One mom is upset that the Great American Teach-In guest speaker at her child’s school — a Clearwater K-12 public school that serves students with emotional and behavioral disabilities — was a Hooter’s waitress, reports theSt. Petersburg Times.
The Great American teach-In is a day where professionals all over the country go to schools to talk a bit about their jobs.
The waitress opted to wear sweatpants and a sweater instead of her Hooter’s girl uniform consisting of a white Hooters tank top (usually tight fitting), orange shorts (shiny and skimpy), according to the Times.
The mom told the St. Petersburg Times, “I’m not knocking waitresses. They’re very hard-working. My point is, these kids should have higher goals.”
One person is dead, a second hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting at the popular La Cuerva USA Café on Bird Road in west Miami-Dade, CBS-Ch. 4 reported.
Miami-Dade police spokesman Det. Javier Baez said it started with a fight between four individuals. During the confrontation, one of the individuals pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the restaurant at 8870 Bird Road.
One person died after being taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center. A second wounded man was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Police have not released the names of those involved. No arrests have been made in the shooting.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say a dog bit a 4-year-old girl and then the girl’s grandfather stabbed the dog twice in the neck with a pocket knife.
The incident happened shortly before noon on Monday at an outdoor seating area of a McDonald’s restaurant.
Authorities say the dog, the dog’s owners, the child and her grandfather all knew each other. The dog approached Shayna Lydick and bit her on the lip, which is when Shayna’s grandfather stabbed the dog.
Shayna was taken to the hospital for treatment. The Golden Retriever dog was treated by fire-rescue workers. Pinellas County Animal Services responded to the scene, took custody of the dog and will investigate.
Authorities say two men fighting in the middle of a southwest Florida road were fatally hit by an SUV.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 47-year-old John William Barr and 45-year-old Jerry Bramlett were involved in a physical altercation Sunday night in the middle of a North Fort Myers road.
As two vehicles were approaching the men, officials say the lead vehicle swerved into another lane to avoid them, but the second apparently didn’t see the fighters in time and hit them with her SUV. Both men were reported dead at the scene. Authorities were investigating the cause of their fight.
The SUV’s driver was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. No charges were immediately reported for the crash.
A purse containing a firearm was stolen from a woman while she was shopping in a West Melbourne Wal-Mart on Sunday, police report today.
According to a press release from the West Melbourne Police Department, two women were shopping in the produce section of the store, which is at 845 Palm Bay Road. When the women turned their backs on their shopping cart, an unidentified female grabbed the purse and fled.
The thief was described as having brown hair tied up in a bun, wearing a black shirt with an American flag logo on the front and pink shorts.
The Bonnita Springs man allegedly told deputies he took the videos while he would tie his shoes; deputies noted Pineda’s shoes were fastened by velcro, with no laces in them.
Deputies say he told them, “They’re just pictures. I did nothing wrong.”
A woman had the fright of her life after she found a stranger inside of her home at Orlando’s 55 West apartment complex.
Police said at about 10:50 p.m., the 24-year-old was in bed asleep when she heard footsteps coming down her hallway. She told them at first she thought it was her roommate, but she then saw that it was a stranger in her home. The victim then yelled, “who the hell are you?”
The suspect then walked out of the apartment. The victim called the security officer at the front desk and reported the incident to him. The suspect was not caught.
During the investigation, officers determined that the victim’s roommate left the door unlocked, allowing the suspect to get inside.
A 13-year-old is charged with arson, after deputies said she was caught setting a fire in her middle school bathroom.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department said it happened Monday, just before 1:30 p.m. in the girl’s locker room at Eustis Middle School. Investigators said she started the fire by pouring gasoline on the floor out of a bottle.
The teen’s gym teacher told deputies she noticed the girl wasn’t in class, and when she went to see what was keeping her, she saw the teen running out of the restroom with her shoe on fire. Fortunately, the flames were put out with only some damage to a few stalls and a toilet.
Authorities say dozens of cats that snuck into a Florida prison will be found new homes before the facility closes next month.
