FL Woman Joi Spencer ID’d As Pregnant Mother Shot Dead In St. Petersburg Friday Baby Delivered

ST. PETERSBURG, FL. (THECOUNT) — Joi Spencer has been identified as the Florida woman fatally shot in St. Petersburg Friday morning.

Spencer, 36, was discovered suffering from at least one gunshot wound in the 4300 block of Trout Drive Southeast, in St. Petersburg, FL.

The victim was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead of gunshot injuries. The baby was successfully delivered.

The infant remains in critical condition, according to police.

It’s unknown at this time if a suspect is in custody, reports ABCActionNews.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

No other information was immediately available.

Geo quick facts: St. Petersburg is a city on Florida’s gulf coast, part of the Tampa Bay area. It’s known for its pleasant weather (hence its “Sunshine City” nickname), making it popular for golfing, boating, fishing and beachgoing. Its waterfront parks host the Dali Museum, featuring surrealist works of art; the Museum of Fine Arts, with works ranging from ancient to contemporary; and Mahaffey Theater, home of the Florida Orchestra – wikipedia.

REPORT Fort Lauderdale Mosque Shooting Leaves At Least 1 Dead Friday

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (THECOUNT) — Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are currently investigating the fatal shooting of a man outside the Masjid Al Iman mosque near Fort Lauderdale.

Deputies responded to the scene located in the area of Northwest 25th Avenue and Franklin Drive, just after 11:30 a.m., Friday.

A flyover the scene showed several deputies in the parking lot of the Masjid Al Iman mosque.

The man’s body was found on the ground next to a black SUV riddled with bullet holes. There was also a firearm next to the victim’s body.

There are currently unconfirmed reports the shooting may have involved a deputy, reports WSVN.

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Geo quick facts: Fort Lauderdale is a city on Florida’s southeastern coast, known for its beaches and boating canals. The Strip is a promenade running along oceanside highway A1A. It’s lined with upscale outdoor restaurants, bars, boutiques and luxury hotels. Other attractions include the International Swimming Hall of Fame, with pools and a museum of memorabilia, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, featuring trails and a lagoon – wikipedia.

FL Woman Princess Davis ID’d As Pedestrian In Saturday Lake Worth Beach Fatal Train Strike

LAKE WORTH BEACH, FL. (THECOUNT) — Princess Davis has been identified as the victim fatally struck by a Virgin Trains USA, aka Brightline train, Saturday afternoon in Lake Worth Beach.

Davis, 31, and another female were reportedly attempting to cross the tracks while on-foot, when a passing train struck and killed Davis near the 1300 block of South Dixie Highway and 12th Avenue South at 3:19 p.m.

According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, crews responded to reports of a person possibly struck by a train.

The investigation revealed that the train was traveling northbound on the FEC train tracks, according to WPTV.

According to the conductor, Davis and another unidentified female, attempted to cross the tracks. He sounded the warning siren numerous times, however Davis attempted to beat the train and was struck.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt force trauma injuries.

Geo quick facts: Lake Worth is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States, which takes its name from the body of water along its eastern border known as the Lake Worth Lagoon. The lake itself was named for General William J. Worth, who led U.S. forces during the last part of the Second Seminole War – Wikipedia.

FL Man Terry Bruce Charged After Caught Trying To Enter Disney World With Handgun

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL. (THECOUNT) — Terry Bruce has been identified as the Daytona man arrested after attempting to enter Orlando Walt Disney World with a firearm.

Disney security stopped Bruce, 29, who tried to enter Magic Kingdom with a 9mm handgun that was placed in a backpack, according to an arrest report.

Bruce told investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that he forgot the 9mm handgun was in his backpack, but said he did not have a concealed carry license, according to WESH.

The gun was in a holster in a backpack and had two loaded magazines secured to the holster, deputies said.

Bruce was charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a license.

In a written statement he gave to investigators, Bruce said he had been in the process of switching vehicles, which led to confusion over the location of the gun.

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FL Woman Velvet Floyd Burns ID’d As Victim Found Murdered In Jacksonville Home Thursday

JACKSONVILLE, FL. (THECOUNT) — Velvet Floyd Burns has been identified as victim found dead inside a Jacksonville home on Thursday afternoon.

Burns, 44, was found deceased by detectives who were called to a home in the 8800 block of Doris Lane, ib Jacksonville, FL, after 1 p.m. Thursday.

Officials offered no possible cause or circumstances in her death.

A neighbor said she and another person who lived on the dead-end road off Commonwealth Avenue saw a dark vehicle on the street with its headlights off about 4 a.m., just a half-hour after the victim’s husband left on an out-of-town job, reports Jacksonville.

The neighbor said she was told it was an apparent break-in and she was found early that afternoon.

