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Aaron Richardson

 

Marriage — whether it’s a blissful match or an utter disaster — is not something that people are likely to forget, but a Florida man accused of bigamy said he doesn’t remember his first marriage.

Despite court documents that apparently showed Aaron Richardson, 66, of Vero Beach wed a second woman while still married to his first wife, he told police that he didn’t have any memory of tying the knot in 2004 with Arkina Sneed, WPBF-TV reported.

Authorities didn’t buy it and charged Richardson with bigamy on Tuesday, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s website.

Investigators uncovered Richardson’s alleged double life while researching a domestic violence injunction he filed against Sneed, CBS 12 reported. That investigation revealed that Richardson had two marriage licenses and no divorces.

Richardson said he dated Sneed when he was released from prison, but denied that they got hitched.

He might want to forget his second marriage too. His new bride — who he acknowledges is his spouse — is Irene Clark. The couple married last year, but Clark filed for divorce in May, CBS 12 said.

The Hamburgler may steal the occasional patty, but he would never stoop this low.

Florida police arrested a man on Monday after he repulsed McDonald’s customers by allegedly holding a 10-minute pimple popping session outside the restaurant chain’s Cape Coral location, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.

When an off duty officer discovered that Port Charlotte resident Owen Lemire Kato, 23, wassqueezing his back zits in front of the McDonald’s, he asked the suspect for his name.

Police said Kato, who has an outstanding warrant, gave the name “John Smith” before eventually relinquishing his actual identity. Not exactly lovin’ his situation, the pimple popper then allegedly made a run for it.

Another cop eventually tackled Kato and took him into custody. Police allegedly found a syringe in Kato’s pocket, which the suspect’s girlfriend said he used to inject Oxycontin, according to theNews-Press.

Kato was charged with providing false identification to a police officer, resisting arrest, and possession of drug equipment.

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A 16-year-old boy has been indicted as an adult on charges of murdering two British men in Sarasota, Florida, police said Wednesday.

Shawn A. Tyson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in last month’s shooting deaths of James M. Cooper, 25, and James Thomas Kouzaris, 24, both of England, Sarasota Police Chief Mikel T. Hollaway said in a written statement.

Tyson will be tried as an adult and, if convicted of first-degree murder, could receive life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, Hollaway said.

The neighborhood where the British men were found is a housing project in north Sarasota called Newtown, police said.

The teen suspect lives near the crime scene, a police report said, and he had been arrested earlier in April on a charge of aggravated assault with a handgun.

Police said the murders were an isolated incident at the complex, where the housing authority has been working to address problems.

The two men were believed to be friends who recently graduated from college and were in Sarasota to celebrate.

iWonder what evidence they have besides just living near the scene and an older charge not (conviction) of aggravation assault with a gun charge have to do with him getting arrested ? o i c lmao he confessed why didnt they just say so… damnit made me look stupid.

Coming from a young male it seems this brother got over his head real quick in life but what is the real problem these tragedies happen is the question is it his society to leave him at the door step and not let him in. a lot of people complain but don’t never take no actions. how can we ever be a factor if we never been a actor… Give this generation some opportunities quick or you will just be reading stories like this in the  news every night.

The suspects, from left: Lee Grace Dougherty, Ryan Edward Dougherty, Dylan Dougherty Stanley.

Authorities are using digital billboards across the Southeast in their manhunt for three siblings, all in their 20s, who are wanted for an alleged armed bank robbery in Georgia and are suspects in the attempted murder of a Florida police officer, the FBI said Saturday. The crimes occurred Tuesday.

“I’m not going to compare them to Bonnie and Clyde — I’ll let you do that if you like — but they are certainly very clear in demonstrating their threat to both law enforcement and the public,” FBI special agent Stephen Emmett told CNN Saturday.

“It’s not very often that we have advance warning like this of potential problems with law enforcement encountering individuals. They made it very clear that they are going to be a problem,” added Emmett, a spokesman for the FBI’s Atlanta office.

Hundreds of digital billboards from Florida to Kentucky to Texas are posting the photographs of the three siblings and their white, four-door, 2006 Subaru Impreza with the New York license tag “FBE 5900,” Emmett said.

