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JUNE 19, 2013
Heat force Game 7 with 103-100 OT win over Spurs
MIAMI (AP) - When LeBron James' greatness almost wasn't good enough, officials began preparing for a San Antonio celebration.
Miami's championship reign would be over. Someone in Spurs black would replace James as NBA Finals MVP.
James and the Heat wouldn't let it happen.
"To be a part of something like this is something you would never be able to recreate once you're done playing the game. And I'm blessed to be a part of something like this," James said. "And I'm happy about the way we dug down and was able to get a win. It didn't look like we could muster up at some point in the game."
James powered Miami to a frantic fourth-quarter rally and overtime escape as the Heat beat the Spurs 103-100 on Tuesday night to extend the NBA Finals as far as they can go and keep Miami's repeat chances alive.
Losing his headband but keeping his cool while playing the entire second half and overtime, James finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, making the go-ahead basket with 1:43 remaining in the extra period.
"It's by far the best game I've ever been a part of," James said.
He wouldn't let the Heat lose it - or their NBA title. If the Spurs want to take it, they'll have to fight just a little harder to get it.
One last game, winner take all.
So close to being eliminated that they noticed officials bringing yellow tape out to block off the court for the Spurs' trophy presentation, the Heat hit a couple of big 3-pointers and got some defensive stops - everything that makes a great team a champion.
"We seen the championship board already out there, the yellow tape. And you know, that's why you play the game to the final buzzer," James said. "And that's what we did tonight. We gave it everything that we had and more."
Tim Duncan scored 30 points for the Spurs, his most in an NBA Finals game since Game 1 in 2003, but was shut out after the third quarter. He added 17 rebounds.
Game 7 is in Miami on Thursday, the NBA's first do-or-die matchup to crown a champion since the Lakers beat the Celtics in 2010.
"They're the best two words in sports: Game 7," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
And two the Spurs were oh-so-close to avoiding.
They looked headed to a fifth title in five chances when they built a 13-point lead with under 4 minutes left in the third quarter, then grabbed a five-point edge with 28 seconds left in regulation after blowing the lead.
But James hit a 3-pointer and Ray Allen tied it with another. Just 5.2 seconds remained in regulation. The Heat were that close to the edge.
"It's a tough moment. We were a few seconds away from winning the championship and we let it go," Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said. "A couple rebounds we didn't catch, a tough 3 by Ray and a couple missed free throws. It's a very tough moment."
James was just 3 of 12 after three quarters, the Heat trailing by 10 and frustration apparent among the players and panic setting in among the fans.
Nothing to worry about. Not with James playing like this. He finished 11 of 26, even making a steal after his basket had given Miami a 101-100 edge in the OT.
Somewhere in there, early in the fourth quarter, James lost his familiar headband. He couldn't remember exactly when or how. Nor was it particularly important to him.
Losing the game would have been far worse.
"I guess the headband was the least of my worries at that point," James said.
Before that, he had been 12 minutes from hearing the familiar criticisms about not being able to get it done, from having to watch a team celebrate on his home floor again.
Then he changed the game and erased that story.
The Heat, who haven't lost consecutive games since Jan. 8 and 10, had too much defense and way too much James for the Spurs in the final 17 minutes. They are trying to become the fourth team to win the final two games at home since the NBA went to the 2-3-2 format for the finals in 1985.
This wasn't quite the 45-point performance in Game 6 of last year's Eastern Conference finals in Boston, but given the higher stakes it may go down as more important - if the Heat follow it with another victory Thursday.
"He just made plays. I don't think there's any two ways to put it," Duncan said. "We were in the right position to close it out and he found a way to put his team over the top and we just didn't make enough plays to do that."
Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs. Tony Parker had 19 points and eight assists, but shot just 6 of 23 from the field.
The Spurs had one final chance down 103-100, but Chris Bosh blocked Danny Green's 3-pointer from the corner as time expired.
Bosh had said Green wouldn't get open the way he has all series - and he didn't. Green finished 1 of 5 from behind the arc after going 25 of 38 on 3-pointers (65.8 percent) in the first five games.
