<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News - Only in Florida]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/localen-usTue, 17 Sep 2019 16:12:29 -0400Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:12:29 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Florida Couple Had Sex in Patrol Car After DUI Arrest: Deputies]]>560577241Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:40:58 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091719+Aaron+Seth+Thomas+Megan+Lynn+Mondanaro.jpg

A Florida couple arrested on DUI and other charges are accused of having sex in the back of a patrol car after they were taken into custody.

Megan Lynn Mondanaro, 35, and Aaron Seth Thomas, 31, were arrested Friday on charges including DUI, exposing sex organs and unnatural and lascivious act, Nassau County jail records showed.

According to an arrest report obtained by First Coast News, Mondanaro and Thomas were stopped after they were seen riding bicycles late at night without lights on and were nearly struck by a vehicle.

The pair had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech, and the deputy who stopped them said he could smell alcohol on them, the report said. The couple told the deputy they were coming from a bar.

Mondanaro and Thomas were taken into custody and put in the backseat of the deputy's vehicle. While they were in the car, they took off their clothes and started having sex, the report said.

The deputy opened the car door to stop them and found Thomas naked, and Mondanaro with her pants down and breasts exposed, the report said.

Mondanaro and Thomas took a breathalyzer tests more than three hours after the incident, and Mondanaro had a blood alcohol level of .062 and .066, while Thomas had a .145 and .145 blood alcohol level, the report said.

The couple was booked into jail, where they remained held without bond Tuesday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: Nassau County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Rapper Films Music Video in South Florida Police Station]]>559935531Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:13:35 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Leo+Little+-+Aventura+Police.PNG

Aventura police say they never gave permission for a rapper to film a portion of a video inside their lobby.

The video begins with IV Leo Little sitting on the ground next to a Broward Sheriff's Office patrol car with his hands seemingly handcuffed behind him. The scene then shifts to the Aventura Police Department's lobby where he uses a racial slur in a song critical of police tactics involving black men.

He dances through the lobby and jumps on a desk with the agency's logo prominently displayed.

Little recently posted the production, called "Bus," on WorldStarHipHop's Instagram account.

The logo has since been blurred on Little's YouTube channel, but it is still visible on Instagram.

Police Maj. Michael Bentolila tells the Miami Herald Little didn't damage property and wasn't charged with a crime. They've since secured the lobby, requiring visitors to buzz in.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Dade Made: Local Brand Celebrates What's Unique to Miami]]>559881081Mon, 09 Sep 2019 21:03:31 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Miami+Supply+Co.PNG

Humidity tested, abuela approved: Colorful stickers, patches and pins that celebrate what's unique to Miami are the work of a local brand based right here in South Florida.

From well-known Cuban slang terms like "dále" and "que pena bro," to caja china shirts, Jack Daniel Bagdadi of Miami Supply Co. dreams up of what makes South Floridians laugh, wonder and smile.

"I think with the little designs and stuff we can celebrate the little weird things that make Miami special," said Bagdadi, a Miami native who works in advertising.

What is now Miami Supply Co. started as a fun project for Bagdadi. He started with cafecito pins, sold a bunch of patches and made little sticker packs to give away as gifts for guests at his friends' wedding. 

"And once I made those stickers, they got kinda hot, and people started looking for them," Bagdadi said. "So I was like, alright, let me make some of these and that's when the Miami Supply Co. started to take off."

Bagdadi's designs also feature original characters such as Larry the Lechon and Tito the Cafecito. With cafecito being such a big part of daily life for many South Floridians, Bagdadi's business embraced that caffeinated culture with Tito, his first main character.

"He's become the face of this little company," he said.

Bagdadi has picked up a following on Etsy and his social media pages for the Miami-themed pop culture collectibles.

"A lot of it is Miami idioms and those things you only hear in Miami," he said. "You hear 'dále' of course a lot and the 'irregardless' and 'supposably' and all those things that sort of came out of Miami that some may say isn't that great of a thing, but it's cool to actually celebrate it and sort of own it."

Bagdadi is hoping his business will keep flowing -- like Cuban espresso.

"What I'd like to do more with the brand is to infuse a little bit more of the different ingredients that make Miami sort of special," he said. "So if I can do something for different neighborhoods or perhaps different cultures, I think that would be my next step."

To learn more about Miami Supply Co., visit miamisupply.co.



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Parks Smart Car in Kitchen So It Won't Blow Away]]>559380561Thu, 05 Sep 2019 10:10:23 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090419+Hurricane+Dorian+Smart+car+Florida+kitchen+Jessica+Brown+Eldridge.jpg

It started as a light-hearted challenge between a Florida couple, can a Smart car fit into their kitchen? The answer: Yes it can.

Patrick Eldridge parked his smart car in his kitchen to protect it from Hurricane Dorian because he didn't want it to "blow away" and to prove that he can park his car there.

Jessica Eldridge said her car was already parked in the garage. To avoid cleaning their garage out, her husband proposed to park it in the house.

"I said there was no way he could. He said he could," Jessica said. "So he opened the double doors and had it in. I was amazed that it could fit. He had it in with no problems."

Dorian was skirting Florida's coast Wednesday, narrowly missing Jacksonville as it heads northward along the Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina coastlines.

The Category 2 storm has devastated the Bahamas, where rescue crews have only begun taking the full measure of the damage.

With the car in the middle of the kitchen, Jessica Eldridge had to move around it to cook and serve dinner.

"I'm hoping he will pull it out pretty soon once the wind dies down," she said. "There is room and it's not in the way but my dogs are confused by it."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Former Jailer Impersonates Officer for Discounted McDonald's]]>557845971Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:06:15 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-583741076.jpg

Florida authorities say a former jailer has been arrested and charged with impersonating an officer while asking for a discount at McDonald's.

Florida Today reports 48-year-old Albert McDaniel used his expired corrections officer badge Tuesday to request a food discount.

A Titusville Police report says the McDonald's manager called authorities to report a "suspicious" person flashing a badge to request a reduced purchase.

Police say when McDaniel left the restaurant he was pulled over for a traffic violation and flashed the badge again to request a "professional courtesy."

The report says McDaniel was fired from the jailer position last year and didn't return the credentials. McDaniel told police he's used the badge for discounts before and didn't believe he was committing a crime.

It's unclear if McDaniel has attorney representation.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Opens Front Door; Kinkajou Runs In, Bites Him]]>554090151Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:37:14 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-901155342.jpg

Officials say a small rainforest raccoon-like creature ran into a Florida apartment and bit a man after he opened the front door to head to work.

The WPEC-TV reports the kinkajou bit his foot and scratched his leg but did not seriously injure him.

A woman who witnessed the incident at the Lake Worth Beach, Florida apartment said it sounded "like a 300-pound man was tackling him in the kitchen." Natalie Dulach said the furry mammal with sharp claws clung to the man's leg as he fought to get it out. The man managed to lock the long-tailed animal in the bathroom until wildlife officers arrived.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report said the kinkajou was taken to a wildlife facility. Officers didn't say where it came from.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Vacation Home Invaded by Vomiting Vultures]]>547541021Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:22:10 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/vulture+nightmare.jpg

A New York couple's luxurious vacation house in Florida has been taken over by dozens of black vultures that are vomiting and defecating everywhere.

The Palm Beach Post reports the Casimano family can't even visit the $702,000 home they purchased earlier this year in the Ibis Golf and Country Club.

Siobhan Casimano described the smell as "like a thousand rotting corpses." The vultures have destroyed screen enclosures, and have overtaken the pool and barbeque. The few times the family has visited, they've had to park their car in the garage or the birds peck at them with their beaks.

A neighbor, Cheryl Katz, tells the Post she's got it even worse because she lives next door to a person who is feeding the vultures and other wildlife. In May, she said vultures tore through her pool enclosure and couldn't figure out how to get out.

"Imagine 20 vultures trapped, biting each other — and they can bite through bones," she said. "They would bang against my windows running away from a bird that was attacking them. Blood was everywhere. It was a vile, vicious, traumatic event. And it was Memorial Day, so no company I called would come out to help me."

Finally, three police officers arrived. They removed the screens and shooed away the vultures.

Since she has chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which leaves her vulnerable to infections, she's had to be extra careful going outside, even having someone power wash the patio twice.

The homeowners blame Katz' neighbor, who they claim is excessively feeding wildlife.

Katz said she has seen the neighbor give bags of dog food and even a roasted chicken to the vultures.

Neighborhood association president Gordon Holness said they've warned the woman but they're limited in what they can do because the vultures, as migratory birds, are protected by federal law.

Holness said vultures were not a problem in the neighborhood before this spring. He said they've contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to issue a warning, but so far they've been ignored by the neighbor.

Katz said she spoke to someone at the U.S. Wildlife Service and learned it is hard to get a permit to kill a black vulture.

People have suggested scaring them with fireworks or balloons, but that doesn't work for long.

Katz even tried putting out four fake owls that have moving heads and blinking lights. "The vultures chewed the owls apart," she said. "They ripped the heads off."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Who Pulled Gator From Pants During Traffic Stop Gets Probation]]>544987241Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:56:40 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081519+Ariel+Machan-Le+Quire.jpg

Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to four charges.

Florida prosecutors say a Charlotte County sheriff's deputy stopped a pickup truck in May after it ran a stop sign. The driver, 22-year-old driver Michael Clemons, told the deputy he and his 25-year-old passenger, Ariel Machan-Le Quire, were collecting frogs and snakes under an overpass. He gave the deputy permission to search bags in the truck.

When the deputy found 41 3-stripe turtles in a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" backpack, he asked if Machan-Le Quire had anything else. She pulled the 1-foot gator from her pants.

Officials say the Clemons case is pending.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[FL Man Sentenced After Stealing, Crashing Golf Cart]]>544061371Thu, 15 Aug 2019 05:57:43 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-540007693.jpg

A Florida man must spend 18 months in a residential drug treatment program after stealing and crashing a golf cart at a regional airport.

Lee County court records show 42-year-old Robert Gallegos pleaded no contest Wednesday to grand theft and other charges. Besides drug treatment, he was sentenced to four years of probation and must pay restitution.

Authorities say Gallegos went for a joyride in June at the Page Field airport in Fort Myers. His journey across a runway temporarily prevented a plane from landing. He eventually crashed the golf cart and fled on foot.

He was later arrested at a shopping center near the airport.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Arrested for Threatening Others With Nunchucks]]>542467561Wed, 14 Aug 2019 14:15:01 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081419+larry+adams+mugshot.jpg

Police say they've arrested a Florida man who's accused of threatening his neighbors with nunchucks and bug spray before cutting his own head when he accidentally hit himself with the weapon.

Daytona Beach police spokesman Messod Bendayan says 61-year-old Larry Adams complained about his neighbor's loud music coming from a car in the parking lot of their Daytona apartment complex.

Police say Adams sprayed four of his neighbors with roach spray and swung his nunchucks in a threatening manner and hit himself.

Adams is charged with aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Volusia County jail records don't list a lawyer for Adams.

Neighbor Cici Sylvester tells local media she was surprised Adams used a bug spray since she was not a roach.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Naked Florida Man Spotted Riding Bike Down Busy Street]]>531320771Fri, 09 Aug 2019 22:33:55 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/naked+florida+man+wilton+manors+08092019.jpg

Police arrested a man who paraded nude through a busy street during rush hour traffic and attempted to trade in his bike for merchandise at a South Florida sex shop.

The man was first spotted by witnesses who saw him riding a bike, naked, Thursday in the area of NE 6th Avenue and Wilton Drive, according to the Wilton Manors Police Department.

He then entered the adult store -- RockHard Lovestuff on Wilton Drive -- took a pair of "a--less" underwear off the shelf, put it on, and told employees that he wanted to give them his bike in exchange for the underwear.

According to a police report, the man left the store without paying for the underwear and without his bike. He headed back to Wilton Drive, walked up and down the busy street, and then removed his undergarment and exposed himself again.

When officers responded, he told them his name was "Michael Jackson," the report said.

The 38-year-old man, who authorities are calling "John Smith" because he refuses to identify himself, faces a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior, according to Broward jail records. He remains in jail and is awaiting trial.



Photo Credit: Skip Vandelinde
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<![CDATA[Homeowner Reports Handgun Stolen During Florida Sex Party]]>530413231Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:45:26 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1139347535.jpg

A Florida homeowner says someone stole a 9 mm Glock handgun from his bedroom during a weekend sex party.

But Volusia County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Smith tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal the homeowner couldn't give detectives the names of possible suspects because the 20 or so people attending the orgy wore masks.

Smith says the handgun was apparently on a bedroom nightstand during the party. It was taken between July 19 and July 21 and reported later.

The homeowner said the party was advertised on social media and guests were encouraged to bring friends and to use fictitious names or no name at all. He said he probably only knew about five of the guests that entered the home that weekend.

Smith says it's unlikely they'll solve the crime.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Takes Golf Cart on Wild Ride Into Walmart Store]]>530133841Fri, 09 Aug 2019 11:45:30 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/080919+florida+golf+cart+in+wal+mart.gif

Authorities say a 56-year-old Florida man took his golf cart on a wild ride through a Walmart store, terrorizing shoppers and ignoring deputies' orders to stop before crashing into a cash register.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's investigators say they were summoned to the store near Tampa on Thursday, where they found Michael Dale Hudson blocking the liquor store entrance with his golf cart. The Tampa Bay Times reports he was demanding to speak to a manager.

As deputies spoke to Hudson, they say he suddenly drove toward the store's main entrance. Customers jumped out of the way as he barreled through the door. He raced toward the checkout area, hitting several customers.

He was jailed on multiple charges, including aggravated battery. A lawyer wasn't listed in jail records.



Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Author Breaks Down 'Cubanisms' in Illustrated Book]]>523593771Wed, 07 Aug 2019 08:58:57 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pin+pan+pun+book.jpg

Cuban or not, if you've been in South Florida long enough it's likely you've heard an array of sayings in Spanish used to express a wide variety of emotions.

Examples include: "Ese huevo quiere sal," "Ponte las pilas" and "Tremendo arroz con mango."

Whether you've been confused all these years about what exactly these words translate to in English, or if you grew up with these phrases and just want a good laugh, now there's an illustrated book to break down all these "Cubanisms."

Second-generation Cuban-American Denise Miqueli wrote the book "Pin Pan Pun and Other Cubanisms" after a car ride with her husband. Miqueli blurted out one of the many Cubanisms she grew up with, but he didn't understand what she meant. So she wrote down all of the sayings she used most frequently and wrote a book that turned into an anniversary gift for her husband.

"Pin Pan Pun and Other Cubanisms" quickly gained traction with Miqueli's friends and family, and in March, she launched a website to sell the book.

"The reception from the community has been humbling, surprising, and amazing," Miqueli said.

The book contains 20 Cubanisms with a literal translation for each, a short explanation, and an example of the phrase used in a sentence. Each page also comes with a drawing for some added visual effect.

"The more I hear from people that bought the book and people that follow me on Instagram, it actually brings people together and I think it's like this talking piece. People buy it as a coffee table book, people buy it as a gift and then they go through it together," Miqueli said.

The author is already working on a part two to "Pin Pan Pun," and on Friday she will launch a children's coloring book full of Cubanisms.

"I get dichos over Instagram, Facebook, and family members have been very supportive," she said. "So keep them coming!"

Miqueli is also looking to partner with people from other cultures to publish books with their idioms and continue to bridge the gap between different communities and demographics.

"Pin Pan Pun and Other Cubanisms" is available here for $14.50.

Ponte las pilas and go check it out!



Photo Credit: Courtesy: Denise Miqueli]]>
<![CDATA[Burglar Cooks Breakfast, Tells Resident 'Go Back to Sleep']]>559491231Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:27:02 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/breakfast+generic.PNG

Authorities say a burglar broke into a Florida home, cooked himself an early morning meal and told the resident there to "go back to sleep."

The home's occupant told investigators he awoke to discover the man cooking and eating sometime after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Fox 13 in Tampa reported the burglar ran from the house when the resident called 911. Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office tracked down the suspect in a wooded and swampy area behind the home.

Deputies said Gavin Crim, a 19-year-old Marine, allegedly entered the home through an unlocked rear door.

An arrest report mentioned that the suspect may have been under the influence of alcohol.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Says Toilet Explodes After Lightning Strike]]>523462291Wed, 07 Aug 2019 13:18:48 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/080619+Marylou+Ward+exploding+toilet.jpg

A Florida woman says lightning destroyed her septic tank and caused a toilet in her house to explode.

Marylou Ward told media outlets that the sole toilet in her Port Charlotte home was shattered into hundreds of pieces on Sunday.

Ward says the explosion was the loudest sound she's ever heard, and that she also smelled smoke. She says a plumber told her lightning hit the methane gas that was built up in the pipes from feces.

Ward says she'll have to get the toilet and septic system repaired, but she's thankful no one was injured.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Pulls Gun on Late Arriving Furniture Delivery Crew]]>523373311Tue, 06 Aug 2019 13:12:14 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/080619+Mitchell+Helton.jpg

Authorities say a 55-year-old Florida man pulled a gun on a late-arriving furniture delivery team, saying he's "shot people for less."

Manatee County Sheriff's investigators say Mitchell Helton is charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He was arrested Aug. 3 after the delivery team called the sheriff's office.

The Bradenton Herald reports the delivery men called Helton to let him know they were on their way. When they arrived at his home, they say Helton was upset because it took them so long to arrive.

As they unloaded the furniture, deputies say Helton pointed a gun at them. The men tried to deescalate the situation and told him how to file a complaint.

An arrest report says Helton couldn't explain why he confronted the men with a gun.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Lyft Driver Refuses to Help FL Woman Steal E-Cigs: Deputies]]>513536911Fri, 02 Aug 2019 06:26:35 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/080219+katie+lamothe+mugshot.jpg

A Florida woman found herself behind bars after she allegedly tried to steal a vape device from a gas station – before her Lyft driver refused to be a getaway car in the incident.

NBC affiliate WFLA-TV reports that 24-year-old Katie Lamothe went into the Exxon station in Pinellas Park on Tuesday and asked to purchase a Juul electronic cigarette before leaving with the item without paying the estimated $43 for the item.

When Lamothe got into her vehicle, Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say the driver refused to leave. Lamothe called for an Uber driver and started to leave the scene, only to be found inside a van in a nearby parking lot.

Lamothe was charged with retail theft after admitting to the crime.



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<![CDATA[Only in Hialeah: This KFC Location Serves Flan]]>513367321Mon, 29 Jul 2019 21:29:02 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/KFC+flan+hialeah.jpg

Hialeah is the city in Florida with the largest population of Hispanics, so it shouldn't be surprising that it's giving a Latin touch to one of the most traditional fast food restaurants in the United States.

The famous KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is known for its genuine American food and flavors: southern fried chicken, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and buttered corn on the cob.

But it turns out that one KFC, in Hialeah of course, added a Latin favorite to their menu: flan.

For almost 50 years, that has been the secret of one of the most successful KFC's in South Florida, located at 811 West 49 Street.

The idea came from late Cuban chef, Baldomero González, who created a special recipe using some of the traditional Kentucky Fried Chicken menu items: sugar from the coleslaw, eggs from the breading of the chicken, and condensed milk from the Key Lime Pie -- cooking everything in the pans that they used to use for fried chicken.

His recipe resulted in a thick and creamy flan that was added to the menu in 1975 for 99 cents.

The establishment prepares about 45 flans a week and many more during the holiday season, when some customers buy entire flans for their celebrations and as gifts.

Dishes of flan are ordered by customers from all over Florida, from the Keys to Orlando. They make it fresh every day and it is never frozen.

The flan recipe in this KFC in Hialeah is as secret as the recipe for fried chicken -- all that has been revealed about the chicken is that it has "11 different species."

The flan recipe is considered so valuable that it was part of the agreement when the franchise changed ownership. Now the head of the kitchen, Blanca Rosa Ortiz, of Nicaraguan origin, maintains the original recipe and has only taught Frank Turcios, who's been a chef for 26 years, how to make it.

Both claim that the secret ingredient is a lot of love.

One 9-ounce piece is priced at $2.89 and is 650 calories.

Without a doubt, it is the perfect Latin touch for this typical American restaurant.



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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Accused of Assault Over Pizza Slice]]>512989391Sat, 20 Jul 2019 14:15:05 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/pizzageneric.jpg

Authorities have arrested a woman in Florida who they say tried to attack another woman with a knife when she was denied a slice of pizza.

The St. Augustine Record reports 22-year-old De'Erica Cooks is accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said Cooks became angry after another woman denied her a pizza slice when she asked for one. An offense report says Cooks told the woman "I'm going to cut you" with a steak knife in her hand, and then tried to attack her. Deputies say a man in the house was able to take the knife away from Cooks.

Cooks told investigators she did not remember much. She remained in jail Friday with no attorneys listed in records.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Look-Alikes Kicks Off Hemingway Days Festival in Key West]]>512932981Fri, 19 Jul 2019 06:30:39 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/178*120/071919+key+west+hemingway+days+festival+starts.jpg

Dozens of stocky, bearded men are competing in Key West to see who has the closest resemblance to literary icon Ernest Hemingway.

About 135 entered the 39th annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, a popular event that is part of the Hemingway Days festival.

The competition began Thursday at Sloppy Joe's Bar, frequented by Hemingway when he lived in Key West during the 1930s. Participants wore the iconic sportsman's garb associated with "The Old Man and the Sea" author. The second preliminary round is scheduled for Friday, and the 2019 winner is chosen Saturday.

