5 Things Going On Today In Florida: Pro Cricket Coming To Orlando

Pro Cricket May Come To Orlando Per AP Sources

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando already has a professional basketball team, and two pro soccer teams.

Now, it may get a professional cricket team.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that a sports-venture firm is exploring launching a cricket league with Orlando among the initial teams. Other locations being considered for teams are in Washington, New York, Georgia, Texas, Illinois and California.

David Demarest, who heads the search team for the real estate firm that is scouting sites for stadiums, says he is hoping to secure a site in Orlando within the next six months.

Peter Jolly, president of an organization that promotes the sport in Florida, says it makes sense to have a cricket team in Orlando, where it could tap fans visiting from around the world.

Rehabilitated Green Sea Turtle Released Off Florida Keys

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A rehabilitated green sea turtle has been fitted with a satellite tracking transmitter and released off the Florida Keys.

The reptile was treated at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital after being entangled in fishing gear.

Argus, as the turtle was known to hospital staff, was released Friday. He will join the Tour de Turtles, a three-month-long race featuring public online monitoring of the forward progress of 20 sea turtles.

The project is organized by the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and the online competition begins Aug. 1.

Tour de Turtles follows the long-distance migration of several different species of sea turtles. The turtle covering the most distance will be declared the winner.

Competitors have been or will be released off Florida’s Atlantic coastline, as well as Panama, Costa Rica, Cuba and Nevis in the Caribbean.

Teens Charged With Throwing Egg At Police Officer On Bike

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida teens are accused of picking the wrong bicyclist to throw an egg at.

The Ledger reports that the young men, both 18, were arrested Wednesday night shortly after their victim, Lakeland Police Lt. Michael Lewis, called his colleagues.

Police say the officer, who was not in uniform, was riding his bike during a work break when he felt something hit the back of his helmet. He chased the vehicle and called for help with his cellphone.

A patrol officer pulled over the teens’ car. The officer reported finding two cartons of eggs and a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Authorities say the vehicle’s passenger, who admitted to throwing the egg, was charged with simple battery, and the driver was charged with culpable negligence.

‘Flashy’ Florida Boy Caught 4 Times In 6 Weeks For Car Theft

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 10-year-old Florida boy described by police as “flashy” cut off his ankle monitor the day after being charged with stealing a car and stole another one.

Police say it was his fourth arrest for car theft in six weeks.

Daytona Beach police Sgt. Tim Ehrenkaufer tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal investigators have noticed a brashness that’s not common in children that young.

Ehrenkaufer says the boy has a “look-at-me attitude.”

In fact, Capt. Jennifer Krosschell told the newspaper, the boy is so small that when police seized the stolen car “the driver’s seat was pushed up to the steering wheel.”

He was first arrested in June after police say he stole a car.

Police: Florida Man, 85, Loses $300K In Online Dating Fraud

Jacksonville

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 49-year-old woman swindled a man nearly twice her age out of more than $300,000 after he sought companionship on a dating app.

Eighty-five-year-old John Berman was a widower when he joined the dating app and met Nancy Guy. She vanished in 2015, but on Thursday authorities caught up with her.

Pembroke Pines police Capt. Christopher Sengelmann tells local news outlets that Guy, who introduced herself to Berman as Anna Miller, may have victimized other men and urged them to come forward.

According to police, Guy told Berman she needed money for a dress-making business. She promised to pay him back, but always made excuses, including that she had cancer. Eventually Berman’s son found out and intervened.

It’s not clear whether she has hired a lawyer.

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