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Our April Fool’s Day edition highlighting Florida’s strange stories so far this year found such favor with readers that we opted to make it a monthly feature.
People in The Keys and parts of Central Florida seemed to offer outsized shares of particularly bizarre behavior during April — especially on the night of Easter in downtown Orlando — but the 24 stories below reveal an entire peninsula’s worth of mayhem and mischief.
Tomorrow, we’ll return to featuring more serious journalism.
• “Florida Porsche salesman duped buyers out of $2.2 million for cars he never delivered, feds say” (Miami Herald, April 2)
• “He bought an $8 million island. The next week he was stealing from Kmart, police say.” (FLKeysNews, April 8)
• “Florida man accidentally shoots himself at I-4 rest stop, claims it was someone else, deputies say” (Orlando Sentinel, April 24)
• “Buying while buzzed: Florida’s strangest drunk purchases, from stripper poles to toilet lights” (Tampa Bay Times, April 24)
• “Watch Florida man run across I-4, under semi truck while fleeing police” (Orlando Sentinel, April 25)
• “This couple had sex outside the police station, cops say, in a ‘Key West moment'” (FLKeysNews, April 30)
• “Panama City Beach Police searching for ‘balding litterbug’ in amusing video” (Panama City News Herald, April 30)
The allegedly violent
• “Man who drove into pedestrian in parking lot ‘feared for his life,’ attorney says” (Sun Sentinel, April 11)
• “Police: Orlando woman fires multiple shots at neighbor who asked her to turn down her music” (Orlando Sentinel, April 15)
• “65-year-old Florida woman slugs 300-pound, half-naked attacker with baseball bat” (CBS4, April 15)
• “The Easter Bunny literally beat someone up in downtown Orlando last night” (Orlando Weekly, April 22)
• “Man bites man in the Keys during an argument over a Rolex, police say” (FLKeysNews, April 22)
• “He didn’t do his homework, so his mom hit him with a meat tenderizer, cops say” (Miami Herald, April 23)
• “Pinellas Co. inmate kicked in ribs after trying to give bird a cookie, deputy charged” (ABC Action News, April 23)
• “Deputies: Felon beats Deltona military veteran with bamboo stick” (Daytona Beach News-Journal, April 25)
The downright weird
• “After getting booted from Bumble, George Zimmerman is now using a fake name on Tinder” (Orlando Weekly, April 17)
• “Pasco man impersonating officer pulls over undercover cop” (WFLA, April 18)
• “Dispute over grass clippings ends with arrest” (WPEC, April 27)
• “‘Don’t f— with me.’ Orlando cat lover uses gun to defend right to feed hungry strays” (Miami Herald, April 6)
• “Wild hog weighing 350 pounds captured off Sarno Road in Melbourne” (Florida Today, April 21)
• “How much jail time can you get for pouncing on a pelican? Facebook poster gets sentenced” (FLKeysNews, April 25)
• “Aggressive ’gator terrifies Palm Coast woman” (St. Augustine Record, April 26)
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About today’s curator
I’m Ethan Magoc, a news editor at WUFT. Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve found a home telling Florida stories. I’m part of a team searching each morning for local and state stories that are important to you; please send feedback about today’s edition or ideas for stories we may have missed to firstname.lastname@example.org.