The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman tried to bring weed along for patrol car ride March 30, 2015

A West Volusia woman is facing drug charges after trying to bring marijuana into the patrol car of a sergeant who offered her a ride, according to a sheriff’s report.

michelleThe sergeant responded about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday to a home near Orange City for a possible domestic dispute and met with Michelle Sanford “who was extremely intoxicated,” the report states. The sergeant determined Sanford had not been struck by her boyfriend, but asked if Sanford had somewhere else she could stay and offered to take her there.

Sanford, 36, brought clothes and an open beer, which the sergeant advised she could not bring, according to the report.

“Why don’t you take your weed with you,” Sanford’s boyfriend, Thomas Laudenslager, 46, said, according to the report.

Sanford said she would and asked the sergeant if she could take her weed and smoke a joint at her father’s house, according to the report.

Laudenslager then asked Sanford why she would actually say something that could get her sent to jail, according to the report.

“It’s just weed and he might be cool with it,” Sanford said, according to the report.

Sanford, after showing the marijuana to the sergeant, was arrested and charged with possession of paraphernalia and a misdemeanor drug offense, records show.


Car chase suspect “wanted to get high before going to jail” March 26, 2015

A man in a stolen car fled from Jupiter police, and then ingested cocaine and Xanax because he “wanted to get high before going to jail,” according to an arrest report.

runnerPolice said they stopped John Grossman, 25, at about 2 a.m. Monday near the McDonald’s at 6760 W. Indiantown Road because his headlight was out. When the officer ran the tags, he realized the car had been stolen, according to the report.

Officers said they could smell marijuana in the car. They also told him the car was stolen, but Grossman said he had just bought the car and could show them the title. When he was supposed to reaching over to the glove box, Grossman put the car in gear and took off toward I-95, according to the report.

After a brief chase that went onto the interstate, Grossman finally got out of the car. Officers said they saw a white powder on his face and he admitted to taking Xanax pills.

“I know what I did was stupid,” Grossman told officers, according to the report. “I’m just going to get high before I go out. … I know I’m going back to prison.”
Police found Xanax, cocaine, marijuana and about $700 in cash in the car.

He faces 11 different charges, including fleeing a police officer, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, battery and possession of drugs with intent to sell.

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $12,000 bail.


Who wants to go on a legal bear hunt? March 25, 2015

Black-bear-blurb-jpgNew details have been released on a proposed plan for legalized bear hunting in Florida, including the price for a permit, potential hunting locations and the duration of the hunting season.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a bear hunting permit would cost $100 for Florida residents and $300 for non-residents if the proposal is approved. That would allow one bear per person. All weapons currently approved for deer hunting would be allowed for bear hunting.

The hunting season would last between two and seven days in October.

The following wildlife management areas in Central Florida would be considered for hunting:

-Bayard WMA
-Belmore WMA
-Etoniah Creek WMA
-Hatchet Creek WMA
-Jennings Forest WMA
-Jumper Creek WMA
-Lake Monroe WMA
-Lochloosa WMA
-Marshall Swamp WMA
-Ocala WMA
-Raiford WMA
-Rock Springs Run WMA
-Seminole Forest WMA
-Tiger Bay WMA

The goal of hunting in bear “hot spots” is to control the population.

Hunters would be prohibited from wasting any part of the animal or selling its parts. They’d also be prohibited from shooting a bear weighing less than 100 pounds or a grown bear with cubs, according to the proposal.

“Bear populations have really grown in the last 15, 20 years, and we’re fortunate to have a lot of bears, but also, it comes with a responsibility to manage those populations. And hunting is an important tool in that regard,” said FWC executive director Nick Wiley.

Many are opposed to the plan.

“It seems like the first solution is to pick up a gun and go after them, when, I mean, with technology and everything, I think there’d be a better solution to handle this than just killing them,” protester Adam Sugalski said.

Bear management webinars are being held by FWC. The next webinar is on Thursday. See more information.


