In Palm Beach
Inmate tries to steal car moments after release
By ROCHELLE E.B. GILKEN
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Fresh from the slammer, Frank Singleton decided he was too tired to walk the 6 miles home.
So he snatched the car keys from a 23-year-old woman and tried to steal her 2006 Nissan 350Z. Right in the jail parking lot. But he hadn't counted on it being a five-speed manual transmission, which he couldn't drive.
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And he certainly hadn't counted on a priest with a gun. The priest, who turned out to be sheriff's clergy Leo Krug, forced Singleton out of the driver's seat and to the ground.
So instead of going home a few hours after his arrest on a misdemeanor trespassing charge Tuesday morning, Singleton was sent back to his cell charged with felony carjacking.
The 23-year-old victim, who asked that her name be withheld for her safety, said that other people stood around while Krug intervened while holding the gun at his side.
"I was screaming bloody murder the whole time," the woman said. "The car door was still open, I was holding onto the door. ... He had no interest in my wallet, my purse. He wanted a ride. The gentleman with the gun came over and forced him out."
When a deputy asked Singleton what happened, Singleton said he "didn't feel like walking" to his home 6 miles away on 29th Street in West Palm Beach, according to the arrest report.
In Singleton's second mug shot taken at noon, he's wearing the same white T-shirt he wore for his initial 5 a.m. arrest. Singleton has prior arrests on burglary, larceny and grand theft auto charges.
Tigi peed correctly in the toilet for the first time ever today. All four paws on the seat and no scratching after. He got tuna for a treat. Now if only 2% would do something vaguely close to peeing in the toilet, I'd be very happy.
It's been an exhausting few days. I got in an hour late. Dropped Cristian off at his house. Drove home. Slept 2.5 hours. Picked up Natalie, Galia, Willy, Pamela and Daniela and went to Dolphin for awhile. We ate and then I went around with Daniela and Willy. We finished there around 4 and I dropped them at their hotel. Then I went home and rested for a bit. Annie called me. She had a little story to tell me about the oh-so-incredibly intelligent people who work for crew scheduling. Here's their conversation in a nut shell.
Phone rings on Annie's day off. Should she answer? She isn't required to. She decides to.
Crew Scheduling: Hello, Annie. This is crew scheduling calling to remind you that you're on ready reserve tomorrow. Be in the airport at 8.50 PM.
Annie: You do realize this is my day off and you're not supposed to call me on my day off, correct?
CS: Yes, but it was just to remind you.
Annie: Exactly what flight am I on ready reserve for?
CS: MIA-VVI 758
Annie: Has there been a change to the line?
CS: Excuse me?
Annie: There's no flight to VVI tomorrow. The plane is in Bolivia. The VVI-GRU and VVI-MIA are tomorrow. I'll go to the airport and sit there, but there's not going to be a plane.
CS: Hold on. Let me check. Oh. You're right. Okay change that to a regular reserve
We got our lines. I'm mad. Really fucking mad. I got my 4th choice... but Armando got my THIRD choice and I'm 3 people ahead of him in seniority. So I wrote a complaint. They'd better fucking fix it because I'm not doing a turn to Haiti (I think... not sure because they couldn't tell me where flight 754 goes) on New Year's Eve. And it took them 20 minutes to figure out why I had TDY before my name. Argh. So sick of this company. I'm quitting after next month. I love flying and I love my job but I can't deal with the BS that goes on once we land.
So I got home and took a short nap. I had a date with a guy that I met at the airport - he does internet security for duty free america. We met up around 8 at Bahama Breeze. It was nice - we had a good time. He's from the Bronx and lives in Davie now. So I was just impressed that he came all the way to Kendall for a drink and calamaris. We'll probably go out a second time after the holidays.
