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Zombies in Florida? City alert accidentally blames the undead for power outage

Don't worry, Florida residents: You still have time to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, even though a strange alert sent early Sunday may have had many Lake Worth residents thinking otherwise.

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According to the Palm Beach Post, the South Florida city mistakenly issued a "zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus" – likely a reference to AMC's "The Walking Dead" – that blamed "extreme zombie activity" for a power outage.

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City spokesman Ben Kerr later told Facebook group Lake Worth Live that officials were "looking into reports that the system mentioned zombies," adding that the city "does not have any zombie activity currently," the Post reported.

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Florida man running from police finally stopped by fallen pants, officers say

What started as a traffic stop quickly turned into a high-speed chase, back-to-back crashes and an arrest that happened thanks, in part, to the suspect’s pants falling down.

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Tobias Smith, 24, faces a long list of charges stemming from the chaotic chase and crashes.

Daytona Beach, Florida, police say they tried to pull Smith over Tuesday for trying to cut through a parking lot along West International Speedway Boulevard to avoid a traffic light. Documents say Smith took off on North Nova Road.

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Smith made a hard right from the center lane onto Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, police say, and at one point drove 60 mph in an area with a 25 mph speed limit.

Police say Smith ran a red light at the intersection with North Keech Street, and hit a car, a light pole and then the front of Nu-Looks Barber Shop, which had customers in it at the time.

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After the crash, police say Smith got out of the car and started running. Two officers caught up to him as his pants fell to his ankles, knocking him down.

The driver of the car that Smith hit went to the hospital after complaining of chest pains. No one in the barber shop was hurt, though police say the front of the business has $3,000 worth of damage.

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Upon closer inspection, Daytona Beach police say they learned Smith was driving on a suspended license, and that the license plate on his vehicle actually belonged to another car.

Smith faces several charges, including fleeing police and leaving the scene of an accident.

Florida man arrested during The Players Championship after drunkenly slapping kid, police say

A Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, man was jailed on Friday after he drunkenly slapped a child near the ninth hole at TPC Sawgrass during the second round of The Players Championship, a St. Johns County Sheriff's Office report said. 

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Connor Austgen, 25, is charged with two counts of child neglect (battery)

>> Florida woman fights off home invaders armed with AK-47, police say

According to deputies, Austgen was drunk next to the "Wine and Dine on 9" area next to the ninth hole. 

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Austgen approached a pair of 13-year-old kids and insulted them, the police report said. Austgen reportedly pushed one of the kids and slapped another. 

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Austgen walked away when adults approached, the report said, but deputies quickly located him. 

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According to jail records, Austgen bonded out Saturday after spending the night at the St. Johns County Jail.

Florida woman fights off home invaders armed with AK-47, police say

An Altamonte Springs, Florida, woman reportedly fought off two home invaders who stormed into her apartment with an AK-47 and tried to rob her — and two suspects are now behind bars, according to an arrest report. 

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Angel Delgado Santiago, 30, and a 17-year-old are facing robbery charges in connection to the home invasion on Rose Petal Place early Saturday, police said. 

The victim, who asked to be called by her nickname, Trigger, said she was fighting to save not only her own life, but also to protect her 13-year-old son and ex-wife. 

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"I went blank. I had no feeling. I wasn't scared. I wasn't brave. I was just – it's go time. Do or die,” said Trigger. 

Body camera video from Altamonte Springs police shows the takedown of Santiago and the 17-year-old, who police said pointed an AK-47 at the family shortly after midnight. 

Trigger, who got her nickname from her gun collection, said she left her gun in her car when she went back inside her apartment to grab her cell phone. 

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"I heard like a boom, boom, boom. People coming up the stairs. Then I heard her screaming, ‘Lock yourselves in the room! They're coming! They got guns!’" said Trigger. 

Trigger stood unarmed with her family. 

“When I seen the barrel of the gun, I swear it felt like a movie,” she said. 

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Trigger made a split-second decision and tried to wrestle the AK-47 away from the suspect.

"I noticed that the guy started getting nervous. His fingers getting crazy on the trigger. And I just disarmed it. I just completely took out the magazine from the AK,” she said. 

They struggled over the gun and the two suspects eventually ran out, with one firing shots at Trigger’s ex-wife on his way out, she said. No one was hit. 

"They just didn't know I was going to fight back. That's what they didn't know,” said Trigger. 

