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A Pasco County man landed behind bars after he allegedly impersonated an officer and pulled over a real one, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew Joseph Erris, 26, of Dade City was arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

Deputies said Erris had red and blue lights installed on his grill. On Tuesday night, he activated them and pulled behind an undercover detective.

The detective called 911 to report an unusual traffic stop and real deputies pulled over Erris a short time later.

A search of his Chevy Trailblazer turned up a “realistic looking” airsoft pistol. Erris also had a law enforcement light bar installed on top of the SUV, deputies said.

He was arrested and later released on bond.

Deputies say it’s still unclear whether Erris has committed similar offenses in the past.

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Jordyn Freeman, 24, and Randy McMillin, 27, were taken into custody by Panama City police after they were found in the front seat of their van, with two nine-month-olds in the backseat covered with pillows and blankets.

IHOP employees arriving to work at around 5.30am found the frightened toddler walking around alone and wrapped him in an apron, police said.

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It was early Sunday morning when 65-year-old Clarese Gainey heard a noise outside her apartment. As she looked out the window, she says she saw a man in his boxers pulling at her car door handle and knocking on the window, attempting to break in.

Before calling the police, she took matters into her own hands. “I grab my bat, I brace myself and I ease the door open,” Gainey told WGFL. That’s when police and Gainey say 5’6, 300 pound Antonio Mosely charged her. “I took that bat and hit him upside the head like ‘pi-yah!’ He said ‘Ow!'” Police say Mosely ran to a nearby mobile home park, leaving behind his pants, shirt, and a sock

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Investigators say a woman admitted to shooting her husband after the divorcing couple got into a fight over their taxes.

Lisa Shannon, 55, is due in court Tuesday morning.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Shannon shot her husband in the back multiple times on Monday at her home on Hunting Trail in unincorporated Lake Worth.

According to the arrest report, the first detective on scene found the victim on the ground, saying, “She shot me, we going through a divorce and she shot me.”

Investigators said the husband came to the home to finalize their tax paperwork when they had a fight. Lisa Shannon, according to the report, asked her husband to leave. She told deputies he refused, she became enraged and “snapped,” and shot him multiple times. Shannon said she then called 911.

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A drunk and shirtless Naples man was arrested at an Olive Garden Sunday after shoveling spaghetti into his mouth.

The police were called at an Olive Garden at 1565 5th St. South because 32-year-old Ben Padgett was “causing a disturbance,” according to a police report.

When cops arrived, they encountered a shirtless man sitting outside on a bench shoveling spaghetti into his mouth with his hands. The individual, identified as Ben Padgett, smelled like booze, the report said.

The caller, a worker at the eatery named Ronald Worst, told officers that Padgett had been loitering outside, then had come inside and began to cause a scene. Worst told cops that the individual began yelling at him, I could beat your a–,” and asking whether he had male or female sex organs.

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A Gulf Breeze man who allegedly harassed his family using Coldplay lyrics and threats of violence from his “Nazi prison associates” was convinced to end his standoff with police for a slice of pizza, according to police reports.

On Tuesday, Evan Charles McLemore, 33, was arrested on charges of resisting an officer without violence and aggravated stalking.

The resisting charge stems from a four-hour standoff in northeast Pensacola on Tuesday.

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The driver, Oasis Shakira McLeod, 18, and the two passengers, Jeniyah McLeod, 19, and Cecilia Eunique Young, 19, were charged with Fleeing to Elude, Resisting arrest, aggravated assault and lewd acts.

Troopers say the girls told them they had been at a relatives house in Lutz and got into an arugment. They had no where else to shower, so they bought soap and water and bathed themselves on the grass outside the rest stop building. The girls got dressed before speaking to troopers.

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A brutal battery with a beer bottle was caught on surveillance video, and the Miramar Police Department needs the public’s help to catch the violent man.

The attack happened just before 9 p.m. Friday at the Miramar Food and Produce at 2701 SW 64 Ave., near the West Park neighborhood. The victim, Osman Goni, said the attacker wanted to buy a pack of Newport cigarettes, but he didn’t want to pay full price.

“He said, ‘No! I gave you $3, so you have to give it to me!'” the attacker said, according to Goni.