Her son Kolby Burns posted a touching tribute to his mother on Facebook:

“Momma I don’t know really what to say at this point. I’ve been at a lost for words. I never thought you would be taken from my life so fast. I was supposed to go eat with you Friday and I had this lunch planned out for you today for Mother’s Day. I know you taught me to be strong. I love you so much momma. I know we never saw eye to eye on a lot of stuff but there was not a day that went by that I didn’t know you loved me and that you wanted the best for me. We got into arguments over some stupid stuff but there were also all the times me and you could sit there and talk to each other for hours. I knew if there was someone I need to talk to no matter how hard it was to talk about it I could go to you and you would always have the answer and if not right then an there you always told me “keep your head son, there may not be a answer now but you soon will get one.” There was never a day that went by that you didn’t have a smile on your face. You could be having one of the worst days but it didn’t matter because you had a smile on your face. You are one of the strongest people I know. I Will never be able to describe how much I love you. I wish so much that I was there to protect you. I always told you that I would be there to protect you from everything that could harm you. I failed you on that and I’m sorry momma. Ik your in a better place now but I wish I was able to talk to you just one more time and tell you that I love you more than words can describe. I know I’ve been strong and have not been showing emotion but mommy that’s how you raised me. You raised me to be strong for everyone else and hold everyone up on my shoulders and fight and make sure everyone was okay. You told me there was a time to fight and there was a time to let things out. I will never ever know why you got taken from my life so soon and mommy I promise there will be justice for what happen to you. I love you to the moon and back. There is nobody in this world that can replace you or the bond we had. Thank you for always being there when I needed you and helping me fight all these battles over the year. This is not goodbye forever mom it is only goodbye for now. I will see you again one day and I promise to always make you proud of me. I love you and happy Mother’s Day to you — with Velvet Floyd Burns.”

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FL Christ Church HS Students Cheat Death After Rescued At Sea By Boat Named ‘Amen’

JACKSONVILLE, FL. (THECOUNT) — The prayers of a pair of in Jacksonville, Florida high schoolers were literally answered after they were washed out to sea — and then miraculously saved by a boat named “Amen.”

Heather Brown and Tyler Smith were visiting Vilano Beach with a group of friends When they decided to go for a swim.

Brown and Smith suddenly became caught up in a current and were pulled out into the open ocean.

“By the time we were trying to go back, it kept pushing us out,” Heather said.

The pair treaded water for more than an hour and a half when they finally saw a boat that was approximately 200 yards away.

The tried teens screamed and waved their hands at the distant boat and somehow managed to get the attention of the captain.

Eric Wagner, the captain of Amen, told reporters his vessel was “the only one out there,” adding that boats normally don’t frequent the area from where the teen’s were rescued.

“We were the only boat there,” Mr Wagner said. “It was a day that only the fishing boats were going out and they go straight out to the Gulf Stream. They don’t go up and down the coast, so I don’t think any boats would have found them,” reported NZherald.

Wagner said that when he told the teens the name of his boat they broke down, “that’s when they started to cry.”

Geo quick facts: Vilano Beach is an unincorporated community in St. Johns County, Florida, United States. It is listed as the Villano Beach census-designated place by the U.S. Census Bureau. The population was 2,678 at the 2010 census – Wikipedia.

FL Mother Cassie Anthony Arrested After Home Alone Toddler Mauled By Pitbull In Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL. (THECOUNT) — Florida mother, Cassie Anthony, is facing charges of child neglect after police said her toddler was attacked by the family pitbull Tuesday, according to reports.

Panama City Beach police say, Anthony left her one-year-old girl alone with the animal for just under an hour on Tuesday when the child was mauled about the face.

During that time, Anthony’s pit bull attacked the little girl, leaving her with a facial injury that required immediate surgery, reports MyFox8.

Anthony was reportedly under the influence of illicit drugs at the time of the attack, according to a police report.

She was charged with neglect of a child with great bodily injuries.

Geo quick facts: Panama City Beach is a waterfront town and vacation destination in northwest Florida. It’s known for miles of white-sand beaches fronting the calm, clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. St. Andrews State Park, one of 2 protected nature preserves nearby, is bordered by the Gulf and has hiking trails and fishing piers. Pier Park is the main shopping hub and a venue for major events – wikipedia.

FL Man Jimi McDonald Arrested Over Sunday DeFuniak Springs Shooting

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL. (THECOUNT) — Jimi McDonald has been identified as the suspect arrested following a shooting in DeFuniak Springs Sunday. The incident left one injured.

McDonald, 46, is accused of breaking into the home and shooting a female in the arm and fleeing the area in his truck.

Deputies responded just before 10 a.m. to a home on Mims Road in DeFuniak Springs Sunday following the report of shots fired.

The vehicle had a tire blow out and McDonald ditched the vehicle near Punch Bowl Road shortly after fleeing the scene.

A deputy spotted McDonald walking down Punch Bowl Road and attempted to make contact with him. McDonald fled into the woods and deputies set up a perimeter around the location, reports Waltonso.

Walton Correctional K9 Teams responded and were able to quickly track the suspect to a shooting house in a wooded area. McDonald was taken into custody without further incident.

