Category: Meanwhile… In Florida

Florida Man Arrested For Making Bombs in His Basement

A Florida man has been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing an explosive chemical powerful enough to blow up a neighborhood block, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and local reports said.

Jared Coburn, 37, was arrested in Lake Helen, Florida, on Tuesday after police received a tip about explosive materials at his home.

Police discovered jars of the highly explosive substance triacetone triperoxide, which is a white crystal powder called the “Mother of Satan” by terrorist groups like Al Qaeda. The substance was used in the 2017 Manchester bombing, the 2015 Paris attacks and by “Shoe Bomber” Richard Reid in 2001, according to Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

Coburn told police that he began making explosives when he discovered a passion for model rockets and began to experiment with other types of explosives when those model rockets weren’t exciting enough, according to a police report. Coburn said he used YouTube videos to “progress his knowledge,” the report says. Coburn also told police he wasn’t actually making bombs, he was just trying to create his own version of fireworks.

Chitwood said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the house to help them move the substance, adding that police would use a robot to move and detonate the chemicals.

Later in the night, police tweeted: “If you heard a boom in Lake Helen, that was us detonating one of the items. All good. There will be more booms, so don’t be alarmed!”

Coburn has been charged with making or possessing explosives and two counts of making or possessing a destructive device, according to police records.

Coburn has been charged with making or possessing explosives and two counts of making or possessing a destructive device, according to police records.

Florida Woman Steals Live Lobster From Restaurant

A Florida woman found herself in hot water after allegedly stealing a live lobster from a Red Lobster restaurant, and later blaming the theft on being “blacked out drunk”.

According to the arrest affidavit, Kimberly Gabel, 42, allegedly snatched a live lobster straight out of the tank at a St. Petersburg Red Lobster, because she wanted to return the crustacean to the sea.

The affidavit, obtained by the Smoking Gun, says that Gabel was “causing a scene” at the eatery, and the manager asked her to leave “for disturbing other customers.” According to the affidavit, the woman reached into the tank, pulled out a live lobster, and ran out of the restaurant.

Law enforcement officials responded to the scene and a sheriff’s deputy apprehended Gabel, who was “slurring her words” and smelled like booze. Gabel however loudly insisted that she “did not care because she did not do anything wrong.”

Upon her arrest, the woman continued cursing, stating that she “did not know what she did with the lobster” because she was “blacked out drunk,”. Gabel was then booked into the county jail for disorderly intoxication and was released on $100 bond.

The lobster is still missing.

Florida Women Steal Service Dog

Police have identified and arrested two Florida women accused of stealing a service dog from a Vietnam veteran last month.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Oct. 28 that a Pomeranian service dog had disappeared without a trace. Its owner:  a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, the dog’s owner, 67-year-old Joseph Hanson, died the day after his dog was taken.

Surveillance video shows one woman starting an altercation with the victim, while the other comes from behind, unleashes the dog, named Kira, and walks off with her, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Jennifer Gotschall, 53, and Monique Cosser, 51, were identified Wednesday after a tip to police from a “concerned citizen” led them to the pair. The Pomeranian, named Kira, was found on Monday and was recovered “in good health,” police say.

“It’s sad and we wanted to return his dog to his as soon as possible so he could be reunited with his family member and unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Maj. Jacob Ruiz of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies have not provided details on where the dog was found.

Gotschall and Cosser have been charged with grand theft, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years’ incarceration. Officials said they are thought to have been released on bond.

Woman Justifies Holocaust Yard Display

A Florida woman said she’s getting death threats because of the Holocaust-themed display she put up in her yard.


Susan Lamerton, a realtor in New Port Richey, Florida, put up a yard display featuring skeleton after skeleton saluting Hitler and other skeletons with concentration camp ID numbers on their arms and a Star of David on their chests.

The display also features a sign reading “Arbeit Macht Frei,” which means “Work sets you free” in German. It’s a slogan that was on display at the entrance of Nazi concentration camps like Auschwitz.


Lamerton’s perturbed neighbors say the display is especially scary coming so soon after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Saturday.


“It sickens me that we can have this, you know, with what happened in Pittsburgh,” neighbor Bonnie Katz told local station WFLA TV.

Bonnie’s husband, Mitchell Katz, said the decorations send the message that Lamerton “hates Jews and we should die.”


Lamerton, who told the Huffington Post she is Jewish, said the display is not for Halloween but is meant as a political protest against her local homeowner association.

Lamerton accuses the HOA of harassing her because she put a sign with a Star of David in her yard, which she said is allowed by the rules.

She told WFLA it all began with her HOA. She claims she’s been battling them over landscaping for months.

We asked her – why would put this in front of your home?

“Because they’re trying to take my house,” she yelled. “Don’t you understand?”


Lamerton said she put up the display last week. She didn’t seem concerned about the optics after Pittsburgh and claimed to be unaware of the shooting because she works too much to keep track of the news.


She said she will keep the display up as long as she feels like, thanks to her First Amendment right to free speech.

#GoodCops — Voter Intimidation — And Alligator Farms

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Florida Man Goes Swimming With Crocodiles

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Staff at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm became concerned Tuesday morning when they found pieces of clothing inside the zoo’s Nile Crocodile exhibit.

