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WATCH: Florida man shoots AT&T work trucks parked in front of his home, police say

A Florida man angry about the AT&T work trucks parked in front of his home took matters into his own hands and opened fire on the vehicles' tires and engines, police said.

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According to WFOR, Jorge Jove, 64, confronted the workers outside his Hialeah home about 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

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"AT&T bucket trucks were working on some overhead phone lines on utility poles,” said Hialeah police Sgt. Carl Zogby. "The owner of the house came out. He was upset the trucks were parked in front of his house, asked them to move. They said, 'We'll move in a few minutes, we’re just working on the poles. We’re supposed to be here.'"

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Police said that's when Jove, a former Miami-Dade firefighter, went back inside, got a gun and began shooting at the trucks, according to WSVN.

The shocking moment was captured on cellphone video as one of the AT&T employees called 911.

"There's a guy shooting out my tires!" the worker says in the clip as a man – presumably Jove – is shown approaching and shooting at the vehicles, the Miami Herald reported.

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Police said Jove fired 18 or more shots, WSVN reported. No one was hurt in the incident.

Jove was arrested and faces charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and felony vandalism, WFOR reported.

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Victim crushed by 7,000-pound metal pipe hitting his van, making miraculous recovery

A man who survived a 7,000 pound metal pipe crushing his van while he was driving on a Florida highway has a long road to recovery. 

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Jesus Armando Escobar, 36, has a broken neck and several scrapes and bruises, his attorney told WFTV.

Antonio Santiago Wharton, 33, of Kissimmee, was driving a Mack truck loaded down with scrap metal through Orange County Sunday morning. 

As he negotiated a curve, he lost control of his truck, hit the guardrail and overturned, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

A 7,000 pound metal pipe flew off Wharton’s truck, tumbled off the highway overpass and landed squarely on the roof of Escobar’s Pontiac Van.

>> Related: Orlando man miraculously survives van being crushed by falling scrap metal

The force of the impact crushed the driver side roof of the van, troopers said. 

Wharton was ticketed for careless driving.


Frozen Italian sausages fall from sky onto Florida family's home

In something out of a scene from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” a South Florida family awoke to frozen Italian sausage on their roof.

The Adair family, of Deerfield Beach, woke up Saturday morning to the loud thud of several packages of frozen Italian sausage banging against the roof, according to WPLG.

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"It was like thunder, and it awakened me out of a sleep," Travis Adair told WPLG.

After finding two packages of the meat in their yard, the family checked their roof and found three more packages. In total, 15 pounds of sausage somehow ended up striking their home.

The packages were marked William Land Service, a land-clearing company from Alabama, according to WPLG.

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"I called them and the guy had no idea what I was talking about and probably thought I was crazy," Travis’ son Austin Adair told WPLG.

Baffled by the discovery, the family thinks the meat drop was either connected to a drug deal or fell from a plane. 

67-year marriage crumbles, divorce reads like thriller with sex, greed, deceit

Beginning with a dream, a typewriter, a Brownie camera and rubber cement, Burt and Lucille Handelsman built a real estate empire that encompasses some of the toniest shops on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, restaurants in Delray Beach, bars in Key West and retail complexes in upstate New York.

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Then, last year, after 67 years of marriage, Lucille, known as “Lovey,” filed for divorce. 

With an estimated $750 million in far-flung real estate holdings at stake, the 88-year-old Lovey knew she had made a seismic decision and prepared for the worst.

As she expected, the divorce now unfolding in Palm Beach County Circuit Court is likely to be one for the record books, even in a county where contentious multi-million-dollar divorces are as common as shoes at Jimmy Choo — one of the Handelsmans’ Worth Avenue tenants.

>> Related: Florida multi-millionaire sues his kids, contending they stole money from his companies

Burt Handelsman, 89, responded to his wife’s action by refusing to move out of their Worth Avenue apartment and balking at her request for temporary support. He then sued the couple’s three adult children, claiming they pushed their mother to divorce him as part of a twisted plan to line their own pockets. Not to be outdone, the children sued back, claiming their father bilked them out of roughly $8 million.

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WATCH: Chick-fil-A protesters covered in fake blood disrupt Cow Appreciation Day

A group of protesters picked one of the busiest days of the year to interrupt lunch at a Florida Chick-fil-A.

