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How Leaving Your Child Alone For A Few Minutes Can Result in Child Neglect Charges

How Leaving Your Child Alone For A Few Minutes Can Result in Child Neglect Charges

According to a Palm Beach Post article, a Boynton Beach man has been arrested on child neglect charges after his 4-year-old son was found wandering in the street wearing nothing but sweat pants, a t-shirt, and no shoes on a 30-degree night. Romilus Duvelsaint was charged with child neglect. His son was found when a passing motorist saw the boy in the road and stopped. The boy was uninjured and the motorist put the boy in the car until Boynton Beach Police arrived on the scene. The boy gave directions to his house to the officers and when police arrived at his home, family members claimed they had no idea the child was supposed to be home. Duvelsaint arrived in the mean time, and claimed that when he left the… […]

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How Grandma Who Tried to Sell Baby Posted Bail

How Grandma Who Tried to Sell Baby Posted Bail

The central Florida grandmother who tried to sell her daughter’s baby is now out on bail. It is unclear who posted her $100,000 bail and allowed her to leave the Volusia County Branch Jail Sunday. Patty Bigbee, 45, is accused of attempted to sell her 2-month-old grandson for $30,000. She was arrested in Daytona in November for the illegal sale of a child when she handed the 2-month-old over to a Tampa area couple in a shopping center parking lot. Jail officials say Bigbee’s boyfriend, 42-year-old Lawrence Works, remains in jail with no bail allowed. Works is charged with being a principal to the sale of a child. The child’s 21-year-old mother is being held in the Orange County jail on unrelated fraud charges. The baby is in state custody.… […]

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How A Man Attempted To Carry A Pistol Onto A Plane

How A Man Attempted To Carry A Pistol Onto A Plane

According to WPTV News, a man who attempted to board a plane with a pistol in his fanny pack is in the custody of Metro Dade Police. According to the arresting officer, Juan Manuel Baldoquin was stopped by TSA security Thursday after a screener spotted a pistol in Baldoquin’s fanny pack. Baldoquin told investigators “That is my firearm. I honestly forgot that I was carrying thefirearm.” A records check on the pistol showed it listed as stolen back on March 8, 1996 in West Palm Beach. Baldoquin will be charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a stolen firearm. Weapons Charges Possession of weapons can be a very serious crime. However, the charges may differ: Carrying a concealed weapon Improper exhibition of a weapon Aggravated assault with a… […]

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How Restitution Can Resolve Fraud Charges

How Restitution Can Resolve Fraud Charges

An article in WPTV News shows the continuation of serious fraud crimes throughout the state of Florida. A property manager allegedly fooled two elderly members of condo boards into signing checks for “cash,” pulling more than $2 million dollars from the condos. Grace Cushman Cromwell, 52, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of grand theft, organized scheme to defraud, and several other counts. According to the article, Cromwell worked for a property management company that managed two condo associations in West Palm Beach, Park Place (369 South Lake Drive) and Melbourne House (227 Australian Avenue). There are bank records showing hundreds of checks, made out to cash, were deposited into personal bank accounts of Cromwell between January 2006 and February 2010. Two members of the board were victims of the… […]

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What To Do After You’re Arrested For Growing Marijuana

What To Do After You’re Arrested For Growing Marijuana

According to WPTV News, another marijuana grow house has been found here in South Florida. Now that the cocaine boom of the past couple decades is dying down, marijuana grow houses are becoming one of the most popular form of drug cultivation and trafficking throughout South Florida. Recently, a Boynton Beach man was caught via a traffic violation. Police found several marijuana plants in the trunk of his car. Later, when Boynton Beach Police searched the home of Jerome Hal Albanese, 48, they found more than 300 additional plants at a street value of over half a million dollars. They also found handguns, rifles, and about $60,000 in cash. The grow house was set up with an elaborate system that allowed Albanese to grow and produce about 300 plants every… […]

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How To Deal With Fraud Charges

How To Deal With Fraud Charges

According to an article in WPTV News, a 34-year-old woman faces felony charges after St. Lucie County sheriff’s investigators determined more than $40,000 was stolen from a business where she worked as an office manager, according to recently released records. Misty Dawn McCoy was arrested Nov. 27 on organized fraud and second-degree grand theft charges following the incidents relating to Teacher’s Place day care in the 3300 block of South 25th Street. A Teacher’s Place representative told sheriff’s investigators in September she suspected McCoy, the office manager, of stealing. She said she knew of at least $520 missing from recent deposits. Teacher’s Place representatives confronted McCoy about the missing money. McCoy said she “stole the money,” using it to pay her bills. McCoy, who said she took the money “over… […]

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How A St. Petersburg Lawyer Was Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

How A St. Petersburg Lawyer Was Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

A St. Petersburg lawyer has been arrested on charges of trafficking Oxycodone and possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested when he was caught trying to smuggle Oxycodone pills into the Pinellas County Jail. Byron T. Christopher, 31, of St. Petersburg, was arrested a few weeks ago after detention deputies at Pinellas County jail received a tip that Christopher was bringing controlled substances into the jail. They were also tipped off that Christopher was trying to find a third party to give him the drugs so he could complete the transaction. Detectives set up an undercover ‘deal’ through the third party. Christopher agreed to smuggle 50 Oxycodone pills to the jail, and in return would receive 20 Oxycodone pills for himself. He was arrested at a Mobile gas station… […]

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Why Police Are Blaming Movies For Increase in Bank Robberies

Why Police Are Blaming Movies For Increase in Bank Robberies

As the number of South Florida bank and armored car robberies soar to 101 before the year’s end, law officers are wondering why the sudden increase. In 2009, the total was only 93. Police are beginning to blame the surge in bank robberies on Hollywood – the one in California. Yet again on Tuesday, a pair of armed men attempted to rob a South Florida Bank of America. An armed courier for Brinks got out of his armored car about 7 a.m. outside the Bank of America drive-through in downtown Hollywood, Fl. He was approached by a figure holding a pistol. The robber fired, the courier fired, and after the periodic exchange of gunfire, the robber in question jumped into an old Toyota Camry with his accomplice and took off.… […]

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How A Woman Was Barely Sentenced For Abusing Her Mother

How A Woman Was Barely Sentenced For Abusing Her Mother

A Greenacres woman accused of abusing and stealing money from her own mother faced a judge Monday morning. Jessica Rampersadsingh was sentenced to six years of probation and is now required to pay $25,000 in restitution. That is a small fraction of the amount she’s accused of stealing from her elderly mother. Last year, Rampersadsingh was arrested and accused of draining her mother’s bank account of $140,000 in the course of 8 months. Investigators say she would give her mother medication, then get her to write checks, allegedly threatening to throw the handicapped woman on the street if she didn’t do as told. In the meantime, investigators claim Rampersadsingh badly abused her mother. According to a police report, “Jessica stopped buying food at the grocery store, stopped bathing her and… […]

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Burglary Busted By Myspace

Burglary Busted By Myspace

According to an article in WPTV News, a Florida Keys teen was arrested Sunday evening after a home that was burglarized was found to have a computer logged into the young man’s MySpace account, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office says a caretaker for the home on Sugarloaf Key reported the burglary when the caretaker was preparing to remove hurricane shutters from a door and saw someone sitting on the living room couch. Deputies arriving at the home found no one inside, but they did find a back window open, empty soda and food containers, and some marijuana on a coffee table. The deputies also found a bedroom computer turned on and logged into the MySpace account of Robert Rupp, 18, of Big Coppitt Key, the… […]

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