The Heat, the NBA's 66-win powerhouse during the regular season, will be playing a seventh game for the second straight round, having needed to go the distance to beat the Indiana Pacers in the East finals.
Parker's 3-pointer over James tied it at 89 with 1:27 left. He then came up with a steal, spinning into the lane for a 91-89 lead with 58 seconds to go. Miami coughed it up again and Ginobili made two free throws, and he hit another after a third straight Miami turnover to put the Spurs ahead 94-89.
But James nailed a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, and the Heat had one more chance after Leonard made just one foul shot to give the Spurs a 95-92 edge. James missed but Bosh got the rebound out to Allen, the league's career leader in 3-pointers, who made another one from the corner to even it up.
The Spurs went ahead by three again in overtime, but James found a cutting Allen for a basket, then scored himself to put the Heat on top.
"He just plays with great force," Allen said.
Notes: James had his 11th postseason triple-double and second of this series. ... Allen moved two behind Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher (48) for second place in finals 3-pointers. Robert Horry, a former champion with the Spurs, made 56 3-pointers in the finals. Horry held the Spurs' record for 3s in a Finals series with 15 in 2005 that Green has broken with his record 26. ... Duncan and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich appeared in their 210th playoff game together, moving 30 ahead of Phil Jackson and Bryant for most all-time.
Mom trying to change perception of breastfeeding
A Lakeland photographer is on a mission to change perceptions of breastfeeding.
She's put together a series of images called "Nursing is Natural" and she's trying to win an online campaign to raise money to market her exhibit and raise awareness.
Photographer Christine Santos chose nature to create artistic photos of breastfeeding. This exhibit is a personal journey for the 29-year-old photographer.
"When my youngest daughter was 5 weeks old, we went to my oldest daughter's school for a spelling bee and she was little so I turned around faced the wall and covered up and nursed," Santos recalled. "The very next day I got a phone call saying that, had the AP (assistant principal) seen me nursing I would've been kicked out of the auditorium."
She said they told her it made other parents uncomfortable. The anger she felt about that phone call was enough to motivate her to action. She set out to photograph women nursing in an effort to change perceptions.
"I want to get it to the point, whether they see moms nursing with a bottle or they see mom nursing their child, the mental reaction is the same... oh it's a mom feeding their kid," she said.
Fort Pierce woman needs plumber. Calls 911, instead.
Fort Pierce police encountered Myrvil, 28, around 1 a.m. June 9 after being dispatched to some apartments for a fire alarm, the affidavit states.
Officials at 911 said a woman called because she had water in her apartment.
"911 told her that is not a law enforcement issue and she should call a plumber," an affidavit states. "The woman called 911 a second time to see if she could get someone out to her apartment to fix the water problem."
Again, 911 officials instructed her to call a plumber. She then pulled the fire alarm.
Asked why she pulled the fire alarm when there was no fire, Myrvil said she had water in her apartment and wanted someone to fix it.
The officer explained she should have contacted a plumber.
"Myrvil said she did not have a number to a plumber, so she pulled the alarm," the affidavit states.
Myrvil, of Brooks Street in Fort Pierce, was arrested on charges including false fire alarm second or subsequent offense and public order crimes.
FLORIDA MAN WAS BEATEN, ROBBED AND FORCED
TO STRIP NAKED
A Florida man was beaten, robbed, forced to strip naked and abandoned on the side of a road Friday evening during a first date gone horribly wrong, according to police.
Authorities found nude, bloodied Shaun Paul Williams, 34, walking on the shoulder of State Road 100 in Bunnell, Fla., late Friday near a cow pasture where Williams said he was assaulted and mugged by his date and her two unidentified male companions earlier that evening, according to a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office case report.
Williams told sheriff’s deputies that he met the unidentified woman at a convenience store in Daytona Beach, Fla., two weeks ago. They struck up a friendship and later arranged to go out on June 14, according to the report.
The woman picked up Williams in front of the same convenience store for their first date Friday evening. After Williams entered the woman’s vehicle, he discovered two unidentified adult men – one of whom the woman introduced as her brother, the report states.
She told Williams that she would take him out to dinner after she dropped off the two unidentified men at her brother’s home. But after several minutes on the road, the woman abruptly turned onto an unknown side street, Williams told investigators.
