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Florida taxi driver hands over money, robber shoots him anyway (VIDEO)

Florida taxi driver hands over money, robber shoots him anyway (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Tampa, Florida -- Despite handing cash over to the crook, police say a taxi driver was shot by a robber as a passenger watched from the back seat.

A passenger was in the back seat of the cab, getting dropped off just before 3 a.m. Tuesday on W. Chestnut Street near N. Willow Ave. in Tampa.

42-year-old Annuel Delicieux was simply doing his job, working for a living.

Police say a robber stepped out of the dark and pointed a shotgun at the cabbie. He demanded money.

Delicieux did what he was told. Police say he threw cash out the window at the robber.

But the robber shot him anyway, right in the chest.

After being rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, their last report lists him as being in stable condition...

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'Scarface' Actor Steven Bauer Arrested In Miami For Driving With Suspended License

'Scarface' Actor Steven Bauer Arrested In Miami For Driving With Suspended License | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Actor Steven Bauer, best known for his role as Manny Ribera in the 1983 film Scarface, has been arrested in South Florida.

According to the Miami Dade Corrections website, the actor was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Center on Tuesday at 4:00 a.m. He was booked under his birth name Steven Ernest Echevarria with remarks listed as DWLS which means Driving While License Suspended.

According to the arrest affidavit, Echevarria made an improper turn and a computer check of the driver revealed he had a bench warrant out for Driving While License Suspended...

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Cat fight pits federal government against Hemingway museum in Key West

Cat fight pits federal government against Hemingway museum in Key West | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
A popular tourist attraction has lost another round in the legal battle over who is in charge of the slinky creatures with nine lives and six toes roaming its grounds.

The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that the government does have the power to regulate the dozens of cats that live at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla. — a notion the attraction has fought for years.

Some 250,000 visitors flock to the site each year to experience the house where the famed American writer lived from 1931 to 1938 and see the polydactyl (six-toed) felines whose company he enjoyed.

“There is no doubt that the Hemingway home is one of the landmark attractions on Key West. Hemingway has been gone for more than 50 years, but he’s still a Key West icon,” said Andy Newman, a spokesman for the Florida Keys tourism council.

“Everybody knows about the six-toed cats and certainly they are part of the ambiance and the charm of the Hemingway Home and Museum.”
The government began taking a closer look at the operation several years ago, when a visitor complained about the museum’s care of the animals to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to court documents.

When he lived in the house, Hemingway — a famous cat lover — cared for a white polydactyl cat named Snowball that was given to him by a ship’s captain. Snowball’s offspring and other felines have been roaming the grounds ever since without much controversy. Court documents note that the museum has always kept, fed, and provided weekly veterinary care for the Hemingway cats, and spayed or neutered most of them “to prevent population beyond the historical norm of 50–60 cats.”

In 2003, the USDA declared that the museum was an “animal exhibitor” subject to federal regulation under the Animal Welfare Act because it displayed the animals to the public for an admission fee and used the cats in its advertising. (The same act regulates circuses, zoos and carnivals.)

The museum balked at the decision, which would require it to do everything from cage the cats at night and tag each animal, to build “additional elevated resting surfaces” for the felines...

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Narcy Novack gets life in prison for murdering son and widow of Ben Novack who built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach

Narcy Novack gets life in prison for murdering son and widow of Ben Novack who built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A woman from Florida, convicted of orchestrating the fatal beatings of her millionaire husband and his mother, is hoping she'll get out of prison some day — some day in the distant future.

Narcy Novack of Fort Lauderdale and her brother, Cristobal Veliz of Brooklyn, were to be sentenced Monday morning in federal court in White Plains, N.Y.

They were convicted in June of hiring hit men to carry out the 2009 beating deaths of Ben Novack Jr. in New York and Bernice Novack in Florida. Ben Novack was the son of the man who built the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach.

The U.S. attorney's office has asked Judge Kenneth Karas to impose life sentences. Prosecutor Elliott Jacobsen wrote in court papers that Novack and Veliz "engaged in the very worst criminal conduct imaginable."