Jungle-themed prom included real, caged tiger

A prom’s  jungle theme got a little extreme when one of the so-called decorations were live animals, including a tiger.

Christopher Columbus High School held its prom at the Double Tree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center Friday night, WFOR reported.

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The venue was decorated with jungle-themed decorations and animals in cages, WFOR reported.

The animals included a lemur, macaws, an African fennec fox and the tiger, both WFOR and WPLG reported.

Video of the tiger were posted to social media with complaints that putting the animals on display in that setting was animal cruelty.

The animals were provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-licensed facility and the tiger was approved by both school representatives and hotel officials, WFOR reported.

The school said the tiger was displayed for only a few minutes and was not forced to perform. It also had the handler nearby, WPLG reported.

In a statement posted to the school’s website, the school said that it will be evaluating its policies for planning events.

Deputies arrest 6 'tomb raiders' accused of stealing homes in Florida

Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested six people who they are calling “tomb raiders,” saying they fraudulently took ownership of 44 homes in Weston, Lauderhill, Tamarac and other places in the county.

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Catherine Lichtman, Mircho Murdjeff, Gillian Solomon, Illya Tinker, Patricia Tinker and Darren Tinker face more than 600 felony charges that include grand theft, identity theft, organized scheme to defraud and unlawful filing of false documents, deputies said. 

Detectives started their investigation when a seventh person suspected in the alleged scheme, Compton Maycock-Beckles, was arrested in 2016 on grand theft and fraud charges after he was caught living in a foreclosed home in Weston, according to the arrest report.

The original owner of the home told detectives that he did not give permission to Maycock-Beckles either to live in or sell the home. 

Deputies said the six suspects operated under different company names such as Global Homebuyers, Prestige Home Buyers and Global Management Consulting Group. They used quit claim deeds and attorney authorizations to take ownership of homes, according to deputies.

Detectives said the suspects also would then sell, rent or live in the homes, or also sell the same home to more than one person and collect money from both people at the same time.

The suspects also used power of attorney to access deceased homeowners’ bank accounts and Social Security checks so it appeared as if the victims had given the six permission, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Solomon and Illya, Patricia and Darren Tinker remain at the Broward County Jail on $3 million bond each. Lichtman and Murdjeff are being held at the jail on $900,000 bond each, according to jail records. 

Florida middle school teacher accused of 'foot fetish' loses teaching license

For six years, suspicions persisted about Kenneth Phillips’ relationship with his adolescent students at a South Florida middle school and his seeming infatuation with bare feet. 

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Nearly a decade after the first concerns were documented, the 60-year-old former teacher at Jupiter Middle has now been compelled to give up his teaching license

His co-workers began worrying about his behavior as early as 2009, when a school technician told police he walked into the English teacher’s classroom unannounced and spotted him with a student in his classroom, the lights dimmed and Phillips’ shoes off. 

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In 2012, a teacher concerned about Phillips’ overly friendly relations with students reported him to police, saying she had seen him with a student’s bare feet in his lap. 

School district police learned that Phillips permitted students to remove their socks in class and store them in his mini-refrigerator.

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Florida man yells, 'You're going to die, child molester,' pours gas in motel room, police say

A Florida man is facing charges of premeditated attempted murder after he poured gasoline into motel rooms and onto vehicles, while yelling he was going to light them on fire to kill sex offenders, according to an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

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The incident happened March 7 at the Friendly Village Inn on East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, deputies said.

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The report said that Jorge Francisco Porto-Sierra, 50, was seen by a driver pouring gasoline into a room. The witness said Porto-Sierra ran at his car while holding a gas can and began pouring gasoline through the car window and onto him and his girlfriend.

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The witness drove away, but Porto-Sierra got into a car and crashed into the witness’ vehicle three times, the report said. Porto-Sierra yelled at the witness, “Get out so I can end your life,” the report stated.

Porto-Sierra kept his vehicle in front of the witness’ car so the couple could not leave, deputies said.

Another witness, a motel guest, said that initially, Porto-Sierra got out of a car and yelled, “I’m going to kill all child-molesting (expletive),” just before he started banging on the motel room door, according to the report.

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The motel guest told authorities that Porto-Sierra broke the room’s window and poured gasoline inside, while screaming, “You’re going to die, child molester. I’m coming in,” the report said.

The guest and his friend were able to escape from a back window, the report said.

