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Florida man wrestles, wrangles gator outside his home

What does a southwest Florida man do when a gator gets too close to his home? He wrangles it.

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Michael Stauffer, of Bokeelia, told Fox 4 that when an alligator got too comfy crawling around his backyard, he grabbed a broom and towel, jumped on its back and wrangled it.

He wrapped the towel around its snout and duct-taped it shut. 

He then tossed the reptile into the back of his truck and drove it to the nearest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission office. Bokeelia is on Pine Island in Lee County.

He posted the full video to his Facebook page: 

When asked if Stauffer would attempt such a feat again, Fox 4 said he told them that he would.

It is illegal to take or dispose of nuisance alligators unless you have a contract or permit with the commission. 

Funeral home director charged with stealing $284,000 from seniors who pre-paid for funerals

Fayette County funeral home director is facing charges for allegedly stealing $284,000 from clients -- mostly seniors -- who pre-paid for their own funerals

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Stephen Kezmarsky, III, 50 was arrested and charged with taking the money from 51 clients for funeral expenses at the Kezmarsky Funeral Home, officials said. 

Instead of putting the money in escrow accounts as required by law, Kezmarsky is accused of misappropriating the money by mixing the funds with his business and personal accounts, officials said. 

Investigators said Kezmarsky used the funds for business expenses and for personal use, including purchasing airline tickets and alcohol. 

Kezmarsky is also accused of filling out applications for funeral insurance policies for clients, but never sending the money or applications in for processing. 

Kezmarsky and the funeral home filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and the funeral home has since been sold. 

He is facing 84 felony counts including theft by deception, forgery and insurance fraud.

Olivia Munn shut down Chris Pratt dating rumors by texting Anna Faris

Actors Olivia Munn and Chris Pratt sparked dating rumors when the pair were spotted having dinner over the weekend, but Munn says they are not together.

Just Jared reported that the 37-year-old “Magic Mike” actress took to social media to shut down rumors, and she had receipts from a surprising source.

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“1. Not every woman is scorned and upset after a breakup,” she wrote in an Instagram story on Sunday.

Munn added, “2. Not every woman is ‘furious’ at another woman for dating her ex. 3. So even if I was dating @prattprattpratt, some tabloids got me and @annafaris all wrong. 4. Women respect and love each other a lot more than some people like to think.”

After posting the messages to prove her point, Munn shared a conversation between herself and Pratt’s ex-wife, Anna Faris, in which she clarified to Faris that the rumors were not true.

“I wanted to reach out to you personally to tell you the story about me and Chris dating has 0% truth,” Munn wrote in part. “I’m sure you already know it’s not true, or maybe didn’t care either way, but I just wanted to reach out personally to tell you it’s not true.”

Thanking her for being sweet for assuring her, Faris, 41, replied that she would be “thrilled” to have Munn as her “new sister in law” if the rumors had been true.

Pratt and Faris announced their split in August 2017 after eight years of marriage in a joint statement on social media before officially filing for divorce in December.

While it appears Pratt is keeping his bachelor badge for the time being, his ex-wife-to-be returned to the dating world two months after the couple publicly called it quits. Faris was first spotted in October with her cinematographer boyfriend, Michael Barrett. The couple reportedly met in September while working on her forthcoming comedy remake “Overboard.”

Munn and her ex-boyfriend NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers split in spring 2017 after three years of dating. Last week Danica Patrick confirmed she and Rodgers were dating.

Super Bowl LII 2018: Eagles vs. Patriots kickoff time, channel, livestream, odds

Sunday’s AFC and NFC championship games -- one a comeback, the other a blowout -- gave us the lineup for the Super Bowl that will pit the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Quarterback Tom Brady, with 12 stitches in his hand, led the Patriots in a 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to put them in the Super Bowl for a record 10th time.

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Philadelphia didn’t need a comeback, the Eagles dominated the Minnesota Vikings after the Vikings' touchdown on the opening drive, winning the NFC championship 38-7.

Super Bowl LII (52), with all its pageantry, commercials and parties, is set for Feb. 4

Here’s how to watch Super Bowl LII:When: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018Who: The New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia EaglesWhere: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MinnesotaNational anthem: Pink will sing the national anthemHalftime entertainment: Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime ShowWhat time: 6:30 p.m. ET What channel: NBC will broadcast the game Odds: The Patriots are favored by five points, according to OddsShark.

Killing of Alabama housewife reveals secret life on internet

The killing of an Alabama housewife outside her suburban home on Jan. 13 revealed signs of a double life on the internet, several news outlets have reported.

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The body of 42-year-old Kathleen Dawn West was found outside her Calera, Alabama, home, WTVT reported. Calera Police Chief Sean Lemley said his department is treating the case as a homicide but has not released any details, AL.com reported.

While West described herself as a full-time wife and mother on Facebook, her internet presence also included a subscription-only website, where she touted herself as Kitty Kat West, AL.com reported. The page included suggestive photos and invited readers to join her “pay page” for a monthly $15.99 subscription fee to view more risque content, WTVT reported.

Her last post on her Twitter page came the day before she was killed, WTVT reported. Police said West was found outside her home, located about 35 miles south of Birmingham, around 5 a.m., clad in just a sports bra, AL.com reported. They would not speculate as to whether her online activities led to her death, AL.com reported.

West graduated from Bloomingdale High school in Valrico, a suburb of Tampa, Florida, WTVT reported.

On Saturday, the family launched an online fundraising campaign to help pay for funeral costs. While West’s family has not commented publicly, her mother, Nancy Martin, wrote on the fundraising page that her daughter was “a cherished wife” and “a loving mother” to her daughter.

