A lucky cat jumped three stories from a burning building on Tuesday and survived.
When firefighters answered a call at an apartment building in Celebration, Fla., they found the cat on the third floor (video below).
Firefighters broke a window in hopes of coaxing the kitty to their ladder, but the cat refused to go with them.
“When we broke the glass the cat jumped and tried to scale on the side of the wall,” Daniel McAvoy, Deputy Chief of the Osceola County Fire Rescue, told ABC News (video below).
“It caught a ledge as it went down running and ended up going down to the ground and was fine,” added McAvoy. “Cats almost always fall to their feet and that’s exactly what happened here."
“We are thankful the cat just had burnt paws and minor scratches,” Josue Alicea, roommate of the cat’s owner, told Bay News 9.
The fire in the apartment building was apparently caused by a lightning strike. The fire started in the attic and spread throughout the building.
Fortunately, all the residents managed to escape the fire.
A Plant City woman was caught on surveillance footage stealing a donation jar from a Bravo Supermarket checkout counter this past Tuesday. The money was supposed to be given to a young girl with Lupus.
The video shows the woman and a young girl at the checkout counter. The woman looks around the store to make sure no one is watching, then prompts the girl to put the jar in their shopping cart. Then, they quickly hide the jar under shopping bags.
Mildred Diaz, whose 15-year-old daughter was meant to receive the money, said she hopes the woman gets caught.
"She is not only stealing from my daughter,” Diaz said, “she's stealing from millions of people who have Lupus that count on donations.”
Despite the loss, Diaz encouraged people to attend a Lupus fundraiser on May 4 at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa to help others battling the disease.
Anyone with information regarding the case should contact the Plant City Police Department.
Here is the ultimate example of no good deed going unpunished.
Retired Marine Ralph Tackett was sitting in his home on Monday morning when he heard a car crash outside. He promptly ran out his door, hopped in his car and drove to the scene of the crash.
As he approached the wrecked silver Pontiac, three men hopped out of the car and said they needed a tire.
“A tire?” Tackett responded. “I think you need more than a tire.”
Then, one of the men inexplicably pulled out a gun and shot Tackett in the jaw.
“They didn’t ask for the car, didn’t ask him to get out or anything,” said Tackett’s wife, Sandy. “They just shot him.”
Tackett hit one of the men after being shot and then ran across the street back to his house. His wife says he was spitting teeth and blood everywhere when he came inside. He was taken to a hospital where surgeons removed the bullet from his jaw.
"They got the bullet out, he's got three plates in his jaw, three titanium plates and he's going to need more surgeries," Sandy Tackett said.
Tackett, a father of two, is still in shock over what happened.
"He said, 'I just can't believe it, I'm not going to go out and help anybody anymore'” Sandy said. “He says, 'I thought I was doing the right thing' and instead he says 'I get shot.’”
Police are still searching for the three men involved in the shooting. Officials have asked anyone with information about the crime to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
Florida woman Desiree Taylor was arrested Monday after she walked into a Publix grocery store without pants on and stole two boxes of wine.
The 35-year-old walked into the Ocala store with only a T-shirt and flip flops, barely turning heads. She then allegedly proceeded to steal $42 worth of boxed wine.
When the store manager attempted to stop Taylor, she took a swing at him and ran away.
Taylor was later arrested, for the second time in two months, and charged with disorderly conduct and petty theft.
In a previous case, the woman was charged with battery of an officer.
Taylor is currently being held on $1,000 bond.
The unusual thief was caught just one week after a different Florida woman was filmed at a St Petersburg McDonald’s wearing only a pair of underwear.
The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill to allow citizens to arm themselves without a gun permit in the event of a natural disaster.
Anyone with no criminal record would be able to carry a gun without a permit during a crisis situation or evacuation procedures for a natural disaster, like a hurricane or wildfire, according to a bill passed Friday by the House.
The House voted 80-36, sending the bill to the state Senate. The Senate is preparing to put the measure to a vote and get the bill on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk by the end of the month.
The National Rifle Association backed the bill, but law-enforcement lobbyists and the Florida Sheriffs Association are against the measure.
"We don't want to kill the bill; we want to clarify it," said Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford.
Rutherford says the bill doesn’t clearly state what constitutes an evacuation.
"Does it mean when you're moving out, when you check into your hotel?" he asked.
Rep. Victor Torres, D-Orlando, warned that arming people in high-stress situations is dangerous.
