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High number of cancer cases among Florida high school friends prompts doctor to urge investigation

A  Florida oncologist and 2003 Satellite High School graduate is asking questions after she and several of her former classmates were diagnosed with cancer.

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Dr. Julie Greenwalt, of the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in Jacksonville battled a rare, aggressive form of appendix cancer.

She first contacted the Florida Department of Health about one year ago to ask the agency to take a closer look at the cancer cases. Her resolve was strengthened after a recent Military Times article about the detection of water contaminates linked to cancer and developmental delays in children at military bases nationwide, including Patrick Air Force Base.

Greenwalt asked Victoria Hicks, a friend and fellow Satellite High School alumna, to discuss her breast cancer diagnosis with the health department.

>> Related: Your bottled water is probably contaminated with tiny plastic particles, health experts say

"I was 33, and I had no family history," Hicks said. "I went to the doctor nine months before my actual diagnosis and was told it's nothing, it's no big deal, and it grew into an 8-centimeter mass."

Greenwalt said the pattern of cancer diagnoses is concerning.

"I think it's an abnormal pattern that so many young people in their 30s are getting cancer without family history," she said. "I'm not trying to cause any panic, just trying to create awareness that there might be a problem."

Officials with the FDOH said although the agency hasn't launched a formal investigation, it recognizes the importance of gathering and assessing information that could help determine necessary next steps.

Greenwalt said current and former Brevard County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer are asked to contact the county health department's epidemiologist to provide details of their diagnosis and related information.

>> Related: Breast cancer patient says insurer denied coverage for approved $7K scan

Relatives of patients who have died from cancer are also asked to report that information to the agency.

"I just feel grateful to be alive, and I know that God has a plan for my life," Greenwalt said. "(Perhaps) this is part of it -- to try and help figure this out."

She said she plans to organize a community meeting in Satellite Beach to increase awareness.

"I hope now that it's out there, the possibility of people getting screened sooner can help save more lives," Hicks said.

2 Georgia men drown over Father’s Day weekend in separate incidents in Gulf of Mexico

Two men from North Georgia drowned in separate weekend incidents off Panama City Beach, police said.

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Eugene Spann, 67, of Atlanta, was declared dead after being pulled from the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning, authorities said.

The body of Tony Orlando Jackson, 21, of Cartersville, was found Sunday afternoon about two hours after he was caught by a large wave, according to police.

Police and emergency workers took over life support efforts from bystanders when they found Spann unresponsive on the beach behind a motel short after 11 a.m. He was taken to an emergency room on the beach, where he was pronounced dead.

A search effort involving several agencies eventually found Jackson’s body. Police originally responded to a call about a swimmer in distress about 2:30 p.m.

>> Related: Florida man chugs beer during DUI stop, deputies say

Police said surf flags were at the red “high hazard” level when Jackson drowned. That was up from the yellow “medium hazard” designation at the time of Spann’s death.

Smooth criminal? Michael Jackson's former elephant briefly escapes Florida zoo enclosure

On Sunday afternoon, Ali the African elephant briefly wandered through an open gate into a contained courtyard behind the giraffe and elephant night house, according to press release from Florida's Jacksonville Zoo.

>> Watch the news report here

He was quickly returned and secured in a holding enclosure, the zoo said.

There were no guests, staff members or animals, including Ali, injured during the incident, according to the zoo.

The zoo said incident was a result of human error. When the elephant keepers realized Ali was not in his holding yard, they called a “code-red."

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While no guests were in danger, any time an animal is not where it is supposed to be, established safety protocols go into effect, according to the release.

Ali was donated in 1997 from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, according to the zoo.

>> See the zoo's Facebook post here

UCF frat suspended: Lawsuit says members posted explicit videos of women on secret Facebook page

A fraternity at the University of Central Florida is facing a lawsuit after a woman claimed her ex-boyfriend shared sexually explicit images of her with fellow fraternity members on a private Facebook page.

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The Arizona woman filed the lawsuit with the office of attorney Michael Avenatti, who also represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

According to the lawsuit, the woman claimed her ex-boyfriend, a member of UCF’s Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, shared explicit photos and videos without her permission via text, email and a private Facebook page called the “Dog Pound,” in which members publicized “sexual conquests.”

The lawsuit was filed against the man and four other fraternity members.

Avenatti said other women were unwitting victims on the private Facebook page, too.

