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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 1 week ago

Former medical spa employee suspected of altering names in patient records

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This week in Cops Corner...
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Nov. 14

Fire in the hole

12:15 a.m. — First block of John Anderson Drive

Vandalism. Police suspect three young men used fireworks to vandalize the men's restroom at a local park, causing about $500 worth of damage, according to an incident report.

Two witnesses who were walking the park saw the men get out of a dark-colored four-door car and run toward the bathrooms, the report details. A few minutes later, they ran back to the car and witnesses heard them say they had to leave "quickly." The witnesses decided to investigate because of the men's strange behavior and discovered the men's restroom was filled with smoke and that the toilet had been shattered.

Police responded to the scene and noticed "shredded bits of blue paper" scattered over the bathroom as well as a scorch mark on the sink. The reporting officer determined it looked like the men, suspected to be between 18 and 20 years old, tried to shatter the sink and toilet using fireworks. 

Nov. 19

New patient registration

12:17 p.m. — 1400 block of West Granada Boulevard

Fraud. A former employee of a local medical spa is suspected of altering about 20 patient records by changing their names in their system after she quit her job.

According to a police report, the 39-year-old employee had been called in to the office to discuss a negative performance review when she announced she wished to give her two-week notice. When she was gathering her belongings, the employee caused a scene and was asked to only come back when she had an appointment scheduled. 

Later that night, management was made aware of negative social media posts about the business that "were vulgar and defamatory," according to the police incident report. The employee had also texted patients to ask them to solicit services outside of the medical spa. The next morning, the employee was seen coming into the building where she collected more of her things before leaving. While there, a front desk employee noticed that there were patients scheduled whose information had been altered. For example, one name was changed to "Lollipop Kid." The employee also changed her own name in the system to "Donnie Darko."

Police report the investigation is ongoing. 

Repeat offender

9:06 p.m. — Intersection of Main Trail and North Nova Road

DUI. Police arrested a 72-year-old Ormond Beach man for drunk driving who claimed he could have been arrested for the same crime 27 times in his life. He had two prior DUI arrests and no convictions.

According to the man's arrest report, the man was seen speeding westbound on Main Trail after he crashed into the pedestrian crosswalk signal at the intersection of North Nova Road. A witness who saw him bleeding after the crash said the man told her not to call police. Another witness said he spotted the man's car on Nottingham Drive and followed it after it almost crashed into his own and saw that the airbags were deployed and the car was already damaged. The man's car was smoking and hit a trash can along the way, according to the witness. 

When the reporting officer made contact with the man, he noticed that the man was visibly intoxicated. He was asked to perform field sobriety exercises and claimed that he had numerous balance issues, but didn't disclose what these issues were. "They are what they are," he told the officer, according to his arrest report.

He failed the field sobriety exercises. He was taken to jail.

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