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Florida fans sing Tom Petty 'I Won't Back Down' in tribute to singer

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07:  A general view during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 07: A general view during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)(Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Tom Petty may be gone, but he is not forgotten, and his legacy will carry on in song.

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Florida fans started singing together when the loudspeaker started playing "I Won't Back Down" as a tribute to the singer Saturday between the third and fourth quarter of the Gators game against the LSU Tigers. 

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Petty was born in Gainesville and worked as a groundskeeper at the University of Florida before becoming a rockstar. He died Monday. 

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Drunk man tries to punch Memphis officer on Beale Street, police say

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

Joseph Pszczola. (Photo: Memphis Police Department)
Joseph Pszczola. (Photo: Memphis Police Department)

A man was arrested for trying to hit a Memphis police officer on Beale Street, court records said. 

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According to the arrest affidavit FOX13 obtained, Joseph Pszczola was yelling in a popular restaurant just before 11 p.m. on Thursday. 

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Employees of the business flagged down officers for help. When police arrived, they asked Pszczola to leave. Yet, he continued to scream, employees said. One of the officers said the suspect was slurring his speech and also smelled of alcohol. 

The confrontation spilled out into the street and escalated when Pszczola pushed an officer and tried to punch him, court records said

The officer then struck the suspect in the face, and Pszczola fell to the ground, according to court records. 

The suspect and the officer were transported to area hospitals and are expected to be OK. 

Pszczola was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. 

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Florida mother deployed overseas frustrated with leaks in brand-new home

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 9:56 AM

A deployed mother's recently built house that she purchased has a leaking roof. (Photo:
A deployed mother's recently built house that she purchased has a leaking roof. (Photo:

A deployed mother told Action News Jax she’s frustrated that her brand-new house is leaking while she’s serving overseas in the Navy.

The builder is a company Action News Jax has investigated in the past for complaints of shoddy construction.

Olivia Cannon’s next-door neighbor told Action News Jax he also noticed multiple leaks in his Dream Finders home in June, six months after he moved into his newly constructed house.

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“The entire situation is tiring, it’s stressful and it shouldn’t be happening. Not in a six-month-old house,” Cannon said.

Before Cannon deployed with the Navy to Japan, she wanted to make sure her two kids and mother had a nice place to live.

That’s why she bought a brand-new home from Dream Finders.

“This is the first new home I’ve lived in my entire life. I’ve worked my entire life to have a home like this. And I couldn’t have been more disappointed when I received this information,” Cannon said.

In January, a home inspector reported that he spotted three roof construction problems at the home that could lead to leaks.

Cannon said she spotted three holes in the ceiling leaking water into a bucket before she closed on the home in January.

A form that Cannon said shows what Dream Finders promised to fix before move-in noted “roof leak and nail heads.”

Cannon’s mother Elaine Sturgeon said the ceiling started leaking again in the same spot on Saturday.

“I looked up there and it was a little spot, where that little spot is right up there, it was bulged out like there was something behind it. And it was water,” said Sturgeon.

Dream Finders’ attorney Robert Riva said no one from Dream Finders was willing to talk on camera about this, but Riva answered Action News Jax’s questions by email.

Action News Jax asked Riva if Dream Finders is experiencing known issues with its roofing subcontractors leading to leaks in its new construction.

“To my knowledge, no,” Riva said in an email.

Roofers were supposed to come to Cannon’s house Thursday to fix the problem, but that did not happen.

Riva said the roofing subcontractor is supposed to fix the problem this week.

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Father of Parkland school shooting survivors shot to death in Florida armed robbery

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 9:43 AM

VIDEO: Father of Parkland School Shooting Survivors Killed in Armed Robbery

The father of two Parkland shooting survivors was shot and killed Tuesday during an armed robbery at the convenience store he owned in North Lauderdale, Florida, police said.

Ayub Ali’s son and daughter survived the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead.

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Ali was a father of four, WPLG reports.

Broward County Sheriff’s officials told WTVJ Ali was forced to the back of the store and shot by the suspect.

Sheriff’s officials released photos of the suspect caught on surveillance camera inside the store on Twitter.

“He took money from the cash register and left. The thief returned shortly after and shot Ali,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement. “The suspect wore a black vest, reddish-orange shorts with a black and white stripe on the sides, reddish-orange slides and a skull cap with 'Miami' stitched on the front.”

Ali was later pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.

WTVJ reports that a makeshift memorial had appeared at the convenience store when it reopened on Thursday.

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Starbucks to the rescue when weather cancels teen’s senior pictures

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:56 PM

Teen’s Senior Pictures Saved Thanks to Starbucks Employee’s Act of Kindness

The employees at some Starbucks locations really feel like they don’t just work at a coffee shop, they’re part of the community. One shop in Fountain, Colorado, apparently is one of those type of stores. 

Sydney Johansson was getting ready to have her senior portraits taken Sunday afternoon, but the weather wouldn’t cooperate. So her mother drove her around, with the photographer in tow, looking for anywhere that could accommodate them, KKTV reported

The photography session couldn’t be rescheduled because Sydney has an upcoming surgery. She is also in a wheelchair. 

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Sydney has cerebral palsy among other health conditions, KKTV reported

Laura Johansson suggested Starbucks, thinking the worst that could happen, would be that the shop would say no.

Photographer Jessica Vallia posted what transpired at the store to Facebook

Vallia said that the man at the counter told them that they could absolutely use the store for the photos. The employee, Chris, offered the Johanssons his umbrella so they could stay dry as the trio transferred from the vehicle into the store. Chris then went out with them, getting soaked in the rain in the process, to help Sydney and Jessica into the shop.

Chris warmed the group up with hot chocolate and inquired multiple times if they needed anything else. As the session progressed, Chris got paper and markers out to make Sydney a backdrop for her photos. 

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Vallia said they took over the Starbucks for at least an hour. 

“All of these fates aligned and gave me the most perfect story for my most perfect kid, and I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Laura told KKTV.

Vallia’s post caught the attention of Starbucks’ offices, which said in its own Facebook post, “To Chris and the partners at our Fountain, CO store -- thank you for going out of your way to do the right thing, for setting an example for all of us, and most of all, bringing some sunshine to Sydney and her family on this very special day.”

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