“It takes a lot of bravery and courage for a woman to come forward under these circumstances, especially a young woman, but she’s intent on doing so to make sure that this doesn’t happen to other women,” Avenatti said in a statement.

The lawsuit said the woman only found out about the images when she saw a frat member’s text  ... that referenced the Facebook page.

“We’re hopeful that [UCF] is going to get to the bottom of this very, very quickly and be very aggressive,” Avenatti said.

>> Trending: Daytona Beach Boardwalk roller coaster was inspected hours before it derailed, injuring riders

The university also issued a statement on the lawsuit.

“These allegations are contrary to our core values,” officials said.

“Although UCF is not a party to the suit, we are gathering information.”

University officials said they want to hear from anyone who believes they may be a victim. 

Report: Woman shoots husband in testicles after he tries to take her air conditioner

A woman in Columbia County, Florida is back in jail after she failed to show up in court for an aggravated battery charge.

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In October of last year, Kimberly Dunn, 35, shot her ex-husband in the testicles after he tried to take an AC unit, according to an arrest report. 

Dunn's estranged husband said he came to her home -- with his brother -- to pick up the unit. He had discovered that she was attempting to sell it on Facebook, the report said. 

The couple was going through a divorce, the arrest report said. 

When the man and his brother attempted to unhook the unit, Dunn sat on it to prevent the two men from taking it, the report said.

When the ex-husband approached, he tried to remove her from the AC unit, but Dunn produced a pink stun gun and attempted to electrocute him, according to the arrest report. Dunn was struck in the head and dropped both the pink stun gun and a handgun, the report said. 

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Dunn reportedly got up off the ground and shot him in the testicles with the handgun. The man's brother pushed Dunn to the ground and attempted to help his brother and drove him to the hospital.

The report said the ex-husband's brother screamed, "You shot my brother" and began choking her until she blacked out. 

Dunn's ex-husband picked up the gun after the shooting and brought it with him to the hospital, the report stated.

Dunn was arrested the same day and was taken to the Columbia County jail without incident. She told deputies she didn't mean to shoot her ex-husband and was only trying to scare him, the report said. 

On Thursday, June 14, Dunn was arrested for failing to show up in court for the shooting incident. She faces an additional charge of contempt of court.

Daytona Beach Boardwalk roller coaster was inspected hours before it derailed, injuring riders

Officials said a roller coaster that derailed Thursday evening at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk in Florida was inspected just hours before the incident.

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Safety inspectors said they will investigate why the Sand Blaster roller coaster derailed, sending some riders plummeting to the ground and leaving others dangling in the air.

Two people fell 34 feet from the roller coaster Thursday after a car came off the tracks around 8:30 p.m., officials said. 

Firefighters said they had to work quickly to remove two riders from a dangling coaster car. Ten people were rescued from the ride and six were taken to local hospitals for treatment, officials said.

>> On WFTV.com: Photos: Daytona Beach Boardwalk roller coaster derailment

Daytona Beach police said in a report that the first of the roller coaster’s three cars slid off the tracks until it was hanging off the side of the ride. The middle car also went off the tracks while the third remained stationary.

Officials found at least two people on the ground after the derailment. One of the victims who fell was in the front car, according to a report. 

The conditions of the injured people were not immediately known. Officials said they were taken to hospitals under a trauma alert status.

At least four of the riders were visiting from the United Kingdom, authorities said.

Volusia County officials were flooded with 911 calls when the train derailed.

A man called authorities after the incident to say he had seen maintenance workers working on the tracks earlier in the day, according to the police report.

"I just saw it fall off," a witness told WFTV. "I just thought it was part of the ride, because we were kind of far away. And then we heard a big bang and people screaming like they were hurt."

The derailed car remained dangling off the side of the roller coaster tracks Friday morning.

"It was barely hanging on by a thread," the witness told WFTV. "It looked like it could have snapped off at any point. It looked like plastic was literally holding it."

Northbound lanes of North Ocean Avenue were closed while firefighters removed people from the ride.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released a statement Friday saying the ride had been inspected Thursday.

“First and foremost, we’re concerned about the individuals who were injured last night. Their well-being and recovery is of the utmost importance,” the statement said. 

“Just yesterday, department inspectors conducted a thorough inspection of the ride, and it was found in compliance with state law. We have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, and anyone who should be held accountable will be held accountable.”