Jacksonville police officer who let woman drive patrol car to Hooters was suspended for 10 days March 24, 2015

met_JSO_hug_photo_0A Jacksonville police officer who let an unauthorized woman drive his police car was suspended 10 days and received a written reprimand as discipline, according to Sheriff’s Office records released Monday.

Officer Irving Diaz, hired by the Sheriff’s Office in December 2004, also inappropriately searched her name in a police database because she often was around his children, according to an internal affairs report. The woman was seen at least twice driving his patrol car while dressed scantily.

Diaz was suspended for 10 days or 80 hours Feb. 27, according to Sheriff’s Office records.

A June photo of Diaz in uniform leaning against his patrol car embracing a woman dressed similarly also resulted in an internal affairs report and admonishment for unbecoming conduct.

Diaz’s personnel file also includes three vehicle accidents from 2012 to 2013.


Naked man in Fort Pierce: ‘I’m famous now look at what I did’

A naked man stands accused of trashing a portion of North 15th Street before screaming, “I’m famous now look at what I did.”

Fort Pierce police at 3:07 a.m. March 11 went to North 15th Street and G Terrace after a report of a shirtless man jumping on a vehicle, according to records.

antuan_anderson_mugThe deputy reported when she pulled up, Anderson jumped on her patrol vehicle. He started banging on the front window and broke off a windshield wiper.Investigators encountered Antuan Anderson, 32, on the ground, naked and screaming. A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy had him at gunpoint. Anderson started kicking and spitting and exclaimed, “I’m famous now look at what I did.”

The deputy said she got out and demanded he get on the ground. Anderson took off the remainder of his clothes and got on the ground.

Investigators found several mailboxes damaged and a stop sign and pole ripped from the ground. A drain grate cover was out of place; garbage cans and bags were strewn about; and a metal fence and fence posts were scattered around.

Officers later were told of additional damage, including a vandalized or damaged light fixture, fence and windshield wipers. Anderson also is accused of denting the roof of a car and ripping away a basketball hoop.

Two people reported “Anderson was running around the neighborhood naked vandalizing things.”

Anderson, of the 1500 block of G Terrace in Fort Pierce, was arrested on several criminal mischief related charges along with resist officer with violence and two outstanding warrants.


Izbella Bronson, 2, Killed After Being Ran Over By Her Great-Grandmother March 23, 2015

Izbella Bronson was killed after the A 2-year-old fell out of her great-grandmother’s minivan and was accidentally run over.

drivewayAccording to Hillsborough County deputies, Izbella Bronson was with 69-year-old Alice Barber in a 2008 Kia Sedona, waiting at the end of Barber’s private dirt driveway to pick up the girl’s brothers as they got off their school bus.

As Izbella’s 7-year-old brother ran ahead of the vehicle towards the house, Barber allowed Izbella and her 9-year-old brother to sit on the floor of the minivan with one of the side doors open as she proceeded back up the driveway.

“Sometimes, the kids would sit there and dangle their feet out and she would travel very slowly,” said HCSO spokesperson Larry McKinnon. “Unfortunately, this time on the way back, she obviously hit something that knocked the child out.”

Izbella ended up falling underneath the minivan and was ran over by one of the vehicle’s rear tires, which makes the entire story more horrific when combined with that “very slowly” portion of McKinnon’s statement.

Izbella would die shortly after being flown to Tampa General Hospital. No charges have been filed at this time and it isn’t likely any will be.

“It’s on private property so the car seat and all those rules don’t apply unfortunately,” said McKinnon, who added that he hopes this story serves as a cautionary tale.

“These are potential risks that you take when you put a child that is not secured in a car seat regardless of where it’s at,” said McKinnon. “So it’s a lesson learned, a tragic lesson learned, but hopefully it’s a message we can send out to everyone. That this is what happens when you practice these habits.”

Sometimes I find it hard to believe I made it out of childhood. I still remember riding in the back of my old man’s truck with a group of other teammates as we headed down the highway to our baseball games, or playing the hot lava game with my brother in the back of my mom’s station wagon.


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

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.



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