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  • Woman living in luxury sentenced for stealing up to $377,000 in government benefits

    04/15/2014 9:50:52 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 50 replies
    Palm Beach Post via WPXI ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jane Musgrave
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — With a round pool in the backyard, a Mercedes and a boat in the driveway and a greenhouse and an aviary nearby, the Florida house doesn’t look like it was owned by someone who qualified for public assistance. But it was. While living the life of luxury on a 1-acre manicured lot, Gloria Valle-Clas collected between $305,000 and $377,000 in food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid benefits. Using two separate Social Security numbers and as many as 12 aliases, she duped government agencies into sending her monthly assistance checks and picking up her medical bills...
  • 49ers' Kaepernick named as suspect in 'suspicious incident'

    04/10/2014 12:43:54 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 42 replies
    Comcast Sportsnet ^ | 4/10/14 | Matt Maiocco
    The alleged victim reported to police that on April 1 at approximately 9 p.m., she visited Lockette's apartment. Kaepernick and Patton were also there. She said she mixed drinks and prepared shots for them and was told that in order to drink the shots, she had to "hit" the bong, which contained marijuana, according to the police report. She said to police that she began to feel light-headed and went to a bedroom to lie down. Kaepernick, with whom she said she had a previous sexual relationship, followed her into the bedroom. They did not have sex, she told police....
  • Florida man asks judge for atheist lawyer following alleged attack on Jesus-looking roomate

    04/09/2014 8:37:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | April 9, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.,A Florida man had a very specific request when he asked a judge to switch up his public defender. Gustav Potthoff, who is accused of attacking his roommate with a butter knife because he thought he looked like Jesus, told an Orange County judge that he deserves to “be with someone of my own kind." Potthoff is an atheist. "It's just my human rights and everything else," said Potthoff. "I'm allowed to be with someone of my own kind." The judge told the 51-year-old that if he wants an atheist attorney, he’s going to have to pay for...
  • Orlando, Fla ... Man Burns Down His Apartment to Kill Bug Infestation

    04/08/2014 7:36:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jeff Weiner,
    Man started fire to burn bugs in 'deplorable' apartment, report states A man pulled from a fire on Sunday night told authorities that he started the blaze accidentally — while trying to burn the bugs in his apartment, the Orlando Police Department said. Orlando police and fire crews were called to the fire at an apartment building on Lakeview Street, near Lake Concord just north of downtown Orlando, about 11:30 p.m. The man was rescued from his burning apartment and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation, according to Orlando police. An officer who checked...
  • Poop in Fort Pierce courthouse elevator gets woman in pile of trouble

    04/07/2014 2:19:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    TCPalm ^ | April 2, 2014 | Will Greenlee
    A 49-year-old woman found herself in a pile of trouble after investigators linked her to apparent human poop in an elevator at the St. Lucie County Courthouse in downtown Fort Pierce. The case against Patricia Ann Jamison, of Lake Worth, got rolling March 7 after court security staff learned of what looked to be "human fecal matter in the corner of the left public elevator by the buttons," according to recently released St. Lucie County Sheriff's records.
  • Iguanas Invade Cape Coral, Florida Neighborhood: Reptiles Dig Seawalls Causing Safety Concern

    04/06/2014 5:29:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    WPTV ^ | 4/1
    Iguanas invade Cape Coral, Florida neighborhood: Reptiles dig seawalls causing safety concernSome residents in Southwest Florida are worried about an iguana invasion in their neighborhood. They say the creatures are digging up holes behind their seawalls -- a major safety concern for some homeowners. Now, some residents are going to great lengths to try and get them out of the neighborhood. "We're really scared," said resident Judy Ross. The reason for Ross' fear? "I'm getting a little bit afraid of the large ones like this one that must five, they're measured from head to tail, he must be five feet...
  • Names of six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman made public

    04/04/2014 9:28:28 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 105 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 3, 2014 | Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman
    The names of the six-member jury panel that acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin have been made public for the first time, after a new court order, records show. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who had previously ordered the jurors' identifying information be kept confidential, granted access to the names in a ruling March 21.
  • Shocking video shows Florida woman hand-feeding an ALLIGATOR she named 'Puppy'

