<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - South Florida News - Only in Florida]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/localen-usMon, 20 Nov 2017 18:21:12 -0500Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:21:12 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Park It: Florida Keys Man Arrested After Grocery Store Dispute]]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:55:19 -0500https://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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Man Ran Naked in Woman's Home, Tried on Her Clothes: Police]]>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:40:34 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:36:13 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:41:52 -0500https://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.



Photo Credit: WPTV.com / Port St. Lucie Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Frankenstein Baby Born at Florida Hospital on Halloween]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:33:16 -0500https://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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Drunken Tourist Can't Recall Attack During Zombie Bike Ride]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:21:08 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:05:43 -0500https://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.



Photo Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Robs Restaurant at Checkers Drive-Thru]]>Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:25:43 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:10:37 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:37:18 -0500https://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.




Photo Credit: Jacksonville Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA['Crack Money': Cops Find $1K Hidden in Florida Man's Rear]]>Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:02:32 -0500https://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.



Photo Credit: Marion County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Man Caught on Camera Pooping Behind Florida Business: Police]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:08:15 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:00:11 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:48:57 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:53:09 -0500https://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]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:18:03 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:18:51 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:24:39 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:23:38 -0500https://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.



Photo Credit: Marion County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[911 Call for Ride to Hooters Lands Florida Man in Jail]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:29:09 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:01:16 -0500https://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 ]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 10:21:21 -0500https://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:



Photo Credit: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Swan Sculpture Stolen By Naked Man Found: Sheriff]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 14:36:50 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 17:27:18 -0500https://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.




Photo Credit: Darrell Harbin
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<![CDATA[House Squatter Answers Door Naked; Wrestles With Deputies]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 13:41:09 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 15:02:08 -0500https://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. 

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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Stuck In Traffic Strikes Yoga Pose On Highway]]>Fri, 12 May 2017 16:16:53 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 11:07:48 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 11:47:11 -0500https://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]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:46:34 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:54:31 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:04:49 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:01:16 -0500https://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.



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<![CDATA[7-11 Clerk Refuses Dirty Pennies, Woman Pulls Guns: Police]]>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:02:42 -0500https://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]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:15:49 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:30:18 -0500https://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.



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<![CDATA[Dead Shark Found in Shopping Cart in Walmart Parking Lot]]>Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:12:16 -0500https://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



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<![CDATA[Man Captured After Crawling in Muddy Ditch to Escape Police]]>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:58:51 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:30:21 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:08:28 -0500https://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.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested on Drug Charges After Calling Police For Help]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:31:13 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:22:46 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:16:28 -0500https://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']]>Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:11:45 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:59:16 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:37:16 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:09:51 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:20:26 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:06:59 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:48:02 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:44:16 -0500https://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]]>Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:04:51 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:49:25 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:52:54 -0500https://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.



Photo Credit: WPTV]]>
<![CDATA[Naked Man Drove With Wires Attached to Private Parts: Police]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2016 23:12:27 -0500https://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



Photo Credit: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Truck Crashes Into Home After Driver Falls Out Leaving Club]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:46:14 -0500https://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"]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:13:00 -0500https://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.



Photo Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Arrested For Sending Drugs to Daughter in Jail]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:58:30 -0500https://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.



Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Woman Robs Arby's, Flees in Taxi Cab: Cops]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:14:15 -0500https://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.



Photo Credit: Alachua County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Duo Arrested For Capturing Alligator, Posing for Pictures]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:47:01 -0500https://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.

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<![CDATA[Orlando Releases More Pulse Nightclub Shooting 911 Calls]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:07:10 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:19:59 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:38:20 -0500https://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]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:18:37 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:17:34 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:54:46 -0500https://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]]>Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:15:02 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:56:58 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:55:15 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:04:04 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 05:25:08 -0500https://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]]>Mon, 04 Jul 2016 14:52:30 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:57:30 -0500https://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]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:30:16 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:11:45 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:13:02 -0500https://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]]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 17:17:31 -0500https://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']]>Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:29:20 -0500https://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 ]]>Thu, 26 May 2016 20:06:21 -0500https://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]]>Mon, 29 May 2017 11:58:07 -0500]]><![CDATA[Officer Catches Alligator Stealing Fruit]]>Wed, 18 May 2016 03:39:42 -0500https://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]]>Mon, 16 May 2016 17:33:33 -0500https://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]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 17:15:13 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 18:13:40 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 10 May 2016 03:25:33 -0500https://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]]>Mon, 09 May 2016 11:42:28 -0500https://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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Man Who Threw Gator Through Drive-Thru Pleading Guilty]]>Fri, 06 May 2016 12:32:42 -0500https://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]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 07:25:19 -0500https://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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<![CDATA[Man Bit Father, Grabbed His Testicles in Fight: Police]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:43:12 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/042516+thomas+ceroux+bond+court.jpg

A North Miami man grabbed his father's testicles and bit him during a fight at their home, police said.

Thomas Ceroux, 29, was arrested Saturday on an aggravated battery charge, police said. He appeared in court Monday where he was ordered held on $12,500 bond. It's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

According to an arrest report, Ceroux's father confronted him over loud noises coming from his room. Ceroux became irate and grabbed his dad by the testicles then bit him in his right thigh, causing a large break in the skin and bleeding, the report said.

Ceroux was ordered to stay away from his father if he posts bond.

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<![CDATA[Man to Travel in 'Ocean Bubble' From SoFla to Puerto Rico]]>Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:26:49 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/041316+ocean+bubble.jpg

A man has spent three nights sleeping on the beach building an unusual vessel, and it's all for a good cause. It looks like a Ferris wheel out in the ocean, and close up it's still difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is.

The mastermind behind the man-propelled bubble, Reza Baluchi, calls it his Hydro Pod; he plans to travel inside it from Pompano Beach, Florida, to Bermuda, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The first leg alone is about 1,033 miles.

"Mind is power. It's 85 percent your mind. Anything you can do," Baluchi said.

This type of adventure isn't unusual for the endurance athlete, who said he has survived weeks in Death Valley, biked across six continents and run around the perimeter of the United States.

In 2014, he tried to run across the sea in a similar bubble, but a distress signal notified the Coast Guard and Baluchi had to terminate his trip.

"They burst my bubble, and now I put signs up that say 'please don't burst my bubble,'" he said with a laugh.

Baluchi has been working the last couple of years to perfect the Hydro Pod. Each side has 36 buoyancy balls, and he has a life jacket that has a water filter, a GPS tracking device and even shark repellent.

To survive at sea, Baluchi filled backpacks with endurace bars, seasickness gum and tied Gatorade bottles with pantyhose to the Hydro Pod. His eventual goal is to run through every country in the world and raise money for children in need.

"I try to do the best thing from my heart. Giving help to children," Baluchi said.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Paddleboarder Has Close Encounter With Shark]]>Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:11:35 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/040816+paddleboarder+shark.JPG

A standup paddleboarder in Florida came face to face with a shark Thursday in the waters off Jupiter in Palm Beach County.

Maximo Trinidad shot video of the close encounter while boarding on his lunch break near Corners Beach, according to NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach.

The footage shows Trindad along when suddenly, his board clips a large shark to his left, sending Trinidad straight into the water.

"As soon as I saw that big beautiful animal jumping next to me, everything went into slow motion. I didn't want to be on top of it and think I was a fish," he told WPTV. "Everything was so surreal. It was so cool."

Trinidad is seen on video climbing back on top of his board and letting out an expletive in reaction to the incredible encounter.

He told WPTV this wasn't his first experience with a shark.

On another occasion, a shark jumped so high next to him it nearly reached eye level, Trinidad said.



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<![CDATA[Stolen Sign Returned After 30 Years]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:42:36 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040716+new+smyrna+beach+sign+returned.jpg

It took 30 years, but a guilty conscience led someone who stole a large metal sign in Florida to return it, along with a $50 money order, to the New Smyrna Beach Police Department.

A picture of the sign was posted Wednesday on the police department's Facebook page. It says: New Smyrna Beach Says No to Drugs.

Officials say the blue sign arrived in the mail with a note asking officials to use the money to reinstall the sign. The anonymous person asked for forgiveness, adding the sign was stolen in the late 1980s during "a fit of youthful exuberance.''

On Facebook, department officials said that the "act of contrition'' gives hope that people can do the right thing, even if it takes 30 years.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man With Florida Tattoo Charged With Burglary]]>Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:10:15 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/040616+johnathan+hewett.jpg

A Florida man with a tattoo of Florida on his face is facing burglary charges.

The Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday that 25-year-old Johnathan Hewett is jailed without bond. He has a map of Florida tattooed on his left forehead and temple.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Hewett is seen on surveillance video prying open the door of a home last month. Officials say he took a gun and two watches.

The homeowner identified him as the friend of a former roommate. Detectives say the video clearly shows Hewett's tattoo spelling "red rum" on his neck. That's "murder" spelled backward.

He was released from prison last August after serving eight months for being a felon in possession of a gun.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Dead Cat Voting? C. Fla. Voter Confused by Flier]]>Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:35:09 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-501344708.jpg

A Florida election official is working to help confused voters after one person reported that a registration flier had been sent home for her dead cat.

Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel said Thursday that he has set up a website to vet election mailings. He says he was motivated by the cat incident, in which a voter told him a Washington-based advocacy group had sent the mailing.

Ertel says the website will educate voters about which fliers are legitimate and which aren't.

The elections supervisor says some of the out-of-state fliers from interest groups can confuse voters.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Robber Left Wallet With ID on Scene: Police]]>Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:10:40 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

Investigators say a robber helped them out when he apparently dropped his own wallet with his identification in it as he and two accomplices tried to take money from men outside a Florida Panhandle bar.

Twenty-eight-year-old Devonte Levoris Pace was arrested in Panama City on Tuesday following the armed robberies on Jan. 16.

The News Herald reports that Pace and two other suspected robbers were captured on surveillance video robbing the men, who were in a vehicle outside the bar.

According to Panama City police reports, the trio walked up to the men, pulled a gun and demanded their wallets. About $600 in cash was stolen. The wallet left behind helped police arrest Pace.

It wasn't immediately known whether Pace had an attorney to contact for comment or whether the other men had been arrested.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Couple Arrested in Burrito Assault, Fork Stabbing]]>Thu, 24 Mar 2016 04:38:36 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032416+suzanne+hurlvert+carl+smith.jpg

A Crestview couple has been arrested after deputies say the woman hit her husband with a burrito before he retaliated by stabbing her hand with a fork.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office tells media outlets in a statement that deputies responded Tuesday to a home, where they found 51-year-old Suzanne Hurlvert with a fork protruding from her hand. It was so deeply embedded that hospital staff had to remove it.

Hurlvert told deputies that she and 66-year-old Carl Smith were arguing when she hit him in his head with her half-eaten Taco Bell Burrito Supreme. Hurlvert says Smith then stabbed her hand. Deputies found him at a bar.

Smith is charged with aggravated battery - domestic violence related. Hurlvert is charged with domestic violence related battery, second or subsequent offense. It's unclear if they have attorneys.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Not a Happy Hour as Beer, Chips Spill Onto Florida Highway]]>Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:08:44 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032316+chips+spill.jpg

It wasn't a happy hour for some central Florida drivers when trucks carrying Busch beer and Frito Lay chips collided, spilling them both along Interstate 95.

The crash happened early Wednesday morning near Melbourne.

Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said in statement that Zachary Basinger of Melbourne had stopped his Frito Lay box truck onto the right shoulder.

Roberto Ferrer Rodriguez of Miami told troopers he was trying to move his beer truck into the center lane but saw another vehicle and swerved back into the right lane. His truck struck the chips truck.

The Frito Lay truck overturned. The beer and chips spilled onto the highway. Traffic backed up as troopers closed the road while clearing the debris.

Rodriguez was ticketed for failing to maintain a single lane.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Man Steals BMW He Tried to Buy With Food Stamp Card: Cops]]>Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:25:08 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/032216+nicholas+jackson.jpg

Authorities in Florida have arrested a man they say stole a BMW after trying to buy it with a food stamp debit card.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets in a statement that 36-year-old Nicholas Jackson was arrested Friday and charged with grand theft auto.

Jackson remained behind bars Tuesday on $20,000 bond, jail records showed. It isn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Deputies say Jackson was turned away at the Pompano Beach auto dealership after trying to buy the $60,000 car using his EBT card and a credit card.

However, deputies say the suspect returned the next night and stole the car along with keys from 60 other vehicles.

Deputies say they later found Jackson with the car and the keys after he ran out of gas because he didn't have money to fill the tank.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Woman Fights to Keep Pet Alligator 'Rambo' at Home]]>Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:15:17 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gator-AP_1603152025090090.png

A Florida woman is fighting to keep her 6-foot-long pet alligator in her home.

The 125-pound reptile named Rambo wears clothes, rides on the back of a motorcycle and has a bedroom in Mary Thorn's home in Lakeland.

