Every week a lot of weird things happen in Florida, and every Friday we're here to rundown the weirdest. This week: a teen girl who thought a cop would be totally cool with her cannabis habit, a drunk pilot, and a judge who didn't like it when a defendant declined her Facebook friend requests.
Girl Asks Deputy If She Can Keep Just a Little Bit of Pot
In case you weren't aware, possession of marijuana is a crime. Yeah, sure, maybe most people are cool with it, but law enforcement officers aren't. So don't ask one for info on the best way to hide your stash, and certainly don't ask one if you can keep a little bit of the pot he caught in your purse.
Apparently Shealyn Largent, a 19-year-old resident of Martin County, wasn't aware of all of this. She was the passenger on a purple scooter when it got pulled over for a traffic violation. During the stop, the sheriff's deputy got a whiff of pot and asked to search Largent's purse. She agreed, and the deputy found a quarter of an ounce of marijuana. According to Off the Beat, Largent asked the deputy if she could keep just one nugget of the marijuana. She then asked for the best way to hide marijuana so she wouldn't get caught. The deputy was not feeling in the mood to give advice on the best way to break the law and seized the pot and handed Largent a notice to appear in court instead.
Judge Resigns After Alleged Misconduct After Woman in Divorce Case Refused Her Facebook Friend Request
Judges are not supposed to be your friends. They're supposed to be impartial purveyors of justice. So when a woman going through a divorce got a Facebook friend request from Seminole-Brevard Circuit Judge Linda Schoonover, the judge handling her divorce case, she thought it was odd and ignored it. However, she believes that Schoonover retaliated against her in court because of the social media snub.
This was just one example of the odd behavior Schoonover had been exhibiting lately. She dragged cases on that required speedy resolutions, and worried that people were sneaking into her office and demanded an investigation. When she had a camera set up in her office it only revealed maintenance workers doing routine work on the courthouse's roof. The state Judicial Qualifications Commission accused her of "inexplicable" and "disruptive" behavior "repeatedly expressed paranoia." Rather than face trial, Schoonover resigned.
Drunk Man Tried to Fly Plane With 10-Year-Old Son on Board
Drunk driving is generally a bad idea when it involves a car, but it's just insane when it involves a plane. Especially when your 10-year-old son is on board.
Christopher Hall, 57, was trying to take off in his twin-engine Cessna Skymaster 337 at the Melbourne International Airport. Luckily for everyone involved he ended up driving the plane into a shed while he was still on the ground. Airport police arrived to investigate and Hall's 10-year-old son told them to check his father's bag. Inside they found a half-full bottle of cognac, a bottle of wine, and a clear plastic bottle containing something that smelled of alcohol. Unsurprisingly, Hall also smelled of alcohol. He was arrested and charged with reckless operation of a vessel and child abuse without harm.
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