The festival continues through Sunday, the 120th anniversary of Hemingway's July 21 birth. Other events include a "Running of the Bulls" spoof, literary readings and a three-day marlin angling tournament.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Threw Son Into Ocean, Yelled at Him to Swim: PD]]>512829021Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:04:55 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071719+john+bloodsworth+daytona+beach+pier+arrest.jpg

A Florida man found himself behind bars after witnesses say he threw his son into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and allegedly yelled at him to swim – all before walking away from the child.

NBC affiliate WESH-TV reports that John Bloodsworth was charged with child abuse and disorderly intoxication in public. Bloodsworth bonded out of the Volusia County jail on Tuesday.

According to the station, witnesses told police that they saw Bloodsworth’s 5-year-old son struggling in the waters off Daytona Beach while Bloodsworth repeatedly jumped off a nearby pier.

"I said, 'I can't take this no more.' So I went down to the pier, down to the shore and confronted him myself," witness Mitch Brown said. "The little kid was out here by himself. Completely by himself. There was nobody around him, no adults.”

Brown told the station he confronted Bloodsworth, taking the man to a nearby Daytona Beach Police officer, who placed him under arrest.

While in custody, Bloodsworth allegedly told officers he was trying to teach his son to swim while adding that he was “going to jail for being awesome” according to an arrest report.



Photo Credit: WESH-TV / Volusia County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Kicks Alligator to Save Daughter's Dog]]>512682361Sat, 13 Jul 2019 14:34:02 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071319+Florida+Man+Kicks+Gator+FL.png

When Buddy Ackerman took his daughter’s golden retriever, Osi, out for a bathroom break, he didn’t give it a second thought.

“He walked along … walked along here and I’m just coming with him,” Ackerman said. “And he settles on right where there’s no grass down there.”

There is a small pond behind Ackerman’s condominium in Palm Harbor, located in Florida's Pinellas County by the Gulf Coast, WFLA reports.

Out of nowhere, an alligator came and chomped down on Osi’s hind legs that Monday morning. Ackerman grabbed Osi’s leash and began having a tug-of-war with the alligator.

“And I just start kick, kicking at the alligator,” Ackerman said. “I hit him a couple of times in the snout and that’s what caused him to let go, perhaps. I hope so, I don’t know. ”

Ackerman called an alligator hotline and a trapper came to capture a gator from a nearby pond. Ackerman assumes that gator is the one that attacked Osi, but neighbors reported seeing another, even larger gator in that same pond.

Remarkably, Osi wasn’t hurt. Ackerman’s daughter now has the dog back in the Orlando area.

Ackerman said he's thankful Osi is OK. He knows a tragic outcome was possible.

“I mean, I had this dog on a collar or a halter that went around. It wasn’t going to slip off,” said Ackerman. “If I had had a regular collar at that and it slipped off … he would’ve been gone. “



Photo Credit: WFLA]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Woman Accused of Urinating in Ice Cream Maker at Shop]]>512482362Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:54:52 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/070919+Jung+Soon+Wypcha.jpg

A woman is facing charges after authorities say she was caught on camera picking her nose and sticking her hands in ice cream and later using an ice cream maker as a toilet at a Florida shop.

Jung Soon Wypcha, 66, was arrested Monday on charges including criminal mischief and violating Florida's anti-tampering act for her actions at Lu Lu’s Ice Cream Shop in Indian Shores, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

According to the report, starting on June 17, Wypcha was seen on video using the shop's bathroom with the door wide open on five separate occasions and didn't wash her hands. She was then seen walking over to the freezer where organic ice cream is stored and put her hands into ice cream containers, the report said.

One video showed Wypcha picking her nose and sticking her hands in ice cream, while another showed her opening a freezer door and spitting into ice cream containers, the report said.

On June 22, Wypcha tried to use the bathroom but couldn't get the locked door open, so she grabbed a bucket used to churn the ice cream and urinated in it, the report said. She then emptied the bucket in the sink marked "rinse," which is used for washing ice cream folding utensils and mixing bowls, the report said.

"These actions committed by Jung Soon Wypcha caused the store to close and have approx. $2000 worth of product destroyed to ensure public safety," the report noted.

The report didn't indicate whether Wypcha was an employee of the shop.

Wypcha, of St. Petersburg, was booked into jail and released on bond late Monday night, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Residents Complain About 'Fowl' Smell From Fla. Restaurant]]>512576271Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:52:58 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071119+popeyes+stuart+smells+bad.jpg

Residents in one neighborhood along Florida’s Treasure Coast don’t exactly love that chicken from a nearby fast food restaurant – in fact, they say the smell coming from the store downright stinks.

NBC affiliate WPTV -TV reports that residents in Stuart have complained that the smell of chicken and grease from a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen located near their homes does not allow them to be outside.

"If my wife and I are on the back patio and that wind is coming in our direction and the temperatures are the way they are now, we can’t be out there on the back patio," resident Ron Taylor told the station.

The restaurant installed a cleaning system shortly after opening over a year ago, a move that came after complaints started and Martin County officials forced the owner to install it. But residents say it has not helped and think the system is not being cleaned properly, which causes the “fowl” odor.

County commissioner Stacey Hetherington said she has smelled the odor in the neighborhood and is working on a compromise between all involved, including working on how often the filter system should be cleaned.



Photo Credit: WPTV-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet! Florida Man Wins July 4 Key Lime Pie-Eating Contest]]>512229752Thu, 04 Jul 2019 16:55:01 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/key+lime+pie+contest+07042019.jpg

A Key West man has won the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin' Contest on the subtropical island where the pie originated.

David Johnson plunged face-first into a 9-inch pie smothered with whipped cream during Thursday's challenge. The rules forbid contestants from using their hands.

He consumed it in 58.2 seconds, besting 24 rivals in the kickoff of the annual Key Lime Festival.

Key lime pie was designated Florida's official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. Ingredients are condensed milk, egg yolks and the juice of tiny yellow Key limes, typically with a graham cracker crust and whipped cream or meringue topping.

The festival ends Sunday after events including tasting strolls and an offbeat Key Lime Pie Drop.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Grills Burger During Wendy's Robbery: Police]]>512000791Sat, 29 Jun 2019 12:58:43 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062919+Florida+Man+Wendy+Burger+FL.png

Florida officials say they are looking for a 'hamburglar' who broke into two restaurants, fixed himself some food, and then stole money.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says the suspect forced his way into a Wendy's in Jensen Beach, Florida, by smashing a window with a brick. He then fired up the grill, made himself a hamburger, and walked away with the store's safe. He also went to another Jensen Beach restaurant, where he helped himself to more food and money.

Authorities say the man also tried to rob a gas station, but could not break in.

On Facebook, the office posted photos and asked the public to help identify the suspect, who has a tattoo on his left arm and is described as a white male in his mid-thirties.

"A suspect coined as the modern day Hamburglar doesn’t appear to have any problem making himself right at home after breaking into local food establishments to make himself a burger," police wrote.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Fla. Man Accused in Beloved Flamingo's Death Killed by Truck]]>511831221Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:25:07 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Busch-Gardens-Flamingo.jpg

A man accused of causing the death of Pinky, a beloved flamingo at Busch Gardens, was hit by a truck and died, two months before he was to go on trial.

The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the Florida Highway Patrol says 48-year-old Joseph Corrao was killed June 5 as he crossed a busy road in Orlando.

Correa was accused of grabbing the Chilean flamingo from a pen and slamming it to the ground while visiting the Tampa theme park with his mother and daughters. The severely injured flamingo had to be euthanized.

Corrao told police he was trying to show off to his daughter and didn't mean to harm Pinky. He spent five days in jail on a felony charge of animal cruelty.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Throws Own Feces at Judge Before Acquittal]]>511670591Sat, 22 Jun 2019 15:52:55 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062219+Feces+at+Judge+FL.jpg

Court officials say a Florida man charged with burglary defecated during a criminal trial and tried to throw his feces at the judge.

The Miami Herald reports 33-year-old Dorleans Philidor was sitting in a wheelchair next to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh when officials say he tried to throw his excrement at her.

It did not reach her. People ran out of the courtroom prior to closing arguments, which were delayed.

The Miami Herald reports Philidor yelled "It's protein! It's good for you!" during the incident, according to witnesses.

Jurors, who weren't present, subsequently acquitted the man on the burglary charge.

It is not yet clear if Philidor will face additional charges for the incident. He remains jailed on a grand-theft auto case.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Acquitted of Attempted Murder by Electrocution]]>511700271Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:58:22 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/122917+Michael+Scott+Wilson.jpg

A jury has acquitted a Florida man of attempted murder in what investigators called a plot to electrocute his estranged wife by rigging their front door with wires.

The Daytona Beach News Journal reported Saturday that jury did convict 33-year-old Michael Wilson of stealing a gun from the home and of misdemeanor attempted battery against Ashley Wilson, who was pregnant at the time.

Prosecutors said the December 2017 scheme involved rigging a makeshift electrical conduit at their home. Ashley Wilson never touched the door and became suspicious when he told her not to let their daughter near it.

Michael Wilson testified he set up the trap because video surveillance cameras were missing. He faces up to six years in prison when sentenced in August.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Police Find Prosthetic Ear Owner After Facebook Post]]>511571122Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:49:08 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061919+fake+ear+found+tampa+beach+NEW+PIC.JPG

Police in Florida trying to find the rightful owner of a prosthetic ear that washed up on their beach got a happy phone call from South Carolina on Thursday.

Holmes Beach Police Sgt. Brian Hall said a woman called saying the rubber ear they posted on Facebook belongs to her husband.

Hall said the Beaufort couple was vacationing in the Tampa Bay area when the man went swimming. She said he was trying to put the ear in his pocket for safekeeping when "a wave knocked it off his hand."

The police department posted a photo of the left ear, saying a local resident found it in the sand on Saturday after the "World's Strongest Man" contest on Anna Maria Island.

Prosthetic ears can cost thousands of dollars. Hall said the department will mail it to South Carolina.

"We will put it in box. I hope nobody sees it and freaks out," he said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Prosthetic Ear Found on Beach Near Tampa Bay: Police]]>511504982Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:31:07 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061919+fake+ear+found+tampa+beach+NEW+PIC.JPG

In one of the weirdest lost and found stories you will read today, one Florida police department is looking for whoever happened to be at a beach in the Tampa Bay area this past weekend and lost their prosthetic ear.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The Holmes Beach Police Department says someone found the ear this weekend during the World’s Strongest Man competition that was being held at nearby Manatee Beach, according to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV.

Officers have held the ear in their possession since it was turned over to them and are eager to reunite it with its owner.

Anyone who knows the ear’s owner is encouraged to call the department.



Photo Credit: Holmes Beach Police Department / WFLA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Fla. Woman Threatened Owner With Pliers After Break-In: PD]]>511504552Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:14:56 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061919+jill+duell+mugshot.jpg

A Central Florida man returning home from a trip got quite the rude welcome when he entered: a woman threatening him with a set of pliers, according to police.

The incident took place inside the Leesburg apartment last Friday when the owner called 911 to say that a woman was making herself right at home inside, according to NBC affiliate WESH-TV.

Officers arrived at the home, saying furniture had been moved around and clothes were all over the place. Eventually, they were able to catch up with 22-year-old Jill Duell and charge her with burglary in the case.

"We're definitely grateful he wasn't injured and you know, she could've been injured, too," Capt. Joe Iozzi, of the Leesburg Police Department, said. "There's many armed citizens out there and you know, if I came home and found someone I didn't know in my house, they could likely have a lot worse outcome.”

Duell, who was booked into the Lake County Jail, was wanted for violating her probation on a battery case in Brevard County.



Photo Credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[FL Man Fondled Himself at Restaurant, Fled Dinner Bill: PD]]>511448921Tue, 18 Jun 2019 07:04:50 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061819+Brandon+Muenz+mugshot.jpg

A Florida man was arrested after police say he exposed himself inside a restaurant before bailing on the bill and running away after eating chicken wings.

NBC affiliate WFLA-TV said deputies in Pasco County arrested 30-year-old Brandon Muenz on Friday night and charged him with disorderly conduct and breach of peace.

According to the arrest report, an employee asked Muenz if he was going to pay his bill when a witness said it looked as if he was fondling himself while looking for money. The female employee asked a male manager to watch Muenz for a moment, which was when he decided to run away.

The manager and a customer followed, catching up with him in the parking lot and holding Muenz down until deputies arrived.

Deputies say Muenz was wearing clothes that were torn up and “exposing his sexual organs when he moved around.”

No injuries were reported.



Photo Credit: Pasco County Sheriff's Office / WFLA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Fla. Man Stole Pool Floats to Avoid 'Raping Women': Police]]>511393872Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:09:56 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061719+christopher+monnin+mugshot.jpg

A Florida man is behind bars after police say they found dozens of stolen pool floats inside a vacant home – something the man told officers he did to avoid raping woman.

Christopher Monnin was arrested last week in Palm Bay on several charges, including burglary as well as theft of property less than $300 and criminal mischief. The 35-year-old was booked into the Brevard County jail, where he is being held as he awaits a July 16th hearing.

According to NBC affiliate WBBH-TV, officers followed Monnin to the home after he allegedly broke into the deck of another house to steal the floats.

Monnin reportedly told investigators that he performs sex acts on the floats “instead of raping women.” He is being held on $80,500 bond.



Photo Credit: Brevard County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Ingested Crack During Pursuit From Miami to Keys: Officials]]>511200292Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:40:28 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MARK+WELCH+MUGSHOT.jpg

A Florida man told officers he ingested crack cocaine while police chased him from Miami to the Upper Keys, sheriff's deputies said.

Mark Edward Welch, 50, of Lake Worth, was arrested Tuesday night and faces charges of DUI, fleeing and eluding, and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Florida City police started pursuing a black Jeep Liberty involved in hit-and-run crashes on the mainland. Welch drove from Miami to the Upper Keys and kept driving even after running over tire spikes, officials said.

Welch continued to drive south with flat tires before he struck a barrier wall and came to a halt near Jewfish Creek Bridge at Mile Marker 107, officials said. 

When deputies were placing Welch into custody, he was unable to stand and was continuously hacking and coughing. He said he had been smoking crack cocaine since that morning and ingested 20 crack rocks during the pursuit, officials said. He said he still had rocks in his throat and was having a hard time coughing them up.

Welch was booked into Monroe County jail after being treated at the hospital. He's expected to face additional charges from other law enforcement agencies that were involved in the pursuit.



Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Hid Meth With 'Hot, Fresh Potato Wedges': Sheriff]]>511186192Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:47:14 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061219+James+Simpson+meth+potato+wedges.jpg

A Florida man was caught with meth hidden in a container of "hot, fresh potato wedges" during a traffic stop, authorities said.

James Henry Simpson, 48, was arrested Saturday on a possession of a controlled substance charge, Hillsborough County jail records showed.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office officials said a deputy was conducting a traffic stop when they discovered Simpson, a passenger in the car, had an active warrant from Polk County.

But when the car was searched, the deputy made another discovery: six grams of meth in a container mixed with "hot, fresh potato wedges," officials said.

Simpson, of Seffner, was booked into jail, where he remained held without bond Wednesday. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Wearing 'COKE' Shirt Charged With Selling Crack Cocaine]]>511181512Wed, 12 Jun 2019 10:04:29 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061219+Terry+Leon+Simmons.jpg

Authorities say a Florida man they arrested for selling crack cocaine was wearing a shirt that said "COKE" on the front of it.

A St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office report says 53-year-old Terry Leon Simmons was arrested last week and charged with two counts of selling cocaine.

Authorities say an undercover officer bought $40 worth of crack from Simmons outside a Fort Pierce convenience store last Wednesday.

Two days later, detectives say they went to Simmons home to arrest him and reported finding marijuana and MDMA in the home.

Simmons was being held on $55,000 bail. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Does 'Strange Dance,' Strips in McDonald’s: Deputies]]>511145192Tue, 11 Jun 2019 18:26:36 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/naked+homeless.jpg

A Florida homeless man was arrested Sunday after taking his clothes off and doing a "strange dance" in a McDonald's in Naples.

This was not his first time, according to Collier County Sheriff's deputies.

John Morgan, 63, was banned from the fast-food restaurant on Tamiami Trail E once before on March 15 for a similar disturbance.

Arresting Officer Grossklas said he saw Morgan the day before the alleged disturbance, according to an arrest report. Morgan told him he was going to the McDonald's, but Grossklas warned him to not go because he was previously banned from the restaurant. 

The day after, a witness called police after Morgan pulled his pants down and then put them back on, according to the arrest report. The caller also reported that Morgan "trying to have relations with a railing" and believed he was possibly on drugs.

Morgan was arrested on trespassing charges and faces a $2,000 bond. Attorney information was not available.



Photo Credit: Collier County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[FL Woman Made Man's Private Parts Bleed During Argument: PD]]>511073922Mon, 10 Jun 2019 11:37:25 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061019+katie+lee+pitchford+mugshot.PNG

A Florida woman found herself behind bars after police say a physical altercation with her live-in boyfriend led to her grabbing his private parts and making them bleed.

Officers in Brevard County took 21-year-old Katie Lee Pitchford into custody after the incident last Tuesday morning at the home, charging her with battery in the case.

According to the Miami Herald, officers arrived at the home where the victim says Pitchford became enraged and attacked him with a hair brush before punching and scratching him.

The victim told officers that Pitchford later grabbed his private parts and “squeezed them until they were bleeding” according to the paper, adding he wrestled her arms away when she was choking him as he fled the area and called police.

Pitchford, who was already on felony probation for resisting arrest with violence from 2017, admitted the two argued but told officers there was no physical altercations. Officers said the victim had blood on his face and noticeable bruising.

She is being held with no bond in the case.



Photo Credit: Brevard County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[FL Restaurant Employee Caught Using Floor Mop on Tables]]>511063822Mon, 10 Jun 2019 16:57:21 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1134335324.jpg

A fast food restaurant is apologizing after an employee at a North Florida location was caught on camera using a floor mop to clean the top of tables.

The video, shot at a Burger King located in the Jacksonville area, shows the employee using the mop on the table before going back to using it on the floor.

NBC affiliate WBBH-TV reports the company released a statement apologizing for the actions of the employee, calling it “unacceptable” but did not say if that worker had been disciplined.

Officials say the location where the video was shot has been cited by inspectors before, including eight violations being cited as soon as February for issues including moldy vents and a dirty freezer.



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<![CDATA[FL Man Poured Ketchup on Girlfriend While She Slept: Police]]>510962201Fri, 07 Jun 2019 09:10:15 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-486824855.jpg

A Florida man is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly pouring ketchup on his girlfriend while she slept.

Court documents show Peter Wagman is facing a first-degree misdemeanor domestic battery charge for the encounter that took place last Sunday.

According to an arrest report, Wagman's girlfriend of 11 years told investigators she woke up in the middle of the night to find Wagman pouring ketchup on her and cursing at her.

Heather King told investigators they had been arguing over her infidelity before she went to sleep. The report says she was covered in ketchup.

Wagman denied the allegation, although the report says there was ketchup on his pants.

Court records show Wagman has entered a not guilty plea.

Wagman was ordered to have no contact with King.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Raccoon Spotted Hanging Out of Car Window on Florida Road]]>510917161Thu, 06 Jun 2019 17:03:55 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/raccoon+riding+in+car+only+in+florida.JPG

It’s quite common to see a happy dog hanging its head out of a car window enjoying the Florida breeze, but what about a raccoon?

A video taken by a mother and daughter during a Sunday afternoon car ride shows a raccoon sitting in the lap of a driver and poking its head out of a car window riding next to them on a road in Citrus County.

The video was shared on Facebook and eventually made its way back to the raccoon’s owner.

Trisha Dunavant posted on the Facebook post that the raccoon’s name is “Hank Williams” and that she rescued him when he was two weeks old after he fell out of a tree and was abandoned by its mother.

The woman also said that “Hank” thinks he is dog and is best friends with her 100-pound pit bull.

Having a raccoon as a pet may be uncommon, but it is legal in Florida. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a permit is required for personal possession of raccoons.

Other unusual pets that require permits in the state include skunks, deer and bats.



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Welds ATM Shut During Alleged Robbery: Police]]>510860641Wed, 05 Jun 2019 11:07:31 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/060519+stupid+florida+criminals+with+ATM.jpg

Authorities say two Florida burglars thought they were clever when they used a blowtorch to break into an ATM machine, but they never hit the jackpot.

Instead, the burning heat actually welded the ATM's hinges shut.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials say video surveillance shows two male suspects entering the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on Friday. One was armed with a crowbar and appeared to serve as the lookout while the other took the blowtorch to the ATM.

Instead of cutting the ATM with the blowtorch, authorities say the would-be thief welded the metal parts shut and the pair left with nothing.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Fatally Shoots Woman During Foreplay: Sheriff]]>510672011Fri, 31 May 2019 13:29:39 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/053119+Florida+Man+Foreplay+FL.jpg

A Florida man is facing a manslaughter charge after he inadvertently fatally shot a woman during an act of foreplay with his handgun, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The incident occurred on Sunday at about 12:30 p.m. in the area of Valrico. Officials charged Andrew Shinault with manslaughter with a weapon on Friday.

"Andrew Shinault, 23, shot a woman, who is also in her 20s, while engaging in an act of foreplay involving his registered hand gun," HCSO said in a statement. "The woman, who was shot in the upper body, was transported to Brandon Regional Hospital where she later died."