Prosecutors said Narcy Novack feared that her husband would divorce her, and that a prenuptial agreement would bar her from the multimillion-dollar family estate. Her motives were "hatred, greed and vengeance," the sentencing memo says...

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Miami Beach taxpayers spent over $500K installing GPS trackers in city-owned police cars, but cops refuse to turn them on

Miami Beach taxpayers spent over $500K installing GPS trackers in city-owned police cars, but cops refuse to turn them on | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
...That's exactly what's happened in Miami Beach, where more than 350 city vehicles -- including cop cars and fire trucks -- have been outfitted with automated vehicle locators (AVLs) at a cost of more than $500,000. But in police cruisers, they haven't been turned on yet because cops worry the devices could put them in danger.

The idea for the AVLs began four years ago, when residents complained about a city car "parked under a tree all day long," says Miami Beach Commissioner Ed Tobin. Tobin hoped GPS data would help better allocate resources. When the commission approved the idea in December 2010, there wasn't much debate.

But as the city began installing the devices, MBPD suffered a rash of scandals. On July 2, 2011, Officer Derick Kuilan popped by the Clevelander and then drunkenly ran his department-issued ATV over two beachgoers. Kuilan wasn't the only AWOL cop: His partner was with him at the bar, and their supervisor had headed home early for an off-duty gig.

The incident gave urgency to keeping better track of cops. Days before the accident, city commissioners had approved $268,220 to install the AVLs. Later they green-lighted an additional $193,000. (It's not clear how much the police trackers alone cost; a city spokeswoman didn't respond to questions from Riptide.)

Yet for police, the program has effectively been shelved because cops fear the devices could expose the home addresses of officers with take-home vehicles...

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"Someone is going to die today": Heavily armed Florida man pissed after getting parking ticket

"Someone is going to die today": Heavily armed Florida man pissed after getting parking ticket | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Clearwater, Florida -- A Clearwater man goes on the attack after getting a parking ticket, and officers quickly learn he has an arsenal of weapons and ammo in his car.

Clearwater police say Son Uong, 37, was so angry over the ticket on Saturday that he tried pulling the parking enforcement officer out of his city vehicle.

The first police officer who arrived on scene says he heard Uong say, "Someone is going to die today."

Fortunately, the Clearwater officer was able to calm him down until back-up arrived, and arrested the suspect.

Uong reportedly had a fully loaded Glock handgun in his pocket, plus an assault rifle in the trunk of his car and another loaded handgun in the glove box.

They also found three magazines for the Glock and eight high-capacity magazines for the other guns...

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Hialeah couple busted for running illegal butt-enhancing injection "clinic" out of their house (VIDEO)

Hialeah couple busted for running illegal butt-enhancing injection "clinic" out of their house (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
A husband and wife were arrested on charges related to practicing medicine without a license after a botched buttocks-enhancing procedure on a female patient, Hialeah Police said.

Pedro Hernandez, 57, and Samela Hernandez, 53, were arrested Tuesday at their home at 3143 W. 70th St. in Hialeah, according to police. They said they found a large amount of medical equipment, supplies and medicines indicative of “an illegal medical practice” during their search.

Police said the couple does not have a medical license, but was offering butt-enhancement procedures at their home. Detectives claim that Samela Hernandez had the substance bottled in Colombia as massage wax and shipped to her.

Three victims have come forward, police said, but they said they believe that many more are out there.

The story comes on the heels of the unrelated arrest of Oneal Morris, a transgender woman who is accused of injecting toxic concoctions which included Fix-a-Flat into people and causing at least one death...

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The Florida Connection: Grandmother of Connecticut school shooting suspect lives in Tampa

The Florida Connection: Grandmother of Connecticut school shooting suspect lives in Tampa | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
BROOKSVILLE, FL- The grandmother of Connecticut school shooting suspect Adam Lanza lives right here in the Tampa Bay area.

The Associated Press is reporting 78-year-old Dorothy Champion is a resident of Brooksville.

The manager of Champion's mobile home park on US 41 would not allow media onto the property Friday evening and a Hernando County Sheriff's Deputy was posted at the front entrance.

