<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Weird News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.com en-us Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:38:26 -0400 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:38:26 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2nd Woman Arrested in Animal Torture Porn]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:56:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/stephanie+hird+web.jpg

Miami-Dade Police confirmed a second woman has been arrested in connection to an animal torture pornographic video.

Stephanie Hird, 29, was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of animal cruelty, according to online jail records.

Hird, who lives in Arkansas, was arrested while trying to board a plane at Miami International Airport, according to The Miami Herald.

She is being held on $7,500 bond. It is unknown if she has an attorney.

Earlier this month, co-defendant Sara Zamora, 28, was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty for her role in a video called “SOS Barn,” according to the Herald, which first reported the story.

The video shows her and other pornographic actresses torturing and killing chickens, rabbits and other animals for the “sexual gratification of its viewers,” according to police.

In one clip of “SOS Barn,” police said Zamora is seen groping a man’s genitals with one hand while cutting a chicken’s neck with hedge clippers with her other hand, the Herald reported. She also karate-chopped the necks of several rabbits and admitted to killing them.

Videos that depict animal torture and death is illegal under Florida law.

Miami-Dade detectives learned about the video from animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Yawning Suspect to Judge: "I Don't Care, Man"]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:36:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041614+joseph+butler+judge+john+hurley.jpg

A yawning suspect earned a stern rebuke and a trip to jail after he told a South Florida judge, "I don't care, man."

Joseph Butler was facing grand theft and resisting arrest charges when he appeared before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley Tuesday in the incident captured on court video.

Butler, arms crossed, stood as the prosecutor read from his lengthy criminal past then yawned loudly, drawing the ire of Hurley.

"Oh don't worry, sir. Sir, I heard you yawn, but don't worry. You won't yawn in just a minute. Trust me on that one," Hurley said.

"I don't care, man. I really don't care," Butler said.

"I know this is boring to you and you'd rather be out doing something else, but I can guarantee you won't be stealing anymore after this conversation," Hurley replied.

Hurley then set Butler's bond at $104,000, but ordered him held without bond on three previous grand theft arrests.

"So he's gonna be staying in jail for awhile," Hurley said after dismissing Butler. "Good, maybe he can yawn all he wants while he's over there."

<![CDATA[Woman Arrested in Pantless Publix Wine Theft]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041514+desiree+taylor.jpg

A woman accused of walking into a Florida Publix with no pants on and stealing two boxes of wine has been arrested, police said.

Desiree Taylor, 35, is facing theft and disorderly conduct charges following her arrest Monday morning, Ocala Police said.

Jail records showed she was being held on $1,000 bond Tuesday, and it was unknown whether she has an attorney.

Police said Taylor is behind last Tuesday's wine theft at the Publix at 5400 Southwest College Road. Surveillance video captured the woman, clad only in a T-Shirt and slippers, casually walk into the store and leave with the wine without paying, police said.

The total value of the wine was $41.68.

Photo Credit: Ocala Police]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Chosen for Jury Duty?]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:45:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/IV+Griner+Dog+Jury+Duty.jpg

"It’s kinda strange."

That was New Jersey resident Barrett Griner's first thought when he checked his mail last week and found that one of the mail items from his local county clerk's office was not for him. It was for his 5-year-old German Shepherd dog, IV.

"I got the mail and I look at it, and I’m like IV Griner, this is my dog’s name," he said.

"I’m wondering like, What is this? Something from the county office about her vaccinations or something? Like, why is my dog getting mail?"

The notice, addressed from the Cumberland County Clerk of Courts, was a juror summons for someone with the first name IV and the last name Griner -- the exact name Barrett Griner IV says he legally gave to his dog.

"She’s a female, so I named her 'IV' without the 'Y' as sort of a play on words. Somebody had to physically type in that name and they didn’t pay any bit of attention to it," he said.

As it turns out, the mix-up was actually due to a fairly common computer error.

Cumberland County Judiciary Coordinator Dennis Moffa said the county's jury duty notices are computer-generated in District Court offices in Trenton, N.J., and frequently include name errors.