Thorn has had a license for the alligator she's kept for 11 years, but it recently grew to 6-feet and wildlife officials say that size alligator must have 2.5 acres of land. Thorn tells the Orlando Sentinel that even if she had land available, Rambo can't be left outdoors because of sensitivity to sunlight.

Thorn takes Rambo to schools and charity events to teach people about reptiles. She says she has trained him not to bite.

Florida wildlife commission spokesman Gary Morse says Thorn's case is under investigation.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Flamingo Escapes Park, Stops Traffic in Hialeah]]>Wed, 16 Mar 2016 05:38:29 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/flamingo-police-florida.jpg

A flamingo has been captured after it was spotted running through traffic in South Florida.

The Miami Herald reports the incident happened Sunday evening in Hialeah.

Hialeah police spokesman Sgt. Carl Zogby says the flamingo escaped Hialeah Park, where there is a colony of the pink tropical birds, and ended up at an intersection.

Officer Jose Romero was on routine patrol when he saw the bird running through traffic and gave chase.

Zogby says that it took three officers to corral the scared bird. He says the officers rounded up the flamingo, using a traffic vest to cover the animal's eyes to help calm him down.

The flamingo, which wasn't hurt, was returned to its home.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[When You Gotta Go: Man Defecates in Patrol Car]]>Mon, 14 Mar 2016 03:13:38 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Carlos+Adonis+Ramos-Erazo.jpg

A Florida man was arrested after telling a deputy he was speeding because he had to go to the bathroom. He ultimately ended up doing so in the back of a patrol car.

Lake County Sheriff's officials say 24-year-old Carlos Adonis Ramos-Erazo refused to get out of his vehicle after being nabbed for going 20 miles over the speed limit Thursday. He said he had to go to the bathroom and drove off, hitting the deputy's arm with the vehicle.

Authorities say the deputy followed the man to his home, where the suspect tried to run inside, but was shot with a Taser.

Authorities say he urinated and defecated in the back of the patrol car on the way to the jail.

The Daily Commercial reported he faces charges including fleeing, battery on a law enforcement officer.

He was released on $18,000 bail, the Daily Commercial reported.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Substitute Teacher Arrested for Being Drunk in Class]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 18:17:01 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030916+holly+joel.jpg

A substitute teacher in central Florida has been arrested after authorities say she showed up drunk in a classroom of second-graders.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 52-year-old Holly Joel faces charges of disorderly intoxication, child neglect and disturbing the peace.

Police officers in Sanford say a school secretary and another staffer became suspicious of Joel while she supervised a classroom of students Tuesday.

When a principal asked her to stand, she stumbled and fell. She also was unable to answer what day of the week it was.

A Sanford police officer says Joel had a water bottle filled with a pink liquid that was alcohol. The officer also says her breath smelled of alcohol and she slurred her speech.

The newspaper says a phone number for Joel was disconnected.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Ponies Back Home After Running Free in NW Miami-Dade]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 17:39:48 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ezgif.com-resize+%281%29.gif

A group of ponies are back home after they broke loose and ran free for nearly an hour near the Florida Turnpike in northwest Miami-Dade Wednesday morning, sending authorities on a wild chase.

The group of five ponies were first spotted on the southbound side of the Turnpike between Red Road/57th Avenue and I-75 in northwest Miami-Dade just before 8 a.m. It's not known exactly where the ponies came from or how they broke loose.

The ponies galloped, occasionally stopping to munch on grass, alongside the highway until reaching the Miami-Dade/Broward county line around 8:45 a.m. 

Florida Highway Patrol officials and multiple Road Rangers tried to block in the ponies with police cars lined up alongside the highway, but the group ran off.

The group was herded near a broken fence just before 9 a.m. and the chase briefly stopped, but the ponies ran off once again.

By 9 a.m., the group of ponies had turned around and made their way to a residential neighborhood just off the roadway, weaving in and out of backyards and even stopping for a drink at a small pond before a resident was seen waving them away.

The chase finally came to an end around 9:20 a.m. after the ponies were seen being corralled back behind a white fence at a home.

The group stopped for water, and were seen rolling around and playing in the grass after their eventful morning.

The residence appears to be the home of the ponies, but that has not yet been confirmed. 

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Scuba Diver Gets Sucked Into Power Plant Pipe]]>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 22:18:18 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000022498663_1200x675_637357635880.jpgA diver from St. Lucie County said he's lucky to be alive after being sucked into an intake pipe at the Florida Power and Light nuclear plant.]]><![CDATA[Gator Pulled From Backyard Pool in Lakeland]]>Thu, 03 Mar 2016 07:37:19 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/030216+gator+in+pool.jpg

A Central Florida family experienced quite the shock when they discovered an alligator in their backyard swimming pool.

The Lakeland homeowner got home around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and went out to his backyard, where he noticed bubbles coming up to the surface of the water, according to Craig Lear.

When he realized a gator was in the pool, he called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lear said. They sent a trapper to safely remove it.

The home is located on Osprey Landing Drive in the Eagle Brooke Golf Course subdivision.



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<![CDATA[Naked Woman Kicks Out Police Car Window: MDPD]]>Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:38:29 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/022316+naked+woman+police+car+miami-dade.jpg

A naked woman who was taken into custody for disorderly conduct at a Miami gentleman's club kicked out a police car window as she was being taken to jail Tuesday, police said.

Iyana Sade Llanos, 25, was taken into custody after police responded to a call of two women arguing at The Office Gentleman's Club at 250 Northeast 183rd Street, Miami-Dade Police said.

When officers arrived Llanos was on the side of the building yelling and screaming profanities, an arrest report said. As the officers spoke with her, Llanos began taking her clothes off and continued yelling, the report said.

The officers told Llanos several times to put her clothes back on but she refused, the report said. Llanos, who is listed in the report as a dancer, also had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, the report said.

After Llanos told the officers "take me to jail," she was placed in hand restraints and put in the back of the car. While she was being taken to jail, she kicked out a police car window and had to be taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor injuries, police officials said.

Llanos is also expected to face a criminal mischief charge and be booked into jail after her release from the hospital. It's unknown if she's hired an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Cheese on Garlic Knots Sparks Pizzeria Brawl]]>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:52:35 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cheese+generic.jpg

A brawl broke out at a Florida pizzeria after an order of garlic knots arrived with cheese on top.

A Flagler County police report says 25-year-old Jessica Conti was upset her order at Palm Coast Pizza arrived with cheese and demanded her money back late Friday.

Police said Conti was angered when the clerk put her money on the counter in what she considered a disrespectful manner.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports three men then stormed into Palm Coast Pizza and knocked a fax machine and cash register off a counter. They also threw food — including a parmesan cheese container — and pizza boxes.

They left before deputies arrived. But someone at the restaurant identified them. Deputies soon tracked them down and arrested them.

Conti, along with Vincent Conti, Hareem Jones and Shawn Cody were charged with burglary and criminal mischief. They were released from jail. It's unclear whether they've hired lawyers.

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<![CDATA[Man Took Backhoe Joyride on 7 Mile Bridge]]>Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:52:51 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/021616+florida+keys+backhoe.jpg

Officials say a 59-year-old man took a backhoe on a joyride across the famous Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, dumping boulders onto the road along the way.

Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said in a news release that Carl Blahnik damaged the road and the sides of the bridge early Tuesday while recklessly driving along it for 90 minutes.

She said deputies following him reversed direction several times to keep from being hit by the backhoe but eventually left the bridge for safety.

Officials released dashcam footage from one of the deputies' car which shows the backhoe kicking up sparks during part of the pursuit.

Herrin said that when Blahnik left the bridge, he hit spikes deputies had placed on the road. He faces charges and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Herrin didn't say whether Blahnik has a lawyer.

Traffic was allowed back on the bridge after 3 a.m.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Grenade Found in Shallow Water at Florida Beach]]>Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:17:48 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_beachgrenade0211_1500x845.jpgA man with a metal detector found a grenade in the shallow water at Florida's Port Charlotte beach, prompting a response from law enforcement and Southwest Florida Regional Bomb Squad disposal personnel.]]><![CDATA[Man Throws Live Gator Into Drive-Thru Window]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:24:51 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/020916+gator+joshua+james.jpg

A Florida man is facing assault charges after authorities said he threw an alligator through an open Wendy's drive-thru window.

It happened back in October, but the suspect was only recently taken into custody.

Officials said 23-year-old Joshua James pulled up to the drive-thru for his order. After a server handed over a drink and turned around, James reportedly reached into the back of his truck and tossed the 3.5-foot gator through the window.

James is facing charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator, according to Palm Beach County Jail records.

His parents said the incident was a harmless prank and it's being blown out of proportion. "He's not a bad kid. He's a stupid kid. He did a stupid prank," said Linda James, Joshua's mother. "He had no problem turning himself in."

Officials said James admitted to picking up the gator on the side of a nearby road and bringing it to the fast food restaurant.

The alligator was later released in a nearby canal.

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<![CDATA['Batman' Robs 2 Orlando Dollar Stores: Deputies]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 07:34:14 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/233*120/020416+batman+robber+orlando.JPG

Sheriff's deputies in Florida are searching for a man they said dressed up as Batman and robbed two Orlando dollar stores Tuesday night.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the man entered the 123 Dollar Store around 8 p.m. Tuesday and demanded money from the clerk. About 90 minutes later, the same man robbed a Dollar General.

The clerks at both stores were unharmed.

Deputies describe the suspect as a white or Hispanic male with a thin build. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and, of course, a Batman mask and costume.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Orange County Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

In November, a man attempted to rob a Jacksonville convenience store while wearing a Darth Vader mask. It's not clear wwhether the cases are related.



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<![CDATA[Kinkajou Who Terrified Elderly Miami Woman Goes Home]]>Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:52:41 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/012716+kinkajou+goes+home.JPG

An exotic pet that terrified an elderly Miami woman when it entered her house uninvited and curled up on her chest Tuesday night is back home with its owner.

"I can't believe it. I thought she was lost forever," said Raymond Fernandez, owner. "I'm glad she's okay."

The 99-year-old woman woke up to find a highly unusual animal snoozing on her chest. Veterinarians later confirmed the animal was a kinkajou, usually found in the rainforests of Central and South America.

At 2 a.m., the terrified woman called her son-in-law who came over immediately and found the animal in the attic. He was able to lure the kinkajou out with food and brought it to veterinarian Dr. Don J. Harris, who works for the South Dade Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center. Dr. Harris knew the animal had to belong to someone.

"No undomesticated wild animal like this would curl up on a woman's chest to go to sleep," Dr. Harris explained.

The animal, whose name is Banana, was being cared for at South Dade Animal Hospital, where the medical center operates. Banana, who was on the run for more than a week, was reunited with its owner Wednesday morning.

However, it appears Banana had caught the attention of other people in the same area, days before she was found inside the elderly woman's home.

"I saw it in the bushes, kind of looking at me, and I saw a tail and we're like, 'What is that?' We called it over and it was kind of playful," said Arthur Guisasola, who spotted Banana last week but said it was too late in the evening to call animal services. "That should be home and taken care of at all times because it can cause a shock to everyone."

Kinkajous typically spend most of their time in trees. They have the ability to turn their feet backwards to run easily in either direction, along branches or up tree trunks. Kinkajous also often hang from their tails. According to National Geographic, they are sometimes called "honey bears" because they raid bees' nests by slurping honey from the hive.



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<![CDATA[99-Year-Old Woman Wakes Up With Exotic Animal on Chest]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:51:53 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012616+kinkajou+in+miami+home.jpg

A 99-year-old woman in Miami said she woke up to find an animal on her chest, according to a veterinarian caring for the unusual creature.

"I was awaken by a phone call at 2 a.m., which is never good news, and it was from my terrified mother-in-law," said Carlos Aguaras.

Aguaras said he rushed over, and found the animal that had terrified his mother-in-law. The only other person in the home at the time was her live-in caregiver.

It was a kinkajou, an animal usually found in the rainforests of Central and South America, said Veterinarian Dr. Don J. Harris, who works for the South Dade Avian & Exotic Animal Medical Center.

Aguaras said the animal was in the attic when he arrived, and they lured it out with food. They got it inside a cage and brought it to Dr. Harris, who said he knew the animal belonged to someone.

"No undomesticated wild animal like this would curl up on a woman's chest to go to sleep," Dr. Harris explained.

The animal, whose name is Banana, was being cared for at South Dade Animal Hospital, where the medical center operates, but will be reunited with its owner Wednesday morning.

There's no word on how the animal got loose, but the woman's family has a message for the owners. "Put it in the hands of the experts, but it's not intended to be a pet in a home," Aguaras said.

Kinkajous typically spend most of their time in trees. They have the ability to turn their feet backwards to run easily in either direction, along branches or up tree trunks. Kinkajous also often hang from their tails. According to National Geographic, they are sometimes called "honey bears" because they raid bees' nests by slurping honey from the hive.



