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Florida homeless man found in couple's bedroom with pants down, husband beats him up

Florida homeless man found in couple's bedroom with pants down, husband beats him up | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

OAK HILL, Fla. - A homeless man who deputies say was found in a woman's bedroom with his pants down, trying to tie his shoes has been arrested after being beat up by the woman's husband.

 

Dwayne Cook, 45, of North Carolina, had been showing up uninvited at an Oak Hill home, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Department.

 

The homeowners said they came back from shopping and found Cook in the master bedroom of the residence bent over with his pants around his ankles.

 

Cook slammed the bedroom door in the man's face but the man pushed it open and started punching Cook in the face forcing him to leap out of a window. Cook suffered a cut to the forehead, deputies said...

 

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Florida man found naked on top of child

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WINTER HAVEN, Fla. —A 22-year-old man was charged with sexual battery on a victim under 12 after officials said he was found naked on top of the victim.

 

Investigators said that on Sunday the victim fell asleep and was awoken to Xavier Diaz on top of her with his pants and boxer shorts down.

 

The victim was also naked from the waist down and a caretaker was alerted to the incident when the victim began crying, a release said.

 

Authorities said the caretaker found Diaz on top of the girl and screamed for him to leave the room. The caretaker immediately called police and the victim's mother...

 

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Florida man breaks into zoo, frees animals (VIDEO)

Florida man breaks into zoo, frees animals (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- A Bonita Springs man, Steven Trew, frustrated that the Everglades Wonder Gardens will soon close, broke into the zoo sometime early Monday morning, cut the locks on almost every cage and set many animals free, according to employees at the gardens. 

 

One deer was killed on Imperial Parkway, one deer is missing, but the rest of the creatures never left the zoo property and were returned to their cages by zoo staff. 

Employee Jack Wollman arrived at the Everglades Wonder Gardens at 5 a.m. Monday and found the back gate sawed open. When he got inside he noticed deer, pigs and birds were out of their cages. 

 

Wollman held the suspect, 58-year-old Steven Trew, until deputies from the Lee County Sheriff's office arrived. Trew has been arrested by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and charged with burglary of a dwelling and damage to property with criminal mischief...

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khodge55's comment, April 23, 2013 7:50 PM
This is crazy and a little extreme. If this guy was upset that a zoo was closing he should have done something about it sooner. Not try to set all of the animals free, but tried to raise money for the animals or something of the sort. It's sad that an animal died in this mess and I hope that they find the other deer safe and sound.
Drew Fuchs's curator insight, April 24, 2013 11:38 AM

If you are crazy enough to free wild animals into the world, you need some help. Also, you are putting everyone in the area in danger as well as him. Did he really think he was going to get away with this without gettting in trouble? 

 

MsHaeussinger's comment, April 24, 2013 3:16 PM
Always a great idea to break/enter, free wild animals, and endanger the public. If my sarcasm wasn't evident, please note that I am not actually condoning this!
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Florida sex offender charged with 102 counts of sexual battery, 55 counts of lewd and lascivious

Florida sex offender charged with 102 counts of sexual battery, 55 counts of lewd and lascivious | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. —A registered sex offender was arrested in Osceola County over the weekend and charged in connection with sexual abuse of two boys.

 

Investigators said they were notified about a report from parents in St. Cloud that their children may have been abused by 63-year-old Robert Grafton.

 

The parents said they met Grafton several years ago when they all lived in the same motel in Kissimmee, the news release said.

 

Grafton, who has been a register sex offender in Osceola County since February 2011, would buy the children clothing, give them money and bought them cellphones, according to deputies.

 

The children told deputies that they had been sexually battered by Grafton since August 2012, investigators said...

 

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Florida man gets no jail time in DUI death of Special Olympics champion; victim's family outraged

Florida man gets no jail time in DUI death of Special Olympics champion; victim's family outraged | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Family members of Bobby Stout, a disabled man hit and killed by a drunk driver, are outraged that the driver and her passenger who grabbed the wheel are not facing any jail time. 

 

On Friday afternoon, the driver and passenger pleaded no contest to charges of vehicular homicide. Both will serve one year of community control.

 

The state attorney's office told Channel 9 in an email last week that the plea deal was approved by the majority of the victim's family. But on Friday the prosecutor told the judge that the sentence was based on the facts and circumstances of the case, and not the family's wishes.

 

"It's as if we're saying, 'Come to Orlando, get drunk, kill and just get probation,'" said Penny Stout, sister of Bobby Stout.

Natalie Houle had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit on July 9, 2011, and her passenger, Travis Main, was also drunk when the accident happened, according to reports.

 

Investigators said the two were in a fight while driving. Main admitted to grabbing the steering wheel. The car veered over a curb and onto a sidewalk, hitting and killing Stout, a Special Olympics champion...

