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Florida man’s mugshot hits viral status after arrest

Only in Florida can you become a viral sensation because of a mugshot.

Ricky Deeley, 34, is gaining the wrong kind of attention after he was arrested during a traffic stop in Ocala on Tuesday.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office sent out Deeley’s mugshot, along with two other passengers in the vehicle, and the Facebook post became a sensation with over 7,000 shares.

During a search of the vehicle driven by Deeley, police found 23 grams of methamphetamine, a handgun, cocaine, marijuana, 20 Methylin pills and a digital scale.

Deeley had also been driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Deeley, Katlyn Spruill, 20, and Logan Tindale, 20, were all arrested and taken to jail.

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October 12, 2019 at 12:44AM

Florida Men Arrested for Unlawfully Capturing Alligator, Pouring Beer in its Mouth

Two men were arrested earlier this month for a crime that just screams Florida – pouring beer into the mouth of an alligator after allegedly getting the reptile to bite one of them on the arm and filming the whole incident.

A report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a complaint was sent in about an August incident where 27-year-old Timothy Kepke of Hobe Sound was allegedly holding the alligator and “enticing” the reptile to bite his arm while pouring beer in its mouth.

Kepke was interviewed in September about the incident by FWC officials, in which he said the alligator was caught by 22-year-old Noah Osborne of Stuart, saying the duo released the alligator alive after the incident and admitting he had a couple beers beforehand but was not drunk at the time.

A female who was with the men at the time told investigators the same and both men were arrested on October 3rd on a charge of unlawfully taking an alligator.

Each man was released on bond ahead of their next court appearance.

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October 9, 2019 at 02:35PM

Confessed Accomplice Details Law Prof’s Shocking Murder

Florida State law professor Dan Markel was shot twice at close range by Sigfredo Garcia on July 19, 2014 in a murder-for-hire plot that Garcia’s sometimes girlfriend Katherine Magbanua helped arrange, according to testimony from a key prosecution witness.

Florida State law professor Dan Markel was shot twice at close range by Sigfredo Garcia on July 19, 2014, in a murder-for-hire plot that Garcia’s sometimes girlfriend Katherine Magbanua helped arrange, according to testimony from a key prosecution witness.

Luis Rivera on Tuesday told a Tallahassee, Florida, jury that he and his childhood friend Garcia were paid to travel from Miami to Tallahassee to kill the law professor so that Markel’s ex-wife Wendi Adelson would be able to relocate to South Florida with the couple’s two children—a move the former spouses had wrangled over in court. Garcia and Magbanua are standing trial for first-degree murder, while Rivera in 2016 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He received a seven-year sentence in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors. (Rivera, who was a leader of the Latin Kings gang in Miami, is currently serving 12 years in a federal prison on racketeering charges, with the second-degree murder sentence to run concurrently.)

“He said, ‘We’re going to have to kill a man for some kids,’” Rivera testified, dressed in a dark blue prison uniform. “Because the lady wants her kids back.”

Rivera told the jury that Garcia shot Markel twice at close range while the professor was seated in his car and that he remained behind the wheel of the rented Prius during the shooting. Rivera said that he was paid $35,000 for his role in the shooting, with Garcia receiving $40,000 and Magbanua receiving the remainder of the $100,000 payment.

But Rivera said he didn’t have any contact with members of the Adelson family, whom prosecutors allege hired Rivera and Garcia to kill Markel, with Magbanua acting as a go-between. (Prosecutors have said they believe Wendi Adelson’s brother and mother—Charlie and Donna Adelson—were behind the plot, though no members of the Adelson family have been charged in connection with Markel’s death. Magbanua dated Charlie Adelson around the time of the murder. Wendi Adelson testified under immunity Friday and denied any involvement or knowledge of a plot to kill her ex-husband.)

During cross-examination, Garcia’s defense attorney Saam Zangeneh worked to discredit Rivera, highlighting his longtime, high-up involvement in the Latin Kings gang. Magbanua’s attorney has not yet had a chance to cross-examine Rivera.

