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Briefs: Deputies act quickly to head off Web suicide threat

NAPLES

Deputies quick to head off Web suicide threat

Some sharp detective worked helped southwest Florida deputies find a 12-year-old girl who they say threatened suicide over the Internet. The Collier County Sheriff's Office says someone from Texas called early Friday to report that a girl on a Web cam in Naples was threatening suicide. The girl said she was 17 and was holding a knife to her throat and arms. An investigator found the Web site and sent the girl an instant message. Posing as a young girl, the investigator got the girl to reveal the area where she lives. Deputies found the home she shared with her grandparents and took her to a mental health center. The incident comes about two weeks after a 19-year-old in Pembroke Pines committed suicide by taking a drug overdose in front of a live Internet audience.

ORLANDO

That's no old lady, that's a robber

An armed man dressed as an old woman fired two shots inside a Wal-Mart during an attempted robbery Sunday, sending dozens of panicked shoppers scrambling at the S Kirkman Road store. No one was hurt, and the shooter — who wore a white floral dress, short gray wig and black floral jacket — took off in a stolen car. Authorities would not say whether the robber got any money.

West Palm Beach

GOP shunning son of ex-klan leader

Derek Black, the son of a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, is one of about half a dozen Palm Beach County Republicans who are ineligible for party leadership posts because they didn't sign a partisan loyalty oath on time, GOP officials said Monday. Black, 19, quietly won an August election for one of about 100 seats on the county's Republican Executive Committee. He plans to claim his seat when new committee members are installed Wednesday. But county Republican chairman Sid Dinerstein and the Republican Party of Florida say Black is ineligible. Aside from the oath issue, Dinerstein said Black isn't welcome in the local GOP because of his "white supremacist" associations. Black disputes that tag, describing himself as "a white person who is concerned about discrimination against white people."

NAPLES, Fla.

Shopper gulps a pair of earrings

Police say an 18-year-old man swallowed a pair of earrings after stealing them from a store at a Naples mall. Police said an X-ray showed the stolen earrings inside William Colburn, who faces charges of retail theft, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana. Colburn was in a JCPenney on Saturday when, authorities say, a store security saw him take earrings out of a box and drop them into a bottle of water. Police say he then left the store without paying and went into the mall. When a security officer approached Colburn and began walking him back to the store's security office, authorities say Colburn drank the water and the jewelry.

Elsewhere

• Miami: Police Officers Geovani Nunez and Jorge Hernandez, both 13-year veterans, who were duped by the FBI into believing they were escorting shipments of drugs and stolen iPhones for $39,500, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy Monday in federal court. They will be sentenced today. Hernandez faces nine years or less. Nunez faces 10 years to life.

Information from the Associated Press, Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post was used in this report.

Briefs: Deputies act quickly to head off Web suicide threat 12/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:44am]

    

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