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Florida News Aug 5

By: AP
By: AP

WOMAN BURNED
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a central Florida woman is in critical condition after her boyfriend set her on fire.
Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack says the 26-year-old woman was taken to a hospital Friday night with severe burns. Witnesses reported seeing the woman on fire run from a home.
Police say the woman's boyfriend set her on fire and then stole a van. Later that evening, police say the man burglarized a home and then tried to use a stolen credit card at a gas station.
Womack says the man was taken into custody Saturday morning. Additional details about his arrest were not immediately available.

SOLDIER KILLED
LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- Family members say a Tampa Bay-area soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.
The family of Staff Sgt. Matthew Steven Sitton says Army officials told them Thursday that the 26-year-old died this week after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Cheryl Sitton says her son was an adventurous child who joined the Army in 2006.
Sitton was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. His family says he had been scheduled to return home in a month. It was his third deployment to Afghanistan. He also is survived by his wife and an infant son.
One of Sitton's high school baseball teammates at Indian Rocks Christian School also was killed in Afghanistan. Cpl. Frank Gross died in July 2011 when an improvised explosive device caused a vehicle roll-over.

RYAN LOCHTE-PARENTS
DELAND, Fla. (AP) -- The parents of U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte are facing foreclosure in Florida.
According to a lawsuit filed in May in Volusia County, CitiMortgage is suing to foreclose on Steven and Ileana Lochte. The bank is seeking to recoup $250,000. The news was first reported by TMZ.
Court records show that Ileana Lochte asked the court to dismiss the case last month. Messages left Saturday for her attorney were not immediately returned.
The Lochtes divorced last year. Court records did not show whether Steven Lochte had an attorney. Both parents have been in London recently to watch their son compete.
Ryan Lochte has won five medals, including two gold medals, in swimming events at the London Olympics.

DETECTIVE KILLED
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say north Florida sheriff's deputies used justifiable force in a shootout during a meth lab raid that ended with a detective and a suspect dead.
A State Attorney's Office review says Clay County Sheriff's deputies fatally shot Ted Arthur Tilley in response to the shots Tilley fired at them during the February raid.
The review released Friday said Tilley and other suspects had meth in their systems when the shootings occurred. Sheriff Rick Beseler told The Florida Time-Union that the review "confirms what we knew from the beginning."
Detective David White was among nine deputies and detectives investigating a tip about the lab in a Middleburg home. White was fatally shot and another detective was wounded in the shootout.
Three suspects face first-degree murder charges in White's death.

SCOTT-CONSERVATIVES
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott is a hit with conservatives.
The governor's approval rating with Florida voters might be low, but he was very well received Saturday at a gathering organized by the conservative RedState blog.
Scott talked about the policies he's put in place since taking office, ranging from drug testing welfare recipients to stripping teachers of tenure.
He made several jokes about people opposing his agenda, at one point saying, "If you do conservative things in Florida, you get sued."
Scott took credit for recent job growth in Florida. And while he said Florida needs a better federal partner and that this year's election is important, he didn't specifically mention presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.


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