The Bizarre World of Florida

Here’s a guy who made a lasting impression on a judge May 8, 2015

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Orlando man is facing double the trouble after he was connected to a second Central Florida robbery while attending a pre-trial conference on the first charge, according to police and court records.

554a89bbba217.imageLige William Taylor, 33, was served with an arrest warrant Tuesday on charges of robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon in the Jan. 15 holdup at an Advance Auto Parts store in Clermont, police said Wednesday.

According to police, Taylor pointed a silver revolver at one of the clerks and demanded money. He got away with $400 in cash and about $45 worth of merchandise.

He was in court dealing with earlier charges including robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm on the same day at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Ocoee, police said. Police said the State Road 50 businesses, which are about 14 miles apart, were robbed within a 30-minute span.

“We’re glad he’s behind bars,” Clermont police Sgt. Shane Strickland said. “I’m sure he is being looked at by other jurisdictions after being connected to these two robberies.”

Taylor had bonded out of the Orange County Jail in February, court records show.

Taylor was sentenced to 10 years in prision for armed robbery back in 2000, police said. He is being held in the Orange County Jail.


Knife-wielding man tries to get imaginary girlfriend from garbage truck

A 75-year-old man was arrested on aggravated assault and cocaine possession Monday after being accused of threatening a garbage truck operator with a knife and trying to retrieve an imaginary girlfriend.

trashAt about 8:30 a.m., a WCA Waste Corporation truck was making rounds in the Linton Oaks apartment complex when a man armed with a kitchen knife stood in front of the vehicle and ordered its driver to get out. The knife-wielding man, identified by sheriff’s deputies as Walter Welch, also told the driver he believed his girlfriend was in the truck and tried to climb inside the cab, according to a jail booking report.

The driver ignored Welch’s orders and went on his way. Welch returned with a can of pepper spray and emptied its contents into an air intake on the vehicle, the report states.

The driver summoned the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and deputies went to Welch’s home. There they found what they believed was crack cocaine sitting on a coffee table, along with a bottle that had been modified to smoke the drug, the report states.

The garbage truck required $100 worth of cleaning due to the pepper spray.

Welch was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, property damage, burglary, possession of cocaine and possession of drug equipment. As of Tuesday morning, he remained in the Alachua County jail in lieu of a $55,000 bond.

Alachua County court records show Welch was arrested in March on suspicion of possession of cocaine. He also faced a drug possession charge in 2013, but successfully completed a pretrial intervention program.


Naked couple found in truck; woman facing drug charges May 7, 2015

A woman found nude with another person in a truck in a wooded area along East Miracles Strip Parkway is facing drug charges.

maryann-elizabeth-prokoschOkaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were doing a security check in the area on April 27 around 11:30 p.m., according to the arrest report. They noticed a white truck parked in the woods with all the lights off and found that two people inside were both naked.

The two were allowed to get dressed and then deputies asked if there was anything in the truck that would “get them in trouble,” the report said. The passenger, 49-year-old Maryann Elizabeth Prokosch, of Miramar Beach, allegedly said she had a pipe in her purse that she used to smoke crack cocaine.

She gave deputies the purse to search and then said she had a piece of crack cocaine under the seat where she was sitting in the truck, according to the report. Deputies found a rock of crack cocaine.

Prokosch is charged with possession of cocaine.


This dude apparently doesn’t cut it as a cop … or a crook

A former Franklin County sheriff’s deputy and Carrabelle police officer, on pre-trial release for allegedly stealing marine radios last fall off boats housed in a storage yard in Lanark Village, has been arrested for breaking back into the boatyard, authorities reported.

spencer-d-masseySpencer D. Massey, 44, of 1399 Third St. W., Carrabelle, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and taken into custody Monday for retaliation against a witness causing property damage, a third-degree felony. He was being held in the Franklin County jail without bond.

According to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office, deputies responding to an April 16 vandalism at the Lanark Boat Yard discovered breakage to the conduit and service wires to several of the security cameras inside the yard.