"They will face a different reality," Torres said. "You are talking about introducing concealed firearms into an environment that is already teeming with tension. I hope that tragedy will not be a byproduct of our decision here today."
The measure comes as climatologists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies noted the global average temperature for March 2014 is the fourth warmest since record-keeping began in 1880.
Warmer water means stronger storms. The temperature of water is highly influential on the speed, size, and intensity of a hurricane. Warm temperatures heat up the surface of the ocean, increasing evaporation and giving a hurricane the water vapor it feeds on.
At the urging of animal advocates, Delray Beach officials are considering an ordinance that would stop dogs from puppy mills being sold in the city. However, any such rule may have an unintended effect that is opposed by many local residents, according to the Sun-Sentinel. It could hurt the iconic Waggs to Riches—the city’s only dog/puppy store.
The controversial puppy-mill ban, which is the hottest new movement in animal rights, was discussed at Delray City Hall Tuesday night, with both elected officials and residents expressing conflicting emotions. They agreed puppy mills are horrible, but many also expressed the belief that having a pet boutique in the downtown area of the business district adds positive vibes and value.
"I have a problem with penalizing a business that has been here for the period it has," said Mayor Cary Glickstein, stating that Waggs to Riches has “become part of the Delray Beach downtown community."
Dozens of residents shared stories of how purchases from the store, which has called downtown home for eight years, changed their lives, the Sun-Sentinel reports. "We have bought two puppies from Waggs to Riches, and we have had nothing but fantastic things from both puppies," said resident Michael Gooch.
Some shoppers say an onslaught of health problems begins after a while, leading them to believe their new pets came from puppy mills, reports the Sun-Sentinel.
People pop in to pet the tiny designer dogs and often end up shelling out thousands to take them home. But most pet stores that sell puppies admit that the real business benefit from the presence of puppies is the sale of glitzy items that adorn them or make live comfortable for beloved pets. The Sun-Sentinel found that many who just come in to pet the pups pick up custom accessories, stock up on rhinestone collars and leashes and discover they can’t do without a designer doggy stroller.
The city commissioners finally agreed to consider creating a law banning the retail sale of puppy mill-pets, but they still don't want to see the city's only puppy store's sales suffer--especially since it has not been a source of complaints. So they decided they will look at other bans; such as one recently passed in nearby Parkland.
They also want to consider what practices Waggs to Riches follows when making its puppy purchases. If the shop complies with rules set by various agencies that monitor the sale of animals, several commissioners said they would consider grandfathering the store into any rules passed.
LEGAL ISSUES INTERFERE WITH IDEALISM
Although the city has not changed any business rules, all the negative talk about the store has thrown the moral battle into the legal arena . Waggs to Riches’ owner Kim Curler has filed a lawsuit against Delray residents Mindy Farber and Stacy Aberle, who are animal activists, and Commissioner Petrolia, who has publicly supported passage of a ban . Kurler’s complaint contends their comments on social media and protests outside her shop have caused sales to plummet and she is seeking damages for libel.
The complaint says Curler sells "vaccinated, micro-chipped, hand-selected" animals from licensed breeders. But Farber and Aberle counter that Curler has purchased dogs from puppy mills. They refer to Palm Beach Animal Care & Control records, which contain required reporting information by Curler about the source of the animals she sells. Farber said three of the breeders from which Curler reported purchasing dogs are on The Humane Society's national, 'Horrible 100' list. These are puppy-mill breeders that violate U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspections.
From a legal perspective, whether the shop sells dogs from so-called "puppy mills" is a moot point, reports the Sentinel, because Delray currently doesn't have rules against doing so.
The viability of the lawsuit is still being determined. The defendants have filed to have the suit dismissed, saying they haven't slandered the business.
LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO PUPPY-MILL PET BANS – THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY
The City of Los Angeles passed a mill-bred puppy ban for pet shops in November 2012, effective July 1, 2013, touted as an example of overwhelming success in stopping the sale of puppy-mill puppies. But the General Manager of the Animal Services Department admits publicly that there has thus far been no real enforcement of the ban. It appears that pet stores are basically ignoring it. Activists confirm that pet shop owners now claim they are” not selling” but are “adopting” puppies to the public for a price.
California legislators developed very strict and detailed State laws governing pet shops; however, with passage of bans, many stores have subsequently opted out of obtaining pet shop permits and claim to have merely become pet-supply outlets, officials report.
