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I had such a wonderful mangling in dream time last night, that I’m going to try to take today off, celebrating my slavery to angels who don’t seem inclined to take their feet off my neck. However, before heading to the laundry to wash my week’s supply of dirty clothes, I’ll leave you with a few 4th of July fireworks displays to tide you over until I’m feeling more down to snuff …
Reports of an armed man holding a hostage inside a Duval Street bed and breakfast appear to be false — or at least Key West police never found a caller who phoned them saying he stabbed a woman and was holding his teenage niece captive.
The Key West Police Department took the reports so seriously that officers engaged in stand-off tactics for more than five hours Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Officers conducted a room-by-room search of the Duval House Bed and Breakfast at 815 Duval Street for the man, but by 2 a.m. concluded he was not there.
Alyson Crean, spokeswoman with the Key West Police Department, said earlier in the evening Wednesday that a suspect was inside the b&b claiming to be armed and have a hostage. He said he stabbed a woman in the chest and abdomen and was holding his niece at shotgun-point.
Around 11:17 p.m., for about five minutes, a Key West police officer with a bullhorn tried to communicate with the then-thought-to-be barricaded man.
“The area is surrounded, come out slowly with your hands in the air,” the officer said. “No one needs to get hurt.”
During this time, the caller contacted police several more times responding to the officers on the bullhorn.
Crean said that after making no progress with the caller, police sent in the Special Response Team to tactically clear the remaining rooms.
“The team found no evidence of the caller or his alleged victims,” Crean said. “The hotel was deemed safe, and around 2 a.m. guests were able to go back to their rooms.”
Detectives are trying to determine who the caller is and from where he called, Crean said. She said police are almost certain the whole situation was a hoax similar to a bomb threat.
“We are confident there were no victims,” said Crean.
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Donald Gould, a former member of the US Marine Corps, was filmed by a passer-by playing a communal piano in Florida and the video has been viewed by more than 4m people.
Gould (51) ended up homeless after his wife died suddenly in 1998 and he began a cycle of substance abuse.
But since playing the piano he has appeared on local TV stations, including ABC News 7. He told the channel that he likes to play songs from his childhood including Billy Joel’s Piano Man to Bach’s Toccata.
“I was thinking I could just put my hat on the piano and make a couple dollars and get tips,” Gould said. “I didn’t expect it to jump out to this.”
Since the video of Gould playing the Sarasota Keys Piano Project piano went viral Gould has been offered a job. A local piano bar offered to try him out for a regular performing role.
The people who filmed the above clip went back to talk to Donald the next day, where he told them about his other musical talents and his past as a US Marine.
“I play the clarinet, actually – I played the clarinet in the Marine Core”.
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“Key West: grinding Uber into dirt … hostage hoax not what it appears to be … Frisbee Dave and Sloan quality of life up dates … homeless man returns found money, wants paying job … pastors, churches and Jesus”