Trucker found guilty in crash that killed 4
A tanker truck driver has been found guilty of vehicular homicide in a fiery crash that killed four people in Davie in 2005. A jury deliberated for about four hours Friday before finding 36-year-old Flavio Santisteban guilty of four counts of vehicular homicide. Each count carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence. Santisteban was driving an oil truck carrying 9,000 gallons of fuel when he crashed onto a car carrying the four victims. Prosecutors said he exceeded the advised 35 mph speed limit by up to 25 mph. A defense expert estimated that Santisteban exceeded the advised speed by only 5 to 10 mph. Sentencing in the case was set for Oct. 27.
3 men charged in church burglaries
Three men, all 19 years old, have been charged in the burglaries of nine Martin County churches. Officials say when they searched, they found two bombs at two of the three suspects' residences. All the men are charged with seven counts of burglary, six counts of criminal mischief and four counts of grand theft. Charged are Brandon James Geboe, Eric David McArthur and Caleb Addison Boring. Boring is also charged with two counts of possession of a bomb. As of Saturday evening, the three men were still in Martin County Jail.
Man jumps from roof of hospital
A 37-year-old man being taken to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation is in stable condition after jumping off a second-story roof of the Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Hospital spokeswoman Salina Wang said the man was being brought to the hospital by his brother about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. As they were going through the front entrance, the man broke away and ran up a set of outside stairs to the roof of an administrative wing. Daytona Beach police were dispatched and tried to talk the man off the roof, but he jumped.
Beach nuptials could have fee
Couples who want to say "I do" on Miami Beach may first have to pay for a permit if new fees being considered by the city are passed. Currently, couples can have their weddings for free on beaches throughout Miami-Dade. But starting next month, couples may have to pay as much as $250 for the privilege of saying their vows on Miami Beach. The proposed fees will be debated at a budget hearing this month. Out-of-town couples would have to pay $250 for a permit to bring wedding props like chairs and aisle runners. Local couples would be charged $125. Currently, ceremonies with no accessories don't require a permit. That rule would remain unchanged under the proposed guidelines.
Fate of cigar factory undecided
A year-long fight to save a historic cigar factory in Bartow from demolition will be discussed again at the end of the month. Arguments between Polk County commissioners and Bartow officials over the building's fate lit up last week's commission meeting. Bartow officials had asked the county to give the city the building and $126,500 to mothball it until they decide what to do with it. But the parties couldn't agree on the terms of any deal. The issue is expected to resurface during the Sept. 24 commission meeting.