Video evidence, which showed the incident took place April 14, was collected and forwarded to the laboratory and on April 23 the enhanced video was completed and returned to the sheriff’s office, where deputies viewing footage of the vandalism identified Massey as the culprit.

“It appears that there was no intent on committing burglaries or thefts in this new incident,” reads the news release. “It appears to be solely an act of retaliation against the boat yard for providing information (video) to law enforcement relating to the commission of the original burglaries.”

At the time of the most recent incident, Massey was on pretrial release for burglaries committed in September 2014 at the boat yard, which is operated at the Lanark Village Association (LVA) storage yard behind the fire station on Oak Street.

An investigation by detectives Duane Cook and Brett Johnson was helped in large part by surveillance video footage that fingered Massey as the culprit in the theft of marine radios and other portable items off several boats.

Massey worked for nearly 14 years for the sheriff’s office. He later worked for the Carrabelle Police Department from January to August 2013.

Dot Bless, who administers the 43 lots in the boat storage yard for the association, said the 2014 break-in was the third in three years. She said that after the yard was broken into in July 2013, the LVA installed a video surveillance system.


Former gym instructor accused of naked public masturbation

A former gymnastics instructor was arrested after he was caught walking around his apartment complex naked while masturbating, police said.

gymBoris Ponce de Leon, 54, was arrested Sunday, acording to an arrest report.

West Palm Beach police said an officer was patrolling the area when he was flagged down by a woman who said she lived in the Ponte Verde Apartments at 1401 Village Blvd just before 10 a.m. Sunday.

The woman, 32, said she was on her way to work when she saw her neighbor standing in his front doorway, naked and masturbating, according to the report.

She told police she didn’t know her neighbor’s name, but that she had caught him watching her and recording her on several occasions, according to the report.

As the officer turned toward the apartment building, he saw the naked man in question — later identified as Ponce de Leon —walking on the sidewalk. He was still naked, still masturbating and walking toward the parking lot, according to the report.

The officer walked up to him and Ponce de Leon was startled, police said. He said he was sorry and that he had learned his lesson, the report states.

Ponce de Leon was employed as an instructor at Epic Gymnastics in Riviera Beach. Officials at the company said Ponce de Leon is no longer an employee there as he was let go before the Sunday incident.

He is charged with indecent exposure and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Sunday.


Drunken man with ‘666’ tat on face raised Cain in church

michael-holmanA Holt man faces charges after allegedly entering First Assembly of God and yelling profanities before attempting to walk down State Road 4.

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy attending the April 29 church service was concerned for the safety of Michael Holman, who smelled of alcohol and was having trouble keeping his balance as he walked toward the road, according to an OCSO news release.

However, when he attempted to make contact with Holman, the 44-year-old became aggressive and would not remove his hands from his pockets.

He then threatened to take the deputy’s firearm and kill him and lunged toward the officer, according to the OCSO.

Holman is charged with disorderly intoxication and threatening a public servant.


Woman intentionally pooped in patrol car after arrest May 4, 2015

Police: 18-year-old intentionally created ‘biohazard waste’ in cruiser after arrest

A woman pooped in the back of a police cruiser April 25, according to an arrest report.

1634276_thumbKatelyn Patricia Felegi, 18, had previously been arrested after breaking into and damaging her ex-boyfriend’s home, police said.

About 3:10 p.m., an officer wrote in the report, Felegi was in the back of a marked cruiser when she “intentionally removed her pants and defecated … thus creating biohazard waste.”

Pinellas sheriff’s deputies directed inmates at the jail to clean the car. The cruiser was out of commission for eight hours “for proper decontamination procedures,” according to the report. All in all, the officer wrote, the act cost authorities about $100, including the charge for cleaning supplies and to have deputies oversee the inmates who cleaned the cruiser.

Felegi faces several charges including criminal mischief, burglary and simple domestic assault.



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