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Florida man accused of shoplifting, leaving child in running car at Walmart

Police arrested a man at a Walmart in Florida Thursday night after he allegedly left a 7-year-old child in his car while he went inside the store and shoplifted.

Around 8 p.m., a loss prevention officer spotted Derek Kingsland, 29, in the Jupiter store “looking around suspiciously,” the arrest report stated.

Kingsland attempted to purchase $48 worth of items at the self-checkout line, but when his card was declined he walked to the women’s section of the store, placed the items in his pocket and attempted to walk out, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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Among the items listed as stolen on the police report were cordless phone batteries, a knife, an air compressor, a ratchet and a Starbucks coffee drink.

Jupiter police officers met with Kingsland, who admitted that he did not have enough money to purchase the items and tried to take them without paying. He then said to officers that he would go to his car to get money and that he left a sleeping child in his car.

Officers found the child awake inside the car with the engine running. A relative picked up the child and officers arrested Kingsland on charges of shoplifting, child abuse, and use of an anti-theft device.

Kingsland remains at the Palm Beach County Jail on a $18,000 bond, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Deputies: Florida man tries to order burrito from bank, gets charged with DUI

Police in Florida arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol after authorities said he attempted to order a burrito from a Bank of America after confusing it for a Taco Bell, according to multiple reports.

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Records from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office show authorities arrested Douglas Jon Francisco, 28, on Wednesday.

The manager of the Bank of America branch on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill, Martin Claussen, called authorities Wednesday afternoon after he said he found a blue Hyundai in the bank’s drive-up bank lane with a man who appeared to be passed out inside, WTSP reported.

Claussen said he had to bang on the car window several times before Francisco awoke, according to the Tampa Bay Times. When Francisco saw the bank manager, deputies said he tried to order a burrito.

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Claussen told Francisco that he was not at a Taco Bell and Francisco drove the Hyundai to the bank’s front parking lot, according to the Times. Deputies said he was in the front parking lot, the car still idling, when authorities arrived.

In an arrest report, a deputy wrote that Francisco “made several statements that were differing from reality” and denied asking Claussen for a burrito. Deputies said his responses during a field sobriety test “were slow in a way that was consistent with someone on prescription narcotics,” WTSP reported. He was given a drug test, the results of which were pending.

During a search of the Hyundai, deputies said they found prescription medication that had been made out in Francisco’s name, according to the Times.

Jail records show Francisco was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and released Thursday afternoon on a $500 bond.

Driver backs up Cadillac Escalade into Florida lake

A driver sank a Cadillac Escalade Tuesday while backing up his boat into Lake Weir, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

The man, whose identity wasn't released, was reversing his SUV on a boat ramp at the Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area when he was unable to put the vehicle back in park, deputies said.

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The vehicle followed the boat into the lake, well past a pair of signs that bear an arrow and the words "caution end of ramp."

The driver escaped the vehicle and was uninjured.

Divers with the Sheriff's Office helped a tow truck driver retrieve the SUV from the water.

Click here for boating safety tips from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Car spins on highway, entire thing caught on dash cam

That took some creative driving.

An unidentified driver apparently was trying to merge into the neighboring lane, but didn’t signal. There was a second car coming from behind, and the first car nearly hit the other one, Mashable reported.

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The first driver tried to compensate and spun out, looking like a stunt car driver.

Amazingly, the driver missed all of the other cars.

The near-accident happened on Interstate 95 in Florida, Mashable reported.

Florida man accused of hiding full rack of stolen ribs in his pants

A Florida man’s alleged attempt at stealing food was short-ribbed.

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According to TCPalm, authorities said Maeli Aguilar-Alvarez, 26, of Indiantown tried to get away with placing a few items into his pants waistband and walking out of Rines Market IGA in December. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office claimed that he might have gotten away with it, had a sergeant not spotted him revealing some of the evidence of his crime in full view.

According to an arrest affidavit, Aguilar-Alvarez “removed a full rack of ribs from his waistband.”

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And that’s not all he's accused of stealing. The grocery list of stolen items reportedly included the following:

  • Nine pieces of fried chicken
  • Some mashed potatoes
  • Two packs of hamburger buns
  • And, of course, the one “full rack of ribs” — whether they were beef or pork has not been clarified

The price tag for this alleged theft, which sounds like a carnivorous take on the “12 Days of Christmas,” amounted to $32.49.

Authorities said Aguilar-Alvarez smelled a little like alcohol and was intoxicated at the time.