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The incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to Facebook, showed a number of people in cow suits covered in fake blood entering a Chick-fil-A near Tampa.

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Customer Tina Leacock, who was in the fast-food restaurant with her kids, took video of the incident, which happened on Cow Appreciation Day.

A restaurant manager called 911, but the protesters had already left by the time police arrived, WTVT reported.

“We came in there with the approach to show the reality of this is what’s happening to these animals,” Kayla Leaming, an organizer with Direct Action Everywhere, told WTVT.

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Leaming told the TV station: “We feel like that was feeding into the speciesism that we’re trying to fight. Speciesism is basically just the idea that one life is more important than the other, simply because of the body they were born into.”

One of the protesters had a fake knife with fake blood on it, which scared the kids, Leacock wrote on Facebook.

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“There were young children there who saw everything happen and couldn't tell the difference between it being real or fake,” Leacock wrote.

“I'm all for everyone having their own opinion, but when you come into a place full of children, with a knife in hand and proceed to cut the throats of a person dressed up as a chicken and a cow, all to get a point across, that's going [too] far,” she added.

Cocaine hidden in Cookie Monster doll was a big, blue give away for police

Cocaine hidden inside a Cookie Monster doll didn’t fool deputies in Marathon, Florida.

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Early Tuesday morning, a deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spotted a black Dodge car with tinted windows and an obscured license plate. The windows were so dark, the deputy said he decided to pull the vehicle over because he couldn’t see who was driving.

After smelling marijuana in the car, the deputy conducted a search and found a backpack. Inside the backpack, he found a Cookie Monster doll, which was heavier than usual.

“He took a closer look and found a slit cut in the doll, the Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

>> Related: Georgia drug bust leads to suspects accused in murders 10 years apart

“Inside the doll were two packages containing what turned out to be a total of 314 grams of cocaine,” according to the post.

The driver was arrested and is facing cocaine trafficking charges.

Monkeys swarm Florida man's property

An Ocala man said monkeys from Silver Springs State Park have invaded his property.

Brian Pritchard lives 4 miles away from the park, but over the last few days his game camera has taken hundreds of photos of about 50 rhesus macaques eating from a deer feeder in his backyard.

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Silver Springs State Park recently shut down two areas because of an increased monkey presence. A family visiting the state park last week recorded a video of the monkeys aggressively chasing them and showing their teeth.

Pritchard had put out a feeder with a camera to catch photos of deer, but instead, he got monkeys.

The rhesus macaques climb up the feeder’s stand and spin the plate to send out enough corn to feed the whole troop.

“They’re vicious. They’re extreme. I mean, they get extremely nasty,” Pritchard said.

The animals have taken more than 250 pounds of deer food in the last few days.

“Obviously the monkeys have it down pat. They don’t have to wait on it. They climb up the poles and they just sit there and spin it off the plate,” Pritchard said.

Researchers estimate 200 nonnative macaques live at the park and said many carry the deadly herpes B virus.

Pritchard is convinced hundreds more of the animals are in the area.

“I was standing there, looking out that window and I caught a glimpse of something,” said Pritchard. “I looked and there were 15 of them that came out and they were everywhere. But they kept looking like they could see or hear me in that shed.”

He and his family plan to move into the home on the property next week, and Pritchard hopes the animals don’t get too comfortable with his children around.

“As long as they don’t bother me or my kids, I’m not going to bother them,” he said.

Pritchard said his friend lives another 20 miles from his property and saw about 30 monkeys looking for food.

UPDATE: Florida woman’s unflattering obit found to be plagiarized in possible prank

NOTE: This story has been updated to include information about a second obituary and explanation about the first one.

An obituary for a woman from High Springs, Fla., originally did not appear to express much grief over her death. 

The obituary, first published on June 27 in the Cherokee Scout in North Carolina, described Cornelia June Rogers Miller as a woman who “made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life.”

The obituary described a life afflicted with drug use and addiction, and it lamented the loss not of Miller herself but of the mother figure Miller could have been.

The obituary did express gratitude for the generations spawned by Miller, noting that her grandchildren were “brighter and more attractive than the generation before them.” 

