Python hunters begin scouring for snakes in Everglades

The South Florida Water Management District has hired 25 people to hunt pythons in the Everglades.

Tom Rahill, from the Swamp Apes organization, has been catching pythons in the Florida Everglades for years. He has personally captured more than 400 of the invasive species, but now he is a paid professional python hunter.

“It is a whopping $8.10 an hour. The first 4 feet is $50. It’s $25 for every additional foot,” Rahill said.

Thanks to a $200,000 pilot program instituted by the South Florida Water Management District, Rahill and two dozen other hunters will scour the Everglades, hunting for Burmese pythons.

Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen cruised by car and truck Thursday along the roadways in the southern district restricted land.

“Typically, a healthy python, when they come out, whatever environmental factors — the rain, the temperature, the barometric pressure — whatever the cause is, when you see a python coming out, it’s very likely that all the other pythons in the area will be moving, as well,” Rahill said.

Tongen and Rahill hiked through the marshy scrub and sawgrass to a hammock they hoped would have snakes.

Rahill said he knows when a python is near because they leave trails of their feces, or scat, or leave trails of their shedded skin.

“There’s a glisten. The pythons have a sheen that come off of their skin,” Rahill said.  

Tongen and Rahill didn’t bag a snake, but officials are confident that under the right conditions the professional python hunters will snag a significant number of snakes, and hopefully, they will help lessen the harmful effect that pythons have on the environment in the Everglades.

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Marijuana found floating in clogged toilet at suspected Keys drug house

Deputies serving a search warrant on a Florida Keys home found marijuana floating in a clogged toilet bowl.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested two men Wednesday on multiple drug charges in Big Coppitt Key.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Harold Cantres and Jack Cantres refused to open the door when detectives knocked, so detectives forced their way inside.

Detectives found a clogged toilet with marijuana floating in the water. Herrin said Jack Cantres admitted to trying to flush the drugs down the toilet.

Herrin said authorities also found individual packages of heroin in Harold Cantres’ car and more than $3,000 in cash in his pants pocket. She said marijuana and Spice were found in another car.

Jack Cantres also faces charges of resisting arrest and tampering with evidence.

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Worker falls from scaffolding in Miami Beach

A worker fell from scaffolding outside a luxury condominium Thursday afternoon in Miami Beach.

The man fell while he was working on the seventh floor of the L’Excellence condominiums, 5757 Collins Ave., Miami Beach police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said.

Sky 10 flew above the scene as the scaffolding was on the ground outside the building.

 

Rodriguez said the victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.

The owner of GC Construction told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden that his employee, Jorge Cabada, fell one story and was conscious and stable.

Detectives and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating how the worker fell.

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Worker falls from scaffolding in Miami Beach

A worker fell from scaffolding outside a luxury condominium Thursday afternoon in Miami Beach.

The man fell while he was working on the seventh floor of the L’Excellence condominiums, 5757 Collins Ave., Miami Beach police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez said the victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.

Detectives and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating how the worker fell.

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Thief steals Louis Vuitton purse, cash from vehicle at Weston gas station

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is searching for a thief who stole a Louis Vuitton purse and cash from a vehicle earlier this month at a gas station in Weston.

The theft was captured on surveillance video on the morning of March 9 at the Mobil gas station at 1108 Weston Road.

Deputies said the man paid for his gas and then walked to the victim’s car, where he stole a Louis Vuitton purse and wallet, some cash, several credit cards and a cellphone.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Detective Michael Kravecz at 954-659-3531, or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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Gutsy gas station clerk tries to grab gun from robber

A gutsy gas station clerk tried to grab a gun from a man last month who robbed the convenience store, authorities said.

The robbery was reported just after 1 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Mobil gas station at 901 W. Sample Road in Deerfield Beach.

Broward sheriff’s deputies said the robber pointed a gun at the clerk and ordered him to place the cash drawer in a backpack.

Surveillance video shows the clerk trying to grab the gun, but the robber managed to hang on to it.

The two struggled briefly before the robber yanked the cash drawer and ran out the store.

The bandit was wearing a Miami Heat hat and a cloth over the lower part of his face during the robbery.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective David Agusti at 954-321-4200. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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