Florida woman Desiree Taylor was arrested Monday after she walked into a Publix grocery store without pants on and stole two boxes of wine.
The 35-year-old walked into the Ocala store with only a T-shirt and flip flops, barely turning heads. She then allegedly proceeded to steal $42 worth of boxed wine.
When the store manager attempted to stop Taylor, she took a swing at him and ran away.
Taylor was later arrested, for the second time in two months, and charged with disorderly conduct and petty theft.
In a previous case, the woman was charged with battery of an officer.
Taylor is currently being held on $1,000 bond.
The unusual thief was caught just one week after a different Florida woman was filmed at a St Petersburg McDonald’s wearing only a pair of underwear.
A Texas woman says she was unfairly arrested for not stopping to talk to a police officer while she was on her morning walk.
The woman, Melissa Bonnette, says the incident occurred on Friday in Whitehouse, Texas when a uniformed officer pulled up next to her on his motorcycle and asked if he could speak with her.
"I thought that maybe he was flirting," said Bonnette to CBS 19. "I just thought it was odd, I thought it was odd. I wasn't really sure but I felt uncomfortable because there wasn't anyone around. He just crept along beside me on his motorcycle and he started saying, 'Hey ma'am! I want to talk to you. Hey stop, ma'am! I want to talk to you.' Then my anxiety rose even higher.”
Bonnette says she wasn’t sure he was really a police officer based on the way he was acting, so she kept on jogging. That’s when the situation escalated. According to reports, the officer stopped his motorcycle, chased her down, and tackled her to the ground before putting her in handcuffs.
"I just was crying and I was saying 'Please sir, please sir. Why are you doing this?'" explained Bonnette. “It was like I was in a nightmare. I hadn't done anything wrong.”
Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton defends the officers’ actions, saying that the woman should have stopped the first time she was asked.
"The motorcycle has a patch on both sides of the gas tank. It's black and white and says 'Whitehouse Police,' and has red and blue lights on it," said Shelton to CBS 19. "So you have to take it for what it is. Do you think he's a Whitehouse police officer? Why would you think he's someone impersonating a police officer?"
Shelton went on to explain that in addition to failing to stop for the officer, the woman was also walking on the wrong side of the road.
"Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it's awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer," said Shelton. "And he had a lawful reason to be there and to stop her. By law, you have to be to the far left facing oncoming traffic.”
Bonnette is now calling for the arresting officer, Shawn Johnson, to be fired, despite Chief Shelton’s defense.
"I really don't want to live in a town where something like this could happen to a law-abiding citizen," said Bonnette. "I'm not going to be able to walk anymore, and that's sad because I enjoy walking every day. But I'm terrified. It was just so traumatic."
Whitehouse Police are investigating the incident which, according to reports, was caught on police dashcam.
A 71-year-old California woman was stung more than 1,000 times after a swarm of killer bees attacked her on Thursday.
The woman was covered head-to-toe in Africanized honey bees when emergency workers arrived at her Palm Desert home. Five fire fighters were hurt as they removed the bees and helped her into the ambulance.
Authorities called local company Killer Bee Inc. to clear the 75,000 bees, which lived in a Verizon cable box. Killer Bee owner Lance Davis noted that because the woman stepped within a 90-yard radius of the hive, the bees attacked.
“We do these jobs all the time,” Davis said. “Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get these guys angry.”
The veteran beekeeper, who some call a bee whisperer, removed the bees and brought them to his own hives where the bees will produce honey.
The woman was taken to a local hospital where she is recovering from serious injuries. Two firefighters were treated on the scene, but three were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
A Florida woman was recently arrested after turning herself in for her involvement in the death of her young child. This is the second time that the 32-year-old woman, Rachel Fryer, has admitted at least some form of responsibility for the death of one of her children.
Although Fryer was arrested, she was not charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Tariji Gordon. Instead, she was charged with aggravated child neglect.
Fryer has a history of mental illness, as she was found responsible for causing the death of Tariji’s twin brother, Tavont’ae Gordon, in 2011. The incident occurred after Fryer accidentally rolled on top of the boy while they were sleeping on a couch together. The boy died from suffication.
