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Funeral date set for Brevard sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty

MELBOURNE

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The funeral for a veteran Brevard County sheriff's deputy fatally shot Tuesday will be on March 13, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Deputy Barbara Pill was shot in Melbourne while ordering two motel burglary suspects from a car that flipped after its tires were blown out during a chase, authorities said.

Pill had stopped the car shortly after 11 a.m. and was shot as she ordered the two suspects to get out of the vehicle, Sheriff Jack Parker said. The two tried to flee, he said, but after getting about a mile away they were arrested

Pill, who had more than three decades in law enforcement, was pronounced dead at a hospital.

"When officers lose their lives in the line of duty, it is a solemn reminder of how grateful we should all be for their service," Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. "May we always show the honor and gratitude these brave men and women deserve."

The 22-year-old felon accused of gunning Pill down should be executed if he's convicted, the State Attorney's Office said Wednesday, according to the Sentinel.

Suspects, felon Brandon Lee Bradley, and his girlfriend, Andria Kerchner, faced a judge Wednesday after being charged Tuesday with gunning Pill down.

FORT LAUDERDALE

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Note to thieves. If you steal a nameplate from a judge, don't let anyone post a picture of you holding it on Facebook.

Authorities in South Florida say that's exactly what led to the arrest Thursday of 21-year-old Steven Mulhall on violation of probation charges.

Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Mulhall pried the $40 nameplate from the courtroom door of Broward Circuit Judge Michael Orlando. He says Mulhall has multiple petty theft convictions and now faces felony charges.

Arrest reports show the nameplate was stolen around Feb. 23. Authorities received a tip that Mulhall took the nameplate and that the picture could be found on his girlfriend's Facebook page.

The nameplate will be returned to the judge.

A phone number wasn't available for Mulhall.

Orlando

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse aren't the only rodents in Orlando. But they may be the only lovable ones.

An outbreak of rats in Orlando has trappers hopping. The Orlando Sentinel reports the Orange County Health Department has received about 45 calls regarding rats since the beginning of February.

Health Department spokesman Dain Weister says the rat calls have come from across the county, including areas near downtown Orlando.

There are several theories on the rat outbreak, including the milder than normal weather and road construction projects, which have disturbed rat nests. They also say the high number of foreclosed and vacant homes that aren't being maintained offer rats perfect nesting spots.

Officials say the last rat outbreak in Orange County occurred in 1999. The cause, however, remains a mystery.

Times wires

Funeral date set for Brevard sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty 03/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 10:10pm]

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