By: Brett Davis/Staff
Authorities say that a private guard was arrested after being caught by security officers at a local store shoplifting.
Police said that the woman who was dressed in a security guard uniform was observed shoplifting at Kmart.
The loss prevention officer told Covington Police he saw the woman put eight towels in her purse and on her person and attempt to leave the store.
When confronted, she told the loss prevention officer she was testing the security system.
After police arrived, the woman admitted that she had attempted to steal the towels, but said it was because she liked them and was afraid they’d be gone when she returned to the store with the money.
The towels were valued at $61.92 and the woman went to jail.
Police reports did not release the woman’s name.
UPDATE: Officials say three people have been killed after two small planes collided over central Florida. Authorities responding to a woman’s 911 call discovered one plane upside down in a field and another engulfed in flames in a wooded area nearby.
WILLISTON, Fla. (AP) — Two people have been confirmed dead, authorities say, after two small planes collided over central Florida.
The collision occurred above a rural area about 85 miles north of Orlando at about 11:51 a.m. Saturday, according to Levy County Sheriff’s Capt. Evan Sullivan. The names of the victims have not been released.
Debra Jones, the chairwoman of the city’s airport committee says one of the planes was an “experimental, home-built” aircraft and that neither plane took off from the the Gainesville Regional Airport.
It’s not clear if either was trying to land there.
The debris, according to police officials, from one of the planes was scattered across a pasture, about 300 yards apart. The severely charred wreckage of the second plane sat in an oak hammock.
Captain Sullivan expected investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to arrive that night to investigate the crash, which left the second aircraft’s fuselage partly intact.
According to officials, the Gainesville Regional Airport’s radar might show the pattern the planes were flying in and at what altitude when they collided.
Sullivan added that a woman who lived in the area of the crash apparently, heard an explosion, saw a body inside the wreckage and called police.
Williston is about 31 miles northeast of Ocala.
But that’s exactly what happened about 2 p.m. Saturday at the Denver Merchandise Mart at 451 E. 58th Ave.
The victim is recovering at Denver Health Medical Center. A witness says he was shot in the chest.
“I heard the gunshot. Nobody panicked or anything, so I didn’t think too much about it,” says visitor Russ Huntley.
Signs outside the event clearly state, “Absolutely no loaded weapons allowed.” So how did the man get shot?
Rumors fly around as fast as the bullet that hit the man.
“I heard it was the dealer. He had a loaded gun on the table,” says visitor Mark Cameron.
“My understanding is a guy accidentally dropped the gun as he was pulling it out, to unload it,” says visitor Jerry Matamales of Elizabeth.
And the official police account is still murky.
“Apparently, somebody was looking at the gun. That gun did discharge and one person was struck,” says Sgt. Candi Baker of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.
We’re told it was a visitor to a vendor’s table who was handling the gun that discharged it and hit the victim. But why it was loaded, in the first place, is the big question.
What is clear is someone could face criminal charges of negligence.
“You’re still on private property. You’ve got to go out onto the street,” a security guard told FOX 31 photographer Everett McEwan.
But gun show security can’t disperse questions of how something like this could happen, at a place where people go to arm themselves with the ultimate protection.
“They’re usually locked or have some locking device on them so nobody can. They’re supposed to do that when they enter the show. They shouldn’t be taking a loaded arm out,” says visitor Bret White of Kiowa.
“I have been to hundreds of gun shows. Never had anybody discharged a weapon at a gun show. Most of these guys now what they are doing,” says Matamales.