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Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

An 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.
Police 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.
"She 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.
Long 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.
However, 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.
Both Miller and Adams, who had histories of similar crimes, were unarmed, McDonnell said.
Greer had been burglarized three times before and believed the same suspects were responsible.
He 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.
Miller continued to hit him, McDonnell said, while Adams moved to a safe and begin trying to pry it open.
The 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.
Miller was hit, collapsed in the alley and died at the scene, McDonnell said.
"The 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 got away."
McDonnell 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.
No phone listing was available for Greer and he could not be reached for comment.
It 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.
Prosecutors will have to determine whether chasing after the suspects and firing on them outside the home goes beyond self-defense, McDonnell said.

Man dies while snorkeling off Key Largo

A 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.
Deputies say as Marshall was pulled onto the boat, another boat with a doctor on board pulled up and the doctor began CPR.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission crews arrived and brought Marshall to the marina, where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation continues and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

BSO eyes suspicious death of infant

An investigation is underway after the body of an infant was found in the tub of a Lauderdale Lakes home.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office received a call just after 4 p.m. on Thursday about the discovery in a home at 2920 NW 44th Terrace.
Investigators 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.
Some people who live in the area and knew Beckford were surprised and saddened by the news.
“That’s bad, that’s bad, that’s bad you know,” said Tony Sutherland.
Neighbors said Beckford was visibly shaken Thursday night when she met with sheriff’s investigators.
“She was very upset and sad. She don’t know what’s going to happen with the family or how things are going to split,” said Valentino McFarland.
Beckford reportedly used to work at a day care center a few blocks from her home.
Investigators still haven’t determined exactly when or how the baby died, or how the infant ended up in a bathtub. They are calling the death “suspicious”. The infant’s remains were taken to the county’s Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The state’s Department of Children and Families said Beckford has no other children and they don’t have a history with the family.

Hijacker appeals 20-year US prison sentence

An American who hijacked a jetliner to Cuba decades ago is appealing the 20-year prison sentence he got after pleading guilty to U.S. kidnapping charges.
The 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.
Potts 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.
The 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.

NJ man dies in Fla. Keys diving accident

A New Jersey man is dead following a diving trip in the Florida Keys with his teenage children.
Monroe County Sheriff's officials say 45-year-old Gary Lanier of Kenvil, New Jersey, died Wednesday off of Key Largo.
Witnesses 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.
According to an incident report, he became unresponsive on the boat and CPR was started.
The 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.
An autopsy is being done to determine the cause of death.

Deputy fatally shoots dog

A Broward Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a dog that came at him at least three times.
Authorities say someone called 911 Thursday morning regarding an attempted dog bite.
The deputy responded and "dodged" the dog several times before firing his weapon.
The dog died from the gunshot wound.
The deputy wasn't injured.
Animal control was called to the scene and is attempting to contact the dog's owner.

Fla. leads nation in foreclosures

Florida led the nation in foreclosures during the first half of the year.
A 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.
RealtyTrac says 1 in 74 Florida homes had a foreclosure filing in the first six months of the year.
More than 121,000 properties had a foreclosure filing, the most of any state. However, that number was down 22 percent from a year earlier.
Miami 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.
Miami was followed by Orlando, Port St. Lucie, the Space Coast and Tampa in having the top five foreclosure rates by metro areas.

2 dogs euthanized after killing 4-year-old boy

Police: No charges filed in case
Two pit bulls that mauled a 4-year-old Tampa Bay-area boy have been euthanized.
Logan Shepard's uncle owned the dogs. The boy was visiting his uncle's Riverview home Saturday when he was killed in the yard.
Police 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.
No 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.
Police said the adults heard screams and discovered the dogs standing over Logan in the yard.
Hillsborough County authorities said Frederick voluntarily surrendered the dogs, which were euthanized.

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