The three being sought in the dragnet are Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21, sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29, and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, authorities said.

Authorities are calling them “the Dougherty family.”

The siblings are considered armed and dangerous because an AK-47 type assault rifle and an apparent machine pistol were used in a Valdosta, Georgia, bank robbery Tuesday, the FBI said. A U.S. magistrate issued warrants for the arrest of the three siblings in connection to the robbery, the FBI said.

Also, the three siblings are suspects in the attempted murder Tuesday of a Zephyrhills, Florida, police officer that allegedly occurred 200 miles from and five hours before the Georgia bank robbery, the FBI said.

The officer wasn’t injured, though occupants in a vehicle fired numerous rounds during a chase reaching up to 100 miles per hour, according to the Pasco County, Florida, Sheriff’s office. One round went into the police vehicle’s tire, disabling the automobile, the sheriff’s office said.

The last public sighting of the three siblings was Tuesday, the day of the crimes, said Doug Tobin, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff’s office.

“We’re concentrating on the Southeast and East corridor because that’s where they have family right now, but they could be anywhere,” Tobin said Saturday.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco has urged the siblings to turn themselves in. Among the states that will carry the police messages on digital billboards are Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and New York, the sheriff’s office said.

“Although we continue to seek a peaceful resolution, the actions of the Dougherty family prove this will end otherwise,” Nocco said in a statement. “I ask that everyone pray for the law enforcement officers who will eventually engage these suspects, for they will have to do everything possible to ensure that the Doughertys’ violent rampage comes to an end.”

The two brothers have been living in the same rented residence the past three years in Lacoochee, Florida, which is located in Pasco County, the sheriff’s office said. Their sister, who had been living with her boyfriend in Orlando, just began staying with her brothers, the sheriff’s office said.

The three siblings have criminal records, the sheriff’s office said.

With the most extensive record of the three, Ryan Edward Dougherty has had 14 felony arrests since 2007, including for alleged burglary, destroying evidence and probation violation, according to the sheriff’s office.

His live-in girlfriend owned the vehicle that he and his two siblings are believed to be driving, the sheriff’s office said. After the girlfriend filed a complaint about her missing car, an arrest warrant for grand theft auto was issued Friday for Ryan Dougherty, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities provided a timeline for events surrounding the three siblings: On Monday, Ryan Dougherty was sentenced in Volusia County, Florida, to 10 years’ probation and two years of community control monitoring for convictions on two counts of sending harmful information to a minor, the sheriff’s office said.

After the Monday sentencing, he sent his mother a text message: “There’s a time for all of us to die,” according to the sheriff’s office.

On Tuesday, at 6:30 a.m., a witness saw all three siblings leave in the white four-door vehicle from their Lacoochee home. At 6:59 a.m., Ryan Dougherty cut off his GPS monitoring ankle bracelet near Zephyrhills, the sheriff’s office said.

At 7:12 a.m. Tuesday, the shooting with the Florida police officer occurred, in which 20 high-caliber casings were found at the scene, the sheriff’s office said. The five-mile pursuit began after the officer tried to pull the vehicle over for speeding on State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, located 30 miles northeast of Tampa, Tobin said.

Then came the armed bank robbery at a CertusBank in Valdosta, Georgia, at 12:24 p.m. the same day, the FBI said.

During that robbery, three individuals dressed in black with masks entered the bank’s front entrance, the FBI said. Shots were fired at the ceiling, and everyone was told to get down, the bureau said. At least two of the robbers were armed, and the third obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, the FBI said.

Lee Grace E. Dougherty’s criminal background includes five felony charges. Three of them are pending, all of them hit-and-run offenses in Cocoa Beach, Florida, the Pasco County Sheriff’s office said. Her record also contains six misdemeanor charges, the sheriff’s office said.

Dylan Dougherty Stanley’s criminal record shows a possession of marijuana charge, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office didn’t have information on the disposition of the past charges against the brothers and sister.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s office will seek a warrant Monday against Ryan Dougherty for failing to register as a sex offender in the county, the sheriff said in a statement. That registration was required after his sentencing this week for sending harmful information to a minor, Tobin said.

