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Central Florida Boy Scouts leader arrested on sexual battery, molestation charges




A 52-year-old Central Florida leader at Boy Scouts of America was arrested Friday on charges of sexual battery and molestation, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Three children told investigators in December they “had been touched repeatedly” for several years by John Larsen, district executive for Lake County, according to an arrest report.

It was not immediately clear from the heavily redacted report if the three children are boy scouts.

A mother of one of the victims told investigators that her son said Larsen “has been touching him and performing sexual acts on him since he was approximately eight years old,” the affidavit said.

The woman’s younger son told her Larsen also “touched him sexually” at Larsen’s residence, and she stated “she had no idea any of this had been going on,” the arrest report said.

Another juvenile — who is friends with the two brothers — described encounters with Larsen that “made him uncomfortable,” said he “told Larsen to stop but Larsen ignored him,” and “this continued until about a year ago,” according to the report.

According to Larsen’s LinkedIn profile, he became the district executive for Lake in 2018 and was tasked with development and implementation of educational programs, including STEM.

As of Friday afternoon, his name has been removed from the online BSA staff list of the Central Florida Council.

Larsen was jailed on two counts of sexual battery on a victim less than 12 years of age, two counts of sexual battery on a child 12 or older and four counts of lewd molestation.

The arrest report said Larsen works with children daily and goes to schools to recruit children to join the boy scouts.

“Because of the role he held in the community, detectives believe there could be more victims,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Anyone who may have been a victim or has information about Larsen is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes Unit at 407-254-7000 Ext. 70641 or Ext. 70557.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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‘You made a dumb decision’: Central Florida jogger’s 911 call details martial arts takedown of attempted murder suspect: report




Orlando Sentinel

Jan 20, 2022 10:14 AM

Logan Smith, 18, was arrested Monday and faces a felony charge of attempted murder.

Logan Smith, 18, was arrested Monday and faces a felony charge of attempted murder. (Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

A Central Florida jogger was attacked Monday by a man trying to choke him, kill him with plans to hide the body in a bedroom closet, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

But using his martial arts skills, the jogger was able to fight back, and keep the suspect at bay until authorities arrived, according to a 911 call published by WKMG.

Logan Smith, 18 of Cocoa, was arrested Monday by Brevard County sheriff’s deputies and faces a felony charge of attempted murder, according to Brevard County Jail records.

The man was getting ready to start a run through a Port St. John neighborhood when Smith reportedly jumped the man and tried to choke him with a waist belt from a robe, according the an arrest report. The man was able to free himself using martial arts training, and detained Smith on the ground until deputies arrived.

“I’ve got him detained on the ground right now. I need the cops here immediately,” the man said to dispatch, which could be heard via the released 911 call and published by WKMG. The man told dispatch he had Smith subdued with a grip on his throat and his hands.

“You made a dumb decision today,” the man told Smith during the 911 call.

The man told dispatch that he had never seen Smith before. However, Smith told deputies he had first noticed the jogger passing by about six weeks ago, according to the arrest report, details of which were published by The Associated Press. On Monday, he hid behind a light pole and waited for the jogger to pass by, authorities said in the report. He was armed with a rubber mallet, an aerosol deodorant can and a bed sheet, which he had laid out in the driveway, the report said. When the jogger passed by, the man threw a belt from a robe around his neck.

Later, Smith admitted to deputies he attempted to choke the man, whom he had been watching for weeks to get a sense of his daily patterns, WKMG reported. Smith told deputies he wanted the man’s body “all to himself,” according to the report.

“He further planned to place the victim’s body into his closet where the defendant stated no one would know and the defendant could have the victim’s body all to himself,” according to AP.

Read the full report at WKMG.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Runaway Hit “Choir Of Man” Coming To Miami From London’s West End, Jan. 29



There is something for everyone in The Choir of Man, a dynamic, uplifting, and jovial show for all ages at SMDCAC Jan 29 at 8 p.m. [PHOTO CREDIT: Chris David Cann]
The Choir of Man is critically acclaimed show that provides a riotously enjoyable homage to the “everypub” in every community – on stage at SMDCAC Jan 29. [PHOTO CREDIT: Prudence Upton]

Coming to Miami from London’s West End on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m., “The Choir of Man” is the runaway hit of the international theater scene featuring a multi-talented cast serving up 90 minutes of unadulterated entertainment – with a real working bar on stage at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC).

Considered across the globe as the ultimate-feel good show for all ages, The Choir of Man is critically acclaimed musical show combining hair-raising harmonies, foot-stomping sing-alongs, tap dance, and poetic meditations – all the while providing a riotously enjoyable homage to the “everypub” at the heart of so many communities.

“Imagine the greatest pub gig you’ve ever been to and multiply it by 10, and you’ll still be nowhere near the fun that this show exudes throughout,” touts the show’s producers.

With numerous duplicate casts, The Choir of Man has been continuously touring Australia, the U.S., and Europe since 2018, playing prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House and Kennedy Center.

“Now it is our tremendous pleasure to host The Choir of Man here in Miami,” said Eric Fliss, SMDCAC’s Managing Director. “Ensuring that there is something for everyone, The Choir of Man is dynamic, jovial, and flowing with fun. It is an uplifting show for all ages.”

Tickets for The Choir of Man range from $37.50 to $60 and are available by calling 786-573-5300 or by visiting VIP tickets are available for $75, which includes table seating and one complimentary beverage. 

Appropriate for ages 13 and up. All patrons entering the theater require a ticket regardless of age. This includes children and infants. Outside food & beverage are not allowed into the venue. Strollers are not permitted inside the auditorium.

PLEASE NOTE: Facemasks are required to be worn at all times.

About the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. More information about the Center and its programs can be found at

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available in the Main Stage Auditorium and the Black Box Theater space.  To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, CART, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314,, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).  

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Doing laundry is about to get more expensive




(CNN) — It’s going to cost you more to wash your clothes.

Procter & Gamble said Wednesday that it was raising prices by an average of about 8% on retail customers next month for its Tide and Gain laundry detergents, Downy fabric softener and Bounce dryer sheets.

If retailers decide to pass off any of the increases, additional household staples will be pricier for shoppers. US consumer prices rose 7% annually in December, the steepest climb in prices in 39 years.

P&G said it’s raising prices to offset some cost pressures, including transportation, labor and commodities it uses to manufacture its products. The US producer price index, a gauge for prices manufacturers are paying, rose 9.7% annually.

“Transportation and labor markets remain tight. Availability of materials remain stretched,” P&G CEO Jon Moeller said on an analyst call Wednesday. “In some categories and in some markets, inflationary pressures are broad-based with little sign of near-term relief.”

P&G makes many of the most recognizable brands in US homes, such as Gillette, Charmin, Bounty, Pampers and Crest.

Moeller said P&G has raised prices on all 10 of its product categories in the United States and told retailers Tuesday it will be increasing prices on some personal health care brands in April, although he didn’t specify which ones. (P&G makes Metamucil, Neurobion, Pepto-Bismol and Vicks.)

P&G expects the higher prices will drive sales growth in the coming months as its increases take effect.

Although consumers are already paying more for many household products, demand remains strong, he said. “We haven’t seen noticeable changes in consumer behavior.”

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