HIALEAH, FL. (THECOUNT) — Maydelis Pulido, of Hialeah, Florida, has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed 79-year-old Hialeah man, Orlando Quiala, on Tuesday, authorities said.
Pulido, 23, was operating a stolen red 2007 Toyota Corolla south on East Fourth Avenue, approaching 17th Street, when she struck Quiala as he was attempting to cross the street.
Police said Pulido struck Quiala and then fled the scene, leaving the elderly man injured on the roadway.
The victim was airlifted to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries consistent with the collision.
“After working diligently day and night, following every lead possible, detectives were able to catch up with Pulido, taking her into custody,” Hialeah police said in a news release. “Once again we commend the tenacity and devotion our detectives have to our community.” Continue reading
MARTIN COUNTY, FL. (THECOUNT) — Brendan Howard Rexford, of Port Huron, Michigan, has been identified as the young man killed in a motorcycle crash in Palm City, FL, Saturday, a Florida Highway Patrol release said.
Rexford, 20, was on operating a 2004 Honda CBR-60 traveling on Southwest Berry Avenue at about 12:33 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of the bike and exited the roadway.
Brendan Howard Rexford, 20, of Port Huron, Michigan, died Saturday in a single-vehichle [sic] crash, according to the FHP. Rexford was traveling southbound on SW Berry Avenue , when he lost control of his 2004 Honda CBR60. He veered on to the right shoulder, hitting the road on the left side.
DAVIE, FL. (THECOUNT) — Miami, Florida man, Johansen Concepcion De La Ros, has been arrested after shooting a puppy being walked by Davie woman, Roshelle Parson, from the balcony of an apartment building.
De La Ros, 19, is accused of killing an 8-month-old puppy using a “sniper style,” weapon fired from a balcony to the street below.
A woman, who the suspect did not know, was walking her dog, “Princess,” along a trail near the Remove term: Centro at Davie by Centro at Davie by ARIUM Apartments, when suddenly the animal shrieked and fell bleeding to the ground bleeding.
Officials said the dog’s owner was “covered in blood,” and holding a limp puppy, upon police arrival. Continue reading
SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL. (THECOUNT) — Kailyn Pollard, has been identified as the Sorrento mother charged in her 1-year-old daughter’s hot car death, officials from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said.
Pollard, 29, of Sorrento, was charged with negligent manslaughter Friday, after leaving her young child in a vehicle for hours as she worked at, “iQ Power.”
Sanford experienced record high temperatures Friday. The high was 96 degrees, two degrees hotter than the previous record high on that date, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.
The toddler, Kit Noelle Pollard, was found at 4:40 p.m. at a Sanford Wawa location on State Road 46, according to the Seminole County Fire Department.
Officials said she showed no vital signs and was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest.
According to Pollard’s arrest report, Kit was left in the car from 9am to 4pm while Pollard was at work at iQ Power. The report states that Pollard, who would normally drop her daughter off at a local day care, failed to do so Friday. Authorities said Pollard told them that she didn’t notice her daughter’s body until after she had gotten back in her car after work, went to a nearby Olive Garden to pick up food and then stopped at Wawa to fuel the car. Around 4:30 p.m., Pollard “ultimately became aware that her daughter was in the back seat” when she got out to put gas in the car, according to the report. Continue reading
SUWANNEE CO. FL. (THECOUNT) — Brian, 7, and Gabriela Mejias, 6, could be traveling in a black Toyota Camry with a Texas license plate.
A Florida Amber Alert has been issued for two children from Live Oaks in Suwannee County.
Brian, 7, and Gabriela Mejias, 6, could be traveling in a black Toyota Camry with a Texas license plate. The car has dark tinted windows and may be driven by a male named Rochie.
It may be in a caravan with three vehicles. One of the other vehicles is a gray Chevy Tahoe or Suburban with lightly tinted windows and a Texas license plate.
The other may be a beige Chevy Tahoe or Suburban with no tint and possibly being driven by a male named Melecio and occupied by a female named Alexia.
There are possibly 13 people in the caravan, including the Mejias children. They could be headed west toward Texas or toward Madison, Florida. Continue reading
CANTONMENT, FL. (THECOUNT) — The suspect taken in custody over a fatal Cantonment shooting Saturday, has been released, according to Escambia County Sheriff’s Office press release.
Douglas Curtis Lloyd, 30, was named as the man found suffering from at least one gunshot wound near Old Chemstrand Road, in Cantonment, FL., around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Douglas Curtis Lloyd, the sheriff’s office said. Continue reading
BAY COUNTY, FL. (THECOUNT) — Emily Paul, the young woman reported missing in early 2013, has been located safe.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced the welcomed news that Paul, who has been missing since 2013, was located safe and sound and her missing person’s case is now happily closed.
Deputies say the Bay County Sheriff’s Office was notified that family members of Paul received letters in the mail from her. Captain Jason Daffin then posted a video to Facebook asking Paul to reach out to law enforcement to let them know she was safe.
Deputies say Monday Paul contacted the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. They say after a phone conversation, deputies requested Paul come to the sheriff’s office or police department so officers could verify her safety.
They say about 30 minutes later, a second call came in to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office from a police department saying they had a woman in their lobby who claimed she was Paul. An investigator with that agency spoke with Paul, one-on-one, for a while. Paul said she was safe, she had a support system, and she was happy where she was. They say she appeared to be in good health and she had arrived at the police station by herself and left by herself. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY, FL. (THECOUNT) — An unidentified worked was killed in Orange County following a freak accident near the Walt Disney World employee area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies said the victim, a 61-year-old worker, was standing on a grate when he slipped and fell into the large vat of grease.
According to deputies, two employees were emptying oil and grease byproduct from a semi-truck into a vat at a Reedy Creek energy facility located off of Western Way just after midnight Wednesday morning. The facility is near Cast Connection and Property Control, not far from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Continue reading
IMMOKALEE, FL. (THECOUNT) — Sonia Matilde Velasquez, Ave Maria, has been identified as the woman killed in a car crash at Camp Keais Road and Pope John Paul II Boulevard in Immokalee Tuesday morning.
According to authorities, Velasquez, 54, was operating a vehicle traveling on east on Pope John Paul II Blvd when she attempted to make a left hand turn and failed to observe a posted stop sign.
Velasquez failed to stop at a stop sign while making a left turn and drove into the path of a dump truck which struck her car. Continue reading
WESLEY CHAPEL, FL. (THECOUNT) — Jacob Taylor Gianatasio of Wesley Chapel, has been identified as the victim killed following a motorcycle-vs-auto crash in Port Richey Saturday.
Gianatasio, 23, was operating a Yamaha motorcycle on U.S. 19 just south of San Marco Drive when the fatal collision occurred Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to officials, an 83-year-old man driving a Hyundai Elantra attempted to make a U-turn when he turned in front of Gianatasio, causing a collision.
On Saturday, Aug. 4 at 12:30 p.m., James Douglas Pulver, 83, of Port Richey was driving his Hyundai Elantra north on U.S. 19 in the left turn lane just south of San Marco Drive. Gianatasio was riding his Yamaha motorcycle south in the inside lane, approaching San Marco Drive. According to state troopers, Pulver attempted a U-turn into the path of the motorcycle and struck it. Continue reading