Augusta says green jacket was stolen
One of the most distinctive symbols in sports, the iconic green jacket awarded to the winner of the Masters golf tournament, is at the center of a lawsuit over whether one of them can be sold at auction. Dr. Steven Pyles, a Florida collector of golf memorabilia, bought a green jacket he believes was worn by Art Wall Jr. when he won the tournament in 1959. After paying $62,000 for it, he wants to sell it through Heritage Auctions of Dallas for a profit. Five days before the auction was scheduled to begin, Augusta National Incorporated moved to halt the sale. A hearing in the case was scheduled for today in Dallas. The collector told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the jackets and any memorabilia from the tournament are in high demand and sell for thousands of dollars. He contends that winner's jackets are available for sale. A green jacket belonging to the famed Bobby Jones sold at auction in 2011 for $311,000. Augusta National Incorporated claims in its lawsuit that all green jackets are the property of Augusta National and that this particular jacket was stolen from its clubhouse. Mark Senter, the attorney for Pyles and Heritage Auctions, said there was no police report to back up a claim of theft.
Callers report strange shaking
Collier County residents have reported feeling earthquake-like shaking. The source of the shaking Sunday morning is not known and there have not been any nearby earthquakes documented. The Naples Daily News reports callers to the Sheriff's Office and newspaper readers have asked about the shaking. JuLynn Mott told the newspaper that "the whole entire panel of the sliding door from my living room to lanai started shaking." She said the shaking continued for about a minute.
Wildfires burn 1,500 acres
Homes have been evacuated and a section of Interstate 95 near Ormond Beach was shut down due to a raging wildlife that burned at least 1,000 acres. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the fire started Saturday morning in Flagler County. High winds pushed the flames into Volusia County and grew to 1,000 acres by the evening. The fire was about 75 percent contained by Sunday morning. No homes had been damaged due to the fire and the interstate has since reopened. Meanwhile, more than a dozen homes were evacuated Saturday afternoon in Marion County as a brush fire consumed about 500 acres. The Ocala Star-Banner reports no serious injuries have been reported, but neighbors told the paper that boats, cars and some homes were damaged by the blaze.
Hit-and-run leaves six injured
Six people are being treated for minor injuries at a hospital after a hit-and-run accident at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The Miami Herald reports a van rolled over after the early Sunday morning accident on the southbound return loop at the airport. Only minor injuries were reported. No further information was released.