Florida Believe it or Not: Man steals sausage; Father charged for making pot brownies; Students bring dead alligator to dorm

2018-08-05T17:17:39+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Florida Believe It Or Not, Roundups|

From selling pot brownies and stealing sausage, to being choked at Disney world, the news in South Florida remains the same – strange.

  • Two students from Palm Bay High School were sent to the hospital after eating pot brownies at a baseball game, according to officials. After eating the brownies, the two students were unresponsive and were rushed to the hospital. Robert Johnson, 38, made the pot brownies in his home and gave them to his teenage daughter to sell at school for $10 each, authorities said. Officials said they found more than a dozen pot plants and hundreds of grams of dried cannabis and edibles in Johnson’s garage. Johnson, his daughter and five students were arrested; Johnson is facing drug charges.  News 13
  • A man from Fort Walton Beach stole sausage from Publix and jumped off a bridge to avoid being chased by police, according to officials. As David Randall Bertram, 41, was arrested and escorted by police after stealing $10.38 worth of sausage, he escaped. Fort Walton Beach police officers chased after Bertram as he ran through neighborhoods, highway traffic and caught him when he jumped off the Brooks Bridge. Officials caught Bertram using a Taser. Bertram was charged with shoplifting, providing a false name while lawfully detained and resisting an officer without violence. Palm Beach


  • A woman who has been involved in a string of car burglaries in Orlando is facing additional charges for cashing in stolen checks. Dianne Garrett, 31, was arrested for stealing personal identification and cashing in stolen checks, using a blonde wig to try to match the victim’s ID when making the fraudulent transactions at different banks. After identifying Garrett by surveillance videos, authorities searched her hotel room, finding 30 wigs, 10 purses, and wallets holding over 20 stolen IDs and checkbooks. Garrett is currently in jail with a current bond of $10,000. Click Orlando
  • A woman from Michigan was arrested after authorities say she choked a high school girl during a fireworks display at Disney’s Magic Kingdom for blocking her view. According to an arrest affidavit, the girl and other students from her high school stood up when the nightly fireworks display began. Tabbatha Kaye Mature, 41, and her family were behind the girl and the students and Mature insisted they sit down. According to the report, when the girl and the students decided to leave, the girl told Mature, “You can take our spot.” Mature “became aggravated” and wrapped both hands around the girl’s neck and squeezed it.  Mature was charged for child abuse and the girl suffered no visible injuries. Sun-Sentinel
  • Three students from Florida Gulf Coast University were issued warnings from wildlife officials after they brought a dead alligator to their university dorm room and snapped pictures of it to post onto social media. A Florida Fish and Wildfire Conservation Commission officer went to the university after getting a call from school police about the dead alligator and took possession of the carcass. NBC Miami
  • A man from Santa Rosa County was charged for impersonating a police officer. Johnny Ray Wilson, 34, stole a dark green deputy-like uniform and tried to access medication illegally using a fake letter from “his detective” and stole a pair of pants and a soda from Target, according to security footage. Officials traced the tag number of Wilson’s vehicle and found it was registered to a retired deputy and arrested him. After being caught by police, Wilson had a seizure and was sent to the hospital. Wilson tried to escape through a side exit door before being caught by medical staff. In the vehicle Wilson had been driving, officials found a crack pipe, lighters, crack cocaine and marijuana, according to a police report. Wilson was also charged for escaping, grand theft, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana and has a $76,000 bond. Pensacola News Journal

— Melissa Burgess, South Florida News Service