STPETERSBURG, FL – On Saturday, 51-year-old Pamela Beck accidentally shot her friend in the leg while standing in line inside a Florida Starbucks.
Police say Beck and a friend, 38-year-old Amie Peterson, were getting coffee at the Tyrone Square Mall when Beck set her bags down in order to pay for her drink. According to St. Petersburg Police spokesman Mike Puetz, Beck’s purse “hit the ground hard,” and a fully loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun at the bottom of the handbag fired, striking Peterson above the knee.
Peterson was treated and released at a nearby trauma center.
Beck told police that she didn’t even realize the gun was in her purse. She said her father had given her the gun about a year ago for protection, and she’d placed it inside a spare purse. Before going on a shopping trip with Peterson, she switched purses and forgot the gun was at the bottom, loaded with six rounds and one in the chamber.
Beck does not have a concealed carry weapons permit, but Beck says she never intended to carry the gun in the first place.…Continue Reading
STCLOUD, FL – Police say 57-year-old Debra Farinella decorated her home and yard with hundreds of items stolen off of Mount Peace Cemetery gravesites, including the gravesites of babies.
She got busted after someone at the cemetery noticed her leaving a grave in which items were stolen and was able to provide police with a description and a partial license plate number.
When police arrived at her home, the noticed that her front yard and home were decorated with 146 pieces she’d stolen, including planters, flowers, angels, pottery, Christmas lights, religious figurines, wind chimes, and other trinkets that people had placed on the graves of their loved ones.
“She was not very particular,” said St. Cloud Police Department spokesperson, Officer Chad Durham. “She would take them from baby gravesites, as well as adult gravesites.”
They even found a baseball in her home that was from a gravesite of a boy who passed away at 16.
Farinella, who has a rap sheet 25 pages long, told police she had purchased the items from yard sales.…Continue Reading
CASSELBERRY, FL — Allen Banyacksi is facing child abuse charges after he allegedly slapped one of his son’s bullies and spit in his face.
Banyacksi would not comment on the charges against him, but did go on camera to say that his son is being incessantly bullied at Helm Way West and that he feels helpless.
“I feel horrible that I can’t do more. That I can’t be at school every day to watch over him. To walk him through the hallways,” Banyacksi said. “I have four kids and he’s my youngest. He’s my baby. And we’ve watched him get bullied since the 4th grade. And when does it stop?”
According to a police report, Banyacksi confronted the two kids who were bullying his son as they walked home from school last Thursday. The boys told police Banyacksi pulled up along side them in his car and threatened to kill them.
One of the boys responded to Banyacksi’s threats by giving him the middle finger. Banyacksi allegedly responded by spitting in the boy’s face.…Continue Reading
Lecanto, FL – Chelsea Huggett, 21, is behind bars after police say she confessed to getting so angry at her 2-year-old’s “whining” that she slammed the girl’s head into a wall, killing her.
Police were called to Huggett’s home on April 26, where her daughter, 2-year-old Aliyah Marie Branum, was found not breathing and unresponsive. Huggett initially blamed her boyfriend for the child’s condition, saying that her daughter had ingested bug spray he had spilled.
Aliyah was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later. What the medical staff found did not back up Huggett’s bug spray story, however. Not by a long shot.
Aliyah had bruises all over her body, including her face, head, arms, legs, back, shoulders, and vaginal area. One eye was swollen shut, blood was coming out of mouth and nose, and yellow fluid was coming from both ears.
The medical examiner would find Aliyah suffered a frontal skull fracture above the right eye, and hemorrhaging over her entire brain area.…Continue Reading
Jason Vickery apparently passed by the home sometime last Wednesday evening and noticed one of the doors was unlocked. Instead of entering the home immediately, Vickery reportedly went to his own home and grabbed a bag containing a wig, a pouch of chewing tobacco, a green towel and a salad.
Vickery then returned to the unoccupied home, police say, and entered through the unlocked door.
