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No anthrax found in letter to Rep. West's Boca Raton office

A white powder found in a letter sent to a U.S. representative's Florida office is not anthrax, authorities say.

Boca Raton Fire Rescue spokesman Frank Correggio says no dangerous substance was found at the office of Republican Allen West on Friday.

West's chief of staff says the letter contained derogatory comments about the politician and contained the word anthrax. He says the letter was opened by a campaign staffer.

West is a tea party favorite who swept incumbent Rep. Ron Klein from office. West was in Washington when the letter was opened.

DAVIE

Trucker in I-75 crash killed after exiting rig

All lanes of Interstate 75 have reopened following a series of accidents that left one person dead and snarled rush hour traffic.

A semitrailer driver was apparently trying to walk across the interstate after his truck was involved in a crash around 6 a.m. Friday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The initial accident happened on southbound I-75 when one truck hit another rig and jackknifed. Authorities say they don't know why the driver, whose name hasn't been released, left the rig and crossed the road.

Officials said the driver of the car that hit the trucker was not injured and will not face charges.

HOMESTEAD

Dog mauls child, 7, who shields two boys

A 7-year-old boy shielded his younger brother and another boy from a dog that escaped from a nearby business.

Homestead police spokesman Fernando Morales says the dog ran to the yard where the boys were playing just before 7 p.m. Thursday and began attacking. The older boy pushed his 4-year-old brother and 4-year-old friend under a vehicle to protect them from the dog.

Then the dog mauled the older boy. The boy's father heard the screams and hit the dog with a shovel until it ran away.

Police say the boy was taken to a hospital with severe wounds to his head, shoulders and arms.

MERRITT ISLAND

Burglars break in to find boy home alone

Two would-be burglars found a young boy home alone when they broke into a Merritt Island apartment.

Brevard County sheriff's deputies say the men shrouded the boy's eyes with a towel to keep him from identifying them before fleeing about 5:20 p.m. Thursday. The boy, whose age was not released, was not injured and police say "there wasn't anything obvious taken from the home."

Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Ludwig says the boy's parents called 911 and authorities began looking for the intruders using a helicopter, police dogs and deputies to form a perimeter.

Associated Press

No anthrax found in letter to Rep. West's Boca Raton office 04/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2011 11:46pm]

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