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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jul. 2, 2018 2 months ago

Woman arrested after bathing in public park fountain

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This week on Cops Corner...
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

June 19

Whiskey blues

3 p.m. — 300 block of W. Granada Boulevard

Criminal mischief. A 39-year-old woman from Orlando was arrested after causing a local grocer over $100 in merchandise loss by breaking two bottles of Crown Royal Regal Apple Whiskey. Police report she was allegedly heard by witnesses saying "I might as well break it since the first one was broken," referencing one that she had accidentally dropped. The whiskey costs $51.99 per bottle.

When confronted by an employee, the woman yelled profanity and fled the building without paying for the damaged goods. The woman, who was accompanied by two others, drove away and had to be chased down by officers later that night. While being questioned, she maintained she did not break the bottles on purpose but was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail anyway due to witness testimony and the discovery of a small blue bag in her wallet that contained cocaine. 

June 23

Late night baths

12 a.m. — 400 block of North Nova Road

Possession/Use of narcotic paraphernalia. Police arrested a 29-year-old woman from Pennsylvania after they received a call that a suspicious person was naked and bathing in the park water fountains. The woman admitted that she was bathing in the park when confronted by police, who later discovered she had an open warrant for her arrest.

She was placed in handcuffs, causing her to drop a towel out of her hand that contained a hypodermic needle and plastic wrapping with a spoon, cotton balls and a white chalk-like substance, which police were not able to identify. 

June 24

Forgive and forget

9:01 p.m. — 300 block of South Ridgewood Avenue

Assault/battery. Two elderly women were involved in a physical altercation at a local nursing home, prompting police to respond after being called by an employee who witnessed the event. According to police, one of the women, age 72, slapped the 80-year-old victim in the face when passing her in the hallway. When asked why she did it, the woman said, "I can do whatever I want."

However, when police asked both women what happened, neither of them could remember. No charges were pursued. Police noted both women suffer from dementia.

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