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Danielle Gargano repeatedly told deputies she had nothing — not one thing — in her female private parts.

Even when deputies at the St. Lucie County Jail told Gargano, 32, on Aug. 10 that if she had drugs or weapons on her that bringing them in the jail would result in a charge of smuggling contraband into a detention center, she remained steadfast in her denial, an affidavit states.

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A woman from Okeechobee is wanted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in connection to a statewide truck theft ring.

Aubrey Lynn Waldron, 37, is one of four suspects in the case, the FDLE said.

Investigators said the theft ring stole 16 four-wheel-drive trucks in four Florida counties: Okeechobee, Glades, Highlands, and Polk.

The FDLE said those trucks were worth more than $300,000.

Waldron and the three other suspects are accused of trading the trucks for methamphetamines.

Investigators identified the three suspects as Ethan King, 24, of Okeechobee; Andrew Wheeler, 23, of Okeechobee; and James Janata, 38, of Okeechobee.

King faces conspiracy to commit grand theft, grand theft, grand theft of a firearm, burglary of a conveyance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, dealing in stolen property.

Walker is being held on charges of conspiracy to commit grand theft, grand theft.

Janata is being held on charges of dealing in stolen property.

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A warning to anyone looking to adopt after a Tampa Bay couple sent money to a woman in hopes of adopting her unborn child.

For the second time in a week, deputies have arrested a woman they say took money from hopeful parents and never delivered after delivering.

For Greg Garbee and his wife, having a child was the one thing they needed to complete their family. Having exhausted their options with conceiving on their own, they turned to an adoption lawyer and social worker to find them a mother looking to adopt her baby.

“When we were matched it was two days before Christmas, and I can’t think of a better gift. We were ecstatic,” says Garbee.

They were chosen by Angelica Lopez.

“The very first meeting she seemed very sweet,” Garbee remembers.

The pregnant 30-year-old was in the Pinellas County Jail at the time, and signed a pre-birth agreement to let the Garbee family adopt her child.

“We met Angelica several times. We visited her in jail while she was there, and once she got out we still met up with her. We had lunches and things,” says Garbee.

April 4, Lopez had her baby. Pinellas County Sheriff’s investigators say she never told the Garbee’s. When they asked her two weeks later how she was doing she sent back pictures of her large belly and swollen feet. They finally learned the baby had been born weeks earlier and Lopez cashed over a thousand dollars’ worth of checks.

“That was gut-wrenching. It was the hardest thing personally either one of us have ever gone through,” says Garbee.

Sometime later the Garbees matched with another woman and adopted a beautiful baby boy. Finally completing the family they wanted.

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Heidi Schmutz, an Uber Eats driver, who told deputies a man carjacked her at a Denny’s, alluded to having a gun, touched her inappropriately and tried to force her into a hotel room with two other men lied about the incident.

After Schmutz made the accusations against Brian Medina, 31, of New Port Richey, he was charged with false imprisonment.

Deputies said they realized Schmutz had lied after they reviewed surveillance video from the hotel. Police said it did not appear to show her in “any kind of danger or duress” during the early-morning incident Wednesday in New Port Richey.

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A reptile loving Florida woman who pulled a foot-long alligator from her pants during a traffic stop in May and had more than 40 turtles in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles backpack pleaded no contest to multiple charges Wednesday in Charlotte County.

Ariel Michelle Marchan-Le Quire, 26, of Fort Myers was a passenger in a pickup pulled over for failure to stop for a stop sign in Charlotte County.

The driver of the 2013 Silverado told deputies from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office that he and Marchan-Le Quire had been trying to collect frogs and snakes from a nearby underpass.

When deputies searched the truck they found 42 striped mud turtles and a softshell turtle in the cartoon character backpack at Marchan-Le Quire’s feet.

She pulled the gator from her pants when deputies asked if there was anything else in the truck.

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Acasia Fuscaldo was wanted by police for violating her probation. When police received a tip that she was in a motel room, they sprung into action.

