US Secret Service Agent Aaron Francis Engler, From Obama’s Advance Security Team, Found Drunk And Passed Out On Miami Florida Sidewalk

October 12, 2012

MIAMI, FLORIDA — U.S. Secret Service agent Aaron Francis Engler was found early Friday morning passed out on the sidewalk near the intersection of Brickell Avenue and 7th after President Barack Obama had left South Florida.

According to the arrest report, Miami police officers were in the area on an unrelated call when they noticed Engler passed out. When the officers checked on the man he grew combative and started to fight with officers, according to the police report.

The officers then took Engler to the ground and handcuffed him. Once secured, sources said the officers went through Engler’s pockets and discovered his Secret Service identification.

Law enforcement sources told CBS4 Engler told police he was an agent out of Washington and was part of the advance team for the president’s visit on Thursday. Once the President left Miami, Engler said he went drinking and got very drunk, law enforcement sources said.

Engler wasn’t armed at the time he was arrested, but was upset because he was supposed to leave Miami on another assignment Friday morning, law enforcement sources said.

Engler was charged with two misdemeanors, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, and released on his own recognizance. He was turned over to the Secret Service Friday and was being taken back to Washington, DC.

It’s the latest black eye for the agency charged with protecting the life of the president. In April 2012, the agency was involved in a prostitution scandal in Colombia during the Summit of the Americas.

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Florida To Issue New License Plates Tailored To Needs Of Private Corporations Red Light Cameras (And To More Easily Screw Additional Motorists)

October 11, 2012

FLORIDA – The economic future of Florida apparently relies on the redesign of our license plates.

I had no idea what a problem the current license plates have been.

But it turns out that they’re wreaking havoc on what was supposed to be a lucrative business of photographing red-light violators at traffic intersections across the state.

Since the beginning of the year, about three million license plates of red-light violators in Florida have gone unticketed because the raised lettering on their license plates couldn’t be deciphered by surveillance cameras, according to state officials.

Whether it’s sun-bleached paint or the similarity of some letters and numbers, the shared money-making arrangement between government and the camera’s for-profit vendors has been thwarted too many times.

So the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is pushing for a new design. Fat, black letters and numbers on a plain white background. No raised figures. No pendulous oranges or dangling Florida peninsula getting in the way of the money shot.

One nation, under surveillance, with legibility and just deserts for all.

It’s a monumental accommodation to a public-private money-raising scheme that hasn’t been as routinely successful as imagined, still faces some constitutional challenges and has a safety record marred by creating more rear-end crashes, according to critics.

Consider this. Last month the city of DeLand in Central Florida decided to hold off approval of red-light cameras because a local traffic study showed there might not be enough violators to make it pay off. The city officials said they needed to get at least 10 red-light runners per day at each intersection to make the plan a moneymaker, more than the study found.

In West Palm Beach, only one of the seven intersections with red-light cameras has turned a profit since they were installed two years ago.

And in unincorporated Palm Beach County, the 10 cameras in place have yet to generate enough money in fines to match the costs of American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona for-profit company that operates the cameras.

Other cities with red light cameras have made money. But that might have something to do with a willingness to snag drivers for making rolling right turns or zealously enforcing crossings under a changing light.

If public safety is the primary concern, having a longer yellow lights at every city intersection may do more than trying to snag a financially necessary quota of drivers at a select few.

The remake of the state license plate, if given the green light by the Florida Cabinet later this month, is expected to cost $31.4 million, which the state plans to recoup from its share of the red-light tickets and from the fees collected by drivers who need to replace expired or illegal plates.

If that doesn’t do the trick, maybe we goose up the revenue by adding a new specialty license plate for our newest endangered species.

The Save The Red Light Cameras license plate.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Gave Out Toll-Free Phone Sex Number Instead Of Meningitis Hotline Number At News Conference

October 10, 2012

FLORIDA – Florida Gov. Rick Scott mistakenly gave out the number for an adult phone line when he tried to provide the number for the toll-free meningitis hotline at a news conference Tuesday.

Scott was at a Cabinet meeting when he directed Floridians to the hotline’s 866 number, but he got his numbers mixed up, according to WUSF News.

When WUSF posed the number online, they were notified by a reader that the number Scott gave directed them to a very different service.

“Hello boys, thank you for calling me on my anniversary,” a woman’s voice says in a recording.

A spokesperson for Scott said he inadvertently gave out the wrong number.

The correct number for the Florida Fungal Meningitis Hotline is 866-523-7339.

On Tuesday, state health officials confirmed the first fungal meningitis death in Florida in the recent nationwide outbreak.

The Florida Department of Health said a 70-year-old Marion County man died in July, before the discovery of the contaminated lots of the steroid methylprednisolone acetate from the New England Compounding Center.

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Not The Brightest Bulb In The Box: Monroe County Florida Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Ken Fricke Leaves Guns In His Patrol Car, Again, And They Are Stolen, Again – Same Dumbass Decision 3 Years Ago Resulted In First Theft

October 3, 2012

MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office sergeant whose cruiser was burglarized of guns and other equipment last month is familiar with the scenario — the same thing happened to him three years ago.

In August 2009, Sgt. Ken Fricke’s department-issued 12-gauge Remington shotgun and .45-caliber Glock handgun, and his personal .40-caliber Glock, were stolen from his agency car — a crime never solved but one that resulted in a change to Sheriff’s Office policy to prevent such a theft again.

The policy, put in place in February 2010, says law officers should never “leave their guns or other equipment in their cars,” agency spokeswoman Becky Herrin said. “No ID, hats that say ‘sheriff,’ that kind of thing.”

But that’s what Fricke did when he parked his cruiser at his Big Pine Key home on Sept. 24, the Sheriff’s Office said. The following morning, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team member found his car burglarized of a .40-caliber Glock, a .45-caliber Glock, a Colt M4 with a scope, bullet-resistant vest, helmet, padding and ammunition for all three guns.

Residents’ calls to Crime Stoppers quickly solved the case, police say, and all of the guns were recovered by Friday. Anthony Ostrander, 26, of Big Pine Key faces a charge of dealing in stolen property charges. Kalvin Cowger, 17, and also from Big Pine Key, faces charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

On Aug. 25, 2009, Fricke, then a deputy, reported the shotgun and two Glocks stolen from his agency-issued 2007 Ford Crown Victoria. He and another deputy searched his car and house for them, to no avail. Numerous people, mostly Marathon and Big Pine Key teens, were questioned in the case, and some hinted they had heard about the theft but no one admitted anything.

Among those questioned and considered a suspect: Franklin Randleman, then 17, of Big Pine. On May 22, 2010, he was shot to death at his grandmother’s Big Pine trailer, apparently over drugs. Two Marathon men have been charged with homicide in the slaying.

One of the teens questioned in the gun thefts referred detectives to Randleman “since he had witnessed Mr. Randleman in possession of stolen weapons,” a police report says.

Randleman spoke to two detectives, denying involvement, though admitting he knew about the thefts and saw the guns, the report says. He implicated two other teens as having the guns.

However, no one was arrested because of conflicting stories and only the shotgun was recovered — by a plumber who found it under a porch at the Eastwind Apartments on Sombrero Beach Road in Marathon.

Fricke, hired on June 1, 2005, has had no disciplinary actions against him but does have 17 letters of commendation or recognition in his personnel file.

As for the latest gun theft, “We’ve got an ongoing internal affairs investigation going on,” Herrin said.

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With No Other Crimes To Solve, Pinellas County Florida Sheriff’s Department Searches For Woman Spotted Riding A Manatee

October 3, 2012

PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for helping in identifying and finding a woman spotted astride a manatee in the waters off Fort De Soto Park Sunday.

Deputies responded to a call from park rangers at Fort De Soto that a woman was riding a manatee in the waters north of the Gulf Pier.

The woman was unable to be found when deputies arrived, but witnesses were able to provide descriptions and photos of the woman, which also were posted to Facebook.

According to a post on the Friends of Fort De Soto Facebook page, the manatees that the woman was riding were mating at the time of the incident.

One of the commenters wrote:

“I was shocked when I saw this lady in the water with the Manatees that were mating, It got worse as she sat on the Manatee, then RODE the Manatee. With people screaming from the shore. She finally got away from them as they swam off to deeper water. Rangers were called and took care of the situation.”

No manatees are believed to have been harmed in the incident.

According to the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, it is unlawful for any person to intentionally or negligently disturb a manatee in any way. Violations are considered second degree misdemeanors.

Manatees are classified as endangered by both the state and federal governments. Manatees are listed by the World Conservation Union as “vulnerable to extinction.”

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Lake County Florida School Board Officals Already Know Veggies End Up In Cafeteria Trash Cans, But Now Want To Piss Away Tax Dollars Installing And Monitoring Cameras To “Study” The Waste

October 3, 2012

TAVARES, FLORIDA – Lake County School Board officials are considering attaching cameras to school cafeteria trash cans to study what students are tossing after officials found that most of the vegetables on the school menu end up in the trash can.

New federal laws require students to take a healthy produce at lunchtime, but last year in Lake County, students tossed $75,000 worth of produce in the garbage.

“It’s a big issue, and it’s very hard to get our hands around it,” said School Board member Todd Howard, who suggested “trash-cams.” “They have to take (the vegetable), and then it ends up in the trash can, and that’s a waste of taxpayer money. It’s also not giving students the nutrition that they need.”

Laurel Walsh, whose daughter attends Tavares Elementary School, says getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is not the job of the respective schools.
“I think it starts at home with the parents. If the kids just don’t like it because they’ve never been given it at home, they’re not going to try something new here,” she said.

No decisions have been made on the cameras, but school leaders say they wouldn’t capture students faces, just what they’re throwing away.

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Seminole Florida Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Sentences Woman To 5 Years In Prison For Killing Dog That Had Previously Bitten Her Son – Taxpayers On The Hook For At Least $97,000 To Incarcerate Her

October 2, 2012

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA – A woman who beat her in-laws’ 14-year-old dog to death was sentenced Monday to five years in prison.

Seminole Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester also ordered Evita Williams, 26, to serve five years of probation, attend an anger-management class, undergo psychological, drug and alcohol evaluation and not own pets.

A jury in July convicted Williams of burglary and animal cruelty.

Prosecutors said Williams beat the Labrador mix Ginger with an aluminum softball bat last year because she was upset about problems with her estranged husband and because Ginger had nipped her son eight months earlier.

Williams used a screwdriver to break into a locked bedroom at her in-laws’ house near Longwood, where she was living temporarily, muzzled Ginger and covered her with a blanket before killing her in the backyard.

Sherry and Dan Williams had invited Williams and her son to stay with them because she had nowhere else to go.

They locked Ginger in their bedroom July 5 because Williams had threatened to hurt the dog. The attack happened the next day while they were at work.

