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MAN CHARGED; BODY IS FOUND IN HIS CLOSET

PALM BEACH GARDENS

A 26-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and sexual battery in the death of a woman whose body was found in his closet last month.

Attorneys for Jason Shenfeld entered the plea Monday in the rape and strangulation of 18-year-old Amanda Buckley. He was not at the arraignment.

Shenfeld's parents noticed their son seemed nervous and was locking his bedroom door before the body was found. When his father finally went into the room July 20, he found Buckley's body stuffed in the closet, a Palm Beach County sheriff's report said.

Shenfeld told his father the teen had overdosed on drugs and he panicked, the report said. But an autopsy revealed the girl was strangled, beaten and raped.

TALLAHASSEE

Unclaimed property brings in $817,000

A pear-shaped diamond that went for $22,000 was the top seller in the state's latest auction of unclaimed property, which pulled in a record $817,000, officials said Tuesday.

The state Bureau of Unclaimed Property from time to time auctions items abandoned in bank safe deposit boxes. Proceeds go to Florida's public schools.

The sale Saturday in Orlando topped the previous record of $806,000 set in 2004.

The 3.3 carat diamond sold for $12,500 more than the minimum selling price.

Also sold were a royal belt buckle and spurs believed to be from the last Empress of France, Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III. It sold for $5,000.

People can check the state's unclaimed property Web site at www.FLTreasureHunt.org to see if the state is holding any of their assets. It receives an average of 4,000 visitors a day but in the first four days of August the bureau received claims from about 30,000 people for more than $13-million.

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