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pleads guilty in embezzlement scheme
central Florida man faces 20 years in prison for embezzling more
than $1.5 million from a local art gallery.
U.S. Attorney's Office reports that 48-year-old Jeffrey Hall of
Maitland has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and agreed to pay
restitution for the embezzlement scheme.
say Hall used his position at the art gallery over a two-year period
to divert proceeds from artwork sales to his own personal bank
accounts. According to court documents, he also used the gallery's
artwork as collateral for himself and sold some of the pieces on eBay.
is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 19. He faces a maximum of 20
years in prison.
Supreme Court rules in favor of dog tracks
Supreme Court upheld a law that will allows two former jai alai
fronton operators convert their pari-mutuel licenses to dog racing.
ruling Wednesday reverses an appeals court decision that called the
law unconstitutional. The appeals court said the legislation was a
special law, rather than a general law because it only affected
Volusia and Palm Beach counties.
Florida Constitution requires the Legislature to give advance notice
before passing a special law or require voter approval in the
the Supreme Court said the 2010 law is valid.
case affects West Volusia Racing Inc., formerly known as Volusia Jai
Alai Inc., and License Acquisitions LLC, doing business as Palm Beach
Greyhound Racing. Neither has conducted jai alai games for more than
man accused of stealing from church
man is accused of stealing from a church in the Florida Keys where
he was serving community service.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Brian Sheppard was
arrested Wednesday. He's charged with grand theft, dealing in stolen
property and fraud.
had been working at Vineyard Community Church earlier this year as
part of his probation. Sheriff's officials say he stole computer
equipment, an air compressor and other items. The items were sold to
a pawn shop.
church's pastor and his son noticed the items were missing and found
them at the pawn shop. They reported the crime on Monday.
say Shepperd confessed to stealing the items.
not clear whether Shepperd has an attorney.
killed in southwest Florida
say a Florida panther was killed by a vehicle in southwest Florida.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that the
6-month-old uncollared male was found Friday in Collier County, on
Golden Gate Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates. The remains will be
taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.
is the 27th Florida panther death of 2014, the 20th hit by a vehicle.
panthers once roamed the entire southeastern U.S., but only around
160 remain in the wild.
shot outside mom's apartment
Sheriff's deputies say a U.S. Navy sailor is in critical condition
after being shot while standing in front of his mother's apartment building.
shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving night in North
Lauderdale, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale.
say Anthon Adams remained in critical condition on Friday.
sheriff's violent crimes unit is investigating.
Man fled crash to avoid yelling girlfriend
in New Jersey say a man told officers he fled the scene of an auto
accident because he "didn't want to deal with his girlfriend
yelling at him."
say David Scarpa was having an argument with his girlfriend Sunday
night when he backed into a utility pole in Cumberland County. The
caller who reported the hit-and-run said he heard people
"yelling" and then heard a bang and saw debris on the
ground by the pole.
say the 21-year-old Scarpa then took off and didn't report the
went to police headquarters to turn himself in Monday.
say that Scarpa has been charged with leaving the scene of an
accident and reckless driving.
crash happened in east Orange County on Thanksgiving afternoon.
say 64-year-old Steven Proctor was backing up his truck when he
struck 65-year-old Randi Wheeler.
say they believe the incident was an accident. An investigation continues.
frog species groans, coughs
have discovered a new frog species in southern New Jersey that makes
some un-froglike sounds.
Atlantic Coast leopard frog groans and makes coughing noises rather
than croaking sounds. The unfamiliar call attracted the notice of
wildlife experts several years ago in Great Swamp National Wildlife
Refuge in Morris County.
photographed the frog and concluded it wasn't the northern leopard
frog or southern leopard frog.
Rutgers University-led team recently identified the species in an
online scientific journal. Experts say it shows that the state's
marshes and swamps are valuable to wildlife, even in urban or
frog has been found along the Delaware River and bay, the Atlantic
Ocean coastline, in the Meadowlands and New York's Staten Island.
police stop Oregonian driving in circles
who live near Idaho's western border may complain about Oregon
drivers, but a pair charged with shoplifting in Nampa on Thanksgiving
made police officers' jobs a lot easier this week.
reports of ongoing shoplifting, Nampa officers responded to a busy
parking lot full of holiday shoppers. When they tried to arrest
Gregory Redner and Camilla Hunt, both of Oregon, the pair fled.
say Hunt ran to a car and drove away. Given the potential threat to
public safety, the police declined to pursue her in the busy parking lot.
Hunt didn't make an escape. Instead, she drove in circles.
laid a spike strip down and Hunt drove over it, deflating two of her tires.
pair face multiple charges.
pair weds on subway train
young couple in New York City decided they spent so much time on the
subway they might as well get married there.
Hector Irakliotis and Tatyana Sandler exchanged vows Friday on the N
train as it crossed from Brooklyn into Manhattan.
26-year-old groom boarded first with his groomsmen, who set about
decorating the poles and seats with white ribbons.
25-year-old bride and her maid of honor got on several stops later.
interfaith chaplain performed the ceremony as the train went over
the Manhattan Bridge. Riders applauded as the couple were pronounced
husband and wife.
groom said that he and Sandler chose their unconventional wedding
venue because they spent so much of their courtship on the subway.