You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Police: Witnesses beat Fla. man who left 3 kids in vehicle while drinking at bar


An Florida father was charged with child neglect after police said he left his three children alone in a car at night while he hung out in a local bar.

Police said some of the patrons at Dr. B’s bar in Ocala, Fla. were so outraged at Joshua Delong’s alleged actions that they beat him up as soon as they found out.

>> Read more trending stories  

“I think every citizen looks at this and goes, ‘Are you kidding me?,’” said Angy Scroble with the Ocala Police Department.

Heather Weiss was the one who discovered the three children, ages 7, 8 and 5, in the car alone after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Weiss said the children were blowing the horn and screaming for their dad.

“They were scared. They were hot and had been in there for a long time,” Weiss said.

Weiss is also a parent and when she saw the children, she knew she had to act quickly.

“I have a 6-year-old son and there is now way I would ever put my son in a position like that. Seeing the way they looked and the fear in their eyes; it really bothered me,” she said.

Weiss and other witnesses got the children out of the car then found Delong, who they said was drunk and tried to drive away.

“There was a scuffle with unknown persons, knocking him to the ground unconscious,” Scroble said.

The suspect was taken to the hospital and was later arrested, and his children are staying with relatives.

Police said they don’t have much information on the people who injured Delong.




Next Up in Nation World

Nicki Minaj signs modeling contract with Wilhelmina 
Nicki Minaj signs modeling contract with Wilhelmina 

Nicki Minaj can add “model” to her list of jobs. Vogue reported that the rapper, actress, songwriter and mobile video game creator has signed a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models, a talent and model management agency. Specifically, Minaj will join Wilhelmina’s celebrity division and will work with the agency on campaigns...
Hartman: Charlie Sheen tweets that Reds ‘Rookie’ is a winner
Hartman: Charlie Sheen tweets that Reds ‘Rookie’ is a winner

If you haven’t heard of Rookie Davis yet, we’ll just have to let Cincinnati Reds fanatic Charlie Sheen introduce you. Not long before Sheen’s tweet, Davis shared that he was excited to tell his family he would be breaking camp with the Reds after spending the spring in a battle with several youngsters for a spot in the roster. Davis...
Study: 10,000 steps might not be enough for healthy life
Study: 10,000 steps might not be enough for healthy life

The standard for a healthy amount of exercise has widely been accepted as 10,000 steps a day. However, new research shows this might not be enough.  Researchers in Scotland looked at postal workers and tracked how many steps a day they took — their average was 15,000, according to The New York Times.  Those who achieved...
Authorities identify 3 storm chasers killed in crash near Lubbock, Texas
Authorities identify 3 storm chasers killed in crash near Lubbock, Texas

UPDATE @ 10:51 p.m.: Authorities have identified the driver of the Suburban as Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, of Cassville, Mo., CBS Dallas, other Texas media and CNN are reporting. The Suburban's passenger was Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, also of Cassville. The Jeep's driver has been identified as Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, of Peoria, Ariz. According to authorities...
Troy police started pursuit, terminated it before deadly crash
Troy police started pursuit, terminated it before deadly crash

Nine Troy police officers responded to the report of a stolen vehicle that spurred Monday’s high-speed police pursuit that ended with the death of an innocent driver in Harrison Twp. Troy police — who have a pursuit policy requiring an “immediate need for apprehension” — initiated the chase but later terminated it before...
More Stories