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Search for long-forgotten Zion Cemetery has begun

Aug. 18, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Moates stabbed the ground with a pointed metal rod he calls his "master prober." He hit something solid around two feet down and stabbed a few more times to trace the object. It's rectangular, he said — large enough to be a cemetery vault for a child. Or, maybe just a random...

Police: Florida mom aims at tanker, tries to kill self, sons

Aug. 18, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

GAINSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a Florida woman intentionally rammed her van into the back of a tanker truck after failing to crash head-on in a suspected attempt to kill herself and her two young sons. The Gainesville Sun reports police arrested 48-year-old Melissa Gail Mack on Friday on three counts...

City paid for neglect after leaving water system vulnerable

Aug. 18, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Eight years after shrinking its staff, Fort Lauderdale still doesn't have the workers it needs to be sure a water line failure doesn't leave the city dry the way it did last month. A contractor's mistake July 18 ruptured a pipe feeding the city's primary water treatment plant,...

Brosseau's RBI single in 13th lifts Rays past Tigers 1-0

Aug. 17, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Brosseau came through in the 13th inning to finish a long night and end an extended scoring drought by the Tampa Bay Rays. Brosseau's pinch-hit RBI single in the 13th drove in Eric Sogard to give the Rays a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night in a game in...

Sheriff: Florida man dumps dirt on girlfriend with tractor

Aug. 17, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man used a front-end loader to dump a large bucket full of dirt on a car with his girlfriend inside. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Hunter Mills was charged with felony criminal mischief. The girlfriend was not hurt. The sheriff's...

Sluggers from Iowa, Florida win home run derby at LLWS

Aug. 17, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A softball slugger from Iowa and a baseball player from Florida won the inaugural Little League Home Run Derby on Saturday at the Little League World Series. Everest Ouellette of Palm Harbor, Florida, topped in the baseball competition after he hit his 15th home run — the...

Florida man jailed, accused of threatening mass shooting

Aug. 17, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man has been arrested and accused of threatening a mass shooting in text messages. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach sent several text messages stating he wanted to "break a world record for...

Jaguars receiver Lee practices for 1st time in nearly a year

Aug. 17, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee practiced Saturday for the first time since tearing three ligaments in his left knee last preseason. Lee was removed from the physically unable to perform list and took part in drills for the first time since getting carted off the field...

Florida mom arrested for leaving girl in hot car for 3 hours

Aug. 17, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a woman intentionally left a toddler strapped to a car seat for three hours while she went grocery shopping in the middle of the day. Officials say the child suffered from febrile seizures but recovered at a children's hospital. Fort Lauderdale police...

Florida soccer coach charged wtih molesting 9-year-old boy

Aug. 17, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A soccer coach in Florida is facing accusations he molested a 9-year-old boy before and during practice. Authorities say 22-year-old Hugo Daniel Jimenez-Rumbos picked the boy up at his Orlando home to take him to a sporting goods store to buy knee pads before heading to a soccer field....