Williams said she dumped the body in a condo-complex garbage bin, but it was never recovered. The bin had been emptied by the time investigators arrived.

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Trespassing Hollywood Florida Police Shoot And Kill Innocent Resident’s Dog In Back Yard It Was Trained To Protect

October 1, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – A Hollywood police officer shot and killed a pit bull in a resident’s back yard while searching for a man who had committed a strong armed robbery.

It happened just before noon Wednesday in the 2300 block of Wiley Street. The 4-year-old male pit bull, named Pup-pup, was shot in the back yard of a home that he was trained to protect.

“I just heard gunshots as I was walking back to the house,” said dog owner Antonio Williamson.

It happened just after Williamson came outside to ask why so many police officers were parked in front of his house. They were looking for a man who had punched another guy in the face and stole his bike in front of a convenience store on Pembroke Road and 22nd Avenue. A witness followed the suspect to the area on Wiley Street and called 911.

“The police suspected the robber may have gone into the back yard so they entered through a side gate.

“When they got to the back yard, they were confronted by a pit bull,” said Hollywood Police Sgt. Lester Cochenour.

The dog was shot multiple times and died in the back yard. Williamson was angry that officers didn’t knock first. He said Pup-pup was a humble dog and was great with kids, but was also trained to protect to his property.

“There have been a lot of break ins around here, in this area for the last year and a half or so, and I have my dog out here just for that purpose,” Williamson told Local 10’s Roger Lohse.

Lohse reported that there are no signs on the side of Williamson’s house indicating that a dog was in the backyard. Under the law, police are allowed to enter private property if they are pursuing or searching for a felony suspect.

But none of that makes either side feel any better about how this confrontation ended.

“It is an unfortunate circumstance that the dog and the police met. It was not the initial call but the officer had to shoot the dog to protect himself,” said Sgt. Cochenour.

“Well, you know, they apologized about it but naturally the dog was protecting its area,” Williamson told Lohse.

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Stolen iPad Traced To Home Of Orlando Florida TSA Agent Andy Ramirez In ABC News Sting – He Is No Longer With Agency

September 27, 2012

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – In the latest apparent case of what have been hundreds of thefts by TSA officers of passenger belongings, an iPad left behind at a security checkpoint in the Orlando airport was tracked as it moved 30 miles to the home of the TSA officer last seen handling it.

Confronted two weeks later by ABC News, the TSA officer, Andy Ramirez, at first denied having the missing iPad, but ultimately turned it over after blaming his wife for taking it from the airport.

The iPad was one of ten purposely left behind at TSA checkpoints at major airports with a history of theft by government screeners, as part of an ABC News investigation into the TSA’s ongoing problem with theft from passengers.

The full video report will be seen today on “Good Morning America,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”

“This is the tip of the iceberg,” said Rep. John Mica, R.-Florida, chair of the House Transportation Committee and a frequent critic of TSA senior management. “It is an outrage to the public, and actually to our aviation system.”

The TSA said Ramirez was no longer with the agency as of Wednesday afternoon. In a statement to ABC News, the agency said it has “a zero-tolerance policy for theft and terminates any employee who is determined to have stolen from a passenger.”

According to the TSA, 381 TSA officers have been fired for theft between 2003 and 2012.

The agency disputes that theft is a widespread problem, however, saying the number of officers fired “represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed” by TSA.

In the ABC News investigation, TSA officers at nine of the ten airport checkpoints followed agency guidelines and immediately contacted the owner, whose name and phone number were displayed prominently on the iPad case.

Luggage checked at the same airports with iPads and cash went through security undisturbed.

But in Orlando, the iPad was not immediately returned and two hours later its tracking application showed the device as it moved away from the airport to the home of the TSA officer.

After waiting 15 days, ABC News went to the home and asked Ramirez to return the iPad.

He denied knowing anything about the missing iPad and said any items left behind at security checkpoints are taken to lost and found.

The Orlando airport lost and found said there was no record of an iPad being turned in on the day in question.

Ramirez produced the iPad only after ABC News activated an audio alarm feature, and turned it over after taking off his TSA uniform shirt.

His explanation for the missing iPad in his home was that his wife had taken it from the airport.

“I’m so embarrassed,” he told ABC News. “My wife says she got the iPad and brought it home,” he said.

Moments later, his wife appeared at the door to say she had found it and “no told my husband.”

Asked how that was possible given that ABC News tape showed him handling the iPad at the security checkpoint, Ramirez shut the door and has not responded to questions since.

 No TSA official, including director John Pistole, would agree to be interviewed by ABC News about the issue of theft and what steps TSA has taken to address the long-standing problem.

In its statement, the TSA said it “holds its employees to the highest ethical standards.”

A spokesperson said Pistole has established the Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate allegations of misconduct and that most TSA employees are “honest, hardworking people.”

Congressman Mica says TSA management has failed to properly do background checks on the employees it hires as officers, and had earlier this year asked the Government Accountability Office to do a full investigation of TSA’s theft problems.

“[If] you’re not vetting them before you put them on the job, and allow them to rummage through people’s personal effects, there is something wrong,” said Mica. Follow ABCNewsBlotter on Facebook

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Nutcase Veteran Ocoee Florida Police Officer Shoots And Kills Innocent Family’s Dog In Front Of Children While Woman Had Hold Of It, Bullet Fragments Hit Door Where 2 Children Were Standing – Cop Lies And Says He Was Bitten, But Refused Treatment From Paramedics

September 26, 2012

OCOEE, FLORIDA – A Central Florida family is demanding justice after their pet dog was shot and killed by a police officer.

Jackie and Mitch Schutt said an Ocoee police officer knocked on their front door on Sept. 18 to return an ID, but when Jackie opened the door, her dogs ran out to the porch and, she said, the unthinkable happened.

“The officer just pulled out his gun and shot her three times while I had a hold of her,” said Jackie Schutt.

The Schutts say their family is traumatized and devastated after the officer shot and killed their 3-year-old boxer, Laila. They said it happened seconds after opening their door, without warning, right in front of their eyes.

“You can’t get another dog to replace her. She was our family member,” said Mitch Schutt.

The Schutts say Laila, and their other boxer, Ali, came outside just to protect the family. They think Laila barked at the officer’s feet and scratched his ankle with her nail, but the officer said he was bit, felt threatened and opened fire.

The Schutts say bullet fragments struck their front door right where their 9-year-old and 6-year-old children were standing.

“My kids witnessed it all,” said Mitch Schutt. “He could have not only shot my wife, but ricochet could have hit my kids.”

They have now turned to Facebook, launching a “Justice for Laila” page.

They’ve also hired an attorney, but said they don’t want money, but they do want the officer off the job.

“What if I jumped on top of her and he shot me because he didn’t even say, ‘Hey, I’m pulling my gun, I’m going to shoot your dog.’ Nothing,” said Jackie Schutt.

Ocoee police confirmed to Local 6 they are investigating the shooting.

They would not release the officer’s name, but said he was not suspended and is now back on duty.

Ocoee police Lt. Stephen McCosker said the officer involved is a veteran who’s been on the force for more than 10 years. Lt. McCosker also said the officer also took a few days of medical leave to recover from the bite.

Local 6’s legal expert Luis Calderon said officers have the right to come onto someone’s property and shoot and kill a dog, but only if the officer has reason to believe they are in danger.

The Schutts say the Ocoee officer was never in danger and added he refused treatment from paramedics after the incident.

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Fort Myers Florida Police Officer Jason Jackson Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Attacking His Pregnant Wife

September 25, 2012

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – A Fort Myers Police Officer has been arrested for the alleged aggravated battery on his pregnant wife.

26-year-old Jason Jackson was allegedly arguing with his pregnant wife around 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Chief Doug Baker released the following statement concerning the arrest:

“This is not the conduct that we would expect from one of our officers. State Statute and department policy requires due process and Officer Jackson has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation and an internal affairs investigation by our Professional Standards Bureau.”

Jackson was booked at the Lee County Jail. He was later released on $15,000 bond.

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Sarasota Florida Police Officer Christopher Childers Rewarded With Job And 3 Years Of Back Pay After Firing For Brutally Beating Handcuffed Man – Says Believe Him And His Cop Buddies, Not The Video Of His Violent Attack – Another Crazed Cop Back On The Streets

September 24, 2012

SARASOTA, FLORIDA – The City of Sarasota’s Civil Service Board has overturned the firing of a Sarasota Police officer from a 2009 incident. Officer Christopher Childers was fired after being found to have used excessive force during an arrest in 2009. Childers appealed that decision, and now, he will be back on the job by October.

According to one of the Civil Service Board members, after hearing two days of testimony and cross examinations, it became clear that Christopher Childers did not use excessive force. But even now that Childers will be reinstated, the changes made in the way the city handles incidents within the police department remain.

It’s surveillance footage that Civil Service Board member Ken Shelin says is the most damaging. But in this case, looks are deceiving. “When you talk to the people who were there and up close and personal, with respect to what actually happened, you could understand that he did not use excessive force.”

In the video, it appears that Officer Childers kicks the suspect, Juan Perez, while handcuffed, after arresting him for disorderly intoxication. But Shelin says medical records proved Perez wasn’t injured, and other witness testimony proved the force Officer Childers did use was reasonable given Perez’s level of intoxication and behavior, and it’s because of this 2009 incident that the city formed the first Ad-hoc Police Advisory Panel, which Adam Tebrugge sat on as Vice Chair. “Our job was not to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident with officer Childers, our job was to move forward and recommend improvements the department could make to build trusting relationships with the citizens of Sarasota,” says Tebrugge.

Tebrugge says many of the recommendations made by his original panel still remain in place as policy, and now, nearly three years later, the city has two panels in place, made up of citizens, as well as city officials, who oversee operations and disciplinary actions by the Sarasota Police Department, and now, looking forward, Tebrugge says he hopes the relationship between the police department and citizen’s continues to improve. “We are now getting ready to hire a new chief for the Sarasota Police Department. It would be a great opportunity for the city commission and the new chief to review the recommendations of the police advisory panel, and going forward, make sure the new chief has all the tools necessary to be successful.”

Also, as a result of this incident, and the way it was originally handled by the Sarasota Police Department, then Police Chief Peter Abbott resigned, and the city was sued twice– by Perez for police misconduct, and for a Sunshine Law violation.

Childers will receive back pay for the last three years.

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Savage Black Beast Tries To Steal White Undershirts From Margate Florida Walmart, Shoots And Kills Security Guard And Then Himself To Prevent His Arrest For The $16 Theft

September 23, 2012

MARGATE, FLORIDA – A man who tried to steal undershirts valued at $16 from a Wal-Mart in Margate, Fla., shot and killed a loss prevention employee there Friday evening, police said.

Lewis Jhon, 49, of Coral Springs, was pronounced dead at North Broward Medical Center after the shooting at about 7:15 p.m., Margate Police Lt. Andy Zettek said.

