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DRIVER VANISHES AFTER CRASH BUT CAR LATER FOUND

Largo

Authorities are searching for a woman reported missing after she was involved in a traffic crash Thursday night, police said.

The crash involving two vehicles was reported about 10:20 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Keene and Belleair roads.

Julie Ann Smith, driving a blue Toyota involved in the crash, left the scene without providing information to the other driver, Largo police said.

Officers later found the Toyota abandoned in a nearby neighborhood.

Largo police searched the area, along with police dogs and a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office helicopter, but they couldn't find Smith, 47.

Smith's family filed a missing persons report Thursday with the Sheriff's Office.

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Miami

30 people rescued from capsized boat

A 45-foot boat capsized Sunday in waters near Miami, tossing 30 people into the sea during one of the city's busiest boating days, authorities said. All of those on board were rescued and no one was hurt.

The catamaran began taking on water near the Miami Sea Aquarium, and good Samaritans, the Coast Guard, state wildlife officials and commercial boats helped pluck people out of the water within minutes. A dog that was on the boat was also saved. "It was an incredible effort," Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Doss said.

Thousands of boaters were on the water for Columbus Day celebrations.

It wasn't immediately clear why the boat started taking on water.

Doss said he didn't know how many people the boat could hold.

The catamaran is still partially submerged in 6 to 8 feet of water.

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Melbourne

61-year-old dies in airboat accident

Authorities have found the body of a man who disappeared after an airboat ride in Brevard County.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it found the body of 61-year-old Ralph Oliver on Sunday morning near a boat ramp. WKMG- TV reports that Oliver's son called authorities after his father didn't return from his trip on the St. John's River on Saturday.

An investigation is ongoing and authorities have not released a cause of the accident.

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COCOA BEACH

98-year-old lived with 20,000 honeybees

Thousands of bees removed from an elderly woman's home in Cocoa Beach are being moved to another location.

WESH-TV reports that 20,000 bees had lived in the home of 98-year-old Sevia Moore after having built a hive in her attic and awning.

Moore said the bees didn't bother her, but when she was shown the hive she said she was stunned.

Beekeeper Leo Cross used a vacuum to gather all the bees on Saturday, collecting the huge honey comb and hive.

Cross says "the honeybee population is hurting right now" and it's important to save the hive and move the bees to another location so "they can go on to reproduce."

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Sunrise

Retired fire captain died in Va. plane crash

One of the four passengers killed when their small plane crashed in Virginia was a retired Florida fire captain, fire officials said.

Theodore Bradshaw was a 33-year veteran of the department. He retired in 2005 after rising to the rank and serving as assistant fire chief, Sunrise Fire-Rescue said in a statement.

"This news comes as a great shock and as a tremendous loss to the Sunrise Fire-Rescue Department. Bradshaw was one of the original 10 paid firefighters as the City transitioned from the Sunrise Golf Village to the City of Sunrise in 1972," the department statement said.

Virginia State police said the victims included Bradshaw, 61, a pilot with more than 30 years of flying experience; his 48-year-old wife, Mary Anne Bradshaw; Charles Rodd, 64; and Diane Rodd, 58, both of Palm Beach.

Flags were lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of Bradshaw.

Meanwhile, in a remote section of Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp, authorities continued to work Sunday to remove the bodies.

State police said the twin-propeller Cessna 340 left Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Thursday morning with a scheduled arrival four hours later at Hampton Roads Executive Airport. The Norfolk air traffic control tower's last radar contact was shortly after noon Thursday over the swamp.

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