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<![CDATA[Crocodile Found in Florida Keys Pool]]>Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:00:27 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/CROCODILE+IN+A+POOL+%282%29.jpg

A homeowner in Lower Matecumbe Key had quite the surprise Thursday morning when an uninvited guest turned up in the pool: a live crocodile.

The homeowner, who lives near mile marker 77, called the Monroe Sheriff’s Office and asked for help removing the 8-foot croc.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials responded to the scene to help.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said the croc got out of the pool and returned to its natural habitat.

It’s still unclear how the crocodile got into the pool.
 



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<![CDATA[Woman Says She Doesn't Know How Drugs Got in Vagina]]>Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:56:10 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/012016+dusty+rae+ingram.jpg

A northwest Florida woman who was caught with a plastic bag full of pills in her vagina while being booked into jail said she didn't know how the drugs wound up in there, officials said.

Dusty Rae Ingram, 38, was being booked into the Okaloosa County Jail on Jan. 5 when the drugs were found during a strip search, NWFDailyNews.com reported.

Ingram said she had a prescription for the drugs, which she usually keeps in her purse, but was unsure how they wound up in her vagina, officials said.

Ingram admitted she knew she wasn't allowed to bring pills into the jail and was charged with introducing contraband into a detention facility.



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<![CDATA[C. Fla. City Wants Giant Mushroom Statue Back]]>Wed, 06 Jan 2016 07:50:40 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mushrooms_.jpg

A statue of a giant mushroom that was erected in Winter Haven in 1954, then collapsed in 2005, could be resurrected if a group of residents has its way.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that some Winter Haven nostalgists are calling for the return of the quirky community landmark. A Facebook group has been launched to bring it back.

The mushroom was hollow with a concrete shell and was used as a picnic area. It was featured on several Web sites that listed odd pieces of Americana and became a popular roadside attraction.

It survived the realignment of Cypress Gardens Boulevard in 2000, but collapsed after a hairline crack was noticed on the cap. Some suspected damage from the trio of hurricanes that struck in 2004 was the culprit.

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<![CDATA['Margaritaville' Aids Key West Tattoo Case]]>Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:57:03 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/053013+margaritaville+generic.jpg

A Virginia man who wants to open up a tattoo parlor in Key West can thank Jimmy Buffett's ``Margaritaville'' for helping him with his latest court case.

City officials twice referenced the song in opposition to Brad Buehrle's proposal for a new tattoo shop, saying drunken tourists would be more likely to get tattoos and then regret it if more ink shops were open in Key West's historic district.

But the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the city misunderstood the song lyrics in which the languorous narrator reflects on a brand new tattoo, but how the ``Mexican cutie'' got there, ``I haven't a clue.''

The judges wrote in a footnote to their ruling that the character in the song deems his new tattoo ``a real beauty'' and seems far from embarrassed about it.

The appeals court ruled last week that the city failed to show that more tattoo shops would erode the historic district's ``character and fabric,'' The Key West Citizen reported. 

According to the ruling, the city feared that ``rash tourists will obtain regrettable tattoos, leading to negative association with Key West.''

Tattoo parlors were banned within Key West city limits until 2007, when the city amended zoning rules to allow a limited number of them. Currently, two tattoo shops operate there and ``the city concedes the absence of any ill effect as a result'' of them, according to the ruling.

Buehrle, who operates a tattoo shop in Richmond, Virginia, had asked the city to issue a permit allowing him to open another business in a historic stretch of Duval Street.

Buehrle's attorney, Wayne LaRue Smith, said that he ``doesn't believe for a minute that there's any adverse effects'' remotely possible.

The appeals court sent the case back to district court for more proceedings consistent with its opinion.

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<![CDATA[Man Leaves Heroin-Filled Burrito at Hospital: Cops]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:59:15 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/123015+bradenton+heroin+burrito.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and finding a man who dropped off a burrito with a heroin-filled syringe inside to a Bradenton hospital.

The Bradenton Herald reports that the man handed the Blake Medical Center employee a bag of food he said was for a particular patient. When the employee checked the food inside the bag, a syringe was found hidden inside a burrito.

Bradenton police were immediately called. Officers tested the liquid inside the syringe with a field test kit, and it tested positive for the presence of heroin.

The incident happened Nov. 3, but police released the information and a photo of the suspect on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Woman Ate Sushi, Sweets While Riding Wal-Mart Cart]]>Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:56:38 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/122815+josseleen+lopez.jpg

A Florida woman has been accused of taking methamphetamine and driving a motorized shopping cart through a Wal-Mart while drinking wine and eating sushi and cinnamon rolls.

According to a Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrest report, security officer Robert Gross observed 25-year-old Josseleen E. Lopez consuming $32.36 worth of food and wine inside the Lecanto store.

Gross says he watched Lopez open some sushi, eat a piece and then put it back on the shelf. He says Lopez did the same thing with a package of mini muffins and cinnamon rolls. He says Lopez also ate most of a rotisserie chicken.

Lopez told authorities she was homeless and hungry and had just injected herself with methamphetamine.

She was arrested on charges of retail petit theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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<![CDATA[Fla. Woman Attacked Husband Over Flatulence: Cops]]>Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:15:23 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/122215+dawn+meikle.JPG

A Port St. Lucie woman was arrested and charged with battery after authorities say she attacked her husband for repeatedly passing gas in bed.

According to a police report, Donald Meikle told police that his wife, Dawn, elbowed him and kicked him out of bed the morning of Friday, Dec. 11. Dawn told police her husband was repeatedly passing gas.

The fight escalated as the flatulence continued. Dawn Meikle reportedly ran to the bathroom to call 911 and also discharged a canister of pepper spray.

During the altercation, Dawn Meikle suffered a split lip while her husband suffered scratches on his chest.

She has since been released from jail.

Records did not indicate whether she had hired an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Woman Finds Shoplifting Suspect in Husband's Pajamas]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:03:42 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121415+eryn+rice.jpg

Deputies say a Central Florida woman thought her husband was having an affair when she found a 22-year-old woman wearing his pajamas. Turns out the woman was just hiding from the law.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Monday that Eryn Rice slipped into the couple's Deltona, Florida, home on Sunday after escaping from a deputy who'd arrested her for shoplifting. They said she washed her clothes, showered and took a nap.

The Orlando Sentinel reports when the 73-year-old woman first saw Rice, she thought her husband was cheating on her. The husband was playing golf; when he returned, he swore he'd never seen her before.

Not knowing she was on the run, the couple drove Rice home. Later, they contacted authorities, who arrested Rice.

Jail records didn't list an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Man Surrenders After Hearing Cops Outside Storage Unit]]>Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:28:22 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pot_1200x675_583935555645.jpg

A man who authorities say was growing marijuana in a central Florida storage unit panicked when he heard a police helicopter hovering nearby and called 911 to surrender.

The problem? Edgewater police officers were in the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon to investigate an unrelated suspicious death.

It was shortly after 12:30 p.m. when 47-year-old Jasper Harrison told the dispatcher he was ``the guy'' they were looking for, adding he wanted to come out without being shot.

Harrison told the dispatcher he wanted police to contact him.

An officer called and got directions to his storage unit. Police found 150 grams of cultivated marijuana and nine plants inside. Harrison faces charges of growing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and intent to sell. It's not known if he has a lawyer.

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<![CDATA[Man Growing Pot Panics, Surrenders to Cops]]>Thu, 10 Dec 2015 07:17:24 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/121015+jasper+harrison.jpg

A man who authorities say was growing marijuana in a central Florida storage unit panicked when he heard a police helicopter hovering nearby and called 911 to surrender.

The problem? Edgewater police officers were in the neighborhood Wednesday afternoon to investigate an unrelated suspicious death.

It was shortly after 12:30 p.m. when 47-year-old Jasper Harrison told the dispatcher he was "the guy" they were looking for, adding he wanted to come out without being shot.

Harrison told the dispatcher he wanted police to contact him.

An officer called and got directions to his storage unit. Police found 150 grams of cultivated marijuana and nine plants inside. Harrison faces charges of growing marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and intent to sell. It's not known if he has a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Ex-Employee Tried to Rob Outback With Water Gun: Cops]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 21:11:12 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120815+Jimmy+Pierre.jpg

Authorities have arrested a man they say tried to rob his former employer with a toy water gun.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's officials said Jimmy Pierre, 35, went to the Outback Steakhouse where he used to work on Monday and held the water gun against the manager's head while ordering him to open a safe.

Authorities said the manager asked Pierre what he was doing, warning that fellow employees would easily be able to identify him.

Pierre, who was fired in October, said he was broke and needed money. According to an arrest report, the two struggled over the gun and Pierre allegedly dropped a computer monitor on the manager's head and tried to burn him with a hand torch.

The Sun Sentinel reports Pierre faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Naked Man Drove 110 MPH, Facing DUI Charge]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:56:05 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/120815+noe+dejesus.jpg

A southwest Florida man was arrested on a DUI charge after authorities say he was caught driving 110 mph on Alligator Alley naked with three woman as his passengers.

Noe DeJesus, 33, is also facing a charge of driving without a valid driver's license following his arrest Saturday by the Florida Highway Patrol, the Naples Daily News reported.

DeJesus, of Lehigh Acres, posted $6,000 bond Sunday, jail records showed. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

According to the FHP, callers reported seeing a Cadillac driving recklessly and on and off the road near the middle of Alligator Alley, a highway spanning South Florida. An FHP trooper spotted the car a short time later as it traveled near Naples, an arrest report said.

The trooper estimated the car's speed at 110 mph and his radar said it was going 109, the report said.

When the trooper stopped the car, he saw DeJesus had no shirt on and there was an open 12-pack of Corona between the two front seats, the report said. When DeJesus opened his door, the trooper realized he was completely naked, the report said.

DeJesus smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, the report said. He also stumbled and nearly fell, the report said.

The trooper found several empty beer bottles and a nearly empty bottle of Crown Royal whiskey, the report said.



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<![CDATA[Cleaner Sold Cocaine from Work Van: Cops]]>Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:36:43 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/02242011+generic-handcuffs.jpg

Key Haven police say they have arrested a carpet cleaner accused of selling cocaine from his work van.

The Miami Herald reports 54-year-old Jerry Phelps of Rug Busters was arrested on counts including trafficking cocaine and intent to sell cocaine.

Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean says authorities conducted an undercover operation last week. During the operation, detectives discovered that Phelps was using his van to make cocaine deliveries.

Authorities say they obtained warrants for his arrest and found nine bags containing over 26 grams of cocaine and more than $2,000 in cash on him. Officials also discovered an additional 15 bags of cocaine, 21 grams of marijuana and over $9,600 at his home.

It isn't immediately clear if Phelps has an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA['Darth Vader' Arrested in N. Fla. Attempted Robbery]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:56:19 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/darth-gif.gif

A man was arrested after he attempted to rob a Jacksonville Beach convenience store while wearing a Darth Vader mask, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says.

According to police records, 32-year-old Jacob Mercer entered the '8 til Late' convenience store Sunday night with a gun.

Surveillance video showed Mercer entering the store wearing black pants, light blue sneakers and a black and gray hoodie along with a Darth Vader mask. Deputies say Mercer, armed with a pistol, pointed the gun at store employees and demanded money. A clerk got into a physical confrontation with Mercer and refused to give any money.

According to the report, the clerk threw a jar of blue cheese dressing at Mercer during the altercation, causing a laceration to Mercer's face.

A witness told deputies that he saw Mercer flee the area and get into a silver colored car with New York plates. The witness reported seeing Mercer remove the mask and that he had blood all over his face from the laceration.

Mercer was apprehended a short time later, and the witness positively identified him. Deputies found several handguns and ammunition inside a backpack belonging to Mercer.

Deputies say Mercer was taken to the hospital for treatment of the laceration to the face, and was booked into jail afterward.

Mercer was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon.

He was ordered held without bond.

It is not known if Mercer has hired an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Car Burglar Left Wallet, I.D. at Crime Scene: MCSO]]>Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:03:54 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/111215+Vladimir+Estele.jpg

A Florida Keys car burglar was arrested after authorities say he left his wallet and identification at the scene of the crime.

Vladimir Estele, 18, is facing one count of vehicle burglary following his arrest Thursday, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.

Estele was being held without bond and it was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Authorities said the burglary happened Wednesday in the Key Haven neighborhood in Stock Island. A woman said her unlocked vehicle had been ransacked and money had been taken from inside.

While checking the area, a deputy found a wallet belonging to Estele. Deputies went his his home where he said he'd lost his identification and admitted he was walking in the area of the car burglary, authorities.

Estele later admitted to entering a number of vehicles in the area and taking loose change, authorities said.

It's believed Estele was accompanied by two friends and more arrests are pending, authorities said.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Man Climbs Mexican Pavilion at Epcot]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:04:27 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/212*120/epcot.jpg

A man in Orlando was enjoying Disney's Food and Wine Festival a little too much, when he decided to climb the pavilion in Mexico at the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The video, which was captured by user @missinth, is quickly making the rounds on social media.

