The Bizarre World of Florida

Couple Arrested For Having Sex In Front Of Youngsters Near Florida Playground March 25, 2015

An amorous couple is facing criminal charges after they were spotted having sex in front of a group of children near a Florida playground, according to cops.


Danielle Stager, 26, and Shane Johnson, 38, were initially observed late Friday afternoon with their pants down while next to a tree near the playground in Greenacres, a city about 10 miles from Palm Beach.

A quartet of youngsters–none of whom was older than 10–told police that they spotted the pantsless pair.

By the time cops responded to a call about the public sex, they discovered that Stager and Johnson had relocated to a nearby truck, where they were continuing to have sex (Stager’s feet were dangling out the driver’s side door while Johnson kneeled above her).

Upon spotting the police, Stager announced, “Shane, we are going to jail.”

Seen in the above mug shots, Stager and Johnson were each charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and booked into the Palm Beach County jail on the misdemeanor count. Both were subsequently released from custody after posting bond.


Man videotaped another man’s putter at miniature golf course March 24, 2015

7217361_GAn employee at a mini golf is under arrest because he used his cell phone to record another man urinating in a bathroom of the Congo River Golf in Port Richey, Pasco deputies said.

A mini golf customer saw a cell phone recording him near the urinal when he went to the men’s room. He called the authorities. He said he didn’t give anybody a permission to record him.

When the deputies arrived, they found the owner of the phone, Justin Lynn Barrett, 28, of Port Richey who worked at the Congo River.

After Barrett was Mirandized, he told the deputies that he had put his cell phone into the man’s room because he “saw a hot man.”

Barrett is in the Pasco County jail on a $5000 bond.


Police Officer Arrested for Sending Sex Images of 2-Year-Old March 20, 2015

A central Florida police officer has been charged with one count of directing or promoting the sexual performance of a 2-year-old girl.

Smith_JoshuaAccording to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit, 32-year-old Joshua Smith of Lakeland sent social media messages and images to an undercover FBI agent describing and showing sex acts with the child. He was arrested Wednesday and taken to South County Jail in Frostproof.

His bond was set at $150,000. It is not known whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Smith has worked as an Oakland Police officer for the past nine years. Oakland is a small community outside of Orlando.

Further charges are pending a forensic analysis of the computer and cellphone seized from Smith’s home.


Church hosted naked paint parties, lost tax-exempt status March 15, 2015

A local church that has been hosting naked paint parties and slumber-party Sundays with the “sexiest ladies on the beach” will now have to pay taxes on the property as officers investigate the church’s practices, authorities said Tuesday.

club-amnesiaThe Life Center: A Spiritual Community, 9721 Thomas Drive, has been up and running its seven-days-a-week party schedule as Amesia: The Tabernacle since Feb. 28. But The Tabernacle, which caters to college students on vacation, has caught the attention of more than just party-seeking spring breakers.

Since ATMs and a banner promoting “iDrink” appeared out front of The Life Center, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and Panama City Beach Police Department investigators have began taking a closer look at the church. Owned by Markus Q. Bishop, former pastor of Faith Christian Family Church, officials said the club has been engaging in activities unbefitting of a church.

Bishop could not be reached Tuesday for a comment on this story.

A sign on the front of The Tabernacle stated the events are alcohol and drug free and donations go back to the church. Promoters said it is a church by day and youth ministry by night.

Sheriff Frank McKeithen said it is a “blatant slap in the face” to taxpayers and law enforcement.

“They’re trying to get around the laws, and they’re using the church to get there,” McKeithen said.

churchSince a Facebook post from BCSO questioned the integrity of the club, highlighting that the club often hosts adult entertainment, Club Amnesia has shut down its website. However, when the website was available, it boasted a Sunday night event called “Slumber,” a pajama and lingerie party hosted by “the sexiest ladies on the beach.” Raves take place weekly along with an “Anything But Clothes” paint party. And Wednesday nights are reserved for an event called “Wet n Wild,” a water-themed event where “white water meets Tabernacle PCB with a little twerkin’,” the website stated.

“I’ve been in a lot of nightclubs and I’ve been in a lot of churches,” said PCBPD Chief Drew Whitman. “That isn’t a church.”

Patrons are charged $20 at the door, which is called a donation. And T-shirts depicting stick figures performing oral sex on one another and the text “I hate being sober” adorn the walls.

Whitman and McKeithen said it is not the nature of the events that has piqued their attention. Several similar events are hosted at clubs just east of Club Amnesia. However, the business does not have alcohol permits or appropriate licenses, is zoned as a church and has been tax-exempt as a church for years, McKeithen said.

Property Appraiser Dan Sowell sided with law enforcement. He said the lot had been tax exempt as a church until word spread about the activities being held within. The property’s tax-exempt status was changed Tuesday morning.

