One boy was killed and two others badly injured Friday when a trailer broke loose from a pickup truck and slammed into a group of youngsters waiting for a school bus, police said. The trailer broke from the truck, crashed into a brick wall at Hills of Lake Mary subdivision, then into a group of about 12 middle school children, witnesses said. Driver James Garner said he hit a bump and the trailer started fishtailing: "The trailer snapped off and just shot off like a rocket through the grass and up into the wall." The dead boy was identified as Jeremy Millhouse, 11. Officials said Michael Beckler, 11, and Arcadio Vergera, 12, were hospitalized in critical but stable condition with head and leg injuries.
State agencies ask 24% more
TALLAHASSEE _ State agencies are asking the Florida Legislature for $39.6-billion for the next fiscal year, a 24 percent increase over their current budgets. State Sen. Bill Bankhead, R-Jacksonville, criticized department heads for submitting outlandish budget requests. Agency officials said the need for more money in fiscal 1994 stems from two years of protracted budget battles. Gov. Lawton Chiles' chief of staff, Tom Herndon, hinted Thursday that the list would be pared quickly. The latest budget requests arrived about the same time a top legislative analyst reported tax collections were down by about $33-million in September as a result of Hurricane Andrew.
Land deal for university okayed
FORT MYERS _ The state Board of Regents on Friday approved an agreement with a southwest Florida company for the donation of a 650-acre tract south of here as the site of the 10th state university. The regents voted unanimously for the agreement with Alico Inc. and Ben Hill Griffin III, the company's president and board chairman. The state hopes to start construction by October 1994 and have the university ready for students by September 1997, according to the agreement.
Club sued over killing there
MIAMI _ The parents of a girl killed when bullets flew at her 17th birthday celebration are suing the restaurant where it happened, a newspaper reported. David and Elonia Reynolds are seeking more than $15,000 in compensatory damages from owner Norma Gordon and the Taste of the Islands restaurant north of Miami, according to the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. Hilda Latoy Reynolds was one of four people killed and 18 wounded by gunfire Aug. 15. No one has been charged in the shootings. The suit claims the club is liable because it knew it was a likely place for disturbances and did not provide security. Gordon could not be reached for comment.
The bats left a reminder
CHIPLEY _ The bats are gone from the attic of the Washington County Courthouse, but they left something behind. "There's quite a large amount of bat guano up here," said Jeff Gore, a wildlife biologist for the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. Gore inspected the attic and third floor of the building Wednesday after State Attorney Jim Appleman complained the odor of bat dung had permeated offices used by his staff. The guano, which is not a health hazard, is being removed by state prisoners, officials said. Gore said a reroofing project completed in July patched up holes the bats used to get in and out of the building. "It got the bats out of here, but it also changed the ventilation, and therefore you've got a smell that otherwise wouldn't have been as strong," Gore said.