During his opening statement Thursday, Zangeneh, alleged that Rivera was hired directly by Charlie Adelson to kill Markel, and that Rivera had sold drugs to Charlie Adelson.

Earlier in the day, the jury heard testimony from Jeffrey Lacasse, a Florida State professor who was dating Wendi Adelson at the time Markel was killed. Lacasse testified that Wendi told him that her brother, Charlie Adelson, had looked into “all options” for getting the couple’s children to move to South Florida, including having him killed. Wendi Adelson was bitter towards Markel and has an extremely close relationship with her family, Lacasse testified. Lacasse was initially a suspect in the murder, but was cleared after police confirmed that he was out of the state at the time of the killing.

Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan

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October 1, 2019 at 05:45PM

Justin Boccio Pleads Guilty in Kidnapping and Torture of Florida Plastic Surgeon

Just before 4 a.m. January 15, a Miami-Dade man woke up in his car outside a strip club with bruises on his face, his extremities bound, and his hands gruesomely burned.

Police found him after receiving reports of an incessant honking car horn in the parking lot of Cheetah Gentlemen’s Club in Broward County. The man told officers he had gone shopping at a Walmart the previous evening, and when he returned to his car, an armed man forced him into a waiting rental van, blindfolded him, and tied his hands and feet.

What followed was a night of terror and torture. The man’s two captors repeatedly used a Taser on him. They drove the man, a plastic surgeon in Broward, for an hour before making a stop at a storage facility in Margate. There, they tied him to a rolling chair, took off the blindfold, and, amid a display of sharp weapons and guns, threatened to kill him if he didn’t give them money.

Justin Boccio Pleads Guilty in Kidnapping and Torture of Florida Plastic Surgeon  Miami New Times

September 26, 2019 at 05:30PM

There’s a purse for everything. One woman told cops she had one for felonies

A Florida woman is behind bars after police say she gave them a peek into what she was carrying inside her “felony purse.”

A white 2000 Ford Ranger was traveling along a highway in Pinellas County when a Largo police officer pulled the truck over for a traffic stop.

St. Pete Beach resident Jacqueline Margaret Hubbard, 59, was sitting in the front passenger seat, without her seat belt on, according to Largo police.

Officers asked if she had any drugs on her. Hubbard said yes, according to the Sept. 22 arrest affidavit. She told them she had crack cocaine in her “felony purse,” which was wrapped around her neck, the report states.

The officers asked if they could search her purse. She said yes, according to police.

Opening the bag, officers said they found two crack rocks and a small bag with white powder. The items tested positive for cocaine, according to the report.

Hubbard, who has a history of arrests relating to drugs, was right about her purse.

She was arrested and charged with a felony for possessing a controlled substance and is also charged with a misdemeanor for possessing drug paraphernalia.

There’s a purse for everything. One woman told cops she had one for felonies  Miami Herald

September 26, 2019 at 05:30PM

Opening Statements in Trial of Murdered Law Prof Present Stark Differences

State prosecutors and defense attorneys offered wildly divergent theories of who killed Florida State University professor Dan Markel in 2014 during opening statements Thursday in the murder trial of two people accused in his death.

State prosecutors and defense attorneys offered wildly divergent theories of who killed Florida State University professor Dan Markel in 2014 during opening statements Thursday in the murder trial of two people accused in his death.

Georgia Cappleman, deputy assistant state attorney, told the jury of 10 women and two men assembled in a Tallahassee, Florida, courtroom that defendant Katherine Magbanua helped to broker a murder-for-hire and that co-defendant Sigfredo Garcia pulled the trigger, killing Markel in the driveway of his Tallahassee home while Garcia’s friend Luis Rivera helped.

Behind the plot, the prosecutor asserted, are the mother and brother of Markel’s ex-wife, Wendi Adelson, who was embroiled in a legal battle over where the couple’s two-children would live. (No members of the Adelson family have been charged in connection with Markel’s death.)

“Wendi Adelson had a problem, and that problem was Dan Markel,” Cappleman said during her opening statement. “The solution to that problem was Magbanua, Rivera and Garcia.”

