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Hernando man accused of asking girl for sex on Snapchat, watched students at K-8 school

SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) – An accused child predator was caught in the act again in Hernando County after deputies say he sent graphic images to a girl on Snapchat and asked for sex.

Deputies say Jordan Waters, 20, would stand outside of Explorer K-8 school on Northcliffe Boulevard in Spring Hill where the victim, 14, went to school and watch kids as they were dismissed.

He lives a block away and could see the driveway of the school from his home.

No one answered the door at his house Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies say Waters somehow got the girl’s Snapchat username and admitted to sending her graphic pictures and videos.

The girl explained that she was only 14, but deputies say Waters told her he didn’t care and that he was 20.

Investigators say deputies used the girl’s phone to arrange a meeting with Waters at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard for a hook up.

Deputies arrested him when he arrived.

Waters was already on probation for a similar crime against a child in 2016.

He’s now in jail on a $30,000 bond facing several charges, which include: obscene communication, travel to meet after use of computer to lure child, lewd lascivious behavior on a victim age 12 to 16, cruelty toward child, transmit info harmful to minors and public order crimes and use of a two-way communication device to facilitate felony.

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Toyota recalls 645,000 vehicles; air bags may not inflate

Toyota is recalling about 645,000 vehicles worldwide to fix an electrical problem that could stop air bags from inflating in a crash.

The recall covers certain Toyota Prius and Lexus RX and NX SUVs. Also covered are some Toyota Alphard, Vellfire, Sienta, Noah, Voxy, Esquire, Probox, Succeed, Corolla, Highlander, Levin and Hilux models. All were produced from May of 2015 to March of 2016.

The automaker says an open electrical circuit could occur over time. That would set off an air bag warning light and could stop the side and front air bags from deploying.

Dealers will inspect serial numbers on sensors and replace them if necessary at no cost to owners. Toyota will notify owners by letter in starting in late March.

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Witnesses: Shot fired at Fort Myers apartment

A gunshot was reported from a Fort Myers apartment complex Wednesday night.

Witnesses said someone shot a gun during a domestic dispute at the Palm Vista Apartments.

People at the scene said no one was hurt.

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Toyota recalls 645,000 vehicles, says air bags may not inflate

(WVIT)– Toyota is recalling about 645,000 vehicles worldwide to fix an electrical problem that could stop air bags from inflating in a crash.

The recall covers certain Toyota Prius and Lexus RX and NX SUVs. Also covered are some Toyota Alphard, Vellfire, Sienta, Noah, Voxy, Esquire, Probox, Succeed, Corolla, Highlander, Levin and Hilux models. All were produced from May of 2015 to March of 2016.

The automaker says an open electrical circuit could occur over time. That would set off an airbag warning light and could stop the side and front airbags from deploying.

Dealers will inspect serial numbers on sensors and replace them if necessary at no cost to owners. Toyota will notify owners by letter in starting in late March.

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Father, son duo arrested for trafficking meth through Cape neighborhood

Lee County Sheriff’s office busted a Cape Coral father and son and charged them with trafficking meth through a family neighborhood.

Deputies arrested David and Christopher Swanson Tuesday night for importing and packaging methamphetamine. 

Arrest reports said the duo used several addresses across the city as part of their operation.

Since 2016, LCSO and customs agents tracked and intercepted at least 7 packages of illegal narcotics from Hong Kong headed to David Swanson’s home at 11574 Royal Tee Circle in Cape Coral.

On January 15 detectives intercepted a recent shipment of crystal methamphetamine that was on its way to that address.

Swanson is then accused of taking the package to his son Christopher’s duplex at 1311 SE 23rd Place.

“It’s just weird to me because I live so close and didn’t know really. And that’s the main thing about it, how close I am to them and to find out that all this did happen. Couple times I did see them come out and hand off and the person would leave,” neighbor Deborah Monroe said.

“These people were gone in the morning and then come back at noon or something, it was kind of strange. It was well-organized. You know, you talk about your drug cartels, well, this is the other end, the tip of them I guess. They’re a lot more organized than we are,” Rich Weiss said.

When deputies raided Christopher Swanson’s duplex, they said he was caught flushing marijuana down the sink and toilet and getting rid of evidence, including microwaving a cell phone.

“I tell you, it’s unbelievable, but I’m so glad that they got them,” Monroe said. “I’m so glad that they got them and shut them down.”

During the raid deputies also found firearms, $2,000 in cash and other cell phones. They also seized packaging material, paraphernalia, and weigh scales.

Christopher is now out on bond. His father David is still in custody.

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Publix employees stabbed by alleged shoplifter in Miami Beach

The Miami Beach Police Department on Wednesday said two Publix employees were stabbed by a suspect who in custody.

The incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. at the Publix located on 6876 Collins Avenue. One victim was taken to Jackson Health System’s Ryder Trauma Center. The other was not transported for treatment but sustained a cut to the lower body.

The MBPD said it believes the suspect was attempting to shoplift when an employee intervened, causing a struggle that resulted in the injuries.

Please visit NBC 6 for more updates on this developing story.

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Florida gymnastics coach arrested for child porn

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Lakeland, FL — A Lakeland gymnastics coach has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

Computer crime detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Alexander Katchalov after they found 21 videos and an image of boys and girls between the ages of three and 12 being sexually battered or displayed in a lewd manner.