Shinault was booked into Orient Road Jail on a $50,000 bond.



Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA['What Do We Pay You Guys For?': Florida Man Calls 911 to Brag After Fleeing Deputy]]>510572611Wed, 29 May 2019 17:09:49 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052919+Nicholas+Jones.jpg

A Florida man who fled a traffic stop was arrested after authorities say he called 911 to gloat about eluding a deputy.

Nicholas Jones, 19, was arrested on May 5 on charges including reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, misusing 911 and violation of probation, according to St. Johns County Sheriff's Office records and a First Coast News report.

According to the report, a deputy tried to pull over a white Hyundai during a traffic stop when the car sped away. An hour later, a man called 911 to let them know he was the driver.

"I want to know...I, like, ran from a cop 30 minutes to an hour ago. I was the guy...that...over there off of Kings Estates. Like what do we pay you guys for...like I've driven past four cops," the caller said. "I mean he turned his lights on me and got behind me, and as he was walking up to my car I did a donut around him and left him."

"OK, you want to now see the officer. Or... What's your question?" the 911 operator replied.

"Like...My question is...I'm assuming he put an APB out that has someone looking for my car...so like he definitely got the plate number, but I've passed like four cops just driving around...Like what are you guys doing?" the caller said.

According to the report, deputies were able to track the phone the call came from to Jones, who was wanted on a separate warrant. He was arrested the next day and asked why he called 911.

"That cop had no right to stop me. I saw him turn his lights and sirens on and was going to stop but I didn't want to," Jones said, adding that he ran because he thought it would be "fun," according to the report.

Deputies also told Jones they were only able to arrest him because he called 911.

"That's funny. So I told on myself?" Jones said, according to the arrest report. "No cop can catch me in my Hyundai Elantra, that thing is fast."

Jail records showed Jones remained behind bars without bond Wednesday. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: St. Johns County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Beats Wife After Pot Goes Through Washing Machine: PD]]>510465521Mon, 27 May 2019 10:23:08 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052719+ashley+perkins+mugshot.PNG

Florida authorities say a Louisiana woman beat her wife with a bedpost, apparently upset her spouse put their marijuana through a washing machine.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 30-year-old Ashley Perkins of Youngsville, Louisiana, was released from jail Thursday after being charged with aggravated battery.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office said Perkins and her wife were arguing over missing marijuana when the fight escalated. Investigators say Perkins began hitting her wife with a bedpost around her head, legs and left arm.

Perkins told investigators her wife beat herself with the bedpost. Jail records didn't list a lawyer or contact information for Perkins.

The couple was in the area visiting relatives.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Video Shows Man Bathing in Florida Wendy's Kitchen Sink]]>510382121Fri, 24 May 2019 12:01:11 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-588199236.jpg

A video showing a man taking a bath in a sink in the kitchen of a Florida Wendy's has been called "totally unacceptable" by the restaurant's owner.

The footage, apparently taken at a eatery in Milton in the Florida Panhandle, went viral this week after it was posted to Facebook. By Friday, the video had more than 700,000 views on Facebook and more than 13,000 shares.

In the video, the man is seen taking off his shirt and slowly climbing into the full sink. Laughter is heard and employees are shown filming the man in the tub.

"Take a bath, take a bath, get in there," someone in the background says.

"It's warm, turn the jets on," the man says as he covers himself with soap.

Carlisle, which owns the Wendy's franchise seen in the video, released a statement on the incident.

"Our franchisee is taking this incident seriously and it is obviously totally unacceptable. This was a prank by a person who no longer works at this restaurant, and who clearly did not use good judgment," the statement read.



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<![CDATA[FL Teen Used Classmate's Name on School Threat to Santa: PD]]>510264271Wed, 22 May 2019 08:20:23 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_55372602.jpg

Authorities say a Florida teen has been charged with threatening a school shooting in a postcard to Santa and signing a classmate's name last fall.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday and charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily harm.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says the holiday postcard was dropped off in November at a Wesley Chapel Macy's. The note threatened at shooting at nearby Wiregrass Ranch High School. Detectives interviewed a female student whose name was signed to the postcard but ruled her out as a suspect.

Authorities say fingerprints on the postcard led to the teen boy, who had a previous misdemeanor arrest.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Shirtless Fla. Man Steals Patrol Car; Leads 149 MPH Chase]]>510133891Sun, 19 May 2019 09:37:03 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051919+Florida+Man+Stolen+Car+FL.jpg

A shirtless Florida man stole a Florida Highway Patrol trooper's car and led a chase reaching nearly 150 mph on the Turnpike.

Shane Jensen – a 22-year-old Largo resident – is accused of stealing the FHP vehicle on May 2. The incident began when a trooper noticed a shirtless man who appeared to need medical assistance on the side of Florida's Turnpike, FHP said.

The trooper spoke with him for a few minutes and then went to speak to a Florida Department of Transportation Road Ranger, video released Friday shows.

At that moment, the suspect saw an opportunity, according to investigators. He jumped behind the wheel and drove away quickly as the trooper yelled commands he ignored, video shows.

About ten minutes later, troopers set a roadblock, stifling traffic further down the Turnpike, WESH reports

Stuck in gridlock, three law enforcement officers approached the stolen cruiser with guns drawn.

One tried opening the passenger-side door. The driver accelerated through the road shoulder to escape, video shows. He came across the roadblock and made a U-turn.

Dashboard cameras show the car thief weaving through traffic at 120 miles per hour while troopers chased him from behind. At one point, the vehicle reached 149 mph.

The driver would eventually run over a spike strip – swerving to a stop. He left the vehicle, hopped over the highway's median and ran into a wooded area through oncoming traffic.

Jensen was arrested in the wooded area, officials said. No one was injured in the incident.



Photo Credit: Florida Highway Patrol]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Slaps Girlfriend's Face With Cheeseburger: Deputies]]>509935711Tue, 14 May 2019 21:57:39 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/kyle+jamison+jones.PNG

A Florida man was charged with battery after he pulled his girlfriend's hair, kicked her down the stairs and slapped her in the face with a cheeseburger, sheriff's deputies said.

Martin County Sheriff's deputies said 30-year-old Kyle Jamison Jones attacked his live-in girlfriend when things between them didn't go his way.

Jones allegedly woke her up by slapping her with the burger and attacked her as they went down the stairs. 

When deputies arrived, the victim was upset and covered with cheeseburger particles, authorities said.

Jones would only say the two got into a verbal dispute, but refused to say whether he got physical with the victim.

He was charged with battery and taken to Martin County jail, deputies said.



Photo Credit: Martin County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Stands Through Sunroof While Driving on Highway]]>509857101Mon, 13 May 2019 14:54:30 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051319+Leonard+Olsen+sunroof+video.jpg

A Florida man who was caught on camera standing through his Cadillac's sunroof while driving down a highway told troopers he'd "rather go to jail than go back home" to his wife, authorities said.

Leonard O. Olsen, 70, was arrested back on May 7 on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report.

FHP officials released cell phone footage showing Olsen standing up through the sunroof, his arms spread wide, as his Cadillac traveled down I-4.

"I thought it would be a nice way to praise God for a minute, and I thought it would be nice at the time and that's what I did," Olsen told a trooper, according to the report.

The report said an off-duty Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy spotted Olsen standing out of the car and said he was going over 100 mph at one point. The deputy filmed the incident and contacted FHP, and a trooper stopped Olsen's car, the report said.

Olsen, of Lakeland, told troopers that the car was on cruise control. "The car drives itself and has a gigantic computer in it," he said, according to the report.

The report said Olsen also asked if he could turn himself in.

"My wife treats me like a servant and she's the mistress and I'm tired of this s---," he said, according to the report. "Lock me up, I'd rather go to jail than go back home."

Olsen was taken into custody, and was given $1,000 bond on the reckless driving charge, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: Florida Highway Patrol
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<![CDATA[Drunk Florida Man Crashes Riding Lawnmower Into Police Cruiser: Cops]]>509593071Tue, 07 May 2019 13:42:45 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050719+Gary+Wayne+Anderson.jpg

A Florida man is facing DUI charges after authorities say he was "heavily intoxicated" when he crashed a riding lawnmower into a police cruiser.

Gary Wayne Anderson, 68, was arrested Saturday night following the crash in Haines City, near Tampa, according to WFLA.

Police said the officer was inside a store when he heard a loud noise come from where his cruiser was parked. When he walked outside, he spotted Anderson on a lawnmower with an attached trailer and his cruiser's rear bumper was damaged.

Anderson couldn't complete field sobriety tests and the officer wrote in an arrest report that his demeanor "ranged from laughing to aggressive." He also claimed he had been poisoned by police, officials said.

Officers took Anderson to a nearby hospital where he gave a breathalyzer sample, which determined his blood-alcohol level was .241, more than three times the legal limit in Florida, the report said.

Anderson also had cocaine in his system, but accused police of putting it in his system, the report said. During his arrest Anderson was "directing profane language and racial slurs at the officer," the report said.

Police said Anderson's driver's license has been suspended since March 1978, and he has two prior DUI convictions.

"I'm proud of the professional demeanor our officers showed when dealing with this heavily-intoxicated, belligerent offender," Haines City Police Chief Jim Elensky said in a statement. "It's never a good idea to get behind the wheel drunk, even if that wheel is to a Craftsman, Massey Ferguson or John Deere."

Anderson was being held on $3,000 bond Tuesday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Viral Photos Show Alligator Eating Snake in Central Florida]]>509592901Tue, 07 May 2019 16:40:28 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050719+gator+eats+snake+central+florida.PNG

A couple in Central Florida snapped quite the photo this weekend – as a giant alligator was enjoying their lunch of a snake inside of an animal reserve.

Linda Waring and her husband, Jesse, from Bird Walk Photography posted the photos to social media from Saturday inside the Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland – with the three photos showing the progression of lunch between the two animals in the water.

“The snake was giving it his all to escape from the jaws of the gator,” said Waring. “The gator would chomp down and close his mouth and each time it seemed like the end. Then when he opened his jaws, the snake was still trying to fight his way out!”

Waring said her husband and her both waited about 10 minutes for the battle to come to an end - estimating the gator was between eight and 12 feet long – but made sure to snap the magical photos of lunch taking place.

“I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen, but I didn’t want to miss anything,” Waring added. “I definitely got more than I expected!”



Photo Credit: Facebook / Bird Walk Photography]]>
<![CDATA[Fla. Woman Pulls Small Gator From Pants During Traffic Stop]]>509561811Tue, 07 May 2019 11:29:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gator+in+pants+050619.jpg

Call this a classic "only in Florida" moment.

Deputies in Charlotte County found dozens of reptiles in a man and woman's possession early Monday morning during a traffic stop in Punta Gorda, NBC affiliate WBBH-TV reports.

After being stopped for running through a stop sign, the couple told deputies they were coming from collecting frogs and snakes at an underpass nearby.

When deputies asked what kind of animals they collected, the woman opened her backpack at her feet, where there were over 40 small, three-striped turtles, according to WBBH.

When asked if she had anything else, the woman pulled a foot-long alligator from her yoga pants, Charlotte County Sheriff's officials said.

The two were cited for possessing the reptiles, according to the Florida Fish Wildlife and Conservation Commission. The animals were seized and then released.



Photo Credit: Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Florida Couple Caught Having Sex in Front of Police Station]]>509449441Fri, 03 May 2019 20:48:35 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Gary+M+Hill.jpg

A Florida man and woman were caught having drunken sex in front of a police station – a scene that one of the suspects described as a "Key West moment," police said.

Officers arrived Monday to find the couple half-dressed and "actively engaging in sexual intercourse" on the sidewalk in front of the Key West Police Station, an arrest report said.

The man, identified as 46-year-old Gary Hill, told officers, "It was a Key West moment," and that he was "horny" and the woman he was with "was giving it up to me right then and there," police wrote in the report. Officers also found a half-empty pint of vodka at the scene and smelled alcohol in Hill's breath.

Police said the woman, identified as Crystal E. Frances, was intoxicated, angry and was not going to comply with officers.

Hill was arrested and faces a charge of lewd and lascivious/indecent exposure and having sex in public. Attorney information was not available. Police said they will follow up with a warrant for Frances' arrest if she is released from the hospital, where she was being treated for intoxication and possibly ingesting narcotics.



Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Carjacking Suspect Arrested After Taking FHP Trooper's Car]]>509429381Fri, 03 May 2019 10:00:23 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081117+florida+highway+patrol+generic.jpg

The Florida Highway Patrol says a 22-year-old man stole a cruiser from a trooper who'd stopped to help him and led law enforcement officials on an 11-mile chase.

An incident report says the trooper spotted a "medically distressed" man on the side of Florida's Turnpike Thursday afternoon. Authorities say that when the trooper went to get water for him, Shane Jensen jumped into the patrol car and sped away.

As Jensen drove north, Osceola County sheriff's deputies deployed stop sticks. Jenson avoided them but eventually stopped and ran into the woods. He was arrested a short time later.

Authorities say Jensen carjacked a teenager in Clearwater on Wednesday. In addition to those charges, he's now facing charges of stealing a patrol car and reckless driving.

Records don't list a lawyer for Jenson.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Meth Smoking Florida Man Attacks Mattress in Jealous Rage]]>509125261Fri, 26 Apr 2019 17:54:33 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042619+Felipe+Oquendo.jpg

An apparently hallucinating Florida man used a bedpost to attack a mattress where he thought a man was hiding.

In a Facebook post , The Okaloosa County Sheriff's office quotes the girlfriend of 37-year-old Felipe Oquendo as saying that he began acting erratically early Friday. The girlfriend told deputies Oquendo thought she was cheating on him with a man he thought he saw in the mattress at their Fort Walton Beach home.

She said Oquendo hit the mattress with a bed post, ripped it apart and locked the bedroom door. She was able to escape and call police.

The sheriff's office says Oquendo later admitted to having smoked meth.

Jail records don't list a lawyer for him.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Road Crew Misspells 'School' in Doral School Crossing]]>508803521Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:47:59 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041919+doral+fixed+school+crossing.jpg

A road crew in South Florida should get an "F" for spelling.

A motorist on Thursday spotted the error, realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word "school" at a pedestrian crossing in the road. Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was spelled S-C-O-H-O-L.

The city tweeted that the private contractor has now corrected its work. It's not clear how long the mistake was there in plain sight.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Accused of Firing Urine-Filled Squirt Gun at Woman]]>508647661Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:50:33 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041619+Joel+William+Benjamin.jpg

Authorities in Florida say a 71-year-old man filled a squirt gun with urine and sprayed a woman who was walking her dog.

Gulfport police said in an arrest report that Joel William Benjamin approached the woman on Sunday and squirted her several times with urine.

The report says Benjamin told officers he would "do it again," but it was unclear what motivated the attack.

He faces a misdemeanor battery charge and left jail after posting a $500 bond. A lawyer for Benjamin wasn't listed on jail records.

Gulfport is near St. Petersburg on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Man Buys $8 Million Island Off Key West Then Steals From Kmart: Cops]]>508325891Tue, 09 Apr 2019 16:05:07 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040919+Andrew+Francis+Lippi.jpg

A man who had just bought an $8 million island off of Key West was arrested Saturday for participating in what police described as a scheme to steal $300 in household items from Kmart.

Officials at Kmart called Key West police April 5 after they say Andrew Francis Lippi, 59, had purchased several items, including a Keurig coffeemaker and light bulbs, and returned the original boxes for a refund. But police say the boxes were stuffed with other items. For example, store officials said a basketball was inside the Keurig box.

The store's loss prevention officer provided detectives with video of Lippi buying and returning all of the items between March 30 and April 5, according to an arrest report.

The Miami Herald reports Lippi bought Thompson Island, which had been the home to the family of philanthropist Edward B. Knight. Lippi also owns the "Real World" house in Key West, where MTV shot its 17th season in 2006.

Lippi told detectives he did not change out any of the items before returning them. According to the arrest report, Lippi also told detectives the clerk should have known there was no coffee maker inside the box because of its weight. He also told officers he returned the light bulbs because they cost too much and he did not realize they'd been switched.

Lippi was charged with grand theft and booked into jail. He was also issued a trespass warning to stay away from Kmart. Jail records show he was released Sunday.

Lippi told the Herald the theft allegation is "complicated" and he'd rather not talk about it.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[FL Man Freed From Jail Jailed for Burglarizing Cars at Jail]]>508213061Mon, 08 Apr 2019 10:42:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040619+Florida+Man+Arrest+Mugshot+Casey+Lewis+FL.jpg

A Florida man was re-arrested within minutes after he was released from jail for burglarizing cars in the jail's parking lot.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Casey Lewis bonded out of jail Thursday, only to be caught by deputies burglarizing several cars outside the jail.

"Jail is bad, but for some it's better than home," SLCSO wrote in a Facebook post. "After being released, deputies in the parking lot of the jail observed Lewis pulling car door handles and learned he had just burglarized several cars right there at the jail."

Lewis was booked inside the jail on burglary charges and then released a second time that day on bond.

Treasure Coast Newspapers reports Lewis originally was brought to the jail on a grand theft charge.

Online court records showed no attorney listed for Lewis.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Faked Robbery to Get Out of Work: Deputies]]>507727811Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:16:58 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032719+Brian+Anderson.jpg

Authorities say a Florida man didn't want to show up for his shift at a Hardee's restaurant, so he called 911 and reported he'd just been robbed.

WFTS-TV reports that 32-year-old Brian Anderson of Dundee told dispatchers Tuesday that two gun-carrying men took his necklace, money and his phone before jumping into a car and driving away.

Polk County sheriff's deputies went to the scene and quickly realized that a robbery never happened.

In a Facebook post, the agency said Anderson confessed, adding that "on the bright side, Brian didn't have to go to his 11 a.m. shift at the restaurant."

Anderson is charged with misusing the 911 system and knowingly giving false information to law enforcement.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[North Fla. Woman Caught on Camera Running Naked Across I-95]]>507717631Wed, 27 Mar 2019 08:35:10 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/209*120/032719+naked+woman+runs+across+i95+florida.PNG

A woman in North Florida has become the latest person to join the list of interesting stories from the Sunshine State after a driver captured video of her running naked across a busy highway, possibly in an effort to capture her runaway dog.

Cell phone video shot Friday in Flagler Beach, located between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, showed the woman dodging cars while running from the median of I-95 back toward her car parked on the shoulder.

“The peculiar thing was the lady was pretty calm about the whole thing when she was walking across the street, even though there were vehicles going by,” said Richard Griffin, who shot the video, in an interview with NBC affiliate WESH-TV.

In the same video, the naked woman is seen with a man – who is fully clothed and is holding a dog.

“People do love their animals, so I can understand that. I just don’t know if people unclothe themselves before attempting to save their animals,” Griffin said.

Griffin told the station both people were able to get back into their car safely and drive away.



Photo Credit: Richard Griffin / WESH-TV]]>
<![CDATA['Florida Man' Challenge: Stories of Guns, Drugs and Gators]]>507519541Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:30:14 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/New+New+FL+Man+032219.jpg

It turns out there's a "Florida Man" in all of us.

A new social media challenge is urging people to look up what version of "Florida Man" they are based on their birthdays.

"Florida Man" has become shorthand for a unique brand of idiocy mined from the Sunshine State's never-ending news stories about people doing stupid stuff, usually with guns, drugs, booze or reptiles.

The challenge asks people to run their birthday and "Florida Man" in a search engine to find out what "Florida Man" headline pops up. Then, like all good things, they must post the answer on social media.

The challenge has become a social media sensation, which isn't surprising since the idea of "Florida Man" crept into the nation's consciousness with the @_FloridaMan Twitter account.

Since the "Florida Man Challenge" first gained traction through a Twitter post, South Florida's NBC 6 has received significant traffic on numerous "Florida Man" stories.

Three stand out:

1. Florida Man Who Told Cop He 'May Have Some Needles Between His Cheeks' Arrested on Drug Charges
2. Florida Man Tossed Over Bridge During Fight
3. Florida Man Claims Trump Bumper Sticker Motivated Road Rage Attack

Florida's Sunshine Law, a law first enacted in 1995 that grants the public access to government records, helps keep "Florida Man" alive. Many counties in Florida give the public online access to jail records – many of which provide mugshots and charges issued by police.

News outlets then have the opportunity to request additional information from law enforcement agencies, including arrest reports with possibly eyebrow-raising details.

The same standards apply for "Florida Woman" as similar stories make national headlines, such as the arrest of a Florida woman after she ran naked through a public park thinking she had a giant spider on her because she was high on drugs, according to authorities.

Another factor helping Florida unearth these tales is the fact that it's the United States' third-largest state with more than 20 million residents.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Couple Arrested After Luggage Fight at Fort Lauderdale Airport]]>506394531Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:39:53 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022619+Ida+Shafir+Nick+Bogomolsky.jpg

Authorities say two deputies were injured and two people were arrested following a fight over luggage at a South Florida airport.

The man and woman, identified as 67-year-old Ida Shafir and 61-year-old Nick Bogomolsky, were taken into custody Tuesday morning at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to arrest reports.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a disturbance on a Delta Airlines flight, where a couple was arguing about their luggage with staff.

The arrest reports said the couple became upset when they were told they would have to check their carry-on bags for the full flight.

Officials say the couple began a physical fight with the deputies and were arrested.

Both deputies were taken to a nearby hospital with unspecified injuries.

The arrest reports list a Brooklyn address for Shafir and Bogomolsky, and the flight they were on was heading to New York's JFK Airport.

