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Slaying of Fla. law professor is a seeming mystery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Police have released few specifics about the slaying of a Florida State University law professor. But investigators have made one detail clear: Whoever targeted the man wanted him dead.

Investigators have ruled out a robbery gone wrong and say the killing was premeditated.

Tallahassee police are looking for a vehicle of interest. Cameras caught what appears to be a Toyota Prius in the area of Daniel Markel's home near the time of the shooting last week.

Police are asking the public for any tips about the vehicle and for anyone with surveillance in the area to come forward.

Police spokesman David Northway says there are no suspects.


2nd Fla. sheriff's deputy faces jail in Ponzi case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A second former Broward Sheriff's Office deputy is facing prison time for falsely arresting a woman as part of a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme operated by a disbarred lawyer.

A sentencing hearing is set Thursday for Jeff Poole, who pleaded guilty to a civil rights conspiracy charge in May. Poole faces up to 10 years in prison but will likely get less because he cooperated with prosecutors.

Court documents show Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein used high-level contacts in the sheriff's office to have Poole arrest the ex-wife of one of Rothstein's friends on trumped-up drug charges. The friend wanted to use the arrest in a child custody battle.

Former BSO Lt. David Benjamin got five years behind bars for ordering the arrest.

Rothstein is serving 50 years for the scam.


2 inmates back in Fla. jail after brief escape

BONIFAY, Fla. (AP) - Two escaped inmates are back in a Panhandle jail after they escaped.

Holmes County law enforcement officials say Jeffery Morrill and David Challender escaped from the county jail early Wednesday. Authorities did not say how they escaped, but noted they were caught the same day after a search that included helicopters, K-9 units and officers from multiple counties.

Twenty-eight-year-old David Challender is awaiting trial on a murder charge in Bay County for the death of a 91-year-old woman in his home. He could receive the death penalty if convicted.

Jeffery Morrill was recently convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The News Herald of Panama City reports the pair will face additional charges related to the escape.


Ala crash kills 2 in plane that took off in Fla

LILLIAN, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say two people are dead after a sightseeing airplane that took off in Pensacola, Florida, crashed in remote southwest Alabama.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office says the crash killed 67-year-old pilot Dean Legidakes and 15-year-old Marli Shea McManus.

The two were in a small airplane that took off from Pensacola on Wednesday morning. The plane didn't return on time, and authorities used a signal from the pilot's cellphone to find an approximate location.

A state helicopter spotted plane wreckage in a swampy area near Lillian about five hours later. The area is so isolated searchers had difficulty reaching it.

The sheriff's office says the two were in a Great Lakes 2T-1 biplane. The crash occurred northeast of a small airport near the Alabama-Florida line.


Fla. man accused of scamming Apple out of $309,768

(Information in the following story is from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa man is accused of scamming Apple stores out of $309,768 through a scam using fake authorization codes for debit cards.

The Tampa Bay Times says 24-year-old Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. is charged with wire fraud.

A Secret Service complaint says Parrish tricked Apple clerks in 16 states into accepting meaningless override codes in a scam made possible through a practice known as a "forced sale," ''forced post," or "forced code."

Authorities say he pretended to call his bank when his debit card was declined. He would then give the clerk the fake code to punch into the card reader.

Secret Service special agent John Joyce says the solution is for merchants not to permit hand-keyed override codes.


Drunk man run over by own pickup truck

(Information in the following story is from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun,

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Police say an intoxicated man was run over by his own pickup truck after he got into a road rage incident during a rainstorm.

The incident happened Tuesday evening in Gainesville.

The Gainesville Sun reports 48-year-old Joseph Carl drove into a vehicle stopped at a red light. He got out of his truck without putting it in park and began banging on the window of a woman's car. When the frightened woman drove away, there was nothing holding his truck in place.

The truck rolled into Carl. A police report says he was taken to the hospital where he was treated for fractures in his hand and foot.

He's charged with DUI and DUI property damage. It wasn't known whether he's obtained a lawyer.


Naked thieves take burgers from SW Fla eatery

(Information in the following story is from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press,

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into a southwest Florida eatery "dumb, dumber and dumbest."

In fact, waitress Nancy Sansevieri is still laughing after police released surveillance video Wednesday showing the college-aged men - two naked and one clad in underwear - stealing 60 hamburgers from Doc's Beach House in Bonita Beach.

Police say the men broke in early Sunday and left a trail of red peppers on the beach.

Doc's general manager Lou Bangert told the News-Press of Fort Myers that he's never witnessed such a crime in the restaurant's 27-year history. Thieves have broken in and taken money from the cash register, but he says no one has ever slammed through a door completely naked looking for beef.


2 geese cause flap at Fla. retirement community

(Information in the following story is from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal,

EDGEWATER, Fla. (AP) - Two Australian magpie geese are causing quite a flap in a central Florida retirement community.

The geese - who residents have named Lucy and Rickey - apparently love the swimming pool. While residents would prefer the geese to stay on the lake, they've gotten used to it. But Tuesday someone picked up the female goose and took her to an area near the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuse.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Lucy returned to Hacienda Del Rio on Wednesday, flying some nine miles.

Wildlife officials say it's a federal offense to drop an animal in the refuge. And it's against state laws to release any animal into the wild that's not native to Florida.

Residents say Lucy and Ricky may eventually go to a wildlife rehabilitation center.


Surveys explore U-boat, oil spill impact

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down with a passenger ship sunk in 1942 by a Nazi submarine, or may have been scuttled after passengers and crew were rescued.

Interpretations differ. But the pictures taken by a pair of mini-subs tethered to Robert Ballard's exploration vessel Nautilus are among the brightest and clearest ever taken of the Robert E. Lee and the U-166, which was sunk by depth charges from the Lee's escort on July 30, 1942.

Ballard's two submersibles provide much more light than the singleton available to most scientists.

The U-166 was among dozens of German U-boats that menaced U.S. shipping during World War II in an operation Germany code-named "Drumbeat."


Landmark Miami restaurant closes its doors

MIAMI (AP) - A landmark restaurant that was the first to integrate in Miami is closing its doors.

Jumbo's Restaurant served its final plates of fried chicken and soul food on Wednesday.

During segregation, black customers were forced to order from the back of restaurants, including at Jumbo's. But in 1967, the restaurant became the first to hire black employees and soon became a community staple for customers of all races.

The nationally known James Beard Foundation designated the restaurant an "American Classic" in 2008, one of just three in South Florida.

Through the years, the restaurant survived hurricanes, riots and a truck driving through its front window. It also endured years of white flight.

The owner has sold the property and is retiring to spend more time at home with family.

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