Authorities arrested Porto-Sierra, who told them he wanted to “barbecue all the child molesters” and that “they all here and deserve to die,” according to the report. Sierra also told officers that he had a cigarette in his hand to light the fire, the report said.

Sierra was booked into the Osceola County Jail without bail.

Watch: Bear trapped in SUV, destroys vehicle

A Longwood, Florida, couple has quite the mess to clean up after a bear became trapped in their SUV.

Rikki Koberg-Perrero posted in her neighborhood Facebook page a warning to all to lock their car doors.

Koberg-Perrero said on Saturday she heard loud banging outside, so her husband went to check it out. That is when he saw two bears near the garage, one of them in her father’s SUV.

Photos: Bear becomes trapped in SUV in Longwood

Koberg-Perrero said the bear was in the SUV at least 30 minutes, thrashing around and ripping up the upholstery.

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Seminole County deputies and officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission showed up, opened the door and the bear ran out.

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No injuries were reported.

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LOOK: Bird photographed in Florida carrying shark that is carrying a fish

A photographer got a unique presentation of the food chain while taking photos of an osprey on Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

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On April 12, Doc Jon discovered the bird he took photos of in Madeira Beach was carrying a shark in its mouth – that was also carrying a fish. 

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"I go home, and I open it up and see (the photo) and I saw the tail first on the fish and realize it was a shark tail," Jon said, according to "And then I zoom in and I’m like, 'Holy crap, that’s a shark.' And then I see the fish in the mouth ... I just couldn’t believe I had gotten that picture."

Jon told that the osprey was flying 400 feet in the air when he took the photo, and that he was lucky to get a clear shot. 

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Once Jon posted the bizarre phenomenon to his Facebook page, fans shared his photos more than 1,200 times. 

Florida man said he stalked family to ‘make friends,’ deputies say

A man in Florida who allegedly stalked his neighbors and went onto their property several times claims he did it “to make friends,” Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies say.

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On April 25, deputies responded to a home in a suburban area of West Palm Beach after a man said his next-door neighbor, Robert Ciborek, 67, came onto his property, turned on a water spigot, and placed wooden blocks underneath the tires of his car, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The man, who said he lives in the house with his wife and two kids, gave surveillance footage to deputies that identified Ciborek trespassing. 

The victim said he had called deputies at least six times since April 11 to report Ciborek trespassing onto the property “causing (his family) distress,” according to the arrest report. 

In one incident on April 12, Ciborek allegedly came onto the property, while wearing a mask and costume, and was looking through his neighbors' windows and doors,  the Palm Beach Post reported.

Deputies went to Ciborek’s home next door and arrested him. Ciborek admitted to deputies that he went onto the neighbor’s property “to water the lawn” and was only going to there “to make friends,” according to the report. 

Ciborek remains at Palm Beach County Jail on a charges of stalking and burglary to a dwelling. He is being held on no bond, according to jail records.  

‘Safety alert’ Facebook post an example of good intentions gone awry

In the age of social media alerts, viral Facebook posts and public shaming, something occurred in our own backyards last week that can serve as an example to everyone: What you see on social media rarely tells the entire story. Take it with a grain of salt.

I first saw this Facebook post Thursday afternoon in a group for Wellington moms.

“SAFETY ALERT!!!” it began. “Ladies, my husband just had a panicked woman with a small child walk into his RPB (Royal Palm Beach) restaurant to tell him the man who walked in behind her followed her from the Buy Buy Baby parking lot. He was watching her and didn’t order anything for a while until he noticed people watching him. He continued to order a (to-go order) and then sat one table away from the woman. The police were called and asked the man to leave. They told my husband that there have been several attempted child abductions in the area of Wellington and Lake Worth lately. They are targeting women who are by themselves with their kids and then kidnapping their children! Please, please be vigilant especially when you are by yourself! If you feel uneasy, it’s probably for a reason! Make a scene and ask for forgiveness later bc it’s better to be safe than sorry!! Stay safe everyone!!”

I’m not a mom yet but I am a mom-to-be, and this had me shaken. Not just as a woman but as a woman who has been assaulted, I felt for this mother concerned for her child in a place where we should be safe: a local restaurant.

My first instinct as a reporter was to reach out to the woman who made the post. She replied politely and said her husband would be in touch with me soon. She also confirmed the restaurant: Bolay.

Then I contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to ask about the post’s claim of an increase in kidnapping attempts in our area. The response surprised me.

