Soldier from Ocala dies in Afghanistan
An Ocala man was one of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan when their vehicle drove over a buried explosive on Thursday, the Defense Department said on Monday.
Spc. Gary L. Gooch Jr., 22, of Ocala and Spc. Aaron S. Aamot, 22, of Custer, Wash., were members of the 5th Stryker Brigade.
Three teens charged as adults in burning
Three teenagers accused of setting a 15-year-old on fire will be charged as adults.
Denver Jarvis, Matthew Bent and Jesus Mendez were charged Monday with one count each of attempted second-degree murder.
The Broward County State Attorney's office said Jarvis, 15, is accused of pouring rubbing alcohol on Michael Brewer on Oct. 12 in Deerfield Beach. Mendez, 16, is accused of lighting Brewer on fire and Bent, 15, is accused of directing the attack.
Brewer sustained burns over 65 percent of his body and is still in critical condition.
Mortgage rescue a scam, state says
The state is suing two Central Florida companies for allegedly scamming homeowners trying to rescue their properties from foreclosure.
National Payment Modification Co. and the Bostonian Group charged homeowners up to $2,500 before doing any work, the Attorney General's Office said Monday. A phone number for the Bostonian Group has been disconnected.
Officials say the owner of both companies, William Rodriguez, also owns another business being sued by the Attorney General's Office.