The woman’s alleged brother instructed her to stop somewhere along the side street because he had to “wait for a friend.” She then backed into what Williams described to investigators as an “empty cow pasture.”
Williams told investigators that he then exited the vehicle to urinate but was allegedly bludgeoned twice in the face with a “hard metal object.” He collapsed to the ground and held his face in his hands while one of the unidentified men allegedly said, “Give me all your money and all your clothes.”
Williams told police he said, “Are you serious?”
One of the unidentified men allegedly responded, “Do you see what I’ve got pointed at you?”
Williams said he then opened his eyes and saw a semi-automatic pistol pointed straight at his face, according to the report.
After Williams complied with their orders, the woman and her two male companions then fled the scene in the vehicle, according to the report.
All told, Williams claimed he was robbed of $200 in cash, a Straight Talk pre-paid cellular phone, his Florida driver’s license, a gray tank top, black Dickie shorts and a pair of DC sneakers.
A sheriff’s deputy who discovered a “disoriented” Williams took him to a hospital, where he was treated for several lacerations on the right side of his face, according to the case report.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office investigators are
Boy going to see 'Man of Steel' finds gun in Ybor theater
Shortly after it started, about 3 p.m., Zane said he needed to go to the bathroom.
There, perched atop a toilet paper dispenser inside a busy bathroom inside a busy movie theater, he discovered the loaded Glock 26, a small semiautomatic weapon.
Noland, 48, a Marine veteran with years of gun experience and a concealed weapons permit, said the weapon just needed the slide pulled back to chamber a round. Then the trigger could be pulled to shoot it.
"This isn't like forgetting your keys or cellphone," he said Monday. "This is a loaded firearm."
He was horrified. There were other children in the bathroom. What if one of them had found it? What if a teenager pocketed it to play with later? Or someone with intent to harm others?
Nearly a year ago, 12 people in Colorado were massacred at a showing of another superhero movie, the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.
Noland quickly took the gun, and brought his son into a private bathroom designed for families. Noland disarmed the Glock, put it on the diaper changing table and called 911.
Officers responded in minutes. Laura McElroy, a Tampa police spokeswoman, said Monday that the gun is being processed by the police agency and by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to try to determine its owner and to see whether it has ever been used in a crime.
Noland, of Temple Terrace, said he and Zane rejoined Ryan in the theater and watched the rest of the movie.
He is thankful they were the ones to find the gun, rather than someone inexperienced or curious. He said he is continually teaching his children about gun safety.
Zane told his dad he would not have touched the gun and gotten an adult if he had found it by himself.
"We did our Superman deed for the day," Noland said he told Zane. "We protected people from getting hurt."
JUNE 18, 2013
Cape Coral mayoral debate gets fiery
CAPE CORAL, FL -
There were some headed exhanges this afternoon as those vying to become Cape Coral's next mayor took center stage in their first debate. It wasn't just the tough questions, a power outage at the library certainly added to fiery atmosphere.
"We cannot get along, OK. We're not going to accomplish anything by going back and forth with each other," said candidate Dan Ashby.
Ashby, in the dark there, firing back after a squabble among the crowd.
Ashby along with candidate Vince Cummings, and current mayor John Sullivan took turns answering a series of questions from the public on topics ranging from taxes to personal qualifications.
The debate was set up by April Freeman, who is in the process of making a name for herself as she makes a run for Florida's 19th District.
"If you really want to run this city you have to know what makes this city tick, how it's run and where the money truly comes from," said resident Dolores Bertolini.
"I'm from Cape Coral. I wanted the people in Cape Coral to know who was running for Mayor of Cape Coral. It's important to me, and I felt it was important to them," Freeman said.
Marni Sawicki, the only female in the race for mayor at this point, was not at the debate because of a scheduling conflict.
No other debates are planned right now. The primary election is set for September 10.
2 women arrested after getting drunk in Wal-Mart
NAPLES, FL -
Not the average place you would go out to have a drink. Deputies say two women were arrested Friday for drinking wine inside a Wal-Mart.
