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Pellet gun-wielding 9-year-old runs off man trying to steal his dad's truck

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 7:10 PM

Boy Holds Off Would-Be Thief With Pellet Gun

A 9-year-old boy stopped a would-be thief who was trying to steal his father’s truck after the older man left it idling at a gas station in Indiana, according to a report.

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Kevin Cookey left his son, Larry Larimore, inside his truck when he stopped at the One Stop Express in Kokomo to pick up ibuprofen for his wife, WTHR reported Tuesday. When Cooksey returned, he saw his truck door was open.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to tell my wife?’” Cooksey told WTHR. “I was thinking (that) I (hoped) my son knew what to do in that situation.”

Larry Larimore told the news station that he got scared when a man opened one of the truck’s doors while he was waiting for his dad to return, so he grabbed a pellet gun that was in the truck and pointed it at the man’s head. In the face of the weapon, the man ran away and jumped into a Chevrolet TrailBlazer that another man had left idling nearby, according to WTHR.

The SUV’s owner, Kyle Sparling, told WTHR that he froze when he spotted the man stealing his TrailBlazer. Cooksey sprang into action, telling Sparling to get in his truck. WTHR reported the men called police and chased the suspect as he zig-zagged away from the gas station.

“I wanted to go catch the guy,” Cooksey told WTHR. “It's just one of those instincts to help out somebody else.”

He told the news station that at one point, the chase reached speeds of 70 mph.

“I thought he was going to come back at me,” Cooksey said. “I thought I was going to have to dodge a moving car with my 9-year-old son in the truck.”

The thief crashed Sparling’s SUV a few miles away from the gas station, according to WTHR. The thief was not identified, although WTHR reported he was in custody Tuesday evening.

“I was just glad he didn't wreck into anybody,” Sparling told WTHR. “That was my biggest fear, I think.”

Florida woman, 81, smashes car into McDonald's: 'Glass flew everywhere'

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:54 AM

The remnants of a car that smashed into a McDonald’s just west of Boynton. (Photo by Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The remnants of a car that smashed into a McDonald’s just west of Boynton. (Photo by Alexandra Seltzer / The Palm Beach Post)(Palm Beach Post Staff Writer)

An 81-year-old woman suffered minor injuries after she lost control of her Toyota Solara and backed into the glass windows of a McDonald’s west of Boynton Beach, Florida, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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The woman will be charged with careless driving, PBSO spokesperson Teri Barbera said Monday.

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The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. at Military Trail and Boynton Beach Boulevard when the woman backed up and inadvertently drove through the window.

“Glass flew everywhere,” said a witness, who said she was drinking a soda inside when the car plowed through the window.

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The witness, who asked not to be identified, said the glass cut her fingers. She said the driver then drove forward and hit her parked Volkswagen. The driver continued about 150 feet and hit a tree next to a canal, Barbera said.

A McDonald’s representative declined to comment. The store and drive-through remain open.


Flares, not improvised explosive devices, ignited at Florida mall, FBI says

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:33 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:04 PM

FBI Says Flares Ignited At Florida Mall


Lake Wales police are searching for those responsible for igniting two marine flares Sunday evening near the entrance of the JC Penney at the Eagle Ridge Mall Sunday evening.

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Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion at the mall on 451 Eagle Ridge Drive around 5:20 p.m.

Firefighters initially said that an improvised explosive device had been detonated in a corridor located next to the mall entrance of JC Penney.

The FBI later determined that there was no explosion and no pipe bombs were discovered. Officials also said that the incident didn’t appear to be terrorism-related.

"It appears two items, believed to be marine flares, were ignited in a mall hallway, creating a large amount of smoke, and a backpack was located at the scene," said Andrea Aprea, an FBI spokeswoman. "Bomb technicians examined the contents of the backpack and determined it did not contain any incendiary or explosive devices."

A witness who called 911 told WFTV that she heard a fire alarm sound and saw orange smoke billowing from an object.

The mall was evacuated. No one was injured, but a ceiling and a wall were damaged by the flares, officials said.

After speaking with witnesses, police said they are looking for a person of interest described as a stocky, middle-aged white man wearing a gray shirt and a hat.

Detectives said they will review surveillance footage recorded at a jewelry store in the mall.

The investigation is ongoing.


Police: 4 children shot at park near Florida high school

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:45 PM

Four children were shot Sunday at Willows Park near Evans High School, the Orlando Police Department said.

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Someone called 911 to report that three gunmen shot at a crowd at 3101 Willow Bend Blvd. around 6:15 p.m., police said.

Three teenage girls who were shot in the leg were taken to a hospital.

Police said a fourth victim went to a hospital later and investigators linked the child's injuries to the shooting.

Keniesha Hunt, a nurse who lives nearby, said she ran to the park after hearing gunfire to help the victims.

Hunt said the girls begged her to save them, saying that they didn't want to die. She assured them they wouldn't.

"My hope ... is that they find them," Hunt said. "It can't keep happening. ... You have to be mindful of other people."

Officials did not say how serious the children's injuries were. 

The shooting remains under investigation.

Hotel evacuated after man walks in carrying multiple firearms, police say

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Authorities were called to a hotel in Henry County, Georgia, on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after a man was spotted with multiple guns, officials said.
Authorities were called to a hotel in Henry County, Georgia, on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after a man was spotted with multiple guns, officials said.(

Police in Henry County searched a hotel in McDonough on Monday morning after getting reports of an armed man at the hotel.