Back in October, James pulled up to the drive-thru window of a Wendy’s after placing his order. When the server turned around after giving James his drink, James gave them something back.
According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report, James reached in the back of his truck and grabbed a 3-and-a-half long alligator that he then tossed through the drive-thru window.
It took a few months, but investigators finally figured out James’ identity and took him into custody on Monday. He reportedly admitted to picking the alligator up from the side of the road before bringing it to the Wendy’s.
James has been charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator. As for the alligator, it was released in a nearby canal and presumably doing fine.
James’ mother told reporters that her kid was not violent and the stunt was just a prank.…
CLEARWATER, FL – Derek Lawson is behind bars after the 26-year-old was accused of raping a woman before repeatedly stabbing her vagina.
According to police, Lawson kidnapped a woman then proceeded to beat and choke her until she passed out. Afterwards, he brutally raped the woman and used a sharpened object to “repeatedly stab her vagina.”
The woman managed to get help after Lawson left her for dead. She required emergency surgery after the attack to repair the multiple cuts and stab wounds she had suffered.
Lawson was picked up on Thursday and charged with kidnapping with bodily harm, sexual battery with a deadly weapon and attempted felony murder. He is being held at the Pinellas County jail with no bond.
As you might have suspected, based on his current charges, this is not Lawson’s first run-in with the law. He was arrested in 2014 on similar charges of kidnapping and sexually battering women, and has spent time in jail for marijuana possession and reckless driving.…
The boy walked into King Foods and Meat Bazaar Wednesday morning wearing a motorcycle helmet with a sweater obscuring part of his face.
“He went through the entry door and very quietly, very confidently,” the clerk says. “He was wearing like a motorcycle helmet, and he was wearing a sweater over his mouth. He was only showing his eyes.”
The kid was hiding a handgun that he pulled out and pointed at cashier. “Give me the fucking money,” the boy allegedly demanded. Another employee saw what was happening and quickly apprehended the kid.
“All of a sudden I’m so shocked. I don’t know if it’s a real gun or if it’s a fake gun, but my priority is to take it away from him because I don’t know. I just turned his wrist and took it out from his hand. At that point, the other coworker of mine grabbed him,” said the clerk.…
The incident happened just before midnight last Tuesday when a woman walked into her daughter’s bedroom and caught her boyfriend, Jones, performing a sex act on her daughter.
The woman yelled for her teenage son who helped his mother take Jones to the ground. Jones managed to break free after biting the teen and flee the scene. The mother called police, who would find Jones at a nearby home.
Jones was arrested and charged with capital sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12, and aggravated battery. This is just par for the course for Jones, a registered sex offender who has already shown he should’ve been put in the ground a long time ago.
He was arrested in 1990 for entering the bedroom window of a 10-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her. Then, in 2001, he was convicted of sexual battery against a child under 12 and kidnapping.…
CLEREMONT, FL – The director of a Clermont day care center has been arrested after they received cellphone video of her smacking a 4-year-old with stuffed animals before picking him up and dropping him face down.
The director, 41-year-old Kimberly Reid, was arrested at the facility on Friday. According to a state child-protective investigator, the abuse occurred over a three-week period “without regard for the child’s safety or mental health.”
Reid told investigators that she knew the video looked bad, but that “it’s not what it appears to be.” She said that her hitting the boy with the stuffed animals and dropping him on his face was just her playing rough with him.
It’s obvious that whatever she was doing, a co-worker did not feel it was “rough” play and decided to get some hidden video and turn her in. Police agreed and have charged Reid with child abuse. Officials say there is no evidence that any other children at the facility were being abused.
As of today, a sign on the facility stated the day care was temporarily closed and the owner of the facility said they plan on giving up the day care’s license.…
Early Sunday morning, Carlopoli called 911 to report three dead bodies in his apartment. When police arrived, Carlopoli met them outside in blood splattered clothes.
“They are in there,” he said to the officers while directing them inside his apartment. As he was being detained, he allegedly stated that he had shot his wife.
Inside the master bedroom, police would find the body of Carlopoli’s girlfriend, 37-year-old Tammy Modlin, and Modlin’s 16-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Both women had been shot to death.
The couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Jeanne Carlopoli, was found nearby with the family dog. Both had been stabbed to death.
Carlopoli was taken into custody and has been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated child abuse and one count of felony animal cruelty. He is currently in the Lee County jail under no bond.
