15 sea turtles released after rehabbing in the Florida Keys
KEY WEST, Fla. — (AP) — A green sea turtle named after Hurricane Ian was among 15 injured sea turtles released in Gulf Stream waters off Key West by staff from a turtle hospital and members of a powerboat racing team vying for the sport’s world championship. “Ian” was found buried in seaweed by a family cleaning a boat ramp after the storm’s tropical storm-force winds brushed Key West on Sept. 29. The hospital’s manager, Bette Zirkelbach, said “Ian” and 14 other young sea turtles were released Saturday into a sargassum weed line about 20 miles off Key West in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Read: Injured sea turtles returning to the ocean after rehabilitation at Brevard ZooSargassum acts as camouflage for young turtles, making it an ideal habitat for their stage of life. The turtles were carried to the release point by the TS Motorsports MTI powerboat, a 39-foot vessel participating in the Race World Offshore’s Key West World Championship.wftv.com
Man accused of stealing boat to return to Cuba, Florida deputies say
MARATHON, Fla. — A Florida resident is accused of stealing a commercial fishing boat from a resident in the Florida Keys and steering it to his former home in Cuba, authorities said. >> Read more trending newsCristian Torres Perez, 30, of Miami, was charged with grand theft and burglary, according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. According to the sheriff’s office, Coast Guard crews spotted the boat, which was “inoperable,” and Torres Perez “waving his arms for help.”A tanker rescued Torres Perez from the stranded vessel and he was taken to Key West, WPLG reported. He was arrested in Marathon and then booked into the Monroe County Jail, deputies said. Torres Perez will appear in court on Nov. 18, online records show.wftv.com
‘This baby is mine today’: Florida woman accused of kidnapping child from hotel
MARATHON, Fla. — An employee at a hotel in the Florida Keys was arrested after investigators said she kidnapped a child. When deputies arrived, a hotel employee told them that Zita Gasperik, who also works at the hotel, had taken her 16-month-old child without her permission. The mother told deputies that Gasperik had taken her child to the breakfast room, but when she went to find them she discovered both were gone, WPLG reported. The child’s mother told deputies that Gasperik had told her how cute the baby was and took a picture. Gasperik is also accused of telling the child’s mother, “this baby is mine today,” deputies said in the news release.wftv.com
Boat captain arrested for intentionally cutting tether in deadly parasail accident
MARATHON, Fla. — A boat captain in the Florida Keys whose actions were blamed for killing a mother who was parasailing with her two young children has been charged with her death. >> Read more trending newsDaniel Gavin Couch, 49, was arrested on one count of manslaughter and taken to the Monroe County Jail on a $100,000 bond, The Miami Herald reported. Boat captain charged Daniel Gavin Couch was charged with manslaughter and taken to the Monroe County Jail on a $100,000 bond. (Monroe County Jail)Couch had intentionally cut the parasailing cable that tethered a vacationing mother, her son and her nephew to his boat, plunging them into the water in May. The boys with Alaparthi, who were ages 9 and 10, were injured but survived the accident, and were rescued from the water by a good Samaritan.wftv.com
Officials: Florida couple allegedly attacked a snorkeler over a dispute
MARATHON, Fla. — A Florida couple has been arrested for allegedly attacking a snorkeler, officials say. >> Read more trending newsThe Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Paulo De Oliveira, 65, and Katia De Oliveira, 61, were arrested on Sunday around 1:30 p.m. after allegedly attacking a snorkeler near their home. MCSO said there was an apparent dispute over how close the snorkeler was to their house. Paulo allegedly hit the man with a pole and Katia allegedly hit him with a fishing rod. Paulo and Katia were both charged with aggravated battery and battery.wftv.com
Two Florida men arrested after being found with endangered Key deer in car, deputies say
Two Florida men arrested after being found with endangered Key deer in car, deputies sayMARATHON, Fla. — Deputies in South Florida arrested two men for kidnapping an endangered Key deer. After pulling the car over, deputies found an injured Key deer inside the hatchback on top of a cooler, lawn chair and other items. Two Florida men arrested after being found with endangered Key deer in car, deputies sayBoth men stated they never called 911, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or the U.S. According to a news release, that area is “not consistent with the known Key deer habitat, specifically Big Pine Key, No Name Key and patches of other areas in the Lower Keys.”Read: Florida’s back-to-school tax-free holiday starts MondayThe Key deer is the smallest subspecies of white-tailed deer. For more information on Key deer, visit www.myfwc.com .wftv.com
Annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest begins in Florida Keys