Officials say the man and woman face multiple charges, including battery on a law enforcement officer. Attorney information wasn't available.

A Delta spokesperson said the airline is working with law enforcement in the investigation.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Eagle, Osprey and a Fish Cause Odd Fla. Baseball Game Delay]]>506324121Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:09:01 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/02+25+19+eagle+thumbnail.PNG

A fight between an osprey and an eagle over a fish disrupted a battle between a dolphin and a gamecock – no, it wasn’t something out of Animal Kingdom but instead a wild scene during a college baseball game in Florida.

Saturday’s game between the Jacksonville University Dolphins and the Jacksonville State (AL) Gamecocks was delayed in the eighth inning when a fish dropped from the sky behind the second baseman for the Dolphins, Scott Dubrule.

Overhead, spectators soon realized that the drop was the result of an osprey which had been holding its likely dinner before being chased by an eagle and forced to choose life over food.

A member of Jacksonville University’s baseball team, outfielder Connor Stephens, ran from the dugout and was able to retrieve the fish while receiving a loud ovation. Play resumed with the Dolphins eventually winning the game 5-2.



Photo Credit: Facebook / Jacksonville University Baseball]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Cop Played Barry White, Let Couple Make Out in Patrol Car]]>506306181Mon, 25 Feb 2019 15:07:18 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/policecarGettyImages-913950850.jpg

A Florida police officer has been suspended for allegedly playing Barry White while letting an arrested couple smoke and make-out in the back of his patrol car.

According to an internal affairs report released Friday, Fort Pierce Police Officer Doug McNeal placed the couple in the back of his patrol car after they'd been charged with shoplifting in July. Authorities said 23-year-old Zachery Moellendick and 24-year-old Krista Leigh were not placed in seatbelts and that Moellendick was not in handcuffs and had a lighter and a cigarette.

The alleged incident was captured on video.

Florida Today reports the video shows the couple making out. Authorities say the officer played "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" and agreed to let them smoke.

The agency says McNeal has been suspended for 20 days without pay. It's unclear if he had an attorney to comment on the charges.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Stolen Rare Coins in Change Machines Lead to Arrest: Police]]>506224211Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:25:07 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022219+shane+mele+mugshot.jpg

Authorities say a Florida man stole collectible coins worth tens of thousands of dollars, then ran them through grocery store change machines that returned just a fraction of their value.

The Palm Beach Post reports 40-year-old Shane Anthony Mele of Riviera Beach told investigators he stole the commemorative presidential dollar coins and other items from a North Palm Beach office in December.

The coins were worth $33,000. A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report says Mele sold some coins for a few thousand dollars, and he ran many through change machines that only produced their face value.

Mele was charged Feb. 1 with grand theft along with unrelated drug charges. He was released Feb. 4 after posting bond. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Official Resigns After Being Fined for Face Licking]]>505561491Fri, 08 Feb 2019 17:36:46 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/020819+Nancy+Oakley.jpg

A city commissioner in Florida has resigned after the state ethics commission fined her over accusations she sexually harassed a former city official by licking his face and groping him.

Madeira Beach City Commissioner Nancy Oakley handed in her resignation Tuesday.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that in her resignation letter Oakley says she's innocent and plans to appeal the ethics violation ruling.

The Florida Commission on Ethics last month fined Oakley $5,000 and called on the governor to issue a public reprimand.

A former city official filed the ethics complaint against Oakley two years ago, saying she'd sexually harassed him by licking his face and groping him at a public event.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Behind Famous 'Wide Neck' Mugshot Back in Jail]]>505132421Thu, 31 Jan 2019 11:12:17 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/013119+charles+mcdowell+third+mugshot.jpg

The Florida man who nearly broke the internet when his mugshot went viral due to the size of his neck is behind bars for the third time in just over six months.

Deputies in Escambia County arrested 31-year-old Charles McDowell on Tuesday after the state of Florida filed a motion to have his bond revoke on charges from a July 2018 arrest where he allegedly was carrying cocaine, meth and other drugs.

McDowell will now stay behind bars until his next court date, which is scheduled for February 21st according to the Pensacola News Journal.

After skyrocketing to internet fame following his initial mugshot, McDowell got a chance to take a second one when he was arrested last November in Lee County, Alabama on charges that included eluding officers, reckless driving and possession of marijuana.

Since his initial arrest, McDowell has capitalized on his "wide neck" image, launching an Instagram account with the handle @damnwideneck, which has garnered more than 1.3 million followers. He sells novelty items through his social media account, including t-shirts emblazoned with the words "Free Wide Neck" and "All Necks Matter." According to the Journal, McDowell is reportedly training to compete in a boxing or mixed martial arts event in Pensacola. 



Photo Credit: Escambia County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Fla. Man Who Thought He Was Stealing Opioids Took Laxatives]]>504987571Tue, 29 Jan 2019 16:39:01 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/1+28+19+laxative+florida+man.png

A Florida man who allegedly stole drugs from a Pinellas County home thought he was pocketing powerful opioids – but what he actually stole left him flushed.

According to an arrest affidavit, Peter Hans Emery mistakenly swiped “gentle laxatives” from a residence on Lake Allen Drive in Pinellas Park. Emery said he believed the pills were hydrocodone, a powerful narcotic, but threw them away when he realized they were “something else.”

The bottle, which was labeled hydrocodone acetaminophen, actually contained Equate laxatives meant for “gentle, dependable overnight relief," according to the affidavit. Police said Emery was caught on video breaking into a “lock box” at the victim’s home and was seen pouring the alleged "opioids" into his hands. He then left the residence with the medication. 

Emery, who has an extensive rap sheet, later admitted to police that he did not have permission to take the pills. He retrieved two of the tablets from his trash to show officers. The 56-year-old faces several probation violation charges and has two prior convictions of theft.

Emery was arrested on January 24 and was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. 



Photo Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Threatened to Kill With 'Kindness,' His Machete: Report]]>504334191Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:48:33 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011419+Bryan+Stewart.jpg

A Florida man overheard threatening to kill someone "with kindness" was arrested after he allegedly cut a man with a machete with the word "kindness" on it, authorities said.

Bryan Duane Stewart, 30 was arrested Thursday on charges including aggravated assault with a weapon and aggravated battery, according to Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office jail records.

The Pensacola News Journal reported that Stewart used the "machete-style knife" on his neighbor, after the neighbor came to his home over concern about the number of people in Stewart's house.

According to an arrest report, Stewart was heard telling someone in the house that he was going to "kill 'em with kindness." Stewart raised the knife but was blocked by another neighbor, who suffered a half-inch cut on his hand, the report said.

Stewart was arrested and booked into jail, where he remained held on $10,000 bond Monday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Burglar Ate Officer's Dinner, Left ID in Police Substation]]>504125271Wed, 09 Jan 2019 18:40:24 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/boynton+beach+burglar+010919.jpg

To identify the burglary suspect who broke into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer's chicken dinner, detectives didn't need to lift fingerprints or get DNA from the discarded meal.

The ID cards authorities say the suspect left behind did the trick.

Boynton Beach police said Wednesday that officers arriving for a morning shift at a department substation last week found a broken window and the remains of a hastily eaten chicken dinner scattered in the kitchen.

Finding a suspect wasn't hard. They say 29-year-old Yvelande Jean-Pierre left behind her wallet, which contained her two identification cards.

Police say security video shows she spent about 45 minutes in the substation before leaving.

Jean-Pierre is charged with burglary. Court records do not show if she has an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Mugger Attacks Senior Who Was a Kickboxing Champ, Loses TKO]]>503906191Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:04:28 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/010419+Steve+Shepherd.jpg

A Florida mugger picked the wrong senior citizen to attack.

The Palm Beach Post reports 68-year-old Steve Shepherd was limping to his car last week, a pulled muscle impairing his stride, when a mugger hit him in the head with a bottle and demanded his cellphone.

Bad choice.

Shepherd is a five-time world kickboxing champ. Though retired 18 years, he's been training to become the oldest professional fighter. He has a March bout scheduled.

Shepherd threw a right cross to the attacker's head, and then smashed a hook to his ribs, crumpling him. Bystanders interceded and the man escaped. Shepherd suffered a ruptured eardrum, a cut and bruise.

The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office says security video shows the attacker is about 20 and had prowled the area for hours, seeking a victim.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Drives Ferrari Off Dock, Into Water On Purpose]]>503863171Thu, 03 Jan 2019 19:04:12 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/010319+ferrari+in+water+code+3+divers.jpg

Authorities say a Florida man drove his Ferrari off a dock and let it sink into the water on purpose.

Palm Beach police say it's unclear why 48-year-old James Mucciaccio Jr. drove his luxury car into the water the day after Christmas.

Police say he drove off the road, went through an open gate and parked his car on the dock. He tried to reverse the Ferrari before driving it off the dock where the car sank about 30 feet to the bottom.

Authorities fished it out of the water. The Sun Sentinel reports Mucciaccio was not injured.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida McDonald's Worker Fights Back in Dispute Over Straw]]>503825601Thu, 03 Jan 2019 13:58:36 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/mcdonalds+straw+fight+010219.PNG

A man is under arrest after authorities say he grabbed the shirt of a Florida McDonald's employee and tried to pull her over a counter during an argument over a straw.

The employee responded by punching the customer several times in the face at the St. Petersburg restaurant on Monday.

Brenda Biandudi, who witnessed the fight and whose son posted the video on Facebook, told WFLA Daniel Taylor started yelling because there were no straws at the drink station. (Caution: The video posted on Facebook contains profanity).

A new ordinance passed by the St. Petersburg City Council last month says restaurants in the city can only give out plastic straws to those who request them. A full ban on plastic straws will take effect in 2020.

"The young lady behind the counter told him, it's the law now, we're not allowed to have straws in the lobby but you can request one," Biandudi said.

In a separate interview with The Washington Post, Biandudi said that the man didn't believe that there was such a law and the argument escalated. 

St. Petersburg police say the video shows Taylor grabbing Yasmine James' shirt. James responded by hitting him several times.

"She starts defending herself," Biandudi said. "She started hitting him and the other employees came from behind."

Police say Taylor is charged with two counts of simple battery for grabbing James and for kicking another worker in the stomach as he was being escorted out.

Taylor is being represented by the public defender's office, which didn't respond to a request for comment.

James is still employed at McDonald's but cannot comment due to the company's policy, according to WFLA.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: TJ Biandudi]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Keys Fisherman Reels in Bale of Suspected Cocaine]]>503715771Mon, 31 Dec 2018 12:14:44 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cocaine-generic-ap.jpg

A Florida Keys fisherman reeled in an unusual catch: 40 to 60 pounds of white powder that authorities suspect is cocaine.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said a plastic-wrapped bale washed up Saturday morning under a dock in Islamorada.

In an email Sunday, Linhardt said the fisherman spotted the bale and pulled it out of the water.

The plastic wrapping was ripped, and when the fisherman cut into one corner, he found white powder inside.

The fisherman called the Coast Guard. Linhardt said the bale containing 25 smaller packages of powder was turned over to federal authorities.

The source of the powder was being investigated.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Fla. Man Tried to Pay for McDonald's With Marijuana: Police]]>503016291Tue, 18 Dec 2018 13:00:47 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121818+andrew+gallagher+mugshot+mcdonalds+for+weed.jpg

Police in Florida say a 23-year-old man went through a McDonald's drive-thru and tried to pay for his order with a bag of marijuana.

News outlets report Port St. Lucie police say the fast food worker denied the trade and Anthony Andrew Gallagher drove off, only to return again a short time later. Police arrested him Sunday on charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence.

Police were alerted to Gallagher's offer early Sunday morning and got a description of him from the worker. They say a suspect matching his description went through the drive-thru a little while later and police approached him.

It's unclear if Gallagher attempted to pay for his order with drugs the second time. It's also unclear if he has a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Getty Images / Port St. Lucie Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Leaping Lemur Surprises Florida Trooper During DUI Arrest]]>502191661Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:23:20 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120718+florida+highway+patrol+lemur.jpg

A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars.

Dashcam video shows the lemur peeking out of the trailer before hopping to the ground and leaping around the trooper who was talking to the driver along Interstate 4 in Sanford on Saturday night.

The video shows the trooper doing a double-take as the lemur runs around and stands on its hind legs.

Twenty-seven-year-old driver Shane Taylor warned troopers that the lemur named Miko "bites." Taylor was arrested on several charges including DUI.

State wildlife officers took custody of the lemur and other exotic animals including a tortoise, a goat, a parrot and a wallaby.

Jail records don't list a lawyer for Taylor.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Florida Highway Patrol]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Stole Shoes From Store After Job Interview: Cops]]>502158671Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:49:45 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Dominick+Breedlove.jpg

A Florida man was arrested after he allegedly stole two pairs of sneakers from a department store – minutes after interviewing for a job there.

Deputies in Hernando County arrested Dominick Breedlove and charged him with retail theft after the incident Wednesday afternoon at a Kohl’s store in Spring Hill, located north of Tampa.

According to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV, 24-year-old Breedlove went into the store shortly after the interview and started looking at a Nike display for women's shoes that did not have security tags. Breedlove left the store and later returned with a bag from a previous trip.

A lost prevention officer called the Hernando County Sheriff's Office after seeing Breedlove put the sneakers, worth a combined $150, inside the bag and leaving the store. Officers arrested Breedlove on the way to his car, where he told deputies that he had planned to gift the shoes to his mother.

Breedlove was booked into jail with a $500 bond. Needless to say, he did not get the job, the sheriff's office said.



Photo Credit: Hernando County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[FL Man Admits to Having Sex Multiple Times With Mini Horse]]>500908992Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:30:24 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112018+Nicholas+Sardo+mugshot.jpg

A Florida man is behind bars after admitting to police that he had sex with a miniature horse several times in the course of a week.

NBC affiliate WESH-TV reported that 21-year-old Nicholas Sardo told Marion County Sheriff’s deputies he had sex with the horse named Jackie G. after witnesses say they saw the events last month outside of Ocala and called police.

Sardo, who was charged with four counts of sexual contact with an animal, is being held at the Marion County Jail.

He told investigators that he wore a condom during each of the four encounters because he “didn’t want to get a disease from the horse” according to officials.



Photo Credit: Marion County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[FL Woman Charged With Stealing Live Lobster From Restaurant]]>500573221Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:27:33 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-148999250.jpg

Authorities say an intoxicated Florida woman yelled at a restaurant manager and stole a live lobster.

News outlets report 42-year-old Kimberly Gabel was arrested Saturday and charged with disorderly intoxication and petit theft following a disturbance at a St. Petersburg Red Lobster.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says a manager had asked Gabel to leave because she was bothering other customers. The manager told deputies Gabel shouted obscenities as she headed for the door. But before leaving, authorities say Gabel grabbed a live lobster from a large tank near the entrance.

Deputies reported finding Gabel a short distance from the restaurant, but she no longer had the lobster.

Jail records didn't list an attorney for Gabel.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Climbed Into Deep Well to 'Say He Did It': Chief]]>499149261Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:22:12 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/103118+florida+man+in+well+volusia+county.jpg

Authorities say they've rescued a Florida man who got stuck after climbing into a 30-feet deep well just "to say he did it."

Volusia County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Scott Smoak tells news outlets the man was stuck for about an hour early Wednesday before being pulled to safety.

Smoak said the man didn't have the strength to pull himself out of the narrow well but he was awake and talking to rescuers the entire time. He says the man suffered a few bumps and bruises.

The well is located in DeLand, which is near Daytona Beach on Florida's Atlantic Coast.

He says the well is one of many in the area, and it needs a barrier around it to "keep people from going down in these things."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: WESH]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Store Owner: Don't Warm Urine in My Microwave]]>495276281Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:01:15 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6042806761.jpg

A Florida gas station owner has placed a sign in his store asking customers not to warm urine in the microwave.

Parul Patel says he's become "sick and tired" of people walking into his BP gas station and On the Fly convenience store in Jacksonville to warm their containers of urine. The store is within walking distance of two labs that offer drug testing services and collect urine samples.

Patel tells First Coast News the people who used his microwave to warm urine "walk in off the street, microwave their urine containers then leave."

He says a woman became aggressive a few months ago when he asked her not to warm urine. She asked to see a sign that says it's not for that purpose. So he made one.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Inmate Tried to Cash Fake Check With County Name Misspelled]]>494351671Wed, 26 Sep 2018 06:53:26 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092618+Ryan+Athey+mugshot.jpg

A Florida inmate is accused of cashing a fake county department of corrections check for $350 that misspelled the county's name.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 34-year-old Ryan Athey was charged Thursday with passing a counterfeit bank bill and grand theft. A Volusia County Sheriff's Office report says Athey submitted a check from the "County of Voulisa" this month and spent the cash at the jail commissary.

It says Athey was serving time at the county jail on charges including driving with a suspended license. Deputies say the check matches others used at a convenience store, and they have a suspect they believe is distributing them.

Deputies say Athey has admitted to knowing the check was a fake. Athey is in jail custody. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Volusia County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[FL Inmate Escapes Work Crew, Orders Sweet Tea Before Capture]]>494251171Tue, 25 Sep 2018 09:33:39 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-147309251.jpg

For a Florida prison inmate, the taste of freedom was short-lived but included sweet tea.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Taylor Fender walked away from a work crew Monday.

The inmate purchased clothes at a store where a customer thought Fender looked suspicious and called 911.

Fender headed into a restaurant just as a deputy was pulling into a parking spot.

Authorities say a bulletin was issued with Fender's description.

The deputy arrested Fender in the restaurant but not before the inmate ordered and paid for sweet tea.

Fender was returned to prison where he is serving a five-year term for grand theft of a motor vehicle. The sweet tea was left unfinished.

The sheriff's office tweeted, "For some Southerners, that could be considered the bigger crime."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto | Putnam County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Plants, But No Pants: Florida Man Gardens in the Nude]]>493848181Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:15:23 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092018+nude+naked+gardening+stuart+martin+county.jpg

Being in touch with nature is one thing. But gardening au naturel is quite another for some neighbors of a Florida man who's been doing yard work in the nude.

The miffed residents tell news outlets they've called the Martin County Sheriff's Office, but the man continues to do yard work naked.

Sheriff William Snyder tells WFTV he believes the man's refusal to wear clothes has breached two statutes: lewd and lascivious behavior and breach of peace. He says authorities will begin taking statements from neighbors.

Neighbor Melissa Ny tells WPBF the man was bent over winding up a garden hose on Sunday evening when she put the trash out.

Neighbor Aimee Canterbury says she's just taught her six kids to look the other way if the neighbor is naked.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Martin County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Man Bit by 10-Foot Alligator at Clearwater Park]]>492911861Mon, 10 Sep 2018 21:48:54 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/clearwater-gator.PNG

Fire officials in Clearwater hauled and secured a 10-foot alligator from a lake after it bit a man while he was playing disc golf at a park.

A 35-year-old man was hospitalized and sustained non-life threatening injuries after he tried to retrieve a disc from a pond Monday at Cliff Stephens Park, according to Clearwater Fire and Rescue.

Trappers and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hauled the gator from the lake and loaded it into a trailer.



Photo Credit: Clearwater Fire & Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Can You Get Arrested for Giving a Wet Willy? This Man Did]]>492182691Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:19:06 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083118+Joseph+Sireci.jpg

Authorities say a Florida man has been arrested for being belligerent and giving his girlfriend a wet willy.

A St. Lucie County sheriff's deputy went to the home after Joseph Sireci's girlfriend told authorities he was drunk on the living room floor when she got home from work earlier this month.

According to an affidavit, she said Sireci accompanied her and her daughter to another home where Sireci continued to be belligerent and on the way home, grabbed her hand, pulled her arm and gave her a wet willy by sticking his wet finger in her ear.

The daughter confirmed her mother's account. Their names were not released.

Treasure Coast Newspapers reports Sireci was charged with battery. He declined to give a written statement, but said he wasn't drunk.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA['A Big Fella': Giant Lizard Lurks in Davie Family's Backyard]]>491920141Tue, 28 Aug 2018 18:33:57 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/davie-lizard-082818.jpg

A Davie family has been desperately trying to trap a giant lizard that's been terrorizing their backyard.

Maria and Zach Lieberman captured the brazen lizard on cellphone video slithering up to the sliding glass door of their back porch.

"I was like, 'Oh boy. That's a big fella,'" Zach Lieberman said.

Experts believe the creature may be an Asian or Nile water monitor, which is an invasive species to Florida.

"It's an invasive species, and it shouldn't be here," said Mike Kimmel of the Martin County Trap and Wildlife Rescue. "It's dangerous to our native wildlife and it's dangerous to our ecosystem."

Zach Lieberman first spotted the reptile a few days ago in the lush preserve behind their home, but they're worried their small children could be at risk.

While experts say the monitors go after small prey, humans can get a nasty bite or scratch if they get too close.

The Lieberman family also contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for help the trap the lizard.

"Everybody is trying to get it and get it alive," Zach Lieberman said.



Photo Credit: Courtesy Lieberman Family]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Crocodile Spotted Lounging...On A Pool Noodle? ]]>491284331Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:30:54 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082018croconnoodle.png

One Florida crocodile used its noodle while lounging in a Key Largo canal on August 6.

Instead of thrashing about the water to stay afloat, the reptile found a yellow pool noodle to relax on.

Victor Perez caught the only-in-Florida moment on camera, posting the photo on his Instagram page.

“Crock on a float,” he wrote in the caption.