 

Drake has canceled a concert set for Saturday night (July 16) in Orlando Fla. due to a death in his family.

A rep for the 24-year-old rapper has issued the following statement: “We regret to announce that Drake will not be able to take the stage at Universal Orlando Resort due to a death in the family. He hopes that his fans understand the situation he finds himself  in and know that he fully intends to return to the area in the future. He thanks Universal Orlando Resort and his fans for their continued support.”

Universal Orlando has also posted an announcement on their official Facebook page, adding that, “There will be no substitute performance due to the last-minute nature of this development.”

Drake, whose sophomore album “Take Care” is set for an Oct. 24 release, will take stage with Rick Ross and the Weeknd at his OVO Festival in Toronto on July 31.

 

An enormous sinkhole has opened up in the town of Leesburg, Fla.,, and it’s hungry. It’s already gobbled up a garbage bin, an oak tree, the back wall of the building housing a salon and racks of supplies. You can watch a video charting its path of destruction above.

The chasm that caused Main Street Hair and Beauty Supply to collapse is about 60 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Although the street surrounding the building has also fallen prey to the pit, officials say thehole isn’t growing. But the slowly sinking building is sparking growing concern for neighbors who live nearby. The sinkhole started after a torrential downpour at the end of June.

The heavy rains lead to plenty of pits opening in central Florida.

 

Since the 1950s, 3,100 sinkholes have been recorded in Florida. The naturally occurring holes open up when acidic groundwater dissolves underground rock formations. At the point, the formations are no longer able to support the ground above them, causing terra firma to collapse inward.

A neighbor across the street said he heard the sinkhole before he saw it. He told the Orlando Sentinel, “It woke me up. I heard a crack, a boom. I thought it was a wreck, like someone hit a transformer or something.”

The pits have certainly opened up interest on the Web. A Guatemala City hole found under a grandmother’s bed this week caused lots of speculation. In fact, some sharp-eyed commenters on Yahoo! suspect the hole to be caused by an abandoned well.

Lookups on Yahoo! for “guatemala sinkhole,” “giant sinkhole under bed,” and even “what causes sinkholes” continued to grow.

 

Robert Morris Meow Mix

 

Meth-meth-meth-meth, meth-meth-meth-meth. Meth-meth-meth-meth. Meth-meth-meth-meth! ♫

It might sound like a botched version of the Meow Mix jingle sung by a cat with a lisp — but it’s actually what police in Florida say they found inside a bag of the popular cat food brand.

Officers from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have arrested Robert Morris, 48, after he allegedly tried to pick up a FedEx package containing a bag of Meow Mix stuffed with $30,000 of crystal methamphetamine.

The strange case started when a title company in Leesburg received a parcel addressed to a client in Washington. Workers were suspicious because nobody was expecting the package, so they turned it over to police, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

When cops opened it up, they found a bag of feline food stuffed with about 260 grams of the dangerous amphetamine.

While police investigated the case, Morris allegedly called the title company and asked if the package had been delivered.

With that information, undercover detectives scheduled a meeting with the suspect in a restaurant parking lot to hand over the package.

 

After Morris allegedly accepted the drugs, police locked him up.

As the president-elect of the Realtor‘s Association of Lake and Sumter Counties, Morris was considered an esteemed member of the local real estate community, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

He has been charged with trafficking over 200 grams of methamphetamine and resisting arrest. His bond has been set at $500,500.

Til’ the law do us part?

Til’ the law do us part?

Perhaps because you only get to wear a wedding dress on your wedding day, Tammy Lee Hinton elected not to change out of her gown and veil when police took her mugshot last Saturday, just a few moments after she said, “I do.”

Following the ceremony at City of Zion Ministries church in Michigan, Hinton, 50, was arrested by Blackman-Leoni Township cops on a two-year-old felony warrant accusing her of identity theft, according to police reports obtained by The Smoking Gun.

