A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This morning, that includes a meth-busting butt dial, bathroom beer chugging and the worst reason to call the cops.
Eric Rico Ortiz has never seen a spider he liked. He's terrified of them. When he sees them scuttling through his Deltona house, he scampers away in fright. So at the end of last year, he thought long and hard about that fear. And then he did what any well-reasoning 24-year-old would do in such an i ... More >>
Candace Long just wanted to party. It was her birthday, after all. And she wasn't going to let her babysitting job -- or the frigid temperatures Florida had plunged into -- stop her. Indeed, even after her solitary party had ended, and she was in cuffs for child neglect, she was still ready to go, g ... More >>
Despite its association with Paula Deen, butter is not supposed to cause drama. It's creamy, fatty goodness is supposed to spread love and joy, connecting us like two halves of a dinner roll. So when we hear the cause of two roommates' violent argument, we can't believe that it is butter.
Yesterday, an envelope full of a suspicious white powder showed up at the the Deltona Water office up in Volusia County. Fearing the worst, authorities ordered the place evacuated. Though, after testing it was discovered the white powder wasn't anything like anthrax, but rather crack cocaine. So, ... More >>
The thing I'm most shocked about by this story is that canned shrimp exists. This is Florida. We expect people to do all sorts of crazy things with weird knives, but we also expect people to at least eat fresh shrimp. Jayson Laughman, a 34-year-old from Volusia County, was arrested Saturday on cha ... More >>
As part of Florida's efforts to crack down on pill mills, the state initiated an online database in 2009 that tracked the store prescribing and dispensing data for controlled substances. Well, according to the ACLU, the private medical data of more than 3,000 Floridians has now leaked from that da ... More >>
"Everything that happened today is actually in my dream, and I want to prove it to everybody," 18-year-old Mark Welch of Volusia County told a 911 dispatcher.It sounds like the beginning of a reality-bending sci-fi movie, but it was actually the beginning of a kid who smoked too much synthetic marij ... More >>
Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week (or thereabouts) in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to that ... More >>
Jose Rosario-Gonzalez, a middle school history teacher in Volusia County, has resigned after a YouTube video entitled "gay sex threesome" accidentally popped up during class. Of course, YouTube doesn't allow hardcore pornography on its site, and the video actually never played in front of the studen ... More >>
Most moms are worried sick when their sons and daughters are deployed to serve in the Middle East. Not, apparently, Paula Barker of Volusia County. She's been arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from her son while he was deployed with the Marines in Afghanistan.
Our feet are our most utilitarian and thankless body part. Laboring under the weight of our body to trudge us from place to place, all the while getting little love from anyone outside of foot fetish message boards. Sometimes you just have to pamper your paws. Though, as two dumb Florida criminal ... More >>
"Take your child to work day" is not recommended for prostitutes. Thirty-year-old Leah Wiley of Volusia County found that out the hard way. Wiley was allegedly paid to have sex with a man, 23-year-old Carlos Rivera, at a party, but didn't finish the act. Rivera got so angry that he decided to ki ... More >>
Some of the county-level Repulican party organizations have been mumbling not-so-nice things about Gov. Charlie Crist, but yesterday the Volusia County GOP passed a motion censuring him. Among Crist's crimes: Appointing Democrats to political positions, appointing so-called liberal ... More >>
Tourists can't wait to get next to them — even if they are eating machines.
Wake up, cat lovers!
Fish eggs, fish eggs roly-poly fish eggs; fish eggs, fish eggs, eat them up, yum
Miami's revolutionaries may not be plentiful but they're persistent
What's going to happen to Ronald Stern's estate?
Prison librarian Rolando Valdes and his band of libretto-loving inmates stage an opera