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A Florida man told investigators he punched an automatic teller machine because it gave him too much cash.

An arrest report says 23-year-old Michael Joseph Oleksik man caused about $5,000 in damage to an ATM at a Wells Fargo bank branch in Cocoa on Nov. 29. He was arrested Dec. 22 on a criminal mischief charge after bank officials decided to press charges.

Florida Today reports surveillance video captured Oleksik pummeling the touch screen.

Polk County deputies received an unusual 911 call on New Year’s Eve where a man reported himself drunk-driving.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter,” sheriff’s officials wrote on Facebook. “However … in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”

According to deputies, Michael Lester, of Winter Haven, called 911 and told the dispatcher that he was driving drunk, and needed to be pulled over.

Eventually, Lester parked his truck in the middle of the road until sirens were heard in the background a short time later.

Deputies say that Lester admitted to drinking beers and said that he had only slept four hours in the past four days. He also reportedly admitted to swallowing methamphetamine earlier, instead of smoking it.

According to PCSO, Lester has a criminal history including DUI, aggravated battery, drug possession, disorderly conduct, resisting, and hit-and-run.

Lester was arrested and charged with DUI, driving on the wrong side of the road, improper use of the center lane, and not wearing a seatbelt.

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A Largo man was charged with battery after punching another man in the face after finding out he was a pedophile, Largo police said.

According to police, Lorenzo DeMario Brown, 34, was speaking with the victim, a 56-year-old man, when Brown learned he was a pedophile.

Brown punched the victim in the face with a closed fist, causing a minor injury and bleeding, police said.

Brown was charged with simple battery and released on his own recognizance.

He has been arrested multiple times since 2006, including on assault and drug charges.

The victim, whose name we are withholding, is a registered sex offender stemming from a 1997 conviction in New York.

A Florida man is under arrest accused of video recording himself performing sex acts on his Siberian husky dog.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Christian Nichols, 21, is charged with one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty. Nichol was arrested Feb. 11 in Oldsmar, which is between Tampa and Clearwater.

Deputies began their investigation Jan. 25 after someone in another state contacted Pinellas County Animal Services regarding video and photographs on the internet of a man having sexual contact with a dog. Pinellas County Animal Services notified the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives obtained copies of the video and the photographs.

The video shows images of a man dressed in a black and white Husky dog costume. The costumed man is seen in the video having inappropriate sexual contact with a Siberian husky dog. Detectives say the dog in the video was clearly in distress. At one point during the video, the dog tries to run away and the man responds by striking the dog with a sex toy.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives tracked the video and photographs to Nichols.

On Feb. 11, detectives talked with Nichols at his home. They said Nichols admitted he made the video with his dog, Ember, and shared it on the internet.

Nichols was arrested. Pinellas County Animal Services responded to the home and removed Ember and a second dog from Nichols’ home.

Detectives say additional charges are likely.

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Orange County deputies say a man went to an impound lot Saturday to pay to have his car returned, but instead, he set the vehicle on fire.

An employee at Almake Auto Shop said he received a call from Ayub Mule Abdulrahman, 27, saying he wished to pay the fee so he could have his Nissan Altima removed from the lot, but when the employee arrived, Abdulrahman was not there, according to the report.

Surveillance footage obtained by the news outlet allegedly shows Abdulrahman tossing several of the glass-bottle bombs over a chain-link fence and onto his vehicle.

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Justin Foster, 28, of Tallahassee, is accused of driving to Atlanta, flying to Chicago, and then ultimately tracking down his ex’s new boyfriend in Des Plaines, Illinois. Foster then proceeded to hit the man over the head with a tire iron, cut off the man’s penis, and throw it over a fence. Then he carved his initials into his victim’s leg. From there Foster went back to Chicago, hopped back on a plane, and planned to pretty much just go about his life as if he hadn’t cut off a man’s penis and tossed it over a fence.

Before Foster was able to master his, “Hi my name is Justin and I’ve definitely never cut off a man’s penis out of jealousy” face, however, he was arrested in Florida and extradited back to Illinois. His victim survived the attack but suffered permanent brain (and obviously permanent penis) damage.

The constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, but… is it totally out-of-bounds to think that Foster should have to have his penis surgically removed and donated to the guy whose dick he cut off? It’s definitely unusual, and arguably cruel, but also super fair.