    04/01/2014 9:31:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 4-1-2014 | Joshua Gardner
    A recently revealed video shows a Florida woman's bizarre attempts to train a wild alligator she nicknamed Puppy Puppy. Residents of a senior residence community in Port St. Lucie say they would watch in horror as the unnamed neighbor routinely fed the beast from the edge of a backyard lake and flailed wildly when it came too close. While they once watched the woman's strange behavior from afar, neighbors say the situation came to a head when the gator scrambled up to a patio hoping to be fed a steak from the grill. 'She would bring food back and forth...
  • Redneck Road Rage / Instant Karma [video]

    03/28/2014 7:22:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 246 replies ^ | 3-26-2014 | Florida Driver
    This happened to me on SR 41 in Tampa on Monday March 24th. This pathetic excuse for a human being tailgated me for about three minutes. After about a minute, and me shaking my head, I pulled out my phone and started recording. I couldn't move over because there were trucks in the right lane, and I sure as heck wasn't going to speed on a rainy day with the roads being as slick as they were. I was turning left in about a half-mile when this happened. Now bear in mind, that this guy had already passed a truck...
  • WATCH: Man Rescues Coyote From Water

    03/22/2014 2:37:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Mar 22, 2014
    A man and animal rescuers saved a coyote that got stuck in high water. Watch the dramatic footage.
  • Woman vandalizes cab, attacks police officer in Delray, police say

    03/19/2014 9:06:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 19, 2014 | Kate Jacobson,
    A Boca Raton woman caused $1,260 in damage after she destroyed the back of a taxi cab, and then lunged at a police officer who was responding to the incident, according to Delray Beach police. Brenda Haggerty, 51, started kicking the credit card machine in the back of a cab at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of Wallace Drive. When the driver, Destine St. Surin, got out of the car because he was frightened, she moved to the front of the car and started ripping out the car's meter, according to an arrest report.
  • Woman allegedly set car on fire after man refused to buy her a McFlurry

    03/18/2014 2:33:57 PM PDT · by Stoat · 60 replies
    WFTV, Various ^ | March 18, 2014
    Witnesses said a woman set a man's car on fire in Jacksonville after he refused to buy her a McFlurry at McDonald's.WFTV obtained video of the incident that happened on Sunday. Witnesses said the woman was angry after she asked for a McFlurry and the man she was with refused to buy her one. They said the woman grabbed the man's keys and headed to his car. One witness said she saw her pour alcohol and gasoline on the man's car, light it on fire, and then run off. People nearby tried to help him put the flames out....
  • TPD Chief: Meat laced with LSD bought from Wal-Mart

    03/07/2014 10:19:05 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies
    baynews9 ^ | March 07, 2014 | Laurie Davison
    TAMPA -- A family of four was hospitalized after ingesting meat laced with LSD bought from Wal-Mart on Monday, Tampa police said. Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said during a news conference on Thursday that the family, including a pregnant mother, her two children and her boyfriend, started experiencing hallucinations, dizziness, rapid heart rates and difficulty breathing shortly after dinner. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office determined the family consumed bottom round steak bought from a Wal-Mart located at 1505 N. Dale Mabry in Tampa, which was contaminated with LSD.
  • Man Arrested For Blocking Traffic While Waiting For A Parking Spot

    03/07/2014 1:32:17 PM PST · by Altariel · 42 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | March 5, 2014 | Charlene Sakoda
    The Lee County deputy approached the parked van and told Torockio he was under arrest, but the upset driver simply said, "I am not! Don't you have anything better to do?" The septuagenarian continued to resist arrest while yelling and screaming, "What are you going to do, beat up a 72-year-old man?" When another officer arrived, Torockio was arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence, failure to obey police and violation of county park rules. His van was later towed.
  • Miami-Dade Police Officer Told Florida Highway Patrol ("Stick Together" Before DUI Arrest)

