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Shoplifter run over by getaway car — twice

CAPE CORAL — Authorities are looking for a shoplifter who was run over twice by her getaway car after stealing $1,200 worth of designer purses from a Cape Coral store.

A T.J. Maxx security guard told police she saw a woman stuff six designer Dooney & Bourke purses into her pants Tuesday morning and walk out of the store. The guard says she was confronting the woman when a car pulled up.

A report says the shoplifter tried to get into the vehicle but fell out and was run over by the car. She then got up and jumped onto the hood of the car. As the car was driving away, the report says the woman fell off and was run over again. On her third attempt, she finally made it into the vehicle.

Police are using the car’s license plate and a check the woman dropped to track her down.

Teen sent 35,000 texts — twice

CLERMONT — A Clermont man is lucky Sprint offers an unlimited text messaging plan.

Brad Cox’s 14-year-old daughter, Emilee, sent or received more than 35,000 messages a month twice in the past year. Cox called the Orlando Sentinel to report his daughter’s excessive texting after reading an article on the Web about a California girl who topped 14,000 in a month.

Emilee’s highest month was June, when she tallied 35,463 messages, or about 1,182 a day. She attributed the spike to constantly trading text messages with friends while she was at cheerleading camp.

A spokeswoman for Sprint confirmed the number of messages. Cox says as long as his daughter continues to get good grades, he doesn’t have a problem with her texting.

Toothbrushes are out at jail

FORT MYERS — Standard toothbrushes are out at the Lee County Jail, as officials try to take a potential weapon out of inmates’ hands.

This week, the jail is bringing in brush tips that fit on the finger.

Sgt. David Velez says toothbrushes are among the most commonly altered items found in cells during random shakedowns. Staffers remove anything being used for purposes other than what was originally intended.

About 700 unused, hand-held brushes at the jail will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center, which works with abused and neglected children.

Fisherman pleads to bombing

PANAMA CITY — A Florida Panhandle fishing boat captain has admitted to making pipe bombs and throwing them at dolphins to scare them away from his lines.

Fifty-year-old Garry Alvin Key of Panama City pleaded guilty to two federal changes Thursday in U.S. District Court.

He could face up to 10 years in prison for possession of an explosive device by a convicted felon and one year for attempting to take a marine mammal.

Federal prosecutors said he was arrested in August after state conservation officers received a tip he was making the bombs to kill dolphins.

Crist: Let kids see inauguration

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist want’s Florida’s schools to let students watch the inauguration of Barack Obama as president.

The Republican governor wrote a letter to state Education Commissioner Eric Smith asking him to encourage schools to take a break from studies Tuesday, when the president-elect takes the oath.

Crist wrote that it would further the students’ civic education.

— Herald wire reports

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