Hemingway Days In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, "Papa" Hemingway look-alikes help staff of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital carry "Papa," a 185-pound loggerhead sea turtle, to be released into the Atlantic Ocean off Marathon, Fla., Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP) (Andy Newman)KEY WEST, Fla. — (AP) — The annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest began in Key West Thursday, marking the 123rd anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s July 21 birth. The contest is a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days festivities, staged to celebrate the creative talent and colorful lifestyle of the man who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. His entry, “A Lot of Carrefours,” triumphed over 775 other American and international submissions, judged by Ernest Hemingway’s author granddaughter. Hemingway Days continues through Sunday with events including an offbeat “Running of the Bulls” spoof and the Key West Marlin Tournament.wftv.com
Snapped parasailing cable slams mom, kids into Florida bridge, witness says
A parasail struck the old Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys on Monday, May 30, 2022, killing a woman and injuring her two children. (MJFelt/Getty Images/iStockphoto)MARATHON, Fla. — A parasail struck the old Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys on Monday, killing a woman and injuring her two children. A witness told WPLG-TV that the weather took an unexpectedly nasty turn at around 6 p.m. and that the tow line on the woman’s parasail appeared to break, sending the parasail into the bridge. An employee with Lighthouse Parasail told the TV station that the company is devastated by the incident and cooperating with authorities. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are investigating the incident.wftv.com
Bubble Butt, beloved Florida sea turtle who survived boat strike, dead at 35
“He lived longer than anyone expected him to live,” Zirkelbach told the newspaper on Friday. “He was the most popular turtle we had.”The turtle survived an injury after being struck by a boat near Long Key in the Florida Keys, the Turtle Hospital wrote in a Facebook post. Bubble Butt was given a permanent home at the facility and had lived in a 160,000-gallon tank since March 23, 1989. The turtle got his name for his positive buoyancy disorder, referred to as “bubble butt” syndrome, the hospital wrote on Facebook. Days before his death, Bubble Butt underwent 12 hours of surgery at the hospital, the Herald reported.wftv.com
Orphaned dolphin finds new home at Florida Keys sanctuary
MARATHON, Fla. — A juvenile bottlenose dolphin has been flown to the Florida Keys for permanent sanctuary after spending nine months healing at a Texas-based marine rehabilitation center. The orphaned male calf, named “Ranger,” arrived Friday at the Florida Keys-based Dolphin Research Center. He was found near his dead mother and was transported to the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue Center. The National Marine Fisheries Service determined the dolphin could not survive in the wild and chose the Dolphin Research Center to care for the marine mammal for the rest of his life. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Ranger - Bottlenose Dolphin (Associated Press)“We provide sanctuary for any dolphins in need of a forever home,” said Linda Erb, DRC’s vice president of animal care and training.wftv.com
Lake County deputies seeking lotto ticket thief
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying a man they say stole a stack of lottery tickets from a local gas station.
The incident happened at a Marathon gas station in Clermont back in mid-August.
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Wounded Warrior Project take veterans on motorcycle ride across the Florida Keys
MARATHON, Fla. — A group of veterans took to the streets for a ride through the Florida Keys on Friday as part of a Wounded Warrior Project called Rolling Project Odyssey.
Rolling Project Odyssey is a unique motorcycle group riding experience that aims to support veterans during multi day mental health workshops, designed to aid in their recovery from the invisible wounds of war.
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Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: Disney, Coherent, SurveyMonkey & more
Take a look at some of the biggest movers in the premarket:Walt Disney (DIS) – Disney reported quarterly profit of 32 cents per share, surprising analysts who had expected a loss of 41 cents per share. Newell Brands (NWL) – The company behind consumer brands like Rubbermaid, Sharpie and Sunbeam reported quarterly profit of 56 cents per share, beating estimates by 8 cents a share. Moody's (MCO) – Higher expenses caused the credit rating agency to miss estimates by 6 cents a share, with quarterly earnings of $1.91 per share. SurveyMonkey (SVMK) – SurveyMonkey tumbled 10.8% in the premarket, after the online survey company provided weaker-than-expected guidance for the current quarter. VeriSign (VRSN) – VeriSign shares rose 5.1% in the premarket, after the domain name registration company reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings, with revenue matching Wall Street forecasts.cnbc.com
Thousands of runners race in OUC half marathon
ORLANDO, Fla. – Thousands of runners are excited to be racing again during the first in-person marathon since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Two thousand runners participated in the OUC half marathon that raced its way through downtown Orlando Saturday morning. Thousands of runners race in OUC half marathonRunners wore masks before and after the race, but they didn’t have to wear face coverings while running. Betsy Hughes with Track Shack, which organized the race, said they also spaced out the groups and asked runners wait on orange dots for their turn. “I think they were able to still have the race which is awesome, and I think everybody is taking precautions,” Herndon said.