"This happens many times. As an example, if you had John Henry IV, sometimes the notice might just say Henry IV," Moffa said. "I think that the computer probably randomly picks some things that are probably not as on point as they should be."

Barrett Griner IV said he's still unsure whether the summons were meant for him or not. He says he's received jury duty notices from the county before, but they've always included his full name.

Moffa said the discrepancy can easily be resolved with a call to the county clerk's office.

"They call here and they provide us with information from the summons and additional identifying information, and we can determine who the summons is actually for," he said.

For Barrett Griner IV, the mix-up was more humorous than anything else.

"She [the dog] might be good for a cat burglar case or something like that," he added. "The whole thing was just really, really funny."

Photo Credit: Barrett Griner, IV]]>
<![CDATA[Pantless Woman Stole Wine From Publix: Police]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:43:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041114+no+pants+publix+wine+theft.jpg

First it was a topless rampage in McDonald's, and now authorities in Florida are looking for a pantless woman who stole boxes of wine from Publix.

Ocala Police said a woman walked into the Publix at 5400 Southwest College Road on Tuesday and left with two boxes of wine.

The theft, which was caught on the store's surveillance system, was made more memorable because the woman was wearing just a T-shirt and slippers and was listening to music on a tablet device, Ocala Police said.

The suspect is described as a black female, about 5-foot-4 tall. The total value of the wine was $41.68.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that a woman was arrested after she was caught vandalizing a Pinellas Park McDonald's wearing only a thong. Sandra Suarez, 41, was arrested for criminal mischief and resisting an officer with violence in the incident.

Photo Credit: Ocala Police]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Tried to Bite Another Woman's Ear Off: Police]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:47:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041014+thomasina+paige.jpg

A South Florida woman is facing battery charges after police say she tried to bite off another woman's ear then threw a bike chain at the woman.

Thomasina Paige, 21, is accused of attacking an acquaintance in the parking lot of a Miami Subs in Riviera Beach Sunday, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Paige was being held on $28,000 bond Thursday, Palm Beach County jail records showed. It was unknown whether she has an attorney.

Riviera Beach Police say Paige and the victim got into a fight in the fast food restaurant's parking lot and at one point, Paige bit the victim's ear.

Witnesses tried to break up the fight but Paige still had the victim's ear in her mouth, police said. After they were finally separated, Paige grabbed a metal bike chain and whipped it at the victim, police said. The victim fought back with a pair of scissors, stabbing Paige.

The next day, Paige and another friend jumped the victim at a park, police said. The victim called police, who were able to track down Paige and her friend.

The victim, who wasn't charged, told police Paige tried to rip her ear off, police said.

Photo Credit: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Unbelievable Animal Stories: Bullet-Riddled Orangutan Rescued]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:40:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/485247939.jpg Check out some of the craziest animals and the stories behind them.

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<![CDATA[Topless Woman Vandalizes McDonald's, Stops for Ice Cream]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:00:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sandra+suarez+web.jpg

A viral YouTube video shows a topless Florida woman vandalizing a McDonald’s restaurant while in a thong.

Sandra Suarez, 41, was arrested for criminal mischief and resisting an officer with violence after she was seen on surveillance cameras destroying items inside a McDonald’s located in Pinellas Park, Florida, reported NBC affiliate WFLA.

Suarez is seen wearing only a thong as she begins to throw computers off the McDonald’s counter and other items from behind the counter. The woman is also seen repeatedly opening and closing a refrigerator door. At one point, Suarez pauses mid-attack to treat herself to some soft-serve ice cream by placing her head directly under the ice cream machine's nozzle.

The video ends with Suarez walking off camera, towards the back of the restaurant.

The incident occurred at 10:50 p.m. on March 24, according to WFLA.

A McDonald's spokesperson told WFLA that the company is still gathering details about the incident. The restaurant's manager told the station he was fired after the video was made public. He said didn't know the employee was going to post the video on the internet.