Hollywood resident Terrell Kennith Johnson, 22, was identified as the subject. He fled on foot, and police said they later found what they believed to be his body, which appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Zettek said.

Johnson was found on the 500 block of NW 51st Avenue, he said.

The incident began when Johnson tried to steal packages of white undershirts at the Wal-Mart at 555 W. Atlantic Blvd in Margate, Zettek said. Jhon detained him, and at some point Johnson shot Jhon near the front entrance of the store, Zettek said.

“Everybody was scared that something was going to happen to them,” witness Edward Jorgenson said of when people heard the gunshots in the store.

A woman was also taken into custody but her involvement in the incident is unknown.

After the shooting, police from Sunrise, Margate, Coconut Creek and Plantation converged on the scene, and a helicopter flew in the area searching for the suspect.

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Don’t Go To The Park Anywhere Okaloosa County Florida Deputies Patrol Unless You Want Your Car And Body Searched For No Reason

September 21, 2012

CRESTVIEW, FLORIDA – An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol near Duggan Park saw a woman sitting in a car and decided to check out what she was doing there, as the park was closed.

The woman told the deputy she was meeting a friend at the park to go fishing. The deputy wrote in the report she thought this was suspicious, as the woman had no fishing gear and was wearing a Taco Bell uniform. So she asked the woman if she could search her vehicle.

As the search got under way, the woman admitted she had some Xanax and Adderall in her right pants pocket.

She was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, a felony.

She was identified as Amy Elizabeth Brege, 30, of Crestview.

The incident occurred Sept. 9.

Her court date is Oct. 16.

About the same time, the deputy saw another vehicle enter the park and stopped it. The driver, 21-year-old Cody Taylor of Hurlburt Field, told the deputy he was meeting a friend there to go fishing. He too was wearing a Taco Bell uniform.

The deputy searched Taylor’s vehicle and found a container with about 1 gram of marijuana inside. A pill ID’d as Adderall was found in Taylor’s pocket.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and marijuana possession not more than 20 grams.

His court date is also Oct. 16.

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Okaloosa County Flordia Deputy Sheriff Stops And Searches Random Pedestrian Because She Didn’t Recognize Her

September 20, 2012

FORT WALTON BEACH, FLORIDA – A woman walking down the street piqued a sheriff’s deputy’s suspicion, resulting in her arrest for drug equipment possession.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling near Tilden Street on Sept. 3 when she saw a woman in a pink/gray sun dress walking near Elaine Avenue and stopped because she did not recognize her.

She asked what she was doing and she said, “visiting friends.”

“I asked if she had anything on her that was going to get her into trouble,” the deputy wrote in her arrest report, “(i.e., guns, knives, bazooka, etc.). She said she had nothing.”

The woman consented to a search of her purse, which produced two narcotics smoking devices.

The woman admitted after her arrest she used one of the pipes to smoke, saying it gives her a better high.

She was charged with drug equipment possession, a misdemeanor. Her court date is Sept. 25.

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Savage Black Beast Gets On Florida School Bus And Attacks A Child

September 20, 2012

FLORIDA – “That’s what they need… a good old fashioned whoopin’.”

That’s how Florida mom Felicia Phillips explains why she boarded a school bus Wednesday morning and attacked a 17-year-old passenger. She says her son was being bullied and she was just sticking up for him.

She now faces abuse and trespassing charges.

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Manatee County Florida Sting Operation Targeting Pedophiles Scores Repeat Sex Offender, Firefighters, Engineers, Business Owners, And Others – 43 Men Arrested As They Showed Up For Sex With A “Child” They Met Online

September 18, 2012

BRADENTON, FLORIDA – 43 men have been arrested in Operation Green Shepherd, an undercover online sex sting by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The men were arrested after going to a local home where they thought they were meeting up to have sex with a child.

Among those arrested was a former sex predator, but many of them have good jobs.

Eugene Marshall is a sexual predator already on probation, while 35-year old Jeremy Wert is a St. Petersburg firefighter. His boss, Fire Chief James D. Large, said, “I’m disappointed, embarrassed, and angry about Wert’s behavior, and I’m glad the Manatee County sheriff’s investigation brought Wert’s behavior to light.”

Detectives say James Durkee tried to have sex with a 14-year-old boy and brought two bottles of lube and three condoms. Sheriff Brad Steube of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said, “They were expecting to have sex with a child under the age of 14 in most cases.”

10 News poured over the men’s backgrounds and found two firefighters in the bunch, including Walter Knoering, who is a volunteer fighter with the City of Punta Gorda. But we also discovered many of these men are businessowners like Iqbal Sodhi, who owns Vegas Winners Internet Sweepstakes. Alen Markley told detectives he is self-employed and Rene Torres said the same. He works for Torres Lawn Service, while Andre Maniscalco owns Lancet Indemnity.

Two of the suspects are engineers. Brian Peters is an engineer with Alfa Laval, while Jonathan Schafer is an engineer with Lockheed Martin.

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Dumbass Brevard Florida Community College Asst. Professor Sharon Sweet Suspended After Targeting Her Students With Pro-Obama Bookmark And Pledge To Vote Democrat

September 17, 2012

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A citizen, whose nephew attends Brevard Community College, reports that he brought home the below bookmark pledging to vote for President Obama. The bookmark and pledge was handed out during a mathematics class taught by Assistant Professor Sharon Sweet. This occurred “while the student was in class at the request of his College Algebra teacher, Sharon Sweet, from Brevard Community College in [Melbourne] Florida.”

On the tear away pledge form that students recieved, was the requirement to “state their party affiliation”. The student reported that Sweet has repeatedly stated her personal political views in support of President Obama in class. The student noted, “There is an older gentleman in the class that will argue with her but he said most of the students did not.” is a site paid for by the Obama-Biden campaign to urge Floridians to register and vote. The website is targeted at young voters.

It appears Sweet may have violated the College’s harassment policy by handing out the GOTTA VOTE pledge. The Brevard Community College policy on harassment states:

Definition of Harassment

Harassment is any repeated or unwelcome verbal or physical abuse which intimidates or causes the recipient discomfort or humiliation or which interferes with the recipient’s educational or job performance. Any form of harassment related to an employee’s, applicant’s, student’s, or student applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, genetics, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender preference, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry or political affiliation is a violation of this policy. [Emphasis added]

Brevard College policy states, “Any employee or student of this institution, who is found to have harassed another employee or student … will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination, suspension and or expulsion, within the provisions of applicable current College Procedures and Board rules.”

NOTE: According to the Brevard Community College staff directory, Sharon Sweet is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at the Melbourne Campus. A request for comment has been sent to Ms. Sweet and Ms. Darla Ferguson, Chief Equity & Diversity Officer for Brevard Community College.


The following was posted as a comment to this column:

Darla Ferguson forwarded your email to me. I am the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Learning Officer for the college. Thank you for referring your concern to us. The college does have specific procedures related to the political activity of faculty and staff. The expectation is that no employee of the College shall solicit support of any political candidate during regular work hours or on College property.

The college first learned of this concern on Thursday and an investigation was initiated. Any inappropriate activities will be curtailed and the faculty will be dealt with according to college policy.

Again, thank you for your concern. The college is taking appropriate actions. We do not want any student to feel coerced.

Linda Miedema, PhD, MSA, BSN

Vice President Academic Affairs

Chief Learning Officer

BCC Administrative Building, Viera

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Live Cat Slips Through Ohio TSA Screening – Makes 1000 Mile Journey Undetected

September 16, 2012

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – A 14-month-old cat slipped detection by its owner and the Transportation Security Agency and traveled nearly 1,000 miles before being discovered — in Orlando, Fla.

The sneaky feline, Bob-bob, apparently found his way into his owner’s suitcase, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Ethel Maze of Circleville, Ohio, told the paper she was doing last-minute packing early Monday for her annual trip to Disney World, and didn’t notice the stowaway.

Neither did TSA. “We’re just wondering how he got through the X-rays without being seen,” Maze told the Sentinel.

“Our machines are very sensitive to picking up explosives and other threats to aviation,” TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz told the Sentinel.

Maze, who runs the Maze Residential Care Home, was traveling with a group of 18 disabled veterans and volunteers.

One of the group members, Mike Groleau, said he thought he saw the bag move, the Sentinel reported, but after a long night of packing, he loaded it with the other luggage. Ten hours later at a Disney-area hotel, Maze unzipped her bag and “Bob-bob” was there.

The cat was a little shaken but still purring.

In the past, TSA has caught travelers intentionally hiding creatures in the strangest of places. In one incident, a man hid small snakes and turtles in his pants, while in another incident, a woman taped birds, wrapped in socks, to her leg and chest.

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Miami Florida Police Officer Fausto Lopez Fired For Continued Reckless Speeding While Off Duty – Routinely Clocked At More Than 100 MPH – Drove More Than 90 MPH More Than 80 Times – Featured In Recent Viral Video Being Pulled Over By Highway Patrol

September 14, 2012

MIAMI, FLORIDA – A Miami police officer who made headlines after he was pulled over on the Florida Turnpike by a Florida Highway Patrol officer for speeding has been fired.

Fausto Lopez was fired by Miami Police on Thursday. This comes more than a month after an internal investigation into the matter determined that he should be terminated.

The internal probe found that Officer Lopez showed a “practice and pattern” of reckless speeding. Lopez routinely clocked speeds of more than 100 miles per hour while off duty between September and November 2011, according to the report.

Officially, Lopez has been clocked going more than 90 miles per hour more than 80 times.

Lopez was clocked by state trooper Donna Jane Watts doing 120 mph on October 11, 2011.

When he finally pulled over, she arrested the uniformed officer at gunpoint, although reports came out later that a supervisor had told her to “back off” and not pull Lopez over. Lopez later said he was on his way to an off-duty assignment.

Watts told state investigators that she continued to follow his squad car because she feared the vehicle was stolen since she believed no officer would drive so fast and so dangerously. Video of the 7-minute pursuit made national news and ignited a firestorm between his department and the Florida Highway Patrol.

Lopez pled no contest to a reckless driving charge; a misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

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Disgraced US Attorney General Eric Holder Quietly Drops Challenge To Florida Plan

September 14, 2012

FLORIDA – Florida has received a green light to implement its new early voting schedule for the November presidential election, including a Republican-backed plan that eliminates early voting on the Sunday before Election Day.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division agreed to end its challenge to the new early voting scheme in Florida, considered a critical battleground in the upcoming election.

The department notified state officials late Wednesday that it would approve the state’s plan for early voting, provided election supervisors in five designated counties agree to offer 96 hours of early voting over an 8-day period.

“The Attorney General does not interpose any objections to the specified changes,” the letter says in part.

Two weeks ago, a federal judge in Ohio, another key battleground state, ordered Ohio officials to restore early voting during the three days prior to Election Day.

