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Man accused of using infant as a shield for a taser

A 39-year-old Deltona man is facing criminal charges after using an infant as a shield for a stun gun.

Jorge Garcia has been charged of child neglect without great harm and resisting an officer without violence.

According to a Sheriff's Office affidavit, Garcia was standing in the middle of a road where deputies were conducting a traffic stop early Friday.

He was yelling profanities and acting irrationally.

Deputies tried to arrest Garcia, but he refused to leave a vehicle. A deputy pulled out a stun gun, then Garcia held the infant in front of him and told authorities to "Tase the baby," deputies said.

WAUCHULA

Hardee investigates hanging of inmate

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a central Florida jail.

The Hardee County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Romane Bernard Williams hanged himself Thursday night. The jail staff attempted to revive Williams until emergency crews arrived. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams was being held on charges of burglary, petty larceny, sexual assault and kidnapping and false imprisonment.

WEST PALM BEACH

Judge approves deal for U.S. Sugar payout

A federal judge in South Florida has approved a deal in a lawsuit filed against U.S. Sugar Corp. by its employee shareholders.

The judge on Friday approved the agreement reached in October between plaintiffs and the nation's largest cane sugar producer. It calls for U.S. Sugar to pay $8.4 million. If a planned $536 million deal with Florida goes through to buy 73,000 acres of farmland from the company for Everglades restoration, U.S. Sugar then would pay plaintiffs an additional $7.5 million.

The lawsuit was filed in 2008 on behalf of more than 4,000 employees who claimed U.S. Sugar's board didn't inform them of two buyout offers before rejecting the deals. U.S. Sugar, which did not admit wrongdoing, is a privately held company owned largely by employees.

Associated Press

Man accused of using infant as a shield for a taser 01/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 8:47pm]

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