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Three people are recovering from injuries they got when a car crashed into a Sandalwood Drive home in Port Richey overnight. Two people sleeping in the house and a passenger in the car were injured. The driver, 22 year old Robert Doty, fled the scene on foot but was later captured.

You might want to think twice about becoming a rideshare driver. A Boca Raton Uber driver was waiting for a passenger when 30 year old Matthew Francis jumped in, pulled a syringe, and threatened to inject the driver with HIV if he didn’t drive away. Francis eventually ordered the driver to pull over and give him his wallet. He then fled on foot but was later captured.

A boat smuggling 8 illegals and 26 pounds of marijuana washes ashore in Indian River County during severe weather. Those onboard were from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and the Bahamas. They are all in custody.

Florida’s U.S. senators say Congress isn’t taking the Zika Virus seriously enough. Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio both say 1.1 billion dollars passed by the senate to fight Zika isn’t nearly enough.They wanted President Obama’s proposed 1.9 billion dollar plan. The House version is even less—622 million dollars. Florida leads the nation in cases of the mosquito-borne virus.

A 2 year old boy dies days after being found unconscious in the family’s Sarasota swimming pool. Police say the adult watching the boy and two other kids at the 24th Circle home was inside when it happened. They are investigating but believe it was just a tragic accident.

Vero Beach residents are bracing for more flooding after record rains yesterday. There’s a flood warning up for Indian River County and surrounding areas through tonight. That’s bad news after Tuesday, when some Vero Beach neighborhoods and streets had a foot of water, flooding homes and creating hazardous driving. Cars stalled in high waters kept towing companies busy all day.

Tampa Bay, 26th fittest metro in the nation. Jacksonville is 31st. And Orlando is 43rd. The American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation ranked the top 50 metros for how in shape their residents are. Washington D.C. is number one, Minneapolis-St. Paul number two, and Denver number three.