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Florida man charged with killing 4 puppies with shovel

Florida man charged with killing 4 puppies with shovel | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

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...

 

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Former president of FAU's Delta Tau Delta frat found naked, shooting a fire extinguisher and speaking gibberish

Former president of FAU's Delta Tau Delta frat found naked, shooting a fire extinguisher and speaking gibberish | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

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...

 

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Naked University of Florida student on acid tells cops he's God, asks them to cut off his penis, gets Tased six times

Naked University of Florida student on acid tells cops he's God, asks them to cut off his penis, gets Tased six times | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

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.

 

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Florida woman trampled by bull at 'Cracker Day' rodeo (VIDEO)

Florida woman trampled by bull at 'Cracker Day' rodeo (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

DeLAND, Fla. - A woman was trampled by a bull on Saturday during a "money grab" at the Cracker Day event in DeLand, officials said.

 

The woman was also possibly gored in her left arm at the 64th annual Cracker Day, which offers bull riding, barbecue and rodeo competitions at the Volusia County Fairgrounds.

 

According to witnesses, the woman, along with about 30 others, jumped in the arena to play a game called "money grab," the object of which is to snatch a ribbon tied to the bull's horn and win cash.

 

After trampling over the woman a second time, the bull was eventually captured.

 

The woman was taken to a hospital in an ambulance after being treated by paramedics at the event.  She also suffered a laceration to the arm...

 

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Florida teacher accused of throwing 13-year-old special needs student

Florida teacher accused of throwing 13-year-old special needs student | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

BRADENTON, FL - Students who attend Horizons Academy in Bradenton are the ones singled out for special attention because of behavior problems. But Manatee County deputies say one of the teachers, Colby Cadwell, had behavior issues of his own.

 

Deputies said on Tuesday, Cadwell noticed a 13-year-old boy acting like he was going to hit someone. "And that's when the teacher came up to him and grabbed him, threw him down, and then actually picked him up and physically threw him out of the room out into the grassy area outside the classroom" said Manatee County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer David Bristow. He says a security camera caught Cadwell hurling the 90 pound student, at least 10 feet.

 

Cadwell's Facebook page shows he is a 5th grade teacher at Horizons...

 

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Florida man with foot fetish lies to women to "gain access to their feet" for his sexual gratification

Florida man with foot fetish lies to women to "gain access to their feet" for his sexual gratification | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
POLK COUNTY, FL - Polk deputies want to know if a man with an alleged criminal foot fetish has more victims. 

Detectives arrested Reginald Cruz, 23, on Wednesday.  They say Cruz has victimized "hundreds" of women in the eastern part of Polk County by gaining access to their feet under false pretenses for his sexual gratification.  Investigators say as recently as January, Cruz approached a 10-year-old child, asking to touch her toes.

 

Detectives learned Cruz targeted dark-skin females, such as Latin, Haitian, Jamaican, or African American, approaching them at shopping centers, parks, and community halls.  Cruz has approached females in their cars, at their homes, and while walking down the street.  His victims have ranged from 10 to 32 years old... 

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Florida man charged in dog ransom hoax

COLLIER COUNTY - A Golden Gate man was arrested after deputies say he tried to extort thousands of dollars from a North Naples woman in exchange for her two lost dogs.

 

Dathan Cyr, 43, is charged with extortion - a felony. 

 

Deputies say it all started Monday when Andrea Michna got a text message from a number she didn't recognize. The sender asked if she was still looking for her two lost dogs.

Michna explained that her two white Samoyeds, 3-year-olds Ava and Snowdot, went missing on April 14 after getting loose in the Pelican Marsh community and that she had passed out fliers offering an unspecified reward for the dogs. 

Michna responded to the text saying that she was still looking for her dogs. 

Deputies say Cyr then texted Michna back, claiming to be a Latina female named Diana who loved in Immokalee and said that she had the dogs.

Deputies say in those texts, Cyr threatened to shoot the dogs if Michna did not pay him $8,000 cash.

 

That's when she called the sheriff's office.

 

Detectives quickly worked out a plan and a meeting with the suspect was arranged...

 

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Florida man arrested for waving gun in front of elementary school, turns out to be BB gun (VIDEO)

Florida man arrested for waving gun in front of elementary school, turns out to be BB gun (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Riverview, Florida -- It was about 2:30 p.m., right after the end of the school day at Sessums Elementary School off Symmes Road in Riverview. 


Sheriff's deputies say several children started shouting about a man with a gun. A crossing guard spotted him, too. 


A sheriff's deputy stationed at the school heard the screams and responded. He says he ended up with his own gun drawn, facing off with 24-year old Dillon Conn.

Investigators say Conn was walking on the sidewalk, right beside the school, wildly waving a handgun...

 

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6-year-old Florida boy saved from gator’s grip (VIDEO)

6-year-old Florida boy saved from gator’s grip (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. —A 6-year-old Florida boy is safe after his father and a good Samaritan rescued him from the jaws of an alligator.

 

Joey Welch says he was ready to go canoeing with his dad near Boynton Beach, but fell near the water's edge.