The Ohio ruling came at the request of lawyers for the Obama presidential campaign. They argued that a Republican-backed law that cutoff early voting for most voters three days prior to Election Day, but allowed military personnel to continue to vote during those three days, was unfair and unconstitutional.

The judge agreed. His decision is being appealed by the state of Ohio.

At issue in the Florida case was a voting law change passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature that eliminated early voting on the two days prior to the election – including the Sunday immediately before Election Day.

Minority groups opposed the change, arguing that it would undercut an effective “souls to polls” program in which Sunday worshipers were transported after church to an early voting site.

Critics suggested the new law was aimed at suppressing minority voters, and thus suppressing potential Obama votes.

Under that GOP-backed scheme, county election supervisors were given discretion to set their own early voting hours provided they kept the polls open for 48 to 96 hours over an 8-day period.

But for five of Florida’s 67 counties, the new early voting scheme was subject to pre-approval in Washington under terms of the Voting Rights Act. The VRA requires certain jurisdictions with a past history of discrimination to submit any changes in voting procedures to the Justice Department or to a three-judge federal panel in Washington before they can be used.

The five Florida counties that require such pre-approval are Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough, and Monroe.

Florida officials, choosing to take their case to the federal panel in Washington, argued that the early voting changes were not discriminatory. But the judges ruled last month that the early voting scheme would likely make it more difficult for minority voters.

The judges said that minority voters rely more heavily than other Florida voters on the opportunity to vote early. The changed schedule would impact them more severely if county election supervisors chose to offer only 48 hours of early voting, the court said.

The judges added, however, that the scheme would likely not be discriminatory if election supervisors permitted 96 hours of early voting over 8 days.

That would mean the polls would be open each of eight days – including a Sunday, a week prior to the election – from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

After the ruling, Florida officials told the court that the 96-hour plan would be implemented in the covered counties. But the court then suggested that the process might be faster if the state asked the Justice Department for its approval.

That approval was received on Wednesday.

In a legal notice to the three-judge panel, lawyers with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said the attorney general had no objection to the proposed early voting scheme.

“Under this schedule, the five covered counties will offer the maximum 96 hours of early voting over an eight-day period, with hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,” they wrote.

“That schedule will be the benchmark against which any subsequent early voting changes proposed by the covered counties must be reviewed,” the lawyers said.

Florida’s early voting plan is also the subject of a lawsuit pending in federal court and filed by Corrine Brown, a member of Congress representing Jacksonville. She is claiming that the changed voting plan is discriminatory.

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Veteran US Mail Carrier Robert Hunt Jr. Arrested Delivering Cocaine On His Mail Route In Orlando Florida

September 14, 2012

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – A U.S. mail carrier was arrested in Orlando on suspicion of delivering cocaine while on his normal route.

Robert Hunt Jr., 43, of Orlando, was arrested Thursday on federal drug charges.

According to authorities, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service began investigating Hunt, a 24-year postal employee, last week when four parcels suspected of containing drugs were found at an Orlando processing center.

Officials said Hunt was caught delivering packages from his postal vehicle in exchange for $800.

The packages were tracked down, and cocaine — shipped from Puerto Rico to Orlando — was found inside, officials said.

Hunt may also face state charges.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Orange County Florida Corrections Officer Lost His Gun To Prisoner At Hospital, Which Was Used Minutes Latter To Carjack Senior Citizen

September 14, 2012

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA – A prisoner escaped from a hospital Thursday morning after getting into a fight with an Orange County corrections officer and stealing his gun, which was used to carjack an 83-year-old man, police said.

James Cornell West III, 24, of Orlando, was captured a short time later and re-arrested near Maitland Avenue and U.S. 17-92.

According to Winter Park police, West was initially arrested Wednesday on burglary charges and was taken to Winter Park Hospital on Thursday. There, he attacked the corrections officer, stole his gun and fled the hospital, police said.

West then ran across Lakemont Avenue, pointed the gun at the elderly man near Lakemont and Hollywood avenues and stole his car, police said.

After several witnesses called 911, officers were able to stop the vehicle and arrest West, who faces charges of armed carjacking, robbery, aggravated assault, battery on a law enforcement officer, grand theft, attempting to elude and escape.

The corrections officer suffered minor injuries in the attack, police said.

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Dumbass Miami Florida Public Defender Anya Cintron Stern Posted Photo Of Her Client’s Leopard-Print Underwear On Facebook, Causing Mistrial In Ongoing Murder Trial – She’s So Fired, And Defendant Might End Up With A Competent For Next Trial

September 14, 2012

MIAMI, FLORIDA – A defense lawyer posted a photo of her client’s leopard-print underwear on Facebook, prompting a judge to declare a mistrial in the Florida man’s murder trial.

Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez said the attorney, Anya Cintron Stern, was fired immediately and Judge Leon Firtel declared the mistrial Wednesday, The Miami Herald reported.

The underwear incident occurred during the trial of Fermin Recalde, who is accused of stabbing his girlfriend. Dora Rial, to death in Hialeah in 2010. Witnesses said Recalde’s family brought him fresh clothes to wear during trial and Cintron Stern used her cellphone to take a photo when Miami-Dade corrections officers lifted up the briefs and items for a routine inspection, the newspaper said.

The lawyer posted the photo on her personal Facebook page and wrote a comment indicating her client’s family considered the underwear “proper attire for trial.”

Someone who saw the posting alerted the judge.

Martinez said defendants deserve the loyalty and respect of their public defenders.

“When a lawyer broadcasts disparaging and humiliating words and pictures, it undermines the basic client relationship and it gives the appearance that he is not receiving a fair trial,” Martinez said.

Cintron Stern, 31, has been a lawyer since 2008, said the Herald, noting she could not be reached for comment.

Recalde will be given a new attorney and a new trial date.

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Monroe County Florida Employee Who Stole 52 County Owned iPads And iPhones And Sold At Fire-Sale Prices Or Gave Away As Gifts Gets To Keep Her Job

September 13, 2012

MARATHON, FLORIDA — A Monroe County employee who stole 52 county-purchased iPads, iPhones and an LG phone then sold them at fire-sale prices or gave as gifts will keep her job.

CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald reports the scandal engulfed several co-workers, her supervisor, the county administrator and a county commissioner.

Lisa Druckemiller, a 31-year county employee who abruptly retired in February , was indicted in July on charges of stealing 52 county-purchased iPads, iPhones and an LG phone – and selling them at cut-rate prices or giving them as gifts to co-workers, friends and family.

No one else was criminally charged, but a grand jury report recommended that two county employees be fired, including County Administrator Roman Gastesi. But the County Commission, in a special meeting Monday, voted 4-1 not to fire Gastesi, even though he purchased five Apple products from Druckemiller at steep discounts.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to place a letter of reprimand in Gastesi’s file. His only other punishment is that he must pay for an investigation and disciplinary hearings for other involved county employees — as much as $12,000 — conducted by retired Monroe County Judge David Kirwan and retired Sheriff Rick Roth.

The other employees include Deputy County Administrator Debbie Frederick, Druckemiller’s direct supervisor and friend, who the grand jury recommended be fired also.

The grand jury also found that Gastesi ignored warnings from a 2010 audit to separate duties of those overseeing the cellphone acquisition and distribution that enabled Druckemiller to go undetected for so long.

Gastesi paid about $900 for four iPhones and an iPad that cost the county $2,330 with multi-year contracts.

Choking back tears Monday, he said he was sorry for his error in judgment and the “black mark it put on county government.”

Assistant County Attorney Robert Shillinger defended Frederick and Gastesi. He said it was Frederick who brought the problem to his attention when she discovered there was more than just “bad bookkeeping” going on the day after Druckemiller retired.

And, Shillinger said, when the scandal first came to light, Gastesi supported going to the state attorney’s office.

In addition to Gastesi, County Commissioner Heather Carruthers and six other county employees bought Apple products at sweetheart deals – which should have raised eyebrows, the grand jury said.

Carruthers paid $99 for an iPhone worth $299. Other county employees got similar discounts, as well as nine friends and family of Druckemiller.

She told them all she was passing on discounts she got for purchasing in bulk.

“It looked pretty bad for everybody,” County Mayor David Rice said.

He said he found it hard to believe people fell for such a pitch until he learned that one of them was respected County Attorney Suzanne Hutton.

While Hutton did not purchase a product from Druckemiller, Hutton had said her sales pitch did not raise suspicions to her of illegal activity.

“I’m satisfied today that it had to be very believable,” Rice said. “… I suspect Lisa should have been in sales, not in computer equipment because she was very effective.”

In a tearful apology for the embarrassment the scandal has brought to county government, Carruthers said she was “conned” by someone she trusted.

She said she thought she was doing the right thing by paying for her own phone.

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Pedophile Ft. Lauderdale TSA Agent Andrew Smeal Arrested, Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography – Had Been Under Investigation For Over 6 Month

September 13, 2012

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – A Transportation Security Administration screener at a major South Florida airport is in jail accused of possessing dozens of horrifying images of child pornography.

Andrew Smeal is facing 25 counts of possessing child pornography showing young children engaged in sexual acts.

Smeal works at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The news came as a shock to neighbor Chris Petinaud. He said he saw police descend on Smeal’s Hollywood home Tuesday morning. Petinaud said the charges leave him disgusted.

“I had no idea,” Petinaud told CBS 4′s Carey Codd. “My children come here in the summer, playing in the back, swimming and stuff. To know that’s next door is disturbing.”

The South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Smeal at his Hollywood home Tuesday morning. A police report indicates that investigators had been tracking him since February.

The police report reveals that Smeal has only worked for TSA for two months. But passengers we spoke with said the arrest leaves with with questions about TSA.

“It makes you ask how they screen for employees initially, to begin with,” said Dennis Rose.

“It makes me question the people who are looking into who’s doing (the job),” said George Griffeth. “It makes me question the whole organization.”

Smeal is being held in the Broward County Jail on $50-thousand dollars bond.

According to the arrest report when police spoke to Smeal at his home he first told investigators he did download child porn and deleted it but then said he didn’t know how the child pornography got on his computer.

There is no indication that Smeal looked at any child porn at work and he told investigators that he has never touched a child in a sexual manner.

TSA said they could not discuss Smeal’s current employment status with the agency.

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Plantation Florida Police Officer Det. Phil Toman Claims Girlfriend Shot Him And Then Herself

September 13, 2012

PLANTATION, FLORIDA – Plantation Police say one of their own, Detective and Public Information Officer Phil Toman was shot by his girlfriend, then went out back and shot herself.

The suicide caught on the 911 tape as Toman calmly told the dispatcher that his girlfriend shot him then went outside.

Listen to an excerpt of the 911 tape released by Plantation Police below.

Toman has been released from the hospital. No word on what prompted his girlfriend, Crystal Wilson, to shoot him in the leg, then apologize, tell him she loved him, and go out back and shoot herself.

