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FIU doctor to lend hand in Ebola crisis

A doctor who teaches at Florida International University's medical school will be joining an international team of experts working to contain an outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

FIU officials say Dr. Aileen Marty left Miami on Thursday for Nigeria to work with a World Health Organization outbreak alert and response team.

In over 30 years of practicing medicine, Marty spent 25 serving as a Navy doctor specializing in tropical medicine, infectious disease pathology and disaster medicine. Officials say Marty's team will focus on threat analysis and risk assessment, two specialties at FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

GREENACRES

Police: Driver wakes up, flees in car

A sleeping driver awakened by police at a Florida intersection led authorities on a chase before being arrested in a gated community.

The Palm Beach Post reports that 21-year-old Joslet Jean-Charles was asleep behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford Taurus at in Greenacres about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

When a patrol car pulled in front of Jean-Charles, he awoke, drove around the police and fled. He later abandoned the vehicle.

Police did not initially find Jean-Charles, but arrested him at an address found on a bill inside the car.

He was charged with fleeing and eluding, operating without a license, resisting arrest and a probation violation. He remains in Palm Beach County Jail with a $7,000 bail.

TALLAHASSEE

DCF system model for national program

The Florida Department of Children and Families' electronic system used for placing foster children across state lines is being used as the model in a national pilot project.

Florida has used the system since 2008. Officials say it significantly decreases the amount of time it takes to place a Florida foster child into a home with relatives or adoptive parents in another state. Florida processes approximately 3,000 requests for children to move in and out of state each year.

The database also saves nearly $100,000 annually in postage and paper.

The American Public Human Services Association is modeling a national online system after Florida's program. Six states will participate in the pilot program over the next several months. It will conclude in February 2015.

Boynton Beach

Alligator hunt draws ire of activists

Some animal rights advocates are protesting the allowing of alligator hunting in a South Florida wildlife refuge.

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is opening its first alligator hunting season to control the reptile's population.

Eleven hunters, randomly selected from more than 1,000 applicants, are being allowed to take two alligators each from the roughly 150,000-acre swamp and forest.

The Palm Beach Post reports some representatives from the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida are planning protests.

JACKSONVILLE

Intruder killed after shootout in home

A Jacksonville man and woman are in stable condition after a shootout with an intruder that broke into their home Friday morning. Police say the suspect, 21-year-old Trevel Yates, was killed during the assault.

The pair had just woken up when they heard someone breaking in the back door, Sgt. Michael Paul reported. The 50-year-old man fought with Yates and was hit several times with a blunt object. The man retrieved a firearm and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The 60-year-old woman also got a gun and shot at the suspect.

A child in the home was unharmed.

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Florida briefs: 08/16/14 [Last modified: Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:20pm]
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