MELBOURNE, Fla. – A Florida man believed to be high on flakka, a drug that authorities say is sweeping the state, attacked a Brevard police officer after twice being shocked with a Taser while repeatedly saying he was God, according to officials.
Kenneth Crowder, 41, of Melbourne, was arrested Friday on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence and assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.
According to a Melbourne police report, Crowder was spotted by witnesses running naked through a Melbourne neighborhood, yelling that he was a god before committing a sexual act on a tree. Full Story »
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Call him the ‘Beef Bandit.’
A 33-year-old St. Johns County man was arrested after running out of a Publix on Tuesday. He was charged with walking out with $246 of steaks.
According to SJCO, Adam Barber entered the Publix at Mission Trace off State Route 16 around 7 p.m. In the police report, Barber proceeded “made a direct path toward the meat department and selected several steaks before exiting the store.”
Barber is in jail on $1,500 bond.
“I don’t understand why they would want to do that, I don’t know why you would need $200 worth of steak in the first place,” said local Morgan Miller.
Employees saw Barber leave the store without paying, and when confronted, Barber tried to get away in a vehicle, which was occupied by two other men. Publix employees blocked the vehicle, and Barber then threw the steaks on the ground and ran into the woods. Barber, wearing flip-flips, was seen running on Four Mile Road and was quickly apprehended.
The car’s other occupants, Michael Mahoney and Wayne Manning, remained at the scene and told police that Barber was the one who had stolen the steaks. Barber was taken back to the scene, where Publix employee made a positive ID as the subject who had stolen the steaks.
The incident inside the store was recorded on video, which was turned over to the SJCO.
The Florida Public Records Law states,
it is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal records shall at all times be open for a personal inspection by any person.— Fla. Stat. sec. 119.01(1) (1995)
A teenager killed his grandmother in a bloody struggle inside her home at a nudist community in Lutz, Florida and then drove around with her body in a minivan for nearly five hours, authorities said.
Brandon Machetto, 18, had been living with his grandmother, 74-year-old Sylvia Schmitt, for the past several weeks and they apparently fought frequently, said Pasco County sheriff’s spokeswoman Melanie Snow.
A neighbor called authorities after seeing Machetto drag a wrapped bag with feet dangling out from the home – Paradise Lakes Condominium Association nudist community in Lutz – into his grandmother’s minivan early Monday, police said. Full Story »
A 9-year-old boy in Miami Gardens, Fla., is facing charges of grand theft and aggravated battery after allegedly stealing his mom’s car.
The incident took place Tuesday morning when the boy, whose name has not been released, got into a fight with his mother and grandmother because he didn’t want to go to school.
He threw a brick and rocks at the women before starting the alleged joy ride, according to police spokesman Michael Wright.
“He took his mom’s keys,” Wright told the Miami Herald. “He didn’t want to go to school today.” Full Story »
A Florida police department is facing racial profiling charges after stopping a man 258 times and repeatedly charging him with trespassing at the convenience store where he works. Full Story »