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Police: Florida man threatens youths with air rifle, claims he 'runs street'

A 53-year-old Florida man wielded an air rifle Thursday while threatening an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old he claims were rummaging through trash he left at the curb, police said.

James Joyce allegedly told the youths, "I run this street, not the cops. Go ahead, call the cops, this is my street and I will protect it. 

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The youths ran home and told their parents, who told police they saw Joyce with the gun yelling: "Keep your kids inside, go ahead and call the cops," according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

When  deputies arrived, Joyce was uncooperative, FLKeysNews.com reported. They took him into custody after allegedly finding an air rifle inside his house.

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Joyce was charged with aggravated assault and resisting a law enforcement officer. He was released Saturday morning after spending the night in jail.

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Florida man’s security cameras film weeks of drug deals

Juan Dejesus Cabral wanted to know who was coming and going from his Stuart home, so he set up six cameras around the house.

Martin County sheriff’s authorities did, too.

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The 26-year-old alleged drug dealer was arrested this week at his home on Southeast Norfolk Boulevard, just east of South Kanner Highway, on multiple drug-related charges.

While performing a court-approved search of the home, sheriff’s narcotics and SWAT officers found the cameras mounted throughout the property. Cabral said he was afraid of being robbed.

Authorities gathered weeks worth of footage from those cameras, or in the sheriff’s office’s words, “weeks worth of customers.”

“Cabral had excellent taste in video cameras, providing detectives with high-quality video evidence of his illegal activity, plus bonus footage,” the sheriff’s office wrote on its Facebook page. “Detectives will now go through the footage to see who will be featured in future booking photos.”

Cabral’s girlfriend, who was at the home when authorities raided it, was arrested on drug possession charges.

Julie Rembert, 20, and Cabral were transported to the Martin County Jail.

Too sexy? High school dance team's costumes spark controversy

A South Florida high school team is going viral, and it’s not because of their dance moves

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The Miami Northwestern Senior High School’s dance team’s costumes have been stirring up some controversy because some believe they’re too sexy for the young students.

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Several videos of the teens dancing have been posted online, which sparked the debate. 

Some social media users don’t see a problem with the costumes and say people should be focusing on their dancing, not what they’re wearing.

Others thought the outfits looked more like lingerie and were not appropriate for girls 18 and younger. 

However, parents and guardians of the students approved of the costumes and don’t see an issue. 

“If they're dancers, they're entertainers,” one grandparent, Debbie Frasier, told WPLG. “So if you have the same problem, you have the problem with Beyonce or young child stars who dress that way on national television.”

Deputies: Men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

Roberto Augustin had just finished making a food delivery for Uber on Saturday night when he became lost inside a neighborhood in unincorporated Delray Beach, Florida.

As Augustin tried to find his way out, he was approached by two armed men riding in a golf cart.

“Get out of the car, or we’re going to kill you,” Augustin heard as his body froze in fear.

The men, pointing handguns at his head, ordered Augustin to get on his knees and put his hands in the air. One of the men then fired a warning shot into the air that Augustin said whizzed past his head.

“I thought it was my last day,” said Augustin, 32.

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According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the gunmen weren’t robbers but a pair of community watch members on patrol. The incident took place just before midnight.

Dustyn Brandon Jenkins, 36, and Micah Paul Mercer, 41, told deputies they saw Augustin driving around the Country Club Acres neighborhood — just west of Military Trail and south of Atlantic Avenue — in a “suspicious manner” and that when they approached him, Augustin became aggressive and charged at them. That caused them to draw their weapons and point them at Augustin, they said.

Jenkins admitted firing a warning shot to keep Augustin from fleeing, the report said.

Augustin told deputies he thought Jenkins and Mercer were out to rob him because neither man was wearing any identification and both were in plain clothes.

Augustin said he has been working as an Uber driver for less than six months and was not familiar with the area. Augustin said he was struggling to find a way out when Jenkins and Mercer came at him.

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The arrest report shows the incident took place in front of Mercer’s home in the 15100 block of Hayes Road. Country Club Acres’ Facebook page describes it as a community of more than 500 single-family homes established in 1958.

“I was so scared,” said Augustin, who is originally from Haiti. “I didn’t know what they were after. I thought I was going to die.”

Jenkins and Mercer are each facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jenkins is also facing a charge of firing a weapon in public.

Jenkins and Mercer were released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday after posting $3,000 bonds. The men were ordered during a court appearance Sunday not to have any contact either with each other or Augustin or to possess any weapons.

Navy hospital employee accused of mishandling newborn babies: 'Sorry for offending'

Employees at Florida's Naval Hospital Jacksonville who reportedly posted a viral video of newborn babies “dancing” will likely face criminal charges.

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The newborns were referred as “mini Satans” by the employees. 

When the employees posted the pictures of the baby’s face, that alone is a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. 

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Action News Jax Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson says the employees could be charged with more than a HIPPA violation. Carson said he believes this is a case of child abuse.

In the video, rap music from 50 Cent can be heard in the background as a staff member from Naval Hospital Jacksonville is seen making a newborn baby dance to the music. 

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The woman who sent Action News Jax the Snapchat video also sent text messages detailing a conversation between her and the U.S. Navy employee.

The employee said: "We were being stupid and bored. Sorry for offending.”