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The PBSO districts that include Royal Palm Beach and unincorporated Wellington and Lake Worth did not report increased kidnapping attempts or reports of suspicious people, a spokeswoman said.

I paused. Should I continue pursuing the story? I decided to wait until I heard from the restaurant’s manager.

Meanwhile, the post had been shared thousands of times. Hundreds of people reacted. And in that time, Brian Pollack saw the post.

Pollack, 33, grew up in Wellington and recently moved to Loxahatchee. He has been married for 10 years and has two sons aged 8 and 6. He has coached baseball at the Willows in Royal Palm Beach for six years, and he’s a captain with Delray Beach Fire Rescue.

He also happens to be the man referred to in the post.

“When I read the post I thought, let me just head this off,” Pollack said. “I mean, what are the odds that this is the same situation?”

So he took to Facebook himself, typing out his side of what happened last Thursday at the Royal Palm Beach Bolay.

Pollack drove to the restaurant down State Road 7 from his unit at CubeSmart Self Storage on Belvedere Road, around the corner from the Buy Buy Baby plaza. He went to Bolay to get lunch for himself and dinner for his wife and sons. It was his first time ordering there. When he arrived, he said he sat inside for awhile before placing his to-go order because his wife had not yet replied with her order. After the food was ready, he ate his meal before leaving to pick up his sons from school.

As he left the restaurant, Pollack said he was stopped by two PBSO deputies who pulled him aside and asked him what was going on. The deputies did not ask Pollack for identification and did not take down his name, Pollack said. He explained he was picking up dinner.

“They did it properly,” he told me. “They pulled me to the side and said, ‘What happened?’ They raised no concern of me doing anything.”

The deputies did not file a report on the incident. According to dispatch logs, a woman in a gray tank top with a child told the Bolay manager that a man with a green T-shirt and black shorts was following her. When deputies arrived, they talked with the man — Pollack, whose name is not mentioned in the log. The “event comment” says the subject come to Bolay to eat and never made contact with the woman at any time.

Pollack said in writing his responses to the many Facebook posts, he thought about one thing: What would happen if someone had taken a photo of him and sent it to his chief at Delray Fire Rescue?

“I told some of my friends about it and they said, ‘That was you? Oh my God, we were talking about that for a few days,’” Pollack said.

He’s not upset with the woman who was concerned and reported him to Bolay employees. As a first responder, Pollack said he understands what she did in reaching out for help, and he’s glad she did so.

“I can’t fault the woman who feels scared,” he said. “I’m a father of two. But I can fault the person who’s spreading erroneous information.”

I once again contacted the woman who originally posted on Facebook. She and her husband declined to comment for this article. I have not been able to find the woman who thought Pollack was following her.

Pollack said he plans to reach out to Bolay to hopefully clear up any confusion. The original post since has been deleted, but copies remain on Facebook.

“This is where these groups are great, because you share this information immediately,” Pollack said. “But what are we sharing, and at what expense?”

Florida city says homeowners can’t have house painted like Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

A Florida couple is fighting their city over the painting of their house.

Nancy Nemhauser and her husband Lubomir Jastrzebski had painted a wall that rings their property. They had permission to paint it from city officials. They had the plan to paint it as a mural for their son, who has autism. They hoped that if he was lost, it would be a beacon, or at least a landmark, to help him find his way home, the “Today” show reported

But after the mural was done, the family got a ticket from the city saying that the paint was graffiti and that it must match the house. The city then said that the paint scheme was a sign, and a code violation in a residential area, WFTV reported.

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So instead of covering up the painting, they took the Van Gogh tribute a step further and painted the entire house so the wall and home would match as they were told to do, “Today” reported.

But the city didn’t agree with what they did and has fined them more than $10,000 for the paint scheme. A local magistrate ruled in February that the city could fine the couple, WFTV reported. The fines were stopped at the end of February after a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order against Mount Dora, WFTV reported.

But the family is now turning the tables on the city, suing the local government in federal court, saying their right to freedom of expression is being violated, “Today” reported.

"There's art on other homes, other buildings in the city, in the residential district as well, so why are we being chastised for ours when we did what we were told we had to do to keep the wall that our son loves," Nemhauser told WFTV.

The city did not respond to “Today’s” request for comment on the suit, but said in February that leaders are trying to “preserve the residential character of our neighborhoods.” They added that the house could be a distraction to drivers.