The National Weather Service in Key West commended the croc’s adherence to safety.

“Yes. Yes, that is a crocodile on a noodle,” the organization tweeted. “Even they know to #PlayItSafe when heading into the water!”

Perez said he spotted the crocodile in mile marker 105.5.

We probably won’t see another sight like this for a while…crocodile.




Photo Credit: Courtesy Victor Perez/Instagram
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<![CDATA[Hialeah Woman With 'Karma's a B--ch' Tattoo Arrested]]>491049971Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:11:57 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081618+Barbra+Vandenedes.jpg

A South Florida woman sporting a "Karma's a B--ch" tattoo on her chest learned the meaning of the saying the hard way after she was arrested for grand theft.

Barbra Maleika Vandenedes, 37, was arrested Wednesday along with 28-year-old Justo Rodriguez after the pair stole a $1,500 ball machine from Rey's Pizza in Hialeah, according to an arrest report.

The report said Vandenedes had ordered some food from Rey's back on July 25 but said it wasn't cooked properly. She returned to complain and asked the cashier to make her a fresh order.

Vandenedes told police when she returned to her car the ball machine, which dispenses plastic balls with toys inside, was already in the car and she didn't know where Rodriguez had gotten it, the report said.

But surveillance footage from the pizza shop showed Vandenedes caused a distraction and signaled to Rodriguez that he was clear to take the machine, the report said.

Vandenedes appeared in court Thursday where she was ordered held on $5,000 bond. Rodriguez was being held on $6,000 bond, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[FL Suspect Corralled by Cows While Running From Cops]]>490334851Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:41:47 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FL_Suspect_Corralled_by_Cows_While_Running_From_Cops.jpg

The person in Sanford was caught in a field where the herd of animals were 'moo'-ved to help out the officers.]]>
<![CDATA[Fla. Woman on Drugs Ran Naked in Park to Escape Spider: Cops]]>490265571Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:42:56 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/080718+Danielle+Teeples.jpg

A Florida woman who was high on drugs and thought she had a giant spider on her was arrested after she ran completely naked through a public park, authorities said.

Danielle Teeples, 40, was arrested Sunday on a charge of exposure of sexual organs after the incident at Bartlett Park in St. Petersburg, according to an arrest report.

The report said officers and a witness saw Teeples completely nude in the park while numerous people were around. She was acting erratically, rubbing herself and running between two trees, the report said.

Traffic was "heavy and numerous vehicles were slowing and honking at the defendant as they saw her behavior," the report said.

Teeples admitted to officers that she had used crack cocaine, spice and crystal meth recently, according to the report. She said she believed a giant spider was on her so she took her clothes off to get away from it, the report said.

Police booked Teeples into jail. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Makes Beer Run With Gator in Hand]]>489422581Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:43:12 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/beer47.JPG

A man made a beer run into a Florida convenience store carrying a live alligator with its mouth taped shut.

Video posted by television station WTLV shows the unidentified man walking into the Jacksonville store holding the gator with his right hand.

He walks with the gator toward the counter, asking, "Ya'll aint out of beer are you?"

He then sees someone in the back of the store and says, "Is he taking the last bit of beer? You aren't taking the last bit of beer are you?"

The man with the gator jokingly runs at the other man as people in the store laugh.

He then grabs a 12-pack of beer.

The television station says Florida wildlife investigators are looking into the incident.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area, File]]>
<![CDATA[Man Charged With Attacking Minion on Florida Boardwalk]]>487927531Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:27:43 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071118+minion+ryan+nihart.jpg

A man has been charged with attacking a person dressed as a minion cartoon character along a popular Florida boardwalk.

Police say Jamie Roehm was costumed as a yellow, cylindrical minion and working outside Jungle George's on Daytona Beach's boardwalk Sunday evening when a man started messing with him. According to the police report, Roehm says the man slammed him onto the pavement and kicked him when he tried to get back up.

Police said witnesses cheered 25-year-old Ryan Nihart on during the alleged attack. The store owner and others helped detain Nihart until police arrived. He was charged with battery and criminal mischief.

The Palm Beach Post reports Roehm declined medical treatment, saying he was mostly bruised. The store owner told police the $300 minion suit was destroyed.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Getty Images, Volusia County Sheriff]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Wasn't Drinking While Driving, Only During Stops]]>487901441Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:35:12 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071118+Earle+Stevens+Jr.jpg

A Florida man who insisted he wasn't drinking while driving and was only having his bourbon at traffic signals and stop signs was arrested on a DUI charge.

Earle Stevens Jr., 69, smelled of booze and had an open bottle of liquor in the passenger seat of his car when he was arrested back on June 27 in Vero Beach, according to an arrest report obtained by TC Palm.

Indian River County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a McDonald's after a woman said a car behind her kept hitting her bumper, and pointed to the car driven by Stevens, the report said.

Stevens said he felt "pretty good" and was drinking Jim Beam from the bottle but only when his car was stopped, the report said.

"He further explained that he was not drinking while the car was moving and only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals," the arrest report said.

After he was taken to jail, Stevens’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.153 and 0.147, over Florida's .08 limit, the report said. He was charged with DUI and driving without a license.



Photo Credit: Indian River County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Iguanas Caught on Camera Fighting Outside SoFlo Coffee Shop]]>486456181Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:54:34 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062518+iguanas+fighting+florida+parking+lot.PNG

A fight that broke out near a South Florida coffee shop this weekend was caught on camera, but the combatants weren’t humans – they were two iguanas.

Shannon Moskoff shot the video of the two reptiles battling it out in the parking lot of a Starbucks in Boca Raton, according to the Palm Beach Post, later posting it to her Facebook account.

The video had been viewed over 4,000 times on social media and 3,000 more on YouTube. It is unclear what the fight was over or which iguana won the battle.



Photo Credit: Facebook / Shannon Moskoff]]>
<![CDATA[Police: Alligator Dumped Inside Florida Wawa Store]]>485915661Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:17:39 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/TLMD-wawa-generica-shutterstock_538639009.jpg

Florida authorities are searching for two suspects after an injured alligator was dumped in a Wawa store.

The Bradenton Herald quotes Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow as saying the department was alerted to the alligator around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Bristow says the department was told two people had dropped off a three-foot alligator at the Lakewood Ranch convenience store.

Deputies alerted the Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sent a trapper who removed the gator.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Charged After Asking Deputies to Test 'Bad' Meth]]>485564421Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:58:18 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061418+Douglas+Peter+Kelly.jpg

Authorities say a Florida man was arrested after complaining to deputies that he might have been sold the wrong drug.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that 49-year-old Douglas Peter Kelly was charged Tuesday with possession of methamphetamine.

Deputies say Kelly called the sheriff's office earlier Tuesday and explained that he had bought some meth about a week earlier. He said he had a bad reaction after smoking the drug and asked if deputies could test the narcotic's quality.

At a detective's invitation, Kelly drove to the sheriff's office and handed over a clear, crystal-like substance wrapped in aluminum foil. Authorities say it field-tested positive for methamphetamine, and Kelly was arrested.

Kelly was being held on $5,000 bail. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Putnam County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Alligator on Runway Delays Plane at Orlando Airport]]>485178471Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:53:31 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061118+alligator+on+runway+orlando+international+airport.jpg

A plane had to spend some extra time taxiing at Orlando International Airport after an alligator was spotted walking across the runway Monday.

Passenger Anthoni Velardi said his Spirit Airlines flight had just landed when the gator was seen on the runway.

Velardi told WESH that the pilot announced over the speaker “Believe it or not there is a gator on the runway and we are waiting for it to cross.”

The gator walked to a pond near the runway and the plane was only delayed a few moments.



Photo Credit: Anthony Velardi]]>
<![CDATA[Quite a Fight: Feisty Gator Head-Butts Central Fla. Trapper]]>484819371Thu, 07 Jun 2018 06:57:45 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/208*120/060708+florida+gator+knocks+out+trapper.PNG

An alligator roaming through a central Florida neighborhood head-butted a trapper, knocking him out cold in a last-ditch effort to escape.

The incident, which was caught on video and released Tuesday by WKMG-TV, caused quite a disturbance along a residential street in Ocoee, which is near Orlando.

Video shows a Florida Fish and Wildlife trapper putting the 8-foot gator in the back of a truck. The feisty, tied-up alligator lashed out and head-butted the trapper. The trapper fell to the ground as police and another trapper worked to get the gator back inside the truck. The video was first posted to YouTube on May 25.

Neighbors say the alligator was walking through front yards before trappers arrived.

The trapper regained consciousness, but there was no word on his condition.

The alligator was eventually taken away.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[A Publix Inspired Musical? Florida School Creates Show]]>481759011Fri, 04 May 2018 14:47:30 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050418+publix+inspired+show.PNG

A high school in Central Florida combined their love for musical theatre with love for a Sunshine State icon – Publix Supermarkets – for a recent show.

Students at the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland performed “When You Dream”, a 30-minute show written by the school’s principal, Dr. Daryl Ward, and performed for the first time in January and again in April.

Ward told NBC6.com that he was approached by the city’s Chamber of Commerce about making a tribute to honor the company’s founder, George Jenkins – and decided that just creating one song would not do.

Ward says the entire show took six months to finish, with another teacher creating the musical score – saying students appreciated doing an original production.

While the production is not exclusively about Publix – something Ward said was the hardest part in making sure to avoid the show being an impromptu infomercial – the supermarket giant does play a prevalent role in telling the story of Jenkins, who opened the first store in 1930, while celebrating his philanthropic efforts for the area.

Props including shopping carts, aprons and other items are used by the school, which is located several miles from the company’s corporate headquarters. Publix currently has almost 1,200 stores across seven states in the southeast.

Ward said there are no definitive plans to do the show again at the school or on the road, although he has been approached about that.

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<![CDATA[Image of Bird Flying With Shark in Talons Captured in Fla.]]>480472361Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:17:07 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042118+pinellas+county+bird+with+shark+with+fish+pic+3.jpg]]><![CDATA[Cocaine in Purse? Florida Woman Blames It on Windy Day: Cops]]>479159033Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:37:15 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040918+Kennecia+Posey.jpg

Authorities say a Florida woman is blaming a windy day for the cocaine that police found in her purse.

According to local reports, 26-year-old Kennecia Posey was one of two passengers in a car stopped by Fort Pierce police in late March. Police say an officer smelled marijuana and that, after searching the car, cocaine and marijuana in separate bags were found inside a purse Posey had on her lap.

Authorities say they questioned Posey about the drugs. According to the police report, Posey responded: "It's a windy day. It must have flown through the window and into my purse."

Posey was charged with a felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. She was later released on bond.

It wasn't immediately known if she has a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Fort Pierce Police]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Mom Doesn't Put Car in Park, Car Rolls Into Pool]]>478176283Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:19:44 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032818+okaloosa+county+car+in+pool.jpg

Whoops. A Florida woman's husband and daughter ended up in a pool along with her car when she mistakenly thought she put the vehicle in park but it rolled into the water.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office posted photos of the car submerged in the pool Tuesday after deputies responded just after 2 p.m.


Officials said the mom ran back into her apartment to grab money and thought she'd put the car in park but it didn't go all the way into park.

Her husband and daughter were in the car when it went into the pool but were able to make it out safely.



Photo Credit: Okaloosa County Sheriff
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<![CDATA[Truck Spills Load of Busch Beer on Florida Highway]]>476126323Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:12:33 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030718+busch+beer+florida+highway+okaloosa+county+sheriff.jpg

A tractor-trailer carrying a full load of Busch beer spilled its cargo all over a Florida highway during a wreck.

The truck was involved in the crash on Interstate 10 in Okaloosa County in Florida's Panhandle.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office posted photos on Facebook of the spilled suds and the overturned truck.

In a news release, the Florida Highway Patrol said 44-year-old Michael Nolan Powell of Simpsonville, South Carolina, failed to maintain his lane, resulting in the truck running onto the shoulder of the road before overturning. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene and is charged with careless driving.

"Thankfully only minor injuries which were treated on scene but the beer didn't fare so well," the sheriff's office post read.

Troopers said about 60,000 pounds of beer was tossed from the trailer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Loaded Grenade Launcher Left at Florida Goodwill Store]]>472002473Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:31:01 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-556631899.jpg

Authorities say a grenade launcher, loaded with a live grenade, was left with other donated items at a Florida Goodwill store.

Employees at a Goodwill store near Tampa discovered the weapon on Sunday, the Bradenton Herald reported.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the store manager told deputies that the grenade launcher had come in a shipment from another store several days earlier. Employees from the store where the launcher was originally donated said they sent it to another location, because they didn't know what it was.

Deputies say they disposed of the active grenade in a Hazmat locker, and the launcher was stored in the agency's property room.

It's not clear who donated the items.

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<![CDATA[Fla. DUI Suspect Mistook Bank Drive-Thru for Taco Bell: Cops]]>470099643Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:23:32 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011918+Douglas+Francisco+mugshot.jpg

Authorities say a Florida man was charged with driving under the influence after mistaking a bank drive-thru for a Taco Bell.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that 38-year-old Douglas Jon Francisco was arrested Wednesday evening outside the Bank of America branch in Spring Hill.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office says employees spotted Francisco passed out in the bank's drive-up lane. After the workers banged on his car for some time, deputies say Francisco finally woke up and tried to order a burrito. When the branch manager told him it wasn't a Taco Bell, he reportedly drove to the front parking lot.

Deputies say they found Francisco in the driver's seat with his car running. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.

Francisco was freed Thursday on $500 bail. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Accused of Urinating on Floor Kicked Off Flight]]>468315713Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:09:12 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/010818+Dante+Bencivenga.jpg

Frequent flyer tip: if you're going to use the airplane bathroom, take good aim. Otherwise, you might be grounded.

Flight attendants say Dante Bencivenga left a mess and urine all over the floor of the bathroom on a Spirit Airlines flight before takeoff Thursday night.

According to NBC affiliate WBBH-TV, the 58-year-old was escorted off the Michigan-bound plane and charged with trespassing and disorderly intoxication. He also was banned from Southwest Florida International Airport for one year.

Bencivenga said he wasn't intoxicated and wanted to file a complaint with Spirit for accusing him of being drunk. He demanded to take a breathalyzer test to prove his sobriety, but a responding officer denied saying "it wasn't necessary," WBBH reported.

Crew members said he also became belligerent when they tried to book him on a later flight, and refused to leave the concourse even after police threatened to arrest him for trespassing.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Size Matters: Florida Man Arrested for Dinner Complaints]]>466127563Sat, 23 Dec 2017 13:06:24 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-98707996.jpg

A Florida man complaining about his dinner to police has landed in trouble.

The 51-year-old man was charged with misusing the emergency 911 line after he called dispatchers twice to complain about the size of the meal served to him at Crabby's Seafood Shack in Stuart.

TCPalm.com reported Nelson Agosto was arrested Monday. Police told the newspaper he complained the clams he was eating were so small that he didn't want to pay for them.

In a 911 call released by the police department, Agosto told the dispatcher, "I ordered something, and it was extremely so small."

The dispatcher told Agosto to call a nonemergency line, but he told police he forgot the number.

Agosto was not taken to jail and is scheduled to appear in court in January.

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<![CDATA[Park It: Florida Keys Man Arrested After Grocery Store Dispute]]>458620423Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:55:19 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mark+Wheaton.jpg

A Florida Keys man was arrested for allegedly punching another man who parked in a spot reserved for disabled drivers.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said that 57-year-old Mark Wheaton was in a Key Largo grocery store parking lot on Friday night when he saw a 61-year-old man park in the spot for disabled drivers.

The man left his wife in the car and went into the grocery store. Wheaton allegedly followed him and started yelling at him inside the store. Witnesses and victims told authorities that Wheaton punched the victim numerous times in the face.

The victim, who was not identified, was treated at a local hospital for a fractured nose and other facial injuries. Wheaton was arrested later at his Key Largo home and charged with aggravated battery.

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<![CDATA[Man Ran Naked in Woman's Home, Tried on Her Clothes: Police]]>456642173Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:40:34 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/111017+Joseph+Vaglica.jpg

A Florida man is accused of breaking into an 82-year-old woman's home, running around naked and trying on her clothing, NBC affiliate WESH reported. 

Sylvia Garmon said she was inside her New Smyrna Beach home Tuesday when the naked man, later identified as Joseph Vaglica, entered the house through her garage door.

"I said 'Who are you?'" Garmon told WESH, before calling 911.

The frightened homeowner ran out of the house and alerted her stepson who lives next door as Vaglica streaked in and out of her home. At one point, she says he tried on some of her clothes.

"I think he probably knew he was naked and he needed some clothes, he just went in the wrong closet," she said.

Police said Vaglica, 40, appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was taken to a hospital and later booked into the Volusia County jail on a charge of burglary with assault or battery.



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<![CDATA[Police: Woman Switches Tags to Get Electronics for Under $4]]>456326833Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:36:13 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Walmart+Chyenne+West+Mugshot.jpg

Authorities say a woman tried to sneak more than $1,800 worth of electronics through a Florida Walmart's self-checkout by switching the items' price tags with those from clearance items.

Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that 25-year-old Cheyenne Amber West was arrested Monday and charged with felony grand theft and felony shoplifting.

An arrest report says a loss-prevention officer at the Vero Beach Walmart told a deputy he saw West and another woman select a computer, video game controllers and other merchandise from the electronics department. The report says West covered the bar codes with stickers removed from less expensive items that rang up to just $3.70.

West was free on $3,000 bail. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

The woman who was with West wasn't arrested.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Treasure Coast Man Arrested For DUI While Riding Lawnmower]]>456093113Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:41:52 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/110817+Kenneth+Burton+Alleshouse+DUI-lawnmower.jpg

A man from Florida’s Treasure Coast was arrested last week on a DUI charge – after police spotted him on a lawn mower carrying a case of beer and driving erratically.

According to NBC affiliate WPTV, 56-year-old Kenneth Alleshouse was found last Friday evening riding the lawnmower in Port St. Lucie. When officers stopped him, they detected a strong odor of alcohol.

An investigation was conducted and officers found Alleshouse's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.



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<![CDATA[Frankenstein Baby Born at Florida Hospital on Halloween]]>454456723Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:33:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/110117+Oskar+Gary+Frankenstein.jpg

A Florida couple got an extra treat on Halloween — a baby Frankenstein.

Make that Oskar Gary Frankenstein, who made his entrance into the world four days late and after 14 hours of labor on Tuesday at Winter Park Memorial Hospital.

Parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein tell news outlets that Baby Frankenstein weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces and is 20 inches long.

The baby's grandmother Jennifer Frankenstein tells WKMG the family is "super excited." She said Oskar is her first grandchild and the Frankenstein family's first baby born on Halloween, although she does have a 13-year-old daughter who shares the same birthday as "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley

Winter Park is near Orlando in central Florida.

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<![CDATA[Drunken Tourist Can't Recall Attack During Zombie Bike Ride]]>452779863Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:21:08 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102417+Prue+Harvey.jpg

A tourist from Australia told police officers she was drunk and doesn't remember attacking a 68-year-old rider in the annual Zombie Bike Ride in the Florida Keys.

The Miami Herald reports 32-year-old Prue Harvey was arrested Sunday on a felony battery charge on someone older than 65. A police report says Harvey shoved Linda Malcolm off her bike in Key West.

Malcolm's daughter told police Harvey was running between the bikes in the parade and gave one family "dirty looks" before shoving her mother. Malcolm suffered scrapes on her left knee. Her daughter chased Harvey to a church parking lot and called police.

The police report says Harvey was in town for a wedding. Jail records don't list a lawyer or hometown.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Fla. Man Googled 'How to Rob a Bank,' Robbed Bank: Deputies]]>450475043Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:05:43 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101117+William+Joe+Johnson+Largo+bank+robbery+suspect.jpg

A Florida man who googled "how to rob a bank" was arrested after authorities say he did just that.

William Joe Johnson, 26, was arrested Monday in the Oct. 5 robbery of an Achieva Credit Union in Largo, near Tampa, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Authorities say Johnson approached a bank teller, implied he had a gun and demanded cash. The teller gave him money and he fled the bank, officials said.

Detectives were able to identify Johnson as the suspect and found him at an Express Inn, where he was taken into custody, officials said.

Johnson told detectives he needed money so he googled "how to rob a bank," authorities said. He said he planned to rob a different bank but changed his mind when he discovered the teller was a large man, authorities said.

Johnson said he used the money he stole to pay his rent, utilities and go on a drug binge, authorities said. The money ran out and he had planned to rob another bank but was arrested before he could, authorities said.

Authorities charged Johnson with one count of robbery. Attorney information wasn't available.



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Robs Restaurant at Checkers Drive-Thru]]>450068213Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:25:43 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Checkers_Double_Drive_Thru_t620.jpg

Authorities say a Florida man ordered a combo meal at a Checkers restaurant but rolled up to the drive-thru window pointing a gun instead of handing over his cash.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the gunman told an employee he wanted all the money in the cash register. Police say the employee ran to the back of the restaurant and told a colleague to call 911.

Police say while the employee was away, the gunman got out of a late-model Chrysler 200 and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.

Employees did not see him steal the money, but they heard the sounds of coins dropping onto the floor and noticed cash missing from the drawer after the incident, police said.

No arrests were immediately made.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Man With Machete Accused of Starting Chase Over Potato Chips]]>448241723Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:10:37 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black2.jpg

A Florida man who was recently released from prison has been arrested after he threatened a person with a machete over a $17 carton of potato chips and then led police on a chase.