 

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Florida sex offender arrested for repeatedly walking outside his house naked (VIDEO)

Florida sex offender arrested for repeatedly walking outside his house naked (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Neighbors say a 50-year-old Charlotte County man – a convicted sex offender - would walk around outside his house completely naked. Now that man is sitting in jail

 

Neighbors say it happened not once, not twice - but too many times to count. They say Donald Kelly Hughes walked around outside naked all the time.

 

"It's kind of become something that I'm not surprised to see anymore," said one neighbor, who did not want to give her name.

 

Another witness says he saw Hughes sitting on the front porch naked as children were getting off of the bus.

 

He's charged with misdemeanor exposure of sexual organs and violation of probation. He was in jail Thursday night, a relieving thought for his neighbors...

 

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Six Florida seventh graders arrested for beating up classmate after teacher tells them to "teach him a lesson"

Six Florida seventh graders arrested for beating up classmate after teacher tells them to "teach him a lesson" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Six seventh graders from Northport K-8 school in Port St. Lucie are under arrest after police say they beat up a classmate. 
  
According to the victim's lawyer,  a teacher from the school told the suspects to "teach him a lesson," and they claim the teacher prompted the attack last month. 

Police say there is video surveillance of what happened. It shows the suspects hitting and kicking  the victim and some using their belts on him, according to an arrest affidavit...

 

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2-year-old Florida girl loses feet in lawnmower accident

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PALM HARBOR, Florida -- A 2-year-old girl lost both of her feet in a lawnmower accident in the Westlake Village subdivision of Palm Harbor, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says.

 

According to detectives, 47-year-old Jeremiah Nugent was cutting the grass on his riding lawnmower Wednesday evening. He was about to park the lawnmower in the garage when his wife, 31-year-old Nicole Nugent, came out and began to wave her hands at him. 

 

Nugent reportedly thought Nicole was alerting him that he was about to drive over something, so he put the lawnmower in reverse and backed it up until he realized he had run over his 2-year-old daughter, Ireland...

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Florida man hid camera in dressing room to spy on fellow actor's at Capone's dinner show

Florida man hid camera in dressing room to spy on fellow actor's at Capone's dinner show | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - An employee of Capone's Dinner and Show has been arrested on voyeurism charges after deputies say he hid a pen camera in the show's dressing room.

 

Deputies said the employees of the dinner show, located in Kissimmee, found a pen camera hidden in the dressing room and left the camera on a table in the dressing room on April 1. According to the report, when the employees returned, it was gone and deputies were called to investigate the "suspicious incident."

 

On April 2, the show's owner told deputies that Kenneth Harrington, 49 and an unnamed employee, confessed to hiding the camera and then throwing it in the parking lot when it was left on the table, according to the report.

 

In the show at Capone's, Harrington played one of the main characters, Buggs Moran.   Local 6 asked Harrington for comment, but he said he would not speak without his lawyer...

 

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Florida man arrested for having guns and ammunition on U.S. Capitol grounds

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Capitol Police say 59-year-old Ty Carroll Mitchum of Clearwater was arrested after officers encountered him outside the building Sunday afternoon and searched his car.

 

Police say Mitchum told officers that he had guns in his car, which was parked near the Capitol. Police say officers searching the car found three firearms and several rounds of ammunition...

 

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Charges dropped against Florida couple in medical marijuana case (VIDEO)

Charges dropped against Florida couple in medical marijuana case (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Manatee County Sheriff's deputies raided the home of 64-year-old Robert Jordan in February and found a number of marijuana plants. Late Tuesday the State Attorney's office in Manatee County decided to drop the charges against Jordan. Robert Jordan says he grows marijuana to help his wife Cathy who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease. Cathy Jordan says marijuana is the only thing that gives her comfort and is keeping her alive. Jordan also says, he would do it all again for his wife. "There is a time, you got to stand up, you've got to stand up and that's the problem, too many people don't stand up today, they just go along and we're losing our rights left and right." Robert and Cathy Jordan are currently in Tallahassee speaking to state legislators about a bill to make the use of marijuana legal in Florida for medical purposes. A spokesperson for the State Attorney's office in Manatee County says the prosecutor in the case decided to drop the charges against Mr. Jordan because his attorney provided evidence about Cathy Jordan's need for marijuana based on medical need... (click pic to watch video)
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Charles Swindle: Florida trooper fired for giving lawmakers special treatment wants his job back

Charles Swindle: Florida trooper fired for giving lawmakers special treatment wants his job back | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida state trooper, fired for giving state lawmakers special treatment, wants his job back. 

 

The attorney for Charles Swindle said his client did nothing wrong when he allowed two state representatives to have lesser penalties for speeding.