"In a way it was my mistake the way it got out, but I don't think I should've lost my job because I worked too hard at that store, I've never had any disciplinary action," Stevens told WFLA.

Meanwhile, WFLA spoke with Suarez who said she suffers from bipolar disorder, is on medication, and does not remember most of the incident. 

Suarez was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and was later released on $7,000 bond, online jail records show. It is unknown at this time if Suarez has an attorney.


<![CDATA[Woman Gets B-Day Card in Mail 45 Years Late]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:14:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1969+mail1.JPG

A birthday card that was intended to reach a young Brooklyn woman on her 19th birthday has finally reached its destination, 45 years after it was first mailed.  

It's not the only piece of mail from 1969 that recently found its way to Susan Heifetz, now living in Floral Park. She says a man living in her childhood apartment building in Marine Park contacted her, saying he had mail addressed to her and postmarked 1969.

Heifetz knew right away the first piece of mail was from her late mother when she saw the lipstick print on the envelope.

"That was mother's thing, to put sealed with a kiss, and the tradition has continued," she said. 

Inside was the birthday card that cost just 6 cents to mail at the time. 

"I've been crying probably since Wednesday when I got this," she said. 

Two days later, another letter with the same Brooklyn address turned up, also written in 1969, from a soldier in Vietnam she had once dated.

"He said in the letter that he tried to call several times before he was shipped overseas, but of course in 1969, we didn't have answering machines," she said.

And then over the weekend, Heifetz got a 1969 birthday card from her brother, postmarked a day before her mother's card.

The Postal Service says it has processed and delivered more than 7 trillion pieces of mail since 1969 and that it's unlikely the three pieces of mail addressed to Heifetz were lost in the system. But it can't explain where they may have been for 45 years. 

Heifetz says the unexpected deliveries bring her a sense of closure as she packs up to retire to Nevada, where her brother and his family live. 


<![CDATA[Smart Cars Flipped Over in San Francisco]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:43:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/04-07-2014-smart-10.jpg Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their heads and rear ends in the streets of San Francisco.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Arrested for Animal Cruelty in Sex Fetish Porn Video]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 12:06:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Sara+Zamora+MUG.jpg

A Miami woman, who allegedly engaged in sex acts while killing chickens and rabbits in an animal torture pornographic video, was arrested on Friday.

Sara Zamora, 28, was charged with eight counts of animal cruelty for her role in a video called “SOS Barn,” according to the Miami Herald, which first reported the story.

The video shows her and other pornographic actresses torturing and killing chickens, rabbits and other animals for the “sexual gratification of its viewers,” according to police.

In one clip of “SOS Barn,” police said Zamora is seen groping a man’s genitals with one hand while cutting a chicken’s neck with hedge clippers with her other hand, the Herald reported. She also karate-chopped the necks of several rabbits and admitted to killing them.

Videos that depict animal torture and death is illegal under Florida law.

The video was shot at the home of Adam Redford, who is already on probation for a similar animal cruelty case in Lee County last year, according to a police report. Redford has not yet been charged in this recent case as of Friday night.

Police arrested Zamora while she was already in jail for failing a probation drug test, according to the Herald. She was on probation for a laundry list of other offenses including grand theft with a firearm, credit card fraud and cocaine possession. She would have been released Friday had it not been for the “fickle finger of fate,” said defense attorney Theodore Mastos, according to the Herald

As of Friday night, NBC6 could not reach Mastos for comment.

Miami-Dade detectives learned about the video from animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.


Photo Credit: MDPD]]>
<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Burglar in the Buff]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:58:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/burglar2.jpg Police say a man was arrested after breaking into a home while wearing nothing but a cowboy hat in Johns Creek, Georgia on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Video Shows Woman Feeding Alligator]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:13:42 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/feeding-gator.JPG

A woman was caught on camera feeding an alligator at a Port St. Lucie senior living complex.

The video that was recently released is about a year old, neighbors in the Florida community told WPTV.

