Please allow 28-year-old Christian Montijo to serve as your 2020 motivation to get your lives together. The father of two dropped more than 150 lbs and then opted to serve his country in joining the U.S. Army!!!
For Montijo, it has been his dream to serve his country, but the weight was keeping him from doing it. So he did something about it. It was just about a year ago that he weighed more than 300 lbs., so with a plan in sight, he started a weight-loss campaign, which included meal prep and walks around his neighborhood.
He credits his kids as his primary motive in dropping the weight, but joining the military has always been a dream. When he felt he was good enough, he visited the Kissimmee recruiting station, but still needed to drop about 30 lbs.
By October of 2019, he had shed nearly 165 lbs and was finally able to enlist.
Montijo is now active and at basic training in South Carolina, while serving as a Satellite Communications Systems Ops Maintainer.
Raksha Bethencourt is a full-time law firm assistant, has a side hustle job at home, is a single mom and, oh yeah, a linebacker in a men’s minor league football league.
We could all learn something from this women. That is how you stay busy!
Bethencourt is just 25-years-old. She rocks No. 48 and patrols the outside as a linebacker for the Orlando Phantoms, of which, she’s already won two championships with the team as well.
She tried out in 2017 and made history in making the cut, having beat out 76 other players, all men. She’s the first woman to ever play in the league.
The 5-foot-4 OLB initially tried out for the Orlando Anarchy, the women’s minor league football team, but in wanting to pursue a greater challenge, opted to also try out for the Phantoms.
The most-difficult part of it all, according to Bethencourt, is conquering the mental aspect of playing against men. She’s suffered numerous injuries, including haven broken her hands. However, she has not swayed from the task at hand in also serving as a good example for her 7-year-old daughter.
The baller hopes to inspire other women to knock down walls and challenge barriers as well, because anything is possible, if you set yourself a goal and are determined to make it happen.
A 26-year-old Mariano Gomez Ajtum backed his truck up, nearly straight through, the women’s bathroom of a Chuck E. Cheese on International Drive. So, he left the truck and ran away, because, ‘Florida Man’.
Video surveillance caught the whole scene. Only a few patrons were present in the restaurant at the time of the incident and no one was in the bathroom, so no one was injured.
The 48-second video released by police captures him reversing, with speed, directly into the wall, which caused significant damage to the building’s structure. It then shows him get out of his truck, observe the damage and proceed to full-on sprint away from the incident.
He did one thing right, however, he was wearing his seat belt! He later returned to the scene to face the music. Alcohol was not part of the equation, it just ended up being a mistake.
Despite the damage, the establishment was forced to also close its doors temporarily following the incident.
Ajtum was handed a ticket for improper backing and driving without a valid license.
A Florida mom, Veronica Alvarez-Rodriguez, recently purchased a Baby Einstein bouncer, in a sealed box, but when her husband opened it at home, the couple found a Mossberg 715T semi-automatic rifle with ammo boxes as well.
Alvarez-Rodriguez went to Florida Goodwill where she claims you can find ‘the best treasures for $9.99’, but we doubt she meant an apocalypse-conquering and loaded semi-automatic rifle for a baby shower.
The Baby Einstein bouncer, unopened, appeared to be brand new and was purchased for $10. The recipient family, specifically, the father, shouted, ‘You guys got me a gun!’, while some guests laughed, the purchasing couple were shocked and instantly called the Crestview Police Department.
Officers arrived at the party, ensured that the purchasing couple were not felons and confiscated the weapon.
The incident currently remains under investigation, including how the weapon and ammo got into the box in the first place.
Patrick Spikes, a (now former) employee of Walt Disney World and founder of ‘BackDoorDisney (we’ll explain that one), has stolen nearly $14,000 in Disney memorabilia.
A surveillance video was released to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office of Spikes scuffling/wrestling with the questioning officers regarding the thefts, over the phone that the 24-year-old was using to take pictures of the stolen property to post them online to sell.
He has a a black market online account, of which he sells stolen Disney items and uses Twitter to share what’s for sale at ‘BackDoorDisney’. He would take pictures with the items in the backstage areas to prove the credibility of them and then post to sell.
Some of the known items stolen, an expensive bomber jacket, headphones and a hat of an animatronic character, ‘Buzzy’, from Epcot’s closed ‘Wonders of Life’ attraction.
Investigators found that he wasn’t alone in the crimes, as his cousin, Blaytin Taunton, is also in on stealing costumes and wigs from Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Records show that the two men used their respective Disney IDs to gain access to employee-only areas at the Disney family of theme parks, over a two-year period. Both men have generated thousands in revenue from items sold.
Spikes and Taunton face charges of grand theft, burglary and dealing in stolen property.
A 51-year-old thought he (or she) was a criminal mastermind in disguising as a woman and arresting a bank, but after also stealing a police cruiser, which led to a two-county car chase, he’s behind bars, none-the-richer.
That’s right, Gumersindo Reyes got dolled up in a gold dress, equipped with a red wig, long-sleeve shirt and some big-ass white sneakers, entered a Casselberry-based Chase Bank, and passed a note to the teller that ‘demanded money’.
He left the bank, carrying an undisclosed amount of cash. However, he stupidly ditched his getup behind a bush, where a Seminole County deputy noticed the ‘bizarre’ behavior and intervened.
He failed to subdue Reyes with a stun gun, but chased him into a nearby apartment complex. At that point, the deputy then went to draw his firearm, causing a struggle as Reyes attempted to grab it from him.
That is when Reyes ran off, jumped in the deputy’s cruiser and took off.
Reyes then led police on a chase that extended from Seminole County to Orange County, before crashing into a car, where police then apprehended him.
He faces a log list of numerous charges, including big ones like, battery of an officer, resisting arrest with violence and robbery with a firearm.
Reyes, who has a criminal past, including attempted murder in Puerto Rico, is currently in jail and, the unfortunate part for him, he can’t use any of the money he stole for a good lawyer, because he’ll need one.
Joshua Wade Turner, 46-years-old, was detained by Okaloosa County Sheriffs after it looked as if he was passed out drunk by a bank in the heart of the city.
When police arrived, Turner gave them another person’s identification, including a social security card, who was wanted on criminal charges, Patrick Pearson.
Turner was arrested because Pearson had an active warrant under his name for charges of theft and because he failed to divulge his actual, real identity.
The icing on the cake, when being processed, Turner decided to spit into the eyes of the detention deputy, which was good for an additional charge of batter on a law enforcement officer. In addition, he was also given two charges of fraud, possession of a forged license and giving false identification.
According to Newsweek, a first-degree misdemeanor for the charges can result in 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine. A second offense, which is actually a third-degree felony, can garner up to five years in prison or five years probation, including a $5K fine.
A 30-year-old Justin James Wilson went on a car-smashing binge, using rocks and a belt buckle, damaging 20 vehicles and then taking a nap in a bench nearby the incident.
The cars were all parked at a Holiday Inn on Okaloosa Island. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office have charged him with 14 counts of felony criminal mischief and six counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief for the damage he caused, totaling north of $30,000.
Wilson, homeless, upon being located by the OCSO, claimed he did it because President Donald Trump owes him a staggering one trillion dollars and that each of the vehicles he damaged belong to the mafia.