JACKSONVILLE — The father of a missing North Florida girl pleaded guilty Friday to drug trafficking charges.
Ronald Cummings pleaded guilty to three of five charges against him and agreed to testify for the state in future cases involving the drug counts or his missing daughter, Haleigh.
Haleigh was 5 when she was reported missing from Cummings’ mobile home in Satsuma in February 2009.
Cummings, his ex-wife, her brother and two others were arrested in an undercover drug sting by St. Johns and Putnam County detectives. Cummings, 26, will be sentenced Sept. 24.
Cummings’ ex-wife, Misty Croslin, was watching Haleigh the night she disappeared. Croslin and her brother have pleaded no contest to the drug charges.
This week, attorneys for the Croslins have said their cousin from Tennessee, Joe Overstreet, was responsible for Haleigh’s disappearance.
Overstreet has not been charged in the case, and his attorney has said he had nothing to do with Haleigh’s disappearance.
Man celebrates 107th birthday with Big Mac cake
JACKSONVILLE — Harold Bergman has celebrated his birthday at McDonald’s for the past three years, and his 107th birthday was no exception.
The Jacksonville man spent his birthday Thursday at one of his favorite places. His surprise this year was a huge Big Mac-shaped cake.
Bergman’s caregiver says they don’t usually go inside, instead ordering food at the drive-through window and taking it home to eat. But on this birthday he sat down with his wife and friends, eating a snack wrap and drinking a soda.
He left with some cake and cards, and some goodies from McDonald’s: a gift card, a T-shirt that read “I’m Lovin’ It!” and a visor.
Bergman was born in Bloomfield, N.J., on Aug. 20, 1903. He retired in Florida and is now the oldest resident at Cypress Village.
Man dies shortly after being stunned with Taser
DAYTONA BEACH — A man who was stunned twice with a Taser by Volusia County deputies reportedly collapsed and died shortly after his arrest.
The sheriff’s office reports that 30-year-old Adam Disalvo was suffering from a “medical episode” Thursday when deputies determined he met the criteria to be hospitalized under the state’s Baker Act for mental health patients. After escaping his handcuffs and kicking deputies, one deputy shot him with a Taser. Disalvo was stunned a second time in the patrol car but was alert and talking.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the death.
FBI offers reward for tips in Fla. bank heists
DEERFIELD BEACH — The FBI is offering a reward up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man who shot a customer during a robbery at a South Florida bank.
Authorities say the man jumped the teller counter Wednesday at the Amtrust Bank in Deerfield Beach and took money from several drawers. As he jumped back over the counter, authorities say he shot a 67-year-old customer before fleeing in a pick-up truck.
The customer remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
The FBI, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Boca Raton Police Department are investigating.
Man gets 30 years for fatal stabbing
DAYTONA BEACH — A South Daytona man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a 2009 fatal stabbing.
A Volusia County judge sentenced 33-year-old Dangelo Belle on Friday. He was convicted in May of second-degree murder. He had initially faced a first-degree murder charge.
Authorities say Belle stabbed 20-year-old Chad Alexis Hankerson during a fight in March 2009. Hankerson had gotten in a fight with Belle and his brother earlier, and Belle returned with a knife and stabbed Hankerson in the neck.
Miami police fatally shoot armed bicyclist
MIAMI — A man reportedly riding a bicycle with a shotgun has been shot and killed by Miami police.
Police say officers and federal agents spotted two men riding bicycles shortly after midnight Friday in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. One of the men was carrying a shotgun.
According to investigators, a Miami police officer and a federal agent each fired a shot that struck the armed bicyclist.
What prompted the officers to fire was unclear. Detectives say the two men may have been involved in an earlier robbery.
The bicyclist was transported to a hospital, where he died. The other man fled into the neighborhood but was later apprehended.
Inmate who escaped from work squad found in Tampa
TAMPA — An inmate who escaped from a work squad project near Tampa has been found and arrested.
Jerrod “Hot Rod” Williams walked away from a Department of Transportation project Thursday afternoon. The 21-year-old was serving a seven-year prison sentence for burglary and theft charges.
Jail records show he was found later that night at an intersection.
Corrections department spokeswoman Gretl Pressinger says Williams was in town from Hardee Work Camp. She says it’s not uncommon for a minimum security inmate such as Williams to be assigned to a work camp.
3 inmates mistakenly freed from jail
WEST PALM BEACH — Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies are searching for three alleged gang members who were mistakenly released from jail over a paperwork mix up.
Jail records show 21-year-old James Roundtree, 18-year-old Marquis Roundtree and a 17-year-old were charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, racketeering and other offenses.
The mistake happened during a hearing last week when new paperwork was filed to reword the racketeering charges. Somehow the bond section was left blank.
The Clerk of Court notified jailers the charges had been dropped and the men were released Tuesday.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera says the jail was just following procedures.
Former astronaut Lisa Nowak’s Navy career is over
JACKSONVILLE — The Navy career for Lisa Nowak, a former astronaut who drove 1,000 miles to mount a bizarre attack on a romantic rival, is over.
A government panel made up of three Navy admirals unanimously decided late Thursday that Nowak should be separated from service. They also voted to have her service characterized as “other than honorable,” and be downgraded from her current rank of captain to commander.
Florida Today reports that Nowak didn’t comment on the decision.
Nowak was sentenced to a year on probation last November after pleading guilty to third-degree felony burglary and misdemeanor battery. Nowak confronted her romantic rival in the parking lot of Orlando International Airport in February 2007 after driving from Houston. Shipman had begun dating Nowak’s love interest.
— Herald wire reports