10 News also tried calling Champion's home phone but got no answer. A reporter for the AP did however manage to get though and says Champion said in a shaky voice "I just don't know and I can't make a comment right now," before she started to cry and hung up...

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Florida husband nearly drowns wife in dog's water bowl because his frozen pizza crust was raw

Florida husband nearly drowns wife in dog's water bowl because his frozen pizza crust was raw | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
ORANGE CITY, Fla. - Police say a central Florida woman nearly drowned when he husband held her face down in their dog's water bowl during an argument over frozen pizza.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/SVJM79) reports the argument started as the couple sat down to watch TV Wednesday night and eat pizza. Richard Watson complained that the crust was raw and flung his plate into the front door. Debra Watson then tossed her plate on the floor.

Police say her husband tackled her and shoved her head into the dog bowl. Debra Watson broke free. But a police report says her husband tried to strangle her.

Richard Watson is charged with attempted murder and battery...

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Skinny-Dipping Florida Man Shot By Police After He Pulls Rifle On Woman For Making Fun of His Penis Size

Skinny-Dipping Florida Man Shot By Police After He Pulls Rifle On Woman For Making Fun of His Penis Size | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Palm Beach Shores resident Adam Brown decided to go for a skinny dip in his El Coqui apartment complex at around 2:30 a.m Thursday morning, when a neighbor, Jenny Arroway, showed up and started with the jokes.

Adam Brown he got out of the pool, walked over to his apartment and came back out -- still wet and naked, mind you -- holding a rifle.

Brown then reportedly stuck the weapon in Arroway's face and said, "How do you like the size of this?"

According to police, Brown held the loaded rifle in her face until she talked him into putting the weapon down.

Cops were called to the scene and when they arrived, they twice told Brown to put down his rifle.

But police don't like it when they tell a guy to put down his gun and he doesn't comply. So they shot Brown...

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Crooks steal Christmas gifts for needy kids from Florida gym (VIDEO)

Crooks steal Christmas gifts for needy kids from Florida gym (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
FORT MYERS - Some crooks broke into a Fort Myers gym and stole all of the Christmas presents that the members had been collecting for kids in need.

It's the sixth year that Fort Myers Fitness 24/7 has gathered gifts. This year, 31 families at Harns Marsh Middle School were on the gym's Christmas list.

It's a campus where many kids are in need. But the choice of a thief has put the families' Christmas in jeopardy.

Toys, bikes and cash were all donated just in time for Christmas.

A week before the holiday, the gym turns into Santa's workshop where people sort gifts and build bikes.

That's how this year was supposed to go. But thieves stole the Christmas cheer. The gym was vandalized; 12 bikes and over $700 in cash, donations and toys are all gone.

Some of them are one-of-a-kind.

"Two pair of signed shoes from the Denver Nuggets - number 35 and Ty Lawson," Raymond said.

The shoes were a part of a raffle that is supposed to happen next week at the gym's bench press competition.

The gym donates what it can and then raises more money during the lifting contest to buy more for the kids.

As Fort Myers Fitness deals with the broken key cards, a missing surveillance system and jimmied locks, Raymond says he sees the damage for what it is - a scratch when compared to the thought of so many kids not getting a Christmas...

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Vero Beach, Florida high school teacher arrested for DUI in school parking lot; could not recite alphabet

Vero Beach, Florida high school teacher arrested for DUI in school parking lot; could not recite alphabet | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
VERO BEACH — Foreign language teacher Claire Danskin raised some eyebrows in the Vero Beach High School faculty parking lot when she parked her Toyota straddling two parking spaces, struck an art teacher's van and walked away with her car still running, according to a Vero Beach police report.

Officers arrived and took Danskin, 60, into custody for driving under the influence with property damage. Authorities said Danskin, who had no alcohol in her system according to a blood alcohol content test, was under the influence of medication.

Someone who saw Danskin parking called police to the high school, located at 1707 16th Street, Vero Beach, at 7:18 a.m. Thursday. Danskin, of the 100 block of Coply Terrace, Sebastian, returned to the parking lot and talked with the officer, though she had trouble keeping her balance, according to her arrest affidavit.