Despite the obituary running in the newspaper, Chattanooga ABC station WTVC found that it was plagiarized from Dolores Aguilar’s 2008 obituary that ran in the Vallejo Times-Herald in California.

Robert Miller, June Miller’s son, told WTVC he didn’t know who wrote the obituary, and that his mother didn’t battle addiction. He thought it might have been a prank from one of his sisters. 

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After speaking to Robert Miller, the Cherokee Scout posted a second, more positive, obituary that refers to June as a “devoted military wife and homemaker” who “made a wicked lemon pound cake,” according to WTVC.

The small-town paper has yet to remove the original obituary from the paper or online, but publisher David Brown tells WTVC that they are considering taking it down.

Cupcake-throwing fight between brother, sister escalates, ends in arrests

A sibling rivalry between a pregnant sister and her older brother started innocently enough with cupcake-throwing, but ended with both in jail. 

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Latanya E. Daugherty, 24, who is pregnant, was arguing with her brother, Eddie R. Yaddow, 30, around 1:30 a.m. Saturday inside their Florida home when she started pelting cupcakes at him, according to a police report obtained by the Smoking Gun.

Yaddow retaliated by removing the frosting off his arms and chest and putting it in her hair, the Smoking Gun reported.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s report said that he hit her in the head and kicked her in the stomach. She said she is four to six weeks pregnant. 

Their mother watched the fight and confirmed what happened, including that Daugherty was the initial aggressor. 

>> Related: Man discovers human skull while mowing the lawn

Yaddow was charged with felony battery, while Daugherty was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence. 

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Man allegedly beats security guard, carjacks limo, backs into police vehicle in Florida

A man who was kicked out of a downtown Orlando, Florida, bar early Monday beat a security guard, carjacked a limousine driver, drove against traffic, backed up into an unmarked police truck and crashed into a planter, the Orlando Police Department said.

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The man, whose identity hasn't been released, seemed to be under the influence "of something" when he was kicked out of Bullitt Bar on East Pine Street near South Court Avenue, Orlando police Lt. Jonathan Bigelow said.

The man started walking toward The Plaza, beat a security guard who approached him and ran away, Bigelow said.

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Police said the man opened the driver's door of a Ford Excursion limousine parked outside Gitto's Pizza, pulled out the driver, hopped into the driver's seat and drove against traffic on East Pine Street.

The limo driver, whose face was lacerated during the struggle, flagged down officers in an unmarked patrol truck shortly after 1:30 a.m. to notify them of what happened, investigators said.

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The officers found the limo, which was stopped in traffic facing the right direction on East Pine Street east of South Orange Avenue, and they pulled up behind it, police said.

Investigators said the man put the vehicle in reverse, crashed into the police truck, drove around a vehicle that was stopped in front of the limo and drove onto a sidewalk.

"It is (believed) the suspect was just trying to get out of the area quickly," Bigelow said. "And in doing so, (he) backed up to create distance from the vehicle stopped in front of him in order to drive around it when it impacted the unmarked truck."

The man plowed into a tree in a concrete planter about 50 feet from the crash scene, causing minor damage to the City Arts Factory building, police said.

"A passerby immediately rushed over to the suspect vehicle and assisted with apprehending the suspect as officers were approaching the suspect vehicle," Bigelow said.

The incident remains under investigation.

Florida couple find Burmese python in boat 

A stowaway Burmese python was found in a boat headed from Everglades City to Orlando for repairs, wildlife officials say.

When the couple, who own the boat, pulled the deck back to inspect the engine, they found the 8-foot snake slithering, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.

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The boat owners humanely killed the animal and reported it to wildlife officials.

FWC officers said any resident who spots an invasive species, such as Burmese pythons, should call the Exotic Species Hotline.

The removal of the snake qualified the couple for a chance to win a prize through the Python Pickup Program. 

Florida man accused of threatening state representative on Facebook

Saying he was "fed up" with the Republican Party, a 33-year-old man lashed out Sunday on Facebook, threatening the life of state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, the Miami Herald reports.

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Steve St. Felix, 33, of Miami-Dade County was arrested Monday and charged with making, written threats with intent to do bodily injury. Diaz contacted authorities after the threat appeared on his Facebook page.

