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Briefs: Caylee Anthony was placed in bags and buried, reports show

ORLANDO

Caylee Anthony was placed in bags, buried

New documents released by the State Attorney's Office in Orlando show that the body of missing toddler Caylee Anthony was placed in a laundry hamper bag and then secured in a plastic garbage bag before she was buried. The documents released Wednesday also show the skull still had hair on it and that the mouth was covered with silver duct tape that had been adorned with a heart-shaped sticker. Duct tape also was attached to the toddler's head. Caylee Anthony's body was found in December in woods near where she lived with her mother and grandparents. Her mother, Casey Anthony, has been charged in her death. The toddler was reported missing to authorities in July, almost a month after she was last seen.

MARGATE

Sunken cars will now cost $1,000

Officials in this South Florida community are tired of pulling cars out of canals for free. The Margate Fire-Rescue Department wants to start charging $1,000 to pull out sunken cars. The department's dive rescue team pulls about three to five cars out of canals each year. Each operation takes at least an hour.

ORMOND BEACH

Thief has knife, but so does clerk

A knife-wielding robber ran into problems when a convenience store clerk pulled his own knife on the would-be thief. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reports that the man walked into the store Sunday morning, waving a knife and demanding money. But the clerk had seen the man outside covering his face, so he pulled out his pocketknife and got ready. When the robber jumped on the counter, the clerk lunged at the man and hit him in the chest. The startled robber ran toward the door, where he stopped to grab a bottle of suntan lotion and throw it at the clerk.

NAPLES

Hospital patient robbed of purse

A woman stole a purse from a patient at a Naples hospital and used the patient's credit card to charge a cab ride to Miami, authorities said. Alexandra Beth Regal, 32, turned herself in to authorities Monday. Naples police said the patient realized her purse was missing two days after she was admitted into the hospital. Authorities then learned that the patient's American Express card had been used to pay for a $270 cab ride from Naples to Miami.

BRADENTON

Orchid thief is given probation

A Bradenton man accused of stealing $10,000 worth of orchids will spend a year on probation. John-Nathan Allen Bass was expected to go to trial this week for a felony grand theft charge. Instead Bass, 25, accepted a plea deal and agreed to plead no contest to a charge of misdemeanor petty theft. According to a Bradenton Beach Police Department report, the victim found Bass' truck outside his home and watched as Bass loaded the vehicle with orchids. Bass drove off with the flowers after the victim tried to stop him.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Police cars collide; crooks still caught

Two police cars collided while law enforcement officers chased armed robbers in Broward County. According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, the two officers involved in Wednesday morning's crash weren't seriously hurt and the suspects they were chasing were caught.

Associated Press

Briefs: Caylee Anthony was placed in bags and buried, reports show 01/21/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 10:13pm]

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