elvis for burglary and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Elvis is currently in the Putnam County Jail without bond.


Dumbass teen bitten on the lip by a water moccasin that he kept in a pillow cover

2898744_GA Wimauma teen is hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital after he was bit on the face by a cottonmouth snake on Saturday night. Cottonmouth snakes are also known as water moccasins.

Investigators say Austin Hatfield, 18, had captured the snake several days earlier, put it in a pillowcase and kept the pillowcase on his bed.

At some point on Saturday night, the snake escaped and the teen grabbed it close to his chest. The snake then bit him in the face, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokesperson Gary Morse.

Emergency crews responded to the home at about 11:45 p.m. and transported Hatfield to TGH where the teen is in good condition.

The snake was euthanized and was brought to TGH for identification.

FWC is investigating because of the injury and it is against the law to possess a venomous snake without a permit.

No charges have been filed.


Drunken man urinated in hotel ice machine


A man from England has been charged after he was accused of urinating in an ice machine at Hard Rock Hotel, according to the Orlando Police Department.

The incident happened around 12 a.m. Tuesday at the hotel at 5800 Universal Blvd.

A security officer told police that he was approached by a guest in the lobby who informed him there was a very intoxicated guest in the hotel. The security officer was taken by the guest to the intoxicated person, identified by police as Andrew Wood, 41.

The security officer approached Wood and saw him urinating in an ice machine, the arrest report said.

Police said the security officer attempted several times to get the guest to identify himself and tell him what room he was staying in.

The guest refused to identify himself and became very uncooperative and combative, and was becoming very loud and disturbing hotel guests, according to Orlando police. That is when the security officer called Orlando police.

When police arrived, an officer noticed Wood was extremely intoxicated, with the odor of alcohol emanating from him, and was having random outbursts, authorities said.

The police officer told Wood to stay in his hotel room for the night because of his actions or he would be placed under arrest for disorderly conduct in a public establishment. Police said Wood refused to stay in his room and continued to be disruptive in the hallway.

Wood was then arrested and taken to jail, where he continued to be disruptive in the jail and was booked by jail staff, police said.

Local 6 has learned Wood has posted bond, which was set at $1,000.



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