In the video, the woman is seen sitting on the ground as the gator approaches her from a small body of water. The woman even kicks at the gator when it appears to get too close.

"It was quite alarming to see this woman just sitting by the water with this alligator just feet, in some cases inches from her," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Katie Johnson said.

Neighbors say the gator was so used to getting fed, it would chase people with steaks.

The gator was removed and the FWC is investigating the incident. It is illegal to feed alligators in Florida.

<![CDATA[Man Punches Woman in McDonald's Drive-Thru]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:08:53 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040114+howard+carl+wilson.jpg

A man was arrested after he allegedly punched a woman in the face at a McDonald's drive-thru in central Florida in an incident caught on video.

Howard Carl Wilson, 68, was arrested on a battery charge in the incident that happened Saturday night at the McDonald's in Winter Haven.

Wilson was booked into jail Sunday and later released. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.

Wilson had been in one lane of a double drive-thru when the vehicle in another lane pulled in front of him, WPTV reported.

Witnesses said Wilson became upset, yelling profanities and racial slurs before he approached the vehicle. The passenger of the vehicle, Brittani Thomas, opened her door and the two argued before Wilson is shown punching her in the video.

"I was telling him 'sir, it's just McDonald's, it's just McDonald's, everybody's gonna get their food' and he took it way out of hand," Thomas said.

Police tracked down Wilson, who admitted "it was like a road rage incident," WPTV reported.

Photo Credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[The Craziest Food Heists]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:55:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic-eggs-food-generic.jpg Honey, nuts and cheese top the list of the most expensive — and delicious — food heists.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[10 Unfortunate Truck Spills]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:31:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/171571810.jpg The fear of overloaded trucks crashing on the highway and spilling their contents might not be so irrational at all. Click here to see some unfortunate truck spills around the nation.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: "Instant Karma" Road Rage]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:43:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/redneck+road+rage.jpg

A scary road rage incident out of Tampa was caught on camera and is now going viral with almost 7 million views.

The video, which was posted to YouTube Wednesday under the name "Redneck Road Rage/Instant Karma," shows a driver in a pick up truck tailgating a woman. He eventually passes to her right and gives her the middle finger for several seconds, his eyes off the road.

When he speeds up to pass her, his car spins out of control and he crashes on the other side of the road.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office charged the pick up truck driver, 33-year-old Jefferey Travis White, with leaving the scene of a crash, reported NBC affiliate WFLA. The woman was not charged.

Watch the full video here:

Photo Credit: via YouTube]]>
<![CDATA[Breast Milk Donor to Break Record]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:57:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/denton_mom_breast_milk.jpg

When Alyse Ogletree first started donating breast milk, she just wanted to do something good. The North Texas woman never expected it would lead her to likely become a world record holder.

"At that time I had no idea there was even a record out there,” said the Denton mother of two.

However, she’s now just a few steps away from that title.

Ogletree has donated 53,081 ounces of breast milk and is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to officially be named the record holder.

The current holder, Amelia Boomker of Illinois, made the record book by donating 16,321 ounces to an Indiana donation center.

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, which receives Ogletree's donations, said she should easily triple that number with her donations to them; a total of more than 414 gallons of breast milk.

"I was over-producing,” Ogletree explained.

She first made the realization about four years ago when her son Kyle was born. Ogletree said while she was in the hospital, her son wasn’t taking breast milk. But she was still producing way too much; filling the hospital’s reserves, she said.

"One of the male nurses asked me if I'd ever considered donating and I was like, 'What is that?'" she said.

That’s when she found the Fort Worth clinic, which was more than happy to take her extra milk.

After the birth of Kyle Ogletree, she donated 1,880 ounces.

When she became pregnant with her second baby, Kage, Ogletree said donating again was a no brainer; though she had no idea how much she’d produce.

"I ended up producing on average about 130 (ounces) per day," she said.

Producing the milk almost became a full time job in itself for the mom, who said it was taxing on her.

Ogletree’s husband Lance said there’d be times she’d be in and out of bed all night having to pump.

