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Home burglar suspect stripped, spit and showered with hose April 23, 2015

Authorities continue to search for a suspected home burglar who stripped and showered with a garden hose in Cocoa.

635648729581659216-VerityThe incident started around 12:30 p.m. Thursday when Cocoa police say the man broke into a woman’s screened-in porch in the Quail Ridge subdivision in Cocoa, stealing a few of her belongings, according to FLORIDA TODAY.

As she confronted him, he apparently took off and headed toward Jason and Tommi Baker’s house, just a few doors down.

“I’m sitting in my garage working on stuff for my boat and this guy comes riding his bike in and crashes right inside my garage,” said Jason Baker.

“You would’ve thought he lived here,” said Tommi Baker. “He was just digging through stuff over there, taking my cigarettes. So, I grabbed my purse and had it in my arm.”

Along with the suspect stealing some of their belongings, the Bakers also caught him spitting on their floors before stripping down and taking a shower with their garden hose.

“He just walked on back and opened the door and turned on the spigot and was showering down,” said Tommi. “And I’m looking at my husband like, ‘What is this guy doing?'”

Police said as they arrived on the street, the suspect ran and stole clothes off of a clothesline.

They then chased him as he headed into a wooded area behind the Cocoa Commons shopping plaza on State Road 524.

Authorities established a perimeter and a K-9 was brought in, but due to heavy brush, they were unable to find the suspect.

A Cocoa police officer suffered a minor hand injury during the search.

Police have taken into custody Richard William Verity, 47, was apprehended at 1 p.m. on Friday.

He is charged with burglary to an occupied structure, resisting law enforcement officials without violence, burglary and theft.

 

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

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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.

 

Woman Arrested For Battering Live-In Boyfriend With Bowl Of Eggs Following Breakfast Beef April 17, 2015

destinioliverA dispute over the preparation of breakfast ended yesterday morning with a Florida woman under arrest for battering her live-in boyfriend with a bowl of raw eggs, police report.

Destini Oliver, 22, and Lorenzo Dixon, 23, quarreled Sunday in their Palmetto home over Oliver not wanting to cook breakfast, according to a police report.

The dispute turned physical when Oliver, seen above, allegedly “threw a bowl of raw eggs” at Dixon, striking him in the back. Cops on the scene reported spotting egg splatter on Dixon, as well as on a wall and a couch.

Oliver, pictured above, was arrested for misdemeanor battery and booked into the county jail, where she remains locked up in lieu of $500 bond.

Dixon, a salesman at a Ford dealership in Sarasota, was not injured in the egg attack.

 

Dollar store robber held knife to clerk, but left prints behind

A robber who made off with $4,000 from a Family Dollar store unwittingly left behind fingerprints and the kitchen knife he wielded during the Feb. 22 holdup, investigators say.

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Using that evidence, police arrested Jefte Jacques, 31, four days later. He was being held without bond at the Joseph V. Conte jail in Pompano Beach.

Investigators now want to take a DNA swab from Jacques to compare to DNA found on the knife and on a cash register tray, according to a search warrant.

A clerk at the Family Dollar at 1801 N. Federal Highway told police it was about 8:48 a.m. when the suspected robber entered the store, followed her and placed the blade of a knife against her back.

“Open the safe or I’m going to kill you,” she said he demanded. “You think I’m playing, b—- I’ll kill you.”

When the clerk opened the cash register, the robber, who wore a dark hoodie pulled over his head, put the knife on the ground, reached into the register, removed the cash tray and emptied it into a small plastic bag, the warrant said.

When the clerk next opened the safe, the robber took the money and put it into a large Family Dollar shopping bag and split.

Detectives lifted Jacques’ fingerprints from the cash tray and collected the knife as evidence, the warrant said.

A store manager advised that Jacques had never worked there and there was no reason for his prints to be on the register.

“The lack of a legitimate reason for the presence of Jefte Jacques’ latent prints on the change tray established probable cause for his arrest,” the March 30 warrant said. “The collection of defendant Jefte Jacques’ DNA would be compared to the kitchen knife and DNA collected from the crime scene.”

 

 
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