Weston, FL – According to police, 53-year-old Pedro Maldonado Sr. shot and killed his wife and 17-year-old son with a hand held crossbow, then drove over 400 miles to attempt the same thing with his other son.
The rampage apparently started sometime Monday in Weston, where Pedro shot his wife and son. He then loaded up his crossbow and headed north to Florida State University, where his other son, 21-year-old José Maldonado, attended college. After a good night’s rest, Pedro reportedly confronted his son and tried to kill him with the same crossbow he used to kill José’s mother and brother. Luckily, José was able to turn his head just at the right moment and the arrow only hit him in the ear. At that point, police say, the two struggled and José was able to escape his father’s attempts at choking him.
José did not call the authorities after the attack. Some speculate that he may have been more worried about deportation than an injured ear. Pedro was having financial problems, which led the family, who had been in the country legally at one point, to start worrying about their visas that had expired.…Continue Reading
LAKELAND, FL – A 6-year-old girl had to be airlifted to the hospital after being attacked by two pit bulls so severely, her intestines were exposed.
Alicia Battle was playing in the backyard of her home Thursday afternoon when two pit bulls named “Boss” and “Promise” began attacking her. Michelle Williams, 25, heard the girl screaming and ran out of the house to help, only to have the dogs start biting her.
After biting Williams, the dogs ran on to the porch of the home and began attacking 7-year-old Clamorari Williams. Not quite done, the dogs then attacked 45-year-old Sherri Tanner when she stopped and tried to help. Animal control officers arrived on the scene and were able to corral the dogs without killing them, and have since placed them both in quarantine.
Alicia was airlifted to the hospital suffering from severe injuries to her arm and bites to her stomach that exposed her internal organs. She is currently listed in fair condition. Michelle required 8 to 9 stitches to her right calf, Clamorari suffered injuries to his knee and shin, while Sherri received puncture wounds and lacerations on her right thigh.…Continue Reading
WINTER HAVEN, FL — A woman is facing murder charges after police say she accidentally shot and killed her daughter, thinking it was her boyfriend.
According to police, 52-year-old Adele Bing got into an altercation with her boyfriend on Monday. The boyfriend left the home and went to the hospital to treat injuries he says he received after Adele hit him in the head with a gun.
Police responded after being notified by hospital staff, and were interviewing the boyfriend at the hospital when they received a call about a shooting at Adele’s address. When they arrived at the home, they found Adele’s daughter, 22-year-old Ruby Bing, lying dead on the ground in front of her mother’s home.
Turns out that Ruby picked the absolute worst time to pay her mother a surprise visit her 4-month-old daughter. Adele was inside, but said she was afraid the “banging” and “kicking” she heard at the front door was her boyfriend returning to kill her.
Armed with a baseball bat and a .22 caliber handgun, Adele opened the door.…Continue Reading
Orlando, FL – Police have arrested a 28-year-old man after he allegedly attacked his pregnant sister for eating his chicken nuggets without his permission.
According to reports, Kareem Gordon became furious after he found his 25-year-old sister had eaten his chicken nuggets. After arguing over the nugget faux pas, Gordon followed his sister into her bedroom, yelling “I will punch you down.” He didn’t follow through with that specific threat, but he reportedly grabbed his sister by her neck, pushed her into a nightstand, making her fall to the ground.
Gordon told police he didn’t attack his sister, who is four months pregnant, but was merely trying to have a civil discussion when she slammed the bedroom door in his face. He said she fell after he shoved open the door. Police arrested Gordon anyway, charging him with aggravated battery on a pregnant person. He was booked into the Orange County jail on no bond.
Seems as if Gordon has a history of assaulting women, police saying he has a previous domestic violence incident on record with his wife. …Continue Reading
ROCKLEDGE, FL – Police say a 36-year-old man brutally beat his stepmother before stuffing her into the trunk of his car.
There are no details regarding what prompted the beating, but the 57-year-old woman told police Thomas Youngman beat her head and face, slammed her head on the garage floor, stuffed her in the trunk of his car and informed her he was going to kill her.
She said Youngman began to drive off, but stopped to open the trunk and take away her cell phone. He then pulled her out of the trunk by her hair and began beating her again. Somehow she was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s for help as Youngman fled the scene.
The woman was taken to the hospital and Youngman was arrested later after he returned home. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with great bodily harm, kidnapping, and resisting a law enforcement official without violence.
