Neighbors of a Tampa, Fla., man flagged down a police officer in their neighborhhod after allegedly catching 57-year-old Bernard Marsonek in a sex act with a pit bull in his yard Wednesday.
A report in the Huffington Post said Marsonek's neighbors called the police after he ignored repeated requests to stop abusing the dog.
By the time police arrived on the scene a small crowd had gathered at Marsonek's home, according to WPTV. Officers then tried interviewing him and he was uncooperative. A search of his home by police revealed that he had a gun and ammunition. more >>
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber showed off his many tattoos to police officers at the Miami Beach Police Department's jail after he was arrested on DUI charges on Jan. 23. See the Christian-themed ones in the mix below.
1. Psalm 119: 105
Members of a Florida church are protesting an A&G Restaurant in Winter Haven that they say treated two female parishioners overly harshly after the women were arrested last month on allegations that they left the restaurant without paying.
After a mother-daughter lunch at the restaurant on Jan. 14 Ruthena Lewis escorted her mother to the car before returning inside, ostensibly to pay.
But according to police reports, after restaurant staff member Crystal Henson charged Ruthena's credit card, it was declined. Hensen told police that Lewis held the cancel button down while she attempted to process the card. more >>
Without Walls International Church, led by Bishop Randy White, surprised a member of the church, who usually spends two hours on a bus to attend services, with a car on Sunday.
Members of the nondenominational charismatic church in Florida had already donated money to the young man, identified as Donye, a week ago after White told the congregation about his long commute.
"The bus takes him two hours one way and 15 stops!" White, founder and senior pastor, said at the end of his sermon on Feb. 16 as he shared Donye's story. White noted that although Donye – who is on the praise team and is in White's Timothy class – does not have a car, he still finds a way to come to church. more >>
A Florida woman previously tricked by her boyfriend to have an abortion is now using her story to convince the state legislature to pass a fetal protection law.
Remee Jo Lee, 27, stood in front of the state's Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to tell her harrowing story of struggle and deception. In March 2013, her boyfriend, 29-year-old John Welden, tricked her into having an abortion when she was seven weeks pregnant. Welden, who apparently had another girlfriend and did not want to father Lee's child, convinced the pregnant woman into take the miscarriage-inducing drug Cytotec, telling her it was an antibiotic for an infection.
Welden was sentenced to 13 years, 8 months in prison in early January for drug tampering. The 29-year-old couldn't be prosecuted in connection with the child's death, however, because Florida law states such charges can only take place when the fetus can survive outside of the woman's body. The bill Lee is advocating for would protect all pregnancies, possibly carrying the sentence of life in prison to anyone who intentionally kills a fetus, no matter its age in the womb. more >>
In the wake of the jury deadlocked on whether to charge Michael Dunn for first-degree murder charges against the late Jordan Davis, pastors and Christian leaders have criticized Florida's Justifiable Use of Force law, most often referred to as the "Stand Your Ground" law.
Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted murder, but the Florida jury came to no consensus on Saturday on whether to convict or acquit the defendant in the African American teenager's 2012 murder.
Dunn, who is white, shot into Davis' car 10 times after the teenager ignored his requests to turn his music down and "mouthed off" to him. The defendant also claimed that Davis had a shotgun, but police found no weapons inside the car. more >>