“I often tell people when I speak publicly that we’re in the business of whatever happens next,” Sheriff Mike Scott said.…
GAINESVILLE, FL – Police have arrested 52-year-old Linda Swift after she allegedly attacked an 89-year-old and bit off two of his fingers.
The unprovoked attack happened Tuesday morning at a group home where Swift and the victim both lived, when Swift started punching the elderly man in the head and chest.
During this assault, Swift bit off the end of the man’s index finger to the middle knuckle, as well as his ring finger to the first knuckle. Police say she also managed to tear a large portion of the man’s flesh from his hand with her teeth.
No word on the man’s current condition or what may have prompted the attack, but reports said he is permanently disfigured and lost a significant amount of blood.
When questioned, Swift’s only statement to police was: “Yes, I bit his fingers off.”
Swift was arrested and is now facing charges of aggravated battery on a person age 65 or older. She is being held at the Alachua County Jail on $500,000 bond. …
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Jack Kelly is being held without bond after the 32-year-old admitted to sexually molested his 7-year-old daughter more than 100 times.
Police were contacted by Kelly’s wife after she learned her husband had been molesting their daughter. According to the arrest report, Kelly admitted to deputies that he’d been touching his daughter inappropriately, mostly in the mornings when he cuddled with her.
He said that on more than 100 occasions, he touched his daughter’s private area and, according to deputies, sexually battered the girl on at least two occasions. But that’s not all Kelly admitted to.
He also admitted to being sexually attracted to his daughter and other young girls, and that he would become aroused when he observed young children at the local swimming pool. Kelly said that he probably shouldn’t be allowed to cuddle with his daughter anymore.
Police agreed with Kelly and charged him with sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation. He is currently being held in jail without bond.…
LARGO, FL – Police have charged 25-year-old Mackenzie Freeman after he became angry about his mother’s dog eating his marijuana, and pushed her to the ground.
According to the police report, Freeman and his 57-year-old mother got into an argument after he found her pooch had scarfed an undisclosed amount of his cheeba.
Freeman got so angry that the 6’2″, 222-lb man-child punched holes in the wall, shoved his mother to the ground and hit her in the head with a pair of pants.
Police were called to the residence, but Freeman took off running when they arrived. After a brief chase, Freeman was apprehended and taken into custody.
After being read his rights, he “admitted to pushing his mother down and hitting her in the head with his pants” and said that she “deserved it.”
Freeman is now facing a domestic battery charge, which should sit nicely beside his past charges of theft, burglary, and narcotics possession.…
Police were called in to investigate a severe case of child abuse involving a 6-year-old boy and 4-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, who had been admitted to All Children’s Hospital.
“The sight of the 4-year-old boy took my breath away,” Detective Megan Buck said. “My description of him when I saw him was that he looked like a skeleton. His body was skin and bones. He has no hair because of lack of nutrients. He has a skin rash and marks from the lack of nutrients. He is non-verbal and cannot talk.”
According to reports, the boy’s intestines were completely empty and he only weighed 22 pounds – the normal weight of an 11-month-old baby. His twin sister only weighed 26 pounds.
The older sibling said that they live with their mother, 27-year-old Kimberly Haygood, but their father, 30-year-old Anthony Jones, also stays at the home and beats them with a belt.…
Two days after Christmas, police were called by one of the Erquiagas’ neighbors who explained he had a young girl at his front door.
Her hands were zip-tied together, he told police, and she had separate ties around her ankles. The neighbor initially believed the girl had been kidnapped.
When police arrived and spoke with the girl, she explained that her parents hog-tied her whenever she got angry and kept her locked in a playhouse located in a loft area of the home.
When investigators went to the home to verify the 12-year-old girl’s story and speak with her parents, they found a playhouse with a door that could be barred shut by a large piece of wood.
All but one of the playhouse’s windows was screwed shut, and it reeked of urine. The girl explained she often pissed herself when locked inside for long periods of time.…
SARASOTA, FL – This will be the last story on DD for 2015, and holy shit is it messed up. Police say 31-year-old James Dearman used his fat ass to smother his 6-year-old son while he played a video game.
According to police, the incident happened on Christmas Eve at the home where Dearmon lived with his two sons, ages 6 and 7, as well as his girlfriend, Ashley Cole.
According to Cole, at around 7:30 that evening, the couple told the two boys to go to bed. When they heard the boys running around their room, Dearman forced both of the boys to stand facing a wall.
When they caught the 6-year-old watching them play a video game, Dearman became angry and made the boy lie on the couch, facing the back cushions. Dearman then sat on the couch, using his 270 lbs of bodyweight to pin the poor kid.
