PALM BAY, Fla. - A 19-year-old suspected burglar continues to recover after Palm Bay police say he was beaten, kicked and shot with a stun gun by victims.
Michael Maxwell, of Palm Bay, was charged with one count of home invasion robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon and four counts of battery after police were called about 1 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a disturbance at a home in the 700 block of Monterey Drive.
Police said that several men, including Maxwell, arrived at the home in a gold 2004 Chevrolet Malibu and stormed the home, but the residents inside managed to fight off the attack.
Winter Haven, Florida -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office says nearly 100 people have been arrested in an undercover prostitution sting operation.
Deputies say a total of 92 people were arrested for offering to commit lewdness, along with other charges. The suspects allegedly responded to online ads posted by undercover detectives posing as prostitutes, or the suspects were prostitutes themselves who posted ads and came to the undercover location, offering their services.
Among those arrested was Samuel Yoon of California, who is a 45-year-old youth counselor. Sheriff Judd says Yoon thought he'd be seeing a 14-year-old girl. Yoon was in Orlando to attend a youth ministry conference...
OCALA, Fla. - Deputies said Marion County brother and sister Darren L. Hagerman 25, and Jessica L. Huggard, 22, were spotted riding in a blue Ford van on Highway 40 in Ocala Thursday night and pulled over when a deputy saw a 2-year-old jumping in the backseat.
According to the report, the deputy found the van packed with Frito-Lay chips during the traffic stop. When asked where the chips came from, Hagermen said he and his sister take the chips as a way to generate income.
The deputy found that Hagerman had a master key that worked on the gate lock at the Frito-Lay factory, according the report. It appears Hagerman doesn't work at the factory...
Chuck Smith is at the end of his rope. He's so upset, his hands shake as he shows 10 News pictures from Saturday. His 19-year-old son slammed his car into a telephone pole at 4 a.m. Saturday, and he says it's all because of the synthetic marijuana called Spice.
"I found a lot more in the car than what you see here," said Smith. "I filled a Taco Bell bag full of these Spice packets."
Smith's son admits to smoking the synthetic drug, and it brings his father to tears. "I tried talking to him. Told him how bad it was for him, what it's doing to his brain. That it's tearing apart the family. How it's worse than anything. How it hurts everyone around him more than anyone can imagine," said Smith.
LONGWOOD, Fla. - Typically, it's not a good thing for a fast-food restaurant to have slow service, but that's exactly what foiled a robbery in Longwood, police say.
The attempted robbery happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wendy's at 815 West State Road 434.
According to Longwood police, a man entered the restaurant and went into the bathroom. When he exited, he had a blue bandana over his face and told the workers, "Give me what you got."
The employees were taking too long, so the man demanded a wallet from a customer, police said. The customer refused, however, and the man ran to a nearby parking lot and got into a waiting car, police said...
A Volusia County man has been arrested after deputies say he was caught trying to steal condoms and lubricant from a Publix in Deltona on Thursday.
Jesus Maldonado, 22, has been charged with retail theft after a Publix loss prevention agent reported he hid a package of Magnum condoms and KY personal lubricant in his vest pocket, left the store and got on his bicycle, according to the report.
The items stolen were worth approximately $25, according to the report...
LEE COUNTY, FL - Former Lee County deputy Piotr Urbanski arrested for not only possessing marijuana but growing it with his girlfriend Shannon Clancy on their lanai.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office found dried marijuana in the kitchen, two pipes for smoking, and 23 live plants on the lanai. Seven additional plants were found in a small trash can on the porch.
Sheriff Mike Scott tells us the couple claims they had a reason for growing it: "His story was that he doesn't use it and she does for medicinal purposes and whatever. It doesn't matter. It's illegal it's a crime," said Scott.
Urbanski was only with the Lee County Sheriff's Office for about a year and now he's out -- Sheriff Scott wants to reassure the community when people commit crimes, they go to jail.
When he applied to LCSO, Urbanski admitted he used Marijuana three times in 2007 for experimentation.
Sheriff Scott says his office does very thorough background checks, but in the future those might include going to the applicant's home and checking that out as well...
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - A 49-year-old pastor who also worked at Disney World was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of viewing online child porn videos at the theme park while preparing a sermon.
Cedric Eugene Cuthbert, who worked as a custodial manager at Port Orleans Resort and pastor at Historic St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Sanford, was arrested on charges of solicitation of a minor via computer and possession of material depicting sexual performance by a child.
A Disney employee also told detectives that Cuthbert downloaded pornographic videos, accessed his personal email account and typed a sermon based on two Bible passages: John 13 and Psalm 148.
The arrest affidavit detailed the pornography that Cuthbert is accused of viewing and also stated that semen was found in Cuthbert's office...
Lee County, Florida (News-Press) - A Punta Gorda motorcyclist is dead and an Estero woman is behind bars on DUI charges after a Thursday night crash in south Lee County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Donna Lynne Brown, 54, is being charged with DUI manslaughter and property damage, hit and run with death, DUI and careless driving.
