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    Burglars stole a M16-A2 rifle, loaded magazines and bullet-proof vests overnight from an unmarked Howey-in-the-Hills police SUV, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.The thieves broke a window of the vehicle, which was parked at Howey-in-the-Hills police Lt. Richard Roman's home in a neighborhood along David Walker Drive, Lake County Sgt. Jim Vachon said.Investigators said they believe the burglary happened sometime between 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.Read: Police: AR-15 stolen from OPD officer's unmarked vehicle Howey-in-the-Hills PD says Lt. Richard Roman stored gun according to agency policy. Rifle was in a soft case @WFTV pic.twitter.com/pRp9G7Mn9t— Cierra Putman WFTV (@CPutman_WFTV) March 25, 2017 'We don't like any stolen fire arms being on the streets,' Vachon said. 'We want to get this rifle back for the Howey-in-the-Hills Police Department as quickly as possible.'Though the vehicle was locked, it's unknown if the case containing the gun was locked, Vachon said. But he said that the weapon was stored in accordance with department policy.Read: Police: 2 arrested in theft of AR-15 from unmarked Orlando car'Our intelligence unit is also working with us to get the word out,' Vachon said. 'It's very fresh, so I don't know if we have any hot leads yet.'No other vehicles in the neighborhood were burglarized, deputies said.Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office or Crimeline at 800-423-8477.
  • A gunman barricaded himself inside a bus Saturday along the Las Vegas Strip, prompting a partial closure of the busy boulevard, police said.The standoff began after a shooting was reported on Las Vegas Boulevard in the heart of the Strip near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.Read: 1 dead, 1 injured in shooting near Vegas' Cosmopolitan hotelAt least one person has been taken to a hospital.Police say they do not believe there are any other suspects. No further information was available on the shooting.Read: Burglary at Bellagio Hotel and Casino prompts lockdown on Vegas stripLas Vegas Boulevard is closed between Flamingo Road and Harmon Avenue.No other details were given.
  • A motorist was fatally struck by a train early Saturday, the Ormond Beach Police Department said.The motorist was hit at about 4:45 a.m. while crossing the railroad tracks at Lincoln Avenue, Ormond Beach police Officer Keith Walker said.Read: Police: Woman dies when freight train strikes car in New Smyrna BeachThe motorist, who wasn't immediately publicly identified, died at the scene.West Granada Boulevard and Lincoln and Wilmette avenues were closed for about three hours but have since reopened, Walker said.Police: Man fatally struck by train in Holly HillOrmond Beach police and Florida East Coast Railway police continue to investigate the crash.No other details were given.Read: Pedestrian killed by SunRail train in Sanford, officials say
  • Gunshots were fired during a burglary Saturday at a high-end retail store inside a Las Vegas, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news Casino police said they are investigating the incident, which took place inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. In a statement Saturday, police said that a preliminary investigation suggests that at least three people entered the store and one of them fired gunshots. No one was injured and a suspect was taken into custody. Authorities said initial reports indicated there was an active shooter but that proved to be false. Parts of the casino property were closed as police investigated.  
  • A Florida man who went to an IHOP restaurant on Tuesday and ordered pancakes decided to enjoy his meal in the crosswalk of a busy street, the Lakeland Ledger reported. While the action drew plenty of laughter from witnesses, police in the Florida city located between Tampa and Orlando were not amused. >> Read more trending news Kiaron Thomas, 21, of Lakeland, was charged with placing an obstruction in the roadway and disrupting free flow of traffic, according to a Lakeland Police Department news release. He is due in court on April 25 to answer his charges. Lakeland police originally responded to a call at 10:50 a.m. on March 21. The caller said Thomas was sitting in a chair in the crosswalk with a small TV table in front of him, eating what appeared to be pancakes, police said. Responding officers were unable to locate Thomas and determined that he had left the area prior to their arrival, according to the statement. The chase might have ended there, but Thomas’ roadway seating arrangements led to a video that was posted on Facebook. “This man is a fool,” can be overheard at the beginning of the video as the person was laughing. As a tractor-trailer and a Jeep approach the crosswalk, Thomas begins to eat. Vehicles on the highway drove around Thomas; the video is just under a minute long. The Lakeland Police Department saw Thomas tagged in the video as the pancake eater. After his arrest, Thomas told investigators it was a prank and said he lives near the intersection.
  • Tiffany Tapper and Matthew Anderson were on their way to the home of Tapper’s parent Thursday night in South Florida with their two toddlers in the backseat when the couple passed out from drugs, police said.  >> Read more trending news  A passerby spotted Tapper, who was at the wheel, and Anderson unconscious in the car in Boynton Beach. Anderson, 27, told police he passed out from taking suboxone, a drug he’s using to help wean himself off heroin and that Tapper, 25, also took the drug. But police said when they searched the car — finding cockroaches and the children’s diapers soiled — they found a bag of white powder they identified as heroin and fentanyl, a much more potent and deadly drug, in Anderson’s wallet. The two survived, and authorities placed the children with a grandparent, according to a police report. Both face charges of child neglect. Tapper also faces a DUI charge, and Anderson drug possession charges. The state Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident, a spokeswoman said. The overdose problem is becoming a nationwide problem, and hearing about them has become a daily occurrence. And while not as common, authorities in the state and nation are reporting more adults found overdosed in cars with their children inside. In January, a couple in Florida’s Sarasota County were found unconscious in their car at a gas station with their two children in the backseat. And in September, police in Ohio released a photo that went viral of a similar call. The photo showed two adults in the driver and passenger seats with a young boy in the back seat with his face blurred out. Also in Ohio, a girl had to call 911 from the backseat of an SUV last Saturday in Cincinnati after her parents overdosed on heroin.
  • An Indian politician was banned from flying on most of the country’s major airlines after admitting he used a slipper to hit an Air India steward, The Guardian reported. >> Read more trending news Ravindra Gaikwad, a member of India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, said the attendant had insulted him on the Pune to New Delhi flight. “What did he say, that I hit him with my hand? I hit him 25 times with a slipper,” Gaikwad told ANI news agency in video footage it posted on Twitter. He added that he “dare[d] the Delhi police to arrest me” over the attack and asked the Indian state airline for an apology. “I am booked on a 4 p.m. flight to Pune,” he said Friday morning. “I will take that flight. How can they not let me travel when I have a booking and I am their passenger.” But the airline said later in the day that it had canceled Gaikwad’s return flight, the Guardian reported. He had also been banned from flying on any member airlines of the Federation of Indian Airlines, the Press Trust of India reported. The dispute appears to have been started after Gaikwad bought a business class ticket but was given an economy seat for the Thursday morning. After first complaining to an air steward, Gaikwad got into a heated argument with the senior flight attendant, Shivkumar. “[The steward] said ‘I will complain to [Indian prime minister Narendra] Modi’, so I hit him,” Gaikwad said. “Should I have to listen to this abuse?” Shivkumar, 60, later said the MP had humiliated him in front of the crew. “He misbehaved with me, he even broke my glasses. I never expected this could happen ... God save our country if this is the culture and behavior of our MPs.” Politicians from other parties condemned Gaikwad’s actions and the video was shared widely on social media. Gaikwad took a train to Mumbai after being banned from the Indian airlines.