Florida

362

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

A Cape Coral teen was found passed out drunk in his car, while it was still running, in the Wendy’s drive-thru line on Cape Coral Parkway.

Body-camera footage released from the Cape Coral Police Department shows Tristan Perry, 19, slumped over at the wheel on Thursday at 2:30 in the morning. Officers had to knock on the car windows several times to try and get him to wake up.

Perry can be seen trying to hide some of the beer cans, but officers tell him to stop because they can see what he’s doing. Since Perry is 19-years-old, he was arrested for liquor possession by a person under 21 and DUI.

283

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her 9-year-old cousin sitting on her as a form of punishment.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 66-year-old Veronica Green Posey was sentenced Friday after jurors convicted her of first-degree felony murder.

Prosecutors say Dericka Lindsay had suffered horrific beatings from Posey, and Lindsay’s adoptive parents, James and Grace Smith. Officials say Posey sat on Dericka for more than five minutes in October 2017, causing the girl to die from lack of oxygen.

Posey’s attorney said the 320-pound woman was trying to help the Smiths and didn’t intend to hurt Dericka.

James Smith was previously sentenced to 10 years for his role in Dericka’s death. Grace Smith still faces charges but is currently mentally and physically unfit to stand trial.

A Florida paramedic and emergency medical technician had his licenses suspended by the Florida Department of Health after being charged with aggravated battery.

Kendal Billings is accused of punching a 61-year-old man riding in an ambulance with a head injury.

Billings, 26, got his EMT license in 2013 and his paramedic license in 2016. The Department of Health’s Emergency Suspension Order (ESO) and the Ocala Police Department arrest affidavit say he was part of a Nature Coast EMS team responding to a motorcycle accident on Dec. 8.

After the team got Terrance Dolan into the ambulance, the patient became “very uncooperative, which is common for someone suffering from head trauma,” the arrest report said.

A student riding in the back of the ambulance told police he and Billings tried to get Dolan restrained for everyone’s safety. As they tried to do so, Dolan kicked Billings, both the student and the ambulance driver told police. The student said Billings responded with five to six closed-fist punches.

“While Mr. Billings was striking Patient T.D., Patient T.D. lost consciousness,” the ESO said. “After Mr. Billings struck Patient T.D., the laceration on the back of Patient T.D.’s head, where the bleeding was previously controlled, began to bleed profusely on the ambulance floor.”

When Dolan awoke, the arrest affidavit says he asked why Billings hit him in the face. The ESO said “Mr. Billings informed Patient T.D. that he was involved in an accident. Patient T.D. responded, ‘No, you punched me’ “

Billings told the police “he punched Dolan with a closed fist ‘a couple of times’ to subdue him. Billings advised he was aiming for Dolan’s chest but may have actually struck him in the face.”

He denied Dolan was knocked out from the blows.

769

A full investigation by the Bradenton Police Department accuses former Officer Leonel Marines targeted women, using his position to approach them for dates, Chief Melanie Bevan said. He may have had sex with some of them, even while on duty, she said.

The Chief said her department had called roughly 150 women during the course of their investigation; she says Marines may have targeted a smaller number of those women.

507

A woman accused of stabbing her daughter to death told investigators she killed the 11-year-old to keep her from having sex. Rose Alcides Rivera, 28, pulled up to a hospital in Orlando asking for help for her daughter on Sunday morning, but the girl was already dead from multiple stab wounds. She later told investigators she killed her daughter to “prevent her from having sex” with men.

Tyran Young, according to the Sarasota Police Department, devised a plan. He would place an automated call to 911, shoot at the first responders upon arrival, insert himself as a witness and implicate his juvenile nephew. The goal was to receive reduced jail time in a prior case.

The plan backfired with his arrest.

The 32-year-old Sarasota man has been charged in connection with the shooting that occurred on Jan. 7 after paramedics were called to a home on Goodrich Avenue in Sarasota. Police Chief Bernadette DiPino said the shooting was of particular interest to law enforcement agencies around the state who were concerned the incident could spark a trend of similar incidents.

“We are especially pleased because it brings some closure to a case against one of our fellow first responders,” DiPino said Friday at a news conference. “It’s one near and dear to our hearts because we work with our fellow firefighters on a daily basis. We expect people to shoot at us as police officers, but when you hear about someone shooting at paramedics, it’s very disturbing.

A woman who’s also pregnant is accused of stabbing her boyfriend for looking at a photo of another woman on his roommate’s cell phone, police allege.

Pasco County deputies said they responded to the reported stabbing at a Zephyrhills home, and later arrested 25-year-old Julitza Emily Gonzalez.

According to her arrest report, the roommate, who was not identified, said he showed a photo of a woman he wanted to date to his friend. The friend looked at the photo while his pregnant girlfriend, Gonzalez, was in the room. The moment sparked an argument between the couple, officials said.

As the quarreling continued, the roommate said he became uncomfortable and left the room, and the shouting escalated. At one point the roommate heard someone rummaging through the kitchen drawers, according to investigators.

A short time after, the boyfriend ran into the roommate’s room with a stab wound to his stomach and said, “That (expletive) stabbed me,” according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The roommate used a shirt to apply pressure to the wound, called 911 and waited for paramedics to arrive.

A University of Miami surgeon has lost his job after sharing graphic images of his transgender patients without their permission.

Christopher Salgado, a genital reconstruction surgeon, was discovered posting the images on his since-deleted @sexsurgeon Instagram account, Trans Advocate reports.

Salgado, who has worked with transgender people for many years and given talks and presentations to other medical professionals on transgender healthcare and gender confirmation surgery, was found to be mocking his patients through questionable images, captions and hashtags.

In one post for Valentine’s Day, Salgado took the recently removed penis of a transgender woman, fashioned it into the shape of a heart, and wrote: “There are many ways to show your LOVE…”

He then added various hashtags, including #whatisthat, #whatthefuck, and #whatthefuckisthat.


Attempted murder charges have been filed after deputies said 47-year-old Lorie Morin of Cocoa, Fla. shot a man because he was making too much noise while sleeping.

When Police arrived at her home on Emerald Lake Drive, Morin and her boyfriend told them the shooting was an accident.

The man was taken to the hospital where he is still recovering from his injury but is in stable condition.

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.

324

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.

117

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.

516

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.

104

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.

120

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.

288

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.

499

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.

349

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.

2694

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

2969

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

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.

414

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.

288

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.

4268

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.

16778

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.

1149

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.