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Sandra Nortunen

Sandra Nortunen is a graduate of the University of Florida. Born in Miami, she began her career as a reporter for The Baker County Standard in Macclenny, Fla. She also worked at The Charlotte Sun-Herald and The Gainesville Sun before arriving at The Palm Beach Post in 2005 as an assistant bureau chief. She is now a digital content specialist. 

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Florida man wrestles, wrangles gator outside his home
 What does a southwest Florida man do when a gator gets too close to his home? He wrangles it. Michael Stauffer, of Bokeelia, told Fox 4 that when an alligator got too comfy crawling around his backyard, he grabbed a broom and towel, jumped on its back and wrangled it. He wrapped the towel around its snout and duct-taped it shut. ...

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What does a southwest Florida man do when a gator gets too close to his home? He wrangles it. Michael Stauffer, of Bokeelia, told Fox 4 that when an alligator got too comfy crawling around his backyard, he grabbed a broom and towel, jumped on its back and wrangled it. He wrapped the towel around its snout and duct-taped it shut. ...
WATCH: Florida man wrestles, wrangles alligator outside his home 
 What does a Florida man do when a gator gets too close to his home? He wrangles it. Michael Stauffer, of Bokeelia, told Fox 4 that when an alligator was too comfy crawling around his backyard, he grabbed a broom and towel, jumped on its back and wrangled it. He wrapped the towel around its snout and duct-tapped it shut.  He then tossed...

Posted: 3 hours ago

What does a Florida man do when a gator gets too close to his home? He wrangles it. Michael Stauffer, of Bokeelia, told Fox 4 that when an alligator was too comfy crawling around his backyard, he grabbed a broom and towel, jumped on its back and wrangled it. He wrapped the towel around its snout and duct-tapped it shut.  He then tossed...
UPDATE: Officials now say flares, not pipe bombs, ignited at Florida mall 
 Update 1:40 p.m.: The FBI has confirmed that an incident at a Florida mall was not the result of pipe bombs or terrorism, but was caused by marine flares. "There is no indication of any explosion at the mall and no pipe bombs were found," according to a statement released Monday by the FBI's Tampa field office to ABC News....

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Update 1:40 p.m.: The FBI has confirmed that an incident at a Florida mall was not the result of pipe bombs or terrorism, but was caused by marine flares. "There is no indication of any explosion at the mall and no pipe bombs were found," according to a statement released Monday by the FBI's Tampa field office to ABC News....
Boy with 10-pound tumor on face dies after surgery in Florida
 A 14-year-old boy who recently underwent surgery to remove a 10-pound tumor from his face has died, according to news reports. Emanuel Zayas developed the benign tumor while suffering from polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, a genetic disorder in which fibrous tissue begins to replace bone in the body. “Our condolences and prayers for...

Posted: 22 hours ago

A 14-year-old boy who recently underwent surgery to remove a 10-pound tumor from his face has died, according to news reports. Emanuel Zayas developed the benign tumor while suffering from polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, a genetic disorder in which fibrous tissue begins to replace bone in the body. “Our condolences and prayers for...
Florida man dead after diving in underwater caves
 A 50-year-old Florida man is dead after cave diving in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park this weekend, officials said. Davin Brannon, 53, of Dover, was diving in the Eagle’s Nest cave around noon Saturday when Hernando County Sheriff officials were called about a diver in distress. By the time crews arrived at the Chassahowitzka Wildlife...

Posted: 22 hours ago

A 50-year-old Florida man is dead after cave diving in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park this weekend, officials said. Davin Brannon, 53, of Dover, was diving in the Eagle’s Nest cave around noon Saturday when Hernando County Sheriff officials were called about a diver in distress. By the time crews arrived at the Chassahowitzka Wildlife...
Boy with 10-pound tumor on face dies after surgery in S. Florida
 A 14-year-old boy who recently underwent surgery to remove a 10-pound tumor from his face has died, according to news reports. Emanuel Zayas developed the benign tumor  while suffering from polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, a genetic disorder in which fibrous tissue begins to replace  bone in the body. "Our condolences and prayers for Emanuel's...

Posted: 23 hours ago

A 14-year-old boy who recently underwent surgery to remove a 10-pound tumor from his face has died, according to news reports. Emanuel Zayas developed the benign tumor while suffering from polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, a genetic disorder in which fibrous tissue begins to replace bone in the body. "Our condolences and prayers for Emanuel's...
Florida man dead after diving in underwater caves 
 A 53-year-old Florida man is dead after cave diving in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park this weekend. Davin Brannon, of Dover, was diving in Eagle’s Next cave around noon Saturday when Hernando County Sheriff officials were called about a diver in distress. By the time crews arrived at the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area...

Posted: a day ago

A 53-year-old Florida man is dead after cave diving in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park this weekend. Davin Brannon, of Dover, was diving in Eagle’s Next cave around noon Saturday when Hernando County Sheriff officials were called about a diver in distress. By the time crews arrived at the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area...
Slight chance of rain this morning, before a partly cloudy Sunday
 Today is forecast to be partly cloudy day as the National Weather Service is calling for just a 20 percent chance of rain in the morning. Download The Post’s WeatherPlus app The high temperature is near 75 degrees, and winds will be coming in from the east around 5 to 10 mph. WeatherPlus: Updates from Post weather reporter Kim Miller...

Posted: a day ago

Today is forecast to be partly cloudy day as the National Weather Service is calling for just a 20 percent chance of rain in the morning. Download The Post’s WeatherPlus app The high temperature is near 75 degrees, and winds will be coming in from the east around 5 to 10 mph. WeatherPlus: Updates from Post weather reporter Kim Miller...
UPDATE: Missing, endangered man makes it safely back home
 Update 10:50 a.m.: After driving around for hours, the missing Boynton Beach man has made his way safely back home.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Joseph Bilotti had been missing since Saturday afternoon.  Original story: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public&rsquo...

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Update 10:50 a.m.: After driving around for hours, the missing Boynton Beach man has made his way safely back home.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Joseph Bilotti had been missing since Saturday afternoon.  Original story: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public&rsquo...
Florida man sent to prison after threatening to kill at Islamic Center 
 A 35-year-old Florida man was sentenced to prison after calling a mosque and leaving a message that said, “I’m gonna shoot all ya’ll,” the U.S. state attorney reported. Gerald S. Wallace, of Miami, pleaded guilty in October to one count of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs for making call. He was sentenced...

Posted: 4 days ago

A 35-year-old Florida man was sentenced to prison after calling a mosque and leaving a message that said, “I’m gonna shoot all ya’ll,” the U.S. state attorney reported. Gerald S. Wallace, of Miami, pleaded guilty in October to one count of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs for making call. He was sentenced...
JUST IN: 550 pounds of cocaine seized from ship at Miami port  
 Florida law enforcement officials confiscated over 550 pounds of cocaine while they were inspecting a vessel at Miami’s seaport Monday morning. U.S. Customs and Border protection officials were going through cargo when they discovered the cocaine, estimated to have a street value of $6.25 million, according to a news release. ...

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Florida law enforcement officials confiscated over 550 pounds of cocaine while they were inspecting a vessel at Miami’s seaport Monday morning. U.S. Customs and Border protection officials were going through cargo when they discovered the cocaine, estimated to have a street value of $6.25 million, according to a news release. ...