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Thought Police: Tavares Florida Police Officer Sarah Coursey Suspended After “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald Or John Wilkes Booth When You Need Them!?!?” Posting On Facebook About Nation’s Bad President

September 11, 2012

TAVARES, FLORIDA – Tavares road patrol officer Sarah Coursey remains on paid administrative leave after making an alleged Facebook posting that the U.S. Secret Service is investigating as a threat against President Obama.

Joyce Ross, spokeswoman for Tavares, said Sunday that the social website posting is being taken “very seriously” and that the police department is performing an internal investigation while the U.S. Secret Service was notified and agents have been in Tavares to conduct a separate investigation.

Ross said Social Service agents interviewed Coursey on Friday, following the posting she allegedly made about 10:10 p.m. Thursday, about 10 minutes into Obama’s live speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte:

“Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald or John Wilkes Booth when you need them!?!? :)”, the posting stated, referring to the assassins of presidents John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.

Ross said a concerned citizen e-mailed a copy of the Facebook posting to Tavares Police Chief Stoney Lubins, who took action and directed that an internal investigation be taken immediately, to determine if departmental polices have been violated.

“There are procedures that we have to follow according to our personnel standards; we just have work through those,” Ross said, adding the alleged posting was “totally inappropriate” and that police officers are held to high standards to protect and serve.

She said Coursey has never had disciplinary action in the past with the department.

Coursey first joined Tavares police in 2008, and resigned in 2009 to take another position. She was rehired in May 2011.

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Fired Former Mascotte Florida “Officer Of The Year” Arrested After Pulling Knife, Threatening To Kill Group Of Bicyclists

September 9, 2012

LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA — A former Lake County police officer was arrested on charges of threatening to kill a group of bicyclists, WFTV learned.

Former Mascotte police officer, Richard Dillon, and a friend were driving in Howey-in-the-Hills last month, when they approached a trio of bicyclists along East Dewey Road.

An arrest report said Dillon threw something out of the window and then yelled at the cyclists to get out of the road.

The report said that one of the cyclists gave the men the middle finger. That’s when Dillon’s friend, Steven Nuzzo, slammed on the brakes, and the pair jumped out of the car, the arrest report stated.

“Mr. Dillon was accused of pulling a knife and threatening to cut them,” said Sgt. Jim Vachon, of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The report said Dillon made a harsher threat: that he’d kill them. Nuzzo allegedly told them that he’d shoot them.

“Anytime you have something like this it’s distressing. Anybody who would get into an incident like this on the side of the road, who people don’t even know, not just a former law enforcement officer, but anybody,” said Vachon.

One of Dillon’s neighbors told WFTV he doesn’t seem violent.

“I’ve always thought of him as being normal, regular, respectable person here for the people,” said neighbor Dennis Lyons.

Dillon was fired by the Mascotte Police Department in mid-May for allegedly not returning to work after medical leave. He worked there for five years.

He was once named officer of the year for the department.

WFTV learned from a source that Dillon plans to sue the Mascotte Police Department, possibly for wrongful termination. But the mayor wouldn’t confirm that.

Dillon and Nuzzo remain in the Lake County Jail.

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Miami Beach Florida Police Officer George Navarro Arrested, Charged With Racketeering, Official Misconduct, Fraud, False Statement, And Obtaining Vehicles By Trick, And Unlawful Subleasing

September 9, 2012

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Miami Beach Police officer was behind bars Wednesday after he was arrested on fraud and racketeering charges.

George Navarro Jr., 26, was arrested on two counts of racketeering, official misconduct, organized fraud or $50,000 or more, two counts of false statement of financial condition and two counts each of obtaining a vehicle by trick and unlawful subleasing of a vehicle, according to the Miami Herald.

He was being held at the Miami-Dade County jail on $152,000 Wednesday. During an appearance in bond court Thursday, the amount was reduced to $88,500. He was also ordered to surrender his passport.

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Miami Beach Police confirmed the arrest but referred investigation inquiries to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“This was an investigation initiated by the Miami Beach Police Department and it is part of the process of rooting out corruption in the department,” Chief Raymond A. Martinez said in a statement. “I will not let the actions of one; tarnish this agency and the outstanding work that is done on an everyday basis by the men and women of the Miami Beach Police Department.”

FDLE Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bob Breeden said the investigation was still active and no information could be released.

Any further details of the arrest are unknown. Martinez told the Herald that no other officers are subjects of the investigation.

Navarro, the son of former Police Cmdr. George Navarro, who was the lead supervisor on the 1997 Gianni Versace murder investigation and now works as the city’s emergency manager, has been on desk duty for months while the case has been investigated.

His attorney, Michael Band, said he’s been an outstanding officer.

“The allegations contained in the state’s charge are wholly unrelated to his officer’s duties and we will vigorously defend Officer Navarro,” Band told the Herald.

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Miami Florida Police Officer Prabhainjana Dwivedi Arrested By Feds And Charged With Pulling Over Female Motorists To Initiate “Sexually Suggestive Conversations”

September 6, 2012

MIAMI, FLORIDA – An officer with the Miami-Dade police department was arrested by federal authorities for stopping female drivers for no other reason than to initiate “sexually suggestive conversations.”

According to the Miami Herald, 33-year-old officer Prabhainjana Dwivedi was arrested by FBI agents inside police headquarters on Wednesday.

Dwivedi had worked overnight patrolling the streets between Jackson Memorial Hospital and Key Biscayne before being assigned to desk duty in the summer of 2011 following the suspicious traffic stops, the paper noted.

The criminal complaint filed by the FBI against Dwivedi, obtained by the Herald and written by special agent Susan Funk, said he made numerous stops that lasted well beyond the necessary length of time for a routine stop. He also reportedly made these stops “without probable cause, reasonable [suspicion] or other lawful authority to conduct a stop.”

During one stop on May 27, 2011, he allegedly instructed a woman identified only as A.R. to “lower the zipper on the front of her dress down past her breasts to her mid-stomach,” an action which, according to the woman, “somewhat exposed her breasts.”

Dwivedi claimed A.R., age 19, was intoxicated at the time, and that she had not turned on her headlights, the Herald reported. A.R. allegedly disputed the claim of driving under the influence.

She was held for a reported one hour and 20 minutes before being released without a citation.

In another stop, the rogue officer reportedly pulled over a 24-year-old bartender and accused her of driving while intoxicated. When he noticed a child safety seat in the car, he told the woman, identified as M.F., that she would lose custody of her child if arrested.

The woman asked Dwivedi to administer a roadside sobriety test, but he reportedly refused to do so.

The paper learned that Dwivedi then discussed the woman’s breast enhancement surgery, and asked “if she had any photographs of her breasts.” When he saw the photographs, he asked to see the scars from the surgery.

“M.F. then lifted her shirt and showed Dwivedi the scar,” the complaint stated.

Dwivedi then allowed the woman to drive home, but insisted on following her, allegedly to ensure her safety.

A third complainant accused Dwivedi of pulling down his pants zipper during a stop.

He is being charged with depriving people of their civil rights, and was released on a $150,000 personal bond. He will be seen in court on Friday to address the matter of his defense, the paper learned.

Dwivedi will reportedly be arraigned Sept. 19.

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Savage Black Beast Shot And Killed By Pinellas County Florida Deputies After String Of Crimes That Included Sexually Assaulting And Knocking Up His Girlfriend’s 11 Year Old Daughter

September 3, 2012

TREASURE ISLAND, FLORIDA – Florida deputies fatally shot a man wanted for sexually assaulting and impregnating an 11-year-old girl Saturday.

Gregory Johns, 42, was killed at a motel in Treasure Island, Fla., a week after his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital for stomach pains and underwent tests that showed she was pregnant.

Johns immediately asked his girlfriend for the keys to her car so that he could go buy cigarettes.

Gregory Johns was found locked inside a bathroom at the Trail’s End Motel early Saturday morning.

Johns, who allegedly sexually abused the girl several times, committed a string of crimes until officials found him locked inside a bathroom at the Trail’s End Motel early Saturday morning.

In the week before he was killed, Johns allegedly robbed a couple at knifepoint in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, according to local television station WTSP-TV.

He reportedly left a letter at the scene in which he apologized to the 11-year-old girl for assaulting her.

Shortly after the robbery, Johns reportedly broke into the home of a 78-year-old St. Petersburg woman. He allegedly kept her tied and gagged for 12 hours.

Johns called the 11-year-old girl’s mother the same day and apologized for assaulting her daughter, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told Bay News 9. He also said that cops would have to kill him before he would go back to jail, according to police.

Johns has served ten different stints in jail since 1987 on charges of aggravated assault, armed robbery, burglary and drug charges.

Deputies found Johns at the Trail’s End Motel Saturday thanks to a tip.

When they arrived at his room, the suspect emerged from the bathroom with a knife and threatened to kill them, prompting the deputies to open fire.

The deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of an investigation.

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Homestead Florida Police Officers Giovanni Sota, Sgt. Lizanne Deegan, And Sgt. Jeffrey Rome Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With String Of Immigrant Beatings

September 3, 2012

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – Three South Florida police officers are on administrative leave from the force after posting bond this week. All three cops are being charged with a string of beatings that targeted immigrants.

Officer Giovanni Soto, 40, Sgt. Lizanne Deegan, 44, and Sgt. Jeffrey Rome, 56, are all believed to be involved in a rash of incidents that started as early as February 2011.The Homestead Police Department officials were brought into custody this week after arrest warrants were filed following the culmination of a year-long investigation that involved the FBI and local law enforcement, during which all three officers were placed on extended paid leave.

According to Internal Affairs Detective Antonio Aquino, on February 6, 2011 Sgt. Rome attacked a man outside of Celio’s Latin Quarter Bar in Homestead, FL near Miami, a known hangout for Spanish-speaking migrant workers. The establishment had been rigged with undercover surveillance cameras due to a human trafficking investigation, which also caught the cop on film allegedly beating a man with a metal baton. The footage has also been described to the media to show Officer Sotto involving himself in the attack. The victim allegedly called 911 for assistance after the incident, to which Sgt. Deegan was dispatched to file a complaint — the officer did not follow through, though.

“Officer Soto confirmed he thought Sergeant Deegan would cover up the issue and confirmed that his was not the first time he witnessed Sergeant Rome cause injury to patrons at Celio’s. Officer Soto stated that he didn’t report this because he was afraid of what could happen to his job,” Detective Aquino writes in the warrant.

The detective adds that video footage shows Sgt. Rome grabbing a 69-year-old man by the collar and dragging him on the ground during a separate April 2011 incident. “As the man lay motionless on the ground, Sergeant Rome is seen kicking the man in the head,” the warrant reads. Additionally, Sgt. Rome is also being charged with pepper-spraying another Hispanic man outside the same bar on April 17. Detective Aquino writes that the 24-year-old victim was refused entry to the bar, but tried to come in anyway after being nearly robbed outside. When he asked the authorities for help, he says Sgt. Rome pepper-sprayed him three times with what the detective describes as “the strongest pepper spray and tear gas mix available for non-military use.”

