NEW PORT RICHEY, FL – Jason Rios, a paranoid schizophrenic, used a crowbar to beat his family, killing his disabled mother and 9-year-old niece.
Ernesto and Angela Rios were trying to keep their four grandchildren together after they’d been removed from their mother for substance abuse and placed in foster homes.
To makes matters even more difficult, Angela was wheelchair bound after losing her legs to diabetes. Also living in the home was their son, Rios, who family say suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
On the morning of Feb 5, Ernesto woke his four grandchildren, Jenica Randazzo, 9; La’nyla Heater, 7; Chancellor Rios, 4; and Dominic Putnam, 13, for to school and hopped in the shower.
Soon after he entered the bathroom, Ernesto heard screaming. He rushed into his granddaughter’s room only to find La’nyla bloodied with severe head injuries and Jason on top of her with a crowbar. Ernesto was able to take the weapon from his son then forced him outside of the house.
The two boys, who were uninjured, fled down the street to the home of a retired police officer who went to assist the family, while his wife stayed with the children and called 911.…
RIVERVIEW, FL — Keith Duke is facing murder charges after he slit his wife’s throat and then shot her multiple times in front of their three children.
On Thursday morning, 48-year-old Keith Dukes got into an argument with his 34-year-old wife, Michelle Dukes, inside their home while their three children were sitting in a car outside.
The argument between the couple, who have been separated for a year, turned violent when Duke grabbed a knife and slit his wife’s throat. She managed to run from the house, screaming for help.
Her daughters, ages 7, 13 and 14, saw their mother running away and got out of the car to join her. At the same time, a Waste Management truck driver was passing by and saw Michelle and her daughters toward him, screaming for help.
“I saw a cut going from one side of her neck to the other,” said the driver.
As he called 911, Michelle and her daughters ran into a neighbor’s house. But Keith wasn’t done, and he wasn’t letting a neighbor’s home protect Michelle from what he had in store for her next.…
Damian Fletcher, 32, was charged Monday after allegedly trying to lure a couple of little girls onto the city bus with offers of free candy.
Police claim Fletcher approached the girls, ages 9 and 11, Saturday afternoon and said, “Come with me on the bus and we’ll go get some candy together and then I can take you places, come on.”
Thankfully, the girls were too smart to fall for it — all kids know that the best free candy only comes from white, windowless vans. They told police they didn’t know Fletcher, and got a little scared when he asked them for a hug.
During the booking process, deputies overheard Fletcher say he just wanted to have sexual contact with the girls. I, for one, am shocked.
Fletcher was charged with trying to lure or entice a child under 12, a misdemeanor, but bond was increased to $150,000.…
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Wildlife officials say some teens at an upscale Fort Lauderdale condominium complex used an electronic cigarette to kill a pelican.
The attack, which happened last month and captured on security camera, shows one of the teens holding the pelican down and blowing fumes from an electronic cigarette into its beak and eyes.
The teen then holds the pelican’s beak closed so it couldn’t breathe. He does this repeatedly throughout the night until the pelican died, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Liz Barraco.
After reviewing the security footage, a security guard was able to identify one of the teens as a residence at the condominiums. They met with the teen and were able to identify the teen who killed the pelican as a 16 or 17-year-old non-resident.
Wildlife officers met with the teen and his father, then charged him with a violation of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It’s only a second-degree misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.…
OCALA, FL — Police have arrested 24-year-old Larry Floyd after they say he used a kitchen knife to try and circumcise his 20-month-old nephew.
According to police, Floyd was staying at his sister’s house where the child and his siblings were being babysat. The babysitter stated they heard the baby crying in another room and then witnessed Floyd leaving the room with a bloody knife.
The child’s father arrived home shortly after and found his son bleeding then immediately rushed him to the hospital non-life-threatening injuries to his genitals. According to Sgt. Michael Sommer, Floyd told the father he was trying to circumcise the boy with a kitchen knife.
Floyd was arrested and charged with domestic aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He has not given a reason why he decided to carry out the procedure on his nephew. Doctors say the boy is expected to recover.
By looking at Floyd’s picture, it’s hard to imagine he’s had run-ins with the law before, but he has served jail time for petty theft, drug possession and domestic battery.…
Dunnedin, Fl – Daniel Adams and his girlfriend were arrested after police say the couple took their child to kill a dog owned by Adams’ parents, then tried covering up the killing by staging a robbery.
Adams, 34, drove to his parent’s home with the intentions of handling his parent’s dog, Daisy, a 4-year-old Labrador they felt was a danger to others. Along for the ride were his girlfriend Lauren Curran, 28, and their son.
According to the couple, Daisy had been demonstrating aggressive behavior, including snapping at another family dog, that left the couple and their son fearful of the dog. To fix that issue, they decided to kill it.
Investigators say Curran “killed the dog with an intravenous needle filled with an unknown medication.” When the deed was done, the couple tried to cover their tracks by making it appear like the death was the result of a burglary inside the home by stealing an iPad.