The phrase “toxic masculinity” is as overused as a Spongebob meme, but it’s hard to think of a better label to apply to this incident. A man thinks he’s so entitled to a woman that he cuts off the penis of the new man she’s dating? And then he carves his initials into the guy’s leg??? (That part is somehow more insane to me.) There are warlords who would call that aggressive. Either this guy had way too much or way too little self-esteem. Whatever his deal was, it ended up not great.

A fight between a Pasco County couple ended with both of them behind bars this weekend after deputies say they threw concrete blocks through each other’s car windows.

The incident between 54-year-old April Kingsbury and 54-year-old Mark Tringone happened Saturday morning outside a home on Berg Road in Holiday. Deputies were called to the scene for a domestic disturbance just before 7:30 a.m.

When they arrived, deputies discovered Kingsbury and Tringone had been in an argument. At some point during the argument, deputies say both Tringone and Kingsbury picked up asphalt and concrete blocks and threw them through the back windows of each other’s vehicles.

An arrest report shows Tringone also kicked the side of Kingsbury’s Ford Crown Victoria and left a dent after shattering the window. The total cost of damage is estimated at $600, the report says. Kingsbury was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car when the damage happened.

Deputies say the damage from the shattered window on Tringone’s Chevrolet Silverado is about $300. He was standing about six feet away from his truck when the block was thrown through his window.

Both Tringone and Kingsbury were arrested and taken to the Land O Lakes Detention Center. The arrest reports show both admitted to causing the damage but accused the other of doing it first.

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A Florida man stabbed a co-worker with a machete Saturday evening in a mall food court, police say.

Luis Arias, 43, who works for a cleaning company for the Palm Beach Outlets mall, was upset with a colleague who did not complete his duties, leaving them for Arias, WPEC reported.

Investigators said Arias retrieved a machete from his locker and stabbed the other employee several times with it around 7:45 p.m., WPEC reported.

The victim was treated and released Sunday morning from a hospital.

Arias was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to jail records. He is being held on $50,000 bond.

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A man in Hawthorne, Florida, was arrested after bringing meth to a local police department to check its quality.

Douglas Kelly, 49, called the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, asking them to test drugs he bought a week earlier, police said.

He told police he wanted to press charges against the man who sold him the meth because it caused a “violent reaction” after smoking the drug. Detectives told Kelly they would be able to test the drug if he came to the Sheriff’s Office.

Police said Kelly drove to the Sheriff’s Office and handed detectives a clear, crystal-like substance wrapped in aluminum foil. The field test proved it was methamphetamine, the drug Kelly had hoped to purchase. Kelly was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

He is held in jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.“Remember, our detectives are always ready to assist anyone who believes they were misled in their illegal drug purchase,” the Putnam County sheriff’s department stated on Facebook.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A fight over the late rapper Tupac Shakur ended with one man in the hospital and another under arrest, police in Clearwater say.

The incident happened Wednesday night at the corner of Chestnut Street and South Myrtle Avenue. The Clearwater Police Department received several emergency calls about a battery in progress around 9:45 p.m.

When officers got to the scene, they say they found a victim with heavy facial injuries that included large lumps. The man’s eyes were also swollen shut, police noted in an arrest report.

Police say the victim was conscious when they arrived but wasn’t really able to communicate with officers because he was intoxicated. He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital via ambulance where he was treated for a broken nose.

Several witnesses at the party told police the man responsible for the beating was 35-year-old Thomas Statkiewicz. Police say Statkiewicz admitted to “defending” himself and punching the victim more than once after the victim tried to punch him during an argument over 2Pac.

The arrest report did not say what specifically the fight over 2Pac was about.

Statkiewicz was arrested for felony battery. Police say he has a previous battery conviction from last year.

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. — An apparent late-night run for a cheeseburger ended in the arrest of a Cape Coral woman early Sunday morning after she refused to stop for officers attempting a traffic stop.

24-year-old Tiara Crace is facing 2-counts of Flee and Elude Law Enforcement and Resisting Law Enforcement Without Violence.

According to Cape Coral Police, just after 3 a.m., an officer witnessed an SUV driven by Crace traveling 61 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone along Del Prado Boulevard North. The officer turned on their lights and siren to pull the vehicle over, but Crace did not stop and proceeded into the Coral Lakes community.

The officer stopped following the SUV in the neighborhood but headed to the Blue Cypress Lake Court address the vehicle was registered to.