Both sides are trying to settle, but whether the painting will have to be covered has not been determined. But the family says they’re ready to stand up for their rights.

Reaction to the mural is split -- some love it, others don’t.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Ilka Zuijderland-Varnes told “Today.” “I think it’s art, and we’re an artsy town, and it should stay.”

But another resident, Tammy Swan Bacon, said she doesn’t like it, but says the city should not make the family take it down, “Today” reported.

City officials said in February that the city is also considering putting a lien on the property to "motivate" the homeowners to remove the mural,

Police try to use dead man’s fingerprint to unlock phone

Police in Florida tried an unusual means recently to unlock a cellphone.

They visited a funeral home in Clearwater to use a dead man’s finger to open his phone as part of the investigation into his death, as well as another case they were working on, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

But while legal, not everyone is agreeing that they should have used Linus Phillip’s body to try to open the phone.

Phillip’s finncée, Victoria Armstrong, told the Times, “I just felt so disrespected and violated.”

She was at the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home on the same day that the detectives came to the mortuary to use his fingers to unlock the phone.

It didn’t work. 

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Lt. Randall Chaney said the detectives were trying to not only get access to the data the device held, but also preserve it, using the information in the investigation into Philip’s death last month, as well as a drug investigation, police said also involved Phillip, the Times reported.

Chaney said that detectives didn’t think they needed a warrant because of his death and no expectation of privacy when dead. Legal experts for the Times agreed with the detective’s assertion.

But his family, as well as a law professor, do not.

“While the deceased person doesn’t have a vested interest in the remains of their body, the family sure does, so it really doesn’t pass the smell test,” Charles Rose, a professor at Stetson University College of Law, told the Times. “There’s a ghoulish component to it that’s troubling to most people.”

The director of the funeral home directed questions to the company’s corporate offices.

A Largo police officer shot and killed Phillip in March after police said he tried to drive away when an officer was going to search him, the Times reported.

Florida business cited for flying military flags, no fines levied

A man who works for a Jacksonville business shared a video after he says the city cited the business for flying military flags. 

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The man, who calls himself Shaun, posted the video of himself at Jaguar Power Sports Monday and said the city of Jacksonville cited the business for flying the military flags atop the building.

The City of Jacksonville said the business was warned -- but not fined.

A city officials issued a statement about the decision:

“We are disturbed by some of the claims made about a City employee and are reviewing the facts. We are also reviewing the current ordinances regarding flags and signs to ensure accurate information was shared.

The business was issued a warning, and was not fined. Warnings are issued to provide property owners information about a possible violation, and corrective action.

I have contacted the dealership and provided the owner with the mayor’s contact information for them to discuss directly. Mayor Curry and his administration respect and appreciate those in uniform who have served and continue to serve our community, and our country.”

Shaun is the business' finance manager, according to its website. He said the business received a citation for each flag. 

In the video, he said he hopes that the video will go viral.

In the video, he said he hopes that the video will go viral.

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Jacksonville's mayor, Lenny Curry, tweeted about the incident Monday afternoon stating that he's told city staff to treat military flags the same as the US Flag.

Officials capture African Warthog running wild in Florida

An animal only native in the sub-Sahara of Africa was captured by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials last month in St. Lucie County. 

The African Warthog wandered through wooded areas and backyards for several days in the suburbs just north of Fort Pierce, TC Palm reports.

READ: Dead gator causing ‘unbearable stench’ in Loxahatchee woman’s backyard

FWC officials said they were informed about the warthog on March 4, and set up several food traps that were unsuccessful. Residents told TC Palm that the animal was not afraid of people, and “was friendly when offered food.” 

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But the warthog was still dangerous because it could have carried diseases that could impact other animals, FWC spokeswoman Carol Lynn Parrish said to TC Palm

To own the animal a person would need a captive wildlife license approved by the state, but officials “couldn’t locate the owner,” Parrish said. 

READ: Florida teen arrested after biting head off live chicken at school

Officials captured the warthog on March 8 after one FWC officer tackled the animal while a biologist ran over and set it into a trap, TC Palm reports. 

The officer suffered some cuts to his legs while containing the warthog. Veterinarians with the FWC euthanized the animal so they could examine it for diseases, Parrish said to TC Palm

Man arrested after threatening to blackmail a student in exchange for sex

A Florida man has been arrested for unlawful use of a two-way communication device and for threatening with intent to extort, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office police report.

