Several law enforcement agencies are searching for an inmate who escaped from a Lake County prison late Monday night.
Michael Howarth was last seen at the Lake Correctional Institution in Clermont, at about 11:30pm, Monday night. It is unknown whether or not the escapee is armed, but Lake County Department of Corrections says that Howarth should be considered dangerous.
Officials confirm that Howarth was working his late night shift at the prison's water… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 31, 2009 at 6:08am —
In light of our national economic situation and in preparation for April as National Financial Literacy Month, the National Office of Citizen Corps is highlighting the efforts of organizations who are leading the way in promoting pre-disaster financial preparedness and in increasing financial literacy across the country. We encourage all Citizen Corps Councils and partners to learn more about how they can get involved in local financial literacy efforts and to reach out to citizens with the… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 30, 2009 at 7:15pm —
Kissimmee police moved in to make a drug bust at a home built by Habitat for Humanity.
One of the women arrested at the home is an employee of the Osceola County school district.
Police say that is just one of the several disturbing parts of this story. Eyewitness News also learned that a baby was living inside the home that police raided. Investigators said they found several bags of marijuana stuffed into a can of baby formula. Police collected crack-cocaine, marijuana,… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 29, 2009 at 11:30am —
Thousands of mourners gathered with the families of four slain Oakland police officers for a joint funeral Friday that drew law enforcement officers from around the world.
Police officers escort a flag draped coffin into Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., Friday, March 27, 2009 for the funeral of four Oakland police officers. (AP Photo)
Officers Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai were remembered for their dedication to their… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 27, 2009 at 10:30pm —
The nationwide online survey about how the current economic crisis is affecting fire departments across the country will be live for another week. The 15-minute web-based survey, sponsored by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, ends on March 31. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this comprehensive study.
The survey can be found at www.ipsosresearch.com/FireService
or through the… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 27, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Despite dangerous conditions, 21 soldiers return home safe from Iraq.
Members of the 576th Army Reserve received a warm welcome Friday, at the Bay County International Airport. Saturday, the homecoming celebration continued at the Army Reserve Center in Panama City.
The men and women marched out of the Reserve Center to a standing ovation from friends and family. Rolling out the red carpet was the Soldier’s Angels Northwest Florida Brigade, the Patriot Guard… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 22, 2009 at 4:28pm —
Panama City Beach Police were busy overnight working on three accidents.
All are possibly related to what started out as a possible Hit and Run Pedestrian Fatal at Front Beach Road and Short Street shortly after 3 am Sunday morning.
Two reported dead. One a Pedestrian on Front Beach and Short Street, and the other the possible subject fleeing and eluding police, at Front Beach Road and Middle Beach Road, near Wal-Mart.
A short time later, a… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 22, 2009 at 4:00pm —
By Chief Gary Bowker
Everyone Goes Home Program Kansas Advocate
If we fail to understand the risks in a structure built of lightweight wood-frame construction that is involved in fire, there is a high likelihood that firefighters will be seriously injured or killed as a result.
The rules of the game have changed. For many decades, the U.S. fire service has been taught and practiced the virtues of an aggressive interior fire attack when dealing with most… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 20, 2009 at 7:48pm —
The 576th U.S. Army Reserve unit that was deployed to Iraq in March 2008 returned home today.
Dates and times of the arrival were kept confidential for security reasons. A formal welcoming ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Saturday at the U.S. Army Reserve Center U.S. 98 beside the Panama City Police Department; exact times will be announced… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 20, 2009 at 4:52pm —
Fifteen firefighters were killed in 2006 alone responding to and returning from the scene and countless others were injured. Volunteers have gained a bad rep for responding, both in our personal and emergency vehicles. It's time we — and career firefighters — changed that to save not only the lives we are responsible for but our own, too. We spend considerable amounts of time training on how to be safe on the fireground, maintaining our skills, and developing rapid intervention… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 19, 2009 at 5:26pm —
A log cabin home worth $500,000 was gutted by flames in Lake County. The fire stared early Monday morning on Empire Church Road (see map) in Groveland. The property was worth over $800,000.
Firefighters said the family of three was not inside the burning home at the time of the fire. The blaze gutted the two-story log cabin in a matter of minutes and forced the family to sleep in horse stables.
Hugh Britton, his wife and their 10-year-old son were staying in an… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 16, 2009 at 3:40pm —
On Wednesday March 11th, Anthony Mcclanahan was sentenced to: Count 1 First Degree Murder ammended to 2nd Degree murder in a plea agreement.
Count 2 Robbery With A Dangerous Weapon.
Both counts to run concurrent with his previous charge of 15 years for Robbery with a dangerous weapon and 2 years time served for the current charges.
Mcclanahan confessed to the crime and the fact that he acted alone on a plea… Continue
Added by catherine doak on March 14, 2009 at 4:02pm —
This St. Patrick's Day, do yourself a favor: while you're wearing green and keeping an eye out for leprechauns, update your anti-virus software. Hoaxes, scams, and malware thrive on holidays because they provide the perfect occasion for emails, e-cards, and blinky little pop-ups to spread quickly. Don't trust to luck to protect your computer, and don't let your personal information be the "pot of gold" at the end of a scammer's rainbow.
To stay safe this St.… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 12, 2009 at 7:08pm —
What is DVT?
Deep vein thrombosis
– abbreviated DVT - is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. DVT is a serious condition – if fragments of a deep vein thrombosis break loose, they can be carried to the lungs, blocking blood flow. This is called a pulmonary embolism, and it can be fatal.
DVT occasionally causes symptoms such as leg pain, but can and often does… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 12, 2009 at 4:08pm —
World War II veteran Roy Gates of Seagrove Beach, right, talks with fellow veteran Dale Clark of Panama City before Gates spoke to a gathering of men at the Eastgate Christian Fellowship near Panama City Beach Tuesday. Gates was a paratrooper with the U.
TERRY BARNER / The News Herald
Roy P. Gates said several times he was not a hero, but the men gathered at Eastgate Christian Fellowship Tuesday evening were not buying it.
Gates, a former… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 11, 2009 at 7:23am —
I just read an article in a magazine lately that had to do with firefighters who wear funny, weired and sometime just plain disgusting sayings. The article goes on saying,while the speaker was giving one of the fire service talks he has seen some pretty weired sayings on tee-shirts that we(first responders) wear in the public places, like the ones about Big Johnson's, FD, and Redneck this and Redneck that. The article states that we wonder why we are talked about how rude, or when we drink and… Continue
Added by Bob Allard on March 8, 2009 at 11:00am —
n one New Jersey community Saturday morning, the doors of one firehouse are closing for good.
Engine Company Number 2 on Dumont Avenue was shut down at 8 a.m. as part of the Clifton City Council's efforts to trim 60 city jobs to save more than $4 million in spending this year.
Several firefighters are being laid off, and five senior fire officials are being demoted to save $600,000 in the Fire Department budget.
Late night negotiations saved the jobs… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on March 8, 2009 at 7:32am —
Being a professional firefighter for the past 28 years has truly been a blessing and I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to serve others...the greatest calling in life. I gave everything that I had to give, mentally, physically and spiritually. I strived to be the best that I could be, holding nothing back in reserve. It's hard to describe the terrible images etched in your mind after years of witnessing repeated gruesome scenes. It makes you realize how precious and fragile life… Continue
Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on March 2, 2009 at 8:43am —