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Teen laughs, judge doesn't

Published April 20, 2007


Accused of violating his probation, Jeffrey Jay Jorissen went to court Wednesday to explain himself.

He told Circuit Judge Daniel Perry that he was following friends when they drove across the Courtney Campbell Causeway into Pinellas County.

Mistake No. 1: He wasn't supposed to leave Hillsborough.

Mistake No. 2: He got caught about 2 a.m., way after his curfew.

"Do you have no common sense?" the judge asked.

"Apparently not, sir," said Jorissen, 21, of Tampa.

The man's girlfriend, observing from the audience, snickered and tried to hide her smile behind a bench.

Jorissen's lawyer pointed her out, saying she could vouch for her boyfriend as a witness.

Mistake No. 3: The girlfriend was also on felony probation. She shouldn't have been out of county in the middle of the night either.

"We might go ahead and take care of that," Perry said.

He ordered Jorissen to spend a few days in jail until his probation violation hearing. Then he called the girlfriend, 19-year-old Amy D. Tucker, to the front and sent her to jail, too.

Her smile disappeared.

* * *

Hundreds of people flocked April 11 to the Senate Portico in Tallahassee for the 4th annual Flavors of Hillsborough event.

They ate black beans, yellow rice and Cuban sandwiches provided by the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office and snacked on Chifles plantain chips compliments of the 13th Judicial Circuit chief judge and administrator.

Then there was Mark's Magic Mullet, straight from State Attorney Mark Ober's kitchen.

The mullet refers to the oily fish caught in Tampa Bay, not a bad '80s hairdo. Billed by Ober as "a smoked seafood delicacy from beautiful Tampa Bay," it's a fish spread recipe he created with the help of fellow prosecutor Carolle Hooper.

Ober, an avid fisherman, is skilled at catching mullet you do it with a cast net but opted to buy it for this event. He had to clear out his entire refrigerator to fit the dip's ingredients.

Then he got a group from his office to help him pick the meat off 100 mullet, which he then mixes with fresh onion, peppers, pickle relish, jalapenos and a whole lot of other ingredients.

The dip was offered to the hungry state capital crowd in two versions: "hot and not hot," Ober said.

Ober said some people were skeptical of eating fish at 11:30 a.m. but were quickly won over by the spread's flavor.

"People not only came back for seconds, but we had several people want to know where they could buy it," Ober said. "Of all the people there, I feel like I would win the Iron Chef competition."

Got a tip? For cops news, contact Abbie VanSickle at or (813) 226-3373. For courts news, contact Colleen Jenkins at or (813) 226-3337.

[Last modified April 20, 2007, 00:43:54]

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