Crazy Florida Keeps Acting Crazy

Naked Guy from NAPLES

Naked Guy from NAPLES

The downside of being busy and not getting to keep up with the blog the past few weeks, is that craziness, in particular that Hiaasen-style only-in-Florida craziness endemic to the Sunshine State, has provided so many incidents that I can’t keep up. Just in the news today, a naked man tackled an old guy in Naples. Didn’t rob him, nothing sexual. Some drunk guy just got naked and tackled an old guy.  He got himself a felony for Battery on a Person over 65. Just another day in Florida…

Human Pterodactyl from Legoland

Human Pterodactyl from Legoland

That’s not as bad as the guy in Polk County, who ran around Legoland’s water park claiming to be a Pterodactyl, squawking like a giant flying dinosaur. He’s also a SW Florida original, visiting the park from Port Charlotte. He was also drunk. Richard Campagna managed to earn himself a felony for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, for splashing the cop that tried to catch him in the Lazy River, plus disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, etc.

Accused Molester Raymond Frolander

Accused Molester Raymond Frolander

National news covered the father who beat up another man that he says he walked in on sexually abusing his son. This is absolutely not a humorous story, but dad’s stark honesty is amazing.  He made no apologies for rearranging the guy’s face: when the cops asked if he had used a weapon, he said no, just his fists and his foot, and says he would have killed him but for his son’s pleas for mercy. He told the dispatcher, “He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you, I dragged him into the living room,’ the father said. ‘Send an ambulance. He is going to need one.” The cops didn’t begrudge him for his actions, and have not charged him with anything. The alleged accuser, Raymond Frolander, 18, apparently admitted that he had been abusing the boy for several years. The dad could be in trouble for beating the abuser, as discovery of abuse is not a defense to the crime of battery: legally Defense of Others is a defense, but it is only valid while the danger is imminent. And you would be hard pressed to find a law enforcement agency that would want to prosecute under those circumstances.

Michael Doster

Michael Doster

However, the craziest story out of Florida in the past week is the man who’s wife died after confronting him over a sexual encounter on a nude beach the other day. Apparently, Pamela Doster caught Michael Doster and another man giving each other oral sex, which understandably did not sit well with her. After that, a bizarre confrontation ensued, that may have involved him striking her and knocking her off their jet ski several times. He gave a statement to police that she refused to get back on the jet ski, and that he called 911, who sent officers out to the sand bar to collect her. She was taken to the hospital and later died, though the cause is unclear. He has been arrested for domestic battery, but could end up facing a murder charge if he actions directly led to her death. It will be interesting to see if there was something intervening that caused her death, or if he caused it, whether he will be charged with manslaughter or murder. It’s a bizarre case that won’t be resolved for a while, though authorities are calling him a suspect in her death. Police are also looking to speak with the other man from the sexual encounter. It also occurred in Manatee County, which just had another public sex situation in the news. Only in Florida…

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