Sheriff: 100 Dog Bites Likely Killed FL Man Taking Shortcut Home

first_imgMeanwhile, Sheriff Paul Blackman is urging residents in that area to be cautious of stray dogs. He says, “While we may have the dogs that were responsible for this horrible tragedy, we won’t know for sure for a while. I want to encourage residents of Highway Park and the surrounding area to be on the lookout for any loose dogs, especially those that seem aggressive. We don’t want anyone else to be injured.”Olds is survived by five children, and was a grandfather.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly one in five people who are bitten by a dog require medical attention. The CDC recommends staying still and calm if an unfamiliar dog approaches. A man in Highlands County, Florida, was likely killed by a pack of dogs that apparently bit him more than 100 times as he was taking a shortcut home, authorities say.Melvin Olds Jr., 45, was found dead before noon Thursday in a wooded area near Lake Placid, according to a news release from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office.Authorities say they have already captured six dogs in that area whose bite sizes match the wounds on Olds’ body. However, the dogs’ DNA needs to be compared with the DNA collected from Olds’ wounds in order to confirm whether those are definitely the dogs who killed him.last_img read more

The CDC finds the virus survived 17-days on a ship after people left

first_imgThe CDC is reporting that they found the coronavirus remained present on at least two cruise ships 17-days after passengers were first evacuated from them.The discovery was announced Monday during continued study of the virus in hopes of understanding it.The new data shows that the virus has the ability to stay on surfaces longer than the 14-days originally thought.The study was conducted on both the Princess Diamond Cruise ship in Japan and the Grand Princess ship in California.Researchers say after the virus was detected on both ships, passengers and crew members were quarantined for the recommended 14-days before being released. Researchers found that the virus “was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after the cabins were vacated on the Princess Diamond, but before disinfection procedures had been conducted.”Another study is being conducted to determine how the virus was able to spread across voyages.  As of March 17th at least 25 cruise ships have had passengers and or crew members test positive for the virus either during or after the cruise ended.For example, on February 4th, 3,700 people were quarantined on the Diamond Princess after a previous passenger tested positive for the virus when he returned home to Hong Kong. 800 passengers came down with the illness and 9 people died from it.On the Grand Princess, two people tested positive for the virus which eventually led to 78 more cases across multiple voyages.One finding is that 46.5% of people who contract the virus are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms at all. This could explain the “high attack rate.”last_img read more

West Palm Beach Man Accused of Impregnating 13-Year-Old Girl

first_imgA South Florida man who is accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl told investigators that he is in love with her.West Palm Beach Police this week arrested 23-year-old Mario Rubendi Recinos Lucas on four counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between the age of 12 and 18.Police say the girl told detectives that she met Recinos when he moved into an apartment near where she lived, and that the had been dating for a year and a half.She added that he would take her, her sister and another child to school in the mornings, and he would visit her at home after work, according to the police report.The girl told detectives that her mom asked Recinos to get her children so that she could do chores, and that he acted as if he was taking care of them when the parents were not home.Additionally, police learned that the girl had sex with the suspect on four occasions, the first time being in July of last year, about four months after they started dating.The arrest report states that the suspect told officers that he met the girl in December of 2018 when she was 12, and he initially did not want to get involved with her. However, he felt an attraction for her and started dating her soon thereafter.Recinos said that he wanted to tell the girl’s mother, but the girl suggested he not do so, so he could avoid going to jail.He also told investigators that he wants to have a family with the girl.Police say the girl gave birth to a boy two weeks ago.last_img read more

