Sumter Deputies Kill Murder Suspect In I-75 Shootout

A man wanted for murder was fatally shot by deputies after leading them on a chase on one of Florida’s busiest highways.  The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office says the unidentified suspect fired shots at deputies after his vehicle was cornered in a median on Interstate 75.  Deputies returned fire, killing the suspect.

Former baseball slugger Jose Conseco thinks he’d like to take a swing at politics.  So why not start at the top?  Conseco, in a tweet to President Trump, said he’d like to be the next chief of staff at the White House.  He told Trump that he has a secret reorganization plan ready to go and asked The President to contact him privately.

Downtown traffic was interrupted Thursday when construction workers broke a gas line in the downtown area.  An area of Watula between NE 3rd and 5th Streets was closed down while workers from TECO went to the scene to fix the line.

U.S. health officials have traced a food poisoning outbreak from romaine lettuce to at least one farm in California.  But they cautioned Thursday that other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing romaine lettuce. Your best bet is to not purchase romaine grown in California.

Don’t have time to make it to your local Starbucks?   Not a problem.  Starbucks is expanding delivery to more stores in the U.S. and China as it tries to accelerate growth in those two markets.  The company says it will offer delivery from 2,000 U.S. stores by next summer through a partnership with Uber Eats. It isn’t yet saying which stores will offer it.

Sears is closing a Northside Jacksonville distribution center that employed a generation of warehouse and distribution workers. Work done at the center will move to the company’s center in Ocala.  The warehouse will shut down in April as Sears closes down stores in a last ditch effort to survive.

Sheriff’s deputies say a worker at an Amazon warehouse in Florida stole nearly $4,000 in merchandise and gift cards, and sent customers empty boxes.  Orange County deputies say 20-year-old Elvis Soto was arrested on a felony third-degree grand theft charge. He has been released from jail after posting $500 bond.