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Dad fires shots, prevents teens with guns, knife from kidnapping daughter: report

Four teen boys who drove to a teen girl's home with a knife, guns, gloves, masks and tape to try to kidnap her and rob the family were foiled when the dad heard dogs barking and fired shots, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

19-year old Keilon Johnson was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail. Austin French, 17, Tyree Johnson, 16, and Kamauri Horn, 15, were taken to a Department of Juvenile Justice facility.

Deputies said they had used barrels Tuesday night to try to block the road to the family house in Baker, an unincorporated community 10 miles northwest of Crestview in the Florida Panhandle.

However, when the 17-year-old daughter saw the roadblocks on her way home that night, she simply drove around them.

A short time later, her 51-year-old father saw his floodlights activate, heard his dogs bark and a car door slam, so he grabbed his gun.

That's when he saw people trying to force their way into his garage, deputies said.

"He fired three shots and the intruders fled into the woods," the sheriff's office said.

Authorities later found the four fleeing in a 2016 Jeep Liberty and stopped them, according to a report.

They were charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery.

--Orlando Sentinel

Fraternity revokes Florida State charter in wake of pledge's death

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The national fraternity where 20-year-old Florida State University student Andrew Coffey was pledging before his death has shuttered its local chapter, a spokesman said.

Pi Kappa Phi revoked the charter of FSU's Beta Eta chapter on Friday -- immediately forcing an end to all chapter activities and operations, said Todd Shelton, a spokesman for the national organization.

The chapter violated the fraternity's "social event management policies" on Nov. 2, the day before Coffey's death, Shelton said.

"Pi Kappa Phi's board of directors determined closing the chapter is the only appropriate action," said Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes. "Pi Kappa Phi holds our chapters and individual members accountable for the choices they make through our conduct process."

 

Coffey, 20, was found unresponsive Friday, Nov. 3, after an off-campus party that was attended by more than 50 people the night before.

Officers and paramedics determined Coffey, who was wearing a red FSU shirt and khaki pants, died, according to a news release.

The circumstances of Coffey's death have remained a mystery, but alcohol may have played a role. Police say they are waiting for the results of an autopsy before announcing the cause of death.

The national fraternity organization declined to say what specific policies were broken during the party.

--Sun Sentinel

Tillerson cautious on Saudi crackdown

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the mass arrests in Saudi Arabia by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are a matter of concern and should be watched carefully for broader repercussions throughout the region.

Tillerson, speaking to reporters onboard a flight from Beijing to Vietnam as part of President Donald Trump's Asia tour, struck a more cautionary note than his boss, who has expressed unconditional support for the de facto Saudi leader.

Tillerson told reporters he had spoken to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir, who allayed some of his concerns, but added: "How disruptive it's going to be remains to be seen."

Outside experts have cautioned that the unprecedented crackdown on scores of Saudi royals and prominent businessmen for alleged acts of corruption could send investors scurrying and stock markets crumbling.

"It raises a few concerns until we see more clearly how these particular individuals are dealt with," Tillerson said.

Tillerson also said Jubeir had assured him that Lebanon's recently resigned prime minister, Saad Hariri, was safe in Saudi Arabia and not being held against his will, as some reports have suggested.

Hariri's abrupt resignation also threatens to destabilize the region, leaving the militant group Hezbollah, which is part of the Lebanese government, to take a more prominent role. Saudi Arabia and the United States consider Hezbollah to be an Iranian-controlled terrorist organization.

--Tribune Washington Bureau

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