The Bizarre World of Florida

Woman threatened to ‘mess up’ her ex for breakup January 22, 2015

Don’t let the smiling mug shot fool you. She is having a tough breakup.

klemka22n-5-webA 21-year-old Florida woman threatened to hurt her boyfriend after he ended the relationship following two weeks of dating, Daytona Beach police told TV station WESH.

Despite the brevity of the romance Brittney Klemka was so angry she texted her new ex and said she was going to come to his home and beat him up, police allege.

The dumpee also tried to get another person to help her assault the victim but the person warned him instead.

Police received a message from the boyfriend saying Klemka wanted to “mess him up,” the station reported.

She was booked on Tuesday at Volusia County Jail on charges of making threats to kill or do bodily harm, but was released on no bail, jail records state.

Klemka has a history of arrests since 2011 including charges of DUI, drug possession and battery, the station reported.


Man charged after placing suspicious doll in front of federal courthouse January 20, 2015

TylerLong_12513278_ver1.0_640_480Investigators said Tyler John Long and his little brother apparently decided to play with the law: they placed a suspicious “baby doll” on the flagpole of the federal courthouse in Fort Pierce causing the building to be evacuated.

After a three-hour investigation — involving the bomb squad — the “doll” was deemed to be harmless, records show.


Strippers smuggled booze, tobacco to inmate roadside work crews, had sex January 19, 2015

If inmate Jason Adams hadn’t escaped from his roadside work detail in September, Pasco sheriff’s deputies might not have found the crushed Four Loko cans or the spice packets or the Straw-Ber-Ritas.

They might not have interviewed the two exotic dancers who told investigators they had romantic relations with inmates on the work detail and, authorities say, smuggled alcohol, tobacco and other contraband to the men.

But Adams did escape, walking away from a work detail along State Road 54 in Lutz, only to be discovered riding a bicycle in Hills­borough County the next day.

So on Wednesday, in front of two tables overflowing with Scooby Snax spice packets and other contraband, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco announced the arrests of the women and the correctional officer who, he said, allowed the illegal activity.

“Prison is supposed to be tough,” Nocco said. “He was allowing it to be basically a party out there.” Nocco described a work detail that was more play than work, including conjugal visits and beer drinking in the woods.

Former Department of Corrections Officer Henry Randolph Blackwelder, 45, was charged Tuesday with official misconduct, unlawful compensation for official behavior and smuggling contraband into a state correctional facility. Jessica Hope Morgan, 24, and Stacey Ann Petty, 46, also were charged with smuggling contraband into a state correctional facility.


Morgan and Petty, both of Hudson, were exotic dancers at Calendar Girls on U.S. 19 and worked together at a 7-Eleven store.

Blackwelder of Bushnell was employed as a Sumter Correctional Institute officer, responsible for overseeing the work detail of five men in Pasco County.

When Adams walked off on Sept. 8, Blackwelder waited several hours to notify the Sheriff’s Office, Nocco said. At the scene, an investigator found spice concealed “inside the rectums of inmates” on the crew, as well as other contraband, according to an arrest report.

Not only did Blackwelder allow contraband, the sheriff said, but he received tobacco, alcohol, food and cash for his role in the operation. Sometimes, a detective said, Blackwelder supplied spice himself. He ate leftovers from food the women brought the inmates, Nocco said, and let inmates wander off to use the restroom.

“We know when they went off, they were doing other things in the field,” Nocco said. “This guy was clearly not doing his job and was putting the safety of our citizens at risk.”

Blackwelder was being held on $40,000 bail.

The Sheriff’s Office discovered the Sept. 8 escape wasn’t Adams’ first. He had previously walked off a job on Aug. 28 to buy Four Loko, cigars and other products from a gas station that he apparently intended to sell when he returned to prison.

Blackwelder was in charge of that crew and resigned when questioned by the Sheriff’s Office.

Detective David Boyer said the seized contraband “only scratches the surface” of what inmates had nearly unlimited access to.

“This stuff is unacceptable,” he said. “You put this contraband in the hands of convicted felons that are sentenced to the Department of Corrections for serious, serious charges — attempted murder on law enforcement, attempted murder, serious theft and violent crimes — it’s scary.”

