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Florida: The "Astana" of states.
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:10 »
OK, I've been threatening to start this thread for years. I'm not sure how long I'll be able to stick with it, but others are more than welcome to join the party.

Here's the premise: Of all the 50 states in the U.S.A., Florida stands out as its own special little slice of crazy. It seems that of all the weird, unusual, demented, tragic, horrifying and stupefying stories that hit the news on any given day, a good sixty to seventy percent of them are spawned in Florida. I have no idea why this is, and perhaps that's a topic to be explored all on its own within the pages of this thread. But it happens with such regularity that I've wanted to document some of those stories here.

The idea came to me years ago, likely inspired by this 2014 Tweet from cycling journalist Neil Browne (using a reference that any good American should understand).

https://twitter.com/neilbrownecom/status/541254877293576192


Hence the title of this thread.

I left out the "Team" part, and the reference is obviously a bit dated at this point (newcomers will just have to look up that team's colorful history themselves), and it has nothing specifically to do with the capital of Kazakhstan, which I'm sure is a fine city all its own. But the title stands, damn it!

But a funny thing happened in the intervening years. For reasons I no longer remember, I didn't launch the thread when it first occurred to me, and I just figured that so many crazy stories couldn't possibly sustain themselves, and I had missed the glory years.

I couldn't have been more wrong though. Jeezus. Things just kept getting crazier—month-after-month, year-after-year. At each interval, I kept thinking to myself, Oh man, I've missed the best ones. I don't want to backtrack now and have to post old news articles, and surely this can't continue. But, uh, yeah, Florida just refused to yield the floor to any other state.

So here we are. Not 24 hours in to 2019, and Florida doesn't disappoint. Not to be outdone, they're making the News of the Weird yet again. Now keep in mind, this is an extremely tame story by Florida's bizarro standards, but being only the first day of the New Year, I'm taking it as a sign: START THIS THREAD! GOD-ONLY-KNOWS WHAT LIES AROUND THE CORNER!

So with that in mind, and with Krebs in mind (because I'm certain he would have loved this!) I now present:

Florida: The Astana of States

As I finally light the match on this thread, I feel I have both the obligation and the need to now go back and do exactly what I was hesitant to do in the past. That is, to select and document the key stories from Florida's headlines from at least the previous four years that should prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it truly is a place of wonder, if not horror. Some of them will be ugly and grim, but they made national headlines around the world for a reason.

I'm not yet sure how to arrange everything chronologically, as new stories are likely to develop long before I amass the more significant stories of days gone by, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there (and maybe with the help of some mods, but I'm not sure it's even possible to rearrange the order of posts?).

So without further ado (and keep in mind that this first story is just a primer, as it is not all that sensational, but it just happened to occur on Day One of this new year)...
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #1 on: January 02, 2019, 05:38 »
    January 1, 2019

    Toddler rushed to hospital after rhino encounter at Florida zoo



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    A 2-year-old girl was injured at a Florida zoo during a private rhino encounter experience, zoo officials said.

    The toddler and her family were taking part in a close-up experience with white rhinos at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, on Tuesday when the girl came into contact with the animals.

    The family of three were given access to feel and brush the rhinos while supervised by two zookeepers in an area of the zoo where they were separated from the animals only by steel posts. At some point during the experience, the toddler wedged through the posts and got into the rhinos' yard, said Andrea Hill, the zoo's marketing and communications director.
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #2 on: January 02, 2019, 21:08 »
    I've always seen Florida as a state where rich oldies go to to enjoy a "golden retirement". Sure it's cliché but do I have a point or am I way off the mark?

    Then there are all those amusement parks in Orlando which are not really my thing, and the art deco buildings around Miami, which are even less...

    By the way, one question: the Miami Amerindian nation were rather living in the Ohio valley, so how come a Floridian city is named after them?

    Recently I discovered Ave Maria: a town artificially created by the founder of Domino's Pizza, that is meant to be predominantly "Catholic".  ;)



    By the way, I don't like zoos (I don't like the idea of having animals turning around in a cage, even though I enjoyed visits as a kid).
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #3 on: January 02, 2019, 22:09 »
    I've always seen Florida as a state where rich oldies go to to enjoy a "golden retirement". Sure it's cliché but do I have a point or am I way off the mark?

    Then there are all those amusement parks in Orlando which are not really my thing, and the art deco buildings around Miami, which are even less...

    By the way, one question: the Miami Amerindian nation were rather living in the Ohio valley, so how come a Floridian city is named after them?