When deputies entered her hotel room, they saw no one was inside but K-9 officer Kyra alerted deputies of Fuscaldo’s presence under the mattress and inside the supporting box spring.

Fuscaldo apparently cut a hole in the box spring, slipped inside and covered her tracks by placing the mattress and sheets on top of her hiding hole.

Acasia Fuscaldo, 25, of Cocoa, was arrested on three felony charges of violating her probation, according to the sheriff’s office.

An employee at Ferry Pass Middle School has been arrested on several drug charges.

An arrest report says 44-year-old Mary Katherine Sams Mundy was pulled over during a traffic stop on July 29.

According to the report, deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office found numerous bags of what they believed to be narcotics on the floorboard.

Court documents say the suspected narcotics tested positive for heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

The report adds that a backpack was found carrying approximately 20 unopened syringes, along with a silver plastic bag with a small amount of marijuana.

Deputies added that Mundy’s driver’s license had expired in July. She told deputies that she did have an up-to-date license, but it wasn’t with her at the time.

Mundy has been charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (heroin), possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (a Buprenorphine Hydrochloride 8 milligram pill), possession of cocaine, and a traffic violation.

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Breaking into homes might work up an appetite for some. It appears that may be the case for a woman in Ft. Lauderdale.

Home cameras caught a woman making a bold break-in. Police say she’s not a typical thief. They say she made a ham sandwich on her way out.

Jonny Buchanan, 60, appeared before a judge in bond court Thursday, accused of breaking into a home and helping herself to a snack.

The hunger heist happened on Gardenia Road and NW 18th Court in fort last Thursday around 10 a.m.

Home surveillance video shows the intruder scurrying around the apartment after getting in through the back door. She then went straight for the fridge.

Investigators say she threw the victim’s dog a piece of raw chicken, but the pup wasn’t pleased.

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A Florida Keys woman was arrested Thursday morning after biting and stabbing her boyfriend during an argument after she refused to have sex with him, deputies said.

Vanessa Nicholson, 33, of Marathon, faces a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The victim, later identified as Michael Lozano Flores, told deputies he suffers from insomnia and couldn’t sleep, so he asked Nicholson to have sex with him. He told deputies that sex helps him sleep.

“Vanessa became upset when he asked for sex and told him all he cared about was sex,” an arrest report said.

When Lozano Flores decided to leave, Nicholson became angry and started hitting him, the report said.

Lozano Flores said she later charged at him with a 12-inch kitchen knife, stabbing him in the shoulder.

When deputies questioned Nicholson about the lovers’ quarrel, she told them she denied him sex because she was on her menstrual cycle and wasn’t feeling well.

A Florida police officer surrendered to authorities Wednesday after pushing a handcuffed inmate into a wall, causing the man’s head to bleed. The video shows an officer, identified as Lester Brown, slamming the inmate head-first into a concrete wall in the booking room of the facility. The inmate, identified as Jose Garcia Alvarado, falls to the floor as blood pours from his head.

It was supposed to be the best day of their life. Instead, their maid of honor got arrested and is facing several charges from a wedding day gone wrong.

The Charlotte County ceremony has been described as beautiful, but when the reception kicked off, guests said the maid of honor Amanda Willis hit the bottle hard — and almost hit the best man with his own car.

The wedding pictures tell the story of a content couple, Brian and Jennifer Butler. They had their cake and first dance while Willis started drinking.

“She was a mess. She drank almost a whole entire bottle of Fireball,” said guest Robert Templeton.

“She was drunk within 20 minutes to half an hour,” said Jennifer Butler.

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Noorul Mahjabeen Hassan (known as Fractal) said she’s also been in a relationship with a calculator she named Pierre – and admits she’s had feelings for iPods, treadmills and a GPS system.

The 20-year-old, who likes to be known as Fractal Tetris Huracan, identifies as an objectum sexual – which means she’s attracted to inanimate objects.

The maths student, from Orlando, Florida, surrounds herself with Tetris-shaped objects in her room at home and said she now plans to marry the game when she graduates from the University of Florida in two years.

