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Bank Robbery Attempt Fails When Customer Pulls Out His Own Gun On Suspect

PALM BAY — It took 62-year-old Ruben Torres a New York minute to become a Palm Bay hero.

That was the amount of time it took Thursday for the off-duty security guard to spot a suspected bank robber in the lobby of the Space Coast Credit Union, retrieve his gun, and hold the bandit until patrol officers arrived.

“I guess it’s the New Yorker in me,” Torres said about his decision to get involved.

Police credit Torres — who has a concealed-weapons permit — with thwarting the bank robbery at the credit union at 152 Malabar Road.

“Torres’ actions, while not encouraged, are appreciated and were very courageous,” Lt. Mark Renkens said. “He took action to stop a crime in progress, and fortunately made a positive difference in the outcome.”

The suspect, Floyd Francis, 23, of Palm Bay, was charged with robbery.

Torres said he was in the branch lobby before 2 p.m. Thursday getting money and had stopped to talk with a credit union associate when he saw aman walk in.

“This guy walked in and looked me over. He wasn’t disguised or anything. But he put a Wal-Mart bag on his head, walked to the counter and gave the teller a note . . . He even took the bag off his head and gave it to the teller to put the cash in,” Torres said.

Torres said he slipped out of the branch office and walked to the parking lot.

“I went to the car and got my weapon,” said Torres, who stopped off at the bank before heading to work at a Melbourne engineering company.

Torres then pulled a 9mm pistol on the robber before he left the branch building.

“That’s when I took him down. The whole thing lasted three to four minutes. The tellers were all nervous,” said Torres, who ordered the robber to get on the ground.

The suspect appeared apologetic before officers arrived and placed him in handcuffs, Torres said.

Francis was taken to police headquarters, along with a possible accomplice waiting in the parking lot, for questioning, officials said.

Bank staffers gave Torres several hugs.

A branch customer who arrived moments after the robbery watched as officers stood behind crime-scene tape.

“It’s not bad, having a (permit),” said Josh Murray, after learning about how the robbery was halted. But Murray also raised concerns about the prospect of an armed Good Samaritan acting on his own.

“It’s definitely good no one got hurt,” Murray said.

“So long as he’s willing to accept that it could have happened.”

It was not the first time Torres has come face to face with someone on the wrong side of the law.

In April 1987, Torres, then a mailman, found himself in the line of fire of William Cruse.

In that incident, Torres made it to his car to get his gun after Cruse started firing several rounds in a Winn-Dixie parking lot in Palm Bay.

The two fired several rounds at each other before Torres ran out of ammunition.

Cruse ended up killing six people, including two police officers that day.

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Jeezy – “Hood Politics”

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James Wins Second Straight MVP Award

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The Cavaliers superstar was voted the league’s MVP for the second straight year, a person familiar with the announcement told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the results of the vote. James, who averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists this season, will receive the trophy Sunday from commissioner David Stern at the University of Akron. The Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics on Monday in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series.

James is the 10th NBA player to be the MVP in consecutive seasons. The 25-year-old star joins Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash.

Russell, Chamberlain and Bird won it three times in a row.

James’ win was expected after he had the finest season of his seven-year pro career. What remains to be seen is his margin of victory. Last season, James received 109 of 121 first-place votes, winning in a landslide in voting by a nationwide media panel of sportswriters and broadcasters over Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who won the award in 2008.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland first announced that James won the award.

For the second straight year, James will accept the award in his hometown. A year ago, he went back to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, his alma mater, for a ceremony in the school’s gymnasium that was attended by family, friends, former teachers and the student body.

As a high school star, James played many of his games at Rhodes Arena on Akron’s campus. James also holds his summer basketball camps at the university, and the Zips are coached by Keith Dambrot, who coached the All-Star for a time in high school.

James, paired this season with center Shaquille O’Neal to help Cleveland win its first NBA title, led the Cavaliers to 61 wins in the regular season and the top seed in the playoffs. Cleveland’s lineup was constantly changing because of injuries, but the Cavs could always count on James, the first forward in league history to average more than eight assists a game.

James delivered nightly jaw-dropping highlights, many of them coming at the defensive end on chase-down blocks. His value was never more obvious than when he sat out the Cavaliers’ final four games, and they lost each one.

Despite playing with a strained and bruised right elbow, James averaged 31.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 steals as the Cavaliers eliminated Chicago in the first round of the playoffs.

“I give a lot of credit to my teammates, the coaching staff and my family,” James said last week when asked about winning a second MVP. “It solidifies a lot of hard work and dedication I was able to put in the offseason to try to get better as an individual and bring it to this team.”