This isn’t the first time Youngman has been accused of assaulting his stepmom.…Continue Reading
Police say the victim was listening to music and watching TV at her friend’s house when she was approached by a group of teens who told her she had to have sex with 19-year-old Jayvon Woolfork, or get her ass kicked. She chose to get her ass kicked, which she did, but still ended up having to have sex with Woodfork.
The victim said after she refused, she was attacked by the group, including her friend. She was kicked, had her hair pulled, was thrown down stairs, and had the bones around her eyes broken when her face was smashed into concrete.
Afterwards, she said she was dragged into a bedroom where Woodfork raped her while 18-year-old Lanel Singleton and three minors – a 17-year-old male, 15-year-old female and a 14-year-old girl - held her down.
The victim spent several days in the hospital recovering from her injuries, while all five of the accused were eventually arrested and charged with sexual assault and kidnapping.…Continue Reading
LAKE WORTH, FL – A self-described sadomasochist is facing some sexual assault charges after she went a little too far with her girlfriend, allegedly beating and choking her while also raping her with a marital aid.
The 53-year-old victim contacted police on October 25 to report that her girlfriend of nine months, 23-year-old Mia McCarthy, had attacked her the day before. A detective met the victim at a sexual assault care center where the victim was sporting bruises, bite marks and scratches on her neck.
The victim told the detective that she’d gotten into an argument with McCarthy that had turned physical. She said that McCarthy had punched and scratched her before choking her to the point that she saw spots and almost passed out. The victim said that’s around the time McCarthy gave her some helpful advice that I will have to remember for my next Backpage date:
“Breathe or I’ll kill you,” McCarthy reportedly threatened.
She went on to describe an earlier incident that happened back in July.…Continue Reading
DAVIE, FL – A man with a history of battery arrests has been arrested again after allegedly using a cat to attack his girlfriend.
Kenneth Stuart, 41, was fighting with his live-in girlfriend last week when he walked into the bedroom holding her cat over his head, then threw it in her face. The cat ended up scratching the woman on the left side of her face and her eye.
When police arrived, Stuart told them, “Just take me to fucking jail. I’m tired of this.” And take him to jail they did, charging Stuart with battery, tormenting an animal, and resisting an officer without violence.
When he faced Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley to answer to the charges, he told Hurley he’s unemployed and unable to work because of herniated discs in his back. Hurley found that interesting, especially after reading the facts about the case.
“That’s very interesting. I didn’t realize you had such a bad back,” said Hurley. “They say you broke the TV, the computer, the kitchen window, and then during it, you pushed her, knocked the TV and the computer to the ground.”
Hurley ordered Stuart to be held in jail on a $16,000 bond.…Continue Reading
PALM BAY, FL — We have yet another story of a man accidentally setting himself on fire, but at least this time it didn’t have anything to do with a cigarette. This one involves a man accidentally setting himself on fire while lighting a gasoline soaked cross in his yard for Halloween.
Police say 50-year-old Ron Neilson was putting out some Halloween decorations Tuesday night at his home, including a set-piece that consisted of a small burning cross surrounded by some lit candles. After Neilson had arranged the candles around the gasoline-soaked cross, he attempted to light one of the candles.
Although he didn’t get gas on himself, when Neilson tried lighting the candle the surrounding gas fumes ignited and created a small explosion that set Nielson’s clothes on fire. Neilson immediately began screaming for help as he rolled on the ground in an attempt to put out the flames that witnesses say reached as high as six feet. Lucky for him, his wife and neighbors heard his screams.…Continue Reading
Starke, FL – William Happ was put to death yesterday for the 1986 rape and murder of Angie Crowley, and was the first Florida inmate executed with their new lethal injection mixture.
William Happ has been on Death Row for 27 years, convicted of the rape and murder of 21-year-old Angie Crowley in 1986. Crowley had recently moved to Florida from Illinois, and was making a 300-mile drive to visit a college friend in Yankeetown.
Crowley was prone to getting lost, so she had meticulously planned her route, and was to meet her friend at a convenience store in Crystal River so she could guide her the last few miles to her home. Crowley made it to the store, but before she could use the pay phone to call her friend, Happ smashed her car window.