Activists are also now lamenting the predictable fact that anyone wishing to buy a purebred puppy can merely order it over the Internet, and many of those puppy brokers work directly with puppy mills or backyard breeders. Tragically, sales over the Internet are unregulated; thus the animals do not have the protection of the recordkeeping/reporting and inspection that is required of pet shops under the States’ jurisdiction.
The only pet store that sold puppies in the city of San Diego closed his doors and moved to the adjacent city which does not have a ban and is close enough to attract San Diego city residents. Owner David Salinas has filed a federal lawsuit against San Diego and animal activists involved in picketing his store and making accusations about the condition of the animals. He is also alleging violations of his Constitutional rights.
Source: Sun Sentinel
An unidentified man tried to exterminate some bugs in his Orlando, Fla. home on Sunday night by starting a small fire to burn them.
However, the fire got out of control and the man was trapped inside his apartment. Fortunately, a neighbor came to his rescue (video below).
"I am yelling at him and I hear him yelling 'Help,' but I felt like he couldn't hear me," neighbor Leanna Boyer told WFTV. "He wasn't really responding. I banged first, and then it didn't pop, and then I just smashed through [the glass window]."
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a police report stated: "There was trash and empty beer cans covering the majority of the floor in the living area and the kitchen. The bedroom where most of the fire damage occurred was also filled with trash and cans."
The man reportedly told Orlando police “that he started the blaze accidentally, while trying to burn the bugs in his apartment.”
The man was not charged with a crime, but was treated for burns and hospitalized under Florida's Baker Act because he was “a danger to himself and others,” said the police report.
Pedro Cerutti Jr. was arrested yesterday for allegedly threatening to blow up the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Regional Operations Center in Orlando, Fla.
However, Cerutti and his family deny the charges (video below).
"I promise to God they don't have no recording that I was making a bomb threat," Cerutti told WFTV in a phone call from the Orange County Jail.
An FDLE official told the news station that it is not know if the alleged bomb threat was recorded.
Cerutti's family claims this arrest goes back to 2011 when Cerutti was charged with exposing himself to prison guards at the Orange County Jail (on different charges), but was found not guilty.
Cerutti went to the FDLE in January to file a complaint against the prison guards.
The FDLE office claims Cerutti was rude when he showed up at their office and gave him a trespassing warning, reports WESH.
Cerutti says he called the FDLE on Monday to check on his complaint against the prison guards.
"She kept hanging up the phone, so when I called back the fourth or fifth time, a guy got on the phone and said, 'You just made a bomb threat, we're going to pick you up tonight,'" Cerutti told WFTV.
A sheriff’s deputy recently took a cell phone from a man who was filming his traffic stop in Fort Myers, Fla.
The 25-year-old driver, who claims he has been stopped many times before by police, wanted to document this stop on video (below), reports The Blaze.
“We don’t need you calling people,” says the unidentified deputy before he takes the man's cell phone.
“The probable cause traffic stop, K9 alert, presence of a firearm, and [driver's name omitted]’s lack of candor created a scenario where the potential for [name omitted] to summon others to the scene via his cell phone was an officer safety concern,” Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott told Fox 4 in an email.
"it is a well documented fact that pagers, cell phones, and other commonly carried devices have in fact proven to be firearms," added Sheriff Scott, who provided a link to a YouTube video from six years ago in which a gun looks like a cell phone.
However, John Dezendorf of the Fowler Firearms and Gun Range told Fox 4, "That’s just one person that we’ve seen on YouTube, so we don’t know if that’s just a prototype."
The driver's lawyer Dave Shestokas stated, “He wasn’t doing anything to threaten the officer, and he wasn’t doing anything to interfere with their investigation."
A recently released surveillance video shows an unidentified topless woman clad in a black thong becoming irate and stealing ice cream at a McDonald's in St. Petersburg, Fla.
In the video (below) posted on LiveLeak, the woman screams at employees, slams her head into the counter and then comes around to the workers' side, notes the Daily Mail.
After tossing products from a refrigerator onto the floor and tipping over a cash register, the woman places her head under an ice cream machine and turns it on, reports the New York Daily News.
The surveillance video is narrated by some McDonald's employees watching with glee.
"This woman is my new role model," says an employee.
After stealing the ice cream, the woman finally leaves. It's unknown when this video was shot or if the woman was ever arrested.
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