Florida Man Docket – August 29

August 29 – Florida Woman Jailed for Poisoning Neighbors’ Dogs and Cats with ‘Special Seasoning’

A Florida woman cooked up a toxic batch of food to kill her neighbors’ pets, deputies say.

Identified as Tamesha Knighten, the Florida woman allegedly poisoned the animals with chicken coated in phorate, a pesticide commonly used in agricultural insecticides. Knighten is a licensed practical nurse who worked at United Health Care at WellMed.

According to authorities, the police inquiry began after two felines named Luna and Pancake died within hours of one another. The owners claimed that both cats had been gagging, foaming at the mouth, and appeared in significant pain.

Police saw that one of the cats “was in horrific distress” and the other had already died, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

Shortly after, the neighbors also realized that they could not find their pregnant Chihuahua named Daisy. They soon discovered that Daisy was also deceased after eating the chicken. The eight unborn puppies in her womb also passed away.

According to detectives, Knighten had previously threatened to poison the cats and dogs for disturbing her yard. The neighbors share a fence line, and the animals often ended up in Knighten’s property while roaming outside.

Investigators searched the area and discovered a Styrofoam bowl containing a “meaty substance” blended with a darker ingredient. Although Knighten claimed that she did not possess Styrofoam bowls, a search of her property uncovered a package of the disposal plates as well as cans of chicken strips. The Florida woman later admitted the food contained “special seasoning” but denied any wrongdoing.

Deputies from Polk County Sheriff’s Office Agricultural Crimes Unit arrested Knighten after concluding the investigation. Police charged the Florida woman with three counts of animal cruelty along with one count of depositing poison in public.

According to Sheriff Judd, Knighten maintains her innocence and told investigators “she’s a nurse and had too much to lose.” However, deputies had enough evidence to proceed with the charges.

“These people lost their beloved pets in a most horrific way, and she lost her freedom by going to jail,” Judd said.

Animal activists want the crime prosecuted to the highest extent of the law. Shelley Thayer, the Florida executive director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), says she was “horrified” and “disgusted” to hear of the event.

“It’s a heinous crime,” said Thayer. “And I’m just devastated by it.”

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August 29 – Florida Man Shoots Landscaper for Blowing Dead Leaves on His Business Property

A Florida man faces attempted murder charges after flying into a rage and shooting a landscaper for blowing leaves on his property.

Identified as Claudio Arrendell, the alleged shooter is the P&P Auto Tire Shop in the Gladeview area of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The incident occurred at the business location near the 1500 block of Northwest 79th Street.

According to the police report, the landscaper had been working on clearing leaves from a property across the street. Arrendell then became upset at the volume of dead leaves blowing onto his property.

Following a heated argument, Arrendell shot the landscaper in the leg. Police arrived and detained several individuals for questioning. A witness claimed she heard two gunshots before seeing the landscaper fall to the ground. Retrieved cell phone video footage also shows the victim lying in the road in a pool of blood while holding his leg.

First responders transported the victim to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The medical facility later updated the victim’s status to stable condition.

Police arrested Arrendell and charged the business owner with one count of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. The Florida man reminds in custody at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. According to court records, Judge Tom Rebull found probable cause to hold the business owner in jail without bond for attempted homicide. Per Florida Statute 782.04(1)(a), premeditated first-degree murder is a capital felony with maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

Despite the charges, some locals defended Arrendell for the incident. One unnamed customer said the tire shop owner had a right to defend his property.

“It was something that went bad, and Arrendell and is protecting his place of business,” the unnamed customer said.

The customer continued, “I have my children bring their cars to him to get fixed, my brother, everyone in the neighborhood.”

Representatives for the landscaping company have yet to comment on the incident.