"We saw this tonight. This man is going to ruin EPCOT for everyone," read the description.

It is still unclear what happened to the man once he came down, or how he came down.

NBC 6 has reached out to Walt Disney World for comment, but we have not yet heard back.

 



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<![CDATA[Dinner Surprise: Burglar Falls Through Ceiling in C. Fla.]]>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 08:41:15 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/195*120/GettyImages-106663402.jpg

Police say a burglary suspect's plans went awry when he dropped in on stunned dinner patrons through the ceiling of a Florida restaurant and was then held down by the customers until officers arrived.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports diners told the manager of the Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet they heard noises coming from the ceiling on Tuesday evening.

Police say 30-year-old Justin Grimes had gone through ceiling tiles in the bathroom and then fell through into the dining room as he attempted to make his way to the area over the office. Police say he was looking for money.

He is charged with burglary of an occupied structure and is being held in jail.

Records don't indicate whether he's retained an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Man Wants to Give Satanic Invocation at Commission Meeting]]>Fri, 23 Oct 2015 07:06:08 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/51728795+%281%29.jpg

A South Florida man is threatening to sue Lake County if officials pray during a commission meeting but do not allow him to give a satanic invocation.

Chaz Stevens, a self-described atheist, tells local media that his request this week is part of his "Satan or Silence Project." His goal is to persuade elected officials to either drop prayers before meetings or allow him to lead a satanic prayer.

Commission Chairman Jimmy Conner says he will not allow the request.

In the past, Stevens has helped sway several cities to have a moment of silence before meetings instead of a prayer. He says he consider filing a lawsuit if Lake County denies his request.

Conner says he'll rally churches to raise money for a defense, should he need to. He has no plans to forgo the invocation.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Marathon Man Caught 'Mooning' Drivers: Deputies]]>Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:53:52 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

A Marathon man has been charged with indecent exposure after Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies say he was "mooning" and exposing himself to passing cars on Sugarloaf Key on Wednesday.

Deputies found 61-year-old Marino Sanchez around 4:40 p.m. at the 17 mile marker after responding to several calls from drivers. Motorists accused Sanchez of exposing his backside, as well as grabbing his genitals and shaking them at passing cars.

When authorities arrived, they say Sanchez showed signs of being drunk.

Sanchez was positively identified by several witnesses who claim to have seen him exposing himself.

He was arrested and charged with indecent exposure and taken to jail.

It is not known if Sanchez has hired an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Pair Charged With Theft, Left Name in Guest Book]]>Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:23:00 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102015+Megan+Ohara+and+David+Ziskowski.jpg

A man and woman left the woman's name and telephone number in the guest book of a South Florida art gallery before stealing about $6,000 worth of jewelry, authorities said.

Palm Beach police said 24-year-old Megan Ohara and 19-year-old David Ziskowski took a bracelet and a ring Sunday from the Attila JK exhibition at the ICFA Gallery. They were spotted a short time later at a nearby grocery, and police reported finding the jewelry in the woman's purse.

Officers found multiple fake email addresses and at least one obscene drawing in the gallery's guest book. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that two of the fake emails included the name "Meg" and one included Ohara's phone number.

Ohara and Ziskowski were arrested and charged with grand theft. Jail records didn't list attorneys.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Fake Cop Arrested for Pulling Over Real Officer]]>Sat, 17 Oct 2015 19:04:10 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Joshua-Lynam.jpg

It was a game of real cop, fake cop in the Florida panhandle.

An Escambia County man was arrested Friday and charged with posing as a law enforcement officer after he pulled over an actual deputy. 

Joshua Lynam, 24, of Milton, had red and white lights installed in his pickup truck and pulled behind a deputy from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office who was riding in an unmarked vehicle, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

"(The officer) saw the emergency lights, and he pulled over to the side to let him go by," Sgt. Andrew Hobbs told the press, "(Lynam) pulled up behind him, and pretty much did a traffic stop."

According to Hobbs, officials arrested Lynam after the deputy requested to see his identification and he could not present it.  Lynam was released from Escambia County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

In 2013, Lynam was reportedly arrested for threatening to beat an officer with a video game controller if he turned Lynam's computer off. The responding officer was conducting a welfare check after Lynam reportedly threatened to commit suicide.

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<![CDATA[Man Butt-Dialed 911, Arrested on Warrant]]>Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:32:52 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101615+Derek+Candelario.jpg

A Florida man who had a warrant out for his arrest was busted after he accidentally butt-dialed 911, authorities said.

Derek Candelario, 21, was taken into custody after placing the call from Gunter Park in Lake Hamilton south of Orlando, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Candelario remained behind bars Friday, jail records showed. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Deputies responded to the park and found Candelario, who was in the park after closing hours, and he was immediately non-cooperative, authorities said.

It turned out the reason Candelario wasn't cooperating was because he had an outstanding warrant for aggravated domestic violence, authorities said.

Candelario was taken into custody on the warrant and also charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest without violence for trying to run away from the deputies, authorities said.



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<![CDATA[Tampa-Area Suspects Steal 2K Quarters, Do Laundry]]>Fri, 16 Oct 2015 20:11:51 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/North+Dakota+Quarters+Generic+Money.jpg

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man and woman accused of stealing approximately $500 in quarters from a laundromat's change machine, then using the money to do laundry at the same laundromat.

Deputies say the man used a modified key at a Tampa laundromat to open the change machines and steal about $500 in quarters on Sept. 27. 2,000 quarters weigh about 25 pounds.

Authorities say a surveillance camera from a Tampa laundromat shows the two suspects doing their laundry with the same coins.

The man is described as being a white male between 25 and 35 years old with a sleeve tattoo on his left arm and another tattoo on his inner right bicep.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Fla. Couple Prolongs Police Standoff for Sex: Cops]]>Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:31:54 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/101615+leanne+hunn+ryan+bautista.jpg

A man and woman have been arrested after officials said they prolonged a standoff with police in order to have sex.

Police tell local news outlets they responded Wednesday night to a Jacksonville mobile home in search of 34-year-old Ryan Patrick Bautista, who was wanted on several warrants. Bautista and 30-year-old Leanne Hunn were holed up in the mobile home, leading to a standoff.

Police said they tried to make contact with the people inside for about 45 minutes. At one point, Hunn told police over the phone that she would give up, but that she wanted to have sex with Bautista "one last time."

Bautista and Hunn were arrested after SWAT team negotiators arrived. Both were charged with resisting arrest and false imprisonment. It's not clear if they have attorneys.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Man Knocked Out by Hot Sauce in Fight Over Graham Crackers]]>Sun, 18 Oct 2015 10:13:33 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/shawn-thomas.jpg

Police say a man threw a hot sauce bottle and knocked his victim unconscious in a fight over graham crackers in Florida.

Riveria Beach police say Shawn Deandre Thomas was eating graham crackers this week at a church that provides meals for the homeless. Authorities said Thomas became upset when someone asked for his crackers so he picked up a bottle of hot sauce and allegedly threw it at the man's head, knocking him unconscious.

According to a police report, Thomas also punched another man in the throat when he tried to intervene.

Thomas is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and battery.

The Palm Beach Post reports the 40-year-old and a 57-year-old victims were taken to a hospital but their conditions were not known.

 It was not immediately known if Thomas had an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Man Brings Human Skull To Publix]]>Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:41:10 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-550762637.jpg

Authorities in central Florida have a mystery on their hands after a homeless man brought a human skull to a Publix in Sebastian.

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that deputies were summoned Tuesday morning after the man holding the skull walked into the parking lot at Riverwalk Plaza in Roseland. He asked a maintenance worker to notify authorities about skeletal remains in the woods across the street.

The deputies found the remains, which appeared to have been disturbed by animals. Officials say several people had been living in the woods, which is known for transient visitors. People living there gave the deputies information about the dead person's possible identity.

Investigators weren't immediately able to confirm the identity or how the person died.



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<![CDATA[$3K in Hair Weaves Stolen in Deerfield Beach: BSO]]>Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:26:06 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100915+BURGLARS+STEAL+HAIR+WEAVES+DEERFIELD+BEACH.jpg

Detectives are searching for a pair of bandits who weren't interested in cash, but rather, stole thousands of dollars worth of hair weaves from a Deerfield Beach beauty supply store.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says that on August 8th around 5 a.m., two men smashed through the glass front door of the Number 1 Beauty Supply, located at 819 West Sample Road in Deerfield Beach.

Once inside, the hair-obsessed pair stole 50 Brazilian hair weave displays just behind the cash registers. The hair is valued at approximately $3,000.

The thieves did not touch the cash registers and did not steal any other items from the store. Detectives say the two drove off in a white, late model, four-door car, possibly a Lexus.

Detectives describe the suspects as either black or Hispanic males with medium to dark complexions. Both of the men wore white T-shirts. One wore dark-colored shorts, while the other wore dark-colored pants.

While they attempted to conceal themselves with t-shirts, surveillance cameras caught a fairly clear image of one of the two suspects just before the burglary took place.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Bumbling Burglars Struggle to Steal AC in Tamarac]]>Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:04:15 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100815+bumbling+burglars+tamarac.jpg

The struggle was all too real for a pair of bumbling burglars who spent 15 minutes fumbling as they attempted to steal an air conditioning unit in Tamarac.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, the pair are seen on surveillance camera on September 25 behind the Benzer Pharmacy at 5431 North State Road Seven in Tamarac. Deputies believe that around 6 a.m., the pair of white males, believed to be in their mid-20s to early 30s, cut the air conditioning unit from the wall.

Then, in an exchange that could only be better if there were audio, the pair struggle and strategize for 15 minutes making numerous attempts to load the stolen air conditioner onto the pickup truck. They are seen shoving, pushing, tipping and attempting to lift the unit. Looking tired and frustrated, the pair experiment with tag-teaming and solo attempts to no avail.

Finally, the men manage to knock the unit over and push it onto the bed of the truck.

Deputies say the white males are both of a thin build and stand between five-feet-eight-inches and six-feet in height. One of the men has a goatee and medium-length wavy hair tucked under a beanie, while the other has a crew cut hairstyle and is clean shaven.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Missing King Cobra Found Under Dryer Near Orlando]]>Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:27:12 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100815+king+cobra+found+near+orlando.jpg

A king cobra snake that had been missing was found under a dryer in a garage not far from its owner's home near Orlando.

Officials say a homeowner called Orange County Animal Services on Wednesday night after she heard hissing sounds while putting clothes in her dryer.

Wildlife officers found the 8-foot snake under the dryer. They'd been searching for it since Sept. 2, the day after its owner returned home from a trip and discovered it was missing.

Orlando television stations report the snake has been returned to owner Mike Kennedy. He pleaded not guilty this week to a misdemeanor charge for failing to immediately report the snake missing.

Students at a nearby elementary school weren't allowed outside for recess during the early days of the search.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Tallahassee Man Set Up Fake Job Interviews: Police]]>Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:14:59 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/generic-handcuffs-arrested-722px.jpg

Police say a Florida man set up fake job interviews and even collected urine samples from potential applicants, so he could access their Social Security numbers, bank information and other personal data.

Gerald Howard Washington was charged with criminal use of personal identification information and organized communications fraud after Tallahassee police say he stole personal information from multiple job seekers.

Authorities said Wednesday that Washington posted online ads claiming he was hiring for 1,100 Tallahassee-based jobs. He set up a temporary office in the state capital and personally met with many of the job seekers. He also allegedly accessed their Social Security numbers, bank information and collected a $25 application fee.

Authorities say Washington told applicants they were hired and gave them a start date, even though the jobs did not exist.

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<![CDATA[Man Danced on Car Hood, Resisted Arrest: Deputies]]>Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:51:43 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100615+EMANUEL+FIGUEROA.jpg

Authorities say a 20-year-old Pasco County man has been arrested after dancing on the hood of his car with a half-empty bottle of brandy in his hand and later threatening a deputy.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy saw Emanuel Figueroa dancing atop his car on Sunday night in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven.

The deputy says the man jumped down, tried to hide the liquor and refused to identify himself. The deputy determined that Figueroa was younger than 21, and tried to arrest him. The deputy says Figueroa resisted and later tried to spit on him.

Figueroa is facing several charges, including assault on a law enforcement officer and minor in possession of alcohol.

It is unclear whether Figueroa has an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Fla. Couple Sold Fake Babe Ruth Baseballs: Police]]>Fri, 02 Oct 2015 05:58:18 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100215+fake+babe+ruth+merchandise.jpg

Biloxi police have arrested a Florida couple accused of selling fake baseballs signed by Babe Ruth to more than a dozen businesses across five states.

The Sun Herald reports 36-year-old Shane Simpson faces a charge of false pretense.

His alleged accomplice, 25-year-old Autumn Burkett, faces a charge of accessory before the fact of false pretense.

The couple was arrested in Biloxi Thursday morning.

D'Iberville police Lt. Marty Griffin said investigators received information from Daphne, Alabama, police indicating Simpson was traveling the Southeast selling or pawning baseballs purported to have been signed by Babe Ruth, along with forged certificates of authenticity.

