Lightning strike hits man on Clearwater Beach, injures 7 others – YouTube

Lightning struck at a Florida beach on Sunday, leaving eight people injured, police said.

The victims were struck at Clearwater Beach near Tampa on Sunday afternoon, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

The department said one person was hit by the strike directly and rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Another person was treated for burns and three others were hospitalized as a precaution.

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Four Inmates Faked a Fight to Escape Florida Juvenile Detention Center

Four teenage inmates staged a fight inside their dorm-style cell late Saturday night at a Florida juvenile detention center as a ruse to escape, overpowering staff and stealing a staff member’s car and a cell phone as they fled.

Two of teens who escaped from the Florida Department of Juvenile justice facility in Jacksonville, remained at large Sunday and a manhunt was underway to apprehend them.

According to a tweet from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the four inmates faked a brawl in their room and then attacked the staff who responded to the scuffle.

The boys were then able to overpower staff in the center’s control room and pushed several buttons until one released the jail’s main door. The boys then stole car keys from the handbag of one of the staff members and made off in the dark of the night with the a four-door Infiniti Q50 with Florida license plate LANE19.

The foursome also took the staff member’s county-issued cellphone and wallet with an unknown amount of cash.

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Deputies: Suspect carjacked an elderly man but couldn’t drive a stick shift

A man was arrested in Florida after sheriff’s deputies say he tried to steal a car from an elderly man in Orlando.

According to the sheriff’s office, a man, later identified as 25-year-old Jaylen Alexander, allegedly attacked the elderly man, slamming the hood of the trunk on his chest and his walker.

The incident occurred when an elderly man left his car running with the keys in the ignition while he was putting his walker into the trunk.

The reason he was unsuccessful? He didn’t appear to know how to drive a stick shift, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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Suspected Gas Explosion Injures At Least 21 People In South Florida Shopping Center : NPR

No fatalities have been reported in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, which occurred Saturday at a shopping complex in Plantation, Fla.

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NPR’s Wade Goodwyn reported that the blast, which occurred at the Market at University shopping center, scattered debris for hundreds of yard and blew the roof off one section of the complex. It was reportedly heard and felt from miles away

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Florida man tortured 2-year-old with torch, airsoft gun while wearing werewolf mask, sheriff says | WPXI

Andrew Ross-Celaius, who is accused of beating and burning the girl, was acquitted in the 2006 killing of a 2-year-old boy.

 

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A Florida man previously acquitted in the killing of a child was arrested last month and charged with torturing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, sometimes while wearing a werewolf mask, authorities said.

Andrew Bennett Ross-Celaius, 37, of Pensacola, was arrested April 9 and charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse, four counts of child abuse, a variety of drug charges, possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence and a probation violation, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Another man, Eric Everett Furnans, 36, of Pensacola, was arrested Tuesday and charged with destroying evidence in the case after Ross-Celaius was taken into custody. He has since been booked on drug charges

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Cops Find 3,500 Knives, Swords And Blades In Florida Woman’s Home

Police say she attacked an officer with a machete.

Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies paid a visit to the Brooksville, Florida, home of Nickole Dykema after her neighbor, Dorothy Clagg, complained that Dykema slashed her window screens and air conditioner with a large knife.

“She never wanted anyone to go in her house, and now I know why,” Clagg told WFTS.

Investigators told WTSP that Dykema refused to let the deputies into her home, so they forced entry. There, they found more than 3,500 machetes, swords and knives hanging on her walls, along with Halloween props like rubber masks and fake body parts.

Photos show some of the weapons arranged around a shrine.

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Police said Dykema took a machete and slashed at a deputy with it, narrowly missing his head. She then ran and hid under a blanket in another room, waving a long sword in front of her, according to WFLA.

Dykema, who is on probation after being caught shoplifting knives from a Dollar Tree store in December, isn’t allowed to own weapons, WTSP reports. Police used a bean bag gun and a stun gun to subdue Dykema, then took her into custody.

“The person was obviously dangerous to the community,” Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said in a statement. “It amazes me that these deputies were able to take her into custody without anyone being injured.”

Her neighbor, Dorothy Clagg, says she’s glad Dykema is in jail.

“She had a habit of banging on the inside of her house all the time on the walls, and screaming and hollering,” Clagg told WTSP. “I was just petrified all the time.”

Dykema was held without bond on charges including probation violation, property damage, criminal mischief, and assault on an officer.

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(Bloomberg Politics) – John Kasich Says His Time at Lehman Brothers Helped Him Understand How Business Works – 

The Ohio governor has been criticized over his role at the now defunct financial services company.