Their fool-proof plan to kill the dog and cover it up by stealing an Apple product – that can be tracked once turned on – was thwarted after what can no doubt be a very short investigation.…
PASCO COUNTY, FL – Justin Colby is behind bars facing attempted murder charges after the 33-year-old allegedly tried aborting his girlfriend’s baby with a 2006 Dodge Charger.
On Monday, Colby got into an argument with his girlfriend, 32-year-old Crystal Noordhuizen, who is seven months pregnant. Not wanting to exasperate the situation, Noordhuizen left their home and began walking down the street.
That’s when police say Colby called her on her cell phone and asked, “Are you ready for your abortion date?” before veering his vehicle off the road and striking Noordhuizen from behind. Colby crashed into a pole, got out of the car and walked to his home where he fled on a white motorcycle.
Noordhuizen was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with minor injuries, while Colby was later picked up by police and charged with attempted murder.
This isn’t the first time Colby has been accused of hitting someone with a car. In 2012, Colby was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm after he ran over his brother.…
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL – Kathleen Densmore, 48, has been accused of neglecting her elderly uncle so severely, that he was found dead weighing about 50 pounds.
Densmore shared a home with her uncle, 85-year-old Robert Densmore, who she also cared for. She called police on Friday after finding the man unresponsive in his bed. When officers arrived, they found the man “extremely emaciated” and suffering from bed sores.
Densmore told police her uncle suffered from dementia and had lived with her for several years. Although she was his caregiver and legal guardian, she hadn’t taken him to the doctor in five years.
She also informed them that her uncle hadn’t been able to move for the last year of his life, during which time, she’d only fed him baby food. Densmore also admitted she hadn’t bathed her uncle for the last two months because his skin would fall off when touched.
Densmore was arrested and charged with one count of elderly abuse. Additional charges may be filed after an autopsy is completed.…
GAINESVILLE, FL – Angela Woodworth found herself in a bit trouble after her drunk driving scared four kids in her car so bad that they jumped out and reported her.
According to police, Woodworth was driving around town with her 11-year-old son and three of his friends. They went to a Chinese restaurant, then to a bowling alley where Woodworth drank two pitchers of beer. Afterwards, they went to a Ruby Tuesday where Woodworth had at least four drinks.
When they left the restaurant, Woodworth was allegedly so shitfaced that she couldn’t keep her car on the road. The kids got so scared that when Woodworth came to a stop, they jumped out of her car and ran inside a nearby Steak ‘n Shake.
“One of the boys told me his mom, they just left Ruby Tuesday, and his mom was really drunk and swerving all over the road,” said Josh Kramer, who was inside eating. “She hit a pole and broke a mirror off her car.”
Kramer said that while he was on the phone with 911, Woodworth came into the restaurant screaming at the kids to get back in the car.…
RIVERVIEW, FL – A dumbass was arrested after he tackled a man inside a Walmart because he had a gun. The problem was the man with the gun had a concealed weapons permit.
According to the sheriff’s office, 43-year-old Michael Foster saw 62-year-old Clarence Daniels in the Walmart parking lot with a gun holstered under his coat. Concerned, Foster thought it would be great idea to skip calling for help and take matters into his own hands.
As Daniels walked into the Walmart to pick up some coffee creamer for his wife, Foster placed him in a choke hold from behind and tackled him to the ground while yelling that Daniels had a gun. During the struggle that followed, Daniels repeatedly yelled that he had a concealed weapons permit.
Security intervened and detained both men until police arrived. After confirming that Daniels did indeed have a permit to carry his gun concealed, police arrested Foster and charged him with one count of battery.
“Unfortunately he tackled a guy that was a law-abiding citizen,” sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon said.…
PINELLAS PARK, FL – Peter Emr, a children’s performer known as “Emr the Jester,” was busted with hundreds of images depicting children as young as 3-months-old engaged in sexual acts and bondage.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Emr in December after receiving a tip that he had child porn, and served a search warrant at the 34-year-old’s home on Tuesday.
“So far the investigation has revealed in excess of 430 images depicting children as young as three months-old engaged in sexual acts and bondage,” the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a media release.
Emr, who is married, was arrested and was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on six counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of sexual performance with the intent to promote. Deputies say that when interviewed, Emr admitted to the crimes.
One of Emr’s neighbors said he was “touchy feely” with all the neighborhood kids and that parents always suspected something was up with him. “He used to just sit outside in his chair in the driveway, is pretty much all he did,” said a neighbor.…
BROOKSVILLE, FL – Police say two family dogs attacked and killed 18-month-old Declin Moss as he played on his grandfather’s porch.
According to authorities, Moss was playing was being watched by his grandfather, 51-year-old Gregory Moss, when the attack happened. The little boy was playing on the front porch with two of the family dogs, Max and Thumper, when the dogs attacked.
The grandfather ran outside and witnessed Max and Thumper mauling his grandson. The dogs would not let go of each other or the boy, so the grandfather called 911. By time emergency personnel arrived on the scene, Moss was already dead.
The sheriff’s office said there are four dogs on the property, but animal control officers only confiscated the two dogs believed to be involved in the attack. Authorities called the two dogs mixed breed, but neighbors say they are pit bulls.
