A small summary of all the crazy news stories of the week; these stories make me shake my head and wonder how these situations even take place!
Florida Teacher Accused of Showing up Drunk
A Florida middle school teacher, Erin Cougill, might lose her job after officers say she showed up at school intoxicated. Cougill claims diabetes is to blame. Erin Cougill, who is a language arts teacher, was slurring her words, actually tripping around hallways and saying “inappropriate” things to pupils when she showed up for work on Dec. 11 at West Hernando Middle School, said officials. Cougill said she now knows that she shouldn’t have come into work that day.
Florida Doctor Faces 350 Years in Prison in Pill Case
Due to his conviction in an illegal prescription drug pill mill case, a South Florida doctor may possibly get a maximum 350-year prison sentence. 54-year old Dr. Thomas Rodenberg was found guilty this week by a Broward County jury of 14 charges, including: trafficking in the painkiller oxycodone, illegal delivery of controlled substances, racketeering and conspiracy. During an investigation in 2012 at a Pompano Beach pain clinic, Rodenberg was one of 11 people arrested by the United States D.E.A (Drug Enforcement Administration.) Officers went undercover and posed as patients during a 3-year investigation and obtained numerous prescriptions for controlled substances even though there was no medical need.
Woman Hides Crack in Her Underwear during Traffic Stop
26-year old Tracy Lynn Irvin was stopped for speeding in Waldo on Saturday and was arrested after police say they found several pieces of crack cocaine concealed in her underwear and in her genitals. Irvin, who was speeding in 2008 silver Dodge Charger, did not instantly pull over, the report said. After she stopped, Officer Kenneth Smith gave her a verbal warning for the traffic offenses. He then asked for consent to search the Charger and Irvin agreed. The report said female officer arrived at the scene and found numerous pieces of crack cocaine in Irvin’s private area. According to the report, at the jail more pieces were found by correction officers. Tracy Lynn Irvin told officers she had never used crack cocaine, but was transporting the drugs as a courtesy.
Teen Who Flipped Off Judge Completes Drug Program
Florida teen Penelope Soto has redeemed herself after being seen flipping off a judge in a video that went viral. She went and completed a drug rehab program at the Miami-Dade Drug Court after being arrested for possession of Xanax. Soto was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail due to flipping the judge off for raising her bond. The teen is currently sober and was commended by the court, Friday morning, for finishing the drug program, passing all of her drug tests and making an apology for her actions. “I felt that she was apologetic and deserved to be given a break,” said Judge Chomat.
Meth Lab Catches Fire While Girl is Home Alone
A meth lab caught fire while a 9-year-old girl was left home alone, stated Authorities. Melissa Berry and Jonathan Coburn have been charged with manufacturing meth, child neglect, cultivation of cannabis and arson by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. A neighbor called deputies to the home nearby Orange City on Friday after seeing white smoke coming from the garage of the home and saying it kept getting worse. As soon as officers arrived a girl came out of the house and said she was home alone. She was immediately taken to a hospital as a safety measure but did not sustain any injuries. The fire marshal detective determined that the meth lab tools were the cause of the fire and the child was turned over to relatives.
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