Authorities search for Cocoa arsonist who stole district fire chief's vehicle
Investigators are searching for a man they say set multiple fires and stole a fire vehicle Saturday night. At 6:34 p.m., Cocoa police and firefighters were called to the 600 block of Brevard Avenue for a dumpster fire. About 13 minutes later, authorities received a call for a fire inside a trash bin at Lee Wenner Park. Sign up for our Newsletters As crews responded to the second fire, a fire alarm was also set off on the 200 block of King Street. While canvassing the third scene, the district chief's assigned vehicle was stolen. The vehicle was found abandoned near the 400 block of Brevard Avenue. The suspect fled on foot.
PALMETTO, Fla. (WWSB) - Deputies in Manatee County are looking for the person or people who stole a horse then slaughtered it in Palmetto.
The sheriff's office says sometime between 5pm on Sunday and 8am Monday, the suspects in this case forced their way through a locked gate onto the victim's ranch on the 5800 block of Buckeye Road and stole the horse.
When the victim found the horse missing, she called the sheriff's office. Deputies and the victim searched for the horse, ultimately finding it dead in a nearby field. Deputies say it had been slaughtered for its meat.
Two people in custody after chase ends in fiery crash in Canadian County
Two people are in custody after they led Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase Monday afternoon. The suspect vehicle crashed and caught fire, officials with the Sheriff's Office confirmed. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect vehicle had been reported stolen out of Edmond. It crashed under I-40 near Richland after the pursuit. Sign up for our Newsletters Stay with KOCO 5 for updates. READ THE FULL STORY:Two people in custody after chase ends in fiery crash in Canadian CountyCHECK OUT KOCO:Get the day’s top news, weather and sports from Oklahoma City and around the state. With the best in Oklahoma news, KOCO 5 News has you covered.
“I’m disgusted," said Carol Whitmore, animal advocate and Manatee County Commissioner. "I’m sure most of our community is going to be.”
Congressman Vern Buchanan re-introduced the SAFE Act with Rep. Jan Schakowsky earlier this year, a measure that would permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption that now has more than 200 co-sponsors and is awaiting action from the House Agriculture Committee.
After learning of what happened in Palmetto, Buchanan said, "“The gruesome theft and killing of a horse in Palmetto to be sold as horsemeat is another reminder of the need for my bill banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption. I will continue to lead the effort to end this practice and prohibit the inhumane export of horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses to be sold overseas.”
WANTED: Deputies search for murder suspect 11 months after deadly shooting
Almost a year after an armed robbery left a man dead, and a suspect in that robbery was killed the next day, Greenville County deputies said Wednesday they are still looking for the gunman in the second shooting. Deputies re-released a photo of Stephon Sherman, 21, and asked for the public's help in finding him. Sign up for our Newsletters Sherman and two other people gunned down William Ramirez, 19, in January inside his car on Lakeside Road, according to deputies.The day before, Ramirez and another man robbed and shot Jamel Wingfield several times, killing him at the Fleetwood Manor Apartments, on Fleetwood Drive, deputies said.
“I’m totally going to talk to Congressman Buchanan’s staff tomorrow about this," said Whitmore. "I just can’t believe that there’s people out there who would do this. If anybody that is listening that knows anything about this, they need to contact the authorities because we aren’t going to put up with this. Two times is just too many.”
It’s a story that may sound familiar because the same thing happened four years ago.
A very valuable 12-year-old prize show jumper from Europe was stolen and slaughtered in a ranch in Palmetto, but detectives said they never caught the suspects.
“In 2015, a horse was slaughtered, butchered, and basically harvested for the meat and this case is exactly the same in that they took the horse over to this area where they killed it, likely right at that spot and began to butcher the horse and all that was left was certain remains of the horse," said Randy Warren, spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. "The meat, for the most, part was taken.”
Deputies said the suspect or suspects passed up numerous other horses to steal and slaughter this thoroughbred horse, worth at least $20,000 and known to frequently compete in equestrian races.
“When you have this type of a very brutal type of crime that has occurred, it grips not only just the equine community, but our entire community because people want to see whoever is doing this arrested and that’s our goal,” said Warren.
Deputies are looking for more information and say the suspects face charges of grand theft and animal cruelty. If you know anything, call the sheriff’s office at 941-747-3011.
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Deputies release sketch of suspect wanted in Orange County rape attempt .
Deputies released a sketch Wednesday of a man they said tried to rape a person in Orange County. Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened Tuesday around 6:40 a.m. in the area of Dean Road and Mission Bay Boulevard, near University Boulevard. Sign up for our Newsletters Deputies said the victim was approached by an armed white man who attempted to sexually assault the victim. They said the victim fought back and caused him to run away.Officials described the man as in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall with an average build and no visible tattoos, scars or piercings.