Black bear moved out of neighborhood

OCALA

Woman holds essay contest for home

An Ocala woman is offering her $1.25-million home as a prize to the winner of a "pet lover" essay contest.

Entrants in Clementina Marie Giovannetti's contest must pay a $200 fee, submit a cover letter, the essay and a photo of the pet.

Giovannetti has set a minimum number of entries at 6,250 and contest rules allow her to extend her July 23 entry deadline or to cancel the contest if she doesn't get enough entries.

Attorney Eric Gifford, who drafted the contest rules, says he has been contacted by several Florida homeowners interested in similar contests.

Gifford says Giovannetti's property, purchased in early 2006, had been on the market for more than a year.

FORT MYERS

Black bear moved

out of neighborhood

Wildlife officials say they tranquilized and relocated a black bear that was sighted near homes in south Fort Myers.

Sheriff's deputies and residents sighted the 225-pound adult male, which spent part of Saturday morning resting against bushes behind a home.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists tranquilized the bear with a dart about 5 p.m.

The bear was safely moved to a more rural area in north central Florida.

He was tagged with an identification number, and some fur was taken for DNA sampling. Ice bags were used to keep the bear cool.

Commission spokesman Gary Morse says the bear could have been forced from his regular home by construction or other "disturbance."

ORLANDO

Police shoot suspect in burglary, car chase

Orlando police shot a man while responding to a burglary, but the man's injuries weren't considered life-threatening.

Tyronne Peterson, 31, was hospitalized.

Police say shots were fired during a confrontation with him Sunday morning, and more shots were fired after a car chase.

Police say Peterson, who was wanted on two warrants, was charged with burglary.

The four officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid leave, pending an investigation.

Associated Press

Black bear moved out of neighborhood 05/04/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:38pm]

    

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