They are each being held at the Harrison County jail on $10,000 bond.

Online jail records did not list an attorney or home town in Florida for the couple.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Woman Calls 911, Says She Was Shorted in Weed Deal]]>Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:09:49 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/100115+erin+klich+911+marijuana.jpg

A southwest Florida woman landed herself behind bars after calling 911 to complain about being shortchanged in a drug deal.

According to a Fort Myers Police Department report, 36-year-old Erin Klich called police to complain that she'd attempted to buy $75 worth of marijuana, but never got the goods from the dealer.

Officers arrived outside a home to find Klich outside the reported dealer's home, still on the phone with police. Klich told the responding officers that the dealer inside took her money.

Klich was arrested for misuse of 911.

Upon searching Klich, police found a clear plastic baggy, later determined to contain 5.4 grams of marijuana.

Klich was also charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams.

It is not known whether Klich has hired an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Arrested, Accused of Riding Sea Turtle]]>Mon, 28 Sep 2015 21:56:16 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/092815+stephanie+moore.jpg

Police in Florida have arrested a woman who they say appeared to be riding a sea turtle in pictures she posted to social media.

Multiple media outlets report that 20-year-old Stephanie Marie Moore was arrested by Melbourne police early Saturday on the felony charge of trying to "possess, sell, molest marine turtle.''

Moore was one of two women photographed in July sitting on or riding sea turtles. The photos flooded social media sites and prompted multiple complaints to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which handled the criminal investigation.

Moore's arrest happened when Melbourne officers responded to a disturbance in progress early Saturday at a house. During their investigation, officers discovered Moore's active warrant in reference to failing to comply with a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rule.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Monkey Has Fun on Loose in Orlando Suburb ]]>Mon, 28 Sep 2015 21:09:53 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_972902843233.jpg

A monkey that escaped its owner's home in an Orlando suburb chewed on its neighbors' mail, pulled molding off a police car and rocked back and forth on a street sign.

Zeek was eventually caught when his owner returned home a short time later.

Sanford police officers responded to the neighborhood Monday morning after a neighbor phoned in a report that a monkey was eating mail out of a mailbox.

Zeek jumped on the officers' squad car and pulled some molding off the exterior roof.

The monkey also drank from a water bottle that the officers offered as a distraction.

Sanford police officers took video of Zeek and posted it on the agency's Facebook page.

"Zeek had a little fun with our patrol car," the officers posted about one video.

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<![CDATA[Fla. Bill to Legalize 'Shacking Up' Takes 1st Step]]>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:59:17 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/couple_holding_hands.jpg

Shacking up together could finally become legal again in Florida after 147 years.

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 10-3 on Wednesday to approve a bill to repeal the prohibition on cohabitation, which has been on the books since 1868. It is a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail if a man and woman are living together.

Florida, Michigan and Mississippi are the only states that still have a law on the books that makes cohabitation illegal. According to 2010 census data, there are nearly 549,000 unmarried couples among the state's 7.4 million households.

The bill is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda of Tallahassee. It will head to the Judiciary Committee next. A similar bill was proposed last year but died in committee.

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<![CDATA[Driver Ditches Car in Pompano Beach Home's Pool]]>Tue, 15 Sep 2015 17:51:18 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091515+car+in+pompano+beach+pool.jpg

A Pompano Beach family had a very rude awakening early Tuesday, after the driver of a stolen car rammed through two fences and plowed the car into the family's pool and simply left the vehicle there.

The bizarre accident happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday as the family was sleeping soundly inside.

BSO said the stolen car crashed through the neighbor's chain link fence, then crashed through homeowner Gracie Medee's wooden fence, through her carport and ultimately, into her pool. Medee described the moment she awoke to the loud, unusual noise coming from her yard.

"I was so scared. I said, what just happened," Medee said. "When I look in the window, I see a car in the pool." Medee said she immediately called her son and told him to call police.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies confirmed the champagne-colored Toyota Camry was stolen, which likely explains why the driver took off running. It's unknown if the driver sustained any injuries in the watery crash.

A tow truck could not even fit into Medee's yard, and instead used a long crane arm to lift the car from Medee's pool.

No one at the house was injured, but they are shaken up.

"Yesterday afternoon kids was playing in the pool, you know," said resident Belynda Baum. "We're always sitting right here, whatever time it is. So you never know."

A search for the mystery driver is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Texting Narcotics Officer to Buy Drugs]]>Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:32:58 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/091315+martin+county+sheriff+william+lamberson.jpg

It was a drug deal gone wrong for a south Florida man who texted the wrong person while looking to score.

William Lamberson, 29, of Port St. Lucie, was looking for a drug "hook up" when he began texting what he thought was one of his friends. Instead, he was actually texting the Narcotics Unit Captain of the Martin County Sheriff's Office, according to a post on the MCSO Facebook page.

After several days of conversation, Lamberson arranged a meet-up to sell some cocaine. Unfortunately for him, he was greeted by Martin County narcotics detectives.

Lamberson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell.



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<![CDATA[Man Dressed as Power Ranger Charged With Pointing Fake Gun]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:07:40 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP5007366659461.jpg

A Florida man dressed as the Red Power Ranger was arrested near a Tampa public pool following reports that he pointed a gun at someone and made a threatening statement, authorities said. 

Officers responded to a 911 call at the Bobby Hicks Pool Thursday afternoon and found 24-year-old Justin Duarte of Tampa in his mighty morphin' outfit, preparing to drive away, police said.

Officers reported finding two realistic looking fake handguns after searching Duarte. They bore no resemblance to the blade blasters, thunder slingers or other fanciful side arms that typically appeared on 1990s television series "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" or its later spinoffs and films.

Duarte was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Woman Makes Up Cop Story to Cover Bad Drug Deal]]>Fri, 04 Sep 2015 07:36:58 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Hali+Reichenbaugh.jpg

Deputies say a Florida woman made up a story about being stopped by a fake police officer to cover up the fact that she'd lost $200 in a bad drug deal.

A Hernando County Sheriff's press release notes 24-year-old Hali Reichenbaugh gave the money to someone in Pasco County on Tuesday in exchange for drugs she never received.

When she got home, her boyfriend wanted to know where she'd been.

The Tampa Tribune reports Reichenbaugh told him she was pulled over by a police car and a man with a badge put her in handcuffs, took her money and groped her before releasing her.

Her boyfriend told her to call authorities. Later, she admitted she lied.

She's charged with filing a false report. It's unclear whether she has a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Officers Find 2.7 Pounds of Cocaine in Woman's Bra at Airport]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:01:16 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/090315+cocaine+in+bra+fort+lauderdale+airport.jpg

Officers at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport who noticed "abnormalities" while inspecting a woman discovered nearly three pounds of cocaine in her bra, officials said.

The discovery was made back on Aug. 2 as the Jamaican woman was traveling through the airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.

Officers discovered a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine and found about 2.7 pounds, officials said. The woman, whose identity wasn't released, was arrested.

"This is another excellent example of our CBP officers’ expertise in preventing dangerous drugs from entering the United States," Airport Director Jorge Roig said in a statement. "CBP officers demonstrate vigilance, integrity and professionalism on a daily basis."



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Woman Who Flashed Judge Flashes Again]]>Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:06:33 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082115+keyla+kupcakes+leaves+court+flashes.jpg

A woman who caused quite a scene in a Broward courtroom Thursday when she flashed the judge was at it again as she left the county jail Friday morning, flashing the cameras and even flipping the bird.

Susan Surrette, 54, of Fort Lauderdale was arrested Wednesday for disorderly intoxication. At her bond court appearance, Surrette explained to Judge John Hurley that she works as a hairstylist, an escort and as a porn star named Kayla Kupcakes.

Surrette claimed to have been roughhoused, first by a bodyguard at a club, and then by police. As she explained her story, Surrette lifted her shirt and flashed the judge in an attempt to show her alleged injuries.

"I've been beaten on by police," Surrette told the judge. "And also, this too," as she lifted her top.

Hurley remained cool and collected, while the courtroom let out a collective gasp.

"Okay, well I guess that kind of sums everything up," said Hurley as Surrette was escorted from the courtroom.

Surrette was released Friday morning on $100 bond. The judge also ordered her to undergo a mental health evaluation. No information for an attorney was immediately available.

Addressing news cameras Friday morning, Surrette told reporters that she "had a lot to say" and that she planned to go to internal affairs over her ordeal.

She reasserted her claims that she had been assaulted by the bouncer and by police once again by flashing the camera.

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<![CDATA[Fla. Woman Faked Kidnapping to Skip Work: Police]]>Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:22:40 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

A Florida Panhandle woman is accused of making up a lie about being kidnapped so she wouldn't have to return to her job as a night shift nursing assistant.

In a news release, the Panama City Police Department said its officers and other agencies spent several hours Monday morning looking for 43-year-old Beverly F. Brooks.

The News Herald of Panama City reports a concerned co-worker noticed Brooks didn't return from a break and called to see if she needed a ride back to work. Brooks told her she was being held against her will by her boyfriend.

Police found Brooks. She told them she'd made up the story because she didn't want to go back to work.

She was arrested. It's not known whether she's hired a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Woman Flashes Judge in Broward Bond Court]]>Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:20:31 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/082015+judge+flashed+kayla+kupcakes.jpg

A woman made quite the scene in a Broward courtroom this week when she flashed the judge.

Susan Surrette, 54, of Fort Lauderdale was arrested on Wednesday for disorderly intoxication. 

When Judge John Hurley asked Surrette what she does for employment, she said she works as an escort and porn star named Kayla Kupcakes.

While the judge was reading her charges in bond court, Surrette made some disturbing claims about being roughhoused by police. What she did next, however, left the courtroom in shock.

"I've been beaten on by police," Surrette told the judge. "And also, this too," as she proceeded to lift up her shirt and flash the judge.

Hurley remained cool and collected, while the courtroom let out a collective gasp.

"Okay, well I guess that kind of sums everything up," said Hurley as Surrette was escorted from the courtroom.

Her bond was set at $100, which was later posted. Surrette did not appear in court with an attorney.

Surrette has been in and out of court 10 times over the past few years for minor offenses. The judge ordered a mental health evaluation.



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<![CDATA[Man Who Complained About Stolen Pot Arrested]]>Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:18:30 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081315+boyd+gene+wiley.jpg

The search for the owner of dozens of marijuana plants found on a Florida property ended when a man went to a sheriff's office to complain that detectives had stolen the plants.

Boyd Gene Wiley, 47, was arrested Monday when he showed up at the Putnam County Sheriff's Office to complain to a supervisor, officials said.

Wiley, of Interlachen, said he was growing medical marijuana and complained that it had been removed without his permission, officials said.

The 91 marijuana plants had been discovered last week when a code enforcement officer was inspecting the property. Drug and vice unit detectives spent several hours eradicating the plants, officials said.

An investigation into who owned the property ended when Wiley showed up at the sheriff's office. He was booked into jail and later released on $1004 bond. It was unknown if he's hired and attorney.



Photo Credit: Putnam County Sheriff]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Woman Charged in Chain-Saw Theft Spree]]>Thu, 13 Aug 2015 05:32:58 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/081315+bettie+mitchell.jpg

Police have arrested a north Florida woman in connection with a spree of chain saw thefts.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office reports that 28-year-old Bettie Joanne Mitchell is being held on four counts of larceny and two counts of resisting an officer.

Authorities say four chain saws were stolen from a Lowe's store in Palatka over three days. The chain saws were worth about $1,296.

The store's manager identified Mitchell after reviewing surveillance tapes of the thefts. He recognized her from previous encounters.

Deputies say they saw Mitchell entering a vacant home in East Palatka and that she hid in a closet and refused to come out.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man, 33, Arrested for 32nd Time: Deputies]]>Tue, 11 Aug 2015 17:40:42 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/willie+goldsmith.jpg

A 33-year-old Defuniak Springs man has logged his 32nd arrest in Florida after deputies found drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports Willie Goldsmith was stopped Sunday.

Walton County Sheriff's deputies say he was driving with a suspended driver's license. According to an arrest report, deputies searched the vehicle after a positive alert from a police dog and found a Red Bull can under the center console. Inside, they found 4.6 grams of ICE, a form of methamphetamine, 5.3 grams of marijuana, a spoon and several baggies.

He was arrested for possession of methamphetamines and intent to sell or distribute marijuana.

Goldsmith remained in the Walton County Jail on Tuesday. Records don't list an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Man Who Drove on Jail Lawn Accused of 2nd Crash]]>Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:52:50 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072915+michael+roberts+hernando+county+joyride.jpg

Authorities say a man is back in a Florida jail for crashing his SUV into the building's entrance and causing a gas leak - two weeks after doing doughnuts in the facility's lawn and hitting a flag pole.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office reports that 31-year-old Michael Lee Roberts made a quick trip to the hospital after Sunday morning's crash before being returned to the jail that afternoon as an inmate. Technicians had the leak stopped within hours.