Goni, the store’s nighttime manger, said the pack is $7. That was when the man attacked him.

“He came and grabbed two bottles of beer and went again to the register and served another customer and he had two bottles in two hands and one bottle he threw at my face,” Goni said.

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A Clearwater man says three syringes removed by police during a strip search do not belong to him.

Wesley Dasher Scott, 40, was arrested on a drug charge early Friday morning and was taken to the receiving area of the Pinellas County Jail.

While he was being strip searched, Scott removed three syringes from his rear and gave them to a deputy, according to an arrest affidavit.

He allegedly told deputies that the syringes were not his.

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Michael Hunt didn’t actually fail to appear for his pre-trial hearing on charges of unlawful sexual acts with a minor and aggravated assault three days before last week’s quadruple shooting on Allen Avenue, for which he is a “person of interest.”

Hunt, 53 and a registered sex offender, walked away undetected after a prosecutor announced at the beginning of his hearing that there was a new charge of sexual battery involving a minor against him, but it couldn’t be found in the system and no one had a hard copy of it in hand. The defense attorney, meanwhile, said it probably was just confusion over the original charge.

Circuit Court Judge Chris Patterson agreed to place the hearing on hold, essentially and asked Hunt to take a seat in the courtroom while his attorney and prosecutor figured it out.

Forty-five minutes later, the warrant confirmed and in hand, Hunt was nowhere to be found and Patterson ordered him held without bond on a charge of failure to appear because he left before the hearing was completed.

“We expect nothing but great things from the electronic filing system but sometimes we just need to go with paper,” said State Attorney Glenn Hess, whose prosecutor said at the beginning of the hearing that there was an active warrant for Hunt’s arrest for a new child sex charge. “This was one of those times.”

One person died at the scene of the quadruple shooting and three others remain in critical condition

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A 25-year-old man has been arrested after killing a good Samaritan who was paying for other customers’ meals at a Waffle House in Florida. The good Samaritan, 41-year-old Craig Brewer, got into an argument with Ezekiel Hicks while inside the restaurant in Gainesville. Police say Hicks left the restaurant to grab a handgun, then returned & shot Brewer in the head.

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JAIL IS BAD, BUT FOR SOME IT’S BETTER THAN HOME

Michael Casey Lewis, 37, of Stuart was arrested Thursday morning by the Port St. Lucie Police Department for grand theft and booked into the St. Lucie County Jail. He bonded out and was released.

After being released, deputies in the parking lot of the jail observed Lewis pulling car door handles and learned he had just burglarized several cars right there at the jail.

Well…Lewis was re-booked into the jail on MORE burglary charges and released AGAIN on a bond of $11,250.

The Twisted Tun Restaurant in Flordia was the scene of a bizarre crime.

Police say Jordin Castro, 25, slammed his face into the concrete before Jessica Williams, 27, slammed his face into her crotch.

A Twisted Tuna employee said a man identified as Castro, of Palm City, punched a valet in the face and attacked others.

The employee said he restrained Castro until law enforcement officials arrived.

The employee released Castro, who tried “to get up and start fighting but fell forward and slammed his face into the concrete,” records state.

Both were arrested.

An Ocala man was allegedly pictured performing disgusting sex acts on a dog.

The Ocala Police Department launched an investigation in late February after a woman gave them a cell phone that was found at a restaurant in Ocala. Police said the woman looked through the phone in hopes of identifying its rightful owner and came across “numerous disturbing images and text messages.”

The man in the photos was recognized by the woman as Jesse Allen, an employee at the restaurant.
Detectives later obtained copies of the video and photographs, which depicted dogs having sex with women and Allen engaging in various sex acts with a dog.

Allen admitted to engaging in sex acts with the dog “for some time,” when questioned by police detectives.

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Tampa man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon for DUI after he reportedly mistook a bank drive-thru for Taco Bell.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the manager of Bank of America on Mariner Boulevard called to report an impaired driver after he found an unconscious man behind the wheel of a blue sedan in the bank’s drive-thru lane.

The manager told deputies that after beating on the car window for “some time,” he was able to wake up the driver.

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A man who went viral last year for his green-haired mugshot has been arrested again in Florida.

