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Police: Uber driver caught driving stolen $240,000 Ferrari

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 4:48 AM

Hilburn Jay Brendon Hunkins
Alachua County Sheriff's Office
Hilburn Jay Brendon Hunkins(Alachua County Sheriff's Office)

Police arrested a 26-year-old Florida Uber driver Thursday morning after police said he was caught driving a $240,000 Ferrari that had been reported stolen.

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The driver, Hilburn Jay Brendon Hunkins of Kissimmee, told the officer that the car belonged to a friend, but could not provide a name or phone number, the arrest report said.

A Gainesville police officer reported just before 9 a.m. that he saw a black Ferrari driving at a suspiciously slow speed next to a “high-end red Corvette,” an arrest report said.

The officer suspected the vehicles may have been stolen, but the Corvette had a temporary tag that could not be read, according to the arrest report.

When the officer pulled up next to the Ferrari, which still had the dealer's sticker on the window, his license plate reader recognized the vehicle as stolen out of Palm Beach County and he pulled it over.

The Corvette was not stopped by police.

Hunkins asked to use his cellphone, “and attempted to erase the phone prior to it being taken away,” the officer reported.

Hunkins was arrested and charged with felony grand theft.

He was being held without bond at the Alachua County Jail.

In a tongue-in-cheek Facebook post, the Gainesville Police Department noted that the car's listed 18 mpg fuel economy rating was incorrect.

“We were only able to get 10 mpg out of it when we drove it to the station,” the post said, before adding, “(That) is a joke. We had it safely towed for the rightful owner.”

The report did not say if Hunkins was on his way to pick up an Uber passenger at the time of his arrest.

PRO TIP:1. Don't steal stuff. It's just not nice.2. Certainly don't steal a $250,000 2017 Ferrari California....

Posted by Gainesville Police Department on Thursday, December 28, 2017

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Fairfield considers plan to demolish historic home

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:06 AM

City Council will consider demolishing the Cooper House, a historic home on the property known as the Muskopf property. The property is part of the Marsh Park expansion project. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF
City Council will consider demolishing the Cooper House, a historic home on the property known as the Muskopf property. The property is part of the Marsh Park expansion project. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

The city of Fairfield Parks and Recreation Board unanimously recommended the city tear down a historic home a group of residents were trying to save — and city council will consider a vote to demolish the home tonight, April 23.

The Save the Cooper House committee had requested the city not raze the 19th-century home and convert it to an educational facility. The city purchased the 3.3-acre property in 2016 with an Ohio Public Works Commission grant. On tonight’s agenda is an $18,000 demolition appropriation for a proparty at 6460 River Road, which is the address for the Cooper House.

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The purchase included the 1824-built Cooper House and a barn, which has since been razed, with the intent provide leverage of the Marsh Park expansion project.

Dean Bruewer, who has led the Save the Cooper House committee, wants the house saved because it was owned by Thomas Cooper, one of the first inhabitants of what is now the city of Fairfield.

“This is critical to the areas to preserve the cultural heritage of Fairfield,” he told this news outlet in December. “This actually was more than likely the first inception of the first settlement within (what is now known as) Fairfield.”

Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller has repeatedly said the city doesn’t need to subsidize another historic building.

The city already subsidizes the Elisha Morgan Mansion, a historic home on Ross Road, at a cost of about $40,000 a year.

Miller said for him to support saving the Cooper House the committee needed to develop a plan that included a funding option.


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Walmart shooting: Man killed in front of bystanders, including kids, outside Arkansas store

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 5:34 AM

Man Killed In Front of Bystanders Outside Arkansas Walmart

A man reportedly was shot and killed Sunday night outside an Arkansas Walmart as bystanders, including kids, looked on.

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According to KAIT, police said the slaying began as a domestic dispute at the front of the store in Trumann about 9:15 p.m. CDT. Police arrived and negotiated with an armed man who walked out of the store with a woman. The man then shot and killed a second man who "tried to intervene," KAIT reported. The armed man eventually surrendered to police and was arrested.

Police did not release the names of the people involved in the incident, but officers said the slain man was likely connected to the woman and armed man.

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Dozens of shoppers were nearby when the man was shot, police said.

"A lot of people witnessed something tonight that they should have never seen," Trumann police Chief Chad Henson told KAIT. "We're going to have to go through a lot of healing from here on out. It was just a terrible day."

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Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; victims identified

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:05 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Police: 4 Dead After Waffle House Shooting by Nude Gunman

At least four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.

Killed were Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, a Waffle House employee who was outside the restaurant when the gunman opened fire; Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville, who was a patron standing outside the restaurant; Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch, who was wounded inside the restaurant and died at Vanderbilt University Medial Center; and DeEbony Groves, 21, of Gallatin, a senior at Belmont University in Nashville. 

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Montgomery Co. road will close because of landslide

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

Landslide closes road

A landslide in the area between Farmersville West Carrollton and Soldiers Home Miamisburg roads has caused the Montgomery County Commissioners to pass a resolution that will close the roads, according to a release. 

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The ground underneath the road appears to be unstable, and some of the dirt has fallen into a nearby river. The road will be closed within two months after receiving certified authorization, according to the resolution.

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