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Deputy in shooting is named

Authorities have named the Manatee Sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a man who was wielding a samurai sword during a domestic battery call.

The Bradenton Herald reports that 32-year-old Sgt. Brady McGabe, a 12-year veteran of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, has been identified by the sheriff's office.

McCabe works in the patrol division. He remains on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Authorities said that deputies responded to a Bradenton home Thursday after a woman called authorities claiming that her son had attacked her.

As deputies approached the home, officials say 31-year-old Terry M. Sellars Jr. came out the front door and charged them with a large sword over his head. McGabe fired at Sellars several times. Sellars was declared dead at the scene.

MIAMI

Man in 2010 bullying case to be re-tried

Prosecutors intend to retry a man on murder charges after a Miami jury could not reach a verdict in a case involving a 400-pound victim the suspect claims was bullying him at work.

A mistrial was declared last week in the case of 69-year-old Manuel Acosta. Acosta is charged with first-degree murder in the May 2010 shooting death of 50-year-old Jose Valdez.

Acosta claimed self-defense, contending the 423-pound Valdez regularly beat and bullied him. Acosta is 5-foot-3 and weighs just 125 pounds. Acosta also testified that Valdez came at him with a pipe the day of the killing.

Prosecutors contended that Acosta hunted Valdez down and fired the fatal shots as the bigger man begged for his life.

A Sept. 8 status hearing is scheduled in the case.

PANAMA CITY

Man jailed after he made bomb threats

A Panama City man was jailed after authorities say he threatened to blow up federal offices located in the Panhandle city.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday that charges had been filed against 38-year-old Johnathon Mathew Garrett.

Garrett on Wednesday allegedly called the Social Security Administration offices angrily several times and used profanity. Officials say he told an employee during one call that he was going to "come down there" and "blow" the building up. The call triggered the evacuation of the office, and a bomb detection and disposal team responded and searched the area.

Garrett was eventually arrested at his home. He could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if he is convicted of the charges.

ORLANDO

Ex-expressway official removed from office

A former Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority board member has been formally removed from office.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the order removing Richard "Scott" Batterson from office on Friday.

The removal was more a formality than anything since Batterson was suspended after his indictment in April. The Expressway Authority was replaced by a regional operation last month.

An Orange County jury found the 38-year-old Batterson guilty of two second-degree felony charges on Thursday. He faces 15 years in prison and fines on each of the counts of bribery and solicitation for receiving unlawful compensation. Sentencing is set for October.

2 dead, 6 injured after van-truck crash

Two people are dead and six more were taken to a central Florida hospital following an early morning crash between a passenger van and a semi-truck.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Wanda Diaz said in a statement that the agency responded to the crash on Interstate 95 in Ormond Beach on Saturday morning. The two fatalities were both adults. The six people injured were taken to Halifax Hospital.

JACKSONVILLE

Navy destroyer to be moored on St. Johns

The Jacksonville City Council has agreed to allow an historic U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer to be moored on the banks of the St. Johns River, where it will be used as a maritime museum.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the council voted 16-1 to allow the Downtown Investment Authority to move the USS Adams to town.

The ship will be moored by the vacant Maxwell House plant.

Joe Snowberger, commodore of the Jacksonville Historic Ship Association, says the Navy should turn the ship over within six months.

The group will then work to refurbish the vessel with the goal of displaying it on the river by the end of 2015.

Times wires

Florida briefs: 08/30/14 [Last modified: Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:12pm]
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