Off-duty deputy saves couple from burning car by shooting it

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MANATEE COUNTY — Willie Finklea said he will purchase the tool needed to break a car window for his wife, daughter, and himself, after he needed to use his personal firearm to shoot out the window of a car and rescue a couple from a burning vehicle.

“All I had was my keys and my pocket knife so I had no other tools other than my off-duty weapon to make entry into the car,” said Finklea who is a Manatee County Sheriff’s deputy. “I banged on the window several times with my hand.”

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Neil Cook, 64, was driving with his wife, Claudia, 65, in the 9300 block of Moccasin Wallow Road at about 2:27 p.m. Sunday when he noticed smoke coming from his vehicle. Cook pulled over and realized the vehicle was on fire, but the couple was trapped inside because the electronic windows and locks were not working. Full Story ⤳

Bill would block use of food stamps for soda in Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A House Republican filed a proposal Friday that seeks to prevent people from using food-assistance benefits to buy soft drinks.

The bill (HB 47) by Rep. Ralph Massullo, a dermatologist from Lecanto, is filed for the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January.

The proposal would direct the Florida Department of Children and Families to seek approval of a federal “waiver” that would allow the state to ban the use of benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to buy soft drinks.

The program traditionally was known as food stamps. Full Story ⤳

Florida man dies after he’s sucker punched at gas station

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A 62-year-old man died after he was sucker punched while sitting outside a gas station in the Florida Keys, news reports say.

Steven Sanderson, who is homeless, was outside a Chevron station on Friday night when Fred R. Hauch, 53, hit him, the FlKeyNews reports. Sanderson struck his head when he fell to the ground; he died on Sunday at a Miami hospital.

Sanderson was speaking poorly about an employee at the Chevron gas station when Hauch asked another employee inside if he wanted him to punch Sanderson, according to an arrest report obtained by the FLKeysNews.

The employee thought Hauch was joking and said “yes.” Full Story ⤳

Real estate agent finds human remains while showing Florida property, police say

GROVELAND, Fla. – A real estate agent and some clients found human remains on a rural Groveland property Saturday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies began investigating the remains around 5:50 p.m. after the real estate agent discovered them on the property, which is up for sale.

Deputies preserved the scene overnight and continued investigating the remains Sunday.

The investigation is active.

Deputies have not determined the cause of death or identity of the person at this time. Full Story ⤳

Florida Man gets arrested while shopping for eclipse glasses

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So, this guy drove to Harbor Freight and bought a welder’s mask to view the eclipse… problem is, ends up the car was stolen. We are not sure whether he knew that or not, and since everybody in the world is completely full of shit (from police to thieves) there’s really no way of knowing. We do not know that he stole the car, only that he was in possession of the stolen vehicle. Since this is the good ol’ boy south, cops thought it would be funny to post his picture on Facebook before any trial (but to be fair, it’s a pretty funny story). Full Story ⤳

Apopka Man openly masturbated in hospital before punching security guard

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A man was arrested Wednesday after he masturbated in a hospital, then punched the security officer and nurse who asked him to pull his pants up, according to arrest records.

Juan Delon, 36, faces charges of aggravated battery on a law-enforcement officer, brawling in public and indecent exposure of sexual organs, according to the Apopka Police Department. Full Story ⤳

‘Shark Dragging’ Petition Delivered to Ed Brodsky

We have officially delivered our petition to Ed Brodsky and Andrew Van Sickle of the 12th Judicial Circuit. They refused to meet with us in person, but news agencies filmed as I handed the 250,000+ signatures to the receptionist who agreed to deliver our message.

I cannot express how much gratitude I have for everyone who showed up. It was wonderful meeting you all as we delivered this monumental document. Thank you Stand Up Bark Back SRQ for your incredible skill in dealing with these situations, and for all the work you do. Thank you to all the media who came out today: ABC 7, SNN 6, Bay News 8, News Channel 8, Bradenton Herald, and more.

Thank you everyone who signed this document, shared articles, called the FWC, and kept this incident under public scrutiny. Our collective energy has broken through the intangible restraints of cyberspace and manifested into a force that cannot be denied. Full Story ⤳

Downtown Bradenton Covers Up Confederate Monument

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Modern art? Not really… behind these sheets of plywood lies a controversial Confederate monument at the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court. The monument was covered up in anticipation of a protest and rally. The employees even went home early today to avoid the whole fiasco… (that’s probably the best part of this whole story, everybody likes getting outta work early). Full Story ⤳