MANATEE - The investigation into unconfirmed reports of a large cat or tiger roaming around East Manatee County continued Friday. An off-duty Manatee County Sheriff’s deputy was contacted Thursday evening by a Myakka City woman, said sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow. “A teenager told their mother that they saw what they thought were large cats,” off of Crosby Road, Bristow said. Although deputies and officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission canvassed the area, Bristow said, no large cats or tigers were found. FWC is leading the investigation. “What the teenager saw is we don’t know,” Bristow said. “She
Comments: Let us hope that owners of big cat farms have their animals squared away. A loose tiger would be quite a problem. Most likely any large cat spotted would be a bobcat. Florida panthers (aka mountain lions, pumas), after seeing their numbers dwindle to 15-20 sickly, inbred animals in 1990 saw their breeding stock improved by Texas pumas, and their population is increasing and spreading. In 1982 I saw one in the East Lake Woodlands acreage. Frightened us both.
“A teenager told their mother that they saw what they thought were large cats,” off of Crosby Road, Bristow said."
Notice the bizarre use of pronouns by the spokesperson. So, thanks to the totally whacky left, now, our language is clouded to give ambiguous meaning based on the left´s science-free decision that sex is something that doesn´t actually exist outside someone´s current preference. These people are nuts.
OK I´m wondering if this is the incident I heard about on the radio today [I was on the road half the day] - where someone thought he saw a cheetah running around loose. It was actually smaller exotic cat - about the size of a small bobcat. The officers said it came to them & was quite friendly so they took it to a big cat shelter. Somebody likely did not have a license to own it and when it escaped just kept quiet?
The wife and I saw a mountain lion here in eastern KS about 20 years ago. The KS game folks tell us that there are definitely no mtn lions in KS.
Oh, OK, sure glad to hear that. I wonder what that tan cat as tall as the guard rail he passed behind as he crossed the road, with the tail as long as his body was? Must have just been a house cat, I guess.
An attorney in Tampa is accused of exposing himself and soliciting sexual favors from a Pinellas County Jail female inmate. Andrew Spark, 54, is charged with soliciting for prostitution, exposure of sexual organs and possession of contraband in a county detention facility. Spark was booked Sunday by the Pinellas County Sheriff´s Office and has since been released. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Monday the investigation began in November, when detectives received information that Spark was soliciting sex and receiving sexual acts from female inmates at the jail. The tip stated that Spark would film the sexual acts on his personal tablet in exchange for
TAMPA — A St. Pete Beach woman was killed Monday morning on Interstate 275 when she was struck from behind by a semi-trailer while attempting to avoid striking a dog that had run onto the highway. The crash occurred around 10:45 a.m. on I-275, north of Fowler Avenue. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 70-year-old Mary Carnes Norloff was traveling northbound in the center lane when she applied her brakes hard in an attempt to avoid hitting the dog. She was struck from behind by a semi-trailer driven by 43-year-old Kenya Williams, of Sanford. The impact sent Norloff into the inside lane, FHP said.
LARGO — Daniel Richards walked into the courtroom in his orange jail scrubs. Carrying a stack of papers, he stood in front of Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Chris Helinger as she glanced at the handwritten documents he filed days earlier. "I foresee foul play at several different levels, your Honor," he wrote in one motion asking for a "court-ordered investigation" into his case. After denying this and several other of his requests, Helinger had an important question for him: Did Richards, on trial last week in the fatal beating of his 83-year-old mother, still wish to represent himself? Richards, a 61-year-old high school graduate
When I was growing up, I remember being told there were three things you didn´t talk about in polite company: politics, religion, and money. Of course, people often ignored those rules based on the company in question, but it was a decent rule of thumb. It prevented a lot of arguments, thankfully. Don´t celebrities have a right to be apolitical as well? Apparently not. For example, music superstar Taylor Swift has been dealing with pressure to be political for some time, leading many people who care about this for some reason to guess about her politics. What would possibly cause people to pressure
OCEAN CITY, Md. — Phil Heasley caught the fish of his life, but the $2.8 million in tournament prize money got away. Heasley reeled in a 6-foot (1.8 meter) white marlin last year off Maryland´s coast. But in a sign of how concerned some big money tournaments are about cheating, officials made him and his crew take lie detector tests. The officials said all four men failed. Heasley is now in a protracted court battle over the winnings and his crew´s reputation, pitting their integrity against that of one of the world´s most lucrative angling contests. The white-haired CEO of a financial software