"I’ll kill your ass and you better not show up to the next REC meeting," Felix is accused of writing. The comment, which was quickly removed, appeared to refer to the county's Republican Executive Committee. 

St. Felix told police that he was "fed up" with the GOP and that he hadn’t taken his medications when he posted the threat, the Herald reported.

On Tuesday, St. Felix was ordered held on $500,000 bail and told to have no contact with Diaz, according to NBC 6 in Miami. Before his arrest, he was out on bail for threatening another public servant along with burglary, prosecutors said. 

During the court appearance, his attorney said St. Felix has a mental health issue.

Diaz, 37, is preparing for a primary election on July 25 for the state Senate seat vacated by Frank Artiles, who resigned in April after a tirade that included vulgar and racially charged comments about other senators.

Parent beats up good Samaritan helping lost child, police say

A good Samaritan did what almost anyone would do: try to reunite a lost child with his or her family.

But police in Lakeland, Florida, said that the man was beaten by the parent of the child he was trying to help.

Police said the man was with friends when he saw the 2-year-old girl alone. Thinking she was lost he walked her around hoping she would point out her parents, WFLA reported

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At the same time, the parents were told that the man was walking toward the playground and that bystanders thought he was trying to kidnap the little girl.

Three men found the man and the little girl. The father said that as one of his friends grabbed his daughter, he punched the man several times, WFLA reported.

“I saw this man with my daughter in his hands walking toward the parking lot. What would you do?” the father said to WFLA.

Police said they investigated and determined no crime had happened. They confirmed the man who was trying to help was visiting friends who happened to be off-duty deputies.

The man decided not to file charges against the girl’s father.

But the father and his friends and family aren’t taking the man at his word. They’ve gone to to social media and shared his photo, Facebook page and his business, saying he’s a child predator, WFLA reported.

Police warn that anyone who posts false information on social media could be the source of a defamation of character claim and could be held liable, WFLA reported.

Before posting to social media, police suggest calling police to verify what happened and get correct information.

Gator chases Florida man trying to take photo

A Florida man had a close call with a gator after he strayed from a path to take a better picture of the amphibian. 

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The man left other hikers on the boardwalk of La Chua Trail at Paynes Prairie in Gainesville and encroached on a mother alligator’s space as she was sunbathing, according to Ben Boukari Jr., who posted the video on Facebook

“Guy is way too close,” Boukari wrote on Facebook.

As the man reached into his backpack, the gator lunged at him and chomped on his tripod. The reptile continued to inch closer to the man as he stumbled into the bushes. 

Think the man learned his lesson? Just watch the video. He clearly didn’t. 

The man went back to grab his stuff and within seconds the gator was on the shore ready to attack.

Unmanned boat crashes full-speed onto Florida beach

A man is under arrest for allegedly stealing a 32-foot boat that later crashed ashore onto Daytona Beach with no one on board Saturday morning, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said. 

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Officials have not identified the man, but said he stole the boat from a marina in Daytona Beach and is the only suspect.

Coast Guard officials began searching after the boat when it ran ashore near the Silver Beach entrance of Daytona Beach around 10:30 a.m., beach safety officials said.

The boat was traveling full speed when it came ashore, investigators said. Beach safety officers had to board the boat and turn off the engine. 

"It's very bizarre," said Deanie Davis, a beachgoer. "I've walked this beach too many times and I've never seen a boat float up." 

No one was injured when the boat ran aground, beach safety officials said.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Daytona Beach Fire Department and beach safety officials are investigating the boat crash.

"There's not a whole lot of talk about what's going on so our curiosity is definitely there," said Bruns Powers, beachgoer. 

Man steals van, tries to board plane after jumping on wing

A Florida man stole a van, jumped on a plane’s wing and tried to board the aircraft that was preparing to taxi down a runway, according to police. 

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On Tuesday, Gregory A. Hoch, 37, allegedly stole a surveyor’s van after the man got out of it to get his tools, the Lakeland Police Department wrote on Facebook.

After that, Hoch headed straight to the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, where his plan was to “make the pilot take him somewhere,” according to police.

Hoch ran through a business, entered the airfield and gained access to the runway, police said.

Hoch’s plan was soaring high until he came tumbling down.

