Florida briefs: Female fugitive found in Key West

KEY WEST

Woman on the lam for 18 years is found

A woman wanted by federal authorities for 18 years has been found and arrested in Key West.

Michelle Singleton failed to appear in federal court for sentencing on charges of payroll check fraud in 1996. A federal fugitive warrant was issued for her arrest.

The Secret Service recently received information Singleton was living in Key West under the name Catherine Harris.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, a detective recognized Singleton as a woman he had seen several times in Key West. Investigators went the houseboat where she was living and questioned her about her identity.

Investigators say Singleton told officers she had obtained a birth certificate with the name Harris a month after fleeing Kansas City.

She was taken into custody on federal fugitive charges.

PENSACOLA

Toddler's father faces negligence charges

A Florida Panhandle man has been charged with negligence in the death of his toddler son.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that the Escambia County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Sheldon Cleavon Salter on Friday.

Salter told deputies he was with his 2-year-old son and the child's mother watching television at home the day of the shooting.

As the parents sat on the couch, they reportedly asked the child to get a fresh diaper from the bedroom. When the child entered the bedroom, authorities say he found Salter's loaded Glock pistol between a mattress and box spring.

Investigators say Salter heard a gunshot as he went to check in on him. The child was lying on the bed with a gunshot wound to his head.

Salter has been released on $17,500 bond.

MIAMI

Man dies in river accident in India

The founder of a popular Argentine restaurant in Miami and New York City has been found dead after jumping into a river in India to save a drowning man.

The Novecento Group released a statement Saturday confirming Hector Rolotti's body had been found in the Ganges River.

Search teams had been looking for Rolotti since he jumped into the river on Monday.

Rolotti and his wife were visiting India on a meditation retreat. Rolotti and five others jumped into the murky waters after hearing another member of the group call for help.

Rolotti was the only one who did not make it back safely to shore.

In the statement, the restaurant group recalled Rolotti as a tireless entrepreneur and family man.

D.C. official visits Fla. to push Obamacare

The White House sent the highest ranking Latina in the Obama administration to Florida on Saturday to encourage Hispanics to sign up for health insurance before the end of the month.

Katherine Archuleta visited Palmetto General Hospital, focusing on the largest uninsured demographic in the state. She is the first Latina to hold the position of director for the Office of Personnel Management.

The National Hispanic Medical Association and the National Hispanic Council on the Aging are among the groups collaborating on Saturday's Miami Latino Enrollment Summit.

Florida has led the way with enrollment among the states relying on the federal exchange, with more than 440,000 signing up. But anecdotal evidence suggests enrollment among Hispanics is lagging under the Affordable Care Act.

Times wires

Florida briefs: Female fugitive found in Key West 03/22/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:56pm]

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