Officer Soto is being charged with felony battery and official misconduct of a public servant and Sgt. Deegan is facing misdemeanor charges of misconduct for allegedly trying to cover up one of the incidents, the Associated Press reports. Rome is being charged with battery and false imprisonment, as well as other crimes.

Aquino adds that the incidents did not stop there, though. The detective writes that the local emergency dispatcher received multiple reports similar to what investigator caught on film.

“According to Dispatcher Ramos, the Hispanic males made frequent complaints of being beaten and pepper-sprayed by Homestead Police on the nights Homestead Police Sergeant Jeffrey Rome worked the off-duty detail at Celio’s,” Aquino writes.

In a statement offered earlier this week, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle revealed that the US Department of Justice dispatched investigators as far away as Guatemala in order to track down some of the victims.

“Police brutality is wrong no matter what form it takes. The covering-up of police brutality is equally wrong. That’s why we are prosecuting these cases in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice who played an essential role in helping make these cases possible,” says Rundle.

The local officers union, the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, say the attorney general is only now generating talk about the case because she is about to be up for re-election.

“We feel the state attorney certainly has an agenda in this case and that there are serious problems within Homestead Police Department’s internal affairs unit and with Chief Alexander Rolle’s management,” union President John Rivera tells the Miami Herald.

All three officers are free awaiting their next court date.

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Opalocka Florida Police Officer Sgt. German Bosque, Fired 6 Times – Really Bad Cop Wants His Job Back – After Beatings, Hiding Drugs In Patrol Car, Thefts, Defying Direct Order, Lying, And Bogus Police Reports

September 1, 2012

OPALOCKA, FLORIDA – A suspended Florida police officer—who’s been fired six times over the years for alleged misconduct, only to be reinstated—says he’s the victim of a “witch hunt” and wants to go back to work, even though he’s being paid $60,000 a year to stay home.

Since becoming an officer in 1990, Sgt. German Bosque of the Opa-locka Police Department “has been disciplined, suspended, fined and sent home with pay more than any officer in the state,” according to the Miami Herald.

Bosque—who has been accused of “cracking the head of a handcuffed suspect, beating juveniles, hiding drugs in his police car, stealing from suspects, defying direct orders and lying and falsifying police reports”—was suspended with pay in May after he allowed a newspaper reporter to ride along in his patrol car without permission. (During the ride-along, Bosque told the reporter, “I’m an excellent police officer, but I break the rules.”)

According to his lawyer, Bosque wants to return to duty “rather than sleeping late and watching telenovelas and ‘Cops’ reruns.”

In 1990, he was tossed out of the Miami-Dade Police Academy after being arrested for impersonating a police officer, auto theft and possession of a firearm. In 1992, after graduating from the Polk County Police Academy, he was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

“Back then I was a big hot dog,” Bosque told Herald. He became a full-time officer in Opa-locka in 1993.

In 1994, four people in a stolen car Bosque was following were killed in a high-speed chase that crashed outside Opa-locka. “Questions were raised about whether he was pursuing the vehicle against department policy,” the paper said. In 1998, he was suspended twice for unauthorized police pursuits. The same year, Bosque called in sick with “food poisoning.” He was on vacation in Cancun, Mexico.

More from the Herald’s profile, “The South Florida cop who won’t stay fired”:

It seemed, in spite of all his past misconduct, there was nothing Bosque could do to lose his badge.

Opa-locka inexplicably dropped the ball on almost all the internal affairs complaints on Bosque. He was fired after police found cocaine in his police vehicle, but appealed and managed to keep his police certification and his job.

In February 2008, Bosque’s questionable behavior took another turn when the state attorney’s office began noticing that key drug evidence in some of his cases was missing. His police car was inspected, and investigators found an empty Smirnoff vodka bottle, a small bag of cocaine, crack pipes, Florida license plates, a pile of driver’s licenses he had seized, along with a stack of arrest reports he had never turned in. But the state attorney declined to prosecute, saying there was no evidence of criminal intent, and Bosque was back out on the street.

As the Herald noted, the Opa-locka Police Department has a long history of corruption. Its current chief, Cheryl Cason, tested positive for cocaine and was placed on probation in 1995. In 2011, Cason was suspended after “failing to tell the city that she had had a crash with her city-owned car.”

Cason called Bosque a “time bomb that has now exploded.”

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New Orleans Louisiana Police Officer Jason Giroir, Involved In Recent Shooting, Suspended Indefinitely For Online Comment About Thug Killed In Florida By Zimmerman – “Act Like A Thug Die Like One”

September 1, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – A New Orleans police officer under investigation in a recent police-involved fatal shooting has been suspended indefinitely without pay for posting intemperate remarks on an online news story, suggesting that a young man wearing a hooded sweatshirt deserved to die because he “acted like a thug.” Officer Jason Giroir posted “Act like a Thug Die like one!” on an online WWL-TV article posted Sunday about local citizens rallying to protest the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old Florida boy who was killed Feb. 26 while wearing a hooded sweatshirt and walking through a gated community.

Martin’s encounter with a gun-wielding citizen in his Florida neighborhood has become a flashpoint of national debate, hitting on contemporary issues of race and profiling, and a citizen’s right to bear arms.

After an online commenter named Eddie Johnson criticized Giroir’s comments as racist and questioned whether a hooded sweatshirt makes someone a thug, Giroir responded: “Eddie come on down to our town with a ‘Hoodie’ and you can join Martin in HELL and talk about your racist stories!:-P”

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announced the discipline Monday at a 3 p.m. news conference.

Serpas said Giroir’s postings caused him great concern and prompted an immediate suspension.

“To say I’m angry is an understatement. I’m furious,” Serpas said.

Serpas repeatedly stated that Giroir’s views do not reflect those of the NOPD.

Giroir’s wife also posted a similar comment about Martin — “He acted like a thug and died like one” — under the news story on the WWL-TV site.

Giroir’s attorney, Eric Hessler, said Monday that Giroir spoke to NOPD internal affairs investigators Monday and admitted to making the postings.

“His statement is, ‘Yes, I did it,'” Hessler said. “He certainly didn’t mean it as a racial comment, as an offensive comment, although it came out that way. He acknowledges he should have chosen better words. I couldn’t agree with him more.”

Hessler said everyone, especially police officers, need to “think before they type.”

The attorney said Giroir is not a racist.

“It was a boneheaded comment,” Hessler said. “He admits so.”

Giroir is currently under investigation for his role in a fatal shootout earlier this month in Mid-City. Two officers — Anthony Mayfield Jr. and Michael Asevedo — were severely wounded. Civilian Justin Sipp, who police say opened fire first, was fatally shot by police, and his brother was wounded.

The incident followed a traffic stop Giroir made early thatmorning on a vehicle that allegedly had a broken license plate light. Inside the car were the Sipp brothers, Justin and Earl.

After Justin Sipp began firing, Giroir and Mayfield returned fire, police have said. Giroir was not wounded.

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Biased Siminole County Florida Judge Kenneth Lester Gets The Boot From Zimmerman Case – Defendant Charged With Second-Degree Murder After Defending Himself From Druggie Who Attacked Him

September 1, 2012

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA – A new judge was tapped Thursday to preside over the case of George Zimmerman after the original judge was forced to step down.

Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester will be replaced by Judge Debra Nelson, who was appointed to the bench in 1999.

The move came one day after a Florida appeals court granted Zimmerman’s request for a new judge, saying the original judge’s remarks put Zimmerman in reasonable fear of an unfair trial.

Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

His attorneys wanted Lester removed, saying language he used in a bail order disparaged their client’s character and held over his head the threat of future criminal proceedings.

The Fifth District Court of Appeal agreed, and Lester was forced to disqualify himself.

Lester revoked Zimmerman’s original $150,000 bond after learning Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, failed to disclose more than $100,000 in donations from the public.

The judge then set a new bail of $1 million in July, and it was the language in that bail order that Zimmerman and his lawyers took issue with.

The court agreed with Zimmerman’s attorneys that Lester “made gratuitous, disparaging remarks about Mr. Zimmerman’s character; advocated for Mr. Zimmerman to be prosecuted for additional crimes; offered a personal opinion about the evidence for the prosecution; continued to hold over Mr. Zimmerman’s head the threat of future contempt proceedings, and ultimately set a bond at $1,000,000.”

The appeals court also agreed that Lester’s remarks “created reasonable fear in Mr. Zimmerman that the court is biased against him, and, as a result of this prejudice cannot receive a fair and impartial trial or hearing by the trial court.”

In his July bail order, Lester wrote that “under any defnition, the defendant has flouted the system” and “tried to manipulate the system when he has been presented the opportunity to do so.”

Lester also wrote that it was his “personal opinion” that Zimmerman intentionally gave false or misleading information in his bail application — which is a felony — and he suggested the possibility of future contempt proceedings.

“Holding this over Mr. Zimmerman creates a horrible chilling effect on this case, on the defense presentation, and cements Mr. Zimmerman’s fear that he will not get a fair trial from the trial court,” the appeals court wrote.

Zimmerman is free after posting the $1 million bond.

The former neighborhood watch captain has pleaded not guilty to the charges and said he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him. Martin, who was unarmed, was walking through a gated neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, to his father’s girlfriend’s house when he was killed.

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Hungry Homeless Man Jailed For 180 Days In Ocala Florida For Stealing $2 In Candy – Fined $500, Which Will Probably Send Him Back To Jail When He Can’t Pay It

August 31, 2012

OCALA, FLORIDA – A Central Florida judge has sentenced a 21-year-old homeless man to 180 days in jail for stealing $2 worth of candy.

Delvis Rodriguez-Ramos, already on probation for theft, pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking Twix and Snickers bars from an Ocala store.

An employee noticed the candy missing Saturday. Rodriguez-Ramos denied taking the candy, but returned to the store Monday and confessed.

The employee asked him to come back Tuesday to talk about it. When Rodriguez-Ramos showed up, the employee called police.

Rodriguez-Ramos said he had not eaten in a few days and was hungry.

But Futch asked why Rodriguez-Ramos didn’t try to find a job or seek help from a homeless shelter. Futch also fined him $500.

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Veteran Orange County Florida Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Donald Woods Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Attack On His Wife

August 31, 2012

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – A veteran Orange County Sheriff’s deputy accused of hitting his wife during an argument was jailed early Friday.

Sgt. Donald Woods, 35, is assigned to the patrol division, but has since been relieved of law enforcement duties. He will be reassigned to administrative duties until the investigation is complete, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Woods’ wife told investigators Woods slapped her during an argument Thursday morning in their bedroom. She screamed, prompting their children to run to the room. Woods grabbed his wife in a bear hug and pushed her to the bed, pretending to tickle her, a report shows.

