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Coaster that derailed in Daytona Beach had reported safety issues in 2017

Coaster that derailed in Daytona Beach had reported safety issues in 2017

DAYTONA BEACH — Two roller coaster riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) when their car derailed and was left dangling from the track, and firefighters used ladders to pull eight others to safety high above the Daytona Beach Boardwalk. "The front car which...
Published: 06/15/18
Largo man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend’s toddler

Largo man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend’s toddler

A Largo man is facing kidnapping and attempted murder charges after authorities say he took his ex-girlfriend’s 2-year-old child last weekend and rammed another man’s car to get away.Johnny A. Wise, 27, was arrested late Thursday on Williams Drive ne...
Published: 06/15/18
Charges dropped against two UCF fraternity members accused of rape

Charges dropped against two UCF fraternity members accused of rape

ORLANDO — Prosecutors have dropped charges against two University of Central Florida students — one of whom is from Hillsborough County — who were accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party.The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Orange-Osceola St...
Published: 06/15/18
2 killed when vehicle struck by train in Polk County

2 killed when vehicle struck by train in Polk County

FROSTPROOF — Two people were killed when their vehicle was struck by a train early Friday morning.Polk County deputies say the crash occurred on westbound U.S. 98 near Western Avenue just after 3 a.m.Westbound lanes on U.S. 98 are expected to be clo...
Published: 06/15/18
Florida man arrested after calling sheriff to get his meth tested

Florida man arrested after calling sheriff to get his meth tested

PALATKA — A Florida man called the sheriff’s office Tuesday after growing suspicious that the meth he had smoked was the wrong drug.The concerned caller, 49-year-old Hawthorne resident Douglas Peter Kelly, experienced a "violent reaction" to narcotic...
Published: 06/14/18
After a seven-year search, troopers arrest DUI manslaughter suspect

After a seven-year search, troopers arrest DUI manslaughter suspect

FORT MEADE — Florida Highway Patrol troopers located a fugitive wanted for DUI manslaughter in Polk County Wednesday, wrapping up a seven-year long search.Troopers arrested Bartley Joseph Jude Gorman 27, at Hammock Lake RV Park around 11 a.m. on char...
Published: 06/14/18
Florida man threatens to ‘shoot up Disney,’ police say

Florida man threatens to ‘shoot up Disney,’ police say

Police arrested a Cocoa man Tuesday for threatening to shoot people at Walt Disney World, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.Derek Eitel, 23, posted "5 likes and I’ll go shoot up Disney and hang myself" in a Facebook group Florida Today...
Published: 06/14/18
Courtney Campbell reopened after chemical spill

Courtney Campbell reopened after chemical spill

CLEARWATER — All lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway heading into Tampa have been reopened following a chemical spill. Chlorine began leaking on the roadway from a vehicle on Thursday morning, requiring a hazmat team to clean up, officials said. ...
Published: 06/14/18

Resident hospitalized after fire at St. Petersburg home

ST. PETERSBURG — One person was hospitalized for evaluation following a house fire Thursday morning.Rescue crews responded to the first at 2533 18th St. S around 5 a.m.The unidentified resident was alone in the home at the time of the fire, officials...
Published: 06/14/18
St. Petersburg man accused of critically wounding girlfriend in shooting

St. Petersburg man accused of critically wounding girlfriend in shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — Police on Wednesday arrested a man accused of shooting his girlfriend on Tuesday night.James Brown, 52, is being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail on counts of attempted first-degree murder and felon in possession of a fi...
Published: 06/14/18