    Recently I discovered Ave Maria: a town artificially created by the founder of Domino's Pizza, that is meant to be predominantly "Catholic".  ;)



    By the way, I don't like zoos (I don't like the idea of having animals turning around in a cage, even though I enjoyed visits as a kid).

    That place Ave Maria reminds me of Seahaven from the Truman Show for some reason
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #4 on: January 03, 2019, 02:03 »
    I've always seen Florida as a state where rich oldies go to to enjoy a "golden retirement". Sure it's cliché but do I have a point or am I way off the mark?

    You're correct. It's not just a cliché. Florida is not only a permanent destination for older people (mostly due to the weather), but it also very a much a winter-time retreat for older people from the North East and other areas. These people will spend their winters in Florida to avoid the cold of their home state, and then escape Florida before the more oppressive heat and humidity of summer sets in. So they get the best of both worlds—if they can afford homes in both places. It is not uncommon, though.


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    By the way, one question: the Miami Amerindian nation were rather living in the Ohio valley, so how come a Floridian city is named after them?
    It's my understanding that there were two separate and different cultures. The Miami Indians of the Ohio valley were not the same as the Mayaimi people of Florida. The pronunciations are very similar (if not identical) and I suspect that over time the spellings became interchangeable. Beyond that, Wikipedia has some relevant history of both tribes, as well as the pertinent history of both the city of Miami, and the corresponding river of the same name.


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    Honestly, I've never heard of that place in my entire life.  :S

    It's like a parody of some town that is actively trying to advertise its own lack of diversity. I'm just disappointed that they've deactivated the comments for that YouTube promo, because I can just imagine what some of the feedback would've been.

    But that's one of the strange contradictions that is Florida: It is part wealthy retirement getaway, part magnet for the downtrodden, and part host to its own native collection of questionable characters. Much of which will be on prominent display throughout this thread.
     :D

    I don't claim to be any sort of expert on Florida, and truth be told, I've never even been there. But its reputation is known far and wide. There are exclusive communities for the wealthy and mostly White (as in the above video), along with very poor rural areas that still harken back to the Deep South. In addition, you have cities such as Miami that are well known for their rich cultural diversity, as well as pockets of very ethnic communities made up of largely Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants. Inevitably, the gamut of human interactions and behavior is there to be found. But why they so often make the news is still a topic to explore.
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #5 on: January 03, 2019, 03:36 »
    Before going any further, and in order to demonstrate that my morbid fascination with Florida is hardly unique, I'll drop a few links here (and probably more in the future) that illustrate the far-reaching cultural influence of that peculiar place.

    Simply searching on Google for "Florida headlines" will yield more than you may care to embrace. It was not my intention for this to simply be the "freak show thread" (because there are a lot of serious news stories to be shared as well), but it could easily become that with very little effort. Florida writes its own script most of the time. Since I would quickly grow weary of every other "white trash" or "trailer park" adventure tale, I'll spare you the details but will provide the general description as provided by the outlets that thrive on such things.

    From Mashable:
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    If you hear a news anchor start a report with the words, "A Florida man..." chances are the next few sentences are going to be good.

    Whether it’s something in the sunshine state’s water, or the fact that year-round access to Disney World is driving locals mad, people from Florida just don't seem to run on the same wavelengths as the rest of the United States.

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    When it comes to weird news, out of all the states in the U-S-of-A, no one comes close to Florida. A lot of it has to do with the Government in the Sunshine Act, which makes all of the government's doings open to the public. This means journalists have plenty source material to pull from whenever they need a story.

    So it's not that Florida has a larger assortment of weirdos than other states, per se, it's just that their weirdos tend to get way more press. That being said, it doesn't change the fact that there was a lot of weird stuff happening in the Sunshine State in the last 12 months.

    From World Wide Interweb:
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    The state of Florida continues to dominate the national news headlines this week and per usual, it’s for all the wrong reasons. Fresh on the heels of the “Disney Gator Attack,” we decided it was time for us to shine a light on the most insane Florida news headline of all time. And we apologize in advance for the irreparable damage it will do to the common sense portion of your brain.

    Well, you get the general idea. I could go on forever with similar assessments. But what's funny is that right around the time I was contemplating this thread, some creative genius compiled all the Florida craziness under one roof by creating what has come to be known simply as Florida Man. What is Florida Man, you may ask?

