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Old 04-21-2014, 03:11 AM
 
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Just look at these headlines from the past few weeks from baynews9...is this kinda stuff really that common everywhere?? I know some people will say "crime is everywhere" but the endless amount of weird different scary and crazy stuff that happens in florida is something else.

Homosassa man killed 1-year-old son to play video games(you probably heard about that one)
Deputies: Homosassa man killed 1-year-old son to play video games

Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car crashes into house
Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car crashes into house

Leesburg Lowe's evacuated due to bomb hoax
Leesburg Lowe's evacuated due to bomb hoax | Lake County

Train robbery in Ocala, police still looking for suspect (walter white?)
Train robbery in Ocala, suspect still at large | Marion County

Bradenton women fires shots at police
Police: Woman who shot at Manatee deputy arrested

Woman went on crack binge, gave birth in Ocala motel bathtub
Baby born in Ocala motel bathtub critical, Florida mom arrested

Rabies alert in Ocala
Rabies alert issued for downtown Ocala | Marion County


man barricades himself in home with a gun(happens a lot in florida from what ive seen). no charges will be filed
Man with gun forces lockdown of Altamonte Springs neighborhood

tampa double murder while families are celebrating easter
Both men killed in Tampa shooting at Al Barnes Park identified

24 year old man shoots, kills 51 year old gf, during Clearwater party..(I like how their house looks tho)
Woman, 51, fatally shot at Clearwater Countryside home


These ones aren't as weird but...

Arrest made in murder, rape of Gibsonton woman
Arrest made in murder, rape of Gibsonton woman

Polk deputies looking for attempted murder suspect..."Barrientos has been in the Polk County Jail on three prior occasions for shooting into occupied dwelling, domestic violence, fleeing to elude, possession of meth, grand theft auto, and attempted first degree murder, for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was just released in November 2013, among others"

Polk deputies looking for attempted murder suspect

Winter Park resident shot during home invasion
Man shot during home invasion | Winter Park






We didn't even have any of the typical rob and kill for nothing murders in the last few days that I could have posted.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:10 AM
 
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The sun/heat could be responsible for the madness.
Can a heat wave make you insane?
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Florida is CRAZY these days (links from last week)
In your view, does FLA have a monopoly on odd crimes like the ones you posted?
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:49 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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While we certainly have our share of crime, it isn't any worse than anywhere else I have lived. One factor is that we have a growing population, and the other is that we have 12 months of warm weather (freezing weather tends to keep people indoors more and therefore inactive).

I bet you could find a list that long from most States that have our population. So if you come to visit you won't have to be packing heat !

Don
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:22 AM
 
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While we certainly have our share of crime, it isn't any worse than anywhere else I have lived. One factor is that we have a growing population, and the other is that we have 12 months of warm weather (freezing weather tends to keep people indoors more and therefore inactive).

I bet you could find a list that long from most States that have our population. So if you come to visit you won't have to be packing heat !

Don
We also have a media at large fixated on exposing anything "weird" coming out of Florida. Anyone with any sense of large urban US cities knows much weirder things happen in them than here, but oddly enough rarely hear about them in the media. Florida seemingly suffers the "popular girl" syndrome where the envious look for flaws....especially in the winter months.
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Weird stories get the news stories. You probably didn't see the "35 shot in 36 hours in Chicago" weekend last. Or the story where the Chicago police chief at the direction of the Mayor falsified the crime reports.

National news loves to repeat unusual FL stories while ignoring what is going on in its own back yard.
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Try reading the newspapers on line in any state with a major population and you will clearly see that everything you listed does indeed happen elsewhere as well as in FL.


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Just look at these headlines from the past few weeks from baynews9...is this kinda stuff really that common everywhere?? I know some people will say "crime is everywhere" but the endless amount of weird different scary and crazy stuff that happens in florida is something else.

Homosassa man killed 1-year-old son to play video games(you probably heard about that one)
Deputies: Homosassa man killed 1-year-old son to play video games

Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car crashes into house
Sleeping Sarasota woman killed when car crashes into house

Leesburg Lowe's evacuated due to bomb hoax
Leesburg Lowe's evacuated due to bomb hoax | Lake County

Train robbery in Ocala, police still looking for suspect (walter white?)
Train robbery in Ocala, suspect still at large | Marion County

Bradenton women fires shots at police
Police: Woman who shot at Manatee deputy arrested

Woman went on crack binge, gave birth in Ocala motel bathtub
Baby born in Ocala motel bathtub critical, Florida mom arrested

Rabies alert in Ocala
Rabies alert issued for downtown Ocala | Marion County


man barricades himself in home with a gun(happens a lot in florida from what ive seen). no charges will be filed
Man with gun forces lockdown of Altamonte Springs neighborhood

tampa double murder while families are celebrating easter
Both men killed in Tampa shooting at Al Barnes Park identified

24 year old man shoots, kills 51 year old gf, during Clearwater party..(I like how their house looks tho)
Woman, 51, fatally shot at Clearwater Countryside home


These ones aren't as weird but...

Arrest made in murder, rape of Gibsonton woman
Arrest made in murder, rape of Gibsonton woman

Polk deputies looking for attempted murder suspect..."Barrientos has been in the Polk County Jail on three prior occasions for shooting into occupied dwelling, domestic violence, fleeing to elude, possession of meth, grand theft auto, and attempted first degree murder, for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was just released in November 2013, among others"

Polk deputies looking for attempted murder suspect

Winter Park resident shot during home invasion
Man shot during home invasion | Winter Park






We didn't even have any of the typical rob and kill for nothing murders in the last few days that I could have posted.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Of course nobody heard about the young lady busted for shoplifting. They searched her and her stuff. In a bag she was carrying was a dead fetus.

NYC

Kid starts fire in densely populated apartment building. One cop dies from his injury. Kid said he started the fire because he was bored.

NYC

a forty something year old man was killed while "surfing" on the top of a subway car.
NYC

Any city, any state is going to produce stories just as weird and sad.

Florida is always on a lot of minds because most of them would rather be here.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Sinkholeville
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These crazy people aren't the new arrivals, these are Floridians.

I think they are just trying to scare off the hordes of Yankees from moving in.

If the drivers don't get you, the gun nuts will.
If the gun nuts don't get you, the gators will.
If the gators don't get you, the skeeters will.
If the skeeters don't get you, skin cancer will.
If skin cancer doesn't get you, a sinkhole will.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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In terms of population size, New York and Florida are about the same and are only exceeded by Texas and California. It stands to reason that the states with the most people will tend to have more weird news. There's no denying that we get a disproportionate share of the coverage, though. Ever since the media was outraged by the "hanging chad" debacle, the media and the comedians have made Florida the object of their humor and ridicule. Some of it is deserved, some not, but any state that has the population size we do is likely to produce a "target rich environment".
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