ABC Action News was there when Katchalov was arrested and escorted to a deputy’s patrol car before going to jail. He didn’t have much to say, but only answered when asked if he ever inappropriately touched a child he taught.

“No. I did not. Please leave me alone,” said Katchalov.

During a press conference, Sheriff Grady Judd said Katchalov coaches children between the ages of three and 15 at his parents’ complex – Elite World Gymnastics training complex located on State Road 33 North in Lakeland. He added that Katchalov has provided both private and group lessons.

Parents were stunned to learn about the allegations.

“Everybody has been super nice like I would never in a million years have thought anything of that nature,” said mother Renee Crum.

Judd said when they served the search warrant at the training complex, Katchalov confessed to downloading child pornography since 2011, but stated: “I have never messed with a child. I’ve simply downloaded child porn.”

“Make no mistake, those who view, possess, buy, and trade child pornography are complicit in the crime against the child depicted in the images. Our primary concern in this investigation is to find out if there are any local victims. Our forensic experts will be searching the devices we have seized today to determine the scope of illegal material that he possesses or has transmitted. It makes all of us angry that someone who has regular access to graphic child pornography also has regular access to children. We encourage anyone who has reason to believe that there has been any inappropriate contact between Alexander Katchalov and a child to contact us,” said Judd.

Judd said their initial investigation has also revealed that Katchalov went online and pretended to be a teenager, both a boy and a girl, in an effort to obtain child pornography.

When asked if he had an addiction, Katchalov told deputies that he considered it a problem, but thought he could control it.

“We are committed to protecting our children from those who possess and distribute child pornography. These men are a part of a worldwide underground child pornography distribution system – the demand for this vile material harms children, and ruins lives,” said Judd.

Katchalov was arrested, charged, and booked into the Polk County Jail on 22 counts of possession of child pornography (F-2).

The investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending.

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Spanish police find 8,000lbs of stolen oranges in traffic stop

Five suspects were arrested in southern Spain after police officers carrying out a traffic stop found vehicles loaded with more than 8,000 pounds of stolen oranges.

City authorities in Seville on Tuesday released images of two cars and a van overloaded with the fruit after an alleged theft in the town of Carmon.

The suspects were stopped last week when a police patrol became suspicious of the vehicles driving in a convoy at night, the city council said.

Five people were detained on suspicion of theft.

Seville city security spokesman, Juan Carlos Cabrera, told Europa Pressthat the arrests were important not only in thwarting theft but also in “preserving the food security of the possible consumers who would have had these oranges.” 

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Tamiflu causing concerns

One of the most sought out prescription drugs in the U.S. is causing some major concerns for families, but is still recommended by some Southwest Florida doctors.

Tamiflu, the main drug prescribed to people battle the flu, continues to make headlines because of the side effects some children are experiencing. 
 
The latest involves a family in Indiana who believes a teen committed suicide because of the drug. The family said he started taking it a day before he killed himself and that he didn’t have a history of mental distress.
 
“With every drug, there are side effects,” said Dr. Richard Boone with MedExpress in Fort Myers. “We see a small population that has problems with just about every drug that is dispensed.”
 
Boone said their clinic has had a steady stream of flu patients since November and that the drug he recommends is Tamiflu.
 
“It’s a wonderful drug,” he said. “It can really make things a lot better for you.”
 
Boone said during his entire career in medicine, only one of this patients stopped taking the drug due to nausea.  
 
He said no matter how someone feels about taking medication, getting checked out by a doctor is a must if someone is feeling flu-like symptoms. Boone also added it’s not too late to get a flu shot. 
 
Call 911 if you feel any symptoms that you don’t feel comfortable about.

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Deputies using popular hashtag to promote safe habits

A popular hashtag is being adopted by Lee County deputies, reminding you to lock up everything before you settle in for the night.
 
#9PMRoutine is appearing in more than 14,000 tweets from law enforcement around the world. It began with the Pasco County Sheriff’s office, now Lee County deputies are asking everyone to make it a routine at 9 p.m.
 
Lock your doors, lock your cars and secure your valuables.
 
Thankfully for Fred Nerz and his wife, they can laugh over how their van was “broken into.”
 
The two planned an early morning drive when they noticed maps and papers scattered through the passenger and driver side seats.
 
“I said, ‘Why did you do this?’ She said, ‘It wasn’t me,'” Fred Nerz said.
 
Binoculars, maps and even a stun gun Fred got for Christmas were all gone. At the time, Fred described it as, “a mini sense of violation.”
 
We won’t get into who left the van unlocked, but bottom line was it was unlocked.
 
“Crime happens at all times of the day, we’re just trying to curb it,” said Tiffany Wood of the Lee County Sheriff’s office.
 
Just past the hilarious memes and you’ll find the #9PMRoutine. Wood saw the hashtag as the perfect tool to get social media engagement with the public in a fun and effective way.
 
At Lee Lock, they know you’re already on your phones and may even be reading this on a device right now.
 
With their smart locks, don’t bother getting up. Instead, you can set the system to lock your doors on a timer.
 
“There’s a lot of people that just come in and say I’ve been broken into, what can you do for me,” Lew Dawson of Lee Lock Locksmith said.
 
All thieves need is an opportunity. So in 2018, make it a routine.
9 p.m., lock it down.