Man Arrested Following Thursday PM Bank Robbery

One man has been arrested following a bank robbery Thusday afternoon.  54 year old Paul Van Kooten was arrested shortly after the holdup at the Chase Bank branch on SW 42nd Street.  Investigators said Van Kooten was wearing plastic bags on his head and hands and implied he had a gun.  The 54 year old is also a registered sexual predator having spent time in prison for an attempted assault on a victim under 12.

StarKist Tuna Co. could face up to a $100 million dollar fine after agreeing to plead guilty to conspiring with two other companies to keep tuna prices artificially high.  StarKist said they have cooperated with the Department of Justice and accepts responsibility.   Sorry Charlie.

\Federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania are doing exactly what the Catholic Church doesn’t want them to do.   The DOJ has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S. Justice Department.

It’s been more than a week now since Hurricane Michael struck the Florida panhandle.  And the death toll keeps rising.  Three more deaths were reported Thursday.  The count for the State of Florida is now at 20.  Most of the fatalities were reported in Bay County.

Apparently 37 year old William Methvin has a penchant for heavy machinery.   The problem is, he doesn’t like to pay for it.  Methvin was arrested twice on Wednesday for stealing heavy equipment.  What the 37 year old didn’t know was the equipment had GPS devices that led police to him.  He was booked into the county jail but released on bond.

Ocala police have identified the man shot Wednesday at the Green Gables apartments as 45 year old Servando Ferguson.  Investigators say Ferguson had gone to the complex to pick up his son from football practice when a man approached him, told him he didn’t belong there, and opened fire.  The 45 year old was hit in the leg and was treated and released from a local hospital.   Police are now asking the public to come forward with any clues in the case.

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dipped slightly this week, taking a pause after weeks of steady increases stoked by rising interest rates.  Home borrowing rates remain at their highest levels in more than seven years, with the key 30-year rate approaching 5 percent. The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans eased to 4.26 percent this week.

So what is this winter going to look like.   According to the National Weather Service, wet and warmer than usual thanks to an El Nino brewing.  No place in the United States is expected to be colder than normal.  And the long term forecast shows Central Florida wetter than normal.  For our friends to the north, the prediction doesn’t include snow forecasts.