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Man sought in Indiana road rage beating caught in Florida

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say a man sought after a 60-year-old man died of cardiac arrest after being beaten in an apparent road rage attack in northeastern Indiana has been arrested in Florida.

WANE-TV reports Brandon M. Cook was taken into custody Thursday evening and booked into the Bay County Jail in Panama City. An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Cook for involuntary manslaughter. Court records say the 27-year-old wrote on Facebook that he "taught a lesson" to another driver.

Fort Wayne police have said Orlando Fernandez was traveling on U.S. 30 at the U.S. 33 interchange Aug. 8 when he was involved in an altercation with another driver. Both men stopped, and the other man exited his pickup truck, went over to Fernandez' car and beat him before driving away.


Information from: WANE-TV,

Florida to spend $800 million on Tampa-St. Pete bridge

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Florida is preparing to pay nearly a billion dollars to build a new bridge connecting Tampa and St. Petersburg.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the state expects to pay $814 million for a new eight-lane Howard Frankland Bridge that will be used as a partial expansion of the old one.

The three-mile bridge will include four southbound lanes from Tampa to St. Petersburg, two express toll lanes in each direction and a bike and pedestrian trail. The four current southbound lanes will be flipped and will now go northbound from St. Petersburg to Tampa.

The contract will be bid later this year. Construction is scheduled to start in 2020 with the bridge opening in 2024.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),

Alaska man faces life in prison for Florida airport shooting

MIAMI (AP) - An Alaska man faces a life prison sentence in the January 2017 Florida airport shooting that left five people dead and six wounded.

Sentencing is set Friday for 28-year-old Esteban Santiago, who pleaded guilty in May to 11 charges in a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Santiago, of Anchorage, Alaska, admitted he opened fire with a handgun in a baggage area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The agreement calls for a life prison sentence plus 120 years.

An Iraq war veteran, Santiago is diagnosed as schizophrenic but was found competent to understand legal proceedings.

Santiago initially told the FBI after the shooting he was under government mind control, then switched to unfounded claims he acted in support of the Islamic State extremist group.

2 cited for alleged alligator violations in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two men have been cited for alleged alligator violations in Louisiana.

Enforcement agents for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say 59-year-old Barry Pedigo, of Pensacola, Florida, and 28-year-old Logan Madere, of Westwego, Louisiana, were cited for possessing an alligator during a closed season.

Agents received information about an alligator being illegally harvested at Burns Point Park in St. Mary Parish. After investigating, agents learned that Pedigo captured an alligator by hand. Pedigo was bit multiple times and was treated at Lafayette General Hospital.

Madere then killed the alligator, which was 4-feet-8 inches (1.2 meters) long.

Illegally harvesting an alligator brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. The men may also face civil restitution totaling about $375 for the replacement value of the alligator.

Police: RV lot was torched by employee of owner's brother

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Bill Waits, the owner of a Florida recreational vehicle dealership, was stunned when an arsonist torched eight of his RVs. He then got an even bigger shock when investigators told him their suspect is a serial arsonist employed by a rival dealership owned by his brother.

Local, state and federal law enforcement are looking for 54-year-old Benjamin Harris, who fled after he was questioned about the Aug. 5 fire at Waits RV Center that caused $350,000 damage, the Palm Beach Post reported . Harris was an employee of Palm Beach RV, which is owned by Waits' older brother, Larry, officials said.

"He hasn't called me," Bill Waits told the newspaper. "We're competitors, but he's my brother. I love him."

No one else from Palm Beach RV has been charged. General manager Keith Waits, Larry Waits' son, said they are also shocked and did not know Harris has arson convictions for setting more than 30 fires in New York and Florida dating to the 1990s.

"We do now," Keith Waits said of Harris' criminal history. Harris served 11 years after being convicted in 2007 and was released in January.

Surveillance video from Waits RV Center shows Harris pulling up to the lot at night wearing a "Palm Beach RV" T-shirt, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office said. He carried something in his hands as he approached the RVs. He then drove away as the vehicles erupted in flames, authorities said.

Detectives said they questioned Harris two days later at Palm Beach RV, but he refused to talk and demanded to speak to a lawyer. They didn't have an arrest warrant, so they left. Harris then disappeared and a warrant was issued.

Bill Waits wants to know why his business was targeted.

"Why would you pick us?" Waits said. "Is it a thrill? What's the deal? I would love to know that answer."


Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post,

Frontier Airlines to add service from Ohio to Florida

CLEVELAND (AP) - Frontier Airlines has announced that it is adding nonstop service from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio to West Palm Beach, Florida.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the airline says the twice-weekly flight to Palm Beach International Airport will operate seasonally, starting in November and ending in the spring. Frontier says the route could become permanent if there is enough demand for it.

The Denver-based airline ended its Columbus to Las Vegas nonstop services and limited routes between Columbus and Denver earlier this year. In April, it added nonstop service to Austin, Texas.

Frontier earlier this week announced new nonstop service from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to West Palm Beach and Sarasota in Florida and to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

Winning numbers drawn in 'Fantasy 5' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game were:


(fourteen, sixteen, twenty-four, twenty-eight, thirty-three)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 5 Evening" game were:


(eight, nine, four, four, one)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 2 Evening" game were:


(seven, zero)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:


(five, five, nine, zero)

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