The Bizarre World of Florida

Voodoo necklace dispute at Walmart sends woman to slammer November 1, 2013

Filed under: Bad Temper,Controversy,Dispute,Dumb,Florida Nut,Unusual,Voodoo,Weird,WTF? — floridaduh @ 9:23 pm

A flap involving “voodoo necklaces” at a Walmart parking lot left a Stuart woman behind bars, according to recently released records.

Paulino_gerena_Erika_mug-thumb-150x205-14693A 39-year-old man told Port St. Lucie police Oct. 15 he was meeting the mother of his children, Erika Paulino-Gerena, 31, for a child exchange in the parking lot of a Walmart Supercenter in the 10800 block of South U.S. 1.

He said they argued, and that Paulino-Gerena had given “voodoo necklaces” to the four children, which he didn’t approve of them having.

No word on whether the argument involved cursing, but the “voodoo necklaces” evidently spelled trouble.

Voodoo rhymes with muumuu, a large, loose-fitting dress, and with Lulu, the first name of Jefferson Davis “J.D.” Hogg’s wife in “The Dukes of Hazzard” television series.

Voodoo features prominently in the name of the Voodoo Glow Skulls, a punk/ska band that formed in California, and in the Jamaican Voodoo Posse, a gang in “Predator 2,” the 1990 film starring Danny Glover and Gary Busey.

Meanwhile, he said he took the necklaces off the kids and cast them in the parking lot. That, he said, is when Paulino-Gerena removed the phone from his hand and smacked his face.

Paulino-Gerena, of the 1200 block of Southeast Palm Beach Road in Stuart, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.


Mayoral candidate claims someone is using voodoo on her April 9, 2013

Filed under: Amazing,Bizzarre,Controversy,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Unusual,Voodoo,WTF? — floridaduh @ 6:49 pm

A North Miami mayoral candidate has asked for prayers from three different countries because, she said, someone is trying to use sinister sorcery and threatening phone calls to get her out of the race.

Anna Pierre, one of eight candidates running for mayor, said unknown persons left chicken feathers, food scraps and candles at her office doorstep over the past three months. She believes the items are tied to mystical rituals in the Haitian Vodou religion.

“I found little dolls with needles in it. They put a lot of pennies at front of my office door,” she said. “I’m from Haiti I know what it is.”

Pierre, a nurse and singer, said her popularity in the Haitian community is a threat to whoever is trying to curse her. Pierre is well-known for her 1990s Creole-language hit “ Suk Su Bon Bon.” In the song, she demands that her husband put sugar on her “cookie” or else she will leave him.

She said the threats are not just of the spiritual nature.

Pierre said an anonymous person has been using a blocked number to call her phone. The voice on the other line told her to drop out of the race.

“I have people in Haiti, Canada, and the U.S. praying for me,” she said. “I have Jesus with me.”

With elections weeks away, several other candidates have cried foul over standard political shenanigans like stolen signs and vandalism.

Mayoral candidate Kevin Burns filed five police reports with North Miami’s police department alleging someone stole his campaign signs in various parts of the city. In at least two instances, another candidate’s sign replaced his.

According to one of the police reports, a witness, Leslie Egert said she saw two men remove Burns’ sign and replace it with one for Gwendolyn Boyd, a former North Miami police chief who is also running for mayor.

“Kevin Burns accused my campaign manager of taking down signs. We don’t take down signs,” said Boyd. “Why the heck would I want to play with somebody’s sign? My people understand we’re not getting into wars and pettiness over signs. That’s trifling.”

Another mayoral candidate, Dr. Smith Joseph, said he feared for his safety and asked North Miami police to watch over his medical office after vandals spray-painted his building with what police say appears to be a white fist.

Joseph told police he thinks he was being targeted by his opponents. Police believe it was “a random tagging,” according to the report.

In the run-up to the May 14 elections, Pierre said she will not allow stolen signage or spells to derail her campaign.

Pierre filed a police report for 50 of her campaign signs she said were stolen.

“My campaign signs say to end corruption. Someone doesn’t want to see that happen.”

Pierre said she will replace the signs. As far as the Vodou spells, Pierre said she’s ready to take that on too..

“They can put all the voodoo they want,” said Pierre. “I’m a Christian woman. I’m not scared.”


No bail for man who blamed voodoo after fatal stabbing December 14, 2011

An Orlando-area man who confessed to fatally stabbing his live-in girlfriend because of her Voodoo spells was ordered held without bond today, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

mug_CharlesLeonce.jpgLeonce Charles, 48, made his initial appearance before a judge today after being with second-degree murder this weekend.
He was arrested Saturday for allegedly killing Cecile Freus, 46.
The couple’s children found Freus dead in her bed early Saturday, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Charles told investigators he ‘blacked out from anger” and stabbed Freus to death with a knife he found on the floor of their bedroom during a confrontation about alleged infidelities, an arrest report said.
He told investigators that Freus was using Voodoo to control and sicken him.// //



Man hit elderly mom with eggnog bottle December 2, 2011

A Holiday man, Ramey Eugene Newkirk, allegedly hit his 65-year-old mom with a glass eggnog bottle, reports WTSP News-10 in Tampa Bay.

mug_NewkirkR.JPGA concerned neighbor called deputies to the home of Sandra Newkirk and her 45-year-old son Ramey, after Sandra allegedly told the neighbor her son had beaten her.

