News From Florida

A Florida man walked into a convenience store and asked what would happen if he were to steal a case of beer. He quickly got his answer and a free ride to jail.

Police say 33-year-old Christopher Maxwell stopped into a Speedway gas station at 2:30 a.m. and tried to buy beer, but the clerk told him that alcohol could not be sold after 1 a.m. That's when Maxwell asked, "What would happen if I stole some beer?" The clerk replied that she would call 911. Moments later, Maxwell grabbed two cases of Bud Light and walked out of the store.

As the clerk had warned, she called 911, and police found Maxwell a quarter-of-a-mile away from the store with a case of beer in each hand. Maxwell refused to stop walking away and then wrestled with officers as they tried to apprehend him. Finally he was taken into custody and charged with petty theft, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.

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Pets sometimes get loose from their homes. It happens. But a pet African warthog getting loose? That almost never happens.

Wildlife officials in Florida say they finally captured the warthog after pursuing it for several days and that it was likely someone's pet, even though there is no record of anyone having a license to own such an animal. They also said the warthog was reported to be very friendly to people and some even fed it. 

After multiple failed attempts to wrangle the animal, an officer was finally able to tackle it and lead it into a cage. Without knowing where the animal came from or whether it was carrying any diseases, veterinarians decided it was best to euthanize it.

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A Florida woman is so loyal to her favorite candy that when she found out that it might be discontinued, she offered to trade her car in exchange for some of it.

23-year-old Katie Samuels is a lifelong fan of Necco Wafers, the multi-colored chalky candy that no one else really seems to like. Last month, the 170-year-old company's CEO announced that it may have to shut down in May if it doesn't find a buyer, and when Katie heard this, she panicked. She contacted the company and offered to swap her Honda Accord for the rest of their stock.

She says, "I knew it was kind of a silly thing to say, but I'm serious. I don't have much right now, so I was like, 'I've got this car, and I want all that candy, so maybe they would consider it.'" The company acknowledged that it did receive the unusual offer, but did not accept it. Meanwhile, Katie says she used her credit card to buy 48 packages of the candy. 

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A Florida woman had the wind taken out of her sails when cops refused to believe that the cocaine they'd found in her purse was just blown there by a gust of wind.

Kennecia Posey was a passenger in a car that was pulled over because the driver was swerving all over the road -- and ended up being subjected to a search because she smelled strongly of marijuana. When the trooper on the scene went into Posey's bag, he found one packet of weed and another containing cocaine.

The 26-year-old admitted the pot was hers, but denied knowing anything about the stronger drug, saying, "It's a windy day. It must have flown through the window and into my purse."

Posey was hit with one felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession, then released on bond. 

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