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Joseph Bernardo

Drowning Death of Toddler in Lee County Update

I received an important and insightful response to my May 2 post on this subject. These events do occur to even the most careful and caring parents. It takes so little time for a child to be in…

Joseph Bernardo

Near Drowning of toddler in family pool

A week ago I wrote of the death of an infant here in Lee county by drowning in a pool. Here, a week later(this past Saturday) a toddler was found floating face down in the pool by family after…

Chrissie Cole

Florida Dog Bite Victim Awarded $3.7 Million by Jury

A woman who suffered life-long injuries in a ferocious dog attack was awarded $3.7 million by jurors, Thursday. The jury found Delray Beach city officials partially responsible for the attack, in fact, more so than the dog owners.The jury assigned 40 percent of the blame to the homeowner and 60 percent to Delray Beach, making the city potentially liable for over $2.2 million dollars in…

Chrissie Cole

Surveillance Camera Captures 'Slip-N-Fall' Scam

A Florida woman is being accused of running a “slip and fall” scam at a grocery store in Sunrise.Surveillance cameras captured images of the woman losing her footing in one of the aisles and taking a nasty fall. A store worker comes to help her up, when she loses her footing again, falling to the floor.After viewing the surveillance footage the store manager noticed there was something strange…

Chrissie Cole

Dog Attacks Nine Year Old

A nine-year-old boy walking home, Saturday afternoon, suffered a dog bite by an American Bull Dog on Mystic Avenue, in New Port Richie.The boy was transported by helicopter to the hospital with a dog bite on the leg. The dog was taken into custody by Pasco Animal Services while Pasco Sheriff’s Office and Animal Services continues to investigate the incident.If you or a loved one has suffered a…

Chrissie Cole

Mail Carriers Beware: South Florida Dogs Bite

Mail carriers hoping to escape dog bites should avoid South Florida.Thursday kicks of Dog Bite Awareness Week and the Post Office is releasing helpful information on where the biggest problems are for carriers.South Florida recorded 71 dog bites in 2006, the fifth worst spot in the nation. The New York metropolitan area recorded no dog bites of mail carriers. While at the other end of the scale,…

Chrissie Cole

FL Couple Arrested After Dog Bite

A Florida couple was arrested after their pit bull, bit a veterinary worker.The couple has been charged with culpable negligence and keeping a dangerous animal.The dog, Kane, was confiscated in February, after he attacked an animal control officer and tore his pants. But a judge returned the dog agreeing with the owners and their lawyers, that the dog had been provoked into biting the animal…

Chrissie Cole

Woman Attacked at Florida Dog Show

After attacking a woman at a dog show in Melbourne, Florida, Animal Control agents took a large Akita into custody.The dog attacked a 70-year-old woman injuring her left ankle. Witnesses told police the dog started to drag the woman before many men pulled the animal off her. Captain Brown, spokesman for Brevard County Animal Services, said there was no clear reason for the attack.This dog breed…

Chrissie Cole

Man Suffers Multiple Dog Bites

A man suffered several dog bite wounds on Thursday when he was attacked by a group of pit bulls that had escaped from their yard, reports Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.The man was transported to Northside Hospital for treatment.When Officials arrived on the scene, they found Smith pounding on a neighbor’s door, shouting for help, after being attacked by three pit-bulls. One dog turned to…

Chrissie Cole

Woman Suing National Retail Store for Slip & Fall

A woman is suing a national retail store after slipping and falling while shopping at their store in June 2005.Aline E. Valentin-Dansmuir, a customer at Big Lots, slipped and fell on an unknown substance. The lawsuit, filed January 10th, states “The substance was on the floor in the nature of a hidden danger, trap, snare, or the like.”The suit also states Valentin Dunsmuir has suffered permanent…