"Sometimes we wouldn't be able to send it off quick enough, so we'd have our deep freeze in the garage with probably an entire shelf full,” he said.

Alyse Ogletree said she enjoys being able to produce the milk for a good cause. Between drinking a lot of water and pumping regularly she believes her body just became willing to produce so much.

Simone Summerlin of the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas said Ogletree donated more than 51,000 ounces after giving birth to Kage, up to when she stopped producing in recent weeks.

At this point Ogletree is still in the application process. She said Guinness will have to approve all of her records with the donation clinic in order for the record to be officially named to her.

As a competitive person, Alyse said she’s excited to shatter the record and hopefully be given the title. But she said the real pleasure is the good that comes from the cause.

The Office of Women's Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encourages breastfeeding for health benefits for mothers and babies, cost saving, and other benefits.

Donated breast milk is often used for mothers that cannot produce enough milk for their children. Additionally, for very young children, breast milk has medically proven benefits over a variety of suppliments.

The Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas, where Ogletree donates, said donated milk is processed and screened for bacteria, then frozen until it is ordered by a physician.

"It takes a lot to raise a family and there are women out there that are not able to produce milk,” Ogletree said.

Ogletree said she encourages more moms to try their hand at the record and help raise more donations and awareness around the cause.

“It's wonderful to be a part of something as special as helping out little babies,” she said.

Before Boomker, the previous record holders were Karen Merheb of Dallas with more than 14,200 ounces, preceded by Alicia Richman, also a North Texan from Granbury, who donated 11,115 ounces.

Ogletree said it will be nice to bring the record back to North Texas.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Inadvertently Asks Deputy for a Ride]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kareem+moore.jpg

A man is behind bars after he inadvertently asked an undercover officer for a ride in Deerfield Beach Wednesday, police said.

Broward Sheriff's deputies said a man named Kareem Moore, who had just stolen an Audi SUV, dumped the car on the side of Interstate 95, crossed the highway and jumped a fence before approaching the officer, who was in an unmarked BSO car at 300 NE 2nd Street.

"He asked for a ride and our officers accommodated him," Deputy Rob Schankenberg said.

He said while the car was unmarked, the man inside was clearly marked as a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy.

The deputy was part of a Deerfield Beach ground search to find Moore, who allegedly led deputies on a chase down Dixie Highway.

"It doesn't typically happen that way, but we'll take it any way we can get it," Lighthouse Pointe Police Chief Ross Lacata said.

BSO was assisting Lighthouse Pointe Police after they allegedly spotted Moore speeding from a Northwest 23rd Avenue home in the Audi Quattro. Officials said Moore burglarized that home before he drove away.

"The guy kicked in the door here with a foot," said homeowner Ricardo Fernandez.

Fernandez said it took Moore about six minutes to make off with his valuables, including watches, a Louis Vuitton bag and two handguns with ammo.

<![CDATA["Crazy Cat Lady" Will Face Charges: SPCA]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:42:15 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Frankford+Cat+Hoarder+Cat+Lady+Sign.jpg

Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers were busy on Wednesday removing hundreds of cats from the home of a self-proclaimed "cat lady" in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

About 240 cats were discovered in two connected "unsanitary" row homes on the 1600 block of Filmore Street. This came after officers found dozens of other felines during an earlier visit to the homes.

A sign on the gate of the home reads "I'm the Crazy Cat Lady. And this is the crazy cat house."

According to records, the woman who lives at the home has been running a licensed animal shelter known as Animals in Crisis since 2002. SPCA officials say they began to investigate her a few weeks ago after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen. Officials say the woman initially cooperated with them and turned over as many as 30 cats during an earlier visit. However, they then asked her to surrender more cats after conditions worsened but she allegedly refused.

"She declined to continue cooperating with us," said Sara Eremus of the SPCA. "It was a situation where we needed to just go in there and take them."

SPCA officials arrived at the home around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Investigators say conditions inside the home were so deplorable and unsanitary that the officers had to wear respirators while removing the animals.