According to the boy’s brother, who witnessed everything, his younger sibling screamed that he had to use the bathroom and could not breathe.…
It happened late Tuesday night when the 45-year-old woman was awakened by sounds of someone in her house. She told police that when she heard footsteps quickly approaching, she fired one shot.
Turns out she was decent at shooting blindly, as she hit her target. Unfortunately, the intruder was her 27-year-old daughter who was visiting from North Carolina. She was rushed to the hospital where she would later die.
No charges have been filed at this time as detectives say the mother’s story matches the evidence they’ve found.
“The homeowner’s story is consistent with the physical evidence and the witness’ statement,” police said in a news release. “At this time, the incident appears to be an accidental shooting; however, the investigation is ongoing.”
Police initially withheld the identities of the woman and her daughter as the mother is a 911 dispatcher and her husband is a St. Cloud police corporal with past work as an undercover narcotics officer.…
A family from Florida was on the Carnival Ecstasy over Christmas and have some video showing blood pouring down the door of one of the ship’s elevators – blood that likely came from a crew member who was crushed to death.
The family said on the last night of their trip they were headed to dinner when they captured video of blood pouring out the top of a malfunctioning elevator.
“To look and see the elevator with just blood coming down like a sheet, and not stopping… it was a real life scene of The Shining,” Matt Davis said.
While I understand the reference, there isn’t that much blood – but holy shit, as you can see in the following video, there is way too much to bode well for whoever it came out of.
Davis also said that a man inside the elevator had to run through the blood to get out.…
According to the police report, Donald Meikle was in bed with his wife when he passed gas. She first elbowed him in the arm, but then started elbowing him and kicking him when he continued baking his brownies.
This led to Donald restraining his wife for his own safety, but her “lip was inadvertently split open” in the process. Dawn broke free, ran to the bathroom and called 911 while firing off a canister of pepper spray.
When police arrived, they noted Donald had scratches on his chest and that his shirt was ripped in several places. Dawn admitted that she had attacked her husband because of his ass biscuits, and confirmed her busted lip came from being restrained and not from a punch.
Dawn Meikle was arrested and charged with domestic battery. She was placed in the St. Lucie County Jail but has since been released.…
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL – Police have revealed that the 12-year-old boy who was arrested after stealing an elderly man’s car has been arrested over 20 times.
Last Friday, 89-year-old Raymond Raftery was at a gas station when the 12-year-old boy rode up to him on a bicycle to inform him that he had a flat tire.
When Raftery pulled over to the air pumps and got out to check his tire, the boy hopped off of his bike, got into the man’s car and drove off.
A St. Petersburg Police Department detective reviewed surveillance footage that captured the incident, and recognized the boy. He was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with grand theft motor vehicle.
Detectives also revealed the boy has been arrested more than 20 times, but I have not found what these arrests were for. Police say they have not received any other calls regarding this “you tire is flat” scam, but they wanted the public to be aware of it.
LAND O LAKES, FL — Police have charged 26-year-old Jon Heffner with murder after he confessed to killing his 63-year-old roommate with a walking cane.
The body of Charles Byrd was taken to the hospital after it was discovered inside a closet of a bedroom he shared with Heffner. At first inspection, it looked as if the man had died from natural causes.
But after the medical examiner found Byrd suffered from head, neck and mouth trauma, then ruled the man’s death a homicide, police decided to ask Heffner a few more questions.
Presented with the evidence that proved Byrd had been murdered, Heffner came clean and told them he and Byrd often argued about the use of the television, but on the day of Byrd’s death he “lost control.”
Heffner told deputies he walked up behind Byrd with a metal walking stick and used it to hit Byrd 5 to 10 times over the head and neck area. After Byrd fell to the ground, Heffner kicked him several times in the torso area.…
Riggins was reported missing on November 13, one day after calling his girlfriend to inform her he and another man were breaking into homes in Barefoot Bay and were now hiding from police.
Deputies, K-9 units and a sheriff’s helicopter where in the area looking for Riggins and his accomplice after alert neighbors called to report two men dressed in black lurking behind their homes. The search was called off after they were unable to locate the two men.
Ten days later, a part of Riggins’ body was found floating in the neighborhood pond. When the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office dive team went to recover the body part, they encountered an 11-foot alligator they believed was responsible for Riggins’ demise.
After trapping and killing the animal, the county medical examiner would find the rest of Riggins in the gator’s stomach.
“He probably went into the lake to hide from the officers and the dog, and came across that gator,” Maj.…