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Body found in a bag in pesticide truck along I-95 in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH

Body found in bag in truck along I-95

A body in a bag was found in a pesticide truck stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 95.

West Palm Beach police officials say a Road Ranger spotted the small red Toyota pickup early Monday. Inside, they found 53-year-old George Barahona and his 10-year-old son Victor Vocter. Both were conscious when rescuers arrived, but taken to the hospital for apparent treatment for chemical exposure.

In the back of the truck, firefighters found an unlabeled open plastic container containing an acid-like substance. That's when they found the body in a bag. Police did not release an identity on the dead person.

The truck belonged to CJ Pest Control in Miami. But officials were not able to reach anyone at the business on Monday.

MIAMI

$200M Medicare fraud brings indictments

Twenty people have been indicted in Miami on federal charges related to a $200 million Medicare fraud scheme.

The 38-count indictment released Tuesday involves false claims for mental health services that were unnecessary or not provided at all. Some charges involve kickbacks paid so that patients would be delivered to specific facilities. Still other charges concern money-laundering for the kickbacks.

The case revolves around Miami-based American Therapeutic Corp., which operated mental illness treatment centers at seven locations in Florida. Its top executives were originally charged with fraud in October. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

Three doctors were among those charged in Tuesday's indictment.

TALLAHASSEE

Drifter found guilty in Panhandle beheading

A jury convicted a drifter of murder Tuesday in the decapitation slaying of a woman in the Panhandle, a case that resembles a Georgia killing for which the man is already serving a life sentence.

The 12-member jury had deliberated for three hours and 40 minutes.

Gary Michael Hilton, 64, could get a death sentence for murdering 46-year-old nurse Cheryl Dunlap of Crawfordville. He also was convicted of kidnapping and stealing the victim's ATM card but acquitted of taking her car.

Associated Press

Body found in a bag in pesticide truck along I-95 in West Palm Beach 02/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 11:06pm]

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