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Hundreds rescued from floodwaters in Fla., Ala.

Hundreds rescued from floodwaters in Fla., Ala.

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Vehicles rest at the bottom of a ravine after the Scenic Highway collapsed near Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday April 30, 2014. Heavy rains and flooding have left people stranded in houses and cars in the Florida Panhandle and along the Alabama coast. According to the National Weather Service, an estimated 15-20 inches of rain has fallen in Pensacola in the past 24 hours. (AP Photo/Pensacola News Journal, Katie E. King)

by Associated Press

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Posted on April 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM

 

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — People were plucked off rooftops or climbed into their attics to get away from fast-rising waters when nearly 2 feet of rain fell on the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast, the latest bout of violent weather that began with tornadoes in the Midwest.

In the Panhandle, roads were chewed up into pieces or wiped out entirely. Cars were submerged and neighborhoods were inundated, making rescues difficult for hundreds of people who called for help when they were caught off guard by the torrential rains in the span of about 24 hours.

In the aftermath, people cruised around on paddleboards. Boats and Humvees zigzagged through the flooded streets to make rescues. About 30,000 people were without power, and one woman died when she drove her car into high water, officials said.

Kyle Schmitz was at home with his 18-month-old son Oliver Tuesday night when heavy rain fell during a 45-minute span in Pensacola. He gathered up his son, his computer and important papers and decided to leave when the waters quickly started to rise.

“I opened the garage and the water immediately flowed in like a wave,” he said. “The water was coming up to just below the hood of my truck and I just gassed it.”

Schmitz and his son made it out safely. He returned Wednesday to assess the damage at his rented home in the East Hill neighborhood. The water was up to his shins and he feared he would never again live in the home.

Elsewhere, water lingered above mailboxes. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said officials received about 300 calls for rescues and had completed about 210 of those by midmorning. Some people abandoned flooded cars and walked to find help.

“It’s gotten to the point where we can’t send EMS and fire rescue crews out on some 911 calls because they can’t get there,” Escambia County spokesman Bill Pearson said. “We’ve had people whose homes are flooding and they’ve had to climb up to the attic.”

 

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Retirement community sinkhole reopens four days after it was filled in and has now doubled in size to 65 feet wide

  • The sinkhole appeared between two houses on Saturday in Villages, Florida
  • Crews spent much of Saturday and Sunday filling in the hole to stabilize it
  • But on Wednesday the hole reopened and has now grown from 25 feet wide to 65 feet wide 
  • No one has been evacuated from the retirement community yet

By Associated Press and Ashley Collman

A sinkhole between two houses in a sprawling Florida retirement community that was plugged over the weekend appears to be opening again.

Authorities said Wednesday that the hole has expanded from 25 feet wide and 50 feet deep to 60 feet wide and 70 feet deep. Safety crews are on scene.

Rich Corr lives next door to the house which had been at the center of the sinkhole drama. He told The Villages Daily Sun that he and his wife are packing their bags.

 

Out of control: A sinkhole that was filled over the weekend in the Villages, Florida reopened Wednesday and has grown from 25 feet wide to 65 feet wide. Pictured above on Wednesday

Out of control: A sinkhole that was filled over the weekend in the Villages, Florida reopened Wednesday and has grown from 25 feet wide to 65 feet wide. Pictured above on Wednesday

 

In this photo taken April 19, 2014, a sinkhole is seen between two homes, The Villages Daily Sun reports the homes were vacant when the sinkhole, which was already under repair, expanded Saturday

In this photo taken April 19, 2014, a sinkhole is seen between two homes, The Villages Daily Sun reports the homes were vacant when the sinkhole, which was already under repair, expanded Saturday

Over the weekend, repair crews filled the sinkhole after neighbors noticed it was growing and alerted authorities. At that time, a Tampa firm had been working on the sinkhole for about three weeks.

