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1. Dog flu virus has arrived in Florida; experts urge vaccination

Dog owners need to prepare for a highly contagious canine flu in Florida for the first time, and it's likely to pose a statewide threat, according to experts.

Florida officials advise dog owners to check with their veterinarian to see whether their four-legged friends have been vaccinated against the flu strain.

“It is very important for both veterinarians and dog owners in the state of Florida to have a very heightened awareness of the presence of this virus in the state of Florida and it may be coming to their local community, which then will increase risk of exposure for dogs in that community,” Dr. Cynda Crawford, a veterinarian with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, said earlier this week.

Infected dogs will cough, sneeze and have runny noses. Those symptoms generally last two weeks, and most dogs will recover without complications, Crawford said.

2. Naples man fled on stolen ATV, had heroin and meth, deputies say

A Naples man fled on an ATV and was punched and Tased multiple times during a fight with deputies Friday, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

Jason Duane Wimmer, 39, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of amphetamine, resisting officer with violence, and grand theft between $300 to $5,000, an arrest report states.

Deputies were patrolling a rural neighborhood damaged by recent wildfires. They had received complaints from residents on Markley Avenue and Smith and Garland roads that ATV drivers were using fire breaks to get through private property, the report states.

Deputies punched Wimmer and used an electric stun gun on him when he reached for his left pants pocket, where deputies said they saw a knife. Wimmer was Tased two more times, once on the chest, until deputies were able to secure him with three handcuffs, the report states.

3. Tallahassee chef competes on Food Network show

Local chef Shacafrica Simmons, of “Chef Shac Catering,” will be competing against three other chefs on the Food Network’s Chopped show today at 10 p.m.

The South Florida native was the executive chef at Florida A&M University for three years before she decided to branch out on her own two years ago. She has more than 36 years of experience and degrees in culinary arts, pastry and confectionary.

Simmons is inviting folks to a virtual viewing party. Folks can tune into the “Greater Tater” episode on their televisions, live stream on their mobile devices or TV using the Food Network app, or hit the like button on Chef Shac’s Facebook page and ask Chef Shac questions in real time.

 

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