Danskin was charged with DUI after failing most of the sobriety exercises, including two attempts to recite the alphabet, police said...

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Ocala man charged with stealing Florida woman's driveway (VIDEO)

Ocala man charged with stealing Florida woman's driveway (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
REDDICK, Fla. — An Ocala man has been arrested after police said he was caught in the act of stealing a woman's driveway, just one day after the woman reported a similar theft.

Officials said Anthony Jones, 60, who does not live at the home near Northwest 120st Street, was seen removing brick paving stones Wednesday night.

Jones told authorities he was removing the stones for a friend named Nigel, but he did not provide a last name or phone number for Nigel.

The alleged theft happened at the same home where on Tuesday, additional stones were taken from the driveway while the homeowner was at work.

According to deputies, the homeowner felt a "bump" when she drove onto her driveway Tuesday night. She got out of her vehicle and discovered about 300 square feet of stones were missing.

A witness told deputies about seeing two men digging up the stones. But the activity didn't seem suspicious because construction workers were building a barn on the property...

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Bal Harbour cops laundered more drug money than it seized

Bal Harbour cops  laundered more drug money than it seized | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Little to nothing, according to the findings of an investigative report released last week by the U.S. Department of Justice that slams a Bal Harbour police task force that traveled the country picking up drug cash and laundering it during undercover investigations. The Justice Department said the task force laundered more money for criminals than it seized, and made no significant arrests or prosecutions — but spent the cash it did seize lavishly on salaries and benefits for officers, exceeding government spending guidelines with first-class flights, luxury car rentals and posh lodgings during undercover operations.

Expense records show Bal Harbour police routinely spent hundreds and sometimes thousands on party supplies and other items that had little to do with actual law enforcement, such as $1,500 worth of Apple iPads and accessories purchased at the Aventura Mall in August 2011 for a drug-prevention event.

Bal Harbour officials have declined to comment on the array of purchases made under Police Chief Thomas Hunker, who is accused of professional misconduct in the Justice Department’s investigative report. He was suspended with pay by the village last week.

In October, the Miami Herald reported that the village police department — a small town force heretofore known for writing traffic tickets — conducts undercover operations all over the country, and was under federal investigation for allegedly doling out hundreds of thousands in payments to informants, running up $23,704 in one month for cross-country trips with first-class flights and Cadillac and Lincoln Town Car rentals, and misspending seized funds on salaries and benefits for contract officers who work on the money laundering unit.

In three years, the Bal Harbour-led task force conducted 227 money pickups and laundered $56.2 million, the Justice Department said..

In conjunction with the pickups, the task force claimed 84 arrests and $49.7 million in cash seized.

But those arrests were conducted by other agencies, and Hunker was unable to provide federal investigators with a single example where task force cases were presented for prosecution by the Florida State Attorney’s Office...
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University of Miami offers community service program for students facing minor pot charges

University of Miami offers community service program for students facing minor pot charges | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
...But under a pilot program created by University of Miami police and prosecutors, the teen is one of 80 so far who have entered a program mandating community service, fines and cooperation with law enforcement in exchange for no arrest.

Defense lawyers, prosecutors and police say the optional program started last year, known as the University Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program (U-LEAD), is a first in Florida and is a valuable chance at redemption for young first-time offenders facing misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.

This month, law enforcement in Tallahassee also announced it would participate in a similar program to issue civil citations in lieu of arrest for minor non-violent crimes.

And the program may be expanded to other South Florida universities and some cities, which authorities say will help ease the ever-present congestion in Miami-Dade County Court, which last year processed over 51,400 misdemeanors.

In 2009, to ease the burden on county court, the chief administrative judge asked the county commission to consider making civil citations out of some criminal nuisance ordinances such as roadside vending and not having signs on the sides of work trucks. The effort fizzled.

“U-LEAD preserves expensive criminal justice system resources for more serious and violent offenders,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle....

At UM, officers nab between 70 and 100 people for simple marijuana possession every year, said Police Chief David Rivero. With help from prosecutors, the program went into effect about a year ago.

So far, only three of the 80 students have flunked out of the program, Rivero said.