“So much negativity is out there, but with God all I see and hear is the goodness of my Kat,” Martin wrote.

Michigan doctor who came to US in 1979 detained by ICE

A Michigan doctor who came to the United States nearly 40 years ago has been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, WXMI reported.

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Lukasz Niec, who works at Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo, came to the United States from Poland with his parents in 1979. His family said Niec had a green card and permanent legal resident status, WXMI reported.

ICE agents picked up Niec on Tuesday, his family said. His sister, Ivona Niec-Villaire, said two misdemeanors -- one for destruction of property and the other for receiving stolen property -- were included in the charging documents, and she told WXMI it was her belief that these charges were the reason ICE had detained the doctor.

“When I walked into that jail cell and I had to look at him through the glass and talk with him on the phone ... I just broke down into tears,” Niec-Villaire told WXMI. “He’s scared and he’s humbled at how everyone has rallied behind him. And the first thing he said to me was, ‘I’m sorry I’m putting you through this.’ And I said, ‘You don’t have to be sorry you did nothing wrong.’”

Relatives are hoping Niec’s case will be heard in early February, but said it could be weeks or even months before that occurs, WXMI reported.

Dogs save lost woman who had fallen in snow

Adam and Eva were not acting normally. 

The labradoodles were pacing like they urgently needed to go out at 4:30  a.m.

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"(Adam) never tugged on my clothes before, so I was a cautious about letting them out because I didn't know if there was anything out there," Lonnie Chester told MLive.com.

In the snow and darkness, the dogs found a woman in her late 80s, wearing only a nightgown, who had fallen and was struggling in the frigid cold.

"She looked up at me and said, 'I'm so cold,'" Chester said. "I have no idea how long she had been out there. She must have been terrified."

When they found the woman on Jan. 13 it was 9 degrees that morning. They called 911, and personnel came to the scene and treated the woman. 

Family, who had been looking for the woman, came to the Chester’s house as rescue crews were there and asked if they had seen the woman.

"It could have been a tragic outcome had Adam and Eva not woken us," Susan Chester told MLive.com. "I don't know how they knew she was out there."

‘Crisco Cops’ can’t stop Eagles fans from climbing poles

The “Crisco Cops” tried, but were unable to curb the enthusiasm of Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrating their first Super Bowl berth in 13 years.

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The Philadelphia Police Department, anticipating raucous fans, greased metal poles in the city with tubs of shortening, WPVI reported.

It didn’t matter. Once the Eagles’ 38-7 victory against the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday’s NFC Championship game was official, fans took the streets to yell, honk horns, stand on cars -- and yes, climb up metal poles.

Video captured one fan climbing a pole in Center City, WPVI reported.

Before the game, the police had some fun with the situation.

They tweeted, "Now comes the time in the night where we must warn everyone about the dangers of saturated fats. Cheer for #Foles! Jeers for #Poles!”

The Eagles will face the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Feb. 4 in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. They met in Super Bowl XXXIX, when the Patriots won 24-21 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Man dumped body of wife who never returned from Graceland trip, investigators say

The story of an Ohio woman who allegedly died during a trip to Graceland has taken another surprising twist.

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Phillip Snider, the husband at the center of the investigation, told investigators in Benton County, Tennessee that he dumped his wife’s body in the Tennessee River, according to WBBJ.

Phillip and his wife, Roberta, left their Ohio home to visit Graceland, but she never came home. He told police his wife was in poor health and this was supposed to be their last trip.

Phillip Snider originally told police his wife died of natural causes in a hotel parking lot across from Graceland. He said they found an ambulance nearby and emergency workers told him they were taking her to a hospital.

However, there is no record of her body in Tennessee, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.Phillip didn’t know the name of the ambulance company or the hospital. As he returned home to Ohio, his story was brought into question.

Investigators in both Tennessee and Ohio have been trying to piece together the mystery.In an interview with WBBJ, Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher revealed a conversation between Phillip Snider and investigators.

“He says he put her body in plastic and disposed of her body over this bridge,” Christopher told the Jackson-based TV station.

The sheriff said Phillip claims his wife had cancer and died “somewhere in Kentucky.” He allegedly continued to Memphis, stayed the night and dumped her body in the Tennessee River on the way home.

Roberta Snider’s body has not been recovered.

Investigators said Phillip could face charges.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Flares, not improvised explosive devices, ignited at Florida mall, FBI says

 

Lake Wales police are searching for those responsible for igniting two marine flares Sunday evening near the entrance of the JC Penney at the Eagle Ridge Mall Sunday evening.

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Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion at the mall on 451 Eagle Ridge Drive around 5:20 p.m.

Firefighters initially said that an improvised explosive device had been detonated in a corridor located next to the mall entrance of JC Penney.

The FBI later determined that there was no explosion and no pipe bombs were discovered. Officials also said that the incident didn’t appear to be terrorism-related.

"It appears two items, believed to be marine flares, were ignited in a mall hallway, creating a large amount of smoke, and a backpack was located at the scene," said Andrea Aprea, an FBI spokeswoman. "Bomb technicians examined the contents of the backpack and determined it did not contain any incendiary or explosive devices."

A witness who called 911 told WFTV that she heard a fire alarm sound and saw orange smoke billowing from an object.

The mall was evacuated. No one was injured, but a ceiling and a wall were damaged by the flares, officials said.

After speaking with witnesses, police said they are looking for a person of interest described as a stocky, middle-aged white man wearing a gray shirt and a hat.

Detectives said they will review surveillance footage recorded at a jewelry store in the mall.

The investigation is ongoing.

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