    'Florida Man' Is Twitter's Worst Superhero Ever
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    A new Twitter parody account, called @_floridaman, posts real news headlines about bizarre crimes happening in the Sunshine State. The catch? Every headline must begin with the words "Florida Man" — thus creating a hybrid, mayhem-causing superhero who just can't seem to catch a break. The headlines are real, as are the strange crimes they describe.


    49 Crazy Headlines That Could Only Be Created By Florida Man
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    You'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect caricature of America's wildest, bawdiest and most unintelligible impulses than Florida Man.

    As the Internet's most notorious citizen, Florida Man isn't a single person, let alone a single resident of Florida. He's an amalgamation of the characters who populate the ridiculous news stories that often trickle out of the Sunshine State. Florida Man is a raunchier version of the Onion's mild-mannered Area Man, a caricature, with a wink and a nod, to our fellow Americans.

    In short, Florida Man is America's id. And although he hails from the nation's wang, Florida Man embodies America's deepest and darkest desires — and does so with reckless abandon. Jalopnik's Patrick George described him best as "America's worst superhero" in 2013: "Whoever this Florida Man is, he's clearly insane and unstoppable. He feels no pain, has no ethics, and is capable of feats far beyond that of normal American man. It almost sounds like Florida Man is a superhero — just a really terrible one."

    The 47 Wildest Florida Man Headlines of 2015
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    An authentic Florida Man incident should involve some, if not all, of the following: boneheaded criminal schemes, an outrageous disregard for common decency, unconventional encounters with police, nunchucks, public and/or outlandish sex acts, alligators and/or other reptiles, large-scale robberies of undesirable goods, Tasers, bizarre supernatural beliefs, and of course, rampant drug use. Almost any crime committed on the World's Craziest Peninsula™ has at least one of these features, but a true Florida Man combines a number of them to create an act of delinquency that simply could not have occurred anywhere else.

    All of the following should be treated as allegations and reports, not settled fact. We would also be remiss to not extend special thanks to the @_FloridaMan Twitter account, where many of these stories were found and whose owner goes into the trenches day after day to document Floridian crime, probably at the expense of his or her mental health.
    :lol
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #6 on: January 03, 2019, 04:38 »
    Although I really, honestly, truly had intended to focus this thread on the more major headlines oozing out of Florida—the ones that make the national and international pages—I'd be remiss if I didn't at least offer a sampling of the aforementioned Florida Man twitter feed.

    https://twitter.com/_FloridaMan/status/1071758553252122625


    https://twitter.com/_FloridaMan/status/1042840972193742848


    https://twitter.com/_FloridaMan/status/1063804066264829953
     :D

    https://twitter.com/_FloridaMan/status/1042205164021506049


    https://twitter.com/_FloridaMan/status/1039895324653891584
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #7 on: January 03, 2019, 13:56 »
    It's only January 3rd, and this is already too easy. :fp

    Florida man attacks McDonald's employee

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    The Florida man had just received his order at a McDonald's in St. Petersburg on Monday evening. He became upset when there weren't any plastic straws out at the condiment station, witness Brenda Biandudi told CNN.
    He walked back to the counter and got in a heated argument with an employee about the straws, Biandudi said. Then, video shows him reaching over the counter and grabbing the employee.

    By the end of the night, Daniel Taylor, a 40-year-old homeless man, would be arrested on two charges of simple battery, according to an arrest affidavit from the St. Petersburg Police Department. A lawyer for Taylor could not be reached Wednesday night.



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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #8 on: January 04, 2019, 04:06 »
    Keep in mind, I don't find these stories. These stories find me.

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    There was real gunfire on one campus while an active shooter drill was held on another campus Thursday, causing a mini panic — and for some, confusion — at Florida International University.

    At around 1:45 p.m., FIU tweeted, “FIU ALERT! BBC Campus: Police activity is occurring on or near campus! Seek shelter NOW. #FIUalert.”

    But the alert confused some who noted that FIU tweeted earlier that an active shooter drill was being conducted at the College of Business Complex on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, FIU’s main campus near Sweetwiter.
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #9 on: January 04, 2019, 04:13 »
    This thread would be incomplete without acknowledging this tribute, of sorts, to our beloved Florida Man.

    http://floridamanthemovie.com
    (Trailer available at the above link.)