In any college environment, it’s not unusual for them to be caught with a joint on campus. Officers make many arrests in dorm rooms when resident advisors smell the marijuana smoke.

The program works like this: Participants must be first-time offenders caught with less than 19.9 grams of marijuana or drug paraphernalia. If they qualify, UM officers give them a series of forms outlining the program, suggesting they tell their parents and retain a lawyer.

If they agree within three days, the student enrolls through the police department. If they don’t, officers seek criminal prosecution.

The school police department is hoping to expand the program to include possession of fraudulent IDs and alcohol violation, two frequent charges on college campuses.

A student must complete 25 hours of community service, donate $200 to a victim relief fund and pay $200 administrative fee that sustains the year-long program itself.

The participant must also agree to random drug tests and provide a statement to police detectives naming the source of the marijuana, said UM Sgt. Bobby Navarro, who runs the program...

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'The Miami Zombie: Do Bathsalts Cause Violence?'

'The Miami Zombie: Do Bathsalts Cause Violence?' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Bath salts are packets of drugs that, until a federal ban came into effect recently, were legally sold over the counter in head shops, gas stations and convenience stores. Marketed under brand names such as Purple Rain and Vanilla Sky, the packets contain anything from caffeine to the dental anesthetic lidocaine, but they mostly consist of synthetic cathinones, a class of stimulants—primarily mephedrone, methylone and MDPV—that mimic the properties of an herbal compound found in the khat plant native to East Africa.

Bath salts started to pop up in the United States three years ago. They were considered either a starter drug for teenagers or a replacement drug for users who couldn’t get ecstasy or crystal meth. The fact that the drug was legal was its biggest selling point—and it didn’t show up on standard drug tests.

Until Miami Fraternal Order of Police president Armando Aguilar blamed the Rudy Eugene incident on bath salts, few members of the Miami Police Department had heard of the drug.

His comments to the local media that bath salts were suspected of triggering the MacArthur Causeway incident sparked an orgy of news coverage that turned bath salts from an obscure drug trend into the scourge of a nation practically overnight.

Typical was his appearance on CNN four days after the horror on the causeway. “The gruesome face-eating attack in Miami could be part of a trend, an example of something larger and much more dangerous,” host Erin Burnett told her viewers. Aguilar agreed and pointed to two other cases in the Miami area in which people “disrobed themselves and became very, very violent.” Police initially blamed these incidents on LSD, Aguilar said, but were now convinced they were caused by bath salts.

Reporters didn’t seem to care that Aguilar had no expertise in the pharmacological action of drugs on the human brain or that he didn’t provide a scintilla of credible evidence that bath salts were involved in any of these cases. Horror stories about intoxicants have been a staple of American reporting since the temperance crusades, but this one was the mother of all drug-scare stories. It was too good for journalists to fact-check.

The panic continued to escalate, and ABC News ran a story headlined FACE-EATING ATTACK POSSIBLY PROMPTED BY “BATH SALTS,” AUTHORITIES SUSPECT. I found it strange that journalists continued to insist that Rudy Eugene had been high on bath salts. No drug paraphernalia was found at the crime scene. The initial toxicology report didn’t test for bath salts, and a more sophisticated test, which probes for a wider variety of drugs, would take upward of a month to complete.

To find out what all the fuss was about, I decided to try bath salts—or at least mephedrone, a common active ingredient in bath salts. Over an eight-hour period I snorted roughly half a gram—a fair-size dose—of the white powder, first in a Miami Beach nightclub and then again after I got home. At first, other than a tightness in my chest and a slight numbness in my limbs, I didn’t feel anything. But then my central nervous system lit up and I became as buoyant as foam floating on the surface of a fast-moving river...

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Hialeah Police car crash that killed young woman still being investigated by Hialeah Police two months later (VIDEO)

Hialeah Police car crash that killed young woman still being investigated by Hialeah Police two months later (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Andrea Castillo was fatally injured on the day after her 21st birthday when the car she was riding in collided with a Hialeah Police officer's cruiser near 9th Court and East 49th Street in Hialeah. The officer was flown to the hospital, while Castillo and her boyfriend were taken by ambulance. Why Castillo wasn't airlifted is one of many questions her mother still wants answered.