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Dawn needs a home

February 21, 2014

A sweet, boxer mix pup is waiting for someone to notice her at the Brevard County Animal Services facility in Melbourne, Fla.

The dog, named “Dawn,” was taken in at the facility on Feb. 7 – at the time, she came in with another dog.

The day that Dawn’s owner showed up to the animal control facility should have been a joyous one…but it was not. The person took the other dog home and surrendered Dawn, leaving her behind, and at risk.

On Thursday, Coastal Boxer Rescue shared this about Dawn:

She’s a mix but looks more boxer in person. She is sooo sweet and just wants to crawl in your lap and bury her head. She’s terrified at the shelter and just wants to be with people. She is an owner surrender and is good with other dogs. She was found with a sibling but the owner took him back and left her!!

Please take a moment to network on Dawn’s behalf – she was betrayed by her former owner and deserves the chance to join a family who would never think of doing that to her again.

Information:

  • Petharbor link here
  • ID#A634707
  • (321) 253-6608
  • Said to be good with dogs and cats
  • Age approx. 1 year
  • Facebook thread here

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Meet Possum and his friend Chipmunk. Possum is blind and Chipmunk is his "seeing eye" companion.

February 23, 2014

The special feline combination adds up to 18 lives, and Possum and his friend Chipmunk are apt to enjoy years and years of cat play, curiosity, and a special bond according to the Peggy Adams Rescue League in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Possum is a blind kitten, and Chipmunk is Possum’s “seeing eye” cat who also serves as his companion’s mentor; teaching Possum all those cool things cats learn as they pass through the excitement of “kittenhood.”

Where one would expect a kitten to be confused, disoriented, and alone, Chipmunk and Possum are inseparable, playful, and absolutely adorable.

Many thanks to their foster mom, Susan Vanison-Oddo, the dynamic duo are ready to be adopted, but they must be placed together.

Amy Webb Perdue, of West Palm Beach, shared her personal experience with blind cats stating:

“Our older cat lost his sight and the younger has stepped up to help. Before this they barely tolerated one another. Wish humans could be as compassionate!”

Interested in adopting this amazing pair of fantastic felines? Click here for more information.

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An incredibly sweet, specially-abled dog named “Rocky,” is in desperate need of help.

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The two-year-old boxer was seized by Miami Dade County Animal Services last week – while in the care of his former owners, his back was broken and left to heal on its own.

The break, and the lack of veterinary care, left Rocky completely paralyzed, and without feeling, in his rear legs.

The Florida rescue organization, Coastal Boxer Rescue, is desperately searching for someone who can help Rocky. The rescue agency shared the specifics about Rocky’s special needs:

We aren’t going to sugar coat this. This will require very dedicated caregivers. Rocky will need 24/7 care from loving owners. Yes, additional therapy may result in a better quality of life. But the reality is he will need special owners who are dedicated to him the remainder of his days.

The paralysis has left Rocky with no feeling in his rear legs and he is unable to urinate on his own. This hurdle can be overcome by someone who is willing to express his bladder several times each day. Rocky can eliminate waste, but is unable to move away from his “mess.”

Coastal Boxer Rescue realizes that their request for Rocky is large, but they know that he is worth it.

The rescue agency shared:

As far as his soul…Rocky is one of the sweetest dogs and doesn’t let any of this slow him down. He wants to badly play with the other dogs at our vets and just eats up any attention given to him. He deserved none of what has happened to him in his short life. Rocky has a super silly personality and just appears overjoyed the whole time you are working with him.

Rocky’s special needs are not conducive to boarding – he needs a special person who is willing to devote their time to make his life bearable.

Can you help?

Inquiries and offers to assist can be directed to: info@coastalboxer.org, gemma@eaugallievet.com or call 321-259-8492.

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Police State USA

Published on Feb 9, 2014

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JACKSONVILLE, FL — A woman says a SWAT team kicked her out of her home and then helped themselves inside to gain a “tactical advantage” over a neighbor who was under investigation.

