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Saturday, May 21, 2011--Is it the Rapture?

Saturday, May 21, 2011--Is it the Rapture?

Could this be our last earthy night?  A few people have been standing at the corner of Tyrone Boulevard and 66th Street North this past week carrying signs to that effect.

Their signs say that Saturday, May 21, 2011 is Judgment Day and another big yellow sign was planted in the same high traffic area of St. Petersburg.

Apparently, a retired engineer turned Christian radio show host has been broadcasting that tomorrow is the big day based on the cracking of biblical code.  

Believers will be taken up to heaven tomorrow, while non believers will be left here on earth as it implodes, explodes and is consumed by every form of disaster known to man.

Tune in tomorrow to find out! 

Palm Harbor couple finds drunk intruder on couch

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) -- Authorities say a Tampa Bay couple woke up to find a drunk intruder passed out on their couch -- next to a plate of food he apparently cooked for himself.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says that when confronted, Mark Sirben insisted he lived there and passed out again. When a deputy arrived at the home, Sirben was still asleep.

The 51-year-old was charged with trespassing an occupied structure and criminal mischief because he allegedly broke a fence to gain access to the home's backyard. He is believed to have entered through an unlocked door.

Sirben is a resident of Spring Hill, about 40 miles northeast of the Palm Harbor home where he was found. He was still being held at the Pinellas County Jail as of Sunday evening.

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Nurse charged with trafficking Hydrocodone

Pinellas Park, Florida -- A licensed practical nurse has been arrested for allegedly trafficking drugs obtained by fraud.

Detectives say Jamie D. Snide, 53, of St. Petersburg allegedly used her position as an LPN to call in fraudulent prescriptions for herself for Hydrocodone and Soma. She used the name of a doctor she used to work for, in order to get the drugs.

She was arrested at work Wednesday and charged with eight counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud and seven counts of trafficking.

 

Sword-wielding man arrested for threats

Sword-wielding man arrested for threats

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- A 22-year-old man was arrested Saturday night in Tarpon Springs, accused of threatening a group of teenagers with a three-foot sword.

The kids told police they saw Derek Hanson as they walked along Klosterman Road just before 10:30 p.m.  They said he was wearing a black trench coat and noticed the sword under his coat.

Tax filers take out frustration on "IRS car"

Pinellas Park, Florida -- Monday is the deadline to get your taxes in and if you're feeling a little frustrated over filing, you're not the only one.

Some people let off steam at Liberty Tax in Pinellas Park. The company provided an old car, representing the IRS, for customers to beat up on.

Photo Gallery: Liberty Tax Car Smash

Once people filed their taxes, they got the chance to smash up the car. Customers say it's the perfect way to relax after filing in the 11th hour.

"I just got [my taxes] done, kinda embarrasing that I waited that long, but it's done and it's great. I'm getting ready to smash it," said Dawn Britener-Hild.

The filing deadline was shifted three days because of a holiday in the District of Columbia. It  fell on the traditional tax day of April 15th.

St. Pete: Homeless men were paid for beatdowns from pretty women

A St. Petersburg company is making money selling videos of beautiful women violently beating up men.  A lawsuit now claims that the men in the videos are homeless and are being taken advantage of.

The St. Petersburg Times reports the men are paid $50 to participate in the fetish videos, which are posted on then posted on SheFights.net. The women are scantily clad -- sometimes topless -- and the "beatdowns" on the male participants seem merciless.

Photo Gallery: Pictures of a SheFights.net "beatdown" (warning: graphic content)

Missing college student found locked in closet

Missing college student found locked in closet

St. Petersburg, FL -- Police say a college student who went missing on Saturday has been found safe.


21-year-old Hunter McDougal was found locked in a closet on USF campus.  He was reportedly dehydrated, but in good shape, and his family says they are thankful he is alive. 


St. Petersburg Police are investigating. They're not sure how he got into the building, but he was found in a type of closet that can open from the outside and if the door closes, a person can be locked in.