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Airplane skips over traffic in I-10 landing

Two Jacksonville men escaped injury as they crash landed an airplane Tuesday beside Interstate 10, west of Interstate 295, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The twin-engine 1957 Aero Commander landed on the highway and skidded to the tree line, FHP said.

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Two Jacksonville men escaped injury as they crash landed an airplane Tuesday beside Interstate 10, west of Interstate 295, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The twin-engine 1957 Aero Commander landed on the highway and skidded to the tree line, FHP said.

JACKSONVILLE

Airplane skips over traffic in I-10 landing

A twin-engine airplane lost an engine Tuesday morning and landed on Interstate 10 in Jacksonville, swooping under power lines and leapfrogging over vehicles ahead in traffic. The 1957 Aero Commander eventually veered off the road into a stand of trees and stopped after ripping one wing in half and damaging the other wing tip, authorities said. Pilot William Montgomery, 47, and passenger Kacper Gradzki, 27, of Orange Park, both highly experienced pilots, were standing unharmed beside the plane when emergency crews arrived shortly after 8 a.m. The plane had just taken off from Herlong airfield, Jacksonville's general aviation airport. Officials said one engine died and the other was failing.

VERO BEACH

Former priest accused of planting child porn

South Florida investigators were looking Tuesday at a former Catholic priest who is accused of planting child pornography on another former priest's computer.

Alfred Justin Boulerice, 29, faces charges of trespassing, tampering with evidence and making a false report to law enforcement. The investigation began last year after someone anonymously told police of seeing child porn on Gerald Lamothe's computer. He was charged but exonerated in February after an informer told police the pictures were planted.

Boulerice's whereabout were unknown. He was a former School Board candidate and worked as a religious counselor after leaving the priesthood and getting married.

ORLANDO

UCF police accused of racial profiling

A mixed-race University of Central Florida philosophy professor has accused four university police officers of racial profiling in relation to a traffic stop.

The investigation has grown to include Orlando Police Department, the ACLU and the NAACP.

Jennifer Lisa Vest says four white officers stopped her Aug. 9 near campus, citing a broken tail light — she says it was not broken. She says they called her a "drug user, crack head and liar," searched her car without probable cause and kept her from taking her chest pain medication.

She asked the Police Department to clear her record, train the officers on civil rights and issue a public apology. Court records show Vest got a $114 fine for "no or improper tag or tailights."

UCF officials would not release the police report.

Casselberry

Marine bomb expert dies in Afghan blast

The Department of Defense announced Tuesday the death of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Floyd E. C. Holley, 36, of Casselberry.

Holley was killed by an explosion Sunday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, according the Defense Department and the Orlando Sentinel.

A specialist in roadside explosives, Holley did one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. He grew up in Casselberry and was planning to come home for the birth of his first child, a daughter, in November. Holley was in his third overseas tour of duty, defense officials said.

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