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A Florida woman has been charged with molesting a teenage girl while she was a church youth leader.

Heather Matuszek, 32, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of the young member of the Clearwater Community Church, near Tampa Bay.

Detectives say between August 2014 and April 2015 Heather Matuszek, 32, inappropriately touched an underage girl who was in her youth group at the Clearwater Community Church.

Matuszek was 28 at the time, and the victim was 15.

The now 19-year-old victim told authorities on two separate occasions Matuszek spent the night in her bed. Each time, the victim alleges Matuszek kissed her face and rubbed her arms, body and breasts over her clothing, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim further claims that additional incidents happened outside of Pinellas County. They are set to be investigated by police.

Meanwhile, Matuszek has been released on $40,000 bail and is due to return to court.

Matuszek is no longer associated with Clearwater Community Church.

According to her LinkedIn account, she is the owner/ operator of a Chick-fil-A near Tampa, a position she has held since 2016.

The fast-food franchise, which is closed on Sundays for religious observance, has previously garnered controversy after its CEO made a series of public comments opposing same sex marriage.

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A homeless Naples man is facing a trespassing charge after behaving erratically outside a McDonald’s restaurant.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of a male taking his clothes off dancing strangely at the restaurant on Tamiami Trail East near Bayshore Drive on Sunday evening.

Witnesses believed the man must have been on drugs, and stated that it looked as though the male was “trying to have relations with a railing.”

A Volusia County woman was charged with child abuse after police said she was caught on surveillance camera tossing around children at a day care.

Police said 65-year-old Katherine Weitz was abusing toddlers she was supposed to be taking care of at Dream City Academy in Ormond Beach.

“There was shaking (and) a couple of kids being smacked during nap time,” said Keith Walker of the Ormond Beach Police Department. “Some of the kids, she palmed the back of their heads with her hands and pushed them face forward in their cots.”

The office manager heard children crying and checked the surveillance footage and saw the abuse, police said.

Officials said it was Weitz’s third day on the job as a full-time employee.

Parents said they were outraged when they learned of the incident.

“We found over 30 incidents that could be considered child abuse to at least four different children,” Walker said.

Police said Weitz told them that she woke up with a headache and thought about calling in sick, but instead went to work where she had no patience with the children.

Police said Weitz passed a background check before she was hired.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — A Gainesville woman is accused of biting a deputy while she was being arrested.

According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Alyssa Lawson, 22, was asked to leave Skate Station when employees saw her drinking alcohol from a flask. Deputies say Lawson became angry and punched two employees.

When deputies arrived, they say Lawson climbed on top of their vehicle, resisted their attempts to handcuff her and tried running away when they were placing her in the vehicle.

As deputies took Lawson to a nearby hospital to be evaluated, they say she became angry, slipped out of her handcuffs and bit a deputy as he tried to put the handcuffs back on.

Lawson is charged with two counts of simple battery, resisting law enforcement without violence, and battery on law enforcement. She was booked at the Alachua County Jail with bond set at $8000.

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Andrew Charles Shinault, 23, told investigators Paloma Williams, 24, was using the pistol for ‘sexual gratification and arousal’ at his home in Valrico, Florida. He said that he was on the edge of the bed with Paloma between his legs when the apparent accident happened two weeks after they started dating. They both rubbed his 9mm Taurus pistol over one another before he says he accidentally pulled the trigger. He screamed for his parents to come upstairs to help him and was later arrested for manslaughter. Shinault admitted that they were both under the influence of drugs having taken meth two hours before the shooting.

Paloma is also said to have been on fentanyl, a powerful opioid drug. However, police say they have suspicions about his version of events because it is hard to accidentally trigger the pistol he alleged to have used. During a police search detectives found a hole in the TV which was behind Paloma at the time of the shooting. A spokesman for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said: ‘Andrew Shinault shot a woman while engaging in an act of foreplay involving his registered handgun. ‘The woman, who was shot in the upper body, was transported to Brandon Regional Hospital where she later died.’

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New Port Richey man was caught with cocaine on his nose during a traffic stop in Hillsborough County, according to deputies. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said two deputies pulled over a car and noticed the passenger, Fabricio Jimenez, 20, had a white powdery substance on his nose.

Jimenez’s nose was swabbed, and the substance tested positive for cocaine, deputies said. The Sheriff’s Office said they also found a backpack in the car containing 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax pills. Deputies said they found a small bag of cocaine on Jimenez during a search. Deputies said Jimenez told them the cocaine on his nose was not his.

Jimenez was arrested on drug charges

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INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH – Police say a 21-year-old woman squeezed her boyfriend’s testicles so hard during an altercation that they bled, according to the report.

Katie Lee Pitchford, of Indian Harbour Beach, was charged with Battery Domestic Violence on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, after striking her boyfriend with a brush. In addition, she was also charged with Violation of Probation stemming from a case when she hit a law enforcement officer in November 2017.