I got home around 11 and then went to go to bed. Then I got a call from Santigi. He's leaving for Sierra Leone next week so I wanted to see him before he left. Not leaving on vacation... but moving there. I actually just called Nzinga and told her he was going and she was like, "Oh, so how long's he going for?" I said, "Um... forever. He's GOING to Sierra Leone." She was like, "What?? No way!! He didn't tell me! Ya know I only talk to him once a month so I probably wouldn't have even noticed until February." Aww. Anyway, went over there and we watched the Boondocks for a few hours. And then I fell asleep so I ended up staying over.
The next day I had lunch with Yessie at Chili's. The food was really awful. To the point that I complained and got my burger for free. The service was even worse. Ugh. And it was so slow. Do not ever go to Chili's around 4 PM. You will be forgotten.
After that I came home and was going to go to sleep, but Annie called me. She said she had some Christmas shopping to do and asked if I wanted to go along. I said sure. I had a coupon for a free pair of panties from VS anyway. So back in the car and all the way up to freakin' Hialeah and the Weston mall.
Her friend Gus came and we had a great time together. He and I really hit it off. He's looking for a sweet big gay man to go on a free cruise with him so I gave him Luis's myspace. We kept telling him we were sure Rene was free... I mean even if he's on reserve, he's still free. Gus said, "Yeah... No. Just... no." He says he still wants to hurt Annie for hooking them up. I asked what happened between them and Gus said, "I have no idea. We were getting along great and then one day he just stopped calling me. For no reason. The same thing he apparently did to you, according to Annie."
I convinced Annie to buy him America The Book for Christmas. She wanted to buy him a Bill O'Reily book. I was like... NO. Just NO NO NO!!! So she let him choose. He said, "What? You're letting me choose between two books I don't want? Wow. You're a friend." He chose America The Book because at least it has a chance of being amusing. I told him to choose the most expensive one so he could return it after the holidays.
After shopping we went to Flannigans for something to eat. We go in and ask if there's a wait. They say 25-30 minutes. So we say okay, we're gonna wait right there and sit down and start talking.
Here's the big gossip that will be on the street starting in January... I know I've mentioned how Ivy goes around to all the pilots and tries to pick them up in hopes of getting her green card. We always laugh at her because all the pilots are married and they aren't going to leave their wives for some Bolivian slut.
Well... One of them is. Yep, this bitch got what she wanted. This one pilot is leaving his wife and kids and marrying Ivy and taking her to the USA. He hasn't said anything yet, though. He's waiting until after the holidays because he has a heart. He's leaving his family for some slut he's only known for 3 months, but at least it's not on Christmas!
But wait there's more! Ivy has a boyfriend in Bolivia. She's been with him for 5 years and pretty much supports him. She's still with him. So you know she's not going to leave this guy while she marries the pilot... Nope... she plans on being with the pilot for two years and as soon as she has her green card... bye bye! She's going to ditch him, marry the bolivian guy and bring him over. How few morals you must have in order to let your girl bang a pilot (who broke up his family for her) for two years and then take her back and go to the USA with her. Incredible. In fucking credible.
I still need to write about what happened with Claudia. That really set me over the top. I hate that bitch so much.
Felix called me today to wish me a merry christmas.
I really need to clean my room. I keep going to do it and then falling asleep.
I'm sitting here bored. I was supposed to go to church with Pamela and Mafer, but Pamela had a family emergency and had to go to Cochabamba. So instead I just hung around here.
I've been applying for teaching jobs to tide me over until the new semester starts. Most of them pay around $20-$25 an hour so if I get 30 hours a week, that'll be fine. Then in August I want to start a full time job with benefits and all. Miami Dade starts at $36,000 plus a $3,000 bonus for having a masters. And benefits are 100% covered. I'm hoping something will open up in my subject area for the spring semester, but I doubt it. I have some friends keeping an eye out for me, though.
I also applied for a teaching fellowship. It'll get me a certification in Elementary Education without having to take any more classes. That would be WONDERFUL. Otherwise I'm going to have to go to MDCC for a year or so to get certified and that would suck.
Other than that... nothing going on. Marcio is going to (hopefully) meet me on the plane tomorrow.
I feel a lot better today. Almost no coughing. I slept all day yesterday. I'm sure that helped a lot.