Police: Man attacks worker at Florida massage parlor

A 30-year-old Orlando man attacked a worker Sunday evening at a massage parlor, the Ocoee Police Department said.

Eric Grenier walked into Herbal Spa & Massage on North Clarke Road near East Silver Star Road at about 8 p.m. and asked a woman about prices before saying he'd "be right back," Ocoee police Officer Loretta Moser said.

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"Shortly after, the male entered the spa a second time and stated he was ready," Moser said. "As the female turned to walk towards the back of the business, the male sprayed some form of chemical spray into the female employee's face causing her to scream and run out the front door."

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The woman ran to a nearby pizzeria and Grenier ran in the opposite direction, so she returned to the spa when she didn't see him anymore, police said.

"The female employee entered the spa and walked towards the back of the business to wash her face," Moser said. "The male then re-entered the spa and approached the female employee from behind as he attempted to put some type of rope around her neck."

Investigators said the woman screamed, pushed Grenier away and escaped through a back door. They said he chased her but drove away when she asked for someone to call 911.

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Grenier was booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and resisting an officer with violence.

The latter charge involves the Winter Garden Police Department, jail records said.

No details were given about Grenier's arrest. He's scheduled to face a judge at 11 a.m. Monday.

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Wisconsin football players catch 450-pound shark days before Orange Bowl win

You can’t do this at every bowl destination. Wisconsin’s football team landed in Miami for the Orange Bowl earlier in the week, and between practices and team outings, a few teammates had the chance to schedule some deep-sea fishing.

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Members of Wisconsin’s football team went fishing somewhere near Miami this week and caught a 450-pound hammerhead shark. The Badgers’ Twitter account posted a photo of the impressive catch Wednesday.

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The Badgers’ Orange Bowl gift bag included a PlayStation 4, wireless headphones, a 39-inch television and more, but none of the gadgets compare to a huge hammerhead. 

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Wisconsin went on to defeat Miami 34-24 on Saturday night.

Police: Florida man rigs door to electrocute his wife

A Flagler County man was arrested Thursday in Knoxville, Tennessee after deputies said he tried to electrocute his wife.

Michael Scott Wilson, 32, faces charges of attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person and grand theft of a firearm, deputies said.

Deputies were called Tuesday to a home at 110 White Hall Drive in Palm Coast after the homeowner said he was worried about statements Wilson made about not letting a child touch the front door, investigators said.

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Deputies said they noticed the door had burn marks and appeared to be barricaded, so a deputy kicked in the door and noticed an electrical device was hooked up to the top lock and lower door handle.

Deputies said it was apparent that Wilson rigged the door in an attempt to electrocute or cause serious bodily injury to whoever opened the door.

Wilson is also accused of stealing a firearm inside the Palm Coast home, deputies said.

“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a news released. “Not only did this man plan to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter this 

Deputies did not release a possible motive.

No one was injured.

No other details were released.

This is a developing story. Check back on wftv.com for updates.

Florida man said he pummeled ATM for giving him too much money, police say

Authorities in Florida arrested a 23-year-old man after he was accused of punching an ATM outside a Wells Fargo bank in Cocoa.

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Police identified the suspect as Michael Joseph Oleksik. He was charged with a felony charge of criminal mischief.

A bank manager was notified around 1 p.m. Nov. 29 about a man who was outside the Wells Fargo at 834 North Cocoa Blvd., punching the screen. Wells Fargo security guards confirmed that the incident took place after viewing surveillance video.

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A short while later, bank officials reached Oleksik by phone, according to authorities. He said he punched the ATM’s screen because the machine was giving him too much money and he didn’t know what to do, police said. He said he was in a hurry because he had to go to work, so he left the bank after causing the damage, according to authorities.

He was accused of causing more than $5,000 worth of damage to the ATM.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Florida man accused of shooting at football opponent who scored touchdown

A man told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies that after his brother scored a touchdown on a 28-year-old man during a pickup football game in November, the man threatened to kill them and fired a gun at them.

Investigators arrested Ruleon Michel of Belle Glade this month on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon and shooting into an occupied vehicle, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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On Nov. 12, a group of men was playing football at Wellington Green Park, just south of Forest Hill Boulevard and west of the Mall at Wellington Green, when a fight broke out at about 12:45 p.m., according to witnesses in the park. The witnesses told investigators the group of men went across the street to their cars to leave when they saw a white BMW sedan speed away and possibly hit a black SUV. Those at the scene said the man in the black SUV pulled out a gun and shot several times at the BMW.