Officials Issue New Guidelines for Barber Shops, Cosmetic Salons

first_imgEmployees will also be required to wear masks while performing personal services.The state is encouraging the businesses to thoroughly clean their facilities and supplies before reopening, and to continue doing so every day.Officials are also asking businesses to provide masks for their clients and to remove any unnecessary, frequently touched items, such as magazines, newspapers, and service menus from customer areas.Read the full guidelines here.Hair and nail salons, barber shops reopening in Florida As barber shops and beauty salons in Florida prepare to reopen this week, they will have to follow new rules to avoid spreading the coronavirus.The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation released new guidelines over the weekend for barber shops, cosmetology salons and cosmetology specialty salons, for when they open on Monday, May 11, for the first time in more than a month.Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday issued an executive order allowing such venues to reopen.The guidelines make it mandatory for the businesses to take customers by appointment only. In addition, they must allow at least 15 minutes between said appointments, and will not be permitted to take group appointments.last_img read more

Palm Beach County Teacher Faces Firing for Changing 18,000 Grades

first_imgThe Palm Beach County School Board was planned to fire a Forest Hill High School teacher on Wednesday, after an investigation discovered that he had changed more than 18,000 grades in the district’s online learning programs over a two-year period.Forest Hills’ former principal, Mary Stratos, says she first alerted investigators and transferred the teacher, Randy Whidden, from supervising classes with access to the online programs, as soon as she found out about the situation in 2018.The 66-year-old Whidden, who has been with the district for seven years, continued to teach there during the investigation.“In his mind he’s helping kids,” Stratos said. Instead, she said, he was hurting them. “We shut it down,” Stratos says.The online course results that investigators say Whidden change are contained within a set of programs known as Edgenuity.Access to Edgenuity was abused in a similar fashion three years ago at Seminole Ridge High School.In that case, the district’s Inspector General’s office concluded that an assistant principal at the school changed grades on hundreds of assignments in the credit recovery class. At least 13 students went on to graduate from the high school with the altered grades. Assistant Principal Randy Burden told investigators that he did know how to change a grade, and suggested that students could have gone into the system when he stepped out of the room without logging off, according to the report.However, the investigators found that explanation “incredulous” and “not plausible.”Despite Burden’s claim that he did not know how to change a grade, experts found that he did it 256 times in two years. Only 11 of the instances had a reason or justification noted within the records. Scores increased from zero to 95 in four insurances.The district’s audit committee recently began looking into the grade-changing situation in Edgenuity.A report issued to the school board last month concluded that “access controls to Edgenuity system need improvement.”While reviewing access, the committee reported that it found 14 people who do not work for the district, as well as 144 former employees, had the online credentials needed to change student records in the system.In addition, around 25 people who changed jobs within the district still had access to student records granted to them in their last job.The investigators also found that 65 percent of Edgenuity grade changes were done without valid justification.last_img read more

Lake Worth Beach Man Arrested After Attacking Ex-Girlfriend

first_imgMeanwhile, her current boyfriend waited for her to enter her home before driving away.After she entered her home and locked the door, she noticed Pedro-Mendez standing in the doorway of a bedroom in the home.Police say Pedro-Mendez cursed at the victim, grabbed her by the hair and slammed her against the wall, before sexually assaulting her.They say she she bit one of his biceps at one point, struck him with her hands, and scratched him.Pedro-Mendez took the woman’s phone and prevented her from calling for help. He also blocked the doorway when she tried to leave, and prevented her from calling for help, according to police.The victim told police that Pedro-Mendez paced around her home and continued to verbally attack her while preventing her from leaving. When he eventually left, he took her nightwear, threw it in the garbage and took the garbage can outside.She told police that the window air-conditioning unit in the south bedroom appeared to have been tampered with, and was possibly how he got inside the house.The victim reportedly had bruising throughout her hands and knuckles, as well as a hematoma on the back of her head. A 26-year-old Lake Worth Beach man is facing multiple charges, including sexual battery, after police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulted her.Peter Benjamin Pedro-Mendez is charged with sexual battery, burglary with battery and false imprisonment.West Palm Beach police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and attacked her early last Friday.The victim told police that she and Pedro-Mendez dated from February 2018 until this past Memorial Day weekend.Although she did not initially report it to law enforcement, she alleges that Pedro-Mendez began harassing her and stalking her since the end of their relationship.The victim’s current boyfriend met her Thursday and spent the evening at her home.When he left her residence at 2:40 a.m., she had to move her vehicle, as it was blocking his vehicle in the driveway.The woman told police that she noticed a red Toyota Camry with the engine running parked next to the road directly in front of her home.She suspected it was Pedro-Mendez’s vehicle, but did not see him.last_img read more