About half an hour later, the officer saw Crace run to the SUV parked across the street and begin to drive off. The SUV pulled into the home’s driveway, and Crace darted for the house before being stopped by the officer on foot.

The officer says Crace told her mother that she ran because she wanted a cheeseburger.

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A man known in his trailer park community as “Santa Claus” insisted he meant no harm when he broke into his neighbor’s home and car and left her handwritten notes and underwear and expressed his desire that she would wear the panties.

Some of the panties belonged to her — which led to the three burglary charges for Isitro Lee Sanches.

The Panama City man was also charged with aggravated stalking last April by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
Sanches faces up to 40 years in prison on the combined charges, according to the State Attorney’s Office. His sentencing is set for May 11.

Prosecutor Calie Rivera told the jury that from January to April 2017, one of Sanches’ neighbors received countless notes and pieces of undergarments in her car, on her front porch and inside her home on her bed. Within each note was a subtle message that a stranger was watching her and waiting for the day he could see her in the underwear he’d picked.

“This case was a nightmare,” Rivera said. “It was one long nightmare from January to April 2017.”

Sanches’ defense attorney, Seth Killion, argued that prosecutors had no direct evidence that tied him to the stalking charge. He conceded Sanches was in her home, but that he did not have a criminal intent.

“The only thing they are going to prove is that he was there,” Killion told the jury. “But they won’t be able to prove he was there with intent to commit a crime.”

The jury disagreed.

Rivera presented bag after bag of panties to the jury during the woman’s testimony, having her read aloud the notes attached. The woman said while the jury saw numerous panties in the trial, she hadn’t been able to collect all of them

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A new video from deputies in Seminole, County Florida paints a picture of the overdose epidemic in the state.

The video shows three people suffering from symptoms of drug overdose at the same gas station.

“You wake up, you’re smacking at him, you’re screaming, you’re shaking stuff around, and they’re not doing anything,” Deputy Caitlin Henry recalls.

Deputies said it was clear the situation was a triple overdose.

“They’re completely unresponsive, turning blue, the color leaving their faces. It’s scary,” Henry says.

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ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Florida ( WEAR) – A man has been arrested for allegedly slapping a woman with a bowl of chili, as well as hitting her and pulling her hair.

According to the arrest report issued by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, on October 26, 2018 the victim told police she was in a parked car with her boyfriend when 33-year-old Jerald Jenkins approached them.

Jenkins then asked the victim who was in the car with her, according to the report.

The victim stated Jenkins then pulled her out of the car by her hair and began to hit her in the face and body, the report revealed.

The victim’s boyfriend, according to the report, got out of the car and attempted to separate them, and that’s when Jenkins ran inside the victim’s house and came back out with a large kitchen knife.

The report says Jenkins swung the knife at the victim and her boyfriend, and it was a witness who came and broke up the fight.

The report also says the victim and her boyfriend got into her car and left the area.

Jenkins was arrested on Thursday and charged with battery, aggravated assault and larceny.

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A scene of violence played out at a Zephyrhills, Florida, home late Sunday morning.

According to a police report from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, officers responding to a disturbance call made contact with a woman who told them her boyfriend had hit her in the head with a cookie.

A red mark could be seen on the woman’s forehead by her hairline, said the report, which added that the victim said she was hit with a “hard piece.”

The arrest affidavit says that the alleged suspect, Wade Alan Smith, admitted to throwing the cookie at her without her consent. The type of cookie is unclear.

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NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man stole collectible coins worth tens of thousands of dollars, then ran them through grocery store change machines that returned just a fraction of their value.

The Palm Beach Post report s 20-year-old Shane Anthony Mele of Riviera Beach told investigators he stole the commemorative presidential dollar coins and other items from a North Palm Beach office in December.

The coins were worth $33,000. A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report says Mele sold some coins for a few thousand dollars, and he ran many through change machines that only produced their face value.

Mele was charged Feb. 1 with grand theft along with unrelated drug charges. He was released Feb. 4 after posting bond. Jail records didn’t show whether he had an attorney.

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A Fort Pierce Police Officer has been suspended for 20 days, without pay, for policy violations caught on camera.

An Internal investigation into actions by Officer Doug McNeal began in July 2018, after McNeal arrested a man and a woman for shoplifting.

Body camera footage first shows McNeal inside a Walmart, looking for a woman who had reportedly been abused.