Lawrence Sullivan, 30, was jailed Wednesday in Pinellas County on a probation violation charge.

Sullivan’s new mugshot features the same green hair and extensive tattoos. The jail records noted that his tattoos featured a skull, sword, pot leaf, brass knuckles, devil, and a rose.

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A 34-year-old man repeatedly stabbed his family’s dog on Saturday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Abbott, Jr. then barricaded himself in the bathroom. Abbott of Gibsonton, faces charges of aggravated animal cruelty and resisting arrest without violence, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

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A Miami mother was arrested Monday after she failed to take her 6-year-old son to a hospital when he was grazed by a bullet during spring break, police said.

Laqayette Dock, 21, faces charges of child abuse and child neglect causing great bodily harm.

According to an arrest affidavit, Dock was told by her son’s biological father that the boy’s 8-year-old cousin shot him, causing a bullet to graze his neck.

Instead of taking him to a hospital, Dock instead tried to self-treat the wound, saying she didn’t think it was severe enough to require medical attention, police said.

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A Florida man allegedly drove a stolen jeep back to the scene of his crime recently to ask if anybody found his missing cellphone “which was pinging back to the residence,” according to police.

When 25-year-0ld Ronnie Dillon Willis arrived at the home of the victim on March 24 in the tan Jeep Patriot, he was greeted by none other than a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy, who just happened to be conducting an interview about the stolen vehicle.

“The deputy, who probably could not believe the way this call was unfolding, arrested Ronnie for grand theft of a motor vehicle,” explained the sheriff’s office on Monday. “She also charged him with driving while license suspended/revoked, because it turned out that Ronnie had a suspended license.”

The vehicle was taken earlier in the day from outside the home.

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Surveillance cameras meant to help a Martin County man feel safe at home, actually helped deputies put him behind bars.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says Juan Cabral’s own surveillance cameras caught him selling drugs, captured the people who sold them to, and also where he kept his secret stash.

“He had recorded all the evidence for us,” Snyder said.

The guests who were recorded engaging in drug activity could also be arrested.

Snyder says his team arrested 26-year-old Juan Cabral Thursday on selling and possession charges for crack cocaine and hydromorphone.

Deputies originally received a tip that Cabral was possibly selling drugs.

Deputies did their own surveillance and undercover drug buys, collecting enough of their own evidence to serve a search warrant at Cabral’s home Thursday.

Little did deputies know, Snyder said, that they would gain more surveillance footage from their suspect.

Six surveillance cameras were discovered at the home when SWAT team members around his property at SE Norfolk Street.

“Who would have ever thought he’d save the tapes. He actually did,” Snyder said.

At least one of the cameras was pointed at a backyard shed.

Snyder says it shows Cabral going in and out of that shed, and measuring drugs before he would walk out with them and sell them.

Deputies also arrested Cabral’s girlfriend at the home, 20-year-old Julia Anne Rembert, for drug possession.

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Kristie Johnson 35′ from Englewood, Florida, is facing five counts of child neglect after deputies say she left her children in the car to drink in a local bar.

On Wednesday, deputies were called to a bar on South McCall Road in Port Charlotte, where a man had blocked his wife’s vehicle into a parking space. Inside the vehicle were their five children – a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old, an 11-month-old, and two 20-day-old infants.

The man told deputies that he had left home around 6:30 pm to go to work and his wife was supposed to take their five children to her mother’s home in Rotonda West.

The man got home after work later that evening and discovered his wife wasn’t there so he called her. He told deputies his 5-year-old daughter answered and said they were at McDonald’s. He called again a short while later and his daughter said Johnson was not in the car with them. The man told his daughter to honk the horn to get an adult’s attention, but no one came to the vehicle.

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A former college student believed he was “half-dog, half-man” when he fatally attacked a man and woman at their home and was found biting one of their faces.

In a 38-page mental-health report released this week Dr. Phillip Resnick made the conclusion Austin Harrouff believed he was “half-dog, half-man”

Investigators say they found Harrouff, now 22, biting one of the victims faces while making growling noises on Aug. 15, 2016.

