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Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 1:24 PM
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia deputy’s patrol car was wrecked Friday night after a suspect, seated in handcuffs in the car’s backseat, managed to steal the vehicle.
Shawn Tippins of Jacksonville, Florida, was stopped by officers at Bedell Avenue and West Fourth Street in Camden County, according to an arrest report from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office. He was suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The arrest report said the deputy who pulled Tippins over questioned the Florida man and asked him to perform a walk-and-turn test. Tippins wasn’t able to complete the test. He refused to take a breath test to measure his blood alcohol content and the deputy placed him under arrest.
According to the report, Tippins began yelling at another deputy. Still handcuffed, he was led to the back of the patrol vehicle and placed in the back seat.
The deputy said he cracked the center divider in the patrol car to allow air conditioning to reach Tippins.
The arrest report said that Tippins, who is 5-foot-2 and 100 pounds, slipped the handcuffs, climbed through the center divider and drove away in the patrol car at a high rate of speed.
Tippins wrecked multiple cars and caused significant damage to the patrol car he stole, deputies said.
After a chase, Tippins was recaptured and taken to jail.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:54 AM
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — 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.
The woman will be charged with careless driving, PBSO spokesperson Teri Barbera said Monday.
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.
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.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 9:33 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:04 PM
LAKE WALES, Fla. —
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.
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.
Improvised explosive device detonated near JC Penney at Lake Wales mall https://t.co/4lXFZKQkr6— WFTV Eyewitness News (@WFTV) January 22, 2018
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.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 1:45 PM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Four children were shot Sunday at Willows Park near Evans High School, the Orlando Police Department said.
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.
Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:39 AM
HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — Police in Henry County searched a hotel in McDonough on Monday morning after getting reports of an armed man at the hotel.
Video: HUGE police, deputy presence at Home 2 Suites on Mill Rd. in McDonough. Officers say man entered business w/ guns, said concerning things to employees. pic.twitter.com/YbhhVoabTG— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) January 22, 2018