She became so enraged that she hit him with her fists and scratched the left side of his face, according to the affidavit. Deputies said they observed a large scratch on the victim’s face and a bruised left eye.

“The victim also stated the defendant ‘grabbed him by his balls and squeezed them until they were bleeding,’” the deputy said.

The boyfriend said Pitchford then grabbed him around his neck until he couldn’t breathe. The victim eventually got away from Pitchford to call law enforcement.

Pitchford told deputies they were “in an argument and nothing physical,” according to the report. However, deputies placed Pitchford under arrest.

Pitchford then asked a deputy if she “could talk to the victim because she wanted to say she was sorry.” Instead, she was transported to the Brevard County Jail, where she is still being held without bond.

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A vehicle assistance company helped save a one-year-old Florida girl after her mom passed out inside a hot car.

OnStar vehicle alerted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office that there was a child making noises inside a vehicle that wasn’t running. Deputies were able to get inside the car Sunday because the window was cracked a few inches.

The child was drenched in sweat and had an overflowing diaper. The mother Kristina Bowermaster was passed out and complained she felt dizzy, but refused medical attention.

Deputies said they searched the woman’s home and found drug paraphernalia for meth and crack. WJAX reports child welfare officials took the child into custody until a family member arrived.

Authorities say Bowermaster was arrested for child abuse in March after she was found asleep behind the wheel with a child in the back seat.

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is working to track down two men who tried to use a blow torch to get into an ATM machine on the second floor of the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island but bungled the job when the hinges welded shut.
A worker who came to service the machine the next morning found burn marks on the hinges and locks. In fact, the hinges were actually welded shut.

Video surveillance shows two white male suspects with their faces covered entering the upstairs around 3:15 a.m. on May 31st.
One had on a black half nose mask with black sunglasses, a black leather style jacket, camo pants, desert tan military style boots, and black gloves.

The other wore a tan toboggan style hat, scarf around his face, a black long sleeve Under Armour shirt, black gloves, black shorts, and white tube socks with multiple colored stripes. He was seen with a crow bar and appeared to serve as the lookout.
Instead of cutting the ATM with the blow torch, the would be thief welded the metal parts shut and the pair left with nothing.
Anyone with information on the bungled blow torch burglary is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, EmeraldCoastCrimeStoppers.com
, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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A Florida man was arrested last weekend for battery after allegedly pouring ketchup on his girlfriend.

According to the arrest report and affidavit from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year-old Peter Jacob Wagman was arrested after the girlfriend called the police.

The girlfriend told officers she was sleeping in bed when Wagman poured ketchup on her. According to the affidavit, the couple had been arguing over infidelity by the girlfriend. She went to bed and woke up to ketchup, being poured on her. She says Wagman was yelling, “That’s what you get b****.”

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A newlywed couple and four wedding guests were arrested after they broke into a former Munson school shortly after the wedding.

The marriage of Zachary Fuit, 26, of Roy, Utah, and Abigail Carlson, 21, of Pensacola, was held Sunday at Bear Lake in northern Santa Rosa County. They ended up in jail hours later, along with their wedding guests Zachary Barr, 21, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Stephen Pepik, 24, of Pensacola, Colton Patterson, 20, of Burleson, Texas. and Victor Peres, 21, of Newark, New Jersey. All of them except Carlson are U.S. Marines, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to 11550 Munson Highway after receiving a complaint that several individuals pulled wood boards covering a broken window to access the school. The caretaker was inside the school when he heard a loud noise. he was able to write down the license plates of two vehicles outside the school. They later sped away.

A short time later, both vehicles were located and a traffic stop took place. One was pulled over by SRSO deputies and the other by a Milton Police 0fficer.
Deputies said they determined the six were involved in the burglary, and items founds in one of the vehicles placed them at the scene.

All six were charged with burglary and criminal mischief. Fuit was also charged with theft.

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A transient woman brought not one, but two machetes to a bar and started waving them around and threatening violence, telling patrons she had killed more than 100 people with the weapons, police said.

Victoria Lynn Morley, 54, who also goes by Sheryl Baula, entered the the Axe and Ale, 1320 Central Avenue North with two machetes and started waving them in the presence of multiple people in a “careless and threatening manner,” an affidavit states.

Witnesses reported seeing Morley scrape the blades together and announce she had killed more than 100 people with her machetes. She also threatened to kill the bar owner if she followed her out of the establishment, according to the affidavit.

“The defendant’s behavior and ations caused a breech of peace in the bar,” police said in the report.

Morley was arrested for disorderly conduct and booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

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Video captured a Florida Highway Patrol trooper speaking to the driver of a white BMW on the Florida Turnpike near the Hollywood Boulevard exit on May 25.

