80 Year Old Shot In Leesburg Carjacking Attempt

A would-be car-jacker shot and injured an 80 year old man Monday morning at a Leesburg shopping plaza after the victim refused to turn over his keys.  The man told police that he had just parked his car at the plaza when a young black male approached him with a handgun and demanded his keys.  When the elderly man refused, the man shot him and fled the scene.  He is still on the loose.  The victim was airlifted to an Orlando hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg.

There’s a big recall of avocados going on in Florida.  Henry Avocado is recalling California grown whole avocados.  The product is being recalled in six states including the sunshine state because of a possible listeria contamination.  Listeria can cause high fever, headaches, nausea, and abdominal pain.  If you’ve purchased any lately, toss them or return them to the store of purchase.

A man and teenage girl from New Port Richey were killed Sunday afternoon in a crash in Levy County.  Dead a 40 year old David, and 14 year old Suzanne Lewis.  The Florida Highway Patrol said the Lewis’ were riding a motorcycle were headed south on State Road 24 when a pickup driven by 29 year old Savannah Wilson crossed the center line and hit them head on.  Both were pronounced dead at the scene.  Wilson was taken to jail.  She was driving on a suspended license and driving drunk.  She will also be facing DUI manslaughter charges.

If you’ve cut the cord on television and are using a service, there are lots of choices.  Amazon tv, Netflix, Sling, and now Apple Plus.  Now these services will compete for programming.  Your cost will be about $10 each.   And coming this year, Disney says it will pull its programming from Netflix and start its own streaming service.  So add another $10.  To get all of the services, the cost is will soon approach the rate of basic cable or satellite, perhaps more.

Another weak earthquake has struck near the Alabama-Florida state line.  News outlets report it’s the fifth small quake in the area this month. There has been no damage or injuries.  The U.S. Geological Survey said a 2.7 magnitude quake hit early about 2 miles east of Century, Florida, on Sunday.  The geological survey claims the quakes are normal.

Gas prices in the Ocala area dropped by about a penny a gallon over the past week to an average of 2-60 a gallon.  That’s still more than 27 cents more than you were paying just a month ago.  But you shouldn’t have to even pay the average.  We’ve found fuel as low as 2-51 at some stations.  To find out where or check gas prices in your neighborhood anytime, just log on to our website classichitsocala.com

The Food and Drug Administration is taking another look at breast implants Monday and Tuesday, trying to answer the decades old question, can implants cause chronic illnesses.  The question has been under debate since the 60’s and now officials say there is evidence that implants can cause a rare type of lymphoma, a type of immune system cancer.  It remains to be seen whether the two-day meeting will have any effect on FDA regulation, or on the unrelenting demand for implants. Each year, about 300,000 U.S. women get implants, and 100,000 cancer patients reconstruct their breasts, using the prosthetics.

The Florida legislature is considering new laws that would put tighter regulations on the free-wheeling cosmetic surgery industry where the number of deaths have created concern.  The latest fad is called the Brazilian butt lift, which can be dangerous.  1 in 3000 people have died from the procedure compared to 1 in 50,000 for established cosmetic procedures.

Nobody won that huge Powerball jackpot over the weekend sending the new total to a mind blowing $750 million dollars in Wednesday’s drawing.  No one has won the Powerball jackpot since the day after Christmas.  Wednesday’s drawing will be the fourth largest in the game’s history.

Marion County deputies have recovered a hot air balloon stolen from its owner in Indiana.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office got a tip Saturday from police in Bloomington, Indiana, that the stolen balloon, worth $30,000 had been spotted at The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival. Deputies found the balloon while checking other balloons participating in the three-day event in Summerfield.  The sheriff’s office said the owner did not want to press charges and just wanted his balloon back.

One of Germany’s richest families, whose company owns a controlling interest in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread and other well-known businesses, plans to donate millions to charity after learning about their ancestors’ enthusiastic support of Adolf Hitler and use of forced laborers under the Nazis, according to a report Sunday.  The Bild newspaper reported that the documents supporting the claims were uncovered in Germany, France, and the US.   Family spokesman Peter Harf, who is one of two managing partners of JAB Holding Company, said recent internal research confirmed Bild’s findings.