Monthly Archives: July 2014

Man Runs HIMSELF Over During Road Rage

Yes, that headline could also only happen in Florida.

Joseph Carl Mug Shot

Joseph Carl Mug Shot

Joseph Howard Carl (Three first names!) of Gainesville got mad at another drive, got out of his car and started banging on the man’s window. That driver drove off, and Carl’s own vehicle was not in park and rolled over him. I don’t think you are allowed to get mad at another driver when you can’t handle your own vehicle. To top it of, Carl’s driver’s license had been suspended over 20 years ago: he should not have been driving at all.

Carl refused medical attention, but smelled of alcohol, and was arrested for DUI. Cops found High Life cans in the vehicle, and Carl was later transported to the hospital for treatment for a broken foot, and found to have a .22 blood alcohol level.

Yup, Now We’ve Got Naked Burglars (photos)

Naked Hamburger Thieves

Naked Hamburger Thieves

These guys hit Doc’s Beach House, a personal favorite of Crimcourts. And they hit it in their skivvies… or less. The guys are fit, the GM at Doc’s joked that a couple of her waitresses wouldn’t mind if the guys came back!

Apparently they stole 60 burgers, plus some peppers, 3 pounds of bacon, and a paddleboard. They left a little trail of red peppers as they ran away, leading to a bathhouse.

That’s just silliness… everybody knows how Hamburglars dress…

Hamburglar- Still Wanted

Hamburglar- Still Wanted

Chokehold Death Case Report Leaves out the Chokehold

NYPD and a couple of officers are taking a lot of heat over a video in which an unarmed man is choked to death by officers. The police report written directly after the death of Eric Garner makes no mention that a chokehold was used, perhaps because their use had been banned by the department decades ago. It’s poor policework that leaves significant details out of reports, and it’s all too common. Police reports are frequently persuasion pieces, written to justify an arrest or other action, instead of simply informative recitations.

This struck a chord with me, as I just noted the fact that in the recent Cape Coral situation in which the defendants family has alleged excessive force; officers neglected to mention they had broken the suspects leg. Travis Robey’s father alleges that not only was the leg broken, but that he was beaten after being subdued, and that officers then made him walk on the broken leg. Officers summarized, simply, that he was checked at the hospital and medically cleared before being taken to jail. Written that way, without knowing the details, it sounds like they may just have had him checked for alcohol poisoning before they put him in a cell. Yada yada yada the medical treatment he receive due to the force employed by officers. Before the validity of the force can be analyzed, the true extent of the force must be disclosed.

Man Tries to Wrestle Alligator, Saved by Teen Heroes

Another only-in-Florida story I missed a few weeks ago, around the 4th of July holiday was about Matthew Pope, a man in Bartow who ended up on the losing end of an Alligator encounter. Apparently, he initiated it himself: don’t blame the poor gator for attacking. The guy claims his dog was recently eaten by a gator, and that he was seeking revenge: which is not legal justification for messing with Alligators, who are protected by law in Florida. Turns out, he may have been fibbing about the dog.

He grabbed the gator, who was able to bust out of his grip and latch on to his arm. He was lucky he didn’t get hurt more severely, or even killed. Two teenagers, Daniel Butler and Ryan Stromsnes, jumped in the water to save him, and then used a belt to make a tourniquet for his injured arm. These kids are legitimately heros. The poor gator ended up being destroyed by authorities, and he didn’t even pick the fight. No word on whether Pope will face charges for molesting the gator.

Just another reminder, don’t mess with wild animals, especially gators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYwLCEgtvoM

Crimcourts strives to be the leading Alligator blog news leader.

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…

Sex on the Beach isn’t a Drink in Bradentonradenton

Video of Sex on the Beach

Video of Sex on the Beach

A couple was arrested in Bradenton for Lewd Exhibition for having sex on the beach in full view of dozens of beachgoers, including children, and a grandmother who taped them. Their brazenness is impressive, apparently they were doing it for 25 minutes, passed out for a while, then woke up and started at it again before someone stopped them, and called police. It was the second session that granny recorded.  Just another day in Florida…

via Fox 13: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/26073588/pair-charged-for-sex-on-bradenton-beach

Mug Shots, via Fox13 Tampa

Another Big Drug Bust by LCSO

The Lee County Sheriff has conducted several large-scale drug stings in hte last several months, and announced the completion of another one today, this time in the Suncoast Estates area of North Fort Myers. So far, 31 people have been arrested in the sting.

http://www.sheriffleefl.org/main/index.php?r=news/index&id=12468