Injured Florida skydiver says he'll jump again
MULBERRY, Fla. (AP) - A skydiver injured when a small plane crashed into him near Tampa, Fla., says he'll jump again as soon as he feels safe.
Forty-nine-year-old John Frost told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview that aired Monday that he's sore and has some bruises, but no broken bones.
On Saturday, his parachute got entangled with an aircraft piloted by 87-year-old Shannon L. Trembely.
Officials say Trembely was doing takeoff and landing maneuvers in his Cessna near the South Lakeland Airport when he encountered Frost on his third landing pass. They were about 75 feet above the ground.
Trembley's Cessna nose-dived into the ground. Frost was also tossed to the ground. Both men were taken to the hospital but escaped serious injury.
The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating.
LOUD MUSIC KILLING
Michael Dunn's attorneys want to delay sentencing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The attorneys for a Florida man convicted of attempted murder for shooting at three teens after an argument over loud music will ask a judge to delay his sentencing on those convictions until he can be retried on a murder charged in the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga.
A hearing is scheduled for Monday. Michael Dunn's lawyers say he cannot speak on his own behalf until the Davis charge is resolved. Prosecutors say there is no provision under state law to delay the sentencing, scheduled for March 25.
Dunn was convicted last month of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at three of Davis' friends who were all inside an SUV. But the jury hung on a first-degree murder charge for Davis' death.
The 47-year-old Dunn is facing 60 years in prison.
Sentencing for man accused in parents' death
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - The sentencing hearing is set to get underway for a man accused of killing his parents and then throwing a party while their bodies in still inside the house.
Authorities say Tyler Hadley was 17 when his parents, Mary Jo and Blake Hadley were killed in 2011.
He changed his plea from not guilty to no contest on Feb. 18, giving up his right for a jury trial. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Assistant State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl told WPTV the state is asking the judge to sentence Hadley to two consecutive life sentences. If the judge agrees, Hadley wouldn't be eligible for parole until he was at least 67.
The hearing begins Monday and is expected to last one to two weeks.
Fla. man accused of fatally stabbing mother
(Information in the following story is from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com)
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - A Winter Haven man told police he stabbed his mother to death because she had been "controlling his money for too long."
Officers found 36-year-old Micah Lee Hobbs sitting on the ground laughing several block from his house early Sunday morning. His grandmother called 911 minutes earlier after hearing the attack.
The Ledger of Lakeland reports 83-year-old Janie Hampton pushed Hobbs out of the house before finding her 57-year-old daughter Eva Hobbs in a pool of blood.
Police say an 11-inch kitchen knife was on the woman's body.
Police Chief Gary Hester said Hobbs has been "treated for some mental issues" in the past.
Hobbs was booked into the Polk County Jail on first-degree murder charges.
Woman's throat slit by daughter's boyfriend, 15
(Information in the following story is from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/)
OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-old boy is accused of slitting the throat of his girlfriend's mother.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports the woman is recovering after live-saving surgery on Sunday.
Deputies say woman's 13-year-old daughter lured the woman into the garage early Sunday, where the boyfriend attacked her. He went inside and held the knife to the father's throat but was persuaded to take the bleeding woman to the hospital.
According to an arrest affidavit, the teen dropped her off at the emergency room and hospital officials called the sheriff's office.
The teens were arrested hours later. The boy told authorities that he and his girlfriend planned the attack because they wanted to be together. They each face conspiracy to commit murder and attempted second-degree murder charges.
Barricaded man injured in police standoff
MIAMI (AP) - A man is recovering after being shot during a standoff with Miami-Dade police.
Police say 25-year-old Antonio Cardoza barricaded himself inside a home on Sunday. A neighbor called police to report a hearing a fight at the home.
A family member met arriving police units and said Cardoza was acting in a bizarre manner and had a firearm.
The Miami-Herald reports officers heard a window being smashed. Officers say he shouted that he'd shoot anyone who came close to the door. A Miami-Dade Police Special Response Team and negotiators were called to the home.
Authorities launched gas grenades into the home after several hours of negotiations.
According to authorities, Cardoza confronted an officer and exchanged gunfire. He was found wounded inside the house and taken to a hospital.
Officials hope to release rehabilitated panther
LABELLE, Fla. (AP) - Wildlife officials hope to finally release an endangered Florida panther that was rehabilitated after a car crash.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the panther's release in southeastern Hendry County is now tentatively scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Two scheduled releases last week had to be postponed after the young female panther eluded capture inside its 5-acre pen at the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee.
The panther was rescued as a kitten in May. It needed surgery for injuries that included a broken leg, rib fractures and bruising around its lungs.
The panther is an endangered species, and it's rare for wildlife officials to treat them in captivity. Only around 160 panthers are believed to roam southern Florida.
BOLIVIAN POLICE-US ARREST
Extortion trial begins for Bolivia police official
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Jury selection is beginning for a high-ranking Bolivian National Police official charged in the U.S. with trying to extort thousands of dollars from the former owner of a Bolivian airline.
The trial of Mario Fabricio Ormachea Aliaga is scheduled to start Monday in Fort Lauderdale federal court.
The FBI says Ormachea Aliaga traveled to South Florida in August to meet with Humberto Roca, who formerly ran Bolivia's AeroSur airline. According to the FBI, Ormachea Aliaga offered to get charges in Bolivia dropped against Roca in exchange for $30,000.
Ormachea Aliaga has pleaded not guilty. Bolivian police officials say he was removed from his job leading an anticorruption unit on Aug. 28.
Ormachea Aliaga faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted on each of two charges.
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