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Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 9:41 AM
— UPDATE July 26 6:32 a.m. -- Officials with the Sarasota Slam fishing tournament announced Tuesday on the event's Facebook page that they have reported to authorities the identities of several individuals captured on video dragging a shark behind a speeding boat.
The video has been viewed nearly 800,000 times on the WFTV Facebook page alone, and has drawn criticism from countless people on social media.
The man piloting the boat in the video can be seen wearing a Sarasota Slam T-shirt, and tournament officials were quick to distance the event from the video and condemn those involved.
"The Sarasota Slam is in no way affiliated with the despicable behavior in the video on social media," tournament organizers wrote on the group's Facebook page. "We do not want to give those individuals any more attention.
"They will be banned from our tournament ... their names were already given to the proper authorities when we learned of the video."
The Sarasota Slam is in NO WAY affiliated with the despicable— Sarasota Slam (@SarasotaSlam) July 25, 2017
behavior in the video on social media. We do not... https://t.co/c9h0ritGVY
Tournament officials did not immediately respond to a Facebook message seeking comment on the case Tuesday.
Neither the group nor investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have publicly identified the individuals in the video.
The FWC confirmed that an investigation has been opened into the individuals in the video, and where and when it may have been recorded.
Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission confirmed they’re investigating an incident after someone posted video of what appears to be a shark dragged by a boat at a high rate of speed.
But investigators don’t know who posted the video, where the video was shot or what happened to the shark.
A spokesperson for FWC said they are taking the incident very seriously and they’re investigating.
"It is too early to speculate as to what, if any, violations took place in this incident," the spokesperson said.
It is not clear in the video if the shark was alive while it was being dragged behind the boat, but experts said it would be virtually impossible for the animal to survive behind pulled by the tail at such a high rate of speed.
FWC said they’re attempting to identify the people in the video.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or Tip@MyFWC.com. Individuals can remain anonymous.
It is too early to speculate as to what, if any, violations took place in this incident.
This is a developing story. Check WFTV.com for updates.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 5:39 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — After getting calls about mothers leaving their kids in freezing temperatures, police are warning parents not to leave their children in their vehicles.
A mother left her two young children in a car as she spoke with friends for more than 45 minutes, according to WXIN.
Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Stephen Jones found an 11-year-old girl clutching her 2-year-old brother inside a Toyota Corolla around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Castleton Square Mall. The outside temperature was 8 degrees at the time, according to WXIN.
The girl told Jones she had the keys to the car but had turned it off. Jones asked her to turn on the car.
Jones went into the mall and found the 29-year-old mother speaking with a group of her friends in front of a store. She was very apologetic.
Jones filed a report with the Department of Child Services and warned the woman to never leave her children alone again, according to WISH.
Hours earlier, police had also responded to a call that a woman left her son, 4, and daughter, 7, in a car in freezing temperatures for more than an hour, according to WISH.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:14 PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. — A 4-year-old girl is recovering at a local hospital after she was mauled by a family friend’s dog, police said.
The attack happened Thursday afternoon at the Meadows Mobile Home Park in Melbourne, police said.
Police said the girl's mother dropped the girl off to be watched by a family friend and another woman. The family friend left and the child was being watched by the other woman when the mixed-breed dog attacked the girl, police said.
The woman was able to grab the girl and run out of the house, where she screamed for help, police said. The dog kept trying to get through the door when a neighbor grabbed the child and called 911, police said.
"I just picked her up and ran like hell with her. I told my wife, 'Call 911, we got an emergency.' That's before I even saw her wounds," neighbor Richard Hansen said. "I saw her trying to keep the door shut, so I ran over there and she said the dog attacked her."
It’s unclear why the dog attacked the child, police said.
The child had injuries to her neck, back and leg, but she will recover, police said. The woman also has not-life-threatening injuries.
"The little girl kept saying, 'Bad dog, bad dog,'" Hansen said.
Animal services has captured the dog, as well as three other dogs, but it’s unclear what will happen to the animals.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:46 PM
BROOKLINE, Mass. — A piece of real estate about the size of a coffin comes with a drop-dead price in Brookline.
It’s nearly $45,000 for a parking spot, but snow removal is extra.
Realtor.com shows the spot, off Addington Road, hit the market in November for $15,000 more than it costs now.
In Brookline, parking is at a premium. But the spot isn’t even premium parking. For one thing, you're at risk of getting sideswiped and there's a tree stump that makes getting out of the passenger seat a little difficult.
To be fair, the listing does not promise voluminous, capacious or anything of the sort.
Though it may be in a "sought after location," the property description also advises it is "suitable for compact car only."
“It seems like a lot of money, but it's not unreasonable for a parking space in Brookline,” The Presti Group’s Gina Dirocco said.
Dirocco says there's a good reason why, in Brookline, this humble pad of asphalt could fetch such a seemingly outrageous price.
“Most towns around here will let you park overnight nine months out of the year. All the months except the winter. Brookline, however, does not offer parking any time of the year. Ever,” she explained.
With a low-enough interest rate, it's even possible slot number 12 could wind up costing less per month than a rented space.
Still, what might make good economic sense in the long run might not feel, to some, like good common sense in the short term.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:31 PM
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s corrections deputy and her husband were arrested on several drug charges after narcotics agents found more than 16 pounds of packaged marijuana inside of their South Bay home, according to court records.
Marquita Perez is being held on $41,000 bail at the Palm Beach County jail and is charged with possession of marijuana in excess of 20 grams and possession of property used for trafficking drugs. Her husband, Bobby, was arrested July 26 and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell as well as possession of property used for trafficking. He was released on $7,500 bond two days later. Marquita Perez was not arrested in July with her husband because the sheriff’s office was waiting for DNA results from the evidence, according to the report.
Marquita Perez has been a corrections deputy with the sheriff’s office since 2014, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said she is on paid leave at this time.
When narcotics agents came into their South Bay home in July, Bobby Perez said his wife had nothing to do with his drugs. Marquita also denied knowledge of the drugs. She said she was the one “footing all the bills.”
“If he’s selling drugs, where the (expletive) the money at?” she asked agents, according to the report.
Bobby Perez showed agents the marijuana packages throughout the home including in a duffel bag, white suitcase and a black box in the home. Additionally, more marijuana was found in the garage in a backpack and on the washing machine. The deputies noted a “heavy and unmistakable odor of marijuana.”
He told deputies that he “intended to sell the 15 pounds he bought in a quick sale to make money because he has a child on the way.” According to the report, Perez was five months pregnant in July.
When Marquita Perez was asked who does the laundry, she said both she and her husband do. When asked if she ever smelled marijuana in the home or on her husband, she said maybe on her husband, but said he didn’t smoke.