Girl struck, killed by car on beach
Charges are pending in the case of a 4-year-old British girl killed by a car on a Florida beach. The Florida Highway Patrol said Ellie Louise Bland was walking hand-in-hand with her uncle Saturday afternoon on Daytona Beach when she stepped in front of a Lincoln Town Car driven by 66-year-old Barbara Worley of Elberton, Ga. A report says Worley was driving in the beach's travel lane under the 10-mph speed limit when she struck the girl. Troopers say Worley stopped the car but then panicked, hit the accelerator and drove over the child. The girl died at the scene. Relatives said Ellie was visiting from Nottingham, England. The accident remained under investigation Sunday evening.
Airport parking scam bilked credit cards
Police have arrested an Orlando International Airport parking garage worker and accused her of using a credit card scanning device to skim money from customers. The thefts were discovered in December when a CitiBank investigator found that 17 acts of fraud all had the airport's parking garage tollbooths in common. The worker, arrested Friday, told deputies she swiped the credit cards and gave the information to her boyfriend. The CitiBank investigator told deputies that nearly $3,000 has been reimbursed to the victims' accounts.
Pirate museum to pack up and move
A pirate museum in Key West is moving to another Florida city once sacked by swashbucklers. Pirate Soul will move to St. Augustine in July. Former Philadelphia 76ers president Pat Croce opened his $10 million museum five years ago. Pirate-themed costumes are popular during Key West's Fantasy Fest and Pirates in Paradise Festival, but Croce says not enough people came to the museum. The museum is home to some of Croce's personal pirate stash, including an original Jolly Roger flag and a treasure chest. It will close in Key West in July and reopen in St. Augustine in November.
Fewer get piercings during spring break
People in the piercing business here say they're feeling the pinch of a bad economy, even during the normally busy spring break season. Salvation Tattoo Lounge in South Beach says its piercing business usually triples in March when college students come to town. General Manager Sarah Schoenemann says she counts on March to pay for "everything the rest of the year." But this year, students have been spending their money elsewhere. Pat Cox at Cool Cat Tattoo in Fort Lauderdale says piercings bring in only about $200 a week now. A decade ago, he made up to $500 a shift, he says.
Man accused of shooting two officers
Police have arrested a man they say shot two Jacksonville officers who attempted to stop him for having an open container. Both officers were hospitalized in good condition, one hit in the leg and the other in the hand. Police said the officers were shot after trying to stop 40-year-old Rodney Newberry on Saturday night. He escaped but was later found at his mother's house. Newberry was charged with two charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm or concealed weapon by a felon.