Tribe to help fight addicted gamblers
The Florida Seminole tribe is anteing up $1.75 million to fight compulsive gambling. Gov. Charlie Crist joined tribal officials Wednesday for a check presentation to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. The contribution nearly doubles the council's funding this year. It's also receiving $1.1 million from the Florida Lottery and $750,000 through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Awkward walking gives away inmate
Jail officials have found pot, pills and tobacco in an inmate's rectum. A Charlotte County corrections officer became suspicious when he saw Salvatore James Zambuto walking awkwardly Wednesday and ask to use the restroom. Authorities followed Zambuto, 22, and found him on the bathroom floor with latex glove bags filled with pot, pills and tobacco. Zambuto was arrested earlier Wednesday on two outstanding warrants. Zambuto was charged with introduction of contraband into a corrections facility and several drug possession charges.
Teen found asleep in burgled home
Police didn't have a hard time finding an alleged burglar who broke into a Central Florida home. He was asleep on the bedroom floor. The homeowner said his home had been burgled several times in the past few days. Authorities found a side door forced open and a 17-year-old sleeping on the floor Wednesday. He was charged with burglary.
Four shots fired in anger lead to jail
An angry motorist fired four shots at a driver for cutting him off in traffic, Orlando police said. Frank Prince told police he drove more than 100 mph trying to get away after a BMW cut him off Wednesday. But Prince said the BMW caught up with him and made an obscene gesture. According to an arrest report, 33-year-old Prince told police he pulled out his gun and flashed it at the BMW's driver, Henry Benejan-Vazquez. Prince said he saw Benejan-Vazquez reach for something, so he fired four shots. Benejan-Vazquez pulled off the road and called police. Prince was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful discharge of a firearm.
Man gets life for slaying over photos
A Polk County man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who had taken naked photos of his girlfriend. Joey Delbert Midgett, 39, was convicted last month of both second-degree murder and third-degree murder. Prosecutors say Midgett went to 36-year-old Jonas Ward's Lakeland home in December to retrieve pictures Ward had taken of himself and Midgett's girlfriend having sex.