    03/04/2014 5:36:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 | Brian Hamacher
    Trooper They Needed to "Stick Together" Before DUI Arrest: FHPA Miami-Dade Police officer pleaded with a Florida Highway Patrol trooper that they needed to "stick together" before he was arrested for driving under the influence during a traffic stop in Plantation, authorities said. Officer Albert Steven Coriat, 40, was arrested back on Feb. 16 following the stop on Florida's Turnpike near mile marker 59, according to an FHP report released Monday. According to the report, the trooper spotted a gray vehicle trying to make an illegal U-turn and stopped the car. When the trooper approached the car, he saw the...
  • Large, Invasive Lizard Taking Over Parts of Florida

    03/01/2014 3:45:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    WZZM ^ | February 26, 2014
    The Tampa Bay area seems to be a fertile breeding ground for an exotic lizard that wildlife officials want to keep from becoming the state's next invasive species problem. More than 100 black-and-white tegu lizards have been spotted in Hillsborough County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The area is now considered home to one of three tegu breeding populations in the state. Wildlife officials have spotted more than 100 of them between Riverview and Gibsonton. The animals, which are native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, do not belong in the habitat in southwest Florida, and...
  • Lauderhill Mother Gave Children NyQuil, Sleeping Pills Before Leaving for Work: Deputies

    03/01/2014 5:42:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 2/28/14
    A Lauderhill mother is being charged with five counts of child neglect after police said she gave her children sleeping pills and NyQuil before leaving them home alone to go to [strip at a club].... Police said they found the children were left without power and an investigation revealed they had been left alone several times without access to food or phone.
  • Nitwit 911 call: 'My waffles aren't cooked'

    02/25/2014 11:29:24 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Do you ever wonder at people's amazing propensity to do totally stupid things when they have had a few too many drinks? This video is a case in point. Released by the Tampa Police Department on Friday on its YouTube channel, the 911 call was made from a Village Inn in Tampa. The emergency: uncooked waffles. The part about the half being just as uncooked as the uncooked one is priceless!
  • So, I'm a Millennial and a leftist. Zot away (Froggy Mod says "Adieu")

    02/24/2014 3:17:38 PM PST · by Millennial Lefty · 286 replies
    So, I lurk on Free Republic quite a bit. Usually it's to read some of the outrageous comments some post here and some of it is to see what your opinions are on certain articles that also get posted elsewhere. So, a little bit about myself. I'm in my 20s and of Hispanic origin. I was born in New York but moved to Florida when I was three years old. I'm what you guys would consider a "socialist". I don't consider myself a socialist, I'm a supporter of the free market economy except I favor strong government regulations. While on...
  • Woman made up story of sex assault on Turnpike, deputies say

    02/13/2014 7:56:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | February 13, 2014 | Brittany Shammas
    A woman who reported being sexually assaulted along Florida's Turnpike by a man who offered to change a flat tire made the story up, deputies said. The woman, identified as Alexandria Westover by deputies, was arrested Thursday after admitting to fabricating the story, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. Detectives spent more than 100 hours of manpower investigating after she said she was attacked in the midst of rush hour traffic Tuesday morning.
  • Florida trooper who pulled over 120mph police officer sues for $500,000

    02/11/2014 6:44:15 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 120 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11 February 2014 | DAN BLOOM
    A Highway Patrol trooper who caught another officer speeding to an off-duty job at 120mph is suing for more than $500,000 - saying his allies harassed her after he was fired. Florida's Donna Jane Watts made national headlines after handcuffing Miami Police Department officer Fausto Lopez, while he was in full uniform and driving a police car. Since the incident in 2011 she claims she has had threatening calls on her cell phone, police cars idling outside her house and fellow officers accessing her private driver's license information. Ms Watts - who is suing more than 25 police agencies -...
  • Bond Hearing for Theatre Shooting Case LIVE

    02/07/2014 7:21:32 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 161 replies
    My Fox Tampa Bay ^ | February 7, 2014 | My Fox Tampa Bay
    [Live Bond Hearing -- continuation from Wednesday]
  • 3 Arrested After Meth, Frozen Gators Found in Florida Home