As many as 80 cats have burrowed under fences and taken up residence at the state-run prison in Belle Glade. Prisoners have been feeding the animals, even though rules prohibit that.
The 1,000-inmate prison closes Dec. 1. Officials tell The Palm Beach Post ( http://bit.ly/tb03sC) that as of Monday, there are more cats than prisoners at the facility. Just 69 inmates remain awaiting transfers.
Deputies say a Tampa man called 911 67 times over a two-hour period.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office arrested 37-year-old Clarence McDonald on Tuesday after deputies pulled over the car he was riding in. They say he started calling 911 operators on Monday night, reporting that he had been shot at and was being shot.
Officials say McDonald never provided his location.
The St. Petersburg Times ( http://bit.ly/stJ4P8) reports the first call came in about 10 p.m. Monday. Deputies say McDonald continued to call and stayed on the line for 30 seconds to a minute.
When deputies stopped the car, they found the cell phone he used to call 911 and cocaine.
An Orlando teenager is facing charges for staging his own kidnapping to extort a ransom from his father, according to Delray Beach police.
The 17-year-old disappeared from the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis tournament in Delray Beach on Sunday morning. He later called his father claiming his captors were demanding $50,000 for his release, police said.
A woman was arrested Tuesday for going to her daughter’s school, hitting a student and telling her daughter to fight another student.
According to students and parents at the school, The Mom says she was tired of her daughter being bullied.
Leslie Thomas, 30, was arrested at Lockhart Middle School. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says Thomas went to the school’s cafeteria without permission, hit a student, then told her daughter to start a fight.
”You can’t just barge in and attack another child, especially a minor. You just can’t do that!” says Carole Brown, whose grandson witnessed the altercation.
Investigators say Thomas also stopped anyone from breaking up the fight, and hit another child.
A toxicology report shows that a Florida woman who was fatally shot by an East Tennessee deputy after slashing him and trying to drive away in his patrol car had taken methamphetamine and several other drugs.
Bradley County Sheriff’s Maj. Jon Collins told the Cleveland Daily Banner that a report received Monday shows meth, lidocaine and other drugs in the body of 30-year-old Armetta Foster of Casselberry, Fla.
The deputy was talking to Foster after finding her walking along Interstate 75 with her two children and she slashed him on the hand. Foster then took off in the patrol car and the deputy fired at her. The car struck a tree.
A Tampa Bay area man has been convicted of kidnapping and killing his girlfriend.
A Hillsborough County jury found 41-year-old Vincent Brown guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder and kidnapping. The same jury on Saturday will recommend whether Brown should receive the death penalty or life in prison. A judge will make the final decision.
Jennifer Johnson’s body was found at an abandoned Lakeland home in November 2008. Prosecutors say she had been dumped there three days earlier after Brown strangled her.
Records show Johnson called 911 the night of her disappearance, saying she was in the trunk of a car. But the call ended abruptly after a minute, and officers never responded.
Authorities say a Tampa Bay area farm worker was killed after a metal boom on his tractor came in contact with a live electrical wire.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports that the tractor 44-year-old Fernando Melechor was driving hit the wire Wednesday afternoon. The Bradenton Herald ( http://bit.ly/vIZ3Uc) reports that he was electrocuted when he got off the tractor and touched the ground.
Two Boynton Beach marine officers patrolling for manatee season hit a “jackpot” when they discovered a boat trying to smuggle in enough marijuana to rival a sea cow in weight – about 1,300 pounds of it, worth $1.2 million in street sales, police said. The suspects set sail from the Bahamas.
Officers Gregg Koch and Darin Hederian grew suspicious after seeing a 31-foot center console powerboat about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday running on one engine. It smacked into a sandbar twice near the Boynton Beach boat ramp and kept heading for land with little regard about the boat.
Authorities say a 10-year-old central Florida boy broke into an impound lot by scaling a 10-foot chain-link fence and stole a pickup truck.
Eatonville police spokesman Eric McIntyre says the boy drove the truck through a fence Wednesday and took off down the street. Someone noticed a child driving and called police. The boy drove several blocks, throwing the truck into reverse to avoid police cars along the way.
