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Police: Man carjacked rare muscle car during test drive
Police in northeast Florida are looking for a man who they say carjacked a valuable replica vintage muscle car while on a test drive. A salesman from a Ford dealership in St. Augustine told the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office that he was on a test drive Saturday afternoon when the driver pulled a gun and told him to get out. Police say the man took off in the AC Cobra MKIII replica, a 523-horsepower car valued at $96,000. Air units and others searched for the car afterward, but couldn’t find it. The car was found abandoned on Monday by someone walking by it.
Detectives: Man tried to flee after crashing into patrol car
Tampa Bay area deputies say a man tried to flee the scene after crashing into a patrol car while they were investigating another crash. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports that two detectives were gathering information about a crash that involved three people Sunday night. Their emergency lights were activated when they say a white pickup truck came straight toward their patrol car and hit it. This started a chain-reaction crash into two other vehicles involved in the earlier crash.
Orlando doctor accused of manslaughter, trafficking
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says authorities have arrested a doctor for his role in the 2012 overdose death of a Palm Bay woman. His wife was also arrested for the couple’s role in a pill mill organization. Officials say 53-year-old Ibem Borges and 54-year-old Wanda Otero were arrested Monday. A FDLE affidavit says Borges’ prescriptions were responsible for the death of 60-year-old Carol Campbell in May 2012. Authorities say they also investigated Borges after allegations surfaced that drugs were routinely prescribed at his practices in Orange and Osceola counties, regardless of patient needs.
Missing Ohio family linked to Florida motel slaying
Authorities are searching for an Ohio family who they believe may be connected to a man found dead in a Miami motel. Miami police Lt. Carlos Castellanes says 30-year-old Michael Douglas Evans is wanted for escaping and eluding police in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He’s likely traveling with his 34-year-old wife Kristy Evans and her 7-year-old daughter Jala Barnett. The mother and daughter were reported missing and endangered in Ohio on May 7. According to police, 46-year-old Joseph Everett Moniz was found in a pool of blood on Saturday. The family was also staying at the motel. Castellanes didn’t say why they believe his death is linked to the couple.
Former superintendent to get more than $130,000 in settlement
The former Manatee County school superintendent who was seeking early retirement after losing the support of the school board will be paid more than $130,000 from the district. The Bradenton Herald reports Rick Mills will be paid by the Manatee County School District a total of $134,586.71 for time he was not employed by the school district and no longer serving as superintendent. He’ll collect his last paycheck October 10. In late April, Mills said he was seeking an early retirement from the school district because he said he could no longer perform effectively as a superintendent.