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Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 12:56 PM
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A Colonial High School weightlifting coach was arrested last month for possessing performance enhancement drugs, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.
A school resource officer discovered two vials of steroids while searching the pickup truck of Sean Grove, 55, near the school's gymnasium, the Sheriff's Office said.
Investigators said the deputy was following up on an anonymous tips accusing Grove of selling steroids to students.
Deputies haven't reported any evidence to suggest that Grove was selling steroids to students.
Grove told investigators that he was "set up by an ex-wife, an ex-girlfriend or a competing weightlifting coach," a report said.
Orange County Public Schools officials said Grove is on administrative leave while they conduct an internal investigation, but they wouldn't comment further.
"He left, and everyone was just emotional," said weightlifter Eric Pagan, 17.
Pagan said Grove, who has taught physical education for 20 years, often told students to avoid steroids.
"He was normally the one to be responsible and stay away from that stuff," he said.
Two anonymous tips were received, claiming that Grove was selling performance-enhancing drugs, as well as Viagra and Cialis, to students, an arrest affidavit said.
Deputies said the first tip was received during the 2015-2016 school year and the second in May 2017.
After the first tip was received, school officials didn't contact the Sheriff's Office and instead conducted an internal investigation, which cleared Grove of any wrongdoing, officials said.
The Florida High School Athletic Association said district boys weightlifting meets begin Friday.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:37 AM
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Emergency personnel left the lifeless body of a man they were unable to revive on the side of a road, according to reports.
Ty Ross took his dogs Jake and Holly for a walk around the Palma Sola Marina Feb. 26 when he suffered a heart attack, according to WWSB.
His wife Julie Ross had her phone off while she was working out and when she was able to get to the scene, there was only a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy there, according to WWSB.
Emergency personnel, who had been there for about an hour, had already left, leaving Ty Ross’ body half in the street and the other half in the grass.
His body was in the sun for about three hours before a friend who runs a funeral home arrived to pick up Ross’s body, according to WWSB.
The Manatee County Emergency Medical Services’ policy is that an ambulance will not transport a person who has died, according to WWSB.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 6:50 PM
ATLANTA — City of Atlanta officials are struggling to determine how much sensitive information may have been compromised in a Thursday cyber attack.
They urged employees to check their bank accounts to make sure their financial information had not been accessed and said that anyone who had conducted transactions with the city could be at risk.
“Because we don’t know, I think it would be appropriate for the public just to be vigilant in checking their accounts and making sure their credit agencies have also been notified,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a Thursday press conference.
The city has also received demands that it pay a ransom of an unspecified amount, officials confirmed. But officials had yet to make a determination if it would pay the ransom.
“We can’t speak to that right now,” Bottoms said. “We will be looking for guidance, specifically from our federal partners.”
The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service had been called on for advice.
For years, the FBI has warned that the use of ransomware — malicious software that threatens to block access to data or to publish it unless the infected organization pays a ransom — is a fast growing criminal enterprise.
Organizations often don’t learn they have been infected until they can’t access their data or until computer messages appear demanding a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key, according to the FBI’s website.
The messages include instructions on paying the ransom, usually in the form of bitcoins — a crypto currency that allows for anonymous transactions online.
The city’s Department of Atlanta Information Management at 5:40 a.m. Thursday learned of outages of various internal and customer applications “including some applications customers use to pay bills or access court related information,” said Richard Cox, the city’s interim Chief of Operations.
Cox called it a “ransomware cyber attack.”
The public safety department, water services and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport operated without incident, Cox said.
Cox said the city would offer employees additional resources to help them protect their information in coming days.
Bottoms said that the city’s municipal courts should be open on Friday.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said that her department’s emergency response system had not been affected at all.
Shields said that officers had reverted to writing reports on paper out of an abundance of caution, but that as far as she knew the police departments computer systems were still operational.
Shields insisted that earlier reports attributed to a department memo that warned that payroll might be disrupted were not true.
“We did not put out a memo,” Shields said. “I can’t control what is said. I’m deferring to experts here who said, ‘It won’t be affected.’ And I believe them.”
Bottoms also said that city’s 8,000 employees would be paid on Friday.
“I’ll be signing signing 8,000 checks today if necessary,” Bottoms said.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:58 PM
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. — One fourth grade student’s backpack was quite literally the cat’s meow.
Fourth grade teacher Carey Geipel started looking around her classroom after she heard meowing during a planning period March 16 only to discover a student brought a cat to school hidden in a backpack, according to a Facebook post.
“We listen to a purse, lunchbox... it must be a cell phone ringing,” she wrote. “Nope. It’s coming from the backpacks. I lift a jacket and a backpack MOVES. I unzip the backpack and a cat’s head POPS out!”
Geipel made a phone call home to the student’s mother, who came and picked up the cat.
“Hello, Student is safe but we have kind of a weird situation,” Geipel wrote, recounting the conversation. “Your student brought a cat to school, on the bus, in her backpack.”
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A 12-year-old boy disappeared after getting on the wrong school bus on his way home from middle school in metro Atlanta.
Anthony Randolph III disappeared Wednesday after boarding the wrong bus at Redan Middle School in DeKlab County, police said.
Investigators said the boy got off the bus two miles away from his home.
He wasn’t supposed to be on that bus and school officials said they are working to figure out why the bus driver didn’t take him back to school.
“We need you home Anthony, fast, please,” the child’s father, Anthony Randolph Jr., said.
Randolph wiped away tears as he begged anyone with information on the disappearance of his son to come forward.
A search is underway as police continue investigating the boy’s disappearance.