Florida woman arrested for smoking crack while giving birth at home, hiding baby in backyard

A woman from Clearwater, Fla. was arrested and charged with child neglect after she was caught smoking crack cocaine during a home birth Wednesday.

Katrina Kegelman, 24, was reported to police by a friend, who noticed blood covering her clothing while they were hanging out.

When the friend figured out what was going on and inquired about the baby’s whereabouts, Kegelman “pleaded with her not to dial 911,” according to ABC.

A fire rescue team eventually uncovered the infant’s body in the backyard of the home after the friend reported the suspicious incident. Continue reading “Florida woman arrested for smoking crack while giving birth at home, hiding baby in backyard”

Bradley Barefoot steals forklift because it was better than walking

Bradley Barefoot
Bradley Barefoot

DAYTONA BEACH — A homeless man stole a forklift from behind a Best Buy store, moved some large boxes to a neighboring parking lot and then took the machine for a spin on Williamson Boulevard, police said.

After a Daytona Beach police officer stopped him and asked him what he was doing, Bradley Barefoot said he wanted to drive because it was better than walking, according to the arrest report.

Barefoot was driving the forklift around 4 a.m., although the machine had no lights on and it wasn’t street legal, the report said.

Barefoot, 43, was charged with one count of grand theft. He is being held on $5,000 bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail. Continue reading “Bradley Barefoot steals forklift because it was better than walking”

Florida church sends $1,000 collection notice to single mother because she didn’t tithe

A Florida church sent a delinquency notice to a new member reminding her that worshipers were expected to pay $1,000 in required fees or face possible removal.

Candace Petterson said she started attending the Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church about six months ago after moving to a new home in the Tampa area, but she received a troubling letter last week from the church.

The single mother said she received what amounted to a delinquency notice from her new church asking her to contribute $50 a month, along with other assorted fees, to remain a member in good standing and vote on church matters. Continue reading “Florida church sends $1,000 collection notice to single mother because she didn’t tithe”

More road rage gun violence in Florida than any other state

TAMPA (FOX 13) – More people are using guns to solve disagreements on the road, and more of those incidents happen in Florida than any other state, according to a new study.

The Trace, an independent nonprofit, news organization reviewed data collected by the Gun Violence Archive between 2014 and 2016. The study found the number of road rage cases reported climbed nationwide with more cases reported in Florida than any other state. The numbers outpaced California and Texas. Road rage assault reports more than doubled in Florida during the same time period.

Law enforcement agencies have been taking steps to improve safety on Florida roadways through safety campaigns and ticketing blitzes. The efforts target aggressive driving before aggressive driving leads to violence.
More road rage gun violence in Florida than any other state, new study says

Road rage cases have made headlines in Tampa Bay in recent years.

In March, Police say road rage landed a USF football player in trouble with the law. In a separate case, deputies arrested a man accused of pointing a gun at a car carrying two children when the vehicle drifted into his lane. In May 2016, a brawl on the road between bikers and an an SUV driver ended with a motorcyclist shot.

According to The Trace, 1.7 million people in Florida have valid concealed weapons or firearms permits. The number increased from 1.3 million valid concealed weapons or firearm permit holders in 2015.

Source: fox35orlando.com

Man put cigarette out on girl’s head

Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man they say battered a 16-year-old girl.

Deputies responded to the 5700 block of Southeast 164th Avenue, Ocklawaha, following reports of child abuse.

The juvenile told deputies that Jimmie Driskell, 43, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground. She said Driskell then punched her in the head with a closed fist and kicked her in the face.

According to reports, Driskell also extinguished his cigarette on the girl’s head. Continue reading “Man put cigarette out on girl’s head”

Gulf Breeze woman spits on cop, says she’s Pakistani royalty

millikinA woman who police say bit her uncle is facing additional charges after she allegedly provided authorities a false name and spat on an officer.

Angela Christine Millikin, 23, of Gulf Breeze, was arrested Tuesday morning. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies responded at about 4 a.m. to a call near Oriole Beach Road and Wind Meadow Drive after it was reported that a white female in a red shirt and gray shorts who was allegedly involved in a recent attack had left the scene.

Officers stopped to speak with Millikin, who matched the description, but she told officers her name was Duchess “Christine Pharoah” and she was Pakistani royalty, according to the arrest report. Millikin gave police her real date of birth though, so officers matched her to the description and took her back to the scene. Continue reading “Gulf Breeze woman spits on cop, says she’s Pakistani royalty”

Drunk man crashes stolen forklift in Florida Keys

MARATHON, Fla. — Florida Keys authorities say a drunken man from Rhode Island stole a forklift and crashed into a gate, telling deputies he lost his car keys and needed something to drive.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that 44-year-old Edward Quinton of Greenwich, Rhode Island told deputies he was in the Keys helping friends move.

Quinton was quoted as saying that after he lost his keys Thursday night, he needed a vehicle and took the forklift from a Marathon marina because he knew how to drive one. Quinton also told deputies he thought he could fix the damaged gate.

Breath tests showed Quinton’s blood-alcohol level was twice Florida’s legal limit. He faces drunk-driving, criminal mischief, burglary and grand theft charges.

Jail records listed no attorney for Quinton.

Source: globalnews.ca

Florida Man Tries to Set Convenience Store On Fire to ‘Run the Arabs Out of Our Country,’ Sheriff Says

A 64-year-old Florida man tried to set a convenience store on fire because he thought the owners were Muslim, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said.

Richard Lloyd told deputies he wanted to “run the Arabs out of our country” so he pushed a dumpster in front of the Port St. Lucie store and set the contents on fire, Mascara said in a news release posted on Facebook.

Lloyd told detectives he assumed the owner was Muslim and that angered him because of “what they are doing in the Middle East,” Mascara said.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Lloyd made the assumption that the store owners were Arabic when, in fact, they are of Indian descent,” Mascara said. Continue reading “Florida Man Tries to Set Convenience Store On Fire to ‘Run the Arabs Out of Our Country,’ Sheriff Says”

Miami lawyer’s pants erupt in flames during arson trial in court

Miami lawyer Stephen Gutierrez was arguing an arson case in trial on Wednesday when his pants caught on fire.A Miami defense lawyer’s pants burst into flames Wednesday afternoon as he began his closing arguments in front of a jury — in an arson case.

Stephen Gutierrez, who was arguing that his client’s car spontaneously combusted and was not intentionally set on fire, had been fiddling in his pocket as he was about to address jurors when smoke began billowing out his right pocket, witnesses told the Miami Herald.

He rushed out of the Miami courtroom, leaving spectators stunned. After jurors were ushered out, Gutierrez returned unharmed, with a singed pocket, and insisted it wasn’t a staged defense demonstration gone wrong, observers said.

Instead, Gutierrez blamed a faulty battery in an e-cigarette, witnesses told the Miami Herald.

“It was surreal,” one observer told the Miami Herald. Continue reading “Miami lawyer’s pants erupt in flames during arson trial in court”