Trooper Arsenio Caballero assisted the other trooper on the stop, who was standing at the side of the BMW.

As Caballero then walked back to his cruiser. he was hit by the BMW as the driver fled the scene.

Officials located the abandoned vehicle a few days after. However, officials are continuing to search for the driver behind the wheel of the white BMW 6-Series.

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Two people were taken into custody on Monday at the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville after authorities say they left a small multi-colored pig inside a hot vehicle.

Trinity Tavarez-Soto, 19, and Mark Gray, 20, were arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

According to the arrest report, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 2:30 p.m. regarding an animal inside a vehicle at the Avenues Mall located at 10300 Southside Blvd.

Upon arrival, police met with a witness who told them that she was going to work when she noticed a pig in the backseat of a vehicle in the parking lot.

The witness stated she tried to find the owner of the pig but was unsuccessful. JSO observed the pig in question in the backseat of the vehicle and attempted to locate the owner by running the tag.

JSO says based on the totality of the circumstances, they used their issued window break and busted out the rear passenger window.

FCN Meteorologist Mike Prangley reported that inland temperatures on Monday reached triple digits, a record high for Memorial Day in Jacksonville.

The officer opened the door and took the pig out, immediately placing the pig in the backseat of a patrol car.

While they were attempting to locate the owners of the car, Tavarez-Soto and Gray both walked out of the mall and to the car.

They were taken into custody after determining the vehicle belonged to them.

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A Pasco County man is facing a battery charge after deputies say he hit his mother with a corn cob.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday at a home in Zephyrhills.

According to deputies, 27-year-old Cody Cummins threw a corn cob at the victim. The cob hit the woman on top of her head, an arrest report says.

Deputies who responded to the scene say the victim was hurt but did not have any physical injuries.

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A woman has been arrested after attacking the manager of a Miami Burger King after being denied free fries.

According to police, 42-year-old Natasha Ethel Bagley and another suspect, who is still on the run, initially went through the Burger King drive-thru at 18420 S. Dixie Highway, Miami, Florida, asking for free fries.

Bagley went inside the restaurant and caused a distraction while the second suspect jumped over the counter, police said. After hearing the commotion, the store manager came out of her office and noticed the second suspect.

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A Summerfield woman spent Sunday night in the Marion County Jail after being accused of biting two men while she was drunk and naked.

The victims told Marion County sheriff’s deputies they were both bitten by Tina Marie Guinto, 36, of SE 138th Place Road, while they were trying to get away from her during a verbal altercation. Both said she was highly intoxicated and naked, according to the sheriff’s office report.

One of the victims said he was trying to leave the scene and ran to the other victim’s truck. He said Guinto followed him to the vehicle, opened the door, began punching him multiple times and then bit him on the nose. He said he saw Guinto bite the other victim, too, the report said.

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LORIDA: A man walked into a pawn shop in Florida, put his baby on the counter and, according to police, asked how much he could get for the kid.
“This is what I got,” the father, Richard Slocum, said as he placed the infant before the owner of the store in Sarasota, on Florida’s Gulf coast. “He’s barely used, seven and a half months old, what do you think he’s worth?”

The father later told officers he had been joking, but the shop owner didn’t see the humor and called the police.

“He was pretty serious about it,” Richard Jordan told a local television news channel. “He spun the baby around, and said, ‘Can I pawn this?'”

Jordan called the police as soon as Slocum left, saying he was concerned for the child’s wellbeing.

“Slocum claims that his encounter with the store clerk was a prank and that he wanted to place his own video on social media,” the police department said in a statement.

Slocum contacted law enforcement himself after he heard on social media that they were trying to identify the person behind the stunt. Dozens of police and local officials then descended on his home, he said.

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Karlee Harbst was the smiling winner of a $1 million prize in the Florida Lottery. S

The money was coming at a great time too because Harbst was reportedly pregnant.

But last week, the 27-year-old Port Orange woman was among more than 20 suspects apprehended by police in a major drug bust, according to reports. She was reportedly charged with solicitation to deliver heroin and unlawful use of a two-way communication device, and made her first court appearance Friday in connection with the case.

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Sara Barnes, 26, was arrested in Seminole County, Fla., after she admitted to setting fire to one of the oldest trees in the world.

The 118-foot, 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree, located in Big Tree Park in Longwood, Fla., mysteriously burned to the ground on Jan. 16, 2012.

The Department of Forestry suspected foul play at first, but the fire was treated as an accident until crime line tips led them Barnes.

According to Ivey, while authorities were serving a search warrant of Barnes’ house, she admitted to starting a fire at the base of the tree as a light source so she could see what she was doing.

She was then charged with intentional burning of land, which is a third-degree felony in the state of Florida.