Police: Man takes cash register from Walmart, tries to carjack 2 people at knifepoint

Authorities said they arrested a man Friday on suspicion of taking a cash register drawer from a Walmart in Florida and then trying to carjack two people at knifepoint.

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Christopher Raymond Hill, 36, was arrested on charges of strong arm robbery, carjacking with a firearm or deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and trespassing, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office online inmate information search.

Investigators said the incident began when Hill went into the Walmart at the River City Marketplace and asked if he could have change for a $20. A cashier told Hill he would have to buy something and he then bought a pack of cigarettes.

Once the register was open, Hill reached over, grabbed the register and ran out of the store, according to a JSO arrest report.

A witness saw Hill get into a silver Ford SUV, but it did not appear to start, so he got out and ran, according to authorities.

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Police said Hill approached a man who was sitting in the parking lot near Supercuts. Hill asked the man for a ride and the man refused, according to authorities. Hill put the cash register in the man's truck bed and pulled out a knife, cutting the man on the hands and leg, the arrest report said.

According to the report, the man was able to grab his pistol from his truck and pointed it at Hill, who then ran away toward Starbucks.

Hill next ran to the car of a woman who was in line at the nearby Starbucks drive-through, officials said. She told police she rolled down her passenger's side window to see what he wanted and that he opened her door and got into the car, officials said.

The woman said Hill told her to drive because someone was chasing him, officials said. She told police she tried to push Hill out of the vehicle and that he would not get out. According to the police report, she was in fear for her life, so she got out of her car to get her Ruger pistol out of her trunk.

Hill got out of the car and came toward her, officials said. She said she pointed her pistol at him and he ran away, according to officials.

When police arrived, they found Hill had barricaded himself inside the bathroom at Supercuts, but he came out when officers ordered him to.

According to the report, Hill told police, "The reason I was running and did this was because somebody was after me."

As of Monday morning, Hill was still in the Duval County Jail, being held on a bond of $91,512. His next court date is set for July 2.

Escaped Florida hospital patient accused of stealing, crashing police car 

A judge granted bail to a 30-year-old man who allegedly stole an Orlando police cruiser after escaping Florida Hospital South late Friday.

>> Watch the news report here

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Alexander Gonzales was granted more than $3,000 bail for charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, resisting officer without violence and driving while license suspended.

Gonzales crashed the stolen police car in the College Park neighborhood early Saturday and refused to come out of the wrecked cruiser for hours, leading to a SWAT response, the Orlando Police Department said.

>> On WFTV.com: Child hospitalized after car possibly struck by stray bullet on I-95, deputies say

Police said they were called shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday about a suspicious person at Princeton Street and North Orange Avenue after security officers reported a man had escaped from Florida Hospital South nearby. 

>> Woman arrested after video shows children traveling in pet kennels

"When officer made contact with the subject, he jumped in OPD vehicle and took off, crashing a short time later," the agency said in a tweet.

Gonzales crashed at Elizabeth Avenue and West Princeton Street near Princeton Elementary School, flipping the cruiser onto the driver's side, investigators said.

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Gonzales remained inside the car, repeatedly refusing to come out, according to police. 

Despite the vehicle crash, the weapons in the car remained secured and locked up, police said. 

OPD SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team and Emergency Services Unit were called out. SWAT members ultimately removed the suspect from the vehicle and he was placed under arrest at about 2:30 a.m.

No one was injured, police said. 

According to the arrest report, Gonzales, who lives in Largo, Florida, had been admitted as a patient to Florida Hospital South earlier Friday before fleeing the hospital

 

South Carolina woman sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1998 baby kidnapping case

A South Carolina woman was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison for kidnapping a baby from a Florida hospital in 1998 and raising the newborn as her own until she was caught last year.

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Gloria Williams, 52, who kidnapped Kamiyah Mobley, now 19, when she was just about eight hours old, raised her as Alexis Manigo until she was caught in January of 2017 and extradited back to Jacksonville to face charges.

Williams pleaded guilty to a charge of kidnapping and a charge of interfering with custody in February and apologized to Mobley’s parents for stealing their daughter during her sentencing hearing in May.

Circuit Judge Marianne Aho handed down an 18-year sentence, saying the time reflects how long Kamiyah Mobley's parents were without their child.

