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Florida motorcyclist hit in face by wild turkey

SARASOTA

Motorcyclist hit in the face by wild turkey

An Arcadia woman was riding her motorcycle in Sarasota County when a wild turkey flew into her path and hit her in the face.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 42-year-old Lori Hansen was taken by helicopter to a St. Petersburg hospital in serious condition after Saturday afternoon's crash.

FHP says Hansen was knocked unconscious by the impact. The motorcycle ran off the road and struck a barbed-wire fence, entangling Hansen.

WEST PALM BEACH

Woman awarded $36 million verdict

A Deerfield Beach woman who was left partially paralyzed after a botched steroid injection has won a $36 million malpractice verdict.

A Palm Beach County jury on Thursday ordered former pain management doctor Andrew Weiss to pay 52-year-old Kathleen Ramey millions. Doctors said the steroids destroyed tissue in her spinal cord.

But Ramey's attorney says they don't expect to see the money soon. Weiss is serving a 12-year federal prison sentence. He pleaded guilty in 2006 to four counts of illegally distributing oxycodone. Plus, the verdict prohibits Ramey from suing Weiss' insurance company to demand payment.

Weiss and his attorney were not present at the trial.

Ramey sought treatment from Weiss in 2000 for injuries suffered in a car crash.

OCALA

Biologists: Reptile could tip balance

Biologists worry that a new reptile found in the Ocala National Forest could tip the ecological balance.

An exotic lizard called a tegu is a 4-foot-long reptile from Argentina. Wildlife officials say it was likely left in the forest by an overwhelmed pet owner.

The tegu is known to go inside gopher tortoise burrows and dig out mice and tortoise eggs. They are omnivorous and have a taste for native plants and small rodents, which are food for Florida snakes and raptors.

Biologist Carrie Sekerak says these reptiles are taking away a food source for those animals.

If more of these are found in the Ocala forest, biologists say it may be time to start eradication.

Associated Press

ORLANDO

Company receives marijuana stash

Winter Park police are trying to find whoever mailed a package of marijuana to a medical-supply company.

Someone at the company, which police did not name, called police Wednesday to say the package had arrived unexpectedly. Detectives found about 70 pounds of pot with a street value of $200,000 inside, they said.

Orlando Sentinel

Florida motorcyclist hit in face by wild turkey 05/09/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 9, 2010 10:34pm]

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