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Cop shoots, kills driver after he tries to flee

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida officer fatally shot a suspect authorities say tried to speed away while the officer's body was hanging out of the car. Jacksonville Sheriff's Sgt. T.K. Waters says officers pulled the suspect's vehicle over Saturday and learned the driver had a handgun. A struggle ensued as the officers escorted the suspect to their patrol car. The suspect ran back to his car. Authorities say the suspect reached for his handgun and quickly sped away during the struggle while the officer's body was hanging from the car. Officer J. Garriga fired his weapon four times, killing the unidentified suspect. Garriga and another officer were treated for minor injuries.


Last wounded victim in naval air base attack leaves hospital

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The last person wounded in the deadly attack at the Pensacola Naval Air Station has been released from the hospital. Base officials confirmed Saturday that the unidentified victim has been discharged. Federal authorities say Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani killed three U.S. sailors and injured eight other people at the naval station on Dec. 6.Investigators are digging into whether he acted alone.


Florida city mum on ransom demands by cyberattackers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city is confirming that hackers seeking to extort money were responsible for crippling its computer systems earlier this week. But Pensacola city officials have yet to consider paying out a reported $1 million ransom demand. If it does, the city may have to dig into its own pockets because it's not insured for such an attack. A spokeswoman confirmed on Friday that ransomware was behind the attack that crippled the city's computer network over the weekend, less than a day after a Saudi aviation student killed three U.S. sailors at a nearby naval air station. The FBI has said the attacks weren't linked.


Army veteran gets 5 years for placing bomb at VA hospital

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. Army veteran has been sentenced to five years in prison for placing a home-made bomb at a Florida Veterans Affairs hospital. Court records show that 61-year-old Mark Edward Allen was sentenced Friday in Tampa federal court. He pleaded guilty in September to attempted destruction of U.S. property with an explosive. Prosecutors say a bomb was found at the hospital near St. Petersburg on May 29. A bomb squad determined it contained a 9-volt battery, electrical wires, an improvised initiator, explosive powder and a switch. Two days later, someone called law enforcement to report that Allen had been making explosive devices in his home.


Florida officer charged with violating women's civil rights

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida police officer has been indicted on federal charges following allegations that he sexually assaulted several women. A federal grand jury in Miami charged 32-year-old Hialeah police officer Jesus Manuel Menocal Jr. on Thursday with depriving two women of their civil rights. The FBI arrested him at the city police department Friday morning while he was on duty. An indictment says Menocal took a woman into custody in June 2015 and directed her to remove her clothing for his own sexual gratification, according to the indictment. On another date that same year, prosecutors say Menocal  exposed himself to a woman and grabbed her.


Family of bystander killed in Florida shootout wants answers

MIAMI (AP) — The family of a motorist killed at a busy South Florida intersection during a shootout between police and two delivery-truck hijackers has hired an attorney and is asking the public for any video or photos from the scene. The family of 70-year-old Richard Cutshaw said in a statement Friday that his death was senseless. Cutshaw was waiting in traffic last week when officers approached and opened fire from behind the cars of innocent bystanders. The officers were aiming at a UPS truck that had been hijacked by two men who had robbed a jewelry store and were being chased. Both suspects and the UPS driver were also killed.


Naked man who made airport bomb threat gets probation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has sentenced a 27-year-old man to 10 years of probation for running naked through Daytona Beach International Airport, screaming about a bomb threat. The judge on Thursday also ordered John Greenwood to pay restitution to American and Delta airlines for flight delays caused by the May 11, 2018, airport evacuation caused by his bomb threat. The sentence is less than the four years recommended by state sentencing guidelines. Greenwood's attorney told the judge his client was addicted to Adderall and that he suffered traumatic head injuries in a 2015 accident.


Man found eaten by alligator actually died of meth overdose

FORT MEADE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say a man who was found partially eaten by an alligator actually died of a meth overdose. According to an autopsy report from a central Florida medical examiner, Michael Glenn Ford II had methamphetamine in his system when he died, and that was the cause of his death. The body of the 45-year-old was found in a canal in June in Polk County. Ford’s hand and foot were found inside the gator’s stomach.


March retrial set for 2 in 2001 mob-related Florida slaying

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A March 23 retrial date has been set for two men who were previously convicted in a notorious 2001 mob-related Florida slaying. An appeals court ordered a new trial for Anthony “Big Tony” Moscatiello and Anthony “Little Tony” Ferrari because of errors in the original case. They were serving life sentences for the slaying of Konstantinos “Gus” Boulis by a mob hit man as he sat in his car in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Boulis founded the Miami Subs chain and the SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet. It was a power struggle over SunCruz that led to his killing.


Man faces life sentence in bizarre failed kidnapping plot

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A Florida man faces a life sentence after pleading guilty in a failed plot to kidnap five children from Virginia and kill their parents. Federal prosecutors in Virginia said 31-year-old Frank Jesse Amnott pleaded guilty Wednesday to three charges in the 2018 plot. One of the charges, conspiracy to kill witnesses, carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said the facts of the case “read like the script of a bad horror movie.” In court documents, prosecutors described a plot by Amnott and three other people to kidnap five children under the age of 8.