Father jailed after his son escapes, flees
A Central Florida man has been arrested after deputies say he provided a car and money to his son, who escaped from jail. Brian Rigby was arrested Sunday morning and is being held without bail. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says Michael Rigby escaped from the Osceola County Jail on Friday and then ran to his grandmother's house a few miles away; and the grandmother contacted her son, Brian Rigby, who gave the escapee a car and money. Detectives believe Michael Rigby is no longer in Florida and could be driving a red, four-door Mitsubishi Mirage with black rims, tinted windows and a Tennessee tag. He had previously been charged with attempted murder, among other charges.
Girl, 3, dies after attack by dog
A 3-year-old girl is dead after investigators say she was attacked by a dog outside her home Saturday afternoon. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the family runs a business breeding and showing American bulldogs, and the child was playing in the family's yard. Authorities say her mother was cleaning a nearby dog pen, and then briefly went back inside the home. That's when detectives believe the child entered the pen and became entangled in a chain. Jenifer Fisher, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, says the child was apparently attacked by one of four dogs. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are still investigating whether charges will be filed.
Experimental plane crashes, injuring 2
Two men were injured but in stable condition after their small, experimental airplane crashed during an emergency landing about 20 miles south of Gainesville. The Levy County Sheriff's Office says Phillip Seay Sr., 65, and his son were flying in a 1974 experimental airplane on Sunday morning when the aircraft experienced an engine malfunction. Seay decided to make an emergency landing in Williston. Authorities say that as the plane touched down in a sandy area, the front nose-dived and the plane landed upside down. Both men were taken to Shands at the University of Florida and listed in stable condition.
Cold saps year's strawberry crop
Florida farmers say this year's unusually cold winter has had a dramatic effect on the strawberry crop, leading to a smaller harvest and some shortages. Ted Campbell, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, told The Ledger the cold weather has been a "financial disaster" for growers. In one February week, the harvest was less than one-fifth the size of the same period last year. Farmers say picking crews are working fewer hours and some grocery stores have reported strawberry shortages in recent weeks.
Man shot during firearms course
Police in Orlando say a 50-year-old man taking a firearms certification course was shot in the foot after the instructor's gun discharged. The incident happened Saturday morning at a certification class for carrying concealed firearms. The student, Robert Frauman Jr., was taken to Florida Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No further details were provided by authorities.