Workers from the SPCA spent the day at the house removing the cats. The felines that were removed were transported to PSPCA headquarters on Erie Avenue for vet exams, treatment and shelter.

"PSPCA's ultimate goal here is to find the cats good homes once it obtains legal custody of them," officials stated in a press release.

In total, animal officers estimate the woman, who was not immediately identified, kept more than 300 cats in her home.

According to the SPCA, the woman was operating a cat rescue but became overwhelmed.

The Animals in Crisis website describes itself as a nonprofit organization working to rescue animals and “doing the work the PSPCA should be doing.”

“The number of cats being thrown out far exceeds the number of homes we can find, so we are forced to keep many of them and make them as happy and healthy as possible,” reads a statement on the website. “Due to this large number of cats, we need to expand our facility. We have two full-size basements that are completely cleaned out and ready for renovation.”

NBC10’s Deanna Durante called a number listed on the website and spoke to a woman who refused to identify herself. The woman claimed the animals were not being seized from the home on Filmore Street. Instead, she said the owner of the cats had gotten older and was too sick to take care of the animals and therefore called the SPCA herself.

SPCA officials told NBC10 that the woman we spoke to was “entitled to her side of the story.”

Alicia Manfredi told NBC10 that she used to work at the shelter and was not surprised by the discovery on Wednesday.

"I watched the cats being abused," Manfredi said.

Manfredi claims that she filed a complaint against the owner back in 2011 before quitting. She also sent NBC10 pictures of what it looked like inside.

"Everything was neglected," Manfredi said. "Feces, urine, everywhere. It was just really awful, even for us to be working in."

While the SPCA confirmed a complaint was filed back in 2011, they claim they searched the shelter at the time and did not find any signs of neglect.

On Thursday the PSPCA announced that the woman will face charges, although what those charges will be depends on the outcome of the investigation.

The cats will be made available for adoption soon, says the rescue.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com - Pete Kane]]>
<![CDATA[Flirty Burglary Suspect Arrested in San Mateo]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:44:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/03-25-2014-flirty-burglar.jpg

Police on the Peninsula say they set up a suspected burglar on a “first date” he likely regrets.

Keveen Quintanilla, 31, of Burlingame, is accused of burglarizing Curry Up Now, a restaurant in the 100 block of South B Street in San Mateo. San Mateo police say he was caught in the act by employees in the early hours of Saturday morning, but he fled the scene before police could arrive.

One of those employees, 22-year-old bartender Ashleigh Cullen, told police she recognized the suspect as a man who had previously “flirted with her during business hours.”

Cullen says she was getting ready to close the restaurant in the wee hours of Saturday morning when a man came up to her as she was taking out the recycling.

“He said he’d seen me around and wanted to hang out, which was strange since it was already 1 a.m. when he approached me,” Cullen said.

Later, she says, she realized someone had burglarized the restaurant's storage area, stealing televisions, other electronics and something unusual.

“He stole a pair of my slippers I keep in the basement,” Cullen said.

Cullen was able to give police the man's name and phone number.

Then, pretending to be Cullen, San Mateo police started exchanging texts with the suspect. They arranged a fake date at a donut shop in Burlingame.

Ashleigh Cullen

“This genius decided, 'Sure, OK,' and he showed up there on Burlingame Avenue, not to meet the young woman from the restaurant but instead two plainclothes detectives,” San Mateo Count District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. 

Instead of a date with Cullen, Quintanilla ended his night in handcuffs with a chauffeured ride to jail.

He was booked into San Mateo County Jail. He is charged with five felonies, including burglary and possessing methamphetamine.

“This is a simple case, once again proving when you think not with your brain but with your emotions, such as this idiot was doing, you end up in the county jail,” Wagstaffe said.

He already has another date lined up: Quintanilla is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: San Mateo Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Arcade Fire's Huge Papier–Mâché Mask Stolen During Show]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:36:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/arcade+fire+masks.jpg

If you took a huge papier–mâché bobblehead mask from the Arcade Fire show in Connecticut last week, the band wants it back, no questions asked.  