Investigators said no one involved in the fight was at the scene when they spoke with witnesses. About half an hour later, the sheriff’s office got a call from a woman stating her sons were involved in a shooting in Wellington. Deputies went to their suburban Boynton Beach home and interviewed the brothers separately. Investigators said they had the same story: They were playing football with a group at the park when one of the brothers scored a touchdown on Michel. They said Michel became upset and said he was going to kill them, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The brothers then ran to their white BMW and tried to get away, according to the report.

When they did, they got trapped at a dead-end nearby and the 21-year-old brother fled the BMW and ran toward the mall. Michel followed the vehicle and shot a gun several times. It’s unclear from the report if he got out of his car to shoot the weapon or shot while driving. The 26-year-old brother driving the BMW was able to get away and then pick up his brother so they could go home.

The older brother said he knew Michel from high school and was able to identify him.

Michel was arrested Dec. 6. He was also picked up on domestic battery charges, but those charges were not filed, according to court records. Michel remained Wednesday morning in the Palm Beach County Jail on $100,000 in the shooting case, according to jail records.

Florida man arrested, allegedly drew violent school scene on child's homework

A Florida man has been arrested and charged after authorities said he drew an image of school violence on a student’s homework assignment.

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School staff sparked an investigation after seeing a drawing that included a schoolhouse on fire, a person appearing to hold a gun next to the words “Pew Pew Pew” shooting at a line of people, another person on fire next to the words “AHHH! It burns!” and two people on the ground in what appears to be a pool of blood, the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Authorities said Robert Paul Alexander Edwards, 33, drew the image and they arrested him Friday, charging him with writing threats to kill or do bodily injury.

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Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison said investigators don’t think Edwards had any plan to follow through on the threat.

Police: Florida teen who shot classmate says he only meant to pistol-whip him

A Florida high school student is being charged with three felony counts after he allegedly shot a classmate following a dispute on a school bus, according to an arrest report.

Artnell Shemar Brown, who turned 18 years old Nov. 16, is accused of shooting the classmate on Oct. 26 when he was still 17. The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office chose to file adult charges against Brown, who is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on $150,000 bail.

Brown is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon on school property, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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According to an arrest report, Brown got into a dispute with the 14-year-old victim after they “mistakenly” bumped against each other on a school bus. Brown then asked the boy if he had a “problem.”

The argument continued after the boys stepped off the bus.

Brown then pulled a handgun from his waistband, pointed it at the boy and “cocked it,” the report said. Fearing for his life, the victim reached for the gun. During the struggle, the gun went off and the victim was shot in the right foot.

Brown told West Palm Beach police that he intended only to “scare” the boy by pistol-whipping him and that the gun “accidentally” went off. Brown demonstrated to police how he wanted to pistol-whip the boy but “his demonstration didn’t corroborate his said intentions,” the report said.

Brown told police he brought the gun to school for personal “protection.” He said he hid the gun in a garbage can at a park near Royal Palm Beach High School, then retrieved it at the end of the school day.

The firearm — a Kel-Tec PF9 — was tossed into bushes by Brown and later found by police wrapped in his sweatshirt. The report does not indicate who owned the gun.

An inspection of the firearm by police revealed one spent shell casing that failed to eject, the Palm Beach Post reported.

“It is reasonable to say that Artnell Brown may have discharged this firearm a second time,” the report said.

The victim, who is a ninth-grade student, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, but no further details were released regarding his condition.

According to the report, Brown was not riding on his assigned school bus. Instead he took the school bus where the argument with the victim began because he wanted to visit a friend in the Briar Bay communitynear where the bus stopped.

During an court appearance Tuesday morning, Brown was ordered not to have any contact with Royal Palm Beach High School, the victim or county school buses.

Once Brown posts bail, he will be placed on in-house arrest and will wear a GPS monitor. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 5.

The shooting was the second of three gun-related cases between Oct. 10 to Nov. 1 in county schools.

A student at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens was arrested Oct. 10 on a school bus for allegedly having a gun. The 16-year-old faces a charge of a juvenile in possession of a weapon.

A 12-year-old Jeaga Middle School student was arrested Nov. 1 after students found a pistol magazine loaded with bullets under his desk in a classroom. The school’s principal then found a semi-automatic handgun that the boy had stashed in a bathroom at the school, which is on Jog Road west of Florida’s Turnpike and north of Okeechobee Boulevard in suburban West Palm Beach.

District officials were not available for comment Tuesday, although they have previously declined to answer questions about the incidents, saying its policy was not to discuss security incidents on its campuses.

