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BUS DRIVER CHARGED IN CHOKING INCIDENT

NAPLES

A 57-year-old southwest Florida school bus driver has been charged with child neglect after a child was choked unconscious by another child on the bus she was driving.

Collier County Sheriff's officials said Irena Fulton didn't try to help the victim during the attack and never stopped the bus on Tuesday.

A sheriff's report said the unprovoked suspect put the male student in a choke hold and choked him unconscious. Another student helped the child off the bus and onto the sidewalk. Deputies said Fulton didn't call 911 and the bus staff didn't hear about incident until the school called the next day.

The student was charged with felony battery on Thursday. Fulton was arrested the next day. The Associated Press is not naming the students because they are minors.

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PENSACOLA

Sewer line break leads to spillage

A break in a sewer line caused about 300 gallons of raw sewage to overflow onto a Panhandle intersection.

The Pensacola News Journal reports utility crews responded Friday and diverted about 12,000 gallons of sewage for disposal and treatment.

The Emerald Coast Utility Authority said a private contractor broke the line while working on a road project.

The utility said the area where the sewage was spilled has been disinfected and state and county health and environmental officials were notified.

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MARATHON

Stone crab claws didn't stand a chance

A Washington state man has won the individual division of a stone crab claw eating contest in the Florida Keys.

Alfredo Munoz of Moses Lake cracked and consumed 25 claws in 17 minutes and 35 seconds during Saturday's contest that attracted more than 50 competitors at Keys Fisheries restaurant.

John Mahoney and Larry Smorgala, both of Marathon, placed first in the team division.

Some 40 percent of all stone crab claws are harvested off the Florida Keys on an annual basis.

Stone crabs are a renewable resource. Fishermen harvest legal-size claws and return the crab's body to the water to grow new extremities.

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