    02/07/2014 12:54:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Feb 6, 2014
    Sheriff's deputies arrested three people after finding two frozen alligators, an illegal fish and hundreds of grams of methamphetamine inside a central Florida homeSheriff's deputies arrested three people after finding two frozen alligators, an illegal fish and hundreds of grams of methamphetamine inside a central Florida home. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says they found numerous methamphetamine smoking devices and bags of the drug within the reach of twin 10-month-old babies.
  • Woman, 41, batters and bites her 75-year-old boyfriend, cops say

    02/03/2014 5:49:25 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | February 3, 2014 | Jon O'Neill
    Angry that her credit card was taken away, a 41-year-old Boca woman battered and bit her 75-year-old boyfriend, Boca police say. The victim told police the woman, his live-in girlfriend of five years, bit and kicked during an argument that happened at about 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of West Silver Palm Road, according to a Boca Raton police report.
  • Why are the rules always different for women?

    02/01/2014 6:55:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | February 1, 2014 | Professor Mirta Ojito, Columbia Univ.
    Am I the only reader who talks to her newspaper? Who chokes on her steaming cup of café con leche and wonders out loud about fundamental issues of decency and fairness? Why, oh, why do we continue reading that Wendy Davis, a state senator who wants to be the first Democratic governor of Texas in 20 years, left her daughters, then 2 and 8, with her then-husband, Jeff Davis, while she pursued a law degree at Harvard University? Given that he is the father of one of those daughters and the stepfather of the other, it would make more sense...
  • Medical marijuana ballot called 'plan' to help Crist beat Scott

    02/01/2014 4:58:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies ^ | 1/24/14
    “It is no coincidence that Charlie Crist's law partner and biggest supporter, John Morgan, is financing medical marijuana,” said Gainesville-based GOP consultant Alex Patton. “It's a plan.”
  • South Floridians Attending President Obama's State of the Union Address [Bias that REEKS!]

    01/28/2014 2:07:11 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | January 28, 2014 | Gilma Avalos
    A few lucky South Floridians are getting a rare opportunity to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address in person Tuesday night... Martin and Melinda West will be attending as guests of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz...Some might be surprised to know that Martin is a moderate Republican. ...Decorated Vietnam veteran Jeff Colaiacovo will also be attending as Congresswoman Lois Frankel's guest. He reached out to her office when he wasn't getting the VA benefits he was promised. His issue was resolved with Frankel's help, but he says it's a problem a countless number of men and women who...
  • UPDATE: Florida Teen Expelled For Performing In Porn Allowed Back To School

    01/22/2014 11:59:59 AM PST · by celmak · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | 01/21/2014 | CBS
    COCOA, Fla. – A student who turned to porn to help pay the bills had been kicked out of school. Robert Marucci told WKMDG Local 6 that made the decision to because he considered the job just that – work that would help with his family’s financial issues. For his effort, Marucci says he’s been bullied by students and now, he says the school is bullying him. Local 6 says Marucci’s mother was aware of what her son was doing and that he did so to support her financially. “I think he’s the most awesome person in the world,” she...
  • Mother supports son, 18, who was kicked out of high school for starring in gay porn

    01/22/2014 10:55:26 AM PST · by madprof98 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/21/14
    End of Title: . . . to pay family billsThe mother of a student who was kicked out of high school after starring in gay porn to help pay his family's bills said she couldn't be prouder. Melyssa Lieb, from Cocoa, Florida, said she vehemently supports her son, 18-year-old Robert Marucci, who was suspended from his high school after classmates discovered his explicit career. 'I think he's the most awesome person in the world,' she told WKMG through tears. 'He stood up and he was the man of the house when I couldn't be.' Following outrage over his suspension, the...
  • Justin Bieber spends $75,000 in strip club: report

    01/21/2014 3:39:13 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 42 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 21, 2014 |
    Teenage pop star Justin Bieber spent a massive $75,000 during a night out at a strip club in Miami, Florida, according to a U.S. report. The Baby hitmaker, 19, is said to have visited the King of Diamonds venue in the city to celebrate the birthday of his rapper friend Lil Scrappy, who hosted a party at the club on Monday night to mark his 30th birthday. Bieber is said to have joined his friend at the venue and spent a fortune there. A representative for the strip club documented the singer's visit in a series of posts on the...
  • Lawsuit seeks to overturn Florida ban on gay marriage

