Man stabbed in Kissimmee after requesting a glass of water.

Hector Ramos was arrested by Osceola County Sheriff's deputies and charged with murder.

Hector Ramos was arrested by Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with attempted murder.

KISSIMMEE — It started, deputies would later report, with a knock on a door and a request for a glass of water.
It ended with a man who got stabbed and left bleeding on the ground, in critical condition.
It also led to the quick arrest of a suspect, Hector Ramos, who the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said confessed to the stabbing and blamed the victim’s past attempts to pester him for money and drugs.
Twis Lizasuain, public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, reported that Ramos, 33, of 139 Jones Lane, Apartment B in Kissimmee, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with attempted murder.
Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Lizasuain reported, the sheriff’s office got a call from the apartment complex on Jones Lane, and were told a man was bleeding to death in front of one of the apartments. Continue reading

High IQ society offers a Reader’s Theatre for Shakespeare fans.

In 2007, Orlando's Mad Cow Theatre produced its version of "Pericyles."

In 2007, Orlando’s Mad Cow Theatre produced its version of “Pericyles.”

CLEARWATER – There are a lot of different ways that people can relax and socialize together. They can organize a picnic, a card game, or a movie night, for example.
But if you happen to be a part of the organization American Mensa, you might have a different idea.
How about getting together, forming a circle, and reading a Shakespeare play together.
Shakespeare?
George Zadorozny, a Tampa area attorney and member of the Tampa Bay chapter of American Mensa, did just that on Sunday, calling it his Reader’s Theatre. It was a group reading of what he said was one of Shakespeare’s “shorter” plays, “Pericles.”
But with multiple acts to get through, it wasn’t a quick read.
“If we get a lot of people, we’ll be splitting up parts, because it is a five-act play,” Zadorozny said as his fellow Mensans began filling into the room. “This is a Reader’s Theatre, which is not a term I was familiar with until I watched ‘Dr. Who.’ “
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Woman arrested for attempted murder was targeting her husband, sheriff says.

Beth Richards was arrested and charged with attempting to kill her husband by poisoning his tuna fish sandwich.

LAKE WALES — It seemed like a regular enough domestic situation: a women decides to feed her hungry husband by making him a tuna fish sandwich.
That simple act, though, landed Beth Dickison Richards — a federal worker — in jail, facing a very serious charge: attempted murder.
The fact that her husband became nauseous and dizzy after starting to consume that sandwich is what put Richards behind bars, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said, adding that the Lake Wales women admitted to attempting to poison her husband’s meal.
Richards, 37, of 1325 Lakeview Road, Lake Wales, was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on Friday. She was charged with attempted first degree murder, poisoning food with the intent to kill, possession of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. All of these charges, noted Donna Wood, the public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, were done “in connection to the premeditated attempted murder of her husband, Gregory Lawrence Richards.”
What’s known so far in this investigation, Wood reported, is that around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, Polk deputies got a call to respond to the Richards’ home, after being told that a man living there wanted to report a poisoning. The call came from Jessica Jarvis, the suspect’s step-sister, and from Gregory Richards.
What they reported to deputies was a scary brush with fate for the victim — and a confession. Continue reading

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