TAMPA -- Tampa police say an undercover officer was injured during a struggle with a suspect after a drug deal became violent.
Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy says after officers bought drugs from the suspect Saturday night, the suspect rammed his vehicle into a police car and several other vehicles before trying to run over an officer.
The suspect eventually bailed out of his car. McElroy says the suspect was so combative that several officers were needed to take him into custody. One officer broke his hand during the struggle.
The suspect’s name was not released. McElroy says he was treated a hospital for a cut on his arm.
Police say a gun and cocaine were seized from the suspect’s car.
State releases data on kids restrained in schools
ORLANDO -- New data from the Florida Department of Education shows that Orange County schools physically restrain far more students than any other school district in the state.
Orange County schools have restrained 196 students 1,910 times this school year. That’s nearly a quarter of the 8,222 cases statewide reported by the Department of Education.
Educators in Orange County have told the Orlando Sentinel that they only restrain students in emergencies when children are a danger to themselves or other students.
The state’s largest school district, Miami-Dade County, reported 115 restraint cases.
The Department of Education also reported 3,386 incidents of seclusion involving 1,047 students since the beginning of this school year.
Business jet belly flops at South Florida airport
FORT LAUDERDALE -- A business jet was forced to belly flop at a South Florida executive airport.
Fort Lauderdale city spokeswoman Chaz Adams tells the Sun Sentinel that the twin-engine Sabreliner’s pilot reported trouble with his landing gear Saturday afternoon. The plane still managed to land at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
No injuries were reported.
The plane had to be towed off the runway. Airport operations were not affected.
Tampa man charged with murder after fight
TAMPA -- A Tampa man faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of a man witnesses say begged for his life.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 32-year-old Courtney Yates got into a fight with another man early Saturday. Authorities say about 90 minutes later, Yates was confronted by 26-year-old Jontavis Williams, a friend of the other man.
Williams allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Yates in the chest and then again in the back when Yates tried to run.
Witnesses told authorities that Yates collapsed and begged Williams to stop shooting. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Debbie Carter says Williams then shot Yates in the head, killing him.
Carter says Williams turned himself in to authorities Saturday evening.
Williams was held without bond. Jail records did not show whether he had an attorney.
BSO sergeant charged with prescription drug fraud
WEST PALM BEACH -- A Broward Sheriff’s sergeant and his wife are facing charges that they engaged in oxycodone trafficking and prescription fraud.
Authorities say Sgt. John Goodbread filled more than 30 prescriptions for oxycodone, OxyContin and hydrocodone between April 2009 and December 2010.
They say his wife, Heather Goodbread, also purchased pain-killers more than 30 times between April 2009 and February 2011.
Three of the five doctors involved in the case say they didn’t know other doctors were prescribing pain pills to the couple. Another had destroyed his medical records and the other is deceased.
Goodbread has been suspended with pay as the investigation continues. The 42-year-old has been with BSO since 1989.
Law enforcement officials say the lack of a prescription drug database has made Florida the nation’s epicenter of drug abuse.
Man on riding mower killed in highway accident
TAMPA -- Authorities say a Florida man on a riding mower was killed when a pickup truck hit him as he tried to cross a highway.
The Florida Highway Patrol says 45-year-old Rex Siglin of Hernando died Friday night. His passenger, 63-year-old Terry Rowe of Hernando, suffered minor injuries.
FHP says the truck had the right of way. Authorities continue to investigate the incident.
It’s unclear why the men were on a riding mower.
-- Herald wire services