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    A psychedelic jaunt through the beloved sunshine state celebrating the characters that inhabit it and stories that made them legendary.





    https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/florida-man/

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    You can learn a lot about life from the man on the street, especially if that street resides within one of the countless small towns that populate the quirky state of Florida. In his new documentary Florida Man, director Sean Dunne approaches a variety of colorful characters that one might pass on a daily basis without notice. Dunne notices, though, and he forces us to as well. In the process, he uncovers a series of surprising, eccentric and boisterous perspectives on what it means to survive in America today.

    Dunne captures each of his fascinating subjects in the comforts of their natural habitats outside of bars, liquor stores, laundromats, dingy apartments and motel rooms. They're all here; the barroom brawlers, midnight philosophers, rugged retirees living the dream of beach side leisure, homeless vets, and sidewalk drunks. In their own unique ways, they are all preachers of the street gospel.

    Some are residents of the state. Others have migrated there from vastly different regions of the country. We intuit that each of them must have a fascinating story to share about where they came from, and the cards that life dealt them along the way. For the most part, Dunne teases us with only morsels from their life journeys, and invites the viewer to fill in the blanks for themselves.

    After all, the characters that truly stay with you are the ones you're desperate to know more about. What Dunne does provide are the building blocks to an environment which many of us fail to consider while we rest comfortably in our securely defined circles. It's a big world out there, and even the man on the street has much to teach us


    This is not Disney World. That's for sure.

    Curiously, much of this could just as easily have been shot 4,000 kilometers away on the streets of Anaheim, California (a place I've been numerous times), which is also happens to be home to the original Disneyland.  The climate, the palm trees, the look and feel—some of the people in this film remind me exactly of some of the street people of Anaheim.

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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #10 on: January 04, 2019, 12:59 »
    January 4, 2018

    7 killed, 8 injured in crash, explosion on Florida highway






    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people and injured at least eight others, authorities said.

    The wreck happened on southbound Interstate 75 about a mile (1.6 kilometers) south of Alachua, near Gainesville. The flames were fed by about 50 gallons (189 liters) of diesel, authorities said.

    Emergency crews extinguished the fire and authorities said they were treating the crash as a homicide investigation, but didn’t say why.
    :S

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    There's still more to this tragedy. One of the vehicles was a van carrying children from a church group on their way to Disney World. Five of the seven people killed were those children. The other two deaths were the drivers of the tractor-trailers. One had collided with a car before careening across the barrier between the northbound and southbound lanes, causing the two big rigs to crash into one another. Just horrible.
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #11 on: January 04, 2019, 17:17 »
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    « Reply #12 on: January 09, 2019, 22:06 »
     :o

    Wild monkeys infected with herpes virus may double in Florida



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    Some of the wild rhesus macaques in Silver Springs State Park not only carry the herpes B virus, but have it in their saliva and other bodily fluids. This poses a potential risk of spreading the disease to any humans who may be bitten or scratched.
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    Detectives: Burglar in closed police substation left ID


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    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — To identify the burglary suspect who broke into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer’s chicken dinner, detectives didn’t need to lift fingerprints or get DNA from the discarded meal.

    The ID cards authorities say the suspect left behind did the trick.

    Boynton Beach police said Wednesday that officers arriving for a morning shift at a department substation last week found a broken window and the remains of a hastily eaten chicken dinner scattered in the kitchen.

    Finding a suspect wasn’t hard. They say 29-year-old Yvelande Jean-Pierre left behind her wallet, which contained her two identification cards.

    Police say security video shows she spent about 45 minutes in the substation before leaving.

    Jean-Pierre is charged with burglary. Court records do not show if she has an attorney.
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #15 on: January 10, 2019, 22:07 »
    I got about halway down the thread before I started to laugh so much I couldn take any more in a continuous reading. Will be back for more tomorrow! :lol :lol  :cool
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    Police: 5 fatally shot inside Florida bank, suspect arrested

    SEBRING, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Florida bank Wednesday, killing five people before surrendering to a SWAT team, police said.

    The shooter called police to report that he had fired shots inside the bank in Sebring, in central Florida. Negotiations failed to persuade the barricaded man to leave the building. The SWAT team then entered the bank, and the gunman eventually gave up, police said.

    Investigators did not offer a possible motive, and a police spokesman said he did not know if the attack began as a robbery. The victims were not immediately identified.

    Authorities identified the suspect as 21-year-old Zephen Xaver, who was arrested at the SunTrust branch, Hoglund said.

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    « Reply #17 on: January 25, 2019, 01:00 »
    More from the above story...

