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80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea
80-year-old man who came home to find two burglars said he shot and
killed one of them despite her pleas that she was pregnant, but it's
the woman's alleged accomplice who has been arrested on suspicion of
murder, police said.
said they would present their case to prosecutors Friday but were
still deciding whether to recommend charges against Tom Greer, who
told a television station he shot the woman in the back as she fled
from his house.
says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant I'm going to have a
baby,' and I shot her anyway," Greer told KNBC-TV outside his house.
Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell said at a news conference Thursday
that the woman, 28-year-old Andrea Miller, did not appear to be
pregnant, but a planned autopsy would determine whether she was.
the surviving suspect, Gus Adams, 26, has been arrested on suspicion
of residential burglary and murder, McDonnell said. The murder charge
is possible because he is accused of being involved in a felony that
led to a death, the chief said. He was being held on bail just over
$1 million, and police did not know if he had hired an attorney.
Miller and Adams, who had histories of similar crimes, were unarmed,
had been burglarized three times before and believed the same
suspects were responsible.
returned home shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday to find the pair in his
home. Both suspects attacked him, hitting him with their fists and
ultimately "body slamming" him to the floor, breaking his
collar bone, McDonnell said.
continued to hit him, McDonnell said, while Adams moved to a safe
and begin trying to pry it open.
homeowner was able to get to another room where he grabbed a gun and
returned to open fire on the suspects. They fled through the garage
and into an alley, and Greer gave chase, firing at them again
outside, McDonnell said.
was hit, collapsed in the alley and died at the scene, McDonnell said.
lady didn't run as fast as the man, so I shot her in the back
twice," Greer told the TV station. "She's dead ... but he
would not say whether Miller was shot in the back as Greer said. He
also declined to say how many shots were fired and whether either of
the suspects was hit inside the house before fleeing.
phone listing was available for Greer and he could not be reached
will be up to the district attorney to decide whether to charge
Greer with a crime, the chief said. Under California law, homeowners
can defend themselves if they are in "imminent danger of serious
bodily injury or death," he said.
will have to determine whether chasing after the suspects and firing
on them outside the home goes beyond self-defense, McDonnell said.
dies while snorkeling off Key Largo
71-year-old Georgia man has died while snorkeling off Key Largo.The
Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports that John Marshall of Johns
Creek, Georgia, was with nine others while snorkeling off a 25-foot
private boat on Thursday afternoon. Shortly after noon witnesses say
they saw Marshall on his way back to the boat. When they saw him
again he was face down in the water.
say as Marshall was pulled onto the boat, another boat with a doctor
on board pulled up and the doctor began CPR.
and Wildlife Conservation Commission crews arrived and brought
Marshall to the marina, where he was pronounced dead.
investigation continues and an autopsy will be performed to
determine the cause of death.
eyes suspicious death of infant
investigation is underway after the body of an infant was found in
the tub of a Lauderdale Lakes home.
Broward Sheriffs Office received a call just after 4 p.m. on
Thursday about the discovery in a home at 2920 NW 44th Terrace.
said Nickashae Beckford, 25, lives in the home with her mother and
stepfather. According to Beckford she had a miscarriage a few days
prior to the discovery of the infant.
people who live in the area and knew Beckford were surprised and
saddened by the news.
bad, thats bad, thats bad you know, said Tony Sutherland.
said Beckford was visibly shaken Thursday night when she met with
was very upset and sad. She dont know whats going to
happen with the family or how things are going to split, said
reportedly used to work at a day care center a few blocks from her home.
still havent determined exactly when or how the baby died, or
how the infant ended up in a bathtub. They are calling the death
suspicious. The infants remains were taken to the
countys Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.
states Department of Children and Families said Beckford has
no other children and they dont have a history with the family.
appeals 20-year US prison sentence
American who hijacked a jetliner to Cuba decades ago is appealing
the 20-year prison sentence he got after pleading guilty to U.S.
attorney for William Potts Jr. filed a notice of appeal Thursday.
Potts has been seeking credit for the 13 years he spent in Cuba after
hijacking the jet in 1984 on its way from New York to Miami.
returned voluntarily from Cuba last year to resolve the U.S. case.
Under his current sentence, the 57-year-old Potts would be eligible
for parole after nearly seven years.
FBI says the New Jersey native identified himself during the
hijacking as a black militant and claimed in a note to a flight
attendant that he planned to blow up the flight unless it diverted to Havana.
man dies in Fla. Keys diving accident
New Jersey man is dead following a diving trip in the Florida Keys
with his teenage children.
County Sheriff's officials say 45-year-old Gary Lanier of Kenvil,
New Jersey, died Wednesday off of Key Largo.
and his children, ages 15 and 18, told deputies Lanier began having
trouble as he surfaced from his dive. One of the dive mates began
assisting him and helped get him onto the vessel.
to an incident report, he became unresponsive on the boat and CPR
U.S. Coast Guard responded and brought Lanier to the marina, where
paramedics met them. Lanier was taken to Mariner's Hospital, where he
was pronounced dead.
autopsy is being done to determine the cause of death.
fatally shoots dog
Broward Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a dog that came at him at
least three times.
say someone called 911 Thursday morning regarding an attempted dog bite.
deputy responded and "dodged" the dog several times before
firing his weapon.
dog died from the gunshot wound.
deputy wasn't injured.
control was called to the scene and is attempting to contact the
leads nation in foreclosures
led the nation in foreclosures during the first half of the year.
report released last week by the research firm RealtyTrac says
Florida's foreclosure rate was the nation's highest for the first
half of 2014.
says 1 in 74 Florida homes had a foreclosure filing in the first six
months of the year.
than 121,000 properties had a foreclosure filing, the most of any
state. However, that number was down 22 percent from a year earlier.
had the nation's highest metro area foreclosure rate, with 1 in 61
homes involved in a filing in the first half of the year.
was followed by Orlando, Port St. Lucie, the Space Coast and Tampa
in having the top five foreclosure rates by metro areas.
dogs euthanized after killing 4-year-old boy
No charges filed in case
pit bulls that mauled a 4-year-old Tampa Bay-area boy have been euthanized.
Shepard's uncle owned the dogs. The boy was visiting his uncle's
Riverview home Saturday when he was killed in the yard.
said Billy Frederick Sr. put the dogs in cages before the boy
arrived. Logan's father said the dogs were later released into the yard.
charges have been filed. Police have said Logan was left alone while
the adults talked in another room, but Frederick's wife claimed Logan
was watching television with a teenage cousin.
said the adults heard screams and discovered the dogs standing over
Logan in the yard.
County authorities said Frederick voluntarily surrendered the dogs,
which were euthanized.
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