A North Korean official widely deemed as the nation’s second most powerful figure has been missing for some time, raising speculation that he has been executed. The apparent disappearance of Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong-so was first reported in November, with South Korea’s National Intelligence Service telling lawmakers in Seoul that he’d been “punished” for having an “impure” attitude about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Hwang was reportedly last seen in public on October 13. But there is some reason to believe that he may have only been reprimanded, and not killed, as the New York Times reports that the phrases "purge"
Two days before her 94th birthday, Juanita Fitzgerald was arrested and hauled off to jail. The Eustis woman’s crime? She was being evicted and had fallen behind on her rent, WFTV 9 News reported. Instead of vacating her home at the National Church Residences’ Franklin House, a senior living community, she was accused Wednesday of refusing to leave her unit. Fitzgerald’s 94th birthday is Friday. When Eustis police officers arrived at the community, Fitzgerald refused officers’ commands to leave and told them, "Unless you carry me out of here, I’m not going anywhere," according to the Eustis Police Department report obtained by the Miami
There’s bad news and there’s worse news for President Donald Trump in new polls released this week. First comes the latest round of polling showing that Trump is the most unpopular president on record. Just 32% of respondents to a new Associated Press-NORC poll said they approved of the job Trump is doing as president, while an overwhelming 67% they disapproved. Among those who don’t think the president is doing a good job, more than half say they “strongly disapprove” of his work. The poll — conducted earlier this month — also suggests that nearly 70% of Americans believe the United States is “heading
The Naples Cat Sanctuary was a place where abused and neglected felines were supposed to be safe. Scores of cats roamed its three acres in the rural Golden Gate area. A fence kept them penned in. But the fence didn’t keep out an intruder that in a week killed at least six of the sanctuary’s inhabitants, convincing its owner to shut the place down. The sanctuary’s caretaker estimated that this brings the total number of cats killed in the past year to 60. The perpetrator may be another cat. A very big one. An endangered Florida panther, in fact. The caretaker, Tracy Schneider,
Activist Zephyr Teachout, who ran for governor in 2014 and Congress in 2016; she lost both times, is troubled by Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) resignation. Mind you, the Minnesota Democrat has not packed up his bags and left. He said he would resign in the near future. It was one of the most soporific and non-introspective resignation speeches—and it wasn’t just conservatives who noted this. Some journalists noted that Franken never apologized for his actions. True. He also called his accusers liars, which is also true. The man didn’t want to go, possibly because he thought his party affiliation could
The Golden Globe Award nominations have been announced, and once again, the Hollywood judges really know how to find the worst junk to honor. Two nominations went to stay-classy Showtime’s program called “SMILF,” for “single mother I’d like to f—.” The show’s lead actress is also its creator and executive producer. Her name is Frankie Shaw and she says she picked this profane title as a “deliberate” feminist move to take back the sexist phrase “MILF” from “male objectification.” Try deciphering that one. Obviously, (CBS-owned) Showtime executives also designed it to nudge people to click on it because they know it’s
We didn’t pay much attention to the big press conference last week featuring President Trump’s sexual-misbehavior accusers because a) there was nothing new; b) there was nothing all that shocking; c) some of it was over 40 years old. If it’s news to you that Donald Trump had a history as a bit of a playboy cad, I don’t know what to tell you. There’s this rich, famous guy named Donald Trump . . . But there’s something new now. Attorney Lisa Bloom, who oh by is Gloria Allred’s daughter, was apparently hitting up big-money donors to raise money to
Over 700 employees at the Environmental Protection Agency have quit or taken early retirement during the Trump administration so far, bringing the agency close to employment levels not seen since Reagan. ThinkProgress, whose senior editor is scared of his plumber who he fears may have voted for Trump, is warning that the exodus will lead to "dirtier air" and "dirtier water." "Since Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took over the top job at the agency in March, more than 700 employees have either retired, taken voluntary buyouts, or quit, signaling the second-highest exodus of employees from the agency in nearly a
Former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder called for mass protests if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. This is the second warning Holder has issued this week in respect to rumors about President Trump relieving Mueller of his duties as special counsel. “ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard – they will ultimately be determinative,” tweeted Holder on Sunday. (Tweet)