Mistake by the lake

first_imgLate Sunday morning when photographer Tom Sabol and I pulled into the parking lot at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Steelers fans were tailgating at warp speed. One inebriated fan wearing a very seasoned number 92 shirt along with flip-flops and a Siberian fur hat, grabbed a hot sausage sizzling from a “smoking grill.” You can visualize what happened next. The suspect said aw, sh-t after dropping the volcanic piece of smoldering meat onto the semi-frozen turf. He took some bottled water, rinsed the meat off, threw it back onto the grill to sterilize it and gobbled it down a few minutes later.Bragging Pittsburgh fans fondly refer to Cleveland as the “mistake by the lake.” Alas after five fumbles, and three interceptions by Steelers starting QB Charlie Batch they should henceforth forever more refer to the fiasco at the Browns “crib” as the “mistakes by the lake.” I have covered the Black and Gold in the 80s, 90s and the new millennium. However I cannot at least in my long term memory recall a single contest in which the Steelers had eight turnovers.I am very much aware that the Steelers running backs fumbled five times, but I must say this. In past seasons Batch provided a viable option subbing for Ben Roethlisberger. But hear this. This is not a critique of a disgruntled, player hater, grizzled sports writer. What I am about to say to you are mere facts. I like Charlie Batch as a humanitarian, philanthropist and role model for urban youth. His communal spirit should not be questioned but football is football and facts are facts. At this stage of his career, Batch does not deserve an NFL paycheck. He was beyond horrible, he was downright terrible. You have rookie quarterbacks that read and react to defenses better than this “seasoned” veteran. Ninety percent of the time he was ultra “skittish” in the pocket appearing to be dazed and at times confused. The offensive playbook of the Steelers should not have to be scaled back or watered down to accommodate Batch. He has been around long enough to do what he is supposed to do when called upon. It is not acceptable for Batch to throw three picks in 34 attempts with a quarterback rating of 38.7. I am puzzled. Even though Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is technically a rookie at age twenty nine I can still stomach him being less aware of various defensive schemes than the Steelers veteran.I was not surprised at the veracity of the Browns young and hungry defense. However, I was perplexed at the performance of the Pittsburgh offense. Don’t wah, wah, wah, whine, whine, whine about injuries because hey, they play in the NFL; everybody has injuries.After the ugly loss, Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton had this to say on the subject of injuries: “Guys get healthy, and if they don’t get healthy we have to find a way to win. You can’t count on guys if you don’t know if they’re going to be there or not. We have a good enough football team to win those types of games and we have to do it. We have to take care of the ball; we have to force more turnovers on defense. Just like they got how many turnovers they got, we have to do a better job of getting turnovers ourselves.”Steelers’ tight end Heath Miller who was one of the bright spots had this to say in regards to moving on to the next [thing] game: “I think certainly after this loss, I think everybody should have a resolve about themselves to play better. I think sometimes it’s harder to do when you win a few games; you play well, it’s easy to overlook some things. I don’t see how we can overlook what we need to do to get better at this point. We dropped two in a row now, both division games. We have to get ourselves together in a hurry and figure out a way to get some wins.”The defense was awesome because their offense gave up 8 turnovers and the Steelers still only lost by six points, 20-14. James Harrison said it best in regards to the defense: “Once we (the defense) get out there we have to do a better job of stopping them and holding them to three points and not letting them kick threes when they are further out.” According to Chris Strauss of USA TODAY, “the Steelers became the first team to commit eight turnovers in a game since the St. Louis Rams did it in 2001.” I said it before and I’ll say it again I thought it was an ill-advised personnel decision to allow their young and healthy backup quarterback Dennis Dixon to depart the hallowed halls of Heinz Field. The great “Tarmac” has a vision. The Steelers had better, pick this “game” up off the turf, brush the dirt off and kiss it up to God and eat it.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the ‘Odd Couple Sports Show’ where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle streaming live on the WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM. Bruce is featured on Tues. from 10-11 a.m. Listen to Aubrey’s archived “Odd Couple” segments on: www.world­speak­connnection.com click on ‘Fair Catch’)last_img read more