 

That's when the gator attacked.

 

His father Joseph Welch began fighting to free his son from the gator’s grip.

 

Another person saw what was happening and also started beating the gator. Finally, it released the 6-year-old... 

 

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TAdeboya's curator insight, January 12, 2014 10:21 AM

I like this extract because it relates to the story of the good Samaritan  The stranger that acts in the role of the good Samaritan in this passage. It shows that the parable of the good Samaritan has relivance in real life.

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Former Miami-Dade cop gets 2 1/2 years in prison for bogus female stops

Former Miami-Dade cop gets 2 1/2 years in prison for bogus female stops | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

MIAMI (AP) -- A former South Florida police officer has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for stopping female drivers on a pretense so he could have suggestive conversations with them.

 

A Miami federal judge imposed the sentence Thursday on 34-year-old Prabhainjana Dwivedi, a former Miami-Dade County police officer. Dwivedi was convicted in February of six charges of depriving victims of their civil rights.

 

Court records show Dwivedi was involved in at least six questionable traffic stops of female drivers. In one example, he detained a woman for more than an hour and asked her to lower the zipper on her dress to her mid-stomach. Dwivedi asked another woman if he could see her breast enhancement surgery scars...

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Drunk Florida woman calls 911 because she's lonely -- five times

Drunk Florida woman calls 911 because she's lonely -- five times | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Fleurette French, 64, found that out the hard way March 30 after being arrested on an abuse of 911 charge, according to recently released records.

 

An Indian River County Sheriff's deputy at 8:10 p.m. went to an address in the 2000 block of Pine Creek Boulevard in Vero Beach for a medical call.

 

French dialed 911 for a medical issue, along with the fact that she'd been imbibing. She "was in no obvious distress" but "was highly intoxicated."

 

A firefighter/medic told a deputy "French told him the real reason she called 911 was 'because she was lonely.'" French was taken to Indian River Medical Center... 

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Florida parents will not face charges after leaving toddler in hot car for 8 hours (VIDEO)

Florida parents will not face charges after leaving toddler in hot car for 8 hours (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

TAMPA, Florida - Jadiel Rosario is just a toddler, not yet 2-years-old.


What happened to him, people say, is downright horrifying, shocking, and sick.

 

He sat for eight hours in a hot car on a boiling Florida day after he was accidentally left strapped in to his car seat, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

 

"It was an accident. Our investigators talked with the parents, their relatives, and friends," said a Sheriff's spokesperson Wednesday. "The mother and father will not face any criminal charges."


Investigators with the Sheriff's Office say that since this was accidental, they will not recommend to the State Attorney to file any charges.

 

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Florida man offers kids candy, tells them to reach in his pocket, molests them (VIDEO)

Florida man offers kids candy, tells them to reach in his pocket, molests them (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

New Port Richey, Florida - A man described as being between his late fifties and early seventies is accused of the unthinkable - preying on children and molesting them.

 

This mystery molester lured two 9-year-olds, a boy and a girl, out of their front lawn and behind a vacant home in New Port Richey on Friday night around 8pm in the 6000 block of 9th Avenue.

 

He told the kids he wanted to "play a game."

 

It all started with the promise of candy. In fact, sources say the molester told the kids to reach into his pocket. 

 

The children live across the street from each other and were playing basketball when the man was stalking them, deputies say...

 

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Slow service foils robbery at Florida Wendy's restaurant (VIDEO)

Slow service foils robbery at Florida Wendy's restaurant (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

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...

 

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Florida man caught shoplifting Magnum condoms and K-Y lube at Publix

Florida man caught shoplifting Magnum condoms and K-Y lube at Publix | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

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...

 

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Orlando cop suspended for Taser incident at Walmart also under investigation for Taser use at middle school

Orlando cop suspended for Taser incident at Walmart also under investigation for Taser use at middle school | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

ORLANDO, Fla. —An Orlando police officer is being investigated after he used a Taser on a woman at a local school.

 

Officer Andre Howard was suspended for 40 hours after he was caught on camera pushing a Walmart customer into a jewelry counter and putting a Taser to her head in December.

 

An investigative report stated Howard said if he had to do it again, he would have used a different approach. He was disciplined for his actions, but is currently facing another investigation after a complaint that he abused his power at Memorial Middle School four months after the Walmart incident...

 

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Florida school board employee arrested for video voyeurism (VIDEO)

Florida school board employee arrested for video voyeurism (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

POLK COUNTY, FL - A Hillsborough County School employee is under arrest tonight in Polk County, charged with video voyeurism.

 

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd says Dewey Norris,51, used a video camera, disguised to look like a pen to record nude images of girls in his home.

 

Sheriff Judd says there were four victims between the ages of 14 and 19 that were videotaped over a two year period.

 

Sheriff Judd says Norris admitted to the crime after he was arrested.

Norris worked as an air conditioning mechanic for the Hillsborough County School system since 1988...

 

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Florida woman sets car on fire with her dogs inside at gas station, claims she's God (VIDEO)

Florida woman sets car on fire with her dogs inside at gas station, claims she's God (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A Florida woman is accused of intentionally setting her car on fire at a gas station and then sitting in the middle of a Daytona Beach highway, claiming to be God.