At one point during his first event in New Hampshire after announcing he was running for president, John Kasich turned to the cameras in the room just to make sure his point wasn’t missed.

“I learned a lot about the way America works when I worked at Lehman Brothers,” Kasich said to the cameras gathered at a town hall meeting at Rivier University in Nashua.

Kasich, 63, the two-term Ohio governor, who on Tuesday became the 16th Republican to jump into the presidential race, was responding to criticisms from Democrats that his stint as a managing director in investment banking at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is a black mark against his candidacy.

“I learned how entrepreneurs worked; I learned how boards of directors think.”

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Democrats have criticized Kasich and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who also worked for Lehman Brothers, as profiting from Wall Street while the firm collapsed in 2008 and ushered in the worst recession since the Great Depression.

“He couldn’t be more out of touch with the millions of Americans who struggled to make ends meet after the financial meltdown,” U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, said of Kasich in a blog posting for The Hill.

“The last thing we need in a president is the Lehman Brothers approach to America,” TJ Helmstetter, Midwest press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement after Kasich’s comment in Nashua.

Kasich made it clear that he’ll continue talking about his business experience on the campaign trail because he met people including the founders of Google and learned what it takes to create jobs.

“I learned how entrepreneurs worked; I learned how boards of directors think,” Kasich said in Nashua. “If you want to rebuild this economy, you better have somebody elected that understands the economic situation in this country and what makes businesses invest.”

Kasich’s former colleagues at Lehman have described him as a facilitator, forging relationships and working with Lehman teams on initial public offerings, debt offerings and other deals in areas including manufacturing, media and technology.

Kasich is spending the next two days in New Hampshire as part of his presidential campaign roll-out, followed by trips to Iowa, South Carolina and Michigan.

While New Hampshire is particularly attractive for Kasich because his record appeals to fiscal conservatives there, the governor will also campaign in the other early-voting states, said John Weaver, his chief strategist.

“We’re going to compete in every state,” Weaver said in an interview before Kasich’s announcement in Columbus. “Our goal is really to be disciplined enough not to get between he and the voters.”

While Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid and his positions on immigration and the Common Core education standards don’t endear him to some conservatives in Iowa, he can get support among Republicans there once voters hear from him, said Mary Ann Hanusa, an Iowa state representative from Council Bluffs. She accompanied Kasich on a June 24 trip to Iowa and traveled to Columbus for his announcement.

“He’s going to play in Iowa,” Hanusa said. “Iowa conservatives are not a monolithic bloc.”

Kasich, who has been languishing at about 2 percent in recent polls, has been airing televisions ads in New Hampshire in advance of his presidential announcement with hopes of polling high enough to be one of the 10 candidates included in the first Republican presidential debate Aug. 6 in Cleveland.

The ads were paid for by New Day for America, a 527 organization supporting Kasich’s presidential bid that will soon file with the Federal Elections Commission as a super-PAC, New Day spokesman Matt David said.

Kasich acknowledged in response to a question in Nashua about the campaign finance system that he won’t have as much money as other candidates “but hopefully, I’ll have enough.”

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(benchmark reporter) – Armed Robbers use backhoe to rob ATM from bank in Florida

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Armed Robbers use backhoe to rob ATM from bank in Florida

Florida cops have captured two robbers who were on their attempt to flee after seizing an ATM from the local bank with the help of a stolen backhoe. The robbers were identified as Francisco Hernandez, 53 and Jesus Antonio Sanchez, 50 both residents of Clewiston. They are currently being held at the Polk County Jail on grand theft auto charges as reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

Hernandez and Sanchez are believed to have stolen the backhoe from a local construction site, before heading to Winter Haven and capturing an ATM from the wall of the CentreState Bank. The entire incident has been recorded by a surveillance camera near the ATM. The footage has confirmed the robbery being taken place on Friday midnight.

The suspects however claim that they were innocent as they had been collecting scrap metal and were unable to recall where items pulled by the investigating deputy had been located. Hernandez was previously known to officials due to an outstanding Hendry Country arrest warrant for violating his probation. Sanchez was also on probation for a previous grand theft offence.

According to a bank representative, the suspects did manage to take the ATM from the wall but they were in no attempt to open it.

Backhoes are generally used to excavate or dig and is usually mounted on tractors and front loaders. The suspects have been referred to as “brazen” for their shameless assault on the ATM. The motivation of the two men remains unclear and the two men remain in holding at Polk County Jail.

Recent reports suggest that ATM theft is on the rise as criminals turn to stealing ATM’s rather than swiping credit cards. In 2010 in Texas, 100 ATM machines were stolen. Bank robberies appear to be down.