The women became involved when Petty’s car broke down in November 2013 and a work crew helped her, Nocco said. She struck up a romance with Adams and, later, with several inmates on another detail.

Soon, Petty and Morgan started bringing food, drugs and alcohol to the crew about once a week, according to the Sheriff’s Office, an activity that continued even after Blackwelder resigned.

The Sheriff’s Office investigation is ongoing.

“Pasco County doesn’t fool around,” Nocco said. “We will absolutely go after you.”


Burglars used stolen truck to burglarize neighboring tire store January 15, 2015

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Police suspect a truck stolen from one Ocala business was used in a burglary at a neighboring one.

robberyThe truck and merchandise together were valued at $93,000, according to Ocala Police Department reports.

On Monday, OPD officers went to the Goodyear store at 1120 SW 12th St., where 120 truck and trailer tires were missing.

An employee said that when he arrived for work around 9:45 a.m. Monday he saw that the chain that locked the front gate had been cut and the north bay door was partly open. The surrounding fence had been cut and damaged, according to OPD. An inventory revealed that 15 stacks of eight tires, each worth $400, were gone. Officials estimated the loss at $48,000.

Nearby, at Penske Truck Leasing at 1210 SW 12th St., a truck had been stolen, according to police.

A manager said that between Friday afternoon and Monday morning someone stole a 2013 International 4300 box truck that was parked on the southwest area of the compound.

The manager found the truck key in the building. He said the north gate of the compound is usually open on weekends for customers to return or pick up previously arranged leased vehicles.

The truck, which had the word “Penske” on the front, back and both sides, was valued at $45,000.

Officers reviewed surveillance video showing the tires being loaded into the stolen box truck.

Anyone with information can call OPD at 369-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, text a tip to 274637 using keyword 368-STOP, or visit www.ocalacrimestoppers.com.


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.


Benjamin Siegel, Owner Of Siegel Reptiles, Accused Of Hitting Employees With Bearded Dragon January 6, 2015

A South Florida reptile store owner is facing battery and animal cruelty charges after authorities say he struck employees with a bearded dragon lizard and put it in his mouth.

Benjamin-SiegelBenjamin Herman Siegel, owner of Siegel Reptiles, was arrested Friday at the business on West Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Siegel, 40, remained behind bars without bond Monday, jail records showed. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to the report, video surveillance captured Siegel throwing the animal in the air and swinging it in the air multiple times. He also hit employees with the bearded dragon multiple times and threw Gatorade on them, the report said.

“The defendant did unnecessarily torment the animal, handling the animal in a cruel and/or inhumane manner and intentionally committed an act to the animal which results in excessive and repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering to the animal,” the report said.

The reptile store made national headlines in 2012 when a man died after consuming dozens of insects and worms during a roach-eating contest at the shop.


Florida Boy’s Vandalism Spree At Dollar General Store Is Caught On Tape, Goes Viral January 5, 2015

On December 9, police in Tallahassee, Florida received a 911 call from a Dollar General store reporting that a “black male juvenile” was “destroying” the business.

gitdollarstore (1)When officers arrived at the Crawfordville Road store, the suspect was being detained outside the front entrance. Inside, evidence of the boy’s rampage was strewn across the convenience store’s aisles.

For unknown reasons, the child–who did not appear to be in the company of an adult–spent several minutes knocking over displays and pushing merchandise off store shelves. The vandalism ended when the boy was accosted by a young man who pulled him out of the store and held the child until police arrived.

A 3:29 video of the Dollar General vandalism was posted early yesterday to Facebook by a male shopper who recorded part of the boy’s outburst (and who had items thrown at him by the juvenile).

On the video, seen above, the customer provides a profane play-by-play of the destruction, and repeatedly refers to the boy as a “jit,” street slang for an out-of-control youth. “Jit is going ham in dollar store. Believe that,” the man said at one point. “He need his ass whooped,” the narrator later added.

It is unclear whether the boy was arrested by police. A Dollar General store manager who told TSG he was present during the rampage declined to discuss damages caused by the child.



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