Vickery reportedly told police that upon entering the home, he headed to an upstairs bathroom to masturbate. Cause, you know, priorities and stuff.
Once his worm was burped, Vickery wandered into the kitchen. (No word on whether he had washed his hands first). On the kitchen counter he found a remote control helicopter, minus the batteries.
“After searching for and finding batteries for the toy, he played with it, flying it for a short time, thus depriving the owner of the item,” police said.…Continue Reading
Port St. Lucie, FL — Tyler Hadley, the teen accused of beating his parents to death with a hammer then threw a party, has filed a notice declaring he will rely on an insanity plea in his upcoming trial.
For those of you who do not remember this psycho and what he did to his parents, let me refresh your memory. According to Hadley’s best friend, Michael Mandell, the teen had repeatedly talked about killing his parents, 47-year-old Mary Jo Hadley and 54-year-old Blake Hadley, but no one took him seriously until July 16, 2011.
That’s when Hadley sent out Facebook invitations to a party he was throwing at his house. “Party at my crib tonight … maybe,” he posted on Facebook at 1:15 p.m. July 16, about four hours before the homicides. He updated at 8:15 p.m.: “Party at my house, hmu (“hit me up” or “contact me”).”
During this party, Hadley told his best friend that he’d killed his parents earlier that day. Not believing him, Hadley took Mandell to his parents bedroom where Mandell could see the legs of Hadley’s father sticking out from underneath a pile of household items.…Continue Reading
GAINESVILLE, FL - Michael Silecchia, a University of Florida student, was arrested early Monday after he stripped naked in front of police and claimed to be under the influence of LSD. He later resisted arrest and struck a female officer for good measure.
Police arrested Michael Silecchia, 19, on charges of resisting arrest and battery on an officer and medical personnel, according to a Gainesville Police department arrest report. Police say the Saturday incident began at around 1:25 a.m. when Silecchia started running through the Campus Club apartments naked, acting suspiciously and making random statements.
Police responding to the call told Silecchia several times to dress himself, but he refused, claiming that he was God, and throwing in that he was straight – you know, in case any male officers were overwhelmed by his charm and good looks. This was followed by Silecchia begging cops not to cut off his penis, before the indecisive tripper changed his mind and demanded that they cut it off.
Talk about a bad trip.…Continue Reading
Panama City, FL – William Martens was performing some maintenance work at Rockit Lanes Sunday afternoon when he somehow got crushed by a bowling pin machine.
According to News Channel 7, a family had been using lane 7 when the pinsetter malfunctioned. The family were moved to lane 8 while Martens worked on the malfunctioning machine.
The family was moved back to lane 7 after it had been repaired and because lane 8 had also malfunctioned. When the family could not get lane 7 to reset, they kept hitting the lane reset button. They stopped doing that when a woman in their group looked down the lane and saw an arm hanging out of the machine.
An employee rushed to the area behind the lanes and found Marten’s upper body trapped in the pinsetter machine. Employees had to call another mechanic who informed them how to turn off the machine and how to manually crank the machine off of Martens.
By time EMS arrived and assisted several other employees in getting Martens freed, the man had been trapped for almost 15 minutes and was not breathing.…Continue Reading
Convicted sexual predators in the county will soon be outed to their neighbors by a big, red sign posted outside their homes warning others that a convicted sexual predator lives inside the residence.
According to Brad Smith, the department’s Chief of Operations, a sexual predator is defined as someone who’s been convicted of a first-degree felony that’s sexual in nature or multiple second-degree felonies that are sexual in nature.
In an interview with Vice magazine, Brad explained that a Florida statute dictates they make the public aware of these sexual predators, which they already do via Facebook and by going door-to-door whenever a sexual predator is moving into a neighborhood.
Placing the signs helps notify people who move into the neighborhood after the sexual predator has already located there, and keeps children away from the residence. When asked if he thought this may lead to the people living at these addresses being harassed, Brad answered, “We don’t expect that to happen, and if it does, we will do everything in our power to protect the person’s rights.”
