Crime

Fla. SWAT team member fatally shoots man

WEST PALM BEACH — Authorities say a SWAT team member fatally shot a man who allegedly raised his weapon after an hours-long standoff in South Florida.

Authorities say deputies responded Tuesday afternoon after the man’s son called and said he was threatening suicide.

Deputies made several attempts to negotiate with him before turning the situation over to the SWAT team. SWAT members set up a perimeter and continued the negotiations. Hours later, the man stood in the back yard and made eye contact with a SWAT team member. The man raised his weapon and the SWAT team member fired.

Deputies: Boys home alone with dad’s body

BUNNELL — Sheriff’s deputies say three young boys spent two days alone with their father’s body inside a central Florida trailer home.

Flagler County sheriff’s deputies found 24-year-old John Jason Uriarte lying on a mattress Monday. His 3-year-old son was curled up next to him.

Authorities said his 6-year-old son walked down the street and told neighbors something was wrong. The older boy told investigators his dad “never woke up since he went to bed Friday night.” The boy also said he fed his brothers and watched TV with them.

Lisa Uriarte, the children’s mother, said DCF placed them with their great-grandfather.

Man arrested after head butting street preacher

DELAND — A central Florida man has been charged with head-butting a street preacher outside a bar.

Police said 20-year-old Nicholas Peck was offended when Bernard Courtney Jr. called him a sinner and started a fight just after midnight. According to a police report, Peck was drunk.

Pit bull owners charged with animal cruelty

TAMPA — A woman riding a bicycle was injured when two pit bulls reportedly escaped from the backyard of a Tampa home and attacked her.

Police say the woman, who lived a couple blocks away, was riding her bike Monday evening when the dogs managed to get through the fence, pull the woman off her bike and bite her left arm and both legs.

Officers found six dogs at the home, two of which appeared to be very injured.

Body found in restaurant fire; owner missing

PORT ORANGE — A body was found in the debris of a Port Orange restaurant fire.

Police say the Biscuits ‘N’ Gravy restaurant was a total loss after Tuesday morning’s fire. Authorities have not identified the body found inside, but the restaurant’s owner, 62-year-old Marinos Sigalas, has not been accounted for.

Court records show that Sigalas and his wife were divorcing. The two reportedly met Monday to discuss the future of the restaurant, and an employee told authorities that the wife was going to take over.

The fire also destroyed a hair salon and an unoccupied building in the shopping center. The roof of the building collapsed.

Authorities investigate crash as homicide

DELAND — Authorities are investigating a fatal vehicle crash on Interstate 4 near DeLand as a homicide.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 44-year-old Christopher Jodon rammed his pickup into the back of his girlfriend’s SUV on Tuesday. FHP says the SUV overturned and partially ejected the driver, 44-year-old Jackie Sue Miller.

Authorities say Jodon stopped and further assaulted Miller. It wasn’t immediately clear if Miller died from the crash or the subsequent attack. Jodon then reportedly injured himself. He was later airlifted in critical condition.

— Herald wire reports

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