A Bay County Sheriff's Office news release says a truck driver was delivering supplies to a Panama City Beach restaurant and noticed 26-year-old Dustin Odum taking the chips and handing them to 24-year-old Jasmine Elizabeth Mundy on Monday.

News outlets report Odum produced the machete, threatened the victim and fled in a vehicle with Mundy after being confronted.

A police chase ensued, and two deputies were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Odum faces several charges including aggravated fleeing. Mundy, who was wanted on an arrest warrant, was charged with armed robbery.

It's unclear if they have lawyers.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[2 Men Caught Trying to Make Off With Power Utility Pole]]>444256853Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:37:18 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/power+pole+looters.jpg

Two men were arrested in Jacksonville, Florida, after strapping a utility pole to their SUV and trying to make off with it. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tweeted a photo Wednesday of the two shirtless men sitting handcuffed on a curb near their vehicle with a huge JEA utility pole lying across the SUV's roof.

Victor Walter Apeler, 46, and Blake Lee Waller, 42, were arrested and charged with grand theft, NBC affiliate WCMH-TV reported. The pole was valued at $2,500, according to WCMH-TV.

According to a police report, Apeler told officers they were moving the pole because it had fallen near traffic lanes, Action News Jax reported. 

Looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma has been a concern for Florida police. Earlier this week, more than two dozen people were arrested in Fort Lauderdale and Miami for Irma-related looting.




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<![CDATA['Crack Money': Cops Find $1K Hidden in Florida Man's Rear]]>442156923Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:02:32 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Florida+man+hides+cash+in+butt.jpg

A suspected drug dealer attempted to hide more than $1,000 from Florida officers during a traffic stop – in his rectum.

Marion County deputies pulled over Pattreon Stokes early Saturday morning, and noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside his white Buick. After searching the vehicle, deputies found nearly 200 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, a small amount of pot, and large wad of money.

Stokes was arrested and taken to jail. But when they arrived, the money had mysteriously vanished.

Officials say Stokes told deputies that his money had already been collected, and then deputies noticed $20 bills falling from Stokes’ rear end. Deputies conducted a follow-up search and located $1,090 tucked away in his buttocks.

Stokes was booked on charges including smuggling contraband into a detention facility and possession of drugs with the intent to sell.



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<![CDATA[Man Caught on Camera Pooping Behind Florida Business: Police]]>441669183Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:08:15 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/082417+Pooper.jpg

Police are working to identify a man after he did his business behind a business near Pensacola.

According to police, an unidentified man defecated behind a jewelry store in Crestview.

The discovery was made when a store employee almost stepped in the evidence when going out to her car.

Once store employees reviewed security camera footage, they found a shirtless, bearded man dropping his pants and defecating between two cars parked in the alley.

The store’s Facebook followers labeled the unidentified man as “Crapperman.”

Police are still looking for the man, as no one has been able to identify him.

“Incidents like these have a negative effect on the quality of life in our community,” said Police Chief Tony Taylor. “It’s just downright shameful when people don’t give a crap about their town. It really stinks.” 

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<![CDATA[Auto Theft Suspect Arrested After Stopping to Watch Eclipse]]>441427623Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:00:11 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082217+Jocsan+Rosado.jpg

Authorities in Florida say an auto theft suspect who wanted to watch the moon blot out the sun instead has a blot on his record.

Jocsan Rosado was arrested Monday after he parked what deputies say was a stolen car to watch the eclipse, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page.

Rosado stole the vehicle, and unbeknownst to him, was being followed by detectives with the auto theft unit, deputies said.

He stopped at a hardware store to purchase a welding mask for watching the eclipse safely, deputies said. He was arrested next to the stolen car, wearing the welding mask and looking up at the sky.

There were no online court records for Rosado early Tuesday, and it was unknown if he had an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Drunken Florida Woman Allegedly Bites Fisherman's Line]]>440997843Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:48:57 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081817fishermanmugsss.jpg

It wasn't exactly the catch a Florida man was hoping for while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, deputies say a drunken 22-year-old woman cursed at him before swimming up to his fishing line, biting it and swimming away with the rigging.

St. Johns County Sheriff's officials tell local news outlets the fisherman told deputies the incident happened Tuesday evening as he was fishing with a rented pole near St. Augustine.

Deputies asked Alexandria Turner to come to the pier office, but she became belligerent. Investigators say Turner created a scene and upset the "sense of public norm at the pier" when they tried to take her into custody.

She was arrested on suspicion of intoxication and resisting arrest.

A lawyer wasn't listed in court records.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Man Gets 6-Year Sentence For Firing Gun While Taking Selfie]]>440536213Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:53:09 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081517clubbathroomarrest.jpg

A Tampa man has been sentenced to six years and five months in prison for accidentally shooting a gun while taking a selfie in a strip club restroom.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa announced 34-year-old Rorn Sorn's sentencing Monday. The Asian Pride Gang member pleaded guilty in April to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Court documents say Sorn was at Club Lust in St. Petersburg in December when his gun discharged. The bullet went through the mirror and into the adjacent women's restroom. No injuries were reported.

A security guard approached Sorn as he was leaving, and Sorn reportedly told the guard that it was an accident and that he "was just trying to take a selfie." Police responded, and officers found a handgun, ammunition and drugs on Sorn.

Sorn has prior felony convictions for burglary and attempted first-degree murder.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA['Alice Wonderland' Wrecks Store, Blames Caterpillar: Cops]]>440355383Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:18:03 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081417+Matthew+Horace+Jones.jpg

A Florida man arrested for destroying a liquor store under construction told police he was Alice in Wonderland and that a "hookah-smoking caterpillar" ordered him to attack the site.

Crestview police said in a post on Facebook that Matthew Horace Jones is accused of breaking into a fenced-in area and using a forklift to cause more than $100,000 in damage. He faces grand theft felony and other charges.

Witnesses called 911 and police went to the site. The police report says Jones aimed the forklift toward officers, who stopped him at gunpoint.

Police quoted Jones as identifying himself as Alice in Wonderland, blaming the attack on "a hookah-smoking caterpillar" before he later gave his real name.

“The defendant stated (Walmart was) building a place to sell alcohol and he had a problem with it," an arrest report said.

No lawyer is listed for him.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Calls Sheriff's Office to Report Cocaine Theft]]>435258823Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:18:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071817+David+Blackmon+cocaine.jpg

A Florida man who identified himself as a drug dealer was arrested after he called authorities to report that a baggie of cocaine had been stolen from him, officials said.

David Blackmon, 32, is facing possession of cocaine, resisting arrest without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia charges after he called the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Sunday morning, authorities said.

Blackmon, of Fort Walton Beach, told a responding deputy that someone had entered his car and stolen $50 and a quarter-ounce of cocaine off the center console, sheriff's office officials said.

But when the deputy looked, he not only found cocaine in the car but also a crack pipe and a crack rock, officials said.



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<![CDATA[Instagram Model Charged in Naked Florida Hotel Assault]]>434065543Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:24:39 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071217+Brissa+Dominguez-Garcia+mugshot.jpg

An Instagram model found herself behind bars in Florida last week after she allegedly assaulted several officers as they tried to arrest her when she was roaming naked around a hotel.

Brissa Dominguez-Garcia was arrested last Wednesday after police were called to the Edge Hotel in Clearwater after 4 a.m. A night manager had called officers to remove her from the waterfront hotel, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

According to the report, an officer gave Dominguez-Garcia a towel to cover up, which she used to strike the officer in his face with a whipping motion. She allegedly continued to resist, kicking another officer who was trying to calm her down.

The 25-year-old, whose selfies and professional modeling shots have drawn more than 74,000 followers to her Instagram, was charged with trespassing, battery on an officer and resisting arrest. She eventually posted the $10,250 bail and was released from the Pinellas County jail.



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Found Naked After Leaving Crash Scene: Sheriff]]>427298283Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:23:38 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/060817+andrew+humphries.jpg

Police arrested a Florida man who was found walking naked along a highway after he fled the scene of a car accident Wednesday night, officials said.

Andrew Humphries, 18, walked away from the area of U.S. Highway 441 and SE 81st Street and was later found in the 8900 block of the highway, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

He was "completely nude," according to a sheriff's office Facebook post.

When an officer made contact with him, Humphries walked toward the front of the police car and attempted to open the door, which was locked. He was restrained, placed in handcuffs and moved into the back of the car, officials said.

Humphries then kicked the rear passenger door and began to pull on the metal cage, causing about $1,000 in damage, authorities said. The entire door will likely need to be replaced, police said.

Earlier, after leaving the scene of the accident, Humphries had approached a parked police car at the Marion County Sheriff’s South Multi-District Office, pulled the handle off the door while trying to open it and urinated on the car, causing about $700 worth of damage, officials said.

Humphries is being charged with one count of felony criminal mischief, property damage of $1,000 or more and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

The Florida Highway Patrol is also conducting a separate investigation into the car crash.



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<![CDATA[911 Call for Ride to Hooters Lands Florida Man in Jail]]>427224653Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:29:09 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/060817+jonathan+hinkle.jpg

A Florida man wanted to go to Hooters so badly that authorities say he told 911 dispatchers he needed a ride to the restaurant because his grandmother had just suffered a stroke in the parking lot.

Instead, 28-year-old Jonathan Hinkle got a ride to the Brevard County Jail Tuesday night.

Hinkle made the call back in March. Police said deputies searched for three hours for his grandmother. When they finally found her at another location, she said she hadn't had a stroke or asked anyone for help.

News outlets say Hinkle told the dispatcher he'd pay responders to take him to the Hooters on Florida's Atlantic coast so that he could help his grandmother.

Hinkle was arrested Tuesday on charges of misusing 911. He was released on bond Wednesday night, and records don't list an attorney for him.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Giant Alligator Strolls Down Tamiami Trail]]>425549923Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:01:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/205*120/530117massivegator.png

“Snaggletooth” is back on the prowl.

The massive Florida alligator was spotted strutting down Tamiami Trail, a two-lane roadway that cuts through the Florida Everglades. Carol Gowing, an employee at Big Cypress Gallery Adventures, captured cellphone video of the roughly 10-foot-long creature and posted it on Facebook Wednesday. The video garnered nearly 7,000 shares and over 450,000 views in 24 hours.

Snaggletooth, "a dominant bull alligator," is an annual visitor at Big Cypress and was out looking for a mate, according to the Facebook page. Alligators typically begin the courtship process in April and mating season occurs in May or June, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

Apparently, Snaggletooth had his eyes set on one particular female gator: “Big Momma.”

"Big Momma" is a female gator who lives in the area and recently had 32 babies, Gowing wrote in the Facebook post, noting Snaggletooth's mate has more on the way.

"She has chosen him as her mate, and as he approaches her territory, he gently and softly growls. Those who watch and experience their behavior together believe these sounds to be a part of their unique courtship, something that ties them together for this season," Gowing said.

CORRECTION (June 1, 2017, 12 p.m. ET):An earlier version of this story misspelled Carol Gowing's surname.



Photo Credit: Carol Gowing/Big Cypress Gallery Adventure]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Alligator Found In Swimming Pool ]]>425129164Tue, 30 May 2017 11:21:21 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*123/52917gator.jpg

Seeking refuge from the blazing Florida sun, a scaly alligator found itself cooling off in a rather unusual place: A backyard swimming pool.

The swamp-dwelling reptile was spotted at the bottom of a residential swimming pool in Venice on Memorial Day, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Family members were about to jump in when they caught sight of the creature. 

Deputy Lori Clark responded to the initial call and notified the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who sent over a trapper to relocate the gator.

Video shows the alligator, measuring from six-to-eight feet, thrashing about in the water as the trapper captures and removes it. It is being sent to a "more appropriate" location, according to the sheriff's office. 

No one was injured during the incident and the gator is healthy, officers said. The department posted a photo of the gator on social media. See the Facebook post below:



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<![CDATA[Swan Sculpture Stolen By Naked Man Found: Sheriff]]>424445534Fri, 26 May 2017 15:36:50 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052517+stolen+swan+polk+county.jpg

A large, black-and-white checkered statue of a swan that was stolen in Florida by a naked man has been found.

The Polk County Sheriff's office says the statue was found by a 32-year-old man who was fishing on a pond in Lakeland. The man returned home from fishing Thursday and told his family about the statue. When they saw the news of the stolen statue on TV Friday, they called authorities.

Officials say the swan doesn't appear to be damaged.

Surveillance video showed a naked man driving away from a storage center in a stolen truck with the swan.

In a Facebook posting Thursday, Polk County Sheriff's officials said they know "it's got to be hard to hide one of these," adding, "Someone has seen it."

Investigators say they found the truck that was reported stolen in a nearby county.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Swan Chases Florida Police Officer Around Truck]]>423200554Fri, 19 May 2017 18:27:18 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/51917swan.png

It was a wild police chase, but it didn’t involve a speeding car on a highway.

It involved a large white swan chasing after a Florida police officer.

A video of the Orlando cop running away from the bird is circulating on social media, prompting the Orlando Police Department to respond.

"Hey Swan! Leave our officer alone!" the department wrote on Twitter. "Thanks to @DHarb12 for posting....we can't overstate the hazards our officers face on the job!"

In the 37-second video clip, which was posted on Twitter by Darrell Harbin, the police officer circles a black pickup truck while being followed by the swan. The creature trails the officer for a while before flapping its wings aggressively, causing the cop to run to the other side of the vehicle.

Harbin witnessed the scene at Lake Eola Park with his girlfriend, who reportedly shot the video.

“He’s kind of protective of that area,” Harbin, 49, told the Orlando Sentinel. “He’s gone after me before.”

Darbin said he’s noticed the swan chase people at Lake Eola Park before.

The video has been picked up by multiple media outlets. Darbin has even received interview requests from the United Kingdom.




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<![CDATA[House Squatter Answers Door Naked; Wrestles With Deputies]]>422814784Wed, 17 May 2017 14:41:09 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/178*120/51716NAKEDHOUSESQUATTER.png

Authorities say a Louisiana woman living illegally in a vacant home in Florida answered the door naked when a sheriff's deputy stopped by to investigate.

Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin says a real estate agent called to report that someone was staying at the home on Big Pine Key without the owner's permission.

Deputy Richard Wang looked in the window and saw 36-year-old Feliciamae Farrington naked. He knocked on the door and she answered, still naked. Farrington refused to get dressed and investigators say she fought with Wang as he tried to take her into custody. The struggle continued when other deputies arrived.

Farrington is from Harvey, Louisiana. She's been charged with trespassing, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. Jail records don't list a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Woman Finds Iguana in Toilet Bowl of Kendall Home]]>422787994Wed, 17 May 2017 16:02:08 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051717+iguana+kendall+home.jpg

At least it wasn't a snake.

When a South Florida woman went to the bathroom Tuesday night, she definitely didn't expect to see a iguana in her toilet bowl. 

The lizard likely came up through the pipes, Lt. Scott Mullin of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Venom One unit told the Miami Herald.

It's was Mullin's first time responding to a call of an iguana found in a toilet.

When he received the call Tuesday night, he asked the dispatcher to make sure it was an iguana, not a snake. 

A woman, her daughter and grandchildren were waiting when he arrived at their home in West Kendall, south of Miami. He took the iguana from the bowl, put it in a box and drove it to a wildlife rescue center.

"This was definitely a first," he told the Herald. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue / Lt. Scott Mullin]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Woman Stuck In Traffic Strikes Yoga Pose On Highway]]>422131714Fri, 12 May 2017 17:16:53 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/179*120/51217-yoga.png

When Kristin Bjorsen found herself stuck in a major traffic jam on I-95, she could have resorted to road rage, cursing profusely or blaring her horn in frustration.

Instead, she pulled out her pink-and-white yoga mat and stretched into an upward-dog pose on the side of the road.

The photo of Bjorsen practicing yoga on one of South Florida’s most detested highways is making its rounds on social media -- a testament to the stress of South Florida traffic.

“For me, it was a funny juxtaposition to an otherwise stressful situation,” Bjorsen said. The art director at the Miami New Times was stuck in traffic for more than an hour due to a traffic accident in North Miami, which shut down the northbound lanes of I-95.

“They had closed the express lanes shortly after I got on, so there were maybe 15 cars behind me,” she said. “Because we were all in a single file line, you could see traffic wasn’t moving so I felt safe getting out.”

Bjorsen said she pulled out her mat after inching along the overpass at the Golden Glades. The mat came out near the end of the bridge.

She said she has been surprised by the reaction to the photo, which has gone global.

“Someone sent me a link to a news story in India about it,” she said.

Granted, Bjorsen only struck a single pose during her brief yoga break -- she didn’t want to hold up traffic anymore than the accident already was. But sometimes, that’s all you need.

“That’s the irony, that was the only pose,” she said.



Photo Credit: Kristin Bjornsen
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<![CDATA[Man in Underwear Crashes Into Police Car, Gets Tased]]>421388373Fri, 05 May 2017 12:07:48 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050517+man+in+underwear+tased+video.jpg

A man backed his car into a police cruiser, took off and drove into a ditch. He then jumped out his truck- wearing only boxers- and began dancing in the middle of the road.]]>
<![CDATA[Machete-Wielding Naked Man Attacked Mailboxes: Police]]>421016133Tue, 02 May 2017 12:47:11 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050217+Yudier+Duenas-Sosa.jpg

Police in southwest Florida say they arrested a naked man who was attacking mailboxes with a machete.

The News-Press reports that 36-year-old Yudier Duenas-Sosa was arrested Saturday night in a Cape Coral neighborhood.

Officers say Duenas-Sosa was taken into custody without incident, but his cousin was arrested after she charged at officers in an attempt to prevent Duenas-Sosa's arrest. Police say the man and woman had been in the area for a party and were both intoxicated.

Duenas-Sosa faces charges of aggravated assault and criminal mischief, while his cousin is charged with resisting arrest.

Jail records didn't list attorneys for them.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Accused of Snorting Cocaine in Front of Deputies]]>420225713Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:46:34 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042417+joshua+benz.jpg

A Florida man was arrested after officials say he snorted cocaine in front of deputies as they were evacuating residents from a neighborhood that was being threatened by a massive brush fire.

Joshua Paul Benz, 25, was arrested Friday on a charge of possession of cocaine, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

Benz was booked into jail where he remained on $5,000 bond, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

Deputies were clearing residents from the Golden Gate Estates neighborhood where the 5,500-acre fire was approaching when they spotted Benz walking in the middle of the street, NBC 2 reported.

Benz motioned for a deputy to stop his patrol car and walked up to the deputy and snorted the cocaine from a plastic bag, officials said.

Benz turned around with his hands behind his back and stood there with the bag still in his hand, officials said. He was taken into custody.



Photo Credit: Collier County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Arrested After Stealing Neighbor's Underwear]]>420099433Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:54:31 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Isitro+Sanches.jpg

A Florida Panhandle man has been arrested after authorities say he broke into a woman's home and car to leave underwear he wanted her to wear.

The victim told Bay County Sheriff's officials she found the underwear along with hand written notes. She said the underwear had been stolen from her home.

Last week, the victim's boyfriend heard someone enter the home and, according to an arrest report, saw her neighbor, 58-year-old Isitro Sanches, in the kitchen.

Authorities said they searched Sanches' room and found items belonging to the victim and a large quantity of underwear.

The Panama City News Herald reports Sanches was charged Wednesday with stalking, three counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and burglary of an occupied dwelling.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Loud Sex Sounds Interrupt Pro Tennis Match in Florida]]>419856314Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:04:49 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/french+open+generic+photo.JPG

An outdoor professional tennis match in Florida came to a brief halt amid sounds of loud sex.

Frances Tiafoe was about to serve Mitchell Krueger during their Tuesday night match in the Sarasota Open when he paused and flashed a smile of disbelief over the sound of a woman moaning in pleasure. Broadcaster Mike Cation initially described the sounds as coming from someone playing a pornographic video in the stands, but later said they were coming from an apartment nearby.

Both players had fun with the situation while the crowd laughed. Krueger hit a ball sharply in the direction of the sounds, and Tiafoe screamed, "It can't be that good!"

Cation later saluted the responsible couple on Twitter, writing "Sounds like you guys had a good time!"

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA['Inebriated' Teacher Let Minor Drive Her to Waffle House: PD]]>418286923Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:01:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040417+terra+virgin.jpg

A Florida high school math teacher made a miscalculation when she let a 14-year-old drive her to Waffle House while she was drunk, authorities said.

Terra Virgin, 32, was arrested Sunday night on charges of child neglect and permitting an unauthorized minor to drive in Tampa, Florida.

Virgin, a teacher at Freedom High School, told investigators she had five beers before she started craving for a meal and convinced the teen to give her a ride.

When officers pulled over the car, they found the teen behind the wheel and Virgin had an open beer can on her lap. 

Tampa Police Department spokesman Steve Hegarty said Virgin was "quite inebriated" and was aware that the 14-year-old boy did not have a drivers license, NBC Affliate WFLA reported.

"You can see perhaps what the thought process was,” said Hegarty. "Apparently, she had been doing some drinking, decided she wanted to go to Waffle House. Thought, wisely, that she was not in any kind of shape to drive, but getting a 14-year-old, who doesn’t have a license to drive, is not a good idea."

Virgin was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and released Monday on a $2,250 bond. An attorney wasn't listed.

A spokesperson for Hillsborough County Schools said the Office of Professional Standards will determine Virgin’s employment status.



Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff]]>
<![CDATA[7-11 Clerk Refuses Dirty Pennies, Woman Pulls Guns: Police]]>417780793Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:02:42 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/033117+melbourne+police+woman+pulls+gun.jpg

Police in Florida are trying to identify a woman they say pulled a pair of guns on a convenience store clerk after he refused to accept a jar of dirty pennies as payment.

Melbourne police tell Florida Today the woman showed up early Wednesday morning at a 7-Eleven, picked up a few items and then gave the clerk a jar of pennies. Police say the clerk told the woman the coins were dirty and "gunked-up."

The clerk says the woman got angry and began throwing things after he told her there were too many pennies for the store to accept.

Police say the woman told the clerk she was going to kill him before leaving the store and returned with two guns. The clerk sustained only minor injuries in the confrontation.

The woman fled the scene in a vehicle.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Fla. Man Arrested for Not Telling Friend Pot Was in Cookies]]>417087793Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:15:49 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Van+Arsdale.jpg

A Florida man was arrested after giving an acquaintance a cookie without telling her that it was laced with marijuana.

William Van Arsdale was charged on Wednesday with three felonies, including possession and reckless tampering, as well as a misdemeanor.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that he was booked into jail and released on his own recognizance.

He couldn't be reached for comment.

Police in Port Orange, Florida say Van Arsdale offered Renee Holloway the peanut butter cookies without telling her about the marijuana.

According to a police report, the 70-year-old Van Arsdale said he didn't tell her about the drug because the amount was so small he didn't think it would affect her.

Holloway began to feel ``woozy'' and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Man Eating Pancakes in Roadway During Viral Video Charged]]>417035053Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:30:18 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032417+lakeland+man+eats+pancakes+in+road.jpg

A Lakeland, Florida, man found himself behind bars after a viral video allegedly showed him eating pancakes in the middle of a busy roadway in the west part of the city.

Police received a call on Tuesday of a man sitting in the crosswalk of the eastbound lanes of U.S. 92 sitting in a chair and eating something off a folding table. When police arrived the man had left.

Video shot of the incident was placed on Facebook and appeared on the department’s page, where several people tagged the man’s name, Kiaron Thomas.

Police went to the home of Thomas, who lives in the area, where he admitted to doing it as a prank, the police said.

Thomas was charged with placing an obstruction in the roadway and disrupting the free flow of traffic. He was released from jail and will appear in court in April 25.



Photo Credit: Facebook / Travis Riley]]>
<![CDATA[Dead Shark Found in Shopping Cart in Walmart Parking Lot]]>415780213Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:12:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030917+shark+in+shopping+cart+florida.jpg

Authorities are mystified as to why a 5-foot-long dead shark was left in the parking lot of a northeast Florida Wal-Mart just days before another dead shark was found nearby.

The St. Augustine Record reports St. Johns County Sheriff's deputies were called to the store parking lot last week after the shark was found in a shopping cart.

Deputies talked to the owner of an RV parked nearby and learned that the RV owner had woken to find the shark on his vehicle's hood. The owner said he then put it in the cart.

The sheriff's office says days later they were called to driveway in Vilano Beach and found another dead shark.

The deputies called in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to dispose of the sharks.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



Photo Credit: St. John's County Sheriff
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<![CDATA[Man Captured After Crawling in Muddy Ditch to Escape Police]]>415214893Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:58:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/030217+volusia+county+crawling+suspect.jpg

Officers in North Florida were able to capture a man for his alleged role in a crime – after what could be called a questionable attempt by the suspect to get away.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office posted video on their Facebook page from the department’s helicopter as it was helping the Ormond Beach Police Department in their search for a man who allegedly stole a vehicle following a fight at a local store.

In the video, deputies in the helicopter can be heard talking with officers on the ground, eventually finding the man using Infrared technology. The man can be seen crawling in a muddy ditch on the side of a road before eventually being caught.

He would eventually be found by officers on the ground and was arrested without incident. The VCSO posted a somewhat sarcastic message with the video, saying “you don’t have to crawl your way through the mud…we can get someone to come pick you up.”



Photo Credit: Volusia County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Accidentally Shot Woman, Boyfriend Tells Police]]>414662593Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:30:21 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

Diesel the dog did it.

That's the claim a 25-year-old Jacksonville man made after his girlfriend was shot in the leg while she was sleeping.

Brian Murphy's girlfriend, Summer Miracle, was taken to the hospital late Tuesday with non-life threatening injuries.

Murphy told police he was sleeping next to Miracle when his dog Diesel woke him up. He went outside with the dog and then came back into the home.

According to an incident report, Murphy said it was really dark inside the home and could not see anything. That's when he said he saw a flash and heard a bang.

Murphy said he believes Diesel jumped on the nightstand where his gun was sitting and it went off, shooting Miracle.

The boyfriend called 911 and got a towel to put on Miracle's leg, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The girlfriend told police she was sleeping and was not sure how she got shot.

No charges were filed.



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<![CDATA[Ocala Man Charged With Plotting to Put Explosives in Stores]]>414026553Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:08:28 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mark+Barnett.jpg

A Florida man has been accused of plotting to blow up Target stores along the East Coast.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Mark Barnett, 48, paid an unidentified man $10,000 to put at least 10 explosive devices, disguised as food items, in Target stores from Florida to New York.

The plan was ruined, however, when the man later surrendered the devices to police and turned Barnett in.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Ocala, Barnett was charged with "possession of a firearm (destructive device) affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon."

The complaint continued: "Barnett theorized that the company's stock value would plunge after the explosions, allowing him to cheaply acquire shares of Target stock before an eventual rebound in prices."

As NBC News reported, authorties said Barnett is a registered sex offender on probation for multiple felony kidnapping, sexual battery and grand theft counts. They said he made the bombs at home and gave them to the individual, along with a bag of gloves, a mask and a license-plate cover, to complete the job.

Barnett is currently in custody at the Marion County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in federal prison.



Photo Credit: Marion County Jail]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested on Drug Charges After Calling Police For Help]]>413809773Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:31:13 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021517+rufus+buckner+mugshot.jpg

A Hillsborough County man is behind bars – after he called the police asking for help to rescue him from a state park.

According to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV, sheriff’s deputies responded to the area northeast of Tampa after a hiker called saying he had been lost since the previous day and his cell phone was dying. Crews from HSCO, as well as Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and fire rescue crews began their search, eventually finding the man – who was later identified as 38-year-old Rufus Buckner.

Deputies say Buckner became uncooperative and gave false information – including a different name when making the initial call. They eventually found a straw with residue of methamphetamine on it.

Buckner, who has a lengthy record, was charged with two drug related counts and has been banned from all state parks.



Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Man Charged For $7 Billion Bank Fraud, Uses Jesus as Defense]]>412694523Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:22:46 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/generic-cross.jpg

A Florida man who told authorities he made $7 billion in illegal transfers from a bank because "Jesus Christ created wealth for everyone'' has pleaded guilty to a single charge.

John Haskew of Lakeland pleaded guilty Thursday to making a false statement to the federal government.

The count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Other charges were dropped, per the plea deal.

Prosecutors say the unemployed Haskew needed to pay off a debt to the federal government. To do that, he provided a bank routing number that wasn't his. He subsequently made over 70 transactions worth $7 billion with that routing number.

According to the complaint, Haskew told investigators "he believed he could obtain wealth that Jesus Christ created for him.''

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Accused of Throwing Tampon at Police Officer]]>411866325Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:16:28 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012617+tecora+fields+mugshot.jpg

A Florida woman was charged after police say she hit an officer with a used tampon.

Tecora Fields, 28 was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, according to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV.

Fields was involved in a fight when St. Petersburg police responded Monday night.

Police say Fields threatened to hit officers with her tampon and cursed at them, WFLA-TV reported. Authorities say Fields then removed the feminine hygiene product from her genital area and threw it at police, hitting an officer on the shoulder.

Fields tried to flee the scene, police say, but officers used a stun gun on her and she was taken into custody. She was charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer and released on $5,000 bond.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Woman Slashes Trump Sign Because it 'Ruined Her Chill']]>411458495Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:11:45 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Elizabeth+McSurdy.jpg

A woman who was arrested Friday for slashing a Trump sign on Big Pine Key told deputies she did it because the sign "ruined her chill," authorities said.

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies responded to R & T Vinyl Signs at 5 p.m. on Friday, where the owners of the business told them a woman had slashed their vinyl "Trump" sign. The owners said she also threatened them while holding a knife in her hand. One of the men was able to take a picture of her vehicle as she was leaving.

The woman was later pulled over and identified as 30-year-old Elizabeth McSurdy of Oakland, California, officials said.

Officials say initially McSurdy denied slashing the signs and threatening the men, but after she was confronted with the photo and the victim identified her as the suspect, she admitted to doing the damage to the sign.

McSurdy allegedly denied threatening the men but admitted to holding the knife during the confrontation.

She's been charged with criminal mischief and aggravated assault and she was booked into jail. 

Jail records and attorney information weren't immediately available Monday. 



Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Naked Key Largo Woman Accused of Attacking Deputies]]>411224165Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:59:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011917+kim+larman.jpg

A Florida Keys woman who allegedly attacked two deputies while naked is facing charges.

Kim Larman, 53, was arrested Wednesday on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, making threats against a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence, according to Monroe County Sheriff's Office officials.

Larman was booked into jail, and it's unknown if she's hired an attorney.

Authorities said the deputies went to Larman's Key Largo home Wednesday night to serve a warrant for violation of an injunction for stalking when she answered the door naked.

Larman cursed and told the deputies she wasn't going with them, then walked into her home and laid down on the bed, officials said. When the deputies asked her if she had any weapons, she replied “If I had a gun then I would shoot you and kill you," authorities said.

When the deputies tried to take her into custody, she fought with them before they were able to handcuff her.



Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Forced to Buy New iPhone, Crashes Into Store: Police]]>410684575Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:37:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/011317+car+into+t+mobile+daniel+santos.jpg

Authorities say a South Florida woman crashed her SUV into a T-Mobile store a day after trying unsuccessfully to exchange a cracked iPhone.

The Palm Beach Post reports that 26-year-old Shinobia Montoria Wright was arrested after Thursday's crash and treated for injuries to her forearms. Wright later told police she became upset after being forced to pay for a replacement phone even though she had insurance.

A manager told Palm Springs police that Wright seemed to be under the influence of a substance when she came into the store Wednesday. The next day, authorities say Wright crashed her vehicle through the front entrance and then got out and began smashing glass displays with a squeegee. Police said Wright also hit an employee in the neck.

Wright faces multiple charges, including aggravated battery. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Woman Threatens Brother With Dagger for Eating Dumplings]]>408776905Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:09:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Mandy+Rounds.jpg

A 36-year-old Florida woman faces an aggravated assault charge after police say she threatened her brother with a dagger for eating Polish dumplings at their mother's home.

The Palm Beach Post reports the siblings started arguing late Tuesday after Mandy Rounds' brother ate the plate of dumplings, also known as pierogis. The fight spilled outside the Jupiter home.

A police report says Rounds threatened to cut the dumplings out of her brother's stomach before stabbing the large dagger into the hood of a truck where his girlfriend was sitting.

Police found her walking about a half-mile from the house. She was arrested and released from jail Thursday on a $1,500 bond. Records didn't list an attorney for her.

The brother declined to press charges for damage to his truck.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested After Hitting Ex-BF For Kissing Her Mother]]>408589435Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:20:26 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/122916+breauna+bolton+mugshot.jpg

A 19-year-old woman from north of Tampa is behind bars on charges of hitting her ex-boyfriend after seeing him kiss her mother.

According to NBC affiliate WFLA-TV, cops went to a home in Spring Hill where Breanua Bolton told Hernando County deputies she found her mother sitting on her ex-boyfriend’s lap while they were kissing.

After breaking in through a window, Bolton says she began to cry and pushed the victim over a chair and punched him in the head when he tried to stand up.

Bolton says she dated the man for a year and a half and had recently broken up.  The victim suffered minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital. Bolton was charged with domestic battery.



Photo Credit: Hernando County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested For Removing Pants, Stealing Cart at Airport]]>408401485Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:06:59 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/122716+edward+hogh+orlando+airport.jpg

The man suspected of taking off his pants before stealing a luggage cart and driving it across the tarmac at Orlando International Airport bonded out of jail on Monday.

Outside jail, 27-year-old Richard Hogh was matter of fact when asked what happened Friday by the reporter from NBC affiliate WESH-TV. 

“Don't do crystal meth,” Hogh repeated twice before adding “Don’t ruin your lives, kids”.

On a Chicago bound flight, police say the Canadian citizen sat in an unassigned first class seat, then claimed to be a pilot. 

He was taken off the plane – then a cleaning service employee told police Hogh followed her on to a service elevator, where she challenged him for not having an ID badge. 

About that time the elevator door opened and the witness says Hogh got out, took off his pants and walked in to an airport area not accessible to members of the public."

Police say Hogh hopped in the passenger seat of an airport luggage vehicle and told the driver he had a flight to catch. 

Police say the driver got out as Hogh drove on to a taxiway towards an airport fire station. A firefighter made aware of what was happening hopped on, got the vehicle stopped and with other firefighters subdued him. 

During the incident a spokeswoman for the greater Orlando Aviation Authority says pilots were told to avoid moving their aircraft.  But there was no overall interruption to flight operations.



Photo Credit: WESH-TV / Orange County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Naked Man Arrested for Trying to Break Into Florida Home]]>407126655Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:48:02 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121616+Dennis+Carballo-Rios.jpg

Authorities in central Florida say a man was arrested after he tried to break into a home wearing nothing but his pants on his arms.

Dennis Carballo-Rios is facing charges of exposure of sexual organs, criminal mischief and burglary of an occupied residence.

Citrus County Sheriff's deputies told Orlando television station WKMG that on Tuesday night the suspect broke a screen door, entered a front porch and tried to get into the Dunnellon, Florida home, wearing nothing but his pants draped over his arm.

Deputies say he tried to open the front door before walking away.

Deputies arrested him as he was running down the street naked.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Pet Gator Stolen From Mobile Home in Southwest Florida]]>406892505Thu, 15 Dec 2016 16:44:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121516+sarasota+police+gator.jpg

Authorities say someone broke into a southwest Florida mobile home and stole an alligator.

Sarasota Police reported that someone called 911 Wednesday complaining a gator had wandered into his yard. That gator had recently been captured and was living inside a trailer. It's snout was taped and the reptile had a trapper's tag on it. The trailer was broken into and someone stole the gator. No other details were released and it's unclear whether the burglar was looking for the gator or merely stumbled upon it.

Two officers responded and loaded the gator into their vehicle and turned it over to state wildlife officials.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[South Florida Man Dubbed "Grinch" Arrested Again]]>404604405Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:04:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Francis+Keller1.jpg

Hours after a man described by police as a Christmas ``Grinch'' was released from a Florida jail, he is back in the slammer.

The Boynton Beach Police Department says Francis Keller was arrested Sunday for holding up a fast-food restaurant and pointing a gun at patrons. The 56-year-old Keller was charged with armed robbery and armed carjacking.

The alleged robbery occurred just hours after Keller was released from jail on charges that he tried to steal packages from a post office on Friday night. A police statement said Keller was a former postal employee who gained access to the office by using a door code and called him ``the Grinch who tried to steal Christmas.''

Keller is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Divers Rescue Naked Woman Who Swam to Fountain in Lauderhill]]>402884126Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:49:25 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112416+naked+woman+on+fountain+lauderhill.jpg

A South Florida woman celebrated Thanksgiving by getting naked and swimming out to a fountain in the middle of a lake in Lauderhill where she had to rescued by divers, officials said.

The woman was found Thursday morning on the fountain in the 7500 block of Northwest 44th Street, Lauderhill Fire Department officials said.

She was assisted back to shore and didn't appear to be injured. Officials said it's possible she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.



Photo Credit: Lauderhill Fire Department
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<![CDATA[Genitalia-Shaped Mailbox Turning Heads in Fla. Neighborhood]]>400064971Fri, 04 Nov 2016 17:52:54 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/genitalia+mailbox.jpg

A woman's genitalia-shaped mailbox is garnering a lot of attention in her Florida neighborhood.

In the Florida neighborhood of East Englewood, people are now greeted by a large, round, cylinder statue that resembles a piece of anatomy.

To make things even stranger, the phallic mailbox was a gift given to the woman by her own son.

"I just told her that I had a surprise for her," said her son, Gary Winthrop.

The man's mother says she thought she was getting a Harley or a car, but instead received an uniquely shaped mailbox.

But she wasn't angry. "I can't be mad ... it's from my son," says his mother, Sue.

However, residents have some mixed reaction toward the phallic mailbox.

"Some of the neighbors put real estate magazines in her mailbox to basically tell her to move and give her some dirty looks," says Winthrop.



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<![CDATA[Naked Man Drove With Wires Attached to Private Parts: Police]]>399798091Sat, 05 Nov 2016 00:12:27 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kurt+Jenkins.jpg

Police say a South Florida man was caught naked driving slowly through a neighborhood with children with electrical wires protruding from his penis.

News outlets report 56-year-old Kurt Jenkins faces lewd and lascivious exhibition, exposure of sexual organs and resisting a law enforcement officer without violence charges.

A Boynton Beach police report shows a witness Monday said the naked man, identified as Jenkins, drove by him, gesturing for him to look toward Jenkins' groin area.

That's when the witness saw an electronic device with wires attached to Jenkins' penis.

The witness said Jenkins asked him to get inside, but he declined and called police.

Arriving officers said Jenkins refused to comply to police commands. He was eventually taken to the ground and handcuffed.

It's unclear if Jenkins has an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Truck Crashes Into Home After Driver Falls Out Leaving Club]]>398660881Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:46:14 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102616+car+into+home+no+driver.jpg

The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a man who apparently fell out and was run over by his pickup truck while leaving a strip club.

Troopers say the pickup truck continued on, crashing into a house near Orlando on Tuesday.

In a news release, troopers said the 28-year-old man made it less than a block from the Dancers Royale strip club when he fell from the truck, which rolled over his leg before crashing into the home, injuring a 58-year-old woman.

The man left the area before troopers arrived. But they found his identification inside the truck.

Witnesses told investigators the man appeared intoxicated before he left the club.

Investigators went to the man's address but didn't find him. An investigation continues.

The woman was treated for minor injuries.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Key West Holds Annual "Zombie Bike Ride"]]>398195841Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:13:00 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/173*120/102416+key+west+zombie+bike+ride.JPG

If you were in downtown Key West Sunday evening and thought a zombie invasion was taking place, no need to worry – it was just the annual Zombie Bike Ride to kick off the annual Fantasy Fest activities.

Over 8,000 people dressed like the “walking dead” and grabbed their two wheeled machines, traveling along the beachfront into Old Town before ending at the annual street party along Duval Street.

Fantasy Fest runs for 10 days in the city, including costume contests, the annual masquerade march and a grand parade. This year’s festivities are themed “Political Voodoo and Ballot Box Barbarians” in honor of this year’s elections.



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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested For Sending Drugs to Daughter in Jail]]>397094881Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:58:30 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/199*120/101416+nadine+carroll+mugshot.jpg

A 55-year-old woman in the Florida Keys is behind bars after allegedly sending drugs to her daughter – who was being held in the same jail on a previous drug charge.

Nadine Carroll was taken into custody after police say she sent an envelope containing the synthetic opioid Buprenoephine that was addressed to her daughter – in jail for charges that included cocaine possession.

The envelope was found by a deputy at the Stock Island Detention Center who noticed a chemical smell from the envelope and found an unknown substance when it was opened.

Carroll was arrested on one felony count for smuggling contraband into a facility. She is currently being held on no bond.



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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Robs Arby's, Flees in Taxi Cab: Cops]]>394969341Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:14:15 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092716+keshunte+taylor.jpg

A Florida woman faces armed robbery charges after police say she robbed an Arby's restaurant in Gainesville and then hailed a cab to get away.

A Gainesville police report says 20-year-old Keshunte L. Taylor pointed a gun at a clerk on Sunday morning and demanded money.

Authorities say Taylor took more than $200 from three registers at the fast-food restaurant.

The Gainesville Sun reports Taylor hopped in a cab, which police stopped a couple of blocks away.

Police say they recovered a gun and $219.

Taylor remains in the Alachua County Jail. Records don't indicate whether she's hired a lawyer.



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<![CDATA[Duo Arrested For Capturing Alligator, Posing for Pictures]]>394924121Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:47:01 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092716+palm+beach+men+arrested+gator+photo.jpg

Authorities say two South Florida men illegally captured an alligator and posted a video online as they posed with the reptile.

The Palm Beach Post reports that 31-year-old David Jonathan Swick and 28-year-old Brian Patrick Bunting were charged with capturing an alligator and were released on bond this past weekend.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials say the men were fishing in May when they lured the gator to shore using a fishing line.

An arrest report says the two held the alligator, snapping pictures with it. In the video posted by the men, Bunting says, “Have y'all seen anyone get bit by an alligator before?''

Bunting told officials they knew it was illegal to play with gators and that they eventually released it.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Orlando Releases More Pulse Nightclub Shooting 911 Calls]]>394507661Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:07:10 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-539547630.jpg

The city of Orlando on Thursday released dozens more of the 911 calls its dispatchers received during the Pulse nightclub shooting as media groups keep fighting in court to make them public.

City officials released more than a dozen files of calls made to police and more than six dozen files of calls to the fire department.

Since the massacre in June, the city sought to block about two dozen media groups including The Associated Press from obtaining the government records.

