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PROGRAMS URGED FOR GIRLS IN JUVENILE JUSTICE

TALLAHASSEE

Florida's juvenile justice system must provide gender-specific programs for its growing number of girls and address the disproportionate presence of minorities, according to a report on the system released Tuesday.

Those were among 52 recommendations made by a panel, chaired by former Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan, charged with improving the Juvenile Justice Department.

Gov. Charlie Crist has proposed an extra $4.6-million for the department in the coming budget year based on the report. Of that, $2.6-million would go to gender-specific programs, such as gynecologist visits and, in some cases, prenatal care, Brogan said.

CASSELBERRY

Developers accused of stealing $24-million

Two developers face fraud charges after, authorities say, their company took $24-million in deposits for Central Florida homes that were never built.

Platinum Properties Inc. co-owners David Weiker and Lawrence Maloney each posted bail after their arrests Friday.

Authorities say the company took deposits from nearly 580 buyers. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the money was used to finance Weiker's and Maloney's personal lives and their grown children's expenses.

In Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in October, the company blamed Polk County water restrictions and permitting issues for construction delays.

DAYTONA BEACH

Daytona track death ruled a heart attack

Autopsy results show that a 60-year-old man suffered a heart attack before veering off the track and crashing into a concrete retaining wall at the Daytona International Speedway.

Robert Boswell of Apopka, who was on the track enjoying a NASCAR racing ride for amateurs given to him as a birthday gift, died at a hospital. Officials say Boswell had completed his third lap Monday at 125 mph when he slumped over and began driving erratically. It was the first Richard Petty Driving Experience death at Daytona.

MIRAMAR

Teens accused in death over PlayStation

Miami-Dade County police say two suspects have been charged with killing a Miramar teen. Police say 19-year-old Jamila Brown and a 17-year-old Keith Lebrone Goa jumped 17-year-old James Felton-Maitland to steal his Sony PlayStation Portable handheld game system in December. While trying to flee his attackers, James ran into traffic and was hit by a truck.

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