    01/21/2014 9:25:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 1/21/14 | Anthony Man
    Six South Florida couples who want to get married, but can't because they're gay, said Tuesday they're filing a lawsuit against the state seeking to overturn the Sunshine State's ban on same-sex marriage. Ten of the 12 plaintiffs, along with the gay rights group Equality Florida and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, announced the filing of their case at a news conference at the Lesbian and Gay Victor Center in Miami Beach.
  • Accused Movie Theater Shooter Said He Was 'In Fear of Being Attacked'

    01/15/2014 5:09:04 AM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 570 replies
    Yahoo News/Good Morning America ^ | STEVE OSUNSAMI, SENI TIENABESO and COLLEEN CURRY (GMA)
    <p>The elderly man accused of shooting a movie theater patron in Florida after an argument over text messaging told police that he fired because he "was in fear of being attacked."</p> <p>Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a news conference today that the victim, Chad Oulson, 43, was texting his young daughter's babysitter when an argument erupted with Reeves over texting during previews before the movie "Lone Survivor."</p>
  • Pensacola Woman Charged With Prostitution After Accidentally Texting Cop

    12/31/2013 10:53:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Monday, Dec 30, 2013
    A Florida woman was charged with prostitution after she accidentally texted an investigator asking if he wanted to "have fun," according to a report. The text came from 27-year-old Schquita Alaysha Warren of Pensacola, who thought the number belonged to an acquaintance named "Sam," reported the Pensacola News Journal. The investigator posed as Sam and agreed to meet Warren for sex at a motel, where he arrested her and charged her with prostitution, the Journal reported. She was later released after posting $1,000 bond.
  • Woman Busted For Attacking Live-In Boyfriend When He Refused To "Cuddle" In Bed

    12/30/2013 11:16:14 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 55 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | December 30, 2013
    A Florida woman was arrested early Saturday for battering her live-in boyfriend after he refused to “cuddle” with her when they went to bed, police report. Shavonna Rumph, 31, and Henry Price, 33, “had been drinking together at their residence and had been doing so throughout the night,” according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report. The couple subsequently quarreled, a deputy reported, “over Henry refusing to ‘cuddle’ with Shavonna when they went to bed.” The argument “turned physical when Shavonna grabbed Henry by the shirt, causing it to tear.” Price then attempted to leave the couple’s Bradenton residence to...
  • Florida Man Stuffs Girlfriend Into Duffel Bag to Sneak Her Into His Halfway House

    12/26/2013 6:36:28 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 33 replies
    The Pulp ^ | November 7, 2013 | Chris Joseph
    A Boca Raton man tried to sneak his girlfriend into the halfway house he was staying at by stuffing her into a duffel bag, like that tiny Chinese dude in the Ocean Eleven movies. The man, Jared Mustrat, had been staying at the Boca House, a sober-living halfway house for men. Per the rules, Boca House does not allow overnight guests. But Mustrat was missing his lady and was in need of her company. So he stuffed her inside a bag to try to get her in. But according to a Boca Raton Police report, Mustrat's plan was foiled when...
  • Sister jailed for flinging peanut butter in argument over dog

    12/25/2013 7:18:17 AM PST · by shove_it · 52 replies
    ClickOrlando ^ | 24 Dec 2013 | Daniel Dahm
    Rachel Byrd was arrested Monday on battery charges. Deputies: Man arrested after burglarizing woman's bedroom According to a Volusia County Sheriff's report, Byrd and her brother, 30-year-old Gabriel Byrd, began arguing around 2 a.m. because the dog was urinating in the living room of the house shared by the siblings. Deputies said Rachel Byrd flung a spoonful of peanut butter at her brother, and someone called 911 but hung up. A dispatcher called back but no one answered, so a deputy was sent to the home, officials said. The deputy said the brother did not want to press charges against...
  • Hollywood woman shoots man, 19, after he fails to pay for sex, police say