 

Dashcam video from Swindle's cruiser showed a traffic stop November 19 of last year.  Newly elected representative Mike Clelland, (D) Lake Mary, was on his way to Tallahassee for his swearing-in ceremony.  Clelland was clocked by Swindle doing 87 mph in a 70 zone.  Swindle walked over to Clelland's black SUV and collected his license and registration.  

After discovering that Clelland is a state lawmaker and a former firefighter, Swindle is seen on the video explaining how the representative can avoid the expensive speeding penalty...

 

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Florida father shoots family dog to recover son's bitten off finger

Florida father shoots family dog to recover son's bitten off finger | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

BRADENTON, Fla. - An 11-year-old boy is without his pinky finger and his family’s dog after a tragic ordeal that happened Friday evening.

 

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reported that Fernando Brignoni had stuck his hand through a cage containing a husky mix type dog at a home on 22nd Street Court in Bradenton.

 

According to Luis Brignoni, the father of the boy, the dog thought she had grabbed hold of the boy’s watch and was playing with him.  In reality, she had bitten down on the boy’s pinky finger and was thrashing it around as if it were a toy.

 

Deputies say Brignoni then got a gun and shot the dog. He tried to retrieve his son’s pinky from the dog’s stomach and waited for emergency responders to arrive.

 

Fernando was flown to St. Petersburg Hospital and later transferred to Tampa General. Unfortunately, doctors were unable to reattach the boy’s pinky...

 

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Florida parents leave 2-year-old strapped in car seat for 8 hours (VIDEO)

Florida parents leave 2-year-old strapped in car seat for 8 hours (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

TAMPA, Florida -- On Tuesday evening, officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families arrived at the home where nearly 2-year-old Jadiel Rosario had been left in a vehicle for eight hours. The child is currently at Florida Hospital in critical condition.

 

The toddler's mother Douceaymee Alvarez's Facebook page displays pictures of all four of her children, ages 2, 3, 7, and 8. The father, Alexander Rosario, has a Facebook page as well.

 

According to the police report, the couple checked on Jadiel around noon and discovered him missing. They told police each thought the other had taken the toddler out of his car seat when they arrived home at 4 a.m. after visiting friends.

 

That's when they realize their child was still in the car, eight hours later... 

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Florida high school girls basketball coach allegedly texted student for sex

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KISSIMMEE - An Osceola County high school girls basketball head coach is arrested on suspicion of soliciting a student for sex.

 

Bryan Phillip Lockley, 27, of Orlando, was arrested on one count of solicitation of a minor for sexual activity via an electronic device. 

 

Lockley, who coached and taught at Liberty High School in Kissimmee since August 2012, was fired on Friday, according to Osceola County School District spokeswoman Dana Schafer.

 

Deputies spoke with school officials who had been notified by a 17-year old student's parents that Lockley was texting their daughter pictures of himself and communicating about non-school-related issues, the Sheriff's Office stated...

 

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Florida woman had sex with teen boys, let others watch

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SARASOTA, FL - A 42-year-old Sarasota woman was arrested after deputies say she had sex with two boys, ages 13 and 17, while other young teens listened to and watched it happen.

 

SVU detectives with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested Jeanine Shimandle after learning that she had sex with 13 and 17-year-old boys on March 11 at a Sarasota home where she was house sitting over spring break. She also bought vodka for the teens.

 

Officials say another male and two female teenagers who were also there listening to and, at times, watching those sex acts as they happened...

 

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Squirrel knocks out power to 3 Tampa, Florida schools on first day of FCAT

Squirrel knocks out power to 3 Tampa, Florida schools on first day of FCAT | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Tampa, Florida -- Just in time for the FCATs, a squirrel causes a power outage at three Tampa schools.  

 

The lights went out around 8:30 Monday morning at Lavoy Exceptional Center, Jefferson High, and Roland Park magnet schools.

 

Crews quickly arrived on the scene to restore service, so students could get to their FCAT testing. As for the fate of the squirrel...

 

"It exploded. It got fried," TECO lineman Wayne McClellan tells 10 News. He notes that it's a pretty common occurrence. A squirrel is also suspected to be behind a massive power outage at a Tampa water treatment plant back in February...

 

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Florida bank robber puts gun on counter to stuff money into bag, teller grabs it

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MELBOURNE --  An armed bank robber lost his gun to the teller he was robbing Wednesday.

 

Officers say they were called to the bank around 2:53 p.m. and were told a man in his late 40s entered the bank and approached a teller with a gun drawn and demanded money.

 

Melbourne police say the bank teller at the Florida Business Bank, on Harbor City Boulevard, grabbed the suspect’s gun when he set it down on the counter as he was putting money in his own bag...