Franz left for 6 hours while police blockaded the street. Little did she know that controlling the scene meant taking over the homes not involved with the investigation.

When she returned, she says she “froze” when she opened her door and her belongings had been obviously tampered with. Her television had been moved and her Xbox game console disconnected. Window drapes had been pulled to the floor.

Franz believed she had been victim to a home invasion. Then it dawned on her that the home invaders were working for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The SWAT team had broken into her home to obtain a tactical advantage against the suspect next door. Franz wasn’t even so much as notified of the entry.

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A Northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased animals without a full federal inspection.

That’s a whole year’s worth of meat processed by Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday that without the full inspection, the recalled products are unfit for human consumption.

Tainted: Rancho Feeding Corp. is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased animals without a full federal inspection

Tainted: Rancho Feeding Corp. is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased animals without a full federal inspection

They were processed from Jan. 1, 2013, through Jan. 7, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail stores in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.

They include beef carcasses, oxtail, liver, cheeks, tripe and tongue.

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Dogs euthanized and shallow graves found on property of no-kill sanctuary

February 6, 2014

According to Thursday’s Bay News 9, officials who executed a search warrant at a Bradenton, Fla., animal sanctuary discovered multiple shallow graves on the property.

On Wednesday, following a weeks long investigation, deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, veterinarians and animal services officials, seized upwards of 300 animals from the Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary, a self-described “No-Kill,” non-profit animal sanctuary.

Many of the animals on the property were in poor health – approximately 12 dogs were in such poor condition that they were humanely euthanized.

Eight dogs were found in a shallow grave on the property and it is unclear if there are more which have yet to be found.

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Animal Cruelty Search Warrant

ManateeSheriff ManateeSheriff·

Published on Feb 5, 2014

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014, 12:30 PM

RE: SEARCH WARRANT

SHERIFF W. BRAD STEUBE REPORTS:

The Sheriff’s Office and several other local and state agencies are executing a search warrant today at Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary located at 20010 State Road 64 East, Bradenton.

Over 300 dogs, cats, horses, pigs and other animals are being confiscated from the property, due to poor health conditions. Veterinarians are on-scene examining the animals, a majority of which are dogs.

The investigation involves possible animal cruelty and fraud. The property owners were out of town during the execution of the search warrant. No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues.

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You can greatly help in several ways:

~Make monetary donations to rescue organizations in Manatee County (see below).
~Foster animals currently in rescue adoption programs to free up space.
~Adopt! Thinking about adopting a new family pet soon? Now is the time. Head out to one of our adoption partners tomorrow.

Together we can help these animals. Most likely, it will be a while before these animals from Napier’s are ready for adoption due to medical care and screenings, legal issues with the animal cruelty case, etc.

But YOU CAN HELP NOW by bringing your friends and family out to local rescues and adopt to free up space and resources so the rescues can give time and care to these animals in need.

Click below to learn more about donating to, fostering for and adopting from local animal rescues in Manatee County:

Gulf Shore Animal League: http://www.gsalinc.org/

Humane Society of Manatee County: http://www.humanemanatee.org/

Honor Animal Rescue: http://www.nateshonoranimalrescue.org/

Bishop Animal Shelter, SPCA of Manatee County, Inc.:
http://www.bishop-spca.org/contact-us…

Manatee County Animal Services: http://www.mymanatee.org/home/governm…

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Joshua Black, a GOP candidate for the Florida House of Representatives, called on January 21st (better known as Martin Luther King Day) for President Barack Obama to be hanged.

Via a Twitter account already full of conspiracy theories and calls for impeachment, Black responded to fellow impeachment advocates by saying he is “past impeachment. It’s time to arrest and hang him high.”

The remarks even incurred criticism from fellow Florida Republicans, with fellow candidate Chris Latvala responding: “you aren’t seriously calling for the killing of Obama are you? I know you are crazy but good heavens.U R an embarrassment.”