According to the New York Daily News, the Department of Children and Families took Fryer’s four remaining children from her after the incident with Tavont’ae. After a lengthy two-year legal battle with the government agency, Fryer ultimately regained custody of her children.
Despite consistent visits from a Department of Children and Families caseworker, Tariji died soon after being placed back into the care of her mother.
Fryer claims that she found her daughter unresponsive one morning and tried to give her asthma medication and CPR instead of alerting an emergency response team. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Fryer admitted to taking the child to a nearby city, digging a grave for her and burying her in a yard.
After Fryer turned herself in, law enforcement officials received a testimony from her oldest child, a 7-year-old girl, that the mother had regularly beaten Tariji. The police also obtained cell phone records that evidence the woman’s mental illness.
“I can’t take it no more my child is retarded ... I don’t know what else to do ... It’s every day all day. I need my depression medicine ASAP this is too much I’m about to do it,” one text message read.
As Fryer awaits further legal action, her children have been placed back into foster care. She is reportedly four to five months pregnant with another child. She is being held on a bond nearing $1 million.
Shocking footage reveals the moment when a woman from Haiku City, China was stuffed down a manhole by her boyfriend. She remained there for 60 hours.
The woman, Guo, was rescued wearing only her underwear and was swollen from prolonged exposure to water in the 10-foot manhole.
Guo had attempted to construct a cloth ladder from her own clothing to escape the hole, but found she was not strong enough to lift the lid. Instead, she was lifted from the ground by pedestrians who finally heard her pleas for help.
“I did not sleep at all the first night I fell in the manhole,” Guo later told police. “I could see the darkness around me. I thought that I would not be choked to death if I looked up.”
Guo told police she had been shoved into the manhole during the night by her boyfriend, who owed her around $16,500.
Police eventually arrested the man, who they suspect is a gambling addict, and who admitted to attempting to murder his girlfriend in order to erase his debt.
A woman was jailed for nearly two years after she set up numerous fake Facebook accounts that led to the arrest of her stepmother.
The woman, 24-year-old Michelle Chapman, claimed to local police officials that she was being sexually harassed and trolled online by her father Roy Jackson and her stepmother Louise Steen. After an investigation by forensic internet experts determined that the social media accounts had actually been set up at Chapman’s home, the woman herself was arrested.
According to the Mirror News, Chapman was subsequently jailed for 20 months.
This Is Cornwall reports that Chapman made eight written statements to law enforcement officials between February and October of 2011 regarding the abusive messages she was allegedly receiving from her father and stepmother, which she claimed were of a “very unpleasant sexual nature.”
In response to Chapman’s complaint, her stepmother Steen was arrested and questioned. The mix-up was eventually detected, and Chapman herself was sentenced for forging evidence.
Law enforcement official Philip Lee claimed that Chapman’s actions were intended as a sort of revenge against her father.
“She said that she wanted revenge on her father for matters in the past ... she wanted to make their life hell,” Lee said.
Martin Pearce, Chapman’s attorney, had a different reasoning behind his client’s actions, claiming that she has suffered from mental health issues.
“She says she wishes she had not done it and she says she understands the impact on the victims,” Pearce said.
Chapman’s husband Glyn claimed that he understands his wife needs mental help.
“She is the victim, she has mental health issues and it was a cry for help. She has not had the help she needs. This is what you do when you’re in desperate, desperate need of help - you scream out,” Glyn said.
A 10-year-old Michigan boy is being called a hero after his instincts led him to save the life of his 80-year-old neighbor.
Danny DiPietro and his father were driving home from a hockey game when the young boy noticed what he thought was a dog in the neighbor’s garage.
"It was late at night and super cold out, and their garage was open and something just didn't feel right," said DiPietro to Detroit’s 7 Action News.
When he arrived home, the boy’s fears grew. He kept checking out the window and finally became so concerned that he begged his mother Dawn to go check on the well being of the perceived dog.
