Pope selects new bishop for Orlando
Pope Benedict XVI has selected Miami Auxiliary Bishop John Noonan to lead the 800,000-member Roman Catholic diocese in Orlando. Noonan was named the city's fifth bishop on Saturday. The appointment is effective immediately, but an official installation Mass will be held in December. In remarks at Orlando's Holy Catholic Church on Saturday, Noonan said he was grateful for the opportunity. He is a native of Ireland and speaks English and Spanish. He's also a member of the Bishops' Conference Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People. Noonan has been auxiliary bishop of Miami since 2005.
Polk County deputies shoot, kill armed man
The Polk County Sheriff's Office says two deputies shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them while responding to a domestic disturbance. Deputies were dispatched to a Winter Haven church Saturday. According to authorities, Rebecca Lawson said her boyfriend had been drinking and threw all her things into a pool. She said they had been arguing, but he had not physically harmed her. Deputies went to Thomas C. Steidley's home and greeted him at the front door. Investigators say Steidley pointed a gun at them and refused their commands to put it down. Authorities say the deputies then shot at Steidley to protect themselves. Investigators determined Thomas fired at deputies during the fight.
6 of 9 swans missing from lake are returned
Authorities say six swans that disappeared from a downtown Orlando lake have been safely returned, while three others remain missing.
Four of the swans were found at a shelter for exotic animals in Lake Butler, north of Gainesville. One of those is a blind black Australian swan that had lived at Lake Eola for years.
The birds have been quarantined for examination by a veterinarian.
Officials say initial evaluations indicate the birds have lost weight and have been overstressed. Two others were returned on Wednesday.
Investigators believe they know where the remaining birds can be found. No one has been arrested, but police say they have a suspect in the thefts.