Roberts was arrested on an active felony warrant, accused of discharging a firearm from a vehicle. He also was charged with three counts of threatening to harm a public servant and two counts of felony criminal mischief.

Authorities say Roberts crashed his SUV into the jail's flagpole July 27 after workers told him he couldn't park on a sidewalk.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Family Finds Intruder Sleeping on Couch]]>Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:50:50 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/073015+Jacob+Miller.jpg

A South Florida family says they came home to chicken bones and empty beer bottles on their kitchen floor and an unknown man sleeping on their couch.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies found 22-year-old Jacob Miller still asleep when they responded to the Lake Worth home Monday. After taking Miller into custody, the deputies reported finding numerous items of jewelry on the man that belonged to the family.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Miller told deputies he went into the home because he needed a place to stay but refused to answer any other questions.

Miller was charged with burglary and theft. Records also showed an open warrant in Texas for burglary.

Miller was being held on $30,000 bond Thursday, jail records showed. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Python Over 18 Feet Long Caught in Everglades]]>Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:17:09 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072915+everglades+python+caught.jpg

National Park Service officials say they captured a Burmese python over 18 feet long along a popular wildlife-watching trail in Everglades National Park.

The 18-foot-3-inch python was caught July 9 along the tram road at Shark Valley in the park. The paved loop is used by cyclists and trams taking visitors on wildlife tours through the wetlands.

Park officials tell WFOR-TV in Miami that a python researcher caught the female snake, which was euthanized.

According to state wildlife officials, the longest python ever caught in Florida was 18 feet 8 inches long.

Pythons are not native to Florida, where scientists say the snakes are devouring native wildlife. According to researchers, a python that's 18 feet long is capable of ingesting large prey such as deer or alligators.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Watch: Man Joyrides Through W. Florida Jail Lawn]]>Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:08:19 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072915+michael+roberts+hernando+county+joyride.jpg

A joyride lands a Florida man behind bars because the joyride... was on the lawn of the local jail.

The incident happened Monday around 7 p.m. at the Hernando County Detention Center in Hernando County, located on Florida's west coast.

According to a release from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, the driver, Michael Lee Roberts, drove his red SUV right up to the main entry and exit door at the detention center, parked and got out the vehicle. Deputies notified Roberts that he couldn't park his vehicle there, but he refused to move and attempted to keep walking into the detention center.

After arguing back and forth, deputies say Roberts got into his car and backed down the walkway, hitting a bench. Roberts then hit the gas and proceeded to plow through the lawn, making a full circle and ultimately slamming into a flag pole.

Deputies ordered Roberts out of his vehicle and placed him in handcuffs for what would turn out to be a very short walk to the jail.

Roberts was charged with criminal mischief and resisting an officer without violence. He was ordered held on $4,000 bond. It is not known whether Roberts has hired an attorney.

WATCH: Video from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office



Photo Credit: Hernando County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Judge Reunites With Cruise Ship Passenger in Court]]>Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:48:24 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072715+mindy+glazer+alon+glenn.jpg

A Miami-Dade judge who made national news after her reunion with a former classmate in court had another reunion on the bench Monday, but this one didn't go back as far.

Judge Mindy Glazer was hearing the case of Alon Glenn, who was arrested on a fraud warrant out of Georgia, when she realized they had been on the same cruise ship.

"What were you on the Breeze?" a smiling Glazer asked Glenn, after realizing he'd been arrested at the port.

"Yes," Glenn replied.

"Me too, isn't that cool? You had a nice cruise?" Glazer said.

"You didn't see me dancing? I was dancing," Glenn said.

"I was sitting upstairs in the shade," Glazer replied.

Glazer said she couldn't set a bond for Glenn but seemed to empathize with his situation.

"If he wanted to flee, he could have fled in what was it, St. Maartens, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico, but he came back," Glazer said.

Earlier this month, Glazer's emotional reunion with a former classmate in her courtroom went viral after the video was posted online.

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<![CDATA[Florida Mom Battles Gator, Saves Dog's Life]]>Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:01:40 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/07232015+woman+fights+gator.jpg

A Florida mother of four jumped into a pond and battled a gator that tried to make a meal out of her dog.

Seven-and-a-half feet of gator skin did not stop 52-year-old Lori Beiswenger from running to the rescue of Hope, a 9-year-old terrier mix.

According to NBC affiliate WPTV,  the encounted occured when Beiswenger and Hope were outside near the sixth hole of her family-owned golf course, Point O’Woods, in Inverness.

While she was busy gardening, Beiswenger heard a piercing scream come from the pond behind her. When Beiswenger turned around, she was met with the sight of a gator pulling Hope into the water.

Beiswenger became frantic and screamed for help. With no one around to hear her screams, Beiswenger decided to jump in and fight the gator for her dog’s life.

Beiswenger pulled the gator’s tail, and the gator began thrashing and still held on to Hope. She said she pulled the gator’s tail a second time, and then a third.

The third time, Beiswenger says the gator looked at her. Fearing for her life, Beiswenger got out of the water with Hope still in the gator’s jaws.

Then Jodie Daniels, a golf course volunteer who was teeing up on hole one, heard the commotion.

Listening to Beiswenger’s pleas, Daniels grabbed a golf club and waded into the water until he was knee deep.

When he realized the club wasn’t long enough, he went and got a shovel. He pulled the bloodied dog up with the gator still attached.

Hope ran for dry land with the gator following behind. Daniels then hit the gator on top of the head with the shovel and the gator swam off.

Beiswenger picked up Hope, put her in a golf cart and drove to the clubhouse. Once there, she grabbed a tablecloth and secured the wound. She then rushed Hope to a nearby vet.

Hope had to undergo a three-hour surgery but went home that same night.

The next day, a private company trapped the gator. Beiswenger says she read the gator its Miranda Rights, and the company killed the gator. The gator’s meat was sold to a local restaurant.

Hope is expected to have her stitches removed on Saturday.



Photo Credit: WPTV West Palm Beach]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Man Head Butts Bus, Shatters Glass]]>Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:41:24 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/072215+winter+haven+police+department+man+headbutts+bus.jpg

Authorities are searching for a passenger who allegedly took his frustration about additional bus out on the bus—literally.

Last Saturday at approximately 11:35 a.m. an unknown male exited a central Florida transit bus after the bus driver refused to make an additional stop without an additional $2 fare.

The rider allegedly became extremely agitated with the request.

The driver then exited the bus, locked the door, and went inside of the enclosed part of the terminal area.

The passenger sat on a bench for a while, and is reported to have walked away.

However at approximately four minutes later, the rider came back and took out his frustration on the bus by head butting the glass doors.

The suspect’s head shattered the glass.

As seen in the video, it appears as if the suspect knocked himself out for a few seconds.

The suspect then got up and made a clean getaway.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call Officer Jodi Lott of the Winter Haven Police Department at 863-401-2256.

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<![CDATA[Woman Gets Year in Jail for Shoplifting Dog]]>Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:44:25 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/jail_generic_bars.jpg

A Florida Panhandle woman has been sentenced to nearly a year in jail for shoplifting a dog.

Escambia County prosecutors say 43-year-old Angela Brooks pleaded no contest Monday to retail theft. A judge then sentenced her to 11 months and 30 days in the county jail.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that Brooks approached an employee at a Pensacola Petland last year and requested to play with a puppy. After the employee left the area, Brooks put the dog in her purse and walked out of the store with the dog.
 

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<![CDATA[Woman Tweets for Weed, PBC Sheriff Responds]]>Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:09:19 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/twitter+generic+logo.jpg

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office experienced viral Internet fame after replying to a woman who tweeted that she wanted someone to deliver her some weed.

A Twitter user who goes by the handle @Rosa_Sparkz tweeted Thursday afternoon, "Somebody bring me weed, I'll pay for it."

PBCSO offered to take her up on the deal, directly replying, "Where should we meet you?"

That prompted an offer by @Rosa_Sparkz to provide her location.

According to her Twitter and ask.fm profiles, @Rosa_Sparkz aka "Jasmine" is a "twenty-something." Based upon replies from her followers, it is unclear whether she actually resides in Palm Beach County, although an earlier report from NBC affiliate WFLA indicated that her profile placed her in Jupiter. Based upon her responses, "Jasmine" seems rather unfazed by the sudden Internet fame.

As of Friday morning, PBCSO's now-viral tweet had been retweeted close to 30,000 times and favorited 25,000 times.


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<![CDATA[Toll Worker, 77, Allegedly Fired for Paying Toll]]>Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:18:49 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/07202015+toll+worker+fired.jpg

A 77-year-old old Southwest Florida toll booth operator for nearly 30 years said he was fired from his job after doing what he felt was the right thing to do—paying someone else’s toll.

Vladislav Samsonov, a military veteran, would pay the tolls of drivers who did not have enough cash from time to time, NBC affiliate WBBH reported. 

However, when he paid the toll of a trailer driver who he mistakenly undercharged earlier this month, he was terminated from his job, he said. 

Samsonov's daughter wrote on Facebook that he put $5.50 in the register from his pocket after realizing his mistake.

He has loaned money to people in the past and been asked not to pay for others before, but was never formally written up, Samsonov said.

"I'd put the six dollars in, I got the six dollars back the next day," Samsonov told WBBH.

For punishment, Samsonov says he was offered two days a week instead of his five day schedule, but declined the offer then was let go.

"If I can't be trusted for five days, how can I be trusted for two days?" Samsonov told WBBH.

Samsonov said that the job was not about the money; it was about the people.

He said he's seen generations grow up during his 29 years on the job, and an outpouring of support has been generated following his termination. The support and comments have been heartfelt, and Samsonov said he will now seek volunteer work.

The Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority declined to comment to WBBH on the matter.

Friends and family of Samsonov say they are exploring possible legal action to see if any Florida laws were violated.



Photo Credit: NBC affiliate WBBH]]>
<![CDATA[Publix Deli Aisle Brawl Video Goes Viral]]>Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:03:06 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071515+publix+deli+aisle+brawl+fight.jpg

Video of a wild brawl in the deli aisle of a central Florida Publix went viral Wednesday.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, shows two men squaring off and throwing punches before employees break it up, as fellow customers try to get out of the way.

The fight happened Monday at the Publix in Baldwin Park, according to an Orlando Police incident report.

Edwin Colon told police he was parking at the store as a pregnant woman was putting her child in her car. The woman left her cart in the middle of a parking space and he asked if she would move it, Colon told police.

Colon said the woman grabbed the cart and started cursing at him, according to the report.

WARNING: Video contains graphic language.

After he went in the store and was waiting in the deli aisle, Colon said he was approached by a man who said he was the woman's husband, the report said. The man got into Colon's face and Colon pushed him to create some distance, and that's when the fight started.

The video showed the men wrestle each other to the ground then get up and continue to throw punches. At one point, Colon throws the man into a glass deli case. The video ends shortly after an employee got between the two men.

According to the report, a witness told police she heard Colon yelling at the pregnant woman to move the cart and cursing at her.

No arrests were made.


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<![CDATA[Hundreds Gather for Underwater Concert]]>Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:18:49 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/172*120/keys+underwater+concert+071115.JPG

More than 400 divers and snorkelers gathered "under the sea" for an underwater concert in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Staged Saturday at Looe Key Reef about six miles south of Big Pine Key, the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival features music specially programmed for the underwater listening experience. The event also encouraged coral reef protection and environmentally-responsible diving.

Songs on the playlist include the theme from the "Little Mermaid," the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" and Jimmy Buffett's "Fins."

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who in September 2013 became the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West without a shark cage, was among the hundreds of participants. Nyad said singing to herself helped her get through the 111-mile swim.

One of the songs she would sing, "Me and Bobby McGee," was played in Nyad's honor during the festival.

"To be immersed in the sea and feel the music coming from underneath instead of through headphones — it's very magical and distinct," Nyad said. "You couldn't hear it this well if you were in a concert sitting in the front row."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Miami Man Arrested After Asking Police to Tickle Him]]>Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:02:04 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/071015+bryan+chao+crop.jpg

Officers with the Naples Police Department experienced a strange encounter Wednesday.

They said a drunk man made repeated requests for them to tickle him.

It happened at the upscale hotel, The Inn on Fifth.

Investigators said 24-year-old Bryan Chao and his wife were drinking by the pool and pulled the fire alarm.

When officers arrived, they ordered the Miami couple out of the pool. That's when Chao reportedly asked officers, several times, to tickle him.

Police arrested him for disorderly intoxication. His wife was also taken into custody because police said she was too drunk to take care of herself.

Chao was released from jail on $1,000 bond.



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<![CDATA[Fort Pierce Woman Finds Teen Hiding in Her Shower]]>Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:26:08 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/police-tape-day-andcars23445455.jpg

A Fort Pierce woman received quite a shock when she discovered a 15-year-old boy hiding in her shower.

NBC affiliate WPTV reports that the boy retreated to the home shortly after he fired a gun nearby Wednesday afternoon.