Authorities reportedly received an anonymous tip that Hinton would be in town for the wedding. The police report listed a Port Richey, Fla., P.O. box as Hinton’s home address.

As if literally being an old ball and chain wasn’t enough, Hinton is also doing her best as a runaway bride. The Detroit Free Press reports that after paying her bond and being released from county jail, Hinton failed to appear for her scheduled Monday appearance in Jackson County District Court.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. >> A Florida teen is accused of posting a Facebook invite for a house party, killing his parents with a hammer and then hosting dozens of people while the adults’ bludgeoned bodies were locked in the master bedroom.

Tyler Hadley, 17, was expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley, who police believe were struck on their heads and torsos on Saturday, sometime after their son posted on Facebook to tell friends about the party.

Investigators believe the Hadleys were attacked outside their master bedroom and the bodies were moved into the bedroom and the door locked.

The teen was being held without bond at a juvenile detention center in Fort Pierce and it wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney.

Neighbors and some of Hadley’s high school classmates were shocked.

“He just seemed normal, I didn’t think anything was wrong with him,” Hadley’s friend, Johnna Izzo, told Miami television station WSVN.

Neighbor Raeann Wallace said she had known the family since before Tyler Hadley was born. “This is not the Tyler I remember. What happened? … He and his dad would be shooting hoops (in the driveway).”

On Saturday night, as many as 60 people attended the party in the community about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, according to Port St. Lucie Police spokesman Tom Nichols. They were loud enough to prompt a noise complaint and a visit by police officers. When they arrived at 1:30 a.m. Sunday to warn about the noise, the party was already breaking up, Nichols said.

Then, police said, they received a tip that a slaying may have taken place. They returned to the home at 4:20 a.m., finding the bodies covered with towels, files, books and other household items, and the hammer between them.

The mother, 47, was an elementary school teacher. The father, 54, worked for Florida Power and Light. The Hadleys also had a 23-year-old son who lives out-of-state.

Autopsies were under way, but police said they believed they died of blunt-force trauma.

Hadley had attended St. Lucie West Centennial High School, according to police, but had not graduated. They said they did not know what the motive was.

Religious freedom is under attack in this country. Nowhere is this attack more defined than the malicious persecution of EllenBeth Wachs by Polk County, FloridaSheriff Grady Judd.

EllenBeth, an activist for the separation of church and state, had, earlier this year, challenged Sheriff Judd, an outspoken evangelical Christian, over the illegal transfer of taxpayer property to local churches, which he had orchestrated in a politically motivated public relations stunt.

Additionally, she discovered, through her Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to Sheriff Judd, that Judd had illegally used his sheriff department’s credit card and other taxpayer resources for this purpose.

In retaliation over a dozen of Sheriff Judd’s deputies, in SWAT tactical gear, descended on EllenBeth’s home in March. She was arrested on felony charges, jailed, her home searched and personal items and documents seized. Why? Because EllenBeth, a retired attorney, had used the letters “Esq.” (an honorific used by both practicing and retired attorneys) after her name on those FOIA requests to the sheriff.

Among the items that deputies took in the search were incriminating documents sent by a sheriff’s department employee in response to EllenBeth’s FOIA requests. Moreover, the search included rummaging through areas that had nothing to do with the practice of law: searching her underwear drawer, her medical supplies, turning over her bed mattress, looking under chair cushions, probing into her cars as well as into her employees’ cars and purses, while holding them at gunpoint.

Then again in May, she was dragged from her home, arrested and jailed, including a week of solitary confinement, on another trumped up felony charge based on a neighbor’s alleged report that he had heard a sexual sound coming from the privacy of her home 48 days prior.

EllenBeth currently faces the possibility of years in prison.  Most incredulously, no one has ever been arrested, charged, let alone convicted on the allegations that have been leveled at her in these charges.

Clearly, EllenBeth has been maliciously persecuted for standing up against the sheriff in her campaign to secure her — and our — religious freedoms.

But she is fighting back and you can help her by signing this petition and passing it on to everyone you know. And if you can, please help EllenBeth by donating whatever you can to her Legal Defense Fund: information at … http://atheistsofflorida.org/

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