Arcade Fire was at Bridgeport's Webster Bank Arena on Tuesday as part of the Reflektor tour and Richard Parry's bobblehead was stolen during their show, according to a statement from the band’s public relations firm.

“This mask is a one of a kind piece that is an essential component to our live show," Arcade Fire said in a statement. "We have photos of the theft but rather than press charges we would prefer if the person who took it would get in touch with us to return it."

Someone started an Arcade Fire Bobblehead Twitter parody account about the prop being on the run.

The band also has a good sense of humor about the incident.

”Perhaps this is all an innocent mistake and you meant to leave the venue with your own oversized paper mache rendition of Richard Parry's head?” the statement continues.

Their next show is on March 28 in Mexico City.

If you took the mask or know who did, help get the head back to the band by contacting info@quest-management.com with any information.


Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Family Frees Deer Stuck in Fence ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:45:09 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/223*120/deerfence.jpg

A Massachusetts family got a surprise close encounter with wildlife over the weekend, when what looked like two branches sticking out of their fence turned out to be a deer in need of a rescue.

It started Sunday morning when “Dixie” the dog was barking in the back yard of an Attleboro home. Seven-year-old Grant Kelley was the first to see the deer sticking through the fence.

"We looked outside and we thought it was two huge branches but then we looked on the other side and we saw a huge head," Grant told New England Cable News.

Grant's father, Brian Kelley, was just coming home from working the overnight shift and went to help.

"I started to pet the back of the deer to calm him down cause he was kicking," he said.

He then started the careful process of freeing the animal.

"I started to gently free the bottom legs first, release the pickets and then was able to move the deer gently off the top of the fence," he said.

Kate Kelley captured her husband's rescue mission on video. After the animal was freed, it took off into the woods.

"And we are all animal lovers in this family so we were thrilled to see it ended well," Kate Kelly said. "We were very fortunate and so we named it ‘Lucky.’"

Photo Credit: NECN ]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Coyote Rescued From High Water in Florida]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:42:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/CoyoteResized.png

A young coyote was rescued from a rising tide by animal rescuers on Singer Island, Fla.

The animal had been seen on a dock earlier in the day but jumped into the water and got stuck along the seawall.

David Hitzig of Busch Wildlife Rescue and officers from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control arrived for the rescue. Hitzig used a boat to get close to the coyote and gave it two tranquilizer shots before officers hoisted the animal to safety.

"I got a chance to go swimming and I didn't have to do any paperwork for a few hours," Hitzig said.

The coyote was released back into the wild.

<![CDATA[Man Scales SUV, Strips, Taunts Cops]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:05:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Naked+Man+Wilmington+blur.jpg

A Delaware man was arrested on suspicion of drug use after he climbed on top of an SUV, stripped naked and taunted police.

Wilmington police told NBC10 Philadelphia they believe Darren Staats, 28, was high on the drug PCP, also known as "wet," when he scaled the occupied truck at 4th and Monroe Streets in Wilmington, Del. at 4:15 p.m. on Monday.

Cpl. Mark Ivey said the driver of the black SUV said she was stopped at a red light when Staats suddenly jumped onto the hood of her vehicle and climbed onto the roof. The woman’s 6-year-old daughter was also in the car.

A video obtained by NBC10.com shows the man beating the vehicle's roof and screaming. The driver tries to speed away but is unable because her car is blocked. At one point, the woman gets out of the car and tries hitting the man with what appears to be an ice scraper. However, he continues to stand his ground.

When police arrived, they ordered Staats to come down from the roof, but he refused, Ivey said. The man eventually began stripping off his clothes -- standing nude on top of the car. In the video, the man can be seen taunting police with hand gestures and his tongue from the roof.

Police were able to eventually pull Staats down and arrest him. Ivey says the man has been charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.

