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Search near I-95 turns up empty

Posted: 7:44 AM, December 17, 2015 Updated: 8:40 AM, December 18, 2015

PALM BAY, Fla. – A mysterious, fiery object falling from the sky was reported in Brevard County, prompting authorities to launch a search, officials said.

Nothing was found after 911 callers reported seeing a fiery object falling to the ground.

The calls were received about 7 a.m. Thursday, with reports of the mysterious object striking the area near the Interstate 95 onramp on the southbound side of Palm Bay Road.

 

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Animal abuse investigation launched after woman ‘posts picture of dog with mouth taped shut’

Defending her actions, she wrote: ‘Don’t panic everyone it was only for a minute but [the dog] hasn’t barked since. POINT MADE!’

An animal abuse investigation is underway after a picture was posted on Facebook of a dog’s mouth taped shut.

The picture, captioned “This is what happens when you don’t shut up!” was posted on a Facebook account operated by Katie Brown, from South Daytona.

The post has been shared more than 80,000 times and has attracted a slew of negative comments.

In response to someone who commented “Katie assure everyone you did not do this”, Ms Brown replied: “I can’t lie I did it for 60 seconds. It was time out and no more barking.”

The post has been shared more than 80,000 times and has attracted a slew of negative comments.

In response to someone who commented “Katie assure everyone you did not do this”, Ms Brown replied: “I can’t lie I did it for 60 seconds. It was time out and no more barking.”

 

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Large ship found in deep water off the Bahamas is the lost freighter El Faro, U.S. authorities said on Monday
  • El Faro sank with 33 crew members in a hurricane last month
  • Wreckage, in an upright position and intact on ocean floor, was initially detected by U.S. Navy salvage team over weekend
  • It was found in vicinity of El Faro’s last known location off Crooked Island in the southeastern Bahamas, NTSB said
  • Wreck is sitting in such deep water – 2,500 feet deeper than the Titanic – that it is beyond the reach of divers 

A large ship found in deep water off the Bahamas is the lost freighter El Faro that sank with 33 crew members in a hurricane last month, U.S. authorities said on Monday.

The wreckage, in an upright position and intact on the ocean floor, was initially detected by a U.S. Navy salvage team over the weekend at a depth of nearly three miles.

It was found in the vicinity of El Faro’s last known location off Crooked Island in the southeastern Bahamas, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

 

A large ship found in deep water off the Bahamas is the lost freighter El Faro (pictured in a file photo at sea) that sank with 33 crew members in a hurricane last month, U.S. authorities said on Monday

A large ship found in deep water off the Bahamas is the lost freighter El Faro (pictured in a file photo at sea) that sank with 33 crew members in a hurricane last month, U.S. authorities said on Monday

The 790-ft cargo ship, disappeared on October 1 during a regular weekly run between Florida and Puerto Rico after the captain reported losing propulsion and taking on water

The 790-ft cargo ship, disappeared on October 1 during a regular weekly run between Florida and Puerto Rico after the captain reported losing propulsion and taking on water

The Navy salvage tug Apache subsequently deployed a deep ocean remotely operated submersible, CURV-21, equipped with a camera to confirm the identity of the ship, officials said.

A salvage team will now seek to retrieve the ship’s voyage data recorder – similar to an airplane’s black box – which could contain vital clues for the NTSB-led investigation into what sank the El Faro.

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04.10.2015 Author: Janet Phelan

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Barbara Stone was only able to get out of jail when she agreed to stop blogging. Patty Reid is on the lam. Cary-Andrew Crittenden may be facing further jail time for his efforts to inform others about problems in the Santa Clara County legal system. And Ginny Johnson is under a gag order which nearly eventuated in a close encounter with a jail cell.

All these individuals are experiencing, up close and personal, the limits of free speech when that speech inconveniences someone more powerful than they. Twenty, thirty years ago none of these individuals would have faced the grave legal problems they now confront. But thirty years ago, the legal system in the US was not yet in free fall.

The devolution of the US legal system is evidenced in the existence of a dual legal system, wherein there abides two parallel—and often contradictory—systems of law. One system is the written code—the Constitutional and statutory mandates. The other system is what a judge does in his courtroom. And increasingly, judges are acting like monarchs, unaccountable to anyone.

This is well expressed when First Amendment (freedom of speech) issues collide with governmental imperatives.  Prior restraint, that is the imposition of gags or inhibitions on speech not yet spoken, is illegal in the US, according to the written code. Increasingly, however, judges are issuing orders which amount to prior restraint when an individual’s speech becomes politically inconvenient.

A previous article discussed the plight of Barbara Stone, whose mother is under a guardianship in Dade County, Florida. Upon visiting her mother in the home in which the guardian had placed Helen Stone, Barbara was shocked to find her mother emaciated and on a feeding tube. Barbara then allegedly took her mother to lunch.

She was subsequently arrested and charged with “custody interference,” and up until recently was confined to house arrest, an electronic tracking bracelet ensuring her compliance.

The problem was that Barbara would not shut up. She filed a number of lawsuits against guardianship court Judge Michael Genden and also against guardian Jacqueline Hertz and her attorney, Roy Lustig, as well as criminal court judge Victoria Brennan and Governor Rick Scott. She also launched a blog with the purpose of exposing the parties involved in what she termed the continuing abuse of her mother. Tiring of her complaints, Judge Genden charged her with criminal contempt for failing to show up at a court hearing and Barbara went into lock-up.

This past week, Stone, who is licensed to practice law in the state of New York, secured her release from jail at a significant price. She has agreed to stop blogging and also, significantly, to not file further papers in her mother’s case without a lawyer. In other words, the price of her freedom was prior restraint.

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Analysts claim CENTCOM altered reports to make war against ISIS look better than in reality © Stringer
One of the defense analysts claiming CENTCOM had prettied up reports on the campaign against Islamic State has been named, along with the two officials he fingered as culprits. House and Senate committees have taken an interest in the investigation.

Gregory Hooker, the same analyst who a decade ago criticized plans for the 2003 Iraq invasion as being “amateurish and unrealistic,” was named by the New York Times as one of the originators of the July complaint against the US Central Command (CENTCOM). Filed by Hooker and another analyst, the complaint was endorsed by 50 of their colleagues, the Daily Beast revealed earlier this month.

READ MORE: Revolt of the spies: DoD analysts claim CENTCOM doctored reports about war on ISIS

CENTCOM employs some 1,500 intelligence analysts composed of civilian employees, members of the military, and contractors at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. The complaint accuses two senior intelligence officials at CENTCOM, Major General Steven Grove and his civilian deputy, Gregory Ryckman, of altering draft intelligence assessments on the offensive against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to the Times.

The man at the center of a revolt at CENTCOM over cooked ISIS intelligence, and the group of analysts he leads http://nyti.ms/1OTe8VG 

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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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