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Miami Man Bites Off Part of Hospital Security Guard’s Finger in Fort Myers

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“Gotcha!”

That’s what witnesses say a 19-year-old Miami man exclaimed after he allegedly bit off the tip of a security guard’s left ring finger, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Shortly before 1 p.m. this past Monday, January 10, two security guards at Health Park Hospital in Fort Myers attempted to subdue an emergency room patient named Dillon Metoyer, who became agitated after nurses instructed him to stay in his hospital bed. More than once that day, the report says, security responded to Metoyer’s room because he was “acting erratic and appeared very angry” and had been lashing out “belligerently” toward staff.

Metoyer “clenched his fists and began aggressively approaching” the guards, headbutting one of them. The other had been struggling to place Metoyer in restraints when, according to the report, “Metoyer bit his left finger.”

Deputies later “observed that the tip of the victim’s finger left ring finger [was] bitten off.”

A witness said there was “blood all over the room.”

Dillon J. Metoyer, 19, was arrested on a felony battery charge after allegedly biting off part of a hospital security guard’s finger.

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Following the incident, a staff member cleaning the room “was having trouble finding the piece of the finger,” the report notes. Metoyer was then “asked if he had swallowed the finger, to which Metoyer stated he did not and [had] spit it out.”

The fingertip was later found inside a piece of a glove he’d been wearing at the time.

Metoyer was arrested and charged with felony battery and simple battery. A Lee County circuit court judge set his bond at $15,000. He posted bail and was released the following morning, jail records show.

According to the report, the injured guard intends to press charges. A Lee County Sheriff’s spokesperson could not tell New Times whether the severed part of the guard’s finger was reattached.

New Times called the number listed on the incident report of Metoyer’s “nearest relative.” The woman who answered declined to comment.

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Thursday is warming up Orlando, but the heat won’t stay for long

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A warming trend is rising in Central Florida, but another cold front is hot on its heels coming into the weekend.

Temperatures are approaching well above the average for January, with the high forecast for 79 degrees Thursday, the temperature low is predicted at 58, said Maureen McCann, Spectrum News 13 meteorologist.

A southwesterly wind is warming things up ahead of an approaching system thought to be bringing rain and cold temperatures to Central Florida, McCann said.

Thursday is not anticipated to have rain, but rain chances emerge Friday at 20% and Saturday at 40%. Following the rain, temperatures should drop, with Saturday’s high forecast for 65 degrees and the low at 48. That cold trend should remain in the five-day forecast through the rest of the weekend and into the start of the next work week.

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Driver transported after crashing into fence in Hollywood

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HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman has been transported to the hospital after crashing her vehicle into a fence in Hollywood.

7SkyForce hovered over the scene where rescue crews could be seen carrying the woman away from the side of the road on a stretcher.

The crash happened along the eastbound lanes of Pines Boulevard near 68th Avenue, at around 5:45 a.m., Thursday.

The vehicle the woman was driving crashed into a nearby neighbor’s yard. There was apparently another vehicle involved in the crash.

The victim’s condition remains unknown.

7News spoke with the homeowner whose fence was destroyed. He said his son woke him up after hearing a loud crashing sound.

At around 6 a.m., his neighbor then called to see if he knew about the damage to his fence.

He said he was shocked but thankful his house wasn’t hit.

“I think the car that hit my house, she hit that black car then she ran into my fence and my neighbor’s fence and she damaged both of them,” he said. “Luckily nothing [else] happened because the concrete stopped her from going further.”

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Missouri highway patrol blasts out ‘Batman’ cell phone alert by mistake

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(CNN) — The Joker is not on the rampage in Missouri, but it looks like authorities there are ready for the “Batman” villain.

An emergency alert mistakenly sent to mobile devices Tuesday by the Missouri State Highway Patrol asked residents of Gotham City to be on the lookout for a purple/green 1978 Dodge 3700 GT. The sedan, with license plate “UKIDME,” sounds a lot like the cars used by the Joker’s goons in the 1989 Batman movie.

It turns out there is no Gotham City in Missouri, and the message was sent in error during a test — apparently by someone with an impressive knowledge of the vehicles used in the movie that pits characters played by Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

“This was meant to be a test message, THERE WAS NO ALERT,” the law enforcement agency soon posted on social media. Similar errors by other public agencies sometimes have sparked real concern — and also gotten corrected quickly.

Missouri State Highway Patrol had been conducting “a routine test of Missouri’s Blue Alert system” when the message was sent to wireless devices around the state, the agency said in a news release.

“The Patrol regularly tests the Blue Alert system to ensure it works properly when needed. During the test, an option was incorrectly selected, allowing the message to be disseminated to the public,” the release said.

The Blue Alert system is designed to quickly spread information about “violent offenders who have killed, seriously injured, or pose an imminent and credible threat to law enforcement,” according to the highway patrol.

Last year, authorities in Chile mistakenly sent a tsunami evacuation warning following an earthquake. And in 2018, residents and tourists in Hawaii were terrified by a text warning of an incoming ballistic missile that turned out to be a false alarm.

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