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Florida inmate says he killed 6 in Pennsylvania in 1970s

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An inmate serving life in Florida has confessed to killing six people in Pennsylvania in the 1970s, state police said Wednesday. Pennsylvania State Police investigators obtained the confessions in March from Edward A. Surratt at a state prison in Raiford, Florida, the agency announced. Surratt, now 79, a truck driver and former resident of Aliquippa, implicated himself in four cases — the 1977 slayings of William and Nancy Adams in Beaver County, Guy and Laura Mills near Bedford and Joel Krueger near McConnellsburg and the 1978 death of John Shelkons in Beaver County. State...

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Deputies search for armed robbery suspect in Lee County

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies are searching for an armed robbery suspect in Lee County. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is trying to track down 25-year-old Travonte Smith. He and a second suspect are accused of robbing two victims at gunpoint. LCSO’s SWAT team executed a search warrant on Wednesday at a home on Railroad Avenue off of Palm Beach boulevard. The victim said a man they met two days before the robbery at a party, asked to meet up to drink alcohol at the suspect’s home. Once there, the armed duo took their phones, wallets, and a gold chain. The...

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Cape Coral police warn of scammer offering to replace LCEC power meters

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A scammer claiming to represent “Atlantic Key Energy” has been going up to homeowners in Cape Coral. The Cape Coral Police Department said the scammer is targeting people in-person rather than over the phone. They have said to homeowners that Lee County Electric Cooperative will replace their power meter and install solar panels on their house within a month. Officers said this is a red flag because LCEC does not use third party companies to remove power meters or contact you in person. Any residents who have had this happen to them is asked to call LCEC...

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Two kids escape Florida group home and open fire on deputies

ENTERPRISE, Fla. – A teen girl and a 12-year-old boy are accused of running away from a group home in Florida Tuesday night, breaking into someone’s home and shooting at deputies. Travis O’Brien, 12, and Nicole Jackson, 14, are expected to face charges after they were reported missing just before 5 p.m. from Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. O’Brien and Jackson, reportedly, ran away from the children’s home before breaking into a residence around 7:30 p.m. WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE...

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Cape Coral financial advisor sentenced for over $1 million fraud

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A former financial advisor in Cape Coral was sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding clients. David Rockwell, 45, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for wire and bank fraud, according to the Department of Justice. The court also entered a money judgment of $1,018,000, the proceeds of his wire and bank fraud. Rockwell pleaded guilty on Jan. 14. Rockwell managed investment and retirement accounts for his clients, according to court documents. Prosecutors said he started defrauding clients and misappropriating his clients’ funds for his own purpose....

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Car thief speeding down McGregor Blvd flips stolen vehicle in overnight crash

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The driver in a stolen Infiniti Q4 left the scene of a crash he caused early Wednesday morning, officils said. Officers with the Fort Myers Police Department said that the driver was speeding eastbound from McGregor Boulevard to Colonial Boulevard and hit a curb, took out some trees, and landed in the westbound lanes of Colonial Boulevard. A witness at the scene said they saw the driver get out of the car and flee the scene on foot. It’s possible that a second person was involved in the crash and was hurt as a result, police said. The car involved...

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Florida 10-year-old shot after man returns paintball fire with real gunfire

MIAMI (AP) — Thinking his home was under attack, a Florida homeowner shot and wounded a 10-year-old whose father had driven him to participate in a drive-by shooting with a paintball gun, police said. Michael Williams, 26, told Opa-locka police his son begged him to drive by a home where young people were gathered Sunday night so he could fire his paintball out the window, according to a police report released Tuesday. Williams drove by the home as his son fired off several rounds, police said. The homeowner confused the paintball for real gunfire, telling police he thought his family was being...

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Neighbors catch Cape Coral plywood thief red-handed

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – One man’s attempt to steal plywood from a home construction site, didn’t go so well after being caught by a couple driving by. “We know it’s a hot commodity right now plywood’s like Gold!” said Debbie Cooper. Cooper and her husband Mike were driving down Surfside & Beach Parkway when they said they noticed a man loading this tan pickup truck with plywood from a home being built. After confronting the man, the guy in the truck told the couple he was taking it to another job to build a pool.  But the Coopers weren’t believing his story… “He...

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Police search for pickup truck involved in deadly SR 82 crash

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Police are searching for a pickup truck they say was involved in a deadly crash on SR-82 near Gateway Boulevard in Fort Myers Tuesday afternoon. Investigators describe the vehicle as a single-cab white F-150 work truck with green lettering and possible damage on the driver’s side, according to the Fort Myers Police Department. The deadly crash happened around 5 p.m. and has shut down eastbound traffic on SR-82 near Gateway Boulevard and dropped westbound traffic down to one lane. Police are asking anyone with information to contact FMPD or Southwest Florida Crime...

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Estero man sentenced to seven years for child porn

ESTERO, Fla. – A 28-year-old Estero man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to child porn charges in 2019. Kyle O’Brien was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release after the FBI, joined by other agencies, swarmed a unit at the Coastal Village Apartments in Estero to serve a search warrant in April 2019, according to court documents. O’Brien was accused of sending, receiving, and viewing sexually explicit material involving a child younger than 12 on his iPhone7.  The investigation began in February 2019 when a woman who had...

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