The boy who brought the gun to Jeaga is accused of possessing a gun on school property and was ordered by a juvenile court judge on Nov. 2 to remain on home arrest.

The Post is not naming either the Dwyer or Jeaga students because they have not been charged as adults.

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Toddler slams into windshield after Florida woman chases boyfriend at 90 mph, deputies say

A woman in Pinellas County was arrested Sunday after a 3-year-old girl flew into the windshield of her car from slamming on the brakes in a 90 mph car chase, deputies said. 

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Before the incident, Justine Olesky, 33, got into a physical fight with her boyfriend while the toddler stood next to her, WFTS reports. 

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Once the boyfriend left, Olesky put the girl in the passenger seat of her car without a seat belt, and then chased after him going 90 mph in a residential neighborhood, according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies. 

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Olesky hit the brakes when she saw her boyfriend, causing the 35-pound child to eject forward and hit her head on the windshield, deputies said. Deputies said the girl hit her head so hard it shattered part of the windshield, leaving blonde strands of hair in the glass, WFTS reports. 

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When deputies arrived to the scene, they said Olesky did not seem concerned about the child and “continued to talk about her boyfriend,” WFTS reports. 

The child was taken to a local hospital and fortunately did not suffer serious injuries, deputies said. 

Olesky faces charges of child abuse and domestic battery. She is being held at the Pinellas County Jail on a $12,500 bond, according to jail records. 

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Deputies: Florida couple shot themselves, staged home invasion for insurance money

Investigators in Volusia County, Florida, said a couple shot themselves as part of an elaborate, fabricated story about a home invasion.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood said it was all part of a plan to get thousands of dollars from the company that manages their rental home.

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Deputies surrounded the Hayward Avenue home in Deltona on Oct. 26 in search of two men that the couple said had busted a sliding glass door and shot the two people inside.

Chitwood said the neighborhood was put on edge needlessly.

“They make up this story to create a scam so they can sue the homeowner because he wouldn’t fix a locked door,” Chitwood said. “In the process of doing that, they put fear and panic in the city of Deltona.”

Investigators said Lindsey Pelton, 36, and Doug Teixeira, 35, shot themselves, staged the crime scene and tried to clean things up.

Chitwood said deputies found dry blood and the smell of bleach when they went inside the home.

"We found a .22-caliber gun hidden. When they were confronted, they said, ‘Oh yeah, yeah, the home invaders didn't bring their own gun. They got ahold of our gun.’ I mean, the story just fell apart and it stunk from the very beginning."

Deputies said the couple claimed to have been in the shower when masked intruders came in, but authorities determined that the shower and bath mat were dry. According to a report, a TV was lying on the floor but wasn’t damaged.

Deputies also said surveillance video in the area did not show anyone entering the home.

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The couple told deputies a small safe with $7,000 and jewelry inside was stolen from the home, but deputies spoke to the couple’s family members, who said the couple has no money and Pelton’s father was paying for their living expenses.

People who live in the neighborhood were relieved to find out the story about the home invasion wasn't true.

"Honestly, I'm disappointed. Isn't it easier to get a job than try to commit insurance fraud?” said a neighbor, who asked not to be identified.

Pelton and Teixeira will face a judge Wednesday afternoon.

They are facing charges of providing false information to law enforcement officers, which is a misdemeanor charge.

Teixeira is also facing a charge of tampering with evidence.

Blackface Halloween costume sparks protests; worker refuses to apologize

A restaurant worker whose blackface costume sparked a protest in St. Augustine, Fla., on Tuesday said she will not apologize for the racial insensitivity.

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The woman said she painted her face black as part of an 'Aunt Jemima' costume she wore to the Bunnery Bakery & Cafe for Halloween.

Students at Flagler College took offense at the costume and organized a protest outside the restaurant.

An owner of the cafe addressed the crowd outside the restaurant, saying the worker had washed the makeup off her face after a confrontation with Flagler students at the bakery.

She said the employee did not mean to offend anyone.

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But the woman who wore the costume sent Action News Jax a statement indicating she didn’t understand why the costume was offensive to some:

"It was a genuine costume, I thought it was a brilliant idea. Color is not something that exists in my life. I come from a very colorful family and I love all the same. I will not apologize for my costume, there was nothing wrong with my actions in the choice of my costume. I don't understand how this turned into a racial thing. Black face is not something I expected with trying to just dress up for my job on Halloween. Instead of protesting something that is not affecting people directly, why don't we worry about the real issues and not ones that don't matter."