    12/24/2013 6:17:34 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 24, 2013 | By Tonya Alanez
    HOLLYWOOD— After pulling the equivalent of a sexual dine and dash Monday afternoon, a 19-year-old Miami man was shot in the stomach, authorities said. David Darnell Roberts had sex with Dwaynesha White, 22, at her home in the 2500 block of Pierce Street, but left without making the agreed upon payment, according to Officer Mark Hazel, a spokesman for the Hollywood Police Department.
  • Man Offers Live Alligator For 12-Pack Of Beer

    12/18/2013 12:58:42 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 12-17-13 | unattributed
    It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but a guy walked into a Miami-area convenience store with quite a surprise in the box. A clerk at the Santa Ana Market in Allapattah was approached by customer Fernando Caignet Aguilera, 64, to buy some beer recently. “I just picked it up here,” Aguilera said of the alligator. “I seen it here in the grass and I tied it up.” When the subject of payment was brought up, the customer offered up a live alligator. “I went into the store to try to exchange it for a beer,” Aguilera told CBS4′s...
  • Airline sorry for 'H8GAYS' confirmation code

    12/17/2013 3:43:55 AM PST · by markomalley · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/17/2013 | Oliver Smith
    Jeff White discovered the code after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight from Pensacola, Florida, to Albany, New York, earlier this month, the Washington Post reports. “At first I didn’t think I read it right,” Mr White, a student at the University of West Florida, told the newspaper. “I was worried that another customer might think I somehow picked that code. If I were a gay male, I might have thought that a Delta worker purposely gave me that code, and that would have made me extremely uncomfortable.” Delta Air Lines apologised for any “concern or misunderstanding”, but...
  • Bullet hits Florida man in the head, bounces off

    12/15/2013 5:36:17 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | December 13, 2013 | Evan Bleier
    Dec. 13 (UPI) -- While Walter Santiago was driving after picking up his sick 13-year-old granddaughter from middle school, something flew in through the open driver's side window and hit him in the head. It turns out it was a bullet. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office believes the shot was probably fired from long range and that the bullet that struck the 62-year-old grandfather in the head just above his left temple came from a high-caliber handgun. "Fortunately for me the bullet was losing velocity when it hit me," Santiago said. "I feel very fortunate and very angry that this...
  • CBS4 Exclusive: Wal-Mart Employee Arrested For Shooting Co-Worker’s Car Over Award

    12/15/2013 8:14:28 AM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    CBS ^ | CBS
    DEERFIELD (CBSMiami) — Investigators say bad blood over an employee of the month award at a South Florida Wal-Mart store led to gunfire and criminal charges. According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report last month’s employee of the month at a Deerfield Beach Wal-Mart store on South Military Trail had her car shot up by a co-worker who was angry after she won the award. Willie Mitchell is charged with discharging a firearm from a vehicle. The Broward Sheriff’s Office said surveillance video from a Wal-Mart parking lot shows Mitchell parking next to a co-worker’s earlier in December. A...
  • Miami Beach Cop Blames "Sexual Aid Cream" for Firing

    12/10/2013 2:34:51 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 33 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Nov. 20 2013 | Terrence McCoy
    Miami Beach cop Reinaldo Casas really wants his job back. He wants it back so badly he's willing to admit he was once an aficionado of the most embarrassing product ever. Sexual aid cream. On February 27, the Miami Beach Police Department fired Casas -- who's been reprimanded for making "conflicting statements," missing court appearances, "excessive sick time usage," and "gross negligence" -- when he tested positive for drug use, according to his internal affairs file. But Casas wasn't going down easy. He filed a grievance to explain how he'd tested positive for narcotic abuse. It's not drugs, he swore....
  • Topless woman attacks officer at Walmart in Manatee County, deputies say

    12/04/2013 4:42:35 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    A 63-year-old Sarasota woman was arrested in front of the Walmart sore on Lockwood Ridge Road at 8:26 p.m. Monday and charged with battery on an officer and disorderly conduct after she reportedly struck a sergeant of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office with a closed fist and later refused requests to keep her clothes on.
  • Bride charged wedding to employer's credit cards, police say

