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Lashawnda Jones, 30, was arrested Friday and faces charges including robbery, conspiracy and wearing a disguise during a felony.

Police say she robbed two TD Bank branches — one in Bear on Oct. 15 and one in Wilmington on Oct. 22. Each time, she wore a burqa — a traditional Islamic garment that covers the face. Police say she’s also wanted for robberies at TD Bank branches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In both of the Delaware robberies, police say Ms. Jones handed the teller a note demanding money and implying she was armed. Police say she was accompanied by another woman, also wearing a burqa, during the second robbery.

Police say Ms. Jones became a suspect after a retired detective pointed out that he’d arrested her in 2004 for similar crimes


Deputy killed in auto wreck

WINTER HAVEN | Authorities say a central Florida sheriff’s deputy has been struck and killed by a car that continued on a destructive path, hitting a businesswoman and her store.

Authorities say Polk County Sgt. Wes Whitmore had just gotten out of his car at a 7-11 store Sunday in Winter Haven when a Cadillac Escalade rammed into his vehicle, pushing it into him and causing it to spin 180 degrees.

The Escalade, driven by a 79-year-old man, also struck a business owner and her store, continuing through a parking lot, shrubs and a retention pond before finally coming to a stop. The 60-year-old Sgt. Whitmore died shortly after. The driver and business owner have been taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries


Showboat survives night aground

BRANSON | More than 600 passengers and crew members of a Branson showboat are safely off the vessel after spending the night aboard the boat, which became grounded because of high winds and choppy water.

There were no injuries after the Branson Belle’s captain decided it was safer to stay wrenched against the shore than try to guide the boat to its dock just across the channel on Table Rock Lake.

Herschend Family Entertainment spokeswoman Lisa Rau said the cruise departed at 4 p.m. Saturday and problems began two hours later when the winds picked up. Ms. Rau says nine people were evacuated from the boat overnight, including four with pre-existing medical conditions and members of their families.

She said passengers were upbeat as they began disembarking around 9 a.m. Sunday.

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