The woman continued to scream until he released her.

Woods’ wife, whose name was not made public, contacted a lawyer after the incident to seek advice on how to get an injunction against Woods. She told deputies the violence has escalated and Woods has accused her of having an affair.

The woman claims Woods threw a laptop at her back and tried to take her wedding rings off and bruised her fingers, reports show. Woods’ wife told investigators she was hesitant to report his actions because she didn’t want him to get in trouble at work.

Woods was arrested around midnight Friday and was being held at the Orange County Jail Friday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office professional standards office is conducting an internal investigation.

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Delray Beach Florida Police Officer Dave Melville Chin Arrested, Charged With Perjury And Offical Misconduct After Lies About His Relationship With Confidential Informant

August 31, 2012

DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA  — A Delray Beach police officer has been arrested on perjury and official misconduct, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office said today.

Officer Dave Melville Chin, 35, is facing one count of perjury and three counts of official misconduct after he allegedly lied about his relationship with a woman who acted as a confidential informant.

It is the second time this month that prosecutors have investigated charges involving a Delray Beach police officer.

On Aug. 2, the state attorney’s office declined to prosecute Officer Frank Umbriac on charges that he had sex with a woman while on duty. Umbriac is still the subject of the internal department investigation.

According to the state attorney’s office, Chin, a member of the department’s Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit, made false statements during the arrest and prosecution of 26-year-old Hobe Sound woman.

Delray officers arrested Natalie Jerue last September on charges of trafficking in oxycodone. According to a report related to Chin’s arrest, he made false statements about asking Jerue to go out on dates, made false statements that caused another officer to falsify a probable-cause affidavit related to her arrest, and lied about Jerue having provided information that led to a drug-related arrest.

He did so in order to prevent the exposure of his personal cell phone records that revealed a relationship between Chin and Jerue, the report said.

According to the report, Chin detained Jerue during a traffic stop in June of 2011, but did not arrest her at the time. Jerue was ultimately arrested on the oxycodone charge. Chin initially met her months earlier while she was having lunch with a person whom Chin recognized as a department informant, the report said. He expressed an interest in dating Jerue and and sent her several text messages asking her to go out on a date, the report said. Chin initially denied to investigators that he asked Jerue out, but later admitted to doing so. They never actually went out on a date, he said.

Chin told investigators that the confidential informant was with Jerue during the traffic stop, and that he retrieved a bottle of illegal pills from the car. He later provided contradicting statements for the probable-cause affidavit, omitting the fact the informant was present, the arrest report said.

In an effort to persuade prosecutors to dismiss Jerue’s case, he presented a memo stating that she provided information that led to several drug-related arrests within the city. Jerue’s roommate was arrested the day following the traffic stop and Chin credited her with providing information that led to the arrest, according to the report.

However, Jerue later denied that she provided the information. She told investigators that Chin contacted her days after the traffic stop and discussed her becoming a cooperating source. He told her that because of the discovery of pills in her car, she would be arrested if she refused to cooperate, the report said.

Jerue ultimate agreed to cooperate, but none of the information she provided led an arrest or the recovery of contraband as indicated in the memo that Chin provided to the state attorney’s Office, the report said.

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Pensacola Florida Police Officer Christopher Geraci Fired And Arrested After In-Car Video Camera Catches His Brutal Attack On Woman Who Wouldn’t Hang Up Cellphone

August 31, 2012

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – A Florida police officer was fired and arrested after a camera mounted in his car showed him slamming a hit-and-run suspect against her car multiple times.

The video appears to show officer Christopher Geraci grab suspect Abbi Bonds’ arm and shove her after she refused to obey his command that she hang up her cellphone and reenter her car, WEAR-TV reported.

Geraci then appears to grab Bonds by the hair and force her against the side of the car as he attempts to handcuff her.

“I’m not fighting you,” she is heard saying. “Why are you hitting me?”

Bonds, 29, is suspected of being the driver in a hit-and-run accident.

Based on the video, it seems Bonds did not resist Geraci as she stood outside her damaged vehicle around 2 a.m. on Aug. 2. However, she allegedly failed several sobriety tests, leading to charges of driving under the influence, in addition to leaving the scene of an accident.

Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons quickly distanced the department from Geraci, who was charged with misdemeanor battery.

“You should only use the level of force that is necessary,” Simmons told HuffPost. “What we saw on that video is in excess of that … It fell short of our expectations.”

On Friday, Simmons said in a statement that Geraci used “unreasonable force.”

Bonds hasn’t filed a complaint against the department. The video surfaced because Geraci’s paperwork about the arrest included a “use of force” report, triggering his supervisors to examine the dashboard camera footage.

“When I saw the video, I was shocked and disappointed,” Simmons said, according to the Pensacola Business Journal. It was unreasonable force, and it was inconsistent with the level of resistance.”

Although she wouldn’t specify her injuries, Bonds told WEAR-TV that she still feels pain from the rough treatment.

Geraci, 33, had been with the department since 2004 and Simmons told HuffPost that there was at least one complaint against Geraci for being “discourteous” to the public while on duty.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to one year in jail. Prosecutors also said Geraci’s treatment of Bonds will affect how they handle the charges against her.

Unlike most inmates in Florida, a mug shot of Geraci was not made available.

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Pensacola Florida Police Officer Jamon Johnson Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Insurance Fraud

August 30, 2012

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – A Pensacola Police officer was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with insurance fraud.

Officer Jamon Johnson, 35, was arrested by the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud.

Johnson presently is on a 5-day suspension stemming from a previous disciplinary action.

After the conclusion of the suspension, he will be on administrative leave pending a pre-termination hearing scheduled for September 5, said Chief Chip W. Simmons.

Johnson has been employed by the department since March 13, 2000. He presently is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division.

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Ron Paul, Wife, And Grand-Daughter Harassed By TSA At Tiny Airport In Clearwater Florida

August 29, 2012

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – On departing the RNC in Tampa yesterday, Ron Paul, his wife and grand-daughter were subjected to harassment by the TSA at a small airport in Clearwater, Florida.

Eight TSA goons told the Paul entourage they would need to be screened before they would be allowed to leave because Mitt Romney might be nearby.

The insinuation was obvious — Paul and his family pose a threat to the GOP presidential candidate.

After a protracted examination of Ron Paul’s credentials, the agents demanded they be allowed to check the airplane for explosives.

The incident ended after Ron Paul’s wife, Carol, who has a pacemaker, refused to be screened by the TSA and an aide started taking video.

The disgraceful incident serves as a vicious parting shot by the establishment. The GOP has consistently sabotaged Paul’s campaign and the corporate media has either ignored the candidate or portrayed him as a radical that had absolutely no chance of winning the nomination despite his huge and unprecedented following and popularity with the American people.

In March, we posted details from a report by an investigative journalist who documented efforts by GOP insiders to sabotage Paul’s campaign and thwart his supporters in the primaries and during the convention.

The establishment media worked in concert with the GOP and refused to report that Paul had won the five state minimum required to be on the ballot for nomination at the Republican Convention.

In addition to revealing the lengths the establishment and its lapdog media will go to harass and discredit a candidate they consider dangerously unacceptable, the incident underscores the determination of the TSA to move into smaller airports despite an effort earlier this year by Republican lawmakers to expedite the implementation of a program that would allow airports to opt out of federal security screening.

Ron Paul’s son, Rand, a Senator from Kentucky, was detained earlier this year by the TSA in Nashville. Following the incident, Rand issued a press release in which he vowed to lead the charge to “end the TSA” and put a stop to the needless and humiliating groping of toddlers and grandmothers.

In 2010, the elder Paul told Alex Jones that he was also molested by the TSA.

During an interview with CNN, he said the TSA traps Americans into subjecting to the humiliating intrusive procedure at airports.

“There’s no way you can travel if you don’t do it. So I’ve said, you know, when you look at some of these pictures of probing groin areas and breast areas and all this, and old women having to take their clothes off, if we as a people are so complacent that we can look at that and say, oh, that’s OK, they’re making us safe.”

“It doesn’t make us safe. It undermines our liberties and there’s a much better way of giving us security at the airports than accepting the bureaucrats and the politicians in Washington. That is totally unacceptable from my viewpoint.” Paul said.

In 2010, Paul introduced the American Traveler Dignity Act to shield Americans from the abuses of the TSA.

“My legislation is simple,” he said in prepared remarks. “It establishes that airport security screeners are not immune from any US law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person. It means they are subject to the same laws as the rest of us.”

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Florida Appeals Court Gives Bad Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester The Boot From Zimmerman Case – Defendant Charged With Murder After Druggie Attacked And Beat Him

August 29, 2012

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA – A Florida appeals court has granted defendant George Zimmerman’s request for a new judge in his murder trial, Zimmerman’s lawyer said Wednesday.

Zimmerman is charged with murder in the February death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

His defense team wanted Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester removed because they said he used “disparaging” language against Zimmerman in a bail order last month.

The Fifth District Court of Appeal granted Zimmerman’s request Wednesday, and Lester must now step down.

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Orlando Florida Police See Man Smoking On Their Multi-Million Dollar Surveillance System Camera, Send Dumbass Officers Who Attack Him – No Evidence, They Claim He Swallowed Whatever He Was Smoking, And He’s Jailed On Bogus Charges

August 29, 2012

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – A 29-year-old Orlando man was arrested on suspicion of smoking pot and swallowing a joint after he was spotted with marijuana on the city’s video camera system, known as IRIS.

Joe E. Haywood was arrested by Orlando police on charges of possession of cannabis less than 20 grams and tampering with physical evidence.

According to an arrest affidavit, an Orlando police sergeant was using an Innovative Response to Improve Safety (IRIS) camera to monitor South Terry Avenue and West South Street, an area known for drug activity, and spotted three men possibly smoking marijuana.

As officers approached the men, Haywood turned his back and appeared to put a blunt in his mouth, the arrest affidavit stated.

Haywood was handcuffed and ordered to open his mouth but refused, so an officer tried for 30 seconds to use pressure points on his jaw to open his mouth, the affidavit said. Officers said Haywood swallowed the joint during the incident and marijuana could be smelled on him, the report stated.

Officers said they then noticed a green leafy substance, which they described as a unburned cannabis leaf, on Haywood’s teeth, according the affidavit.

Haywood was arrested and taken to jail. The other two men were not arrested, according to police.

Local 6 legal expert Amir Ladan said the issue with Haywood’s arrest is that it wasn’t originally based on the evidence but instead on an officer’s opinion of what appeared to be a joint.

“I don’t know that they can watch a video and then rush to a scene and try to make an arrest based of a video,” Ladan told Local 6. “So if they show up and these three guys are hanging out and passing around a handful of peanuts, they’ve got nothing.”