He eventually finds the woman sitting outside on a bench, but she denies any help McNeal offers, though her face is visibly bruised.

The investigation found he cleared the call.

But ten minutes later, McNeal said he was investigating a theft in progress with the same woman and another man.

He does not turn on his body camera for about another hour and a half.

Once he does turn his camera back on, he’s heard with other officials questioning the man and woman about shoplifting, finding stolen jewelry and a baby toy, according to records.

He arrests them, but throughout the time the duo is in his custody, he allows them a lot of freedom.

First, he lets them smoke a cigarette before getting into the patrol car.

Then, he doesn’t handcuff the male, violating policy.

The two are never restrained in the back seat, and cuddle and kiss for a majority of their time in the car, while also briefly performing sex acts in the back seat.

He also allows them to smoke a cigarette inside the patrol car.

He was also disciplined for failing to tell dispatchers where he was going and did not report his mileage.

An Internal Affairs investigative report shows McNeal failed to follow policy, had conduct unbecoming and neglected duty. According to the document, he violated policies related to body worn cameras, authorized restraint, detainee transport operations, special transport situations, and use of tobacco products.

“The Department completed a thorough review of this incident and the findings of the investigation sustained allegations against Officer McNeal and identified deficiencies in the performance of his duties,” said Chief Diane Hobley-Burney. “Officer McNeal has accepted full responsibility for his actions and understands the seriousness of the policy violations. The conduct of this officer does not represent the values of this Department or the dedicated men and women who serve our community with honor every day.”

McNeal has worked with the department since 2014 and is assigned to the Community Policing Bureau.

His suspension went into effect on February 14.

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A Cape Coral man made it easy for officers to find him when he handed an officer his driver’s license before speeding off from a traffic stop.

30-year-old Vincent Parlato is charged with Flee and Eluding Law Enforcement and Resisting Law Enforcement Without Violence.

According to Cape Coral Police, in the early morning hours of February 10th, an officer witnessed a black Mustang making a U-turn at high speed, causing the tires to spin out. The officer followed the car, which hit 60 miles per hour in a 45-mph speed zone, and performed a traffic stop at the intersection of Santa Barbara Boulevard and Trafalgar Parkway.

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LAND O LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco deputies have arrested a Land O’ Lakes woman after deputies say she battered her boyfriend with speakers and a selfie-stick.

Deputies say Larita Branch had been living with her boyfriend for approximately three months when on Feb. 19 Branch threw two speakers hitting the victim on the arms.

Branch then stuck the victim with a selfie stick on the head and his neck. Branch has a previous conviction for battery in 2010.

She was taken to Land O Lakes Detention Center and is facing a felony battery charge.

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Anticipation got the better of a Homestead man heading to an adult book store in Key Largo Monday night, and now he’s in a Monroe County lockup.

Amado Enrique Gaure, 20, was booked into jail on charges of indecent exposure, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff’s deputies say he admitted to masturbating while walking along a path near mile marker 102 toward the store Monday night, said Adam Linhardt, the Monroe sheriff’s office spokesman. A woman driving her car told deputies a man, who they say is Gaure, exposed himself to her

Deputies found Gaure in the parking lot of the bay side store and asked him about the incident. He admitted to masturbating in public and seeing the woman in her car, according to Linhardt.

He told deputies he was on his way to buy the video and began masterbating on the way because he was “impatient,” Linhardt said.

Cops say Gaure was carrying a small amount of marijuana at the time of his arrest.

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SJSO: Deputies in the NW District located a reported stolen vehicle near the 8200 block of Kindred Spirit Lane. The alleged suspect fled upon seeing SJSO deputies and got stuck in a field a short time later. The suspect then fled on foot and entered a canoe on the edge of a pond.

Deputies spent the next few minutes advising the suspect that the “pond was surrounded”, and that a vessel was on its way to remove him from the pond. The suspect then paddled to shore, where he was taken into custody without further incident.

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FEBRUARY 18–Cops today arrested a “naked and belligerent” Florida Woman for allegedly attacking her fiancée after he declined to have sex with her.

Officers responding early this morning to a disturbance call at a Vero Beach apartment building encountered Samantha Jewel Hernandez, 21, sans clothes and in an ornery mood. Hernandez (pictured at right) denied doing anything to her fiancée, “but was too intoxicated” to provide further information.