The group of protesters outside the restaurant held signs and chanted, "Blackface is not OK."

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Blackface, which originated in racist ministrel shows, is offensive to African-Americans because of the connotations of violence and degradation associated with it.

Bloody trail leads police to Florida man suspected in 8 car burglaries

A Florida man was arrested Thursday in connection with eight car burglaries after leaving a trail of blood in a Palm Beach neighborhood, police said.

Tyler Longwell, 33, of West Palm Beach faces charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief in the string of burglaries that happened in August, according to the Palm Beach Police Department.

Police officers responded on the morning of Aug. 11 after a woman reported that the front window of her car was smashed, and her Gucci sunglasses and Sunpass were stolen, according to the Palm Beach Post report.

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The crime scene matched seven other car burglaries in the same neighborhood — including three in which Longwell was caught on surveillance video, and two in which blood was found inside the vehicles, the arrest report states.

Surveillance video from the homes showed Longwell wearing a light-colored hoodie, light-colored shorts, sneakers and dark socks. Investigators collected blood samples from the two cars, and testing revealed the presence of Longwell’s DNA.

Officers went to Longwell’s home in West Palm Beach on Sept. 21 with a search warrant and questioned him, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Longwell told officers that he did not recall the burglaries because of his “excessive drug use,” the police report stated. When asked about the blood in the two vehicles, Longwell said “he must have been the one responsible” but still did not recall the incidents. He also said any items he took were sold to drug dealers in exchange for drugs.

Longwell remains at the Palm Beach County Jail on a $49,000 bail, according to jail records.

VIDEO: Doctor kicks patient out of Florida clinic after she complains of long wait

A video being widely shared on Facebook shows a Florida doctor yelling at a woman to get out of a Gainesville clinic after she complained of a long wait.

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Jessica Stipe said in a post on Facebook that she had an appointment for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Gainesville After Hours Clinic. She said the clinic had taken a urine sample, but by 7:45 p.m., she was still waiting to be seen.

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Stipe said in the post that she was trying to get her co-pay back so she could go home, go to bed and be seen by another doctor the next day. She said at that point, she was in "severe pain and throwing up in the trash can."

“If you go to CareSpot, you’re waiting for three hours. Go to the ER and wait for nine hours,” the doctor said in the video. “Get the [expletive] out of my office.”

The Gainesville Sun reports that the Gainesville Police Department said the doctor in the video, Peter Gallogly, is now under criminal investigation.

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Stipe said her daughter recorded the incident and that the doctor shoved her daughter and took her phone.

WGFL in Gainesville reported that a representative at Gainesville After Hours said she had no comment on the matter but would forward calls to a manager.

Florida man sets himself on fire after Cowboys lose to Packers, deputies say

An agreement to burn a losing team’s jersey went horribly wrong when a drunken Florida man tried to put the jersey on, deputies say.

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A husband and wife were watching the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game inside their Vero Beach home when the husband’s team lost and he went outside to incinerate his jersey, according to the Sebastian Daily.

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“He was set on fire after losing a bet on the Cowboys game. … Skin was hanging off his arm and back,” a witness told Sebastian Daily.

Family members quickly took off the jersey and took him to Indian River Medical Center with with second- and third-degree burns to his back, right arm and hand, the report said. 

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The 27-year-old man said he was drunk, deputies said.

Read more at Sebastian Daily

Cops: Burglar says 'Naruto' books were 'teaching him how to be a ninja'

Some thieves steal money. Others steal jewelry.

And then there are those who steal “Naruto” books to learn how to “be a ninja and ... enter secured areas,” Dunwoody police said in a Facebook post Monday.

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Christopher Zahyeer Atkins, 25, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, was arrested about 1 a.m. as he was burglarizing a Target store in the 100 block of Perimeter Center Place, according to a police report. 

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“The alarm company observed a suspect on camera making forced entry into the business,” Dunwoody police wrote in the Facebook post. “Officers quickly arrived on scene and checked the area. One of our officers observed a suspect walking away from the business matching the suspect description seen on camera.”

Atkins admitted to police during an interview that he broke into the store “because he was reading the book Naruto, Volume 5,” which was teaching him how to be a ninja, the post said. “Naruto” is a Japanese comic that follows an adolescent ninja. 

Atkins stole 10 books, 10 DVDs, an ONN DVD player, a Samsung tablet, Bluetooth headphones, a clock, money and a book bag, according to the report. 

Police booked Atkins into the DeKalb County Jail on a first-degree burglary charge.

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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