Until Thursday, the city had released about 30 of the more than 600 calls made to dispatchers during the three-hour standoff with gunman Omar Mateen. Forty-nine club-goers were killed and another 53 were seriously injured in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Many of the police calls released Thursday show reporters calling the dispatchers for information about what is happening inside the club. One call to a police dispatcher came from an Orange County Sheriff's Office worker who was trying to connect the sheriff's bomb squad unit with the Orlando police's SWAT team commander. At one point in the standoff, police officials mistakenly believed Mateen had explosives.

Many of the fire department calls deal with the logistics of sending paramedics to secured, triage areas outside the nightclub and getting wounded victims to a nearby hospital.

The city is still requesting that scores of calls not be released under an exemption that prohibits depictions of death from being made public. The city also wants to keep calls between Mateen and the police department's crisis negotiation team from being released.

A hearing on the continuing legal fight will be held Friday.

The media groups say the 911 calls are public records under Florida law and their release could help the public evaluate police response to the massacre.

The city initially said that the FBI insisted their release could disrupt the investigation. But earlier this month, the FBI said withholding the records was no longer necessary.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office, which assisted the Orlando police in the response to the nightclub, on Wednesday released the last of its Pulse 911 calls, including calls that for the first time came from patrons trapped inside Pulse.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Woman Made Bomb Threat to Halt Man's Urine Test: Police]]>393414651Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:19:59 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091416+deniz+martinez.jpg

Police say a Florida woman made a bomb threat in an attempt to keep her boyfriend from submitting a urine sample at a probation office.

Winter Haven police say 31-year-old Deniz Martinez called 911 on Tuesday, saying a man outside the office was going to "blow the building up."

Investigators determined the cellphone number belonged to Martinez, who drove 38-year-old boyfriend Jason Drake to the office earlier Tuesday. Officials say he wasn't able to provide the urine sample and was required to stay there until he submitted a sufficient sample.

Officers say they tracked down Martinez and that she acknowledged making the call. She was charged with making a false report about a bomb. Drake was arrested, accused of a probation violation.

Records don't indicate whether either have a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Angry Ex-Girlfriend Sets Wrong Car on Fire: Police]]>392382901Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:38:20 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/090516+clearwater+wrong+car+set+on+fire.jpg

A Florida woman seeking revenge on her ex-boyfriend was arrested after she tried to set his car on fire but ended up targeting the wrong car, police said. 

Video shows 19-year-old Carmen Chamblee feeding flames inside the trunk of a white vehicle in Clearwater on Aug. 28, police said. 

Police said she thought the car belonged to her ex-boyfriend. Turns out, it didn't.

Witnesses said they saw the woman leave the scene on a bicycle.

Days later, officials released the surveillance video and identified Chamblee.

She was arrested and charged with second-degree arson.



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<![CDATA[Brewers Compete to Turn Wastewater to Beer]]>392068311Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:18:37 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/182435278.jpg

In July, the WateReuse Association, a national trade association representing the interests of water utilities, issued a challenge to Florida homebrewers – turn recycled water into the best beer on the planet.

More than 100 homebrewers from the Tampa area accepted the challenge.

On Saturday, September 10, two dozen certified beer tasters will determine whose homebrew rose to the challenge - making the best tasting beer from recycled water.

The event will take place at the Brew Bus Terminal & Brewery, 4101 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL



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<![CDATA[100 Chickens Found Living in Florida Woman's House]]>391780291Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:17:34 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/chickenhoarder.jpg

A woman is being investigated in Port Richey after police discovered about 100 chickens living inside a house.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office code enforcement deputies responded to the home where they found the flock of chicken in the unkempt residence.

The sheriff’s office has not said if the woman being investigated was living in the home with the chickens.



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<![CDATA[Vladimir Putin Arrested at Publix]]>391741661Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:54:46 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/083016+vladimir+putin+mug+shot.jpg

West Palm Beach Police arrested a man on who has quite the familiar name: Vladimir Putin.

No, it was not the President of Russia who ended up in jail, but a resident of the city who shares his name. 

A member of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to NBC 6 that Putin was also charged with resisting arrest following the incident outside a Publix.

Store employees said he was screaming at them and refusing to leave. Putin was taken into custody and charged with trespassing.

He had a court appearance Monday and was released from custody shortly after noon Tuesday. Putin is scheduled for another court appearance in late September.

Court records do not list an address for him. Sheriff's Deputy Eric Davis says he didn't know if Putin had a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Orlando Cops Mistook Doughnut Glaze for Meth: Report]]>388613222Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:15:02 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-50850209.jpg

An Orlando man who was arrested after police officers mistook Krispy Kreme doughnut glaze for crystal meth has been cleared.

Daniel Frederick Rushing, 64, was arrested on a possession of methamphetamine charge after he was pulled over for speeding back in December, according to an Orlando police report.

During the stop, an officer noticed a "rock like substance" on the floor board of Rushing's car.

"I recognized, through my eleven years of training and experience as a law enforcement officer, the substance to be some sort of narcotic," the report said.

According to the report, two separate field tests were performed and both came back positive for the presence of amphetamines.

Rushing was handcuffed, booked into county jail and strip searched, and it wasn't until a state crime lab did another test several weeks later that he was cleared, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"It was incredible," he told the Sentinel. "It feels scary when you haven't done anything wrong and get arrested...It's just a terrible feeling."

His arrest came after he had dropped off a neighbor at the hospital for a chemotherapy session, and went to give another friend, who worked at a 7-Eleven, a ride home, he said.

"I kept telling them, 'That's … glaze from a doughnut. … They tried to say it was crack cocaine at first, then they said, 'No, it's meth, crystal meth,'" he told the newspaper.

His arrest report confirms that he tried to explain to police that he didn't have any drugs.  

"Rushing stated that the substance is sugar from a Krispie Kreme Donut that he ate," wrote the officer who made the arrest, Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins, an eight-year department veteran. 

In a statement to the paper, Orlando police said the arrest was lawful but didn't explain why the two field tests were wrong.

Rushing has hired a lawyer and is seeking damages from the city.



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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Throwing Salsa Jars at Another Driver]]>388242962Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:56:58 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072616+jason+drew+mugshot.jpg

A man has been charged with throwing a glass salsa jar at another vehicle in an apparent road-rage incident.

The Florida Highway Patrol tells local media that Sunday, 42-year-old Jason Michael Drew was attempting to merge onto State Road 400 in a Ford pickup. The victim was also traveling in that direction in a Nissan Altima.

Troopers say Drew told them he felt the victim didn't allow him to merge because she crossed a solid white line, and thought she tried to run him off the road.

Drew then allegedly threw an empty glass salsa jar at the passenger side of the Altima.

Responding troopers found a box of empty salsa jars in Drew's vehicle.

Drew is charged with throwing a deadly missile at an occupied vehicle and criminal mischief/property damage.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Beachgoer Finds Pounds of Cocaine Floating in Water]]>386677001Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:55:15 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/stock-GettyImages-495004667.jpg

Authorities say a Florida beachgoer has found more than two pounds of cocaine floating in the water at a state park.

Charlotte County Sheriff's officials say the suspicious package was found Saturday at Don Pedro State Park. Authorities said the packaged contained 2.58 pounds of powder cocaine.

The Herald Tribune reported Tuesday the case is under investigation.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Woman Closes Eyes To Pray While Driving, Crashes Into Home]]>386483101Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:04:04 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/140089228.jpg

A North Florida woman is saying her prayers after running her car into a home — fter saying her prayers.

The 28-year-old woman was driving in the tiny town of Mary Esther, located west of Fort Walton Beach in the Florida Panhandle. Deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office say the driver told them she was praying and had her eyes closed before the incident took place.

According to NWFDailyNews.com, authorities say she ran a stop sign, going through an intersection and into the yard of a home. The driver tried to back out, but her car got stuck in sand and dirt around the home.

No one was hurt inside the home and the driver was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. She was cited for reckless driving with property damage.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested for Stealing Ambulance From Hospital]]>385664901Wed, 06 Jul 2016 06:25:08 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/ambulance4.jpg

A man was arrested in central Florida after authorities say he stole an ambulance.

Sanford police spokeswoman Bianca Gillette told the Orlando Sentinel that the ambulance had just delivered a patient to Central Florida Regional Hospital on Tuesday when the man hopped into the driver's seat and took off. A firefighter-EMT who had been in the back of the ambulance jumped out and was not injured.

Authorities say the man made it to an industrial area about 2 miles away before stopping at the dead end of a street.

The spokeswoman says a bystander saw the man and detained him until police arrived moments later.

The man was placed under arrest, but police didn't immediately release his name or what charges he would face.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Key West Holds Annual Key Lime Pie Eating Contest]]>385473521Mon, 04 Jul 2016 15:52:30 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/210*120/070416+key+west+pie+eating+contest.jpg

A Sunrise man on his honeymoon in Key West was able to bring home a championship to his new family after winning the annual “Mile High Key Lime Pie Eatin’ Contest”.

Elliott Zeller was able to eat an entire nine inch pie in under 63 seconds.

“I think I’ve been training for this my whole life,” said Zeller after the contest, his face and beard still smeared with pie. “My wife can vouch I don’t eat with my hands very much, and I’m a very sloppy eater -- so this was written for me.”

The consumption competition was the highlight of Key West’s three-day Key Lime Festival. Other festival events included a Key lime cooking class and a distillery tour featuring tastes of locally-made Key lime rum.



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<![CDATA[Home Invader Beaten With Own Weapon]]>384648521Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:57:30 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062816+noah+dasset+mug+shot.jpg

A home invasion suspect got quite the surprise when the homeowners turned the tables and beat him with his own weapon.

According to Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA, 33-year-old Noah Dassat, a native of California, broke into a home near North Port. After Dassat struck the man of the house with a baseball bat, that victim was able to put Dassat into a bear hug, which allowed the man’s wife to grab that bat and beat the suspect with it.

Dassat was able to get away, but was later arrested after a local hospital notified police a man with a head injury and using a fake name matched the description of the home invader.

Police said that three children were inside the home at the time of the attack, but none were hurt.

Dassat is being held in the Charlotte County jail without bond. It's not known if he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Punching Swan at Orlando Lake]]>384562611Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:30:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062716+sor+veldes+mug+shot.jpg

A 59 year old man was arrested Sunday evening as he punched a swan in front of two off-duty police officers.

According to Orlando NBC affiliateWESH-TV, two members of the Orlando Police Department were watching a swan and her babies along Lake Eola. At that point, Sor Velez walked between the officers and the mother swan.

The swan reached up toward Velez in what officers describe to be an effort to defend her babies. Velez then walked away, only to turn back around and punch the swan in the head before trying to run away.

He was caught by the off-duty officers, who called OPD to report the incident. Velez pled no contest to a charge of endangering wildlife on public property and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

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<![CDATA[Suspected Burglar Turns Out to Be Duck]]>383933881Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:11:45 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062216+martin+county+sheriff+vs.+duck.jpg

Members of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office were in for quite the surprise when answering a call of a suspected burglar inside a home.

According to the Palm Beach Post, a woman called 911 after returning to her Palm City home to find her front door open and noises coming from inside.

Deputies responded and found the culprit: a duck. The agency had fun with the finding on their Facebook page, posting the following summary:

"Deputy [Becky] Brady advised that the suspect tried to duck out on her several times, but they were able to apprehend him without rattling any feathers," the post says. "Despite a fowl attitude, the uninvited house guest was released and not charged. Another MCSO case quacked."

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<![CDATA[11-Foot Alligator Found in Fort Myers Storm Drain]]>382968501Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:13:02 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061416+giant+alligator+background.jpg

An 11-foot alligator has been found dead in a southwest Florida storm drain after residents complained about clogged drains and a bad odor.

The alligator was discovered Monday after Lee County officials received the calls from the Fort Myers neighborhood.

The Department of Transportation searched for the cause of the odor and found the alligator about 3 feet below ground in a catch basin. Local media outlets report that the alligator came through a 14-by-24 inch pipe, which measures about 4 feet wide.

Lee County public information officer Betsy Clayton said that her office receives calls about twice a year for gators, but most are not as large.

The decaying gator was removed and disposed of at a dump site.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Charged After Calling 911 Over Lack of Vodka]]>382283671Wed, 08 Jun 2016 18:17:31 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/060816+jack+means.jpg

A southwest Florida man was charged after authorities say he called 911 because his girlfriend wouldn't buy him vodka.

Jack Means is facing a misdemeanor charge of misusing 911 in an incident that happened Monday night, Collier County Sheriff's Office officials told NBC 2. It's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Authorities say Means called to report that his neighbors were fighting and yelling.

"Uh sorry. It's not what I'd call a true emergency, but it's the same b-s," he told the dispatcher in the 911 call.

But when two deputies responded, there was no fight or yelling. But the deputies found Means, who was drunk and said he was angry because his girlfriend wouldn't buy him alcohol, the report said.

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<![CDATA[Florida Man Wants Lake Name Changed From 'Horney']]>381969391Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:29:20 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/LakeHorney.jpg

Residents who live near Lake Horney in Lakeland, Florida, will be polled on whether they want to rename the lake to keep others from snickering.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that resident Barry Zimmerman, frustrated with salacious jokes connecting Lake Horney with its unfortunate homophone, petitioned the U.S Board of Geographic Names to rename it in honor of Alfred Lodwick. Lodwick was an aviation pioneer who built a military pilot training program in Lakeland during World War II.

Despite their affinity for Lodwick, most city commissioners didn't want to touch the thorny issue, concerned it would arouse other requests to rename civic monuments, landmarks and roads.

The city doesn't have authority to rename the lake. That's up to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names, which only asked the city's opinion.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Yabba-Dabba-Don't: Flintstones Car Parked Illegally ]]>381030201Thu, 26 May 2016 21:06:21 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052616+key+west+flintstones+car.jpg

Authorities in Key West spent Thursday trying to meet the Flintstones, or at least the owner of an illegally parked car that looks like the modern Stone Age family's.

City officials said they found the vintage car in the right of way in the 800 block of Emma Street Thursday.

The city posted a photo of the car on its Facebook page, and the owner was found a short time later.

"Thanks to everyone who helped on this! And thanks for all the funny remarks. This island is awesome!" the city's post read.



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<![CDATA[Alligator in Pool Embed]]>425129234Mon, 29 May 2017 12:58:07 -0400]]><![CDATA[Officer Catches Alligator Stealing Fruit]]>379858661Wed, 18 May 2016 04:39:42 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051716+gator+with+fruit.jpg

Florida alligators are known for eating many things: turtles, birds, the occasional human limb.

But one large gator with an apparent sweet tooth was recently photographed sliding into a canal with a whole watermelon clamped in its jaws.

"Gator caught stealing watermelon out of watermelon field in Hendry County,'' a Florida Agricultural Crimes Intelligence Unit officer wrote May 13 on the group's Facebook page. Sgt. Charles White of the Hendry County Sheriff's Office took the photo.

The image had been shared thousands of times by Tuesday. Hendry County is east of Fort Myers, largely agricultural and in the center of the southern part of the state.

The photo stunned Steve Stiegler, a wildlife biologist in the alligator management program at the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"Um," he said, chuckling. "This would be unusual. Watermelons are not generally part of an alligator's diet."

He added that the gator in the photo appears to be about 10 feet long.

Alligators are predatory carnivores that eat fish and frogs when they're small.

"As an alligator gets larger, it will eat larger fish, larger vertebrates such as snakes, birds, land mammals that get too close to the water or attempt to swim across the body of water," Stiegler said.

He said that for an unknown reason, people who illegally feed alligators often give them marshmallows. Indeed, on the Facebook post of the gator watermelon thief, several people reminisced about tossing marshmallows to gators in Florida.

That's a no-no, Stiegler said.

"That alligator probably has a sweet tooth, and one of the more popular treats for people who illegally feed alligators are marshmallows. Alligators can taste sweet, and somehow this alligator got a taste of a watermelon and he's gone back for more."

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<![CDATA[Officials Trap Gator Outside Country Walk Home]]>379669611Mon, 16 May 2016 18:33:33 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050616+gator+country+walk.JPG

Authorities trapped a large alligator that found its way into a neighborhood in the County Walk neighborhood of southwest Miami-Dade early Monday.

Security officers noticed the gator in the backyard of a home in the 14000 block of Southwest 149 Terrace around 4 a.m.

Resident Laura Saoud says she was woken up after security guards came knocking to warn residents of the scaly intruder.

The Baltimore native says she didn't mind being inconvenienced and actually hoped her preteen son would get a chance to see the gator.

"I think it's cool, I like it," she says. "I mean, he's not doing anything. I'm just making sure my cat stays inside."

Resident Abdallah Saoud says that waking up to police lights was a scary sight.

"I thought maybe there was a criminal in my back yard," he said. "It was pretty scary."

Security guards called Miami-Dade Police who then brought in an animal trapper. The trapper managed to lasso the creature before it was shot and killed.

The residential neighborhood is just steps away from a canal. The close encounter has residents saying they'll be more cautious in the future.

"It's just one of those things now, we'll be more cautious when we get out of the house, especially if it's early in the morning," Abdallah Saoud says.

Mating season for alligators occurs from mid-April through May, making sightings fairly common this time of year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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<![CDATA[Turtle Crashes Through Florida Woman's Windshield]]>379429891Fri, 13 May 2016 18:15:13 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051316+turtle+into+windshield+i-4.jpg

Turtle power!

Nicole Marie Bjanes was driving on I-4 in Deltona on Monday when a turtle came crashing through her windshield.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said another car hit the turtle while it was crossing the highway and propelled it into the air. Bjanes posted photos on Facebook showing her shattered windshield with the turtle upside-down on her dashboard.

"I really can't even believe it!!! Thanks for all your concern. I am a lucky girl," Bjanes wrote on her post. "All the people who stopped and the EMT and trooper were taking pics....unbelievable, and the guy at the hospital was laughing at how he should word the incident!!! Life is good and sometimes a little crazy....someone is keeping my on my toes and entertained."

Bjanes said she was shaken up but otherwise alright. The turtle was checked out and also found to be in good shape and returned to some nearby water.



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<![CDATA[Key West Police Rescue Woman Stuck in Banyan Tree]]>378822421Tue, 10 May 2016 19:13:40 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051016+woman+stuck+banyan+tree+key+west.jpg

A woman had to be rescued by police and firefighters after she got stuck inside a giant banyan tree in Key West.

Police posted a photo on Facebook Tuesday showing parts of the woman's legs and body sticking out of the tree, with officers standing nearby.

According to the Facebook post, Officer Scott Standerwick and fire rescue officials helped free the local woman.

"Protect and serve!" the Facebook post proclaims.



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<![CDATA[Alligator Foot Found in Man's Truck Dashboard: FWC]]>378658931Tue, 10 May 2016 04:25:33 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050916+alligator+foot+dashboard+fwc.jpg

A Florida man was slapped with a citation after Florida Fish and Wildlife officers made an unusual find in his dashboard: an alligator foot.

FWC officers stopped the truck to check for a day-use pass in a wildlife management area near Lake Okeechobee when they found alligator parts scattered inside the cab, the agency wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

Among the parts was a gator foot hanging out of the truck's dashboard.

The driver claimed the parts were from an alligator he had hunted a few years ago, but the smell told officers otherwise, the FWC said.

The man then confessed to killing the gator a few days before without a permit and was cited for the violation, authorities said.



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<![CDATA['Dead' Gator Takes Chomp Out of Man's Thumb]]>378645901Mon, 09 May 2016 12:42:28 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP120423117981_AlligatorGeneric.jpg

Authorities say a Florida man was bitten by an alligator after he mistook it for dead.

NBC affiliate WESH in Orlando reported Sunday that 41-year-old Bryan Rohm was bitten on the thumb and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office says Rohm and his son were on a boat Saturday and had a permit to hunt alligators. They shot an alligator twice with a specialized firearm known as a "bang stick'' and thought it was dead. But the alligator bit Rohm as he tried to get it in the boat.

The alligator then jumped back into the water.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Threw Gator Through Drive-Thru Pleading Guilty]]>378435111Fri, 06 May 2016 13:32:42 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/020916+gator+joshua+james.jpg

The Florida man who threw an alligator through a drive-thru window is now throwing himself on the mercy of the court.

The Palm Beach Post reports that 24-year-old Joshua James agreed in court Friday to plead guilty to unspecified misdemeanor charges on May 31 and let Judge Barry Cohen decide his sentence.

James was arrested in February on charges that he threw the 3 1/2-foot gator into a Wendy's last October. He was charged with several felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon.

James told WPTV that he is sorry for throwing the alligator and said it was stupid stunt. He had found the gator by the side of the road.

No one was hurt by the gator, which was captured and returned to the wild.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Tampa-Area Woman Wages 11-Year Carport Battle]]>377934961Tue, 03 May 2016 08:25:19 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/courtroom+generic+722.jpg

Don't tell Pamella Settlegood you can't fight city hall. She's been waging a battle to build a carport outside her St. Petersburg home for the past 11 years.

While her vehicles have baked in the heat, Settlegood has spent thousands of dollars, hired an architect and lawyer and met with officials from three different mayoral administrations.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Settlegood finally installed a canopy that exactly matches the color of her Spanish-style home.

Now she needs proper variances. But the city's top zoning official says the carport doesn't keep with the historic flavor of the neighborhood. Her department is asking the city's Development Review Commission to deny the variances on Wednesday.

Settlegood calls her battle a classic case of city bureaucracy throwing obstacles at every turn.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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