A young man is fighting for his life after a couple was stabbed in an apparent road rage incident on Okeechobee Boulevard.The couple got into an altercation with the occupants of another car who started throwing things at them after they were cut off. Taylor Ploplis, 29, says that she and her boyfriend, Rodolfo Ledesma were traveling east on Okeechobee earlier in October when they first heard a commotion.She says a car with three adult passengers and one child drove up alongside their vehicle and began shouting that the couple had “cut them off.”She says the couple waited for the other vehicle to drive off, and once they thought they were in the clear, they pulled over near a Chick-Fil-A to survey any damage to their vehicle. That’s when Ploplis says they were attacked and stabbed.“All I know is I turned around and someone was grabbing me by the hair, hitting me,” Ploplis told CBS12. “I was facing down at this point and I see my boyfriend on his back being attacked by some guy.”Ploplis says she and Ledesma were able to drive to a nearby ER where they were treated for their knife wounds and called the police.Ledesma has spent the past two weeks in the ICU and was finally transferred to the trauma unit on Sunday.The road rage suspects are still on the run. She has created a GoFundMe page to help with hospital bills and lost income.Deputies are still investigating the incident.
A 43-year-old West Palm Beach man who referred to himself as a “warrior” and “sniper” is in jail for allegedly opening fire, threatening police and holding an animal control officer hostage, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.Brian Tran faces charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment while armed, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.According to the Sheriff’s Office, an Animal Control Officer visited a home on Okeechobee Boulevard on October 8, to investigate an anonymous complaint that Tran was neglecting his dog by lack of proper shelter. When she pulled into the home’s driveway, she saw that the gate was open, but did not enter the property.Shortly after she arrived, a white minivan sped toward her, coming to a stop near her front bumper. Tran exited that vehicle and approached her.The officer rolled down her window and Tran asked her, “What do you want?”When the officer told him about the complaint, Tran explained angrily that his neighbors called law enforcement and Animal Care and Control, according to the sheriff’s office.Tran then said he was “going to kill his neighbors and the cops and he hated the cops.” the sheriff’s office says. He then described himself as “a warrior, a police officer, a soldier, and a sniper.”At that point, Tran brought the officer into his home, and said he was “going to kill his neighbors if they want to be his enemy and that he is going to kill all of his enemies.” He pulled out a black pistol, faced the officer, and started rapidly firing the pistol into the ground.The officer, who feared for her life, put her hands up and yelled, “Sir, sir I don’t need to see the dog that bad. I need to leave now.”“No, no, no,” Tran responded, as he took the magazine out of the gun and placed it on a table. “You are going to see this dog.”Tran lifted his shirt and, with a smirk, showed her a knife that was tucked into his waistband, the sheriff’s office says. He grabbed the officer by the shoulders and forced her to walk with him to see the dog.The officer looked at the dog and told Tran that was satisfactory “because she didn’t want to be his enemy.” Tran began yelling again that he wanted to kill his neighbors, enemies, and police.The officer returned to her vehicle and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.Tran later admitted to detectives that he was upset with his neighbors and had shot his gun into the ground, but added that he did not touch or threaten the officer, the sheriff’s office report states.He was taken into custody on October 25 and was released the next day, after posting bond.
A small “kitten” named Tito has stolen a lot of hearts but has a big secret, Inside Edition reports.The secret is that Tito is a wild puma.When Florencia Lobo and her brother discovered two babies abandoned near Santa Rosa de Leales, Argentina, they assumed they were two little kittens who had lost their mother.“We thought that it was an abandoned cat who had given birth,” Lobo told Reuters.The pair took the animals home, but only Tito survived.Two months later, Lobo took Tito to the vet for a check-up and was told he is not a kitten but a puma jaguarundi, which is a type of wild cat.Lobo has since brought Tito to a wildlife preserve where he can be cared for by experts and possibly released back into the wild.Lobo says she will never forget her time with Tito.
A Florida man is making headlines after protecting his girlfriend and 11-year-old son from an armed intruder.Donovan Stewart, 60, told CBS Miami that the intruder broke into his home wielding an AK-47 weapon while he, his wife, and his son were in his van early Monday morning.“He put an AK-47 to my face,” Stewart told the news station.“I am from Kingston town in Jamaica, and I am not going to go out like a punk. Stewart added. “So I emptied my Glock in his chest.”Shortly after, the robber was declared dead.Stewart told officials that he’s a member of the NRA and has several permits to carry concealed weapons.Police closed the case ruling it self-defense.I am going to defend my life and those I love,” Stewart told CBS Miami.
A Starbuck employee is claiming that she was wrongly fired after another employee wrote the word ‘pig’ on an officer’s drink.Lola Price, who was a manager at a Starbucks near Tulsa, was fired from the establishment Thursday after the story went viral.Price claims she that had nothing to do with the incident and was actually used as a scapegoat for the company who was just trying to save face:“I was terminated from my position because, Starbucks was looking for someone to take the blame for this and to save some face from their company,” Price told KTUL said.Price says she went back to the establishment but they will not answer her questions and she is now forced to find another job with a ruined reputation.Other news outlets including KTUL have reached out to Starbucks regarding the incident but Starbucks has yet to respond.Company did, however, release a statement Friday saying:“The Starbucks partner who wrote this offensive word on a cup used poor judgement and is no longer a partner after this violation of company policy.”
911 calls show how a deadly police shootout could have been even worse.The calls released yesterday came from last week’s shootout in Miramar in which two robbery suspects, a UPS driver and a passerby were killed.One caller told dispatchers he was in front of the UPS truck when the shooting started, and two bullets went through his daughter’s car seat.He told the dispatcher no one was hurt, though, because his daughter wasn’t with him, and he added, ‘thank God.’
A Broward County woman was rushed to a hospital Thursday afternoon, after her child accidentally shot her inside a car in Fort Lauderdale.Police officials say the incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. in the parking lot of a McDonald’s located at at 2510 West Broward Blvd.Witnesses stated the woman appeared to be shot in the leg, although that has not been confirmed by police.She was transported to Broward Health Medical Center as a trauma alert and is expected to recover from her injuries.The father was at the scene as first responders took the mother to the hospital, but it is unclear where he was when the toddler pulled the trigger.The incident remains under investigation and no other details are known at this time.
Today Pelosi said that she feels very liberated and said there is no such thing as an “eternal animosity” and vowed that we will have a new president next year.Pelose ended with, “He shredded the truth in his speech, he has shredded the constitution in his conduct so I shredded his speech.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump treated the State of the Union address like a reality TV show.Talking to reporters at the Capitol, Pelosi said Trump’s speech was riddled with falsehoods and had no connection to reality.She argued that Trump’s claim of inheriting a mess was wrong and pointed out that unemployment under the Obama administration was cut in half from 10 to 5% and the Dow Jones industrial average has gained about 45 percent since Trump was sworn in nearly three years ago. The Dow was up about 53 percent at this point in Obama’s presidency and a whopping 57 percent in Clinton’s early years in office.Pelosi insisted that Trump inherited a strong and growing economy from President Obama.She also said it was inappropriate for law makers to chant “Four more years” on the floor of the hallowed chamber of the House of Representatives.Pelosi ripped up Trump’s speech when he was finished on Tuesday night. Florida congressman Matt Gaetz says he’s filing ethics charges against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for ripping up the President’s State of the Union speech.Gaetz says he’s joining two other Republicans in filing charges with the House Ethics Committee. Gaetz said Pelosi disgraced the House of Representatives, “embarrassed our country” and destroyed official records.