The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice said Friday that it has closed the Charles Britt Academy, pictured here in a Google image from May, after two employees at the state-owned residential treatment center for boys were arrested on child abuse charges.
Two employees at the Charles Britt Academy were arrested this week after police said one held a boy down while the other punched him.
Officers responding to the call found an elderly Black man suffering from “severe upper body trauma,” police said.
Ryan Mullen, 47, grabbed a female by her hair and hit her in the head and face numerous times, deputies said.
The woman said she awoke to find the man in her bedroom and shot him when he attacked her, police said.


  1. President Joe Biden with first lady Jill Biden delivers remarks before signing into law S. 2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act gun safety bill in a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 25.
  2. A woman wears an anti-gun T-shirt outside of the Supreme Court, following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in Washington, June 24. The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York state law that had restricted who could obtain a permit to carry a gun in public.
  3. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice said Friday that it has closed the Charles Britt Academy, pictured here in a Google image from May, after two employees at the state-owned residential treatment center for boys were arrested on child abuse charges.
  4. Taron Criner, 39, is facing a second-degree murder charge in the death of an elderly Black man who was found with serious injuries in front of a 7-Eleven in Tampa early Friday. The man later died at an area hospital, according to the Tampa Police Department.
  5. Ryan Mullen, a 47-year-old Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy, has been arrested after authorities say he grabbed a female by her hair and hit her in the head and face numerous times during an argument June 14 in Largo.
  6. Cameron Taylor, 21, left, faces charges of aggravated child abuse and child neglect in connection to injuries his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter sustained, while the girl's mother, 21-year-old Cheyenne Gray, right, faces child neglect charges, according to the Clearwater Police Department.
  7. People attend the PRIDE OUTside Festival held in St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park in 2021. The St. Petersburg Police Department is gearing up for an “all hands on deck” effort to provide security during this weekend’s Pride festivities, Chief Anthony Holloway said Thursday.
  8. A damaged tandem bicycle lies in the grass at the scene of a crash involving two bicycles and a car at the intersection of East Lake Road and Trinity Boulevard on Thursday. The driver of the car turned into the path of the bicyclists, causing them to hit the passenger side of the car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Two cyclists on the tandem and another cyclist on his own bike were seriously injured, troopers said.
  9. Detectives were investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday on the 1600 block of Flagler Driver in Clearwater, police said.
  10. Maya Rabaut, 5, colors during a June 3 event at which Tampa Police Chief Chief Mary O’Connor delivered a proclamation to the Florida Chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, deeming that day National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
  11. Attendees hold up their ballots during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. on June 14.
  12. Christopher Ferguson, the former director of a pain management clinic in Tarpon Springs, was arrested Monday for the second time in connection to an ongoing investigation in which he is accused of coercing patients into performing sexual acts in order to get their prescription medication, according to police.
  13. Ryan Cairel, left, and Michael Lopergalo, both 18, were arrested Saturday in connection to a shooting outside a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Lutz on Wednesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
  14. Members of the Healing and Justice Center stand in front of the Freedom House Mobile Crisis Response and Free Urgent Care van in Liberty City.
  15. City police are on the scene of a shooting that occurred Friday evening in the 2900 block of 15th Avenue S.
  16. This combo of photos provided by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office show Roy Lashley, 55, left, and Robert Lashley, 52. The two Florida men have been charged with a federal hate crime for allegedly beating a Black man in a store parking lot while yelling racial slurs, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.
  17. Christine Ponthieux was a bookkeeper at Benz Model & Talent Agency. She sent a letter throughout the state alleging corruption at the Tampa agency. She then died by suicide on April 25.
  18. Investigators with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office are searching for two suspects involved in a shooting near a popular Tropical Smoothie Cafe Wednesday night that sent one teen to the hospital with injuries.
  19. Crysi Marie Coleman, 18, was fatally shot on Aug. 29 by 16-year-old Yanmarkoz Jimenez while the two were hanging out at the Tampa home of Sabian Taft, prosecutors said. Taft was charged with evidence tampering after the shooting and sentenced Thursday to 30 days jail followed by three months probation.
  20. Tampa police Chief Mary O’Connor, center, speaks to reporters during a news conference at Tampa Police Department headquarters on June 7, one day after two unrelated shootings in east Tampa left one man dead and two other people injured. O'Connor on Friday will host a community forum on violent crime in east Tampa's Ybor Heights neighborhood.
  21. The Pinellas County Jail has extended its coronavirus lockdown through July 5.
  22. A man was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday after he hacked into thousands of private iCloud accounts, stole people’s nude images and videos and shared them with other people.
  23. Miami-Dade police officer Donovan William Rojas was arrested in the Florida Keys for driving under the influence and fleeing from deputies in the early morning of Sunday.
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