But some parents were angry over the video. 

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“That baby could have been seriously injured … all because she wanted to be popular on social media,” parent Regina Wortmann said. 

A photo was also posted showing a staff member making an obscene hand gesture and saying that was how she felt about the “mini Satans.” 

"She'll receive demerits and be punished in some way," Carson said.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville posted an apology via Facebook, calling the posts “outrageous.” 

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“We have identified the staff members involved,” the hospital said. “They have removed from patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice.” 

Carson says the incident could be very costly. 

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“It’s clearly a HIPPA violation and probably the U.S. Navy and their medical system at NAS Jax can be sued over this,” Carson said. 

Action News Jax contacted the hospital for more information. Officials sent the station an email saying the public information officer is “attempting to respond to all requests in a timely matter.” 

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Deputies: Couple cuts, steals $5K in powerlines from Florida neighborhood

A man and a woman were arrested Saturday on charges of stealing powerlines in a Florida neighborhood, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to an arrest report, the pair, identified as Charles Mahoy, 41, and Andrea Foster, 45, were in residents’ yards cutting down powerlines, and neighbors said they repeatedly asked the couple to leave.

The report said that when a deputy asked Mahoy about the situation, he replied that he was “just cutting up some of the powerline that was laying on the ground.”

Neighbors told deputies that Mahoy and Foster were loading the cut powerlines into a white truck, which authorities said they found parked near the homes.

Mahoy told deputies that the truck was his, authorities said.

Spools of powerline wire were loaded in the bed of the truck, deputies said.

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The report stated that Mahoy was “intentionally depriving the owner of the wire (Duke Energy) to their usage of the property in order to appropriate the property to his own use,” and that the “theft was facilitated by conditions created from Hurricane Irma.”

Mahoy said his house was damaged in the hurricane and he was cutting the wire because he needed money, and that he didn’t think it was stealing because the lines were on the ground, the report said.

The wire that was in the truck was valued at about $5,000, deputies said.

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The arrest report said deputies found what looked like methamphetamine and marijuana inside the truck. The drugs were located inside a Play-Doh container in the center-front storage compartment of the vehicle, deputies said.

A deputy also found a glass smoking pipe and a small amount of loose marijuana inside a purse in the vehicle, according to the report.

The pair also face drug and felony trespassing charges.

Mahoy had been out on bail on other trespassing charges when the arrest happened, authorities said.

Deputies said they are requesting that Mahoy’s bond be revoked and that he be placed on a no-bond status.

Authorities said that if released, they will formally request Mahoy be fitted with a GPS monitoring system due to his habitual and repeat violations of theft and burglaries.

Hulk Hogan calls Hurricane Irma victims complaining about no power, water 'crybabies'

In two since-deleted tweets, Hulk Hogan called Hurricane Irma survivors who are complaining about the loss of water and power “crybabies."

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On Thursday, the professional wrestling star wrote: “No water, no power, crybabies, everyone’s complaining, these people have no clue how bad it could be. Praying for those that got hit hard, lost homes, lives, businesses, lost everything, thank you God for helping those with divine highly blessings, God speed only love.”

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Hogan rode out the storm at his home in Clearwater, Florida — a city on the west coast of the state. His tweets sparked a firestorm on social media, with many criticizing Hogan. While still a larger-than-life celebrity in the professional wrestling circuit, the star returned to fame a few years ago when he effectively put gossip and news website Gawker out of business.

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The tweets have been taken down but were captured by The Washington Post before they were deleted. Hogan has not returned requests for comment on the statements.

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Hogan also noted on Twitter that he spent Friday with linemen restoring power to Orlando, which was ravaged by Irma.

Florida man's parents traveled from India to help him beat 'disobedient' wife, deputies say

Sheriff's deputies in Hillsborough County, Florida, arrested a man and his parents for allegedly holding his wife against her will and beating her for “disobedience” in their home in Riverview.

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According to the Tampa Bay Times, Devbir Kalsi, 33, and parents Jasbir, 67, and Bhupinder Kalsi, 61, were arrested after Silky Gaind’s mother called police and asked them to check on her. Gaind and her 1-year-old-child are now safe. Deputies said Gaind was “badly beaten and bruised over her entire body” when they met her.

Gaind had recently told her mother in India about the alleged abuse; her mother then called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Times reported.

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When deputies arrived at the house for a welfare check, an initial knock went unanswered, authorities said. Eventually, Gaind opened the door and screamed for help, deputies said. Kalsi allegedly tried to force the door closed before deputies could enter, but they overpowered and arrested him.

Also arrested were Kalsi’s parents, who deputies say flew to Florida from India for the express purpose of disciplining Gaind, who had grown “disobedient.”

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Deputies said that just days before she was rescued, a fight between Gaind and the Kalsis ended in beatings from all three family members and a knife held to Gaind’s throat by her husband. Her husband or his family allegedly took her cellphone away to prevent her from calling 911.

Devbir Kalsi is charged with felony battery, false imprisonment, child abuse and denying access to 911; Bhupinder Kalsi is charged with battery domestic violence and failure to report child abuse; and Jasbir Kalsi is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, child abuse and denying access to 911.

If convicted, all three — who are foreign nationals — could be deported.

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