Ormond woman calls police over alleged damage to her potted plant

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May 19

The president is...

8:27 p.m. — 1900 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Drunk person. A 65-year-old Ormond Beach man was so drunk, he fell asleep several times on the ground in front of a local restaurant, leading to police intervention.

The man, who had not purchased alcohol from the restaurant, had been on the property for a few hours, the property manager told police upon the officer's arrival. The man had also urinated on the side of the building, according to his arrest report.

He was unable to answer police's questions; he told officers the wrong date, that there were 25 quarters in a dollar and that the president of the U.S. was a local police officer, according to the report. 

He was transported to the hospital and issued a trespass warning. 

May 24

Repeat offender

10:53 a.m. — 1400 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Loitering or prowling. Police arrested a 38-year-old Miami man who was seen opening, and attempting to open, the doors of cars parked at a local fast food restaurant lot.

When officers arrived, and asked the man to identify himself, the man said that law enforcement was harassing him again — and that he had just gone "through all this" the other day, according to his arrest report. He eventually gave officers his name and the officers informed him he had been seen looking into cars and opening one unlocked car door. The man denied this and said he was only at the restaurant to get his morning coffee and cigarettes. He had neither on his person, the report states.

The man continued to say that he is being harassed by law enforcement everywhere he goes and that he keeps getting arrested. 

Police spoke with the man's friend, who had driven to the location in a separate vehicle and parked at the other end of the lot. The friend said they couldn't park next to each other due to the man's allergies.

The man was taken to jail and trespassed from the shopping plaza.

May 29


9:05 p.m. — First block of Big Buck Trail, Ormond Beach

Vandalism. One potted palm. Two neighbors. An ongoing feud.

Police were dispatched to a local neighborhood after a 78-year-old Ormond Beach woman reported that she suspected her 83-year-old neighbor had trimmed her potted palm plant without permission, resulting in $56 of damage, according to an incident report. The woman said her neighbor has been "aggressively" doing random acts to their shared planter and intimidating her regarding their property line since she moved in. However, the officer noted that the woman couldn't give concrete examples of this, other than her neighbor standing with crossed arms and staring at her in passing from their respective yards.

The woman told police other neighbors had complained about his behavior in the past as well. 

Police spoke with the neighbor, who said there have been ongoing issues with the woman since she moved in, and, that he's made numerous complaints to the homeowner's association. When asked about the plant, he said he did trim the bush he planted 28 years ago in the shared planter, but denied trimming the potted palm. 

The woman wished to press charges, but police found criminal charges to be unfounded. They did issue the neighbor a trespass warning at the woman's request.


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