PORT ORANGE, FL: Man Exposes Himself To 3 Girls

August 12, 2009 by  
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Port Orange police are searching for a man who exposed himself to three girls and yelled obscenities at them.


According to police, the girls were walking near the Port Orange Amphitheater, located at 2001 City Center Circle, on Aug. 6 when a man got out of a car that was parked nearby.

The man exposed himself to the girls and screamed an obscene question at them before driving away in a red or burgundy four-door car, possibly a late 1990s Honda, police said.The mother of one of the girls then called police, but a search failed to locate the man, police said.The culprit was described as a white man in his mid to late 30s with a buzz cut. He was wearing a red hat, aviator sunglasses, a blue shirt, baggy blue jeans and flip flops.Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Port Orange Police Department.

3 teens killed in Stuart car crash

August 4, 2009 by  
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— The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the three people killed early Tuesday morning during a crash at Cove Road and Federal Highway.


Troopers identified the driver as 18-year-old Nicholas P. Coady of Stuart. Connor William Graver, 16, of Hobe Sound and Christopher Harold Briglio, 18, of Tequesta, were passengers in the vehicle.

“We do believe alcohol played a part in the crash. There’s no doubt that it did,” said FHP Lt. Chris Cribbs.

The crash happened just after 2:15 a.m. when an SUV, reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed, crashed into a front-end loader working in a construction zone west of the intersection, according to officials at the scene.

Two people in the SUV were dead at the scene, and a third, airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, died there a few hours later, Cribbs said. The driver of the front-end loader was not injured.

FHP officials said the construction vehicle had just dumped a load of dirt from the U.S. 1 area onto the south side of Cove Road as part of a widening project on Cove Road. The loader was backing up and trying to get off the road when the SUV, traveling reportedly at a high rate of speed, smashed into it head-on.

Cribbs said speed likely was a factor in the crash. The speed limit on Cove Road is 35 mph.

The SUV was destroyed, Cribbs said. The three dead are men from the Treasure Coast. FHP officials are still notifying their families. The men are thought to have just dropped off someone at a nearby home before the crash happened, Cribbs said.

It is unclear where the three were going at the time of the crash.

The driver of the SUV was wearing a seatbelt; one passenger was not; and it is unclear if the third was wearing one, Cribbs said.

The yellow John Deere front-end loader was being hoisted onto a flat-bed truck trailer. The loader’s right rear tire appeared bent.

The crash woke nearby resident Harry Fenton, who heard screaming and yelling before falling back asleep, Fenton told WPTV NewsChannel 5. Fenton later heard a helicopter take off and eventually walked over to the scene.

“I looked at the car and I said, ‘My God,’ I said, ‘I don’t know how anybody could live through something like that,'” Fenton said. “It was just horrendous just the look of it the car being in a ball.”

LA: DUI Suspect Hits 3 Bicyclists, 1 Killed

July 13, 2009 by  
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LOS ANGELES — A suspected drunken driver has been arrested for allegedly hitting three bicyclists on a forested road, leaving one dead.


Canyon Country resident Marco Valencia, 20, is accused of striking the bicyclists Sunday morning in the Angeles National Forest.

He allegedly fled the scene.

California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nunez says 43-year-old Joseph Novotny of Stevenson Ranch was killed in the accident. The two other cyclists were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Valencia was arrested on suspicion of murder, hit-and-run and driving under the influence.

He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail Sunday night.

Source: KTLA News

Pittsburgh: 3 Officers Killed responding to call

April 4, 2009 by  
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Three Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, police officers were killed Saturday morning while responding to a call about a domestic dispute, Police Chief Nathan Harper said.

The suspect was taken into custody after negotiations with law enforcement.

Richard Poplawski was wearing a bulletproof vest when he opened fire on Officers Paul Sciullo III and Stephen Mayhle in the doorway of his Stanton Heights home at about 7 a.m., Harper said.

Officer Eric Kelly, who rushed to the scene on his way home after finishing his shift, was fatally shot as he attempted to assist his fallen colleagues, Harper said.

The shootings led to a standoff outside the home lasting nearly four hours, in which two more officers were injured, Harper said.

Poplawski, who was armed with an AK-47 and a .22-caliber long rifle, fired about 100 rounds during the standoff, Harper said.

Harper described the incident as the most deadly in the force’s recent history.

“We have never had to lose three officers in the line of duty at one time,” Harper said. “The last time we had an officer fatally injured was in 1995.”

Poplawski was taken into custody after surrendering to law enforcement. He is expected to face charges of homicide, aggravated assault and other related offenses.

His mother was inside the house at the time, Harper said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital, and Harper said he didn’t know the extent of his injuries.