The IRIS camera initiative was launched in Orlando in 2008 as a tool to help police fight crime. The cameras are operated by the Orlando Police Department and are viewed by an officer around the clock, according to the city’s website.

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Former Pensacola Florida Medical Examiner Collected And Stored Human Brains, Hearts, And Lungs In Rented Storage Unit – Stored In Tupperware, Trash Bags, And Drink Cups – Found By Purchaser Of Contents Of Abandoned Storage – Doctor Previously Fired In Missouri

August 28, 2012

PENSACOLA (CBSMiami/AP) — In what could be described as an episode of “Auction Hunters” turned reality horror show, authorities in Pensacola are investigating after finding human brains, hearts and lungs in a storage unit they say belonged to a former medical examiner.

Someone bought the storage unit at an auction last week and noticed a foul smell as they were sifting through furniture and boxes.

Officials at the medical examiner’s office in Pensacola say the remains of more than 100 people were found crudely stored in Tupperware containers, garbage bags and drink cups. Many of the remains were not identified.

Investigators found formaldehyde, a chemical used to embalm and preserve bodies, leaking from a 32-ounce drink cup with a cracked lid that was holding a heart, said Jeff Martin, director of the District 1 Medical Examiner’s Office in Pensacola. The unit had been rented previously by Dr. Michael Berkland.

“How horrible it is for the families of these deceased to think that someone’s loved one’s organs are basically rotting away in a storage unit somewhere, it’s horrible,” Martin told The Associated Press.

Berkland worked at the medical examiner’s office from 1997 until 2003, when he was fired for not completing autopsy reports. Officials said he was also performing private autopsies in the area, but it’s unclear if any of the organs were from autopsies he conducted while working at the medical examiner’s office. The medical examiner’s office is now cross-referencing names in their database during that time period, Martin said.

Officials are also trying to locate family members for some of the victims, but many of the organs are not labeled, making it nearly impossible to identify them.

No charges have been filed against Berkland. His attorney Eric Stevenson declined comment Tuesday. Phone calls and emails to Pensacola Police were not immediately returned.

Officials are trying to determine whether Berkland broke any laws regarding biomedical waste and the storing and disposing of human remains.

It was not immediately known why the organs were being stored there. Martin said it’s unlikely they could have been sold anywhere because they were not well-preserved.

Many of the remains were stuck in household Tupperware and other containers that “aren’t made to hold up to outdoor weather conditions. The chemical inside of those containers is very caustic … a lot of those containers were emptied because they had cracked through so all of those caustic chemicals were leaking out somewhere,” Martin said.

Berkland told employees of the Florida storage facility that he planned to keep household goods and office furniture there, the company said.

“We never had any indication that anything was out of the ordinary, nor did anyone on our management team ever notice anything amiss during daily property checks,” said Diane Piegza, vice president of corporate communications of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.

Before coming to Florida, Berkland had been fired as a contract medical examiner in 1996 in Jackson County, Mo., in a dispute over his caseload and autopsy reports. His doctor’s license was ultimately revoked there.

Berkland had incorrectly stated on the reports that he had taken sections of several brains to be preserved as specimens for medical conferences and teaching purposes. He called them “proofreading errors” and the Missouri attorney general’s office found they did not jeopardize any criminal cases.

At the time, Berkland contended the actions against him in Missouri were politically motivated and unfair because he was unable to present evidence in his defense.

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Filmmaker And Activist Targeted By US Government Not Allowed To Travel To Tampa Florida To Address Luncheon Sponsored By Nonprofit

August 28, 2012

TAMPA, FLORIDA – Conservative filmmaker and activist James O’Keefe won’t be in Tampa, but the show he was supposed to headline will go on.

O’Keefe will still speak via Skype on “the role of the citizen journalist” and take audience questions at Tuesday’s luncheon sponsored by the James Madison Institute, a Florida-based nonprofit organization, the institute’s communications director Tanja Clendinen said.

Clendinen said O’Keefe was not granted permission by the government to travel to Tampa.

“He is currently on probation from some of his Louisiana investigation activities, and his travel permission was revoked,” she said.

O’Keefe was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge of entering federal property — the office Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) — under false pretenses.

A press release from the institute states: “Despite the government’s restrictions, not all is lost for this citizen journalist in the age of new media. Even by Skype, if you have yet to see one of Mr. O’Keefe’s presentations, we believe you will find it thought-provoking and entertaining.”

O’Keefe could not be reached for comment.

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Protesters Try To Arrest War Criminal Condoleezza Rice At Republican National Convention

August 28, 2012

TAMPA, FLORIDA – Police in Tampa stopped a dozen anti-war protesters from entering an event attended by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after the group said it intended to arrest her for war crimes.

The protesters from Code Pink carried handcuffs Tuesday and tried to enter a performing arts center. Rice was attending an event in conjunction with the Republican National Convention. They said they wanted to make a citizen’s arrest of Rice, who was Secretary of State when the Iraq War started.

The officers told the protesters to leave because they were on private property. They went back to the sidewalk and several lay down under sheets made to look like they were blood-splattered.

The group says it will try to arrest other members of the George W. Bush administration.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney officially clinched the GOP presidential nomination on Tuesday to move a step closer in his five-year quest for the White House.

With Hurricane Isaac churning toward landfall in Louisiana, Republican officials appeared determined to stick to a tightened three-day schedule that kicked into full gear on Tuesday with official business and speeches accusing Obama of failed leadership and undermining the American dream.

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Hero With Concealed Weapon Permit Takes Out Savage Black Beast Who Tried To Rob Jacksonville Florida Dollar General Store

August 28, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – Instead of saving money at a Northside dollar store, a 57-year-old grandfather ends up saving the day.

The man was doing some late-night shopping at the Dollar General store on Dunn Avenue when all of the sudden, two men stormed in and tried robbing it.

Unfortunately for one of them, the man happens to have a concealed weapons permit, and Lt. Rob Schoonover with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the man wasted no time springing into action.

“There was a citizen who had a concealed firearms permit that was inside the store as a customer,” says Lt. Schoonover. “He fired at the suspect, striking him and killing him.”

The other robber ended up getting away — he is described by police as a black male about 6 feet tall and wearing a blue bandana. He drove off in a small SUV.

There are no charges pending against the customer.

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Overkill: Police Outnumber Tampa Florida RNC Convention Protesters 4 To 1

August 28, 2012

TAMPA, FLORIDA – Police outnumbered demonstrators Monday as hundreds took to Tampa’s streets to protest the Republican convention.

Roughly 250 protesters took part in Monday’s “March on the RNC,” a figure dramatically lower than the 5,000 people organizers said would take part in the rally.

Organizers blamed the depressed turnout on Tropical Storm Isaac, which led Republicans to postpone high-profile GOP speakers originally set to take the stage on Monday, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.).

Nearly 1,000 officers were on hand to ensure the rally was peaceful, about four times the number of demonstrators in the streets.

After the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin warning Tampa’s convention could be targeted by anarchists, police in tan uniforms were positioned all along the protest route.

Officers lined the streets, encircling the mobile demonstration with fleets of bicycles, all-terrain vehicles, horses and SUVs in an attempt to contain possible attacks before they became violent. The demonstrators wended their way through Tampa chanting variations of, “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! The RNC must go!”

The most tense moment of the day occurred shortly before 5 p.m., as about 100 police in riot gear formed a human blockade preventing the mass of protesters from approaching the convention center. After about 20 minutes and a torrential downpour, the group of demonstrators moved on in the opposite direction and the police stood down.

As of press time, there had been only one arrest — a Florida man named Jason Wilson who was detained for holding a machete, according to local police.

A wide array of causes was represented, ranging from Code Pink’s call to end the war in Afghanistan to the Green Party’s push for people not to vote for either the Democratic or Republican candidate.

Also at the rally were Students for a Democratic Society, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a handful of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) supporters.

Protesters with the Occupy movement were also in full force with calls to dismantle the United States’ economic and political system.

“Our economy is mostly electronic,” protester Andrew Speirs told a group of reporters. “We have no backing to our currency. It’s fake money. It’s actually just printed debt by the Federal Reserve bank. And we can’t pay back our national debt; we can only create more debt by printing money.”

Speirs, who has been living “on the streets” since October, told a reporter from Fox News that he wasn’t planning to vote for any candidate come November.

“I don’t think we have any electable choices that will fix the system we have,” he said. “I see our voting system as corrupt.”

Law enforcement officials fenced off a large empty square lot several blocks away from the convention center where demonstrators spoke from a stage provided by the city.

In last week’s bulletin, FBI and DHS officials warned that anarchists could use the protests as a trial run for demonstrations during the Democratic National Convention, which, they cautioned, could turn violent.

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Tampa Florida Releasing Criminals From Jail To Make Room For Republican National Convention Protesters – 1,700 Bed Jail Sits Empty In Anticipation Of Flood Of Arrests

August 26, 2012

TAMPA, FLORIDA – Do you have a guess as to who might be the most excited group of people for next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida? The criminals! Anticipating a flood of arrests surrounding the political event, local police have released prisoners to clear room in their jail cells, reports ABC Action News.

Orient Road Jail, which holds 1,700 beds, has been completely emptied prior to the RNC. While some inmates have been transferred temporarily to other jails, others have been released on bond. Maybe they will use their newfound freedom to pay the RNC a visit.

Obviously, convicted criminals need to be let go to clear room for the real criminals – protesters who dare to hide behind the Constitution while claiming First Amendment rights. Given the “unprecedented” moves the police force is using, it appears they expect a large turnout from not only conservatives, but people expressing political dissent.

Colonel Jim Previtera, the man in charge of next week’s Orient Road Jail activities, excitedly showed a reporter the expected operations while giving a tour of the prison. “The inmates will be unloaded, they will be searched and walked through a metal detector which has been added for this event,” Previtera said. “We will take their fingerprints and photographs. We’ll also collect property. There are three scenarios: inmates will either get bonded out, go before a judge who will be stationed at Falkenberg Road Jail with a video feed into Orient Road Jail, or they’ll be released.”

Col. Previtera noted that Tampa has spent more than two years putting this plan in place. Gosh, with so much preparedness for the worst circumstances, you don’t suppose the police are going to feel obligated to use the facilities in force, do you?

“There will be arrests,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee. “The question is how many. We are prepared to handle any number of RNC-related arrests.” Col. Previtera, however, was more specific, boasting that Orient Road Jail can handle 1,000 arrests.

Orient Road Jail will also have medical personnel on staff to address any emergency situations that may arise. Not that the police would ever use undue force against peaceful protesters or anything.

Sheriff Gee also sent a message to those coming to protest: “To the agitators and anarchists who want only to bring a dark cloud to this event, let me be clear: criminal activity and civil disturbances will not be tolerated and enforcement actions will be swift.”

If only the police were directing their efforts toward the criminals inside of the convention rather than the protesters calling for justice outside…

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