Resnick’s report says the fact that Harrouff persisted in biting the victim “in the presence of police officers, in spite of threats of being shot, being tased and receiving multiple kicks to the head, suggests that Mr. Harrouff was actively psychotic.”

Harrouff’s attorneys are preparing an insanity defense for the Nov. 4 trial.

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A Florida man scored a new job in January, but he ended up behind bars two months later in connection with a 1998 cold case murder – thanks to his successful application.

Todd Barket, 51, was arrested Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge after authorities linked his fingerprints to the murder of Sondra Better, Delray Beach police said. The 68-year-old woman was working at a consignment shop when she was stabbed and bludgeoned to death in August 1998, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Our detectives worked years trying to find the killer in this case,” Acting Delray Beach Police Chief Javaro Sims said in a news conference Wednesday. “We had fingerprints, we had blood, we even had a possible description from a witness. But the person responsible for this heinous case seemed to just disappear.”

But in January, Barket underwent a background check while applying for a job with a fire and water cleanup company. He submitted his fingerprints that match those taken from the 1998 crime scene and placed in a national database.

Detectives and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents then tracked him down and began monitoring him. Police later obtained Barket’s DNA — through unclear methods — and it was matched on Tuesday with DNA from the crime scene.

Barket was 29 years old at the time of the murder and matched the description witnesses gave after the slaying, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Police said he was able to elude authorities because he had no contact with law enforcement.

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A man facing a battery charge in Florida didn’t himself any favors Wednesday when he slugged a public defender in the head during a court appearance.

William Green got out of his seat at the Broward County bond court, approached the lawyer who was looking down at papers and delivered the haymaker, which knocked her to the floor.

A defendant who was at the podium ran out of the way as corrections officers tackled Green.

Judge Jackie Powell asked the stunned attorney if she was all right before calling a recess.

A spokesman for the Broward County public defender’s office said the lawyer was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

According to court records, Green, 27, was arrested Tuesday on a battery charge.

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A Florida man got out of work like he wanted — but his plan landed him behind bars instead.

Brian Anderson called 911 to report an armed robbery, telling police that two suspects stole his money, necklace and cell phone, then sped off in a black Ford Crown Victoria, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities responded only to find out that Anderson had made the whole thing up because he didn’t want to go to work.

“On the bright side, Brian didn’t have to go to his 11:00 a.m. shift at the restaurant,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.

Anderson was arrested and charged with misuse of 911 and knowingly giving false information to a law enforcement officer, according to online jail records.

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A grandmother was arrested after her 6-year-old grandson was found wandering along a street after she left him home alone, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

Michelle Leblanc, 48, was supposed to be babysitting her grandson, deputies said. A neighbor found the boy crying and wandering around the Southern Creek subdivision Sunday.

According to the arrest report, Leblanc eventually came speeding down a road, nearly hitting a patrol cruiser. When she got out of the car, deputies said the grandmother’s eyes were bloodshot, her speech was slurred and she smelled of alcohol.

Leblanc told deputies she had consumed three mimosas, the report said, and that the drinks affected her “more than other people.” Investigators found a tumbler in her cup holder filled with an orange liquid that smelled like alcohol.

During the ride to jail, the grandmother screamed and cursed at a deputy before she began speaking in a “soft, sultry and seductive voice,” the report said. She told a deputy, “I love cops. All you have to do is say yes. Turn around and take me home. I would do anything to make it worth your while.”

Records show Leblanc was freed from jail Monday afternoon after posting bond. She was charged with child neglect, resisting an officer and DUI.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Leblanc has two past convictions for DUI for incidents that occurred in Broward County. The first offense occurred in 1996, and the other happened a year later.

A spokesperson said the Department of Children and Families is investigating.

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A man in West Boynton Beach is accused of attacking his mother after she refused to dress his mannequin.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, deputies on Monday night responded to a home on Great Falls Circle for a domestic disturbance.

A woman said her 73-year-old neighbor was bleeding from the face and being chased by her son, later identified as 40-year-old Mikkel Dankner.

The woman told PBSO she heard her neighbor scream, “Help! He’s going to kill me,” which prompted her to call authorities.

The victim told the responding deputy that she and her son were in the backyard when Dankner asked her to dress his mannequin, but she refused.