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Who You Got?: Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Sugar Shane Mosely


Nothing in all of sports beats a great boxing match. It’s the ultimate challenge, two men matching their skills and wits. Where one mistake can leave one of them staring up at the ring lights wondering what the hell just happened.

Tomorrow (May 1) in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Sugar Shane Mosley meet in a match that will determine who is the best fighter in the world today not named Manny Pacquiao.

Both fighters have already made history by agreeing to Olympic Style drug testing leading up to the fight.

I brought USADA in to keep the sport on an even playing field. Everyone knows this is done for the betterment of the sport,” says Mayweather. “After I get blood taken, I’ll go in and box 12 or 13 rounds, no problem whatsoever.”

Floyd will make a reported $40 million while Shane will take home $7 million for a fight that’s expected to shatter all previous Pay-Per-View records.

Both fighters are confident going into the match. Floyd is the clear favorite and sees Shane as “just another victim“, but that doesn’t bother Shane at all.

At this point it doesn’t even bother me,” he said. “They were picking (Antonio) Margarito to win, too, by a landslide, and people were talking about my health, that he was going to retire me.

I’m telling you guys, (Mayweather’s) not going to beat me.”

All the talking is done now. As Michael Buffer would say, “Let’s get ready to rumble!

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Timbaland Celebrates 38th B-Day w/ Brandy, Ray-J, Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton & Ciara

Timbaland celebrated his 38th birthday Wednesday (April 28) by partying at Drai’s at The W Hotel Hollywood with a few of his famous friends.

Ciara and Paris Hilton seemed to really be enjoying each other’s company while Timbo dj’d playing some of his biggest records.

Ray-J and sister Brandy who’s new album is being produced by Timbaland joined the party, as did Interscope Records big wig Jimmy Iovine..

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Drake Says Jay-Z Wasn’t Feeling “Over”

Drake’s breakout mixtape, So Far Gone, set the bar pretty high for his upcoming debut album, Thank Me Later. His first offering, “Over,” was intensely debated, but DJs co-signed the single almost immediately.

One critic, however, wasn’t as quick to deliver praise. According to Drake, Jay-Z had to warm up to the record.

I got a funny e-mail today from Jay-Z about [‘Over’],” Drake said during a conference call for DJs.

The Toronto lyricist said Jay offered an analogy to describe the way the track grew on him. He compared the song to “the girl you see at the club, she’s not the cutest,” Drake explained. “But then you speak to her and realize that she’s one of the sexiest women of all time.

Drake premiered his follow-up to “Over” early Thursday morning (April 29), the Kanye West-produced “Find Your Love.” He recently shot a video for the track in Jamaica, and images from the set have leaked online. Two other Thank Me Later tracks, “Fireworks” and “Shut It Down” (featuring The-Dream), have sprung up online.

Drake also revealed during the call that he might have a bonus track on his debut album featuring Lupe Fiasco and upstart MC J. Cole. “I think that would be a special moment for hip-hop fans,” he said, before adding a joke. “For people that are disappointed when I drop songs like ‘Find Your Love,’ I think they would appreciate that. Hopefully they’re both willing.”

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Halle Berry Single Again


NY Daily News: One of Hollywood’s most beautiful couples has called it quits.

Halle Berry and her model boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, have pulled the plug on their five-year relationship, RadarOnline.com reports.

The couple, who are parents to 2-year-old daughter Nahla Ariela Aubry, have reportedly spent months working with a lawyer to iron out the details of a custody and division of property agreement. Berry is said to have employed the services of Judy Bogen, a family attorney from a top Beverly Hills law firm

“Halle was terrified that Gabriel would go after her money,” a source said. “But he’s a decent and proud guy and that’s just not his style.”

Aubry was reportedly the one who ended the relationship, citing that the couple’s age difference was a factor in the split. He is 34, while Berry is 43.

“Gabriel just felt it wasn’t working anymore,” a source said. “When they were first together, the nine-year age difference between them didn’t phase him. But as time went on, he started feeling it more and more.”

According to Radar, Aubry began to notice women other than Berry, who was voted Esquire’s sexiest woman alive in 2008.

“Gabriel is a really nice, decent guy and he would never cheat on her” the insider said. “But I suspect that he had become attracted to someone and that he felt he needed to break it off with Halle before anything developed any further.”

The source added, “As much as it can be, it’s been an amicable split. They both traveled a lot for work anyway, so they were used to spending time apart for long periods, but I think Halle has taken it pretty badly, she truly loved Gabriel and thought she had found the one.”

In the purported separation agreement, Aubry wanted joint physical custody of the couple’s daughter, which Berry reportedly agreed to.

He also asked for ownership of the house they own in Canada, according to Radar. Berry reportedly put the full deposit down on the property, however Aubry has been making the payments ever since.