After making a U-turn at Constitution Boulevard, Brown was driving south on U.S. 41 and failed to see a motorcycle ahead of her. She rear-ended Carl Patrick's motorcycle and dragged it, along with Patrick, for about three miles...
JUPITER, Fla. - Police arrested 20-year-old Joshua Melvin of Tequesta after he was suspected of spraying a Jupiter High School staff member in the face with Silly String.
Melvin was one of four men wearing masks who jumped a fence at a Jupiter High School powder puff football game Tuesday night and sprayed players and coaches in the face with the Silly String, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Police arrested Melvin and charged him with aggravated battery...
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Conrad Hilton III, the grandson of the founder of the Hilton hotel chain, was arrested Sunday and charged with domestic battery. According to a police report, a Boca Raton police officer was at Abe and Louie's at 2200 Glades Road when he says he saw Hilton stand up from a seated position at the bar and grab and push his girlfriend. The girlfriend, who was interviewed by officers, declined to talk to investigators about the incident. Hilton, who lists his occupation as philanthropist, sits on the governing board of the Conrad Hilton Foundation according to its website. The foundation states that it is dedicated to humanitarian works... (click pic to watch video)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A 20-year-old man stripped naked inside a Daytona Beach convenience store and told officers that he was a monkey, according to police.
Daylen Holloman, of Palm Coast, was arrested on a charge of indecent exposure after the incident, which occurred Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven at 623 N. Oleander Ave.
A Daytona Beach police officer later arrived at the store and asked Holloman what he did know, and Holloman said, "I know I am a monkey," police said.
The officer told Holloman that monkeys don't wear clothes and Holloman said, "Oh, really?" and started stripping, Daytona Beach police said, adding that he exposed himself to a female store clerk and customers...
MIAMI (CBS4) – Police Lt. Alexander Hernandez pulled back the chambering lever on the AR-15 assault weapon and it slapped forward with a loud clack, reverberating around the conference room. The menacing-looking weapon was exhibit A at a hearing Wednesday as the Opa-Locka Police Department argued Sgt. German Bosque should be fired for leaving the rifle with his girlfriend’s father while out on leave last year.
It’s not every day a rapid-fire assault weapon is put on loud display in a city hall conference room, but Bosque is not your everyday cop. He’s the most disciplined, fined, fired, arrested police officer in the state. He has been fired eight times by three departments. Opa-locka is now trying to fire him – for the sixth time – with none of its previous efforts succeeding.
Bosque has successfully beaten back allegations over the years including:
- Having busted the skull of a handcuffed suspect.
- Beating Juveniles
- Having dope and booze in his squad car
- Ripping off suspects
- Falsifying reports
- Participating in an unauthorized chase where four people were killed
- And calling in sick…from Cancun
The system has given Bosque more chances than nine cats have lives. Like many law enforcement officers, he enjoys civil service and union protections...
Customs agents thought something didn't seem right with the coconuts that arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale from the Dominican Republic. When they looked closer, they found 90 of them were hollowed out and stuffed with pounds of cocaine.
Federal agents put tracking devices into some of the fruit and let them be delivered to a produce-importing business in Miami, leading investigators to two men who unloaded and separated out the suspicious bags and a third man who took them to his home.
On Tuesday, the three South Florida men pleaded guilty in federal court in Fort Lauderdale to their roles in a conspiracy to import and distribute the drugs.
Agents previously intercepted another shipment of coconuts containing about 57 pounds of cocaine that arrived at Port Everglades in November aboard the same ship, court records show...
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. —A Tampa Bay area man has been charged with beating four pit bull puppies to death with a shovel.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports that 21-year-old David Lee Thompson went to a New Port Richey mobile home Friday to help his friend move. The friend and his father began discussing what to do with the puppies since the son couldn't afford to keep them. An arrest reports says the father suggested taking the puppies into the woods and killing them.
The son told deputies he "didn't have the guts," so Thompson reportedly killed the puppies. The three men buried the animals and scattered dead leaves on the site...
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The former president of FAU’s Delta Tau Delta Fraternity was found naked in front of his home on NE 8th Street early Sunday morning, shooting a fire extinguisher at a neighbor’s window and speaking gibberish.
Alex Fanaian, 23, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and burglary.
Fanaian was apparently drinking at Blue Martini — at Boca Raton Town Center Mall — prior to the incident...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gainesville Sun reports Michael Joseph Silecchia, 19, who lives on campus, was arrested after police received reports Saturday at 1:25 a.m. of a suspicious person taking off his clothes near the Campus Club apartments.
According to the Sun , as police arrived, Silecchia began taking off his clothes and told police he had just done LSD. After a struggle with police, he was stunned with a Taser about six times with no effect, the report states.
According to the University's newspaper, The Alligator , Silecchia then told officers he was God. He then told them, “Don’t cut my penis off,” then changed his mind and said, “Cut my penis off," according to the report.