Florida Man Shoots 2 AT&T Trucks In Driveway
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man shot at two AT&T trucks because they were parked in front of his driveway.
Cellphone video shows 64-year-old Jorge Jove calmly walking around the first truck and shooting at all four tires on Wednesday. Jove then walked to the second truck and opened fire. He reloaded the gun several times.
The Miami Herald reports AT&T technician Derrick Taylor could be heard saying that there was a man shooting the tires and the engines of the truck.
Hialeah Sgt. Carl Zogby said in an email that Jove was upset because the trucks were parked in front of his driveway.
Authorities say charges are pending. It’s unclear if Jove has a lawyer.
Firefighter Reprimanded For Reselling Free Disney Passes
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida firefighter has been suspended without pay for reselling Walt Disney World tickets given to first responders after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Orange County Fire Rescue firefighter Christopher Huntley sold complimentary Disney passes to a woman through the mobile app OfferUp for about $390.
Disney gave first responders four tickets each following the 2016 shooting that killed 49 people. The tickets weren’t for resale.
Fire rescue records show Huntley told the woman to falsely tell Disney she was his cousin and that he gave her the tickets. When she tried to use the tickets, she was denied entry. When Huntley stopped communicating with her, she filed a complaint.
Huntley was suspended for 72 hours.
Another firefighter and a battalion chief were also reprimanded.
Man Gets 3 Years For Bomb Threats
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for sending bomb threats to a nuclear power plant and several government facilities.
Court records show 25-year-old David Wayne Willmott Jr. was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in April to three counts of making threats to use an explosive device. A U.S. Attorney’s Office release says the federal sentence will be served consecutively to a six-year state sentence imposed in 2016 for two arsons and a hoax bomb threat.
Federal prosecutors say Willmott emailed bomb threats in 2014 and 2015 to targets including a nuclear power plant, an elementary school, a sheriff’s office, two courthouses and two airports in central Florida.
An investigation revealed the threats came from a public library computer in Citrus County, where Willmott lived.
Florida Officer Gets 5 Years For Driver License Theft Scheme
MIAMI (AP) — A former Florida police officer has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in an identity theft scheme that involved a confidential law enforcement driver license database.
Court documents show 38-year-old Raul Castellon of the Hialeah Police Department was sentenced Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in May to corruption, access device fraud and identity theft charges.
Castellon admitted in court documents to using Florida’s Driver and Vehicle Information Database in 2016 to access identities of at least 25 people. Those identities were passed to 32-year-old Neilin Gonzalez Diaz, who used them to fraudulently obtain merchandise from retail stores throughout Florida.
Gonzalez Diaz also pleaded guilty in the case. He was sentenced Tuesday to six years and nine months in prison.
Man Pleads Guilty In $3 Million Haitian Bribery Scheme
MIAMI (AP) — The former general manager of a Florida-based telecommunications company has pleaded guilty for his role in a $3 million Haitian bribery scheme.
Court records show 66-year-old Amadeus Richers, who headed Cinergy and Uniplex, pleaded guilty in Miami federal court Wednesday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Plea documents show Richers and others paid bribes from 2001 to 2004 to foreign officials employed by the state-owned Telecommunications D’Haiti and to a foreign official in the executive branch of the Haitian government in order to secure a favorable contract.
Richers is the ninth defendant convicted in the scheme. The first was in 2009, but Richers had remained a fugitive until being arrested in Panama this year and extradited back to the U.S.