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Boaters pulled safely out of gulf waves

ST. PETE BEACH

Boaters pulled safely out of the waves

A man and a woman were rescued from the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday afternoon after their catamaran capsized near Shell Key. The man was found with the boat, but it took rescuers nearly an hour to find the woman in the 4-foot-high waves south of Pass-a-Grille. Neither of the boaters was wearing a life jacket, authorities said. The search began about 4 p.m. The boaters, who were not identified, were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg in stable condition.

JACKSONVILLE

Early voter attacks elections official

Authorities say an early voter disrupted the Duval County Elections Office and attacked the supervisor of elections Friday. Shari Wilder was arrested and charged with battery on an elected official, trespass and disruption of a polling place. Authorities say the 45-year-old Wilder verbally harassed early voters in the office. When Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland went into the lobby to try to calm her, she began hitting him and throwing things across the room. She then fled but was later picked up by police.

Paisley

Beheading plot suspect released

The owner of a Paisley restaurant implicated in a murder-for-hire decapitation plot has been released from the Lake County Jail. Antonio Orsillo, 49, who owns Big Oak Italian Restaurant, paid a man $1,000 as a down payment toward a $3,000 fee for having an ex-employee killed, investigators said. The Sheriff's Office said Orsillo wanted a machete returned to him with the man's blood on it, and he also wanted a jar of the blood brought to him. Sheriff's Lt. John Herrell said investigators think the men may have had a conflict over a woman. Orsillo was arrested at work Saturday on a charge of solicitation to commit homicide and released the same day on $50,000 bail, Herrell said.

Orlando

Area edges closer to homicide record

The Orlando area continued to inch toward a record-breaking year for homicides when a man was shot on a crowded dance floor in a club. Ewan Irving, 28, was shot several times in front of about 100 people at Rendez-Vous Bar Restaurant, 1025 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando police said. Emergency workers pronounced Irving dead at 4:35 a.m. Sunday. The club had been rented for a private party, and Irving was a guest, police said. Several armed private security guards had been hired to police the event.

Information from Times staff, the Associated Press and the Orlando Sentinel was used in this report.

Boaters pulled safely out of gulf waves 10/26/08 [Last modified: Sunday, October 26, 2008 11:07pm]
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