Added: Thu. Jan 03, 2013 3:12am
As 2012 was ending, the pundits and experts were publishing there Top Ten, Best Ten, Worst Ten of everything. I would think they either are experts in their areas of interest or maintained an ongoing list of things they intended to use at the end of the year. Since I am neither a pundit nor an expert, I has no list worthy of a musing. But as the year ended, I decided I could do some research on the last few days of 2012 in our local paper, Daytona Beach News-Journal, and publish a batch of vignettes that I think best sum up much of life, living and relationships in my Florida. We are a quirky place and everyday there seems to be a new story to prove it.
Who in their right mind wants to hang curtains? - A Deltona man faced charges Friday of attempted second-degree murder and battery after stabbing his wife eight times the night before during an argument sparked by a request he hang some curtains, a Volusia County Sheriff’s Office report said. Waleska Franco told deputies her husband had stabbed her with a steak knife and was in the backyard, the arrest report said.. She told the deputy her husband had been drinking rum and got very upset.
Same sex relationships are tough too - A New Smyrna Beach man was arrested on a number of charges just after midnight Wednesday after police say he threatened his domestic partner with a knife over him receiving text messages from another man. The police report said Murphy, the perp, told officers that Benjamin James Allen Powell, 22, was in their bedroom when a text message from another man was received on Murphy’s cellphone. Powell demanded Murphy tell him who was sending the message. When Murphy said it was an old friend from work, the report said, Powell ‘‘got into his face’’ and an argument began.
A mixed bag of typical Florida - In 2012, Florida was a state where a lifeguard got fired for saving a life, a woman got arrested for riding a manatee and a man repeatedly used 9-1-1 as a phone sex service. In one of the state’s most horrifying stories of the year, a man stripped a homeless man naked and attacked him in Miami, chewing off most of his face before police fatally shot him. In Manatee County, deputies used multiple Tasers to subdue a naked man who bit off part of another man’s arm. Later in the year a man won a roach-eating contest outside a Deerfield Beach pet store and then dropped dead in front of the store when body parts of the dozens of roaches he swallowed blocked his airway. Finally, Gov. Rick Scott mistakenly gave the media a phone sex number to promote a meningitis hot line.
Christmas parties are exciting when Santa isn’t around - A 19-year-old woman angry that a stranger relentlessly teased her boyfriend at a Christmas party stabbed the man at least nine times with a steak knife. The attack not only landed Desiree Kleinow in the Volusia County Branch Jail on Christmas morning, she also was charged with attempted murder and is now on mental health watch at the jail, officials there said.
It isn’t always father knows best - A Central Florida man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for his infant son’s death. He previously pleaded no contest to second-degree murder after prosecutors agreed to drop child-abuse and neglect charges. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Soto originally said he was about to feed his 4-month-old son a bottle in 2010 when he noticed the child wasn’t breathing. He later acknowledged that he was annoyed the child was crying when he lost his temper and slammed the infant into a crib.
Man will climb any obstacle to get that wily coyote - A man hunting coyotes near Gainesville is being treated at the hospital after a shooting accident. A po0lice report says 61-year-old Norberto Mondilio Quinones-Caseres told wildlife officials he was climbing over a fence when his gun discharged and a bullet hit him in the abdomen.
Straight from pedestrian to bank manager? - A man who deputies said proclaimed himself ‘‘boss of the bank’’ demanded money Thursday at a DeLeon Springs bank. Sweaty and wearing headphones, Josue Silva, 22, be the bank’s manager when he entered the Wells Fargo Bank, Silva went straight to the office of the real bank manager and demanded ‘‘stacks,’’ meaning cash, telling the manager, ‘‘I’m the boss.’’ The manager turned him down, then he pounded on tellers’ windows while demanding money from them. The tellers refused to comply, then the man rolled his eyes and walked away.
Man gets 22 years for infant son’s death - A Central Florida man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for his infant son’s death.
An Orange County judge sentenced 30-year-old Marcos Soto on Friday. He previously pleaded no contest to second-degree murder after prosecutors agreed to drop child-abuse and neglect charges.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Soto originally said he was about to feed his 4-month-old son a bottle in 2010 when he noticed the child wasn’t breathing. He later acknowledged that he was annoyed the child was crying when he lost his temper and slammed the infant into a crib. Doctors said the child suffered retinal hemorrhaging and brain injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome or head trauma.
Too much water hurts South Fla. wading birds - South Florida officials say wading bird nesting suffered in 2012 when too much water returned to the region too fast. The South Florida Water Management District says a rainy year following two years of drought caught herons, wood storks, ibises and egrets off guard. Officials say the number of wading bird nests declined for the third straight year. Wading birds can’t nest or abandon nests when water levels are too high and small prey fish aren’t available. Officials said that 26,395 wading bird nests were found this year. In 2009, 77,505 nests were found. Wading birds typically nest during Florida’s winter-to-spring dry season.
A purse can be deadly - Authorities said an argument at a Tampa Bay-area bar over a woman’s lost purse led to a shooting that left one man dead and two others injured. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the purse belonged to the girlfriend of Louis Kuilan-Maysonet. Authorities said the argument early Saturday continued outside the Boomerang Martini Bar in Brandon, where Kuilan-Maysonet shot another man several times. Meanwhile, a security guard saw the shooting and fired his own gun several times, shooting Kuilan-Maysonet. The Sheriff’s Office said a third bar patron who had nothing to do with either confrontation was shot in the leg. It was unclear who shot him. Kuilan-Maysonet died at a hospital. The two other men were hospitalized.Authorities said the security guard had a valid concealed weapons permit.
It’s not what you say, but how you say it - Club officials are investigating after a youthsoccer coach was ejected from a Broward County game when he gave instructions to players in Spanish. Coach Ruben Albarracin says he felt discriminated when a referee forced him out of the Dec. 8 game. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the players on Albarracin’s team are mostly immigrants or the children of immigrants from Latin America. Officials with the Optimist Club, which oversees the league, say the board asked coaches during a recent meeting to ‘‘speak in a language that everyone understands.’’ They cited an incident last year when a coach speaking in Hebrew told players to break the legs of a rival team during a game. Officials say league rules do not prohibit speaking in a foreign language during games.
Where to work if you have a heart problem - A former Volusia County Beach Patrol officer is set to have his in-the-line-of-duty disability settlement approved today –– not for an injury or an onthe-job accident, but for his heart disease. That’s because in Florida, the law treats many heart and lung diseases as work-related conditions for police officers, firefighters and other first responders –– which include Volusia’s triple-trained beach officers. The officer, Joel Tippins, has received more than $100,000 from the county in wage loss benefits and medical payments since he had bypass surgery in 2006. A settlement on today’s County Council agenda would pay him another $75,000 to close out all his claims. His case illustrates a longstanding law that’s not widely known –– the heart and lung presumption, which years ago established that conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and tuberculosis are presumed to be work-related for many first responders.