two people escape house fire, three dogs rescued
A fire at a mobile home early Sunday forced one resident to undergo treatment at the hospital, according to Hernando County Fire Rescue.
About 2:44 a.m., someone called 911 to report a fire at a double-wide mobile home on the 18300 block of Benes Roush Road.
Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the home when firefighters arrived, HCFR reported. Residents had already gotten out, but there were three dogs still inside. Firefighters went in and rescued the dogs, according to the agency.
One person was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.
Airline pilot arrested for loaded weapon
Authorities said an airline pilot Brian Andrew Machtemes of Minnetonka, Minn., was arrested at Southwest Florida International in Fort Myers on Friday.
A Lee County Port Authority arrest report said the 54-year-old Sun Country Airlines pilot was arrested when a Transportation Security Administration agent found a loaded pistol in his suitcase. The report said Machtemes has a permit to carry the gun in Minnesota, but it is not valid in Florida. The TSA allows unloaded firearms in locked containers only as checked baggage.
Airline spokeswoman Kirsten Wenker confirmed Machtemes is a pilot but declined further comment for privacy reasons. Machtemes was released on $5,000 bond. Jail records didn't show whether he had an attorney.
Hurricane Michael killed 35 in Florida
Florida authorities have linked six more deaths to Hurricane Michael, raising the state's death toll to 35. The storm's overall death toll now stands at 45, with 10 deaths in other states.
Florida Emergency Management Division spokesman Alberto Moscoso said in an email Saturday that two more deaths were confirmed in hard-hit coastal Bay County, raising the total there to 21.
Florida's latest update also raises the toll in Jackson County to three deaths, and it adds three deaths in Washington County.
Gulf County had three deaths, Gadsden County had two deaths, and Clay, Liberty and Calhoun counties each had one death.
State emergency management officials tally storm-related deaths from rulings from district medical examiners.
Michael slammed Florida's Panhandle on Oct. 10, and also affected Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.
PORT ST. LUCIE
Police: child hurt in road rage shooting
Police say road rage contributed to a shooting that critically injured a 3-year-old.
The Port St. Lucie Police Department was searching for a male driver in a black, four-door car after the shooting early Sunday.
Detective Sgt. Joe Norkus said in an emailed statement that two cars were travelling south through Port St. Lucie when "a road rage incident" occurred. Additional details about the incident were not released.
Norkus said a 3-year-old passenger in one of the vehicles was struck in the head during the shooting. He said the child was hospitalized in critical condition.
Timees staff and wires.