One neighbor told a reporter that Max and Thumper never hurt any children or adults, they have killed smaller dogs in the past. Detectives are still investigating to determine if criminal charges will be filed.…
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL — Two teenagers have been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl inside a classroom at Dixie Hollins High School.
The victim reported the crime on Monday, telling Pinellas County deputies that 17-year-old Kelvin King and 15-year-old Dontae Cook attacked her inside a classroom at the school. The victim said the attack happened in the daytime, but reports do not specify if it was during school hours.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cristen Rensel did say that the victim “didn’t know either of them” before the assault. Both suspects are students at the school but Rensel would not say whether the victim also attends Dixie Hollins.
King and Cook, both players for the high school’s football team, were arrested and have been charged with one count of sexual battery. They were taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center as detectives continue to investigate.
Pinellas County Schools released this statement on the arrests:
“The Sheriff’s Office investigation is extremely concerning to the Dixie Hollins High School community. Dixie Hollins High School has made tremendous strides in improving academics, the campus environment and school safety.…
JACKSONVILLE, FL — Police have arrested 60-year-old Walter Johnson after they say he impregnated a 12-year-old relative.
The girl’s family said they’ve known Johnson for over 40 years and that he lived with the girl’s family in 2011 and 2012, and would also help babysit the girl. Police believe Johnson got the girl pregnant the first week of October 2014.
The family found out the girl was pregnant after a medical test on New Year’s Eve. She revealed Johnson was the father and later told police that he had performed several different sex acts on her.
When Johnson found out the girl was pregnant, he called police and threatened to kill himself. He claimed he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and that he was not taking his medication.
Johnson was taken into custody and has been charged with three counts of sexual battery on a person under 18 years of age. He is being held in lieu of a $1.5 million bond and has denied having any sexual contact with the girl.…
HUDSON, FL – Despite being shot three times during a robbery, Thomas Allopenna used a shovel in a gun fight and won.
Allopenna, 26, was leaving the Players Club when 22-year-old Jonathan Crespo approached and fired five shots from a .22 caliber handgun into his driver’s side window.
Shot three times, Allopenna exited his truck and Crespo grabbed him, wiggled his highly manicured eyebrows, and yelled, “Give me all your shit!”
At this point a witness ran to Allopenna’s aid and hit Crespo with a shovel. Despite his injuries, Allopenna then took the shovel, summoned the Power of Greyskull, and used it to beat the ever-living shit out of Crespo’s face.
Crespo was apprehended and has been charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of armed robbery. Allopenna has been charged with being a badass and commended for his ability to take a few bullets before caving in the head of an armed assailant with the broad side of a shovel.
Both Crespo and Allopenna were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.…
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL – Police have arrested 25-year-old John Jonchuck Jr. after they say he killed his 5-year-old daughter by tossing her off a bridge near the Sunshine Skyway.
According to St. Petersburg Police, Jonchuck was spotted by an officer just after midnight doing around 100mph down I-275. The officer began pursuit and caught up to Jonchcuk as he pulled over on the Dick Misener Bridge and appeared to be waiting for him.
The officer said Jonchuck went around his PT Cruiser and got out his daughter, Phoebe, and appeared to say something to him that he did not understand. Jonchuck then tossed his daughter over the railing. Phoebe would fall 62 feet before plunging into the Tampa Bay.
As the officer went to help the girl, Jonchuck drove away and sped towards two officers who were waiting for him on the other side of the bridge, almost hitting one of them. His car was disabled after officers deployed spiked strips and Jonchuck was taken into custody.
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and the U.S.…
TAMPA, FL – Police have charged a 15-year-old and her 11-year-old sister with the murder of their 16-year-old brother.
Police learned of the shooting after the two girls told an officer that there had been a shooting at their home. They told the officer that her older brother had beaten her up earlier in the day.
Police arrested the 15-year-old and charged her with premeditated murder on Monday, saying she grabbed a handgun from her parents’ bedroom and fatally shot her brother in the living room of their home.
Her sister was arrested the following day and faces the same charge. The sheriff’s office has not released details regarding the younger sibling’s involvement but did say in a statement that she allegedly “assisted” in the killing of her brother.
Investigators believe that the fight between the older sibling and her brother was the motive behind the shooting, said Columbia County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Murray Smith.
Also charged were the girls’ parents. Keith Kornegay, 37, and Misty Kornegay, 33, were out of town at the time of the shooting, but were later arrested and charged with child neglect.…
Deerfield Beach, FL – The owner of a South Florida reptile store featured here two years ago after a man choked to death during a cockroach eating contest, has been arrested after he allegedly hit employees with a lizard.
Police say 40-year-old Benjamin Siegel, owner of Siegel Reptiles, is facing battery and animal cruelty charges after video surveillance captured Siegel throwing a bearded dragon lizard in the air and swinging it multiple times. He also hit employees with the bearded dragon multiple times and threw Gatorade on them.
According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report:
“The defendant did unnecessarily torment the animal, handling the animal in a cruel and/or inhumane manner and intentionally committed an act to the animal which results in excessive and repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering to the animal.”
Siegel was already on bond for previous battery charges at the time of this incident, so when he faced a judge his previous bond was revoked. He was still behind bars without bond on Monday.…