"I haven't heard anything from Hialeah – nothing from the police department, from the mayor's office," mother Susie Castillo said. "I haven't heard anything from anybody."

Now, a robo call about the investigation into the accident is being sent to Hialeah residents. The recording asks people to call upon the mayor and law enforcement to have an agency other than the Hialeah Police Department conduct the investigation.

Part of the recording says to "tell Mayor Hernandez to start behaving like mayor of Hialeah, not like a cop trying to protect one of their own."

Castillo believes that truth won't come with Hialeah Police investigating themselves.

"An agency isn't going to do a fair and impartial investigation on their own police department," explained Castillo, who is a Miami-Dade School Board member. "All I'm asking is that they please go outside. Hand it over to an outside agency whether, it's Miami-Dade County or FHP."

Hialeah Police declined to comment, except to say that the crash is still under investigation...

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Florida man nearly decapitates woman he picked up on street, did drugs with and tried to pay for oral sex

Florida man nearly decapitates woman he picked up on street, did drugs with and tried to pay for oral sex | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
A 20-year-old man was arrested for murder after deputies say he nearly decapitated a woman he was planning to pay for oral sex.


Paul Charles Farina, of Lake Park, was arrested Sunday and faces a second-degree murder charge, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit. He remains in jail without bond.

The incident began after he picked the woman up on the street and brought her to his apartment to pay her for oral sex. After smoking marijuana together and talking about drugs, the woman suggested he purchase some prescription medication, the affidavit read.

An argument ensued when the woman thought Farina had more cash. She picked up a knife from the table and pointed it at him, and Farina sustained a cut to his hand while trying to grab it from her, the report said.

Then, after Farina was able to get a knife from the kitchen, he stabbed the woman’s neck. He continued to cut her neck from right to left when she tried to hurt him.

The laceration to her neck “almost caused a full detachment to her head," the affidavit said.

Farina, who told authorities he had consumed alcohol and cocaine, had a laceration to his hand. Two knives and cleaning agents were found near the body, deputies said...

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Thieves steal bikes donated by University of Central Florida students to abused children

Thieves steal bikes donated by University of Central Florida students to abused children | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
TITUSVILLE -- Some thieves in Titusville have sapped the Christmas spirit of those most vulnerable.

Christmas gifts for abused children were stolen Friday night.

Country Acres Children's Home in Titusville serves as a home for children that have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

So when some University of Central Florida students wanted to do something special and get bicycles for the children, with the help of the Space Coast Area Associated Builders and Contractors, they were ecstatic.

Until Friday night, when a couple of the bikes were swiped.

Children at Country Acres have no other place to go.

The non-profit children’s home is supposed to be a safe harbor for these mostly teens, who have been through a lot of hardships...

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Florida man shooting gun from car on highway hadn't slept in four days, believed he was fishing

Florida man shooting gun from car on highway hadn't slept in four days, believed he was fishing | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
A sleep-deprived Port Charlotte man was arrested after deputies said he fired a gun while driving on Interstate-95.

Thomas P. Ellis, 55, was arrested Friday and faces charges including firing a weapon from a vehicle and carrying a prohibited weapon openly, according to online records. He was held in jail on $15,375 bond.

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office detectives said Ellis was apprehended after shooting out of his Ford Bronco, which he was driving southbound on I-95.

Ellis was found with a Smith and Wesson .44-caliber magnum revolver, a live cartridge and five spent casings.

The man told detectives he was on his way to Merritt Island when he stopped to fish and fire his gun at paper targets. When detectives told him he was firing from his car, he appeared worried and said he had not slept in four days, according to authorities...

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Daytona landlord wants police to pay for drug bust cleanup

Daytona landlord wants police to pay for drug bust cleanup | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
DAYTONA BEACH -- Early Thursday morning, Daytona Beach Police raided a home on Westwood Drive on the southern end of the city.

The department's crime suppression team and SWAT unit were looking for drugs, a suspected meth house.

Three people inside were arrested, but they were only renting the home. Damage done to the home included broken doors and windows, and ransacked furniture. No meth lab was found.