Homeowner Bessie Hall told WPTV that she had been gone for less than hour, only to return home and discover that a door inside the home that she normally closes had been left slightly opened.

Hall, who says a woman and two babies are also staying in the home with her and were sleeping at the time, searched the house to make sure there were no unwelcome visitors.
She pulled back her shower curtain and found the 15-year-old hiding there. The panicked teen begged her to keep quiet. Hall says she immediately instructed the teen to exit out of the front door. Once he was gone, she went out back and flagged down police.

Hall told WPTV that she generally leaves the front and back doors of her home open, so that is probably the reason he ran into her home. Hall says a gun was found in her front yard.

Hall tells WPTV she will no longer leave her doors open or unlocked.

The teen was arrested and charged with trespassing and violating probation, according to Fort Pierce Police. It is not yet known what charges he will face for firing a weapon. It is not known if the teen has hired an attorney.

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<![CDATA[The 'Florida Lingo Challenge' Trends in Miami]]>Wed, 08 Jul 2015 12:19:33 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Twitter-generic1.jpg

As South Floridians tweet, retweet and share their common lingo in cyber space, the #FloridaLingoChallenge, has crept to be one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter in Miami.

Since picking up steam late Tuesday, the social media analytic site, Topsy, reveals that the hashtag has been tweeted nearly 14,000 times as of Wednesday morning.

According to Topsy, the hashtag started with the tweet, “What the lick read?” (a regional colloquialism for "What's Up") on Tuesday evening with a callout for more Florida phrases and sayings. Thousands of Twitter uses jumped on board, sharing popular local slang such as, “jit,” “bih,” and “tighten up” which have been continuously tweeted.

So what explains the popularity surrounding regional-specific hashtags, such as the #floridalingochallenge? A study conducted by the New York Times suggests that a sense of personal identity may be a contributing factor. Their study, entitled The Psychology of Sharing, revealed that 68 percent of respondents admitted that their social media sharing behaviors were largely influenced by a desire to give their followers a better sense of who they are and what they care about.

The ability to demonstrate a mastery of “Florida lingo” may, in theory, be a way for people to express to their followers that they are Floridian and proud.

Do you have any favorite “Florida lingo” phrases not included in this list? Tweet us at @nbc6!
 



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<![CDATA[Shark Knocks Fishing Kayaker Into Ocean]]>Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:20:16 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Shark-fin-generic.jpg

A fisherman in Stuart got the scare of his life after he reeled in a shark that helped flip over his kayak in an incident caught on camera.

The man said he was using bait to catch a goliath grouper when instead he hooked the shark.

Footage showed the shark thrash about under the kayak, then tug on the line, flipping the kayak over and sending the man into the water.

The man was able to swim to a nearby boat and get out of danger.

Check out the video here.

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<![CDATA['Pirate' Fired Pistols on Florida Keys Bridge: Deputies]]>Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:16:10 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/063015+jamie+don+spering.jpg

A man dressed in full pirate costume was arrested after firing his guns on the old Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys Monday night, authorities said.

Jamie Don Spering, 58, is charged with disorderly conduct following his arrest in Marathon, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. It was unknown if he has a private attorney.

Deputies responding to a shots fired call found Spering in costume with operational black powder pistols on each hip, a sword and two knives, authorities said.

Spering, who said he is an entertainer, was on the bridge with friends watching the sunset when the incident happened. He admitted to firing the pistols, which had no projectiles loaded, just the powder, authorities said.

Spering claimed he shot them safely toward the water but witnesses said he fired one at the water and one at cars traveling on the bridge, authorities said.



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<![CDATA[Gator Carcass Causes Cyclist Pileup Crash in Weston]]>Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:34:41 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP120423117981_AlligatorGeneric.jpg

Several cyclists were injured Saturday morning in Weston after one crashed into the remains of a small alligator splattered across the road, setting off a chain reaction crash that injured several other cyclists, The Miami Herald reports.

According to city officials, the cyclists were riding on State Road 84 near Indian Trace Road around 7 a.m. when they came across the remains of the reptile. Authorities initially reported the debris on the road had been from a large alligator, but witnesses told The Miami Hearld it was an iguana-sized baby alligator.

One of the cyclists ran through the remains and lost control of his bike, causing a chain reaction crash, according to Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue teams.

The cyclist who initially hit the alligator was taken to Broward Health Medical Center and is reported to be in serious condition. Three others were taken to Cleveland Clinic Florida and treated for minor injuries, while fire rescue teams treated two cyclists with minor injuries on site.

The identities of the injured bicyclists have not been released.



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<![CDATA[Cockfighting Ring Busted After Attendee Orders Pizza]]>Wed, 24 Jun 2015 01:02:17 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062315+cockfighting+florida.jpg

An illegal cockfighting ring was brought down in central Florida by a delivery driver after an attendee ordered a pizza.

According to Polk County deputies, a pizza delivery driver who had taken an order to the home Friday night reported the operation to local authorities.

Deputies went to the Winter Haven home Monday and reported finding 123 roosters and chickens, a fighting ring, "boxing gloves" for practice and ceramic spurs for the actual fights. Investigators say nine of the roosters found on the property were bred at the location and appeared ready to fight.

Eliut Juse Serrano Hernandez, who lives at the home, faces multiple charges, including nine counts of possession of animals for the purpose of fighting. Deputies say the 38-year-old admitted to owning the roosters and to holding fights there once or twice.

Two others at the home were arrested on unrelated drug charges.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[Man, 90, Pulled Gun on Postal Worker: Deputies]]>Wed, 24 Jun 2015 01:14:26 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/062315+HB+Shea.jpg

A 90-year-old man is accused of threatening a U.S. Postal Service employee when he wasn't satisfied with the service received at a post office near Boca Raton.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says the man pointed a handgun at the employee Monday and threatened to "blow his head off."

Responding deputies took HB Shea into custody outside the post office. An incident report says deputies recovered the firearm and placed it into evidence.

Shea was taken to West Boca Medical Center for evaluation. He was released and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on the state charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

Federal postal police are expected to file charges of bringing a gun into a post office.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested After Fight Over Chicken and Biscuits]]>Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:14:52 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kristin+michelle+howard+chicken+and+biscuits.jpg

Deputies say a woman has been charged with domestic battery after she and her mother got into an argument over chicken and biscuits.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 31-year-old Kristin Michelle Howard was arrested Friday. Authorities say the Flagler County Sheriff's Office was called to a mobile home park in Bunnell around 11:30 p.m. Deputies say Howard's mother, Kimberly Miller, accused her of coming home drunk and angry and making a plate of chicken and biscuits.

Authorities say Miller and Howard argued over who owned the food and Howard punched her mother in the face and threw tea on her.

Court records show this is Howard's sixth battery arrest since February 2008. She has since been released from jail.

It is unclear if Howard has a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Miami Man Sold Marijuana on Craigslist: Cops]]>Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:03:06 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061715+Rhamses+Silva.jpg

A Miami man who offered marijuana for sale on Craigslist was arrested after selling an ounce to a detective in the Florida Keys, officials said.

Rhamses Silva, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Key Largo on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, use of a cell phone to facilitate a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.

Silva remained behind bars Wednesday without bond. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to the sheriff's office, detectives saw a Craigslist ad that offered “medicinal high grade top shelf” marijuana, and they contacted the email address asking if the seller would come to Monroe County to make a sale.

Silva agreed to sell an ounce of marijuana for $320, authorities said. Undercover detectives met Silva in the parking lot of a convenience store, where he handed over the bag of marijuana, authorities said.

Silva was arrested, and more marijuana and various items of drug paraphernalia were found in his car, officials said.



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<![CDATA[PBC Man Tries to Blow Up Home with Bowling Ball: Police]]>Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:50:54 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061715+tyler+butler+bowling+ball.jpg

A South Florida man who didn't want a bank to sell his foreclosed home tried to blow it up using a bowling ball as an explosive, authorities say.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports 21-year-old Tyler Butler was arrested Monday on charges of arson and using an explosive device.

A fire started around 10 p.m. Sunday in Loxahatchee. Butler was inside the home when the fire was reported.

Deputies detained Butler after he left the burning home. As firefighters extinguished the flames, they noticed a bowling ball with a wick attached.

The sheriff's office bomb squad removed the ball.

Butler told deputies he set things on fire in the home using a cigarette lighter, he poured gun powder in a bowling ball and used a rope as a fuse. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[CBP Officers Seize Cocaine in Fried Fish at MIA]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:33:16 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061615+cocaine+found+in+fried+fish+MIA.jpg

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 2 pounds of cocaine that was hidden inside fried fish at Miami International Airport.

During an X-ray examination of a passenger's luggage, officers noticed some anomalies in some of the cooked fish. The fish were hidden inside the luggage of a passenger arriving at MIA from Jamaica early Saturday.

Upon further examination, officers observed that the bellies of several of the fish were sewn together, and some of the fish felt thicker than the rest.

After opening up the fish, officers found 2.3 pounds of cocaine hidden inside the fish.

“Drug smugglers are using increasingly innovative methods and this interception is an excellent example of how our highly trained officers continue to use their experience and knowledge to detect and interdict the flow of illegal narcotics,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston in a statement.

In fiscal year 2014 alone, CBP agents seized ore than 3.8 million pounds of narcotics nationwide.



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<![CDATA[Fla. Man Captures Photo of Raccoon Riding Alligator]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:38:54 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/raccoon+gator+061415.jpg

A Florida man says he snapped a picture that's truly "only in Florida" — of a raccoon riding on top of an alligator.

Richard Jones told WFTV took the photo while he and his family walked along the Oklawaha River in the Ocala National Forest.

Jones said the raccoon must have been startled by the family, and hopped on top of the alligator near the river's bank.

"I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you'd think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing," Jones said in an email to WFTV. "Definitely the photo of a lifetime."



Photo Credit: Richard Jones via WFTV]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Calls 911 to Report Man Who Stole Weed Money: BSO]]>Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:16:21 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/061015+daneshia+heller.jpg

A Fort Lauderdale woman was arrested after police say she called 911 to report a man who took her marijuana money.

Daneshia Lachelle Heller, 19, is facing charges of misuse of the 911 system and possession of PVP, or flakka, following her arrest Tuesday, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Heller was ordered held on $1,000 bond during a court appearance Wednesday. It was unknown whether she has an attorney.

According to the report, Heller called 911 to report a man who took $5 that she was using to buy drugs.

Heller said she went "to buy weed with her five dollars and he took her money," the report said.

When deputies arrived Heller "was acting irate and talking to herself," the report said. Deputies searched her pockets and found a small bag containing a white substance, which tested positive for flakka, the report said.

Heller was then booked into jail.



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<![CDATA[Man Tries to Sell Live Shark Outside Fort Lauderdale Supermarket]]>Mon, 08 Jun 2015 04:32:01 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Shark-fin-generic.jpg

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it's looking into reports of a man who was selling a live shark outside a South Florida supermarket.

Cellphone video caught the incident Thursday at a Publix in Fort Lauderdale.

The Sun Sentinel reports wildlife officials say once they determine what species the shark was, they'll make a firm decision on pursuing an investigation, but that one is "more than likely."

The man who was hawking the shark - Patrick Lanier - told television station WSVN he felt like he "struck gold" after catching the shark in the Intracoastal Waterway. When he found no buyers, he says he released it back into the water.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[SW Fla. Man Arrested After Dance on Squad Car: Deputies]]>Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:00:20 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/060415+man+dances+on+patrol+car.jpg

A southwest Florida man, who claimed to fear vampires, was arrested earlier this year after a bizarre incident in which he danced on top of a patrol car before summoning the fictional Sheriff of Nottingham, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office has released a YouTube video of the strange incident. In it, the man pulls up behind a patrol SUV parked outside a Cape Coral home. With the music blasting from his own car, the man climbs on top of the car and engages in a few minutes of dancing before ripping the windshield wipers off of the vehicle.

According to information obtained by NBC affiliate WBBH, a witness says the man then stole a flag from a neighbor's yard and began waving it around and yelling.

When deputies arrived, the man was still in the neighbor's yard with the stolen flag. As they questioned the man, he reportedly told officers that a woman with fangs was threatening him, and that a human sacrifice was about to occur involving vampires.

Apparently, the man then said he made the "conscious decision" to notify the "Sheriff of Nottingham to help him stop the slaughter of small children."

The Sheriff of Nottingham is, of course, a fictional character from the Robin Hood stories.

The man has been identified as 45-year-old Christian Radecki. He claimed to not have taken any alcohol or drugs, and that he was not diagnosed with any medical health conditions.

Radecki was transported to the hospital for medical clearance, and was later arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disturbing the peace.

It is not known if Radecki has hired an attorney.



Photo Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA["The Mule" Inspires Woman to Swallow Cocaine with Honey]]>Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:44:51 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/060415+regis+walker+honey+cocaine.jpg

Investigators say a 28-year-old South Florida woman spent five days in a hospital passing drug pellets filled with almost 1.5 pounds of cocaine, an idea she got from watching a movie.