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Tampa Bay Times

Secret Service visits Pinellas candidate who said Barack Obama should be hanged

Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Say you’re a rookie political candidate eager to raise your profile. Here’s one sure way to do that you DO NOT want to try: publicly call for the president of the United States to be hanged.

That’s what Republican state House candidate Joshua Black did on Twitter Monday. It generated an widely read article in the Tampa Bay Times, a call from Anderson Cooper’s guest booker, an interview for Political Connections on Bay News 9 and, naturally, a visit from the Secret Service.

Black, a taxi driver, said that Secret Service representatives were waiting for him at his house while he taped the Political Connections interview.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat

BRADENTON (FOX 13) –

Hazmat crews responded to a Bradenton animal clinic after workers complained of “respiratory discomfort” Sunday.

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HAZMAT USA State of Florida, Bradenton Damage level Details

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HAZMAT in USA on Monday, 20 January, 2014 at 07:27 (07:27 AM) UTC.

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Hazmat crews responded to a Bradenton animal clinic after workers complained of “respiratory discomfort” Sunday. Bradenton Firefighters arrived at Desoto Animal Clinic on Manatee Avenue West around noon. The clinic is located near Santo Butler’s home. “A lot of sirens, a lot of commotion, all of the neighbors were trying to figure out what was going on,” Butler said. Bradenton Fire Battalion Chief Dan Harris tells Fox 13 Palmetto police were called to assist with two stray dogs. The dogs were transported to Manatee County Animal services in Palmetto. Workers noticed signs of illness and transported the dogs to Desoto Animal Clinic for treatment. “As they were treating the dogs, they started experiencing some respiratory discomfort and as a result called us due to the chemical exposure,” said Harris of the fire/hazmat response.”The reaction people were having with it and also a description of a marking on one of the dogs was very consistent with pepper spray.” Harris said the product has “not been 100% identified” but it is consistent with pepper spray. Additional testing would be needed for certainty. We learned two Desoto animal clinic workers had been exposed to the dogs but are expected to be okay. One worker had to “self-decontaminate,” taking a warm shower, using soap and water and putting on clean scrubs. Six Manatee County Animal Service workers were also exposed to the dogs. Five signed releases declining treatment and transport to the hospital. The sixth worker was transported to a hospital for evaluation. Battalion Chief Harris said hazmat crews removed two other animals receiving treatment at the clinic. “They were probably 15 feet away from the exposed animals so they didn’t have any direct contact, any immediate contact. They just happened to be in the same area,” said Harris of a dog and cat. ” As a precaution we wanted to go ahead and scrub them and make sure they were clean before they were given back to their owners.” Hazmat crews checked the air and used fans to ventilate the building. Clinic workers were allowed to return during the afternoon. Harris said the stray dogs were put down.

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 WTVT-TV

Eight people exposed to chemical at animal clinic

Posted: Jan 19, 2014 9:24 PM CST Updated: Jan 19, 2014 9:24 PM CST

BRADENTON (FOX 13) –

Hazmat crews responded to a Bradenton animal clinic after workers complained of “respiratory discomfort” Sunday.
Bradenton Firefighters arrived at Desoto Animal Clinic on Manatee Avenue West around noon. The clinic is located near Santo Butler’s home.

“A lot of sirens, a lot of commotion, all of the neighbors were trying to figure out what was going on,” Butler said.

Bradenton Fire Battalion Chief Dan Harris tells Fox 13 Palmetto police were called to assist with two stray dogs.

The dogs were transported to Manatee County Animal services in Palmetto. Workers noticed signs of illness and transported the dogs to Desoto Animal Clinic for treatment.

“As they were treating the dogs, they started experiencing some respiratory discomfort and as a result called us due to the chemical exposure,” said Harris of the fire/hazmat response.”The reaction people were having with it and also a description of a marking on one of the dogs was very consistent with pepper spray.”

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