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Florida mom jailed in son’s circumcision case due before judge
A Florida woman who has been jailed for a week after fleeing with her son to keep him from being circumcised is due back in court. Heather Hironimus is expected to appear Friday before the judge who warned she faced imprisonment if she ignored his orders. The 31-year-old woman was missing with her 4-year-old son for nearly three months before being arrested last week.
Police fatally shoot man during hostage situation
Fort Lauderdale Police fatally shot a man after he took a woman hostage while reportedly armed and on the drug “flakka”. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports police responded Thursday to a house where family members said an armed man was inside and holding a woman hostage. Police say the man may have been using “flakka.” Witnesses say they saw the man and woman argue. Police say negotiators and SWAT members entered the home and began a conversation with the suspect. Capt. Frank Sousa says while they were talking to him, officers were forced to shoot him in order to save the woman’s life.
Investigators identify missing teen 42 years later
St. Petersburg cold case investigators have identified a Virginia girl missing for 42 years as the victim of a traffic accident in Florida in 1973. The Tampa Bay Times reports police announced in a press conference Thursday investigators could confirm a teenager who died in June 1973 in St. Petersburg was 16-year-old Janice Marie Young, a runaway from Virginia. Arrest reports say 24-year-old Lawrence Dorn pushed Young into traffic during a fight. He was arrested for murder but the charges were later dropped. Authorities weren’t able to identify Young’s body.
Fire police chief wins $350k settlement
A former West Melbourne police chief has been awarded a $350,000 settlement after being fired three years ago. Brian Lock’s case was settled Tuesday in Orlando. But City Attorney Jim Wilson says West Melbourne leaders disagree with their insurer’s choice to settle the case. Lock was fired after the West Melbourne City Council determined he acted improperly by allowing a former police commander to retire on a medical disability rather than face arrest or discipline for stealing pills being held in an evidence locker. The next week, he sued in federal court.
Sheriff’s investigators identify victim found dead in ditch
Investigators have identified the remains of a man who was found dead in a ditch a quarter century ago. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Gary Davidson said Thursday that authorities recently ran the fingerprints taken from the victim when he was found on May 2, 1990. The prints helped them identify Richard “Rick” John Ryan. Ryan was found in a ditch in a wooded area near Daytona Beach. Fingerprints were run when the body was found but no match was found. Recently investigators planned to seek a court order to exhume the body in hopes of extracting DNA to help identify him.