Sheriff Smith said his main focus is is to protect the community, not worrying about how a sexual predator feels about a sign in their front yard.…Continue Reading
Laquavia Wallace, 22, was taken into custody earlier this week after police say she violently yanked her ex-boyfriend’s penis during a dispute over their relationship.
According to the police report, Wallace was at the victim’s home Tuesday, picking up the offspring they share, when she mentioned that she was was interested in resuming their relationship.
The victim, Antonio Williams, wasn’t having it — he reportedly told Wallace that he wasn’t interested in a relationship at this time. And with that, Wallace allegedly grabbed a handful of dick and began pulling and yanking, causing pain and quite possibly a few tears.
Wallace was arrested for misdemeanor battery and booked into the Manatee County jail. Bail has not yet been set.…Continue Reading
APOPKA, FL – Police have charged 23-year-old Rony Veus with the murder of his 1-year-old daughter, saying that he admitted to abusing his daughter because he liked to cause her pain.
Police responding to a home after a 911 call about a girl who wasn’t breathing, found Veus performing CPR on his daughter. He told them he found her not breathing and unconscious.
The infant was rushed to the hospital where she remained in a coma with bleeding on the brain until Saturday when the girl died. Staff told investigators that they suspected the girl had been abused, so investigators interviewed Veus.
During this interview, Veus admitted he has thoughts of harming his daughter and feels relieved when he causes her pain or discomfort. He said he’s acted on these thoughts by pulling her hair, pushing her down, forcing her to eat cinnamon, and burning her with a cigar.
Veus also told police he suffers from depression and schizophrenia and he needs mental help. Veus’ mother said she never thought her son could abuse his daughter, but had suspected something was going on.…Continue Reading
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL – Neighbors say a 50-year-old Donald Hughes, a convicted sex offender, has been walking around outside his house completely naked. It happened so many times, according to them, they lost count.
Now Hughes is in jail, facing multiple charges, including probation violations.
One resident who wished to remain anonymous said she got tired of having to look away and reported Hughes to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
“He would walk around completely stark naked and not even know he was naked,” she said. Not know? Wonder how she could tell.
The woman told reporters that she was so concerned, she trained her children to come inside whenever they saw him in the backyard. “My six-year-old would run inside and say, ‘Mommy the bad man’s outside,’” she said. “It’s kind of become something that I’m not surprised to see anymore.”
Another witness claims that he saw Hughes sitting on his front porch in only his birthday suit, while children were getting off the school bus. We hope Hughes didn’t wave to them.…Continue Reading
Florida - Police say that after 27-year-old Utchey Cabane raped a woman walking home from work, he apologized for raping her, adding that at least she learned a valuable lesson.
The woman told police she was walking home when she was approached by Cabane, who said he was walking to his job at Walmart. He informed her that it wasn’t a good idea to be walking alone, and offered to accompany her. A short while later, Cabane demonstrated why she should not be walking alone by pulling her off the road into the grass, holding a box-cutter to her throat, and then raping her.
After he was finished, the woman told police Cabane apologized for his actions and told her “she should learn from this situation” and let her leave. She ended up telling a relative what happened shortly afterwards, and they decided to find the woman’s attacker. Surprisingly, they found Cabane in front of a grocery store talking to another woman.
The victim’s relative confronted Cabane and struck him in the face several times before leaving the scene with the victim.…Continue Reading
PORT SALERNO, FL — Police are looking for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in a neighborhood park after using the “help me find my dog” routine.
The girl was playing with her two younger sisters at Manatee Creek Park on Sunday when she was approached by a man who asked her to help find his dog in the woods.
Once in the woods at the back of the park, the man pulled the girl’s pants down and sexually assaulted her for about five minutes. He let her go after she began struggling and yelling for help.