US seems to be skating in mud at speedskating oval

first_imgShani Davis of the U.S. gestures in dejection after competing in the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)SOCHI, Russia (AP) — More than an hour after the latest disappointment at Adler Arena, the bigwigs of U.S. speedskating huddled glumly in the empty stands, talking urgently among themselves, trying to figure out what to do now.This team came to the Sochi Olympics with such high hopes.So far, it looks like they’re skating in mud.“I’m at a loss for words,” said Ryan Shimabukuro, head coach of the American sprinters. “For whatever reason right now, we are getting skunked.”While Zhang Hong gave China its first gold medal ever in speedskating Thursday, and the Dutch added two more medals to what will surely be a record-breaking haul, the Americans are still seeking a medal of any color.The way things are going, the third shutout in the history of the storied U.S. program seems very, very possible.“We’ve all prepared as much as we could,” said Heather Richardson, who failed to make the podium in her two top events. “We gave it our best.”At least the Americans don’t have to worry about another flameout Friday — it’s an off day at the oval.Unless things change dramatically, it’s hard to envision anyone making the podium over the next week.Sure, Shani Davis is a two-time silver medalist in the 1,500, but he struggled to an eighth-place showing in the 1,000, an event he won at the last two Olympics.Brittany Bowe had done well on the World Cup circuit in the women’s 1,500. Then again, she’s the world-record holder in the 1,000 — and finished eighth in that event on Thursday, one spot behind teammate Richardson.Richardson was the top-ranked skater in the 1,000, winning three of four World Cup races this season (with Bowe taking the other), but she finished more than a second off Zhang’s winning time of 1 minutes, 14.02 seconds.“You’ve got to just take it for what it is,” Bowe said. “Obviously we haven’t had the outcomes that we had wanted or predicted, but that’s the games. We still have a long way to go.”The Americans came into Sochi with 29 speedskating golds — more than any other country — and 67 medals overall, the most of any U.S. Winter Olympics program.The only times the U.S. failed to win a speedskating medal were in 1984 at Sarajevo and the 1956 Games, where there were just four men’s races.This team thought it had a chance to do something special, given some impressive World Cup results this season and new high-tech suits from Under Armour, which got an assist in the design from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. Now, there’s plenty of grumbling that the suits are actually slowing the skaters down in Sochi.“I’m not going to comment on that,” Shimabukuro said. “We have to race in the suits.”Through six of 12 events, the Americans haven’t finished better than Richardson’s seventh-place showing in the 1,000.“I’m obviously disappointed,” said Bowe, a former inline skater and college basketball player who quickly made the adjustment to ice. “It is my first Olympics, but I came here wanting to get a podium finish in that particular race. I didn’t, but all is good. I left it all out there on the track.”Zhang, who had not done much on the World Cup circuit this season, skated in the seventh of 18 pairs based on her middling results. Her time broke the track record and just missed the Olympic mark set by Chris Witty at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.“She hasn’t had a podium finish yet this year,” Bowe said. “That’s what the Olympics are all about.”Many fans didn’t even see the gold-medal performance, drifting in late since the supposed big guns were all set to go in the second half of the session. Zhang was merely a spectator after the ice was resurfaced at the midway point, but her smile kept getting bigger as no one came close to beating her.The Netherlands took the other two spots on the podium, with Ireen Wust winning silver and Margot Boer the bronze.The Flying Dutch ran their medal haul to 12 and are on the cusp of breaking the previous record for most speedskating medals by a country at a single Olympics — East Germany’s 13-medal showing at the 1988 Calgary Games.Appropriately, most of the seats at Adler Arena are orange, the color of the Dutch team.That’s where the American officials and coaches sat Thursday night, trying to sort out if there’s any hope left for these games.___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963last_img read more

