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Casey Anthony's brother testifies at murder trial



Prosecutors in the trial of a woman charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter called her brother and members of law enforcement to the witness stand Wednesday, trying to give jurors a better look at her conflicting statements before and after the child was reported missing.

Lee Anthony, the brother of Casey Anthony, recounted his unsuccessful efforts to track down his sister at a nightclub by text messaging and calling her in early July 2008, around the time Caylee was reported missing.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty, and her defense attorney says Caylee accidentally drowned in the family's swimming pool. The prosecution says the child was suffocated.

Caylee was last seen by her grandparents in mid June 2008. Casey Anthony waited a month before telling her family the toddler was missing. Her mother then called authorities.

Casey Anthony has said she was conducting her own efforts to find her missing daughter, but prosecutors contend she was going to nightclubs, shopping and hanging out with friends during that month.


Judge reprimanded for behavior in court

An Orlando judge has admitted he violated judicial ethics through rude, loud and angry behavior he once said was due to his "Irish temper."

Circuit Judge Timothy Shea also expressed remorse and agreed to receive a public reprimand from the Florida Supreme Court in a stipulation filed Wednesday.

Shea admitted he demeaned a female prosecutor by saying it's best to let a woman talk until she's finished while holding up his hand and moving it like a mouth talking.

One outburst was so loud Shea's yelling was heard outside his courtroom.


Burglary suspect had 59-inch TV on his bike

Police say it wasn't hard to notice the burglary suspect. He was riding a bicycle, carrying a 59-inch television.

A bike patrol officer said 23-year-old Steven Long had wedged the television between the handlebars and his lap as he pedaled along early Sunday.

According to reports, he panicked when he saw the police officer, eventually ditching the bike and the stolen television.

Officers later spoke with residents who had reported a burglary. They said they'd been asleep when someone pried open a side door and took the TV. They identified the one Long had been carrying as theirs.

Long now faces several charges, including felony theft.


Black bear roams for food in neighborhood

A southeast Gainesville neighborhood has a visitor: a 500-pound black bear.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist saw the animal over the long weekend and says it will run from people. The animal apparently lives in a nearby prairie and is roaming the neighborhood for food.

Officials say their goal is to create an adverse environment for the bear. Plans include lighting firecrackers near it or hitting it with bean bags. Using a tranquilizer dart is a less popular option because biologists don't know how the bear will react if hit with the drugs.


Woman in car killed as smoker slips hitch

A central Florida woman was killed when a barbecue smoker detached from a sport utility vehicle and hit the woman's car.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Richard McReynolds, 42, was pulling the smoker on a trailer Tuesday night. The trailer detached from McReynolds' SUV, traveled across an Orlando roadway and crashed into a car driven by Wanda Evette Keyes, 41, who died at the scene.

The Highway Patrol said charges are pending.

Associated Press

Casey Anthony's brother testifies at murder trial 06/01/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 10:37pm]
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