Prosecutors said they believe that Wendi Adelson’s brother, Charlie Adelson, and their mother, Donna Adelson, ordered the hit in order to help Wendi Adelson relocate to South Florida from Tallahassee with the couple’s two sons to be closer to the Adelson family, which runs a dental clinic outside of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Members of the Adelson family, as well Magbanua and Garcia, have steadfastly maintained that they had nothing to do with Markel’s death.

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September 26, 2019 at 02:03PM

Venezuelans arrested with $5 million worth of smuggled gold at Broward airport, feds say

Two men from Venezuela have been charged with smuggling an estimated $5 million worth of gold bars hidden inside the nose of a private plane that landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport last week.

The pilot, Victor Fossi Grieco, and passenger, Jean Carlos Sanchez Rojas, were arrested Friday in Fort Lauderdale after arriving from Caracas, Venezuela, according to a federal criminal complaint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents noticed loose rivets on the plane’s nose compartment and discovered numerous gold bars under a metal covering inside the nose, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Shauna Willard wrote in her affidavit.

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Florida officer suspended after arresting two kids, ages 6 and 8, at school

A Florida police officer was suspended after he arrested two young children in school last week, including a 6-year-old who was acting out because of an apparent medical condition, a relative and police said.

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón said in a statement that the reserve school resource officer, Dennis Turner, did not obtain the approval of a commanding officer before making the arrests on Thursday, as department policy requires.

Turner was suspended while the department conducts an internal inquiry, Rolón said.

“The Orlando Police Department has a policy that addresses the arrest of a minor and our initial finding shows the policy was not followed,” Rolón said. “As a grandparent of three children less than 11 years old this is very concerning to me.”

NBC affiliate WFLA reported that the 6-year-old was charged with battery after she kicked someone at Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy, a K-5th grade charter school in Orlando.

The girl’s grandmother, Meralyn Kirkland, attributed her behavioral problems to sleep apnea, according to the station.

Kirkland said the girl was taken to a juvenile detention center Thursday where she was set to be processed.

The arrest was halted after a supervisor learned of it, Rolón said, and she was returned to school before being processed.

The 8-year-old, who was arrested in a separate incident, was processed and later released to a relative.

Additional information about that arrest was not immediately available.

The principal of Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy did not respond immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday, nor did a local police union.

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Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News, based in California.


Two Accused in FSU Law Professor Slaying Set to Face Jury

More than five years after Florida State University law professor Dan Markel was gunned down in the driveway of his home, two key players in what prosecutors believe was a plot hatched by the academic’s former in-laws to get him out of the picture are set to stand trial.

Jury selection is slated to begin Monday in a Tallahassee court in the case against Sigfredo Garcia—who stands accused of pulling the trigger and murdering Markel—and Katherine Magbanua, the mother of Garcia’s children and ex-girlfriend of Markel’s former brother-in-law Charlie Adelson. The defendants are being tried together on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder.

Prosecutors believe that Magbanua served as the conduit between Garcia and Luis Rivera, a Miami gang member who pleaded guilty in 2016 to helping Garcia pull off the hit, and Charlie Adelson, the brother of Markel’s ex-wife Wendi Adelson.

Police have said they believe that Charlie Adelson and his mother, Donna Adelson, ordered the hit in order to help Wendi Adelson relocate to South Florida from Tallahassee with the couple’s two sons to be closer to the Adelson family, which runs a dental clinic outside of Fort Lauderdale, but they are not charged. Members of the Adelson family, as well Magbanua and Garcia, have steadfastly maintained that they had nothing to do with Markel’s death.

Attorneys for Magbanua and Garcia did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Charlie Adelson’s attorney, David Oscar Markus, said Thursday that there is no crime for which to indict his client.

“For five years, the state has picked through every piece of Charlie’s life—every phone call, every email message, every text, every relationship, every possible witness—looking for any excuse to charge him,” Markus said. “But there is nothing there.”

