Two Florida police officers just found out that they are related bringing a whole new meaning to “joint task force.”Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy David Stull reached out to Boynton Beach Police Officer Eric Reynolds to let him know they are half-brothers.Stull was adopted as an infant, but recently submitted DNA to 23andMe to learn more about his family history.They both share the same father and both became law enforcement officers.The two central Florida men met for the first time in late July.
A Florida woman is facing a life-sentence after she killed a teen who she believed molested her daughter several years prior.43-year-old Connie Serbu was convicted Thursday for the 2016 murder of 18-year-old Xavier Sierra.According to the report, Serbu contacted the teen and asked him if he wanted to make money by assembling bunk beds.Serbu then met up the with teen and confronted him about allegations that her young daughter made about Sierra touching her inappropriately when the girl was about five-years-old and he was 12 or 13.Serbu and her brother, 29-year-old John Vargas armed with two stun guns, two handguns, an ice pick and a potato to silence the gun, then drove the teen to an undeveloped area near the Naples airport where he was then killed.Vargas was fatally wounded in a struggle for one of the guns as the teen attempted to escape. Serbu then fatally shot the teen in the chest.During a police interview, Serbu confessed to wanting to kill the teen because her daughter told a babysitter that Sierra inappropriately touched her.Serbu has been found guilty of second-degree murder and now faces a possible life sentence. Her next hearing is set for Jan. 3rd.It is unclear if the child’s allegations are true.
During a news conference on Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida is putting $250 million it received from the federal CARES Act toward rental, mortgage, and other housing assistance for Floridians who suffered financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“Hundreds of thousands of Floridians who may have already had difficulty making ends meet are now suffering even more, losing a job, not being able to find a job, having to figure out how to pay for child care while schools were in distance learning,” DeSantis said.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health on Friday, there are 323,002 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.Florida’s unemployment rate in June was up 10.4% according to the latest reports.
Facebook78Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bob Terhune, Capital Lakefair Military LiaisonThe 50-foot-long, 62-year-old, antique wooden boat, OLD MAN IV, which serves as a ceremonial platform for the U. S. Navy, will arrive at the City of Olympia’s Percival Landing on Thursday, July 18 between 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. where it will be greeted by the Capital Lakefair Queen, Princesses and Capital Lakefair members who are known as Capitalarians.The Command Cutter, which is powered by twin diesel engines, will be open for public visitors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 19, 20 and 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A vintage Admiral’s Barge, OLD MAN IV was built in 1957 by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton the same year, 1957, that Capital Lakefair was begun in Olympia. Back then this area was known as the 13th Naval District. Today it is Navy Region Northwest, commanded by Rear Admiral Christopher S. “Scotty” Gray, who took charge on June 20, 2018, just over a year ago. The Boat Crew for this year’s visit consists of: Chief Quartermaster (Surface Warfare) William Kearns, Boat Officer, Boatswain’s Mate First Class (Surface Warfare) Shavar Hillery, Boat Coxswain, and Engineman Second Class (Surface Warfare) Branden Caligiuri, Boat Engineer.During Lakefair week the members of the Navy Boat Crew will represent the Navy and Navy Region Northwest in several Lakefair events, including Thursday evening’s Royalty Program and Saturday’s 5:00 p.m. Capital Lakefair Grand Parade.For more information, visit the Capital Lakefair website.
In what could be a preview to the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League Final, Dam Inn Mates returned to its winning ways by edging Nelson Hour Glaas 13-12 in a spirited affair Sunday at the Mount Sentinel High School Field.League leading Mates entered the game against Hour Glass sporting its first loss of the season a week ago.Dam Inn was prepared to return to the win column, but faced a stiff test from Hour Glass, second in the league.But two touchdown passes by Nate Fedorchuk to Mark Goupil keyed the Mates to the narrow win. Fedorchuk also had a pick on the defensive side of the ball for Dam Inn along with Goupil.Richard Nixon sacked the Hour Glass quarterback during the game.In the other contest, the Brewers continued to remain hot at the right time of the season by bouncing Castlegar Vikings 34-13.The results sets up the first round of the playoffs Sunday at Mount Sentinel.At 11 a.m. the Mates host the Castlegar Vikings while league runner-up Hour Glass faces the Brewers at 1 p.m.The winners advance to the league final November 4 at Mount Sentinel. Game time is TBA.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2015)–Favored Sweet Swap went to the front and never looked back in taking Friday’s $65,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length under Joe Talamo. Trained by John Sadler, Sweet Swap carved out fractions of 22.29, 44.56 and 1:06.58 en route to a final time of 1:12.54 down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.“I was glad to see him break well today,” said Talamo. “He has a tendency, even when he’s won, to break slow sometimes. Fortunately, he’s easy to ride. When he makes the lead, he puts his ears up and just idles which is real easy on the rider. I just let him do his own thing.”Off at 6-5 in a field of seven older horses, Sweet Swap paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.40. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, the 6-year-old Candy Ride horse picked up his fifth win from 12 tries down the unique hillside layout and improved his overall record to 17-7-3-3. With the winner’s share of $39,000, he increased his earnings to $390,529.Third, beaten three quarters of a length after hopping at the break in in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes down the hill Jan. 25, Sweet Swap had been the beaten favorite in his last three starts, but will now be pointed to a title defense in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes over the course on April 19.“Yes, we’ll run next in the San Simeon,” said Sadler. “I’m really happy. This is the make-up race for the Joe Hernandez Stakes on Feb. 22, which got rained out. It was really nice that the Racing Office gave these horses a chance to run back.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, U S Citizen sat second to the winner throughout and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths as the runner-up over longshot County Lineman. The second choice in the wagering at 7-2, U S Citizen paid $3.60 and $3.20.County Lineman, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was next to last crossing the dirt at the top of the lane, wheeled five-wide turning for home and finished third, a half length in front of Si Sage. Off at 6-1, County Lineman paid $3.40 to show.There was one winning ticket in Friday’s Pick Six, worth $46,920. The ticket was purchased through a wagering hub in Lewiston, Maine. The purchase price was unavailable at press time.First post time for a nine-race program, highlighted by the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes on Saturday, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30– ONE WINNING TICKET IN PICK SIX PAYS $46,920; TICKET BOUGHT THROUGH LEWISTON, MAINE HUB –30–