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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, April 26, 2018 @ 10:19 PM
— A 55-year-old Gainesville man was charged with attempted murder after setting his girlfriend on fire Wednesday night, according to authorities.
Roosevelt Kitchen is currently being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond, The Gainesville Sun reports.
Police said they found the woman in a neighbor’s bathtub with “melted skin” from the gasoline poured on her, according to The Sun.
At about 11 p.m., Kitchen got into an argument with his girlfriend of four years after they were both drinking and using narcotics, police told The Sun.
The woman then left the apartment, returned and left again to sit on a neighbor’s porch, The Sun reports.
After Kitchen saw her, he approached her on the porch with a red gasoline can and doused her with it. A witness told police he heard Kitchen ask “Anyone got a lighter?” before he pulled one from his pocket and set the victim on fire.
The woman and her neighbor were unable to put out the flames and took off her burning clothes instead, police said.
She was taken to a hospital for her injuries and told authorities that Kitchen had threatened to set her on fire before.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:09 PM
PANMUNJOM, Demilitarized Zone, South Korea — A historic summit between the leaders of North and South Korea got underway Friday in what could lead to an end to the decadeslong rivalry and years of suspicion and antagonism between the two countries.
The two nations seemed on the brink of war just a few short months ago, but now in an extraordinary about face, South Korean President Moon Jae-In and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are meeting at the Presidential Blue House in the Joint Security Area in the border village of Panmunjom.
It’s the first time since the Korean War ended in 1953 that a leader of North Korea has crossed into the southern section of the Demilitarized Zone, news outlets reported.
Moon, an advocate of peace between the two countries, and Kim, supreme leader of the communist north since 2011, are expected to focus on three main topics --denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a peace settlement and improved relations, but denuclearization is expected to dominate the discussions, according to The Associated Press.
It’s unclear whether the closed-door meeting between Moon and Kim will lead to any progress in persuading the North Korean dictator to shut down his nuclear weapons program, something that has eluded the South and world leaders for years.
The summit precedes a meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Kim, which is expected in May or June.
At the truce village where North and South Korean leaders will meet for a historic summit, everything from the dessert on the menu to the artwork on the walls is full of symbolism https://t.co/pPLqB67Xjl— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 26, 2018
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:49 AM
WASHINGTON — An amazing feat of strength was caught on camera.
Four people were hurt when they were hit by a car that crashed on a sidewalk in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. Police said a pickup hit a sedan when it took a turn too wide, WJLA reported. The sedan jumped the curb and ran into pedestrians.
But it was the actions of bystanders that is what people are focusing on. They rushed to the car to try to pull the pedestrians from under the wreckage. The group of people actually lifted and moved the car off two people and the entire thing was caught on video, WJLA reported.
WATCH: bystanders work together to lift the car off pedestrians pinned beneath the vehicle at 9th & K Street. Their quick actions likely the reason no one was killed in this crash. pic.twitter.com/9SOmlJRQsQ— Heather Graf (@ABC7HeatherGraf) April 24, 2018
WRC reported more than a dozen people rushed to help.
Update crash with pedestrians struck 9th St X NY Ave NW. 2 vehicle collision with 1 that ran into sidewalk. We are transporting 4 pedestrians with serious injuries to area hospitals. No injuries to occupants of vehicles. pic.twitter.com/6yvIwYoWwe— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) April 24, 2018
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:40 PM
— Amazon is increasing its membership fee for its Prime subscription service by 20 percent starting next month, according to media reports.
On an earnings conference call Thursday, the tech company’s chief financial officer, Brian Olsavsky, said the increase takes effect May 11, MarketWatch reported.
“We're going to increase the price of our U.S. annual plan from $99 to $119 for new members," Olsavsky said.
Existing Prime members will have until June 16 to renew their membership for the year for $99.
Last week, CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that for the first time, Prime has some 100 million members.
Amazon announced in January that it would increase the $99 cost for monthly Prime subscriptions for the first time in about four years.