“A bottle club, charging $20 at the door and selling obscene T-shirts is not being used as a church,” Sowell said. “A God-fearing, God-honoring church in January does not sponsor this type of debauchery in March.”

Amnesia’s website reopened Tuesday night with a disclaimer attached.

“The Tabernacle is a drug and alcohol free community for the youth to go for spring break at night to interact with each other in a fun safe environment,” the website now states. “iDrink sponsors this community reach out program with their non-alcoholic bottled water product only. We thank all of our patrons that have attended and will be attending our safe environment.”

The site includes an application sheet to become an “ambassador” of The Tabernacle and “help get the word out about our safe place to go instead of wondering the strip.”

This is not the first time Bishop has faced scrutiny from county tax officials. In 2004, he challenged a property tax assessment on his the 10,000 square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom home he lived in, saying the mansion was a parsonage and should be tax exempt. A string of rulings over years went in favor of Bishop.

Sowell said he also has changed the tax exempt status of that property.

Bishop is currently on probation after pleading to a misdemeanor battery charge that surfaced after a 16-year-old girl said he made unwanted sexual advances toward her.



Accused Flasher Tells Cops: ‘That’s What The Ladies Like’ March 5, 2015

Hal Hamrick wanted to find a lady. So, the 48-year-old man did what ladies like. Hamrick walked around a Port St. Lucie shopping center exposing himself “multiple times,” according to an arrest affidavit. A witness told Port St. Lucie police he saw a man in a Miami Heat shirt and athletic shorts exposing himself. The man twice put his genitals out for view in front of Target, and once in front of Babies “R” Us. “Each time he attempted to use a trash receptacle as cover for the act,” an affidavit states. “Hamrick told police he was “exposing himself for the ladies.” “He wants to find a lady and they like when he does that,” an affidavit states. The guy’s got the angry masturbation face on lockdown in that mugshot.

ladiesScrew flowers, jewelry or cash. Hal Hamrick’s been on this Earth for 48 years and has learned what the ladies want. Cold hard dick. He figures they gotta at least see the goods before investing so why not cut out the middleman of dating and romance? Sure, he could have picked better spots to show off than Target and Babyies “R” Us, but true love knows no bounds One thing’s for damn sure, this guy’s got a permanent angry masturbation mug. I’m talking furious, spiteful, beating off feverishly when the woman isn’t home face. Best keep him away from the playgrounds.

Once Hal cheers up his defense should be that it just needed some air. Sometimes they need air, they can’t breath in there. It’s inhumane. People have been deemed innocent from a lot more for a lot less in the land of Florida.


Man on drug-induced naked rampage bit girlfriend

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an 18-year-old Jupiter man after he allegedly went on a naked rampage inside a house while screaming that everyone in the home was going to die.

leneve-ntDaniel Leneve is facing several charges after he and his 17-year-old girlfriend each took three tabs of acid or LSD.

Deputies responded to the 6600 block of Church Street and found Leneve and his girlfriend in a “daze” while swinging their arms at each other, according to an arrest report. Leneve ran toward the deputies and, when told to get on the ground, he complied by falling backward.

Leneve struggled while deputies attempted to apply handcuffs and screamed that “everyone was going to die,” the report said.

“He was obviously under the influence of an unknown substance and would not calm down,” a deputy wrote in the report.

As deputies continued to battle Leneve, the 17-year-old girl ran over and pointed her finger at the man’s face. Leneve allegedly reacted by biting down on the girl’s finger, causing a laceration that required treatment at a hospital.

Leneve, handcuffed and wearing leg hobbles, was sedated by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and taken to a hospital, the report said.

An unidentified female witness told deputies that Leneve and the girl were hanging out in the backyard when she heard a commotion. Leneve allegedly “violently” tossed the girl around, then walked into the house where he took his clothes off before smashing mirrors, glass and other items.

The woman told police that the couple has been dating for six months and that the girl has dropped out of school, become combative and is “out of control” since she began seeing Leneve.

Leneve is facing charges of battery, resisting an officer with violence, criminal mischief of $200 or less and child abuse without great bodily harm. He was released Monday from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting a $1,500 bond.


Repeat flasher over-exposed March 2, 2015

A 28-year-old Sarasota man has been charged with exposing himself to women in the Pinecraft area of Sarasota over the past two months, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

5O0Cy.AuHeEm.69Several women had reported that a man had exposed his genitals as they walked or rode their bicycles in the community. Some of the women were able to report the man’s license plate, which led deputies to arrest Stephon Cordera Parker.

“Deputies conducted surveillance on Parker Wednesday as he circled the area and eventually conducted a traffic stop,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

“When questioned, Parker admitted his actions,” the release states.

Parker is charged with one count each of indecent exposure and loitering or prowling. Additional charges are pending.

Sarasota police have also charged him with indecent exposure in a separate case, the sheriff’s office said.

Parker was released from jail after posting bonds totaling $20,120, according to the sheriff’s office.



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