Dad Overdoes During ‘One Last Drug Binge’ At Florida Hotel
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida woman invited the father of her 4-year-old daughter to join her for “one last drug binge” before she entered a rehab program.
But 29-year-old Joseph Beavins overdosed sometime Sunday night and now 23-year-old Taylor Cheyenne Perry is facing a child neglect charge.
Gainesville police spokesman Ben Tobias says Perry was already high on methamphetamine when they arrived with the child at the Sleep Inn on Sunday. They brought a stash of drugs including meth, fentanyl and cocaine. When Perry and the child went to sleep, Beavins continued using drugs.
The child found Beavins unresponsive early Monday. Perry and the girl left, but she called for an ambulance for Beavins.
It’s not known whether she has a lawyer. The Department of Children and Families took the child.
1 Dead, 13 Injured In Florida Crash Involving 22 Vehicles
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A crash that involved 22 vehicles killed one person, sent 13 others to hospitals and closed southbound Interstate 95 in Florida for several hours.
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that a tractor-trailer failed to stop and hit vehicles stopped due to a previous crash late Monday just south of the Florida-Georgia line.
Troopers said the crash involved three commercial vehicles. All of the southbound lanes of the interstate were blocked.
According to the report, none of the people taken to the hospital appeared to have life-threatening injuries.
No further details were immediately available.
Floridians Keep Wary Eye On Hurricane Irma, Buying Supplies
MIAMI (AP) — Floridians took advantage of the Labor Day holiday to empty many store shelves of drinking water and other supplies in advance of Hurricane Irma, which could affect the state by the weekend.
By mid-day Monday, many grocery stores across South Florida had been emptied of bottled water and stores were hoping to restock beginning Tuesday morning.
On Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the state’s 67 counties to give local governments “ample time, resources and flexibility” to prepare for the storm. He also urged Floridians to stay vigilant and monitor weather conditions.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Hurricane Irma is a Category 4 storm, centered about 320 miles (515 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west at 14 mph (22 kph).