"It's a very sad case, and many people have suffered," Circuit Judge Marianne Aho said before sentencing Williams.

>> Related: Kamiyah Mobley's kidnapper pleads guilty, faces 22 years in prison

Mobley's father Craig Aiken thanked God for the safe return of his child and the Jacksonville community for its support, but said there were no winners in the case. Aiken said he plans to concentrate on his family.

“I would like to deal with the emotional toll this ordeal has taken on my family. At this time, I choose to remain focused on mending my family together through this situation,” he said.

His mother Velma Aiken, Kamiyah Mobley’s grandmother, also spoke with the media.

>> Related: Sentencing hearing underway for Gloria Williams in 1998 kidnapping of Jacksonville infant

“Thank God and we’re glad it’s over with where I can start my grandmama days and love my grandbaby,” she said.

It’s unclear if Mobley will be able to contact Williams while she’s incarcerated. Prosecutor Alan Mizrahi said he doesn’t believe there’s any legal prohibition for their contact.

Carson said Williams waived her right to appeal the sentence after she pleaded guilty to both charges back in February.

Law and Safety expert Dale Carson said it’s possible Williams could get out of prison sooner depending on her behavior.

“Typically in a circumstance like this, she’ll serve 85 percent of the time -- or roughly 15 years. Still that’s a long time to be in custody,” said Carson.

Following the sentencing, Shanara Mobley, Kamiyah Mobley's mother, was visibly relieved. She smiled and hugged the person sitting next to her.

>> Related: Kamiyah Mobley kidnapping case: Gloria Williams said she 'wasn't logical' the day she took Kamiyah

Williams kidnapped Mobley when she just eight hours old and took her back to Ruffin, South Carolina, where she grew up.

WATCH: Alligator moves Florida couple's patio furniture in the middle of the night

A Florida couple got some unexpected – and unwanted – help from an outdoor decorator: an alligator.

>> Watch the news report here

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Mary and Mike Charbonneau woke up Sunday morning to find their patio furniture piled against the front door.

“I asked my husband, ‘Hey, why is the furniture in front of the door?’ I thought, well, maybe when he was mowing the yard he had moved it," said Mary Charbonneau.

>> On WFTV.com: How often do alligator attacks happen?

Until they pulled up their home security footage on their iPad, the Charbonneaus thought a person had been to their house overnight. 

The couple is amazed the gator did not wake them or their dog because video shows the alligator stopped by around 1:40 a.m.

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"He got tangled up in all this furniture, it's heavy furniture and he dragged it to the front door," said Mike Charbonneau. "We've seen gators in the neighborhoods in the ponds and stuff, but nothing coming up in people’s yards. This is a first for us." 

SEE: Stealthy alligator lurking near family as boy plays on Slip ‘n’ Slide

Talk about too close for comfort.

A Florida woman posted a video on Facebook of her family unknowingly playing in their backyard with an alligator lurking just a few feet away.

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The video from Nicole Mojica of Lake Nona shows her son playing on a slip and slide with, ironically, an inflatable alligator toy.

The real gator is hard to spot at first -- it might take a second viewing to see it, but it’s lurking near the chair. The chair and the gator show up at about 20 seconds into the video.

>> Related: Can you outrun an alligator, and other myths explained 

The recording ends before anybody realizes the creature is so close. Luckily, no one was hurt.

By Wednesday morning the video had been viewed more than 700 times. By the afternoon, thousands had watched the clip.

May and June are typically alligator mating season, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

During this time, alligators may be out and about more frequently.

>> Related: Monster alligator is catch of a lifetime for Louisiana fisherman 

80-year-old fights $164 ticket in crash that killed deputy heading to crime scene

An 80-year-old man accused of causing a crash that killed an Orange County deputy  made a court appearance Tuesday to fight a $164 ticket.

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In January of 2017, officials with the Florida Highway Patrol said Billie Jarrard made a left turn directly into the  path of deputy Norm Lewis’ motorcycle along Pine Hills Road.

Lewis, an 11-year-veteran, was setting up a perimeter in the search for Markeith Loyd, who is accused of gunning down Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton earlier that day.

Billie Jarrard, whom FHP said no longer drives, was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

Tuesday’s court hearing means more than just fighting a ticket, said WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer.

