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Victims sue lottery winner

Two alleged victims of a registered sex offender have filed a lawsuit seeking damages for pain and suffering after the man won US$3 million in a Florida Lottery jackpot. Timothy Poole purchased the winning ticket earlier this month in Mount Dora, near Orlando. He took a lump sum payment of about US$2.2 million. Poole was accused of sexually battering a nine-year-old boy in 1999. Poole denied the allegations, but pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery and was sentenced to time served. His probation was revoked in 2003 after he failed to show up for counseling. The lawsuit was filed by two brothers, who were aged 9 and 5 when Poole was arrested. In 2010, the Florida Legislature eliminated a statute of limitations for victims of sexual battery younger than 16.


Merida’s Coromoto closes

An ice cream store listed by Guinness World Records for its 863 different flavors has become the latest victim of Venezuela’s economic crisis. “We are closed during the season due to shortage of milk,” the famous Coromoto ice cream store in Merida posted on its Facebook page. Locals confirmed that the shop, hugely popular among tourists for its exotic and strange flavors, ranging from beer to beans, had been closed since Christmas Eve. A sign on the door asked customers’ forgiveness “for not attending you due to the lack of milk.” The country has been suffering acute shortages of basic goods, from toilet paper to spare tires, all year due to an economic slowdown, the highest inflation in the Americas and the impact of strict currency controls.


San Antonio fire kills five

Five people died on Sunday after a fire broke out at a senior-living apartment building in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills, authorities said. Ten other residents of the Wedgwood Apartments were hospitalized, and at least one is in critical condition, according to Bexar County Fire Marshall spokeswoman Laura Jesse. About 150 additional residents of the 11-story high-rise were taken by city buses to a local high school, and about 100 people remained there on Sunday afternoon. A total of 150 firefighters from San Antonio and six other fire departments responded to the blaze, which was reported shortly after 6am, San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove said. The cause of the three-alarm fire is under investigation, but appears to have originated on the third floor, Jesse said. Not all of the 216 residents listed on the building’s rent rolls have been accounted for yet, Jesse added.


Vigilante leader arrested

The leader of one of Mexico’s first anti-crime vigilante groups was arrested along with 26 supporters over a shootout that killed his son and 10 others, authorities said. Hipolito Mora was taken in on an arrest warrant on Saturday for “probable murder” in the bloody Dec. 16 episode with a rival group, Michoacan State Special Commissioner Alfredo Castillo said. Another 26 vigilantes were also apprehended for their involvement, he said. Mora put up no resistance, according to prosecutors, as he was arrested for his involvement in the shootout between two vigilante groups that turned on each other in La Ruana. Six of Mora’s followers, including his oldest son, died, as well as five members of a rival vigilante group led by Luis Antonio Torres, known as El Americano, who is also wanted for arrest and whose whereabouts are unknown.

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