Regis Walker of Pembroke Pines was returning to the United States from Jamaica last Thursday when U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents took her aside for an interview and baggage search.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports she agreed to an X-ray which showed she was carrying drug pellets inside her body.

Court documents show Walker told investigators she used honey to help swallow the 54 pellets, an idea she got while watching the movie `The Mule.'

Walker was arrested on suspicion of smuggling cocaine.

She'll remain in jail at least until a bond hearing next week. It's not clear whether she has an attorney.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Artist Covers Fla. Home in Aluminum Foil]]>Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:41:58 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_foilhouse0601001_700x394.jpg

An artist in Florida decided to take his art-making out of the garage and onto light of day. 

Piotr Janowski covered his home — including lamps, the mail box and electric meters — in aluminum foil, and he said because he wanted to push the boundaries of art. 

"I just want to do something which will interest people, which will create a different perspective on how to look to the world or contemporary art," said Janowski. He also said he wanted to “make a contrast to this powerful nature around me,” reported NBC affiliate WFLA.

Not all of his neighbors appreciated the new perspective. 

“To me, he is defacing the property,” said one neighbor. “He’s got a piece of art in the garage…that he’s been painting and that should be the canvas.” 

The foil will remain on his home for only a few weeks before the home reverts back to a regular house on the block.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Fla. Man Slashes Woman's Tires Over Bingo]]>Mon, 01 Jun 2015 08:56:11 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fred+smith+bingo+052915.jpg

Police have arrested an 82-year-old Lake Wales, Florida, man for slashing a woman's tires because he claimed she was sitting in his favorite bingo seat.

WTVT-TV reports Fred Smith was charged with criminal mischief last Monday when police say he took an ice pick to 88-year-old Ethel Britt's van during a weekly bingo game at the Lake Ashton Retirement Community Club House.

Police say Smith stormed out of the bingo hall and punctured two of Britt's tires because she was sitting in a chair he usually sits in. Smith was caught on surveillance video in the act.

Lake Wales Deputy Chief Troy Schulze Smith says Smith admitted to the crime and expressed regret. Smith faces having to pay $500 in tire damage and restitution back to Britt.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida

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<![CDATA[SW Fla. Man Reels in 552 lb. Goliath Grouper From Kayak]]>Thu, 28 May 2015 10:24:11 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052715+massive+grouper+chew+on+this+tv.jpg

A video showing a southwest Florida man reeling in a massive Goliath Grouper from a small Kayak is making headlines nationwide.

As reported by NBC affiliate WBBH, Jon Black of the Crazy Lure Tackle shop in Cape Coral says he's reeled in "the largest bottom fish ever from a Kayak" off Sanibel Island, which is just under a 20 mile drive from Fort Myers.

Black was filming a spot for Chew On This Fishing Charters with Capt. Ben Chancey when the fish was pulled in.

In the video, the cameraman is heard screaming "that's a big boy!" as Black reels in the huge fish.

Since it was published on Tuesday, the video has been viewed more than 66,000 times.

According to the video's description, the fish measured at 83 inches long and over 73 inches in girth, putting it at an estimated weight of 552 pounds.



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<![CDATA[Twins Allegedly Threw Bricks at Each Other]]>Tue, 26 May 2015 12:29:39 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052615+james+remelius+michael+remelius.jpg

What are a few bricks between brothers?

Well, they're worth battery charges for twin 52-year-olds after an argument ended in them hurling the projectiles at each other.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Michael and James Remelius were arguing in the front yard of a home last week when Michael first threatened to throw a brick at his brother.

According to a police report, Michael Remelius followed through, striking his brother in the leg and causing a small cut. James Remelius retaliated with a brick that bloodied and bruised his brother's eye.

All in all, both were arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Both remained jailed Tuesday. James' bail is $25,000 while Michael's is $20,000. Court records show they do not yet have attorneys.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Naked Man Rescued From Fort Lauderdale Bridge]]>Fri, 22 May 2015 18:25:06 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052215+naked+jumper+fort+lauderdale.jpg

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews helped rescue a naked man who become stuck on top of an upright rail bridge in Fort Lauderdale Friday morning.

Aerial footage showed the naked man atop the Florida East Coast Railway bridge located at 100 Southwest Second Street with crews below reaching out to comfort the man.

According to witnesses, the unidentified man was walking across the railroad bridge around 8:30 a.m. when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to the top.

"The first crews arrived and noticed an adult male on top of fully extended bridge he was naked and appeared agitated," said Chief Timothy Heiser.

The height was too far for fire department ladders, so a member of the Broward County Sheriff's Office climbed the remaining distance and secured the man with a rope harness.

Crews gave the man a white towel to cover himself with, and slowly lowered the bridge bringing the man back down to safety.

He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for burns he suffered from the hot metal and observation, officials said.

Two years ago, a woman became stuck on this same bridge. The 55 year-old Dania Beach woman was rescued from the bridge after she ended up hanging on with her hands and feet as the bridge moved into an upright position. She was participating in a breast cancer walk at the time and was only stuck for 20 minutes.

"I was here that day too. This is where I live. This is my back yard," said Michael Kellett. "Why would anybody walk across a rail road bridge a draw bridge at that?"

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<![CDATA[Massive Dead Alligator Hoisted from SW Florida Drain]]>Wed, 20 May 2015 13:10:45 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/052015+dead+alligator+in+drain+wbbh.jpg

A southwest Florida woman made a shocking discovery inside a drain on her property: the body of a massive 12-foot-long alligator.

According to NBC affiliate WBBH, Mary Oliver noticed an unusually high number of flies invading the front of her Cape Coral home. Upon further inspection, she spotted the alligator's body in the drain.

Even though it was dead, Oliver says she immediately ran back to her house in shock.

"I said 'oh my god it's an alligator,' and took off running to the house," Oliver told WBBH. "We thought it would be like 3 or 4 feet but no, it was humongous."

Officials with the Cape Coral Public Works Department needed a crane in order to hoist the alligator from the drain.

It is not immediately clear how the alligator died.

Though Oliver's home is near a canal, she says this is her first alligator encounter.



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<![CDATA[Burglar Breaks Into House, Falls Asleep: Cops]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 06:22:24 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051915+timothy+bontrager+sarasota+county.jpg

Police in Sarasota, Florida, have arrested a man they say broke into a home, then fell asleep on the couch.

The Bradenton Herald reports 29-year-old Timothy Bontrager was arrested Saturday morning.

Police say the resident woke up and found Bontrager sleeping on her living room couch. When she asked Bontrager what he was doing in her house, he apologized and left after she told him she was calling police.

Officials say the resident told them Bontrager entered through an unlocked sliding glass door in the back of the house. The resident then noticed her wallet, driver's license, credit and debit cards as well as checks were missing from the table in the living room.

Bontrager was arrested a short time later. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 6 South Florida



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<![CDATA[Florida Woman Sells Husband]]>Thu, 14 May 2015 11:17:19 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_husbandsale0514001_1500x845.jpg

Dads, be forewarned! Wish your wives a happy Mother's Day, or else you may end up on the auction block.

As NBC affiliate WPTV reports, Jupiter mom Katie Bouyea's husband normally gets everything pretty much right. However, this Mother's Day, he did the unthinkable.

“He didn't say happy Mother's Day,” Katie told WPTV. “He didn't say thank you, or even have the kids make me a homemade card like he might normally do, so I was a little frustrated.”

In response, Katie did what any frustrated wife and mom would do: she put husband, Chris, up for sale on Facebook.

In the post in Facebook group Mommies of Palm Beach - Shop, sell and save, Katie warned interested buyers that ‘8 years of marriage mileage has him somewhat broken in’.

The post, which was all in good fun, quickly went viral with hundreds of likes, comments and shares within a few hours.

The highest bid they've received so far for Chris is $20, which he says is far too low for his skill set.

“I cook, I clean, I mop floors, I do dishes, I paint.”

Luckily for Chris, Katie was happy to keep him around once he righted his wrongs.

Hugging his wife, Chris told Katie what he should have told her on Mother's Day.

“I'm sorry and happy Mother's Day. You're a wonderful wife and you really help me take care of me and the kids,” he says.



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<![CDATA[Hearse Driver Stops For Coffee With Coffin in Lot]]>Wed, 13 May 2015 10:19:02 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/051315+dunkin+donuts+funeral+stop+wfla.jpg

Two former funeral home employees are out of a job after they stopped for coffee at a Dunkin' Donuts, leaving a hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin of an Army veteran in the parking lot.

NBC affiliate WFLA reports that the body of Lt. Col. Jesse Coleman was on its way from Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater to a funeral service Tuesday morning. The two employees stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts in New Port Richey around 8:50 a.m.

Rob Carpenter, who was headed into the Dunkin' Donuts that morning, did a double take when he saw the hearse. Carpenter's own father served in the military, so he decided to confront the drivers.

"I'm like, 'Is this really a body in here?' and he says, 'Yes,' and I said, 'So you have a dead soldier in the back of your hearse and you're stopping to get coffee?' And he didn't say anything," WFLA reports.

Carpenter decided to pull out his cell phone and take a video and photos of the hearse. He passed them along to local group, Veteran's Warriors.

Lauren Price, the head of Veteran Warriors, posted the photo on Facebook and it went viral.

"None of our brothers or sisters deserve to be an afterthought," Price told WFLA. "And if it's an imposition to transfer one of our brothers or sisters to their final rest, then the person who's doing that transporting should be in a different business."

Funeral home director Jim Rudolph said the employees were in violation of strict company protocol which dictates that drivers take the body straight from the funeral home to the service with no stops.

Rudolph said that only in the case of an emergency, which this was not, one of the drivers must remain with the body, and the curtains must be closed in the back to conceal the coffin from outside viewers.

He told WFLA that the men are brothers in their 70's who have worked for the funeral home for several years with stellar employee history. He adds that the men are actually sons of veterans themselves.

Rudolph said he considered suspending the long time employees, but ultimately decided it was necessary to terminate them both. He said both men were "heartbroken."

"They were good employees and didn't want to go out like this," Rudolph said. "In this business, you can't have a redo, if you tarnish someone's memory."

He says Coleman's family, however, was surprisingly forgiving and didn't want the men to lose their jobs, even praising their work at the funeral.

The family says Coleman, who died at age 84, served one tour in Korea, two in Vietnam, and was the recipient of numerous medals from the military, including two Bronze Star Medals and two Army Commendation Medals.

Plans have been made to bury Coleman at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.



Photo Credit: Rob Carpenter/WFLA
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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested for DUI 3 Times in 1 Week]]>Fri, 08 May 2015 16:07:15 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/triple+DUI.jpg

A Hillsborough County woman was arrested on charges of DUI three times in just six days.

According to the arrest reports, Jennifer Yi, 31, of Brandon was arrested on Thursday, April 30, Friday May 1, and Tuesday May 5.

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies arrested Yi just after 5 p.m on Thursday, April 30 and said Yi refused to take a blood test. She was later released from jail after posting $500 bond.

Then, less than 24 hours later, Yi was arrested again. Deputies pulled her over at 2:21 p.m. and according to records, she again refused to take a blood test. She was again released from jail after posting $500 bond.

On Tuesday, May 5, Yi was pulled over at 12:45 a.m. She took a blood alcohol test and was arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. Her bond was set at $100,000.

The results of the blood alcohol test were not immediately available.

Records show that Yi is an employee of Coca Cola.



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<![CDATA[Police: Principal Caught in Car With Student, Pot]]>Fri, 08 May 2015 07:12:33 -0500https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/050815+krista+morton.jpg

A married high school principal from Palm Beach County was arrested in Florida after police caught her in a car with a student and marijuana - and her shirt was unbuttoned.

NBC affiliate WFLA reports that Krista Morton, 45, has been charged with possession of marijuana. She is the principal at Mavericks High School, and the 18-year-old in the car with her is a senior at that school.

According to the report, North Palm Beach Police were called to a parking lot Wednesday just before 6 p.m. amid calls that two people in a parked car were either "engaged in some sort of sexual activity or being attacked,” police said.

When a sergeant knocked on the door, Morton opened it and immediately told police "we're just friends."

Morton's shirt was unbuttoned, and part of her shoulders and chest were exposed, police say.

The student admitted Morton was his principal, but Morton attempted to tell police that she did not know the young man in her car.

“She continued to tell me that she had just met him, that she was lonely, she had just picked him up down the street and brought him here to get to know him,” police tell WFLA.

An arrest report states that police could smell the "odor of fresh burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle."

Morton didn't admit to smoking but did say marijuana was smoked in the car. Police found a bag with marijuana, a lighter and rolling papers pushed underneath the back side of the passenger seat. The student also had a grinder, additional lighters and a small screwdriver.

Both Morton and the student were placed under arrest.

It is not known if either has hired an attorney.



Photo Credit: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office]]>