PANAMA CITY BEACH
Authorities say condo crasher has been caught
The Panama City Beach condo crasher has been arrested, authorities say. Police say 20-year-old Randy "Slim" Bell of McComb, Miss., was arrested Tuesday on charges of burglary, grand theft and felony criminal mischief. Investigators said he would break into vacant beach-front condominiums, throw parties and then post the photos on his Facebook page. The parties have caused thousands of dollars in damage. The Panama City News Herald reports that with security footage of Bell entering the condos, security guards were able to get a tag number from a car that was traced back to Bell's girlfriend. She also was arrested.
Fire, fog conditions shut down U.S. 1
A portion of U.S. 1 in Central Florida was shut down on Wednesday because of low visibility from a brush fire and fog near the Brevard-Volusia county line. The Florida Highway Patrol said the major road was closed Wednesday morning from County Line Ditch Road to Coral Road. Stuckey Road also was shut down from Interstate 95 to U.S. 1. Authorities had to shut down a 13-mile stretch of I-95 Tuesday evening for several hours after a controlled burn got out of control. A company had been contracted to clear land for a Titusville water-main project, but fire officials said winds picked up and started a small brush fire that grew to about 500 acres.
2 killed, 3 injured on shoulder of I-95
Two Miami-Dade County residents were killed and three other people were injured after pulling over to fix a flat tire on Interstate 95 in Broward County. The Florida Highway Patrol said the group was traveling in a sport utility vehicle Tuesday evening when the driver pulled onto the grassy shoulder, fully off the highway. All five people were outside the vehicle when a car lost control and hit the people and the SUV. Troopers identified those killed as Victor H. Morales Calderon, 49, and Wuilmer A. Sanchez, 31. The car's driver, Ravindra K. Mahanand, 24, was also injured.
Man pleads guilty in horse killings
A man accused of slaughtering horses in Miami has pleaded guilty to armed burglary, killing a registered breed horse and other charges. Santiago Cabrera will be sentenced on Dec. 17. Cabrera, 20, and another person are accused of breaking into two farms and slaughtering several horses. Horse meat is illegal to sell, but authorities say there's a thriving black market. Prosecutors had offered a five-year prison term during plea negotiations for Cabrera. If convicted at trial, he could have received life in prison.