The Orlando Sentinel ( http://thesent.nl/uz5Pwh) reports the boy crashed into a light pole. An electric wire fell, setting a house on fire, but the boy escaped with no injuries. He ran from the truck but Chief Joseph Jenkins and a detective chased him and arrested him.
The child was taken to a juvenile assessment center. The truck sustained $4,000 in damage.
Despite efforts overnight by doctors at Tampa General Hospital, the unborn baby of a woman hit and killed by a car Wednesday night has died as well.
The 27-year-old pregnant mother, Monica Alvarez, was pushing a stroller, along with Shanita Little, 24, and her child, Marquisha Wilson, 1, also in a stroller, when the crash happened just before 8 p.m. at 43rd Street North and Hillsborough Avenue East in Tampa.
The mothers were walking with their toddlers on a dark stretch of the road with no sidewalk in the area.
The cause of the carbon monoxide leak in a nursing home eaarly Thursday was a faulty stove, said a spokesman from West Palm Beach Emergency Management.
"Not all the burners were working on the stove," said Allan Orton, emergency management coordinator for the city of West Palm Beach. "Everyone’s back inside. They’re having lunch."
At 8:52 a.m., West Palm Beach Fire Rescue crews were called to Rehabilitation Center of the Palm Beaches after a fire-rescue worker who was in the building detected high levels of carbon monoxide on his portable monitor.
Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Diane Matty said the rescue worker called hazmat crews to the center at 301 Northpoint Parkway.
A Facebook friend request from a Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy may have saved a despondent man’s life.
Officials in Odessa, about 25 miles north of Tampa, said an armed man barricaded himself in a backyard shed Wednesday and told his wife he was going to “do something to make the cops kill me,” according to a police report released Thursday. The man’s wife told officers that he hadn’t been taking his medications and was acting erratically by throwing dishes around the kitchen, the report said.
There was no phone in the shed, but there was a computer. Cpl. Arthur Morrison II — a hostage negotiator — sent a Facebook friend request to the man, who accepted. The man then defriended Morrison, but Morrison sent another friend request, and the man accepted again.
The Lauderhill police officer accused of trying to gun down his colleague had a history of disciplinary incidents, according to Internal Affairs files released Thursday afternoon.
Kristopher Bieger, the 30-year-old son of a retired Hallandale Beach cop, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and discharging a firearm from a vehicle after he fired 10 shots at a fellow officer who refused to continue to date him, according to Lauderhill Police Capt. Constance Stanley.
Bieger, on the force since October 2006, has been suspended without pay. He is in the Broward Main Jail, Stanley said Thursday.
According to police internal records, Bieger had been disciplined several times.
Utility crews have stopped a large sewage leak in Sarasota that caused a foul-smelling pool outside of a public park and spillage into Sarasota Bay.
The leak was stopped early Thursday morning. Officials say the untreated waste had been spewing from a broken sewer main for 24 hours.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (http://bit.ly/tNc0fL) reports that an estimated 40,000 gallons of waste water is believed to have escaped through a storm drain and entered Sarasota Bay before crews were able to block the drain with an earthen berm.
The flow caused a dirty lake of waste water to form in the park.
Deputies in Tampa say they suspect a 35-year-old man played some role in the death of an elderly real estate developer whose body was driven to the sheriff’s office in the trunk of a car.
The sheriff’s office said Thursday that James Monroe Sheets II was arrested and charged with stealing a car belonging to the victim, 79-year-old Henry Shell. An unidentified person drove Shell’s Mercury Grand Marquis to a sheriff’s station Tuesday with his dead body in the trunk. The medical examiner is still trying to figure out what happened to him.
They haven’t charged Sheets and are still looking for witnesses who may have seen them together.
Sheets is being held without bond on auto theft and other charges. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney yet.
A judge issued a gag order Friday on behalf of a juvenile suspect in the killing of one man and the wounding of another who had responded to a phony job ad on Craigslist.
