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Crazy News Stories of the Week

Another installation of Crazy News Stories of the Week…be ready to “smh”

First thing’s first: Follow-up

Last week, we reported the crazy news story about a cross-dresser who had thrown a hunk of cement through the front passenger window of a PT Cruiser when the driver refused to give s/him a lift. Well, as a follow-up …

“Orlando police said they arrested a cross-dresser who hurled a piece of concrete at a driver on Orange Blossom Trail earlier this month, breaking the car window.”

The man, identified by detectives Wednesday as 25-year-old Andrew J. West was arrested on a charge of throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle. He was booked into the Orange County Jail.,0,7383732.story


Like Father, Like Daughter

DeFuniak Springs — After a Mississippi spring-breaker was arrested, her father followed suit shortly thereafter. Ironically, Phillip D. Tidwell, 47, of Dyersburg, TN was arrested while awaiting his daughter’s release from jail. And in a perfect case of like-father-like-daughter, both arrests involved alcohol.

The 20-year-old on Spring Break was arrested for possessing an alcoholic beverage. Mr. Tidwell became upset with how long it was taking for his daughter to be released. So, he decided to go out to his car – in the county jail’s parking lot – and procure his golf club. Surveillance cameras filmed Tidwell swinging his golf club at other cars parked in the lot, including a marked patrol car.

When all was said and done, six cars sustained more than $1,600 in damage, ranging from slashed tires to broken windshields and mirrors. Tidwell, who admitted to being intoxicated at the time of the incident, has been charged with criminal damage to property.


Voodoo Priest: Spiritual/Business Advisor to Meth Dealers

Polk County – A multi-million dollar meth ring that supplied methamphetamine from Mexico into Central Florida was busted earlier this week. Among the usual suspects arrested – distributors, manufacturers, and street-level dealers – was a voodoo priest. Apparently, the voodoo priest was consulted to help guide those involved with how and when to make their next moves, deputies involved in said. The take-down was aptly named ‘Operation Hoodoo Voodoo.’


Just Plain Stupid

Plantation –Two men were seen on surveillance video breaking into a high-end car dealership,  just before 11 p.m. on March 10. They stole files, license plates, 44 car keys and four cars — a BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti and Dodge worth an estimated $43,984, police said.

One of the suspects can be seen pulling a cellphone out his pocket to use as a flashlight during the heist, apparently unaware that his identification card falls out, Det. Robert Rettig said.

“He’s oblivious to it,” Rettig said. “He doesn’t even realize it falls out.”

The dealership owner found it the day after the burglary. “[The investigator] was taking fingerprints but I said, ‘I don’t think you need to do that,’ and she said, ‘Why not?’ and I said, ‘Because the bad guy left his [ID card] here, in plain sight.’”

The ID card belonged to Travis Devonte Rice, 21, who had finally gotten himself a Florida Identification card just three weeks before the break-in at the behest of his probation officer. (Rice was previously arrested for – unsurprisingly – robbery).

Losing his ID card at the crime scene was just one of the stupid things Rice does – he then posts pictures on Facebook the night of the burglary, police said.

In one of the FB images, Rice is crouched down with car keys dangling from his mouth and making hand gestures. In another picture, Rice is grabbing his crotch while holding a pair of keys in the air. Also, Rice is wearing the same clothes worn by one of the suspects seen on the surveillance video, Rettig said.

Rice was arrested Monday and was being held without bond on charges of burglary causing damage over $1,000, grand theft and probation violations, jail records show. The cars have not been recovered.,0,325353.story


The ‘Urinator’

Gainesville – Three more women have reported being urinated on by a man near the University of Florida campus.

Four similar incidents were reported beginning in late February and early March, according to the Gainesville Police Department. Since then, three more women have reported being “sprayed” from behind by the culprit.

When the ‘urinator’ was confronted by the victims, he exposed himself and then ran off.

The suspect was described as a 25- to 30-year-old, 6-foot-tall black man of medium to chunky build with short curly hair and a dark complexion.


Eager Beaver Can’t Wait to Go to Jail

Ocala – 32-year-old Jackie Eugene Mayo had a warrant for probation violation on a prior DUI arrest. Being the good citizen that he is (a little tongue-in-cheek), Mayo decided to turn himself in at the Marion County Jail but couldn’t seem to find a way in, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports. Perhaps it was because he was (surprise, surprise) intoxicated.

Mayo was really committed to being committed to the justice system and therefore started banging on the doors to the closed video visitation building part of the jail just before 2 a.m. Jail officials also witnessed Mayo staggering around the jail property. Mayo finally made his way to the booking entrance of the jail where a corrections officer tried to talk with him. But Mayo, completely belligerent, started yelling and screaming.

Mayo finally got his wish: he was charged with one count each of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly intoxication. He was also booked on the warrant. He is being held at the jail without bond.

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