The girl ran to her home located across the street from the park and told her mother what happened. The mother and the girl got in the car and headed back to the park while the mother called 911 to report what happened.
The dispatcher asked the mother to return to her home because a deputy was on the way to her home to interview the girl while several others would search the woods behind the park.…Continue Reading
Calaway, FL – Tyler Jett, the 7-year-old boy who was mauled by two of his neighbor’s bulldogs, has died from his injuries.
Tyler was riding his bicycle home from school when he was dragged off his bike by two bulldogs, an Alapaha blue blood and a brindle, both owned by Edward Daniels. Family members rushed to help Tyler after hearing his screams and managed to pull the dogs off him.
Neighbors told police that moments before the two dogs turned their attention on Tyler, they had been chasing after another child. “Tyler did not provoke these dogs,” Tyler’s stepmother said. “These dogs (dragged) this 7-year-old across my front yard.”
Tyler Jett was rushed to the pediatric intensive care unit at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, where he remained in a coma, before dying days later from a punctured carotid artery.
Daniels was initially arrested on drugs charges after police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia at his home, but was later charged with tampering with evidence after he allegedly washed blood from the dogs’ faces after the attack.…Continue Reading
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Two adults and three teenagers have been charged in connection with the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl.
Police say 16-year-old Demetrius Franklin met with the victim, reportedly his girlfriend, and brought her to another location where he helped hold her down so that his friends – Travis Maye, 22 (pictured); Steven Pender, 20; Daryl Norman, 16; and Dante Norman, 15 – could take turns raping the girl.
Myrtle Norman, an Aunt to two of the suspects, said that the accusations against her nephews are untrue. “It just doesn’t make sense for anybody to concoct a lie, just to ruin someone’s life like that,” she said.
She also says her nephews were friends with the victim and that her story simply doesn’t add up. “I know that girl was hanging out there with all these guys all the time,” she said.
Hanging out, why didn’t anyone say so? We all know that makes everything the victim says about being brutally assaulted untrue. Surprised the DA hasn’t stopped by her place to apologize personally for the inconvenience.…Continue Reading
PALM BAY, FL – Police say a homeless woman was arrested and has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief after she was found in a Palm Bay homeowner’s pool, using it to take a bath.
According to a police report, officers were called to a home on the 1300 block of Knecht Road after the homeowner said he saw a strange woman enter his back yard. The man said he used his surveillance system to see what the woman was doing when she walked behind his house and promptly dropped a deuce on his lawn.
The sea-nymph, later identified as 35-year-old Cheryl Beauchamp, wasn’t finished. Unable to enter the pool area, she used a rock to cut the screen to gain access, stripped naked, and sans Calgon, hopped in for a little rub-a-dub-dub. No word in the report whether or not she wiped, first.
When police confronted Beauchamp, she told them she wanted to take a bath, and broke the screen because the door was locked. She also told them that she was on her way to Washington, D.C., where she was headed so she could yell at President Obama.…Continue Reading
Tallahasee, FL – Police say 22-year-old Jenna Porter scored a hole in two at the Hilaman Golf Course after using a handgun to kill her 3-year-old daughter then herself.
Golfers playing at the public golf course heard two gunshots around 5pm Tuesday and went to investigate. That’s when they found Porter and her daughter, 3-year-old Scarlett Porter, dead in a grassy area between the golf course and the apartment complex where the two lived.
The golfers called 911 and stayed with the bodies until police arrived on the scene. Police say a handgun was found at the scene and that Porter shot her daughter once in the head before turning the gun on herself.
“This is a terrible, tragic set of circumstances,” Leon County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. James McQuaig said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those left behind because of this tragic set of circumstances.”
One neighbor was shocked at Porter’s actions, stating that she and her daughter “seemed like normal people.”
“It made me feel sad because she is lying on the ground and there’s nothing she could do for herself … and that’s kind of shocking,” said one witness who lived at the apartments.…Continue Reading