Via: Raw Story
Officials in Florida on Monday said that an elected Florida Republican Party committeeman had been arrested on multiple charges of possessing and transmitting child pornography.
Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson confirmed to The Northwest Florida Daily News that Lane Rees, a former Walton County Commissioner, was taken into custody around 5 p.m. on Monday after a month-long investigation.
Deputies recovered “multiple images” of child pornography after serving a search warrant on his home in Santa Rosa Beach.
In 2001, Walton County named Rees “Man of the Year.”
According to his bio, Rees is President of the consulting group Human Resource Solutions, Inc. and serves on the board of the United Methodist Church’s Foundation for Evangelism.
Rees faces up to 10 years in prison (plus, all eternity in hell) and $10,000 in fines if convicted on all charges.
Via: Raw Story
A Florida man is recovering from a gunshot wound after a motorist became angry and pulled a gun because a loose dog forced his pickup truck to stop.
Peter Harbachuk, 46, told the Tampa Bay Times that he and his wife were walking their 4-year-old golden retriever, Bella, when the dog escaped from her leash.
Bella darted in front of a pickup truck, forcing the vehicle to stop. After coming to a halt, a woman got out of the truck to yell at the couple.
That’s when the woman got back in the pickup, and a man emerged with a gun.
“Some dude hopped out and he pointed a gun toward my head,” Harbachuk recalled. “I said, ‘Hey. This doesn’t have to go down like this.’”
The man then lowered his aim slightly, closed his eyes and fired a round into Harbachuk’s leg, he explained. The couple in the truck fled the scene before police and paramedics could arrive.
St. Petersburg police were searching for a clean-shaven, muscular, 5-foot, 10-inch tall man between 30 and 35 years old. The woman was thought be about 5 foot, 5 inches and 20 to 25 years old. She was petite with short brown hair. The suspects may have been traveling in a dark Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Harbachuk said that he doesn’t understand how the situation escalated so quickly.
Via: Smoking Gun
So, it’s a crime to want to look like Angelina Jolie?
I don’t get it.
Via: Raw Story
A Florida man is using the state’s “stand your ground” law as a defense after he shot a customer who was complaining about slow service at a St. Petersburg Little Caesars Pizza restaurant.
Randall White, 49, was in line waiting for his pizza on Sunday when he began complaining that he wasn’t being served fast enough. According to the Tampa Bay Times, 52-year-old Michael Jock was also in line and scolded White for whining.
The two began arguing and it eventually “became a shoving match,” police spokesperson Mike Puetz said.
After White allegedly raised his fist, Jock pulled out a .38 Taurus Ultralight Special Revolver and fired a shot into the man’s torso. A second shot also hit White in the torso. One round became lodged in the restaurant wall.
When police arrived, Jock told them that the shooting had been justified under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which says that gun owners do not have a “duty to retreat.”
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“Pep, The Cat-Murdering Dog” was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924.
Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife’s cherished cat. Prison records support this story: Pep’s inmate number (C-2559) is skipped in prison intake logs and inmate records.
The Governor told a different story. He said Pep had been sent to Eastern to act as a mascot for the prisoners. He and the Warden, Herbert “Hard-Boiled” Smith, were friends.
Pep was much loved, and lived among the inmates at Eastern State for about a decade.
While the truth may never be known, in photographs Pep, with his head down and ears back, looks GUILTY.
FRAMED, I say!
Via: Huffington Post
When a deputy in Charlotte County, Florida allegedly busted James Edwin White with Oxycodone pills in his pants, the Grove City man had an alibi: the pants weren’t his.
The deputy was on a neighborhood patrol, the Sun Sentinel reports, when he stopped White, who was riding a bicycle. White was reportedly trembling, stuttering and had shaky hands.
White gave the deputy permission to search him for illegal substances, according to a new release from the sheriff’s office. The deputy allegedly found nine Oxycodone pills, as well as a cut blue straw commonly used to snort narcotics, in White’s pants pockets.
According to the news release, White exclaimed, “Oh, wait, these aren’t my pants!” (I HATE when that happens!) just as the deputy pulled out the pills.
His story didn’t fly, however, and the deputy arrested White for possession of Oxycodone and drug paraphernalia. On the way to the jail, White reportedly kept insisting the pants were his uncle’s, and that he had just thrown them on with no knowledge of what was in the pockets.
Later that day, White posted a $3,500 bond and was released.
Via: Huffington Post
Police in Miami Beach say a homeless man broke into a car, stole a credit card and THEN tried to use it to buy a beer – from the bartender the card belonged to.
The case was cracked when 53-year-old David Weber handed the card to the bartender who took his order Monday night. The Miami Herald reports the bartender noticed he had just been handed his own credit card.
The bartender called Miami Beach police. Weber was charged with credit card fraud and theft. He remained in the Miami-Dade County Jail early Wednesday.
Police say Weber told them he FOUND the credit card on the ground.
Via: Seattle PI
The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco was arrested for investigation of driving (yeah but, isn’t he suppose to sit in back?) under the influence, San Diego police said Monday.
The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, a vigorous supporter of California’s same-sex marriage BAN, was taken into custody after being stopped early Saturday at a police checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus, said Detective Gary Hassen, a police spokesman.
He declined to comment on whether Cordileone took a sobriety test or reveal his blood-alcohol content. (conveniently, I might add)
The stop was made at 12:26 a.m. on the outskirts of the campus, a residential area of modest houses, apartment buildings and restaurants where college students mix with the general population.
Cordileone was booked into San Diego County jail two hours after being stopped and then released at 11:59 a.m. Saturday on $2,500 bond, sheriff’s records show.
He was ordered to appear in court Oct. 9.
Via: Raw Story
A man claiming to be Jesus Christ in Palm Bay, Florida has been charged with aggravated stalking and aggravated assault for allegedly attacking his neighbor, according to Click Orlando.
Kenneth David Peterson, 51, allegedly told his neighbor Fred Padilla he was attacking him because he was the Antichrist. Peterson attacked his car with a tire iron in February and has now begun regularly shooting at him with a BB gun, Padilla said.
Police said they had been called to the area at least NINE times.
Peterson has been arrested THREE times, but charges have not been pressed against him because of a LACK of EVIDENCE.
“This is heading for a really bad ending,” Padilla said.
Peterson is being held on $150,000 bond at the Brevard County Jail.
Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, representing up to $280 billion in lost income tax revenues, according to research published on Sunday.
The study estimating the extent of global private financial wealth held in offshore accounts – excluding non-financial assets such as real estate, gold, yachts and racehorses – puts the sum at between $21 and $32 trillion.
The research was carried out for pressure group Tax Justice Network, which campaigns against tax havens, by James Henry, former chief economist at consultants McKinsey & Co.
He used data from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and central banks.
The report also highlights the impact on the balance sheets of 139 developing countries of money held in tax havens by private elites, putting wealth beyond the reach of local tax authorities.
The research estimates that since the 1970s, the richest citizens of these 139 countries had amassed $7.3 to $9.3 trillion of “unrecorded offshore wealth” by 2010.
Private wealth held offshore represents “a huge black hole in the world economy,” (yeah, ya think?) Henry said in a statement.
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