Florida man dies after winning cockroach-eating contest

Edward Archbold was, according to those who met him on Friday night, the life of the party – a bit of a showoff who was up for anything, even a giant cockroach-eating contest.

He won. And then, tragically, he died.

Now police from Deerfield Beach, Fla., about 40 miles north of Miami, are investigating the death of the 32-year-old, who on Facebook went by Edward William Barry.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Archbold, of West Palm Beach, and several other contestants signed up to eat a variety of insects at Ben Siegel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach. After eating dozens of giant cockroaches, Archbold was declared the winner of an ivory-ball python. (The prizes, Archbold indicated on his Facebook page that night, were less significant than the glory.)

He had also entered a superworm-eating contest earlier in the night.

But after winning, Archbold felt sick and started vomiting. He then collapsed in the store and was later pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office is conducting tests to determine a cause of death, according to the sheriff’s office statement.

On Facebook, Ben Siegel Reptiles wrote that staff met Archbold the night of the Midnight Madness sale: “We all liked him right away. All of us here at Ben Siegel Reptiles are sad that we will not get to know Eddie better, for in the short time we knew him, he was very well liked by all.”

In the comments beneath the statement, the reptile store wrote that the prize “now belongs to his estate.”

In another Facebook comment, an attorney claiming to represent Ben Siegel Reptiles wrote that contest participants had signed waivers accepting their participation in this “unique and unorthodox contest.”

“The consumption of insects is widely accepted throughout the world, and the insects presented as part of the contest were taken from an inventory of insects that are safely and domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles,” wrote attorney Luke Lirot.

No other contestants felt sick, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

And Archbold seemed to be doing all right earlier in the night, according to his own account on Facebook. He took photos of the superworms and wrote: ” Also side note im NOW in a super worm eating comp now…….what ever the hell a super worm is?”

Eating the bugs yielded valuable rewards, according to the store’s Facebook page: “Eat the most bugs in 4 minutes, win the ball morph. That’s it. Oh yeah, any vomiting is an automatic DQ,” the advertisement stated. “Eat the most crickets, win a male lesser. Eat the most superworms, win a female orange belly. Eat the most discoid roaches, win a female graphite sired ivory!”

Michael Adams, a professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside, told The Associated Press that he has never heard of someone dying after eating roaches.

“Unless the roaches were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don’t think that cockroaches would be unsafe to eat,” Adams said. “Some people do have allergies to roaches but there are no toxins in roaches or related insects.”

Meanwhile, Archbold’s friends took to his Facebook page to remember him. Wrote one: “This goes out to one of the most funnest, craziest, and most energetic person I have ever met!!! I will never ever forget u Eddie… I don’t think anyone could!!”

 

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Teen Allegedly Offers Cop $15 To Buy Fake ID Back

When a cop takes away your fake ID, what’s an alcohol-desiring teen to do?

One Florida woman’s solution was allegedly to go capitalistic and try to make a deal.

On July 27, Officer Christopher Hernandez pulled over a silver Honda after observing it weave in and out of lanes and make a wide right turn, according to a police affidavit obtained by The Huffington Post.

After stopping the vehicle in Ponte Vedra, Hernandez said he noticed that the driver, Christine Stoudemire, 18, was slurring her speech and smelled of alcohol, the Sun Sentinel first reported.

As Stoudemire was fiddling around in her wallet for identification, Hernandez spotted a driver’s license from South Carolina located in front of the Florida-issued card that Stoudemire eventually handed over to the deputy.

Hernandez informed the allegedly boozed-up Stoudemire that he was going to conduct field sobriety tests.

The suspect refused, according to Hernandez. The cop placed the teenager under arrest for suspicion of DUI.

The suspect was detained in the police vehicle and transported to a nearby jail, the affidavit said.

Stoudemire wasn’t buying the charges, though, allegedly telling Hernandez that she’s driven “way more times like this.”

Upon later inspection of the possessions in Stoudemire’s vehicle, Hernandez alleged that Stoudemire’s South Carolina license is fraudulent.

The South Carolina license read that Stoudemire’s date of birth is November 22, 1989.

According to the police report, Stoudemire’s actual birth date is November 22, 1993.

But Stoudemire wasn’t giving up her license to purchase alcohol so easily.

En route to the prison, the teenager asked Hernandez not to take away the South Carolina ID, because “it took her months to be able to get the money” for it, the cop said in the police report.

Stoudemire then allegedly offered Hernandez $15 to buy it back.

The suspect was charged for a traffic offense and for third-degree fraud.

According to the University of Tampa, possession of a fake ID is punishable for up to 5 years in prison.

 

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Man arrested for sword, peanut butter sandwich attack

Winter Haven, Florida –A Polk County man faces numerous charges after a bizarre confrontation outside of his mobile home.

According to his arrest affidavit, 50-year-old Mark Christopher Miller confronted several women after hearing a disturbance outside of his residence on Friday night.

Wielding a sword, Miller allegedly began poking it at Brandi Bodiford’s stomach. Bodiford, who is six months pregnant, was able to grab the blade to keep Miller from stabbing her.

Another woman, Taylor Grimes, stepped in between the two when Miller threatened to kill her with the sword. The arrest report goes on to say Miller then smeared his peanut butter sandwich on the chest of a third woman, Cierra Harwell.

Responding deputies took Miller into custody. While in the back of the patrol car, the suspect apparently chewed on the padding on the car’s cage divider, causing about $550 in damage.

Miller told investigators he was upset because the “damn lesbians” were banging on his trailer. He also said he did have a sword in his hand, but he never left the doorway of his home.

Miller was arrested and charged with battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief.

 

 

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