Then they found the blood.

Concerned, staff called police. They say officers responded, “We think we found your guy.”

Officers had found a man in his boxers, bloody, claiming to have been bitten by a crocodile. Police later arrested the man.

Several lamps and signs were broken, and a statue in the middle of the crocodile pit — that you can only get to by swimming — was toppled.

Park director John Bruggen said they found a pair of shorts and a rubber “Crocs” shoe floating in the pit and thought it might be a prank.

He said they then found a lot of blood at the top of the zipline platform over the crocodiles.

Police say a man had been located in a nearby neighborhood in only his boxers. He had blood on him.

Bruggen told Action News Jax that the officer asked him if he’d been messing around at the Alligator Farm and he said, “Oh no sir, I wasn’t.”

The man appeared to have several bites on his foot.

Police say he was taken to the hospital.

Bruggen said this is the first time in park history that someone has jumped into one of the exhibits.

He said the man appeared to be unstable in surveillance video. He had to climb over fencing and barbed wire to get into the pit.

“I would think he’s on some sort of drugs,” Bruggen said. “I’m concerned about an individual who literally climbs up a wall that’s meant to keep you from crocodiles and leaps over the wall into the water with them.”

None of the crocodiles were hurt, Bruggen said.

Florida man assaults ATM because it gave him money

Florida man, Michael Joseph Oleksik, 23, was arrested Friday after he reportedly punched an ATM because it “was giving him too much money” during an incident in November.

 Oleksik was charged with criminal mischief after Wells Fargo requested Cocoa Police press charges against the man.

Law enforcement told Florida Today that Oleksik was seen on surveillance footage “standing at the ATM, pummeling the electronic teller’s touch screen on Nov. 29.”

Oleksik told police he was in a hurry to get to work and became frustrated the machine when it began giving him more money than he requested. He told police he didn’t know what else to do and took his frustration out on the atm. His attack caused at least $5,000 in damages.

Oleksik then reportedly called Wells Fargo and apologized for the damage done to the teller machine, but said he was “angry the ATM was giving him too much money and he did not know what to do.”

Man shoots rats in his yard, accidentally causes 8 hour standoff

Stephen Jonas of Palm Harbor, Florida, allegedly took a rifle and began firing rounds around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, authorities said. At least one bullet struck a neighbor’s backyard, but no one was injured according to a statement by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies set up a perimeter around Jonas’ home and evacuated the neighbors. A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman told ABC News police attempted to use a PA system to get Jonas to come outside and surrender. But Jonas had apparently fallen asleep for eight hours, and not heard the police on the PA system the spokeswoman told ABC News.

The deputies were finally able to connect with Jonas, 51, who was impaired when he “walked out of his home and was taken into custody without incident,” according to the police statement.

A further search of the home turned up “many other weapons” that the spokeswoman described as at least 15 rifles, handguns, one shotgun and 1,300 rounds of ammunition. All were confiscated as evidence, she said. The spokeswoman also said that Jonas possessed more than 30 grams of marijuana and over 30 grams of pills that were believed to be Xanax.

While in custody, the spokeswoman confirmed Jonas was “cooperative” and allegedly “told deputies that he was shooting rats in his backyard.”

He faces one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling as well as felony possession of marijuana and felony possession of a controlled substance, the spokeswoman said.

He was brought to Pinellas County Jail but posted bail the same day, the spokeswoman said.

Florida Woman tries to ride horse on the highway 

LAKELAND, FL — A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk.

Polk County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that someone called 911 about a woman, who appeared confused and possibly in danger. When deputies arrived they found Donna Byrne riding her horse in the road.

Officers did a sobriety test and said she gave breath samples that registered blood alcohol level of .161 — much higher than Florida’s legal limit of .08.

Byrne is charged with DUI and animal neglect for endangering and failing to provide proper protection for the horse.

Deputies took the horse to the Polk County Sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility. She was booked into the Polk County Jail. It’s unclear whether she retained an attorney.

Boy steals gun, brings it to school

Florida- An unloaded .45-caliber handgun was found Tuesday morning in the backpack of a third-grader at Swimming Pen Creek Elementary School, according to a Clay County Schools spokeswoman.

The 9-year-old boy told Clay County deputies that the gun belonged to his grandfather, who was visiting their family. the boy told a teacher about the gun and it was confiscated without any children ever being in danger or the school needing to be placed on lockdown.

The boy was not arrested and released to his parents. He may face discipline according to the school district’s code of conduct.

School officials said there were no threats to students on or off campus and the school. All parents were notified of the incident by phone though the district’s parent link app.

“Very scary,” said Joseph Jacoway, who has a daughter in kindergarten at the school. “Disappointed, especially at an elementary school. Something you will usually think at a junior high or high school. So definitely, at that young of an age, to have to start thinking about it now is getting us thinking about homeschooling.”

The case was taken over by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

The News4Jax I-TEAM found there were two gun-in-school incidents in Clay County last school year. One resulted in an arrest, the other did not. There were also two incidents in which a BB gun and air soft gun were found in a student’s possession.