Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade surprises fan at prom
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade made one high school senior's night when he showed up unexpectedly at her prom.
Wade walked into a ballroom with roses and hugged Nicole Muxo on Friday night as her classmates from Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School cheered.
Muxo posted a YouTube video in April asking Wade to the prom.
She knew it was unlikely with the Heat heading to the Eastern Conference finals, but she was persistent. She even sent him a Twitter message with the ballroom's address.
Wade said he had a free night and wanted to make it a memorable one for her.
The Heat star mingled with Muxo's family, posed for lots of pictures and squeezed in a dance with his date before heading home to ice his knee.
MOTHER SHOOTS SON
Deputies: 86-year-old Fla. mom shoots, kills son
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say an 86-year-old central Florida mother has confessed to fatally shooting her son in self-defense.
Polk County sheriff's officials said Nancy Pennypacker ran outside of her home, screaming for help Friday night. She told the deputy her 64-year-old son had been drinking and hit her in the face when the fight escalated into gunfire. William Pennypacker was found dead inside the home.
Authorities say Nancy Pennypacker was shot once. The bullet traveled through her finger and into her shoulder. She is hospitalized in stable condition. Criminal charges are not expected.
Nancy Pennypacker says her son suffered from depression and has threatened to harm himself in the past. He has also been arrested in the past for batter and aggravated assault against his mother.
UM-NCIS AGENT RESCUE
UM Hospital teams rescues NCIS agent in Panama
MIAMI (AP) - A team from the University of Miami Hospital is sharing their story after being summoned to Panama to rescue an NCIS federal agent.
The U.S. ambassador to Panama asked the hospital for help after 42-year-old agent Noel Zuniga collapsed in March during his daily run. Hospital officials said he suffered a heart attack.
Doctors performed an angioplasty but Zuniga remained critically ill and was experiencing multiple organ failure. He desperately needed a mechanical intraaortic balloon pump to maintain circulation.
The University of Miami Hospital had conducted a clinical trial for that device four years earlier.
UM doctors flew to Panama, implanted the cardiac pump, and flew Zuniga back to Miami where he spent a month in intensive care.
Zuniga and the doctors discussed the case during a press conference Friday.
WHEELCHAIR FALL-AMPUTEE RESCUED
Heroes rescue disabled Fla. vet from pond
LEALMAN, Fla. (AP) - Two Good Samaritans are being praised after authorities say they rescued a disabled veteran whose wheelchair rolled into a southwest Florida pond.
Lealman Police say 79-year-old Robert Lunay was sitting in his wheelchair overlooking a pond Friday night when his wheelchair slipped and he fell into the water. Lunay is a double-amputee.
Robert Fields and Norman Steers happened to be nearby and heard Lunay calling for help. They jumped into the water and pulled him to shore.
Lunay was not injured.
Lealman Fire Captain Larry Thompson says "this could have ended tragically" if the two men had not rushed to action.
Fla. toddler dragged underneath car
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A 14-month-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle and dragged for several feet.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials said Jaike Young was playing outside with several other children Friday when a vehicle stopped in front of the home to drop someone off. As the car was pulling away, another child threw a rock in front of the car and the toddler ran to get the rock. Jaike was too small for the driver to see and was dragged eight to 10 feet underneath the car before the driver stopped.
He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities say the driver, who was not identified, will not be cited.
FATAL BUS CRASH
Man dies after crashing into school bus
PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) - A man driving a pickup truck died after crashing into a Tampa Bay area school bus.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reports that 66-year-old James Allen Flint died at the scene Friday afternoon.
The bus driver and three students from Plant City High School were on the bus when it was knocked onto its side. Two students were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, while the other student and driver were treated at the scene.
Pill mill doc pleads guilty to drug, tax charges
MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida doctor is facing up to two decades in prison after pleading guilty to drug and tax charges arising from an illegal pill mill operation.
Dr. Stephen Anthony of Davie entered his guilty pleas Friday to conspiring to illegally dispense large amounts of oxycodone, money laundering and tax evasion. He will be sentenced Oct. 4 in Miami federal court.
Over a 10-month period, records show Anthony wrote more than 12,000 oxycodone prescriptions and over 5,700 for Xanax through an urgent care center. Anthony's plea agreement also shows he evaded more than $550,000 in taxes, using the money for such things as jewelry and expensive cars.
Anthony was connected to Vincent Colangelo, who previously pleaded guilty to several charges arising from his operation of 6 Broward County pills mills.
ART MUSEUM DONATION
Miami Art Museum gets $15 million gift
MIAMI (AP) - A new art museum being built in South Florida has received a $15 million gift from an anonymous donor
Miami Art Museum officials announced Friday that they have received $12 million in cash and more than $3 million in art.
The Miami Herald reports that the money comes with no strings attached. Museum Director Thom Collins says the money will into the endowment.
The new Perez Art Museum Miami, set to open in December, is currently under construction on a site facing Biscayne Bay. The new gift brings the museum to 85% of its $220 million fundraising goal.
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