Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

Florida briefs: Central Florida couple charged with neglect

FRUITLAND PARK

Couple accused of neglecting 2 girls

Authorities in Central Florida say a woman and her boyfriend face child neglect charges after two young girls were found living in filth in their apartment.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the 29-year-old boyfriend is accused of molesting a disabled 4-year-old. Police say her 7-year-old sister was found with a swollen, fractured ankle and was using a pool stick as a cane.

Fruitland police Chief Terry Isaacs says he believes the 31-year-old mother and her live-in boyfriend knew the girl was injured and didn't seek help for her.

The children were taken into custody by the Florida Department of Children and Families. The names of the mother and boyfriend were not available.

Police say the boyfriend is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation, with bail set at $50,000.

PALM BEACH

Boat full of marijuana washes up on beach

A boat packed full of marijuana has washed ashore on Palm Beach.

Palm Beach Police say the boat was spotted about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday across from the Palm Beach Country Club.

The 22-foot fishing boat was loaded with 80 to 100 bundles of marijuana. A police spokesman told the Palm Beach Post the entire haul could be worth up to $2 million.

A Fort Lauderdale man is in custody in connection with the incident. He told police he had nothing to do with the boat.

ORLANDO

SeaWorld treating injured manatee

SeaWorld Orlando officials say they're treating a 10-foot manatee that was rescued in central Florida.

Officials said the park's animal care experts will conduct an extensive assessment of the 1,700-pound female manatee.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the manatee is in stable condition. It was injured by a boat strike in Indian River Shores, north of Vero Beach.

SeaWorld officials say the manatee has several scars from previous boat strikes.

Park officials say this is the seventh manatee rescued by SeaWorld officials in 2012.

RIVIERA BEACH

12-year-old girl critical after being shot

Police say a 12-year-old girl was critically injured when she was shot while walking down a street in Palm Beach County.

Riviera Beach Police spokeswoman Rose Ann Brown says the girl and some other children were walking Tuesday evening when a fight broke out among a group of nearby teens. Shots were fired and the girl was hit.

The Palm Beach Post reports the girl ran to the parking lot of the Hilltop Baptist Church, where she collapsed. Brown says the girl was taken to the hospital in very serious condition.

Officials say it was unclear what the fight was about. No arrests have been made.

No other details were immediately available.

BARTOW

Woman charged in slaying of husband

A woman who authorities say buried her husband's dead body in their back yard has been formally charged with his murder.

A Polk County grand jury on Wednesday indicted 64-year-old Barbara Scott on a count of first-degree murder.

Authorities say she shot 77-year-old Benny Scott in the back of the head and buried him in the herb garden of their Lake Alfred home.

A sheriff's report says Barbara Scott's daughter brought her to Lake Alfred police headquarters March 26. The daughter said Scott started telling people different stories in January about where Benny Scott was and why they couldn't contact them. Investigators found the body the next day.

After a 1987 arrest in Oklahoma, Barbara Scott spent more than three years in prison for embezzlement.

Times wires

Vero Beach

Serial killer to be executed today

Serial killer David Alan Gore is set to die today for murdering 17-year-old Lynn Elliott in Vero Beach almost 29 years ago, one of six murders he committed.

Elliott's parents, Carl and Jeanne, describe Gore as an animal, an evil monster and the seed of the devil. They plan to watch as Gore is given a lethal injection.

Gore was captured after Lynn Elliott freed her feet from ropes and ran from the house where Gore was raping her 14-year-old friend. Gore chased her and shot her twice in the head in the driveway. A boy saw the murder and police were called.

Gore confessed to five other murders.

The Elliotts say one thing comforts them: Lynn's escape saved her friend's life and ended the killing spree.

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