Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Florida briefs: Coral Springs boy with leukemia becomes superhero

FORT LAUDERDALE

Striker Boy gets his wish, saves the day

A dream has come true for a South Florida boy with leukemia: He became a superhero.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled 9-year-old Jaylen Hyde's dream to become Striker Boy, a superhero he created. His mother, Dalia Rodriguez, managed to keep the preparations secret. She describes Jaylen as being "totally geeked" about the experience.

Jaylen defused a fake bomb, got a helicopter ride, fought a fire and arrested the green-faced Sneaky Pete for stealing a puppy. He took the villain to jail and held a news conference.

The Coral Springs boy was diagnosed in January 2013 and is in remission.

The event was similar to one held in San Francisco last year for a 5-year-old cancer patient who wanted to be "Batkid" for the day, drawing worldwide attention.

FORT PIERCE

Teacher loses job over alcohol claim

A middle school teacher accused of giving her student a taste of whiskey has been fired.

Jessica Aljure, 27, of Port St. Lucie was arrested Thursday on charges of child abuse and giving alcohol to a minor.

The school superintendent says Aljure was a new teacher at Forest Grove Middle School.

Police say the teacher offered a 14-year-old student a ride home after the girl missed her bus. Aljure allegedly made a stop at a liquor store and allowed the student to have some of her whiskey.

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers reports the girl's parents alerted police after she appeared drunk at home.

Aljure is free on bond. It's not known if she has an attorney.

PERU, Ind.

MacDill wing leader gets new command

A new commander has been named for northern Indiana's Grissom Air Reserve Base to replace the base leader who was removed from the position in March during an investigation of his job performance.

Grissom officials said the Air Force Reserve has appointed Col. Douglas Schwartz to command the 434th Air Refueling Wing. Schwartz has been the 927th Air Refueling Wing commander at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida since January 2013.

He is to take command during a ceremony Sunday.

Schwartz replaces Col. Donald Buckley, who spent less than two years as commander of Grissom's some 2,200 reservists and 16 KC-135 Stratotanker refueling planes.

WINTER HAVEN

Polk man accused of throwing baby

Authorities arrested a Central Florida man they say threw a baby across a room to stop it from crying.

Polk County Sheriff's officials say 24-year-old Christopher Finlayson admitted he was smoking marijuana and had been awake all night when he became enraged and threw an 11-month old baby across the room. Authorities said the baby suffered a skull fracture, two broken wrists and five fractured ribs.

The child's mother returned home from the store and found the baby unresponsive. The child is hospitalized in stable condition.

Finlayson was charged Friday with aggravated child abuse. he was booked into the Polk County Jail without bond.

Times wires

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