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Vehicle rollover in Afghanistan kills soldier from Orlando


Vehicle rollover kills soldier in Afghanistan

A 26-year-old Army soldier from Orlando died in Afghanistan this week, the Defense Department said in a statement released Thursday.

Pfc. Alberto L. Obod Jr. died Sunday in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, from injuries suffered in a vehicle rollover.

Obod was assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command. Obod became a U.S. citizen in April, during a naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Air Field, according to the Kabul U.S. embassy.

His Facebook page says Obod is from the Philippines.


Charges could come from attack on ref

Sheriff's investigators are reviewing a video of a brawl at a youth football game in which a referee was tackled by a player and then attacked while he was on the ground.

Attacking an athletic official is a felony in Florida, and a Sarasota Sheriff's Office spokesman said two or three people could be facing criminal charges as a result of the melee that broke out Saturday during a game between teams of 13- and 14-year-old boys.

A video made by someone in the stands and released by the Sheriff's Office shows a coach from the Sarasota Gators scuffling with a referee in an end zone before a helmetless player comes flying in and levels the official. Others join in the attack after the referee is on the ground.

"The video speaks for itself," Sheriff's Col. Steve Burns said. "It was disturbing."

Burns would not say if the player who tackled the referee would face charges. The referee was not seriously injured and declined to comment on the incident.


Anthony deposition could be sealed

Casey Anthony will have to take a videotaped deposition for a civil lawsuit in which she is accused of ruining another woman's reputation.

A judge on Thursday set the deposition for early October, and she left open the possibility that the videotape and a transcript of the deposition will be sealed from public release.

Anthony told detectives in 2008 that her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. Detectives said no such babysitter existed.

A woman with that name sued Anthony, claiming her reputation was ruined


Report shows drop in juvenile delinquency

Juvenile delinquency is continuing to drop in Florida.

Preliminary figures released this week show a 10 percent decline in delinquency referrals during the budget year ending June 30. An exact figure hasn't yet been determined, but Juvenile Justice Department officials expect it to be less than 110,000.

That compares to 121,689 in the previous fiscal year.

Delinquency referrals peaked 16 years ago at 123 for every 1,000 children age 10 through 17.

Times wires

Vehicle rollover in Afghanistan kills soldier from Orlando 09/01/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 10:39pm]
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