The victim, 21, told police that Hernandez “wanted to engage him in sexual intercourse,” which he declined. “Hernandez was angry at the fact that [the victim] did not want to have sex and began attacking him, striking him in the face and ripping his shirt.”

Hernandez was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge based on her boyfriend’s statements and “injuries observed on the scene”.

The cashier and the victim had so far lived together for two years, cops reported.

But it seems her woes from the early morning visit from police was not over.

After being bundled into the patrol car, police say she “maliciously spit” on the arm of a patrolman “while yelling profanities”.

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A man accused of trying to light his girlfriend on fire was arrested Sunday after an hours-long dispute with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Sheriff’s SWAT members arrested John Desir, 38, shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday in a Greenacres home. He had stayed in the home for nearly seven hours, refusing to speak with deputies outside.

Desir refused to talk to deputies, but was spotted inside the residence, they add.

PBSO SWAT was called to the scene after deputies tried every measure to get the man out of the house, deputies say. Deputies then got an arrest warrant signed by a judge and evacuated the surrounding apartments before SWAT was to enter.

SWAT entered residence at 5:45 p.m. and took Desir into custody, deputies say.

He is facing charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and simple battery. He will be taken to the Palm Beach County Jail after being medically cleared, they say.

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A woman was arrested after making a “stupid joke” about a bomb on an Air Canada flight departing Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, authorities said.

Nathalie Tremblay, 53, of Canada, was boarding the Montreal-bound flight Tuesday with her boyfriend when a flight attendant noticed a black roller bag that was stuck in an overhead bin, an arrest report stated.

The flight attendant took the bag out and started asking passengers who it belonged to.

“There’s a bomb in it,” Tremblay told the flight attendant and laughed, the arrest form stated. Her boyfriend told her not to joke around.

The flight attendant reported the incident to the captain. The plane was evacuated and the terminal was closed as the Broward Sheriff’s Office bomb squad investigated.

Tremblay initially told authorities that she said “I hope there’s not a bomb in there,” in a serious manner and did not laugh. She admitted later about making “a stupid joke” about a bomb to the flight attendant.

Tremblay was booked into BSO’s Main Jail on $5,000 bond and faces a charge of making a false report of a bomb. Attorney information was not available.

Another man was caught on a Ring doorbell camera licking a doorbell, this time at a home in Lake Worth, Fla.

The video was recorded at 6:11 a.m. on Jan. 24, 2018.

In the video, the man is standing outside the front door and then leans into the doorbell to lick it. He then licks it again, and again, and again. He then positions what looks like a stack of newspapers in front of the camera and points, but it is unclear what he is trying to point out in the papers.

efore leaving, the man comes back to lick the doorbell even more.

This is the second time recently a person was caught licking a doorbell. Ring doorbell camera captured a Salinas, Ca. man in January. In that instance the man licked the doorbell for three hours, according to the homeowner.

A woman was arrested after she consumed Four Loko and drove intoxicated with her three children in the car — to visit her husband in jail, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

Ashley Szakacsi, 28, was visiting her husband Edward at the Nassau County Jail, according to Sheriff Bill Leeper. Staff members at the jail were monitoring the couple’s conversation over the visitation phone.

“She (Szakacsi) tells him she’s screwed up on Four Loko, which is an energy beer,” Leeper said.

A deputy was called to investigate and waited in the parking lot for Szakacsi, Leeper said.

“The deputy asked her (Szakacsi) if she had been drinking anything,” Leeper said. “She says, ‘Well, I had a Four Loko.’ He asks, ‘Where is it?’ She had three kids in her car: a 7-year old son, 3-year old daughter and a 1-year old daughter. The 7-year old picks it up off the floorboard and says, ‘Here it is right here.'”

Szakacsi was arrested and charged with child neglect. Leeper commended the actions taken by the jail staff and deputies.

“There’s no doubt in my mind they potentially saved lives by not letting her drive after she admitted drinking one of these drinks, which is very potent,” Leeper said.

The three children are in the custody of another relative, deputies said.

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The man Peter Michael Elacqua, 41 faces domestic battery charges.

Pasco County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Port Richey man accused of beaning his girlfriend in the face with a burrito.

An arrest report said he shoved his girlfriend into a chair in the bedroom of a home they share and threw a burrito at her on Friday.

A deputy found the woman with contents of the burrito dispersed across her face, neck and left shoulder area, the arrest report said.