Fractal started a relationship with the puzzle game in September 2016 and sometimes spends up to 12 hours a day playing it on websites, her phone and her Gameboy.

She claims she sleeps with and enjoys a physical relationship with Tetris-themed objects including Tetris hard drives and cushions.

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Tiffany Lea Bland was arrested after being accused of striking an 11-year-old girl multiple times.

An arrest report states the girl had to be taken to the hospital for medical examination due to chest pains from being kneed.

According to the report, the girl had bruising on the left side of her face, right side collar bone, back of her neck, her butt, her right shoulder, and her right ear. Bland denied causing the bruises and said she was not sure how the girl got them.

However, the girl had a reprieve when it was discovered that a witness recorded audio of the incident for 2 minutes and 26 seconds.

Police arrested Tiffany Lea Bland, 32, of Spring Hill and have charged her with child abuse.

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Christina Marie Curtis, 25, of Fort Walton Beach, was arrested last month for the alleged incidents at Kids Discovery Learning Center in Valparaiso, Florida.

The four young boys who were between the ages of 13 and 21 months were all fine in the morning but later had difficulty standing or walking, the Panama City News Herald reports.

Medical personnel determined they had suffered leg fractures from the events on May 21.

One mother Terika Graham told the News Herald that she had instructed Curtis to keep her child inside on the day of the alleged incident because he had a rash.

But upon picking him up, she claimed to find ‘dirt all in his hair’ and wasn’t given an explanation for three days. She believes Curtis may have let him crawl around outside.

Graham said her son suffered a hairline fracture but is healing-well. His injuries were not as serious as the other three children

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On Friday, July 26, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office arrested St. Augustine resident Kyle McGill Walker, 19, after he allegedly pulled a gun on a victim at McDonald’s, police say.

The victim told the officers that she was approached by Walker. He asked her if she would try a hit of his vape pen. After the victim refused, Walker said, “Are you serious bro?” according to the report.

Then Walker lifted up his shirt and showed the victim a gun. Walker pulled the gun out of his pants and began asking, “What’s up now? What’s up now?” police say.

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A woman was arrested in Pinellas County this week after deputies say she stole a vape device from a gas station then tried to get her Lyft driver to help her get away.

An arrest report says 24-year-old Katie Bailey Francis Lamothe went to the Exxon on 34th Street North in Pinellas Park Tuesday night and asked to purchase a Juul electronic cigarette. After the clerk handed her the device, deputies say Lamothe ran from the store.

Lamothe then tried to get her Lyft driver to leave the gas station, the arrest report says. The driver refused to help her.

Deputies say Lamothe then called an Uber driver and started walking away from the Exxon. She was later found in an Uber van in a nearby parking lot.

The arrest report says Lamothe admitted to taking the Juul device. She was arrested and charged with retail theft.

The cost of the Juul device was listed on the arrest report as $42.79.

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A Bradenton woman Andrea Cole, 35, was arrested after deputies found two young children in a hot car Tuesday afternoon.

They tried to make contact with Andrea Cole, 35, who had locked herself in the home. The deputy on scene saw her two children in the car parked in the driveway.

The vehicle was not running and was parked in direct sunlight with all but one window rolled up.

One of the children was just 7 weeks old and was found unresponsive in the car. She later became responsive after aid was administered. The other was a 2-year-old, who was crying and showed signs of heat exhaustion.

Loose medication, open bottles of liquor and used diapers were all in the car.

Deputies say Cole was heavily intoxicated and had no idea she left her children in the car.

While interviewing Cole, deputies say she became very hostile and refused to answer questions.

She then reportedly squared off her body to deputies in an aggressive manner with closed fists and said she was going to fight them. Handcuffs were applied and she continued to be verbally aggressive.

The children were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital, and deputies went into the home to get diapers and baby formula. The home was observed to be filthy with trash on the floor and within reach of the two-year-old. Trash and soiled diapers were on the couch and every available tabletop. Empty liquor bottles and soda cans were strewn about the home and floor, but no edible food was found for the infant or two-year-old.