Responding deputies say they found Sandra’s face bruised, but the 65-year-old woman was reluctant to tell investigators what happened, because she claimed her son had threatened to kill her if she told.

Meanwhile Ramey Newkirk claimed his mother got her injuries in a robbery on her porch a week earlier and never reported it because she “did not want to be bothered with it.”

Deputies continued speaking with Sandra, who eventually told them her son did indeed hit her with a glass eggnog bottle about a week earlier. She also claimed Ramey hit her in the head with a metal oxygen tank and was struck several times with a stun gun.

Ramey Newkirk was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older. He also faces charges of tampering with a witness and grand theft.

After given his Miranda warning, deputies say he admitted to hitting his mother with a glass bottle. Ramey allegedly said he blacked out and was not sure why he did it.



Boss-B-Gone: Police employees accused of alleged Santeria birdseed plot December 1, 2011

Filed under: Bizzarre,Controversy,Florida Nut,Really Dumb,Unusual,Voodoo,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:47 pm

Two North Miami Beach employees — one a police officer, the other a  department office manager — are in hot water after trying to enlist some  supernatural aid in the form of what they believed to be a Santeria  practice,  reports The Miami Herald.

mug_Larry_Gomer.jpgTheir alleged target: City Manager Lyndon Bonner, whose plan to slash the  police budget prompted protests and union outrage this fall.

Their mystical material: handfuls of birdseed which, according to an  internal affairs report, they hoped to scatter in and around Bonner’s  fourth-floor office at City Hall.

But when they tried to recruit a janitor to sprinkle the seeds, she balked — and turned them in.

Officer Elizabeth Torres told investigators she meant the manager no harm: “I  want to clarify, that it’s nothing malicious and nothing intended to hurt that  person.”

She was told last week she faced termination over the August incident, which  took place against the backdrop of a contentious budget season. Unionized city  employees must go through an appeal process before they can be fired.

Office manager Yvonne Rodriguez, who is not a member of the union, was fired  last week for her role in the plot.

While Santeria practitioners have argued that their practice constitutes a  legitimate religion and bristle at depictions of the practice as black magic or  witchcraft, they acknowledge that public displays of their traditions can spook  non-believers. And both adherents and experts say that the Afro-Cuban religion,  itself an amalgamation of Catholicism and African spiritual traditions, does not  count malice — such as casting harmful spells — as one of its principles.

“Santeria is a very loose term that we on the outside use to generally  characterize Afro-Cuban religious expressions. Santeria is not black magic. In  fact, true practitioners of Santeria will tell you they are good and would never  harm a person,” said Albert Wuaku, a professor of African and African Diaspora  Studies at Florida International University.

Although a city press release sent out Wednesday said both women had been “terminated,’’ a city spokesperson said Torres had not been officially fired and  was scheduled to meet with Bonner on Monday to plead her case.

Torres, a 24-year department veteran, told investigators she was motivated in  part because she couldn’t attend union protests over budget cuts due to her work  and school schedule. She said she does not practice Santeria but said she was  familiar with the religion through family members, according to an internal  affairs report released Wednesday.

The report found the women violated city rules with conduct that is offensive  toward a fellow employee, conduct unbecoming of a city employee and conduct that  brings the department into disrepute or reflects discredit on the individual  employee.

Torres told police she had a joking conversation with Rodriguez about using  birdseeds to get Bonner to “leave the police department alone.”

Torres said she knew the birdseeds would work because her son and daughter  moved out of her home after she placed birds in a cage with birdseeds on her  front porch.

North Miami Police Chief Larry Gomer has recommended a formal letter of  reprimand for Torres and a 240-hour suspension. But in a letter to Torres dated  Tuesday, Bonner wrote, “I believe the charges against you are extremely serious  and I am considering terminating your employment with the city.”

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/30/2525681/north-miami-beach-police-employees.html#ixzz1fIJfhOPE



Chicken feet found dangling from residents’ homes September 3, 2011

Filed under: Bizzarre,Really Dumb,Voodoo — floridaduh @ 2:32 pm

A handful of Port St. Lucie residents told police they found amputated chicken feet hanging from their homes, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.

mug_chicken_feet.JPGAt one of those homes police found chicken feet painted red and tied with a ribbon hanging from a door knob.

Officer Tom Nichols, police spokesman, described the incidents as “conspicuously unconventional and bizarre.” Really????

Absalom, one of the victims, named a person she thought was involved, saying the woman practices “black magic.” Absalom said the woman is “an alcoholic and has many other problems” and was attempting to curse her. Lesaldo, 36, named the same person.

Nichols said police found no evidence implicating the named women and that putting chicken’s feet on the homes of others isn’t necessarily a crime. He said in these cases, the feet caused no damage to property.

Get the DUHtails at TCPalm.com in Stuart.

Photo: Port St. Lucie Police Department



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