McDonald is being charged with six counts of aggravated assault, one count of attempted murder, armed burglary and three counts of simple battery. More information will be released once it becomes available.

Geo quick facts: DeFuniak Springs is a city in Walton County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,089 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Walton County. In 2019, the MSN.com Insider Online named the city as the best small town in Florida – Wikipedia.

FL Woman Keli Machado Dies In Hospital Following Tragic April 20 N Fort Myers Jeep Crash

NORTH FORT MYERS, FL. (THECOUNT) — Keli Machado, of North Port, Florida, has died in a hospital after being injured in a single-vehicle crash that killed her husband, Tito, last Saturday in North Fort Myers.

Jesus “Tito” Machado, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The serious crash also left one child in critical condition in North Fort Myers April 20.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Jesus was driving south on the inside left turn lane in a Jeep Wrangler at U.S. 41 and Avenue A in North Fort Myers.

FHP says the Jeep hit the median curb and the driver lost control, rolling over off the roadway.

Jesus was ejected about 30 feet from the Jeep, which came to a rest in a ditch, reports WinkNews.

A 5-year-old girl, is in critical condition, and two other children, 11- and 8-year-old boys, suffered minor injuries.

If anyone has information regarding this crash contact the Florida Highway Patrol (239) 344-1730 or SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

A GoFundMe account has been setup to help with funeral expenses and to care for the children left behind.

Via GoFundMe:

Last night, my brother, sister-in-law, two nephews, and little niece were involved in a deadly car accident. Unfortunately, my brother, Jesus Machado didn’t make it. My sister-in-law, Keli Machado is in critical condition. She has a severed spine and broken arms and legs. We don’t know if she will make it. Our family is destroyed. My brother was an extremely dedicated father and husband. He was hard-working, he was loving, and lived for his family. We ask you to please pray for my sister-in-law as we don’t know what will happen from here on out but we have faith in God that she will come out of this situation victorious as she is a strong woman. She is currently in surgery as she also has internal bleeding. My niece, Khaleesi, I’ve been told is still in critical condition. The boys’ injuries are non-critical, thank God. Our family is completely unprepared for such tragedy and at this moment we also ask that you find it in your hearts to help us give my brother the burial that he so very much deserves. We don’t know how we will go on without him. We will keep you posted on my sister-in-law, Keli’s progress. Funds from this fundraiser will be handed personally to my stepmother, Silvia Pintado for funeral expenses, the children’s needs and/ or any other expenses incurred by this tragedy.

UPDATE: It is with a heavy heart that we inform everyone that our Keli has passed on to be with my brother, Jesus (Tito). We now have to fight and care for their 3 babies and give them the wonderful life their parents did. Thank you all again for all of your love and support. Your prayers have kept our family strong. We are so grateful.

Rita Noda
Weston, FL

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember the beloved couple:

Geo quick facts: North Fort Myers is a census-designated place in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 36,609 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

Non-Student FL Teen Caught At Jacksonville Beach Catholic School 2 Loaded Handguns Ski Mask

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL. (THECOUNT) — Derrick L. Conner has been identified as the teen arrested at Jacksonville Beach St. Paul’s Catholic School after being caught on-campus carrying two handguns, loaded clips and a ski mask on Friday. Conner, 16, was found not to be a student at the parochial school of over 700 students and dozens of staff.

An observant teacher summoned a campus police officer after noticing a teenager acting suspiciously just before 11 a.m. Friday.

“The officer was there literally within seconds,” Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Mark Evans said. “And the officer started talking to the kid and realized that he really should not be there.”

The officer wrote in the arrest report that Connor, who is not a student at the school, was walking down First Avenue looking around at the children, into the windows of buildings and fidgeting. When questioned, the officer said Connor gave conflicting answers, so the officer asked him to turn around and began to pat him down. The report said the officer immediately found a gun in his right jacket pocket. Connor was handcuffed and placed under arrest, reports News4Jax.

Conner, who was wearing a black jacket and had a ski mask with him, did not tell detectives why he was here, what he was planning to do or why he had the guns on him.

According to the report, the suspect had two guns on him, a 9mm Glock and a .45-caliber Sig-Sauer. The officer said the Glock had a magazine with eight rounds in it, but the magazine was not in the gun. The .45-caliber was loaded, with four bullets in the magazine.

“We did have everything in place and it worked the way that it should have,” Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Mark Evans said of his officers.

Evans said that Conner already has a long criminal history, with several felony arrests.

“I can tell you with him being a juvenile and having the history that he has, there’s a reason why he was there and there is a reason why he had to loaded guns with him,” Evans said. “But we don’t know what that reason is at this point.”

Conner was booked at the Duval County jail and transferred to a juvenile detention facility.

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Geo quick facts: Jacksonville Beach is a coastal resort city in Duval County, Florida, United States. It was incorporated on May 22, 1907, as Pablo Beach, and would later change its name to Jacksonville Beach in 1925. The city is part of group of communities collectively referred to as the Jacksonville Beaches – Wikipedia.