911 CALLS RELEASED IN CHILDREN’S SUFFOCATION BY MOTHER
In the eight-minute call released Monday by Miramar police, Neisha Nettleford made told the operator, “Honestly, I think they are dead.” Nettleford made the call last Wednesday, the same day the children were suffocated. She called police after Hines contacted her and told her to come home.
TEEN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER SHOOTING IN ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg police report in a news release that several dozen people were gathered at a home early Tuesday morning when two men with their faces covered approached on foot and began firing shots. The release says a bullet struck 16-year-old Javarious Rashard Martin in the head.
WANT TO BUY AN ASSAULT RIFLE IN FLORIDA? NO PROBLEM
As in mass shootings elsewhere, the massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub is raising questions about access to guns — assault rifles, in particular. In Florida, buying one is no problem as long as you’re 18, a legal resident of the United States, aren’t a felon or a domestic abuser and have no documented mental health or substance abuse issues.
WOMAN GETS 3 YEARS FOR FATALLY SHOOTING STEPFATHER
Taylor Lynn Crongeyer was sentenced Monday. She pleaded no contest in April to manslaughter with a weapon. Authorities say 40-year-old Aubrey Dewayne Cooley was found shot in the head behind the Milton home where he and Crongeyer lived in December 2014. A Santa Rosa County judge agreed to a lower-than-normal sentence because of the circumstances around the killing.
11-FOOT ALLIGATOR FOUND IN FORT MYERS STORM DRAIN
The alligator was discovered Monday after Lee County officials received the calls from the Fort Myers neighborhood. The Department of Transportation searched for the cause of the odor and found the alligator about 3 feet below ground in a catch basin. Local media outlets report that the alligator came through a 14-by-24 inch pipe, which measures about 4 feet wide.