dogs tear off man's right arm in attack
Two dogs attacked a North Florida man, tearing off his right arm and seriously wounding his left, authorities say. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office reports that 74-year-old Roy McSweeney was doing yard work Friday morning when the dogs — either pit bulls or pit mixes — jumped the fence and attacked. Besides the damage to his arms, McSweeney also suffered severe facial injuries. He was taken to a Gainesville hospital, where doctors were trying to save his left arm. Investigators determined that the dogs that attacked McSweeney belonged to his neighbor. The dogs were taken by officials and euthanized.
Anthony trial viewers in ruckus
Orlando police had to break up a scuffle among people gathering for a chance to watch Casey Anthony's murder trial. More than 100 people gathered early Friday near the Orange County Courthouse, according to WKMG-TV. Some had been waiting since 1 a.m. Officials don't allow potential spectators to line up until 5:30 a.m. Only the first 50 are allowed in the courtroom. As people ran to get in line, a woman was knocked down and had to be taken away in an ambulance, WKMG reported. Anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2008. The defense contends she drowned in her grandparents' pool. In the trial Friday, jurors heard testimony from the medical examiner who reviewed the child's skeletal remains and saw graphic video of how duct tape could have been used to suffocate her, though Orange and Osceola County chief medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia encountered contentious cross-examination from Anthony's attorneys.
Wildfire exceeds 50,000 acres
A wildfire that has been burning in western Miami-Dade County for nearly a week has grown to 50,316 acres. Florida Division of Forestry spokesman Scott Peterich said Friday that the fire is about 55 percent contained, but his agency, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the U.S. Department of the Interior are still trying to keep it from spreading. With winds blowing to the west, Peterich says Miami-Dade's more developed areas to the east are relatively safe. The primary concern for forestry and county fire crews is keeping the flames away from Everglades National Park and the Miccosukee Indian Reservation, which has a large casino and resort.