 

All that's left of 29-year-old Alexandra Barnes' Scion is charred remains.

"She came behind the counter and grabbed the yellow lighter and ran out the door," clerk Edna Sandrus said.

 

"All the sudden, she grabbed the lighter out of her car, and hit the lighter and the car just went up. It was just lit up into flames, like 15 different barbecues going on, huge into the sky," witness Fred Kelley said.

 

Larry Romero saw the whole thing from the business next door..

And says his co-worker jumped into action when Barnes started screaming.

 

"She said her babies was in the car, so he ran back to the car -- it was actually dogs, grabbed the dogs out the car and then ran back to the street, got her because she was sitting in incoming traffic," Romero said. "She sat down in the middle of US92, wanting a car to hit her she said something about she was god..."

 

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Surveillance video released in Florida middle school hallway beating

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Surveillance video was released Thursday morning of a fight involving several middle school students.

 says he was friends with

some of the classmates whom he says attacked him March 20th.

 

Police say Radravious Williams was beaten and whipped with a belt by fellow middle school students at NorthPort K-8 in Port St. Lucie. Police arrested six juveniles after reviewing the surveillance video.

 

“It is very concerning that the boys had their hands around the neck of Radravious, drug him to the teacher and the teacher at that time could have called for help. Instead she did not and he ended up suffering a second beating as a result of her failure to intervene and get help for him,” said attorney Williams's Dena Sisk Foman with McLaughlin and Stern said.

 

The teacher has not been charged. The school district says she has been taken out the classroom and put into a job where she is not working with students while they investigate...

 

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Florida man in custody after high speed chase through 5 counties

Florida man in custody after high speed chase through 5 counties | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

ORLANDO, Fla. — Officials said law enforcement officers pursued Thomas Loncala, 47, from Orange, through Seminole, Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns counties at speeds of 120 miles per hour.

 

The pursuit ended at County Road 205 and U.S. Highway 1 in St. Johns, where officials put down stop sticks. The suspect complained of shoulder pain after the crash. An ambulance took him to a hospital.

The pursuit began in Orlando with the DEA because agents believed the car was packed with drugs. Several local law enforcement agencies were involved in the chase.

 

Investigators reportedly found crystal meth, $3,396 in cash and guns in the suspect’s vehicle. A female passenger was also inside the vehicle. She will not face charges...

 

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Florida couple accused of leaving child outside bar for an hour and a half

Florida couple accused of leaving child outside bar for an hour and a half | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

DEBARY, Fla. —A Casselberry couple is accused of leaving a child alone outside a bar in Volusia County for an hour and a half.

 

Lucien and Emily Brodeur were arrested and charged with child neglect.

 

A passer-by noticed the 7-year-old boy about 10:30 p.m. Friday outside Rumors Bar on U.S. 17/92 in DeBary and called police.

 

Lucien Brodeur told deputies he was only inside 20 minutes but the bartender said it was at least an hour and a half...

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Florida woman stole $170K from employer to pay for divorce, breast implants

Florida woman stole $170K from employer to pay for divorce, breast implants | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - A former Volusia County accountant for a camper sales business is accused of stealing nearly $170,000 over a three-year period and deputies say she may have used part of the money to pay for her divorce and breast implants.

 

Steffani Lariscy, 37, has been charged with grand theft after a yearlong investigation over a $1,000 discrepancy in the Robbins Camper Sales financial records. When the owner confronted Lariscy about it she said she didn’t know anything about it, but promised to look into the matter, according to the report.

 

When the owner went to look for a hand-written deposit slip from his deposit registry to show it to Lariscy, it had been torn out of the book. The owner then confronted Lariscy a second time, and this time she admitted to taking the missing money, deputies said...

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Florida man arrested for exposing himself to teen girls at the beach

Florida man arrested for exposing himself to teen girls at the beach | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Sarasota, Florida -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 69-year-old Illinois man for exposing himself to teenage girls swimming at Siesta Key Beach.

 

Around 2:30 p.m., on April 17, a Sarasota County lifeguard alerted deputies to Tom Petcher after two 14-year-old girls said he had his swim trunks around his ankles and tried to brush one of the girls' legs with his buttocks. 


As the girls moved away from him, Petcher floated on his back with his genitals exposed. 

 

He continued this activity for at least 15 minutes, swimming toward the girls every time they tried to get away...

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9-year-old Connecticut boy recovering after shark bite in Delray Beach, Florida (VIDEO)

9-year-old Connecticut boy recovering after shark bite in Delray Beach, Florida (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- 9-year-old Colten Cicarelli from Connecticut is waking up in Delray Medical Center this morning after nearly getting his foot taken off by a shark.

 

While playing in the shallow surf at a south Palm Beach County beach with his family Wednesday, Colten said he felt something under his foot.

 

"He thought he had stepped on a rock, and luckily the shark let go of him," said plastic surgeon Anthony Dardano.

 

Colten is expected to recover and will walk again, doctors said...

 

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