Dawn finally agreed to check on what they thought was a dog, so she took her own dog outside on a walk. As they walked past the open garage, she could clearly see 80-year-old Kathleen St. Onge lying on the ground waving her arms in the air. She raced back to her home to tell her husband and call 911.
"I was so scared, but happy she was alive," said Dawn.
The family was able to wrap the elderly woman in a blanket and warm her up before an ambulance arrived to take her to the hospital. It turns out that St. Onge had slipped and fallen and was actually lying on the ground in the cold for nearly two and a half hours.
“He saved her life, that’s for sure,” said St. Onge’s daughter Sandy Mitter of Danny DiPietro. “And I don’t even have the words to say how grateful we are.”
As for Danny, he apparently says it’s “cool” to be called a hero. Kathleen St. Onge is doing well and recovering from the incident.
During this past Sunday's Pro Bowl, a young woman wearing a cape, shorts and a bikini top ran onto the field to celebrate a touchdown with the players.
While NBC refused to broadcast the young woman's run, she was recorded by someone in the stands (video below) and her stunt has since gone viral.
Katrina Torres says she pulled the stunt for her paralyzed cousin and wore his name on her back, "I did it for Gary."
Torres wrote on her Instagram page:
A couple of years ago, my cousin who was 18 years old at the time got into a really bad motorcycle accident which left him unable to walk. It was always his dream to go with me to a Pro Bowl game. I made a promise to him that since he couldn't walk with me into that stadium that I would run across the field in honor of him knowing that he would be watching from home in New Mexico.
"He can't talk, but he was just smiling a lot and he was just fist pumping," Torres told KHON. "They said as soon as we saw you jump, his face just lit up and he was just fist pumping and stuff so that made it so worth it for me."
When she was caught by security guards, Torres told them her story, which was overheard by coach Deion Sanders.
"Deion Sanders came running behind us and he's like, 'Hey don't arrest her. That was really cool. Just don't arrest her. If you arrest her, I'm gonna bail her right out,'" Torres recalled.
Torres was not arrested, but has been banned from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, the site of the Pro Bowl. Her suspension should end just in time for next year's game.
As Opposing Views recently reported, police in Rochester, New York have been on the hunt for a teenager who randomly hit an elderly woman in the head as she was exiting a convenience store. The suspect’s friend caught it all on camera, and now, police say they have arrested 16-year-old Devin Alexander for the assault.
Alexander is reportedly already on probation for a robbery conviction, so the “smack cam” incident is a violation of his probation terms. Police are still investigating the incident, though, and say that both Alexander and the cameraman will likely face criminal charges.
The disturbing video (via Davy V) shows Alexander hit the elderly woman in the head as she exits a convenience store, and as the duo runs from the scene, the cameraman repeatedly yells, “Smack cam!” It’s not clear whether the attack was actually a part of the so-called “knockout game”, but reports say that it could be another example of that growing trend among teenagers.
Police say that Alexander turns 17 soon and could wind up being charged as an adult. Authorities have not yet said if they know the identity of the victim.
A 71-year-old woman accidentally drove her car through the front doors of a Rite Aid in Rutheford, New Jersey on Wednesday, striking an 18-year-old woman that was exiting the store. The entire incident was captured on a store security camera, which has been released to the public by Rite Aid.
The incredible footage shows a woman exiting the store through sliding glass doors when she notices the vehicle and quickly attempts to jump out of the way. According to NJ.com, the 18-year-old victim of the accident was struck on her lower right side but did not suffer serious injuries.
According to the local authorities, the driver of the vehicle, who also managed to escape injuries, appeared to be in a stable mental condition. The woman was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo.
According to a cashier working at the Rite Aid, this type of accident is not unusual for the store. The cashier informed The Record that this was the third time a driver had smashed into the front of the building in the past two years. In other instances, the building was damaged but no other individuals were involved. A store manager explained that he was considering installing metal guards in front of the store to prevent future incidents from occurring.
Firefighters and police arrived on the scene at the Rite Aid on Wednesday and ultimately removed the doors of the store in order to ensure the safe removal of the vehicle.
The Rite Aid remained open for shoppers, who entered through a side door as the removal process unfolded.