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Friday, November 9, 2012
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KEY WEST

Local on 'Shark Tank' tonight

Key West businessman David Cox will appear as a contestant at 9 tonight on ABC-TV's "Shark Tank" reality show where entrepreneurs compete for big bucks.

The episode was shot in July and Cox was sworn to secrecy about the outcome by producers.

"It was an amazing experience," said Cox, whose Web-based business employs eight.

Cox's website, PCClassesOnline.com, was selected out of 30,000 businesses to appear on the hit ABC show, where business owners pitch ideas to potential investors.

In 2011, Cox started The Mac Guru, and soon after, PC Classes Online, which offers online courses like "New to Mac" and "Intro to Windows 7." Cox, 29, is married to Allen Gallant.

MONROE COUNTY

Fugitive back in Keys jail

A Stock Island man who cut off his GPS ankle bracelet and fled house arrest -- imposed for allegedly threatening a judge and deputy -- was caught in Georgia and jailed here Thursday morning, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.

Michael George Haggerty, 48, was arrested Oct. 25 in Savannah on a warrant by a Miami-Dade County judge. The local State Attorney's Office recused itself due to a conflict of interest. Haggerty allegedly threatened local circuit Judge Luis Garcia on Facebook. Haggerty was being held without bail in the Monroe County Detention Center. It was unclear when a trial would be held.

STOCK ISLAND

Animal farm open Sunday

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Animal Farm will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Families are welcome to visit the animals, which include horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, a kinkajou, sloths, a lemur, Kramer the Emu, a family of Patagonian cavies, tortoises, snakes and more. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

It's the only open house all month due to Thanksgiving. The annual Christmas on the Animal Farm event will be on Dec. 16.

The farm is at the Sheriff's Office headquarters on College Road. Groups may schedule tours by calling Farmer Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300. See www.facebook.com/KeysAnimalFarm.