- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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COUPLE’S TRIAL OPENS IN $300 MILLION VACATION RENTAL FRAUD CASE

A federal trial began Wednesday for a married couple accused of orchestrating a $300 million fraud involving thousands of investors who were promised big profits by purchasing dilapidated properties in the Florida Keys and elsewhere that would be transformed into luxurious resorts. Instead, prosecutors say Fred Davis “Dave” Clark Jr., former president of now-defunct Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas, and Cristal Clark, a top sales agent, defrauded banks and about 1,400 individual investors through a series of misleading marketing materials and false statements. The investors in some cases were promised quick returns of 15 to 20 percent, according to court documents.

FDLE TO INVESTIGATE AFTER OCALA MAN DIES IN POLICE CUSTODY

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the death of a 35-year-old Ocala man who had been detained by police. Ocala police officers were called to a home Tuesday morning after a man was “acting unusual” in the driveway. Three people at the home told officer that Bryan Omar Young had possibly used narcotics. The officers handcuffed Young as they continued talking to witnesses. Police said officers noticed Young’s condition was deteriorating, so they removed the handcuffs and started performing CPR. They called for an ambulance. Young was taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center where he was declared dead just after 7 a.m.

FBI PROBING FLORIDA POLICE SHOOTING OF MAN WITH AIR RIFLE

The FBI has opened an investigation into the fatal 2013 shooting by a sheriff’s deputy of a man carrying an air rifle who may not have heard commands to drop it because he was listening to music through earbuds. The FBI’s top agent in South Florida told Broward Sheriff Scott Israel about its investigation into Jermaine McBean’s death in a recent letter. The letter was included in a filing Tuesday by the sheriff’s office in a civil lawsuit brought by McBean’s family. Agent George Piro said the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division asked the FBI to open the probe after receiving a complaint.

DEPUTY CLERK ACCUSED OF STEALING MONEY IN PASCO COUNTY

A Pasco County deputy clerk is accused of stealing money from the city’s traffic department. In a news release issued Tuesday, Pasco County Clerk Paula O’Neil said internal audits showed five financial discrepancies on the traffic department’s books in June. Kelly Hafner-Houston, the deputy clerk who oversaw the account, was placed on administrative leave by the county. County officials then notified the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. She was arrested Tuesday and bonded out of the Pasco County Jail early Wednesday. Records don’t indicate whether she’s hired an attorney.

WOMAN FINDS 300-POUND ALLIGATOR OUTSIDE HOME

A Tampa Bay area woman started her day by finding an alligator outside her home. St. Petersburg police say a member of a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission crew captured the alligator Wednesday morning after officers responded to reports of the alligator at the home.


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