Staats is being held in a Delaware prison.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[Man in Dress Threw Concrete at Car: Orlando Police]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:59:26 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032114+andrew+west.jpg

A man in a dress was arrested after he threw a piece of concrete through the window of a car in Orlando, police said.

Andrew J. West, 25, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle for the incident that happened on March 11, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

According to police, the woman was driving her Chrysler PT Cruiser down the street when she spotted a man, West, on the sidewalk wearing a tight blue dress, black leather high-heel shoes, a wig and carrying a tan purse.

West started yelling at the woman and the occupants of her car, then threw a drink at the PT Cruiser as he screamed expletives, police said.

He followed the car to the next light and threw a piece of concrete at the passenger window. Then he grabbed another piece of concrete which went through the glass and landed inside the car, barely missing a passenger, police said.

West fled the scene but police were able to find him and he was booked into jail, the Sentinel reported.

Photo Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Saints Square Off in "Lent Madness" Bracket]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:46:13 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Francis_Xavier.jpg There are no hoops, no high tops and no pep bands here, but there is a bracket. Lent Madness has a a field of 32 and even its own media guide called the "Saintly Scorecard."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Burglar Leaves License at Plantation Business]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:16:16 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/031914+plantation+burglary.jpg

A bumbling thief is behind bars after he dropped his driver's license at the scene of a Plantation burglary then posted a photo of him posing with evidence on Facebook, police said.

The burglary happened Tuesday at Arion Motors at 550 State Road 7 when two suspects broke through glass to get into the used car dealership.

Video of the incident shows the two sifting through documents and car keys as one suspect, identified as 21-year-old Travis Rice, accidentally dropped his license while pulling out his cell phone.

"These criminals, definitely not the brightest," Arion manager Jonathan Shamis said. "What happened was during the robbery they reached out for the cell phone and what happened while that moment of reaching out for the cell phone, he dropped his driver’s license at the same time. And I mean that was just the best part."

Police said Rice later posed with the stolen keys for a photo posted on social media, which landed him behind bars.

"Probably one of the world's dumbest criminals," Shamis said.

Rice is facing grand theft and burglary charges, and remains behind bars at the Broward Jail without bond.

The stolen keys haven't been recovered and Rice's alleged accomplice is still at large.

<![CDATA[WATCH: News Anchors Dive Under Desk During Quake]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/270*120/Screen+shot+2014-03-17+at+1.15.18+PM.png

Two Los Angeles morning news anchors dove for cover when a magnitude-4.4 temblor rattled the region during their TV broadcast.

KTLA's Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson were reading the news when they felt their studio shake.

"Earthquake. We're having an earthquake," Schauble said.

As the cameras kept rolling, he and Henderson took shelter under their newsdesk. The monitor behind them showing the morning traffic could be seen shaking.

The pair then returned to their desk and Schauble pulled up U.S. Geological Survey information on a computer.

After the quake, Schauble took to social media to laugh along with viewers about his "earthquake face." He made a screenshot of the petrified reaction his profile picture on Twitter.






<![CDATA["Lobster Radar" Could Help Detect Explosives: UF]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:36:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Lobster+Shell+Disease+Photo.jpg

Researchers at the University of Florida say a lobster's sense of smell could one day help protect soldiers from landmines and other explosives.

UF researchers have discovered that a type of olfactory neuron in lobsters constantly discharges small bursts of electronic pulses that may help them find an odor's location when they search for food or try to avoid danger.

Now the researchers say that ability, which they call "lobster radar" could help them develop improved electronic "noses" to detect explosives.

"An electronic nose has to recognize an odor and locate its source. Finding the source has often been the job of the person handling the electronic nose," said Barry W. Ache, director of the Center for Smell and Taste in UF’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute.

The "lobster radar" can pinpoint a smell the same way a human can hear a train moving left to right. The finding by UF's researchers could also help scientists better understand the sense of smell in all animals, including humans.

"The involvement of bursting sensory neurons in olfactory processing is not unique to the lobster,” Yuriy Bobkov, of the UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, said in a statement. "It’s likely to be a fundamental aspect of olfaction."

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