Happ kidnapped Crowley and took her to a nearby canal where he gave her 10 to 20 severe blows to the head before raping her. Afterwards, he strangled Crowley to death with her yoga pants and then dumped her body in the canal.…Continue Reading
Rose Marks, along with her daughters-in-law and her granddaughter, were accused of taking advantage of their clients’ duress and spiritual beliefs to fleece them out of their money and amass a $25 million fortune – $20 million of that fortune coming from best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux, who’d given the money to Marks “to cleanse.”
After a four week trial, the jury found Marks guilty of fraud and money-laundering conspiracies, mail and wire fraud, money-laundering and filing false tax returns. After the guilty verdicts were read, the trial judge ordered Marks taken into custody immediately. She will remain behind bars until her sentencing on Dec. 9.
Marks’ relatives were in the courtroom and didn’t react well to the verdict. Some cried loudly while another threw a Bible on the ground.
“How are you feeling now, Charlie? You did a good job?” one grandson asked retired Fort Lauderdale Detective Charlie Stack, who began investigating Marks in 2008.…Continue Reading
HOMOSASSA, FL – A couple were arrested after being accused of treating two young boys like ashtrays, burning them with cigarettes multiple times.
According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, they were called on Sept. 11 after a woman said she picked up the boys, ages 2 and 4, from James Huggins. He had been watching the two boys for a few days, and now she’d found they were suffering from multiple burns.
She found them after the 2-year-old began crying during his bath and noticed a burn under his arm. He reportedly told her that “Timmy had hurt him.” When she checked out his 4-year-old brother, she found a burn on his hip. According to the arrest report, the older boy said the burn was from “Timmy’s cigarette.”
Later, one of the boys told deputies that Timothy Huggins was mad when he burned him with his cigarette and that Baker had also burned him multiple times. The victims were taken to the hospital for treatment where it was revealed the 4-year-old had been burned six times.…Continue Reading
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fl- A former Teacher of the Year is facing 30 years in prison after turning down a plea deal and then being found guilty of having sex with a 12-year-old student.
According to reports, then-29-year-old Ethyl Anderson abused the boy between December 2011 and February 2012 in Anderson’s home during math tutoring sessions. An investigation was started that quickly led to her arrest when the boys mother went to police, concerned that her son was having sex with his teacher.
During the trial, prosecutors displayed over 230 pages of sextings between Anderson and the boy. Anderson claims the messages were intended to promote sexual therapy and academia in order to make him a better student. She stated “That was my purpose, to gain his attention. And yes, I did it in an inappropriate way,” Anderson initially denied having sex with the boy, until the boys mother captured Anderson admitting to exchanging oral sex by wearing a wiretap. Anderson later recanted the admission, stating she was merely saying what the boy’s mother wanted to hear.…Continue Reading
A loopy bird in Florida has been accused of posing as a television show producer and scamming thousands of dollars from businesses who believed they would be featured on a Fox television show.
According to police, Jessie Alexander contacted several Palm Beach businesses to let them know that for the low, low price of $3,500, they could have their business featured on a new show on FOX 29 titled “Best of the Palm Beaches”.
In return, the publicity would garner the business $47,000 of publicity after it aired on May 19. One of these business owners, Linda Gary, ponied up the cash to have her Worth Avenue real estate firm featured, but called police when the show never aired and Alexander would not return her phone calls.
Police investigated and quickly found out that Alexander was not affiliated with FOX 29 and did not have permission to use the station’s logo, which was on the agreements Alexendar had her victims sign.…Continue Reading
WEST MELBOURNE, FL - Investigators say a Domino’s delivery driver shot and killed a man who tried to rob him in a motel parking lot.
Byron Park, 54, was in the parking lot of a Days Inn after delivering a pizza to one of the rooms. While sitting in his vehicle and counting his money, he was approached by 32-year-old Frederick Kelly Jr.
Kelly pulled out a knife and demanded Park give him his money or he would kill him. Park responded to this demand by pulling out a firearm and shooting Kelly once, killing him. No charges are expected to be filed against Park, a former law enforcement officer.
“Preliminary evidence in the case demonstrates that the intended victim of the robbery acted in self-defense while being robbed by a violent criminal who was armed with a knife,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
Investigators say Kelly had a lengthy criminal history that included armed robbery, false imprisonment and aggravated battery.
“The suspect in this investigation was released from prison in 2009, after serving a reduced sentence for similar violent crimes,” said Ivey.…Continue Reading
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Police say a man in a Florida Best Buy lured a 9-year-old girl into the store’s bathroom where he allegedly beat her and shoved her head in the toilet.