Pregnant woman pulls husband to safety as shark attacks him off Florida Keys
MARATHON, Fla. – When a shark attacked her husband during a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys, his pregnant wife didn’t think twice, jumping out of a boat to pull him to safety, a sheriff’s deputy said. Eddy, of Atlanta, had just slid into the water from a private boat when a large shark, estimated at 10 feet, latched onto his shoulder. Dukes, without hesitation, dove into the water and pulled Eddy to the safety of the boat,” Deputy Christopher Aguanno wrote in his report. Several other snorkelers from other boats were already in the water when the attack happened, the deputy wrote. George Burgess, who retired as director of the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File, agreed that it was likely a bull shark that bit Eddy.
Worker at California's largest oil refinery tests positive for coronavirus: sources
(Reuters) - An employee at Californias largest oil refinery tested positive for the coronavirus and, along with a few other workers, went into self-quarantine this week. Marathon Petroleum Corps Los Angeles Refinery, located in Carson, California, is the states largest producer of gasoline, with the ability to process 363,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) of crude oil into fuels. The refinery is believed to be the first in the United States to report a worker with the fast-spreading respiratory illness. California has 15 refineries with a combined crude oil processing capacity of 1.9 million bpd. Marathon is the largest U.S. refiner, operating 16 refineries with a combined capacity to process 3 million bpd of crude oil, or 16% of national capacity.feeds.reuters.com
Worker at California's largest oil refinery tests positive for virus: sources
(Reuters) - An employee at Californias largest oil refinery tested positive for the coronavirus and, along with a few other workers, went into self-quarantine on Wednesday, three sources familiar with the matter said. Marathon Petroleum Corps Los Angeles Refinery is the states largest producer of gasoline, with the ability to process 363,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) of crude oil into fuels. The refinery is believed to be the first in the United States with a reported worker illness. The pandemic has infected nearly 1,900 people in the United States and 141,000 worldwide, killed more than 5,000 and shuttered schools, sports arenas and offices. Californias about 250 reported cases place it third in the United States, behind Washington and New York states.feeds.reuters.com
Marathon announces plans to spin off its Speedway chain and bring in a new CEO next year
Marathon Petroleum chief Gary Heminger will retire next year after almost a decade in charge, the U.S. refiner said on Thursday, as it announced plans to spin off its gas station business Speedway and review its midstream assets. He has worked for Marathon since the mid-1970s and has been at the helm since 2011. DE Shaw, which owns a 0.9% stake in Marathon, has backed Elliott's call to split the company. Regarding the spinoff, Marathon said Speedway would trade as an independent public company after the separation is completed. Net income attributable to the company rose 48.6% to $1.10 billion or $1.67 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30.cnbc.com
Activist wants Marathon Petroleum to split off Speedway gas stations and is gaining support
The call for Marathon Petroleum to split into separate businesses is gaining momentum among activist investors. Billionaire Paul Singer's hedge fund Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of Marathon on Wednesday, urging the refiner to divide into separate retail, midstream and refining companies to "remedy the company's chronic underperformance." Elliott owns about 2.5% in Marathon. Shaw, which owns a similar sized stake in Marathon as Elliott, is also supporting the breakup of Marathon, including spinning off Speedway gas stations, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC's David Faber. Marathon has plunged more than 34% in the past 12 months, underperforming its peers including Phillips 66 which is down 13% during the same period.cnbc.com
Inside Boston PD's beefed up security for Monday's marathon
Friday marks the third anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people. With the recent terrorist attacks in Europe, Boston police are taking extra precautions to ensure Monday's marathon takes place in a safe environment. Jeff Pegues reports.cbsnews.com
How the FBI cracked the Boston bombing case
How the FBI cracked the Boston bombing case It took 100 hours for Boston's terrorism task force to crack the Marathon bombing case. In an interview for “60 Minutes,” a former FBI executive assistant director and the special agent in charge of Boston talk about the surveillance video that painted a picture of the crime. Scott Pelley reports.cbsnews.com