Numerous bites or sores were observed on both children and a large mark was on the infant’s neck that appeared to be from the car seat strap.

Cole was charged with neglect of a child without great bodily harm.

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A Florida man has been sentenced to prison for having sex without notifying his partners that he was HIV positive.

Rasheem Ikey Bodiford, 27, of Pensacola was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison, followed by five years of probation, for three felony counts of having sex with another person without notifying that person that he had HIV, according to a news release by State Attorney Bill Eddins.

A penalty procedure hearing was held April 10 to determine whether Bodiford should be considered a danger to the public. Eddins noted it was the first time a penalty procedure hearing to determine the danger level of such offenses had ever been held in Escambia County and one of the first of its kind in Florida.

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A 39-year-old Lutz woman is being sought by deputies after being accused of getting into an argument with the father of her child and biting off part of his thumb.

Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies said Yesenia Casiano of Hidden Hammock Place struck the father of her children with open and closed fists, kicked him in the stomach and bit off part of his thumb.

Casiano’s children witnessed the fight and pointed out the piece of the thumb on the floor to deputies.

The man fled to Suncoast Emergency Care for treatment. Casiano left in a black Ford van with the tag IHMM70 before deputies arrived. Her whereabouts are unknown.

Casiano and her boyfriend were living together and had one child in common. The other children belonged to Casiano from another relationship.

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A Florida woman’s celebration after winning a $20,000 lottery prize was short-lived after she and her son were arrested Tuesday on drug charges. Migdalia Cruz, 59, and Luis Correa, 39, were arrested on suspicion of selling heroin within 100 feet of a school and various possession charges.

Another woman, Dana LaFlamme, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possessing ammunition by a convicted felon and driving with a suspended license.

Cruz was in Orlando, where she and Correa redeemed the $20,000 prize for a winning scratch-off ticket. Deputies arrived at her Deltona home with a search warrant shortly after she returned.

Correa was outside holding three bags of drugs, which tested positive for heroin and fentanyl, the statement said. A search of the home yielded more heroin, prescription pills, ecstasy, cocaine residue and drug paraphernalia.

Correa was held in the Volusia County Branch Jail on a $36,000 bond. Migdalia Cruz was released after posting $5,000 bond, while LaFlamme was held without bail.

A Florida woman is facing multiple charges for an alleged fraud attempt at a Newtown Township bank, police said.

Officers from the Newtown Township Police Department were dispatched to the TD Bank located at 1 West Road on July 19 for the report of a woman attempting to withdrawal $2,500 in cash from a closed debit account that was not hers.

Police arrived and arrested the female, identified as Kristy Renee Taylor, 38, of Coral Springs, FL.

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Fort Pierce police say a woman is under arrest after stealing an ambulance and crashing into a police cruiser on Wednesday morning.

The wreck happened at Royal Palm Drive and S. 19th Street near Virginia Avenue.

St. Lucie County Fire Chief Nate Spera said just after 9:30 a.m., paramedics were on a call at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Avenue B when 29 year-old Amber Lynn Sills of Fort Pierce jumped into the ambulance and took off.

Spera said the agency’s ambulances are left running.

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A former worker at the Piercing Pagoda kiosk at Ocoee’s West Oaks Mall was arrested Tuesday, accused of nearly $35,000 in fraudulent transactions, a police affidavit shows.

According to the affidavit, Jada Monet Wright, 24, used Florida driver’s license numbers she somehow obtained to open store credit card accounts without permission, which she used to make at least 31 unauthorized transactions between November and April.

The fraudulent sales — totaling $34,998.21 — represented 52 percent of Wright’s sales, a loss prevention manager for Piercing Pagoda’s parent company told Ocoee police.

The fraud was discovered when the people whose driver’s licenses Wright was using to open accounts — including victims in Orange, Osceola and Nassau counties — contacted authorities to file reports about the unauthorized credit activity.

Of the 31 suspicious transactions, 26 happened when Wright was working alone, police said.