“Financially, Gabriel isn’t in the league of Halle, but he still earns a decent amount from his modeling career, in the region of $700,000 per year, so he’s comfortable and he didn’t want a dime from Halle,” the source said.

Berry hasn’t been shy when it comes to her feelings about marrying again. The actress has publicly declared that she has no intention of ever walking down the aisle, no thanks to her two failed marriages.

In 1996, Berry ended her three-year marriage to former baseball player David Justice, a decision that left her so depressed, she said she attempted suicide. Berry went on to wed R&B singer Eric Benet in 2001, only to split two years later when he confessed to having an affair.

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5 Month Old Baby Overdoses On Heroin

The mother of a 5-month-old baby that overdosed on heroin has been sentenced to 30 days behind bars for child abuse.

36-year-old Marilyn R. Fischl of Springfield Virginia received her sentence yesterday for supplying the drug to two friends that were babysitting her son.

Prosecutors say when Fischl left her infant with the pair; they snorted lines of heroin with the 5-month old nearby.

After doing the drugs they left the child unattended and returned to find him with the wrapping paper of the drug in his mouth and his eyes rolling in the back of its head.

The young boy was taken to a hospital where doctors said he was having an overdose. The child survived and Fischl was arrested.

Yesterday prosecutors decided that the maximum five year penalty was too harsh for the mother and sentenced her to 30 days.
She could serve just half of that time however because of overcrowding in the Fairfax County jail.
Fischl has admitted to needing help with her drug problem and was previously arrested for possession with her boyfriend Rafael Preston pictured above.

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SMH: Man Solicits Undercover Cop For Sex With $10 & A Box Of Tastykakes…

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A New Jersey man is behind bars today after police say he mistook an undercover police officer for a prostitute and offered her $10 cash and a box of Tastykakes for sex.

Asbury Park police arrested 19 men for soliciting the officer including the man who offered the snack cakes.

Police report that the men offered the woman anywhere from $10 to $100 but the snack food offering takes the cake.

The police have released the names of all the men arrested but have not identified who went to the extreme.

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Chris Brown Cusses Out Virginia Radio Personality

“Why am I even doing this interview? I ain’t doing this s**t!”

A scheduled interview between Chris Brown and a Virginia radio station quickly turned sour after the R&B singer complained of his songs not getting airtime, cursed out the radio personality and left.

The singer turned diva let out his rant yesterday at Richmond’s Q94 WRVQ during a prerecorded interview with radio host Kash.

When an obviously perturbed Brown asked him why he wasn’t playing any of his records, Kash responded saying,

“Mr Chris Brown… you just don’t have any hits and that’s just the truth. You don’t have any hits right now.”

Obviously upset by his response CB lashed out at him before walking out saying,

“All I’m saying is that you don’t play m y s**t. What number is it (my song) at? It don’t matter. Why am I even do ing this interview?! I ain’t doing this s**t!”

Kash reports that he’s since received several phone calls from executives at Jive apologizing for their artist “acting like a diva.”

The personality is also denying claims that he altered the audio to shed Brown in a negative light. He took to his Twitter page to say,

“For the record, my interview with Chris Brown was posted with the entire amount of audio I got minus dead air, I tightened it up for radio play. Apparently blogs are thinking I edited it to make homeboy look like a d**che, but no editing can create that level of d**che-bagery.”

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Nelly’s Bodyguard Murdered

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ICE CUBE SET TO STAR IN FILM ABOUT COPS IN BIGGIE-TUPAC CASE

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Ice Cube is teaming up with Woody
Harrelson and Ben Foster in the new
film Rampart. The film, which is
centered around the scandals that
took place in the Los Angeles
Police Department in the 1990s,
showcases police misconducts in the
Community Resources Against Street
Hoodlums (CRASH) anti-gang program
including unprovoked shootings,
beatings, planting of evidence,
framing of suspects, stealing and
dealing narcotics, bank robbery,
perjury and covering up evidence.

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Dem Franchize Boys Burns $100,000

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Rappers Jon Geezy & Parlae (Dem
Franchize Boys) decided to show
everyone in the world that they had
money to blow by not only burning
$100,000, but also putting it on
YouTube for the whole world to see.
Not only is this highly illegal,
but it might also be the dumbest
thing anyone has ever done with
$100-thousand dollars.

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LUDACRIS, MAGNUM CONDOM LAUNCH RAP CONTEST

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Condom brand Trojan Magnum is using
hip hop – by way of Ludacris – to
promote its new nationwide campaign
celebrating men who choose Magnum
as their primary protection of
choice. The Magnum Live Large
Project encourages safe sex by
having participants write and
record rhymes about their use of
Magnums, Trojan’s largest line of
condoms.

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