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Cops Corner
Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 6 months ago

Year in Review: Cops Corners

Here are five of the top Cops Corners of 2019.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

March 20

In sickness and in health

11 a.m. — 1500 block of San Marco Drive

Battery touch. Two Ormond Beach roommates, a 28-year-old man and woman, were told to separate by police after they got into a physical argument which involved the woman spitting on the man in hopes he would catch her Scarlet fever.

According to a police report, the pair began arguing after the woman asked the man to get her food since she was sick. 

Because of battery from each and conflicting stories, police made no arrests.

April 9

Veggie tales

12:01 a.m. — 1000 block of Ocean Shore Boulevard

Unarmed burglary. An ex-employee from a local resort was charged with petit theft and unarmed burglary after she entered the housekeeping room and heated a bowl of frozen broccoli to eat.

According to police, the night auditor of the resort went to the housekeeping room to assist a guest and found the 37-year-old Daytona Beach woman there. She had been fired about a week before, so he asked her what she was doing. The woman left quickly.

Left behind was a steaming bowl of broccoli that the night auditor told police the woman must have made for herself, as he was the only employee onsite. The night auditor told police he wanted to press charges for the incident.

April 12

Drunk honesty

4:27 p.m. — Intersection of I-95 and West Granada Boulevard

DUI. In the middle of a drunk driving investigation, a 60-year-old New Jersey man tried to distract the officer multiple times by asking him about his tattoos and why he didn't shave his beard. The officer explained that the agency allows them to grow facial hair. The man proceeded to tell the officer he was ugly and that he wouldn't look at the pen the officer was holding during the exercise.

The officer had stopped the man after he saw him run a red light to turn onto the northbound ramp of I-95. The man declined to perform several field sobriety exercises, claiming he had "atrophied" in his feet. He was arrested and taken to jail.

July 11

Bittersweet gasoline

6:06 p.m. — 2000 block of Lipizzan Trail

Information. A 63-year-old Ormond Beach resident accused his ex-wife of putting sugar in the gas tank of his lawn mower due to having a scheduled court date at the end of the month. The man said that after his lawn mower stopped working, he stuck a stick in the tank, pulled it out, licked it, and that "it tasted sweet."

Police report that as the officer was getting the man's statement, the man was mocking the officer and speaking poorly of the police department. The reporting officer noted that it was difficult to speak with the man because of the mocking and insults. While at the scene, the officer saw the man successfully start the lawn mower twice, according to the report.

The officer gave the man his card, and the man told him "You can leave now." The officer then left. 

Oct. 8

Winner, winner, chicken dinner

7:26 a.m. — First block of Pebble Beach Drive

Vandalism. An Ormond Beach man woke up to see his car had been decorated with broken eggs, Italian dressing and a whole rotisserie chicken, the latter which was placed on the driver side front wheel. 

He told police he suspected his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend committed the offense after she broke up with him to be with the Ormond Beach man. Police asked the girlfriend to call her ex, who denied any involvement. He just talked about how she cheated on him while they were together, police report.

Police later called the ex, who again, said he didn't do it. Surveillance footage obtained later didn't show the ex's car in the area either, so police determined all investigative leads have been exhausted at this point. 

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