Allderdice wins boys, girls City League track and field championships

first_imgRAKEYLA LITTLE of Obama Academy lands in the sand as she wins the Triple Jump eventPaige Phillips of Allderdice won four gold medals to lead the Dragons to the Girls title at the City League Track Championships, Phillips won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, 200 meter dash and the Long Jump eventSAUNDRIA JACKSON of Westinghouse won the 400 meter dash event. (Photos by William McBride)GOLDEN GIRL—Paige Phillips of Allderdice won four gold medals to lead the Dragons to the Girls title at the City League Track Championships, Phillips won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, 200 meter dash and the Long Jump eventEDDIE HARRIS of Obama Academy ran away from the field to win the 100 and 200 meter dashes.DISTANCE KING—Floyd Nichols of Allderdice won the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter races to lead ” The Dice” boys to the City League Track ChampionshipDISTANCE QUEEN—Kerianne Hensel of Allderdice won the 800, 1600. and 3200 meter races to help the Dragons win the City League Girls Track Championship.last_img read more

Thriving at Home: What Being ‘The Best’ Means to Us

first_imgFacebook155Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Sarah Lane for FirstLight HomeCare – South SoundWhen my husband, Greg, and I told our friends and family we had decided to open FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound, they kept asking us the same question – “What’s your plan?”We heard it over and over again. And since neither of us had ever started a business before, it was a genuine, sincere inquiry. But we didn’t decide to start a local home care agency on a whim. Both of us had experience in successful organizations, I had worked previously placing caregivers in the homes of seniors and Greg had spent six years as president of a thriving non-profit media corporation. We also spent well over a year developing a detailed blueprint to guide us through the launch and growth of our FirstLight business.At the core of the plan was one simple objective – Be The Best.  That is, offer our clients the best possible care and the best service around.Greg and Sarah Lane opened FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound with the goal of serving their community with the best service and care they could.Home care is unlike any other business. Our clients are asking us into their lives and their homes. Their families are placing their trust in us to support and care for the health, safety and security of their loved ones. To Greg and me, the personal commitment we make to our clients and their families is our most important responsibility each and every day.Providing our clients with the best care possible starts with hiring only the very best caregivers. The rigorous hiring process we use focuses on the qualities that make exceptional caregivers and we never compromise on the character screening, drug testing and comprehensive background checks we conduct on every applicant. These high standards are essential to us finding the expert caregivers with a passion for aiding others and whose greatest concern will be the health and well-being of the person for whom they are caring.But how does a home care agency like ours measure whether we are accomplishing our goal of being “The Best”? Well, so far this year, we’ve received two strong indicators that we’re on the right track:Best of Home Care. In January, FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound won two Best of Home Care Awards.  We were proud to be named both a “Provider of Choice” and an “Employer of Choice” for the second year in a row. The Best of Home Care Awards are based upon independent feedback gathered from clients and caregivers by Home Care Pulse, the industry’s leading firm in performance benchmarking and quality satisfaction management. FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is one of only seven Washington home care agencies to win BOTH awards in 2016 – and the only agency in Thurston County to receive either award.FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is proud to be named “Best Home Health Care Agency.”Best of South Sound. Then last month, FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound was named “Best Home Health Care Agency” in the 2015 Best of South Sound  The Best of South Sound is voted on by the people in our community, including the clients and families we serve and our colleagues in health care.What makes us most proud of these awards is that both are based upon the independent opinions of others, including those we serve, those who work for us and those we work with, signs that we are achieving our goal of providing “the best” possible care to our clients and their families.Sarah LaneSarah Lane is a certified Home Care Aide and owner of FirstLight HomeCare — South Sound.  To learn more about home care, respite care, dementia care, or any of the non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight HomeCare, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or go to www.southsound.firstlighthomecare.com.last_img read more