According to the arrest report, Alicia Potter and Megan Beck took wine from the shelf and started drinking it while walking around the store.
Both women were taken out of the store-- as they yelled and cursed at the people nearby.
The report says that Potter was pepper sprayed because she kicked and fought deputies while they tried to put her into the patrol car.
Both were arrested for disorderly intoxication and were taken to the Naples Jail Center.
Naples parents protest cell phone tower at
NORTH NAPLES, Fla - Controversy over cell phone towers at school. A group of parents at Naples Park Elementary are fighting to keep the tower off school property and away from their kids.
"I was shocked," says parent Kimberly Dunn of learning a cell phone tower may go up at her son's school.
Stephanie Lucarelli will have two kids at Naples Park next school year. Afraid of the health effects a cell phone tower could have on her children she started an online petition.
"We feel we don't know enough about the radiation coming from a cell phone tower to know whether or not 10-20 years from now our kids are going to see any health effects from this," says Lucarelli.
Currently the School District has three cell phone towers. One at Lely High School and two at Naples High School. Together the district receives more than $58,000 from the three towers.
"There's no monetary amount you could give us to expose our children to the chance of getting some childhood illness," says Lucarelli.
According to the FCC, "there is no reason to believe that such towers could constitute a potential health hazard to nearby residents or students.
Still, Kimberly Dunn isn't taking any chances. For her, this fight is personal and one she plans to continue until her voice is heard.
"Spreading the word, spreading the information. It's going to be tough during the summer because school is out, says Dunn. "I feel it's going to be an uphill battle, but the more we speak up. It's our children."
A district spokesperson says staff will meet with parents in the fall to receive additional input before deciding on how to proceed.
Marco man accused of stealing loose change to buy beer
A Marco Island man is accused of stealing loose change from a fountain to buy beer Sunday night.
Around 9 p.m., a man flagged down a Marco Island police officer at The Esplanade shopping center, 740 N. Collier Blvd., and said he saw someone stealing coins from a fountain outside CJ’s Restaurant.
Police found a person fitting the man’s description outside a Winn Dixie liquor store at 625 N. Collier Blvd. Officers said the man, Michael Hagan, was holding some money in his left hand and a white plastic bag of beer in his right.
The witness identified Hagan as the man who was stealing the loose change, according to a report.
Hagan denied being at the Esplanade, but officers said he was wet and in possession of rusty coins and a Coinstar receipt for $4.26. Hagan also had been previously trespassed from the Esplanade, officers reported.
Hagan, 52, of the 1100 block of Lamplighter Court, faces charges of petit theft and trespassing.
June 17, 2013
Man of Steel took the weekend box office.
Spurs' Green sets NBA Finals record for 3-
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Spurs guard Danny Green set an NBA Finals record for 3-pointers with his 23rd against the Miami Heat on Sunday night.
Green broke Ray Allen's 2008 mark with his fourth 3-pointer of the game early in the second half of Game 5. Green was shooting 68% from 3-point range in the series after breaking the record.
Allen, who now plays for the Heat, set the previous mark as a member of the Boston Celtics.
Rib bone lands Collier men in jail
COLLIER COUNTY -
A large rib bone was the reason two Collier County men spent their Saturday night in jail.
Deputies said they arrested a father-and-son duo after they threw a rib bone at a marked patrol car.
According to the report, Juan Aguiar and his son 24-year-old Juan Monduy were walking on the street when Aguiar threw the bone at the car.
The bone splattered on the windshield and bounced off across the street.
According to the police report, Aguiar also had a beer in his hand.
Aguiar was arrested for disorderly intoxication and open container.
Deputies said Monduy was arrested for obstruction of justice after arguing his dad was innocent.
Both men are at the Naples Jail Center.
Person cutting coconuts shocked by power line
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - One man was taken to the hospital after being shocked by a power line. Cape Coral Fire tells WINK News the man was cutting coconuts out of a palm tree when his cutting tool accidentally touched an electric line. It happened at 1034 Dolphin Drive in Cape Coral.
It's not known whether he worked for a commercial company or if he was just picking up some work for himself. Firefighters had to get the man out of the tree before he could be taken away. The victim was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital.