Saturday, November 22, 2014

Key West 'True Crime' writer gets a little too involved with some Key West true crime

Terry Schmida
Booking photo.
Terry Schmida is a reporter at the Key West Citizen newspaper where he covers education and social services.

Schmida tured 45 on Friday, and apparently decided to cap off a night of celebration by stopping in at the Denny's on Duval Street in Key West.

Larry Kahn of KeysInfoNet has the story:
A Key West Citizen reporter skipped out on his meal tab and tried to run a restaurant manager over with his car early Saturday morning, Key West police say.

Terry Schmida .... turned 45 on Friday. [...] He remained in the Keys jail early Saturday with no bond allowed.

According to a report from Key West police officer Michael Diaz, Schmida was at the Denny's at 925 Duval St. When it came time to pay his $9.23 bill around 2 a.m., all he could produce was a stack of his business cards and a $5 bill. He told manager Nicole Estep he would go to his car, a white Toyota, to get money.

She and another employee went outside, as well. That's when Schmida decided to drive away, Diaz wrote. He allegedly accelerated his car with Estep in front of him, forcing her onto the hood. Then he took off, with Estep left on the ground.

But the story doesn't end there.

The cops eventually caught up with Schmida and arrested him. He's been charged him with "felony aggravated assault ... misdemeanor drunk driving and theft."

Kahn also reports that officers at the jail pepper-sprayed and Tased Schmida because he was "noncompliant."

By the way, Schmida is also the author of a trilogy of books appropriately titled "True Crime Stories of Key West and the Florida Keys."

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

What's killing the alligators of the Florida Everglades?

Via CBS News:
Alligators have thrived in the Florida Everglades for years, but scientists studying their population are now finding fewer and smaller gators.

"The best of them are skinny," said Frank Mazzotti, a wildlife ecologist with the University of Florida. "They weigh maybe 80 percent of what an alligator should weigh, but what is of greater concern to us is the proportion of alligators that are emaciated."

A classic Don Wright cartoon from 30 years ago...

From the Miami News, Nov. 21, 1984.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Drone footage of snowstorm in West Seneca, NY

Why we live in Florida.....

Video by James Grimaldi.

A Random Pixels investigation reveals that an 8-week-old kitten is more popular than Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine

It's been two weeks since Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine gave his State of the City address. One of my Facebook friends called it an "over the (big) top State of the City Broadway production."

Here in the Random Pixels newsroom, we were impressed by the mayor's ability to transform a usually dull affair into something resembling a Presidential inauguration, Papal Coronation and Heisman Trophy ceremony, all rolled into one spectacular, self-aggrandizing, dull affair.

But the mayor is worried that some may have missed it.

In the two weeks since he gave the speech, he's been promoting it ad nauseam on social media.

He's even paid for an ad that's running on the state's most widely-read political blog, SaintPetersBlog.

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But despite all that promotion, the mayor's speech has been viewed just slightly more than 1,700 times.

By comparison, a YouTube video posted just two days ago of a tiny kitten battling its reflection in a mirror has been viewed more than 80,000 times.

This kitten is infinitely more popular than Miami Beach
Mayor Philip Levine. 

But back to the speech. At about 17 minutes into his 45 minute snooze-fest, the mayor talks about the city's search for a new police chief with "ability and an enviable record."

"We found those qualities in Chief Dan Oates, who only five months into the job, is already making a difference and you can feel it," the mayor said.

Last April, Levine was quoted as saying, "We believe that a culture of excellence should be in every [city] department head and Police Chief Dan Oates exemplifies that."

But if I had one wish, it would be to listen in on the conversation that Mayor Levine is almost certain to have very soon with his "world-class" police chief.

While the mayor was concluding his trip to Israel, someone broke into a house on Sunset Island.

The burglary might have gone unnoticed except for the fact that it occurred just two blocks from the mayor's house.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when the mayor has that talk with the chief.