Just as he was about to open the plane’s door, Lt. Eric Harper from the Lakeland Police Department pulled Hoch back onto the runway.

Surprisingly, nobody was injured during this incident.

Hoch was charged with multiple charges including grand theft and burglary to an occupied conveyance. 

Delivery driver armed with gun, Chinese food thwarts would-be robbers, police say

A Chinese food delivery driver in Jacksonville, Florida, shot at attempted robbery suspects after he was ambushed during a delivery, officers said.

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The victim, a delivery driver for Hot Wok on 103rd Street, said he was delivering an order on West Arancio Drive at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when two men answered the door with a gun.

>> Victims turn tables on home invasion suspect, give him black eye

He said two men in their early 20s pointed a green laser at his face. The laser was coming from the bottom of a barrel on a black semi-automatic pistol, he told police.

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The driver said the men told him to come inside several times.

He tried to turn around and leave and was approached by a third man with a gun, he told officers.

The driver told police he threw the food at the third man, backed away and grabbed a gun from a holster on his waist.

The driver fired four or five shots at the suspects and yelled for neighbors to call 911, according to police.

He held one suspect at gunpoint until police arrived, officer said.

Officers said a short time later, a man reported he had been shot at a different location.

He was arrested in connection with the attempted robbery. Officers are still seeking a third suspect.

The Westside home where the attempted robbery happened is for sale, and neighbors say it’s been empty for months.

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“We actually think that they probably were staking it out and, you know, using it as a target,” said a neighbor, identified only as Juan.

Juan and his friends were a few doors down when the attempted robbery happened. They saw the delivery driver go by them down the street. Juan said it was a short time later when they heard the gunfire.

Juan said it was “just pop, pop, pop, pop, pop … pretty much almost like firecrackers.”

Man gets 20 years for possession of child porn after police get national tip 

A 48-year-old Florida man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after authorities said they found over a 100 images of children engaged in sex acts on his computer.

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Michael Celentano Jr., of Golden Gate, pleaded no contest to the charges, the Naples Daily News reported.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tipped off Collier County Sheriff’s investigators to the crimes after it discovered pornographic images of children uploaded from the website Tumblr. 

>> Related: Hotel bar ‘furious’ after man steals its severed human toe

Sheriff’s investigators then connected Celentano to the images by the computer’s unique IP address. Celentano was later discovered to have child pornography on two computers inside his home, as well as on DVDs, the Naples Daily News reported.

He was sentenced on Monday.

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Florida woman who let snake bite 1-year-old won't face charges

A Florida woman who intentionally let a snake bite her young daughter to teach her to be afraid of the reptiles will not face child abuse charges, Fox 13 in Tampa reports.

>> RELATED: Florida mom lets snake bite baby to 'teach a lesson'

Chantelle St. Laurent of Sebring posted a video on Facebook earlier this month that showed her 1-year-old being bitten by a snake as the girl reached into a container to touch it. It showed the snake striking and the girl crying.

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"She says she was just trying to teach the child to be afraid of snakes," according to Scott Dressel of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. 

The state attorney’s office announced Tuesday that it would not pursue the case because there was not enough evidence. Several experts viewed the video, and while they "felt that the treatment of the snake and the child were not wise, they did not see any criminal actions," Sheriff Paul Blackman said.

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St. Laurent's mother, who claims she conducted the same exercise on her daughter when she was young, told Fox 13 that they chose a non-poisonous snake and that the baby's skin wasn't broken. "There was no harm to the baby," Brenda St. Laurent said. "The baby is fine, a happy, healthy baby."

She said the mother doesn't regret "teaching the child" and neither does she. Her daughter's only regret, she said, is "putting it on Facebook for all these morons."

Bear investigates Florida deputy

A deputy got a close encounter with a bear after getting called out Sunday to check on the animal which was walking along the road.

“We realize that recently we posted a video of one of our deputies encountering a ‘bare’ person, but occasionally, they just encounter bears,” the Marion County Sheriff’s Office wrote with a post of the video on social media

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The video shows the curious bear walking toward the deputy and his cruiser near the Ocala National Forest. The deputy opens the door, but the bear decides to end the investigation there.

“We do prefer bear encounters by the way,” officials said.


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