 >> Related: Slain Orlando police lieutenant, fallen Orange County deputy remembered 1 year later

“You want to win this case and present such a defense that the evidence is so overwhelming that a personal injury lawyer says, ‘I am not taking this case,’” Sheaffer said.

Jarrard’s attorneys could argue Lewis was speeding because of the nature of the call, but FHP said the deputy was only going 15 mph over the speed limit.

>> Related: Video: Driver accused of causing crash that killed Orange County deputy fights $164 ticket

Court records show the defense has hired an accident reconstruction specialist who will introduce pictures of the scene. The defense will call several witnesses to testify.

Jarrard's attorney has not responded to requests for comment.

Florida man with infamous face, neck tattoos arrested for alleged vehicle theft

A man with very recognizable face and neck tattoos was arrested in Northeast Florida, yet again.

Robert Hardister, 26, was arrested in connection with a vehicle theft from Futch's Tractor Depot, according to the Palatka Police Department.

Palatka police with the help of the Putnam County Sheriff's Office made the arrest Wednesday afternoon.

This was not Hardister's first encounter with law enforcement: view his mugshots and the progression of his face tattoos here

According to police, during the original vehicle theft, a full-size Chevy truck was stolen. Police say Hardister and that truck were later found in Pasco County, along with a stolen vehicle from Okeechobee, Florida.

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Hardister was booked into the Putnam County Jail where he was arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft of a motor vehicle. According to the jail's website, he is being held on a $10,000 bond.

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Man shot in head by wife after Google  search ended in argument, deputies say

A prominent Florida businessman was allegedly shot in the head by his wife in a Fernandina Beach home during an argument that erupted over a Google search, the Nassau County Sheriff's Office said.

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The victim, Tony Brown, 58, was once nominated by former President George W. Bush for a position in the U.S. Treasury Department in 2001, and he’s a former Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency director, according to WPTV.

The alleged shooter, his wife Lawanda Brown, 57, told authorities she and her husband own a consulting business and use the loft of their home as an office.

She said while the pair were in the office on Tuesday, her husband asked her to do a Google search for a template on a project they were working on. 

Brown said her husband seemed displeased with her and did not appear happy while she was doing the search.

Deputies were called to the couple’s home around 1:30 p.m. and when they arrived they found Brown on the floor in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to the back of his head, investigators said.

Tony Brown was airlifted to UF Health Hospital in Jacksonville with critical injuries, deputies said, but his condition has been upgraded to serious. 

He is able to talk and communicate, authorities said. 

A .38 caliber handgun was found in a bedroom in the home.

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His wife told deputies that the events surrounding the shooting were a "blur." 

Lawanda Brown was taken into custody after the shooting and is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Nassau County Jail. Read more here.

Teacher won’t face charges for drowning raccoons, opossum in front of students

Florida teacher won’t face charges for drowning two raccoons and an opossum in front of students at Forest High School in Ocala earlier this month.

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Investigators decided the killings were not cruel or inhumane, according to The Associated Press.

Assistant State Attorney Toby Hunt said agricultural teacher Dewie Brewton did not intend to “torture or torment the nuisance animals,” the AP reported.

Brewton was suspended after the incident on May 16, then retired two days later after 31 years with the Marion County School District.

Students were upset by the drownings and had recorded the incident.

>> Related: Florida teacher accused of drowning 2 raccoons during science class

Brewton said the raccoons had killed chickens the students were raising in a shed behind the school, and that he had no other way of disposing of the animals, but at least one parent questioned why the teacher didn’t arrange to have the animals relocated, instead of drowning them in front of students.

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.

>> Click here to see the alert

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.

>> Read more at PalmBeachPost.com

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.

>> On WFTV.com: Watch: Disney parking lot fire could have been doused faster if hydrants weren't moved

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.

>> On WFTV.com: Read: Florida's 10 safest cities in a hurricane

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. 

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Jacksonville teen gets 20 years for beating grandma to death over beer

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. 

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Jacksonville woman says movers scammed her by refusing to unload stuff

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. 

>> Click here to watch WFTV’s interview with the woman

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. 

>> On WFTV.com: Deputies: Woman found shot to death inside Deltona, Florida, home

"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. 

>> On WFTV.com: Florida woman loses arms, legs due to rare condition during pregnancy

"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. 

>> On WFTV.com: Embry-Riddle graduate recounts working air traffic control when Southwest plane engine exploded

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.

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