    11/28/2013 3:16:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    WPEC-Ch. 12 ^ | November 27, 2013 | Scott Smith
    PORT ST. LUCIE — Something old, something new, something borrowed — credit cards used to charge a $50,000 wedding, police say — left a bride facing fraud and grand theft charges. La'Reese Michelle Darville, 31, was jailed Monday after she told detectives she charged bills for her June wedding at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to credit cards belonging to her employers, who include her father. Darville told detectives she intended to repay the full amount. Police were tipped to the case by one of the owners of Partners III Pawn Shop in Port St. Lucie, who got...
  • Elian Gonzalez: My time in the US marked me for my whole life

    11/27/2013 6:49:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 78 replies
    Elian Gonzalez, the object of a 1999-2000 custody squabble involving Washington, Havana and family members on both sides of the Florida Strait, holds a piece of U.S. legislation directly responsible for what he endured then, Cuban official media said Monday. "They were very sad times for me, which marked me for my whole life. I was never given the chance to have a moment to think about my mother, who as a result of that (U.S.) Cuban Adjustment Act died at sea," the now-19-year-old Gonzalez said last weekend during a Union of Young Communists event. ~snip~ The 1966 Cuban Adjustment...
  • Man attacked pregnant sister over chicken nuggets, Orlando police say

    11/21/2013 5:51:00 PM PST · by Gamecock · 33 replies ^ | Nov 20 2013 | Michelle Dendy
    ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando man has been arrested on aggravated battery charges after police say he attacked his pregnant sister over chicken nuggets. Kareem Gordon, 28, was arrested on Sunday night after the fight with his 25-year-old sister, who says Gordon ate her chicken nuggets without permission. After arguing, Gordon's sister went to her bedroom but Gordon followed behind, yelling "I will punch you down." Gordon then grabbed her by her neck, pushed her into a nightstand, making her fall to the ground, police said. Gordon's sister is four months pregnant, according to the report. Gordon said he was...
  • Randolph Smith, 'pissed' at wife, leaves phony bomb on kitchen counter

    11/08/2013 6:34:56 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    WPBF.COM ^ | 08 NOVEMBER 2013 | WPBF.COM
    A Vero Beach man who was angry with his wife left a phony bomb on a kitchen counter, an Indian River County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Friday. Randolph Smith, 51, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, planting a hoax bomb and resisting arrest without violence. Thursday night, deputies received a call from a woman who said her husband left a gray pipe with a wire protruding from one end on the kitchen counter. There were several hand-written notes on the counter, including one that read, "This is (an) explosive. (It's) a bomb." Smith's wife told...
  • IRS refunded $4B to identity thieves

    11/07/2013 7:08:15 PM PST · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    AP via NYP ^ | November 7, 2013 | AP
    The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to a Treasury report released Thursday. The IRS sent a total of 655 tax refunds to a single address in Lithuania, and 343 refunds went to a lone address in Shanghai. In the U.S., more fraudulent returns went to Miami than any other city. Other top destinations were Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Houston.
  • Obese Florida Man Is Too Fat To Jail

    11/06/2013 2:42:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Jobs & Hire ^ | Nov 04, 2013
    An obese Florida man named George Jolicoeur was spared from jail time because he is too fat. The Obese man was arrested for scamming a number of restaurants, but now he doesn't need any alibi to save him from incarceration as prosecutors are now considering to set him free on account of his very obese form. According to a New York Daily News report, Jolicoeur was arrested in 2007 for scamming several restaurants. The Orlando Sentinel stated that the obese Florida man was offered a plea deal after prosecutors and authorities discovered that it would be too expensive to send...
  • Police: Man Sets Himself on Fire Displaying a Burning Cross

    10/18/2013 1:51:07 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 41 replies ^ | 18 Oct 2013 | Jon David Kahn
    <p>PALM BAY - Police say a Florida man suffered second-degree burns after he set himself ablaze creating a Halloween display that involved lighting a wooden cross on fire...When he poured gasoline on the display, he accidentally lit himself on fire. His wife was with him at the time.</p>