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Volunteers rush food to stranded deer

Published Oct. 8, 2005

A rescue effort that includes the governor will begin today to deliver food to stranded Everglades deer. Gov. Lawton Chiles will join Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission officials, sportsmen and members of the Miccosukee Indian tribe taking the deer some of their favorite plants, governor's spokesman Ron Sachs said. More than 50 deer have been found dead among 1,500 stranded by flooding in the Everglades in Broward and Dade counties. Floods in the area in 1982 caused hundreds of deer to die of starvation, drowning and crippling hoof rot. High water has again caused the deer to flee to higher ground, where they have depleted the food supply.

Banker pleads guilty to obstruction

MIAMI _ Prominent Miami banker Abel Holtz agreed to plead guilty Tuesday on charges that he interfered with a federal grand jury investigation of the former mayor of Miami Beach. Holtz was chairman of Miami-based Capital Bancorp until he stepped down earlier this month. Under the plea agreement, prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced to six to 12 months in prison, said the U.S. attorney in Miami. Holtz, a fixture in Florida business circles who has a street named after him in downtown Miami, built Capital Bank into a $1.2-billion privately controlled institution during the past two decades. Federal prosecutors said that Holtz pleaded guilty to obstructing justice twice in 1991 when he testified before a grand jury investigating former Miami Beach Mayor Alex Daoud.

Trucker saves man from burning wreck

ST. AUGUSTINE _ Truck driver James Stutts has a broken leg, broken jaw and skull fractures, but thanks to the heroic actions of Wayne Crawford he will be celebrate his 37th wedding anniversary. Crawford saw a three-vehicle accident Saturday on Interstate 95 in St. Johns County and went to help Stutts, pinned in the cab of his burning truck. Using a fire extinguisher, Crawford fought the fire while continuing to try to free Stutts. The driver popped free and fell on Crawford, who dragged him away from the truck as flames engulfed the cab. "I didn't want to see him die," said Crawford, 47, a truck driver for Publix. "I just glad I happened by to help him out." The Florida Highway Patrol plans to give Crawford a citizen's valor award for his actions early Saturday morning.