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Cable installer masturbates in woman's living room

SARASOTA COUNTY, Florida -- A woman waiting for cable installation at home wound up getting a more explicit display -- right in her own living room.

The 24-year-old woman told Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies a Comcast cable installer came to her home on July 31 and exposed himself. Tuesday night, deputies tell our news partners WWSB-TV that they tracked down and arrested 31-year-old Shane Wheatley of Port Charlotte for the crime.

The woman told deputies Wheatley showed up to install cable service and began touching himself through his shorts. Then, when she looked away, she says Wheatley exposed himself and began masturbating while smiling at her.

Wheatley denies any wrong-doing, but deputies charged him with "Exposure of Sexual Organs" anyway.

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Wallenda to skywalk across Niagara Falls

Wallenda to skywalk across Niagara Falls

Sarasota, FL - There are two things Nik Wallenda is not.  

First, he's not afraid of heights and second he is not afraid of taking risks.

The seventh generation performer from the famous Flying Wallenda family is proving that with his latest feat. The 32-year-old says he wants to skywalk across Niagara Falls.

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Mockingbirds attack patients at Venice clinic

VENICE, Florida (AP) -- Patients arriving at an emergency care clinic in Venice are taking cover to avoid attacks from nesting mockingbirds.

Gulf Coast Medical Group Urgent Care manager Kathy Carbone calls them "mean birds." She was recently pecked by the mockingbird after she went outside to investigate patient complaints.

Workers found the nest late last week after a patient says he was attacked by the bird. His shirt had a hole near the shoulder, but he was not injured.

Officials from the Wildlife Center of Venice used yellow caution tape to block off an area near the tree until the birds leave. They say it takes about two weeks for eggs to hatch and two more weeks for the baby birds to fly away.

The mockingbird is Florida's state bird.

Leona Helmsley's millionaire dog dies

NEW YORK (AP) -- Leona Helmsley's millionaire Maltese has died.

The Helmsley family trust said Thursday that 12-year-old Trouble died Dec. 13 and was cremated.

Trouble became famous when Helmsley, who died in 2007 at age 87, left the dog $12 million of her multibillion-dollar fortune. A judge trimmed Trouble's bequest to $2 million.

Helmsley was the widow of Harry Helmsley and helped run their hotel and real estate empire.

Trust spokeswoman Eileen Sullivan would not say how much was left of Trouble's money. But she said whatever remained went into the family trust, which focuses on health and medical research.

Sullivan would not say where the dog died. The Daily News said Trouble had been cared for since her owner's death by the general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle hotel in Sarasota, Florida.

Sarasota High student graduates with dog

Sarasota High student graduates with dog

Sarasota, FL -- Emily Guttridge crossed the stage to receive her Sarasota High School diploma with lots of friends, including a cinnamon-colored Weimaraner called Roxie.

The ceremony took place at 8 p.m., Friday, June 3 on the SHS football field; about 475 students graduated. 

Roxie is Emily’s service dog. She was allowed to walk with students at graduation because Emily suffers from an incurable genetic disease that affects her heart and other internal organs.

The affliction, known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type IV, can lead to aneurisms and internal bleeding, so Emily has to be extremely careful not to fall or injure herself.

World's biggest Thank You card?

World's biggest Thank You card?

Venice, Florida -- The Venice Circus Art's Foundation, Inc. may have just created the world's biggest thank you card. The over-sized, 12 foot by 8 foot card was made by volunteers to be unveiled at the celebration of "World's Circus Day" on Saturday, April 16.

Princess Stephanie of Monaco created this day for the entire world to celebrate "Circus Arts" as a tribute to her parents. VCAFI will celebrate this day as a tribute to their valued volunteers.
The giant creation will be inscribed with the names of all the people who give their time to help the foundation reach its goal of saving the Arena and establishing a great entertainment venue in Venice. The completed card will be revealed at 2 p.m. on the special day, along with refreshments and other activities.

Circus Sarasota's daredevil act takes to new heights

Circus Sarasota's daredevil act takes to new heights

Sarasota, FL-- Fear will take a break, and bravery will take a giant leap on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. when circus daredevil Joseph Dominick Bauer, Jr. attempts one of the boldest acts ever presented anywhere on (or above) the earth, without benefit of a net or safety device.

Bauer will climb aboard the whirling "Wheel of Destiny," high above the apex of one of Sarasota's tallest landmark buildings, the towering 19-story Watergate Condominium near the intersection of North Tamiami Trail and Gulfstream Avenue.