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is returning to Arizona and will miss the final vote on his party’s tax bill this week, CBS News reported Sunday. McCain, who has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center suffering from the side effects of his treatment for brain cancer, reportedly left Washington, D.C., on Sunday to return home for the holidays. This means he will not be in D.C. for the GOP tax bill vote, which is expected to take place early in the week. Republicans have won over two key votes for the measure, meaning they should still have the razor-thin majority needed to
It appears the Obama Administration weaponized the Federal Bureau of Investigation just like they weaponized the Internal Revenue Service. The Obama administration used government agencies to wage a covert war on their political enemies. This is an all-out war. We have a growing mountain of evidence to suggest the FBI was attempting to overthrow a duly elected president. We have evidence to suggest the FBI was protecting Hillary Clinton so she might be elected president. There is no smoking gun just yet – but the evidence is staggering – it is simply staggering. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) told the Todd
PART I A GLOBAL THREAT EMERGES How Hezbollah turned to trafficking cocaine and laundering money through used cars to finance its expansion. In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation. The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was
The Democracy Dies in Darkness Café is located conveniently near the Capitol, the Hill and the FBI headquarters. It’s open all night and I stopped in for a late-night coffee with my friend, a fiction novelist who was depressed. “I spent a year writing about a coup attempt against an outsider who by strategic brilliance defeated the handpicked candidate of a cabal of establishment powerhouses. It involved the highest officials of the FBI and Department of Justice. They manipulated a FISA Court into letting them electronically surveil the candidate and all who worked with him, unmasked their names, leaked what
CNN, never a friend of its competitor Fox News, now appears to have declared open war on the country’s #1 cable news channel (Fox) and its star host, the cable news ratings leader Sean Hannity. The latest salvo came on Sunday December 17, 2017 on CNN’s weekly media analysis program, Reliable Sources. CNN sniping at Fox News is nothing new. The enmity between the two cable news giants goes back years. Recently, with opposition to President Trump turning white hot and talk of impeachment or obstruction of justice in the air, CNN has been aiming more of its fire at
After a destructive wildfire swept from Calabasas to Malibu in 1993, the head of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy stood on a mountaintop on live TV and made a radical proposal. He called for a “three-strikes” rule to limit the number of times recovery funds could be spent to help rebuild a home destroyed by wildfire. Today, Joseph T. Edmiston is still wincing from the blowback. But he hasn’t backed down. Just the opposite. “I think two strikes is enough and they ought to be bought out,” Edmiston said, after spending three days coordinating the conservancy’s crews on the Skirball, Rye and Creek
Some Democratic senators now regret pushing accused groper Sen. Al Franken to resign, and are urging him to stay on, according to a new report. “I think we acted prematurely, before we had all the facts,” one anonymous senator told Politico. “In retrospect, I think we acted too fast.” (Snip) But at least four senators — including three who initially joined the chorus demanding the handsy lawmaker step down — now want the Minnesota pol to reconsider his planned January exit, the site reports. Leading the call is West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — who never called on Franken to resign
WASHINGTON — Fresh off their victory in Alabama’s special Senate election, Democrats now enjoy their largest advantage in congressional preference in nine years, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, signaling a dangerous political environment for Republicans entering next year’s midterm elections. Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 39 percent who want Republicans in charge. The last time Democrats both held a double-digit lead and hit 50 percent on this question in the NBC/WSJ poll was September 2008, right before the party won the White House and picked
Newsflash: The War on Christmas is over. Those who rightfully believe that Christ needs to be a part of Christmas and those rebelling against the politically correct tyranny looking to strip all spirituality from the holiday have lost. You have lost. We…have lost. According to the latest results from the Pew Research Center – and already being gleefully shouted from the rooftops of certain left-leaning media sites orchestrating the campaign against faith-based Christmas – while 90 percent of Americans still celebrate Christmas in one way or another, a majority find that the religious elements of Christmas are emphasized less and less and
WASHINGTON – Senator-elect Doug Jones is already breaking with some prominent Democrats by refusing to call for President Trump to step down over ongoing sexual harassment allegations. “I don’t think that the president ought to resign at this point,” Jones (D-Ala.) told CNN’s “State of the Union.” In his first round of Sunday show interviews since securing a stunning victory in red state Alabama over accused sexual predator Roy Moore, Jones said he doesn’t want to get bogged down in Trump’s sexual harassment allegations and would rather work on “real issues.” “I think we need to move on and not