The booth did not have surveillance cameras, nor did the mall, and a pretzel store nearby had only a live feed that does not record, the investigating officer wrote in his report.

In addition to obtaining jewelry through the transactions, Wright was paid extra commission for making sales through store credit accounts, according to the affidavit, something police described as a possible motive.

Wright remained in the Orange County Jail Wednesday with bail set at $140,000. She faces charges of identity theft, obtaining property by fraud and grand theft.

According to the affidavit, she was fired from Piercing Pagoda.

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A home in Holiday, Florida, near Tampa, was the scene of a messy confrontation. Florida woman Brittany Leeann Mapel was arrested after she threw a lemon cake in her mom’s face without her permission.

Police responded to a disturbance call made contact with a woman who alleged her daughter had attacked her. Police arrived on scene and saw cake all over the home and the mother covered in the dessert.

The victim said the suspect, later identified as Brittany Leeann Mapel, had smashed lemon cake in her face “without her consent.” A witness, Mapel’s brother, corroborated his 51-year-old mother’s account.

He told officers that when he attempted to call 911 to report the alleged violence, his sister “snatched” his phone away and reportedly declared, “Nobody is calling the cops today.”

Brittany Leeann Mapel was arrested on charges of battery and tampering with a witness.

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Let this be a lesson to dumb criminals out there; if you’re going to give a fake name to police, you should make sure that person isn’t also wanted by police. The incident started when police stopped the man, Jacob Hisel, around 4:30am for safety reasons.

Deputies asked for identification and Hisel said he didn’t have any ID on him, but he said his name was Nathan Hisel, his brother.

When police checked the name the man gave it was discovered that he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Hisel was arrested under his brother’s name and was initially booked into the Manatee County jail on his brother’s warrant. After being fingerprinted, however, his real identity was discovered.

Jacob Hisel had two warrants in Manatee County for dealing in stolen property and uttering a forged instrument.

He was additionally charged with a misdemeanor offense of providing a fake name to law enforcement.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA: An angry girlfriend flew into a rage after boarding an American Airlines flight and smashed a laptop on her boyfriend’s head for “looking at other women.”

The woman can be seen insulting her partner on board the packed US plane just moments before take-off, The Sun reports.

The footage was shared on Twitter by a passenger on the Miami to Los Angeles flight on July 22, showing the couple violently arguing while being seated on the plane.

Meanwhile, two stewardesses are seen standing by them and trying to quell the situation, but in vain.

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A hotel employee is behind bars after investigators say he admitted to starting a fire that forced evacuations at a Tallahassee hotel over the weekend.

According to court documents, the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a structure fire investigation at Town Place Suites by Marriott on Capital Circle NE on Saturday. TFD was also assisted on the scene by the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations.

When crews arrived, they were informed that the fire occurred in the storage closet near the front lobby. During the investigation, the cause of the fire was determined to be incendiary in nature.

Documents say the hotel’s security footage revealed a suspect who authorities identified as 25-year-old Ian Brown. Investigators say Brown was an employee at the hotel.

Tallahassee Police, who also responded to the scene, then detained Brown and questioned him. When investigators questioned Brown, he admitted to intentionally setting the fire.

Brown told investigators that he set fire to a cardboard box inside a closet using a cigarette lighter. Documents say more than 40 rooms were occupied during the time of the fire and numerous guests had to be evacuated due to the incident.

Based on the evidence, Brown was transported to the Leon County Detention Facility. He is being held without bond on a first-degree arson charge.

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A carjacking attempt was thwarted Tuesday when the would-be thief was unable to drive the stick shift vehicle he tried to steal, deputies said.

Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Jaelyn Alexander, 25, tried to carjack an elderly man at the intersection of East Colonial Drive and Dean Road a little before noon.

He quickly realized he couldn’t drive the manual transmission car that he’d gotten into, so deputies said he stole another car and took off.

Deputies said they spotted Alexander a short time later and he was taken into custody.

Alexander is charged with carjacking, battery on a victim over 65 and grand theft.