TAMPA, Fla. —Police were already keeping an eye on 17-year-old expelled student Jared Cano when they were tipped off that he was allegedly planning to bomb his old high school when classes resumed. In his apartment, they found shrapnel, plastic tubing, timing and fuse devices that he was amassing in a plot he intended to be worse than the Columbine mass killings, police said Wednesday.
Before Tuesday's discovery, Cano has been arrested several times, most recently accused of breaking into a house and stealing a handgun, Tampa police said. He had a court-ordered curfew and was on a police watch list.
"We've been very, very familiar with him," police Maj. John Newman said.
Besides the bomb-making materials, officers said they also found a journal with schematic drawings of rooms inside Freedom High School and statements about Cano's intent to kill specific administrators and any students who happened to be nearby next week.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Feeding chairs for babies recalled
WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of tabletop feeding chairs for babies and toddlers were recalled Wednesday after reports that they can come loose and send children plummeting to the floor.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says certain versions of the "me too" clip-on chairs imported by Colorado-based phil&teds USA Inc., can unexpectedly detach from a table, sending the chair and possibly the child to the floor.
The company and CPSC have received 19 reports of the chairs falling from table surfaces, including five reports with injuries.