The case featuring members of a prominent and wealthy family allegedly conspiring to kill a promising academic amid a bitter divorce, with two Miami-area men allegedly driving up to Tallahassee in a rented Prius to complete the job, has been picked apart on multiple television shows as well as a popular recent podcast. But for close watchers of the case, several big questions remain:

First, they wonder whether the trial will come to fruition, or whether Magbanua will take a plea deal at the last minute and cooperate with the prosecution to implicate Donna and Charlie Adelson—neither of whom have been charged with any crime.

Police arrested Magbanua in 2016 and she has spent the past three years in jail—away from her two children—apparently in an attempt to get her to flip and help prosecutors.

“I certainly continue to hope that Magbanua and Garcia will see the wisdom of cooperating with the prosecutors,” said Jason Solomon, a friend of Markel’s who maintains a Facebook group called Justice for Dan that tracks developments in the case. “Because I think if they go to trial, they will most certainly be convicted.”

Second, they want to know whether Garcia and Magbanua’s trial is the next step toward indictments of Donna and Charlie Adelson—which Markel’s supporters view as the ultimate goal and the only way for justice to be served.

“My sense is that the prosecutors have just been waiting,” Solomon. “They only get one shot at prosecuting the people who ordered the hit. They are waiting until they have the maximum possible evidence, which would be testimony from Katie. There could come a point where she’s convicted and she could still flip.”

What is clear is that the case against Magbanua and Garcia is complex, and the circumstances around Markel’s murder are convoluted. Attorneys have said they expect the trial to last several weeks, and they have spent months wrangling over evidence. More recently, attorneys have haggled over witnesses: In June, the judge hearing the case ordered Wendi Adelson to be deposed by the defense—reversing an earlier decision to protect her from questioning. Prosecutors have not indicted that Wendi was involved in the murder.

Markel—who was a rising star in the legal academy, due in part to founding PrawfsBlawg—was shot in the head in his driveway on July 19, 2014, and died the following day. He and Wendi Adelson had divorced in 2012 but were still wrangling in court over their two children at the time. Dan had recently asked a judge to prohibit Donna Adelson from having unsupervised visitation with the couple’s boys on the grounds that she was saying disparaging things about him in their presence. (Wendi Adelson has since changed the boys’ last name to Adelson from Markel, and Dan Markel’s parents have not seen the boys in more than three years.)

The case seemed to have gone cold until 2016, when police arrested Garcia and Rivera. They used toll booth camera footage to track the duo’s journey from Miami to Tallahassee in a light- colored Prius, a lead provided by a witness on the day of the shooting. They also had surveillance footage of the Prius tailing Markel the morning he was killed.

Rivera, a member of the Latin Kings gang, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October of 2016 and received a seven-year sentence to be served in addition to a 12-year prison sentence that he is currently serving on unrelated charges. He told police that Garcia pulled the trigger and that Magbanua was involved in the plot—for which they were to be paid $100,000—but could not identify the source of the money.

That remains the crux of the matter, as Solomon sees it.

“I have faith in the police department and state attorney’s office that they will ultimately indict Donna and Charlie Adelson, with as much evidence as they have,” he said. “Not just for people like me who know and care about Dan and his boys, but I just think this is an important test for our legal system. Can rich people get away with murder just by paying other people to take the fall?”

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September 19, 2019 at 02:00PM

Florida couple caught having sex in patrol car after DUI arrest

By Erik Avanier – Reporter, Garrett Pelican – Digital executive producer

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Deputies say a Florida couple arrested on suspicion of cycling under the influence on Friday the 13th didn’t let that stop them from having sex in the back of a patrol car.

This bizarre episode unfolded about 11:40 p.m. that night in Fernandina Beach, according to their arrest reports. A Nassau County deputy stopped the couple after they were nearly struck by a car they cut off while crossing South Fletcher Avenue. Smelling alcohol, the deputy placed both under arrest.

Things took a sordid turn when the arresting deputy noticed the couple had shed their clothes and were starting to have sex in the back of his patrol car. When deputies opened the car door to intervene, the naked man knocked a deputy to the ground and took off running into the night.

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