John Hinton, the landlord who owns the house, is upset. He wants to know what information police had that led them to believe there was a drug operation going on inside that rental home, one that needed that force and a bust that only netted trace amounts of marijuana.

"I called the city to find out when this went on, what are you going to, they left the house wide open," Hinton said. "I wanted to know what they're going to do about my house. Can we discuss this?”

But according to Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood, there's not much to discuss.

The chief says they do a threat assessment before entering any home. He says the information they had on the people inside indicated at least a couple of them could have presented problems during an attempted arrest. That's the reason for the show of force.

As for paying for repairs, nationwide, if police have a valid warrant, damage done while executing that warrant is not their problem.

“I would like to find out where does this stop?" Hinton said. "Where are they able to just come into your house and destroy your house like that and have absolutely no liability or recourse to justify it?”

For now, John Hinton is on the hook for those repairs and he's looking at his legal options going forward...

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Florida teens who allegedly stabbed homeless man to death with a pen wanted him to introduce them to a prostitute

Florida teens who allegedly stabbed homeless man to death with a pen wanted him to introduce them to a prostitute | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
The two teens who were charged with murdering a homeless man behind an auto parts store were looking to hook up with a prostitute on that fateful night.

Juan Xolo, 17 and Jose Carlos Llano, 14, who confessed to police of stabbing the man with a pen, had been introduced to a hooker by the man they attacked, according to the Broward County state attorney's office.

According to Hallandale Beach Police, the two teens offered $20 each to the man if he introduced them to a prostitute.

The man did his part, and introduced the boys to a street walker. But she eventually turned them down when she learned they only had $5 each.

The homeless man still demanded to be paid. The boys offered him an HP laptop as payment instead. But, when he refused, a fight broke out...

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Petition To Impeach Florida Governor Rick Scott Appears On White House Web Site

Petition To Impeach Florida Governor Rick Scott Appears On White House Web Site | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Politicians have to be All-Pro when it comes to shouldering hits from the sideline about job performance and bungled expectations. But it's still got to be a little bit embarrassing when the electorate decides to trash your term in office on the White House's front steps, electronically speaking.

That's what Rick Scott is dealing with now that some pissed Floridians have asked the White House to support punting the governor back to the special interest ooze he crawled out of in 2010.

The administration's "We the People" site is currently featuring a call to "Remove Rick Scott fro office for his atrocities against the people of Florida." The petition only has 17 votes right now -- low-ball outrage this time, but Scott is no stranger to viral calls of his job.

The whole "We the People" site has recently gone from serious initiative to internet meme-hood. It was set up so citizens could take their issues to the top level of government.

Now, it's basically become an official megaphone for whatever idea sparks in your brainpan after enough whippets. Recent petitions include "Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016," and to "Nationalize the Twinkie industry."...

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Florida juvenile prison guard Shannon Abbott arrested for beating 15-year-old female inmate on video is back at work

Florida juvenile prison guard Shannon Abbott arrested for beating 15-year-old female inmate on video is back at work | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — State officials say a juvenile prison guard caught on video battering a teenage inmate is back at work at the Florida Panhandle facility.

The Department of Juvenile Justice on Wednesday released surveillance video showing Shannon Abbott pushing the 15-year-old into a wall, throwing her to the ground and lying on top of her for nearly 20 minutes Aug. 9 at the Milton Girls Juvenile Residential Facility.

Abbott was arrested last week on a charge of misdemeanor battery. She has pleaded not guilty.

Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters says the video "seriously contradicts" the privately managed facility's incident report. The agency has asked the facility to keep Abbott from having any contact with children...

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Lil Wayne settles $7.6 million tax bill, IRS releases lien on his Miami Beach home

Lil Wayne settles $7.6 million tax bill, IRS releases lien on his Miami Beach home | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
The taxman has released liens it had on rapper Lil Wayne‘s Miami Beach house after the diminutive singer paid off back taxes for a total $7.72 million, Gossip Extra has learned.

According to court filings, the tatted out chart-topping singer of Got Money and Lolli Pop became the target of not just one but THREE liens for unpaid income levy...

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