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Florida woman stunned with Taser at Orlando middle school (VIDEO)

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ORLANDO, Fla. —A confrontation at an Orlando school led to a woman being stunned with a Taser on Wednesday.

 

A school resource officer with the Orlando Police Department said Latoyia Lane was out of control and resisting arrest.

 

A family member recorded video moments after Lane was stunned by the police officer at Memorial Middle School...

 

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81-Year-Old Florida Man Ringleader Of Prescription Drug Sales Operation, Cops Say

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An 81-year-old man was one of five “primary dealers” who headed a narcotics and prescription drug ring that was busted this week by Florida cops.

 

Octogenarian Arthur Cox was nabbed Tuesday as part of a six-month undercover investigation targeting illegal drug sales in Seminole County.

 

According to cops, Cox was a ringleader of the group, which resold pills that were provided by coconspirators who were prescribed the drugs. Pictured below, Cox is flanked by the ring’s other alleged leaders (who are between 23 and 31).

 

Investigators allege that Cox sold $1000 worth of Dilaudid, a transaction that was witnessed by undercover agents. Cox’s grandson, Erick Blakey, 26, was also arrested in the drug sweep.

 

“Listen, son, all this is a big bunch of crap,” Cox said in a TSG interview. While acknowledging that he had obtained Dilaudid for his grandson, he claimed not to recall having resold the painkiller to anyone else...

 

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Lee Sheriff's deputy arrested for illegal drug possession

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Seven-year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Deputy First Class John Eaton of Fort Myers, has been arrested and charged with possession of steroids, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

On Monday, a deputy met with the girlfriend who explained that the couple had gotten in a physical fight on March 4 inside their home. The report says that Eaton kicked her while she was sitting on the couch, which led to an even bigger fight.

 

When the fight was over, the report states, she took pictures of her injuries and also took photos of Eaton's Lee County Sheriff's Office badge, which was sitting next to a vial of Testosterone Enanthate – a schedule three narcotic and anabolic steroid.

 

But this isn't the first time that Eaton has been accised of steroid and drug use. In a 2008 lawsuit, he was accused of using excessive force as well as using drugs. The case was eventually settled...

 

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Florida teacher arrested after 3 bags of marijuana found in car

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A teacher at Daniel Jenkins Academy in Haines City was arrested on Saturday when deputies found three bags of marijuana in her car, officials said.

 

Donya Dennard, 36, was pulled over for failing to stop at a posted stop sign, according to authorities.

 

The deputy searched the vehicle and found three separate bags of cannabis inside of the vehicle with a total weight of 19.8 grams, according to a news release...

 

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BloodandButter's comment, April 10, 2013 1:30 PM
Under 20g, so it's still a misdemeanor. She'll probably get probation and a job suspension.
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Hofbräu München beer truck drives off I-75 bridge in Florida, falls 40 feet into Manatee River (VIDEO)

Hofbräu München beer truck drives off I-75 bridge in Florida, falls 40 feet into Manatee River (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Ellenton, Florida -- A tractor trailer drove off Interstate 75's Trooper J.D. Young Bridge in Manatee County and plummeted 40 feet into the Manatee River Thursday around 4:30 this morning.

 

The driver, 40-year-old Kevin Dennison of Largo, was able to get out of the tractor trailer. He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

 

The tractor trailer was a Hofbräu München beer truck, although it was empty at the time of the crash...

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Florida woman posed as Comcast employee to burglarize home

Florida woman posed as Comcast employee to burglarize home | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Police say a woman in Boynton Beach identified herself as a Comcast employee to gain access to an apartment where she robbed the tenants of their jewelry. Several witnesses in the area described a white female wearing a black Comcast t-shirt and blue jeans going in and out of a local residence. Heather Costa was charged with Burglary to an occupied dwelling, providing a false name and possession of drug paraphernalia. The officer met with two women who stated that Costa had posed as a Comcast employee and entered their residences in order to see how many televisions were in their houses... (click pic to continue reading)
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7 boys say Florida youth football and basketball coach tried to molest them

7 boys say Florida youth football and basketball coach tried to molest them | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando police said a total of 7 boys have said their coach tried to molest them. Several boys claim the incidents happened inside the Lorna Doone park bathroom, authorities said.

 

Police arrested Jeffery McWhorter, 54, for lewd acts. The volunteer football and basketball coach with the City of Orlando youth leagues told Local 6 that he didn't do anything wrong.

 

According to the arrest affidavit, the allegations come from three brothers who claimed "Coach Jeff" offered them money to perform a sex act starting at $40. "Coach Jeff continued to offer money and offered up to $100" when one child refused, the arrest affidavit said.

 

McWhorter admitted to police that he asked a child to escort him to the bathroom where he performed a sex act on himself in front of that child, police said. However, he denies doing anything more...

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