    Police say Florida bank attack that killed 5 was random act

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    EBRING, Fla. (AP) — Investigators have found no obvious reason why a man accused of fatally shooting five women picked a small-town bank in Florida as the place to carry out his attack, authorities said Thursday.

    Zephen Xaver’s attack did not appear to be part of a robbery, and he had no apparent connection to the SunTrust branch or the four employees and one customer who were killed, police said.

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    The shootings were not a shock to Alex Gerlach, who identified herself as Xaver’s former girlfriend. She said he’s long been fascinated with the idea of killing, but no one took her warnings about him seriously. For some reason, he “always hated people and wanted everybody to die,” Gerlach told WSBT-TV in South Bend, Indiana, near his former home in Plymouth, Indiana.

    “He got kicked out of school for having a dream that he killed everybody in his class, and he’s been threatening this for so long, and he’s been having dreams about it and everything,” she said. “Every single person I’ve told has not taken it seriously, and it’s very unfortunate that it had to come to this.”
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    Florida elections chief resigns when blackface photos emerge

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s top elections official abruptly resigned Thursday after a newspaper obtained pictures of him in blackface dressed as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a 2005 party.

    The Tallahassee Democrat obtained pictures taken at a Halloween party 14 years ago that show Secretary of State Michael Ertel in blackface while wearing earrings, a New Orleans Saints bandanna and fake breasts under a purple T-shirt with “Katrina Victim” written on it.

    The photos were taken two months after the deadly storm ravaged the Gulf Coast region and eight months after Ertel was appointed Seminole County supervisor of elections. The newspaper hasn’t said how it got the photos or identified the source.





    A photo from 14 years ago "emerges" just weeks after he assumes a new job.  :wut

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    « Reply #19 on: January 26, 2019, 01:25 »
    This could've been anywhere, I suppose. But as the biggest news story of the week, it has to be included.

    Roger Stone: Police arrest Trump strategist in Florida



    The link says it all. No need to rehash all the details. It's just a little extra-special taking place in that beloved state of Florida.



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    « Reply #20 on: January 31, 2019, 04:44 »
    A sinkhole turned out to be an underground tunnel to a Florida bank


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    Public works employees in Florida stumbled upon something they don't see every day: a small "claustrophobic" tunnel leading to a Chase bank, according to the FBI.

    The Pembroke Pines public works employees responded to a report of a possible sinkhole near the bank on Flamingo Road on Tuesday night and discovered the tunnel, which was about 50 yards long, with a power cord inside and a small generator at the foot, the FBI said Wednesday.
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    The tunnel was near a wooded area south of the bank, which is in a shopping complex across the street from the tunnel's entrance. The tunnel didn't reach the bank, the FBI said, adding that it is investigating the discovery as an attempted bank burglary. No arrests have been made.

    "They're heading towards the ATM. I don't think they were doing that for any other reason," Leverock said.

    Police cut the fence line and found the tunnel's entrance covered by a wooden pallet, CNN affiliate WPLG reported.

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    « Reply #21 on: January 31, 2019, 04:56 »
    Florida man spent 41 days in jail for heroin – but it was actually laundry detergent


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    MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — Matt Crull, 29, spent 41 days in jail wrongly accused of possession of drugs, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. He was locked up over Christmas and New Year’s. But he and 10 others are out now, and the deputy is fired, according to WPTV.

    Crull had a white powdery substance that was found in the driver’s side door, wrapped in plastic with a hair tie around it. Crull says it was Tide laundry detergent. Deputy Steven O’Leary said it was heroin — a lot of heroin.

    Crull says he bought his Astro van about three weeks prior for $1,400, so maybe the last owner had left it behind. But the street price of 92 grams, according to American Addiction Centers, could cost more than $18,000.

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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #22 on: January 31, 2019, 11:35 »
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    But the street price of 92 grams, according to American Addiction Centers, could cost more than $18,000.
    That is some very expensive laundry detergent! :lol
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #23 on: February 08, 2019, 04:05 »
    Florida Politician Accused Of Licking Men’s Faces Resigns

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    MADEIRA BEACH, FL -- A Madeira Beach city commissioner has resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment although she continues to deny that any harassment took place.

    Madeira Beach's former city manager accused Commissioner Nancy Oakley of licking his face and grabbing his genitals in November 2012.

    The Florida Commission on Ethics found that Oakley did sexually harass the former city manager. At a special commission meeting Wednesday night, the commission issued a resolution censuring her and accepted her resignation.