Investigators say the girl was only out of her mother’s sight for a minute or two, but that was all 29-year-old James Tadros needed to get the little girl into the women’s bathroom.
That’s where Tadros reportedly kicked and punched the girl, put a plastic bag over her head and held her head down in the toilet. Authorities say the girl would have been killed had store employees not taken time out from not being able to answer the most basic of technical questions, and walked into the bathroom after hearing the girl’s screams.
“By the grace of God, the customer and employees got in when they did,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jay Farhat said. “If it had been any longer this could have been a much worse outcome.”
The employees told police that they looked underneath the handicapped stall and saw Tadros holding the child’s head in the toilet.…Continue Reading
Lauderhill, FL - Two police officers turned themselves in last week amid allegations that they pressured two female DUI suspects into giving them sexual favors in return for not arresting them. One officer allegedly ordered one of the women to punch him in the nuts because it turned him on.
Police officer Thomas Merenda, 34, and his partner, Franklin Hartley, 33, pulled over two intoxicated women around 4 am at a Taco Bell. The women allege that Hartley told them he could arrest them, but then told them to drive behind a strip mall where Merenda was waiting.
Hartley followed them and once there, began to “kiss and touch” the passenger’s breasts “while reminding her she could be arrested.” Then he reportedly ordered her to have sex with him, which she did.
At the same time, Merenda gave the other female a very thorough “pat down” and then asked her to punch him in the “nuts” and “reassured her that this was ok and this turned him on.” His ever-helpful partner encouraged the woman to do so by saying that he “really enjoys this” and the woman kicked Merenda in the balls.…Continue Reading
FORT MYERS, FL – A Fort Myers man short on Father-of-the-Year street cred was taken into custody after a neighbor saw him speeding around town on an ATV-with a toddler in his lap.
The wanna-be daredevil, 24-year-old Brian Wilson, was videotaped while driving the ATV by a neighbor. A deputy called to the scene also witnessed Wilson recklessly tooling around. After the deputy made contact with him, Wilson led police on a fairly high-speed chase for a man fleeing on an ATV.
Officials from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office say Wilson was going as fast as 40 mph on Staley Road in Fort Myers when he was spotted. Wilson’s daughter, who authorities believe is around three years old, was sitting in front of Wilson, without any head gear. Florida law states it is illegal to operate an ATV on a paved road and for a child under 16 to ride an ATV without a helmet.
The concerned neighbor, James Williams, took the video and posted it to YouTube because he feared for the child’s safety.…Continue Reading
KISSIMMEE, FL – A 1-year-old boy has died after eating a laundry detergent pod while at a Kissimmee battered women’s shelter.
Police say Michael Williams was with his mother at the shelter when he ate the highly concentrated pack of laundry detergent and later died. Police are still investigating, but say they do not feel the poisoning was intentional. However, it will be up to prosecutors to file any charges once the investigation is complete.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, in 2012, poison centers received reports of 6,231 exposures to the highly concentrated packets of laundry detergent by children 5 and younger. As of July of this year, that number is 5,753. In July, Tide announced it will no longer package their detergent in clear packaging, using an opaque packaging that they hope will prevent kids from thinking it is candy.
That’s cool of Tide, but Terri Durdaller, a spokesperson for the Department of Children and Families, released a statement that I thought better addressed how to prevent such accidents from happening:
“The death of little Michael is a tragedy.…Continue Reading
STCLOUD, FL — Police have arrested a mother and her boyfriend after they say the couple poured boiling water on the woman’s 6-year-old daughter as a form of punishment.
Police said Yadzia Ivelisse Morales’ daughter was crying and “misbehaving” so she disciplined her by microwaving a bowl of water until it was boiling then, with the help of her boyfriend Roberto Lopez, poured the boiling water over the girl as she stood in a shower.
The abuse was reported to police by Lopez’s mother who noticed the girl’s burns while babysitting. The girl is currently recovering at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando with second and third degree burns over 30 percent of her body. Investigators said the burns were to her neck, face and back.
Both Morales and Lopez were arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse, child neglect causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery. They are being held in the Osceola County jail without bond.
Morales has refused to speak with reporters, but Lopez that he does “feel bad about it” but denies he was involved with burning the girl. …Continue Reading