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According to the report, University of North Florida student Jesse Martinez, 21, met with another male UNF student on the app Grindr and asked the student to exchange nude pictures with him.

As soon as the student sent the pictures to him, Martinez threatened if he did not meet him for oral sex, he would release the pictures on the internet and "all over campus," the report stated.

The student blocked Martinez on the app. The next day the student received a message from Martinez posing as another person on Grindr, threatening to expose the nude pictures he received of the victim.

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The victim told Martinez that he would get back with him, according to the report. The victim called police and arranged a meeting with the Martinez at his apartment. 

The report said the victim brought an officer with him and Martinez was arrested.

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The police report also revealed Martinez admitted to setting up the fake profile to meet people on the internet. 

Woman allegedly takes LSD before babysitting, stealing child’s toys

A Florida woman took LSD before stealing toys and a wedding ring from the family where she was babysitting, according to Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Lorena Margarita Montealegre, 27, of Gainesville, was reportedly under the influence of the psychedelic drug while watching a child on Monday around 8 p.m., The Independent Florida Alligator reported. 

The child’s father said that Montealegre was acting strangely and he asked her to leave. She refused, according to The Alligator. 

When a deputy arrived, Montealegre allegedly walked out of the house carrying the child’s toys. 

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A second deputy arrived at the scene as backup and they handcuffed Montealegre. Deputies say she tried to kick them multiple times, according to The Alligator. 

Montealegre was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center, where it was discovered that she stole the father’s wedding ring

Montealegre was charged with burglary, grand theft, resisting arrest with violence and two counts of attempted battery on a law enforcement officer.

>> Related: Babysitter jailed after 4-year-old wanders off

She was taken to the Alachua County Jail, where she remains on a $55,000 bond. 

Florida youth football coach punched 3 kids, police say

A Florida youth football coach has been arrested and faces child abuse charges for allegedly punching three kids during a fight on the field, New Smyrna Beach Police said.

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Larry Shawn Cruce, 33, of Orange Park, was arrested Saturday.

Police were called to the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex at 1800 Turnbull Bay.

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Witnesses told police that after the last play of the game several kids got into an argument that turned into a fight on the field. Team players with the Middleburg Broncos, near Jacksonville, ran onto the field and got involved in the fight, police said. Cruce began to hit and punch several of the kids who belonged to the Cudas football team, police said.

Cruce grabbed one of the Cudas player’s face masks, punched him in the face and then attacked two other students, witnesses said.

“He came out of nowhere, just lifted up my helmet, hit me in my neck, then my coach grabbed me away,” said victim Omahri Meeks.

The kids were not seriously hurt.

Other coaches broke up the brawl.

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"There are consequences to actions and decisions that we make as adults. I definitely hope that it goes all the way. He needs some type of punishment for this, to teach him a lesson that this is not something you do,” said Meeks' mother, Charmaine Winter.

Cruce refused to comment to WFTV reporter Lauren Seabrook.

Substitute teacher, Walt Disney employee busted in online sex sting, police say

A substitute teacher for the Volusia County School District who is also a part-time employee for Walt Disney World was arrested on suspicion of lewd or lascivious battery, deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Bruce Corbin Krupa responded to an online ad April 2, in which he thought he was talking to a 13-year-old girl, but it was really an undercover detective, investigators said.

The decoy child said several times that she was 13 years old, and Krupa continued to communicate with her via email and texts and discussed having sex with her, investigators said.

Other details were released, but they are too graphic for publication.

Krupa sent the undercover detective several photographs of his face and his body, investigators said.

A time and date for Krupa and the girl to meet was set up at an undisclosed location in Orlando, and when Krupa arrived there on Monday, he was arrested.

search of Krupa’s vehicle found he had purple boxer shorts and a Kit Kat bar with him, investigators said.

"We have to remember that people who seek out children usually do work or find places to go where they have access to children," said Detective Lori Fiorino, with the Orlando Police Department.

Nancy Wait, with the Volusia County School District, said Krupa has served as a substitute teacher and substitute cafeteria worker for the schools since 2015. He has substituted less than 60 times, and his last job was onFeb. 20, Wait said.

“As soon as we were notified of his arrest, he was permanently removed from the substitute list and disqualified for future employment,” Wait said.

A spokesperson for Walt Disney World said Krupa has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the charges.

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