    Former City Manager Shane Crawford accused Oakley of grabbing his genitals and licking his face in front of witnesses, including the former city clerk and Crawford's wife, Cheryl.



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    "She would grab your genitalia and then lick you from your Adam's apple, up across your face ... to show dominance," said Crawford.

    Current City Manager Jonathan Evans said commissioners just want to put the incident behind them and move on.

    "We believe that the resolution communicated the city's position and effectively closes this chapter and allows us to move forward," he said.

    Oakley has also been ordered to pay $5,000. She said she is considering appealed the ruling by the State Commission on Ethics. She has 30 days to file an appeal.
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #24 on: February 10, 2019, 11:23 »
    https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2019/02/07/elle-decouvre-par-hasard-quelle-est-recherchee-pour-prostitution-1

    (Three days ago)

    She's discovering accidentally that she's wanted for prostitution.

    Samantha Humienny, 24 years of age, took her sister's identity, 20 years old Jaclyn, Floridian resident, and was arrested for prostitution in Paterson, New Jersey. That's why Jaclyn now finds herself wanted by the police while she's living an honest life in Florida.  :D

    Don't know what American news have to say about that.  :lol
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #25 on: February 22, 2019, 15:18 »
    :fp

    Florida mayor arrested after firing at SWAT team

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    A Florida mayor, who is suspected of practicing medicine without a license, was charged with two counts of attempted homicide Thursday after shooting at deputies who were serving a search warrant at his home, police said.

    Dale Glen Massad, mayor of Port Richey, fired two rounds at Pasco County Sheriff SWAT team members after they announced themselves while approaching his house Thursday morning, said Sheriff Chris Nocco.

    He said his office used the SWAT team to serve the warrant because Massad, 68, is a known drug-user and weapons-owner with a history of violence.

    "We knew this was going to be a very dangerous situation, which it did turn out to be," Nocco said.

    When the officers saw that Massad had a gun, they told him to drop the weapon; he then fired, Nocco said.

    No officers were injured or struck.

    "He shot our members," Nocco said. "He’s lucky he’s not dead."

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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #26 on: February 22, 2019, 16:01 »
    :fp

    Florida mayor arrested after firing at SWAT team
    How did they elect this guy to mayor?

    Actually ... no, don't answer that.
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #27 on: February 23, 2019, 02:08 »
    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution—in Florida, of course.

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    - Robert Kraft has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution at a Florida spa that is allegedly tied to an international human trafficking ring.

    - The 77-year-old was charged with paying for sexual services at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

    - The spa was one of 10 that were shut down in Florida after a seven-month investigation found women in 'sexual servitude,' according to arrest records.

    - Through a spokesperson, Kraft has denied the allegations.
    - Kraft is one of 25 being charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.
    - Police say there is video evidence of Kraft involved in a sex act with a prostitute.
    - Six 'major players' have been arrested as part of the alleged prostitution ring.
    - According to UPI's Al Butler, Kraft is 'not the biggest name involved' in this case.


    Robert Kraft's wife Myra died from cancer in 2011 at 68.



    In 2012, it was revealed that Kraft was dating actress and model Ricki Noel Lander, 39. Lander did give birth to a child in 2017, and while there was speculation it was his, Kraft has denied being the father following the child's birth in 2018. The two were seen together at the Super Bowl.

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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #28 on: March 02, 2019, 16:40 »
    I'm dropping this one in here just because...

    https://twitter.com/FlaCyclingNut/status/1101515566601375744

    If you zoom it, it's really quite remarkable!  :P  :D
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    Re: Florida: The "Astana" of states.
    « Reply #29 on: April 08, 2019, 17:35 »
     :o

    Scientists just captured a record 17-foot-long python in Florida




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    Scientists caught a female python in the Florida Everglades that was more than 17 feet long, weighed 140 pounds and contained 73 developing eggs.

    The snake is the largest python ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve, a 729,000-acre expanse of swampland west of Miami in South Florida.

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    The Burmese python is native to Southeast Asia, but in recent decades the big snakes have become a slithering menace in Florida. The Everglades is a vast area with a tropical climate perfect for pythons to hide and thrive.
    State wildlife officials estimate there are as many as 100,000 pythons living in the vast swamps outside Miami. The snakes pose significant threats to native wildlife.

    The pythons began turning up in the Everglades in the 1980s, most likely abandoned by pet owners when the snakes got too big to handle. Some pet pythons also may have escaped from a breeding facility destroyed during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
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