Thursday, February 22, 2018
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The skinny: Calif. man celebrates 100th birthday by skydiving

Taking the leap

Man celebrates 100th birthday by skydiving

When Vernon Maynard's friends asked him what he wished he had done in his 100 years of life, the Southern California man said he had always wanted to jump from a plane with a parachute. The retired car dealer got the chance to mark his centenarian birthday Monday by doing just that. Jean Walcher of the U.S. Parachute Association says Maynard and his two great-nephews made their first skydive along with trained instructors from 13,000 feet southeast of Los Angeles. Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld says Maynard obtained a doctor's note before making the jump.

Filching the flock

160 sheep missing in village of Wool

Wool's wool is missing. Police in southwest England appealed for help Tuesday in tracking down thieves who made off with 160 sheep from a field near the village of Wool. Police say the sheep were stolen between Saturday and Monday. Constable Adam Taylor is urging anyone who has witnessed suspicious activity to come forward.

'Felony stupid'

Man pulls gun on officer in joke

A Colorado man who police say pointed a toy gun at an officer and called it a Halloween prank is facing criminal charges that prosecutors are calling "felony stupid." Police say 29-year-old Patricio Preciado pointed a toy gun in the face of Grand Junction Police Officer Cody Kennedy early Friday. The Daily Sentinel reports that the officer said he drew his handgun as Preciado laughed and said it was a joke. According to the officer's arrest affidavit, Kennedy "told him it wasn't funny and that I had almost shot him." Preciado faces charges of attempted robbery and felony menacing.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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Florida beach beset by stinging man-of-war creatures

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Beachgoers in one part of central Florida are encountering dozens of stinging sea creatures known as the Portuguese man-of-war.Florida Today reported Sunday that a number of people on Brevard County beaches have suffered stings from...
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Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

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Published: 02/11/18
Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

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Published: 02/10/18

Florida teen dies from gunshot wound he sustained while trying to kill trash animals

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida teen died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun. New outlets reports that 15-year-old Wyatt Austin Ballard Hall died Thursday night at his Myakka City home, southeast of Tampa Bay. Th...
Published: 02/10/18
Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

TAMPA — Two deputies helped a woman deliver a baby at the Florida State Fair on Friday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies Roberto Ramirez and Henry Echenique heard a woman asking for help sometime after 4 p.m. because her...
Published: 02/09/18
Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Under the hashtag #youneverknowwhatsgonnahappen, the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department reports extricating a boy Wednesday from an arcade claw machines. Apparently seeing no reason to wrestle with the contraption to get one of the stu...
Published: 02/08/18
UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

They say that you can get by in Miami even if you don’t speak English, but you can’t get by without Spanish. Not all Miami residents like that linguistic imbalance. Some don’t talk about their discontent, some whisper it, and a few...
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