The boy’s attorney sought to stop authorities and prosecutors from speaking about what the lawyer described as a “highly sensational” case. Noble County Sheriff Stephen Hannum said in an email Friday that he would release no information due to the gag order. Cadaver dogs found the body of a Florida man this week in a grave in a remote area outside Caldwell, a small village about 80 miles east of Columbus, after a jobseeker from South Carolina was shot but ran away through the woods, the sheriff said.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office was investigating the circumstances that left a taxicab driver shot and his cab crashed into a parked car on Friday morning.
The shooting happened sometime before the 6 a.m. along the 2900 block of Northwest Seventh Street, the Sheriff’s Office said. The taxi was outside a residence, crashed into a parked car. Rescuers rushed the wounded cab driver to North Broward Medical Center. His condition was unknown.
Authorities in Southwest Florida are investigating after dismembered cats were left on the fairways at a golf club.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office says the latest incident happened Thursday when a maintenance worker found a dead cat at the Port Charlotte Golf Club. Deputies say the cat was cut from the throat to its belly.
The worker called authorities. When deputies arrived, they were told it was the third time a dead cat had been left on the fairways.
Golf course officials say they found two dismembered cats in October.
Authorities say they believe the cats were killed elsewhere and brought to the golf course.
The Sheriff’s Office and animal control officials are investigating.
A 110-year-old family heirloom revolver that was stolen in Jacksonville in 1997 has been returned to its owner.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that the nickel plated, pearl-handled, Colt single action .45 caliber revolver was originally presented to the chief of the San Antonio, Texas Police Department in 1901.
The chief’s great grandson, Kent Van Riper, was passing through Florida nearly a century later when the gun was stolen from a hotel parking lot.
ATF agents in Houston received a tip this year from a firearms dealer who said two Florida men were trying to sell the weapon. Federal agents bought the gun for $7,000 and arrested the two men in Jacksonville.
The gun was used as evidence for the suspects’ trials and returned Wednesday to Kent Van Riper.
A Brevard middle-schooler’s punishment for hugging another student has some up in arms over what they see as an innocent, and increasingly popular, gesture by a child.
Others say the school, Southwest Middle in Palm Bay, has every right to put the squeeze on public displays of affection, a move so common in the United States that some schools ban everything from handshakes to hugs to high-fives.
Osceola County deputies said they need your help to find a possibly endangered woman who hasn’t been seen since Thursday.
Deputies said Nicole Fields may be with her estranged boyfriend, Steven Louis. Louis has been taken into custody. Fields’ mother said her daughter never returned home after a scheduled court hearing Thursday at the Osceola County Courthouse involving custody of a child Fields and Louis had together.
The mother said she attempted to call Fields several times, and Fields did not pick up her own daughter from her babysitter.
During their investigation, deputies said they discovered Louis had contacted friends and family members threatening to harm himself.
Two men have been charged with fighting or baiting animals after 300 roosters were found on a farm near Ocala.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the men were breeding and training the roosters for cockfights.
The Ocala Star Banner reports ( http://bit.ly/uSS9lJ) the roosters and about 100 hens were found Wednesday in two barns in cages. Animal control officers went to the barn after the sheriff’s office received an anonymous tip.
Authorities say 60-year-old Joseph Randall Serena and 49-year-old Eduardo Gonzalez were arrested Thursday on charges of fighting and baiting animals. Jail records show bond was set at $5,000 each. It wasn’t immediately known if they have an attorney.
It appears a 69-year-old Hudson man drowned after falling off his dock Saturday. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said a neighbor saw James Lery Cooper fall off the dock and into the water. Cooper was on the dock feeding birds and fish.
The incident occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday night off Stacey Drive.
The neighbor tried to help the man, but was unable to get him out of the water. Emergency crews transported Cooper to Bayonet Pointe Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The medical examiner will decide on the official cause of death. Authorities do not suspect foul play.
Officials evacuated a Publix Supermarket and surrounding businesses as a precaution after a suspicious package was reported. Kissimmee police said a backpack was found inside the Publix located at N John Young Parkway and W Columbia Ave.
Police said the owner of the backpack returned to the store and after speaking with officers was allowed to claim his belongings. All stores are being re-opened.