Ex-Royal Caribbean employee accused of robberies

WEST PALM BEACH

Cruise worker accused in burglaries

A former Royal Caribbean employee has been charged with burglarizing the homes of nearly two dozen South Florida customers while they were away on cruises.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies arrested 38-year-old Bethsaida Sandoval Thursday. She is being held on $70,000 bond.

Detectives say she got customers' information at the company's Miramar offices, where she was a vacation planner.

Authorities say she and her husband, John Lopez, began the robberies in 2009. Lopez is being held at a Broward County jail on unrelated charges. He has also been charged in the case.

Royal Caribbean said that Sandoval was fired. The company said it doesn't tolerate any form of criminal activity in its workforce or operations. It wasn't immediately known if Sandoval or Lopez had attorneys.

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS

Missing woman's body found in lake

The body of a missing woman was found in a central Florida lake.

Seminole County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. James Clark on Friday said the woman was identified as 20-year-old Story Waggoner.

Authorities said she was swimming in Lake Brantley in Altamonte Springs early in the morning when she went missing.

Authorities were called after the three people Waggoner was with couldn't find her.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Authorities are investigating the death.

PORT CHARLOTTE

Boy steers car after mom's seizure

Authorities say an 8-year-old Port Charlotte boy prevented a more serious crash after his mother had an apparent seizure while driving.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office reports that the woman was driving on a state highway Thursday afternoon when she lost control.

While the car was veering over a median into the oncoming lane, the boy unbuckled his seat belt, climbed to the front seat of the car and steered into a guard rail.

A truck hit the stopped car a few moments later, but deputies say the boy's action prevented a head-on collision.

Rescuers transported two people to a nearby hospital.

ISLAMADORA

Deputies: Man trapped by fallen buffalo head

Deputies responding to a 911 call in the Florida Keys made an unusual find: A man trapped in a recliner chair after the stuffed head of a water buffalo fell on him.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says dispatchers received a call early Friday from a man who could only yell his address and tell operators that he was crushed.

When deputies arrived at the home, they discovered the man trapped in his recliner chair. He had apparently fallen asleep and woken up when the head of a water buffalo, hanging on a wall, fell on his lap.

Authorities say the head was too heavy for the man to lift. He was able to reach his cell phone and call for help.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to Mariner's Hospital for treatment.

Ex-Royal Caribbean employee accused of robberies 06/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 11, 2010 11:54pm]

    

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