Barnes was also charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

The tree, nicknamed ” The Senator,” is a historic landmark. It was donated to Seminole County by Sen. M.O. Overstreet in 1927 and was dedicated by Calvin Coolidge as a national historic landmark two years later.

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A Florida man Ken Freeman, 50, is in trouble after he threatened to behead numerous police officers and then eat their eyes and tongues.

Freeman was arrested and charged with six counts of threatening death or serious bodily harm of a law enforcement officer.

Six Melbourne police officers approached Freeman Thursday outside a Dick’s Sporting Good store after he hit a man and threatened to cut his “(expletive) head off” in front of his family.

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A Florida stripper has been accused of assaulting a passerby with a coconut Saturday after the man filmed her without her permission outside a Key West strip club, police officials said.

Shonta Latasha Bolds, 36, of Miami, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill, according to Monroe County Jail records. The crime is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

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A Florida woman who made national headlines last year when she smiled in her mugshot after a drunk driving crash was sentenced to prison Thursday.

Angenette Welk-Missett, of Ocala, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after she pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence manslaughter and two counts of DUI with property damage.

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The judge said Welk-Missett must serve at least four years before she is eligible for release.

Welk-Missett was driving down U.S. Highway 27 in Marion County on May

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A Taco Bell employee was captured on cellphone video berating a customer who complained about his food and was ultimately held back by her coworkers as she attempted to punch him.

The customer at the Miami, Fla., Taco Bell captured the female employee attempting to swing at him after he had allegedly complained about his overcooked chalupa, a $2.89 fried flatbread filled with beef and toppings, which he ate.

“I felt like I was violated as a customer ’cause the customer is always right,” Francisco Hernandez told Miami news station WSVN.

“The chalupa was very hot, overcooked, but again, I was so hungry I ate it, and all the stuff just fell on the paper,” he said. “I just claimed that the items were not prepared correctly, and then I mentioned my waiting time was past normal.”

Hernandez said that his complaint caused the cook to come into the dining area, pick up the box that his food came in and throw it at him. He then left the restaurant.

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A local woman Hanna Wilks, 26, landed herself in jail while visiting an inmate Thursday.

She was on a phone call with a male inmate at the Nassau County Detention Facility, staff members noticed her two children in the car unsupervised for approximately 20 minutes, according to a NCSO arrest report.

The car was reportedly on, as was the air conditioning.

She was arrested for not providing proper supervision for the children and was booked into the same facility.

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When deputies in Pinellas County performed a pat-down on Jeymie Wescott, 35 Tuesday, she let out an expletive.

They didn’t learn why until they got her back to the county jail.

Deputies in a Largo, Florida, Burger King were called to the restaurant’s restroom when they received a report of a woman “snarling and yelling.”

The St. Petersburg woman was in a pinch.

According to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit, Wescott had seven syringes inside her vagina on Tuesday when she caused a commotion in the fast food establishment.

Deputies said Wescott “showed several indicators of narcotics usage” when they found a whopper of a stash inside her person.

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A Florida mother was arrested last week after ‘hundreds of bugs’ crawled out of her daughter’s backpack inside her elementary school’s lunchroom.

Jessica Stevenson, 33, was taken into custody after an employee from Bagdad Elementary School reported that the second-grade girl and her two siblings were living in poor conditions.

Stevenson, of Milton, was charged with five counts of child abuse.

The girl is one of five siblings between the ages of 5 to 14 who were living in Stevenson’s ‘filthy’ home, according to a report from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, the incident occurred after the employee reported that the girl and her three siblings had poor hygiene to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The worker told authorities that the second-grader’s body odor was hard to ignore and that the child had been wearing the same clothes for an entire week in April.

Police said the employee also told them that at one point ‘hundreds of bugs crawled out’ of the student’s ‘backpack in the lunchroom’.

Another teacher told authorities that the student was ‘having meltdowns’ and seemed depressed.

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A Florida woman who set her ex-boyfriend’s house on fire and stabbed a deputy has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 27-year-old Brittany Bonin was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to charges including of first-degree arson and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She’ll get credit for 314 days spent in county jail, meaning she’ll serve another 52 in state prison.

Authorities say Bonin set fire to her ex-boyfriend’s Edgewater home in 2017. The ex-boyfriend went to get help from a neighbor, who was a captain with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The neighbor called 911 and reported that Bonin stabbed him in the lower back while he was trying to restrain her.

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Police stopped a Ford and spoke to the driver, identified as Jeffery Junior Davis, 59, of Fort Pierce.

Davis told investigators he didn’t have a license.

He further said the tag on the Ford didn’t belong to it, and that he put it on so he could drive to the store.

Police searched Davis and reported finding a small amount of crack cocaine in a pocket of his pants, a garment that covers the body from the waist to the ankles.

He Claimed the pants were not his.