Man Pleaded Guilty To Fatal Robbery Of $4
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to a fatal robbery that earned him $4.
The Florida Times-Union reports that Erron Markese Coleman pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder. He faces a possible life sentence.
Authorities say 20-year-old Daniel Eugene Rowe was taking out the trash behind the Blind Rabbit whiskey bar in July 2015 when Coleman and another man attacked him. Coleman was supposed to scare him with a gun while the accomplice grabbed the wallet, but Coleman ended up shooting Rowe twice in the head.
Coleman was later arrested, but his accomplice has not been caught.
Florida Man Dies While Snorkeling During Lobster Miniseason
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Florida say a 79-year-old man has died while searching for lobsters.
Carol Lyn Parrish, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, says William Biddle of Temple Terrace started having difficulty in the water off Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys on Wednesday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital in Marathon where he was pronounced dead.
Parrish said the death occurred during the two-day lobster miniseason that ended Thursday night.
She says Biddle was being towed behind a boat, which is common during lobster season.
Parrish says an autopsy will determine the cause of death.
Elderly Florida Man Dies After Being Run Over By Tractor
DELAND, Fla. (AP) — An 85-year-old Florida man died after a tractor he was attempting to use ran over him and pinned him down.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says James Gordon Jr. was pronounced dead at a hospital after Thursday’s accident.
Authorities say Gordon had gone out to his barn to start the tractor, but it was already in gear and lurched forward.
The tractor ran him over, pinning him under a front tire.
Ruff Day: 12-Year-Old Dog Rescued After Falling Into Bay
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Call it Junior’s lucky day.
On Thursday, the nearly 12-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei and Rottweiler mix got lost from his Miami Beach home, fell into Biscayne Bay, was rescued by a firefighter and later was reunited with his owner thanks to some social media magic.
The rescue and reunion were posted on the Miami Beach Fire Rescue’s Twitter page.
Junior wandered away from his backyard while owner Jose Ruiz was out for a run. Ruiz began a frantic search for his dog.
Luckily, firefighter Emilio Sanchez jumped in the bay to rescue the struggling dog. The rescue hit social media.
A woman who runs a Los Angeles dog rescue saw news reports and Ruiz’s Instagram post about his pet. She contacted Ruiz, who headed to City Hall where he was reunited with Junior.
Woman Charged In Infant Son’s Fatal Fentanyl Overdose
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A woman has been arrested in Puerto Rico and charged in her baby’s fatal fentanyl overdose in Florida last year.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that 26-year-old Caroline Quiles Sanchez was arrested Wednesday in Gurabo, a small town southeast of San Juan. She faces a manslaughter charge in central Florida.
A Kissimmee police report says a member of the infant’s household was using prescription fentanyl patches for pain relief. Investigators believe Quiles Sanchez used a patch to give 3-month-old Danuel Otrtiz a lethal dose of the synthetic opioid in July 2016. Police say the child’s age made accidental ingestion unlikely.
Quiles Sanchez had been living in Puerto Rico since shortly after the child’s death.
Quiles Sanchez wasn’t immediately booked into a Florida jail. It wasn’t known if she had an attorney.